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    Post Earth
    (Wichita Recordings)

    Post Earth is an album created in, and for, our modern age. The first single, “Car,” channels the frustration and anger many of us are feeling in the current political climate. We’re disillusioned, while realizing the land of the free is “one nation under fraud.” Producer Tim Green (who previously worked with Sleater-Kinney and Melvins) channels his punk background with Post Earth. Songs like “Sour” and “Deconstructed” play with this dissonance, both sonically and lyrically. The album wasn’t intentionally politically charged, according to FEELS bassist Amy Allen, but frustration and defiance is palpable in the collection’s strongest moments. 3/5

    Post Earth is out February 22, 2019

    By Mary Kinney

    This piece originally appeared in the March/April 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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    We are stoked to share Rhode Island punk band GYMSHORTS's new video for “Breathin’ on Me," the first single off their forthcoming album KNOCK KNOCK. The album is set to release in August on Wallflower Records/Burger Records in US and Bachelor Records in EU. If you’ve ever seen this band, led by frontwoman Sarah Greenwell, then you know you're guaranteed a powerful, heavy set. BUST talked with Greenwell about her creative process and the story behind the single.

    Animation by Jamie Loftus

    So tell me about this first single, is there a story behind it?

    There’s not so much of a story, but basically, it’s just about close-talkers and how it’s kinda brutal when they breathe on you! I quit smoking so I think now I’m pretty sensitive at a show when someone's just super up in your face and then you back up a little bit and then they just move right back in there. It’s like dude, you’re breathin' on me! I think sometimes I have this insane sense of smell where no one else notices it, but to me it’s deathly. Take good care of your teeth, people!!!!! Also though, I just wanna say I was so stoked on this video because [animator] Jamie Loftus is pretty much a genius and it feels like she knew exactly what my mind was thinking when I wrote this song.

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    What was the process like for writing and creating KNOCK KNOCK?What was your favorite part?

    Man! I had had some of these songs for so long that it’s kinda hard to remember. I was definitely going through a gnarly relationship situation that I think is definitely present in a lot of the songs on this album, but I think usually I’m just trying to write lyrics that say something in a way that makes myself laugh. Even if it’s about something that doesn’t make me laugh. One of the songs on this album though, Chris Crass wrote. So you’ll have to ask him about that one.

    As far as creating, I think my favorite part was recording, which I normally do not like. But this time, we just went to a house in the Berkshires and stayed there for a few days and recorded them pretty much live with our friend Ben Semeta. There were trees everywhere. I told everyone there was no wifi so we could just hang out with each other and play games and make VHS tapes. I think sometimes I have a hard time staying focused while recording, but this time was so cool because there were fewer things to distract me. No convenience stores close by or anything, and everyone wasn’t going home to their separate houses, so it felt really nice to just wake up and have everything there and really be in it.

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    So you guys have been playing some really dope shows and are currently playing with La Luz. What's next? Any cool collabs or tours in the works?

    We're hoping to be touring a lot when the album comes out for sure. We’re stoked to be on this tour. La Luz is so awesome and such talented musicians, so it’s really cool to be able to watch every night.

    How do you think artists should be using their platforms to contribute to the progression of society?

    I think there’s a lot of wild stuff going on ALWAYS, and I think the most important an artist can do is address it. You don’t even have to add your opinion necessarily if you don’t feel comfortable, but I do think the most productive thing is to confront what’s happening in the world, or even in your own world, and open up conversations about whatever it is. I think not everything is so black and white, and conversations are where the truths get talked out and the learning can actually take place.

    Top photo by Casey Joseph

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    “We Are Lady Parts,” written and directed by Nida Manzoor, is a hilarious British TV show about an all-girl, Muslim punk band. It’s fronted and supported by a cast of sexy as hell people of color of various genders, skin tones, and ways of presenting themselves, and if you don’t fall in love with every character in this show you’re insane (or incredibly picky which is fine too). And while this is technically a review of the show, it’s also me fangirling all over it to convince you that  YOU MUST WATCH THIS. 

    “We Are Lady Parts” introduces us to Saira, the commitment-phobe lead singer/guitarist whose one true love is her band; Ayesha, the angry, deliciously punk, over-the-top-eyeliner-wearing drummer girl of my dreams; Bisma, the hilariously opinionated bassist, wife, mother, and fantastically gorey feminist comic artist; and Momtaz, the niqab-rocking, no-shits-giving band manager who is perpetually haloed in a cloud of vape and badassery. 

    The women are trying to succeed with their band, Lady Parts, and are looking for a guitarist to take them over the edge. Enter Amina, a microbiology Ph.D. student who is held captive by her stage fright which makes her prone to throwing up and shitting herself… but who is also actually a really amazing guitarist (pinky swear). Using Ayesha’s borderline illegally gorgeous brother, Asan, as a romantic bargaining chip, the ladies of Lady Parts attempt to get Amina to join the band. Now I can’t tell you how the date went or what happened after that (you’ll have to watch for yourself) but I can tell you that you will become obsessed, binge it all the way through, and join me in waiting miserably for the next season. I must warn you that there is a random bit in episode one where our main character is singing and puppets get involved. DO NOT ABANDON SHIP. It never comes up again and the rest of the show is decidedly less cringe-y, trust me.

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    Just six episodes long, “We Are Lady Parts” is packed with enough heartwarming sisterhood, shockingly good girl punk music, and witty, riot-grrrl-esque modern Muslim women to keep you hooked. It’s seriously good and only available on Peacock with a premium subscription. No offense meant to PeacockTV, but if this was on Netflix you would have already seen it by now and be just as uncontainably obsessed with it as I am. This is not a sponsored review so I’ll just say this: Get that 7-day free trial on Peacock if only for this. Hell, maybe you’ll find some other good stuff to watch and decide to stick it out for an actual paid membership. But if the subscription is the only thing holding you back, don’t let it. I desperately need this show to get renewed. 

    Photos courtesy of NBC Universal 

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    CRICKETS is a politically charged dance-punk project led by Le Tigre’s JD Samson along with Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum and MEN’s Michael O’Neill. Consisting of only vocals, a guitar, a synthesizer, and a drum machine, the album is an exercise in minimalism that is heavily influenced by post-punk and electropop. At its best, CRICKETS is high-energy and danceable rock ‘n’ roll—see album standouts like the emotional banger “Never” and “Bike lane,” an ode to queer music. Though some of the slower tracks could use embellishment to keep the momentum going, there are several songs worth adding to your at-home quarantine dance-party playlist. –SARAH C. JONES

    CRICKETS
    Self-Titled (Mudguts)

    You can buy the digital album on Bandcamp.

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