Bleach Party, USA
Mystic Records (2017)
Serious times call for serious measures. In a time where everybody is so goddamned serious about and offended by everything, Bleach Party, USA comes rolling off the bus from Tucson to piss in your neighbors plants with their old school sensibility and traditional punk-chuckle-fuck sense of humor ready to have a good time. For what punker amongst us hasn’t a legendary prank of questionable taste in their arsenal?
TV Tragedy/ A.T.O.F.
Self Released (2017)
There is nothing worse than picking up a split and having half of it blow. I can think of many instances where this particular situation has left me wondering if I can get half the money back because a cup of mediocre coffee would be more fulfilling than having to fast forward through that shitty 4-6 songs again. Thankfully this split from Lake Havasu’s TV Tragedy and A.T.O.F. is pretty fucking rad on both sides, stitches together seamlessly, and is “name your price” so you won’t even have to forego a drink to get a copy of your very own (although we would still recommend kicking the bands a couple bucks for not being awful).
Heavy Breather Cassette
Seizure Salad (2016)
You used to listen to Black Flag when they were good? Still have some of those old JFA seven inches? Are you secretly hoarding Flipper tapes but deny ever liking them? Have you only ever wanted just one Pepsi? If you answered something to the nature of “yes,” then this is the band that’s been missing from your life.
By now, I’m sure everyone here is quite familiar with Fat Wreck Chords and the ever-so-colorful Fat Mike. Some of us may even be familiar with how it began and the hundred plus bands that have touted the Fat Wreck seal of approval on one or all of their releases. The alumni list is pretty hefty, particularly if you include subsidiary labels Honest Don’s and Pink & Black, which unfortunately, were barely mentioned in this documentary. I have more complaints being a terminal curmudgeon, but we’ll get to those later.
Related Records (2016)
Recorded in a living room and released on the local DIY label Related Records, this album is a whopping five-ish minutes of pure, unadulterated punk rock bliss. It’s loud, fast, dirty, and will probably offend everyone around you. The album title alone should give you a good idea of what you’re in for and reeks of cheeky teenage rebellion often lost in the modern age of cellphones and reality shows. Pen15 Club is a reminder that not only are you never too old to flip off The Man, but also that things like whoopie cushions and fart spray are eternally enjoyable for all ages. If it’s too loud, you’re too boring.