Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Divebombs baby. Speaking of five songs paving the way for a musical subgenre, fucking duh, here is Stop and Think. The early 2000s were a good year for contemporary hardcore in my opinion. 90's bands didn't do it for me too much aside from a small chunk, maybe I'm just biased because I grew up around these bands but Lockin' Out really did it for me. This cassette was released on Stand Hard Records and isn't as good as the second demo in my opinion. I got the LP with both demos on it and if anyone out there has a cassette version of the second demo hit me up, I'd be willing to do some trades. Anyhow shit is good as hell. You can't hear "Get Lost" and not mosh and "Stop and Think" basically paved the way for that fucking early 2000s sound. Listen to the track you'll get it. "T.J.R.B" is an instrumental back in the times when bands wrote those for frontman and audience mosh time... why don't people do that anymore? "Up to Our Necks" picks up the pace again and drops it heavy and "Blood Red" closes the tape out with some stomp and ends it abruptly leaving you wanting more. I always gotta put on the rest of their material when it's over. Surprised I didn't get this up sooner but what I put up is usually way arbitrary. Boston Straight Edge. Perfect tape and the releases only got better.
Now here is a bundle of five songs you can grip with both hands. I have no doubt these recordings will be setting the standard for many bands to come. God was I blown away. We were playing with them at Subversion and in LA and Joey was pumped. He played them for me and at first I didn't think much. I liked it from what I heard but then I saw them live and was fucking blown away. Furthermore I didn't realize Sam was the brainchild of this band, love you dugg, so that was a damn pleasant surprise. I had the pleasure of meeting Chad and Matt and crashing at Chad's place a few nights in a row which we kinda wrecked. Thanks again Chad. Really awesome people playing some really awesome fucking music. It was just plain menacing. So fucking loud I could hardly stay on my feet. Matt was clad in chains and trying to tie people up with tape in the audience while he simultaneously wrapped his own face. I also believe he was wearing sunglasses for a good half the set. During Gag's set Adam nailed him in the face and he got a pretty good sized welt. The whole night he kept saying "Where's your singer? I'm gonna get him back so good tomorrow" every time he saw me. This beautiful bundle of five songs will keep you flipping it over and over. The first thing I was struck by were the sick noises in the opening reminiscent of Void. I was let in on the secret behind them but forget it already. Some arrangement of pedals making chaotic noises, a nice personal flare. I feel like my heart skips a beat every time I hear "Smoldering Wreckage". Please jam this. Done on cassette and a limited run of 7"s. Didn't have to rip this one on my own, picked it up from Terminal Escape Credit where credit is due, thanks Robert.
Monday, December 24, 2012
One track off of the new 7" coming soon from Seattle's Nudes. You've all probably read the spiel on Nudes at this point, if you haven't go download the tapes, they're both on here. The new single is a rager and was one of the many lathe cuts made before GAG WW tour. Chad saved me the Grimace one, all the drawings are personalized. Nudes fucking rips.
Ever get bummed that the breaks on "Best Wishes" were made so wieney by the goofy singing and thrash metal aspects? Well here is your solution, the follow up to Hounds of Hate's demo tape the "No Redemption" 7". This record kills it. Pride in the music you make and Straight Edge seep out of the record grooves when you put it on the turntable. Ends with a choppy stomp track with some Oi nuances (as if the cover wasn't enough). Really great stuff, I have no doubt this record will one day come out of obscurity and stand the test of time years from now the same way Violent Tumor and Koro did for their genres. Actually just the same way all American hardcore records have in this shitty decade. If you see this record anywhere pick it up because it is long sold out. Peep Katorga for other great releases. My favorite contemporary band right now easy.
Got this tape in the mail from Flynn right before I left for tour. I wasn't bummed I couldn't give it a few spins because all the tracks were already burned into my brain. The tape opens up with "Pound of Flesh" which, if released in the late 80's, could easily have found its place on "Where the Wild Things Are" or "The Way It Is". The track fucking kills it right out of the gate. Because I'm already making a segue into a late 80s New York hardcore comparison I might as well continue. The tape is full of that musical flare that breaks it up from its contemporaries. Tempo changes in songs like "Pride" definitely remind me of some of that groove from the time. I feel like this band is what Krakdown would sound like if they ever had good production behind their music. I don't wanna limit my comparison to just one band because that would definitely sell Hounds of Hate short, I hear some hard groove in many other Krakdown contemporaries like Raw Deal, and a lot of the chords and effects on the guitar remind me of Burn (this is more apparent on the 7" which I'll put up next). Others have said the vocalist is reminiscent of Raybeez but I'm not hearin' it, the inflections are there but not the voice. Long story short Hounds of Hate is contemporary hardcore all its own, it sells the music short just comparing it to past bands. I don't know how they're doing it but Hounds of Hate is writing original hardcore music in the 2000s. I'm a sucker for the straight edge but there is no bias here. Much love for an objectively good band.
Here's an easy way to pick up everything GAG has done and a bunch of White Wards stuff. These Cassettes were made for tour and are now gone. Tour fucking ruled, GAG and White Wards killed the west coast twice and hit up Arizona and Texas on the way around. I played double duty every night until we picked up Alek in LA on the 18th so he could record. My drum set is now destroyed and I managed to lose my snare drum in San Francisco. If you see anyone walking around with a hard case with a giant White Wards sticker on it kick their ass then mail it back to me, you will be rewarded. Way too many antics to recount and I lost any photos I would have because my camera was in my snare case. Subversion fest killed and I got to see a shitload of bands I had wanted to see for a while and pick up some music to put up. We also got to play with a shitload of great bands multiple nights; Condition, Replica, Iron Youth, Blotter, Hunting Party, Hoax, and Needles to name a few of my favorites. White Wards full length was recorded by Jake (of Face The Rail, Synthetic ID, etc. etc.) in the bay on the last two days of the trip and it rips. Seriously is going to rule. Be on the look out for that White Wards LP and a GAG LP soon to follow this year.
1. Chains and Barbed Wire (Unreleased from 7" recording session)
2. Warm Milk (Unreleased soon to be on a Flexi with above track)
3. Meth Lab (S/T 7")
4. Don't Like (S/T 7")
5. I'm A Punk, I'm A Freak (S/T 7")
6. No Cops (S/T 7")
7. HaHaHa (Can't remember if this song has a real name, from the Lathe Cut)
8. Haunted Truck Bed (Lathe Cut)
White Wards side:
1. Too Many Humans (Originally by No Trend, from our Live on KBOO set)
2. Fucking A Dead Body (From KBOO tape)
3. Bad Decisions (From KBOO tape)
4. Lock the Door (From KBOO tape)
5. Acceptance (Originally by Mecht Mensch, outtake from 7" session)
6. Cement (Lathe Cut)
7. Lot Lizards (Lathe Cut)
8. Scentless Apprentice (Outtake from Lathe Cut Session)
Tracks 1 & 2
Tracks 7 & 8
Tracks 5 & 8
Tracks 6 & 7
For your listening pleasure the GAG record, a four track slab of primal hardcore. The record is the same four tracks from the "Skimask '95" demo but re-recorded with Dave Harvey. Recording session was fun as hell and was accompanied by delayed saxaphone; long story short it sounds way better. We sold out of the 100 tour copies on color, Amos is sending us 50 more and then there are only 150 left for your purchasing pleasure. You can pick up what remains at Bedside Records.
To add to the previous post here is the GAG lathe cut. Two new tracks recorded right before getting them cut. Seriously minutes before. If you think yours doesn't play flip it over, we printed on them backward. I got way more stuff comin' that I picked up on tour so keep checking back in the next couple days and I'll be putting stuff up. I don't have my desktop set up any more because I am between homes. Working on my laptop is much slower but expect to see soon:
GAG s/t 7"
Nudes Skin single
Blotter Demo CS
Glue Demo CS
Hounds of Hate Demo CS
Condition Demo CS
Urban Struggles Demo CS
Needles Desperacion 7"
Bloodkrow Butcher 7"
and a seriously ridiculous stockpile of stuff I need to put up. I have hundreds of demos and records to put up so just hold tight... and take it all In Stride.
So we located someone in Olympia that does short runs of Lathe Cuts in real time and does them quickly. We decided to stock up on some for tour and boy was it a good decision. These bad boys are sweet and with all the decoration Joey ended up putting into them, quite collectable. Each lathe cut is hand screened and accompanied by stickers and an insert. This White Wards one has two unreleased recordings of Cement and Lot Lizards; rippin' songs making one rippin' piece of plastic. If you ended up with one you're lucky, we only made thirty, limited them to selling only ten a night and sold out at Subversion fest the third day into tour. More about tour later, download these tracks!
It really hasn't been that long since Grimace tour but I was only home for a week before leaving again with GAG and White Wards for three weeks so I hardly remember anything. If you were lucky enough to catch us in our late November stint then you had the opportunity to pick up this cassette, because for the second time in a row, we didn't have our seven inches for tour. At this rate it looks like the second Grimace record will come out before the first. We have three new songs written and two more to be written that will appear on a 7" soon on Bedside Records. Anyhow, tour went well, a few snafus as always; we finished up the trip with our buddies Power for the last three days. Those guys have an LP coming out soon so I'll put up their teaser later. For now go re-download Mustard Gas and Roses (this tape/going to be 7") and mosh in your bedroom. While you're at it get the Five Song CS too if you haven't, it's better. Suck it nerds, daddy wants to go to sleep. Here are some lyrics and some introspective and tickling (two things GRIMACE is not) pictures Che took of us in Tucson. Much love.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Mark Palm from Go It Alone's solo project. He now plays in Devotion. This was a band he did when he was living in California and is the only release. The project is definitely more of a straight forward 80s hardcore style band than his other projects. Last time I saw him was when ATSX played Vancouver and he commented on my Youth Korps shirt and told me they were his favorite early 80s band. This tape has more of a Boston sound but with a contemporary tinge. The tape is damn good. The track "Control" always gets stuck in my head and I think it's my favorite on the release. The tape ends with a 3 minute reverb laden track ala DYS, Youth Brigade, The Fix, Negative FX, any other sick 80s band that did a weird song on their otherwise straightforward 7" or demo. Also rips off that catchy thing F.U.'s always did in their songs where they repeat a line or word over and over with stops; see "No More" and compare it to "Radio Unix USA" Really good stuff, download it!
Youth Crew style hardcore from North Carolina. I'm pretty sure there was some band member overlap with the First Step. I'm not positive but they're from the same state and it's definitely a TFS Crew production. Aside from this tape I have no other knowledge of the band. Short and sweet.
Go It Alone's first release. This band got some pretty heavy recognition later and along with their Vancouver contemporaries Blue Monday, were my favorite band from the area at the time. The demo tape has four songs later released on Vancouver Gold (my favorite release by the band for sure, which I think I posted a few months ago), one song later re-released on their LP, and three tracks exclusive to the tape; two are mid tempo jammers and one is a short almost ballad. Enjoy it while you can still find it. Stoked on how often I got to see this band play, it's a bummer they called it quits when they did.
Here's a little piece of Olympia history for you. It's all a blur to me now as memories blend but the last time I remember seeing Deconditioned I believe Dan and Ian Bracken got naked. Deconditioned was noisy, thrashy hardcore punk from Olympia WA that existed through the early 2000s. Dan now plays in Opt Out and Mckenzie went on to play in Sixes with me. I'll put up more music of theirs later but for now, here is this.