ALL DATES WITH GAG
*** WITH MILK MUSIC
5/22 PDX @the know w/Wild Mohicans, Denta na Mente
5/24*** SF @fortress w/Wild Moth, Caged Animal
5/25*** OAK @1234go w/Cold Circuits
5/26*** Pomona w/PESADILLA DISTOPIKA
5/27*** LA w/Stoic Violence, Doses
5/28*** Phoenix @ the spot w/magnum force, Jungle Monk
5/31 chaos @ Hotel Vegas (early) w/ SHIT, Condition, Blotter (late) w/ Gehenna, Replica
6/03 Denton tx @ rubber gloves rehearsal studios w/ Hoax, Sete Star Sept, Nasa Space Universe, Asile, Coltranes
6/04 Kansas City @ Satans Gay Bathtub w/ Thee Nodes, Nuke Cult, Thee Fluids
6/05 Denver @ Mouth House w/ Low Tax, Civilized, Dick Widler, and Neg Deg
6/06 slc TBA
6/07 Boise @ the crux w/Memory Smoker, Smuts, 1D
THIS PUNK SHIT IS COOL……
40OZ RULE ‘90
Monday, May 20, 2013
Well here it is everyone, the death of Grimace. We had a good run but this record marks the final release. This 7" was meant to come out by New Direction Fest of last year which was August... that did not end up happening. Two tours scheduled for the release of the 7" came and went without records and now, finally, we offer the Mustard Gas and Roses EP in true grimace fashion, missing a track and most of the inserts got destroyed.
Let's take a moment to reflect on the beauty of all that was Grimace with some photographs.
Me, Malcolm, and Joe are jammin' a new band, Grimace 2.0, that will be recording when we get back from GAG tour. Stay tuned for some good shit.
Grimace - New Direction Fest 2012 from Burning Hearts Media on Vimeo.
Damn that's a stacked title. Five more GAG tracks coming at you on an absolutely pointless one sided LP. That's the style. Coming at you soon, you need it just for the picture on the back. That photo is loaded.
Sure to piss off your parents is a new release from GAG the 40oz Rule '90 7". As soon as you put the record on "Haunted Truck Bed" comes at you with some drumming genius that is sure to annoy anyone outside of your room. Download and enjoy. Coming at you soon.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Originality was not exactly the goal here, we have a Negative Approach for the 21st century. Oh wait... NA is back together anyway. Still this tape is pretty awesome. You can't really get sick of that style of hardcore, it's called good. I would definitely say Peacebreakers is better and tighter than anything NA every recorded. Complete leads and actual drumming abound. The second track also has much more of a Boston sound but they then revert back to hard as nails Detroit with their last track which is so similar to "Whatever I Do" I don't even know what to say about it. I was really excited to play with and see this band at Damaged City fest but their set was actually incredibly underwhelming. The band had no energy at all but hey, sometimes fest environments are weird and it gets like that. I hope I have the opportunity to see them again. Also, holy shit they have a lot of material, when are we gonna hear that already? Anyhow, here is more of Boston doing it right as always. Recorded over some shitty Goodwill tape, I like their style.
Three beautiful tracks from Tacoma's fairly new child Porcelain God. Dubbing music "Shoegaze" is very popular right now and unfortunately that's what this band was described to me as before I saw them. There seems to be somewhat of a resurgence of popularity in the 'genre' especially in the contemporary hardcore scene. As is usual of the contemporary hardcore scene people bastardize and conflate the term with music that sounds absolutely nothing like it. Don't get me wrong britpop and dreampop gave me some of the best music my ears have ever beheld but when there are a lot of elements that kill it for me (to name a few, not the biggest fan of most American attempts at the genre, the boom ended in the nineties as did most even decent representations of the music, etc. etc.) they are then narrowed and trickled through the funnel of contemporary efforts that have no idea how to present the music effectively... this leaves you with pretty much nothing. But alas! There are bands that do it proper, US efforts in the 90's like LA's Medicine killed it, and even now contemporary efforts like NY's The Daysleepers are doing it proper. Now on to Porcelain God. This cassette is incredible. I absolutely love it. All three songs have a progression that could lull anyone into a trance of introspection and or sleep but I would not throw them into a subgenre that died decades ago. Where there are dreampop elements apparent in the music (The dirgy strumming of power chords over melodies and tremolo ala My Bloody Valentine and I even catch hints of Lush) seeing this band live was really much different than the recordings. It reminded me a lot more of 90s post-punk and indie like The Promise Ring and Texas is the Reason. I really don't know why because it doesn't translate that way at all on recording. "Drive Me Around" is a dirgy drive to a hypnotic hook with a bridge sure to give the listener vertigo, "Learn Silence" gives you that tremolo, delay and abrasive guitar effects everyone craves with a surprisingly upbeat chorus, and "Very Bad Dream" ends the tape with a hypnotic crunch and distant echoed vocals. This is one of the best things I've heard come out of Tacoma in a while. Keep it up! Taiga said they have plenty of practice recordings but no new music yet! I'm excited to hear more. Remember kids, you can't put together a pedal board and call your band shoegaze because it has melodies, delay and tremolo. Sorry about the rant, I'm tired.
Max is always in the best bands from the Bay and this EP is no exception. Hard hitting, I mean come on it's 8 songs in under 4 minutes and one song is a 41 second intro by Antwon and DJ Eons. Also "DFTC", come on guys is this Youth Korps? Short and sweet and hard as nails, just how I like it. Dehumanized and Nudes got to play with these guys at the Rec Center before it closed down in June of last year, first time I saw them and even though it was their early incarnation they already blew me away. Most recent time I saw them was when we got to play with them at Subversion fest. Moshed my buns off. Don't sleep on it! you'll regret missing this one.