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Jump Back :: The Week in Review

Patrons of Punk re-embraced a re-post of an article written a few weeks back…before the meltdown…about a band from Phoenix called Moovalya. I felt a bit bad as it was our technical difficulties that caused the article to disappear for a bit. More post-hardcore punk followed on Tuesday  with Thurdeen’s review of Sleep City’s debut EP entitled Still Breathing.  News of The Joy Formidable’s Spring Tour landed on the front page mid-week as the band begins final preparations to support their debut album entitled The Big Roar which is due to drop early next week…March 14th to be exact.  We also got some good news out of the Criminal Records camp when we learned that The Exits were, in fact, still very much alive and heading back into the studio to record some new stuff. I’m not sure who pissed Thurdeen off this week but it’s clear that he has been dialing up the punk to get in touch with his inner angry child. The theme continues with his review of Kesshin, a french al-rock/punk band from France whose new EP entitled For Too Long Now has us all quite smitten. The music of Byzanite closes out the week for us as we learn that chiptune is not actually created by chipmunks (sorry Alvin) but by a step-sequencer hooked up to a GameBoy. What? Exactly. But ’tis good my friends so check it out.

– Drago

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Moovalya :: Old School Punk with a New Found Flair

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First Degree :: Hail to the Hearts

Now is the time to rejoice my fellow stage divers of old because your friends at Froglix have uncovered further proof that punk is not dead…it’s just been hiding. But Drago, whatever do you mean? Well, it’s like this. Much of what big corporate radio and the majors have been force feeding us over the last decade has merely been mindless dribble masquerading as punk. There it is…I said it.

Remember when punk was…well punk? That, my friends, is the feeling one gets when listening to Moovalya. This power trio from Phoenix, namely Benjamin Jones (vox/guitar), Sean Stroud (bass/vox) and Mitch Hosier (drums), is laying down a vibe that is fast, furious and full of that old school punk angst that rings true for so many. They have an explosive sound that will have you longing for an old school thrash straight from the jump. (For anyone under 30, thrash = mosh pit).

Their most recent studio release, an EP entitled First Degree (also the name of the title track), is available via their website and at $7…it’s a steal! Raucous, rebellious and ripe with raw emotion….get it, play it, dig it.

– Drago