NEW BANDS – THE FABULOUS PENETRATORS & THE EXPOSED
THE FABULOUS PENETRATORS
Garage rock ‘n’ roll explosion from London five-piece.
Leaving Paloma Faith and their history as Paloma and the Penetrators behind them in 2006, this ‘50s and ‘60s loving psych-garage band are full of glammed up punk swagger and attitude. Drawing on the spirit of great such as Little Richard and early Roxy Music, they may be well loved in their native East London but they’re far more than just another hipster band. Frontman Liam Casey can be seen sweating and going berserk in heavy eye make-up, gorilla suits and mariachi outfits. Casey is backed by Portugese drummer Joao Felizardo, Parisian bassist Clement C-Coulum and the dual guitar assault of Crispin Weir and Steve Lowe. The Fabulous Penetrators are here with their dirty party soundtrack that is debut album ‘With Love’. This is raw and sex-fuelled rock ‘n’ roll carnage.
‘With Love’ is out June 7th on Stag-O-Lee.
THE CRAMPS – Songs The Lord Taught Us
THE SONICS – Here Are The Sonics
MC5 – Kick Out The Jams
Furious rough ‘n’ ready street punk.
Coming together in 2006, punk crew The Exposed have wasted little time in putting their elders to shame, clocking up over two hundred and fifty gigs and festival appearances throughout the UK and playing shows with the likes of Rancid, The Bouncing Souls and Stiff Little Fingers. Having recently finished work on their new album ‘In The Face Of Resistance’.
The title of the new album refers to the obstacles and struggles that every band comes across, and is reflected in the line of the song ‘Where I Belong’: ‘In the face of resistance, you know we’ll stay strong’” say the band, elaborating: “As you’ll find in any band, we’ve had great times, and the inevitable bad times when things fall down around you, but this album is about coming through on the other side, stronger than ever.”
Influenced by the sounds kicked out from Rancid’s Tim Armstrong’s Hellcat label, the band are keen to stand on their own two feet sound-wise: “There’s no denying that Rancid have been a big influence for us, but where this sometimes reflects in our sound, it’s also because the bands and styles that influenced Rancid are still influencing bands like ourselves today, such as The Clash, The Specials and classic reggae like Toots and the Maytals and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
“As Hellcat has expanded as a label, the sound associated with the label has evolved, incorporating various genres and bands, from Rancid and Civet to bands such as The Aggrolites and Westbound Train. So I guess with our music, we do fall somewhere within that range, but over the time we’ve spent playing music together, we’ve naturally added elements of our own style, and I think the new album really shows that we’ve settled in to our own sound.”
Heading out to play the entirety of travelling punk rock circus the Warped Tour (it’s the band’s second time out on the tour), it’s clear that plenty of people will be getting the chance to hear the cross pollination of sounds that make up ‘In The Face Of Resistance’ and that the band are stoked to be there.
“It’s the little things you look forward to the most, like grabbing a coffee in the morning and walking around the site before all the kids come in for the day. It’s a great atmosphere every day and such a positive place to be.
We got the chance to play on the tour last year with the help of our friends in TAT. They hooked us up with the chance to be part of the tour, helping out with the catering crew each day to earn our slot. You need to work hard to get opportunities, especially in the punk scene, but to be respected for the dedication you put in really keeps you going. We must have done something right, as we were asked to join the tour again this year!”
‘In The Face Of Resistance’ is out in June
RANCID – Let The Dominoes Fall
THE RABBLE – The Battle’s Almost Over
ANTI-FLAG – The People Or The Gun