Somewhere between fighting strangers in an alley and drinking beers with your friends you’ll find Fluffy Machine’s sound. Over the last 5 years, they’ve traveled Europe and carved a small reputation in the punk rock scene. In 2019 they’ve recorded their first album that explores skate punk in the traditional Californian sense of the way. However for their new album released in 2021, Fluffy Machine have picked up Australian and English influences from bands like Clowns and IDLES giving the band a new fresh dose of summer intensity. The result is the perfect cocktail for a moshpit at a poolparty.
From the rainy streets of Seattle, comes the melodic street pop punk sweethearts known as Kids on FIre, and they are ready to bum you out! Ok, ok…not really; however, with the release of their first full length album, “songs in the key of bummer”, Kids on Fire have crafted songs designed for commiserating over good times, bad relationships and questionable decision making. Injecting wit and self-depreciating humor into melancholic themes, Kids on Fire create a space for positive catharsis, by combing it all into fun, fast, upbeat musical arrangements.
The Disorderlies are devotees of the hard-fast edge of pop punk: fast beats and fast guitars, simple and intense chord structures that convey the intensity and urgency of classic slam dancing 1980’s hardcore. They remind me of Bad Religion and Pennywise; as well the Descendents at their most raucous. The twist here is that singer/guitarist Lizzie brings a warmth, lilt, and in-tune-ness (is that a word?) uncommon to this genre, reminding me more than anything of Exene Cervenka. It’s a KILLR combination! I would be remiss if I did not share my envy of bassist Kevin’s high speed no-pick finger style. Devotees of Karl Alvarez and Steve Harris will know what I’m talking about, and anyone who plays bass can tell you this is a rare skill reserved for SHREDDERS. Also: hooks hooks hooks