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Album Review: The Decline – Flash Gordon Ramsay Street

Hailing from Perth, Australia, The Decline are back with their fourth studio album; Flash Gordon Ramsay Street. This album is a return to the fast, loud punk rock that underpinned their first 2 albums but went missing somewhat on their previous release “Resistor”. You could be forgiven for thinking that this album is a 90’s or early 2000’s punk band signed to Fat Wreck Chords, it has definitely got that Southern California punk feel about it. 

The album artwork is uniquely Australian with a Kookaburra sitting on a street sign that reads the album title “Flash Gordon Ramsay Street” in front of a court bowl bearing resemblance to that of Ramsay Street. For non-Australian (or British) readers; Ramsay Street is iconic for being the setting of terrible Australian soap opera “Neighbours”. The process of nonsensically joining pairs of words that flow into one another, the way a rapper – or schizophrenic – may, is continued from the album title to the 6th song ‘Summerbucht’ and the 13th song ’Bahia De Verano’. These songs, each 5 seconds long, include the same 15 words “flash Gordon Ramsay street fighter pilot light sabre tooth fairy dust Pan Pacific rim job” as the former ramps up in intensity and the latter winds down with the album. 

The album reaches a value-for-money 17 songs but only checks in at 30min in length, ensuring the listener doesn’t lose interest or get bored throughout the album. Kicking off with the very solid “Bullet With Buffalo Wings”, the album really comes into its own on the second -and arguably the best- song “Brovine”.  Without having any context, it is hard to tell whether this song is about sexual harassment and domestic abuse, or factory farms and meat-eating – most likely it is about both. The songs’ verses are tied together with a chorus-chant of “fuck off with your macho shit” sung with such passion that I can’t help but join in every time it is sung, I can only imagine this would be amazing in a live show. The albums intensity continues to rise through the fourth song “War” which features guest singer Nuno Pereira of A Wilhelm Scream taking control of the song for a single verse that completely changes from The Decline’s usual sound to that AWS.

The guest vocals don’t end there, the very next song, “A Verge Collection”, features Stacy Dee of Bad Cop Bad Cop as the girlfriend that the protagonist is running from. As the album approaches the end, the mood is lifted slightly by the song “Get Hyrule, Save Zelda” which features slightly more poppy music over a more relaxed set of lyrics about playing Zelda. For Australian music fans, it is worth identifying this song as another – “Get, See” song, starting with The Smith Street Band’s “Get High, See Mice”, Lincoln Le Fevre’s “Get Drunk, See Bands” and Luca Brasi’s “Get Sad, See No One”. 

The raised mood is only temporary before the album ends on a particularly sad pair of songs, “Your Funeral” and “Josh”. “Your Funeral” is the only slow song on the album and is sung with serious emotion; the lyrics express concern for an old friend, the lyrics “feels like we wrote the whole of Eat That in your background over beers” identifies the friend in trouble as a past band member and quite likely former vocalist Dan Cribb. The song focuses on the friends mental health issues, not being in contact with the friend and the associated feeling of not being able to do anything to make a difference. This leads into the louder “Josh” a tribute to a friend who has died and how different things are now that he is gone. This doesn’t have the raw sadness of “Your Funeral” and feels more like a celebration of the life and good times that were shared before the passing of Josh. 

The album has really put The Decline back in the drivers seat of Australian punk rock and demonstrates that they should be far more famous than they are. A little more touring to get their music out there and this album would be taking out the top spot on a lot of reviewers end of year lists. 

4.5/5 Stars



Blindspot (pop punk, AU) release video for new track “All Fall Down”

Aussie skate/pop punks Blindspot are to release a new album on November 22nd. Final Allure is to be released on Pee Records. Ahead of that, they’ve put out a video for a track from it, “All Fall Down”.

Have a watch below.



Stone Lions (pop punk, AU) release video for “Take Me Back”

Aussie pop punks Stone Lions release their debut album Necking On And Kicking Off this Friday (September 27th) via Disconnect Disconnect Records (EU), Pee Records (Australia), and Thousand Islands Records (Canada).

Ahead of the release, the band have put out a video for a track from it, “Take Me Back”. Have a watch below



Stone Lions (Pop Punk, Australia) Announce Album “Necking On And Kicking Off”, Stream Video For “Apologies”

Aussie party pop punkers Stone Lions are allowing fans to stream a video for the lead single from their forthcoming album, Necking On And Kicking Off. The tune chosen to tease the new material is titled “Apologies” and you can check out the video for it below.

Helping Stone Lions with the release of Necking On And Kicking Off will be Disconnect Disconnect Records (Italy), Pee Records (Australia), and Thousand Islands Records (Canada). The full release is scheduled for September 27 but pre-orders are up now from any of the aforementioned labels. Those committing to buy the album prior to its release will also receive exclusive downloads for the single “Apologies” and album opened “Burnt Out Lights.”



Sun Heights (Melodic Hardcore, Australia) stream new single “Remain/Resist”

Brisbane melodic hardcore act Sun Heights are streaming their new single “Remain/Resist,” which was released on January 28th via Pee Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Sun Heights last released Farewell, in 2016.



Dan Cribb wraps “Worst Tribute Ever” project with “So Long, Stink Town!”

Dan Cribb of Australian pop-punk outfit Dan Cribb & The Isolated has released “So Long, Stink Town! A Simpsons Medley” to mark the end of his two-year-long tribute project, “Worst Tribute Ever.”

“Worst Tribute Ever”, a project dedicated to renditions of music from “The Simpsons”, has featured many noteworthy collaborators including Axis of Awesome’s Benny Davis, Spiderbait’s Kram, and Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian. These are just some of the names comprising the eclectic and incredibly talented guest list featured on “So Long, Stink Town!”

You can check out the video and stream the entire “Worst Tribute Ever” project below.



She’s The Band (punk, Australia) stream new EP “A Place Of Our Own”

Australian punk act She’s The Band are streaming their new EP, A Place Of Our Own, which was released on September 14th via Pee Records.

You can give it a listen below.

She’s The Band last released It Comes To Break in December 2016.



Nerdlinger release “Happy Place” LP, stream video for “Underrated” (ffo: The Menzingers, The Offspring)

Garage Punk band Nerdlinger is blending some finer rock and roll points into their pop-punk sound with their new release “Happy Place”.  The Australian band which boasts playing 350+ shows in the past 5 years through Australia, New Zealand and Japan, is currently touring Australia and gearing up for their first North American trip to play Fest in Gainesville, Florida this fall.

The video for the first single, “Underrated” recreates an intimate venue environment combining shiney lights in a dim room paired with music best fit for your favorite dive, giving us a hint that Nerdlinger is on the rise, and these guys are a band you’re probably going to want to see live… and there’s a guy with no pants on…

Give it a watch below. Crank up the speakers, and be sure and pick up the album available on CD, and colored vinyl through Pee Records, made available through Thousand Island Records in North America and Disconnect Disconnect Records in the U.K.



Dan Cribb and Guy Sebastian “Put the Spring in Springfield” for The Worst Tribute Ever

Dan Cribb has recruited Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian for the latest song in the ongoing tribute to The Simpsons. “We Put the Spring in Springfield” is the twenty-fifth song on The Worst Tribute Ever.

Guy Sebastian is a multi-time platinum soul singer, who’s rise to stardom began with winning the Australian Idol in 2003. This definitely adds some depth to both the quality of the song and the impressive guest list on the album. Other guests so far include Ball Park Music, The Beards, Luca Brasi, Tired Lion and more yet to be announced.

Stream the track below.



New single from Dan Cribb and The Isolated “Run Away”

Anyone following Dan Cribb lately will know he is busy with his The Worst Tribute Ever album of Simpson’s covers. However in between writing and demoing he managed to find himself alone and writing. It was during this moment of isolation where “Run Away” was born.

This is the first original music from Cribb since 2015’s split release with Alkaline Trio’s Derek Grant.

Check out this therapeutic pop-punk gem below.



Nerdlinger release video for “Underrated”

Aussie skate punk three-piece Nerdlinger have released a video for “Underrated”. The track is taken from upcoming album “Happy Place”, out on Pee Records on July 13th. You can have a watch below.

Three tracks from the album are now streaming via Bandcamp where you can also pre-order the album (AustraliaNorth AmericaUnited Kingdom).



Dan Cribb features Emmy Hour and Mane on latest Simpsons cover

Dan Cribb recently passed the 20 track mark of covers honoring the Simpsons with recent releases featuring Emmy Hour of the Cutaways and Mane. With character theme songs being this month’s focus, Hour lent vocals for “Blessed Be the Guy That Bonds”, and Mane provided harmonies for “The Ballad of Jebediah Springfield”. You can check out the recently released tracks, along with the other 19 covers featured on “The Worst Tribute Ever”, below.

“I think Mane’s haunting and commanding voice might make “The Ballad Of Jebediah Springfield” one of ‘Worst Tribute Ever’s biggest songs yet,” Cribb said.

More tracks are still to come, including “Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart” and “See My Vest”.



Dan Cribb streams tracks “It Was A Very Good Beer”, “The Love Matic Grandpa” off The Worst Tribute Ever LP

Singer-songwriter Dan Cribb is continuing on in his homage to The Simpsons with the LP The Worst Tribute Ever. 

“It Was A Very Good Beer” features The Beards frontman Johann Beardraven and “The Love Matic Grandpa” spotlights Taj Ralph on these new additions to the LP.

Stream it below!



Hack The Mainframe stream new album “Disorders of Consciousness”

Australian skate punks Hack The Mainframe just released their debut album Disorders of Consciousness through Pee Records.

You can give the record a listen below, and buy it on vinyl, CD, and digital here.

The band’s debut EP Trapped Online came out in 2016.



Dan Cribb Streams Latest The Simpsons Cover “Canyonero”

Dan Cribb is allowing fans to stream his thirteenth The Simpsons cover, “Canyonero”. The track appears in the 15th episode of season nine, in the episode titled The Last Temptation Of Krust. It was originally sung by Hank Williams, Jr.

Cribb’s version features a cameo by Adelaide singer-songwriter Bec Stevens, as well as an old pal of Dan’s, Jackson Grealy. You can listen to “Canyonero” below.