Friday, 30 January 2015

Xibalba


The word "heavy" can't be fully understand until you've heard Xibalba, otherwise known as blunt force trauma at its strongest. This five-piece formed in Pomona, California, and have been demolishing since 2007. Although they are a hardcore band first and foremost, they mix elements of death and doom metal into the frenzy (with influence from bands such as Morbid Angel and Obituary). Xibalba have worked with hardcore/metal staples Southern Lord and A389, which only adds to their testament as being one of the best bands around now. They've dropped three blistering albums, with each just getting better and better. Their newest, Tierra Y Libertad, was just released, so definitely check that out. It will definitely be one of the biggest releases in hardcore of 2015. Their back catalogue is just as good, so enjoy.

1. Intro / Into Oblivion
2. Cursed
3. Red
4. Bright Sun
5. Hate
6. Spanish Harlem

1. Bright Sun
2. Madre Mia
3. Never Kneel
4. Fallen
5. Time's Up
6. We Deserve To Die
7. Red
8. Obituary

1. World Of Pain - Suffer
2. World Of Pain - Buried In Sin
3. World Of Pain - Dead Inside
4. World Of Pain - End Result
5. Xibalba - Cold
6. Xibalba - Spanish Harlem
7. Xibalba - Cursed
8. Xibalba - Salvation
9. Ruckus - Gallows
10. Ruckus - Domesticated
11. Ruckus - Below My Law
12. Ruckus - Apocalypse Never

1. Incendiary - Survival
2. Incendiary - Rome Is Burning
3. Xibalba - Stone Hearts
4. Xibalba - Fuck You Pelón

1. No Serenity
2. Soledad
3. Laid To Rest
4. Burn
5. Sentenced
6. The Flood
7. Hasta La Meurte
8. Mala Mujer
9. Stoneheart
10. Lujuria
11. Cold

1. Xibalba - Death Threat
2. Xibalba - Suicide Note
3. Suburban Scum - Intro
4. Suburban Scum - Misery Loves Company
5. Suburban Scum - Refuse To Suffer
6. Suburban Scum - Little From The World (Cold As Life cover)

1. Enemigo
2. Guerilla
3. Invierno
4. Pausa
5. En Paz Descanse
6. Tierra Y Libertad
7. Si Dios Quiere
8. El Vacio

1. Diablo
2. Con Amor
3. Adios

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Comadre

This is a band that should have been on here from day one. Regardless, better late than never, and thanks for the constant requests for them, it was a good reminder to finally introduce one of the best bands from the past ten years to this blog.


Comadre were a five-piece hardcore/screamo band from Redwood City, California, that formed in 2004 and disbanded in 2013. For most of their career, they remained relatively underground, though they did begin to garner quite a bit of attention with the release of their last album, Comadre. Regardless, their entire discography is absolutely phenomenal. They released four of the best albums within their genre, and were active with a ton of other great bands. Comadre's sound was energetic, to say the least. Although a lot of bands boast that adjective, very few come even close to the spastic frenzies and throat-shredding lyrical genius that Comadre was. Their songs were incredibly intense, and carried an energy even punk purists couldn't deny. They have a ton of melodic moments, whether they be quieter moments, or fun, catchy (but still screamed) choruses, they could do it all. They wrote great songs, with each being distinct from each other, they experimented quite a bit, and penned a ton of incredible lyrics to boot.

They really took what earlier bands like pg.99, At The Drive-In, and Kid Dynamite were doing, and ran with it to create their own, unique sound. I would go as far as to say that bands around today like Touché Amoré wouldn't be the same without them. Comadre were personally one of my first introductions to more modern screamo/hardcore/punk/whatever, and still remain one my favourites. I'm sure a ton of people who have not heard them will still be absolutely blown away by them, and people who have heard them will continue to. Here's their discography, most of which they've been giving away for free anyway. Definitely check them out if you're already into a lot of Bay Area punk (such as Punch, Dangers, and Loma Prieta), or just want to hear a band giving it their all. For starters, try Burn Your Bones, but everything has merit, so enjoy.

1. The Trees Are Moving...
2. City Slickers Part 6
3. Mess With The Best, Undress Like The Rest
4. Well Damn, If We All Ate The Berries We Might As Well Die Together
5. Slangin' Rocks In The House Of God
6. Remind Me Never To Stick My Hand Out The Window Again
7. I Think We're Alone Now
8. Are You Guys Telling Jokes? I Like Jokes
9. Welcome To Blood Town, Population Buried
10. The Trials
11. I Sleep With My Eyes Open
12. ...And Everything Is Falling Together.

1. Burn the Scene!
2. Fill the Void!
3. Who's got the Golden Ticket Now!
4. The Hole in the Ship, S.O.S.!
5. Pause (Kid Dynamite cover)
6. Sweet Thing (Van Morrison cover)
7. The Trials! (live on KZSU)
8. There is no Title, Only Zuul! (Lev Perry remix)
9. Mess with the Best, Undress like the Rest! (demo version)
10. Instrumental! (demo version)
11. Are you Guys Telling Jokes? I like Jokes! (demo version)
12. Welcome to Bloodtown, Population Buried! (demo version)

1. Make Me Believe
2. Breakfast of Champions
3. El Padre Macho
4. The Southern Comfort Smile
5. Sabado Gigante
6. Blackland Dirt
7. Hey Holmes, Slow Down
8. Naw, You Catch Up
9. The Hole In The Ship S.O.S.
10. Give Me Hell
11. Hit Me Up On My Celly Cell

1. Comadre - Camel Bucks
2. Comadre - The Best Snakes Bite Back
3. Comadre - Teeth Versus Teeth
4. Comadre - 60 Grit
5. Comadre - Crimes And Cadillacs
6. Trainwreck - Bared Teeth
7. Trainwreck - Home Sweet Home
8. Trainwreck - Living Like The Living Dead
9. Trainwreck - On Our Losses And Our Tears

7. Hector The Collector

1. Hamlets
2. Tannerisms
3. Viva Hate Pt. 1
4. Viva Hate Pt. 2
5. Word Is Bond
6. Grow Worms
7. King Jeremy
8. Suicides May Have Been Pact

12. Death And Taxes (Kid Dynamite cover)

1. Comadre - The Sweeter the Juice
2. Comadre - Byrne'in Down the Haus
3. Comadre - Count Basie Box Set
4. Comadre - "Living Differently?!"
5. Glasses - Tigers
6. Glasses - So Right
7. Glasses - Lydia

1. Intro
2. Good Night Sweet Prince (feat Dead To Me)
3. Hamlets Remix (feat P.O.S and Atlas)
4. Sleep is the Cousin of Death (feat Ghostlimb)
5. 18 Wheels (The Murder City Devils cover, feat Glasses and Trainwreck)
6. King Jeremy (feat Broadway Calls)

1. Intro
2. Comadre - Free Based
3. Loma Prieta - Trilogy 4
4. Daikon - It's Either Raining Or It's Not
5. Punch - Four Letters
6. Funeral Diner - Two More
7. Ghostlimb - Bearing Witness
8. Broadway Calls - Heartbreak In Portland's Living Room
9. Trainwreck - Crooked Rooms

1. Cold Rain
2. Too Much TV
3. Free Based

1. Color Blind
2. Cold Rain
3. King Worm
4. Summercide
5. The Moon
6. Drag Blood
7. Must Be Nice
8. Storyteller
9. Hack
10. Untitled
11. Binge
12. Date Night

Angel Du$t


Angel Du$t are a five-piece hardcore/punk band from Baltimore, Maryland that formed in 2013. Although they hang around bands such as Trapped Under Ice, Turnstile, Diamond Youth, and Cruel Hand, their sound is much more rooted in 80's hardcore (such as the Descendents), but with their own modern take on the genre. They've quickly garnered a solid following, they play shows with a ton of great bands, and have dropped two noteworthy albums to date. This is for all of you that continually request this band, and thanks to Jacob Shumaker for the help with this one. Enjoy.

1. Extra Raw
2. Jean Shorts
3. Rage
4. Slam
5. Sleepwalk
6. Fine
7. Tulsa
8. Step Inside

1. A.D.
2. Smash You Up
3. Let It Rot
4. Beat My Brain
5. Take My Love
6. Squeeze
7. A.D.D.
8. Stepping Stone
9. Poison
10. Big One
11. Pacify Me
12. Set Me Up

6. Lonely Bones

1. Toxic Boombox
2. Ready 2 Receive U
3. Stay
4. Upside Down
5. Hurt You bad
6. Bad Thing
7. Rectify
8. Deep Love
9. Headstone
10. Twist N Shout
11. Cool Inside You
12. Somebody Else
13. Stranger Things

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Jerry's Kids

Recently I've been thinking about the serious lack of 80's hardcore on here. Not only is it foundational to everything else on here, but also arguably the best of anything on here (protest away). Early 80's hardcore (especially the DC/Dischord stuff) was basically my gateway into punk/hardcore, and even underground music as a whole. So I think I'll try to post some of the best bands from that era, because that is a legacy that needs to be shared and kept intact, or at least I think so.


To start off, we have Boston's Jerry's Kids, formed in 1981. Right from the get go, they were loud, fast, and dirty. Young and pissed off, with no holds barred once they got going. They first appeared on the now legendary compilation This Is Boston Not LA (which is similar to Dischord's Flex Your Head from earlier that year), along with other noteworthy bands such as Gang Green and The F.U.'s. This made west coast hardcore bands sound almost refined in comparison (maybe with the exception of The Germs, who they probably took influence from). The playing is spastic, the vocals throat-shredding, and they played with an angry desperation that always took the forefront to perfection and cleanliness. After their original singer had to leave the band, bassist Rick Jones took over on vocals, and would continue in that role for the remainder of the band's existence. The band dropped Is This My World? in 1983, which is easily one of the most classic hardcore records from this era (in my opinion second tier only to the obvious ones such as Damaged or Bad Brains' self-titled).  Is This My World? is the sound of a young band finally coming into their own. Every instrument seems to still be rolling over each other in a spastic frenzy, but this chaos is at an intensive peak that is undeniable. They had the songs, some musical talent, and enough passion and energy to demolish a stage (literally).

In 1984, they broke up, but reformed two years later in 1986. They released another album in 1989, entitled Kill Kill Kill, which sounded more like the speed metal sound that was popular at the time rather than their early material. Though they still are distinctly Jerry's Kids, the production is much cleaner, the songs actually manage to hold themselves together, and they feature guitar solos with some real technical capability. Though this is still a solid album, it never got the attention or praise their debut did. A year after the release, they broke up again. They did a reunion show in 1994, and nothing else until 2004, when they reunited (again). They played a few shows between 2004 and 2007, but have been inactive since and released no statement on further activity. This is a classic hardcore band, that I would recommend to anyone already into early 80's punk, or even someone just starting to gain interest in it. If anyone wants more bands from this era, let me know, because I have a ton of stuff from here that I would love to share with anyone interested. Enjoy.

1. Jerry's Kids - Straight Jacket
2. Jerry's Kids - Uncontrollable
3. Jerry's Kids - Wired
4. Jerry's Kids - Desperate
5. Jerry's Kids - Pressure
6. Jerry's Kids - I Don't Wanna
7. The Proletariat - Options
8. The Proletariat - Religion Is The Opium Of The Masses
9. The Proletariat - Allegiance
10. The Groinoids - Angel
11. The F.U.'s - Preskool Dropout
12. The F.U.'s - Radio UNIX U.S.A.
13. The F.U.'s - Green Beret
14. The F.U.'s - Time Is Money
15. Gang Green - Snob
16. Gang Green - Lie Lie
17. Gang Green - I Don't Know
18. Gang Green - Rabies
19. Gang Green - Narrow Mind
20. Gang Green - Kill A Commie
21. Gang Green - Have Fun
22. Decadence - Slam
23. The Freeze - Broken Bones
24. The Freeze - Idiots At Happy Hour
25. The Freeze - Now Or Never
26. The Freeze - Sacrifice Not Suicide
27. The Freeze - It's Only Alcohol
28. The Freeze - Trouble If You Hide 
29. The Freeze - Time Bomb
30. The Freeze - This Is Boston Not L.A.

1. Straight Jacket
2. Uncontrollable
3. Why Me
4. I'm Pissed
5. Wired
6. Desperate
7. Pressure
8. I Don't Wanna
9. I Hate You
10. Lysol
11. Machine Gun
12. It's Ok
13. Circus (cut off)

Note: Thanks to Blogged And Quartered for this

1. I Don't Belong
2. Cracks In The Wall
3. Tear It Up
4. Crucify Me
5. Break The Mold
6. Raise The Curtain
7. Vietnam Syndrome
8. Build Me A Bomb
9. New World
10. Lost
11. No Time
12. Is This My World?

1. Need Some
2. Torn Apart
3. Breathe & Fuck
4. Fire
5. Bad Trip
6. Back Off
7. Rippin' Out Your Tired Eyes
8. Spymaster
9. Right Now
10. Satan's Toy
11. Twisted Brain
12. Machine Gun
13. Reprise

Monday, 19 January 2015

Drug Church


Drug Church are a five-piece hardcore/alternative rock band from Albany, New York that formed in 2011. They feature Patrick Kindlon of End Of A Year/Self Defense Family on vocals, and also share members with Push-Pit, as well as SDF. The band is currently signed to No Sleep Records. Hardcore plays a much more prominent role in their music than SDF, with chugging guitar parts with a sound big enough to recall bands such as Quicksand. Kindlon's spits words in his aggressive and dramatic voice, with a bit of a snarl added. Lyrically, they stay as socially aware and satirical as SDF, just with that hardcore/punk edge and bite emphasized. Overall, Drug Church are an incredibly solid band with numerous solid efforts already released, all of which are worth a listen. Thanks to Jacob Shumaker for the help with this one, and enjoy.

1. Visualize Latham
2. Scotia Snake God
3. Pro Attitude

1. Mohawk (ft. Jeremy of Touche Amore)
2. Northway
3. Latham Circle
4. Mohawk (ft. Chris of Cruel Hand)

1. Party At Dead Man's
2. Selling Drugs From Your Mom's Condo

1. Thinking About Joining Drug Church
2. Reading YouTube Comments
3. Clifton Country
4. Shopping For A Belt
5. Donny's Woods
6. Learning To Speak British
7. Attending A Cousin's Birthday Party
8. Deconstructing Snapcase
9. Thrill Hill
10. Riding The Bus To Schenectady

1. But Does It Work?
2. Mall SWAT
3. Work-Shy
4. Ghost Dad
5. Zero Zero

1. Banco Popular
2. Alesiter
3. Aging Jerk
4. Bagged
5. Drunk Tank
6. Green Like Me
7. Park And Ride And Park And Ride
8. Hit Your Head, Greedy
9. Then Try
10. Big And Shitty
11. What

Sunday, 18 January 2015

CityCop


CityCop are a four-piece band from Ashtabula/Akron, Ohio, that formed in 2010. They are probably the most prominent (and maybe only) acoustic screamo band around. Yes, you read that right. Acoustic screamo. All the drum blasts and frantic guitars are still present, just done on an acoustic guitar instead. As you can imagine, it's a unique sound. The vocals are as one would expect from a modern screamo band, and CityCop find their sound fitting in with bands like The Saddest Landscape and Old Gray. However, CityCop certainly have some elements that differentiate them. For one, the vocals are sometimes sung, and sometimes spoken (in a Listener sort of way). The guitars also include some math rock-esque parts, often getting intricate in addition to melodic. In their short time, they've evolved a lot, and have become an incredibly solid and commendable force within their genre. Any fan of modern screamo or post-hardcore must have heard of them by now, since their name has been thrown around for so long, but only recently have they been getting a lot of attention very quickly, and for good reason. This is a band that I'm sure a ton of people who frequent this site would like, so do check them out. Enjoy.

1. X
2. Ode to Bula/Flight Lessons
3. Free Bird Part II
4. Humanity Is Sinking
5. Hink Hall
6. Go West
7. Transgressions
8. Hold Onto Your Seat, Syanne
9. White Roses
10. Street Kings

1. Bluebird
2. Spring
3. Summer
4. Fall
5. Winter

1. CityCop - Family Ties
2. CityCop - The Rain Song
3. CityCop - Hospital Beds
4. Les Doux - Silver Creek
5. Les Doux - Kingsbridge Blues
6. Les Doux - Stomaching Loss

1. This Is War, This Is Hell
2. Suburban Nightmare
3. Drench
4. Glass Bones
5. Fear and Self-Loathing in Ohio

1. The Golden Age of Concern
2. Ibuprofen
3. I Took The Ride
4. L'Ansia
5. I Could Have Stayed Longer
6. Soft Smile, Iron Teeth
7. Bad Trip
8. Homesick
9. Day of Rest
10. Cardinal
11. 526 Gage

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Somos


Somos are a four-piece emo/punk band from Boston, Massachusetts that formed in 2012. Their debut full-length, Temple Of Plenty, came out in 2014, and has immediately garnered a lot of attention. In the grand scheme of modern emo revival, there are always a few standouts that are above the average twinklefests that drop so constantly. Somos are one of these standouts, immediately making a splash in a scene where bands like You Blew It! and The Hotelier are already king. Their sound brings in elements of post-hardcore, post-rock, and indie to create a unique blend to their contemporary emo sound. Their songs are catchy and melodic, with some great lyrics to back them up. Their guitar work is varied, while the entire bands creates a driving force that give these songs such an energy. Thanks to Jacob Shumaker for the help with this post, and enjoy.

FFO: Polar Bear Club, Prawn, You Blew It!, The Hotelier, Nai Harvest

1. Daily Ritual
2. Embrace The Spare Change
3. Showed Up Late
4. The Strangest Example

1. Familiar Theme
2. Domestic
3. Dead Wrong
4. Lives Of Others
5. When You Pass
6. Strangest Example
7. Lifeline
8. Distorted Vision
9. Before You Merge

1. Somos - Letters From An Absent Future
2. Somos - Back And Forth
3. Sorority Noise - Dobranoc
4. Sorority Noise - Wesleyan's Best Dressed

1. Have Mercy - Two Years (Acoustic)
2. Have Mercy - Somebody's Baby
3. Somos - Streets Upon Streets
4. Somos - Domestic (Acoustic)

1. Slow Walk To The Graveyard Shift
2. Violent Decline
3. Thorn In The Side
4. Problem Child
5. Reminded/Weighed Down
6. Days Here Are Long
7. Room Full Of People
8. You Won't Stay
9. Alright, I'll Wait
10. Bitter Medicine
11. Lifted From The Current