20 August 2019


Raw and heavy rock 'n roll full of fire and dipped in fuzz. RED HORSE DRUNK PUNKS are from Virginia, but their sound is a study of past lives in The Philippines and classic burners sounds from all over the world. I hear Brasil's STRESS, there's some '70s Australian pub rock, early NYC trash, hell, "RHDP Way" even kinda reminds me of EBBA GRÖN a little bit....and the cover of the Juan de la Cruz band's "Beep Beep" is an unbelievably sick move. RHDP do the damn thing with such casual confidence....it feels like they were born to make these sounds. Because they were. 

19 August 2019


Really? Sometimes I wish this Boston crowd would just release a turd, because it almost takes all the joy out of it when you know it's going to be great before you even hear it...and then it's great. LIFELESS DARK dropped a steaming pile of churning stench on last year's Who Will Be The Victims?, a three track clinic on how to execute bulldozer metalcrust that is arguable even more devastating than you think it's going to be. You can list all of the comparisons you want (and to be clear, to be clear), but I would suggest just listening...it might sound familiar, and maybe you just haven't heard it this good in a while. With a deadly members-of list more extensive than most teenagers' mp3 collections, the casual, confident success of this detonation isn't exactly a surprise. 

18 August 2019


Deliberate and calculated improvisation from Los Angeles instrumental trio DOCTOR 9. When they're locked in, I'm reminded of Gabor Szabo stripped down to the rawest and simplest demo production....and then DOCTOR 9 get weird. Wandering guitars occasionally meet on the same path, only to trail off and continue on their own individual journey, complimenting each other along the way and having brief exchanges with the drums that present almost as an afterthought at times. Those wary of borderline pretentious prog be warned, this is an extremely indulgent experience - members of LA's FEATHERWOLF and GASP experimenting with no limitations....the curious among you will be rewarded.

17 August 2019


How many bands are there (and have there been) called BLEACH? Punk bands, hardcore bands, indie bands, electro bands, metal bands...there must literally be dozens, if not hundreds, who have slayed or disgraced stages and floors for decades. There's no way we can know how many bands called BLEACH are even worth mentioning much less revisiting, but I can say that there's a band called BLEACH from Edmonton who are straight fukkn fire. 

16 August 2019


I shared my contribution last week. And when I returned home from a month traversing some of the lesser visited corners of the Great North American West with Karoline, my reward was waiting for me. I think I told the moderator that I liked "blackened crust" or something like that, but whatever I said totally worked because the tape I received is a perfect combination of filthy bangers that I already know (or own) and stuff that was new to me. If I were being overly critical, I would say that you don't really need to put HHIG on a tape curated for a group of nerds who are clearly already fans of the genre, but my mix tape style runs a little more off the beaten path, and cranking "Internally Bleeding" will always remind me of the first time I heard the track at volume just after passing the westbound toll gate on the Bay Bridge into SF 20something years ago. ATRAMENT, TEMPEST, HEXIS, SKITSYSYSTYEM, AGRIMONIA, NEGATIVE STANDARDS, MISANTHROPIC make up most of the first side, SYMPTOM, WORMWOOM, VORDE, UNRU, BÖLZER, BOTANIST, BUIOINGOLA on the flip. Listening highlights were remembering how much I like UNRU, the stupid fast eurocrust BÜTRON, and the ALUK TODOLO material that wraps up the first side. Signups for the August edition of the exchange open up today...rest assured I will participate. 

15 August 2019


A collection of killer live recordings released by ROIR in 1983 (related: check the ROIR mailorder catalog included in the insert, yowza!). It's funny how discordant funk gets classified as "no wave," and while that's often the case on Wild Things, it's the combination of sounds that truly makes BUSH TETRAS stand out - even/especially 35 years in the future. Repetitive drum and bass lay the foundation and the guitar just freaks the fuck out for essentially the entire set. Like a contemporary Roland S. Howard channelling spirits of a future past avant garde, guitarist Pat Place (ex-THE CONTORTIONS) seems to blast in and out of songs at will while the vocals land somewhere between Lydia Lunch and Siouxsie, intensity only slightly tempered with soul and honesty. Pretty much everything here is faster (and "punker") than the studio versions, most notably "Too Many Creeps," resulting in an infectiously spasmodic journey through an hour long no wave/post punk clinic. Rules aren't necessary...BUSH TETRAS make it clear that you just need to break them with confidence. 

14 August 2019


A repost from September of 2009, when The Escape was just a fledgling little blog...back when blogs were a thing that (some) people (foolishly) thought were important. But in case you missed it, this dose of UK anarcho from 1984 is absolutely essential - innocent and determined political punk delivered with an honest ferocity. Listen to "We Don't Want A War" and apply it to the reality that is 2019 and these tracks scream relevance...worth noting that much of their millennial output is equally compelling. 

13 August 2019


You already have this right? The FAITH 1981 demo presented as it should be, in all of the glory that a blown out 35 year old, third generation tape sitting in a box in some middle aged former trader's closet can muster. It doesn't sound perfect, but it's not supposed to - and that flange near the end of "Don't Tell Me" still pops every time. Live set from the Wilson Center in '82 is here if you want more.

12 August 2019


Blown out DBeat madness from Seoul. More or less a product of the usual suspects here (members from ARRYAM, SCUMRAID, SLANT, CRAWLER, others) - but I'm fine with overlap if the new bands continue to be this damn good (see Halifax as an example). Five deadly tracks offered by the venerable MYDY label. 

Listen closely to the drums on "안빈낙도" and know that thins is how hardcore should be played. OK, there are a lot of ways, but this is definitely one of them.  

11 August 2019


New Age hippie and/or Phoenix multi-instrumentalist Ed Van Fleet's SYNCHESTRA dropped eight cassettes on the venerable Elfin Music label before Van Fleet concentrated on releasing work under his own name, and this was his first. Peaceful synths soar and dominate 1981's Mother Earth's Lullaby as Van Fleet carries the listener on a journey of spiritual growth rooted in earth Herself. "We cannot achieve paradise in another dimension until we can create one in this dimension," writes Van Fleet on the J-card, "To this end and in the interest of our destiny, we offer this music." I accept your offer.
"Electronic and Acoustic Instruments at their sensitive best."