Monday, September 11, 2017

Remembering the Fallen

Hey there friends, here again twice in one year with a bit more of a somber post. Recently was the second anniversary of my friend Erin Vernon passing and I've dove back into some of the music she made while she walked this Earth. I figured it would be good to get this back out into the world because some of it is too good to be forgotten IMHO.



This was the band she performed in when I met her in early 2011, when I was still in high school. Fierce Band! began its life as an instrumental prog band, a little silly but very endearing. The band as summer turned to fall that year added vocals into their sound, as well as adding samples. Unfortunately this is all that remains online of the band, there was a single and some other songs released together early 2012. The band's style took after their name, fiercely technical, original and compared to many other prog bands was listenable outside of being a technical wanker yourself. Part 4 of this EP will forever hold one of my favorite musical moments. And I still fondly remember wandering around the town square of Denton on one of the first truly cold nights of December with Erica, Erin and Gus handing out CDrs of this.

To be honest, I don't know what this is and found it scratching through some stuff recently. Listen at your own risk

Those familiar with this blog will know that I covered this release a few years ago, but here it is again. Erin was a very creative person and at the time this was released (Summer 2013) Fierce Band! was transforming into Near Neptune and there was downtime. In that time she gifted us with the releases above and below this as well as this. This was a belated companion piece to a short horror film her and my friend Erica had made in 2012, and had her continuing experimenting with synth and dark ambient. There's a very John Carpenter vibe to this that I adore, and while feeling apocalyptic also has rays of hope and beauty.

This was another project done in her time down from Near Neptune, this time collaborating with longtime friend Theo. The project was inspired by Wolves in the Throne Room and other Cascadian/Epic-Ambient Black Metal. The unfortunate side is that this is the only track ever released. And its a real shame, it starts at a crawl and builds its way up and crumbles into a beautiful finale that feels much in place with much of the other releases Erin had made. A cassette of this was just released and passed among friends of hers and its very touching

And here we arrive at the swansong of Erin's musical career. Near Neptune began at the end of Fierce Band! in late 2012, when the trio's original drummer parted ways and the duo left decided that it was time to get serious. Much of the goofiness present in the earlier incarnation as well as the vocals were stripped away and more matured songwriting and synth were added. This full length is a ride, a fantastic one at that, and serves as a reminder of how insanely talented this band was and that it is unfortunate how short lived they were. The synth adds such a majestic texture to the ride and as I said about Fierce Band, they really had the listenability that most prog metal bands really lack.


Life really sucks. And when a friend passes they leave an irreplaceable hole in life, Erin, being the bright and insane character she was left a massive void for those of us who knew her. Tell your friends you love them. 








Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Since I've Been Gone

Hello, all, none, whoever is reading this still. It's been just about a year now, how are you? So this blogspot kind of just died, mostly because around this time last year I fell into a mental sinkhole, one I didn't quite crawl out of until last November. By that time my computer was on its deathbed and I didn't really have any tapes to rip or share with this world. So it's been about a year and a lot has changed, blogspots seem to be drying up in favor of other means, I'm in a black metal band now with one of my best friends and I'm still booking stupid punk shows and travelling. But below are some tapes, albums, whatever that have come out sometime in the time since I've receded into my hole.

86 Gemini - S/T 7"
86 Gemini is probably, in my opinion, one of if not the best band from Chicago. Super fast, utterly relentless D-Beat with a touch of Spirituality thrown into the lyrical content. I saw them last summer on tour with The Noids and their vocalist was on all fours with a microphone in their mouth punching the floor. That's fucking punk



















Acrylics - Despair 7"
Acrylics are a better band than most of your bands. That is a fact and I will fight you about it. That aside, 7" GOES. I mean it fucking goes. It takes the weird, demented style Acrylics made a name for themselves with and cranks it. The dirge at the end of Reassurance is hard as hell.


















The Brain - First Steps 7"
If there is any complaint that I could have with this, it would be that it is too short. First Steps is musical perfection from one of the best musical groups of people. It's this beautiful blend of Prog Rock, Psych and Punk in a way that no other band in our musical sphere is doing. Alican showed me this at 3 am last year when he was in Denton and I've been hooked on it ever since.



















Carved Cross - Carved Cross LP
Carved Cross is a band that took me some time to get into, mostly because of how raw their sound is. This band is literal caveman Black Metal and they do it the best. This LP is probably my favorite thing I've heard from these Tasmanian degenerates so far. It's not as raw as previous releases but it is still nothing close to being clean or produced



















Druj - War Hymns CS
Probably my favorite of the new crop of OKC bands, Druj slaps and hard. You can hear a mix of Burning Spirits HC and a hint of Black Metal in the vocal performance. This band is hard and knows much about Arby's Beef



















Dry Insides - Cement CS
Dry Insides seems to shift and change with every cassette they release. This tape builds on their previously release, Doorway, with the stripped down Blackened Punk and takes it a bit further. The vocal performance this time around is far different than previous Dry Insides releases with the vocals sounding something along the lines of Inquisition. It's nasti


Eye Jammy - Nuclear Beach B/W Super Duty CS
Eye Jammy is apart of the newer wave of Hattiesburg, Mississippi punk bands churning over from this little scene. While having members of every other band from the scene this one sounds very different from the rest of the scene. It's very easy to tell that when the songs were being written for this band Big Boys were on top of their minds. They have a vision to link and build, do you follow?



















Fuath Vough - Howls From The Void CS
While this came out at the same time as its corresponding tape Howls From The Lowlands, I've listened to this tape a bit more. This is the sixth tape of true outsider music from one of the most dementedly creative people that I know. It's more spaced out and more on the DS end of things than other FV releases but it retains the same fucked up, evil atmosphere that this band has crafted so well over the last few years



















Grinning Death's Head - Blood War LP
For some reason or another I could never quite get into the demos this band put out, but I may've not given them the proper chance. This LP was brewing for years and finally came out last spring, and it's Evil. JW is no longer running this whole show and now has Mark McCoy and Ian Jacyszyn backing him up and you can tell. This LP has riffs, I mean RIFFS and has been one of my go-tos for driving music since I got it.



















Haram - What Do You See? 7"
I remember hearing about this band when they came out, and with a lot of bands I unfortunately sleep on them. But when I heard this 7" I remember thinking "FUCK". Haram was one half of the reason I even went to This Is Austin, Not That Great last winter and worth the trip. In my opinion one of the best bands from the new crop of New York bands. Mike is also one of my favorite people, communicating to me almost solely in LPC quotes.

You fuck with the vision? Hell yeah dude. Jockstrap was one of the best sets I saw at It's Cold Outside in May. The band's and Yogurt's influences worn proudly on their sleeves, they take the noisy, Mysterious Guy style and do it better than most. 

Another of the new Hattiesburg bands, taking up the snotty, playful style the Hub City has become known for. This band is fun and they want you to get your tush moving. I saw this band cover Floorpunch and it was hilariously great

Probably in the top 5 sets I saw at Everything Is Not Ok. This band is a continuation of Deformity and from the mad guitar genius from Ivy/JJ Doll. There is nothing like this band out there right now and it is an absolute treat to see live. I remember during their EINOK set seeing their bassist drop his tool during the set and stagedive, landing squarely in Lumpy's arms before scurrying back onstage.

Hoax playing Scandinavian style Death Metal, yeah

I bought this in the Youth Attack update almost solely based upon the first line of its description, "For freaks who are obsessed with Brainbombs and Ildjarn". It takes the choppy Black Metal Punk riffs of Ildjarn and has these screwy spoken word vocals mumbling about sexual acts over it. This is not music for everyone, this is the real freak shit from the same man who brought us Witch In Her Tomb

This tape is barely 3 minutes long of some of the noisiest, most caustic Black Metal I've heard. This project takes some cues from Mark McCoy style BM, particularly Ancestors. This much like The Brain 7" leaves me wanting so much more but what is has is incredible. 

Slow, lurching DS/Black Metal from Canada coming from one of the most demented minds I know. I missed my chance at gettting this when it came out and I'm kicking myself about it because its some real nasty shit. Piss music for piss people

This is the best band from North Texas right now and I feel privileged to see them as often as I do. I reviewed their original demo when it had came out on here, it'd taken a long time for this band to construct a line-up to play live and once they had they've become a freight train of truly fucked up hardcore. They're on tour right now, go see them


One of the two best bands from Austin, Texas right now (more on the other shortly). This band is fast, no frills, no bullshit HARDCORE. They get at it and go directly for the throat and an entirely worthy successor to the legendary Recide.

I'd seen this band back in early 2016, they were good but it didn't feel complete. But then this came out in the wee hours of 2017, it took me a second to sit down and listen to it but I was hooked. The band had slowed down and put more emphasis into atmosphere and created some hateful and caustic freak music.

Q has been a band since 2014 and still doesn't have more than 20 minutes of music. What they lack in that department they make up for in the sheer stupidity of their riffs and sound. This is what bands like Gag and their clones wish they could sound like. 

SA is the drummer from Bib's solo Blackened Noise project and the sound is a wall of disgusting meat. Thick drums blasting away with walls of noise and sound with Billy growling atop of it. 

I'd downloaded and jammed this demo last year, and I'd really liked it. Then I saw Siyahkal in Toronto in May and was floored. Ever since I've been hung up on listening to this tape. The outro Iranian Scream is one of the hardest songs I've heard in a long time. 

This is the other band from Austin I'd mentioned earlier. Skeleton had started as a punk band, and has been twisting and gestating slowly into something far greater. Last year when I'd seen them they were on the cusp of finding what they wanted to be. With this flexi and with the last time I saw them they'd found it. Taking cues from current Hardcore, 80's Thrash Metal and Raw Black Metal they've become a disgusting force to be reckoned with.


This shit is hard and you're moshing

Swine Flu started as a pair of young gun punks who really like the golden age of Youth Attack writing a few songs in that style and then throwing out the "Okay, who wants to play in this band?". The self proclaimed "Gayest Band In Denton" and a true assbeater HC band. The only downside of this CS is that it is with their their old drummer as opposed to the powerhouse behind the kit they have now

I was looking forward to this record so hard before it'd came out. When the Beat Sessions tape came out with the teaser tracks, I was hooked. And oh pappa it was worth the wait. The Club has tightened things up which keeping their signature witty, dry humor and kack for songwriting. The first time I'd listened to it I'd hated the third song "The Lottery" but couldn't get it out of my head. But top to bottom they slayed with this

Wadj CS
When I'd first listened to this tape, I texted Liam and told him, "Thanks, now I have the plague". Medieval themed bedroom Black Metal with a drum machine that sounds like someone dropped a brick into a washing machine and put it on spin cycle. Is it BM or is it Techno? No it's Piss Music made for horny freaks

Warm Bodies has had me absolutely hooked since I first saw them at the second ENIOK. Slowly becoming one of my favorite current bands, they came through town on their way to This Is Austin and burned down the whole town. Jordan passed this tape onto me and OH PAPPA. Songwriting wise this is them at their best and the NYHC diss track is too good.

I waited a long fucking time for this, a long long time. Enter.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Warm Bodies - Burnin' Orange CS



The year is 2016. And from the depths of this death trap of a year has come the best band in contemporary punk; Warm Bodies. Formed from a crew of complete weirdos in Kansas City, Missouri, some of them were in other bands but at this point you only need to focus on this band and how INCREDIBLE they are. 

So here dear internet people punks is the bod's tour tape "Burnin' Orange" featuring four new bangers and a Rocky Horror mash-up sent from the bowels of hell. But I mean, don't take my dumb ass word for it listen to this and bask into their hellacious glory.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/pda9wgdw2tj5jmm/warm_bods.zip



Skeleton - Tour CS


Skeleton is best band from Austin right now. fight me.
http://www.mediafire.com/download/079wzgbjalag93t/skeleton.zip



Karger Traum - Alles Auf Einmal CS



So on night one of Noids tour in OKC, I found this tape in Ross' distro. I had no idea what this was, all I did know is that I wanted it. This artwork called out to me. So after buying it Ross explained that it was Tmac of American Hate's solo Synth project from when he was teaching in Germany.

What I got was a great tape of slow, pulsating dark ambient synth hell. Kind of flows in the style of 80's soundtracks, with Tmac howling over the rhythm in German, Highly recommended. 

http://www.mediafire.com/download/79ax0xbvuppwj2p/karger.zip

Manneqin - 3 Songs + 3 More


I posted this band's Cassingle in last year's round-up post. Part of me thought this band went kapuut when Judah bounced from NWI to Bloomington. Well, oh boy was I wrong. 

On Noids tour I ran into Judah in Bloomington and copped this tape from him there. I was also surprised to hear this was a fully functioning live band now. This tape continues along the lines set by the cassingle and expands upon it. It's good, just download it already.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/nluu8dmkp4bc2rc/manneqin%282%29.zip

Lemonade CS


New blood Minneapolis Hardcore. Missed their set at Everything is Not OK and still sore about it. It's fast and it's snotty. Just download it now and spank some hams.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/meredt4re4fdo66/lemonade.zip


Megalith Grave - Black Enmity 7"


So, I figured this would be online at this point? Or I haven't searched the web enough. Idk. I bought this in the 2014 Youth Attack update. Very cold and evil Black Metal with touches of synth to add to the layers of frost. Tour De Garde's name is on it so you know it's good.

https://www.mediafire.com/?6scwatg6ajfwcl3


Dog Days Of Summer Mix



It's been a while since I posted a mix no-one will listen to!

Check it out, all the spankin'est nublud hardcore and ponk that is true blue and sick as hell, coupled into a narrative from one of the most underrated cartoons ever. Someone out there will think its dumb

https://www.mediafire.com/?4az464k7h034sc5
https://www.mediafire.com/?4az464k7h034sc5




Monday, August 22, 2016

Marty's World CS


What the hell is up nerds???? Well it's been a minute. Life is strange, depression is hell and the world easily can bear down on you but whatever. You are here for the tunes, am I right my dudes? Hell yeah. 

On the subject of this tape, first of all I would like to say Marty is my hero and I love the dude (so much I have a tattoo now that is a reference to one of his bands). So what we have here is Marty's World a collection of the dude's most recent bands. Some I knew, others this is my first hearing. Last time I was in STLUSA he was telling me of his plans to unleash this on the world, and bless Baby's World for stocking up copies of this. 

So there's songs from Martin's most "renound" projects to date, The Dumpers and The Calories. A new track from possibly one of my favorite new bands that I'm dying to see, Mala Leche. If you haven't heard the first tape from Mala Leche, do yourself a favor and jam that puppy. A new, and final hit, from Lars. But the real juicy shit is in the new bands on this. I'd heard about Fried E.M. mostly because it was the new band of Jack from Lard Boys. I'd heard Marty talk about The Wad earlier this summer too which was cool to see them wind up on this. But BB Eye was the real surprise on here that caught my eye, featuring vocalist of other Missouri hit maker Warm Bodies. In any case, new essential jams from your STLUSA slime baron. Hit this shit and hit it hard.

Also got some more hit makers slippin' and a slidin' down the pipes, keep them peepers peeled.