Posts From Oliver Sheppard

An interview with Texas dark punk/postpunk band Annex by Oliver Sheppard

With current and former members of Confused, Porkeria, Bastard Sons of Apocalypse, and Accuse in their ranks, McAllen, Texas band Annex‘s turn towards a darker postpunk sound might surprise some. Started in Summer 2013, guitarist Migas mentions how the tight-knit

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An interview with Brazil’s RAKTA
by Oliver Sheppard

“A more psychedelic and garagey Xmal Deutschland” might be one way to describe Rakta’s hypnotic and layered, guitar-based, gothy punk rock. Their music garnered lots of praise early this year across various ‘zines and on quite a few garage, punk,

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Glorious & Moving Post -Punk!
UNDERPASS “Assimilation” LP Review + Stream

Vancouver, BC/Olympia, WA’s UNDERPASS are a very special band indeed: sounding like Mancunians from 1980, the icy and despondent dark postpunk of the band might have been released on early Factory Records or on 4AD when bands like The Wake

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Dark Raw Punk At Its Best!
KURRAKÄ s/t LP Review + Stream+ Tour News

Texas punk band KURRAKÄ‘s 10-song self-titled LP is a blistering dark thrash attack that borrows elements from bands like Tozibabe, from the dark punk tradition of “Siniestro” Spanish bands like Paralasis Permanente, Morticia y Los Decrepitos, and Alaska y los

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Black Metal meets Post-Punk: Hateful Abandon’s “Liars/Bastards”

Bristol, England’s Hateful Abandon are probably one of the more adventurous and ambitious bands around these days. Rooted, ultimately, in the black metal scene (specifically, depressive black metal bands Abandon and Basilisk), around 2006 or so frontman Vice Martyr took

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Epic Post-Punk/Anarcho-Goth
Dekoder’s “Flowers to Blossom” LP – Review and Streaming

Dekoder’s second 12″ is a 6-song mid-tempo combo of old school gothic rock, anarcho-punk and plain old ’77 style punk, influenced by the more thoughtful side of the punk musical spectrum (more on the Penetration side of things than, say,

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Exclusive
CVLT Nation Streaming:
Population’s new “Relic” 7″

Seattle label Nostalgium Directive will be releasing a new, two-song 7″ record from Chicago postpunk band Population in late June or July. Below is an exclusive streaming track from the new release, sure to delight anyone that’s found themselves a

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Dark Punk Band of The Week:
STRANGER from Boston!

Boston’s Stranger are sick. And hard to categorize. Their Bandcamp page lists “deathrock” and “goth punk” as the two genre tags for the band, but the overall sound of the band to me often has a straightforward, mid-tempo dark crust

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This Band Is Pure Magic!
Brazil’s RAKTA’s
s/t LP Review/Video/Footage

by Oliver Sheppard The echoing vocals, darkly swirling guitars, and spooky organs used by Brazil’s Rakta pull you into a fuzzed-out soundscape drenched in ghostly reverb, drawing you down a sonic vortex and into a hauntingly psychedelic world that seems

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The Best Anarcho/Post Punk Song…
You Will Hear Today!
Dead Cult’s: “Ghosts Still Dance

by Oliver Sheppard Dead Cult may be the youngest band on the resuscitated All the Madmen Records, the anarcho-punk label founded by The Mob in 1978 and resuscitated in 2012 after a nearly 25 year hiatus. Dead Cult‘s 2-song “Ghosts

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