Hey, what’s up you goddamn music vampie? Thirsty for a huge bleeding sack of new bands? Here, suck on this for a while you crazed psychopath. When you’re done here, get some sleep. Seriously, you look terrible.
States We’re In – Self Titled
Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪
The Sunks – Wedding Season
Omaha, NE 🇺🇸
Пекинский Велосипед – Разминка
Yekaterinburg, Russia 🇷🇺
Frat Mouse – Plywood
Los Angeles, CA 🇺🇸
Petite League – Joyrider
New York City, NY 🇺🇸
Farewell Horizontal – An Argument..
Melbourne, AUS 🇦🇺
Sekunderna – Hjärtat
(pop-punk) (punk rock)
Umeå, Sweden 🇸🇪
Breathe & Repeat – Cuts & Bruises
Minneapolis, MN 🇺🇸
Sunday Boxing – Hot Box
Charlotte, NC 🇺🇸
Futurat – Incinerat
(punk rock) (fuzz)
St. Petersburg, Russia 🇷🇺
Woof, it smells funny in here!
Hello loyal reader. Funny running into you here. Have you just been hanging around this place waiting for me all month? I’m sorry I took so long. You don’t look too hot. Why don’t you have any shoes on? Hello? Can you talk? What’s that? I don’t understand these gestures you’re making. Are you pretending to peel a banana? I don’t get it. Oh! You’re hungry! I’m sorry, I don’t have any food, but I do have a nice selection of new music for you. No? Why are you shaking your head? Come on! Oh the banana thing again.. I gotta say that’s getting old fast. Why don’t you relax. Hey! I said relax! I swear to god, one more time with this banana thing, I dare you. Yeah go ahead, see what happens.. Hm? Hm!? Yeah that’s what I thought. Okeedokee well I gotta be going. Here’s the music and.. Dude! Let go of my shirt! Damn, you’re weak. Alright well I gotta be outsy. Don’t forget to check the SCRAP HEAP! ttyl bye!
joyful whistling fades into the distance
amazing music begins to play
It doesn’t matter how shitty things are, the music never suffers. In fact it thrives! The past year was, of course, the ultimate test for this theory and once again it’s proven true. That’s the thing about punk and punk-adjacent music; the harder things get, the more vital this stuff becomes. It’s always been there, tying tethers around the ankles of the toxic giants and, if we’re honest, we barely cause a ripple in the ocean of poison that fuels this planet. Don’t ever let anyone tell you we never change anything though, because what this music is doing is building a mentality. A mentality that grows stronger with each generation. We will never back down. This shit is unrelenting.
It’s been a weird year, a tragic year, a depressing year. Next year, with any luck, will be a little more “normal”, but whatever happens, the spirit of this music will never waver. It will live on far in to a future where kids are playing glow in the dark lazer flutes and brainwave-controlled moon drums. They’ll be playing that shit hard though. You’re gonna feel the pain and the rage and the love. No matter what it sounds like, it will always be punk.
Onward to the top ten!
Street Sity Surf – Where I live Now 🇺🇸 Portland, ME
Typically these lists are in no particular order but, between you and me, this is my favourite release of 2020. I knew it would be since I first heard the opening track all the way back in February. Remember February?! Haha oh how innocent we all were back then.
Cursetheknife – Thank You For Being Here 🇺🇸 Oklahoma City
Jumping from February all the way to November. Oh how defeated we all were by then. Who would have thought nine months could deliver such a whooping to our collective ass. That’s right we’re all in this together and we all share the same ass. This album actually came out in two parts which I find irritating so I downloaded both of them and combined them to make one sensible album.
Gatsu – Inner Struggle 🇨🇱 La Florida, Chile
Gatsuuuuu! Man this thing jumps. It’s not often these days you hear a hardcore record with such relentless vocals. Relentless is maybe an understatement. Does this guy even breath? Does he require oxygen at all? He probably needs to lay down and take a short nap after every song when they play live. I’m not mad at that at all. There should be more napping at hardcore shows.
Alright – I’m Doing This To Myself 🇺🇸 Charlotte, NC
As far as rad bands putting out rad music goes, North Carolina had a good 2020. I can think of at least three albums from that state that blew me away this year. This one has to be my favourite though. These songs really stick to the head. How does a band sound so fresh and so classic at the same time? The guitar riff in “Lapse” is like masturbation for your ears, and you don’t even have to feel guilty about going to hell or anything.
Fossil Arm – In Bad Decline 🇺🇸 Austin, TX
There is not so much as a hint of positivity on this album. Most of these songs are about being brutally crushed by the weight of the world. Isn’t that wonderful! If you’re not currently in bad decline, these guys can certainly get you going in that direction. It’s strange though, because the band themselves are not in bad decline. They are anything but. They only disseminate the declination that is bad. They are the vendors of the bad decline. Get it while it’s hot.
Laverne – Lack Of Vocation 🇨🇦 Vancouver, BC
I’ve been singing the praises of this band for a while now. Their first full-length Yarrow was my number one album back in 2018. Obviously I was pretty hyped when a new one came out. This sort of behavior often leads to disappointment. I’m not the type of person to just automatically like an album because it’s by one of my favourite bands. I do genuinely like this album though, a lot. I’m still not sure how to describe the guys voice. I’ve been going with “sarcastic”. I don’t know if that’s accurate though. Anyway it’s just dripping with attitude. Oh fuck I described someone’s voice with the word “dripping”. This is disgusting.
Deaf Chonky – Harsh 🇮🇱 Tel Aviv, Israel
What do you call it when a bands name is kind of the best way to describe their music? Some sort of musical onomatopoeia? I don’t know but I think you’ll agree this band, if not deaf, is most definitely chonky. And the album is called Harsh, which is also an accurate description. It’s not harsh-noise though. Maybe this is getting a bit confusing. Let’s just stick to chonky. It’s just chonky ok. That is the most clear and non-confusing way anyone could possibly describe this music.
Fake Eyes – A Drip Is All We Know 🇺🇸 Charlotte, NC
The new Hum album came out in June to great acclaim and a month later this little EP dropped and I was like “Hum who?”. Sure that’s a big statement and the new Hum album is pretty amazing but I’m telling you, these guys can hang. I strongly advise you to keep an eye on them. Watch, now that I said that they’ll never release anything again. Thanks a lot Fake Eyes. Another one of those killer releases out of North Carolina btw. What is in the water there? Hold on, I’ll look it up.. Ah ok, hexavalent chromium and vanadium, that’s what’s in the water.
Old Moon – Past Lives 🇺🇸 Lyme, NH
When it comes to new wave and it’s surrounding genres I’m pretty picky. It has to be dark but not too dark. It has to be moody but not too moody. Ok it can be too moody. Has to be guitar driven. Has to have the right style of vocals. Has to have some post-punk or shoegaze vibes. Has to sound like what walking in the rain and/or fog would sound like if you put it into a machine that converted it into music. And it has to invoke feelings of nostalgia, wistfullness and melancholy. In other words, THIS.
The Yaupon Holly – Self Titled 🇺🇸 Gainesville, FL
I recently learned from a friend in Florida that a Yaupon Holly is some kind of shrub or bush. I saw a picture of it and I gotta say, as far as holly goes, that shit is kind of uninspiring. I mean the leaves aren’t even prickly. I hate to be a holly-snob but I was raised to grade a holly bush based on how prickly it’s leaves are. LISTEN! If you’re a holly bush.. right.. RIGHT? and you haven’t a single prickle ON YOUR LEAVES.. What in THE ACTUAL oohhh.. Ok I’m gonna take a little break and come back to this. . Ok I’m back. We’re good. They may not be what a holly tree should be but they are exactly what a post-hardcore band should be. I heard they only had one show and then covid happened. Here’s hoping they come back.
Well.. That’s it my loyal reader(s). These are the best relatively lesser-known albums of 2020. I mean as far as my opinion goes they are. If you’re not satisfied with this list, you should make your own. You should always keep digging for new bands. There’s literally thousands of them popping up every year. Be careful though. Most of them are fucking horrible. If you want to skip the part where you listen to all that bad music, you can check out the SCRAP HEAP where I try to weed out all the duds. Anyways, happy hunting everyone. Keep on fighting the good fight. I hope your 2021 is normal af. Follow me on twitter @SteveDoesnt and join the Doesn’t Suck Facebook group!
God And Texas – Criminal Element
Chicago, IL 🇺🇸
Fake Hyppi – Discography
(late 90’s) (post-hardcore)
Toulouse, France 🇫🇷
The Howards – Switchblade Rock N Roll
Springfield, MA 🇺🇸
Jeremiah’s Grotto – Through It All
Unherd – Self Titled
Columbia, SC 🇺🇸
Paper Lantern – Intro
Los Angeles, CA 🇺🇸
Build Nest Sleep – Diskografi
(mid 2000’s) (emo-noise)
Oslo, Norway 🇳🇴
Biscayne – You’d Build A Robot
Downtime – Lose Yourself
Sydney, AUS 🇦🇺
Gregor – Untitled
Detroit, MI 🇺🇸
Tropiezo/KLH – Split
Puerto Rico & Mexico 🇵🇷🇲🇽
LAPM – Buscando Problemas
Bogota, Colombia 🇨🇴
Die Atlantikschwimmer – Kassetto Fix
Bavaria, Germany 🇩🇪
The Fragments/Modern Machines – Split
Green Bay, WI 🇺🇸
Scarper – Not As Punk As You
Hull, UK 🇬🇧
Some Still Believe – Self Titled
San Francisco, CA 🇺🇸
Fair Warning – All Of The Songs
(late 90’s) (pop-punk)
Roslyn, NY 🇺🇸
Down Division – Fall
Philadelphia, PA 🇺🇸
The Goodbye Kiss – Self Titled
Tucson, AZ 🇺🇸
Complete Control – Reaction
Austin, TX 🇺🇸
Odd Man Out – Self Titled
Alexandria, MN 🇺🇸
Toxic Avengers – Full Moon..
New Zealand 🇳🇿
Stay Gold – Self Titled
Seattle, WA 🇺🇸
Down Division – Grinning
Philadelphia, PA 🇺🇸
Shortfuse – Jacked Up & Muddy
Boise, ID 🇺🇸
Life Is A Fight – Self Titled
Athens, GA 🇺🇸
Brain Damage – Do It Yourself
Campana, Argentina 🇦🇷
Fire Is Fatal – Self Titled
Virginia Beach, VA 🇺🇸
Panic Button – Nothing To Fear
Oakland, CA 🇺🇸
Bush Tetras – Boom In The Night
(early 80’s) (no-wave)
New York, NY 🇺🇸
The Unbelievers – One Soil
London, UK 🇬🇧
Chumpslap – Fleet Week
Bay Area, CA 🇺🇸
Constatine Sankathi – Discography
Kalamazoo, MI 🇺🇸
Only Ten Between Us – Youth Posi Snack Attach
Davenport, IA 🇺🇸
Recordiau Anhrefn – Dim Heddwch/Priodas Hapus
Wales, UK 🏴
After Words – Self Titled
Atlanta, GA 🇺🇸
Cabeza de Juárez – Furry Transpilled
Petrov – Flower Bed
Charlotte, NC 🇺🇸
LK Ultra! – You’re Not Gonna Like This
Lawrence, KS 🇺🇸
Jungle Boys – Barred
Manchester, UK 🇬🇧
Культодиночества – Истлеть
Loft & Lillow – Love Songs For Lucy
Los Angeles, CA 🇺🇸
ZiDima – Del Nostro..
Catania, Italy 🇮🇹
Dumb Luck – Made To Rust
Corvallis, OR 🇺🇸
Ночная Игротека – Nochnaya..
Crescent Ridge – Self Titled
Stoughton, MA 🇺🇸
I was in the 9th grade when the internet became a household luxury. Not in my house apparently. They had a couple computers in the library at school that were Online though. Usually they were occupied by someone bigger than you wearing a Fubu shirt. They were those nice computers with the CD-ROM thingy. You could entertain yourself for 15 minutes just making the little CD tray go in and out.
There used to be Internet lessons in the library, but only like 10 students at a time because our school was budget and there were only 5 computers (2 people per). The man teaching the lessons doubled as the librarian and he was old enough to have a patchy grey beard. In hindsight this leads me to wonder, how on earth did Mr Whathisface’s old ass know so much about the many wonders of Netscape Navigator? His first lesson was How to Use The Yahoo Search Engine.
There wasn’t much on the internet those days, but most of the websites were rad ass colours like purple with yellow text. Extra chunky pixels too – just how I like ‘em. Seriously. it’s my dream to someday make The Doesn’t Suck feel like a trip back in time to the internet of the late 90’s.
The first thing I searched was “The Screeching Weasel Story“, which I’m sure you can still find online or in the liner notes of Kill The Musicians. It was actually the first time the concept of writing seemed cool to me, and the first time the internet had something to offer. I still had mixed feelings though, because Enema Fanzine had an editorial about how unpunk it was to use a computer.
Today every punk and their mom is online, and 20-something years after logging on to Netscape that day, I think it’s fair to say, the internet is well on it’s way to destroying us completely. We’ve created this disgusting monster and only The Doesn’t Suck can save us! Well no.. that’s not true. We’re all fucked. Nothing can save us, but if you want to listen to some cool tunes.. umm you can listen to these ones or whatever.
Laverne – Lack Of Vocation
Vancouver, BC 🇨🇦
Mixed Signals – So Far Gone
Chattanooga, TN 🇺🇸
Last Quokka – Unconscious Drivers
Perth, Australia 🇦🇺
SBDC – The Feeling Of Winning
(riot grrrl) (pop-punk)
Vancouver, BC 🇨🇦
Metayouth – Ronald
Gadsden, AL 🇺🇸
Cunj – Smooth Grind
Palatine, Illinois 🇺🇸
Open House – Gator
Woodsfield, Ohio 🇺🇸
Mutombo – Dreadfully Yours
Jakarta, Indonesia 🇮🇩
Moonkisser – Summers Fleeting Ma..
Portland, Oregon 🇺🇸
MikeTeeeVeee – Magic Words
Marquette, MI 🇺🇸
Hello, and thank you for coming. Why don’t you shake that load off and stay a while? Have a look around. There’s lots to discover! This includes but is most certainly not limited to this months top ten albums that do not suck. Come onnnn, let me take your coat.. No? Ok no problem. Keep it on. Whatever. Hey where are you going? Don’t leave. Trust me, there’s nothing out there for you. The world is absolute shit. Why not kick back and forget about it for a wile. Listen to these bands. Just do it! Hey! Don’t you trust me? Hey feck yew!
A scuffle ensues..
Ok great. I’m glad we worked that out. Please don’t struggle, you’ll only give yourself rope-burn. Ok! So! Where was I?.. ah yes..
This list contains a new release from one of my favourite local bands, Laverne. It’s been a highly anticipated album for me and it did not disappoint. Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint you either. If it does, that’s ok; It just means you have a bad attitude and you’re not very good at listening to music. Good thing you’re currently in the worlds greatest music-listening training facility. Get your ass in the SCRAP HEAP and give me 50 soldier!
Somebody seriously needs to take the internet away from me.
PS: I think that Mixed Signals album may feature some of the same members as a very obscure and mysterious band you may recall I was obsessed with a few years ago (and still am) called Briscoe. If anyone can confirm this and offer any more information, please get in touch.
When I was twelve years old I started skateboarding. My fifteen year old sister started dating skater guys and I wanted to be just like them. I quickly absorbed myself in skate culture. I watched videos, had my mom buy me the baggy clothes and gear and most importantly I started listening to skate music. The music found in skate videos of the time, to be precise. This music has had a long term effect on my tastes and a lot of these bands have remained in my constant rotation of music I enjoy. Bands I would otherwise have never been exposed to if it weren’t for skate videos of the 90’s. New Deal introduced me to The Odd Numbers, a San Jose mod/pop/punk band who always sounded like a retro band ahead of their time.
The 90’s also introduced me to some great hip hop. I would watch Yo! MTV Raps on the weekends, so I had an appreciation for some of the bigger acts, like Public Enemy and NWA, but the skate company Planet Earth used a few songs by SWAT. Ever heard them? Probably not. The World Industries faction released so many videos with a random array of genres and styles of music.
Feasters – Birdhouse Projects (1992) – This kicked off my love affair with Pixies. I still listen to those first 5 albums all the time. One of my favorite bands – then they became too big for themselves in the head of Frank Blank. What a shame.
Falling Down – 101 (1993) – Gang Starr. Skateboarding and Yo! MTV Raps introduced me hip hop. I was never a fan of gangster rap, so Gang Starr is as tough as I get. Premiere’s jazzy loops and effects under Guru’s voice make Gang Starr stand head and shoulders above the rest.
From 1990 – 1998 I was all about skateboarding. I wanted to get sponsored, but living in the suburbs of Chicago (and not Los Angeles) made that a difficult task. Being not that good didn’t help either, but I tried. I met a lot of friends through skateboarding. We would take trips to different spots/parks/states just to skate, fall, get up and try again. It was a constant.
I’m an old man now and I officially live in Los Angeles. I’ve given up the dream of being a sponsored skateboarder, but I still try to get out to the local spots and parks and ride for fun. I’ve still got a few tricks in me. Sometimes my muscle memory kicks in and I think I can still do the same tricks I used to, however my body usually disagrees. Growing up is weird.
I compiled clips of old skate videos I made with friends back in the day, as well as some more recent clips. So here’s another important video part, including a song and band I love dearly:
Thank You Skateboarding (1993 – 2020) / Beauty Pill
Hey whatsup? You got like 40 hours of spare time and nothing to do? Well, I don’t know what kind of freak you are but I’ve got your back. Here’s a metric shit-pile of compilation albums that came out in the past few months. This is no joke. One of these comps has like 150 songs on it. Here’s your chance to discover a lot of new bands. It doesn’t matter what gender you identify with, you are going to have a caveman beard when you get done with this. Happy hunting!
💀Year Of The Mask – Avant! Records (darkwave) (newwave)
💀2020 Earth Day Comp – Mourning Records (indie rock) (emo)
💀Blood Fest Comp – Violent Breed Records (hardcore) (punk)
💀Noise From The South – Struggle Records (hardcore) (punk rock)
💀Music Venue Trust – CPRW Records (pop-punk) (skate-punk)
💀Big Bully Comp – Orlando Punk Archive (90’s) (indie) (punk)
💀Crowd Kill Your Lampshade – Bitter Hearts Records (grindcore( (hardcore)
💀Volume One – Sockhead Records (punk rock) (garage-punk)
💀Kat Music For Kat People Vol IV -Bloated Kat Records (pop-punk) (powerpop)
💀Give Me The Cure Volume One (punk) (indie)
💀Horror Of The Unwashed Hands – Kafadan Kontak (garage-punk) (garage-rock)
💀Sick Boyz II – Stupid Decisions Records (bedroom-pop) (indie)
💀Only Death Is Fatal – Immaculate Obscurity (70’s) (80’s) (punk)
💀Protest And Survive Compilation (indie rock) (garage-punk)
💀Retrospective Ghosts – Isolation Records (hardcore) (garage-punk)
💀2020 Sampler – The Ghost Is Clear Records (hardcore) (noise) (screamo)
💀19 Notes On A Broken System (punk) (punk rock) (hardcore)
💀2020 Sampler – Flowerpot Records (lo-fi) (indie) (shoegaze)
💀A Compilation Vol.2 – Dammit Presents (punk rock) (emo)
💀Black And Loud – Ontario Artists Against Injustice (afro-punk) (indie-rock)
Alright – I’m Doing This To Myself
Charlotte, North Carolina 🇺🇸
Heckdang – Fine Just Thinking
Charlotte, North Carolina 🇺🇸
Glue Horse – Self Inflicted
Chimes Of Bayonets – Archiver
(punk rock) (math)
Ithica, New York 🇺🇸
Cabeza De Juárez – CDJ
Help – 2053
United States 🇺🇸
Tuning – Defining The Purpose
Oakland, California 🇺🇸
Catsick/Conflicted – Split
New Zealand & Russia 🇳🇿🇷🇺
Narrow Head – 12th House Rock
Houston, Texas 🇺🇸
Feels Fine – Grip
Toronto, Ontario 🇨🇦
Borders are scary. You make a border and the people on the other side become “others”. Even within my country I feel an innate degree of estrangement from the people in the province next to mine. There are 195 countries on planet earth (and counting) but even if we did away with all the borders, we would still have the imaginary ones in our minds because we’re disgusting. Tribalism is at the core of our nature and, until we un-do it, we’ll always be the joke of the galaxy.
In other news: I really half-assed the top ten this month. You’ll notice the SCRAP HEAP is a little light compared to other months. Life has just been a tad chaotic for me lately but I still managed to scrounge together ten killer releases from August for your enjoyment motherfuckers.
Pardon my language.
In more other news: I have been suspended from Facebook. Those of you who are members of the Doesn’t Suck Facebook group may have noticed the lack of my presence. Apparently Facebook insists that all it’s members use their real identity on the site and they don’t believe that Steve Doesnt is my real name. They wanted me to send a photo of my ID to prove it, so I sent them a picture of a hamburger. I’m still waiting to hear back from them, but for now my account is suspended indefinitely. I’m the only administrator of the group too, so it’s a fuckin free-for-all now isn’t it. Fuck it! Carte blanche for chaos! Have fun you guys. If they don’t re-activate my account I may start a new one but who knows if I’ll ever feel like doing that. For now you should follow me on twitter and join in the conversations there.