Entries in punk rock (3)


D Generation at The Borderline

This evening I fulfilled a missed teenage opportunity. To see D Generation live. Described as one of the most important bands in punk rock history I was introduced to them whilst working at a friend-of-the-families record store in Soho.

Led by the captivating Jesse Malin, D Generation, or DGen, formed in pre-hipster Brooklyn during the early 90s gaining reputation playing venues such as CBGB and The Continental, and through supporting tours with the likes of The Ramones, Kiss, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick and Green Day.

Over the years I've seen Jesse Malin a number of times, playing both solo and with bands of various guises. In earlier gigs he regaled stories of growing up in New York, failed attempts with hookers as a young teenager, and later antics as a removal man for the rich and famous. More recently his enthusiastic between song rants (in the best possible way) have been of the state of the music industry and how people today would rather watch a song on YouTube than go to a club. He may have point, but at least they're listing to The Music, right?

This evening, D-Gen rifled through in a 'best of' set list to an eager and knowing crowd. Highlights were a'plenty, with standouts being Frankie, Capital Offender, Helpless. My pick of the night? The set closer, No Way Out.  I suggest you check out this YouTube video and then go see some live music: 


Sin, Sin, Sin - Le Butcherettes

The Le Butcherettes have been gathering quite a following on the back of their roisterous live performances and there's been an eager anticipation, not least from myself, for the release of their debut full length album. Today it finally arrived and after a couple of listens its already jumped to being my top album 2011 so far (and will take some effort to be shifted).

Produced by Omar Rodriguez Lopez (of The Mars Volta) Sin, Sin, Sin is essentially a punk album that twists and turns through elements of garage rock (I'm Getting Sick Of You), cabaret (The Actress That Are Rousseau), tender spoken vocals (end of The Leibniz Language), and the theatrical and bizarre sounding (Mr. Tolstoi).

Some stand out tracks on the album come from those that already have had a fair amount of airing during Le Butcherettes gigs as well as being available on pre-release. Tonight, the first track of the album sets you up nicely with what's to come. This is followed by New York which speeds through in under two minutes and will be a certain fan favourite. The Leibniz Language is the longest track of the album and demonstrates the greatest variety opening with synthesised organ riffs, picking up pace in the middle before ending with example of the more senstive side of Teresa Suaréz's (aka Teri Gender Bender) vocals.

Sin, Sin, Sin is released by Rodriguez Lopez Productions / Sargent House and you can stream or download the album at the Le Butcherettes BandCamp page.

Track listing:

  1. Tonight
  2. New York
  3. Henry Don't Got Love
  4. The Leibniz Language
  5. Bang!
  6. All You See In Me Is Death
  7. I'm Getting Sick Of You
  8. Riko's Smooth Talking Mothers
  9. The Actress That Ate Rousseau
  10. Tainted In Sin
  11. Dress Off
  12. Empty Dimes
  13. Mr. Tolstoi

Le Butcherettes: Henry Don't Got Love.



The Ramones: Rockaway Beach

Continuing with songs that sound great in the sun (because lets face it this glorious London weather is bound to not last) this one came on the radio this morning, Rockaway Beach by the Ramones.

Taken from my favourite Ramones album, Rocket To Russia, the track combines the unmistakeable punk rock sound along side some surf rock influences.  It sounds great at anytime of the year but when the sun is shining it's at its best. 

It needs to be played loud, and it needs to be played in the sun.  Enjoy.