Punk

MMx100 West Bank Robbers – Pusten Jager

This in from Martin – two new tracks by West Bank Robbers.

These two tracks were recorded live and raw in Cantus studio a couple of years ago. The idea was to just plug into the amps and record without too much analyzing and hesitation. Kind of like the good old days.

‘Pusten jager’ is a track about reconciliation, defiance or annihilation of the young boy I once was. Growing up in a protected middle-class suburbia exposed to one certain truth in one certain way. I was never really challenged about all this until my youth years where punk rock and skateboarding became an eyeopener for alternative culture, literature and philosophy like many other kids in my neighborhood. Then I was kind of settled in that new bubble without further progression for many years. Relying on that before acknowledging that I had become just as settled like the childhood boy. But do I really want to go back on those values or erase both stages to find something completely new? Is there a tendency as you grow older to come back to what you learned and experienced back then? Combining different stages or just to erase them all? I don´t know.

‘Takk og farvel’ is a song about experiences of a young social worker and all the fragile souls among youth on the streets you meet. You try your best, but then you have to realize that your best intentions and work to make their lives better isn´t enough. Most of them are great people with valuable skills for our society, but they are betrayed by their families and loved ones, a rigid school system and frames set too narrow for them. They just aren´t made to adjust. At some point you have to accept it and let them walk into the darkness alone. Some social workers might tend to make so called clients to their own project instead of encouraging youth to find their own motivation and purpose to make a change for the better. Years later you meet them wandering around in obscure parts of the city. Maybe they´ll give you a hug and remember you? Probably they won´t notice you, but you remember them and the times you thought they were able to pull through. Well, many of them are still around and hopefully they´ll find their way out of everything and moving on to a better life. Time will tell.

Tracklist;
1. Pusten Jager
2. Takk og Farvel

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MMx096 Lord Panzer – No Justice Just Us

Here’s some good old sing along punk for those summer night glubs.

Lord Panzer arose from the ashes of the band Saddams Sønner. After a breef interlude with the Bistronauts, Lord Panzer teamed up with Møkkamennene i 2009, forming the band Lord Panzer & Møkkamennene. And has since been playing hard hitting punk music, inspired by the great punk bands of the late 70s and early 80s.

Lord Panzer & Møkkamennene consists of Pål (Drums), Øyvind (Guitars), Helene (Guitars/Backing Vocals), Lasso (Bass) and HC (Founding member/Bass). Lord Panzer is St. Haabeth (Lead Vocals/Composer).

Tracklist:
01. Just Us
02. Friggin In The Riggin
03. Who Do You Think You Are?! Kant!
04. Stand and Deliver
05. Suicide Bomber
06. Ave Imperator
07. Pervers Politiker

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MMx087 West Bank Robbers – Alt

West Bank Robbers have gone and recorded 6 new mighty tracks, which we’re delighted to release on MarsMelons.

West Bank Robbers second release contains songs which explores narrative stories further than their first release. Stories about social alienation, and a feeling of all the insecurity connected to being and adult and always being expected to do “the right thing”. Not exactly revolutionary themes, but never based on fictional ideas and structure. Hence the narrative aspect about simple things delivered with sincerity and vicinity. This EP contains straight ahead punk-rock songs with reggae/dub/ska influences. That´s about it.

40 is the new 20 – I feel you, man. These tracks reminds me of why I got interested in music in the first place, why music can transcend time, space and dreary daily lives.

Tracklist
01. Alt
02. Nådestøtet Gis
03. Et Sted I Oslo By
04. Lokfører
05. Sangene Du Sang
06. Du Forstod

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MMx071 Hamstern Inc. – Introvert

Hamstern & The You Know Who’s returns, but this time they’re re-surfacing as Hamstern Inc. (Pepsi didn’t allow them to use the Pepsi-name anymore). Sounding slightly more poppy this time around, their most extroverted track to date, in my opinion – a track which, ironically, is called ‘Introvert’. It’s still the same rock solid punk-rock performance however, an refreshingly energetic and upbeat song, I can’t complain about much – except for the fact that it’s just ONE song. Quit your jobs and record some more tracks, goddamnit. I can’t for the life of me understand why Fysisk Format turned these guys down, they must be deaf.

Tracklist
01. Introvert

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MMx070 Cock Invaders – s/t

Cock Invaders was an absolutely brilliant Norwegian punk-rock band that existed years ago – liberatingly politically incorrect, their biography over at Urørt read;

COCK INVADERS WILL NEVER DIE _ COCK INVADERS LETS NO ONE RAPE YOUR SOUL_ COCK INVADERS HAS LIVED A MILLIONS YEARS BEFORE_ COCK INVADERS ARE BACK TO RULE YOUR FUCKING BIG ASS. THIS FUCKING BAND WILL NEVER DIE_ OUR MUSIC ITS TOO GREAT NOT TO RULE YOUR FUCKING LIFE
PUNK ROCK FOREVER!

We’re lucky enough to know these guys, and although most of them now won’t let their faces be affiliated with this piece of Norwegian punk-rock history, we’ve been allowed to release eight of their tracks. What a privilege. Enjoy!

Tracklist
01. Do You Wanna Get Laid?
02. Cock Invader
03. This Is My Sexual Investment
04. Ukjent Tittel
05. Don’t Eat At McDonald’s
06. Every Fucking Way
07. Ill Order
08. Everybody Loves My Ex

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MMx065 West Bank Robbers – Egne Hjem

“Jeg begynte nesten å grine da jeg hørte den sangen – så jævlig bra!” – Thomas Bergsten, explaining how he felt when he first heard ‘Mosaikk’, track 5 from West Bank Robbers’ new EP, ‘Egne Hjem’. I’m a total sucker for this record too. It moves the fist clenching and sing along-muscles of my stomach, and sparks something in my brain too.

These guys have been playing in all kinds of bands over the years (No Torso, Fence, Olafly, The Phantoms etc), and what they have here, it seems, are their experiences, knowledge and passion distilled into one dynamite of a record. “It’s taking the music back to its origin”, says guitarist and singer Martin Brostigen, “a group of friends hanging out, making songs based on real life narratives, clinically free of fictional clichés. Rett frem – rett hjem – egne hjem.” A testament to the fact that there are punk bands out there still capable of staying out of the “stale cartoons”-bin.

‘Egne Hjem’ was recorded in Calmeyer Studio, and produced by West Bank Robbers. Artwork by Åse & Morten.

Tracklist
01. Egne Hjem
02. Vinter Oslo
03. En By
04. Magnolia
05. Mosaikk

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MMx030 Hamstern & The Pepsikids – s/t

Just when you thought punk rock had finally signed off as an exciting genre, these boys enter the frame and makes it all worth while again. Wheels aren’t being reinvented on this four piece EP, but it’s a dead honest approach to the music which quite obviously is flowing through these guys’s veins. The band have no apparent connection to any scene, hence, there’s no expectations of a sound to live up to for them, no asses to kiss for acceptance – which in all its simplicity makes this record so god damn good. It gives them the freedom to create exactly what it is that they want.

Their sound is obviously influenced a great deal by Hot Water Music, which is fabulous, in my opinion, but there’s so much originality in this sound (not to mention the songs are written in their mother tongue; Norwegian) that comparing them simply to HWM wouldn’t do them proper justice. Lyrically heartfelt, melodically feel good and wonderfully honest in its approach. Thanks guys, for making me feel this way about punk rock again – it’s been quite some time! Hamstern & The Pepsikids are Hamstern, Paulsen, R.F. & Mark. Artwork by Morten.

Tracklist
01. Jeg Reiser Meg
02. En Kirkegård Av Drømmer
03. Landgang
04. Speilvendt

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MMx021 Mørkemannmennene – s/t

During the dark middle ages, a band of black caped monks emerged from the monolithic mountains of Sveknuten in Western Norway, and settled in a small mountain village. The leader of the band claimed to be speaking in tongues, and attracted a great number of listeners at the local tavern – he claimed they all came from a village called ‘Frafjord’, and had been sent by dark forces buried deep inside the old mountains to warn all local heirs of a coming disaster. The locals grew scared of the mysterious monks and their prophecies, and started to ridicule their warnings and to harass them, culminating in the monks’ arrest. One morning not long after the monks’ imprisonment, the entire town population was found literally shredded to pieces and flung over every single housing in town. The black monks had escaped from the prison, but their prison cells had remained locked, and there were no signs of a breakout. The only thing they had left was a piece of stone, containing a mysterious engraving.

Well over 800 years later, the band ‘Mørkemannmennene’ recorded two pieces of music said to be the translation of the stone carvings. Not much is known about the band – some have claimed they are direct heirs of the black monks, and others that they are their spirits reborn. We don’t know. But we have their music – and it’s here for you, for free to download, in all its shredded glory. Artwork by Morten.

Tracklist
01. Levende Døde
02. Udødelige

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MMx020 Make It A Dead One – The World Is Running Out of Letters

This record was first released on How Is Annie Records back in 2005, but has sold out long ago. So we bring it back. With two bonus tracks! This is what How Is Annie Records described these guys’ sound back then;

– These youngsters do their thing in Trondheim and is the only one in their genre here at the moment. Beautiful mid 90’s screamo in the vein of Saetia, Harriet The Spy and Funeral Diner. Artwork by Andreas Myklebust.

Tracklist
01. Sail Down Corpse-Maker
02. I Blame Radio Violence
03. It’s Time For Your Cheque-Book To Meet Its Maker
04. A Sunburned Sight On Second Boulevard
05. You Sure Made A Churchgoer Out of Me

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MMx010 Klørrr – Disco Bunny Lady

It’s Klørrr party animal for all you disco bunny ladies out there. Too often during the first part of this century you heard about bands being labeled “garage rock”, when it really sounded like some shit crafted for a housewife soap-commercial. This is Klørrr however, the drop your pants, shit in your hands real deal. Besides, how can you possibly go wrong with song-titles like “I’m Dead, Give Me Head” or “Everyday Feels Like Sunday”? I tell you, you can’t.

Recorded in an actual garage in 2006, Thomas on bass, Lasso on drums. Hardcore’s not for sale, so we give it to you. Artwork by Morten.

Tracklist
01. Disco Bunny Lady
02. Hava Negilah/Die Motherfucker Die
03. Instrumental
04. Negative Creep
05. Klørrr, Party, Animal
06. I’m Dead Give Me Head
07. Big & Small
08. Interlude
09. Everyday Feels Like Sunday
10. Hava Negilah (Reprise)

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MMx006 Evasion – Hockey Temper

‘Hockey Temper’ consists of three songs recorded with a video camera (hence the rather squeeky quality) in Martin’s basement one evening during fall 2005. The band initially started out a few months prior to the recording, with the intention of having fun making some classic late 80’s hardcore in the vein of Youth of Today, Bold, Jerry’s Kids, Bad Brains etc.

The band’s longest ever show was played at Black Eyed Bean in Oslo, when they played for at least 15 minutes (which included a Dag Nasty-cover and a replay of a song). That’s just why this record clocks in at only 6:55. Artwork by Morten.

Tracklist
01. Evasion
02. About To Explode
03. Stay Dedicated

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MMx003 FUBAR – Psychdelic Buckdown

This shit is so dirty and noisy you’d think we recorded it with a laptop-microphone, and we sure did. Gritty punk and psychedelic jams accompanies vocalist Thomas’s exceptionally hissing voice. The record clocks in at about 27 minutes (that was how far the recording got before the drum set got fucked). We also found purple snow pleading for mercy outside the windows of the studio upon exit.

The band consisted of; Anders, Thomas, Bendik & Morten and was recorded at Helset Klubben X-mas 2005. The sound quality on this recording is horrendous, so download with caution. You’ll receive a “free record”-voucher from us if you somehow manage to prove that you’ve listened through this entire recording. Artwork by Morten.

Tracklist
01. Du Bare Braaker Som Faen Under Hele
02. Lokedel
03. 2 3 4
04. 2 3 4 En Gang Til
05. Lokedel Igjen
06. The Kinder Eggs In Africa
07. Enda En Lokedel
08. Tin Box Teeth Sharpener
09. Your Kite Looks Just Like Moriarty
10. Truddelutt
11. We Bring Acid, You Cool-Aid It
12. Vi Ødela Cymbalen

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