Pop-tinged melodic punk is all very well, but sometimes you really just want to hear some really fucking loud guitars and lots of shouting. Step forward Brooklyn trio Shady Hawkins, who are only happy to oblige — their songs sound like they were recorded in the garage, and are all the better for it (notwithstanding their amusingly self-effacing Bandcamp bio: “fuck it, we’re better live”). And, of course, we’re all for puntastic band names that riff on celebrities. We can’t find any of their stuff on YouTube, but check out their five-song EP Sucia below!
Cunningly unGoogleable, Traveling are nevertheless worth tracking down (their Bandcamp site is here if you’re feeling lazy.) They play melodic pop-tinged punk with the subtlest of hard edges, and also share a member — bassist Ginger Alford — with the similarly worthy and similarly unGoogleable band Good Luck.
And finally, the mighty Mindtroll, possibly the world’s only punk band to feature an accordion (unless you count Gogol Bordello, we guess.) The band’s unusual songs — they have tracks called “Fort Greene Ice Cream” and “Baby Sluts,” amongst other things — befit their unusual set-up, and the combination makes them one of the more distinctive bands around at the moment. (They also do a mean cover version, as this cover of Salt N Pepa’s “Push It” from the Permanent Wave Halloween covers show last year demonstrates.) All in all, they’re idiosyncratic, raucous, and proudly DIY. And ultimately, that’s what punk’s all about, eh?