Time for a smasher that’s been in the waiting room for way too long; the debut from both Rondos and The Railbirds. With a sleeve like this you can’t expect too little, right? And both bands deliver way above your average Dutch punk band. And that indicates a very high standard for sure as that country was boiling with great bands in the early punk years.
Rondos starts out with the a cute titled song; King Kong’s Penis and it’s a lo-fi master piece, just like the title tells you. Next up is one(/two) of my favourite songs of all time, Wanna Go Home/ Gigolo. Two songs put together in sweet harmony! They end with the frightening Russians Are Coming that sounds like it could’ve been recorded in southern Sweden. Why? Impossible for me to explain.
Flip the record over and you have the magnificent and high energy Railbirds who are bordering into hardcore territory on Lonely, just because they can! I think I’m in love with their drummer by the way. The intro to I’m So Proud grabs my attention everytime, even if the song is a bit too standard r n’ r for my taste in general. Lockheed might sound a bit too slow, but the gritty guitar sound and the pissed of sneering makes up for the loss of speed.
One of the coolest sleeves ever, and the lyrics are written with a beautiful touch from someone with a talent for hand writing.
Label: King Kong
Rondos – King Kong’s penis.mp3
Rondos – Wanna go home/ Hey gigolo.mp3
Rondos – Russians are coming.mp3
Railbirds – Lonely.mp3
Railbirds – I’m so proud.mp3
Railbirds – Lockheed.mp3