Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Scraps v. Needle Exchange!

As much as I dig power pop, garage, etc., it's '77-style punk rock that will always be #1 in my heart. It's a safe bet that I'll be listening to The Clash, Damned, and Sex Pistols until the day I die. And I love the newer bands as well. When it comes to the current generation of '77 punk, two of the very best are Scraps out of London and Needle Exchange out of Germany. Rumor has it that Scraps may feature members of F & L favorites The Gaggers, Miscalculations, and Los Pepes. And Needle Exchange is a band I've been looking to write about for a while.

The always-reliable No Front Teeth Records had the brilliant idea of teaming Scraps and Needle Exchange on one dandy split 7". Needless to say, it's a must-own record! Both bands bring a raw, lo-fi edge to these recordings - really taking it back to the "anyone can do it" spirit of '77. I'm talking three chords powered out with attitude and primal aggression. Hot on the heels of that fantastic Radiohearts 7", this is another NFT single that could easily pass for a genuine 1977 punk release. Don't song titles like "Shoot You Dead" and "I Wanna Die" just sound like they ought to be old school punk?! And let me tell you: these tracks don't disappoint! Stream them now, and you'll hear for yourself! Hit up No Front Teeth to order a copy of the vinyl, and be sure to check out Needle Exchange's new-ish album as well! 


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