Title:Three Time Losers
Band:The Sewergrooves (Sweden)
Label:Estrus Records
Highlights:Whole Again
Dead Letter River
Could've Been Dead
Two Time loser

The Sewergrooves are probably best known as being the other band for Hellacopter's drummer , Robert. However, the two bands have less in common than you might initially imagine. The Sewergrooves are more punk and less rock and have a much more nosier and grungier sound, similar to bands like Mudhoney and the Wipers. Three Time Losers is a compilation of their previous three 7 inches that were originally only released in Scandinavia. This type of music just doesn't appeal to me no matter how hard I try to get into it, which is sad because the songs are quite good and the vocals of lead singer Kurt are strangely appealing. The major problem I have with the Sewergrooves sound is the shitty guitar sound , which lacks any power. Only on the track, Two Times Loser does the band approach something exceptional courtesy of some fine guitar from Andrew Shit. All in all, Three Time Losers is a frustrating record because although the band has a lot of potential, it's as if they're deliberately trying to sound shitty.

Title:Turn On With
Band:The Stoneage Hearts
Label:Off The Hip Records
Highlights:Wish You Were Mine
I'm In Love
Long Way To Your Heart

The Stoneage Hearts are a side project for members of The Finkers, Hands Of Time and P76, that finds them combining garage rock with classic power pop in an infectious combination that will have your feet tapping and your hips shaking in next to no time. The production (on a four track Yeah!) really suits the songs as everything's left really raw and spontaneous while still remaining powerful - check out the Who-like ending to Two Timin' Gurl for proof. They also throw in some cool covers by The Zippers and The Beat as well as the standard Stranded On A Dateless Night. If you're a fan of classic Australian garage-rock (ie early Hoodoo Gurus, Stems, Lime Spiders or Early Hours) then make sure you tune in to The Stoneage Hearts.

Title:Motherfuckers From The Bowels Of Hell
Label:Safety Pin Records
Highlights:Nancy's Boots
Don't Give A Fuck
Gimme Some Coke
Hot Rocks

Brisbane band Strutter play fucked-up in the gutter rock 'n' roll and are no doubt inspired by the likes of The New York Dolls and Iggy & The Stooges. Fans of bands like The New Bomb Turks and Zeke will find a lot to like here as the band rip through such classics as Nancy's Boots, Don't Give A Fuck and Gimmie Some Coke and finish with an appropriately chaotic version of The Stooges Open Up And Bleed. My only criticism is that lead singer Dick needs to work on his singing if Strutter want to take their music to the next level in order to match it with the best. However, with Satan filling in on drums, it shouldn't take Strutter long to conquer the world!