between the concrete and clouds (2011/ARCTIC RODEO)
INDIE/EMO-ROCK/SINGER/SONGWRITER. For 9 wildly productive years, since the release of "circle gets the square", KEVIN DEVINE has been tireless and fearless in exploring the possibilities for his music. This is the 1st record Devine has made that is fully backed by a band. After settling back home in Brooklyn aftern being on tour, Devine spent time in his rehearsal space playing around with ideas on his own, bringing shape to the songs by recording them as acoustic demos, something he hasn't done since high school. Vinyl version includes a CD version.
HARDCORE. Few UK hardcore bands have garnered as much attention stateside as VIOLENT REACTION, the one-man project of Liverpool's Tom Pimlott. His take on '80s style hardcore/punk adds an oi twist and gives the whole thing a contemporary feel, while staying true to the roots of all his influences.
demo (2014/SORRY STATE)
HARDCORE. North Carolina's WRIGGLE are pure North Carolina hardcore... loud, fast, heavy, and slightly metallic in a tradition that started with NO LABELS and C.O.C. and carried on through DOUBLE NEGATIVE, DEVOUR, and STRIPMINES. This demo tape is one of the rawest, meanest, and catchiest slabs of hardcore in ages. With its spot-on 4-track production this could have been a lost contribution to the "no core" compilation tape, and the music is undiluted angst of the type only a small southern town can engender.
s/t (2014/DISTORT REALITY)
HARDCORE-PUNK. This is the 1st full-length album from this Japanese hardcore-punk unit - and it's fucking furious! A non-stop barrage of roaring, howling insanity. Killer!
humanity is the devil (2014/VICTORY)
HARDCORE/METAL. Apocalyptic metalic hardcore. The follow up to 1995's "systems overload". Fully endorsed by Charlie Manson and the Holy Terror Church of Final Judgement. This is hardcore with a huge punch of brutal downtuned metal. Cover art by the legendary Pushead.
witchcult today (2010/RISE ABOVE)
DOOM-METAL. The superb English doomsters ELECTRIC WIZARD deliver a monstrous slab of slow, brain bludgeoning riffs and grooves, fuzzed to the extreme and laced in sumptuous psychedelic overtones. "witchcult today" is the band's 6th full-length, a psychedelic slab of stoner and doom-metal. Recorded entirely on vintage '70s equipment. Essentially, doom-metal doesn't get any better than ELECTRIC WIZARD. Limited double heavyweight vinyl with folded insert.
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.
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.
nothing as it seems (2014/BRIDGE NINE)
HARDCORE. VIOLENT SONS is fronted by Sean Murphy from VERSE, who has released 4 records setting the bar for the modern enhancement of youth-crew standards and their own more progressive and yet equally passionate and politically engaged/enraged strain. Also including RAINDANCE drummer, their 10-song introduction, "nothing as it seems", is a ferocious effort that would imaginably please fans of VERSE's ambitious trajectory, and yet it is completely its own project for much of its blistering 22min. length. A metallic undercurrent here, a blast-beat there, a smoggy atmosphere elsewhere, propulsive - it all makes for a uniquely punchy and multifaceted debut that subtly twists punk's heavier formula into new shapes and colors while retaining Murphy's exasperated, incensed, sociopolitical frustrations. Colored vinyl includes a digital download.
looking for love (2014/DERANGED)
HARDCORE-PUNK. TOTAL ABUSE, the ugly boys from Texas return after a 2 year hiatus with "looking for love", a 3 track 7". Expect dissonant, debased, sleaze filled dirgy hell tunes. You either love them or hate them but you know to expect the filthiest ear shredding hardcore around. "looking for love" is the a search for forgiveness through the trash filled alley ways and underbelly of a seedy Texas city. Comes with an incredible illustrated 10 page booklet. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
NUMBER ONES, THE
POP-PUNK. THE NUMBER ONES (aka THE #1s) will take you to power pop heaven with their razor sharp 10 track self-titled debut album. Even though they are based in Dublin, they sound like a classic good vibrations band from 1979. THE NUMBER ONES have energy, passion and tunes so good, it makes you think you've heard them already. Each track is a golden nugget of power pop fun that never outlasts it's welcome as every track is under three minutes. Although this sort of music seems to have been done a million times before, it sounds fresh in the hands of THE NUMBER ONES. This is pure summer fun for fans of EXPLODING HEARTS, BUZZCOCKS and THE TRANZMITORS. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
global depression (2014/LEARNING CURVE)
NOISE-ROCK. The legendary noise-rock trio founded in Fargo in 1989 have 3 previously released seminal albums on Amphetamine Reptile and have re-grouped to release these 6 new killer tracks. Honesty and vulgar science shape what HAMMERHEAD is, a genre defining behemoth from the heartland. Fueled by heroic isolation and space mythology, the band creates its head pounding strain. "global depression" is 6 song of brutal riffs and precision instrumentation. A whirlwind of robust sound that assault the senses of any person who dares approach. An unearthly journey on a trail of pent up abrasiveness and sonic mayhem. Colored vinyl is limited to 500 copies and includes a digital download card.
a dutch feast (1999/ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)
HARDCORE. B.G.K. (= Balthasar Gerards Kommando) came out of the Netherlands in the early '80s and blazed a hard and fast trail through Europe and the US from 1982 to 1988. They released a number of tunes on international compilations including "peace/war" and "welcome to 1984", but really came into their own on "jonestown aloha" (1983), "white male dumbinance" (1984) and "nothing can go wrogn!" (1986). Classic european hardcore!
BAD LUCK RIDES ON WHEELS
SLUDGE/DOOM/METAL. This DoLP feature 8 songs and every single one is a gigantic monster who seems to grow constantly on the way by the tides of sludge, doom, black-metal and hard-rock. Quiet tones, acoustic guitars with minimalist support of the percussion and the one or other discreetly arranged sample, weave a sound carpet which invites you to stay and relax. But only for a short time and the monster is back - inexorably, immensely and, demanding! This 1st album of BAD LUKE RIDES ON WHEELS is a must-have and guaranteed ground breaking. Comparisons to other great bands can be renounced confidently. The protagonists themselves know about their job. Comes with gatefold cover, 180gr vinyl, digital download code and DVD.
s/t (2014/VIDEO DISEASE)
HARDCORE. Following up an endlessly-praised demo is certainly a feat in today's fickle world of hardcore-punk, but Texas's GLUE pulls it off with aplomb with the band providing us with a slab of classic US-hardcore that improves upon the tremendous promise of the aforementioned demonstration. Living in the darkness, sleeping in the light, GLUE's in the city gonna run the night.