28 Dec 2007

Pansy Division

Pansy Division – I Really Wanted You

Lots of melodies, lots of attitude and lots of sense of humour, too!

24 Dec 2007

Jerk Ward

“Jerk Ward were four hyper teen agents hell-bent on igniting the most fleshstripping, bonebreaking early-80s style hardcore possible." Randy Long & Kev Smith (Jerk Ward)

Jerk Ward
“After watching the really crappy pogo-punk Sidney BC band 'the Commodes', Randy, Steve, and John started practicing in John's basement in downtown Sidney, because they knew they could do better! They played their first live show at the ages of 12-13 years old at the OAP Hall in September 1983 with Dischord recording artists Scream. Shortly after the first show Julian from East Sooke joined the band and played bass. With the help of the NEOS they learned how to tune their instruments and accelerate into the turbo Porsche of local hardcore.” KFTH

Jerk Ward – I Love The Girls

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19 Dec 2007


“The songs were unlike anything that had come out of the punk scene yet. They alternated between lazier, folksier tunes, and little bursts of low-fi aggression, with the vocals also covering that range. What was remarkable about the lyrics, though it shouldn't have been, was how much of a woman's perspective they brought to the table in an utterly matter-of-fact way. The song 'Slut' was refreshing compared to the tired male punk songs of the same title, with the lyrics 'Where's my gratification?' repeated over and over throughout. For once, most of the lyrics of a punk band's songs were about everyday things seen through women's eyes.” George Hurchalla (Going Underground)

Scrawl in a promotional shot
“They were fantastic, taking everything you love about punk rock – loud, simple, exuberant – without all the stuff you hated about punk rock – too much angst / too self-righteous. They were hilarious and the songwriting was simple but extremely memorable. Sue Harshe (Scrawl)

Scrawl – Sad

By the way, Sue Harshe played bass in a hardcore band called No Amerika! before joining Scrawl. If you have any info, please get in touch.

9 Dec 2007

Skin Disease

“This was apparently Chumbawamba taking the piss out of Oi! in contributing 'I'm Thick' to Back On The Streets." Vernon Joynson (Up Yours!)

Skin Disease – I'm Thick

5 Dec 2007

Marine Girls

Marine Girls – A Place In The Sun

“I still think it's about the most heart-warming minimal pop I've ever heard.” The Legend!

2 Dec 2007


Siege – Conform