Thursday, November 10, 2016
It's incredibly sad to see CC Dust go but all good things must end and usually the most intense and beautiful experiences only last for a moment. CC Dust sophomore release is a single with two of my favorite songs to date, very bummed I don't get to see them continue this direction. The release is very interactive and has a scan to watch a video David made. I believe the cassette and records were released in Sweden? I was lucky enough that little Davey boy hung onto some copies. I'm having a hard time doing the band and the release justice with words right now. I would definitely recommend picking up this release.
Now here's a demo I'm very excited about. You may have read my high regards in a previous review on the split cassette with Chemos (another great band) and the Portland Alive Comp, pretty much all of those tracks appear here aside from the last track on the Alive comp. MPK genuinely embodies first wave American Hardcore to me particularly the more playful but catty side of the Midwest. I can't give enough praise to this band they were one of my stand out sets of OHC this year and every time I've seen them since I've had comparably transcendental hardcore experiences. I'm excited to hear new material this is a good fucking band. Hardcore rules.
David didn't grace the tunes with song titles but he was kind enough to send some lyrics.
One of my favorite demos to come out of the NW this year. This cassette broods with misanthropy the likes of which you'd be sure to find poison idea bathing in. Couple that with a fantastic live performance, endless energy put out by Steve matched by beautifully executed start, stops once again harkening to some PNW name brands like PI and Lockjaw but with a more modern mid 2000s twist. I feel like I heard a little bit of our friends from across the pond Out With A Bang. Members have been holding down NW acts forever now and Steve was the first of the pilgrimage to rock the trip to the west coast, his other Kansas City boys followed suit later. Don't sleep on this demo.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Dry-Rot was a damn good band and this release has always been one of my favorites. The discordant blast of chaos that is "Hairless" sets the tone for the record (a tone most other bands can't achieve without just sounding like absolute garbage). The follow up track tightens up a bit just to let it all go for "There Are Seven Levels", a track I listen to quite often and probably my favorite on the release. This band was one unique unto itself, the music alone isn't even testament to their strangeness. Somewhat akin to the first Negative Trend ep or some Cyanamid comp tracks or something but truly all its own.