years of lead (2008/PAINKILLER)
HARDCORE. In 2004 BREATHING FIRE quietly laid down one of the most impressive demos, following which, they promptly disappeared. In 2007 the band reconvened to unearth the remains of some unused songs and attempt some new ones, thus beginning a brief but fruitful reconnection between the members that produced this album. "Years of lead" takes the framework of their demo and pushes everything much further. The recording is dirtier and much more harsh, the slow sections more ominous, the fast sections more head spinning. Influenced by early power violence, harsh and dark hardcore, classic sludge, and hazy doom standards, but "years of lead" speaks its own language.
fuck the army (2010/COMBAT ROCK)
The second BRIARD single now re-issued, snotty rock'n'roll with a message! Limited pressing of 1000 copies worldwide.
benevolence of beasts (2012/PHOTOBOOTH)
HARDCORE. BRICK is/was a band from Baltimore. They released a demo 7" on Panic Records in 2008, and sometime in 2009 they recorded these songs. In the time since then, Photobooth Records decided to release the material on a 7". These 7 songs are heavily influenced by the NYC sound of CRO-MAGS, with a metallic Cleveland hint in the vein of INTEGRITY. Fast and heavy. Limited edition of 400 copies.
HARDCORE. Featuring ex-members of GET BIG, SURROUNDINGS and SUMMER SO FAR, BRICK was formed in early 2008 with the idea of carrying on Baltimore's longstanding tradition of punishing hardcore. Their sound is heavy and slightly metallic, comparable to PULLING TEETH, INTEGRITY and TRAPPED UNDER ICE.
thou shalt not kill (2009/LITTLE DEPUTY)
POWER-VIOLENCE. Don't mix them up with Baltimore's BRICK! The debut from Austins superstar hardcore band. "thou shalt not kill" contains 7 songs on one-side of this record make for absolute mayhem. Yet, unlike most power-violence type bands, these songs are distinguishable as songs. This is where SPAZZ got all their ideas (haha). Hand made spray paint splattered covers that were a pain in the ass to make but look great!
HARDCORE. Newcomers from the Haverhill area, BRICK FIGHT, are already busy playing locally, bringing a straight-forward, no frills hardcore sound, providing plenty of opportunities to mosh, bringing to mind such contemporaries as HAMMER BROS, GUNS UP, BLACKLISTED and channeling the spirit of old thrash-bands.
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
east/west (2008/NO IDEA)
POST/EMO-PUNK. Brooklyn, NY's BRIDGE AND TUNNEL feature members of LATTERMAN and went with a vintage, mesquite style of recording "east/west", stepping aside from the louder, larger, heavier and crunchier approach of the day and opting for a warmer, more organic, reverb-laden sound. The ghosts are in the mix. It seems oddly appropriate that the album was recorded after-hours in an active funeral home. For fans of HOT WATER MUSIC, FUGAZI and SMALL BROWN BIKE.
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
indoor (2010/NO IDEA)
POST/EMO-PUNK. "indoor voices" is a chronicle of the last 5 songs BRIDGE AND TUNNEL wrote with their original line-up, prior to the departure of bassist Tia. Fusing their vigorously intertwining guitar work with jazzier rhythms harkens back to the early Polyvinyl days of AMERICAN FOOTBALL and BRAID, while frantic changes anchored by sweeping vocal melodies invoke a strong nod to AT THE DRIVE IN. Lyrically, they continue to bear a strong DC influence, expounding a critical and politicized world view. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
rebuilding year (2011/NO IDEA)
POST/EMO-PUNK. Sonically anchored by a guitar-driven melodicism reminiscent of later-era SMALL BROWN BIKE, BRIDGE AND TUNNEL harness the explosive, angular technique employed by luminaries like FUGAZI and CURSIVE to convey a cutting sense of immediacy and intensity. Bookended by soaring atmospheric compositions, the roots of the album lie in a commanding mastery of complex rhythm. Above it all, their voices weave together through a range of emotionally-laden tones as somber harmonies flip to a wrenching howl that echoes the desperation and defiance they've put to paper. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
s/t (2012/RUN FOR COVERS)
POST/EMO-PUNK. Sonically anchored by a guitar-driven melodicism reminiscent of later-era SMALL BROWN BIKE, BRIDGE & TUNNEL harness the explosive, angular technique employed by luminaries like FUGAZI and CURSIVE to convey a cutting sense of immediacy and intensity. Above it all their voices weave together through a range of emotionally laden tones as somber harmonies flip to a wrenching howl that echoes the desperation and defiance they've put to paper. BRIDGE & TUNNEL offer up 2 songs furthering the socially-aware, atmospheric and melodic punk they've become known for. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
s/t (2007/NO IDEA)
POST/EMO-PUNK. Finally, here's a band who's probably influenced by standard '90s (post)-punk legends like FUGAZI and HOT WATER MUSIC, but don't make it that obvious, merely by combining the heartstring-tugging of emotional punk-rock and the intricate, almost atmospheric structures of post-hardcore into one palatable, delicious mixture. BRIDGE & TUNNEL proceed on the 4 track 7" with male/female vocals across songs about gentrification, hopes and dreams, and through singing lines and spinning guitar textures that show an incredible, depth-filled sense of melody.
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL / YOUNG LIVERS
split (2008/NO IDEA)
POST/EMO-PUNK. Quickly following up their debut full-length release, BRIDGE AND TUNNEL, who feature members of LATTERMAN, bring one track of melodic indie-rock akin to HOT WATER MUSIC and FUGAZI, while YOUNG LIVERS feature members of FIYA and GLASS AND ASHES and blend a DRIVE LIKE JEHU-inspired sound with the melodic punk of SMALL BROW BIKE and add elements of classic '70s rock.
sex objects (2004/B.Y.O.)
PUNK-ROCK. They combine influences from late '70s English punk, early '80s L.A. stuff with a little bit of early NYC for good measure. These guys have been exhausting audiences with their manic live engergy since the start of the millennium, building a loyal following by playing nonstop and connecting with their growing fan base. "sex objects" is their 3rd full-length release and shows the maturity and precision song-writing, that can only come with the hard work and experience that this band has produced. This one is destined to be a classic!
steal yer heart (2005/B.Y.O.)
PUNK-ROCK. Hailing from the caffeinated hub, Seattle, THE BRIEFS' exquisite '77 style of pogo inducing punk-rock can get any crowd moving. "steal yer heart" marks the bands 4th full-length release and offers up 12 of the most enjoyable 2min. shocks of punk-rock that your heart can ever desire. On this outing, the band has moved into the bizarre world of their romantic selves. Never fear, you can expect to find another peak into the absurd world of THE BRIEFS who are quickly becoming part of every music lovers essential collection and there's no sign of slowing down.
crocodile tears (2014/PURE NOISE ENTERTAINMENT)
POP-PUNK. BRIGADES is South Carolina's best kept secret. Their debut, "crocodile tears" blends pop-punk with more agressive skate-punk riffs which allows the band to cross into multiple different sub-genres of all ages music. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.