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.
10 October 2018
Comparison are the laziest way to try to describe music, but sometimes the shit is just so out there that one's only recourse is to relate the sounds to something that you already know...something that you can put your finger on. So, while CURVED DOG doesn't sound like THE FALL, they share the same angular abrasiveness. And while there are only a few moments where I can actually say "oh man, that's some D. Boon shit right there," I still think that MINUTEMEN probably approached songwriting in much the same manner as CURVED DOG. And yeah, I want to say that somehow CURVED DOG land in between Sonic Death and ERASE ERRATA...even though objectively that doesn't make any sense at all. But that's how I compartmentalize CURVED DOG, and these are the things I think of when I pull out this 2013 demo. I also think that "2nd Hand Patois" is nothing short of brilliance, and that the guitar work on In Defense Of Plagiarism is actually closer to James Blood Ulmer than to D. Boon, but I digress....
09 October 2018
In 2000, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? released a CD with tracks from our first two recording sessions and we called it The First Year. Shortly afterwards, our pals in TEAR IT UP released The First Four Months disc in what seemed like a crafty move in a jovial game of oneupsmanship. Now....who the fukk are these St. Louis mutants with this First Three Months shit?! 16 tracks in three months? Y'all are just showing off! They back it up, however, so all my bloviating is just sour grapes. Full throttle Midwestern hardcore with vocals that make me think of Jerry A more than once, I saw CARDIAC ARREST a bunch of times here and there while we were living in Wisconsin and something never really clicked for m - they were always fast and tight, and they seemed like they were coming from the right place, but it just kinda fell flat when I saw them. But now, revisiting these bangers a decade later I am treated to a pile of ferocious, off the rails hardcore....it made me pull out a couple of wax slabs (also excellent), and it made me wonder what the fukk I had been missing. There's no moral here, no profundities, just a some anecdotes and a collection of ripping punk rock songs written and recorded over the course of three months in the early 2000s.
08 October 2018
It sounds like what it is - an epic crust/Oi! hybrid collaboration from the depths of Singapore. Galloping DBeats drive backing vocals straight off of a BISHOPS GREEN record while UK street punk seeps into tracks like "Hormat Menghomati" that are still delivered as fiery SE Asian hardcore. It really is a relatively simple formula, and it's almost shocking how well it works...I haven't seen or heard anything from ENAM JAHANAM since this 2014 demo, so I just keep listening to "Guilty By Ignorance" and "Violence Never In Our Minds" on fukkn repeat.
07 October 2018
This ripping 23 song (live?) demo from Rio de Janeiro surely falls into a few of the 1990s crevices that make people without context cringe a bit, but this banger is full of high energy hardcore punk that also happens to be high energy melodic punk...it was 1995, and I can assure you that this combination was not even remotely unusual. Clearly the cassette's previous owner included her/his endorsement, he only question is whether or not you feel like taking a walk or not.
06 October 2018
I don't know man, how much patience do you have today? Where is your bullshit tolerance threshold? Because this collection of guitar noise, nonsense and the unapologetic brutalization of americana standards will push you to your limit. A Jason Wade (RESIN, COCKESP, FAGGOT) affiliated project, THE RAGSTOCK land somewhere between experimental early SONIC YOUTH, MILK CULT and a twelve year old with a tape recorder, so you are welcome to do whatever you like with that information.
05 October 2018
Filthy rock 'n roll is almost never a bad thing, and that's certainly the case with this 2012 recording from Montreal's NAUGHTY GIRLS. Scumbag vibes throughout, with an early GG by way of Ben Weasel vibe in the vocals and a pace perfectly suited for stupid drunken outbursts. And that's what makes it all fukkn great, so much so that the little flourishes like the slight tempo ramp up in "City Councilors" and the brilliant four-on-the-floor simplicity of "Don't Wanna Die" are almost lost in the general blanket descriptors. But make no mistake - this one is worth a look into the shadows...there's serious quality lurking back there.
04 October 2018
There is nothing pretty about BASTARD DECEIVER, nothing subtle. Filthy, churning stench with relentless blasts and DBeat riffs strewn about like bodies in a mass grave. They seem impatient while they crush the nine tracks on this 2012 cassette, almost as if they are annoyed at having to play the songs at all...and they are taking out that frustration on the songs themselves. I never got to see these Floridians, but I can only imagine the combination of power and vitriol.
03 October 2018
Late '90s ripping (and melodic) hardcore that kinda reminds me of ROUSE and early '90s Oakland, if only because it's fast as shit and still catchy. They fall off the rails a bit from time to time and it sounds like the guitarist might be more of a metalhead than the rest of the band but that's part of the charm (especially the tone that makes me think they just plugged a cheap ass distortion pedal straight into the mixing board).
02 October 2018
I don't know J.J. or Por, but they had a post '80s Alameda County area code and they were funky as shit. And really, when you're scooping stuff up for a quarter in bargain bins, there's not much more you can ask for. I probably listened to this five times in a row the day I ripped it.
01 October 2018
Not to be confused with LIFELOCK or LIFELÖCK, Singapore veterans LIFELOCK come off more devastating than ever on 2012's And For What EP. Blown out piercing Dis-core of the finest order, a pure mangled mess of mangel buried under walls of guitars distorted in every way imaginable. Their recent mini-tour with FRAMTID and ZYANOSE dominated my internet for a few days and made me really really want to go back to SE Asia....