Another Portland band ‘Talkin’ Shit!’

Meet Portland’s PISS TEST. They’ve returned with a new single “Talkin’ Shit!” to combat sexism. You may recognise them from the front row of your show, your cab ride home, or your local rehab facility.

PISS TEST – “Talkin’ Shit” now Streaming on Brooklyn Vegan at:

Hey Hey Hey! Damian from Airwolf PR here! We’re back with another killer track from Portland, OR’s PISS TEST (featuring Zach Brooks, formerly of RED DONS)! We’ve teamed up with our friends Brooklyn Vegan to premiere the track, “Talkin’ Shit,” in which bassist Samantha Gladutakes over the vocals for a rip roaring anthem against the rampant sexism and shit talking about women in the music industry! Give that track a listen at:

LPII from Piss Test comes out NEXT WEEK, May 5th on  DIRTCULT RECORDS, owned and operated by Chris Mason! Mason you may know from his band’s SHANG A LANG & LOW CULTUREboth of which include Joe Ayoub from THE MARKED MEN!

Release date: May 5th
Pre-order link:
“Arizona Cops” Single Premiere from CLRVYNT:
“Talkin’ Shit” Single Premiere from Brooklyn Vegan:
Praise for LPII:

“Punks versus cops is an eternal conflict. Some cops are clearly worse than others, with former “Sheriff Joe” Arapio and the Arizona police department being high on the list. No one is more suited to taking the side of the punks than Portland, Ore., outfit Piss Test. Today, they dropped new track “Arizona Cops,” off their upcoming LP2. The song is a venom-soaked dagger right to the chest, the band charging forward in fiery unison. Singer Zach Brooks’ voice is raspy and pissed off, the perfect complement to the band’s high speeds. The track is gnarly as hell, setting the tone for the rest of the new record.”

From Brooklyn Vegan:
“LP II…is a killer dose of raw, garagey punk with a noticeable ’80s SoCal hardcore influence. We’re premiering “Talkin’ Shit,” a song about misjudging women in the music scene with Samantha Gladu taking the lead. Here’s a sample lyric: “I’m not a merch girl, I’m not a groupie, I won’t fuck these losers, but I’ll smash your head.” The song rips!” 

PISS TEST formed in Portland, Oregon when drummer Rodrigo Diaz was mandated to urinate in a plastic jar in order to secure steady work.

Rodrigo brought up the idea of forming a punk band idea to former Red Don, Zach Brooks. They decided to forgo looking for a bass player, and teach Zach’s better-half Samantha Gladu to play. Rodrigo and Zach figured the last thing the world needs is another punk band with three aging dudes. After all, the couple-plus-a-drummer lineup worked for Dead Moon.  And like Toody before her, Samantha quickly became the driving force of the band, making it her mission to encourage women to start bands and telling the creeps to fuck off.

What’s with the Dead Moon references? PISS TEST don’t sound like Dead Moon! None of them even own a leather vest. You, discerning German music fan, would like specific references? Think about the angrier side of early Texas or SoCal punk, with a dose of the Great Pacific Northwest (where bands can’t help but sound a little bit like The Wipers).  PISS TEST have also had several comparisons to Proletariat, which they weren’t really going for, but don’t complain about.

PISS TEST’s sophomore album is coming out on Dirtcult Records in the U.S., and Taken By Surprise Records in Germany.  Following their debut album and a few seven-inches on various labels, they toured under the clever ruse of being the “biggest band in Europe” because Germans don’t understand irony.  PISS TEST will be back to Europe in the Fall of 2017 (if their new authoritarian leader permits it).  On the new record, some songs are funny; some songs are serious; but none are autobiographical, because – if you can’t tell by reading this press release – PISS TEST don’t like writing about themselves.

LPII hits stores on May 5th! Pre-order the record now at:

Tour Dates:

May 5th – The Know – Portland JONNYCAT Cancer Benefit show// Album Release show with Defect Defect / Sleepwalkers R.I.P / Mr. Wrong

Samantha Gladu – Bass/Vocals
Zach Brooks – Guitar/Vocals
Rodrigo Diaz – Drums

Gig Listings

Here are some upcoming gigs to check out!

Friday 26th May

JC Carroll

 + Special Guests
+ One Deck Disco + Fake Fireside Favourites

For F*ck’s Sake It’s….. JC Carroll… Bugbear and Brotherhood are overjoyed to kick off our first night of FFS At The Constitution, an evening of raconteurship and acoustic punk folk fol de rol and fun. Q and A, One Deck Disco, radio recordings, Fake Fireside Favourites…all this and more in the wonderfully intimate and Tiki tantalised Constitution cellar bar…and for the first of our monthly fourth Friday FFS scenarios we are overjoyed to present J.C…No, not yer actual Son Of God, but the next best thing, songwriter, seer and top jaunty hat sporter from The Members, the super talented Mr J.C Carroll, plus very special guests natch….book early, tickets are limited as is the wiggle room in The Con…..Still Stickin’ It To The Man

The Constitution

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£10 in advance

Sat 10 Jun

Duke Street Big Band

 + Dot’s Funky Orchestra Experience Band

Duke Street Big Band – An 18-piece big band playing jazz, funk and latin, featuring the tremendously talented Talia on vocals. With a repertoire spanning classics from Ellington, Basie, Mingus and Nestico, to some more modern delights, they’re sure to have the whole room bouncing by the end of the night. Duke Street’s gigs are always brilliant fun: don’t miss out! With support from Dot’s Funky Orchestra Experience Band, a group of lively young reprobates who should really know better.

The Water Rats

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance

Fri 23 Jun

Gary Lammin

For F*ck’s Sake It’s….. Gary Lammin FFS At The Constitution, an evening of raconteurship and acoustic punk folk fol de rol and fun. Q and A, One Deck Disco, radio recordings, Fake Fireside Favourites…all this and more in the wonderfully intimate and Tiki tantalised Constitution cellar bar…It truly is a womb like wonderland…and for the second of our monthly fourth Friday FFS scenarios we are overjoyed to say For Fuck’s Sake- Gary Lammin…..sometime Bermondsey Joyrider, one time Cock Sparrer, all time punky rhythm n blues figurehead. Here tonite presenting his much acclaimed recent solo outing simply entitled ‘Gary Guitar Lammin’, produced over some years with legendary original Sex Pistols producer Dave Goodman, it’s an album that has garnered soooooo many rave reviews you’d think Gal would be top of the charts in every territory on earth and maybe some other planets too.. for instance…for instance- Moshville– ‘This is a great album, showing off both the artist named on the cover and the chap who honed his output into something very special indeed’ Rock N– ‘The album is true buried treasure … The spirit of the street…still in there kicking…even if it’s drenched in mushroom teaA psychedelic punk rock blues odyssey‘ ‘A vey different album- I like it!’ –Mick Jones, The Clash

The Constitution

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Fri 28 Jul
Nick Welsh

 + (The Life And Times Of A Ska Man)
 + Special Guests

For F*ck’s Sake It’s….. Nick Welsh FFS At The Constitution, an evening of raconteurship and acoustic punk folk fol de rol and fun. Q and A, One Deck Disco, radio recordings, Fake Fireside Favourites…all this and more in the wonderfully intimate and Tiki tantalised Constitution cellar bar…It truly is a womb like wonderland…tonight we say pull up, pull up,  For Fuck’s Sake- Nick Welsh, British ska and reggae’s most enduring and hard skanking figure. The Life And Times Of A Ska Man…With his tell all and be damned autobiographical tome just about to appear in the shops (dunno about the libraries with these salacious stories…) what an excellent time to appreciate the life and times of a ska man right up close and personal. From Bad Manners, to The Selecter via Hitsville UK, Longsy D, Prince Buster, Lee Perry and many more, right through to his contemporary King Hammond creation, Nick’s been around, gloriously so… got the tales, got the tunes, get a ticket.

Way Out Radio: Ska Party

Way Out Radio: Ska Party

Interview with Director Toby Tobias on his new film Blood Orange starring Iggy Pop, plus the best reggae, ska and two- tone collection to brighten up your day! Hosted and DJed by Paula Frost and Martyn Butler for Kane FM.

‘God Knows We Love Bank Holidays’ Playlist

Hello to all the well-fed brain-dead out there this fine day! Here’s a chill out playlist for you to come down to after your food comas this Easter. We’re kicking off with Peter Perrett and his classy, nonchalant lyrics in ‘How The West Was Won’. Next up the incredible Blue Moon from Sweden kick the UK music scene up the jacksy with their reinvention of 80’s post punk. Eight Rounds Rapid follow with their high paced pub rock before The Franklys chime in with their unique power punk sound. Thats just a quick start but theres loads more to delve into on this playlist too! ENJOY.

A night out with The Stranglers

Review: The Stranglers Live at Brighton Dome


It was a Friday night and I’d been working in London at the Vive Le Rock office all day. We’d recently had The Stranglers on the cover of our latest issue so when my band said they were all going to see them in Brighton that night, I asked the editor of the magazine if there was any possibility of me getting guest list and he sorted it out for me. Jammy. I got the train to Brighton and carried on working on my laptop as they’d let me leave the office early. Pulling into Brighton station I walked straight out of the front and saw my band looking very excited. We made our way into town towards Brighton Dome and talked about the night ahead. On the way we found a pub right outside the venue and decided to stop for a pint. Walking in we saw The Ruts sitting at a table together so we decided to give them a copy of our EP. They really appreciated it and came over to chat to us all which was fantastic. We talked about music and gigs, drank our beers and had a picture together. Next up we made our way into the venue and bumped into a few people we knew. First we went straight to the bar for another drink and then made our way into the venue. I got turned away because my ticket was for the balcony whilst everyone else had standing tickets. Anyway I went up to the balcony and watched The Ruts with a couple of other friends. They were amazing and played my favourite song of theirs ‘Babylon is Burning’. I’d had enough of the balcony so went on a little escapade to get into the standing area, it worked and I was reunited with the band! The Stranglers came on and were incredible. All of them wore black and the stage looked unbelievable, with red and black banners and a drum stage made of zagged buildings looking ‘German expressionism’ inspired. They played flawlessly and JJ was on form swaying around the stage and jeering the crowd playfully. A few songs in, they broke into one of their biggest hits ‘Peaches’ and a little later they played my favourite of their songs ‘Golden Brown’. It was heavenly. Towards the end they really picked up the energy and left the stage with the crowd wanting more. After a lot of chanting and feet stomping from the audience, The Stranglers came back on for an encore and played ‘No More Heroes’.  Life made. All in all it was an excellent gig and the band really impressed me. Needless to say we all ended up backstage with The Stranglers and The Ruts after the show and had a brilliant time drinking vodka. JJ gave us a karate lesson and we drank red wine together too because he lives in France and knows loads about wine. Both bands were lovely guys and I was impressed with their level headedness and kindness. They really gave us the time of day and were interested in our band and what we had to say. What a night!