Monday, January 28, 2013
Here's a revisit to an amazing band. HIV will probably always be my favorite band from the 2000s. Download it in a previous post, linked below. Artwork by the great Benn Silima. He always used to draw hilarious things like boots stomping flowers, etc. Some true punk artwork, haha.
In current news GAG just recorded yesterday with the great Dave Harvey for a new 7" and an LP so be on the lookout for those soon. White Wards just got the tracks back from Jake, be prepared for an amazing LP. Adjustment to Society is due to record 11 new songs to be split between a Flexi and a 7" coming out on Bedside. Going in sometime before February 10th to get these tracks nailed down so get ready for some wild hardcore punk. More coming soon!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
This is probably the best cassette I've picked up in quite a while. I've been really trying to get into contemporary bands more lately and this comp helped quite a bit. The compilation isn't incredibly diverse but the feel changes throughout the tape and makes it listenable the whole way through. I contacted Alex and asked if he cared if I put up mp3s for it because I couldn't find it anywhere online. He gave me the go-ahead and here it is. I'll start with a band breakdown, 8 bands, 2 tracks a piece. The tape starts with Pregnant who I didn't think too much of at first. They got that vocal sound that Omegas are jocking right now that reminds me of Crown of Thornz or the Germs, layered and echo-y, though the band sounds like neither. If I had to compare them to anything maybe Wipers? The guitars are jangly and medolic and remind me of some of the bands on a more famous "New York Thrash" comp like False Prophets or something. Could this comp be the new "New York Thrash"? It bares a lot of parallels. Nomos then busts in with blistering, ruthless, hard-hitting hardcore. So good. Hadn't paid much attention to this band when they came through Olympia but I should have. We got to play with them but all I picked up was a tape that I've had collecting dust. Definitely gonna give it a jam now. Then comes the crowning jewel of the tape, goddamn Hank Wood and the Hammerheads. Such a fucking stupid name but such a goddamn good band. I was thoroughly impressed. Fucked up hardcore that starts with visceral growling and barking; first track sounds downright menacing. "White People" sounds like a cut straight out of Killed by Death. If someone had told me it was from the late 70s I would believe them. That fucking guitar noodle and hook. NOW THAT'S A FUCKING PUNK SINGLE. Next comes Night Birds, I had seen this band a couple times in Boston and in LA and enjoyed their performances. They covered Toxic Reasons in LA which I have never seen anyone do so I was stoked, and I appreciated the guitar player's diatribe he went on about how Netflix is killing film with one of the dudes from Government Warning. They stayed with Kayla and I at Kimberly's when we were in Boston and he just went off for hours about it. I always get pumped when people are that devoted to something. Anyhow the tracks have some serious melody and guitar work. Vocals give me a nardcore/so cal feel. Think if RKL had good recordings and were a little more intricate. Nude Beach didn't do too much for me at first except break it up a bit on the tape. The more I listen to it the more I like it though. The melody in the first song and feel kind of remind me of Jesus and Mary Chain demo tracks with real drums. Alex Chilton cover is interesting. Then come The Men tracks which I like to think of as New York's Sex Vid with long songs haha. This band is good and also played in Olympia so I've had the chance to catch em. Cool "Gates of Steel" cover but I definitely like Sojourner's better, haha. Download that here. Byrds of Paradise is your usual kinda crummy lo-fi (sorry to use the disgusting term for describing music but you get it) stuff you'd hear playing out of the Voyeur in Olympia. They have cool hallway sounding echoed vocals. The first track is real driving and the second is kind of a wipers, jawbreakery type of thing with guitar solos. I try and think of it as a scrapped, poorly recorded "Texas is the Reason" demo track and it makes me like it more. Dawn of Humans reminds me GG Allin "Freaks Faggots and Junkies" era. Fucked up strained vocals and dirty music. The opening vocals and the length of songs remind me of GISM a little. New York City is cranking out some really good music and this compilation is the proof. Good fucking work.
Amos sent me some unreleased Snake Run tracks I was pretty pumped on and asked if I would share them. Amos is the amazing individual making things happen for Olympia through Bedside Records. Anyhow these tracks aren't anything too unique to Snake Run but are sick considering that I had never heard of them and the last time I really paid attention to jamming all their tracks was probably around 2006. "Dead Beat" starts like Confront's "Our Fight" which took me by surprise then jams into a noodly bass line quintessential of Snake Run. Love how it falls apart at then end but remains collected. The next track "No Place Like Home" is probably my least favorite of the bunch but is still good. Starts with some rippin guitar and stops sharp, blitzing into the downbeat pattern of music so familiar to Snake Run. Love the stops, really shows how tight they were as a band. "Work Release" gets out some workplace aggression. The song falls apart in the middle then rages back in. It also gets kinda metal at the end, haha. Fuck work, listen to Snake Run. Also if you haven't done so download the demo tape off an earlier post and the other unreleased track they had, it rips. Also buy the LP off Amos it is worth it.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Another great Austin band, Glue. We were supposed to play with them the second night but it didn't happen. I still managed to get a cassette from Cody which I was stoked on. I had a totally different idea of what it would be because of the name but it's still good as hell... though not what I expected. Really catchy riffs on this cassette, they should've made "Intro" into a song, that's a fucking jammin' track. Slap some tortured vocals on there low in the mix and you got yourself a demo cassette. Wish it had lyrics, from what I can make out "No Excuse" seems to be about gender politics in hardcore. "Jokes Write Themselves" has some laughing on the track, always great to hear in a hardcore band, always sounds sick. I'm a sucker for the tempo on that track too. Great tape, hope to see them play soon.
Speaking of super good bands we played with I think Blotter was my favorite. We played two shows in Austin Texas and only got to see Blotter once unfortunately. I knew Jason from spending some time in Olympia so I was stoked to see him again and really excited to hear his band; I was not disappointed. The live performance began with tons of crew mosh and Jason smashing a disco ball on a chain. Fireworks followed shortly. I wasn't sure how it would translate to recording but goddamn I almost like the tape better than live, which is saying a lot because they were great live. "Gossip Girls" is my standout track, very reminiscent of Youth Korps, Agnostic Front, fast and choppy with ample mosh. The clapping at the end is funny. So good. Up there in my favorite contemporary bands right now. Austin Texas has a killer scene. "Stuuupid".
Kick off the new year right: Gag and WW had the pleasure of playing with Oakland's own Replica twice on our last tour, once at Subversion fest and once at 1-2-3-4-Go (the new location is killer by the way, stage for bands and shit; way bigger spot for records). Both days Replica killed it, really powerful performances, tons of energy. I picked up the demo tape when they played Olympia but got the flexi this time around and was stoked cause it had lyrics! Great band and great people, thanks for all the hospitality! Stand out tracks being "Can't Stop the Weather" and "Sandy Bottoms".