down by the way (2011/HEADCOUNT)
PUNK-ROCK. Following 2 awesome 7"s and an awesome LP (all self-released), these dudes expand their noise into some new territories with 3 tracks that bring you a range of surfy, poppy, and dare cow-punk ala BIG BOYS. In their sound, you could hear a youthful Orange County vibe of bands like ADOLESCENTS and the surfy vibe of AGENT ORANGE, too. Handnumbered out of 300 copies.
time has come (2010/RESURRECTION)
HARDCORE-PUNK. California's IMPOSTERS delivered one of the stand-out 7"s of the whole SoCal hardcore scene, and this LP picks up right where that left off. This has a very strong surf music influence (there's even a VENTURERS cover). With a guitar sound that takes cues equally from X and the CHANTAYS and vocals that sound like a cross between JFA and the FREEZE, "the time has come" is a solid record to say the least. If this were 1980 Posh Boy would be all over these guys.
dead kings (2010/THINK FAST)
HARDCORE. ICE AGE may be a new band, but its members have helped form some of Long Island, NY's most well-known and important hardcore outfits. With only a 4 song demo under their belts, the drive of current and former members of THIS IS HELL and THE BACKUP PLAN has given birth to a new band with the experience of any scene veterans. The debut album "dead kings" promises a varied approach at the hardcore genre, comparable to everyone from hardcore legend's SICK OF IT ALL, to genre-crossing hybrids like UNBROKEN. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
SOVIET NUNS / F.U.G.
split (2009/RISING RIOT)
HARDCORE-PUNK. The SOVIET NUNS and F.U.G, both from Palermo, Italy, team up to release this piece of 180 gr. heavy vinyl. Both bands did an awesome job, recording some fine, fine '80 hardcore-punk tunes. The F.U.G. come up with 8 catchy singalong songs in their well-known manner, simple verse-chorus-verse styled hardcore without frills and experiments and an awesome ADOLESCENTS cover of "word attack". The SOVIET NUNS are way harder and way more aggressiv. The NUNS really remind of bands like BLACK SS or TEAR IT UP, raw and dirty, a really pissed off and angry voice. This is hardcore-punk the way it should be.
the calm before the storm (2005/THIS BLESSING, THIS CURSE)
HARDORE. This band is unafraid to tackle larger issues that many are afraid to take a stand on, delivering an infectiously anthemic, but pointed social commentary over hard-edged rhythms that are classically hardcore.
fuck now denial (2011/TOR JOHNSON)
POST-HARDCORE. Beware - don't mix them up with the German THE NOW-DENIAL. After a debut 7", 2 full-lengths, and almost 10 years of continually banging heads, Boston's NOW DENIAL are stronger than ever with this dynamic 5 dynamic tracks. "fuck now denial" explodes with thunderous rhythms, urgent riffs, and doomed-out metal. The epic songs bring to mind influences of everyone from BARONESS to BORN AGAINST to BOTCH. This album comes on hand-numbered colored vinyl.
for buddy (2012/BURAI CORE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. SUPER FRISKY is from Tokyo, Japan. In the beginning it was a band named BUCK WHEAT and the members were from AKUTARE, JUDGEMENT, TETSU ARREY and PAINTBOX. After Chelsea from PAINTBOX regrettably passed away, Keiro (AKUTARE/TETSU ARREY) joined and it became SUPER FRISKY. They're playing a rockish hardcore-punk in typical japanese tradition. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
the tale of me and you (2013/EXPECT CANDY)
INDIE/POP-ROCK. After more than 10 years of guitar and vocal duties in ALL GIRL SUMMER FUN BAND, Kim Baxter wrote and co-produced her debut solo album, "the tale of me and you", with her husband, Chris Flanagan (LIFE AT THESE SPEEDS). The pair played all the instruments on the album which was recorded in their home studio in Oregon. Baxter is best known for her catchy, short and sweet pop song writing, but on "the tale of me and you", she flexes her song writing muscles. The result is an album that is still fun and catchy but the songs are longer, the lyrics are deeper, and the instrumentation is layered and more dynamic. Years of love and hard work went into these songs and it can be heard.
bilder fressen strom (2010/WE DELIVER THE GUTS/UNUNDEUX)
GRINDCORE. JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE, in addition to their pretty unique approach at a combination of punk-infused death/grind with whatever samples they dig up, have always been about the lyrics. The brilliant booklet artwork give hints as to how much these guys despise what’s around them, as the lyrics reek of insidious cynicism and ridicule against our beloved system. The full-length contains 27 songs and packed with great riffing, thick groove and an equally punchy, yet subtly improved production; compared to their last full-length “rauchen und yoga” to boot. The tempo is a bit slower, blast beats are used only as complementary elements, heaviness and groove are more prominent, chaos less so. If you like MISERY INDEX check this out.
exist to get piss't (2012/GIVE PRAISE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Finally re-pressed and available: the 1st full-length of the German-American cross section. Skate-punk at its finest. Mix POISON IDEA, BLACK FLAG, VERBAL ABUSE and grab the skateboard! But besides those to be classified is, but always the blood, sweat & tears driving a stylish plate produce worth - otherwise you find almost everything right. Hell yeah, well done!
IMPULSE INTERNATIONAL, THE
run and hide/arm the girls (2008/DERANGED)
POP/POST-PUNK. From the ashes of DIRT BIKE ANNIE comes the IMPULSE, INT'L. A trio from New Jersey that delivers 2 excellent guitar driven power-pop gems. They mix the guitar hooks of the REAL KIDS with the upbeat tempo of UK power-popers the BUZZCOCKS. Nothing complicated, just really catchy punk!
IMPULSE INTERNATIONAL, THE
point of action (2009/DERANGED)
POP/POST-PUNK. From the ashes of DIRT BIKE ANIE comes the IMPULSE INT'L. A trio from New Jersey by way of Florida that delivers an album's worth of excellent guitar driven power-pop gems. IMPULSE INT'L play an infectious, heartwarmingly melodic brand of poppy garage-punk, throwing around influences from bands like THE UNDERTONES, THE BUZZCOCKS and THE EXPLODING HEARTS. Just perfect guitar power pop to die for, beyond infectious!
IMPULSE INTERNATIONAL, THE
the real kid (2008/DERANGED)
POP/POST-PUNK. Here we have the 2nd 7" from NJ's (by way of Florida) IMPULSE INT'L and it's another power-pop gem. As a comparison, the IMPULSE INT'L reminds of early BUZZCOCKS and other upbeat UK classics, which pretty much means they play extremely catchy power-pop. Their 1st 7" received top notch reviews and this is more of the same brilliant sound.
POWER-VIOLENCE HARDCORE. East-Van-Sludge-Violence sums it up. MUDLARK's earth shattering full-length LP is an explosive combination of power, mid '90s sludge and ear shattering thrash which almost borders on noisecore at times. Another staple in the Canadian power-violence resurgence. If you enjoy THE ENDLESS BLOCKADE stuff you will be soothed by MUDLARK's songs of unease. First 500 copies include a MUDLARK 7" as a bonus. What are you waiting for?
i disse mörke tider (2011/ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA )
PUNK-ROCK. "i disse mörke tider" is the newest effort by the infamous danish punk-band THE ASSASSINATORS. This 7" sounds more like their early stuff. Amazing - be prepared for a their full-length in 2011.