Friday, May 22, 2015

BREAKOUT SUMMER TOUR 2015 - West Coast / Canada / Midwest

Austin, TX's BREAKOUT are kicking off their Summer tour this Saturday; they will be hitting the West Coast, Canada, and the Midwest.  The full dates are below so check em out if they hit your town.

Breakout just recorded five new songs that they've posted to their Bandcamp, and they will have copies on this tour as well.

Their second 7", True Crime, was released last year on Grave Mistake and you can check that release out here, and we've posted some reviews below as well.
 
Both releases are available for free download.
 
*Photo by Angela Owens
 
BREAKOUT SUMMER TOUR 2015
https://www.facebook.com/events/1601136120109386/

5/23 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk (tour kickoff) - https://www.facebook.com/events/1523315984609606/
5/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Boing! - https://www.facebook.com/events/1596962157212671/
5/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ East 7th
5/28 - Merced, CA @ T&D Records - https://www.facebook.com/events/1568191973431153/
5/29 - Oakland, CA @ Eli's - https://www.facebook.com/events/1558496097745737/
5/30 - San Francisco, CA - https://www.facebook.com/events/1580837365498087/
5/31 - Santa Rosa, CA - https://www.facebook.com/events/400306516817073/
6/2 - Portland, OR - https://www.facebook.com/events/1600171613601756/
6/3 - Olympia, WA - https://www.facebook.com/events/825857754168709/
6/4 - Vancouver, BC @ Blacklab - https://www.facebook.com/events/713282778785355/
6/6-6/7 - Garbage Daze III, Calgary, AB - https://www.facebook.com/events/1591274571108802/
6/8 - Edmonton, AB @ DV8 - https://www.facebook.com/events/1466694536905326/
6/9 - Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis Tavern - https://www.facebook.com/events/839327016139124/
6/10 - Winnipeg, MB @ H. Daughter - https://www.facebook.com/events/1622934284591232/
6/12 - Toronto, ON @ S.H.I.B.G.B's - https://www.facebook.com/events/1573926312894794/
6/13 - Chicago, IL @ Rancho - https://www.facebook.com/events/1566766646923046/
6/14 - Indianapolis, IN - https://www.facebook.com/events/1432942870336692/
6/15 - St. Louis, MO @ St. L Skatium - https://www.facebook.com/events/952288621480446/
6/16 - Kansas City, @ MO TBA
6/17 - DFW, TX @ TBA
 
Here are some reviews of True Crime:
 
"This record is a gem, pure and simple. How a band manages to make me think of so many different artists on only five songs is quite a feat. It starts with a rhythmic and gritty post-punk / UK82 blend on the opening track “True Crime,” a song that seems to cut out far too soon. The next three tracks display more notable nods towards that UK82 sound with “All’s Quiet” having a verses that are reminiscent of Red Alert’s “In Britain” whilst on “No Sooner Said Than Done” and “Fill Your Boots,” the vocals could easily be Carl from Blitz. The record ends with “Retaliate,” a track that brings things a bit more up to date by having the quality of an early Fucked Up track, complete with vocals that match those of the behemothic Damian Abraham. Throughout the single, the bass booms with an air of menace, whilst the guitar sounds switches back and forth from razor sharp to almost clean, lacking any effects, helping create quite an expansive sound. It’s a sound that causes my body to shift, twirl, and shake each time I listen to it; such is the inherent sense of movement emanating from the songs. Breakout does a damn good job of making the UK82 sound—which, on reflection, has not stood the test of time for many of those original bands—come across as fresh, vibrant, and intriguing."  –Rich Cocksedge / Razorcake
 
"In a lot of ways, hardcore has become as entrenched a style as disco—form over substance, quality, or innovation—and the response from its staunchest proponents is often to hurl abuse and contempt at any band that has the temerity to fuck with the formula. Some of the swellest stuff to come out of that scene, however—Black Flag, Die Kreuzen, Big Black, Criminal Code, Butthole Surfers, Bill Bondsmen, Fugazi, and so on—liberally pissed in the gene pool with often stunning results. That said, there’s some nice thinking outside the box going on here. Although firmly within the hardcore camp, Breakout amalgamates the mid-tempo, primal yet oddly accessible qualities of Europe’s punk/hardcore tradition with Midwestern U.S. sensibilities and a gruff howl reminiscent of Out Cold’s Mark Sheehan into five potent, succinct blasts. Derivative? Sure, but the way they mix things up, and the way they own the sound makes ‘em stand out from the pack."  – Jimmy Alvarado / Razorcake
 
"Not your average hardcore record!" Not sure if these are rock anathemas or face spitting frustration jams. Either way, I'm Rock'n'rolling this shit at full blast on the stereo, can't do it any other way.  Taking a page from the LUMPY playbook, BREAKOUT have a strange appeal as more than just a punk band with a punk sound.  This record takes tone, song structure and vocals from all over the spectrum and makes it work.  So stoked, can't wait for more!" - Ryan Murphy / Maximum Rocknroll

"2nd EP (the first one was self-released) from this Texas band. For some reason I was thinking that a band called Breakout was going to sound like NYHC or something, but this EP is really incredible, and sounds nothing like that at all... there's definitely a hardcore element (as you might expect from Grave Mistake), but there's a lot of stranger stuff happening as well. There's a lot of interesting interplay between the instruments that kind of reminds me of their fellow Texans Institute, but much harder, denser, and more intense. The label description actually mentions the Ruts (one of my favorite bands), and I can totally hear that on the standout track, "All's Quiet," which sounds kind of like a combination of the Ruts and Zounds. It's really refreshing to hear a band incorporate those influences without sounding like a total tribute band (which Institute are occasionally guilty of), and at the end of the day I can't really think of another band that Breakout sound like, and in my book there's really no higher compliment for a hardcore punk record." - Daniel Lupton / Sorry State Records

"Gorgeous, wonderful hardcore, where pummeling downbeats meet vaguely positive guitar upstrokes. I had Breakout pitched to me as “Bad Brains meet the Ruts,” and it’s as accurate as anything I can come up with. There’s a sense of 4/4 time, without anything ever being explicitly ska-punk — listen to “All’s Quiet” for a perfect example of that. However, there’s also the stomping progression of “No Sooner Said Than Done,” which comes in, walks into the room, punches you in the face, and clomps back out. However, there’s “Fill Your Boots,” which might just be the most perfect blend of punk rock’s melody with hardcore’s energy I’ve heard yet this year. It’s a song that again, hearkens to something (I’m going to say Cocksparrer) without explicitly being a streetpunk song. The energy on this release had me chomping at the bit to put it on my turntable over and over since True Crime came in the mail. There’s just something about the way the low end powerfully annihilates while at the same time the guitar manages to keep everything musically positive. With lyrics like “I stand accused/ Without a voice” from “No Sooner Said Than Done,” this could’ve been a real downer of a record, but Breakout manages to latch onto a sense of getting something accomplished, whether by tooth or claw, and it comes through in each and every note.Breakout’s True Crime 7-inch isn’t Heartless, but neither is it New Bomb Turks. This quartet reminds me of nothing so much as the harder-edged version of Night Birds, who are pretty much the last band whom I heard and absolutely had to spin their single over and over and over again. Not coincidentally, that release was also on Grave Mistake, from whom you should buy this record." - Nick Spacek / Rock Star Journalist

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WEBSTORE UPDATE! New Releases from VIOLENT REACTION, 2X4, AGGRESSION PACT, TEENGENERATE, and MORE

Hello again! Back with another Grave Mistake Webstore Update for you. As expected, I've added a ton of stuff to the store this week so there are plenty of new records to get your hardcore punk fix from!
 
A quick label update before we begin ...

The Red Death Permanent Exile LP has been out officially for a little over a week now, thanks to all who have picked up a copy.  We've got a few of the first press available for order in the webstore, but they are going fast!  You should also be able to find them in your favorite store / distro by now or you can pick one up directly from the band, who are two weeks into their US tour with The Flex - check out the rest of their tour dates HERE.

The feedback on Permanent Exile so far has been great, very excited to see people digging the LP as much as we do. You can check out some rad reviews on Noisey and Pitchfork, or you can just give the record a listen HERE if you haven't had a chance to do so yet.

Red Death have also contributed a brand new track to the Red Line Compilation, a new tape comp featuring twelve current DC bands like Pure Disgust, Semper Eadem, Stand Off, Protester, DOC, and more.  The tape has unfortunately sold out for now but you can stream or download the entire compilation HERE.

In other news, Tenement have announced some details for their upcoming 2xLP, Predatory Headlights, out this June on Don Giovanni Records! Very excited to have some new Tenement tunes in the very near future; you can hear a preview track from the new record HERE. And of course, if you haven't picked up a copy of the Bruised Music Volume One singles LP, we've still got it up in the store and bandcamp for your buying or listening pleasure.

Finally, thanks to everyone who came out to Damaged City fest a few weeks back, it was a blast meeting a ton of people, seeing some old friends, selling some records, and playing as well. I've got two boxes of leftover Government Warning shirts sitting here - but the time has come to get them in the store so expect those to be available next week for sure.

That's all for now, plenty of stuff in the works though so stay tuned …
 
////// WEBSTORE UPDATE - APRIL 30, 2014 //////
 
 
GRAVE MISTAKE WEBSTORE:
http://store.gravemistakerecords.com

WHAT'S NEW for April 30, 2015:
http://store.gravemistakerecords.com/collections/new

Looks like another month has passed since the last update, so of course this one is jam packed with new releases (as well as a few not so new titles I'm just now getting my hands on). I'll keep the recap short - peep the list below, a ton of stuff from labels like Painkiller, La Vida Es Un Mus, Taken By Surprise, Adult Crash, Revelation, Ugly Pop, Dirtnap, Lumpy Records and more - new releases from VIOLENT REACTION, 2x4, CREEPING DOSE, MYSTIC INANE, AGGRESSION PACT, CONSTANT FEAR, RITUAL CONTROL, DEATH INJECTION, and SIN MOTIVO plus some cool reissues, collections, and fanclub releases from YDI, SADO-NATION, SCREAMING SNEAKERS, SUICIDE SQUAD, LEATHERFACE, MEAN JEANS, SUICIDAS, and TEENGENERATE to name a few.
 
There are also a lot of restocks in this update, including restocks on the BOSTON STRANGLER "Fire" LP, LEATHERFACE "Mush" and "Minx" LPs, tons of classics from Revelation Records, all of the MARKED MEN LPs and RADIOACTIVITY LP, both DIE 7"s, the FORESEEN LP, FLESH WORLD LP and a bunch more LVEUM restocks, X "Aspirations" LP., GREEN BERET LP, and much more. The full restock list is at the bottom of this email. All in all, a pretty sweet update.

Check it out, and thanks for the support!

Alex / Grave Mistake Records

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New in the Webstore for 04.30.15:

2x4 "Eight Song EP" 7" (Twerp Records)
First vinyl output from this longstanding Boston punk band. 8 songs of 80's nyc/boston blend of hardcore sounds. 500 records on black vinyl. Comes with an insert.

AGGRESSION PACT "S/T" 7" (Painkiller Records)
Debut release for this band formed by Dan from Waste Management and Ryan from Green Beret and firing off rounds in the tuneful traditions of BGK, N.O.T.A., A.O.D., and other bands with acronyms for names. Mark from Wasted Time and Mercy Killings handles the vocal portion of the group ensuring a real "Nuthin but Net" execution.

ARMS RACE "Gotta Get Out (US Pressing)" 7" (Painkiller Records)
The New Wave of British Hardcore marches on with this domestic release of Arms Race's debut 7" as a prelude to a North American tour in the spring of 2015. A volatile collision of their British ancestors (Chaos UK, Ultra Violent), and those from across the pond (YDI, Life's Blood), with members also tied to Violent Reaction, The Flex, Crown Court, and plenty more. Rough and rabid - London continues to prove that they've got one of the best scenes going for real hardcore in the present day. Don't miss this one.

CONSTANT FEAR "Dronekill" LP (Painkiller Records)
Longtime Knife Fight mastermind Jon Westbrook emerges with his latest creation with the help of 3/4 of Dry-Rot. A 15-song lp comparable musically to Final Conflict, early C.O.C., or False Liberty, Constant Fear play a pure strain of meat and potatoes USHC that ran thick in their Southern California locale throughout the 1980's. The vocal attack is burlier than that might suggest, almost in line with the first Infest lp or Trip 6.

VIOLENT REACTION "Marching On" LP (Revelation Records)
Originally conceived and executed as a one-man project by Tom Pimlott on the banks of the Mersey River in Liverpool, England, Violent Reaction recorded a demo in 2011, an EP in 2012 and an LP for Painkiller Records in 2013. Soon after, Tom relocated to Leeds to assemble a full band with an end result that finds the lads playing straight edge, hardcore punk with an obvious oi influence. With a lengthy American tour with their brother band The Flex under their belt, Violent Reaction is set to make their Revelation Records debut with "Marching On." Vinyl version includes digital download of this record.

GIVE "Sonic Bloom" 12"
(Revelation Records)
GIVE was conceived at the tail end of 2008 and has done very little resting since then. Over the course of extensive touring and releasing two 12"s, a half dozen 7"s plus a cassette, GIVE has proved themselves as a band who are not content to rest either physically or artistically. Sonically, they reference that sweet spot of exploration where the freshman class of Revelation artists dared to trespass in their later days. 12"ep includes digital download.

SUICIDE SQUAD "I Hate School" 7" (Fanclub Release)
Crazy that someone made a fan club edition of this female-fronted Aussie punk ripper from 1979 that actually sounds better than the original. This is top 10 Australian punk singles for me, personally. Essential, especially since an original will run you $300.

MAD, THE "Fried Egg" 7
" (Fanclub Release)
Reissue of this great 70s NYC punker on the great 1977 label. If you've picked up any of 1977's releases you know that they're way expensive here in the US, but they're worth it as they always look and sound great. This reissue comes with a HUGE fold-out poster sleeve and of course the vinyl contains two of the Mad's best tracks, "The Hell" and "Disgusting." It's awesome that we've been seeing so much Mad stuff reissued lately, but this is the real deal, a spot-on repro of their 2nd 7".

SADO NATION "S/T" 7" (Fanclub Release)
This is an essential fan club edition of one of the best Portland punk 7"s, the original Sado-Nation EP. An original of this will run you $300-$400, but now is your chance to own a VERY quality reissue of this classic punk slab. ESSENTIAL

SCREAMING SNEAKERS "S/T" 7" (Fanclub Release)
Violent Days" is a great 80s punk anthem and the standout track on this 4 song EP, however fans of death rock might be attracted to the melancholic, new wave jams of "Grin and Bear" and "Reflections". This recent 7" fanclub import isn't cheap, but it's a lot more affordable than the 1982 original.

RITUAL CONTROL "Innoculation" 7"
(Sabatoge Records)
RITUAL CONTROL started in early 2013, drawing members from a healthy assortment of West Coast hardcore acts like No Static, Condition, Provos, Torso, Effluxus etc. Under their belt they have a 6 song demo cassette and a 4 song 7" ep released last year on Residue records. Sabotage is happy to bring out the third release: Four songs of heavy hitting hardcore with elements of modern dbeat. Drawing influence from such bands as, Mind Eraser, Koward, and Entombed. RC's sound continues to develop as the band slams on and this record is proof of that. Sharp, heavy and disconcerting hardcore with vicious vocals. Recorded by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA.

SUICIDAS "Los Primeros 7"s" LP
(Sabatoge Records)
SUICIDAS comes from Barcelona, Vienna and Chile and plays straightforward, passionate, raging punk with tons of melody and female/male vocals that could be described as “soaring.” Well thought out, tight, perfect and anthemic… They sound as if they’re taking some cues from THE BRAT and some certain Scandinavian contemporaries, but they’re really making their own mark here and forging their own path.The lyrics speak about social issues,beats,lies betrayal and broken hearts. From the bratt and husker du to uÅLltimo resorte. I wouldn’t expect anything less from members of RUIDOSA, BELGRADO and DESTINO FINAL. Yes, you want this. Active since late 2011,here are the first two 7inch's on one LP

SIN MOTIVO "Guerra De Flores" 7" (Self Released)
Our friends in Narcotic Influence are proud to announce the release of the Guerra De Flores 7" by Denton, TX's Sin Motivo, who share members with Wiccans. They played a barely-attended NYC show on a bad night and blew me away with how good they were. Their recordings capture that energy perfectly and this is some of the most driving and propulsive hardcore punk I've heard in ages. You need to hear this. They have a bunch more stuff coming out soon. Limited to 300 copies. Essential.

CREEPING DOSE "Filth is Power" 7"
(Self Released)
After a few impressive demos, NYC's Creeping Dose has self-released their debut EP. With elements of European hardcore, raw punk, and even dark pogo, Creeping Dose have proven themselves to be one of the most formidable live acts in the NYC hardcore punk scene, finally capturing that energy on this record. Members of Anasazi. Highly recommended.

PERMACULTURE "They Advance" 7" (Side Two Records)
New EP from Permaculture, a project from members of Nuclear Family/Nervous Trend/Social Circkle/Green Beret etc... 4 new tracks that build on the peace-punk/Penis Envy vibe of the demo whilst adding some post-punk touches and more hardcore edge in place.

SLUGGA "Parasite" 7" (Total Punk Records)
Shave your head, and lace up your boots because Slugga is here and they're thirsty for blood.  Following their killer demo tape on Muckman last year, Total Punk is proud to present their debut single.  Aggressive, sneering, slime covered hardcore from Atlanta that is menacing, misanthropic, and 100% TOTAL PUNK!

FREEDOM "Pay the Price" 7"
(Triple B Records)
Detroit, MI's very own Freedom makes their debut on Back To Back Records with their new record, "Pay The Price." This eight-song 7" is inspired by hardcore staples such as Agnostic Front and Straight Ahead.

DEATH INJECTION "Hate for Myself and Everyone Else" LP
(Triple B Records)
Death Injection formed in 2013 with one goal in mind, to write back to basics straight edge hardcore punk. DI is heavily influenced by 82' Boston and takes cues from darker elements of early American Hardcore (Poison Idea, YDI, Negative Approach, ect) while still putting their own spin on things and not just rehashing the past. After their 2013 demo, and 2014 cassette, 2015 brings the release of their debut LP, 'Hate For Myself And Everyone Else'. 12 raw, uncompromising, hardcore punk anthems that are full of hate.

MYSTIC INANE "Eggs on a Plate" 7" (Lumpy Records)
Never gonna be the same after hearing this song. Perfect, unique downer punk/hardcore.

TRAUMA HARNESS "Tried My Hardest" LP
(Lumpy Records)
Killer rainy day punk. After 3 and a half years of putting out tapes, here is their smokin’ vinyl debut.

BARCELONA "Extremo Hihilismo en Barcelona" LP (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Extremo Nihilismo En Barcelona is the sound of a slow cooking bomb. The 8 tracks of anxious hardcore contained within this 45 RPM 12" are pretty much what it says on the tin. Extreme, Nihilist and utterly Barcelonian. The sound of the eternal frustration with your surroundings. The soundtrack of falling out with everyone around you. Musically filled with a solid yet counter intuitive rhythm section, insanely violent riffs and the angriest and the most credible female vocalist since FIRMEZA 10 stopped playing. The barely 11 minutes of music contained on this 12" rate amongst the most claustrophobic hardcore sound I've ever heard.  The package of the record was taken care by Oriol Roca (one of the greatest artists alive in my humble opinion and incidentally the drummer of BARCELONA) which reflects the vibe of the record flawlessly adding yet another layer of meaning to the whole project._

HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS "S/T" 7" (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
La Vida Es Un Mus reissue the 2011 7" from HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS. These three songs are insanely catchy, keyboard-drenched, punk stompers fronted by a sephardic miscreant known only by the mysterious handle of Hank Wood. This record possesses such snarky, yet dangerous attitude. Lead track 'Shoulda Listen (To Mommah)' is a dirty garage dirge that's part 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, part CRAMPS and part THE DOORS._

PRAG "S/T" 7" (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Perth punks PRAG unleashed 4 tracks of unhinged mutant hardcore. The nasty sounds of this EP are a hybrid of Finnish Hardcore circa 1982, Japanese low production flexis from the ADK days and Spanish heavy hitting hardcore. All blended with a healthy DISORDER vibe and a rat sounding GERMS style vocalist. All in all a damaging piece of pogo inducing hardcore-punk with a teeth cutting guitar tone, a wall of reverb and an urgent beat. File next to GLAM, DESTINO FINAL, CRAZY SPIRIT or SEXUAL.  The EP comes housed in a reverse board pocket sleeve with a hard card insert, both designed by Brvce which manages to match perfectly music and graphics on this release._

DISASTER "War Cry" LP w/ Flexi (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Originally released in 1991 War Cry was one of the first purely DISCHARGE influenced bands to span what later become popularly known as D-Beat. Hailing from Halifax, they were part of a new wave of raging UK bands with worshiped "Why" as the finest piece on non-music ever recorded. DISASTER faded into obscurity shortly after releasing their MLP and War Cry became a cult record among raw hardcore fans worldwide counting visionaries as Kawakami from DISCLOSE as one of their biggest fans.  Finally reissued on CD in Japan in 2006 with extra live sets and unreleased songs LVEUM decide to bring this record back to life on its original format. This reissue comes with an extra Flexi Disc including two Discharge cover songs ( "Mania from Conquest" off the V/A  Discharged CD and the unreleased  "Fight Back" from the War Cry MLP session) as well as "Death Race" from the "A nightmare on Albion Street" compilation LP. It also comes with a 12 pages 11"x11" booklet containing flyers, pictures, interview and other memorabilia. To top things up Japanese copies will include an extra insert with DISASTER's history written by Jacky Crust War as well as Japanese translations of the ban lyrics.

CRISIS "Kollective" 2xLP (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
For the first time ever, the three Crisis singles are officially re-released on Vinyl along with demos from 77 and 78 and a simply stunning sounding live set from Norway in 1979.  The debut 7" from 1978 on Action Group Records, 'No Town Hall'  features three stonewall punk classics. The next two singles 'UK79' and 'Alienation' make up the four tracks recorded for a John Peel Session in 1978. The lyrics are a product of the time against a backdrop of street fights with the National Front, violence at gigs, institutional racism within the police force, class division, industrial strife, sexual repression… Upon reflection not much has really changed in the last 35 years! Also included are demo tracks from 1977 and 1978 which are raw and basic punk just as you would expect. They have never been officially released on vinyl before. Sides Three and Four features a live set recorded when Crisis played Norway in 1979 which features all of the material that later turned up on ‘Hymns Of Faith’. The sound quality of the recording is so good it would pass as a studio recording.  The record comes housed in a tip on heavyweight sleeve with detailed liner notes, reviews, interviews, and a few unseen group photos. The sleeve picture taken in Kiev in 2012 couldn't be more relevant, capturing the Zeitgeist - which was part of what Punk was all about in the first place.

VIXENS "S/T" LP (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
"Vixens look like the Runaways before they met Kim Fowley, and sound like Gallhammer before they discovered doom. Unrequited anger oozes from every pore of this monster, a triumph of will over talent" - Jean Encoule. We couldn't have said better. VIXENS are a low-fi hardcore band from Halifax, Canada which reeks of irreverent punk. These 4 women take you on a deranged 9 song trip telling you about their personal habits with absolutely complacency until you learn that you can live without thinking. A Crucial mess if I am allow to say it._

JUANITA Y LOS FEOS "Nueva Numancia" LP (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Third full length of JUANITA Y LOS FEOS from Madrid. Twelve new wave stompers clocking in at just over 30 minutes. Dark and catchy tunes reflect perfectly the current Spanish youth mood. Depressing and hopeless at times yet sarcastic and naïve. The production is sharp and the stunning female vocals take each track to pop heaven.Think a mix of The Fastbacks, The Go Go's, The Gun Club and X. Addictive sounds for Spanish Nueva Ola lovers.

LIFE "The World Lies Across Them" LP (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Reissue of Tokyo's LIFE debut LP from 1999. Classic second wave Japanese Blown Out Crust Hardcore. Contemporary with bands like DISCLOSE (which Abe Chan from LIFE played bass at times), GLOOM, FRIGORA or COLLAPSE SOCIETY,   "The World Lies Across Them" remains as one of the most intense Japanese hardcore records of their time. Their intense music is equally matched by their strong Anti Nuclear and Pro-Peace message. 500 press

MEAN JEANS "Singles" LP
(Dirtnap Records)
This epic 20 song collection comps singles, compilation appearances, a few covers (White Wires, Big Eyes, Sparks) and one track from deep in the vaults making its vinyl debut!  Originally released on labels such as Dirtnap (natch!) Goner, Trouble In Mind, It’s Alive, Big Neck, and more, Singles works as a great overview of a now established band’s humble beginnings and subsequent progression. Listening to these songs reminds us of why we fell so hard for these guys in the first place, it’s been really fun for us here at Dirtnap to revisit some of this stuff!  It’s all covered, from their earliest 2 piece recordings, to the 1st album era with Howie Doodat on bass, to their current, slightly (but not much!) more polished lineup with Junior Jeans. This comp shows the band at their rawest, oftentimes most goofy and irreverent, and oftentimes best. Pick it up.

YDI "A Place in the Sun" 2xLP
(Southern Lord Records)
In the early 1980s, YDI put Philadelphia, PA on the punk map with their ferocious brand of hardcore. In 1983, they unleashed their debut 7" "A Place In The Sun," a blistering nine-track blast of American hardcore fury. Circa 1985, the band changed musical directions and created filthy, metallic, damaged punk. The "Black Dust" (a concoction of PCP, heroin and formaldehyde) LP was YDI's final recording and a criminally underrated slab of disgusting mayhem. This double vinyl document contains every known recording of the band. Also inside is a 10" x 10", full-color photo book with tons of never-before-seen images.

LEATHERFACE "More Mush" LP (Fanclub Release)
Fan club release that collects "Smokey Joe", "Not Superstitious", "I Want the Moon", & "Compact & Bijou" - 14 songs in all!
 
*We've also got copies of the Mush and Minx LPs back in stock!
 
TEENGENERATE "Live at Shelter" LP (Ugly Pop Records)
I'm going to guess that pretty much nobody reading this needs to be told about Teengenerate; they're one of the most rightfully-revered punk rock bands of the past 25 years! That said, this is still the very first time ever on vinyl for one of their greatest recordings, 2001's "Live At Shelter". I was in Japan when this came out, and it seemed to be playing in every store we visited. My friend and I were totally stoked on it, but decided to hold off on buying the CD and wait for the LP...which never came. Fourteen years later, I'm very pleased to be able to make this happen.  Fifteen tracks of high-octane, high-energy raw punk here, and don't be scared by the 'live' angle-- this sounds better than most of their studio records. Played with both the swagger to win over fans of classic garage rock and the fury to appeal to '80s hardcore enthusiasts, this is truly one for everybody.

VICTIM PARTY, THE "Getting to Know The Victim Party" LP (Ugly Pop Records)
I'm extremely stoked to be releasing this, the second LP by one of the best Canadian punk bands in ages-- it's not a reissue, but once I heard the recording, it became my most-listened to music of 2014 and I had to get it on vinyl. THE VICTIM PARTY hail from Toronto, and feature members of various 'name' bands of the past couple decades, including frontman Colin of Marilyn's Vitamins, whose first EP came out on Ugly Pop seventeen years ago! The music here is very strong, tuneful punk rock, fast-paced and tough with smart lyrics spat out by the duel male/female vocals, and the songwriting is exceptional. This draws on too many influences to be easily pinned down, but it's a good bet you'll dig it if you like Dillinger Four, Leatherface, Marked Men or Cleveland Bound Death Sentence.

THEE NODES / NAUGHTY GIRLS Split 7" (Abscess Records)
Churned from Montreal's sleazy underbelly comes a split 7" from two of the city's most hated bands. One side A, NAUGHTY GIRLS offer some pent up ragers while THEE NODES take it down a notch on side AA with some mid-paced freaky rockers, taken from the same session as their debut 7". Canadian culture at its finest folks!

COTTAGING "S/T" 7" (Abscess Records)
Cottaging is an outfit of cellar secretions from Providence, Rhode Island. Untrustworthy curmudgeons ingesting Chrome and spewing aural shit over the Northeast Corridor. Punk rejects that include members of Libyans, Cult Ritual and Diet Cokeheads.

BIG NILS "Bitch Gutsssssss" 7" (Abscess Records)
BIG NILS are a four piece, teenage punk band from Northampton, MA, playing noisy, aggressive punk. Features COCO GORDON MOORE on vocals, (daughter of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth).

NEU-RONZ "S/T" 7" (Adult Crash Records)
First output by a relatively new Stockholm hc/punk outfit featuring a bunch of gnarly old punx. 6 songs in about as many minutes. Short and to the point!

DAMAGED HEAD "S/T" 7" (Adult Crash Records)
Members of a bunch of my favourite Swedish HC bands of recent years proving that Sweden still has great HC to offer. Has me all excited!!! "Damaged Head is a new band featuring people from Herätys, Institution, Nitad, Agent Attitude and Separation. That´s a good track record just looking at previous bands and since I´ve heard the recording I can only say this is a contender for EP of the year"

PRIMITIVE RITES "Amount To Nothing" 7" (Adult Crash Records)
6 new songs of tough yet catchy Malmö Hardcore/Punk

ALRIGHT "S/T" 7" (Self Aware Records)
Alright takes the more direct approach to songwriting when compared to their previous bands. Most songs are no frills pop anthems coated in fuzz and sugary vocals.

LEGENDARY WINGS "Do You See?" LP
(Dirtnap Records)
Kalamazoo MI's Legendary Wings are back with the 2nd LP for Dirtnap! Do You See improves upon the template set by their first album (Making Paper Roses, Fall 2012), alternating bursts of caffeinated punk-pop with mid-tempo jangly numbers, all served up raw and catchy as hell. Think fun, high energy music, but with enough melancholy in the lyrics to keep this far from the realm of vapid party jams. While this isn’t too far removed musically from some of the more well-known bands on Dirtnap (think Denton, TX) there is an unmistakable quality to Legendary Wings that makes them instantly and unmistakably identifiable as hailing from the Midwest.  The band has kept busy since their debut album, touring the East Coast, playing Gonerfest and the Dirtnap Records NYC Showcase, with members playing on well-received records by I Get Mynze and No Bails. While Making Paper Roses was a sprawling 16 song epic, Do You See goes for the opposite effect: at a relatively brief 10 song set, this winds up being a tighter, more focused, more concise effort, which really allows the top-notch songwriting (Seriously, listen to the song Weather Advisory and tell us that wouldn’t be a monster hit in a perfect world!) shine through.

ENDLESS COLUMN "Summer" 7"
(Taken By Surprise Records)
ENDLESS COLUMN started in 2010 when Doug Burns (OBSERVERS, RED DONS) moved to Chicago and started the band together with Jimmy Hollywood (TYRADES), David Wolf (DAYLIGHT ROBBERY) and Eric Watts. They deliver rocking lo-fi garagerock with surfy undertones. These four songs are taken from their demo, recorded and mixed entirely on a Tascam 246 in the summer of 2011, and mastered by Daniel Husayn at North London Bomb Factory. The band went on a hiatus after Burns moved away for school and is now back together playing shows again. One time pressing of 500 on black vinyl in screenprinted sleeves.

PISS TEST "Second" 7"
(Taken By Surprise Records)
PISS TEST return with a second EP and continue their assault of snotty punkrock jams in the vein of ANGRY SAMOANS, THE LEWD or Portland's KBD heroes THE STIPHNOYDS. Four new tracks, four new hits.

CHEMICALS "Chemical Livin' (Euro Press) LP
(Taken By Surprise Records)
Repress of Portland’s finest garagepunkers first LP. Jonny Cat assembled Rich Preinesberger, Hajji Husayn and Douglas Burns of PDX punk stalwarts RED DONS to record this album in 2009 during the same session as RD’s FAKE MEETS FAILURE. 12 raygun blasts of nihilistic, futuristic and chemicalistic punk! Originally released on JONNY CAT RECORDS in 2009, this record has been remastered by Hajji Husayn at NORTH LONDON BOMB FATCORY MASTERING and has updated artwork by NYC’s finest AVI SPIVAK! 500 copies only, ever.

PISS TEST "Biggest Band in Europe" LP
(Taken By Surprise Records)
Portland, Oregon, tolerant Oregon, is having yet another supergroup taking the punk world by storm. After a debut 7" on JONNYCAT and a split with FIST CITY on DRUNKEN SAILOR, they finally spit out their first full length LP. Fronted by arguably Portland's angriest man Zachary Brooks (RED DONS, SCOTT BAIO ARMY, SODA POP KIDS) and backed by fellow PDX stalwarts Samantha (DOTTIE ATTIE, NEO BOYS, WIPERS) and Rodrigo (RED SHADOWS, POISON IDEA, AUTISTIC YOUTH) they deliver 13 snotty punk jams that tackle EVERY topic that needs to be tackled. They are the biggest band in Europe. By far.

MANDATES, THE "S/T" LP (Taken By Surprise Records)
The Mandates are a punk/power-pop quartet based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Formed in 2010, Matt Sikkens, Jimmy Sixx, Kirch N. Destroy and their drummer, Tahoe, have dedicated the most ambitious few years of their lives to writing the best '77 pop punk anthems their minds can arrange. Taking cues from classic acts like Teenage Head, Thin Lizzy, New York Dolls and The Jam, The Mandates have forged through their music scene, creating something vintage and yet somehow maintaining a modern appeal. The 12" follow-up to their first single "Take You to the Dance" os boasting their most danceable choruses and inspired lyrics to date. This full length vinyl release, produced by Portland punk rock aficionado Pat Kearns (Exploding Hearts, Nice Boys, Red Dons, Clorox Girls) is a passionate and earnest endeavour.

CRY, THE "Dangerous Game" LP
(Taken By Surprise Records)
Portland, Oregon’s powerpop sensation returns with their second album to date and for those of you who thought that they can’t top their stellar debut, I’m sorry to disappoint you but on DANGEROUS GAME they are taking things to a whole new level. Ten new tracks of 100% pure pop drawing influence from all decades of Rock’N'Roll.  “A breathless collection full of high energy songs colored by a punk vocal aesthetic and good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ pop chops. The hooks are strong throughout; the backing vocals are top-notch; the album flows like fine wine with a kick. I predict big things for this album. Anyone with even a passing interest in high-energy pop ‘n’ roll is going to go crazy for your latest effort!” -Alan Haber / Pure Pop Radio

CHEMICALS "For Real for Life Forever (Euro Press)" LP
(Taken By Surprise Records)
For people who've invested a lot of time and energy mapping the vast, complicated genome of the local punk community, Portland's Chemicals are something of a supergroup. Comprising members of Cyclops, Triggers, Sleepwalkers, RIP and Straitjacket—among countless others—the band plays loose-limbed garage punk, free of frills but not without surprisese, It's powerful stuff, sounding like the product of lifers who've been around the dirty, trash-strewn block a few times...

COCK SPARRER "True Grit Outtakes" LP (Pirates Press Records)
Remixed and remastered, this includes all of the tracks that were recorded for their debut with Decca, only uncut with all the count-ins and banter in-between. Previously released on CD by Captain Oi! as "Rarities," this record is like a snapshot of being in the studio with Cock Sparrer during the very early days. As would be expected with such an amazing band, many of these songs have held strong through decades of new music and continue to reign as many of the "hits" they still perform today

FORCED ORDER "Retribution" 7" (Revelation Records)
Forced Order are Southern California hardcore heavyweights with members currently or previously having been in some of the scene's premier heavy bands like Twitching Tongues, Harness, Disgrace and other members of the Rev family, Soul Search. Their sound takes cues from the '90s Cleveland scene, with a crunch and metallic edge reminiscent of In Cold Blood, Integrity and "Birth Is Pain"-era Ringworm. They are delivering a 7" recorded by Bill Korecky at the Mars Compound (Integrity, In Cold Blood, etc.) as well as an upcoming LP recorded by Taylor Young via Revelation Records

RUKUS "S/T" 7" (Viper Deathlock Records)
First vinyl output from this longtime Australian punk band.

DISTORT #46 Zine (Distort)
"'BIG NILS are a four piece, teenage punk band from Northampton, MA, playing noisy, aggressive punk. Features COCO GORDON MOORE on vocals, (daughter of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth).' This brash young gang of noise-makers are conjuring some serious volume and clatter that is sure to make Ma and Pa Feedback proud. Big Nils also really like their f'ing expletives cause every line is a bratty yelp of four letter filth and farn. Then again there really is now feeling like screaming cuss words at top volume. Sounding akin to Mayor Daley, Cacaw, Body Cop and Godhead Silo or maybe White Lung on ludes, Big Nils churn out huge meaty chaotic brat punk with loads of attitude and if these young 'uns are just teenagers now than hold on to your hat cuz if this single is any indication of the mayhem to follow than we're all gonna be in a world of hurt."

LIFE STINKS, I LIKE THE KINKS Zine #1
(Distort)
From DX of DISTORT mag - the first in a series of half-size fanzines dedicated to THE KINKS. As DX states, "An expression of the sickness of The Kinks and their fanatical audience." Writing on: MR PLEASANT, DAVID WATTS , I’M ON AN ISLAND, LOVE ME TIL THE SUN SHINES, SUNNY AFTERNOON b/w I’M NOT LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, SOME MOTHERS SON, PICTURE BOOK / PEOPLE TAKE PICTURES OF EACH OTHER. A real cool read featuring cover art from Avi Spivak to boot. North American edition with RED cover printed by Feel It.

LIFE STINKS, I LIKE THE KINKS Zine #2 (Distort)
Second volume of work in the LIFE STINKS - KINKS fanzine series from DX of DISTORT mag. Life Stinks I Like The Kinks #2 includes writing on: WONDERBOY, APEMAN, TOO MUCH ON MY MIND, SITTING BY THE RIVERSIDE, TWO SISTERS, LAVENDER HILL.  Also in this issue, a contribution from Douglas P (Death In June) and cover art again by Avi Spivak. North American printing with RED cover.

LIFE STINKS, I LIKE THE KINKS Zine #3 (Distort)
Third in the series of KINKS fanzines from DX of Distort, LIFE STINKS #3 features coverage of the following Kinks tracks ‘Waterloo Sunset’ ‘Days’ ‘Autumn Alamanac’ ‘Dedicated Follower Of Fashion’ ‘Nothin’ In This World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl’ ‘Australia,' plus original illustrations from Avi Spivak. North American edition with red cover printed and distributed by Feel It.

RELUCTANT MOSHER Zine #4 (Zine)
Hardcore Punk fanzine based in Northern England. Featuring Shrapnel, TORSO, Agent Attitude UK Tour diary, The Repossessed, The New Wave of Sheffield HC Punk, loads of reviews and much more.

MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #384 - May 2015 (MRR)
It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #384, the May 2015 issue! Despite what we told you in our April issue, fools, we’re not abandoning the interview form… Cover stars G.L.O.S.S. took no prisoners on their recent West Coast tour and MRR sat down with them before their San Jose show for their first print interview—absolutely not to be missed! We also have conversations with Bay Area live powerhouse VIOLENCE CREEPS, Spain’s TRANCE, and Wu Wei, the frontman of one of China’s oldest punk bands, SMZB. Ian Svenonius interviewed FAT CREEPS in advance of their upcoming European tour, and Osa Atoe of Shotgun Seamstress talked to Monica Estrella Negra about Chicago’s Black and Brown Punk Shows. Sean Gray and Neve Bianco discussed Sean’s amazing new project, Is This Venue Accessible?, a crowdsourced website gathering information about accessibility of venues and DIY punk spaces worldwide, and more broadly, the experience of being disabled punks. Plus an interview with the director of the San Diego punk doc It’s Gonna Blow, a conversation with Finland’s VIVISEKTIO about their decades-long involvement in hardcore—based 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, they might be one of the northernmost bands ever interviewed in Maximum!—and, of course, all the columns and reviews you’ve come to expect.
 
Restocks for 04.30.15:
 
ABUSED, THE "Loud and Clear" LP
AGNOSTIC FRONT "United Blood" 7"
ARCHAIC "Noise in Your Head" 7"
AUTISTC YOUTH  "Nonage" LP
BELGRADO "Siglo XXI" LP
BELGRADO "Vicious Circle" 7"
BLACKBALL Demo Tape
BOSTON STRANGLER "Fire" LP
CAL AND THE CALORIES "Demo" 7"
CIV "Set Your Goals" LP
COCK SPARRER "Shock Troops" LP
CONVICT Demo Tape
CRIMINAL INSTINCT "Fever" 7"
CRISIS "Hymns of Faith" LP
DESTINO FINAL "Atrapados LP
DIE "S/T" 7"
DIE "Vexed" 7"
FLESH WORLD "S/T" 12"
FORESEEN "Helsinki Savagery" LP
GLUE "S/T" 7"
GORILLA BISCUITS "S/T" 7"
GORILLA BISCUITS "Start Today (Silver Anniversary)" LP
GREEN BERET "The Cult of State" 7"
GREEN BERET "Violence is Their Currency" LP
HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS "Go Home" LP
HARD STRIPES "S/T (2nd)" 7"
HITLER SS / TAMPAX - Split 7"
IVY "S/T" LP
JUDGE "What it Meant: The Complete Discography" 2xLP
KOWARD "Desperate" 7"
LEATHERFACE "Minx" LP
LEATHERFACE "Mush" LP
LONG KNIFE "Possession" 7"
LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS "Collection" LP
MAGIC CIRCLE "Lighting Her Fire" 7"
MARKED MEN  "Fix My Brain" LP
MARKED MEN  "Ghosts" LP
MARKED MEN, THE  "On the Outside" LP
MEAN JEANS "On Mars" LP
MIND SPIDERS "S/T" LP
NEO-PUNKZ "Fascist Fuckerz" 7"
NUKES, THE "Fascist Perverts" 7"
OMEGAS "Blasts of Lunacy" LP
PORNO CASSETTES "Your Face, A Fucking Disgrace" 7"
PRIMETIME "S/T" 7"
PRISONER ABUSE "S/T" LP
PROJECT X "Straight Edge Revenge" 7"
RADIOACTIVITY "S/T" LP
RIVAL MOB, THE "Mob Justice" LP
STEP FORWARD "S/T" 7"
TURNSTILE "Pressure to Succeed" 7"
TURNSTILE "Step 2 Rhythm" 7"
UNA BESTIA INCONTROLABLE "Observant Com el Món es Destrueix" LP
V/A "Charred Remains Compilation 2xLP
VIOLENT FUTURE "S/T (First)" 7"
WETBRAIN "S/T" LP
WICCANS "Field II" LP
X "Aspirations" LP
YOUTH OF TODAY "Break Down the Walls" LP
YOUTH OF TODAY "Can't Close My Eyes (2012)" LP
YOUTH OF TODAY "We're Not in This Alone" LP

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

RED DEATH "Permanent Exile" Full Album Stream / US Tour with The Flex Begins This Week


 
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"But even on a clear head of bright light and clean air, there’s no way an honest man or woman can listen to the nine songs these D.C. boys have presented here and not consider it both a continuation and a re-writing of the aesthetical merits of where metal and hardcore blurred its ways into one another somewhere about thirty years ago. The Sabbath-cum-Discharge lineage is there sonically no doubt, and yes, it is projected by a group of wells-studied dudes reaping the benefits from guys like me and your Uncle Phil (you know... the one with the runny eye) who did our undeliberate research. We bought and purged tons of records in our youth only for them to be uploaded into the virtual subconscious of the underground. Am I mad about it? Heck no! I am still as confused, angry, and mentally unstable as I was when I bought records like Corrosion’s Animosity, The English Dogs’ Forward into Battle, and Broken Bones’ Dem Bones as a three-pubed dingus, even though I own a home where I’m free to drink and smoke and urinate off my deck. Red Death are obviously here to soundtrack the universal and timeless shit storm that is life for all of us of all shapes, sizes, demographics and shoe sizes."
- Tony Rettman

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Very excited to bring you the full album stream for Red Death's debut full length, Permanent Exile! Head over to Noisey to give it a listen, and be sure to check out what our pal Tony Rettman had to say in regards to the record. 

The LP is "officially" out next Tuesday, however the band will have copies on their US tour with The Flex (see below), so be sure to grab a copy if you haven't yet.  The LP is currently available in the Grave Mistake webstore along with a few other Red Death releases, and preorders will begin shipping this week.  We also now have the full album up on the Grave Mistake Bandcamp page for a $5 download.

Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of the LP at Damaged City Fest this past weekend! Red Death are currently three days into their full US Tour with the UK's The Flex, you can check out those full dates below. As previously mentioned, they will have copies of both Permanent Exile and their Demo 7", so pick them both up if you find yourself at one of these shows.

In addition to a new LP, Red Death have also contributed an exclusive track to The Red Line Comp Tape, which features twelve current DC Hardcore bands including PURE DISGUST, PROTESTER, NUCLEAR AGE, and more. You can order a copy of The Red Line Comp in the webstore, and the band will have them on tour as well. Red Death are also planning to release a new single on Lockin' Out Records later this summer, so stay tuned for more info on that in the coming months.

Expect to see the LP show up in your favorite stores and distros in the very near future, and thanks to everyone who has picked up a copy so far! Hopefully you check out The Flex and Red Death on tour, because both bands are not to be missed!

Thanks for reading

Alex / Grave Mistake Records

THE FLEX & RED DEATH / USA Tour 2015:

4/10 - 4/12 - Washington D.C. - Damaged City Fest
4/12 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Vaaska, Ajax, Asylum, Hard Stripes (Red Death only)
4/13 - Greensboro, NC @ Fantasy w/ Nervosas, Holder's Scar
4/14 - Savannah, GA @ The Guild Hall w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Anxiety Junkies
4/15 - Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar w/ Society Abuse, Rubbish, Crisis Unit
4/16 - Miami, FL @ Churchills Pub w/ Hit List, Silent Authority
4/17 - Gainesville, FL @ A Space w/ Society Abuse, Rubbish
4/18 - Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar w/ Crisis Unit, Wrists Grow Cold, Dope Fiend
4/19 - New Orleans, LA @ Sisters In Christ w/ Graf Orlock, The World is a Vampire (Early show)
4/20 - Houston, TX @ Black Barbie w/ Paranoid Chant, United Races
4/21 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ Glue, Breakout, Concrete
4/22 - Dallas, TX @ That That w/ Break Away, Modern Pain, Sin Motivo, Bricklayer
4/23 - Las Cruces, NM @ Haphazard Hall w/ Pris, Missing Link, Damien
4/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ 1722 W. Van Buren w/ La Mala Vida, Woundvac, Break Through
4/25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos w/ Blazing Eye, Response, Lock (Matinee)
4/26 - Pomona, CA @ PBW w/ Fury, Enough Said, Human Garbage
4/27 - Sacramento, CA @ The Colony w/ TBA
4/28 - Portland, OR w/ Combat Knife, Odd Man Out
4/29 - Seattle, WA w/ Gag, Wetbrain
4/30 - Olympia, WA w/ Wreck, Brick Layer
5/1 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ No Sir, Torso, Whips
5/2 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose Rock Shop w/ Scalped, Fatigue, Subtle Violence, Fade
5/3 - Bakersfield, CA
5/4 - Las Vegas, NV @ OMD w/ Moon Blood, Acid Rain and Unfair Fight
5/5 - Salt Lake City, UT
5/6 - Denver, CO @ Seventh Circle Music Collective w/ Civilized, Cinderblock
5/7 - Kansas City, MO @ The Sandbox w/ Blindside USA, Traitor K9, Beta Boys
5/8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Junk Joint
5/9 - Chicago, IL
5/10 - St. Louis, MO @ Bonezone w/ Q, Padlock
5/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ TBA w/ CC Murder Dogs, Chipped Teeth
5/12 - Detroit, MI @ Refuge Skate Shop w/ True Love, Breaking Wheel, Eyesore
5/13 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class w/ Stray Dogs
5/14 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City w/ Full of Hell, The Body, Gas Chamber/Cages, Black Houses
5/15 - Boston, MA @ Democracy Center w/ TBA
5/16 - New York, NY @ The Acheron w/ NYC Headhunters
5/17 - New Brunswick, NJ w/ Brain Slug, Ugly Parts
5/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Second Empire w/ The Stasi, Anxiety Hammer
5/19 - Washington D.C.
5/20 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 w/ Barge, Reactor 4

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*Photo by Angela Owens

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

RED DEATH "Permanent Exile" LP - Preorder up NOW!

The upcoming debut LP from Washington DC's RED DEATH, Permanent Exile, is now available for preorder from Grave Mistake Records!
 
You can preorder the LP HERE
 
 
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In 2014, DC's RED DEATH came out of the gate and obliterated everyone with one of the best hardcore demos of the year. Their first recorded output channeled the sheer brutality and precision of crossover classics like Animosity and Cause for Alarm, without straying too far from the rawness and reckless abandon of hardcore punk.  On their new LP, Permanent Exile, Red Death delivers exactly as we hope a band with a strong outset should - with an even more powerful and focused follow up release.  While influences on Permanent Exile range from Negative Approach to The Accused to Anti-Cimex, one thing is made clearly evidently: Red Death are first and foremost a hardcore band.  As hardcore and punk get more fractionalized each year, they are band that puts emphasis and importance on the music they are creating, rather than what scene they fit in or what uniform they are wearing.  Permanent Exile is the record for those of us who appreciate every facet of hardcore, punk, and all genres in between, and that says a lot in 2015.
 
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Permanent Exile will be out on April 21, 2015; all preorders will be emailed a download of the record on April 14th. We pressed up a couple hundred copies on some nice looking RED VINYL for mailorder, so pick up one while you can! 

The record release for Permanent Exile will be the weekend of April 10th - 11th at Damaged City Fest in Washington DC, with a ton of other great bands so hopefully we will see most of you there. Immediately following the fest, both Red Death and the UK's The Flex will be embarking on a month long full US tour, and you can find those dates below.

We have the title track from the LP currently streaming up on the Grave Mistake Bandcamp, so go ahead and give that a listen as well. For those of you attending United Blood Fest this weekend here in Richmond, VA, we will have a two song Red Death promo tape available at various tables around the fest. The tape will have the title track from Permanent Exile, as well as a another track from the LP so grab a copy if you see it, we only made a small number strictly for the fest.
 
For those of you still unacquainted with Red Death, you can check out band's 2014 demo which is up for a free download on Bandcamp and was pressed onto a 7" last month on Grave Mistake. The 7" is available in the webstore HERE, and we also have a preorder bundle if you aren't too concerned with getting color version of the LP but wanted to grab both records for a little discount. That bundle can be found HERE.

Permanent Exile will also see a European Release later this Spring on Hardware Records, who also just posted a preorder for the LP, and that can be found HERE.
 
Permanent Exile is just the beginning of what Red Death have in store for us in 2015.  They are currently in the process of recording for a new 7" EP, coming out this summer on Lockin Out Records, as well as a contribution to The Red Line DCHC Compilation Tape (featuring Protester, Semper Eadem, Stand Off, Genocide Pact, Pure Disgust, and more), which is due out by Damaged City Fest as well. Then later this summer, some pretty sick touring plans in the works, but we will hold off on announcing that until the details are all finalized.
 
Thanks for reading!
 
Alex / Grave Mistake Records

THE FLEX & RED DEATH / USA Tour 2015:

4/10 - 4/12 - Washington D.C. - Damaged City Fest
4/13 - Greensboro, NC @ Fantasy w/ Nervosas, Holder's Scar
4/14 - Savannah, GA @ The Guild Hall w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Anxiety Junkies
4/15 - Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar w/ Society Abuse, Rubbish, Crisis Unit
4/16 - Miami, FL @ Churchills Pub w/ Hit List, Silent Authority
4/17 - Gainesville, FL @ A Space w/ Society Abuse, Rubbish
4/18 - Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar w/ Crisis Unit, Wrists Grow Cold, Dope Fiend
4/19 - New Orleans, LA @ Sisters In Christ w/ Graf Orlock, The World is a Vampire (Early show)
4/20 - Houston, TX @ Black Barbie w/ Paranoid Chant, United Races
4/21 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ Glue, Breakout, Concrete
4/22 - Dallas, TX @ That That w/ Break Away, Modern Pain, Sin Motivo, Bricklayer
4/23 - Las Cruces, NM @ Haphazard Hall w/ Pris, Missing Link, Damien
4/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ 1722 W. Van Buren w/ La Mala Vida, Woundvac, Break Through
4/25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos w/ Blazing Eye, Response, Lock (Matinee)
4/26 - Pomona, CA @ PBW w/ Fury, Enough Said, Human Garbage
4/27 - Sacramento, CA @ The Colony w/ TBA
4/28 - Portland, OR w/ Combat Knife, Odd Man Out
4/29 - Seattle, WA w/ Gag, Wetbrain
4/30 - Olympia, WA w/ Wreck, Brick Layer
5/1 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ No Sir, Torso, Whips
5/2 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose Rock Shop w/ Scalped, Fatigue, Subtle Violence, Fade
5/3 - Bakersfield, CA
5/4 - Las Vegas, NV @ OMD w/ Moon Blood, Acid Rain and Unfair Fight
5/5 - Salt Lake City, UT
5/6 - Denver, CO @ Seventh Circle Music Collective w/ Civilized, Cinderblock
5/7 - Kansas City, MO @ The Sandbox w/ Blindside USA, Traitor K9, Beta Boys
5/8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Junk Joint
5/9 - Chicago, IL
5/10 - St. Louis, MO @ Bonezone w/ Q, Padlock
5/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ TBA w/ CC Murder Dogs, Chipped Teeth
5/12 - Detroit, MI @ Refuge Skate Shop w/ True Love, Breaking Wheel, Eyesore
5/13 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class w/ Stray Dogs
5/14 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City w/ Full of Hell, The Body, Gas Chamber/Cages, Black Houses
5/15 - Boston, MA @ Democracy Center w/ TBA
5/16 - New York, NY @ The Acheron w/ NYC Headhunters
5/17 - New Brunswick, NJ w/ Brain Slug, Ugly Parts
5/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Second Empire w/ The Stasi, Anxiety Hammer
5/19 - Washington D.C.
5/20 - Richmond, VA w/ Barge, Reactor 4
 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GRAVE MISTAKE WEBSTORE UPDATE / March 24, 2015

Holy hell, it's been a minute since you've last seen a Grave Mistake webstore update! I hope everyone has been well over the past couple of months; I've been steadily accumulating releases for the store which are finally up and ready for a new update. I'll try and keep this as short as can be, so let's get right to it.

First off, thanks to everyone who has picked up a TENEMENT Bruised Music Volume One LP; we are all very excited by the feedback this singles collection has received.  All preorders shipped out earlier this month, and the first press of the LP is going fast. Luckily a ton of wonderful stores and distros have picked up copies so it should be pretty easy to get your hands on one.  Toxic Pop and I of course have a nice supply in our respective webstores, so feel free to grab a copy directly from us as well! We will have news on Bruised Music Volume Two in a few months, but just know that there will definitely be second volume of Bruised Music coming out, hopefully before 2015 is up.

Before I get to the webstore update, I also want to mention that we will have a proper announcement for the RED DEATH Permanent Exile LP this week.  Permanent Exile is officially out next month in time for their full US tour with THE FLEX from the UK! We've been keeping it under wraps for the most part while taking care of a few last minute arrangements, but now that everything has fallen into place we are ready to spill the details and give you a little taste of what's to come!

For those of you who have yet to check out DC's Red Death, Grave Mistake recently released the 7" of their 2014 demo, which is also currently available for order in the webstore. The limited clear vinyl has sadly sold out, however the regular version sounds great too! The demo tracks are also available for free download on both the Grave Mistake and Red Death Bandcamp.
 
That's it for now on the label front, here's the webstore update for you!
 
 
GRAVE MISTAKE WEBSTORE:
http://store.gravemistakerecords.com

WHAT'S NEW for March 24, 2015:
http://store.gravemistakerecords.com/collections/new

As expected, a TON of new stuff has come out over the past couple of months (not to mention some older titles I'm just now getting my hands on) so rather than give a long winded recap, I'll keep this part short and just let you check the list below.  Some of my favorite releases over the past few months are in this batch,  like the Hardcore, Gimme Some More 7" comp on Beach Impediment (featuring S.H.I.T, IMPALERS, MERCENARY, and more), the latest single from the wonderful SUPERCRUSH, the full debut full length from WILDHONEY, a US pressing of the awesome debut EP from the UK's SHRAPNEL, and the debut single from Richmond's CHRISTI.

I also want to point out that this update has not one, but TWO new compilations as well as a book with the word "HARDCORE" in the title! Yep, we've got a few copies of the awesome and highly recommended NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 book by the wonderful Tony Rettman, as well as the AMERICA'S HARDCORE Vol. 3 LP compilation on Triple B which features some great current bands including hometown favorites BARGE, who are now in the process of finishing their debut LP for Grave Mistake (due out this summer). More on that later …

Finally, I got my hands on a couple of out of print Grave Mistake titles, including the WASTED TIME Futility LP, the VIOLENT ARREST Criminal Record 2x7", plus a couple of copies each of the BRAIN F So Dim single and WASTED TIME No Shore EP.  They are all new old stock recently returned from a distributor, and are available in the store now.

That's only the tip of the iceberg for this update; the full list is below. Thanks for reading and thanks for all of the support in 2015!

Alex / Grave Mistake Records
 
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New in the Webstore for 03.24.15:
 
V/A "Hardcore: Gimme Some More" 7" (Beach Impediment Records)
HARDCORE: GIMME SOME MORE is a glimpse into a select few modern day practitioners of hardcore punk that reside within the continent of North America and are considered to be the cream of the crop by the primate in charge of Beach Impediment Records who is, coincidentally, responsible for putting this compilation together over the course of the past year and a half. Contained within this 7" record are exclusive tracks from S.H.I.T. (Toronto, ON), PEACEBREAKERS (Boston, MA), IMPALERS (Austin, TX), AJAX (NYC), VIOLENT END (Chicago, IL) and MERCENARY (Atlanta, GA) that you won't hear anywhere else. Each record comes in a pocket sleeve along with a fold out insert featuring art from each band.

SUPERCRUSH "I Don't Want to Be Sad Anymore" 7" (Painterman Records)
The 'Crush returns with a second single even more poppy than the first, with sugary sweet melodies, infectious hooks, and carefully crafted arrangements. Once again expertly recorded and mixed by Jackson Long at HMS Studios, each layer of euphonic guitar shimmer and candy-coated vocal harmony is afforded it's own space in the stereo field to bloom. At times bringing to mind the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Matthew Sweet, and others from the poppier side of the alternative rock explosion of the 1990's, Supercrush have delivered another tiny nugget of ear candy for us to savor on repeat until their next single hits the streets.

HOUNDS OF HATE "Hate Springs Eternal" LP (Braddock Hit Factory Records)
Hounds Of Hate is a four piece straightedge hardcore/punk band from Braddock, Pennsylvania who formed in 2010. Hounds Of Hate play a stripped down, no-frills, and venomous style of hardcore/punk. Hounds Of Hate have a strong 80's Boston vibe going on with their sound that calls to mind bands such as Slapshot, DYS, and The Freeze. Hate Springs Eternal is the band's second LP, which was released via Braddock Hit Factory. Hounds Of Hate is an absolute must listen for fans of Creem, The Boston Strangler, Prisoner Abuse, and Omegas.

LEATHER DADDY "S/T" 7" (Failure Recordings)
Debut 7" from one of Boston's best punk bands, Leather Daddy. 5 songs of menacing mid-paced hardcore, 2 of which are re-recordings (one from Sob Story, one from the Demo), and 3 brand new ones.

WILDHONEY "Sleep Through It" LP (Deranged Records)
WILDHONEY formed in late 2011, aiming to write pop songs with the energy and malcontent of hardcore punk, but without its entrenched masculinity. The five-piece has since become one of the loudest—and sweetest—bands in its hometown of Baltimore. Sleep Through It expands on two excellent 7-inches and one cassette EP, drawing influences from ‘60s girl groups, ‘80s post punk, indie pop, and shoegaze. New songs like first single "Fall In" showcase just how well Wildhoney combines wall-of-sound power with delicate passages and gorgeous vocal melodies. Older songs such as "Super Stupid" and "Seventeen" return on the LP, newly realized and sounding better than ever. Throughout the album, the group’s blasts of distortion and use of dense textures are balanced with beautiful pop tunes and chiming guitar work. The swirl of noise surrounding singer Lauren Shusterich’s voice is not unlike the best of the Cocteau Twins, or even Deerhunter, especially on the soaring title track. Sleep Through It was recorded at Beat Babies Studio in Woodstock, Md., with Chris Freeland (Lower Dens, Wye Oak). The album is Wildhoney’s first with synthesizers and features liberal amp and pedal experimentation. The recording process was intense and fast, cramming lots of work into a small amount of time. That hectic schedule is impossible to hear on the LP, which unravels at its own dreamy pace.

CHRISTI "Cry b/w Get You Off My Mind" 7" (Feel It Records)
Debut single from CHRISTI - a most excellent pairing of two addictive, hook-laden punk cuts from these Richmond ladies. CHRISTI draw from the powerful melodic approach of early punk groups like Protex and The Undertones, pairing that sound with the soulful haunt of 60’s favorites like the Shangri-Las. The result – a smooth, yet rugged and memorable single – a real “double A-side” if you will. There’s a certain finesse to these songs that few modern groups possess – be it the strong vocal hooks, well-penned guitar lines, or the pounding rhythm section (featuring a member of Richmond garage troglodytes The Ar-Kaics) – whatever “IT” may be, CHRISTI have it in spades. First pressing limited to 330 which includes a full-color glue pocket picture sleeve.

FURY "Kingdom Come" 7" (Triple B Records)
Fury come out of the gates with their highly-anticipated 7" "Kingdom Come." Playing Battery and early Turning Point-influenced hardcore.

SHRAPNEL "Frenzied State" 7" (US Version) (Triple B Records)
UKHC. Leeds' finest sons burst out with a demo that showcased UKHC via Breakdown '87 with English accents and proceeded to turn many heads. The new record goes down the route of Rest in Pieces, Leeway, Killing Time with the addition of Connor Hehir on second guitar. No doubt pits will be raged and conquered.

V/A "America's Hardcore Vol. 3" LP (Triple B Records)
Seventeen new and exclusive tracks from some of hardcore's best. Like the first two volumes, this comes with a badass, 12" x 12", 20-page, full-color insert booklet with pages designed by each band. Artists include Turnstile, Mammoth Grinder, Barge, Freedom, Clear, Criminal Instinct, Fury and more. LP includes digital download.

SENTENCED, THE "Out for Blood" 7" (Hardware Records)
Denton, Texas. Hippy stompin' Hardcore. Nuff said. 400 on black wax

SUNSHINE WARD "Demo E.P." 7" (Hardware Records)
New Boston Hardcore rager, taking influcenes from UK82, Totalitär and Japanese Hardcore. The band comprises 3/4 BRAIN KILLER personnel.

NARCOLEPTICS "S/T" 7" (Warthog Speak Records)
This six-track, thirteen-minute monster of a debut from NARCOLEPTICS is a relentless ass-whooping of blown out, nasty thrashing hardcore with some of the sickest drumming this side of "Is This My World," that in no way apes any specific style, trend, or formula, but nods to many.

SCALPED "S/T" 7" (Warthog Speak Records)
Following a promising demo tape, this SF bunch release a convincing 7-inch. You get muscular, inventive HC at its finest, sitting somewhere between 'Give Notice Of Nightmare' and 'Always The Hard Way'. For all intents and purposes, SCALPED is the continuation of YADOKAI, but replacing (the great) Daiki, with pop-darling TONY MOLINA on guitar.

VACANT STATE "Chains E.P." 7" (Warthog Speak Records)
New 5-songer from Canada's best hardcore band, this time with three mid-paced stompers and two faster burners. Saying that it reminds me of a more Oi!'d out LAST RIGHTS wouldn't be too far off the mark.

ANASAZI "Nasty Witch Rock" LP (Toxic State Records)
"Finally, after years of tremendous promise based on their live show, Anasazi have dropped their monolithic LP. The band's first two 7"s were solid and established them as one of the preeminent contemporary goth punk bands. Of course, that's not saying much considering the company, but those who saw them live knew they were something special. Finally, they've captured the magick perfectly on record with the help of Ben Greenberg and have now emerged as the best band of this style in the world. Aesthetic and sound only go so far, but Anasazi break from the pack with an unrivaled intensity and, most importantly, thoroughly-impressive songwriting. There's not much more to say about this band other than that this LP is completely essential, so don't sleep on this one."

SOMA COMA "Dust" LP
(Cool Death Records)
Latest in the Cool Death catalogue, SOMA COMA rip through eight tracks of unparalleled rage on this debut long player. At it's most basic "Dust" is a tightly wound hardcore record that goes straight for the throat, rarely cutting loose. Upon further listens, SOMA COMA reveal a bit more in the mix, from the feral rasp of the vocals to the atonal guitar flourishes reminiscent of groups like Die Kreuzen. As the title track winds side B to a close, SOMA COMA slowly turn things loose after a smashing ten plus minutes of HC abuse. Recommended to those familiar with the outer-spaced hardcore of recent Australian groups like Straightjacket Nation, Gutter Gods, and Velvet Whip. SOMA COMA's "Dust" will crush your basic sensibilities and then keep crawling back for another 'go. All orders include a Cool Death newsletter, sticker, and advert.

WARCRY "Needle Zero Drone II" 7" (Warcry Records)
This 2014 7" was originally only available from the band on tour but now has an official pressing. These three tracks are more fine-tuned, perfectly executed Discharge worship from a cast of characters known for work in bands like Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone and Talk Is Poison.

SACRIFICIO "Juventud Descerebrada" 7" (Cintas Pepe Records)
Yet another straight-forward hardcore banger from the angry streets of Mexico City, brought to you by the impeccable Cintas Pepe Records with a little help from SPHC.  Sacrificio carry similar songwriting skills as their contemporaries (Tercer Mundo, Muerte, etc), but have a shorter/faster/louder style of attack. Their hardcore is a bit more streamlined, more fast on the feet, the songs a bit more linear, the arrangements a bit more caustic. The end result is a record that feels fast and furious, out of control, while still feeling catchy and memorable, never blurring or rushing past you.

CADAVER EM TRANSE "S/T" LP (Nada Nada Discos)
Cadaver Em Transe is a four piece band from São Paulo, Brazil who formed in early 2013.  Cadaver Em Transe play a killer style of post punk, punk, and no wave style music.  Musically, the band's music is dark, tense, with a nervous/frenetic energy that pairs really well with the band's sound.  This is the band's debut eleven song LP, which was self-released by the band on August 29th, 2013.  Overall, these eleven songs make for a great listen and will definitely appeal to fans of Night Sins, The Faint, and The Bellicose Minds.  Highly recommended!

PILLAGE "S/T" 7" (Residue Records)
Not for the weak…Harsh and aggressive hardcore from Chicago. Nothing is pretty on this record, just pure anger. Excited for this to hit some punks… 8 fast aggro tracks that will make you want to break things. Features members of Punch in the Face, Los Crudos, HERDS, Sick/Tired, Divine Right… and a bunch of other bands you like too much.

DARK AGES "Vapor" LP (Sorry State Records)
When a hardcore band ventures beyond the 2-5 year lifespan typical of the genre they’re treading into largely uncharted territory, and as a result Dark Ages’ latest LP sounds like little in the canon of fast, 80s-inspired hardcore. Which isn’t to say that they’ve changed their approach; this is still fast, tight US hardcore inspired by the midwest classics, but after five years of woodshedding they’ve managed to excise anything that feels cliche, familiar, or obvious from these songs. Captured with an absolutely stunning, fully analogue recording, Vapor is that rare record that is at the same time visceral and cerebral, constantly surprising you while still making you want to mosh, circle pit, or whatever it is that you do. If you’re a huge fan of Articles of Faith’s Give Thanks LP or you wish that Die Kreuzen had recorded an LP that fused the energy of their first LP with the progressivism of October File, then let me introduce you to your new favorite record.

NO LOVE "Dogs//Wolves" 7"
(Sorry State Records)
Volume 2 of Sorry Stateäó»s North Carolina singles series brings the debut vinyl from Raleighäó»s No Love, featuring Sorry Stateäó»s own Daniel and Seth on dueling guitars. Recorded during the same session as their recent Tape #2 release on Sorry State, these two songs represent the cream of that fertile crop. Forget garage, d-beat, KBD, and all of your other retro micro-genres, No Love play capital P Punk a la bands like the Avengers, the Buzzcocks, and the Bags. In other words, this is the music that made you fall in love with punk in the first place. Limited to a one-time pressing of 250 copies.

COLTRANES, THE "The Cat of Nine Tails" 7"
(SPHC Records)
How does one describe the Coltranes? They are a band that has routinely defied categorization, making the scene scratch our collective head while curling into a half smile and making a contented "hum". We struggled to think of what we could compare their first few LPs to. But why expend the effort? We know how the music makes us feel: freaky, dirty, deranged, cynical. We know how the music presents itself to us: unhinged, uncompromising, unpredictable, ugly.  Each of the first three LPs found the Coltranes streamlining their style, becoming less moody and more aggressive, less dynamic and more noisy, less dark and more ugly. This EP continues with this trend, being the band's most immediate, rocking, and discordant work yet. Perhaps this is some melting pot of USHC and 90's noise rock influences.....but I prefer to just think of it as "freak music, by freaks, for freaks".  You may remember these songs from their 2014 tour tape, please enjoy them on a one-time pressing 7" vinyl record.

CUNTZ "Cooked" 7" (Total Punk Records)
CUNTZ are the kind of guys who don't make deadlines. The kind of guys who come to your party, drink all your beer, and spend the rest of the night following your girlfriend around. A bunch of no good bogans, or to be more concise a bunch of CUNTZ. After knocking our socks off at last year's Goner Fest we asked them to do a single. This thing has been over a year in the making and well worth the wait. Cuntz give us two more tracks of their signature drug soaked thug punk, covered in scuzz and with the sardonic ramblings of a madman screamed over top of it. 100% TOTAL PUNK.

MIDNITE SNAXX "Don't Wake Me Up" 7" (Total Punk Records)
Following the release of three sold out singles, and an LP on Red Lounge Records, the Snaxxx have been pretty quite this last year and a half.  Don't let their silence fool you.  They haven't lost a step, and come kicking back onto the scene with two short blasts that let you know they've spent the downtime sharpening their sweet tooth. The pop hooks are still front and center, but are backed up with a much meaner and tighter punch than when we last checked in with them.  B side is a killer cover of The Enemy's 'Pull Down The Shades'. 100% TOTAL PUNK

POST TEENS / ROSE CROSS Split 7" (Dead Tank Records)
Post Teens are a Gainesville, Fla based band featuring members of Asshole Parade, Torche, Averkiou, and Dead Friends. Post Teens play a great style of music that’s aggressive, blown out, fuzzed out, and catchy as hell.. The band tears through their latest song with reckless abandon in a manner that would have made the Mummies proud. The best way for me to describe Post Teens’ music would be to picture garage punk bands such as Obits, Hot Snakes, Night Owls, and Marked Men mixed with the snottiness and swagger of bands like The Fallouts or maybe even Rocket From The Crypt. The second band on the split is a band I was completely unfamiliar with until this split. Rose Cross is a killer female fronted garage punk band from Gainesville , Florida. Fans of Terrible Feelings, White Lung, and Brain F will not be disappointed by Rose Cross’s on their side of this split. Overall, an amazing split that should not be missed. Highly recommended!

CRIME DESIRE "Your Power" LP (Standards Records)
Strictly under the influence of 80’s international hardcore, Crime Desire’s latest LP, Your Power, is an 11 track, unrelenting aural hellstorm. Taking cues from UK hardcore incendiaries such as Icons of Filth, Antisect and the like, the blazing thrash of Japan’s Selfish Records/burning spirits camp, and the infectious songwriting of fellow statesmen Battalion of Saints and Crucifix, Your Power is an homage to the worldwide hardcore styles of yore that always retains its own identity and pushes forward. Over four years in the making, following two 12” EPs, Crime Desire didn’t want to commit to a full length until everything—the songs, the recording, the artwork, lyrics—were exactly where they needed to be, and the overall quality control on Your Power will not disappoint. Recorded to tape for analogue purists, the sequencing, run time, mastering, and overall presentation were all subject to the highest scrutiny, resulting in an album that’s a cohesive statement, rather than a haphazard collection of songs. If you’re looking for an 80’s style hardcore album that goes beyond the same retread, generic sound, this one’s for you.

CRIME DESIRE "Alone in a Dream" LP (Gravity Records)
Crime Desire's new five song 12" EP "Alone In A Dream" marks a further step in the straight forward, gruff vocalled, riff driven hardcore punk direction the band took on their "Every Day In Chains" EP. With clear nods to Discharge, Antisect and Celtic Frost, coupled with a healthy dose of 80's death rock, "Alone In A Dream" will prove to be a revelation for those who appreciate traditional hardcore with a darker atmosphere. Contributing in no small part to said atmosphere is the guest vocals of Gitane Demone, whose legendary wails graced a bulk of Christian Death's catalogue, and her daughter Zara, who plays in Gitane's newest outing, the Crystelles. Analog purists will also be pleased to note that "Alone In A Dream" was recorded to tape and mastered to vinyl straight from the reels with care and attention by the fine people at Chicago Mastering Service, creating a warm, earthy sanctuary from the "loudness wars" madness of the digital media era. Crime Desire has a history of going to great lengths to create hardcore records which are as idiosyncratic as they are abrasive, of which "Alone In A Dream" is their latest and greatest excursion.

CRIME DESIRE "Every Day … In Chains" LP
(Gravity Records)
Crime Desire's "Every Day in Chains" is a four song 12" ep of dark, blistering hardcore, seething with social contempt and morbid imagery. Building off the foundation of the band's 2008 Samhain/Amebix/death rock influenced self-titled lp, Crime Desire injects a dose of 80's UK hardcore into their sound, taking cues from groups like English Dogs and Antisect, giving their trudging, brooding songs a sense of urgency and adrenaline while maintaining a dark atmosphere. Recorded at Big Fish studios and mastered at Chicago Mastering Service, Crime Desire put care into every step of putting their music out on vinyl, and their efforts were not wasted, as "Every Day...In Chains" is truly a sonically devastating work.

MIND SPIDERS "S/T" LP
(Dirtnap Records)
Around the time Denton, TX legends Marked Men were entering into their current state of semi- hibernation, co-singer/songwriter/ guitarist Mark Ryan decided he wanted to go in a slightly different direction for his next project, with recordings handled mostly by himself, and a fluid lineup of musicians to back him live. After an extremely well received 7" on Dirtnap (released before the live version of the band had played a single show), Mind Spiders follow it up with a full length that doesn't begin to disappoint. Intelligent, highly crafted songwriting with lots of twists and turns, meticulously recorded at home with Mark himself playing most of the instruments. Pop with brains and substance, catchy stuff that isn't afraid to spread out a bit and reflect a wide range of influences and interests. A little 60's pop here, a little lo-fi there, a little weirdo-in-his-bedroom-with-a-4-track in other places. And if the opening song, Go!, sounds a bit like the Marked Men, that's because that band recorded a version of it for their last LP, which was left off at the last minute.

MISFITS "Famous Misfits of Filmland" 7" (Fanclub Pressing)
Fanclub release

MISFITS "Spook City U.S.A" 7" (Fanclub Pressing)
Good quality boot of the (then rare) studio tracks of the above lesser-acknowledged 'fits songs.

SCREAMERS "Demos 1977-78" LP
(Fanclub Pressing)
Recorded LIVE in one session in Summer 1978 on a 4-track. Produced By Geza X. The ideal intro to the Screamers. Arguably the best Synth-Punk ever.

COUNTDOWN TO OBLIVION "Discography" LP (A389 Records)
Toronto, Canada's COUNTDOWN TO OBLIVION were a short-lived Toronto hardcore 'supergroup' featuring Chris Colohan (Left For Dead/The Swarm/Cursed/Burning Love) alongside members of One Blood, Legion DCLXVI, Rammer and Brutal Knights.  The band played a vicous hybrid of metallic hardcore highlighted by dual vocals and awesome At The Gates/Slayer style guitar riffs.  This collection compile's CTO's entire recorded ouput including the 'Death Rattle' cassette, 'Brain Surgery For Beginners' 7" and split ep with They Live.  Comes packaged in a gatefold cover with tons of photos, flyers and liner notes.

IRON REAGAN "Spoiled Identity" LP
(A389 Records)
Originally only available as a Decibel Magazine flexi, this sought-after IRON REAGAN EP is finally back in print with 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks and screen-printed artwork on the B-side!  13 tracks of no-filler, zero-bullshit thrashing punk/hardcore featuring members of Municipal Waste, Darkest Hour and Mammoth Grinder.

IRON REAGAN "Worse Than Dead" LP (
A389 Records)
Hailing from Richmond, VA, IRON REAGAN are a new band featuring members of Municipal Waste/Darkest Hour.  'Worse Than Dead' is the band's debut nineteen track LP loaded with high energy crossover with the focus put on hardcore rather than the thrash you know/love their other bands for.   Comes with awesome retro-style pen/ink artwork by Brent Eyestone.

NOISEM "Consumed" 7"
(A389 Records)
NOISEM exploded onto the metal world last year with their incredible 'Agony Defined' LP loaded with nine tracks of legit death/thrash crossover with 0% pretense.  Followed up with a year of solid touring (alongside Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder and Ringworm to name a few) the band found some time to record a few singles to hold things over until their new LP drops in 2015.  This 7" features a brand new song 'Consuming' on Side A with special surprises on the flipside!

NOTHING "Downward Years to Come" 12" (A389 Records)
On their third release, Philadelphia's NOTHING orchestrate a dense symphony with guitars and keyboards drenched in reverb and haunting vocal melodies. If you seek retro alt/shoegaze executed to perfection, look no further. Your dream band is here.

SICK/TIRED "Dissolution" LP (
A389 Records)
After two LPs and a slew of brutal 7" releases, Chicago's hardcore/grind mainstays SICK/TIRED return with their 3rd LP and most brutal offering to date.  Pushed to the sonic limit with mixing/mastering by Developing Nations/Audiosiege, this record has everything you'd want from a new S/T record and more!

BRAIN F "So Dim" 7" (Grave Mistake Records)
Deadstock copies of this out of print single! North Carolina’s BRAIN F≠ bring you their second single; “SO DIM” b/w “SYMPTOM SET” is a double A-sided banger with all the overdriven/overloaded guitar fury of TEENGENERATE or ZERO BOYS and the angry female-fronted charm you love from so many DANGERHOUSE & early L.A. singles. Massive rhythm section a la AVENGERS and NERVOUS EATERS, hook-filled & danceable, the hardest of core. Hostile, angry fun - the perfect follow up to their debut 7" on Static Shock (UK)

DEEP SLEEP "You're Screwed" 7"
(Grave Mistake Records)
Found some of the last copies of this out of print 7"! Nine song debut EP from Baltimore's DEEP SLEEP. Prepare yourself for a nonstop barrage of raw, spiteful, in your face hardcore punk rock. Loaded with enough infectious hooks to keep you singing along from start to finish, while packing enough punch to knock you straight on your ass at the same time. Imagine what the DESCENDENTS would sound like if they were a city like Baltimore, and not Southern California.

VIOLENT ARREST "Criminal Record" 2x7" (Grave Mistake Records)
Deadstock copies of this out of print double ripper! The UK's VIOLENT ARREST return with twelve brand new raging hardcore blasts on two 45 rpm 7"s! Refusing to let up one bit from their first two releases on Deranged, V.A. continues to pummel you from start to finish with their savage brand of early US-by-the-way-of-UK hardcore. If spending the last two decades in classic UK bands like HERESY, RIPCORD, DUMBSTRUCK, and SPITE (to name a few) wasn't testament enough to these lads' abilities, CRIMINAL RECORD proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that these hardcore vets can still rip it up with the best of them. Split release with NO WAY RECORDS.

WASTED TIME "Futility" LP (Grave Mistake Records)
Deadstock copies of this out of print LP! After two killer EPs, Richmond's WASTED TIME finally unleash their first devastating full length, FUTILITY. On this LP, WASTED TIME continue to deliver their trademark hard-as-nails brand of US hardcore. With the expansion of the band to a five piece, FUTILITY also finds the band drawing from additional influences, resulting in a more massive and ferocious sound than their previous releases.

WASTED TIME "No Shore" 7" (Grave Mistake Records)
Deadstock copies of this long out of print 7"! Back with a second E.P.!!! This time around these Richmond boys (with the addition of Brandon from Government Warning taking over drum duties) crank it up about ten notches from their debut E.P., assaulting your ears with seven blasts of angry, violent raging fast hardcore. The early raw USHC influence (some POISON IDEA, NA, and SSD) is definitely still very much there, but WASTED TIME have added a few surprises. Be warned ... this record might just get up in the middle of the night and kill you in your sleep.

BLACKBALL Demo Tape
No bullshit hardcore punk from Raleigh featuring members of Mercy Killings, Stripmines, Skemata, and Burn/Ward.

COMING DOWN Demo Tape
Debut demo release from Rochester, New York's Coming Down, who play a late '80s DC style of hardcore akin to Swiz, Embrace, etc. Featuring members of Soul Control, Government Warning, Wasted Time, and more.

KOMMUNION Demo Tape
Four songs of fast, steamrolling and surprisingly catchy d-beat hardcore from Richmond, VA featuring some freaks also known for their participation in Barge, No Tomorrow, Cold Lovers and Last Words. Self-recorded.

LACERATIONS Demo Tape
"Ripper of a demo from this band out of Dallas, This sounds like it could have been an early release on Sorry State or No Way. It has that catchy, slightly metallic riffing of bands like Direct Control... it sounds like the band has listened to lots of stuff like Dr. Know, Attitude Adjustment, RKL, and other bands that fall on the slightly more metallic end of the 80s USHC spectrum. The songwriting is great and the production is nice and raw... I know that this sound is a little out of vogue at the moment, but if you're still keeping the flame this demo is top-notch." - sorrystaterecords

RUBBISH "American Hardcore" Demo Tape

New hardcore from half of Mauser and some other dumbasses. Hear here: www.rubbishboys.bandcamp.com

NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990, by Tony Rettman
Known for its glamorous 1970s punk rock scene, New York City matched the grim urban reality of the 1980s with a rawer musical uprising: New York hardcore. As bands of misfits from across the region gravitated to the forgotten frontier of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With a a backdrop of despair, bands like Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Murphy’s Law, and Youth of Today confronted their reality with relentlessly energetic gigs at CBGB, A7, and the numerous squats in the area.  Tony Rettman’s ambitious oral history captures ten years of struggle, including the scene’s regional rivalries with D.C. and Boston, the birth of moshing, the clash and coming to terms of hardcore and heavy metal, the straightedge movement, and the unlikely influence of Krishna consciousness.  With a foreword by Freddy Cricien of Madball, who made his stage debut with Agnostic Front at age 7, NYHC slams the sidewalk with savage tales of larger-than-life characters and unlikely feats of willpower. The gripping and sometimes hilarious narrative is woven together like the fabric of New York itself from over 100 original interviews with members of every NY punk and hardcore band you can imagine!

SUB POP U.S.A.: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980–1988, by Bruce Pavitt
The Sub Pop zine puzzled punk and new wave fans from major cities; readers were surprised that there were enough bands in the forgotten cities and states to devote a column, let alone an entire fanzine. Even more puzzling was the exclusion of artists like the Clash, Gang of Four, Blondie, or PIL, solely because of their major label associations. Driven by the power of independent thinking, early issues featured impassioned rallying cries for local action that make more sense than ever today, alongside early published artwork by Linda Barry, Charles Burns, and Jad Fair.  In 1983, Pavitt moved to Seattle and commenced his widely-read Sub Pop USA column in the Rocket newspaper, each month exposing new underground and independent artists. From Beat Happening and Pell Mell to early records by the Beastie Boys, Metallica, and Run-D.M.C., Sub Pop was a 1980s independent music bible, written with a diverse appreciation for happening scenes across the USA. In 1986, Pavitt put his ideas into practice, launching Sub Pop Records with the historic Sub Pop 100 compilation and Soundgarden’s first release, Screaming Life. While the Sub Pop Records legacy is today legendary, the groundwork and creative wellspring that put Seattle on the musical map is assembled here for the first time.

TOUCH AND GO: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79–’83, by Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson
Touch and Go fanzine was the brainchild of Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson and was launched in Lansing, Michigan, in 1979. Major fanatics of the new punk happenings in the late ’70s, TV and DS set out to chronicle, lambaste, ridicule, and heap praise on all they arbitrarily loved or hated in the music communities in the US and abroad.  In laughably minuscule press runs by today’s standards, T & G was made by guys within the Midwest scene strictly for the edification of scenesters and pals in other cities like DC, Philly, Boston, LA, SF, Chicago, et al. Inspired by magazines such as Slash and Search and Destroy and writers like Claude Bessy and Chris Desjardines, TV and DS pumped out seventeen naughty, irreverent issues together, and TV did another five solo.  Magazines like Forced Exposure and Your Flesh, among others, soon fired up Xerox machines themselves, and the rest is history. So is the legendary independent record label launched from this zine, and so are the bands covered inside: Black Flag, Minor Threat, the Misfits, Negative Approach, the Fix, the Avengers, the Necros, Discharge, Iron Cross, Youth Brigade, Faith, Die Kreuzen, Crucifix, Poison Idea—and all the other punks worth their weight in glorious black and white.

WE GOT POWER!: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California, by David Markey and Jordan Schwartz

In 1979, punk was over… but by 1981, hardcore was born.  As teenagers in 1981, David Markey and his best friend Jordan Schwartz founded We Got Power, a fanzine dedicated to the first-generation hardcore punk music community in their native Los Angeles. Their text and cameras captured the early punk spirit of Black Flag, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, Red Cross/Redd Kross, Suicidal Tendencies, the Descendents, White Flag, the Last, the Gun Club, Saccharine Trust, Sin 34, Nip Drivers, Circle One, M.D.C., Big Boys, Youth Brigade, D.R.I., the Butthole Surfers, Firehose, and many others at the height of their precocious punk powers.  In the process, the duo’s amazing photographs also captured the dilapidated suburbs, abandoned storefronts, and dereliction of the early Reagan era—a rubble-strewn social apocalypse that demanded a youth uprising! Never before seen except in crude fanzine form, these detailed and richly narrative photos are now collected to present an intimate portrayal of a uniquely fertile creative moment.  Featuring essays by David Markey, Jordan Schwartz, Jennifer Schwartz, Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Louiche Mayorga, Cameron Jamie, Pat Fear, Steve Humann, Tony Adolescent, Jack Brewer, Jula Bell, Mike Watt, Sean Wheeler, Joe Carducci, Daniel “Shredder” Weizmann, and Janet Housden. Presenting nearly 400 first-generation L.A. hardcore punk photographs. Including complete color reprints of We Got Power fanzine 1981–1983 and beyond.

DISTORT #44 Zine
Distort #44 continues the DRIBBLE/GUTTER GODS interview that was started in issue #43, also covers fellow Aussies HTRK and CONSTANT MONGREL, philosophers Jon Roffe and Ray Brassier, Loke Rahbek (from Posh Isolation/Lust For Youth/Croatian Amor), and Jock Club. Cover design by James Vinciguerra, also features art and photography by Zephyr Pavey, Loke Rahbek, Ray Brassier, Matthew Bellosi and Ruby Ray. Licensed North American printing by Feel It.

Maximum Rocknroll #383 - April 2015
It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #383, April 2015, the Comics and Art special issue, guest coordinated by famed MRR columnist Monsieur Alex Simon. Featuring a cover by everyone’s favorite Mexican miscreant, Abraham Diaz, we threw over the written word for a full-on visual extravaganza, featuring art by Jim Shomo, Sara Abruña, Reuben Storey, Teodoro Hernandez, Tara Bursey, Payton Lower, Diane Maltesta, Andrew Scully, Ben Fordree, Juarma Lopez, J.M. Bertoyas, Shiva Addanki, Eugene Terry, Grimoire, Emma Kohlmann, Jack Hayden, Hector Sudor, Chico Félix, Ivan Brun, Robin Wiberg, Anna Vo, Alexander Heir, Craoman, Christopher Nhdiystrec, Anna Haifisch, Luca Tetraite, Maren Karlson, Suzy X, Matt Crabe, Jeffrey Mahannah, Freak City, Heather Benjamin, Dustin McChesney, Julien Dupont, Laura Pallmall, Ruben Dahlstrand, Nathan Ward, Mar Estrema, Sapiens, Mengzhu Fu, Karissa Sakumoto, Pyotr Mulinov, Jyriki Nissinen, Luiz Berger, Luiz Gustavo Vargas, Yecatl Peña, Zoe Burke, Annie Mok, Marissa Paternoster, Emma Maatman and Rudy Loewe.

MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #382 - March 2015

Maximum Rocknroll #382, the March 2015 issue, features our annual Year-End Top Tens! MRR reviewers, columnists, and coordinators get to have their say about their favorite records, tapes, and zines of 2014. As always, we asked some of our friends to contribute lists too—see what Ralph from Not Normal Records and Tapes, Paco from La Vida Es Un Mus, Laura from RAKTA, Ben from Nuts!, and many more have to say about the records they consumed and were consumed by last year. Martin Sorrondeguy sat down with legendary SST producer Spot to talk about his recent photo book, new MRR Coordinator Grace interviewed NYHC rippers IN SCHOOL, and former MRR Coordinator Golnar Nikpour had a conversation with Leatherfist, Shit Zoo, Tilted HC, and Chelsea of PIG DNA. The little piggies also designed our cheeky cover (how many times can you spot the word “fucker”?). Plus, we’ve got a scene report from Grenoble, France: punk mecca tucked into the Alps! We have all the columnists you love to hate, including a new monthly column from Colin Atrophy of Slice Harvester zine and a contribution from hacker/whistleblower Jeremy Hammond writing from federal prison; and as always the most extensive punk record review section in print.

NUTS! #15 Zine
NUTS! is back with another blast of 24x36" newsprint fury. Issue #15 includes an interview with LA's BLAZING EYE, live reviews from the editor, punk books feature by Golnar Nikpour, "teen talk" with Colin Atrophy, plus more from Emma Kolhmann, Tricky Youth, Nay Vieira-Rosario, and E. Conner. The flip side folds out into a stunning full-size poster illustrated by Alex Heir. A great start to 2015 from NYC's NUTS!

STITCHES IN MY HEAD #6 Zine

Sixth issue of this Australian fanzine that features coverage of EEL, LUCHA ETERNA, EXTINCT EXIST, COOL DEATH RECORDS, FILMME FATALES, and a look at Australian rock'n'roll radio. All tied together by a smattering of high quality live shots and classic cut-and-paste layout. North American version printed and distributed by Feel It.

STITCHES IN MY HEAD #7 Zine
Seventh issue of this Australian fanzine featuring coverage of MISS DESTINY, RED RED KROVVY, SICK PEOPLE, HYGIENE, QUALM, MULTIPLE MAN, and SIMFUCKERS. A standout all-Australian lineup for this issue rounded out by reviews and live phtos. North American version printed and distributed by Feel It.

RESTOCKS:

ANNE "Dream Punx" LP
ANTI-CIMEX "Absolut" LP
ARCTIC FLOWERS "Procession" LP
BLACK FLAG "Licorice Pizza and More" 7"
BLACK RANDY AND HIS ELITE METRO SQUAD "Idi Amin" 7"
BLACK RANDY AND THE METRO SQUAD "Trouble at the Cup" 7"
COLUMN OF HEAVEN "Mission From God" LP
CRIMINAL DAMAGE "Call of Death" LP
CROWN COURT Demo Tape
DAILY RITUAL "Depressed State" 7"
DISTORT ZINE Issue #41
DISTORT ZINE Issue #43
EXIT HIPPIES / LOTUS FUCKER Split LP
FORESEEN "Structural Oppression" 7"
GAS RAG "Beats Off" LP
GAS RAG "Human Rights" 7"
GERMS, THE "Lexicon Devil" 7"
HAYMAKER "Let them Rot" 7"
INSTITUTE "Salt" 12"
LEFT FOR DEAD  "Devoid of Everything" LP
LOTUS FUCKER  "Forever My Fighting Spirit" LP
LOTUS FUCKER "S/T" LP
LSD "Destroy" 7"
MERCY KILLINGS "Snuffed Out" 7"
MINDSET "Mosher's Delight Live Series" Tape
MISFITS "Beware" 7"
MISFITS "Halloween" 7"
NUTS ZINE Issue #11
NUTS ZINE Issue #13
RED CROSS "Rich Brat" 7"
S.H.I.T. "Generation Shit" 7"
SICKOIDS "S/T" LP
SIN 34 "Do You Feel Safe" LP
TRAPPED UNDER ICE / DIRTY MONEY Split 7"
V/A - BLOODSTAINS ACROSS THE UK Vol. 1 Compilation LP
V/A - KILLED BY DEATH VOL. 2 Compilation LP
V/A - KILLED BY DEATH VOL. 6 Compilation LP
WARCRY "Savage Machinery" LP