SXE-HARDCORE. Seattle’s SINKING SHIPS Revelation debut album, "disconnecting", is a look at the trials and tribulations that we go through in everyday life. Weaving elements of melody and hard edge riffs, SINKING SHIPS are creating a sound all their own, somewhere between the familiar echoes of hardcore bands such as BANE and IN MY EYES, but making their own unique, morose overtones a distinctly new addition to this sound. The rhythm section gives the aggressive feel from past acts such as CHAIN OF STRENGTH and a melodic nod to Louisville’s BY THE GRACE OF GOD. SINKING SHIPS then take it a step further, adding guitar melodies reminiscent of AVAIL or even STRIKE ANYWHERE. Colored (burgundy) vinyl got re-mastered and includes a digital download card.
beat out my brains (2008/FASHONABLE IDIOTS)
PUNK-ROCK. Our favorite Miniapolis bands, SINKS is back with a new ripper! The sheer genius of "beat out my brains" is finally available to the rest of the world. This is yeat again lo-fi, garage-influenced punk rock with reverbed-out vocals. If you dug their 1st effort this one will trip yer trigger even more. Sounds like whatever garage means to you in 2008, but tastefully filtered through the punk funnel by 3 dudes that don't have coke habits.
i drove the sinks (2010/FASHIONABLE IDIOTS)
PUNK-ROCK. Back again for another dose of lo-fi punk with blown-out vocals, Minneapolis natives SINKS bring another 3 songs that take influence from the MUMMIES, THE CRAMPS and SUPERCHARGER.
s/t (2007/FASHIONABLE IDIOTS)
PUNK-PUNK. Debut 7" from this new Minneapolis band which features a FORMALDEHYDE JUNKIE and a couple of RETAINERS. Sounds like a powerful combination of those 2 bands. You'll get 4 tracks of great, distorted punk-rock with fast, hardcore-style drumming. Recorded live to 2-track, but doesn't sound nearly as lo-fi or blown out as the RETAINERS or SHOOT IT UP 7"s on Fashionable Idiots. If you like the CROSSED EYES 7" you probably will like this one, too.
SINNERS & SAINTS
the sky is falling (2013/BRIDGE NINE)
PUNK 'N' ROLL. There isn't a band out there with a more fitting name than SINNERS & SAINTS. Their "the sky is falling" full-length is now available for the 1st time ever on vinyl. You'll get 9 songs of catchy, punk-influenced rock 'n' roll featuring brothers Rob and Mark Lind, the minds behind bands like BLOOD FOR BLOOD, RAMALLAH and THE DUCKY BOYS. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
miserable (2013/PSYCHIC VOLT)
POST-HARDCORE. The music found within transcends its own personal and musical boundaries, from a feel-good power-pop sound reminiscent of the early '80s, to an honest and often aggressive post-hardcore vibe. Consistent rhythms, dynamic guitar playing and passionate vocals will come at you head-on. Vinyl includes a digital download card and is limited to 550 copies.
POP-PUNK. SIRS is a four-piece punk band from upstate New York. SIRS simply crank their amps to 11 and make nearly every second a high-velocity affair. Even during the moments when things seem quiet, it’s just the eye of the storm, and their bouncy, angular aural onslaught fits their voice just fine. This culminates in some very bouncy tunes with the odd scream and a jangly '90s edge. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
incomprehensible dehumanization (2013/GILGONGO)
NOISE/ELECTRONIC/GRINDCORE. New duo recordings of Charlie Mumma (SLEETMUTE NIGHTMUTE etc.) and John Wiese (M.I.T.B.). Relentlessly jagged and hellaciously abrasive noisecore to suffocate. CROSSED OUT as filtered through the most violent MERZBOW set-up possible. The 7th release by SISSY SPACEK for Gilgongo Records.
8 track horror (2010/BLACK WATER)
HARDCORE. As the titel already offer - this splatter deliver 8 tracks of total high energy revisionist '80s hardcore, with homage artwork and sung in Swedish. Absolutely essential hardcore. Featuring members of FY FAN and PISSCHRIST.
aldras med stil (2010/SOUL REBEL)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Swedish hardcore-punk devotees SISTA SEKUNDEN's new big plate is filled to the brim with enthusiasm and joyous anthems. Still angry, still pissed-off and still loving the healing powers of punky hardcore the four midsters keep on delivering a sweeping 13-song swipe on politicians, priests and other pigs who want to tell you what to do. They really took their time to rasp and file some hard edges off their sound and stepped a little off the throttle in favor of more melodic and catchier mid-tempo tunes. Get this record that is bound to become a milestone in Swedish punk-rock for generations ahead to enjoy!
SISTA SEKUNDEN / ISCREAM
HARDCORE-PUNK. This nice slab of wax contains 8 tracks, 4 songs from each band. SISTA SEKUNDEN play fast swedish hardcore with a nice hookline in every song. ISCREAM from Japan delivers fast thrash-punk with an incredible tightness and as for japanese bands usual a great sound.
s/t (2008/PARTS UNKNOWN)
POST-HARDCORE. Theirs is music meant for cassette tapes and long drives, of letter-writing and that thrift store mothball smell in your clothes times. Hailing from the easygoing hamlet of Olympia, Washington, SISTERS rolls up its collective sleeves and reaches back? All the way through the '90s to the impacted, grotty clog of the mid '80s, and pulls out 9 tracks of post-hardcore expression, throttled with distortion and anxiety, truth and beauty. At times they might recall the earliest scrapings of DINOSAUR JR or SONIC YOUTH, as passed through the filter of former Oly heroes like UNWOUND or LYNC. Yet it's a rare thing that a modern band can play through influence and create their own internal musical dialogue, one which touches on the past but refuses to condemn themselves to slavish tribute. SISTERS is that band.
SIX BREW BANTHA
s/t (2014/TO LIVE A LIE)
GRINDCORE. Rising from the ashes of grimy mincecore recording, SIX BREW BANTHA have conjuered up a scathing mince-grind/blasting beast of a recording with all the aural complexities and necessary dirt where needed. This album however, truly shows what SIX BREW BANTHA are capable, which is more advanced than anything AGATHOCLES, ARCHAGATHUS, and shows that this Canadian trio can grind with the best of them. The guitar is just beefy, especially when the palm muted riffs come into play. The songs on here all seem well thought out and crafted too, and display a lot of fastcore traits like stop/start riffs and constant tempo changes. Occasional grooves pop up, which is always welcome, but for the most part it's just straight blasting and unrelenting brutality.
SIX PARTS SEVEN
Casually smashed to pieces (2007/SUICIDE SQUEEZE)
INDIE-ROCK. Their latest release weaves threads of rock, jazz and americana that are emboldened by a stable of musicians whose chops and subtle psychic interplay are more evident than ever before. Their tunes are sweetly folkish in mood, but rather than verse-chorus-verse song structure that might make the absence of a vocalist noticeable, the music gently swells toward peaks, keeping the focus on the guitar interplay. The result is incredibly fluid and familiar sounding. That rare breed of band that create hypnotic, beautiful instrumental music without resorting to tired cliché or melting away into boringness.
sister devil (2009/NUCLEAR WAR NOW)
POST-PUNK/BLACK-METAL. Shortly after the release of VON's demo, the members of VON shifted their focus to another project that would come to be known as SIXX. The sonic essence and ideology behind SIXX was in parallel to what they had started with VON; emphasis on atomosphere, same recording style, Satanic imagery and lyrics. However the introduction of new musical elements and influences from the likes of JOY DIVISION kept SIXX from getting much attention during their short existence. Remastered by James Plotkin and accompanied by new artwork created by Jake K., "sister devil" at last will receive the presentation and distribution it rightfully deserves.