Thursday, June 27, 2013

PORTLAND MUTANT PARTY 7"s

VA - PORTLAND MUTANT PARTY VOLUME 1 7" (Jonny Cat) 
In addition to "PDX" on Blackwater "Portland Mutant Party" is the second current 7" compilation series covering only bands from Portland. While "PDX" is more focused on hardcore, wave and dark punkrock "Portland Mutant Party" features Portland's hottest punkrock, poppunk and surf groups. Each volume is hardly limted, so be fast, because all three 7"s are totally worth it. The first part offers one track by Mean Jeans, Chemicals, Leaders and Therapists serving some of the todays's best poppunk. Each of them should be well known from their previous releases on labels like Dirtnap, Taken By Surprise, Bat Shit, Jonny Cat and others. Mean Jeans are easily the best Ramones influenced band ever. Chemicals play keyboard driven poppunk. Leaders' punkrock sounds both snotty and catchy as hell. Therapists' play blasting punkrock with an early 80's L.A. feel, that's just as great as their full lenght. It's really not possible to point out a certain song, because this 7" as a whole is nothing but a true winner record and if you dig poppunk with a sense of humour, you'll probably also be digging all bands of this well done 7" compilation. (Listen to it here) 

VA - PORTLAND MUTANT PARTY VOLUME 2 7" (Jonny Cat)
Portland has produced countless of amazing punk groups during the past 35 years. Bands like The Wipers, The Exploding Hearts, Tragedy, Poison Idea, Dead Moon or The Neo Boys cover a wide range of different punk sub-genres. The only thing all Portland bands have in common is their variety and this 7" is yet another great example. Defect Defect merge late 70s US west coast punk with dark punkrock simular to The Observers. Youthbitch crank out one immediate catchy punk popper. Red Dons are probably the most well known band on this 7".  They play some of today's best Wipers inspired punkrock. The flipside starts with a raw blasting surf-punk cut by Guantanamo Baywatch. They combine 50s Dick Dale riffs with the way Agent Orange's surf tunes sound like. Fuckin amazing. The final track is made by Welcome Home Walker, who play 60s inspired punkrock not unlike early TY Segall recordings. (Listen to it here
 
VA - PORTLAND MUTANT PARTY VOLUME 3 7" (Jonny Cat)
Here we go with the third and (so far) last volume of the "Portland Mutant Party" compilation series. Thee Cormans are exeptionally not emerging from the Portland punk scene. They nail down one insane and rough surf-punk instrumental. Cyclops don't take things too serious and crank out one of their cheesy, but great poppunk gems with lyrics about leaving a boring party. Denizenz are a band I haven't known before. They play a moody style of Dangerhouse influenced punkrock. Last but not least P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. contribute one track of their awesome 70s rock driven hardcorepunk. They throw in influences ranging from Poison Idea to The Hellacopters, Zeke, MC5, Discharge and Motörhead to create their own snotty and unique style. All four bands rule, just like this whole compilations series fuckin' rules! (Listen to it here)