Saturday, July 5, 2014

NEVER HUMAN


NEVER HUMAN 'Demo' Cassette

Wouldnt ya know it, another amazing band from the scene up there in Halifax! Some of the best Punk is coming outta there these days, with bands like LIFE CHAIN, CONCRETE ASYLUM, ABJECT PAX, GRUMP, CONTAGIUM & many, many more, these Punks are taking the world by storm. And they just keep churning it out. Those punks up there are fucking relentless! Tenacious !!

Enter NEVER HUMAN. Uber-primitive sounding Raw Punk that at times doesnt even sound human!!!! Stomping, bare-boned, reverb-plagued, barking-mad Hardcore that goes for the throat. Ya get seven songs on here, including a NECROS cover song (which, as far as cover songs go, is a breath of fresh air, i.e. its not a DISCHARGE, SHITLICKERS, or ANTICIMEX song, or D-Beat song in general), and a cover they honor opposed to ape. Good job guys!

My favorite songs on here are 'Void of Voice', which just starts this ripper like a sucker punch, 'Erase', a force of a song, and Ben's drumming on here exemplifies what I think Punk drumming should amount to, basically none of that blastbeat bullshit, Ben doesnt force it, doesnt 'need' to be heard, he keeps the pace fast where needed & slow n steady where needed, and the bass & guitars in 'Not My Views' is just Punk perfection. And check out the lyrics to 'Deny'- Life's losing reason when you try to survive   each day spent living thoughts  dragging behind reasons lose purpose  when you cant make up your mind why do you bother why do you try live in denial hope for the best see the true colors fall for the rest.

Pretty goddamned poinant, huh? This is a fantastic demo & I really, really hope they grace us with more releases!!!!

And lastly, just wanna thank my Halifax pals for being an awesome crew, for keeping me stocked with killer tunes, for keeping the fire lit & keeping it Punk! You guys rule!! Cheers!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

COLLAPSE SOCIETY



COLLAPSE SOCIETY 'Demo 93'

Top shelf demo from these Japanese maniacs. 14 songs. 7 studio. 7 live (though the live sound immaculate). 3 cover songs. 2 by (my personal faves) The Iconoclast (studio) & 1 by Shitlickers (live). This sound is the basis for this blog. This is all you need to know. Have a good day.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

EEL


EEL 'Drillmess Madness Violent Punker Scum Cassetti' Demo

One of the best bands thats out right now, Pittsburgh's EEL, and their 2012 cassette....um, cassetti. Four tracks that both tribute and reinvent that noisey racket that the KYUSHU ISLAND maniacs known as GAI laid down many moons ago. Maniacal snotty & sneering reverbed vocals? Check. Distortion drenched guitar ineptitude? Check. Flailing drums & and percusions? Check. Power tools? Check!! POWER TOOLS??? YES, POWER TOOLS!!! AND,You know it's a party when someone brings the powertools with the beandip!! That is EEL!!

You can find their latest record over at MINDCURE, and its a doozy.

Last but not least- An apology to my friends in EEL. I should've posted this a long ass time ago, but no time like the present. Cheers guys!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

LEFT FIELD SUNDAYS


CRAOW 'Preferable Execution By Firing Squad' Cassette

I find this band difficult to describe as they (he) are such an indepth band. I can & will wholeheartedly tell ya a few things with certainty, one is the very soul of this release is noise. If ya look deeper you'll find Power Electronic leanings, Industrial static & feedback. I can also tell you its nastier & noisier & less accessable than C-Bank. Both a good thing and a bad thing. Its releative, that accessability.
I can tell you that Tampa, Florida's CRAOW is a fuckin force to be reckoned with. Lastly, I can tell that you should D/L this forthwith & I promise you wont be let down. Formidable stuff.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

STALAG 17 & TOXIC WASTE


STALAG 17/TOXIC WASTE 'The Truth Will Be Heard' Split LP

When I was young, maybe 14,15, I moved in with my two best friends, twin punk girls from Dublin. I was lucky to be turned on to such good music by them from such an early age. One of those things was a demo tape by STALAG 17 called 'From Belfast With Love' (which I posted some years back, I'll repost if asked). I fell in love. Maybe two years later I got the A.L.F. comp titled The A.L.F. is Watching And There's No Place To Hide which had Toxic Waste on it, arguably the best song on that comp (though Body Count gave them a run for their money, and I also posted that comp years back, & will repost if asked). Again, another band that sent shivers up & down my spine. Both bands were so goddamned angry, and being from Belfast in the 80's they had every right to be & you can hear that angst in their music. When I found out later that both bands had done a split LP, i searched high & low for it & it was as good as I had hoped. Perfectly executed Anarcho-Punk in the mold of bands like Conflict & Icons Of Filth. For me, this is essential.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

DECONSTRUCTION


DECONSTRUCTION 'Demo' Cassette

Finally, after several people have asked me to post this, I give you Japan's Deconstruction & their (2nd?) demo tape (from 98?). Their is literally NO info about this band so bare with me. They did this demo tape, another titled "Alternative Society" & were on the Tokyo Sound System comp (& they were on the 2002 Crusties Spending Loud Night DVD). There is also a live set floating around too (on cassette), Ive yet to hear it though. I'll post the other demo soon though, equally as good.

Musically, I like to think they are trying to deconstruct it. This tape is from the band, so it's not a 2nd or 3rd or 9th generation copy, but at times sounds so. This thing is in the red almost the entire tape! Clips like a motherfucker, but is a good thing. This demo is an all new type of beast, 5 songs that are more or less played as one long song (as their other demo & song from that comp can attest to), starting with their 'Alternative Society' song and ending with it, its kind of a thing with Deconstruction as they do the same thing on their other demo, again, titled 'Alternative Society'. You can tell they there is love for bands like Doom, Antisect & the like. This is a fantastic demo! Enjoy!

Monday, June 9, 2014

PERFUME RIVER


PERFUME RIVER 'Concrete Wind' Cassette

After getting over this not being what I first took it as, which was a Bone Awl type of stomping Black Metal Punk thing, I realized this was a fine piece of hardcore. Stomping still but without the Black Metal part. 5 songs in 4 1/2 minutes, this is a furious sucker punch of a cassette, relentless Hardcore. I have a feeling your gonna dig this.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

LEFT FIELD SUNDAYS



GRAUZONE 'Eisbaer' 7"

Two song 1981 e.p. by Swiss Neue Deutsche Welle band Grauzone. Grauzone, along with twenty or so other bands from the same time & region (that included bands ranging from DAF to Nena to Falco to Einsturzende Neubauten), spear headed the burgeoning new Swiss/German New Wave movement.

Grauzone did 4 e.p.s, an LP, played 10 shows and called it a day. Members went on to form numerous other bands, but none as prominent as Grauzone.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

GRUMP


GRUMP 'Love Punk Hate Punks' Demo Cassette

Really? Seriously? Halifax, Nova Scotia is blowing the fuck up. Its ridiculous how many great bands there are up there these days. I suppose uber-cold weather brings with it endless days of nothing to do but practice and make killer punk music. With that said, let me introduce you to GRUMP, a band thats been plying their trade for few years now, and theyre getting better & better. Love Punk Hate Punks is their second demo from 2013 and there is no real reason why I'm posting this over their first demo as they are both amazing, other than I love the name of this demo, a very GRUMP title, Love Punk Hate Punks.

Besides tearing up Halifax in Grump, the band members seem to have their hands in virtually every other punk rock pot. Vocalist Marshall Brush is in 4-Lom (great name!), L/P & Negative Rage. Bassist Luke Mumford also plays in Genetic Angry, Negative Rage, Frame & L/P. Ian Langille, when not beating drums in Grump, plays in Last Laugh, Criminal Intent, Bricks, Sick Children, Cum Rag, Sorrow & Mean Streets. Cody Googoo, besides having a great name, makes a racket in Life Chain (NBSF Faves!), Word on the Street, Negative Rage, Negative Circles, Envision, Concrete Asylum (Also NBSF Faves!!!), Never Human (uhhhhh....Again... NBSF faves!!), Bricks and believe it or not, more! Pretty extensive resume, huh? Don't worry Grump, ya guys got the fuckin job!! Sheesh.

The music of Love Punk Hate Punks reminds me of East Bay Punk from the 90's, I'd even say early to mid 90's. Like a bastard of El Dopa, Christ On Parade, & Econochrist. The vocals are what remind me of the East Bay, similar to El Dopa & Econochrist. That strained delivery, that sore throat from yellin & screaming & fighting & being Punk. Musically, its Hardcore through n through. Some compare it to the new crop of NYC weirdo Hardcore bands ala Dawn Of Humans, Crazy Spirit, etc, but I do not necessarily see it. To me, it has that 80's US Hardcore feel to it, again, musically,   like Seattle's Christ On A Crutch or the Hippycore band Sins Of The Flesh mixed with a more angry sound like Negative FX or Nightstick Justice or Headcleaners. I dunno, Im no music expert, so make your own judgements, its just how I percieve it. One thing is 100% certain- Its exactly how I like my Punk- Pissed Off & intelligent lyrics, a pissed off & intelligent sound that has punch, and an overall feeling that makes you wanna go FUCK SHIT UP!!! Thats what Punk is about, and ladies & dirtbags, Grump IS FUCKIN PUNK. love it or hate it.

So keep an eye out for a US tour in the future, possibly after the summer. You can purchase GRUMP's music from either Cody at cody_cross@hotmail.com or ya can check stuff out at Grump bandcamp.

Lastly, thanks a million to Cody & the rest of Grump & the Halifax Punks in general!!! Cheers everyone!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

AXEGRINDER


AXEGRINDER 'Grind The Enemy' Demo Tape

This demo man, it holds a special place for me. A friend/housemate of mine at C-Squat gave this tape to me (along with Hellbastard's Rippercrust & Deviated Instinct's Terminal Filth Stenchcore) around 1992. And as good as their LP Rise Of The Serpent Men is, I find I like this demo better, as it's equal parts Punk and Crust, where as the LP adds a third part of Metal to it (again, I love that LP). This monster demo starts with a poem recited over noise, evolving into a galloping chug that begins this masterpiece, every song as good as the next, from the legendary cult classic Grind the Enemy, to the dark & beautiful acoustic dirge Armistice, to my favorite cut on the demo Damnation of the Living and to the drunken shenanigans of Special Brew, this tape is a rollercoaster of emotions, yet one things certain, throughout the whole tape, both metaphorically & literally, you can hear the axes being ground and the call for banners to be raised, a rallying cry for the depraved. Punk never looked, sounded and certainly never smelled the same again!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

FLUX


FLUX OF PINK INDIANS 'The Fucking Cunts Treat Us Like Pricks' LP

Criminally underrated LP here folks. Flux of Pink Indians 1984 LP, The Fucking Cunt Treat Us Like Pricks. Not it doesn't have catchy songs like Tube Disasters on it, but this album is a fucking noise cannon. I hated this LP as I young'n, but have grown to absolutely love this. Its more thought out than its predecessors, more witty, more serious, more pissed off, and yes, a bit more Flux of Pink Indians, if ya get my drift, as they were always an experimental Punk band. Sixteen songs here that assault the ears with a brash intensity that we dont really see in many recordings from 1984. Again, criminally underrated. I stand by this album wholeheartedly, and once I turn you onto the genius of it, we might just have to delve into the next LP, Uncarved Block by FLUX (i promise its good, if ya can just see past their earlier Punk sound).