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Part Time Killer release new track “Notes To Myself”

Finnish skate punks Part Time Killer have released a new track. “Notes To Myself” is out now on all the usual streaming platforms. The song will feature on an as-yet-untitled, upcoming album, out later this year.

Have a listen on Spotify now.

New Song: Part Time Killer – “Burning Flames Of Hell” off upcoming split with One Hidden Frame

Scandinavian punk act Part Time Killer have posted a new song  called “Burning Flames Of Hell.”

You can check it out here.

The song will appear on their upcoming split 7-inch with One Hidden Frame. No word on when the split will be released but we’ll keep you updated. Part Time Killer released their latest EP, “Dead And Gone,” in 2011 on Longplay Music.

Album Review: Part Time Killer – “People. Religion. Death.”

I’m a child of the 90’s and as a result my punk rock roots are, like many others, in the So-Cal, skate punk era that saw the rise of what is now referred to as the Epi-Fat sound.  Skate punk in the modern day has fleeting moments of brilliance but it’s somewhat fading…fast.  This isn’t to say that there aren’t bands out there doing it and doing it well.  Finnish band, Part Time Killer is a perfect example of a band still doing the punk scene proud.  The band rose from the ashes of Flippin’ Beans and there have been a constant flow of releases since the band’s inception.  A 7 inch, a 3 way split and now a full-length is a release schedule that would put some of their bigger contemporaries to shame.

Their first full length People.  Religion.  Death. continues down the same road as the band’s previous efforts with more vigour and passion than I thought was ever possible.  It’s not that “Fuck The World” was lacking in ferocity, but the full-length definitely takes it to the next level.

Opener, “Heartbreaking Music” is not a Lagwagon cover like most would think but it does give an insight to a band that tours hard, produces music constantly but fails to reap the rewards from a scene that continues to take.  “Another amazing town, another amazing crowd, another amazing song but no one sings along.  And it’s breaking my heart.  This is heartbreaking music,” is a particular stand out lyric if only for the fact that I want to yell it back to them at a show to let them know this is amazing music.

Back to the music.  The album is fast-paced from the minute it starts to the second it ends.  The album is heavy on gang vocals, evident in “15 Minutes of Fame” and “Teenage Riot” which bust out the whoas in the most appropriate places.  The simple three chord guitar ethos of skate punk bands gone by is employed here but with a structured attack that many modern day bands are missing and “Weight of the World” is a prime example of this.

“Anti-Everything” could almost be a lyrical spit against Gen Y but mainly focuses on faith yet it has that melodic hook which will ensure a crowd singing along to every word.  “Your Life Story” was included on the “Fuck the World” 7 inch but the album version features Sammi from Finnish hardcore band, St. Hood whose gritty vocals add an unexpected element, anger.

Lyrically the album covers issues plaguing modern day society, as outlined in the album title, it meanders through topics of people, religion and death.  Not always glamorous topics but important nonetheless.  It’s extremely political in some views without being overly preachy, a shining testament to the song writing ability of the band.  “Freedom Fight?” is one that addresses war, an issue which many of us are now so conditioned to that we’re almost blind to it.

The strength in this album is that it never attempts to be something that it’s not.  There are no over-the-top, wanky breakdowns, there are no slow numbers; there is not a single song in the album that doesn’t fit with the overall picture of the band.  The album is solid, passionate, and furious without being overtly technical.  If most bands did simplicity as well as PTK then punk rock would be a better place.  Part Time Killer are doing skate punk in 2011 the way it should have always been done…well.

Album Review: Part Time Killer – “Fuck The World” 7-inch

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Hands up.  Who else got a little teary back in 2007 when Flippin’ Beans called it day?  I have no shame in admitting that I did.  Luckily, a drummer named Eppu showed up to remind the members of how awesome it was to be in a punk rock band and Part Time Killer was formed.   If like me, it feels like you’ve been waiting forever for the release of their 7 inch, Fuck The World, take solace in the fact that you’re not alone.

While not straying too far from the path that the Beans had already paved, the new release from Part Time Killer stands on its own as one of, if not, the best 7 inch released in 2010.  There, I said it.  In four short songs, they’ve delivered a shining example of short, fast, tight, take no prisoners punk rock.

The 7 inch has everything.  In a minute and half title track Fuck The World’s fast drumming, furious power chords and consistent gang vocals demanding ideas and action to save the planet makes a persuasive case for this EP’s brilliance.

Drummer Eppu, runs the entirety of Your Life Story with mind-blowing stroke rolls. It’s some of the finest and fastest punk drumming you’ll ever hear.  Which makes me pose the question, how does someone so skinny make beats so phat?  Kill ‘em All is politically charged with oodles of guitar-driven energy to back it up.  It’s the slowest track yet maintains enough pace to keep a mosh pit in the rafters.  Honestly, slower would be a better description than slowest.

Finally, the release comes to a close with Rise Against. The cut is a complete lyrical attack against both Rise Against and AFI and the scene that surrounds both bands in general.  ‘It’ll come from your heart, not what you wear’, is the lyric that sums up the song perfectly.

Limited to only 300 pressings world-wide, any punk would be a fool not to own this.  I bought two.  Hopefully, the wait for their next release won’t be as long as it was for this one because I have no doubt that the needle is going to wear through this piece of vinyl in a matter of weeks through heavy rotation.  The release is available through some of the world’s best independent labels including Toy Bomb and Pee Records.  Buy it now, but head on over to their MySpace page while you wait for it to arrive.  Seriously.  Do it.  NOW!