Jan 30, 2008

Huns

It happened ten years ago but I still remember it clearly. Back then, I was discovering the whole UK punk 77 scene, and was avid to get stuff from all the bands of that era. One afternoon, after leaving school, I went to a now defunct record shop from my home town to see if I could buy a punk record that had been reviewed in a fanzine. Unfortunately, it was not available and I got really frustrated. But, instead of going back home with empty hands I decided to look for some other records and then, I discovered an album with an amazing cover that instantly got my attention. It was Live At The Palladium 1979 by the now legendary Texan weirdos Huns.

 Huns: They weren't punks, they were assholes.

Never heard of them before, but it looked really great so I bought it. To tell you it opened my ears to a new whole sound is not enough. It was a new attitude as well, where you could REALLY sound BAD and AWFUL and not caring at all. And of course, it was the band who opened my ears to the amazing Texas scene as well  – with incredible acts like Really Red, AK47, Next, Legionaire's Disease and my all time favourites Vast Majority. But gosh, the Huns were the first ones… and I'll never forget that.


Huns – Murder In Texas


Huns – Live in Austin, TX (1979)

All info you need to know about the Huns is here.

Jan 10, 2008

Media Disease

Five years ago I was lucky to get Banned In DC. Thanks to this book, I knew about many amazing DC bands I'd never heard before. Almost at the same time I noticed about the existence of Mixed Nuts Don't Crack album, a great compilation by not-so-well-known DC bands. Each one deserves attention and recognition: Nuclear Crayons, Chalk Circle, Hate From Ignorance (Monica Richard's first band), Social Suicide, United Mutation and… Media Disease. As for these guys, their sound was great but it seems there is no info about them anywhere. And the saddest thing is they didn't release any record back then.

Media Disease: Dan Cobbett, John Cobbett, Davis White, John Lorenz.  
Pic by Mary Diaz

Very fast, simple and noisy, but also angry, honest and furious; early DC rage coupled with NY simplicity. Burkhard Järisch


Media Disease – Kicked In The Head

Jan 1, 2008