I'm leaving for tour in about 8 hours, and I've spent the last three hours slapping labels on tapes and folding their covers (rather poorly, as you can see from the scan) to prepare for the onslaught of merchandise requests we are sure to be fielding at every show. This tour one of our guitarists (Craig) is staying behind, and we've drafted Keisuke to fill his shoes. Keisuke lives in Tokyo, and is already in another band, CHARM, with our drummer Kiku, so I fully expect that the transition will be seamless...we shall find out Tuesday, when we get to Okinawa and practice with him for the first time! These songs were recorded with our sometimes drummer, Zack (yeah, we're kinda confusing, Zack lives in Wisconsin...and we had a different fill-in guitarist for our 2008 Asian tour, but that guy, Dave, lives in Australia and was replacing our other guitarist, Alex) in April 2008, but time passes quickly, and Devon just delivered the vocals tracks a week ago. Our tour poster is below the link, so that just in case anyone reading Terminal Escape happens to find themselves in Japan, you'll know where to stop by and say hello. I'll be back November 11, hopefully with a bag full of raging Japanese hardcore tapes!!
25 October 2009
ELECTRO CONVULSIVE THERAPY
Even More CONVULSIONS!!
EDIT: Some of these tracks are included in the demo download above, the rest of them are lost (at least temporarily).
Great big heaping thanks to Phil from CONVULSIONS for sending along another 9 songs for us to enjoy! Cleaner, faster, and better versions of "Electro Convulsive Therapy" and "Hatred Controls," along with three other studio tracks and four live numbers. Phil talked down the quality of the live tunes, but personally I think they are fkkn brilliant, especially as delivered by a crew of 16 year olds who hadn't the slightest clue what they were doing! A couple of photos:
came as well, along with an excellent tale about the CONVULSIONS supporting SUBHUMANS and INSTIGATORS at a Hell's Angels bar in '83, sounds like the punks were lucky to escape with their skin, much less their guitars! Hope you enjoy these tracks...CONVULSIONS are truly one of my favorite unsung 80s UK bands. Thanks again to Phil for the input!
EDIT: Some of these tracks are included in the demo download above, the rest of them are lost (at least temporarily).
24 October 2009
THE Motherfucking SPITS. They annihilated San Francisco this week, and fortunately for me the ONLY day this week I was off work in time to rock was the night THE Motherfucking SPITS played. I win. It's like the RAMONES on quaaludes and PCP played through a swimming pool full of beer. This is the new SPITS release, available with extra tunes if purchased on cassette, which you know I did. Side A is the new LP on Thrift Store Records (this one is a no brainer, but after you get these songs onto your computer, and are unable to get them out of your head because they rule, go buy this fucking record) and side B is a few songs off the new Slovenly Records 7 incher with some other tunes (the extra version of "Beat U Up" that closes the side is one of the best on the tape). THE SPITS fucking rule, ok? Check out burners like "Police," "Rip Up The Streets," "Piss On Your Skull," and "School's Out," then tell me you don't love THE SPITS. I will simply respond by informing you that you don't like fun, and that's your loss.
23 October 2009
DECEASED and SUBHUMANS from England, WUNDERBACH from France, and lone Americans THE HATES (Houston, Texas, formed in 1978, total KBD heroes in my book) complete the list of killer bands on this comp. Two songs each from 11 bands, and these are all fucking heavyweights, from the widely known SUBHUMANS (this 1983 live version of "So Much Money" is one of the meanest SUBHUMANS tracks I've heard ever!) to the exclusive cult popularity of THE HATES, BANNLYST or SOTLIMPA. Get ready for blown out balls out hardcore punk blasts to rocket your ass through the day, this one is a total burner.
22 October 2009
Everybody knows that the Japanese do noise really well, right? If you want to throw a little 'weird' into your noise blender, then by all means start looking to the island in the East (which is really West from my house...semantics). I cannot write about VIOLENT ONSEN GEISHA with anything approaching authority, I can merely pass on rumours. Perhaps this artist is the work of Nakahara Masaya (this seems likely), but perhaps there were others involved on various recordings. Perhaps this cassette release really does compile early works from VIOLENT ONSEN GEISHA (83-85, according to the cover), but perhaps that is just a ruse and/or hoax. I can say with some certainty that Rolling Stone magazine selected their 1996 album Nation Of Rhythm Slaves as one of the top 100 Japanese rock albums of all time (MERZBOW collaborated on this release). What I can say with complete authority is that this 46 minute cassette is a brilliant collection of noise, manipulated field recordings, found sounds and simple fucking weirdness. The tracks lull me into a sort of numbness, but the appearance of pop music, spoken Japanese and English, movie audio tracks and other recovered noises all cut and chopped to pieces and then spliced together becomes more than a little unnerving (mission accomplished). I could not tell you for 100,000 Yen how I came across this tape, but however wasted I might have been, I am so very glad I brought it home with me, This is the perfect background to an odd and frustrating day.
21 October 2009
Florida was, I'm guessing, not the most awesome place to live in the 1980s. This is probably the reason that this forsaken state brought us so many great punk bands (MAGGOT SANDWICH, ROACH MOTEL, HATED YOUTH, and many others). I only know that GOTHIC PLAYGROUND came from Tallahassee, and were kicking around FLA from 1986 to 1988 or so, and graced us with one ten song demo tape. Apparently what I know is fucking wrong, because THIS demo is only six songs long, but I love it no matter its origin or duration (with the exception of the track "Dilemma," which claims to have been written by GOTHIC PLAYGROUND with HR from BAD BRAINS...this shows that HR had enough time in the late 1980s to write shitty songs for BAD BRAINS and still had enough time leftover to contribute a turd here and a turd there for other bands as well). Overtly political (hooray for Florida!) female fronted reverb drenched punk that leans ever so slightly to the kind of rock that open minded college students might have loved back when I was a yungun...I mean the good kind of college rock, like SUPERCHUNK, or the first R.E.M. record, or the DINOSAUR record that was on Homestead...the stuff that wasn't punk but was still pretty damn good, you know? If I've already lost you at this point, then send me a copy of Cows And Beer, Version Sound press (since you weren't paying attention, I figure it can't hurt, right?), but if you are still reading dutifully along, then here's the GOTHIC PLAYGROUND demo:
20 October 2009
ARTHUR STONE was the 1990s project created and executed by San Francisco artist Allan Burris. These are dark and uncomfortable compositions that reflect perfectly the time in which they were made, and deep in the recesses of 109 Cypress, time was often dark and uncomfortable. Harsh guitars drone and howl beneath walls of tape hiss and muffled moans...five tracks take up 21 frustrating minutes. I don't know that Allan ever "released" these tracks, he just created sounds in the small hours of the morning and dubbed copies for his friends. Tuesdays are hard sometimes.
19 October 2009
Welsh punks FOREIGN LEGION frequently get lumped in with Oi bands, though I have never really figured out why. This shit is just quality drunken sloppy UK punk...there's hardly even a catchy chorus to raise a fist and sing gang vocals along to, and what self respecting Oi band would let that shit slide? NO self respecting Oi band, that's who! This 30 minute live set is a nice chunk of mayhem that gets steadily drunker as the night goes on. I'm not really sure why the band plays "Message From Nowhere" twice, because the crowd seems to have trickled down to just a few drunk friends by the end of the set (though there is one fan who really really wants to hear the "Hokey Cokey" a second time - by the way, we call it the "Hokey Pokey" in the states, I never knew of this other version until I listened to FOREIGN LEGION). Honestly, the inebriated disinterest of those in attendance is kinda my favorite thing about this tape, recorded in Reading in 1985. Good songs, don't get me wrong, but I rather enjoy trying to figure out whether or not FOREIGN LEGION even wanted to be at this show themselves. They are still active today, and have unleashed a few LPs since their activity picked up in the early 00s, so I suppose playing the odd clunker didn't dissuade them all that much, eh?
18 October 2009
17 October 2009
16 October 2009
15 October 2009
Listen to the guitar...hear that? I think someone has listened to a few SUBHUMANS records, don't you? Actually, the bass line in "Collision" seems to have been lifted straight off "From The Cradle To The Grave." And the minute plus of reverb and delay drenched guitar noodling that starts the second track...that's a cross between PINK FLOYD and the intro to "Big City," these folks did their homework. I prefer the female vocals to the male, though it would be nice if they had traded off from time to time instead of a strict 'one or the other' formula, but that's just me nitpicking these songs nearly a quarter century in the future, which doesn't really seem all that fair. Lyrics are political but positive in the "we can do better than starving children and guns and bombs and eating animals is unnecessary" sense, which I can get behind pretty much across the board (though my belief that "we" actually are capable of doing "better" than we have up to this point seems to evaporate a little more each day). MAD ARE SANE hailed from Dorset, and recorded this gem in 1985. You are most likely not from Dorset (though if you are, please drop a line and let me know how it is there, I'm curious), and are about to be listening to these tunes in 2009. Weird how time and space work, ain't it?
14 October 2009
Criminally overlooked and under appreciated Brasilian hardcore from MORTE ASCETA. There are only three tracks on this 2000 demo, but hopefully that will just get you inspired to search out their brilliant split LP with D.E.R. These are superbly written songs, but never at the expense of intensity...I wish I could have seen them live, because I bet they killed it!
13 October 2009
These tracks almost border on crossover, but they are crossing from tuneful UK punk over to more youth crew US hardcore (think New Wind era 7 SECONDS mixed with early INSTIGATORS). The first two tracks come from a 1986 demo (you’ll notice that this ’86 version of “Reciprocate” is omitted, some drunk rocker a decade ago hit the ‘record’ button, and most of this track has been replaced with mumblings from a party), and the others are from a 1987 Peel Sessions broadcast (I think they are literally from the broadcast, as in taped off of the radio, which any smart punk would surely do if Mr. Peel were to air his or her band, right?). The two versions of the band’s theme song “Visions Of Change” sit right next to each other…but personally, I kinda like listening to a demo version followed right up by the tune the way it was envisioned by its creators (and marveling at how often the demo is better!). You might notice that the songs are in an order slightly (ok, completely) different from the order written on the cover that I scanned...then again, you might not notice that at all.
12 October 2009
11 October 2009
10 October 2009
09 October 2009
08 October 2009
Prank Records, and obviously I recommend it. These demo tracks were recorded by guitarist Daike, and are raw as fuck, get into it.
**if you live anywhere near The Bay Area (the same one I mentioned before), the you should come out tomorrow to Sub-Mission (18th & Mission, SF) to see Japan's mighty D-CLONE, Portland's noisy NERVESKADE, DOPECHARGE from the lower Haight, furious FUNERAL SHOCK from the North Bay, and new band VACCUUM (featuring MORPHEME guitarist, PEDESTRIANS bassist, YELLOW EYES bassist, and SUICIDE BOMB bassist...the last three not all playing bass, by the way**
07 October 2009
06 October 2009
For the reader looking for more soap and glue in their punk, I give you IDIOT CLONE, a 1983 UK slammer that conjures up the spirit of DISORDER in my mind, even though they don't really sound like DISORDER. Maybe they just sound as drunk as DISORDER? There was a seventh song on my tape, but it was not listed on the cover, and was warped beyond belief, so you will have to live without (my apologies). I can talk and/or type all day (ask anyone who knows me), but these IDIOT CLONE tracks are killers for fans of rudimentary UK punk, so I'll stop now...enjoy.
05 October 2009
Cosmic Hearse, and I tried piecing it together through the Cosmic Hearse post, but there were so damned many different versions and different song orders and so many different, unknown and unidentifiable songs, that I gave up and you will just have to enjoy these tracks by number. Give it a listen, this is probably the single most important tape I/we have.
The Good Ol' Dayz is mostly instrumental and mostly quintessential 4 track stuff. This is what happens when, in the often abused combination of man+multi track recorder+bedroom, the "man" in the equation is a fucking genius.
VOL # IV opens with "the Wedding March" (appropriate for a wedding tape, isn't it? Matty was, no matter how scattered, at least thoughtful). What follows are 29 more songs that will take you to a totally new place, spliced and cut together with squinted eyes and 40 ounce bottles. The live HICKEY version of "War Pigs" as a surf instrumental (recorded at The Chameleon for Tania's birthday) is on this volume, layered guitar effects frequently share the tape with answering machine messages, and "Until My Dying Day" is among the saddest songs I've ever heard, but it is somehow contented as well, which sums up an awful lot of things. I'm not sure what your plans were for Monday, but I assure you that these songs and a nice pair of headphones will be the best thing you do all day.
Matty died seven years ago today, making midnight on the evening of our anniversary seem rather reflective, instead of purely celebratory. One of the most important people I have ever encountered, who possessed an uncanny ability to make you feel as if you were the same to him.
(pictured here with Aesop and the case he made for this cassette. why a rubber ducky candle? fuck man, your guess is as good as mine.)
04 October 2009
these are her pictures.
03 October 2009
02 October 2009
You will notice a lot of very abrupt endings (a couple where the song just cuts off seemingly in the middle), I cleaned them up as best I could, but the tape is full of horrible edits...consider it experimental.
And, as is often the case, I have failed to find any substantive information about our hosts for this 80 minute journey, THE FFUTS. I fucking love these tracks, so if anyone has any knowledge to share (or better yet, other recordings), The Wizard would be very happy indeed!
01 October 2009
this is the demo:
and this is the other shit: