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Wednesday, 17 May 2023
Monday, 15 May 2023
Boxcutter are a three-piece screamo band from Toronto, Ontario that formed in 2022. They put out their debut EP that same year. It's a raw recording in the best sense, capturing the band's cutting guitar and pounding rhythm section in its most organic essence. They often tread the light between melody and abrasion, with an insanely heartfelt vocal delivery and incredible lyrics to boot. It's an incredible document that I think captures the appeal of screamo, which is found in its vulnerability and kinetic energy. I don't know if that makes any sense, but this band is not to be missed and I highly recommend giving them a listen. Enjoy.
Treehouse Of Horror are a three-piece emo/screamo band from Toronto, Ontario that formed in 2021. Following a single demo, their debut EP came out in October of last year. This band plays an energetic style of twinkly emo, with tons of tight instrumental interplay amidst the expected clean noodley bits. The dual vocals are also a major highlight as an additional dynamic layer, and as they often veer into screamo territory with some impassioned execution. It's a solid EP I'd definitely recommend checking out if you're a fan of bands like Grown Ups, Hightide Hotel, CSTVT, or Merchant Ships, and look forward to what this band does next. Enjoy.
Saturday, 13 May 2023
Constatine Sankathi were a four-piece screamo/hardcore band from Kalamazoo, Michigan that were active from 1994 to 1996. Their discography consisted of a split, two EP's and numerous compilation appearances (including two Food Not Bombs benefit comps). This was later all included in a single release that came out a few years after they broke up. It's not a word I like to throw around often, but "underrated" or at the very least "underappreciated" do come to mind when thinking of this band. Their limited output is absolutely fantastic, with a sound that could be gut-wrenching and chaotic in its climaxes and almost serene in its more melodic breaks, even incorporating some Indian Summer-esque guitar arpeggios. On top of all that, they would occassionally infuse brass instrumentation into the fold, and did so in an oddly fitting way. Highly recommended for fans of the underground emo/hardcore scene from the 90's in general, this will hit hard. Enjoy.
Ambassador 990 (sometimes written as Ambassador 9 Ninety) were a three-piece emo/hardcore band from Columbus, Ohio that were active around 1997 and 1998. They released an EP, split, and one LP in their short time together. Sonically, they played a dark, desperate offshoot of hardcore that incorporated frenzied octave chords, dissonance, and anxious rhythms, with wounded, howling vocals. They most likely took influences from bands such as Drive Like Jehu or Unwound, so if you're into that or bands like Shroomunion and Merel, this is a project that will definitely appeal to you. Enjoy.
Please Inform The Captain This Is A Hijack were a six-piece post-hardcore band from California that were active from 2000 to 2003 (approximately, there's very little info on this band out there). They released a self-titled EP during their time together and posthumous LP a few years later. The most notable member of this band was Sarah Kirsch, who was active in a ton of other bands throughout the 90's including Fuel, Navio Forge, John Henry West, Bread And Circuits, Pinhead Gunpowder, Torches To Rome, and many more. Though this project does take a lot of its cues from Dischord acts as the aforementioned also do, Please Inform The Captain This Is A Hijack really stands on its own. It's overtly political in its lyricism, and instrumentally its angular, aggressive, melodic, and experimental. The LP in particular makes heavy use of samples from various sources, making for this expansive, almost outlandish listen, not unlike The Shape Of Punk To Come. Going off that, I also wouldn't be surprised if this band also took heavy influence from Nation Of Ulysses. Highly recommended (particularly the EP), enjoy.