SCIENCE OF YABRA / OLD GROWTH
split (2008/DEAD TANK)
POST/EMO-PUNK. OLD GROWTHand SCIENCE OF YABRA may be 2 very different bands, but together they make for quite a solid 7". OLD GROWTH sports ex-members of TWELVE HOUR TURN. Though the vocals are oddly reminiscent of a young KEVIN DEVINE, with the band playing 2 straight-ahead, punk-inflected rock tunes that are a little more down-home than MIRACLE OF 86. On the other side, SCIENCE OF YABRA offer 1 track - a raucous tune, with bouncing, slammed post-hardcore riffs ala DRIVE LIKE JEHU.
die on stage (2014/RUN FOR COVER)
POP/EMO-PUNK. HOSTAGE CALM confronts the darker realities of a modern America as a means of survival. In 2010, the critically acclaimed Connecticut band funneled their heroes' protest energy into an optimistic hybrid of punk, pop and new-wave. "die on stage" celebrates the subsequent post-millennial fatalism permeating today's youth culture with timeless grandeur. It's not a political statement so much as it is an honest portrait of growing up in America, embracing all that is fleeting while clutching whatever semblance of decaying dreams remain for a future generation. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
victory/fool's gold (2013/PIRATES PRESS)
PUNK-ROCK. While DOWNTOWN STRUTS is indeed working on new tracks, this 7" highlights 2 oldies. Recorded as demos leading up to the recording of their full-length "victoria", these 2 tracks never made it onto the record. Available only as part of the limited "under one flag" series. These are sure to go quick. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
nothing but a nightmare (2014/REVELATION)
HARDCORE. With roots planted firmly in hardcore and punk but musically venturing into the heavier and harder scenes, Southern California's SOUL SEARCH re-release their 5 track debut via Revelation Records. The revamped version features new artwork and a new mixing.
seventeen forever (2014/PHOTOBOOTH)
INDIE/POST-ROCK. WILDHONEY is a shoegaze band from Baltimore. On this single, buried under thick layers of jangly fuzz, are some upbeat indie-pop gems sure to please fans of COCTEAU TWINS, BLACK TAMBOURINE and MEDICINE. The vocals are airy yet powerful, maintaining a strong presence amongst the beautiful noise of the band. Upcoming full-length on Deranged Records.
no child left behind (2014/NO SLEEP)
HARDCORE. It's only fitting that OLD LINES live on the doorstep to the nation's capital. The band's vehement disdain for political and social corruption is the fuel that feeds the band's molotov cocktail of hardcore, crust, doom and power-violence. And on their latest effort, "no child left behind", OLD LINES leave no stone unturned, from politicians to the environment, as they rip and shred their way through eleven tracks of pure frustration and aggression. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
salt (2014/SACRED BONES)
POST-PUNK. Formed in Texas, in 2013, INSTITUTE includes members of WICCANS, GLUE, BLOTTER and RECIDE, and after multiple releases they present a raw, noisy punk on a MLP. The "salt" tracks are as sharp as the band's earlier work but suggests longer, more experimental forms and a more incisive lyrical perspective, dealing with topics from existentialism to the singer's experience as a closeted youth.
warm insides (2014/GILGONGO)
POST-PUNK. The final recorded output from Arizona’s PIGEON RELIGION. "warm insides" let the relentless lethargy shine in that NO TREND and FLIPPER kind of way, smoothed over with disjointed sound collage, clocking in at just over 11min.. Originally released as a tape in a criminally short run of 60 copies. Since then, members have moved on to from the ASCETIC HOUSE collective, industrial/ritual cult unit MARSHSTEPPER and have joined the recently revamped DESTRUCTION UNIT.
s/t (2014/VINYL CONFLICT)
HARDCORE. The debut 7" from Richmond's ASYLUM delivers 6 tracks of a brooding, hardcore assault powered by the driving rhythm of MOTÖRHEAD, layered with buzzsaw guitars that bring to mind classic Scandinavian bands, and delivered with the non-stop intensity of Discharge. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
WORLD BURNS TO DEATH / SLANG
CRUST-HARDCORE. Marking the 2010 U.S. tour of Texas’s WORLD BURNS TO DEATH and Japan’s veteran hardcore band SLANG, this 7" combines 2 guitar driven blasts of hardcore fury. SLANG celebrate classic Japanese fast hardcore with devastating guitar driven breakdown. WORLD BURNS TO DEATH similarly continue to evolve from caustic bursts of corrosive thrashing to a tempered attack stitched by a melodic guitar riff and glued solid with torrential drum bashing, volatile guitar blasts and harsh vocals.
HERPES / HUNTED DOWN
split (2014/RECENTLY DECEASED)
HARDCORE-PUNK. HUNTED DOWN from Syracuse delivers 3 punches of inner turmoil. They take cues from classic '80s US hardcore but add Japanese influences from the likes of KURO or G-Zet?. HERPES, ex NO FUCKER serves some of their best material to date with raw ferocity. Hand-stamped center labels and featuring total drug fever artwork akin to the 1st HERPES 7", this record was released by the bands themselves in true d.i.y. spirit. Pit exists.
generation shit (2014/LENGUA ARMADA)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Toronto, Canada's S.H.I.T. present their sophomore 7" of raw, urgent hardcore delivered with plenty of punk-rock snarl and dirty, driving guitars influenced by early POISON IDEA.
step 2 rhythm (2013/REAPER)
HARDCORE. Collectively from the Baltimore,D.C.,Columbus areas, these 5 long-time friends formed TURNSTILE in 2010 as an outlet to play their shared love of energetic hardcore. On their latest effort, "step 2 rhythm", life experiences continue to take a front seat in vocalist Brendan's lyrics and musical approach. "step 2 rhythm" contains 7 heavy tracks that pick up right where "pressure to succeed" left off. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
pressure to succeed (2014/REAPER)
HARDCORE. TURNSTILE is a young band from the Baltimore/D.C. area. The band claims TRAPPED UNDER ICE's drummer Brendan Yates as their front man. What he captures as the driving rhythms in TRAPPED UNDER ICE, he transforms into a frantic vocal energy with TURNSTILE. New pressing on purple vinyl with updated cover artwork.
INSTRUMENTAL/POST-ROCK. "enter", the debut release from Chicago's RUSSIAN CIRCLES is 6 songs clocking in at 44 min. and is purely instrumental. These songs travel from extreme to extreme, touching on technical melodic metal with brilliant, heavy riffs, while also exploring a softer, more mellow side of the band, yet still mixing things together very cohesively. Vinyl comes with a gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.