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.
mess up your mind (2016/SCREAMING APPLE)
GARAGE-PUNK. Lovers of wild, raw, mind-expanding '60s garage-punk prepare to mess up your mind. THE REVERBERTIONS out of Portland deliver exactly the fuzz-fueled, psychedelic, mid-sixties influenced garage mayhem we were looking for for a long, long time! The band invites us to a wild rockin' rollercoaster ride through almost all the essential genres music in the swingin' sixties had to offer.The band has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon and is still preparing new music to expand the minds and pulverise the eardrums of their current and new fans. It's all here, ready for you to discover and freak out! Yabba dabba dooh!
in the rectory of the bizarre rever (2013/SVART)
DOOM-METAL. This is doomy of the doomiest, doom laden, doom fest and ultimate slab of doom album. Pure sonic monotony culling from classic SABBATH, CATHEDRAL (pre-LSD days), CANDLEMASS with a hint of stoner and sludge, REVEREND BIZARRE are as lethargic as a depressed obese sloth on barbiturates. Vinyl repress of the long sold-out REVEREN BIZARRE debut album. Limited gold vinyl reissue, 500 copies with foil-stamped gatefold-jacket, large 12 page booklet.
so long suckers (2014/SVART)
DOOM-METAL. REVEREND BIZARRE's final opus is a 130min. juggernaut, thought by many as impossible to fit on vinyl. Breaking your skull in pieces never felt so good, heavy guitar riffs rusty like axes left to rot in the snow of Lohja, heavy martial beats that makes you shiver, bass as loud as the the thunder god himself. Three sorcerers blending hope and despair in a bubbling mess of sinful spirits and hallucinogenic drugs. You had to die, for your own sake and ours, to create a work loved, a work hated. This four LP package presents the work cut on 8-sides of vinyl. The set comes with an expanded 20 page booklet and a poster, all packaged in a heavy duty gold foil stamped box.