There’s a reason why Black Flag are so heralded and respected so long after they existed by younger generations. It’s not just the fact that they had a cool logo, it was also their inspiring drive and energy that, against all odds, saw them power their utterly uncompromising and original noise at a time when long hair, tattoos and punk rock was not a career option. They sounded the way they did because that’s how they felt and how they wanted to express their feelings. Pissed Jeans are no Black Flag tribute band, but there’s something about their ridiculously heavy punk rock noise and venomous approach that makes you feel if Black Flag had existed in this frustrating, jittering modern world, this is what they’d sound like.
Four albums in, Pennsylvanian quartet Pissed Jeans have mellowed NONE. ‘Honeys’ is a raging barrage of noise that goes nose-to-nose with all of the essential BLACKS (Big/Sabbath/Flag) with a stomping Jesus Lizard strut and a boot boy Negative Approach stomp. This is nasty music with a production so viciously heavy It’ll bite your fucking nose off, send warm jets of piss running down your thighs and render pretty much all of what passes for punk rock these days obsolete.
So, for young and old gazing into the past with rose-tinted glasses wishing there was bands as intense and FOR REAL as Black Flag still playing, fuck the nostalgia, there is and they’re called Pissed Jeans. Now hear them roar.
Download the amazing riff heavy ‘Cathouse’ track for free here.
List choices from Zac, Joe Parry, Jennu Chu, James Sherry and Sean Hendrie.
2013 will be awash with all sorts of musical projects new and old. Knowing there are so many to choose from out there, we decided to throw together a selection of what we are listening to in here right now with an eye on what all of these bands have in the can for this year. Genre-wise, these are across the board so click play and find something you like.
Yep, there’s 14. No top 10 or top 20 bollocks. Dive in.
Not a new band by any means but Pissed Jeans are a riot that need your attention! New album ‘Honeys’ is coming this month on Sub Pop and we can confirm that it is the heaviest record on no legs and about to completely wreck your ears. Kind of like Black Flag in a fight with Unsane on meths. Expect more carnage, more noise and more chaos from this lot this year. Superbness incoming.
Roman garage-punk has never sounded better if you are tuned into the psych sounds of upcoming duo Wildmen. If you are digging the sounds of Fidlar and Black Lips then this moustache’d two-piece may well be right up your strasse. Listen to this single and if you want more head here.
Jaded Eyes hail from Leeds and feature members of UK hardcore veterans Voorhees and The Horror. Taking their musical cues from legendary melodic DC punk rock outfits like Dag Nasty and Government Issue, Jaded Eyes are both gritty and melodic, staying true to the roots of emotive punk rock whilst at the same time they manage to sound contemporary and relevant. They have an album due on Boss Tuneage Records later this year.
As dangerous as they are impassioned, Single Mothers have been tearing up US stages with the likes of Quicksand, Touche Amore and Pianos Become The Teeth. Expect blood, sweat and a debut album in 2013.
This Scottish trio will be flying the flag for catchy indie-pop throughout 2013. Young Aviators are currently putting down the finishing touches to their debut album with producer Jamie Savage and have a free download up for grabs from here.
COLD CROWS DEAD
This ‘supergroup’ will be making their mark in 2013 with a project that should also grace stages this summer at festivals. Welcome to the wonderful world of Cold Crows Dead. their first offering ‘Ghost That Burned Your House Down’ is dark, deep and deadly addictive. If you are fan of Eels and Sparklehorse then you will be clicking this faster than others. Genius stuff.
As chillers go, Woodlands could be a great choice for stoners in 2013. The Swedish trio have an album of laid back but rocking treats that would sit well alongside records from Budgie, Yoko Ono, T-Rex, Grateful Dead and Neil Young.
Talking of Black Lips, Ian Saint Pé from the band and his merry men who make up super-group Diamond Rugs should be releasing their debut sometime in the first quarter and hopefully with a tour to boot. Their album is sleaze-laden, stuffed full of pole-dancing, garage steez and all recorded down in Nashville. Don’t miss it.
Afro-Beat collective GOAT mesmerized the Crossfire office with their stunning album “World Music” in late 2012. This crew come from Korpolombolo in deepest, darkest Sweden and have an incredible array of sounds that range from African to classic 70’s funk and will inject colour into your life on first listen.
THE CHILD OF LOV
More great, laid back tunes with 70’s inspiration comes from The Child of Lov. Double Six will be releasing more goodness from this solo artist this year, look out for him.
Brighton’s hottest new filthy garage-grungers The Wytches should be on your radar right now. This new video for ‘Digsaw’ says it all, go grab a free download of it from here and wait for news of their debut release soon.
This year’s hottest metal band will be Baby Godzilla. Why? Because they have the lot in terms of banging riffs and fantastic harmonies and they also have something different to offer than the standard metalcore that hung about doing the same old melodic choruses and throat engaged verse malarkey in 2012. Get stuck into this track Powerboat Disaster as a first dip into what this Leeds 4-piece are about to unleash this year. Ph: Julie Kane
THE FINAL CRISIS
Unsigned five-piece from Leeds formed in 2009 have two solid EP’s, 2010’s ‘Counterparts’ and 2012’s ‘Seasons’ under their belt. With an impressive following from sharing the stage with the likes of For The Fallen Dreams and Protest The Hero, The Final Crisis have the potential to be dark horses come this year. For fans of: Parkway Drive, For The Fallen Dreams and The Acacia Strain.
Alternative rock five piece My Extraordinary are set to make a name for themselves in the near future. The Newcastle upon Tyne band are set to tour with Yashin this year. Prepare for them to unleash their awesome riffs on you. For fans of: Deaf Havana, Mallory Knox and Don Broco.
Sub Pop are about to unleash the brand new Pissed Jeans album Honey’s. The album has been produced by British producer and ex Fudge Tunnel founder Alex Newport, who once again has brought the carnage of the band’s live sound back onto a long playing format that is destined to bring aural delight.
Have a taste of what’s coming with ‘Bathroom Laughter’. The album Honeys is released on Feb 11th. Pre-order your copy here.