With part 4 the Cellar Dwellers are closing their Junkyard Chronicles. And have completed the picture!
In the meantime I have seen the band live, and they are a formidable force. Their combination of rock, metal and punk energy is sure to go down well with many a crowd.
On this EP 6 songs this time. Shut Up is another ballsy rocker that they do so well. Furniture, is a short little steamroller where their punk influences really come to the fore. Take It is a Black Sabbath influenced heavy metal punch. At least you think so, until they suddenly change direction and take off with speed and determination. She’s A Loser is back on the metal track and a menacing at that. Song About Nothing is slightly more commercial, great riffs and melodies throughout, catch the video below. The EP closes with Rock ‘n Roll Noise, which sees them in their more classic rock ‘n metal mode.
Over 4 EP’s and 21 tracks, Cellar Dwellers have proven to rise to the challenge. Will be interesting to see where they are heading next…
And…the Cellar Dwellers are back with EP 3 in a series of 4. And as was to be expected, EP 3 of the Junkyard Chronicles is another batch of 5 songs highlighting the bands roots in punk, psychedelic and classic rock.
Opening with the venomous Don’t Know Dick, the first statement is bold and ballsy. Next track, Dear Johnny, with Michel Janssen on guest vocals, is an uptempo rocker with alas a sad ending for Johnny… Lost is a song with a great haunting guitar line throughout the song. It is a slow burner, and for me easy one of the highlights. Next up is Pussy, which you can listen to below. And yes, it is fun and energetic. The release closes with Nightmare, which is another prime example of the power in the band. And another song with great guitar work.
So now on to something new. Well, not quite perhaps. Turns out this band has been around since 1990. In various line-ups they have been gigging. And stopping. And starting again. And now, since early 2015 they are back and stronger than ever! First prove of this re-found energy is these 2 EP’s Part 1 from 2016 and a fresh part 2. The plan is to record 4 in total, each with 5 songs. Smart idea from this ehhh 5 piece 🙂
Part 1 starts very strong with the song Enemy. Raw power and energy, served with catchy hooks and good melodies. Melodies are memorable throughout the songs, and it sure helps they use more vocalists. It really enhances their mix of punk rock, classic rock and a dash of psychedelica. Another smart thing is additional arrangements, be it sound clips, or keyboards. Take for instance track 4 S.O.S. The overall sound creates a haunting atmosphere in the verses but when the guitars kick in on the chorus, you are back on earth in seconds. Oh, and closing track Ramones can only be a tribute to…. right! EP 2 starts with another belter, the aptly titled Rock City. Lyrics go a little crazy with Pornosluts and Puke & Boogie without losing momentum. And the other 2 songs Long Distance Lovesong and Mayhem’s Trash (some Black Sabbath anyone?) are further testament to the talent in the band.
Energetic, powerful and experienced. You cannot go wrong with this music to start a party!
The Mercy Kills are an Australian quartet consisting of Jen X Costello on bass, Nathalie Gellé on guitar, Josh Black on drums and Mark Entwistle on guitar and vocals. So a 2 lady, 2 guy thing. The style is punk rock. Sometimes a bit more of one, and then a tad more of the other. So far they have released a couple of EP’s and a debut album in 2013 called Happy To Kill You.
This is their first European release (on Bad Reputation) and I have mixed feelings about it. Especially the part that is mainly fuelled by brash and sleazy punk is a bit hard to get into for me. Luckily there are also some songs on here that predominantly exist in the rock realm, and they are actually pretty good. I am talking about songs like for instance She Knows, Little Mercy and Rain. For me that is where they hit the right spots. But I can also imagine that others will soak up the energy from other tracks and that is fine by me. For sure they sound confident and with a huge dose of adrenalin that will make every crowd roar. I am assuming that the ladies also sing, because in many songs female voices add to the lead vocals. Either in harmony or in counterparts.
Well in the end I think you’d better make up your own mind! They will be coming on a full throttle tour, so take the chance to acquaint yourself.