HARDCORE. ROTTING PALMS hail from the depths of Tampa, keeping true to that cities storied past of heavy and mean hardcore. These young punks take a powerful, plodding approach, focusing on bludgeoning riffs and pounding drums with vocals in the HIS HERO IS GONE school. This is the kind of crust influenced heavy hardcore that makes you close your eyes and bob your head with clenched fists. The package is screenprinted on waste paper.
s/t (2016/SORRY STATE)
PUNK-ROCK. ROUGH KIDS' 2nd full-length for Sorry State is precisely what you want from a follow-up record. Delivering the same infectious combination of hooks and energy that you loved on the 1st album, it nevertheless comes off as more intense and more streamlined than their debut. The songs tend to be shorter and faster but ROUGH KIDS manage to cram even more ideas and more overlapping vocal and guitar hooks into those tighter spaces. This new record reminds of classics like THE DAMNED, THE DICKIES - in the way that it holds onto the classic pop songwriting and sonic nuance of ’77 punk, but ratchets up the density, speed, and urgency to the point where they can complete with the ferocity of the best hardcore bands. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
the state i'm in (2013/SORRY STATE)
PUNK-ROCK. Building on the sound of their previous two 7"s, LA's ROUGH KIDS polish things up for their debut full-length on Sorry State. Benefitting from a bigger, more ambitious sound, ROUGH KIDS trade in classic punk hooks delivered with an intensity that will snare even the toughest hardcore kids. Lovers of '77 punk will flip for the sick Johnny Thunders licks, fans of modern bands like NO HOPE FOR THE KIDS and the OBSERVERS will love the big, dark vocal hooks, and the hardcore kids will bang their fist the entire time. A truly outstanding collection of songs. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
ROWDY ONES / SHRED BUNDY
split (2008/PARTY TIME)
HARDCORE. THE ROWDY ONES are Massachusetts best kept psychotic secret, freaking you out, with tales of skateboarding serial killers, and mental rollacoasters. SHRED BUNDY from New Yorlk puts out a very heavy feeling of destruction, mistrusting anger and the lighter sides of life.
ROXY EPOXY & THE REBOUND
band aids on bullet holes (2009/DAMAGED GOODS)
PUNK-ROCK. Roxy Epoxy made a lasting impact on the punk community in her former band, THE EPOXIES. Now, freshly rejuvenated and ready to tackle the music industry with both fists and a great set of pipes, Roxy embarks on the next chapter of her musical career with her newly-minted band ROXY EPOXY & THE REBOUND. This result is a dynamic album of punkified new-wave and synth-infused punk-rock that stomps when it should skip and gallops when it should sway. The herky-jerky pop BANSHEE-esque goodness hearkens the early anarchic days of the London Underground.
high (2015/WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE)
INDIE-POP. "high" injects even more soul and passion into the breakneck formula that became synonymous with ROYAL HEADACHE. If their 1st album was akin to a courtship, think of "high" as the romance. Not just on the level of two people falling in love, but a romance with the qualities of pop music that make ROYAL HEADACHE who they are and inform what they do: eternal optimism, wistful beauty and interlocking presentation that evolves from four guys singing on a street corner to speed-addled rock, and all the brightness and darkness in between, teetering between stability and chaos and total awareness of how unsteady their footing might be. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
blackwater (2011/KING OF THE MONSTERS)
HARDCORE. Featuring ex-members of WHERE EAGLES DARE, LANDMINE MARATHON and GET DESTROYED, ROYAL MONSTERS deliver 4 tracks that infuse hardcore, metal and thrash, creating a desperate, dark, and furious sound. Features guest vocals by Sean Bonnette from ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD. Limited edition of 330 copies.
secret record society (2008/RED LOUNGE)
POP/GARAGE-PUNK. Power pop-organ-punk from the ex-REAL TURDS members. This is like dancing shit on the fun side of life. And, in order to increase the fun, their line up now features black-metal legend Martin Rafoss and Afroboy (CRACKBRAINED SERENADERS). Orgel Garage Pop, file under OBLIVIANS, REATARDS, germans legend TRIO and a pinch RAMONES!
good graphics (2016/SIDE ONE DUMMY)
INDIE-ROCK. The band draws from a variety of musical influences ranging from '90s punk to WEEZER to the Broadway musicals that Hudkins listened to as a kid. The album explores everything from the struggles of growing up to the simplicity of everyday pleasures, celebrating the absurdity of life rather than being weighed down by it. Welcome to the darker side of fun. This is a reissue of their 2015 tape release. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card and a silkscreened b-side.
too shabby (2015/BROKEN WORLD)
INDIE-ROCK. If writing dials-to-ten indie alt-rock is a science, "too shabby" is what will earn ROZWELL KID their PhD. The West Virginians' LP showcases a sharpened, louder band that hasn't lost any of their quirkiness or charm. "too shabby" is a fun, infectious and kinetic record that features an intelligence that is more present than ever in ROZWELL KID' career.
RS2 SOLID SOUND
the best is yet to come/uflyptodonme (2016/NOT LIKE YOU)
PUNK-ROCK. RS2 SOLID SOUND is a side project of Ray Stevens from skate-rock heroes THE FACTION, DRUNK INJUNS and LOS OLVIDADOS, making another journey into the world of punk-rock inspired by all things skateboarding. Colored vinyl is limited to 580 copies.
archaic (2013/OUTER HIMALAYAN)
ANARCHO-PUNK. The release of their 1st 7" in 1981 coincided with their first gig, with Flux of Pink Indians in London. Despite many rumours, no member of the band has ever died, and the line up has remained constant on all the recorded releases. "archaic" deals more with personal experience than the majority of the bands previous releases. The 12 songs on the album cover a variety of, shall we say, darker topics including mortality, despair, cremation, and the closing of the British national health service. Remastered version of the outsider punks 2004 release. Vinyl version is on 180gr black wax and features a gatefold-sleeve, 6 full size double-sided art cards, bonus poster, and includes a digital download card.
cacophony (2013/OUTER HIMALAYAN)
ANARCHO-PUNK. At the time it confounded and delighted fans in equal measure. With retrospect it is considered by many to be the band's masterwork, as well as one of the most visionary and radical works in the history of British punk. "cacophony" could be considered a concept album in the sense that its spirit is obsessed with the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Musically it is a glorious melting pot of noise-punk, heavy guitar riffs, experimental rhythms, and pseudo-pop melodies. What is truly remarkable is the vocals of Nick Blinko, who throughout the 43min. of "cacophony" assumes at least a dozen personalities and moves from punk screams to vaudevillian characterisations to Shakespearian monologues to pop choruses, and back again. Remastered version of the highly acclaimed 1988 album (unavailable on vinyl for 15 years) on 180gr vinyl and features gatefold-sleeve, poster, 8 page full size booklet and a digital download card.
RUIDOSA INMUNDICIA / SOLID DECLINE
HARDCORE. RUIDOSA INMUNDICIA from Vienna are even better on this nice split LP than on their crucial 7". You'll get 10 shredders that are proof that their crucial 7" was no one hit wonder. On the flip there's a bunch of East-Germans that used to be in the thrash band Y and NUCLEAR CULT nowadays. After changing the bandname and getting lost in generic crust territories quite a bit, the band must be on its peak now. Besides diverse other sources they're paying homage to '80s american hardcore. It's rather bands like early HÜSKER DÜ, DIE KREUZEN etc. whose legacy you can sense when you listen with an open mind. The vinyl comes with a selfprinted screenprinted cover. This baby is gonna make you shit your pants...honestly!
Ghost of the past (2007/AGIPUNK)
D-BEAT HARDCORE. Out of the ashes of classic UK bands like DOOM, SCATHA, DISAFFECT and DEBRIS rises this d-beat and crust influenced outfit. RUIN are fast, political and fuckin' punk. No emo, no pop punk - just plain d-beat hardcore-punk, that will spike your hair and dye your clothes black while you´re smashing the cop car parked around the corner of your local squat. Way better then most of the overrated US bands. This is 12 track full-length is one of the best d-beat albums since a while.