5 new records that you need to jump on now

Every other week I write micro blurb reviews of amazing new music. Below is the latest batch of music that you need to check out.

Death Eyes – S/T

Death Eyes live. Photo by Eric Lucero.

Death Eyes live. Photo by Eric Lucero.

Members of San Diego’s Death Crisis and Rats Eyes make up this side project called Death Eyes. This LP is at the top of my list for great releases thus far this year. Vocalist Alberto G Jurado and gang are a force to be reckoned with.

Top tracks: “Wasted Prayers,” “You’re Dead.”

La Luz/ Habibi – Split 7”

La Luz live. Photo by Jessica Lopez

La Luz live. Photo by Jessica Lopez

I’d never heard of either La Luz or Habibi, but apparently I’m late to the party, as both bands are fairly established. Frankly, I was skeptical in reviewing this record, as it was released by the Volcom corporation, but I’m glad I did because both tracks — one by each band — are extraordinarily superb. I was mesmerized within the first five seconds of La Luz’s side A “I’ll Be True” and in awe of Habibi’s “Misundertood,” with its haunting chants on side B. Well played, Volcom.

Top tracks: La Luz – “I’ll Be True”; Habibi – “Misunderstood.”

Habibi live. Photo by Caitlin McCann.

Habibi live. Photo by Caitlin McCann.

Fine Pets – Formerly Pretty

Fine Pets. Photo from the band's Facebook page.

Fine Pets. Photo from the band’s Facebook page.

Portland, Oregon’s Fine Pets can be described in five words: Lo-Fi garage punk done right.

Top tracks: “Sex War,” “More Condos, Please.”

Top Bunk – S/T

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Photo from the band’s Facebook page.

Top Bunk is a really fun sing-along pop punk band from New York. ‘Nuff said!

Top tracks: “So Dramatic,” “Can’t Hang.”

Zex – Fight For Yourself

Zex. Photo by Darryl Andrew Reid.

Zex. Photo by Darryl Andrew Reid.

I can’t make out the music styling of Zex. They’ve got some weird Canadian punk mysticism about them that Americans will simply never understand. Their music consists of ridiculously bitchin’ guitar leads met with hints of ’80s crust punk, all of which is held together by pop sensitivities to produce something surprisingly stunning and refreshing.

Top tracks: “Fight for Yourself,” “We’re Rebels.”

Slider photo by Gary Denham. [CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Chuck Livid

Chuck Livid hails from Miami, Florida. He did a zine in the '90s called Muddy Chaos and is best known for his work with independent music label Livid Records. Chuck lives in Boca Raton, Fl with his wife illustrator Helena Garcia and their son Nico. He founded TuffGnarl.com and hosts TuffGnarl.com's official music podcast - Another Music Podcast which is available on iTunes & Google Play

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