the last pagans (2012/CRUCIAL RESPONSE)
HARDCORE. "lifting weights to early Taang - Xclaim the north with our northeast sound". These words are taken from the opening track on the new SHIPWRECKED album entitled "the last pagans" - their only and last full-length recording. The quote says a lot about this record, the motives behind SHIPWRECKED, and it's aging horde. The LP deliver 21 songs in total and they're a pure assault from start to finish. This is no prisoners hardcore shaped in the fires of old Boston, early England and the dark lands of metal.
action men (2013/CRICKET CEMETARY)
GARAGE/PUNK-ROCK. THE SHIRKS are a Washington D.C. based punk/garage-rock band. They play a trashy, lo-fi style of garage-rock tinged that's one of the catchiest sounds. On "action men", THE SHIRKS offer up 3 songs of insanely catchy and well executed garage-rock influenced punk that's an absolute must listen for fans of THE STOOGES, ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, and BIG EYES. Calling this 7" a rager would be an understatement.
cry cry cry (2011/GRAVE MISTAKE)
GARAGE/PUNK-ROCK. This is 7" number 4 from one of Washington, D.C.'s finest, THE SHIRKS. "cry cry cry" features 3 more infectious, guitar-driven punk rock 'n' roll. The a-sides with a '70s punk feel - there's a heavy THE SAINTS and KBD sound present in these tunes - run through the '90s garage filter while maintaining a raw and primitive vibe. THE SHIRKS have been at it for a few years now, with each release better than then next. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
s/t (2013/GRAVE MISTAKE)
GARAGE/PUNK-ROCK. This is the 5th release from Washington, D.C.'s THE SHIRKS and their 1st full-length. On this release, the boys burn through 8 tracks at 45 revolutions per minute with their brand of trashy, fuzzed out garage-punk-rock. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
kingdom of fear (2007/FIERCE PANDA)
ELEKTRO/POST-PUNK. SHITDISCO is an insanely fun dance-punk act from Glasgow, Scotland. Don’t let the pottymouth name keep you from checking these guys out, as they are really quite catchy. Take everything you ever knew about disco punks like THE RAPTURE, DATAROCK, roll it up into a tiny little ball and blast it into outer space. "kingdom of fear" sets a totally new precedent for this genre of music. It showcases SHITDISCO as an act that can produce a brilliant mish-mash of intelligent lyrics, shouty punk vocals and frenzied rhythms. There is a distinct reminder of THE TALKING HEADS within this menagerie of excitement and this is no exaggeration - the band’s lyrics and tunes are punchy and leave you reeling. Pure genius!
SHITTY LIMITS, THE
espionage (2009/SORRY STATE)
GARAGE-PUNK-ROCK. Originally released on Dire Records in an edition of 550, "espionage" is THE SHITTY LIMITS' 3rd 7". While their early stuff stuck to fast and frenetic hardcore, "espionage" deserves the whole a-side of this slab. It is simply one of the best punk songs written in the past 25 years. Just like the early Dangerhouse 7"s, the track drips atmosphere, and it's so catchy that you'll be singing it to yourself for the next month whether you want to or not. Back it up with 2 short and sweet ragers and you have one of the most powerful and memorable 7"s in recent memory.
SHITTY LIMITS, THE
speculate/accumulate (2011/SORRY STATE)
GARAGE-PUNK-ROCK. After one of the most impeccable runs of vinyl in modern punk, this MLP sadly marks the UK's SHITTY LIMITS' swan song. While there are still spastic hardcore bangers like "survey says", the quirky, garage-rock inspired FALL-esque influences apparent on the last few releases come to the fore with songs like "medication time" and "future mantra". Vinyl includes a MP3 download card.
a nightmare in 2012 (2009/HAVOC)
HARDCORE. Out of ashes from SOCIAL GENOCIDE, DREADED INSTINCT and SOCIAL KADAVER these Australians playing traditional Japanese hardcore. SHOCK TROOP has been around for a while now and has perfected the powerful Japanese hardcore sounds of classic bands in the vein of BASTARD, DEATHSIDE, and NIGHTMARE. Compared to european bands these guys sounds a bit like BURIAL or SELFISH in their adaptation of European hardcore and crust styles to the template of Japanese hardcore. For shure - SHOCK TROOP are more hardcore and less metal influenced.
SHOKEI / FALCON FIVE
KIDS EXPLODE / PETE THE PIRATE SQUID (2008/ALTIN VILLAGE)
Friends will be friends. This exceptional record brings together four befriended bands from all over Germany, who luckily not sound the same, and share a likeable, relaxed "let´s-just-do-it" attitude. Packaged by a stunning full-colour gatefold, you will find 2-3 exclusive vinyl-only songs by each band, ranging between post-punk, post-hardcore and mathy dance. A little treasure, leaving a lovely taste of passion and euphoria. 9 song gatefold 12"!
SHOKEI / KIDS EXPLODE
POST-HARDCORE/EMOCORE. This split is the final result of the friendship between these two german bands. KIDS EXPLODE come from Freiburg. They remind little bit of bands like FUEL, CHALLENGER and early TRANSISTOR TRANSISTOR. Very energetic, melodic and full of fun and joy. SHOKEI are from Würzburg. They are inspired by the likes of SHELLAC, UNWOUND and OFF MINOR. It really surprise when you listened to them the first time and you recognize that Steve Albini isn't in the band at all. They're just groovy, tight and amazing. This records is packed in a nice designed cover.
facetious folly feat (2014/REVELATION)
HARDCORE. SHOOK ONES play fast-forward hearts-on-sleeves hardcore-punk in the tradition of LIFETIME and KID DYNAMITE - to also mention a more recent representative of that sound. SHOOK ONES do what they do best - they step on the gas and kick out 11 snotty anthems. The raw production highlights the band’s punk roots and delivers the same unpolished sound that worked so well for the band on past releases. Think of a more in-your-face and stripped-down rendition of NONE MORE BLACK and you’re pretty close to what this is all about. And while "facetious folly feat" has plenty of good times to offer. No doubt, any fan of rampant punk-infused hardcore with witty lyrics will fall for this album. Colored (orange) vinyl version includes a digital download card.
merriweather post pavilion/fancy (2012/RUN FOR COVER)
HARDCORE. SHOOK ONES was founded at the end of 2004 in Seattle. They returning for their 1st release in nearly 3 years with a poppy hardcore 2-song 7". The 1st track is one of the longer songs in SHOOKS' catalog, striking a more pensive tone, and "fancy" is the band's learned response to their own now-classic track "order form". Vinyl includes a digital download card.
slaughter of the insole (2012/REVELATION)
HARDCORE. "slaughter of the insole", captures moments where the word fun fits perfectly between reckless and powerful - these 2 songs along with their rendition of LEATHERFACE's classic "not a day goes by" round out their 7min. debut release on Revelation. You can trace the SHOOIKS' sound back to classic bands such as 7 SECONDS or early DESCENDENTS, and while often garnering comparison to LIFETIME and KID DYNAMITE, their unique style has just as much in common with the aforementioned bands as it does with JAWBREAKER. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card and is limited to 500 copies.
the unquotable a.m.h. (2014/PAPER + PLASTIC)
HARDCORE. Their 1st release since "facetious folly feat" on Revelation, "the unquotable a.m.h." is SHOOK ONES re-introducing themselves to the world with more fast, upbeat, poppy hardcore in the vein of classics like LIFETIME or KID DYNAMITE and even some hints of JAWBREAKER or common bands in form of DEATH IS NOT GLAMEROUS, PAINT IT BLACK.
SHOOK ONES / DEATH IS NOT GLAMOROUS
split (2013/RUN FOR COVER)
HARDCORE. Unlike nearly every other band compared to LIFETIME, KID DYNAMITE and NONE MORE BLACK, SHOOK ONES and DEATH IS NOT GLAMEROUS both pull of sounding like the best melodic hardcore-punk bands of yesteryear while pushing the genre even further. DEATH IS NOT GLAMOROUS, from Oslo, Norway, offer up 2 new ones on their side. Former Revelation Records artists, SHOOK ONES, also offer up 2 songs of Yemin influenced punk with a distinct northwestern attitude. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.