Wassup Rocker Radio Mixtape #12 starts out in the outback with Australian Punk Rockers Molly & The Krells (featuring Hayden from Black Heart Breakers) followed by Kansas City supergroup Radar State featuring members of The Get Up Kids, Architects and The Anniversary! And lastly its time to get weird with L.A. garage rockers Frankie and the Witch Fingers!
The debut EP from Sydney Rock n” Roll Punks Molly & The Krells took me by surprise. The majority of the Aussie Punk-Rock I found during my time living and travelling the East Coast was predominantly fast Skate Punk and Melodic Hardcore and thats ok. ‘Ok‘ is an understatement but all I am doing is digressing further so lets put a cork in that and focus now. The band’s debut EP carries such a dated and in many ways Proto-Punk sound that it is really quite refreshing rather than regurgitating. ‘Relationshit’ almost teases you with early 90’s Pop-Punk in the opening riff but then carries a tone closer to Iggy and the Stooges instead. The song is playful and as far as big name-drops go, the Ramones, Green Day and even a slight Surf-Rock tone can be taken from this Garage Punk Rock n’ Roll.
The Get Up Kids and The Anniversary have been leaders of Kansas City emo/indie rock for roughly two decades, so it’s very exciting news that singers of those bands have come together to form a new band, Radar State. The band features The Get Up Kids co-frontmen Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic, and The Anniversary frontman Josh Berwanger, and rounding out the lineup is drummer Adam Phillips (The Architects, The Gadjits). The premiere of the track “Spinning Wheel.” Jim Suptic sings this one, and it sounds like classic Get Up Kids.
LA garage-psych crew Frankie & The Witch Fingers are direct sonic descendants of head-trippers like The 13th Floor Elevators, The Pretty Things and The Seeds, and have an energy and approach to songcraft that most of the groups in this crowded genre don’t. The band are set to release their new album, Brain Telephone, on September 15 via Permanent Records.