Sunday, 31 May 2020

Taking Meds


Taking Meds are a four-piece post-hardcore band from Rochester, New York that began in 2012. They were formed by members of Such Gold, and though the pop punk influence does peak through in their sound, they are far more rooted in the 90's throwback amalgamation of post-hardcore, math rock, and straight up hardcore punk. Their most notable release, I Hate Me was released in 2019, and features a wide array of sounds the band experiments, which can perhaps best be surmised by the phrase "catchy dissonance", though that doesn't quite capture the record's diverse offerings. Enjoy.

1. Summer Of Down
2. Jim Jones
3. The Biesel Blues

1. Roller Coaster (blink-182 cover)

1. Taking Meds
2. I Only Want To Listen To My Own Band
3. Hole In Hand
4. Crash In My Place
5. Blue Shirt Boogie
6. Comfort In Poor Planning
7. Busy Schedule
8. County Border Bars

1. My Moon Is Always Full
2. Discount Furniture
3. Summer Of Down (Acoustic Version)
4. I Miss You (Blink-182 Cover?)

1. There's No Way
2. Stealing Is Healing

1. Big Fish
2. I Hate Me
3. Stranger Who Stares
4. The Problem
5. There's No Way
6. I Hate You
7. Lifer
8. Tough Guy
9. Somebody's Gotta Hold Me
10. Inseverable

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Current


Current were a post-hardcore/emo band from Dearborn, Michigan that were around from 1992 to 1994. I have very little info on this band, to be honest. Aside from their years active, they put out a discography LP on Council Records, a label run by one of its band members posthumously. Current are best remembered for their sole seminal LP, Coliseum, as well as their split with the legendary Indian Summer pre-legendary status. Members of Current were also active in another band called Ottawa. If you're looking for an early marriage of hardcore and emo that pre-dates screamo as we know it, you're in the right place. Enjoy.

1. Basis
2. Repetition
3. Continued Rantings
4. Overbearing
5. Leech
6. Bastille
7. Frayed Ends
8. Monument
9. Key
10. Representation
11. Dial
12. Pave
13. Bag Of Threads
14. Two And a Dime
15. Ruin
16. Outside Is Better
17. Coliseum
18. She Can't Write
19. Hark
20. Member
21. Could I
22. Silvered Lead
23. Come Down
24. Left At The Right

Note: 
Tracks 1 - 4 from Is 4 EP (1995)
Track 5 - 7 from various compilations (1995-1996)
Track 8 from Chino Horde split (1994)
Track 9 from Indian Summer split ((1993)
Track 10 - 20 from Coliseum LP (1993)
Tracks 21 - 24 from Could I EP (1992)

Friday, 22 May 2020

The Crownhate Ruin


The Crownhate Ruin were a short-lived post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C., that were active from 1994 to 1996. The band consisted of ex-members of Hoover (immediately after that band's break-up) and 1.6 Band. Members later went on to play in June of 44. If you could place a sound between the two aforementioned bands, The Crownhate Ruin hit that fix. Their sole LP came out on Dischord Records, a discordant, off-beat affair with heavy emphasis on bass/drum riffage. It never quite hits the intensive highs of Hoover, but certainly deserves a repeat listen, as it is an undeniably underrated LP. Enjoy.

1. Lesson In Thread
2. Pioneers

1. Every Minute's Sucker
2. Better Still If They Don't Know

1. Present To President
2. Last Place In Triage
3. My Country Getaway

1. Ride Your Ride
2. Late Arriving Rock Dudes
3. Stretched Too Thin
4. In The Four Years To Come
5. Every Minute Sucker
6. Tornado Season Finale
7. Better Still If They Don't Know
8. Piss Alley
9. You Will Wish Me Dead
10. Blood Relative

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Infant Island


Infant Island are a five-piece screamo band from Fredericksburg, Virginia that began in 2016. You might be familiar with this band from the incredible track "Further" I premiered a few years back, and from the incredible self-titled LP that track came off. Without a doubt. Infant Island have cemented themselves as one of the most notable and formidable screamo acts kicking around the present tense, and they are revving up to unleash another LP very soon, titled Beneath, courtesy of the always-incredible Dog Knights Productions. Prior to that, I figured we'd take a trip down memory lane of their already-legendary discography, as a stark reminder the screamo is alive and well and why we all got into the genre in the first place. Enjoy.

Quick update: I had started this post a while back prior to Beneath coming out. It's out, and definitely one of the best releases I've ever heard this year, so check it out ASAP.

1. Infant Island - Diminish
2. Infant Island - Fall Into Their Hell (Demo)
3. smallhands - Coby's Piano (Demo)
4. smallhands - Plastic Sheets (Demo)

1. Where There Is Ruin

1. Small Differences
2. Replenish
3. Broken Pieces
4. Fall
5. Diminish
6. A Preoccupation
7. Further

1. Frail Body - Fixed
2. Infant Island - Death Portrait
3. Massa Nera - Nunca Seremos lo Mismo
4. Dianacrawls - Melancholia
5. Dianacrawls - Kinky Kills
6. Dianacrawls - Cycle of the Abused

1. Burrow
2. Unspoken
3. Phantom Wines
4. Awoken
5. Sepulcher

1. Here We Are
2. Signed In Blood
3. Content
4. The Garden
5. One Eyed
6. Death Portrait
7. Colossal Air
8. Stare Spells
9. Someplace Else

Note: Bandcamp link only

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Ten Grand


Ten Grand were a four-piece post-hardcore/screamo band from Iowa City, Iowa that were around from 1998 to 2003. Up until 2001, they went by the name The Vidablue, until selling the rights to another band of the same name and changing theirs to Ten Grand. They were quite prolific in their time, releasing 3 LP's in 3 years, along with a slew of early material (some of which is included on the compilation What I Should Have Said Vol. 1) Unfortunately, the band came to a sudden end in 2003 with the death of their singer/guitarist Matt Davis. More info on the band can be found here if you're interested.

Sonically, the band played a spastic and frenzied version of hardcore that played with dissonance, dynamics, and insane rhythms. Instrumentally, they perfected the duel-guitar clash, and knocked out songs that keep you on edge while giving some dynamic breathing. Essentially, if you took the Dischord and Gravity Records rosters and threw them together, this is the sound you'd get. Enjoy.

1. The Vidablue - What Difference Does It Make?
2. The Vidablue - Do Not Question Brain-O
3. The Vidablue - Midwinter

1. The Vidablue - Broken Jaw Factory
2. Quatro - Best Actor Award
3. Quatro - Slow Jammin' Earl

1. The Khayembii Communiqué - The Des Moines Tapes
2. The Khayembii Communiqué - Better Times Are Left Dead
3. The Khayembii Communiqué - Lacking
4. The Khayembii Communiqué - The Death Of An Aspiring Icon
5. The Vidablue - Engine Down
6. The Vidablue - Me And Spike Lee
7. The Vidablue - The Dukes Are Trying To Corner The Market
8. The Vidablue - I Survived The Chair

1. The Vidablue - What Difference Does It Make?
2. The Vidablue - Do Not Question The Great Brain-O
3. The Vidablue - Midwinter
4. The Vidablue - The Detective
5. The Vidablue - Before The Action Commences
6. The Vidablue - Drop Dead
7. The Vidablue - Miette
8. The Vidablue - East Dearborn
9. The Vidablue - The City Sucks Tonight
10. The Vidablue - A Broken Jaw Factory
11. The Vidablue - '87 Yankees
12. The Vidablue - Industry
13. The Vidablue - Industry (Remix)
14. The Vidablue - So The Pitate Says
15. The Vidablue - Engine Down
16. The Vidablue - I Survived The Chair
17. The Vidablue - X 7
18. The Vidablue - I Claim This Land In The Name Of Taz
19. The Vidablue - Grave? Shovel! Let's Go.
20. The Vidablue - Bike Dance (No Scrubs)

1. The Vidablue - I Know It Works
2. The Vidablue - Making A Building
3. The Vidablue - I Claim This Land In The Name Of Taz
4. The Vidablue - Monocle
5. The Vidablue - Typhoid Mary
6. The Vidablue - Industry
7. The Vidablue - 1-2-3 Pregnant
8. The Vidablue - My Heart Goes Out To Me
9. The Vidablue - Three Cheers For Cause And Effect
10. The Vidablue - Why Am I Bleeding?
11. The Vidablue - H-E-Double Hockey Sticks

1. The Beginning
2. The Face I Make While You're Crying
3. Never Let Your Girlfriend Go Camping With That Guy She Met In Pottery Class
4. Grave? Shovel! Let's Go.
5. It's Not A Party Unless You're Doing It With Someone Else In The Bathroom
6. Thank You Ma'am, May I Have Several Thousand More?
7. Billy Ray Valentine, Capricorn
8. The Payload Theme Song
9. To The Library And Step On It
10. Bikedance (No Scrubs)
11. Ending

Note: Originally released in 2001 under The Vidablue name, reissued in 2002 under Ten Grand

1. Mike Lust - Coke Fader
2. Ten Grand - Sometimes You Say The Wrong Thing... When You're Stupid (Scary Movie 3)

1. Hands Off The Merch
2. Wedding Song for Steve and Angie
3. R E S P E C T Me
4. Let's Wreck the Van
5. I Will Seriously Pay You to Shut Up
6. Scary Movie 4
7. Get Out Of My Dojo
8. This Isn't Heaven, This Sucks
9. Fuck You Guyses Teams
10. Now You Got What I Got

armywives


armywives are a five-piece screamo band from Brooklyn and Philadelphia that seemed to have begun 2010, but have been predominantly active since 2018 (or so it seems). After a discography of early material, they released a handful of singles throughout 2019, which leads us to their self-titled debut EP, released this month via Zegema Beach Records. This is 4 blistering tracks of post-hardcore leaning screamo, which fans of bands such as Kidcrash, Eyelet, We Were Skeletons, and Pianos Become The Teeth will revel in. Enjoy.

1. breathe
2. herald
3. see
4. choke
5. bygones

1. "thoughts + prayers"
2. unmarked
3. twenty-four karat

Note: Individually released tracks in 2019, included together for convenience

1. est cette vie?
2. est-ce la mort?
3. able
4. first you must die to be reborn

Cassette Available Here:

armywives

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Slow Fire Pistol


Slow Fire Pistol are a four-piece hardcore/screamo band from Atlanta, Georgia that began in 2016. They feature ex-members of Foundation, but stand on their own in the excellence in the current screamo/hardcore hybrid, especially through a recent split with the you-already-know awesome Portrayal of Guilt. Slow Fire Pistol certainly hold their own prior to that, with an insane discography to this date of all hits no misses, one I cannot recommend enough. Enjoy.

1. Place In The Sun
2. Last Waking Moment
3. Crushing The Word Numb In Your Fingertips

1. So Called Power
2. Manipulation 101
3. Below The Bottom
4. Month Waiting Game

1. An Epilogue
2. A Coke And A Smile
3. Flower For My Mother
4. Beauty
5. Words
6. A Life Worth Knowing

2. Mask
3. Circle And Squares
4. A Love That Leaves You With Nothing
5. Give Me Back My Time
6. Sanctioned Killing

1. Portrayal Of Guilt - The End Of Man Will Bring Peace To This Earth
2. Slow Fire Pistol - Heart Of Discernment

The Newfound Interest In Connecticut


The Newfound Interest In Connecticut were a post-rock/post-hardcore/emo band from Toronto, Ontario that were around from at least 2002 to 2005-ish. I can't find too much info on this band, so if anyone knows anything please do feel free to share. Additionally, they apparently put out a split and EP prior to the sole full-length they are best known, but I can't find any of those. Thus, we've got just the LP here. It's a unique collection of songs, to say the least. They fall somewhere in between Godspeed You! Black Emperor, On The Might Of Princes, and The Microphones, with some definite midwest emo background influence. Despite those comparisons, the band really does stand out on their own, without contemporaries. Tell Me About The Long Dark Path Home is meant for cold nights, and will appeal to fans of drawn-out atmospheric build-ups, math-y rhythms, and dynamic sung/spoken/screamed vocals. Enjoy.

1. The Computers Stopped Exchanging Information
2. And Started Sharing Stories
3. And Then They Kissed
4. Okay, You Can Be Tigers, But No Crashing
5. Five Years Of Work And We Built That Song
6. And It Sings For Itself
7. I Can Hear Your Footsteps Just Outside Camp - Sah, Sah, Sah...
8. I Can See Your Breath Rising In The Air
9. On My Back Watching The Northern Lights Recede
10. The Arctic Circle

Frances Quinlan


Frances Quinlan is an indie rock singer/songwriter best known as being the founding member and primary songwriter of Hop Along. Earlier this year she released her debut solo LP on Saddle Creek Records. As expected, her powerhouse voice and incredible lyrical abilities are on full display, while the guitar-heavy sound of Hop Along are put on the backburner in favour of some more varied instrumentals. She has an incredible knack for crafting pop songs that teeter the line of simplicity and intricacy, and any new material from her is more than welcome. It's unique enough to set itself apart from her previous work, though I would still highly recommend any Hop Along fan give this a listen if you haven't heard it yet. Enjoy.

1. Piltdown Man
2. Your Reply
3. Rare Thing
4. Detroit Lake
5. A Secret
6. Went To LA
7. Lean
8. Now That I'm Back
9. Carry The Zero (Built to Spill cover)

Friday, 28 February 2020

Gulch


Gulch are a five-piece hardcore band from Santa Cruz, California that have been around since at least 2016, thought its members have been active in tons of local bands prior. They came together to create some of the most unhinged and unpredictable hardcore in recent years, taking on a blend of metallic hardcore and death metal influence to create chaos in its purest form. Burning Desire To Draw Last Breath is a virtually perfect EP, and a good jumping off point to get into one of the most explosive bands around. From the looks of their live shows, they are front runners in setting the bar for hardcore this decade, so I am more than pumped to see what they do next. Enjoy.

1. Lie, Deny, Sanctify
2. Eco-terror
3. Monolith

1. Contemplate/Enact
2. Flesh Pursuit
3. Burning Desire To Draw Last Breath
4. R.S.A.
5. E.P.T.S.
6. Gruel For The Beast

1. Cries of Pleasure, Heavenly Pain
2. Self-Inflicted Mental Terror