07-29-12 White Wards in Olympia from Our Sound on Vimeo.
A few months ago at Palace Flophouse.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Finally, someone does justice to the Snake Run demo. The tracks were remastered and pressed to vinyl by the wonderful Amos. He is also putting out the Gag, Nudes, Grimace, and Adjustment records so he is really hooking it up. Much love to this great man. If you aren't familiar with Snake Run you better get familiar fast. Below is a link to my original post of the demo tape where you can download it and as a special bonus I included a comp track that used to be up on the Legitimate Bros website (now defunct... I think). The comp track is way fucking good. Wild organ at the beginning and an opening riff that sounds just like "Got the Time" that Anthrax covers on Persistence of Time, can't remember the original artist. I guess there are a couple other tracks Terry dug up that Amos is going to release as well. Never before heard Snake Run? Count me in.
I take it back, this is my favorite Urban Blight release because it offers the most material. Starts off like Blitz, ends so hard. God damn this record is great, I can't stop spinning it. I think I've already worn the grooves, after you think you're over it you put it on again and just go, "holy fuck this is great". Urban Blight everyone.
Another great EP by Urban Blight, catchy, blown out, hard as nails, fucking great. This release has a sick Crass Records style fold out poster sleeve but I'm not gonna even try to scan it. You're just gonna have to buy this one to get the full package.
Vacant State's full length "Fill The Void", now here's a record you can wrap both hands around. If you enjoyed any of the previous eps you'll love this, each record gets better. The songs will be stuck in your head for days, plenty of hard, heavy jammers. Stoked to play their first show in what will have been a few months come January. Grimace record release is in sight.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Most contemporary bands of this genre are vapid and boring. The First Step actually brings new inspiration to the table. The first time I saw The First Step was in 2005 and I fell in love instantly. Dude was going off and hardly singing into the mic. I loved everything about it. What We Know is actually my second favorite release (counting Open Hearts and Closed Minds and the Demo as the same release and my favorite) but fucking rips the whole way through. Re-recorded version of "As It Is" is so sick. Unfortunately Connection was a total disappointment to me but enough about other releases I'll put up later. For being so far away I sure did get to see this band a lot. A few times in southern California and in Seattle. I remember once in Seattle after Aram had joined the band he was playing the riff to "Something Must Be Done" and I yelled for them to play it enough that they actually did. This lp is flawless and Stephen's vocals are way harder than the previous releases. Love it. This band is totally incredible and way underrated. Too bad they called it quits. Also incredibly lyrics throughout.
Grimace had the opportunity to play the event that was Dead Weights record release and Shook Ones first show in quite a while. Dead Weight was sick as always so I had to pick up the new record. Four tracks of late 80s NYHC Crossover style. Good shit, definitely digging the reverb on "Scarred" (personal favorite track) and is it just me or did I pick up the riff of "Darkness" by Integrity on "Timberlane"? Sick record, great band!
I had mixed feelings about Stick Together when I first heard them. I listened to the demo because I'm usually down with most east coast straight edge but wasn't exactly thrilled. It seemed kind of 'dry', nothing grabbed me too much. Trainyard then got the chance to play with them on their west coast tour and I really dug what I saw so I picked up the 7". Upon second listen of the demo I realized the feeling I got from listening to them was similar to jamming Bold. Suddenly I was 15 and hearing Bold for the first time again. I absolutely love Bold but it's an acquired taste. The first couple listens are sort of a letdown until you realize, holy shit, this is the good kind of boring. Once I drew the Bold parallel to Stick Together I realized I love them. This 7" is much more hard hitting than the demo and much more creative. "Stick Together" and "For Myself" are the "Wise Up" and "Accept the Blame's" for me... in other words, the jammers. Also gotta love the aesthetic.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The sophomore release by Coke Bust. If you haven't heard this one yet do yourself a favor and download it. Was my favorite Coke Bust release until I heard the latest, Degradation although I do fluctuate often between those releases and the demo as a favorite. Degradation is just so savage. Red & Black's first show was with these bad lads. Lyrics to "Because of the Label" are dope.
Centralia or could be Tacoma now... I'm not sure but Safe and Sound is killing it. Had the pleasure of seeing them then proceeded to book them often. The perfect blend of goofiness and energy and I tell ya, the songs are something else. Some wild shit right here by a bunch of young rapscallions. Get it while you can. I hope there's more to come. Originally I was given the DVD case demo but then received "the Underoath B-sides" later, same tracks, both sick layout styles.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I felt inspired to put this up right this moment, mainly because of the footage below but also because I spun it earlier today. As you may have read in my last post on Minority Unit this band is everything I could want from a live performance; ridiculously straight edge and an insane amount of stage mosh. This record brings six new jammers to the table and is sadly the last release by this group. Caught them in Seattle before their end, so I only got to see them twice but the shows never disappointed. The first two tracks are bangers. Great concept, incredibly energy. Totally retarded. I love it. Oh, forgot to mention there's a cover of the infamous "Project Salty Stomp" hidden on the record. Wish I had a copy of the Project Salty demo to put up, my introduction was Mental covering it. I can't figure out how to rip it but I'll keep trying. Comes up sometimes when playing the b-side which is just a repeat program.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Here is the latest release of Seattle's Nudes. This seven song cassette has four old songs and three nirvana inspired new jammers one of which I think is on the upcoming 7"? Maybe not I can't remember. Anyhow the tape is sick and recorded in wonderful ceiling mic fashion (a personal favorite, idem Adjustment to Society). White Wards and Nudes were supposed to do a quick Canadian jaunt which included stopping off in Spokane, Calgary, Alberta, Vancouver, maybe Langley, and something else. Long story short, Spokane fell through, Ian's dad died, then we just ended up playing two Vancouver shows back to back. Beforehand we tried to make our time off worth it by recording new Nudes and WW stuff. WW didn't work out because we couldn't get Andrew down and Nudes stuff got deleted when we got to vocals. We had great luck. Shows were sick and there was too much debauchery to recount. Played with Flaccid, Glitter, Out of Sight, and a bunch of other great bands I can't recall because I just woke up. On that note, here are some pictures (thanks to Bubba), the download, and I'm done. The goofy artwork is a sick dude from a pre-Iron Maiden band that I can't seem to recall the name of. Cary picked the record up on Grimace tour and we were all stoked on the pictures of him.