Friday, July 31, 2009
Alright, here we have Wiccans from Denton, Texas, a little college town outside Dallas. Denton has been shitting out some great bands recently: A.N.S., Bleach Boys, Teenage Cool Kids, Bad Sports, Wax Museums, and additionally Wiccans. I hate making this comparison but I think they kind of sound like Fucked Up. Burly vocals with poppy garage punk shredz. This shit is dangerously catchy and fun. Everyone should be stoked on this band. They have a tape coming out soon on uk label eat a book. Here's 5 songs that are going to be on that tape; buy the tape (when it comes out) to hear the rest of the jams.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Straight out of fucking high school, Rational Animals. Rot-Core(Rochester, NY). These kids know how to rip. Harder than most of the bands playing the My War, mysterious-cult-punk thing. Rational Animals ride Greg Ginn's dick. HARD. Really cool later era 'Flag/Bl'ast guitar work here. Overall they sound a lot like Born Against. "Lose Cannon" is the fucking JAM that Cult Ritual wish they wrote. This is one of the better EP's I've heard recently. Check it out, I bet you'll like it. I guess they have a new one soon. Buy @ Feral Kid. Buy the Plates 7" there too. It rules.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Hey I'm Gordy, Kevin's friend. In a lapse of judgement he said I could ruin this blog.
Canadian Rifle are one of the many great bands coming out of chicago right now. They play hook-laden punk in the vein of Leatherface and Jawbreaker. I was introduced to them at when they played here in Minneapolis opening for Dillinger Four. They played a good set and it ripped. They had just released thier LP which they were touring for. I picked one up, got lucky and got the limited version (limited to 50!?). Anyways it was released by Squirrel Heart and Residue records. They also have three, seven inches out on various labels that you can find in most midwest distros. Check 'em out
(This is side A, buy it for side B, it's worth it)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I haven't posted an entry on here for a little while, so I figured it was about time I did. This is a live set Total Abuse did on WMFU in New Jersey. If you don't know Total Abuse, they are a noisy hardcore punk band from Texas. They recently just got done with a small tour through the eastern U.S.. I believe they played some unreleased songs because I can't find any info on some of the songs they played.
1. I Can See In The Dark
2. Peace and Quiet
5. Fluid Exchange
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Alright, here we have a lil something different for y'all. Ryan at Extreme Noise told me to buy this record. I bought it because the drummer was in Limp Wrist. wah. However this band sounds nothing like them. Nuclear Family (Albany, NY) play garage-y, melodic punk. Big thing here is the female vocals; really good, well sung female vocals. This is their debut 7" on Loudpunk. Recorded @ Side Two by Ryan Abbott (Social Circkle). For fans of X, Wipers, Rudimentary Peni, etc. Buy this on the best punk distro on the planet.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saw this band on Wednesday night. Apparently their name is Guilty Faces (Freeze song? maybe?), they're from Philly/Connecticut. I'd only heard their demo once or twice so I wasn't really sure what to expect. We talked about Orchid and Neil Perry before their set (lol). Guilty Faces played a super tight set, especially for having two touring members that live in fucking California (and are in Bad Antics). They have a pretty unique sound aswell. They seem to blend 80s so-cal punk a la Adolescents, Angry Samoans with slower, melodic shit like Husker Du and Wipers. Snotty vocals and catchy hooks. Overall, they're a pretty top notch hardcore punk band. They have a brand new LP out on Deranged and its really fucking good; better than this EP I think. They're playing all over the country with Bad Antics, probably near you. They have this EP, their LP and some Shirts. Check the dates on their myspace, buy this EP (Room 101 Records) there too..
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Lärm was an 80’s straight edge fastcore band originating from Holland. They liked to refer to themselves as “extreme noise” and you definitely need to download them if you’re a fan of Siege, Heresy, Infest, Spazz, and all that other good shit. I’m including all their releases which include the Campaign For Musical Destruction split LP with the band Stanx (Dutch punk band), No One Can Be That Dumb 7”, Straight On View LP which includes 18 great live tracks, and the Nothing Is Hard In This World If You Dare To Scale The Heights 7”.
No One Can Be That Dumb & Nothing Is Hard In This World 7"s
Campaign For Musical Destruction
Straight On View
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Daily Void might be the best punk band from Chicago. 3/4s of Functional Blackouts and featuring Mac Blackout. Some total weirdo stuff here. Just judging by the artwork of this LP you might say this shit came from space; looks like an industrial power plant with some stairway into a black hole (steam punks will love this shit). The artwork isn't the only odd thing here. Song titles include, "Tapewurm, Insect, Man Without A Face", etc. The vocals can get a little freaky too. On "The Man Without A Face" the "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha" chorus sounds like if you were being stabbed to death by a serial killer. Anyways, The Daily Void are basically doing the noisy, "art punk" gig; but play well and interesting enough to say they're doing their own thing. For fans of Rudi P, Homostupids, Darvocets and the Fashionable Idiots discography. Buy this LP on Dead Beat. More records on Hozac, Boomchick, and Florida's Dying. All gone though.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
One of the most essential hardcore records in the past 10 years. These are first recordings that came out on Japanese label Devour in 1999. Not the slowed down sloppy repress on Havoc that showed up in 2002. Some say (especially the band) that the repress is the "real fucking deal" but I like the Devour press a lot more. I think it sounds a lot tighter, faster, stripped down and blown out. Hardcore for the hardcore. They're broken up now but members still live in Homostupids, Cheap Tragedies, and a few other Clevo bands that aren't coming to mind. Download the Havoc version at any other blog on the internet.
Brand new split between Cleveland's Integrity and Japan's AVM. AVM is a Holy Terror band that is heavily influenced by G.I.S.M. If you haven't listened to Integrity, this probably isn't the best record to start with them since these are two covers and, to be honest, new Integrity isn't near as good as old Integrity (check out Humanity is the Devil and Systems Overload). This is Integrity's second seven inch where they cover Septic Death songs (the first one was released on Victory records and they covered Thaw and Change). This release they cover Dream Silent and Poison Mask.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I saw Smart Cops last Sunday and was totally impressed. Smart Cops are from Italy ft. member(s) of La Piovra. I bought this record thinking it was some limited version of their 7" on Sorry State records. Turns out it's a one sided, one song EP, with 8 cover songs about cops. Only bummer is that the covers only last like 20 seconds each. I couldn't really figure out all the songs they covered but I found The Kids, Raw Power, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, and The Boys. Help me name the other ones. I had no clue what to name this shit so I just titled the track as "Songs About Cops" change it to what you want. Go see them on tour, even if its just to see them in their sexy cop uniforms.