thorns without a rose (2011/MIND DISEASE)
HARDCORE. This is the 3rd full-length from Oxnard's RETALIATE who originally formed as a side project of IN CONTROL but play a much heavier brand of hardcore. "thorns without a rose" deliver 12 new hard hitting breakdown laden hardcore tracks. If you dig their previous stuff you'll love their new songs as well. Colored vinyl is limited to 500 copies.
we are one (2009/INDECISION)
HARDCORE. In a time where posturing and general "douche-baggery" is at an all time high, RETALIATE is a fresh breath of Oxnard air. Formed in the fall of 2002 as a side project for Zack of IN CONTROL, RETALIATE quickly became a beast of its own, building up a core cult following in the Ventura County area. Now RETALIATE have completed the recording of their 2nd record titled "we are one" and is their best material to date.
RETCHING RED / THE TWATS
split (2007/OVER DOSE ON)
HARDCORE-PUNK. THE TWATS kick out their 3rd release with 3 unreleased songs. Straight from DC, THE TWATS bring it back to the 80's hardcore style with lyrics that range from sarcastic to heartfelt to witty. RETCHING RED is a Bay-Area hardcore-punk band. Female vocalist Cinder is formerly from the world renowned punk band TILT. Cinder holds no prisoners in this band and she's pissed! While bassist Mike also sings in the long lasting notorious OPPRESSED LOGIC and has been in a fuckload of bands like ANGRY SAMOANS, STRUNG UP, LAST ROUND UP and many others. This is RETCHING RED's final statement. Comes in multicolored vinyl and scary art-work!
beneath california (2015/EPITAPH)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Coming off of their debut, "ypll" (years of potential life lost), RETOX has emerged from the collective depths of San Diego and Los Angeles with their latest antagonistic effort, "beneath california". Melding the raw with the refined, the band continuously teases yet never settles on any one genre. RETOX simultaneously seeks to reflect and defy, using music as a way of holding a broken mirror to the rest of us, exposing different pieces of our own fucked up realities and forcing the acknowledgement of the self-imposed apocalypse we are creating for ourselves. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
HARDCORE-PUNK. Remixed and remastered, this debut 7" from RETOX (fronted by Justin Pearson of THE LOCUST, SWING KIDS, SOME GIRLS etc.) was the band's reaction to stagnant and boring cultures, a reaction to the world that the members and their comrades live in: lives soaked in violence.
HARDCORE-PUNK. "ypll", the debut of Southern California's RETOX. With members from both the L.A. and San Diego noise and punk scenes, including frontman Justin Pearson from THE LOCUST, RETOX is already turning heads and making friends. Musically, the band both expands on the noise roots of its members, while looking back to classic punk sounds from BLACK FLAG and PIL to the surf twang of the DEAD KENNEDYS. The songs are short and to-the-point in the best hardcore tradition. Vinyl version includes free CD of this entire album.
aguantando como pueda (2016/WORLD GONE MAD)
GARAGE-PUNK-ROCK. After 2 excellent demos released in limited quantities, RETRETES delivered a 3rd demo limited to a mere 35 copies that WOrld Gone Mad is now presenting to the world in vinyl format. Dirty and trashy garage-punk-rock basura with just the right amount of catchy, snotty melodies with tons of grit to back it up. RETRETES play self-styled punk-rock that is a great musical addition to a city with a long standing history of great bands.
RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR
2 (2010/SUB POP)
POST-ROCK. RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR is a rock trio founded in 2007. The group features Alan and Steve from LOW. "2" is RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR’s 2nd full-length and is definitely a more riff oriented affair than anything from LOW’s back catalogue. "2" gets a bit hackneyed at times, but Alan generally seems re-energized, channeling CRAZY HORSE and crafting the sort of genuinely rousing chorus that LOW never would've indulged. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR
POST-ROCK. With their 3rd full-length release, LOW frontman Alan Sparhawk's rock 'n' roll side project takes you deeper into the band's psyche than ever, extracting the quintessence of the live experience and laying it down succinctly in a 2-song, one-take, full band, blitz. "can't walk out" (~20min) is the crown jewel of RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR's recent live sets. The inexplicable power of this repetitive, building, unhinged freakout could only be experienced at an actual RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR show, until now. "seven" (21:35min.) sees the more sprawling side of the band. Haunting, epic, and enhanced throughout by guest guitarist Nels Cline. Vinyl version includes CD of this entire album.
RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR
s/t (2008/AURAL EXPLOITS/CYCLE)
POST-ROCK. LOW visionary Alan Sparhawk cranks the amps for a radical stylistic departure. Crude, mangy guitars collide with trudging stoner-rock rhythms and some catchy melodies - for modern day spirituals that defy all preconceptions. RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR will surprise and delight fans of LOW as well as those new to the music of Alan Sparhawk. Vinyl is individually numbered and limited to 1500 copies and comes in a deluxe gatefold sleeve.
we die alone (2008/NOTHING BUT A NIGHTMARE)
GOTH-PUNK. The 1st release from the new label Nothing But A Nightmare is the debut 7" by Southern California's THE RETURNERS. It features 2 songs of goth inspired punk in the vein of THE MISFITS with a small dose of early TIGER ARMY thrown in.
let the poor boy ride (2009/CRYPT)
PUNK 'N' ROLL. "let the poor boy ride" is the unissued 2nd album, recorded in 2 days in 1998 - and a goddamn masterpiece! John Schooley, Jeremiah and Bill Randt (drummer for the NEW BOMB TURKS) wail through 13 cuts. Play at the right volume - yess - all the way up, buddy and get blown away by Schooleys buzzsaw guitar and Jerimiah's howlin' vocals.
tributaries (2011/BLACK NUMBERS)
PUNK-ROCK. While it is no doubt easy on the ears, it's certainly not your typical three-chord affair either. "tributaries" is textured and rich in melody, layered guitars, and sweet harmonies punctuated by background "whoa oh ohs" to flesh out the band's robust sound. Still, the LP remains rough and raw around the edges, staying true to THE REVELING's proletariat roots. There's an unmistakable swing and bounce to it, embracing the Americana-tinged spirit of forefathers like SOCIAL DISTORTION while rock 'n' roll elements from punk contemporaries like THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM or THE LOVED ONES.
choke and die (2006/RUN FOR COVER)
HARDCORE-PUNK. From the rainy suburbs of British Columbia come REVENGE, who rage through nine tracks of angry hardcore punk in the vein of bands like TEAR IT UP and OUTBREAK with their lyrics being about how much they don't like you.
frustrations (2011/FREQUENCY DELETED)
HARDCORE. Straight out of Western Massachusetts, REVENGE present a sound that combines the grit and metallic heaviness of INTEGRITY with the speed and all-out anger of bands like CEREMONY and TRASH TALK. Colored vinyl version includes a MP3 download card.