Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I only got to see Bones Brigade once in LA with Hit the Deck but I was hooked. Skateboarding, pizza, soda, and video games? Sounds like a Bremerton/Olympia sort of vibe. Lyrics are hilarious and mostly awesome. Fast hardcore with some thrash metal aspects played by some youngsters.
Hardcore circa 2005 on Rival, aka, Rivalry records. I'm not sure why I like this as much as I do, I guess it sort of gives me a contemporary District 9 vibe but just with way less groove. Also it's funny because the dude reads out the lyrics to one of the tracks at the end of the CD version much like the guitar player of District 9 does in the New York Hardcore documentary. Tracks include some guest spots from Mr. 8-clip of Allegiance and Connor of Lights Out, two bands I have a soft spot for considering the time period I got interested in contemporary hardcore. Just look at the shout outs list; it tells all for that time period. I only got to see More to Pride a handful of times but the live sets I did get to see were nuts, I loved it. I was also able to catch their last show at Rivalry fest in 2007. Good stuff if you like the pseudo-thug contemporary hardcore feel.
Friday, October 22, 2010
I guess after talking it up I should put the Free Spirit Demo on here too. I am way more fond of this release, I wish I had a physical copy. 5 awesome songs in 2 minutes.
1. Free Spirit Intro
With an open mind to step outta line. We’ll take a stand all the time. Take a chance to do what’s right. Standing Strong we wont lose sight.
2. Express Yourself
Raise your voice if you got something to say. Take a stand to make a better today. Speak your mind your own way. An open mind with something to say. Speak out don’t hide what you have inside
3. Stand As One
Stick together me and you, stand for something true. Stick together me and you, we share a bond that’s true. Stand united, fight-stand as one. In a scene divided we can’t hold on. Stand as one.
Unite to do what’s right!
5. Be Yourself
Open up your eyes and look inside, and find a person with an open mind. Who doesn’t give a fuck about what they say, just acting like yourself and being your own way. Show the world what’s inside, be yourself and have some pride. Who cares what others fucking do? Why don’t you just let you be you? Do It! Be Yourself. Show the world what’s inside, be yourself and have some pride Who cares what others fucking do? Why don’t you just let you be you!
Here's another one I've been waiting for, for quite some time. I'll be honest I was a little disappointed. The vocals have slightly excessive reverb and I'm not particularly sold on the recording quality. It's probably just that I'm really, really attached to the demo recordings. Also, the lyrics don't really branch too far from where the demo left off. A lot is written about the message behind the words and hardcore but I'm not seeing too much beyond the "be yourself" slogan. Oh well, I'm a serious sucker for the genre and all in all I love it. Maybe it needs a few more spins before I can rank it up there with the demo. Don't let my opinion dissuade you.
Yes! James gave me a copy of the Dehumanized demo tape before we went skating yesterday. I've been waiting quite a while for this band to have a physical copy of their music and the wait was fucking worth it! The tape blazes through 6 tracks ranging from hardcore anthems to black metal influenced jammers to everything in between. Long story short, this music is incredibly unique to Olympia hardcore and I feel hardcore in general. Politically charged lyrics; vocals are nuts. Awesome awesome awesome! James requested that the songs do not become available online so sorry folks you'll just have to see them to get one. Either that or if you're really interested you can contact me and I can probably get one from him to send to you. The ethos of the band are all about not taking the musical experience of hardcore for granted as a commodified product so it follows logically that he would not want it spread over the internet. I just want to promote that this bad boy is out there. It hasn't left my tape deck since I put it in... it probably won't for a while. Also I should mention that the B-side is a Burzum influenced keyboard track James made. What will the boy think up next?
James: the Crazies, Bring tha Noize!, Insubordinate, the Answer, Stop At Nothing, Outlook
Adriana: Trainyard, Outlook, Hysterics
Ian: White Wards, Scary Man, In Debt, (unofficial) Red & Black
A unique feature about these tapes is that James got them all from goodwill, cut the tape to time, and recorded them all himself. The lyric sheet is wrapped in the excess tape that you see in the picture. Quite the endeavor.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
White Wards Painkiller Tape, super cool translucent insert thing. The only difference between this and the 2009 demo is a lack of a few tracks and a Government Issue cover. Enjoy. White Wards 7" will be coming soon on Iron Lung records. Holy Cow. Also, added to the White Wards roster is yours truly on drums.
Joey and Ian took the time and effort to make exclusive tapes of the Scary Man and White Wards Demos for Painkiller records. The tracks are the same as the demo just new artwork, also hand painted. Pretty silly stuff, Ian looks like a goddamn model on the cover. Hell yes. New Scary Man tracks are in the works and a 7" (limited to 50 due to financial constraints) will be coming your way soon.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Holy shit! The Son Skull LP is awesome. Another Olympia project on the Perennial Death label (along with HPP and White Boss) Oly is doin thangs. I had seen Son Skull a handful of times and was pulled in by the energy but never particularly grasped by the music. Now that I have the recordings its all I've been listening to, even moreso than the HPP release (which was my previous favorite and most spun). The lp starts off with two blistering punk tracks "Stand on the Shore" and "Laura"; both have the quintessential hardcore punk breakdown a'la minor threat that gets your blood boiling but are just dirty, gritty, and gnarly. The last two tracks on the A side move toward a more unique musical feel that borders on some serious Sonic Youth influence definitely embodied in the first track on the B side "Perennial Death". Great stuff. The next track "Housing" gets fucking wild and is my personal favorite. Has almost an intense SS Decontrol feel but more fucked up and unsettling sounding. I could easily see Springa belting out a 'Get it Away' style holler over the first measure, it then picks up the pace and gets a bit aggressive and breaks down once again into a slow dirge, "this is my fucking house"; gets crazy and the lyrics are super powerful. The last two tracks move back to a more straight forward aggressive punk feel with a little bit of melody in a feel-good outtro; "Cement Mixer". All in all I can't stop listening to this record, it's fucking great. Hoping to get Son Skull on some shows at our house. The last time we were called about playing I was out of town skating in Canada so we couldn't do the show. NEXT TIME! Lyrics range from existential crises, to scene politics, to family pain, to poetry. Seriously an awesome project that deserves recognition.
Well here we are, the last of the recorded Sixes material to date. This is the final mix of the "Wealth and Property" track I put up many months ago. It has kind of a metal-Undertow sort of feel. I like it a lot. I am excited to write more stuff. For your entertainment here are various photographs from tours and shows.