These guys, Baxter Stockman, have just released a brilliant album called Punter. Truly founded in the “post-no wave early to mid ’80s era” of big black, buttonhole surfers et al it kicks like you’ve never been kicked before and grips you by the throat like a motherfucker too.
A strong Finnish three piece who play harsh, dissonant and noisy rock music I was hooked from the get go. The press release name checks Rapeman too - and you’ll know why when you check it out.
"While Baxter Stockman respects its predecessors, it takes a thorny path of its own."
All rumbling clipped tension, dissonance & the like. Another band that have been described as being a bit like early SY and No Wave bands and granted their first album with it’s scratchy guitars came closer to that than most but fuck, that sax needs to be way more skronky for this to be described as No Wavey.
Having said that there are also more in your face tracks on the album which capture more of the SY ethos and it’s well worth checking out.
Prepping for going to see Lydia Lunch’s Big Sexy Noise on Friday at the Fleece by re-watching Céline Danhier’s awesome documentary about No Wave & the Cinema of Transgression, Blank City. It features not only ms lunch but also richard kern, steve buscemi, debbie harry, brian eno, james chance, thurston moore, jim jimminy thirlwell & jim jimminy jarmusch etc etc etc.
Needless to say any film with both death valley 69 & TJ&TJ’s orphans on the soundtrack’s is always gonna be fucking awesome but this would be fucking awesome even w/out them - a fascinating historical document of an incredibly creative time.
If you’ve never watched it & have any sort of interest in punk or more pertinently noise rock grab a copy from somewhere.
I think the expression is “And then three come along at once”. Actually, including the Bad Brains one I mentioned t’other day it’s actually four amazing American music docs from the 80’s, all about hardcore bands & similar & all readying for release any time soon.
First, Salad days, a documentary about the DC hardcore scene when it was in it’s pomp, early 80’s to the end of the decade. It features Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Alec Mackaye & more. A first trailer dropped a while back, a second one just last week. They’re both below:
Second documentary, this one about the Boston Hardcore scene, again early 80’s, features SS Decontrol, DYS, Gang Green, Jerry’s Kids, The F.U’s, Negative FX, The Freeze and Deep Wound.
Talking about Boston & Hardcore gives me an opportunity to mention the news last week that Boston police tried to make moshing at hardcore gigs illegal. Obviously noses get bloodied & bones broken in mosh pits but only in a friendly way. Unlike the dorks who get bladdered of a friday / saturday night in every city centre & end up glassing each other.
The really funny thing though was the move to try & ban moshing followed someone getting hurt at a Flogging Molly gig. Last time I saw Flogging Molly the most aggressive the mosh pit got was two elderly balding guys running up to each other and doing something that looked like they were playing pat-a-cake. Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but Flogging Molly aren’t exactly known for their mad crazy aggressive mosh pits.
Finally, a documentary about the scene that became known as No Wave. Been waiting for this for ages, it documents New York in its lawless, chaotic heyday, the end of the 70’s early 80’s. No Wave’ll probably always be my favourite music genre so I’m looking forward to this one especially. And check the roll call: Patti Smith, Basquiat, Thurston Moore, Steve Buscemi, Blondie, Lydia Lunch & John Waters.