Top Tens for 2021: Mark Fraser of The Link and Pin cafe
Mark Fraser with Blackie of the Hard-Ons
Ten best albums for 2021… no particular order.
HARD ONS- “Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken”
Is it pop? Is it Punk? Who cares, its fkn perfect.
THE QUICK SIXES – “Swamped”
Swampabilly meets surf in the most perfect of ways.
THE AUSTRALIAN BEEFWEEK SHOW- “Panic at the Bottle-o”
Beautifully irreverent , snotty thrash.
BOXING WITH GHOSTS- Deadly Decoupage.
Jagged, swirly guitarnage, hints of country. An album of 1000 faces.
SONIC GARAGE – “Space Travels”
Eight slabs of pure garage bliss.
THE ON AND ONS -“Back For More”
60s pop for the 21st century. Perfection.
DRUGS IN SPORT- “At Least We’ll Have Rock n Roll To Fall Back On”
Perfect perfect pop. Not a dud track to be found.
AMYL & THE SNIFFERS – “Comfort To Me”
No pretence. No bullshit. A relentless feral cavalcade of sonic anger.
THE SHIVVIES - Self Titled
Ramones-esque punk balladeering with all the right elements.
PIST IDIOTS - “Idiocracy”
Unique, Oz indie pop from the dirty side of the tracks.
Ten most mind blowing shows at Link and Pin 2021.
The new Tim Rogers line-up pretty much melted the concrete in the Gabba Gabba Hey beer garden when “Clandestine Sausage” played a secret show in December. Worst -ept secret on the NSW Central Coast and one of the best Hard-Ons shows in 35 years. Bleeding. Brutal. Brilliant!
DRUGS IN SPORT
Power pop does not get any better. Killer set each and every time!
THE SMART FOLK
60s flavoured pop that drips all over the canvas.
Back after a 34-year hiatus and managing to nail that beautifully dreamy pop thing. Their last show at the Link was perfection.
Visually and aurally engaging. What a show!
Fuck me, how can a three piece sound so ferocious. Menacing mayhem that grabs you by the balls and doesn’t let go. INSANE!
Sixteen-years-old and soooo much talent. Our fave squid munchies! Heads down. Pedals to 12. Let’s rip!
THE DARK CLOUDS
Brooding brutality that pounds and pounds and then some.
Yet another trio that can harness the deepest darkest assault and make your ears bleed in an instant. Love ‘em.
I HATE PEOPLE
Honest, irreverent, don’t give-a-shit punk rock that will not only clear out your neighbours, but the whole fucken street. Never afraid to say what they think. And that’s why we love IHP.
Bring on 2022!
Mark Fraser is the owner Vi-Nil Records, redbackrock.com and a co-owner of the Link and Pin Café in Woy Woy, NSW