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 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

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