It's like future wave DEVO by way of space age thru new wave music. Something that's completely familiar and still weird as shit, something that you super want to know but you feel like you already know....with guitar ripped straight from late '80s 120 Minutes and FALCO through an effects box caliber vocals. CRUSADER DE DEUS are fukkn weird, even though you've heard everything that they do.....you've just heard it all in different bands and in different decades. Here, you can hear it all the same time.
19 October 2018
Oh you dark and dirty punks, what will you come up with next? In the meantime, and for wistful BONE AWL fans who just thought the later work was too damned polished, I offer you IRON BLOOD. Now stomp your ass across that stage and look pissed.
18 October 2018
Check the bass and drum break 45 seconds into "Guns In Trunks." It's so awkward, so off, so confusing, so unequivocally bad....you just can't create sounds this good. Sounds this good, like most successes, come only from repeated failure. Tennessee's BARRICADED SUSPECTS don't fail here, quite the contrary my friends...they succeed. And their success is your victory - if you like snot nosed hardcore punk. It happens to be among me preferred genres, so no complaints from this guy.
17 October 2018
Seeing SALLY DECKER at the SF Electronic Music Festival a few weeks back was pretty incredible (as was the entire festival, to be honest). Her performance was subdued and calculated, simultaneously vulnerable and powerful - whispers shouting at the top of her lungs behind a wall of engineered sounds. And Sally transfers that kind of deliberate intensity into MULTA KNOX...an artist that forces you to give all of your energy if you want to reap all of the rewards. Living Pearl - as a casual listen, as background sounds - is excellent. It fills the room and provides a perfect diversion. And if that's all you need, then I am sure that Sally would be fine with that. But if you want more, if you are willing to give yourself to these forty minutes the way those minutes deserve, then you will be rewarded. A journey through sound and emotion, a sonic experience that gives so much more than it takes. Listen to "A Body Holds Still" at volume...the created and artificial blending with the encroaching real world....and know that this is us.
16 October 2018
Nothing like a six minute blast of disgustly raw Canadian metalpunk to kick your day in the ass, right? PUNISHER are pure filth, unrestrained nihilism....a collection of terrifying stomps and ominous growls interrupted by bursts of awkward but determined dark hardcore. Try looking at the world through this lens and you might start to feel as uncomfortable as PUNISHER sound.
15 October 2018
It's just good ass hardcore punk music. ENEMY are raw as fukk, with blasted guitars and a hollow sounding bass. The mix kinda varies from track to track in the way that made countless '80s records infinitely more interesting, and they drop guitar leads when they need to (not because they feel like they should). The drums are relentless, like some weirdo rock/rock solid raw punk metronome because they sound more like some fuck you garage punk band than this serious fukkn beast of a demo....ENEMY is really good, y'all - that's what I'm trying to say. Like, REALLY good.
14 October 2018
SHIT COFFINS hit the road wit these Tokyo rippers a couple of months ago - sweetest dudes, and absolutely raging on stage. Many bands have a live energy that cannot be harnessed by magnetic tape, and I don't think I'm alone when I say that this is even more likely the case when the the bands are from Japan. And still, I don't think people knew what hit them when COMMUNICATES blew through town. Full throttle, maximum energy, and non stop positive vibes....plus Koki's leads are just ridiculous. After a decade in the game, their discography is limited to two (excellent) EPs and a split with SQUARE THE CIRCLE, and now this raw ass seven song banger that they recorded themselves before the tour in August. I'll get back in the van with these four gentlemen any damn day - 行くぞ!!!
(COMMUNICATES at Bert Vaughn's Desert View Tower. Jacumba, California)
13 October 2018
Why is it called Orange Soda Tape? I dunno, punk, maybe it's because they like orange soda - weird beverages are popular in the United States Of America (y'all ever heard of Big Red? But then again, Germany has Schwip Schwap, so maybe I shouldn't point the finger solely inward). But the real thing is that when you crank the tunes on this 2007 BLACK MARK demo, you're gonna stop caring about the title of the goddamned demo and start wondering why you aren't moshing. Hard. Because "Shut Down" is a mandatory banger and the rest of these tracks fall right the fukk in line. This band is (was) pre KEINE KLASSE for those keeping real careful notes....for the rest of you punks, this is is ripping straight edge hardcore demo tape.
12 October 2018
11 October 2018
It's been fukkn years since these French maniac graced these pages, and honestly it's been almost as long since I've crammed a TELECOMMANDE tape into my earholes. Well....if I was trying to make the heart grow fonder in the face of forced longing and prolonged absence, then it worked! 2013's En Ligne De Mire was their final release (as far as I can tell) and as you can see, my copy came to me sans artwork. The band cared enough to send me a final errant cassette (though apparently not enough to hit the local office store and run me off a copy of the cover, but I swear I'm not complaining), and the twenty minutes of fun contained in that blue plastic shell are as appreciated as the thought itself. High energy, infectious punk rock a la SOVIETTES or THE SPITS, with a lazy synth casually carrying the base notes of each riff like an adoring puppy following its human around the park on a Sunday afternoon. I'm pretty sure I fukkd up the track IDs (it was late), but I'm also pretty sure that my mistakes will not negatively affect your listening experience....because you will be dancing too hard to notice.