Saturday, 15 December 2018

Candy


Candy are a five-piece hardcore band from Richmond, Virginia that began in 2017 (presumably). They contain members of Backtrack and Malfunction. Following a stellar demo and EP last year, their debut "full-length" came out in September of this year on Triple B Records. Undoubtedly this is one of hardcore's highlights of 2018, with a furious sound that falls somewhere between Integrity and Infest, while carving their own whatever-the-fuck-they-want path. From the warped feedback opening throttle of "Good To Feel" to the seamlessly left-field dream pop closer of "Bigger Than Yours", this album proves Candy are a force to be reckoned with, and a niche of their own. Enjoy.

1. Candy Gonna Die
2. Lucid Life
3. Rain In September

1. Love Wants More Love
2. Sanctity Squandered
3. Rhythm Of Roses
4. Candy Gonna Die
5. Candy Says

1. Bigger Than Yours
2. Bigger Than Yours (Throat Remix)

1. Good To Feel
2. Lust For Destruction
3. Systematic Death
4. Panic Is On
5. Burning Water
6. Joy Of Life
7. Distorted Dreams
8. Human Target
9. Bigger Than Yours

Thursday, 13 December 2018

June of 44


June of 44 were a four-piece post-hardcore/math rock band from Louisville, Kentucky that began in 1994 and disbanded in 1999. They played a few reunion shows earlier this year (2018). They came together as a supergroup of sorts, since every band member has been active with other notable projects. Guitarist/vocalist Sean Meadows was a member of Lungfish, The Sonora Pine, and HiM (not the one you're thinking of). Guitarist/vocalist Jeff Mueller was in Rodan and Shipping News, while bassist Fred Erskine came from the DC scene, and played in The Crownhate Ruin and Hoover. Drummer Doug Scharin played in Codeine, Rex, and HiM as well.

June of 44 are often compared to Slint, with the winding, dissonant arpeggios, narrative-style spoken vocals, and unorthodox rhythms. When they hit their peaks though, they really hit a high-point, letting out the uninhibited ferocity of a band like Big Black with the instrumentally interlocked mastery of Fugazi. With each new album the band evolved and matured, growing into a more experimental act by incorporating dub and post-rock (especially on the latter halves of their last two albums, which was probably a result of their side project HiM), as well as jazz and emphasized percussive elements. Enjoy.

1. Have A Safe Trip, Dear
2. June Miller
4. Pale Horse Sailor
5. Mindel
6. I Get My Kicks For You
7. Take It With A Grain of Salt
8. Sink Is Busted

1. Anisette
2. Lusitania
3. Lawn Bowler
4. June Leaf
5. Arms Over Arteries
6. Sanctioned In A Birdcage

1. Sharks & Sailors
2. Boom
3. Seemingly Endless Summer

1. Of Information & Belief
2. The Dexterity Of Luck
3. Cut Your Face
4. Doomsday
5. Does Your Heart Beat Slower
6. Lifted Bells
7. Shadow Pugilist
8. Air #17

1. Pregenerate
2. Generate
3. Henry's Revenge
4. Modern Hereditary Dance Steps
5. Every Free Day For A Good Day
6. Degenerate


1. Southeast Of Boston
2. Dexterity Of Luck

1. Wear Two Eyes (Boom)
2. Escape Of The Levitational Trapeze Artist
3. Cardiac Atlas
4. Equators To Bi-Polar
5. Recorded Syntax
6. Southeast of Boston
7. Five Bucks In My Pocket
8. Peel Away Velleity

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Harriet The Spy


Harriet The Spy were a four-piece post-hardcore/emo band from Kent, Ohio that began in 1993 and broke up in 1998. Sonically, they played with very loud, sharp, and angular guitars that jut out in every direction, while an energetic rhythm section keeps these songs pummeling along. The vocals range from screamed to spoken, and always tend to be lower in the mix, which hits a very minor lo-fi appeal.  There's a definite influence from early Gravity bands such as Antioch Arrow and Heroin, in addition to the progressive hardcore rhythms of Universal Order of Armageddon, plus a touch of Sonic Youth and Big Black. They released a good chunk of material in their few years together, the most essential of which being their sole LP, Unfuckwithable, as well as Anthology of Selected Recordings, which includes most of their recorded material. Enjoy.

1. Retardo Y Retardo
2. I Hate America (But I Think I'll Stay)
3. Fucking Me Fucking You
4. Bloody Nose Please
5. Sneaking Peeks At The Will
6. The Jealous Wrath of Baby Jesus
7. Fluffed Up On Puff Balls
8. The Invasion Of The Rats

1. Harriet The Spy - Credit Slips
2. Harriet The Spy - Sleeping Through The Money Shot
3. Grain - Nibble
4. Grain - Breathe

1. Thumbnail - Ambient Experiment 001
2. Thumbnail - Six Figures
3. Thumbnail - Letter To The Editor - That Gets Opened
4. Thumbnail - Discourse
5. Harriet The Spy - All The Strings
6. Harriet The Spy - Cold Cock A Dick
7. Harriet The Spy - Retarding Dimensionally
8. Harriet The Spy - Ninja Malfunction
9. Harriet The Spy - Enamel Fight
10. Harriet The Spy - We Don't Need The Glamorous Life

1. Three Studies For A Crucifixion - No Refund Policy
2. Three Studies For A Crucifixion - Operation: Dandelion & Certificate Of Marathoid Behavior
3. Harriet The Spy - This Music Festival Sucks
4. Harriet The Spy - Bucky Beaver

1. The Forgettable Fire
2. Untitled
3. Girls In Bikinis
4. Octohelpme
5. Paint My Atoms
6. Androidgeny
7. When The Shit Hits The Commodore 64
8. Cum Stomache
9. When We Saw Our Names Up In Lights...

1. Retardo Y Retardo
2. I Hate America (But I Think I'll Stay)
3. Fucking Me Fucking You
4. Bloody Nose Please
5. Sneaking Peeks At The Will
6. The Jealous Wrath of Baby Jesus
7. Fluffed Up On Puff Balls
8. Invasion Of The Cats
9. All The Strings
10. Cold Cock A Dick
11. Retarding Dimentionally
12. Untitled
13. Ninja Malfunction
14. Enamel Fight
15. We Don't Need The Glamorous Life
16. This Music Festival Sucks
17. Bucky Beaver
18. Laminant
19. Shitfire
20. Tenadic
21. Circle-A Indication
22. We Have the Codes We Can Tear Off Arms
23. $10,000
24. Exacto Life
25. Retarding Dimentionally
26. Enemal Life
27. Telescope
28. AE
29. Lights, Vomit, Sound, Action
30. Cum Stomache
31. Nopi
32. Excuse Me, Your Legs Are On Fire
33. Credit Slips
34. Sleeping Through The Money Shot

1. Harriet The Spy - When Will Gentlemen Rule The World
2. Harriet The Spy - How We Got On Kill Rock Stars
3. Fat Day - Hip Hop!
4. Fat Day - Mod Rot!
5. Fat Day - Breakfast With Susan Graver!
6. Fat Day - Luh!
7. Fat Day - Quintland!

1. Synthetic Synthesis
2. So Called Reality

1. Harriet The Spy - The Forgettable Fire
2. Harriet The Spy - When Will Gentlemen Rule The World
3. The Party Of Helicopters - Reduced To Rubble
4. The Party Of Helicopters - Death Beckons With A Heavy Hammer

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

2018 In Review...

Another year another list. In keeping up with tradition, here's a compiled list of all the new releases posted on this blog from 2018. It's one last look back to catch up on any you might have missed or want to revisit before the year is out and we're starting all over again. This year has been an incredible one for music, with an insane amount of good albums coming out left and right. Let me know what some of your favourite releases from 2018 have been, and I'll have my usual Top 50 list out in a week or two. Also, since there's only so much I can keep up with, please let me know if there's any releases from this year that I haven't uploaded yet, and I'll try and get on them ASAP. Enjoy.

ALBUMS
American Nightmare - American Nightmare
American Pleasure Club - A Whole Fucking Lifetime Of This
Animal Flag - Void Ripper
awakebutstillinbed - what people call low self-esteem is really just seeing yourself the way that other people see you
Baptists - Beacon Of Faith
Basement - Beside Myself
Bearings - Blue In The Dark
Belmont - Belmont
Birds in Row - We Already Lost The World
Blind Girls - Residue
Boston Manor - Welcome To The Neighbourhood
California Cousins - Distant Relatives
Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends
Candy - Good To Feel
Can't Swim - This Too Won't Pass
Carson Wells - No Relic
Casanovas In Heat - Twisted Steel, Sex Appeal
Charmer - Charmer
Closer - All This Will Be
Cloud District - Don't Give Up, Skeleton
Crywank - Egg on face. Foot in mouth. Wriggling. Wriggling. Wriggling.
Cult Leader - A Patient Man
Culture Abuse - Bay Dream
Cursive - Vitriola
Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Death Cab For Cutie - Thank You For Today
Death Grips - Year Of The Snitch
die Hoffnung - Elegies And Creation Songs
Donovan Wolfington - WAVES
Drug Church - Cheer
Elle - She
Fiddlehead - Springtime & Blind
Foxing - Nearer My God
Gillian Carter - ...The Earth Shaped Tomb
Good Looking Friends - Settle In, Decay
Gouge Away - Burnt Sugar
Graduating Life - Grad Life
Graf Orlock - Examination Of Violent CInema Vol. 1
Gulfer - Dog Bless
Harms Way - Posthuman
Homewrecker - Hell Is Here Now
Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Hot Mulligan - Pilot
It Looks Sad. - Sky Lake
itoldyouiwouldeatyou - Oh Dearism
Jesus Piece - Only Self
Joyce Manor - Million Dollars To Kill Me
Just Friends - Nothing But Love
Kid Feral - Live And Let's Die!
Listener - Being Empty : Being Filled
Messes - The Ever Closing Door
mewithoutYou - [untitled]
Mom Jeans. - Puppy Love
Moose Blood - I Don't Think I Can Do This Anymore
Night Birds - Roll Credits
nothing,nowhere. - ruiner
Octaves - Exact Change
Ostraca - Enemy
Petal - Magic Gone
Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love
Pool Kids - Music To Practice Safe Sex To
Portrayal Of Guilt - Let Pain Be Your Guide
Real Friends - Composure
Respire - Dénouement
Reveries - Reveries
Saves The Day - 9
Self Defense Family - Have You Considered Punk Music
Sick Of It All - Wake The Sleeping Dragon!
Single Mothers - Through A Wall
State Champs - Living Proof
Super Unison - Stella
The Armed - Only Love
The Cardboard Swords - Once more, there is nothing left to figure out.
The Dirty Nil - Master Volume
The Sidekicks - Happiness Hours
The Story So Far - Proper Dose
The Wonder Years - Sister Cities
This Will Destroy You - New Others Part One
This Will Destroy You - New Others Part Two
Tiny Moving Parts - Swell
Trash Boat - Crown Shyness
Trophy Eyes - The American Dream
True Love - The Pact
Turnstile - Time & Space
Twitching Tongues - Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred
Warm Thoughts - I Went Swimming Alone
Young Mountain - Lost Tree


EP'S/DEMOS/SPLITS/SINGLES/COMPILATIONS/ETC.
American Pleasure Club - Oranges b/w Daniels
Anatagonize - Demo
Beach Slang - Everything Matters But No One Is Listening [Quiet Slang]
Blacklisted - Slow Moments b/w I Should Have Been A Murderer
Boneflower - MM/Seashells/Wanderers
Candy - Studio F12 Demos
Code Orange - Only One Way
Code Orange - The Hurt Will Go On
Commander Salamander - Live
Commander Salamander - Off The Goop LP Promo
Converge - Beautiful Ruin
Crowning/Swallows Nest
Crowning/Marée Noire
Counterculture - I Think You Didn't
Dad Thighs - Easy Listening
Darkle - Pain Train
Envy - Alnair in August
Foxtails/Algae Bloom
Full Of Hell/Intensive Care
Ghost Spirit/Frail Hands
I Create - Veneer / Fear Of Due Season
It Looks Sad. - Light
Iron Reagan/Gatecreeper
itoldyouiwouldeatyou - Get Terrified EP
Joliette/Frameworks
Joliette - El Alphabiotista
Knuckle Puck - Shifted
La Dispute - Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega and Altair (10th Anniversary)
macseal - Map It Out
meth. - I Love You
mewithoutYou - [untitled] e.p.
Michael Cera Palin - "I Don't Know How To Explain It"
Microwave - keeping up
Modern Life Is War - Tribulation Worksongs Vol. 1
Modern Life Is War - Tribulation Worksongs Vol. 2
No Right - Unjustified
Oso Oso - gb/ol h/nf
Portrayal Of Guilt/Street Sects
Power Trip - Opening Fire: 2008-2014
Rained In - Demo
Remo Drive - Pop Music
SeeYouSpaceCowboy/Second Grade Knife Fight
Sick Shit - Demonstration
Sick Shit - Thick Spit
Sick Shit - Persevere
Sleep Debt - Sleep Debt
Snag/Swallows Nest
Spiritual Cramp - Police State EP
Spiritual Cramp - Television
Starkweather/Concealment
Stars Hollow - Happy Again
Terrible Love - Doubt Mines
The Dirty Nil - Surrender
The Front Bottoms - Ann
The Get Up Kids - Kicker
The Guiding Wave - To Dance Around Love
the sylvia north story - ii
the sylvia north story - iii
the sylvia northern story - iv
the sylvia northern story - v
the sylvia north story - vi
thisishowitendedintokyo - april(s)in
thisishowitendedintokyo - somehow soon!
toe - Our Latest Number
Touché Amoré - Green
Touché Amoré - 10 Years / 1000 Shows - Live at the Regent Theater
Tower of Silence - Tower of Silence
Trail of Lies - War
TTNG - Animals Acoustic
Worst Party Ever - The Year Of The Manatee
Worst Party Ever - Japan
WVRM - The Blood Of The Coven Is Thicker Than Water Of The Womb

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

We Came Out Like Tigers


We Came Out Like Tigers were a four-piece screamo band from Liverpool, UK that began in 2008 and broke up in 2014. Though they only put out a small amount of work, they're best remembered as one of the most distinct and unique voices to come out of "screamo" in the past decade or so. They laid their foundation in the influence of bands like Funeral Diner, while adding layers of sound through a plethora of other influences. Most notably, they utilize the tremolo-picking and blast beats of black metal. They also show hints of post-rock influence in the song structures and some of the quieter moments. Additionally, a violin is featured fairly prominently on most of their tracks, which surprisingly fits perfectly, and adds an orchestral element to their already gargantuan sound. Their discography is small but virtually perfect, with their sole LP Agelessness And Lack being a standout. Enjoy.

1. You, You're Just Bone Structure
2. A Lesson In Solitude
3. Breathe In, Though You Barely Believe In It
4. Hannah

1. Ravachol - Three
2. Ravachol - Equilibrium
3. We Came Out Like Tigers - The Sailor Does Not Pray For Wind, He Learns To Sail
4. We Came Out Like Tigers - Do Not Say Reduced To Tears

1. An Introduction
2. Sous Les Pavés
3. Remember Why You Are
4. These Terrors Are Dismantled By Friendship's Light
5. Inimical
6. Endure
7. Immutable
8. Take Pleasure In The Processes
9. If You Were Frightened, It's Because It Was Frightening
10. I Sing Of Sorrow & Joy

1. Tribulation
2. To Ruin A Fine Tenor Voice
3. Concrete Blocks Of Empathy
4. Careworm
5. Entr'acte
6. We Have Not Reached Conclusion

Friday, 23 November 2018

Carson Wells


Carson Wells are a three-piece post-hardcore band from Aberdeen, Scotland that began in 2009. Sonically, they're fairly remnisicent of classics like Unwound and Q And Not U, particularly in their idiosyncratic rhythms and dynamic song structures. They also incorporate some aspects of screamier bands like Sinaloa and Raein, through the impassioned vocal deliveries and washy chords. They've grown quite a bit in the near-decade they've been together, which their two latest albums Tread A Northern Path and this year's No Relic being particular standouts. Enjoy.

Carson Wells (2010)
1. Picasso on Contradiction
2. I've Got A Friend Who Likes Pirates
3. Feed 'Em To The Pigs 'Arold
4. Cohaagen

1. Soul And Sword
2. Slim Charles
3. A Great Weight
4. Ten
5. Killing Me Won't Bring Back Your Goddamn Honey
6. Three Months in Canada
7. Don't Forget The Super 8
8. 2007
9. Home

1. Human Hands - Exterior
2. Carson Wells - Cloud In The Shape Of A Shark
3. Carson Wells - Namib

1. Palmistry
2. Silent Breed
3. Northern Path, Southern Lens
4. Mosaic Of Sleepers
5. Final Throne
6. A Life Lapse In Passing
7. Mid Distance
8. Sobotka
9. Will I'm Nae
10. June

1. Sobotka (live from SOAN, Nottingham)
2. Northern Path, Southern Lens (live from SOAN, Nottingham)
3. Mosaic of Sleepers (live from SOAN, Nottingham)
4. Palmistry (live from SOAN, Nottingham)
5. Will.I'm.Nae (live from SOAN, Nottingham)
6. June (live from SOAN, Nottingham)

1. Art In Inconsequence
2. Native State
3. Pilot Light
4. Righteous Mess
5. Prez
6. Early Decay

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Soulside


Soulside were a four-piece punk/post-hardcore band from Washington, DC that began in 1985 and disbanded in 1989. They were originally known as Lunch Meat before changing their name in 1986. They are one of the many classic punk bands to emerge from DC in the late 80's, and were of course affiliated with the legendary Dischord Records. Sonically, they took the energy of hardcore and fused it with melodic vocals and instrumentation, similar to what their contemporaries such as Dag Nasty, Embrace, Gray Matter, and Ignition were doing. They released three LP's and a 7", as well as an early split under their original name. Less Deep Inside Keeps was their debut album, while the Trigger LP, Bass 103 7", and Hot Bodi-Gram LP were all released on a single compilation in 1990, Soon Come Happy. Enjoy.

1. Mission Impossible - Helpless
2. Mission Impossible - Now I'm Alone
3. Mission Impossible - Into Your Shell
4. Lunch Meat - Looking Around
5. Lunch Meat - No Need
6. Lunch Meat - Under The Glare

1. Pearl To Stone
2. One Step Higher
3. Walking
4. Don't Let Me Down
5. You've Heard It Before
6. Over And Out
7. I Find The Other Side
8. In Days To Come
9. Dreams
10. X-Lion Tamer
11. Fresh Air

1. Baby
2. Trigger
3. Name In Mind
4. Problems Faced When Traveling
5. War
6. K.T.T.K.
7. Pocket Hurts
8. Forgiveness
9. Bass
10. 103
11. Otherside
12. God City
13. What
14. Punch The Geek
15. Clifton Wall
16. New Slow Fucky
17. Pembroke
18. Hate Music
19. New Fast Fucky
20. Kill
21. Bad Show
22. A Love Supreme

Friday, 16 November 2018

Microwave


Alright, here we go, finally getting around to the highly-requested Microwave. These guys are a four-piece indie/alternative/emo band from Atlanta, Georgia that got started in 2012. Thus far they've released two full-lengths and a handful of EP's. Sonically, they're reminiscent of bands like Manchester Orchestra, Taking Back Sunday, Motion City Soundtrack, Have Mercy, Balance & Composure, and Sainthood Reps, or something like that. Full disclosure I have not listened to them much, but give have to give them kudos for the variety in their songs. Even with casual listening of a few, they don't seem to fall into any formulaic traps, and every track offers something fresh. So yeah, they've been requested to death and I finally managed to pull together their entire discography, so please do enjoy.

1. Never Again
2. Kansas
3. Filthy
4. Bright
5. The Devil And I
6. I-70

1. Swine Driver

1. Labor Day
2. Grass Stains
3. The Fever

1. Stovall
2. Grass Stains
3. Labor Day
4. Something Right
5. Mansion In The Sky
6. Trash Stains
7. Work It Out
8. Tar
9. The Last
10. The Fever

1. Head North - The Bells
2. Head North - Redwood
3. Head North - Willow Tree
4. Microwave - Thinking of you,
5. Microwave - but not often,
6. Microwave - Something Right (Daytrotter Session)

1. Roaches
2. Lighterless
3. Dull
4. Neighbors
5. Busy
6. Drown
7. Vomit
8. Whimper
9. Homebody
10. Wrong

1. Georgia On My Mind
2. keeping up