Kraków, Poland’s TORPUR may only be a duo, but these punkers make enough racket to be an entire platoon of skateboard freaks. Their new eight song cassette is nine minutes of screaming, distortion, and hiss that is sure to alienate the squares. TORPUR’s self-described “goblin punk” is harsh and abrasive. And yet somehow these guys are still really catchy and fun. If you aren’t too frightened to make it all the way to the end, the last track is a fantastic stomp-beat crusher full of static and dissonance. This band has made one of the best demo’s I’ve heard in a long time. Someone get them a 7″ before they break up and it’s all lost to obscurity the of the punk oblivion.
The UK has been making us look bad at our own game. The Brits stole our US hardcore sound and I’m not sure they’re willing to give it back. They’re blowing us away with their recent interpretation of bands like SS Decontrol, The Abused, and Negative Approach. It’s kind of like when the Soviets and Yugoslavia beat Team USA out in Olympic Basketball in 1988. David Stern had to assemble the Dream Team just to bounce back from that!
Speaking of 1988, recent Firm Standing Law demo tape is just another example of how the Queen Mother’s hardcore is reshaping the stuff America was doing in the Eighties. This three song cassette has a feel of Chain of Strength and Cro-Mags with maybe a little Strife thrown in. Nothing fancy here – just finger-pointing and crew chants. The intro track even has a nod to Black Sabbath’s eponymous riff. I really hope these straightedge Englishmen sell long-sleeve t-shirts with script printed from the cuff to the shoulder.
CLICK HERE: FIRM STANDING LAW DEMO 2016