30 September 2020
29 September 2020
WASPS // SUBWAY SECT // SADISTIC EXPLOITS
Three little breadcrumbs left on the ass end of relics from the traders who came before me - the ones who actually put in the work, and were always on the hunt. Two 1983 rehearsal cuts from Pennsylvania's SADISTIC EXPLOITS (the Anarchy For Freedom EP is one record that I want every time I see it, not like a "dude, I desperately need that" want, but more like a "oh yeah, I totally want that" want) and 1977 Peel Sessions from SUBWAY SECT and WASPS. The latter recordings are definitely a few generations removed, but the shrill "Jenny" is worth cranking in any fidelity and "Teenage Treats" is still one of my favorite songs of the era...and this version is a wee bit faster than the EP recording. SUBWAY SECT combine plodding pre-anarcho, pre-goth first wave punk with mid-60s Townsend open chord guitars. It's like anarcho/mod, and I fucking love it.
28 September 2020
27 September 2020
26 September 2020
25 September 2020
24 September 2020
23 September 2020
MORBID LIFE SOCIETY
There are (confirmed) reports that 625 is planning to drop both of these demos onto a cassette for modern consumption, maybe the other 1988 demo too, so those of us who (justifiably) feel like there is nothing to look forward to...there's hope.
22 September 2020
My long distance love for Canada just keeps getting deeper. More passionate. Prince Edward Island's ABRAXAS borrow members from previous subjects of adoration like ANTIBODIES, WARSH and WROTH and only need two songs to make me fall head over heels. One textbook raw DBeat ripper and one hyper charged pogo slammer that opens with the sickest fucking riff ever. Like, the best riff. Play louder. Love harder. Break more stuff. Canada.
Seriously, there are only like 150K people on this damn island...how do they fukkn do it?!
21 September 2020
This 2016 blast comes off like a crew of dirtbag hoods making some gruff and shitty punk music just to show the wimps how it's done. Clenched fist UK influenced head smashing pogo punk. "Fight Till We Die." "Concrete Block." "No Escape." "Never Change Me." I mean...you get it, and so did NOSE RING.
20 September 2020
19 September 2020
18 September 2020
Only four songs here, probably as a (then) advance for PRESIDENT FETCH's 1987 cassette debut. Ripping European hardcore that somehow owes equally to HEIBEL and Fresh Fruit-era DKs, this band flies well under the radar, and the first recordings capture them while they were still raw. The first LP is great, and I love the Mould tinge on the guitars on the later recordings, but the piercing chorus on "Bestial" here is a thing of pure beauty.
edit: These tracks were used on the Pass The Elixer compilation, which was recently shared by (and fucking co-curated by) the folks at the excellent Freedom Has No Bounds blog.