MOUTHBREATHER / ENVIROMENTAL YOUTH CRUNC
POST-HARDCORE/PUNK. Florida and Richmond round 2 - this time MOUTHBREATHER and ENVIROMENTAL YOUTH CRUNCH. Spread out in the Northen part of Florida and sharing members with TUBERS and ALLIGATOR, E.Y.C. have managed to drop 3 solid tracks of punk-rock that lies somewhere inbetween traditional pop-punk bands. On the flipside MOUTHBREATHER debut their 1st two new tracks. These gentelemen were born from WOW OWLS and THE SET UP and play a form of hardcore similar to late '80s Dischord and HOT SNAKES. This record was beautifully illustrated by Tyler Thomas and includes a digital download.
colonial (2011/LAST ANTHEM)
NOISE/POST-HARDCORE. After two 7"s, a split with VEGAS, a full-length that never made it onto vinyl and some lineup changes on the way, Virginia's MOUTHEATER have returned with 4 new tracks of heavy and dirty hardcore with the heavy riffage of THE MELVINS, weirdness of THE JESUS LIZARD and speed and intensity of BLACK FLAG. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
ornament (2013/HEAD 2 WALL)
NOISE/POST-HARDCORE. VA's Moutheater present their debut full-length, paying homage to late-'80s Sub Pop bands like TAD and THE JESUS LIZARD, all while throwing modern metallic riffage onto the heap of influences to result in one mean, nasty record. Now available on colored vinyl and limited to 250 copies.
can't kill what's inside (2014/REVELATION)
SXE-HARDCORE. While many of the early '80s pioneers of hardcore had moved along, the scene went through something of a renaissance with a new crop of energetic kids who had seized the power of the music and molded it into something that was relevant to the style of their times. Fast forward to 2008 and the inspiration for MOUTHPIECE's formation comes full circle with the release of "can't kill what's inside: the complete discography". The CD contains 3 additional previously unreleased live tracks and an enhanced portion which includes a 13 song live set recorded live at CBGBs as well as a video for the song "cinder". Colored (gold) vinyl includes a digital download card.
MOVIE STAR JUNKIES
melville (2008/VOODOO RHYTHM)
GARAGE-PUNK. This combo is very influenced by the BIRTHDAY PARTY or the GUN CLUB combined with a soft touch of incredible strange exotica rhythms easy listening and surf and a nuance of trash. Slow, moody, mean floor crawler will remind you of everything negative or of a dark sounding record in the Crypt Catalogue, but without leaving with the possibility to refer to this or that band...desperate vocals, moaning organ, trashy distorted guitar MOVE STAR JUNKIES were performing in clubs, squats galleries and in the streets of your city. After listening to this 12 amazing tracks you’ll feel like pushed in the year of 1634 and you are on a big boat and got homesick and ready to die but you have to fight. This is exactly what this album gives to you. Buy this record and become a MOVIE STAR JUNKIE junkie.
INDIE/POST-ROCK. This epic, 36min., 5-song LP has solidified MOVING MOUNTAINS' spot as one of the most talked about bands like SAY ANYTHING, THURSDAY and THE DEAR HUNTER. The vinyl edition features an exclusive remix of "lights and shapes" by Andrew Maury. For fans of THRICE, BRAND NEW and the above mentioned. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
POST-HARDCORE. This is the 1st release from this desert wasteland group introducing 4 tracks and 11min. of explosive, kinetic bedlam. Noisy, rhythmic, dark, and appealingly off, this debut is something that could only make sense for a one-sided petroleum picture-disc. Featuring dead members of DOGS OF IRE, ROGUE STATE and RESTRAINED. Comes with a poster, as well as a lyric sheet. Limited edition of 500 copies.
california (2014/MUSIC ON VINYL)
NOISE/ALTERNATIVE/EXPERIMENTAL. Nobody ever accused MR. BUNGLE of being suckers for a good melody. The syncopated blasts of cartoonish noise that fill 1991's "s/t" and 1995's "disco volante" are one part speed metal and one part speedy gonzalez. Initially, the band served as a more aggressive outlet for singer Mike Patton, widely known for his work in FAITH NO MORE. The 3rd, and possibly final, album from Mike Patton's genre-hopping group was originally released in 1999. Arguably their most accessible and pop-oriented record they still manage to be beguiling and impressive in their range, covering territory as diverse as swing, rockabilly, country and western, bossa nova, jazz, ZAPPA-esque, arty-funk, post-rock, space-age etc. Colored, handnumbered, 180gr vinyl is limited to 2000 copies.
disco volante (2014/MUSIC ON VINYL)
NOISE/ALTERNATIVE/EXPERIMENTAL. One of the most uncompromising and adventurous major label releases of the '90s, MR. BUNGLE's 2nd album, originally released in 1995. While the 1st was a sort of circus-funk-metal-crusher-miscellaneous album, this one can't be broken down as easily. Incorporating death-metal, free-Jazz, experimental electronica, and ambient soundtracks, along with Mike Patton's outrageous vocal style, "disco volante" is probably the most important and groundbreaking release of Patton's storied career, and that's saying a lot. So what is it? It's just MR. BUNGLE. Colored, handnumbered, 180gr vinyl is limited to 2000 copies.
NOISE/ALTERNATIVE/EXPERIMENTAL. This album is by far one of the most original pieces of music you'll ever hear. These guys go above and beyond in creativity. Enthrallingly weird major label debut is a powerful, if tiring experience down the minds of musical madness. For a band that became synonymous with harnessing the true power of fragmentation, a slight majority of tracks here do not add up to a convincing experience, compounded greatly by the unfortunate enslavement to this evil circus theme they were going for at the time. Mr. BUNGLE, thank you for pounding the last nail into pop culture coffin. Be careful with this record. It will change the way your ears work.
MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND
s/t (2009/DEAD OCEANS)
INDIE-ROCK. The album at 1st blush recalls WOLF PARADE - the band's frayed melodic sensibilities and Benjamin's urgent, driven vocals in particular. Of course, WOLF PARADE borrowed a few ideas from MODEST MOUSE, whose beginnings were indebted to the PIXIES. This is the sort of musical lineage that creates the foundation for MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND's debut full-length. Inspired by their contemporaries; dig a little deeper and strains of QUEEN's over-the-top epic rock peers through, while exhilarating guitar work that nods towards THIN LIZZY appears in more than a few songs.
absolute nightmare (2011/NO WAY)
HARDCORE. On MUCH WORSE's 2nd 7", the Minneapolis band delivers 5 tracks of blazing hardcore. They've stepped up their songwriting to capture a much more pulverizing approach with lots of technical guitar and bass shredding over bulldozing drums, topped with maniacal vocals. Their sound is well conceived and original, all the while waving their hardcore banner high. MUCH WORSE are strongly influenced by Japanese bands like LIP CREAM and GAUZE with elements of early Scandinavian bands like TOTALITÄR thrown in for good measure.
proper execute (2011/PASS JUDGEMENT)
HARDCORE. Debut 7" from Minneapolis' MUCH WORSE. "proper execute" is 7 tracks of ripping, high energy hardcore with Japanese-esque vocal delivery ala OUTO. Lots of bright and off the wall riffs similar to Japanese bands: JELLYROLL ROCKHEAD and GAUZE but with with a solid US hardcore feel in the vein of POISON IDEA and JERRY'S KIDS. No '80s rehash bullshit, only hot midwest hardcore.
MUD CITY MANGLERS
october (2013/MIND CURE)
PUNK 'N' ROLL. With almost 2 decades of rock 'n' roll under their belts the MUD CITY MANGLERS continue to pull out incredibly high energy punk-rock. The MANGLER' sound is one that is best not to over-catagorize. It's punk - it's rock - it's great. The a-side is their original song "hangover hurricane" and the b-side is a cover of the PAGANS "yeah yeah". This record is released as a part of a monthly single series by Mind Cure Records. Each release is limited to 300 copies.
every good boy deserves fudge (2009/SUB POP)
GRUNGE/ALTERNATIVE-ROCK. Vinyl reissue! 1991 will forever be remembered as the year that alternative-rock broke through to the masses. MUDHONEY are a grunge/alternative-rock band from Seattle, WA. "every good boy deserves fudge", their 2nd album, was issued right in the middle of the whole grunge movement, and while it didn't sell in the vast quantities of some other Seattle bands' albums, it did stir up quite a buzz for MUDHONEY. Some of the band's finest moments are included here.