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Eradicator (featuring members of Direct Hit! and Galactic Cannibal) announce EP, release debut song “Eradicator”

Eradicator, a brand new punk band featuring three members of Direct Hit! (Nick Woods, Danny Walkowiak, and Steve Maury) and a member of Galactic Cannibal (Andy Slania, along with Woods and Maury), have announced that their debut, self-titled, 5-track, 10″ EP will be released in October 2015. You can stream the band’s first song, also titled “Eradicator,” below.

The band is technically a new project from Slania, with Direct Hit! serving as his backing band, but we’ll keep you updated as more information about them, as well as the EP, comes forth.



DS Show Review/Photo Gallery: Punk Rock Grillout: Direct Hit!, Galactic Cannibal (last show ever), Jetty Boys

This is likely the last “review” that will ever by written for a Galactic Cannibal show, because the Milwaukee punks are officially done, over, no more, kaput. But before packing it in, they decided to go out with a bang with one last show, a Punk Rock Grillout at Borg Ward in Milwaukee, with Direct Hit!, Population Control, Jetty Boys, Soup Moat, Foreign Laws, Manger Danger, and Skategoat.

Not being from the Milwaukee area at all, I had never been to Borg Ward, and I had no idea what I was in for. In short, it was a dump. Ceiling tiles were missing, there was only one “bathroom”, the “stage” consisted of either one of two seemingly random spots where gear was set up, mic stands were held up with tape (if they stayed up at all), the vocals were hard to hear at times, it was hot as hell with no air moving through… and it was all perfect. This is exactly how I like shows to be; no gates, no big stages, no backstage where bands can disappear to once they’ve done their thing. It was all up close and personal, and is exactly what I’d want from a Galactic Cannibal show. As for the show itself, it’s everything I have come to expect from DH!/GC, plus so much more. With that being said, read the full review and check out the photo gallery below.

I’m not going to lie, I was a little late to this. I apologize for that, and I’m ashamed. But hey, I drove a long way to get there, and my wife and I had never had the chance to see Milwaukee, so we did some exploring and grabbed some food and beer before the show. When we got to the venue, I had to drive around the block a few times to make sure I was in the right place. But after looking into the alley behind the address, I could tell I was. A whole bunch of punks were standing around outside, smoking cigarettes and drinking beer, and there was a tent set up where Galactic Cannibal frontman Peter Woods was grilling up burgers and hot dogs.

I caught a few songs from most of the opening bands, who all had some great energy, but I’ll admit, it was mostly too hardcore for this pop/skate-punk fan (please, feel free to ridicule me or whatever). The first band I was really looking forward to was Jetty Boys. This was my first time seeing them, and they did not disappoint. They ripped through their set, barely stopping for anything. Singer/guitarist Drew Fredrichsen even played part of one song from on the toilet. Fast, poppy, catchy, describe it how you will, it was a fun set for sure.

Jetty Boys

For many, the main attraction was Galactic Cannibal, it being their last show and all. That being said, they played right in the middle of the whole night, which really seemed to fit perfectly with the band’s short-lived career. Once they were set up, Peter Woods walked up to me and said simply, in a voice that gave the impression he was in some sort of a trance, “I will run into you.” He then proceeded to say the same thing to three or four more people next to me at the front of the “stage”. It turns out he was not lying one bit, because as soon as the music hit, it was chaos, with people smashing into me from behind, and Woods coming from my front. It was great.

Galactic Cannibal

When it came time for Direct Hit! to start, the room was basically empty, but that didn’t last long. People outside quickly gathered around all sides of the “stage” for what is always a great show. Jetty Boys bassist Eric Mahnke filled in on bass, and Steve Maury played guitar, with Devon Kay out on the road with one of his other (awesome) bands, The Fur Coats. Direct Hit! shows are usually a blur for me, and this one was no different. At the end of the set, I usually can’t tell you which songs they played when, but I can tell you I had one of the greatest times ever at a show. I’ve seen the band play live five times now, and it seems like each time I see them, it’s the best set I’ve ever seen. If you’ve never seen them live, do yourself a favor and make sure you don’t miss them the next time they’re anywhere near you (or in my case, nowhere near, but still close enough). Galactic Cannibal drummer (and gracious host of the show) Ryan Bollis stole the show at the end of set, charging in from the crowd, stealing the bass drum and throwing it onto the floor, then kicking over the rest of the drum kit. What a way to end a great night!

Direct Hit!



Music Video: Galactic Cannibal – “Hate Everything More”

Galactic Cannibal, a side project of Direct Hit’s Nick Woods, have premiered a music video for their song “Hate Everything More” and you can check it out here.

The song appears on the band’s debut full length album “We’re Fucked” which was released June 4th on Underground Communique, Lost Cat Records, Encapsulated Records and He Who Corrupts Inc..



Album Review: Galactic Cannibal- “We’re Fucked”

As a huge fan of Direct Hit!, I naturally found myself wanting to check out Galactic Cannibal. Nick Woods plays the vocalist role in both bands, and accordingly there are similarities. Both feature catchy pop punk with gravelly vocals, but where Direct Hit! is more playful, Galactic Cannibal is more intense, forging its own identity with its furious tone.

On We’re Fucked, Woods vocals are harsher, closely resembling a hardcore bark. This shouldn’t be surprising for most fans, as Direct Hit! have already proven quite adept at hardcore on their split EP with Hold Tight. Galactic Cannibal is more of a melding of the two styles though. Other bands have tried to mix hardcore with pop punk, but often times the result is something akin to All Time Low name checking hardcore with shoehorned breakdowns, rather than embodying the genre’s essence. Galactic Cannibal bridge the gap with astonishing fluidity. Pop punk and hardcore were both present at the beginning of punk, and share a lot in common (it was the Ramones that inspired Black Flag after all); both are raw and confrontational music being made without pandering or pretension, stripped of frills and civility. We’re Fucked is punk rock at an almost zen like perfection, melding sub-genre sounds and spirit into something pure and intense.

“Hate Everything More” is a sonic shotgun blast to the face, opening We’re Fucked with the battle cry: “God damn, raise a fucking fist, what are you waiting for? I can see a tremor running through your skin!” The music is comprised of explosive power chord chugging– simultaneously  the soundtrack to convenience store robberies and punk rock catharsis– combined with the catchy, screaming pathos of a man on the edge of despair. The title track is one of the catchiest songs on the album, a great ode to misanthropy encapsulated in the line “this world fucking sucks.” The lone lead note riff that opens “Invisible” serves to make the accompanying vocals all the more powerful, but also offers a change of pace from the relentless chugging.

“Twin Peaks” sounds more meditative in comparison to the rest of We’re Fucked, and with some of its more prominent lead work sounds eerily like early Hot Water Music. The final track, “Take It From Me Everything” is infectious at times (“Say it again and again and again and again”), but at another slips into a harshness bordering on grindcore that works incredibly well.

Galactic Cannibal are furious-as-shit, but their songwriting is at a high enough level that they can communicate personal turmoil in a particularly striking and absorbing way. One of the highest compliments I can give We’re Fucked, is that while it is an album marked by its discontent, the musicality never lets it feel draining.  We’re Fucked is one of those remarkable records that distills punk into the purity of its genesis without being nostalgic mimicry– it’s urgent, it’s modern, and it fucking hates us all. And honestly, we’re better for it.

4/5 Stars



Galactic Cannibal streams debut full length “We’re Fucked”

Galactic Cannibal, a side project of Direct Hit’s Nick Woods, is streaming their debut full length album “We’re Fucked”. You can listen to it right over here.

We’re Fucked” was released June 4th on Underground Communique, Lost Cat Records, Encapsulated Records and He Who Corrupts Inc..



Galactic Cannibal (Nick from Direct Hit!) stream new song “Take It From Me Everything”

Galactic Cannibal, a side project of Direct Hit’s Nick Woods, is streaming a brand new song called “Take It From Me Everything” right here.

The song will appear on the band’s upcoming album “We’re Fucked” due out June 4th on Underground Communique, Lost Cat Records, Encapsulated Records and He Who Corrupts Inc..  You can listen to a couple other songs from the album and pre-order it on Galactic Cannibal’s bandcamp page.



Galactic Cannibal (Nick from Direct Hit!) streams new tune “Slave Song”

Galactic Cannibal, a side project of Direct Hit’s Nick Woods, is streaming a brand new song called “Slave Song” right here.

The song will appear on the band’s upcoming album “We’re Fucked” due out June 4th on Underground Communique, Lost Cat Records, Encapsulated Records and He Who Corrupts Inc..  You can listen to a couple other songs from the album and pre-order it on Galactic Cannibal’s bandcamp page.



Galactic Cannibal (Nick Woods of Direct Hit!) streams new song “Invisible”

Galactic Cannibal, a side project of Direct Hit’s Nick Woods, is streaming a brand new song called “Invisible” right here.

The song will appear on the band’s upcoming album “We’re Fucked” due out June 4th on Underground Communique, Lost Cat Records, Encapsulated Records and He Who Corrupts Inc..