The 2nd long-player from the Cute Lepers, entitled "Smart Accessories" is due out on December 7th. It’s available to pre-order now from the DG online shop. The limited vinyl comes on a choice of 4 different colours (red/green/white or grey), or a bundle pack of all 4 colours. The CD is a lovely digipack. Click on the cover art to order yours:-
“Smart Accessories” is the second album from Seattle’s Cute Lepers who, as I’m sure you know, are a six/sometimes seven-piece band from Seattle, WA equally influenced by first wave punk, mod-revival, power pop, with the spirit of Johnny Thunders…together with occasional hints of doo-wop, early 60’s rock ‘n’ roll and a load of female back-up vocals. Led by chief songwriter Steve E. Nix & Kicks (yes that’s Steve E. Nix & Kicks from seminal Seattle band The Briefs!).
After a couple sold out singles and lengthy tours of the United States and Europe, summer 2008 their debut album "Can’t Stand Modern Music" was released on DG in Europe and Blackheart Records (yeah… the label Joan Jett started up a few decades ago!), it combined the attitude of punk rock, the style of mod, and the polished sound of pop. The album went on to win the Best Punk Album category in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards. Now their back with their second album “Smart Accessories” follows much the same path, 13 new tracks including the recent single ‘Berlin Girls’ along with 12 other future punk-pop classics. The band are doing a lengthy European tour throughout November and December.
If you like the Cute Lepers and punky stuff in general why not check out these 2 recent releases from Damaged Goods…..
Louis Lingg & The Bombs – Hates Your Laws EP (7")
Louis Lingg and the Bombs are goddamn punk-rock-garage-pop-anarcho saviours of the 2 and half minute pop song. They come from Paris where they regularly blow up little bars with explosions of snot and beer fuelled punk rock energy.
The group is named after Louis Lingg, the famous Chicago anarchist who committed suicide on death row in 1887. Some of their songs are ultra-political anarchist punk rock and some of their songs are like children’s nursery rhymes. ALL of their song’s are full of interesting pop hooks and melodies and they are sung with energy and commitment.
The line up:
Josh (ex-Tchiki Boum, ex-In Vitro, Producer of Underground Railroad, Foxglove, First Part, Flashing on Bright, King of Conspiracy and NMA ) on Vocals and Guitar.
Rudi Pourri (from Udigrudi) on Bass and Vocals.
Ben Flob (visual artist) on Guitar and Vocals.
Gilbertmuda (ex- The Troglodites) on Drums and Vocals.
Clem Phlegm (from Foxglove) on keyboards/ Julie Hate on vocals
Punk bands like The Briefs, The Epoxies, Antiflag, Pansy Division and The Dickies. They have a strong love of ’77 style punk like The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Adverts and The Undertones.
Never forgetting that they are children of the 90s having grown up with bands such as Nirvana, Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney and The Butthole Surfers. In their song-writing however, their admiration of classic children’s songs is clearly visible, as is their 60s influences; Shirley Ellis, Aretha Franklin and Nancy Sinatra.
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Cyanide Pills – Suicide Bomber (7")
This is the second single from Leeds based punk band Cyanide Pills.
It’s a double A-side featuring a punk-pop classic of the future ‘Suicide Bomber’ and then punk garage steamroller that is ‘Black Lightning’. Click on the artwork to purchase online:-