I dunno how this happened exactly but there’s a wave of hooligan-glam happening right now and it’s producing some incredible music. Fueled by Slade and The Equals and Coloured Balls (and the whole 70’s Sharpies movement, I reckon) there’s a whole buncha bands that look like they should be beating up punk rockers but who are actually playing hook-heavy glitter rock, albeit with an AC/DC-esque penchant for sledgehammer riffola. Giuda are the reigning kings of the scene and are one of the greatest live bands around, but I wanted to hip you to a couple others today. So What is from Oakland and quite accurately label their bubblegum-pop-meets-street-punk sound as “Hard Gum.” In fact, that’s the name of their 2016 album, an absolute beast packed end to end with snarling, fuzz-fried glam stompers that will get you on the dance floor and then probably break your nose when you get there. It’s pub rock for dudes who are banned from every pub in town.
And then there’s Faz Waltz. This prolific crew of Italian denim demons has been consistently delivering some of the catchiest, hardest slabs of hand-clapping, foot-stopping party music for a decade now. Their brand new single, Julie, might be their best so far, an absolute belter that sounds like the Bay City Rollers if they were a baseball bat-wielding street gang. Snatch up everything you can by these dudes. They are bringing back 1974 with a vengeance. Better invest in suspenders and platform shoes now before the rush.