Album of the Week: Various Artists – Our Voltage

Various Artists: Our Voltage was released this week on Girlsville Records. The proceeds will benefit legal aid for anti-racist activists and a new community self-defense gym in Chicago called Haymaker. Our Voltage features new and previously unreleased tunes from Damaged Bug, The Buzzards, The Myrmidons, Germ House, Mr. Airplane Man, and more.


“This has gotta be the best label I’ve never heard of til now. Most reminds me of low fi mid 80’s bands experimenting with punk, garage, new wave and (fill in the blank) using low fi equipment, cassette quality. John Dwyer (Castle Face Records, Thee Oh Sees) has his hand in at least one of these bands. Every track completely awesome.”

“Please trust me, this is probably the best, most creative compilation LP I’ve heard in years. Very highly recommended!”

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UK GOLD: Olympia, Wa Post Punk trio featuring veteran budget rocker Matt Murillo (Ka-Nives, Jewws) Forrest Peaker (Wisdom Teeth), and Vadi Eredal (Pitted Youth). Their debut single was recorded at High Command with Captain Tripps Ballsington, and Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic Studio. This is their latest, “Off Duty Nuns”.

THE BUZZARDS: Detroit Garage sensations comprised of Joe Burdick (The Dirtys), Maribel Restepo (Detroit Cobras) and twins Nancy and Leslie Paterra. “Tennesee” was recorded by Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit, and is seeing the light of day for the first time on Our Voltage.

GERM HOUSE: Germ House is Justin Hubbard’s recording project. Justin was formerly in Boston band Turpentine Brothers. Germ House have a full length on Trouble in Mind.

THE MYRMIDONS: Ted Ottaviano and Lauren Johnson from first wave electronic pop group Book of Love join forces with vocalist Lori Lindsay (The Prissteens, Purple Wizard) on a gothy synth pop reworking of Siouxsie and The Banshees classic, “Christine”.

DAMAGED BUG: Damaged Bug is a project by John Dwyer that we’re excited about. It’s John tinkering around with synths and making freaky and beautiful weirdo tunes when he is burnt on all the guitars from his band Oh Sees.

VIRVON VARVON: VIRVON VARVON are a London-based post punk band comprised of vets from The Jazz June, Black Time, and Candy Highway.

FREAK GENES: Experimental and poppy weirdo diy punk from England featuring Charlie Murphy of Red Cords and Andrew Anderson of Hipshakes. Debut LP on Alien Snatch Records, and a follow-up coming out later this year on Drunken Sailor.

BEASTII: Chicago based diy psych/pop trio take on The Violators anti-fascist punk classic “Summer of 81” and got the thumbs up from The Violators themselves.

MR. AND THE MRS.: From deep within the Midwest garage punk scene comes Hillsdale, Kansas Mr. and the Mrs. They contributed a Cramps-ish fuzz monster called “Do the Octopus”.

THE PRISSTEENS: If you are a fan of the The Prissteens Demos & Rarities (2016) you’ll want to take note of this unissued cut, from the sessions recorded post-Scandal, Controversy, & Romance This is some first-class psych-fuzz called “Stupid Nothing”.

ATOMIC SUPLEX: London garage punk noiseniks with impeccable record collections comprised of obscure Japanese garage punk and Bo Diddley records. This is a cover of Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?”

BUMMERS EVE: Cincinnati garage fuzzsters turn in a garage/beat murder ballad about 3-year-old autistic boy who was murdered by his foster parents.

MR. AIRPLANE MAN: Dreamy-Los Angeles-by-way-of Boston psychedelic blues punk duo contribute new tune “Believe”. Recorded with Justin Hubbard (Germ House). Drummer Tara McManus takes on lead vocal duty. Mr. Airplane Man are prepping a new LP for Sympathy for the Record Industry.

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Courtney DelMar

Aside from writing about bands for 50THIRDAND3RD, CJDelMar runs the Girlsville Records imprint out of Portland, OR. Girlsville is home to bands like COACHWHIPS, HOOD RATS, TOWANDA, MR. AIRPLANE MAN, VIRVON VARVON, & THE PRISSTEENS. girlsville.bandcamp.com

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