INDIE-ROCK. Singer/Songwriter Mark Linkous began working as SPARKLEHORSE in 1995 and, after a demo made its way to the offices of Capitol Records, he got signed to the label. SPARKLEHORSE' debut, "vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot", is full of sad, beautiful, weird moments of spacey rural folk-rock. Dreamy arrangements, distorted vocals, and slivers of feedback add to SPARKLEHORSE's down-to-earth melancholy. This reissue comes with a bonus 7" containing "waiting for nothing" (ghost song in the original vinyl version) and "happy place" and includes a digital download card.
SPASTIX, THE / SKRÄCK
split (2010/SM MUSIK)
HARDCORE. The long waiting finally has an end. SKRÄCK from Leipig should be know for several other releases so far team up with their friends from SPASTIX. Angry an truneful hardcore-punk from SKRÄCK meets fast, thrasy and youthful hardcore from THE SPASTIX out of East Germany (okay...Eisenach, Dresden, Leipzig). After their highly acclaimed 7" debut the next step further for THE SPASTIX. Both taken the best elements of their previous sound and expanded on it all, resulting in their best and most diverse recordings to date.
crush kill destroy (2010/625)
POWER-VIOLENCE HARDCORE. The final full-length release by this unholy trio from California. For those who have no idea, SPAZZ were the undisputed kings of west coast power-violence in the '90s. They took the sound pioneered by bands like CROSSED OUT and NO COMMENT and added a unique blend of self-referential humor to create a hilarious but brutal genre. While most power-violence is an amlagamation of slow moshy-parts mixed with blastbeat insanity, SPAZZ's final studio album (from 1998) forgoes a lot of the slow parts and gets straight to the killing. Mastered from the original recording.
dwarf jester rising (2013/625)
POWER-VIOLENCE HARDCORE. "dwarf jester rising" is the debut LP from SPAZZ originally released almost 20 years ago in 1994! The record contains 24 rare tracks of the SPAZZ. This is SPAZZ's most stripped down and raw full length, re-mastered by 625 for all of the vinyl addicts out there. Multiple colored vinyls, limited to 1500 pressed.
la revancha (2011/625)
POWER-VIOLENCE HARDCORE. Next up in the series of legitimate SPAZZ releases is their "la revancha" album, originally released on Sound Pollution in 1995. This full-length marked a new point in SPAZZ's output? They had found their signature sound and tried to push this to its extreme. "la revancha" is a crazed Bay-Area power-violence record with a nice CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER cover to boot. Mastered from the original recording, this colored LP comes with an insert.
SPAZZ / BRUTAL TRUTH
split (2010/DEEP SIX)
POWER-VIOLENCE/GRINDCORE. This split 7" is the official re-press release on Deep Six Records of the 2 legendary power-violence, grindcore and blastcore legends SPAZZ and BRUTAL TRUTH.
knee deep in guilt (1998/REVELATION)
HARDCORE. "knee deep in guilt" represents a thorough redefining of original and real Orange County hardcore. This journeyman foursome continue to combine the speed and intensity of their aforementioned bands with a lyrical perspective that only a decade and a half's worth of experience can provide.
last days (2010/WHISPERS IN THE DARK)
POST-PUNK-ROCK. The 1st full-length from SPECTRES expands the song writing skills from their 2 previous 7"s to include some more angular writing abilies. The vocals are more dynamic and overall better thought out. Being compared to bands like JOY DIVISION and SISTERS OF MERCY is a hard thing to live up to, but they have definitely taken those influences and molded them into something heartfelt and profound.
nothing to nowhere (2012/DERANGED/SABOTAGE)
POST-PUNK-ROCK. Vancouver’s post punkers SPECTRES are well integrated into the death-rock milieu. Some of the more abrasive edges of "last days" have been sanded down slightly on "nothing to nowhere", resulting in a listen that’s both more melodic and melancholy. Dreamy washes of synth and almost mournful vocals while chiming guitars and an insistent beat push ahead - that tension between action and introspection, fire and ice, has sat at the heart of this sort of music for over 30 years now, and SPECTRES walk that line perfectly, while still keeping their personal touches intact. Vinyl comes with digital download card. Canadian import from Deranged Records is more expensive.
visions of a new world (2007/WHISPER IN DARKNESS)
POST-PUNK-ROCK. "black sheep tracks" from SPECTRES showing less of an influence from THE MOB and more of the sound of WARSAW while still retaining the dark and looming feel of the '80s cross pollination of anarcho-punk and death-rock.
SPECTRES / ARCTIC FLOWERS
split (2013/MAN IN DECLINE)
POST-PUNK-ROCK. Back in print: the split 7” by ARCTIC FLOWERS from Portland (ex and current-SIGNAL LOST, DEATHREAT, and VIVID SEKT) and SPECTRES from Vancouver. ARCTIC FLOWERS’ sound has been described as a mix of anarcho and melodic-punk (THE MOB, POST REGIMENT) with elements of post-punk and deathrock. SPECTRES have a strong post-punk vibe and comparisons have been made between them and bands like JOY DIVISION, CRISIS and SISTERS OF MERCY. This pressing features updated blue covers and includes a digital download card.
s/t (2012/P. TRASH/SIT AND SPIN)
HARDCORE-PUNK. SPENT FLESH is a Philadelphia based rarw thrashy punk band. This 3 piece band rage through 13 songs in a little over 15min.. Fast precise hard hitting drums, loud distorted guitar that flirt with chaotic noisy effects to compliment the dynamic and aggressive vocals with just the right amount of snot and grit. Their sound touches on classic '80s hardcore, whilst paying homage to poppy influences. Musically it's amazing how big this sounds for just drums and one guitar player. It reminds of VOID if they were influenced by FUCK ON THE BEACH, and even a touch of early SONIC YOUTH (mostly guitar wise). Truly an original debut!
a columbus feeling (2010/ROOKIE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Limited edition on colored vinyl! The German hardcore-punk legends are back! “a columbus feeling" is the 1st new SPERMBIRDS album in 6 years! The release of a new SPERMBIRDS album is always something special, and “a columbus feeling" is everything you’d want from the SPERMBIRDS - and more! To keep it short and simple: SPERMBIRDS are back to the roots, with massive power and great song writing in perfect production. The vinyl version features a bonus track not on the CD plus a digital download card.
something to prove (2006/ROOKIE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. The term "classic hardcore-punk album" must be one of the most overused phrases, but in the case of the SPERMBIRDS legendary debut album from 1986, its more than valid. Mainland Europe's most successful hardcore band are still going strong 20 years on, and "something to prove" remains the starting point - 1st port of call to anyone checking out the band. Digipack CD, also containing the "nothing is easy" album plus 6 bonus tracks, including the ultra rare debut split 7" tracks with WALTER ELF.
SPERMBIRDS / PASCOW
HARDCORE/PUNK. PASCOW cover respectively interpret 2 songs. First of all "spraypaint the walls", a song by CÜNTSLER, a band from Düsseldorf. The 2nd song is DACKELBLUT's "friseur". PASCOW play the song faster and with a lot of drive, yet they stay close to the original which really suits their interpretation of the song. The 2 SPERMBIRDS songs were recorded during the sessions for the "a columbus feeling" album, but remained unfinished as the band run out of time. "what jet said" is a great melodic midtempo stomper, "running in front of cars" is more fast and furious, and deals textually with a guy who likes to run in front of cars. Colored double 7" comes in a thick gatefold cover and includes a digital download card.