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Radioactivity (Dan)

October 30, 2013

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The newest addition to Dirtnap Records is one with a few familiar faces. Radioactivity was formed by Jeff Burke, the front man for The Marked Men, and he then recruited Texas garage rock heroes Mark Ryan (The Marked Men, Mind Spiders) and Gregory Rutherford (Bad Sports, Mind Spiders) to fill out the roster.

The band just released their brilliant self-titled LP, which is as close to punk rock perfection as you’ll see this year. It features thirteen ferocious jams that are sure to please not only The Marked Men fans out there but anyone who loves power pop and power chords. As proof these guys are not fucking around, they have already announced that another album will be released in the not too distant future!

The band is currently touring Europe, but here’s hoping they add some Texas stops to the schedule very soon.

:Radioactivity – Locked In My Head:
:Radioactivity – World Of Pleasure:

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Steve Adamyk Band, Low Culture (Dan)

January 30, 2013

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The genius of the Steve Adamyk Band is their ability to draw you in. They write great hooks, which have you singing and nodding your head in a matter of seconds. Listen to Not A Witness and just try not to sing along with that chorus. These veteran Canadian punk rockers have just released their third album, appropriately named, Third. Fans of their past releases will not be disappointed. Third features quick hitting garage-punk songs that have more than a little classic-pop appeal. I’m on my knees praying to the rock gods (Are you listening, Jimi?) that the band makes their way to Austin for SXSW.

:Steve Adamyk Band – Not A Witness:
:Steve Adamyk Band – Landslide:

Speaking of bands I want to see at SXSW, you can add Low Culture to that list. Labelmates on Dirtnap Records with the Steve Adamyk Band, Low Culture hails from the great state of New Mexico. The group is comprised of members of Shang-A-Lang and the Marked Men. Their debut effort, Screens, is not unlike the SAB record since it’s filled with catchy garage punk rock. However, unlike some garage bands, they have a crisp sound that isn’t meant to be lo-fi or fuzzed out. It’s fast paced and thrashy but it still manages to be melodic and toe-tapping. Actually mosh-inducing is probably a more apt description.

:Low Culture – Screens:
:Low Culture – Touchy Feely:

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