Thursday, January 12, 2017

Vexx - Wild Hunt EP

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The final release from Olympia's rockin own. I didn't even know this disc existed! I was saying what's up to Corey and she asked me if I wanted to hear the new Vexx record, so we jammed it and she gave me a copy. This is by far their best juice to date. Vexx has truly honed their craft and this record is testament to the evolution of the band. It's a bummer they created what they did right before they disbanded. Six tracks of fierce rock n' roll, "I Wanna Be Where the Boys Are" is some straight Suzi Quatro shit.

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Narrow Head - Satisfaction

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I can't believe this record. I rolled out to the gig this last time my friends came through and picked up this new record after an amazing performance. It had me entranced from the first spin. The way this record moves- the progression from song to song, particularly "It's Whatever To Me" got me feelin'. Even the rooftop hot tub after the gig wasn't as good as this.

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Vanity - Don't Be Shy

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I am a huge fan of all things Ben Trogden, if you have kept up with my blog you know this to be true. Since I first met him as an Olympia transplant we have always gotten along and taken an interest in each others creative works. Of all of the projects he's participated in, Vanity takes the crown for me. The newest release, "Don't Be Shy", is enchanting. I can flip it over and over and never leave the space it occupies. An infectious groove from one end to the next, you'll be toe tappin' and rocking I guarantee it. We played with them in NY this last year and I was especially impressed with the seamless transition between vocal styles. Top notch.

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C.C. Dust - EP Repost

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 This thing finally came out and you can pick up copies at Perennial. Above the Test Press and standard run of the record are pictured. If you haven't heard this yet you are sleeping... and far too long because CC Dust is no more. RIP to a real one. Read my original post and download the tracks here.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Chow Line - Six Trax Ripper CS

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So you want to start a hardcore band, huh? Well I think myself and the members (2, but not like a 'two best friends playing grind' way, don't worry this is a full band) of Chow Line would agree just don't do it. But if you absolutely must, here is the recipe. Thick and meaty, you can feel the grit in your mouth; sand in your gums when you play these tracks. Five tracks of hardcore done right and a Ripcord cover. "Yea you know I'm good and ready, armed with balloons and confetti, couldn't hold back if I tried, I'll be laughing when you die". Now this is some top tier hardcore in a year of fest worship and instagram.

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Bugg - Demo CS

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This guy is a regular Bugg superfan. Kora gave me a demo cassette and I had no idea what it was going to be, I assumed another band like Laffing Gas but I was very surprised. We got some 90s alt worship that gets you feelin'. Since jamming the tape repeatedly I had the pleasure of hosting them for OHC and live they were on another level. Got to see them again on this last GAG tour and they had a super lineup. I think I counted five guitars on stage. Needless to say I ride for Bugg. This tape is fantastic, be on the lookout for an lp.

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Criminal - Amongst the Thugs CS

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 I love this fucking tape. When fizz told me he had a new band called Criminál I knew it was going to be right up my alley as I am a big fan of crime, and more importantly, fizz. This cassette has it all, the anthemic feel of Oi done respectable and the ferocity of hardcore at times. We got synth, gruff vocals and a bootboy choir, you sold me, easy. Do yourself a favor and just try it. Sadly I still have yet to see them play live. We were in cahoots for a Rixe and Criminal appearance at OHC but the tour got pushed back and I had a full day drive to eastern Washington for work and a forklift broke on me so I stayed an additional six hours fixing it while they played. Decent excuse for missing the set.

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