Friday, April 29, 2016


Hello everybody! Some really killer new distro stuff in this week's update, which I'll get to shortly. First off, some label news.

The Tenement Bruised Music, Volume Two LP is officially out and in circulation now! All preorders have been shipped, and the release should hopefully be popping up in stores and other various distros over the course of the next few weeks. Thanks to everyone who has picked up or checked out the release so far! We do have plans for a cassette version from the fine folks at Dead Broke Records (who did a tape for Vol. 1), and you can also expect a CD version compiling both volumes out this fall as well (more details on that later).

The collection has been getting some great reviews, check out what the folks at Nerdist, Heartbreaking Bravery and Punknews had to say about the release.
The Angel Du$t Upside Down 7", which we released last month as a single for their upcoming LP, Rock the Fuck on Forever, is almost sold out! We do have a handful of copies left in the webstore, so grab one while you can. The single was a limited one time pressing and when it's gone, it's gone for good. The 7" features the title track, which will appear on their upcoming LP, as well as an exclusive non-LP B-side.
We also currently have a Preorder up for Angel Du$t's new LP! The folks at Pop Wig Records were nice enough to let GM grab a handful of the White Vinyl version (out of 500) of RTFOF, so if you wanted to add one to your next webstore order they will be shipping in a few weeks. You can also preorder the LP direct from Pop Wig (along with some other hip A.D. goods), and the band will of course have copies on their upcoming West Coast shows and the Life and Death Tour (with Terror, Power Trip, Fury, and Red Death). Angel Du$t also just released the third single from the LP, coinciding with a pretty interesting animated video for it, so give that a look!
Speaking of Red Death, the DC boys will be doing a bit of touring this summer starting with a full European Tour with Protester at the end of May, then will head out on the Life and Death tour (mentioned above) in July. Red Death released their debut LP, Permanent Exile, last year on Grave Mistake, and have a new single coming up on Lockin' Out Records later this year! We also have the last remaining copies of the Demo 7" we pressed up last year, and once that sells out it won't be repressed.
It's been a couple of years since the last Vinyl Conflict Label release, however we've got another one in the works for this summer! VC-007 will be the debut EP from Richmond, VA's Mad Existence. They put out a rad demo last year, and their upcoming EP rips even harder - the band put up a bit of a teaser for the EP on their Bandcamp last week, so give it a listen! If all goes as planned, VC will be dropping a few more EPs from some other fine Richmond acts before the year is up, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.
Finally, the long overdue debut LP from Chicago's Earth Girls, Wanderlust, will be seeing an official release early this summer! This release has been held up at the pressing plant for the better part of a year, however the timing has worked out as the band had been laying low for a while, and is now gearing up to start playing again. You can expect some upcoming midwest gigs this summer, as well as a little touring if all goes as planned. Earth Girls released their debut 7", Wrong Side of History, on Grave Mistake in 2014, then a follow up 7" on Dirt Cult Records last year - so we are very excited to be bringing you a full LP's worth of Earth Girls hits. More news on that in the coming month, but get excited!
That's all for now, so if I still have your attention, check out what's new in the distro ...

For quick browsing of recent additions to the store, you can check out all of these titles mentioned below in the New Arrivals and Recent Restocks sections!

I've talked too much in this email already, but this update is packed with some of my favorite releases so far this year - new Green Beret LP, Triage 7", JJ Doll Demo, Beta Boys 7", and Firing Squad Demo 7" are all highly recommended; Blackball 7" and Rough Kids LP are killer as well, and Mosher's Delight just dropped a stack of new tapes from the likes of Firewalker, Discrepancy, Faze, and Corrective Measure, all of which you should check out! Not to mention some new reissues from Ugly Pop Records, the Lock 7", Stand Off 7", new La Urss LP, VCR Lp, the latest issue of Tightrope fanzine (we've got copies of the first issue as well), and a bunch more! 
A ton of restocks from Dischord and Ugly Pop, plus The Brass 7" is back in stock along with the Angel Du$t "A.D." LP.
Full list is below, thanks for reading!
- Alex / Grave Mistake
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New Webstore Titles for April 29, 2016:

ANGEL DU$T "Rock the Fuck on Forever" LP (Pop Wig Records)
*PREORDER / Ships mid-May
ANGEL DU$T has been a band for like 3 or 5 years or something. Hailing from the city of Baltimore, these guys don’t fuck around when it comes to making rock music. You like the Lemonheads and the Bad Brains at the same time? Of course you do. This is kind of like that, but less heroin involved.  Rock The Fuck On Forever isn’t just the name of their new LP, it’s a fucking command. If you want nothing more in life than to rock your stupid ass off, then do yourself a favor and pick this shit up straight from POP WIG records. The band also has some other records but this one is way better than that old bull- shit. This record was recorded and produced by Will Yip, who did Title Fight, Citizen, and Circa Survive. I bet he sang on it too or something. He also did the Turnover record that I know you all fuck with. This shit rocks hard as fuck. If you’re still a virgin this record will make you not one.

GREEN BERET "Standing at the Mouth of Hell" LP
(Side Two Records)
Two years since their "The Cult Of State" EP, Green Beret return with another dose of timeless hardcore. "Standing At The Mouth Of Hell" treads the same UK-by-way-of-Sweden ground as past releases, adding a bit of a straight-forward US influence resulting in their strongest work yet. Their influences may be obvious, but this ain't no feeble genre exercise. Green Beret stands as proof that trends come and go but hardcore punk can still be urgent, catchy and relevant in 2016.

TRIAGE "Power Beat" 7" (Barf Bag Records)
POWER BEAT is TRIAGE’s first commission to wax. It is without a doubt that this recording captures the true POWER that TRIAGE has on offer. Crusty & crunchy rhythm with soaring vocals and leads to match, backed by a lock-tight rhythm section. TRIAGE are one of those bands that are greatly in debt to punk’s past but with their eyes set on writing it’s future.

VCR "R.I.P. Sportsboy" LP (Barf Bag Records)
Finally, VCR is celebrating the release of “R.I.P. SPORTSBOY”! Is this VCR’s swan song? I don’t know. It is easily the band’s most ambitious work to date. Do they pants the Prime Minister? Do they kill a cop? Do they get abducted by aliens? Would you expect anything less from these punks? This is louder, brattier and more obnoxious than anything the band has ever done before. Toronto’s most important current punk act has finally given us their opus.

FIRING SQUAD "Four Track Demo" 7" (Agitate Records)
Once again, F.S.'s first recording is available for mass consumption, however now as a loud as hell 7" with new art and layout. For those that didn't hear it the first time, four urgent bursts of abrasive USHC done in a tasteful manner without gimmicks or mindful of trends.

LOCK "The Cycle" 7"
(Iron Lung Records)
America's favorite new sensation, LOCK, hailing from Los Angeles, CA plays a muscular style of hardcore with ferocious intensity. If you heard the demo from last year and dug it, this ep will surely blow your head all the way off your body. Members of Cønditiøn, Doses and Fury. For fans of American punk music.

STAND OFF "S/T" 7" (Youngblood Records)
Limited advance copies of this DC band's demo put to 7". Stand Off is a young hardcore band featuring members of a lot of great bands from the booming and prolific Washington, DC scene.

PRIVATE ROOM "Life Com" 7" (Iron Lung Records)
The first release for PRIVATE ROOM. It's the new WALLS band. Better songs, worse attitude. Strong. A 2 song single to hold you until the LP drops later this year.  The second 7" in the new series strictly limited to 300 copies ever. Black vinyl, stamped sleeve and labels.

BETA BOYS "Real Rockers" 7" (Eat the Life Records)
These Kansas City 'hardcore punks gone spooky' are here with new songs that capture their true sound. While their demo tape was really damn good, it was only a glimpse of their potential. Listen to this record and experience what it means to be a real rocker. Spotted Race and Eat The Life, mama.

LA URSS "Maravillas del Mundo" LP (Discos MMM)
Third LP of La URSS, a spanish 80’s style punk from Andalusia. Influenced by all bands of that time, from Eskorbuto until Familia Real, Larsen, Último Resorte or KGB. With those influences they’ve created their own style, sound and imagery. The  songs on Maravillas Del Mundo  (some of them even inspired in flamenco’s gipsy music) and  the art and lyrics, wich talk about the daily absurds and social miserys, were inspired by the local social enviroment and the current social political situation. Mid Tempo, 0% Hardcore. Dark and melodic, but not post-punk. Latin but not danceable. Dramatic but not overacted. I think you must buy it.

BLACKBALL "S/T" 7" (Sorry State Records)
Debut EP from Raleigh/Richmond’s Blackball. Blackball features current and former members of Pure Scum, Skemäta, Crooked Teeth, Future Binds, Abuse., Stripmines, Vacant Planet and more. Of those bands Skemäta is probably the closest reference point and if you like Jeff’s guitar work in Stripmines and Skemäta you'll definitely be into Blackball, but this project is a little different. More along the lines of something like DiE or Glue, Blackball relies on riffs that are a hair simpler and more direct than Skemäta, creating a more straightforward US-hardcore inspired sound that is just as interesting as the aforementioned bands but even catchier. Blackball are total go for the throat music, and the super raw recording here only accentuates their viciousness.

ROUGH KIDS "S/T" LP (Sorry State Records)
Rough Kids’ second LP for Sorry State is precisely what you want from a follow-up record. Delivering the same infectious combination of hooks and energy that you loved on the first LP, it nevertheless comes off as more intense and more streamlined than their debut. The songs tend to be shorter and faster (well, except for the anthem “Television,” whose bold pop hooks are an album highlight), but Rough Kids manage to cram even more ideas and more overlapping vocal and guitar hooks into those tighter spaces. This new record reminds me of classics like the Damned’s Machine Gun Etiquette or the Dickies’ Dawn of the Dickies in the way that it holds onto the classic pop songwriting and sonic nuance of ’77 punk, but ratchets up the density, speed, and urgency to the point where they can complete with the ferocity of the best hardcore bands in the world. Vinyl contains an exclusive bonus track not available on the digital version.

CORRECTIVE MEASURE "EP Promo" Tape (Mosher's Delight Records)
2 brand new tracks from Maine's latest contribution to the current hardcore scene. Full of speed and fury, you won't find any frills here - just bad ass trimmed down, straight-to-the-point hardcore in the style of late 80s NYHC with a sprinkling of early 80s Boston. These songs will be featured on their upcoming 7" EP on Atomic Action Records. Also included is a sick cover and re-recorded demo song.

DISCREPANCY "Mosher's Delight Live Series" Tape (Mosher's Delight Records)
DISCREPANCY - LIVE AT LOS GLOBOS - LOS ANGELES, CA - 09/06/2015 Interview on B-Side

FAZE Demo 2016 Tape (Mosher's Delight Records)
New, youthful hardcore from Florida taking influence from the NYHC greats such as Burn and Absolution.

FIREWALKER "Mosher's Delight Live Series" Tape (Mosher's Delight Records)

JJ DOLL Demo Tape (Demo)
"Demo cassette from this new NYC band which is basically a reshuffled version of Ivy, with their guitarist Sara moving over to handle the vocal duties. I have to say, this is brilliant. I liked Ivy a lot, but it seems to me like JJ Doll take the most interesting parts of that band and amplify them. Those include Shiva's psych-informed guitar-playing (which is much easier to hear despite the rawness of this recording) and those fast, chunky, and memorable rhythms. I also think that the vocals work really well... they have that high-pitched, yelpy kind of sound that always makes me think of the Comes, and again they manage to be catchier than a lot of Ivy's vocal/lyric lines despite a super raw recording." - Sorry State Records

S.H.I.T. 2016 Promo Tape (Demo)
New tracks from Toronto's S.H.I.T. - a preview of their upcoming 7" on La Vida Es Un Mus.

TIGHTROPE Zine Issue #2 (Zine)
Newst issue! Features interviews with Firewalker, I.C.E., Profile, Leather Daddy, and More!

CROW "Last Chaos" LP (Fanclub)
Classic Japanese Hardcore LP gets a reboot, this time with a bonus poster that never came with the original, plus all the inserts and a patch that DID come with the original. If you've never heard CROW before then where have you been for 20 years? This is one of my favourite ever bands and this LP is a must have. Limited to 333 copies worldwide and sure to go fast.

ZOOM "Sweet Desperation" LP (Ugly Pop Records)
Bored of cover bands and Toronto's stagnant bar scene, Chris Haight and John Hamilton formed ZOOM in 1976, inspired by such pre-punk touchstones as the Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, Bowie and Sparks. The band quickly set to gigging locally, but were soon caught up in the punk scene that exploded to life around them. An obscure but seminal 1976 45 -- arguably Toronto's first punk record-- was their sole release before the band dissolved as Haight joined the Viletones and Hamilton began drumming for the Diodes. Despite their duties in two of Canada's leading punk bands, however, the pair didn't want great songs like "Schoolgirl Hitch Hiker", "My Baby's Got No Brains" and "They Only Come Out At Night" to go undocumented, so they entered the studio to get this stuff on tape. Produced by Bob Segarini and BB Gabor, and with musical contributions from members of The Ugly, The B-Girls and The Curse, the session captured a pretty special time in Toronto music history. It seems especially poignant that it would then remain unheard for decades. In 2014, Hamilton, who had gone on to an illustrious career of his own but had never entirely forgotten Zoom, located the tapes and had them professionally baked and restored. A trove of photographs, flyers and graphics was similarly uncovered, and now Ugly Pop is very pleased to announce a 13-track LP due for release in early 2016. Superb pressing with full insert featuring extensive new liner notes and unseen pictures, and this one won't be staying in print.

UGLY, THE "Off the Hook" 7" (Ugly Pop Records)
This storied first-wave Toronto punk outfit have been sadly under-represented on vinyl. Apart from a couple of live comp tracks, their sole '70s waxing was a misguided attempt at a power pop hit single-- not a completely miserable 45, but hardly suggesting the raw power they were capable of. A '90s CD collected their incendiary studio recordings, proving true their live reputation as a rough, hard-edged punk outfit, but that material is tied up by bad contracts and will probably never see legit vinyl release. Now The Ugly are back; while legendary local hooligan and original frontman Mike Nightmare passed away in the '90s, new vocalist Greg Dick (of contemporaries The Dream Dates) is about as capable and credible as they come, and the veteran Ugly trio of drummer Tony Torcher, bassist Screamin' Sam Ferrara (both of The Viletones) and guitarist Steve Koch (also of the Demics) are determined to set the record straight. This isn't the usual castrated reunion schtick, either-- the new 45 is as tough as they ever been, swaggering through the topside's punkified early Stones in classic fashion but turning up the aggression on the 1978-vintage flipside, a raw, mean and quick-paced hard punk blast with a grinding guitar recalling early Black Flag or Subhumans. One time pressing of 500 only in swank pocket sleeve with insert, produced by Don Pyle (Crash Kills Five) and cut loud by Peter Moore for maximum impact. No colour vinyl or gimmick versions.

ZERO "S/T" LP (Desolate Records)
Another band from the Norther region that is Minneapolis. Hot on the heels of last year's twin 7" releases ZERO brings it with an LP of tracks spanning melodic stompers to tough ragers. Lots of comparisons have been made to traditional Japanese punk sounds, but this LP shows that ZERO isn't only aping one style but is their own band. Screen printed covers drawn by the legendary Japanese artist Sugi. Co released with Farewell Records (DE) and Anomie Reocords (DE

DIRTY WOMBS "Wrecked Youth" 7" (Desolate Records)
3 new tracks from this band from Patras, Greece that blends the aggression of classic Greek crust with the urgency and energy of Japanese/Burning Spirits hardcore. General concusses is that this is far and away the band's best work to date. Full color pocket sleeves. Co release with Imminent Destruction (UK).

YOUTH DRAFT Demo Tape (Demo)
SoCal punks, YOUTH DRAFT, play hardcore in the vein of Negative Approach/Poison Idea.

GENEX "Human Rites" Demo Tape (Demo)
Second Demo from these Canadian raw punx.

INDIGNARI Demo Tape (Demo)
Raw Punk outta Winnipeg

NERVOUS TALK "S/T" LP (Ugly Pop Records)
Oh wonderful Canaduh, how do you spoil our punk hearts with a never ending flow of good bands. Vancouver based supergroup NERVOUS TALK features Joel Butler from MOBY DICKS / MYELIN SHEATHS and members of TIMECOPS, SHITTY NEIGHBOURS and THE BALLANTYNES. These punks really are on a mission to deliver the most Punk sounding album you heard in a long time and their songs evoke the ghost of TEENAGE HEAD and POINTED STICKS. But NERVOUS TALK has a much wider range of all the good Punk we love. The 10 songs on this album bring rocking and dry ‘77 Punk (‘Something wrong’, ‘Sasha’, ‘Close to Death’), hectic and snotty Punk Rock (‘No invitations’), super catchy Power-Pop Punk with killer guitar lines, handclaps and everything you wish for (‘Different person’, ‘Introductions’), as well as some glammy Punk Rock with a killer 70s guitar sound (‘Nothing to say’), as well as the faster and melodic ‘Already gone’ and ‘Flush my phone’ that remind of STEVE ADAMY BAND and MARKED MEN and the slower, LOVER!- like reverberating and echo-driven ‘Way to go’ at the end of the record. If you have a craving for good ole Punk Rock in the vein of BUZZCOCKS, MANIKINS or POINTED STICKS, go and get your fix!

NERVOUS TALK "Introductions" 7"
(Ugly Pop Records)
This debut features three tracks of top-notch punk rock in the vein of the Marked Men, early Rip Off Records or the tougher '70s melodic bands-- can definitely see this appealing to people who dig The Boys, early Undertones or Protex. Mammoth Cave really hits it out of the park with this debut, and the first press is a measly 300 copies!

NEWTOWN NEUROTICS "Kick Out The Tories" 7" (Ugly Pop Records)
The third and possibly best known single for UK punk heroes. Released back in 1981and finally seeing the light of day again after over 30 years of being virtually impossible to find. Urgent, political, thoughtful punk rock that sprung during Thatcherism and is still as relevant today as ever!

REMEDIALS, THE "Four Song EP" 7" (Ugly Pop Records)
Holly mullet! Look at these dudes! First and only release by this Montréal pub rock infused punk quintet. Out in 1981 on the independent Basic record label, this four songs 7" E.P. Is a real treat for anyone who enjoy their rock with a slight of punk thrown in. "That look" and "Lifetime" are both cool rocker borrowing the Real Kids charms vibes here and there while "teaser" bring the pub rocking stuff mixed with stonesque vocal moves. To close up, “You make it hard” nails it down and get the band on top of the punk which later got them a spot on famous chuck Warner’s Hype To Death compilation. Fully liscensed from the band, comes with brand new insert and original poster repro (300 black). Originaly released in 1981 on Basic Records

REPROBETTES, THE "Danger" 7" (Ugly Pop Records)
Straight outta Melbourne, Australia's all-girl garage babes The Reprobettes are on the loose and out to get every thrill they can beg, buy or steal. Delinquent jailbreakers! Divine but deadly! Beehives that don't behave! This limited 45 pairs a dangerous original topside with their high-octane cover of 'Leave My Kitten Alone', in sweet picture sleeve and swank purple vinyl.

STONEAGE HEARTS, THE "Sky High Heels" 7" (Ugly Pop Records)
Newest single from Melbourne veterans the STONE AGE HEARTS! The A-side's a gutsy but melodic power-pop number in the classic '80s Australian tradition, while the flip's a revved-up rendition of the Plimsouls' classic 'Millions Miles Away', pressed on high quality wax in a killer sleeve.

TORSO "Sono Pronta a Morire" LP (Sorry State Records)
Tørsö caught our attention with their debut 7”, Community Psychosis, but when we heard Sono Pronta A Morire we really flipped out. Originally a project band started by a group of worldwide hardcore all-stars, Tørsö adopts the best parts of members’ previous projects--the energy of Neo-Cons, the precision of Punch, the heaviness of Holy and the ferocity of Ritual Control—while simultaneously breaking new ground. Easily one of the tightest and most explosive bands in hardcore today, on their debut LP Tørsö combine the catchy, crusty riffs and rhythms of Swedish hardcore like Totalitär and Herätys with pit-clearing mid-paced parts, wrapping it up in a bruisingly thick recording that doesn’t skimp on the bottom end. While they’re very much fast, loud, and hard, Tørsö are a comfortable fit with Sorry State’s pattern of releasing thoughtful, well-developed, and well-written hardcore.

SPECIAL ISSUE ALERT: Maximum Rocknroll #396 is here, the May 2016 issue, the zines special edition! We’ve got over a dozen features on zines from all over planet Earth, each of them revealing a living print culture that is truly killer, absolutely vital and undeniably punk. Emmy Ramone talks about their zines Cretins of Distortion and the Mental Whiff, digging at the roots of human expression through punk in the Midwest and beyond; Alex Ratcharge conducts an interview with NUTS! fanzine: learn all about the long journey from Olympia to New York City and all the ink stains in between; Golnar Nikpour interviews the world’s number one fan of noisy and psychotic hardcore, Tom Mayhugh of General Speech. Getting personal: Fluke fanzine celebrates its 25th anniversary and Burn Collector’s Al Burian talks about his music and his move from New York to Berlin. From the Bay Area we have As You Were, a comic zine anthology based out of San Francisco from label/publisher Silver Sprocket; Not Shit, a skate fanzine dedicated to the punk/DIY approach, and the Enthusiast, a brilliant and ASCII art-laden email newsletter. The folks behind No Shame, a distro that highlights work by people of color, write about eight of their favorite zines. Across the water there’s Another Subculture, an annual audio mag released on cassette in the UK: editor Ben Perkins expounds on the nature of capturing the moment and keeping the thrill of zinemaking alive in audio. Down in Barcelona, Mierda editor Dani Frutos goes head to head with interviewer Paco Mus on everything from Barcelona punk’s tenuous relationship with Europe and the world to anarchism and Catalonian independence. There’s also an interview highlighting the Finnish Fanzine Archive, a project digitizing over 300 Finnish fanzines dating from 1977 to 1982. Rounding it out is a feature collecting almost half a dozen current video zines, your favorite columnists, all the reviews you can possibly bear to read, and a photo spread from Everything Is Not OK Vol. 2. Don’t miss it.

Restocks for April 29, 2016:

ARTIFICIAL PEACE "Complete Session Nov. 1981" LP
BIKINI KILL "Revolution Girl Style Now" LP
BRASS, THE "Desperation" 7"
CONDITION "Actual Hell" LP
DISCHORD RECORDS "Four Old 7"s on a 12"" Comp. LP
EGG HUNT "Me and You" 7"
GRAY MATTER "Food for Thought" LP
MODERNS, THE "Year of Today" 7"
P.I.G.Z. "Bloody Belgium" EP
PF COMMANDO "Manipulerade Mongon" LP
PF COMMANDO "Rough Sound" 7"
REAL KIDS "Shake … Outta Control" LP
SOA "First Demo 12/29/80" 7"
SOUL SIDE "Trigger" LP
YOUTH BRIGADE "Complete First Demo" 7"

Friday, April 1, 2016


No clever April Fools joke here, just another pretty sick Grave Mistake webstore update for you! Picked up a bunch of killer tapes and records over the past few weeks, so check it all out below. However, before I get to those, some quick label news as we've got our first two releases for 2016 up for order now!

First off, we have another Tenement track from their upcoming Bruised Music, Volume Two LP collection streaming over at Spin now. The track, "The Block is Safe Again," which originally appeared on the Puke and Destroy Vol. 2 7" comp on Snuffy Smile Records out of Japan, has been remastered along with 13 other various tracks from 7"s and splits released between the years 2011 and 2015. Bruised Music, Volume Two is officially out April 8th, 2016 and you can preorder it from Grave Mistake and Toxic Pop now!

Also, in case you missed it last week, the Angel Du$t Upside Down b/w Teenage Haze 7" is out and shipping now! A limited single from Angel Du$t's upcoming LP, Rock the Fuck on Forever (out in May on Pop Wig Records), we did a one time pressing of 750 copies, most of which are already out the door. You can order the 7" from Grave Mistake now, and a few spots like RevHQ, Deathwish, and Sorry State will have copies for mailorder as well. The single features the LP track "Upside Down" (which you can check out over at The Fader) along with the B-Side "Teenage Haze," which is a non-album track exclusive to this release.
Very stoked on both of these releases, so please check them out (and thanks to all who have done so already). Now, here's what's going on in the distro this week ...

For quick browsing of recent additions to the store, you can check out all of these titles mentioned below in the New Arrivals and Recent Restocks sections!
I'm going to spare you a long recap on this update, you can check out the full list of new titles and restocks below - some great demos in this haul (Malcontent, Free, Warfare, Stuck Pigs, and Kombat to name a few) along with a grip of killer new releases from Combat Knife, Bleached, Tacocat, Total Abuse, Pressing On, Daylight Robbery, Helta Skelta, and more! Also, high on the personal recommendation list for this update is the Fastbacks "Now is the Time" 2xLP reissue, so check it out!
New Webstore Titles for 04.01.16:
COMBAT KNIFE "Extreme Combat" 7" (Video Disease Records)
The debut 7" from this Olympia/Portland unit is 6 tracks of loose, noisy hardcore-punk slop for slamming (but pogos and creepy crawls are cool too). From some of the minds behind GAG, VEXX, EIGHTBALL and countless other bands. Limited edition of 300 copies.

MALCONTENT Demo Tape (Painkiller Records)
A solo offering from Kevin Anand (Chain Rank, Preschool Dropouts, etc.) who delivers four tracks of straight edge hardcore that are heavily indebted to Side By Side, War Zone's mid-80's prime, and the legendary Altercation demo. Those names get thrown around too often these days, but we can assure genre enthusiasts this is the real deal. No weak riffs or modern influences.
FLEX, THE "Flexual Healilng VI: Live from the Paincave" Tape (Painkiller Records)
New England meets Olde England! Continuing their string of Flexual Healing cassettes, Painkiller is proud to offer Volume 6, "Live At The Paincave". On the last day of their massive summer 2015 US tour (and the morning after a double gig performance in Boston) the Flex rolled into the Paincave and ripped through their current live repertoire (10 songs!) with the kind of precision that can only come from over a month on the road together, playing every night. New and old songs get the Paincave treatment on this one. No redos or overdubs, just straight Flexin'.
NO TOLERANCE "You Walk Alone" Tape (Painkiller Records)
Limited cassette pressing of No Tol's debut 12". 8 years after an impromptu afternoon jam that resulted in their first writing and recording session, and 4 years since their last record, No Tolerance return to deliver the straight edge hardcore album the youth and young-at-heart have been waiting for. Unchanged by the unstoppable march of time, You Walk Alone finds the band still able to mine the same territory as always, but formatted for the ebb and flow of a full length album. Expect a meticulous alloy of "Break Down the Walls", Confont's "Payday", and the Hard Stance E.P.s.

FREEDOM "U.S.A. Hardcore" Tape (Triple B Records)
Cassette Version of their debut LP. Freedom has made a name for themselves in the hardcore scene in a short amount of time. Within the last year, they have made appearances at This Is Hardcore Fest, United Blood Fest, Rain Fest, Black & Blue Bowl, America's Hardcore Fest, Berserktown II, Not Dead Yet Fest and FYA Fest. Their debut 7", "Pay The Price," sold out of 1,000 copies in the first pressing in less than two months. Predating the LP, the "Anti-Poison" cassette tape sold 1,000 copies in three months, making this a much-desired LP for hardcore fans and critics alike. LP includes digital download.

WARFARE 2016 Demo Tape (Triple B Records)
Brand new bi-costal group of HC all-stars featuring members of Clear, Fury, Angel Du$t, Blazing Eye and Firewalker playing some angry ripping as hell hc in the vein of Life's Blood, Altercation, and Youth of Today.
GLORY Demo Tape (Triple B Records)
Some new BHC jams ffo: wishingwell records artists such as Youth of Today, Uniform Choice and Insted.

FREE 2015 Demo Tape (Triple B Records)
Sick as hell new hc band out of boston featuring members of Step Forward and Clear. Recommended if you like hardcore.

LABELED 2016 Demo Tape (Triple B Records)
Yet another rad new hardcore band out of Boston. This is like the 10th new band out of the area featuring sam from Triple B records which is cool because I don't even think he knows how to play an instrument.

HIGHER POWER "LP Promo" Tape (Mosher's Delight Records)
The latest and greatest from this Leeds-based UK squad in preparation for their upcoming LP. Heavy, groovy hardcore for fans of Crown of Thornz, Leeway, and Burn. Also include are 2 sick covers and a re-recorded demo song.
STUCK PIGS "Bleed Like …" Demo Tape (Out For Blood Records)
New HC out of DC! Frantic hardcore ffo Koro and Void

KOMBAT Demo Tape (Out For Blood Records)
Mutated fucks FFO DP. new DC hardcore. this is the good shit.

LACKLUSTER 2015 Demo Tape (Out For Blood Records)
Jawbreaker/Green Day lovechild featuring members of all your favorite DC bands

SPITE Demo Tape (Out For Blood Records)
DC straight edge punks in the vein of FU's and Void

FASTBACKS "Now is the Time" 2xLP
(No Threes Records)
A remarkable reissue / collection from one of Seattle's all time greatest bands THE FASTBACKS!!! "Now is the Time" is an awesome double LP collection featuring most of the band's earliest material and recordings from 1980-1984. I don't think I could write a description that would do this release and band justice, so I'll just strongly advise you to pick this thing up and if you aren't familiar with the Fastbacks yet, then do yourself a huge favor and check them out however you can - this release is the perfect place to start. Housed in a double Gatefold sleeve and features an awesome assortment of photos and flyers, not to mention a fairly extensive show list. Highly recommended.
TOTAL ABUSE "Excluded" LP (Deranged Records)
The Total Abuse has been a band since 2007. They have released three LPs and two 7"s, and they are considered one of the creators of a rare mixture of the old school hardcore punk sound with 80s industrial / noise aesthetics. Many bands have tried to copy their sound and vibe but no one has been able to emulate the pure hellish intensity of Total Abuse. Excluded is their 4th full length LP and was recorded in Austin,TX at Ohm recording studio and produced by David Williams. After the pure noise sludge mess of Prison Sweat the band decided to take their songs to a different place by focusing on pure riffs. Each song batters the listener down with raging buzz saw guitar riffs and unadulterated heaviness. Total Abuse have always been huge fans of true guitar gods like Nirvana and Slayer and here it is most apparent. These new Total Abuse tracks are still filthy and as noise drenched as ever, but is an album with a stealth and form unlike the three before it. Excluded is an album about survival, an album about identity, an album (as always) about obsession.

PRESSING ON "No Defeat, No Capitulation" LP (Deranged Records)
Portland's based Pressing on put out a small amount of tapes earlier this year,which was more of a rough version of the totally remastered and mixed know known as the "No defeat,no capitulation" record,and boy did it turn out louder and clearer then i would've imagined. Pressing On consists of members of the late and great Talk Is poison, aswell as from Ashes Rise,and the still going Raw Nerves.Excpect nothing less then total anthemic and defiant hardcore with all around great musicianship,and strong sense of melody in that great Talk Is poison style, yet holding their own. A clenched fist pumper for sure.

DAYLIGHT ROBBERY "Accumulated Error" LP (Deranged Records)
Daylight Robbery make expansive sound for tight spaces. This Chicago trio of DIY scene anchors makes anxious post-punk for those who came to throw their bodies on the gears and those who came to dance (and recognize that these categories overlap). David and Christine Wolf are a forever-shifting point-counterpoint to one another, both in their melodic guitar and bass interplay and their big harmonies and vocal trade-offs, and Jeff Rice's propulsive drumming provides a solid metal foundation on which to build song structures that shift, collapse, and grow organically. You may hear echoes of the late '70s and early '80s in what they do, but their restlessness is very much of the now, the sound of the endless post-industrial search for stability rather than the sound of the late Cold War.

(Deranged Records)
Portland peace punk/deathrock hybrid Arctic Flowers have amassed an impressive roster of underground and punk musicians to compile their Remix LP, out now on Deranged Records. The 12″ vinyl contains the band’s first 3-song EP followed by four remixes. The digital download of the album supplies an extra five remix tracks that could not fit onto the vinyl (a vinyl purchase comes with a code to download the extra five songs). So, let’s see what we have here: The first three songs are from 2010 and the early material showcases a pretty good sampling of Arctic Flowers’ range: the first song, “Technicolor Haze,” has always been one of the more dance floor friendly numbers as it is, and it’s not surprising the bulk of the remixes on this release are in fact remixes of this song. “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” the second track, is another bass guitar-driven gothy punk number. “Neon Tombs” is an all-out thrasher and serves as evidence of members’ history in uptempo hardcore punk. Singer Alex’s vocals have always reminded me of Pauline Murray’s (of Penetration); in fact, Penetration, along with Rubella Ballet and the Poison Girls, are not a bad point of reference for describing Arctic Flowers’ sound – mostly mid-tempo, but still hard-edged melodic-but-not-necessarily-pretty, dark punk tunes with a lot of crossover appeal into the goth and postpunk crowds. “Our sound is a mix of punk, deathrock, post punk, and goth,” guitarist Stan Wright once told me in a previous interview for CVLT Nation. “Aggressive but at times danceable and melodic.” The Remix LP furthers expands Arctic Flowers’ crossover appeal into postpunk, goth, and even industrial dance club territory. The assemblage of remixes here from folks in Soft Kill, Toxic Holocaust, Rubella Ballet, Cadaver em Transe, and others range from ultra-dancey (the Sid Truelove of Rubella Ballet remix of “Technicolor Haze”), to uber-gothy (the Soft Kill remix), to 80s dance (the Alex Cuervo of Espectrostatic/Hex Dispensers mix) – even to dub (the Cadaver em Transe remix by Pato). A few of the takes on “Technicolor Haze” – especially the Sid Truelove/”Dayglo” and Alex Cuervo remixes – seem ready made for the club floor. The Gold Zippers’ “Purple Clouds” remix is a deeply atmospheric gothic meditation. The Soft Kill remix at the end is a really doomy, almost Killing Joke-ish dirge that not unsurprisingly sounds a bit like an Arctic Flowers/Blessure Grave collaboration! A fun and interesting experiment the Flowers have here, an LP featuring punk, industrial, and gothic versions of their songs. From Oliver Sheppard via

TOMMY T AND THE CLASSICAL MISHAPS "I Hate Tommy" 7" (Cool Death Records)
Melbourne troglodytes TOMMY T AND THE CLASSICAL MISHAPS debut disc perfectly embodies all that is good and warped in the land down under. Featuring a cast of players that have spent time in groups such as Power, Brando's Island, and Gutter Gods, the sound here harkens back to late 70's LA, a style that'd find favor in the pages of Slash Magazine. Two quick synth-and-snot addled cuts on the A-side recall something out of an early Dangerhouse Records catalogue while the flip is an ugly dirge peppered with the self-deprecative drawl of Tommy T himself. A fantastic single, mastered by the legendary Geza X to boot.

HELTA SKELTA "Reds/Devil's Triangle" 7" (Rock Bottom Records)
Domestic release from Perth's best kept secret Helta Skelta (aside from Prag whom they share a singer). Musically its a mix of Wire demo's, classic Aussie punk (The Victims), and some early 80's hardcore thrown in for good measure (I'm thinkin' Middle Class). They have LP coming out on Deranged hopefully in the near future. 329 copies pressed with Risographed printed covers.

BLEACHED "Welcome the Worms" LP (Dead Oceans Records)
Los Angeles-based sister duo Jennifer and Jessie Clavin knew things were going to be different for their band Bleached sophomore LP Welcome The Worms. Not only had they managed to charm world renowned producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Elton John) to join the sisters and their bassist Micayla Grace in the studio, but Jen and Jessie had been crawling out of their own personal dramas. While emotionally spinning, they dove head first into music. The three girls spent time writing the 10 song LP at a remote house in Joshua Tree, away from the distractions of the city. Other times Jen and Jessie worked alone, just like when they were teenaged punk brats playing in their parents' garage, imitating their heroes The Slits, Black Flag and Minor Threat. In the studio, Chiccarelli and co-producer Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, YACHT) helped the band perfect their fervent songs into fearlessly big pop melodies. They drew inspiration from the iconic hits of everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Heart to Roy Ayers. The result is an ambitious rock record with a new found pop refinement that somehow still feels like the Shangri-Las on speed, driven forward in a wind of pot and petals, a wall of guitars in the back seat.

TACOCAT "Lost Time" LP
(Hardly Art Records)
Third LP from Seattle's Tacocat. Tacocat’s 2014 album NVM featured silly songs about psychedelic quineañeras, sarcastic responses to street harassment, and embracing that bloody time of the month. They bring back those satirical, funny lyrics in this album with songs about those obsessive horse girls you probably went to high school with in “Horse Grrls,” dealing with annoying neighbors during weekends in “I Hate The Weekend,” and an ode to the X-Files in “Dana Katherine Scully.” Their fun sound may still remain in this LP, yet it’s a bit different this time around. They get in touch with their darker, moodier side while still keeping the feminist themes they’re known for. “Men Explain Things To Me” is a catchy track that takes on mansplaining (duh), singing “Don’t tell me what to do, my feelings won’t subdue.” “Plan A, Plan B”, which is sonically reminiscent of Bikini Kill, is a sex positive song about safe sex and using the Plan B pill. “Talk,” meanwhile, shows Tacocat’s solemn side, acknowledging the ironies of personal communication lost in our cell phone-driven world.

PRISON MOAN "Parasite Hole" 7" (Negative Jazz Records)
Debut 7" from PRISON MOAN. Here's a small slab of violent, drugged Cleveland punk recorded in 2015. Prison Moan is one of the best unknown hardcore punk acts in the USA! This is Prison Moans first vinyl release coming off the heels of a killer demo that only made its rounds in small circles in Cleveland and a handful of distros.

ADVLTS "Black Bile" 7" (Toxic Pop Records)
Advlts is the new-ish outing from members of some of Baltimore's favorite punk bands, like The Fuses, The Uniform, Deep Sleep, and Paper Dragons. Influences range from classic rock 'n' roll like The Saints and Rose Tattoo to British art-punk like Wire and The Fall to early American hardcore like Circle Jerks and The Germs. This is their second EP (their self-titled first EP was released on Southpaw Records) and their first outing with the new line-up featuring Mike Riley (Paper Dragons, Pulling Teeth) on vocals and Brendan Bartow (The Fuses) on guitar. Catchy toe-tappers mingle with short, sharp blasts of punk fury. This is the type of band that fits well playing with well-groomed rockers, sweaty basement punks, and everyone in between.

PELUQUERIA CANINA "Jovenes Promesas" Lp (Going Underground Records)
Debut LP from this band out of Bakersfield, California. Garage-y yet also melodic and Wipers-influenced... FFO the Vicious, Masshysteri, Generation Suicida, etc.

HARM DONE "Abuse/Abused" LP (Straight and Alert Records)
HARM DONE from France, featuring members of RAW JUSTICE, DIREWOLVES and REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER, started in the Fall 2013. They recorded their debut 7″ in April 2014, a promo tape in May 2015 and they now drop this new 17 track debut LP called "Abuse / Abused". They play some kind of cold and no frills powerviolence filled with Infest's speed, Sex Prisoner's ignorant breakdowns and Entombed's HM2 metallic guitar sound. For Fans of Nails, Sex Prisoner, Mammoth Grinder, Napalm Death, Soul Search, Powerviolence.

Debut 7" from this rad new hardcore band out of Chicago. Classic-sounding midwest HC with some Articles of Faith vibes in the guitar playing.

MADE IN JAPAN "Instant Hit" 7" (Hozac Records)
We literally tracked down the buzzsaw-pop band from the 1980 horror film New Year's Evil, turns out they had a ton of other recordings, and who would have though this Nick Lowe meets Paul Collins Beat-style band featured members of Heavy Metal Kids and Quintessence?

(Hozac Records)
Arthur Kane (ex-NY Dolls) with Blackie Lawless' Alice Cooper-soaked proto punk classic, long out of print from it's original one-time pressing on Whiplash, fully remastered from the original tapes courtesy of original member Andy Jay. Switchblade Rock at it's finest.

(Hozac Records)
Wait, is this a new band? We've positioned this incredible debut LP along with our Archival series batch for good reason, as FIRST BASE are one of the purest bands you're likely to come across, a true pop milestone so authentic and airtight, you'll swear you've heard these chords before. Originally one of the 'mystery bands on MySpace" from the mid-2000's, FIRST BASE released a string of much loved singles & EPs but kept a low profile despite being an active performing band in their hometown of Toronto, but it wasn't their intent to be anonymous. If you'll recall, they gained a wider appreciation after Personal & the Pizzas covered their iconic "Nobody Makes My Girl Cry But Me" which pushed them further onto the underground pop radar, and they returned the favor by covering " I Don't Feel So Happy Now" on their last EP. But affiliations aside, FIRST BASE are going to leave a deep scar on your world, and they'll be dumping sugar and syrup deep in those wounds with every repeated listen of this incredible pop debut. Like Jesus & Mary Chain fronting the Ramones, covering Joey Levine, FIRST BASE are pure honey-dripping salvation from the sadistic world we're trapped inside, a true ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day, just try to not melt away

COZY "Button by Button" LP (Hozac Records)
ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS OF THE COZY FANCLUB: It has come to this!!!! Following a string of smash hit singles, electrifying television appearances, and countless nights spent driving fans wild in sold out arenas across the globe, COZY is ready to unveil the fruit of their labor: Ladies and gentleman it is our privilege to announce to you the release of COZY's debut album "BUTTON BY BUTTON" out NOW on HOZAC RECORDS!!!! By now all of COZY's singles are regarded as timeless classics by teenagers worldwide, but as thrilling as those 45's are, they merely hint at the full blown denim majesty COZY have unleashed on "BUTTON BY BUTTON!!!!" This is the cutting edge of the teenage sound!!! From the rousing opening chords of the title track, to the glitter maelstrom of the closing number "Sidepiping," COZY have produced a danceable, full-length masterpiece of unadulterated teen pop perfection!!!! Countless bands have been influenced by COZY over the years -- including such chart busters as Slade, Angel, and the Bay City Rollers -- but none have been able to duplicate the pulse-pounding excitement COZY produces with each and every record they release!!!! Now YOU can find out why COZY MANIA is spreading across the globe like wildfire, by purchasing THE record of the year, THE next multi-platinum sensation, THE undisputed masterpiece of teenage pop that is "BUTTON BY BUTTON!!!!!!"

EPICYCLE "You're Not Gonna Get It: 1978-81" LP (Hozac Records)
As one of only a handful of Chicago punk/new wave bands with an actual record out in the late 1970s, EPICYCLE hit the scene hard and could be found not only gigging around the usual local punk spots such as Tut's, O'Banion's, Gaspar's, Lucky #, and Space Place, but also at Winnetka all-ages shows, and northwest suburban Glencoe teen dance halls just as well. Their raw-edged pop cut a fine line between the emerging punk and powerpop worlds, and compared with regional bands such as Shoes, Pezband, The Names and many others in the shadow of post- "Surrender" Cheap Trick, they were far younger and more aggressive, yet still just as talented and refined when it was in order. But for all intents and purposes, this is the sound of pure teen punk with a knack for hooks and harmonies, and is just as essential of a document of Chicago’s underground sound of the late 1970s as any of the more well-known usual suspects, who are more than likely the subjects of their classic song, “Hardcore Punk.”

CONVICT "Barred for Life" Tape (Painkiller Records)
6-song cassette debut of this northwestern HC band that has members of Bone Sickness in tow. There's almost an early 80s Swedish element to the guitar playing but shoved through the classic USHC blender, and then pumped full of the kind of performance enhancing drugs that get you banned from professional competition.

It is time for Maximum Rocknroll #395, the April 2016 issue! It’s another loaded issue of DIY punk’s greatest monthly mag. We hope you’re ready; we’ve got interviews with some of the most exciting bands in the contemporary punk landscape. Chicago’s NEGATIVE SCANNER talk about DIY in their hometown, their songwriting process, their still-expanding musical vocabulary and touring the US in a “soccer mom van.” Philly’s SOUL GLO and Temecula’s the COLTRANES dish on their respective brands of weirdo hardcore punk, and Brazil’s the PESSIMISTS explain their musical approach, their upcoming tour plans and their origins in a São Paulo head shop. This issue also features a huge special on three of this year’s most promising punk fests, giving us an opportunity to sit down with some of the most organized, energized, creative and resourceful punks out there. “Anti” Christian of Oakland’s Manic Relapse explains how he pulled their insane lineup of domestic and international bands and talks about carving out an inviting space while managing the fest’s hard-partying reputation. Everything Is Not OK organizer Roz Adams paints a portrait of the punk artist as a young man and shows where the Oklahoma City fest falls in a continually inspirational landscape of artists and musicians. Lastly Chris Moore and Nick Tape, the folks behind Damaged City, map out DC’s legacy as both an American metropolis with a long history in hardcore punk and a place where creating punk and expanding the scope of a fest takes constant work and commitment. On the global media front, we were able to speak with the filmmakers of the upcoming three-part documentary series Bogotá Punk. Last but not least: an uncompromising interview with Berlin/Munich’s HeartFirst Records conducted by the late Filip Fuchs. Of course, we know not even all this is enough for you: this also comes with hundreds of reviews, a photo spread by Martin Sorrondeguy, all your favorite columnists (Turbo & Gang are taking their Oi! column in an exciting new direction) and the long-awaited return of the classifieds section. It’s no joke.

ACK ACK ACK #4 Photozine
Latest issue of this photozine out of CA - featuring live photos from Red Dons, Night Birds, Rough Kids, Wolfpack, Career Suicide, and more! Check out some previews here;

CHEAP APPEAL Demo Tape (Slow Death Records)
GOMS "Chain Reaction" Tape (Slow Death Records)
COLLAGEN Demo Tape (Slow Death Records)
BLOCKHEAD Demo Tape (Slow Death Records)
PROM NITE Tape 1 (Demo)
DILETTANTES 2015 Demo Tape (Demo)
BOYS, THE "Know What I'm Sayin" Tape (Demo)
CONMAN 2016 Demo Tape (Demo)

Restocks for 04.01.16:
ACHTUNGS, THE "Full of Hate" LP
CLEAR "Youth to Youth Promo 2015" Tape
DOWNPRESSER "Don't Need A Reason" LP
FURY "Kingdom Come" 7"
MYSTIC INANE "Deep Creep" 7"
SICK THOUGHTS "Coming Over" 7"
SIMFUCKERS "Fucker" 7"
TENEMENT "False Teeth" 7"
ULTRA-VIOLENT "Crime for Revenge" 7"
WHO KILLED SPIKEY JACKET? "Beerstorm Trooper" 7"

Thursday, March 24, 2016

NEW RELEASE: ANGEL DU$T "Upside Down b/w Teenage Haze" 7" (GRAVE080) OUT NOW!


Listen to "UPSIDE DOWN" over at THE FADER

Photo: Neil Patel
Grave Mistake is thrilled to announce the release of a limited 7" single for the newest track from Baltimore's Angel Du$t!
On the second single for their upcoming LP, Rock the Fuck on Forever, Angel Du$t deliver a 120-second blast of pure melody in the blissed out pop gem that is "Upside Down." While Angel Du$t have made a name for themselves with their own off-kilter brand of spastic, high octane blasts of adrenaline, they've also showed us that they have quite the knack for a big melody and catchy hook. Guaranteed to get your toe tapping and head bobbing, "Upside Down" is a testament to Angel Du$t's penchant for melody and pop sensibility, and is poised to be the perfect soundtrack for your start to Spring.
On the flip, "Teenage Haze" (exclusive to this release only) is a steady fist pumper, picking up the pace just enough to get your heart rate up, in true Angel Du$t fashion.
 You can stream "Upside Down" at The Fader now.
"Upside Down b/w Teenage Haze" 7" is a one time only pressing of 750 copies, with 220 on Clear vinyl and available for mailorder in the Grave Mistake Webstore.
Along with the first single, "Stay" which premiered earlier this month (coinciding with a 7" on Photobooth Records), "Upside Down" is yet another captivating preview of what you can expect from their forthcoming LP. 
Rock the Fuck on Forever is out May 20th, 2016 on Pop Wig Records.
Upcoming Angel Du$t Tour Dates:
06/03 Tijuana, Mexico ^
06/04 Pomona, CA @ PBW ^
06/05 Berkley, CA @ 924 Gilman ^
06/06 Portland, OR @ Blackwater ^
06/07 Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse ^
06/08 Olympia, WA @ GAG House ^
06/09 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst ^
06/10 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent (Sound and Fury)
06/11 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent (Sound and Fury)

^ = w/ Gag and Big Bite

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

PREORDER: TENEMENT "Bruised Music Vol. 2: Singles 2010-2015" LP Now Available!

TENEMENT "Bruised Music, Volume Two" LP out April 8th - PREORDERS UP NOW!
"Freak Cast in Iron" streaming at The Fader
"Bruised Music, Volume Two is not only a collection of singles, but really a collection of transitional tunes that would form the basis of their present sound and distance them from their early juvenile aesthetic and more simplistic approach to the punk idiom."
Tenement Bruised Music, Volume Two LP

Release Date - April 8th, 2016
Stream "Freak Cast in Iron" at The Fader
Preorder Bruised Music, Volume Two in the Grave Mistake Webstore

When Grave Mistake and Toxic Pop released Tenement's Bruised Music, Volume One in March of 2015, one question that was asked was whether or not "Volume One" was merely a clever title for a standalone singles collection, or if there in fact was going to be an additional volume of Tenement singles to follow. Well, without further ado, both Grave Mistake and Toxic Pop are pleased to bring you the second installment of Tenement's Bruised Music Singles Collection.
On Bruised Music, Volume Two, we have compiled and remastered the majority of Tenement's post-Napalm Dream/Blind Wink and pre-Predatory Headlights output for yet another cohesive LPs worth of material. Fourteen Tracks in all, Bruised Music, Volume Two compiles tracks from their Taking Everything EP (Toxic Pop), split 7" w/ Culo (Cowabunga), split 7" with Cheeky (Let's Pretend/No Breaks), Freak Cast in Iron 7" (Cowabunga), Puke and Destroy 2 7" compilation (Snuffy Smile), and split 7" w/ Screaming Females (Recess).

All material has once again been mastered specifically for this release by Daniel Husayn at North London Bomb Factory, and you can listen to the remastered version of 2013's "Freak Cast in Iron," streaming now over at The Fader.

We've pressed up 200 copies of this release on Coke Bottle Clear vinyl which are now available for PREORDER in the Grave Mistake Webstore. We also are stocked up on the Bruised Music Vol. 1 LP, Predatory Headlights 2xLP, The Blind Wink LP, and Napalm Dream LP, so if you are missing any of those now is a good time to grab em!

The official release date for Bruised Music, Volume Two is set for April 8th (with vinyl scheduled to ship a few weeks later in mid-to-late April). This is a split release with Toxic Pop Records.

Bruised Music, Volume Two tracklist:

1. Taking Everything
2. Freak Cast In Iron
3. The Block Is Safe Again
4. Paper Airplanes
5. Wouldn't Let You Go
6. Perverse Universe
7. Jet Slug
8. Your Life or Mine
9. Blast Exhaust
10. Books on Hell and Sermons on TV
11. The Way It All Seems
12. Violent Outlet
13. Daylight World
14. Your Sway Keeps The Rot Away

Upcoming Tenement Shows:
04/22 Viroqua, WI @ Driftless Books
08/04-07 Appleton, WI @ Mile Of Music Festival
08/12-13 Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires Festival
08/27-28 Portland, OR @ Project Pabst Festival
In the summer of 2009, Appleton, Wisconsin punk group Tenement prepared to embark on yet another trip across the United States in their 1986 Dodge short bus. Like their recording sessions of the time period, their method of travel was often grueling and economical. They played with brutal honesty and they lived with brutal honesty. After a violent incident that resulted in a lot of blood, a lot of broken glass, and the dismissal of half of the rhythm section from the group, this behavioral pattern would ultimately lead to the demise of the first major lineup of the band, and usher in a new era of introspection and experimentation.

In 2011, their first two full length records, Napalm Dream and The Blind Wink, were released only a few months apart and lead to Tenement's widespread recognition as one of America's most notable melodic punk bands. Four years later, they released what many critics, from The New York Times to Rolling Stone, viewed as their major statement and first big achievement- Predatory Headlights.  Their new singles collection, brought to you by Grave Mistake Records and Toxic Pop Records, represents the time between the release of their early LPs and their 2015 sprawling double album.

Bruised Music, Volume Two is not only a collection of singles, but really a collection of transitional tunes that would form the basis of their present sound and distance them from their early juvenile aesthetic and more simplistic approach to the punk idiom. Eric Mayer joined the group on drums at the onset of this period, and two original members Amos Pitsch and Jesse Ponkamo, on guitar and bass respectfully, continued as the melodic force. Much of the material heard within was recorded at home on 8 track machine and cassette recorders; though a small portion of it was engineered and mixed by Napalm Dream and Predatory Headlights' production mastermind, Justin Perkins. These selections have a distinct sheen and lend a signature quality to the record as a whole.

You'll hear the first inkling of Tenement's interest in the fusion of classical stringed instruments and pop music in "Wouldn't Let You Go", an instrumental piece called "Jet Slug" that sits somewhere between Pavement and Ferrante & Teicher, the chunky blown out punk/pop of "Blast Exhaust" and "Taking Everything" which seem too aggressive to label simply as "pop punk" yet too melodic to label as "hardcore", the acoustic ballad "Your Sway..." with Nick Drake-esque chord patterns. You'll hear the twinkling pianos of "Perverse Universe" and the jangling, sparkling guitars and lush vocal harmonies of "Paper Airplanes", and it will sound so achingly familiar yet so hard to generalize or pin down. This is the very sorcery of Tenement, and on Bruised Music, Volume Two, the spell is stronger than ever.

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Webstore Update / 03.10.16
A HUGE update today, since we haven't had one over here in over a month :( New stuff has been streaming in since February, so here's an extensive recap of all of those bangin' new records. Some of these are already running low, so act fast! I'll make my run down of what's new as brief as I can ...
For quick browsing of recent additions to the store, you can check out all of these titles mentioned below in the New Arrivals and Recent Restocks sections!
In this update you'll find the newest LP from GM favorites Red Dons (these are the European version to hold you over until the Deranged version drops in a month or so); the brand new EP from Philly's Sheer Mag; three releases from Lumpy Records - 7"s from Urochromes, Glitter, and Ruz (all which Lumpy has already sold out of, so grab em while you can); a killer debut LP from Barcelona's Chroma; the latest hits from Deranged Records, including the Helta Skelta LP, new Cretins 7", Oaf 7", Desgraciados 7", Waveless LP, TV Freaks new LP, and a repressing of Tenement's The Blind Wink LP; some great new titles from Richmond's Feel it Records including a rad reissue of unreleased material from 80's Charlottesville, VA hc/punk weirdos The Landlords and a new Nasa Space Universe 12"; plus some solid stuff from great labels like Taken By Surprise, Not Normal, Man in Decline, Brain Abuse, and La Vida Es Un Mus, including new releases from Sin Motivo, Orden Mundial, Woolf, No More Art and No///se (to name a few); also grabbed new titles from La Sera, The Brass, Soda Boys, Javla, Quitter, some classic boston hc reissues from Last Rights, Negative FX, and Gang Green; tapes from Stuck Pigs, Gas Rag, Sem Hastro (and more), restocks from Big Zit, G.L.O.S.S., Night Birds, S.H.I.T., Rixe, La Misma, and much more - check the full restock list at the end of this email.
There's even more than what's mentioned here, all of which you'll find below. 
Thanks for reading!
Alex / Grave Mistake Records
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New in the Webstore for March 10, 2016:
RED DONS "The Dead Hand of Tradition (Euro Press)" LP (Taken By Surprise Records)
Five years after their seminal "Fake Meets Failure" LP, Red Dons return with their junior album "The Dead Hand of Tradition," set to be released August 10th on Taken By Surprise Records in Europe and later this summer by Deranged Records in North America.  A lot has happened in those five years.  Two of the band's core members Douglas Burns and Hajji Husayn left their hometown Portland, Oregon behind, for Chicago and London. They recorded and released a slew of singles on labels like Grave Mistake and Dirtnap (including a collaboration with TV Smith of UK punk legends The Adverts). Despite the distance between them, they’ve managed to tour regularly in North America and Europe.  In January this year they reconvened in Portland to record "The Dead Hand of Tradition" at Buzz Or Howl Studios, the same establishment where they recorded the album's predecessor. "The Dead Hand of Tradition" features ten new tracks of their signature dark, driving, melodic punk rock sound. The formula of their distinctive songwriting hasn't changed, but has matured as a result of having five more nomadic years under their belts. These new experiences have only added to the themes of alienation, emigration, and loss present in their music.  With Red Dons stalwart Richard Joachim on drums and recent recruit Ruby Sparks of The Stops (Dirt Cult Records / Sabotage Records) on guitar, the band just finished a Midwest / Canadian tour including an appearance at the Ottawa Explosion Fest last month and is returning to Europe for five weeks in the fall.

SHEER MAG "III" 7" (Wilsuns Records)
"Well, here’s a nice surprise! The Philly band Sheer Mag, who sound like Thin Lizzy if Thin Lizzy were DIY basement punks, have a brand-new EP out right now. Last month, the band shared a kickass new song called “Can’t Stop Fighting,” and that song is the first of four on their new 7″ III. Sheer Mag released their first two EPs on Bandcamp in similar fashion, but that was before they racked up the sort of buzz that has them playing Coachella next month, so it’s cool to see them sticking to what brought them here. The EP is as raw and hooky as we’d hope from this band." - stereogum

RUZ "S/T" 7"
(Lumpy Records)
Ripper of an EP from this St. Louis group. Ragin HC no bs.

GLITTER "S/T" 7" (Lumpy Records)
Excellent deranged hardcore from Calgary.

UROCHROMES "S/T" 7" (Lumpy Records)
The classic hits "TOAP", "I don't wanna be like me", "Ugly", "Two Men" + 2 more, pressed to wax. Don't think you can top that cover.

CHROMA "Cuerpos Dociles" LP (Hysteria Records)
Chroma is a new band from Barcelona consisting of 3 ladies who formerly and currentyl played in Las Otras, Rakta, Invisibles, Siega and others. Churning, mechanically, repetitive, primal, haunted-factory music. Too punk to fit the mold of their industrial influences -Dripper World.

SIN MOTIVO "El Desierto" LP (Not Normal Tapes)
True Believers, allow a moment of vulnerability from the venerable. I've dreaded this moment, this release for some time, not because there was any chance of it being a bumbling bargain-binner, quite the opposite; I knew that my attempts to describe this long-awaited long-player would inevitably fall short. Where you start with this Texas five piece, a group that has consistently defied expectations and flouted attempts to whittle them down to just these three influences, that same old x,y,z? They're certainly heirs to their Texan lineage, that weirdo strain that counts rock 'n' roll maniacs like Roky, Soxx, Floyd, Kerr, Biscuits, Really Red, Mydolls, the Stains, etc among its number. There's that Is This My World-ian wall of guitar, that disorienting, Shatter-Loosian blend of wonder mixed with contempt. But what's past is past, and Sin Mo is here, a dazzling future given shape for feeble present tense minds.

HELTA SKELTA "Beyond the Black Stump" LP (Deranged Records)
Helta Skelta is the newest face of Australian punk - there I said it.  Granted they already have an album and a few singles under their belt, Beyond the Black Stump sounds very different from previous outputs and believe this is the album people have been waiting for them to write.  It's hands-down their strongest batch of songs, and the recording does them complete justice.  The various elements of this album have always been there, swirling in the soup of varied influences and ideas these guys soak in, but this album smacks of a band getting its ducks in a row.  In particular, Jon's vocals have mellowed from an earlier, more aggressive hardcore delivery into a brilliantly snarky, deadpan, sardonic drawl that draws easy comparison to EDDIE CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING or X.  The guitars are tight, choppy and bright, the bass and drums pin the beat down with straightforward but rock-solid rhythms.

CRETINS "Meat" 7" (Deranged Records)
CRETINS rear their ugly heads yet again with six new cuts of destructive hardcore punk on "Meat".  This is a completely savage recording that harnesses the pure hatred of Poison Idea and depraved genius of Cleveland's finest into one crushing EP. This is not the safe, easygoing, or experimental garbage that has crept into HC punk in recent years.  CRETINS' approach here is simple - hard hitting and forceful songwriting with lyrics that espouse a clear distaste for humanity.  Executed much faster and tighter than previous material, if there's one CRETINS release to end it all to, "Meat" surely wins out.

DESGRACIADOS "Humanidad en la Obscuridad" 7" (Deranged Records)
Talk about left field – a blazing Spanish hardcore punk band from Calgary/Vancouver – who knew?  Absolute scorching hardcore punk – no frills no gimmick.  A solid 4 song EP that will definitely please fans of international hardcore punk.  Art by Matt Bellosi

OAF "S/T" 7" (Deranged Records)
Debut 7” from newish Vancouver hardcore band. Evil riffs, raw tone, driving beats and manic vocals. Expressing the stress anxiety and rage of living in an insane world. Stuck in a web of violence and oppression, on the bottom of a hierarchy where capital is the sole representation of power and influence. Seeing the game for what it is and understand that in a dying world you must CHEAT 2 SURVIVE.

TENEMENT "The Blind Wink" LP
(Deranged Records)
The repress of Tenement’s second album, The Blind Wink courtesy of Deranged Records.  Their first album Napalm Dream was heavy on the high octane catchy punk, and definitely great but The Blink Wink is where the band found their confidence and compiled a very distinct and mixed sounding album’s worth of material.  From the Replacements, the Descendents, and the Lemonheads, the influences are obvious and the delivery spot on. I am not sure how a band that is so deeply rooted in hardcore punk ends up creating such a diverse and strong album so early in their ‘career’ but Tenement have managed to comfortably move beyond the confines of the punk song and keep us captivated.

WAVELESS "Spirit Island" LP (Deranged Records)
WAVELESS is a three piece living in MPLS,  playing layered  reverberating music. Finding inspiration in the likes of Slowdive, Neil Young, and Sonic Youth, “Its moody without being saccharine and sincere without being self-indulgent.”   Previously playing together in the short lived noisy punk band TOTAL TRASH and forming in it’s demise.

TV FREAKS "Bad Luck Charms" LP (Deranged Records)
As fans of TV FREAKS might expect, "Bad Luck Charms" offers the perfect marriage of blistering hardcore and ear-splitting garage. It's a relentless record that just might burn some calories if you listen to the whole thing.  The brain-busting anthems were also given the ultimate treatment before reaching wax. The 13-track LP was recorded by the Sadies/Career Suicide member Dallas Good, mixed by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet's Don Pyle and mastered by Total Control's Mikey Young.

LA SERA "Music for Listening to Music" LP
(Polyvinyl Records)
The title of La Sera's fourth album says a lot by saying so precious little: Music For Listening to Music To. So, in other words, "music." After the punky heft and wildness of 2014's Hour of the Dawn, an LP that thrashed against expectation, Katy Goodman returns with a set of songs that double down on solid simplicity — the power of wry lyrics, glorious guitar, driving backbeat, and the occasional pump organ groove. And as the record cover gives away, Goodman isn't alone. La Sera is a duo now — that's guitarist/cowriter/new husband (!) Todd Wisenbaker standing up there. And Ryan Adams joins to produce the fruit of their union, La Sera's first live-recorded analog album, featuring 10 tunes about good love, bad love, dead men, and confused kids.

GANG GREEN "Sold Out / Terrorize" 7" (Taang Records)
Debut 7" from this seminal Boston band."Prior to a long tenure as one of the globe’s leading celebrants of unbridled alcohol intake, metal-tinged skate-punks Gang Green existed as a trad hardcore outfit, with their strongest attribute the exhibition of almost ludicrously blistering speed. That velocity is crucial to “Sold Out,” easily the crown jewel from the original lineup. It alternates parodic yet appealing elements of melody with stabs of breakneck momentum, and “Sold Out” stands as one of the best HC songs (which were frankly at a premium) of its period."

LAST RIGHTS "Chunks / So Ends Our Night" 7"
(Taang Records)
"Featuring legendarily notorious vocalist Jack “Choke” Kelly after the dissolution of his first band Negative FX and before the rise of the apparently still extant Slapshot, Beantown HC nuts surely know Last Rights well, and those cuckoo over indie-rock might actually recognize them for “Chunks,” a song fellow Massachusetts act Dinosaur Jr. tackled on the flip of their “Just Like Heaven” 12-inch (Last Rights’ sole gig was with D.Y.S., Outpatients, and Deep Wound, the latter the HC unit of J Mascis and Lou Barlow pre-Dino). Given its marriage of density and gargantuan hard-rock riffing, it’s no surprise “Chunks” ended up in Dinosaur’s book of covers. Not nearly as strong but still agreeable (i.e. a solid b-side) is “So Ends Our Night,” which succeeds mainly due to the sing-along elements of its chorus being enveloped in ample guitar residue. Like “Chunks,” its lyrical concerns do point to the testosterone-soaked sensibilities that caused many to leave HC behind, but “So Ends Our Night” persists as quite effective, and it completes a killer one-shot 7-inch."

NEGATIVE FX "VFW" 7" (Taang Records)
Five tracks from their LP. Negative FX was a hardcore band from Boston, formed in 1981. Though the band lasted only a short time, playing a total of five shows (six flyers exist), the band was well known for their involvement in the local straight edge scene of the early 1980s. Along with members of the bands DYS and SS Decontrol (SSD), Negative FX was part of the "Boston Crew", a group of social friends who traveled around the country with SSD and other Boston hardcore bands. Negative FX played fast and unmelodic hardcore punk that often featured shouted gang vocals on the songs' choruses. The band members consisted of Patrick Raftery on guitar, Rich Collins on bass, Dave (Bass) Brown on drums, and high-profile vocalist Jack Kelly, who frequently went by the name of "Choke". Kelly went on to form the bands Last Rights and Slapshot.

LEMONHEADS "Laughing All the Way to the Cleaners" 7" (Taang Records)
"The Lemonheads’ “Laughing all the Way to the Cleaners” EP was first issued on vinyl through the Huh Bag/Armory Arms label, though TAANG! was involved in the record’s distribution and signed them properly shortly thereafter. And before they became a big alternative deal, the Lemonheads were but one in a serious influx of ‘80s acts unthinkable without the precedent of The Replacements and especially Hüsker Dü. Sounding better now than they did circa ’87, a time when many of us were experiencing intense Mats/Dü fatigue, the songs comprising their debut EP are far from carbon copies (some might disagree), with great gobs of punk snot torpedoing around the four tracks. In particular, the snarling riffs of “I Like To” and the heaving libido purge of “I Am a Rabbit” turn “Laughing all the Way to the Cleaners” into a retroactively appealing proposition."

WOOLF "Posing/Improvising" LP (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
It's been four years since Woolf unleashed their debut album, The Right Way to Play also on La Vida Es Un Mus and described as a “pungent spit on the face of musical normality”. Now they're back with a dystopian revision of feminist queer punk. Born out of South London's squats and social centres, all but erased in recent years by the Tory government, the four-piece have produced an album conveying alienation and activist fury, the opening track “Civilisation” setting the tone with the (rhetorical) question “is this what they call civilisation?”.  Wall of sound guitar distortion provides a backdrop for a commanding, minimalist bass and insistent drums, with vocals that straddle the line between anxiety and paganity. It’s 11 unsettling songs in 11 uncompromising minutes, recalling the experimentation of no wave bands such as UT distorted by a raw punk aesthetic.  (Melissa Steiner) The black & white sleeve has been designed by singer Colette and the record includes a insert with song lyrics as well as a download code._

ORDEN MUNDIAL "El Nuevo Sonido Balear" 7”
(La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Tour EP originally released in time for the ORDEN MUNDIAL November 2015 USA/Canada mini tour. Three new songs following ORDEN MUNDIAL'S template of high energy hardcore with insanely huge punk riffs, a massive rhythm section and angry, to the point vocals.  Two hardcore bangers on the A side and a massive stomper on the flip which proves yet again that there is much more in the Balearic Islands than Ibiza and soft techno.

BRASS, THE "Desperation" 7" (Sydney Town Records)
With one boot firmly planted in an urban setting of industrial decline and the other kicking through a landscape of desperation and loss, THE BRASS deliver 4 tracks of some of the best oi! to come out of NYC in a long time. Picking up where their Rugged Cross demo left off, this bruising debut EP takes everything you like about the savage growls of early Boston hardcore and combines it with the tough, dark melodies of French oi! bands like CAMERA SILENS. Clay’s unrestrained vocals compliment a brutish soundtrack that is appropriately unhinged, on edge and ready to pull you out of your safe apartment and throw you into the dark streets of New York City.

SODA BOYS "Burgers & Fries" 7"
(Total Punk Records)
Top notch American rock n roll, in the spirit of the almighty Gizmos and Dictators, from the world’s #1 Soda Pop band. Two tracks off of their self titled demo on Lumpy Records about burgers and fries, girls, and doghouse regret. Shredding guitars, vocal hooks galore and 100% TOTAL PUNK.

LANDLORDS, THE "Fitzgerald's Paris" LP (Feel It Records)
Long before it began sprouting Americana bands on every corner, the sleepy college town of Charlottesville, VA boasted a punk rock scene whose ferocity belied its small size. The Landlords, along with Lackey Die and the Beef People, stood at the epicenter of the action. After releasing the highly regarded Hey! It's A Teenage House Party! LP in 1984, The Landlords returned to the legendary Inner Ear Studios over the next few years to record their second album, Fitzgerald's Paris. Restored from the original master tapes and released after almost 30 years, Fitzgerald’s Paris offers seventeen tracks of pure rock and roll mayhem. Fusing musical influences as varied as Black Flag, Chuck Berry, and Motörhead, side A’s avalanche of epigrammatic money-tunes showcases The Landlords at their peak. Side B’s plunge into the jungle of noise builds on the intense dissonance of Scratch Acid, Live Skull, and The Landlords’ own infamous spinoff duo, Happy Flowers, all the while remaining rooted in hardcore punk. No matter the style, all the tunes on Fitzgerald’s Paris are destined to delight America’s next generation of alienated youth, while infuriating school boards, police departments, and town councils everywhere. Packaging includes an 11"x22" insert containing lyrics, flyers, and unpublished photos plus a free MP3 download of bonus studio material and a live set recorded off the board at CBGB's in September 1985.

NASA SPACE UNIVERSE "70 AD" 12" (Feel It Records)
Santa Ana, CA's NASA Space Universe have spent the last decade or so careening wildly through space, both inner and outer, to bring us undeserving scumfucks the most intense, unorthodox hardcore this side of the solar system. Alas, the mighty starship NSU has gone the way of the Challenger Space Shuttle, exploding gloriously upon this, their final launch. What remains, culled from the wreckage, are the ten songs that make up 70 AD, their final EP. Ten scorched, sweat-drenched paeans to paranoia, bad trips, and brute force, an unholy amalgamation of all the disparate strands of punk/hardcore that you dig (be it Japanese/Swedish hardcore, early SST, later SST when everyone was smoking dope and listening to Deep Purple, fringe shit like No Trend, you name it) filtered through the manic mindsets of four literate, completely reprehensible dudes who could give a fuck what you dig. 70 AD eschews the studio sheen of some of their past releases for what could serve as a perfect encapsulation of the NSU live experience, minus the potential for missing teeth and bloodied beaks. Essential listening that serves as both a fitting send off and a stern rebuke to those who slept on this mighty, mighty band of reprobates.

NASA SPACE UNIVERSE "The Stars My Destination" LP (Self Released)
Self-released collection of outer-limits hardcore punk from these SoCal degenerates.  Compiles the “EGM” EP from 2014 and “Ice” EP from 2012, twelve tracks in total.  Some of NSU's best work to date.

NASA SPACE UNIVERSE "The Two Stigmata of NSU" LP (Self Released)
Self-released collection of outer-limits hardcore punk from these SoCal degenerates.  Compiles the “S/T” 7” from 2007, “Brainrailers” 7” from 2009, and one previously unreleased track.  Remastered for the 12” format and sounding better than ever before.

QUITTER "S/T" 7" (Blow Blood Records)
From the ruins of Baltimore, QUITTER give us four tracks of synth-driven weirdo punk in the vein of Killed By Death meets too many B-grade 80’s mutant flicks. Think of Street Trash (1987) with all the characters played by punks and DEVO does the soundtrack but all the members are zombies on crack. Confused? Buy the record and listen for yourself, then it'll make sense. They're just as strange live as this record is too, this band is highly recommended in all formats!

MOTHER'S CHILDREN / MANDATES Split 7" (Taken By Surprise Records)
"When I heard that Mandates and Mother's Children were doing a record together, I absolutely couldn't wait for it to come out! A Mandates/Mother's Children split struck me as an incredibly great idea. Here you've got two of the best bands out there - friends, tour mates, and leading players in a Canadian punk/powerpop scene that's been setting the world on fire the last few years. Really, the only way this collaboration could have failed would have been if the bands had contributed sub-par material. But come on: did you really think Taken By Surprise Records was going to sign off on a release that wasn't absolutely killer?! On the heels of a recently completed Mandates/Mother's Children European tour, TBSR presents a vinyl team-up of these two superb bands. Each group contributes an A-side caliber slice of power poppin' rock n' roll goodness. If you're a fan of one or both of these bands, you will not be disappointed. And if for some reason you're not familiar with these fine Canadian outfits, this split serves as a perfect introduction to what they're all about. Warning: this is highly addictive music. Be prepared to go buy everything that Mandates and Mother's Children have ever recorded!" -

MANDATES "Suspicion" 7" (Taken By Surprise Records)
Newest single by Calgary’s finest powerpoppunk band following up their great debut LP we repressed earlier this year! Recorded by Teledrome’s Ryan Saddler and mixed/mastered by power pop genius Pat Kearns at Perma Press Studios in Portland!

MANDATES "In the Back of Your Heart" LP (Taken By Surprise Records)
"In the Back of Your Heart features 12 more pristine punk anthems from the outfit, demonstrating their penchant for quick, peppy pop and rip-roaring guitar work. If anything, it's an improvement on their past work in that the album sounds simultaneously more polished and more urgent. " -

MOTHER'S CHILDREN "Lemon" LP (Taken By Surprise Records)
From the mean sour streets of Ottawa, Canada comes the second full length of MOTHER'S CHILDREN aptly entitled: LEMON! 12 new tracks of stompy and glammy powerpop with that old wham-a-lam-bam-thanks-ma'am attitude that we're used to from those four mouseketeers. Get your fix of Vitamin MC from the sweetest fruit that grows in Canada.

(Going Underground Records)
Narcoestado is a punk band from Mexico City playing dark Melodic Punk / Oi! in a unique style and fashion. Blending some of the best influences from the Uk and Spain Punk scene of the 80's and bringing back into vogue today. "No disco beat, no pretension, no pseudo darkness, just power chords, real lyrics and proper punk drumming. Narcoestado is by punks for punks and from the 3rd world, a disappointmenting, anger inducing and frustrating world. These losers play in bands like Tercer Mundo, Muerte, Mujercitos, Ratas del Vaticano, etc. All good rock and roll bands from Mexico Df." Vinyl issue of there quickly sold out demo tape. 400 Copies pressed on black. Hand stamped center labels, glued pocket sleeves.

ISOTOPE "Midnight Soldier" 7" (Rust and Machine Records)
Debut single by Oakland's ISOTOPE is finally seeing the light of day. ISOTOPE has already completed 3 tours of US covering the West and East coasts as well as hitting parts of Canada with nothing but a demo tape, yet they have already created quite a commotion and their first time on vinyl represents them at their best. Blasting, hard hitting, gutteral "burning spirits" style hardcore punk with heavy nods to Japanese greats such as DEATH SIDE and BASTARD, yet with their own nasty spin on the genre of course. this record is LOUD. Recorded by Phil Hasha and mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door with cover art by the great Hal Rotter. Members are some Oakland vets that already played in some of your favorite bands and this one is no exception.

SPLIT VEINS "S/T" LP (Godzilla Records)
Debut album bu 2/3rds of NAILBITER picking up where they left their previous band. 8 Distorted hardcore punk tracks with lots of delay which takes BOTH the golden era of Japanese and Sweden hardcore as template. One of the best London releases in a long time.

SOUL CRAFT "The Legacy" 7" (General Speech Records)
5 fresh tracks of traditional Japanese Hardcore from Soul Craft, who have been the HC stalwarts of Kumamoto City, Japan for the last 17 years. Fast and tight hardcore with even faster ripping solos, gang choruses and all the trappings of traditional 90's Japanese HC style. This is their first full EP in 10 years since their Reverse Sorrow EP on Bloodsucker, and it does not disappoint! 7" + free pro CD version

JAVLA "S/T" 7" (Society Bleeds Records)
Brand new 7" from DC D-Beat outfit, JÄVLA. Band features members of Pure Disgust, Red Death, Stand Off, and Protester.

(Self Released)
Hailing from the Bay Area, Sterile Mind delivers their debut EP drawing on a variety of influences that range from traditional d-beat to the meandering, angular, fucked up breakdowns and articulated political venom of the '90s heavyweights to forge their own brand of fast, stripped down hardcore that plays outside of trend or convention. No overplayed production tricks or reliance on gimmickry, just fast intentional hardcore played with a sense of urgency.

DAILY RITUAL "S/T" LP (Sabotage Records)
DAILY RITUAL coming from a small DIY hcpunk community in the Island city- (police)state of Singapore. Started in 2013, making simple,melodic,dark and catchy political punk music influence heavily by 80's punkrock and anarcho punk. DAILY RITUAL could be perceived as their own escape from their other existing bands like Vaarallinen,Snaggletooth,Pazahora,Yumi etc. DAILY RITUAL lyrics are mostly about dealing with the anxiety of living in a modern totalitarian state. A demo tape was released in January 2014 followed by 'Depressed State' ep 7" on 4490 records. Coming up next will be a split 7" with THE STOPS (pdx) and the full length LP, both on Sabotage records and 4490 records.

NO///SE "Lower Berth" LP
(Man in Decline Records)
After delivering one of the best records of 2012, ИO///Sé returns with their sophomore LP, “Lower Berth”. Lower Berth is comprised of songwriting prowess backed by killer riffs, infectious melodies, an impervious rhythm section, and absolutely no filler and fluff. The final product is 13 tracks of stick-in-your-brain groove that varies from stomping anthem (e.g., "One Step Behind") to DANGERHOUSE or BUZZCOCKS-esque pop genius (e.g., "Buried Alive"). Unlike many bands that are currently hyperfocused on copying one particular band or sound, ИO///Sé mixes a wide array of disparate influences and creates something familiar but original. There are elements of old classics like WIPERS and X (Australia) along with newer bands like RED DONS, THE ESTRANGED, and MARKED MEN. If you are familiar with the first LP, Lower Berth will feel like a natural progression. If you’re new to the band, welcome and enjoy. For those keeping track, NO///Sé contains ex-members of YOUTH BRIGADE, GLASS & ASHES, and YOUNG LIVERS.MID023

NO MORE ART "Sorrows of Youth" LP (Man in Decline Records)
Finally! No More Art delivers a much-anticipated full-length LP after tempting us with a handful of fantastic 7″s (including the split 7" with DOOM TOWN released on MAN IN DECLINE RECORDS). For those unfamiliar, No More Art plays dark, driving melodic punk that embodies the spirit of THE WIPERS and combines it with the execution of THE AVENGERS, and old LA band, THE BRAT. Guitarist Will Kinser spent some time playing in RED DONS, which comes through in the songwriting and execution, and they also share a kinship with bands like MASSHYSTERI and VANNA INGET. Pick this up if you like downstroked classic punk with minor chords and strong female vocals.

AGENT ATTITUDE "Deranged Realities" LP (Man in Decline Records)
Sweden has a long history of producing amazing hardcore with a distinct sound that often veers toward the heavy and down-tuned. This tradition continues today with amazing bands like DISSEKERAD and INSTITUTION continuing the trajectory of the Swedish sound. Recently, a few Swedish hardcore bands (e.g., DAMAGED HEAD, with whom Agent Attitude shares members) have broken tradition and have begun to draw from U.S. hardcore influences with great results. AGENT ATTITUDE is perhaps the longest-running, most prolific, and hardest touring of these U.S. style-hardcore bands. To date, they have released a demo, three 7"s, and an LP and they have toured Europe extensively along with the U.S. east coast. Their second full-length LP, "Deranged Realities", serves as a testament to their talent and exudes all the handwork that has proceeded this new release. Each song builds on the last and they seamlessly weave mid-tempo punk bangers with all out fast attack in a way that should make other bands study and take notice. On Deranged Realities, singer, Jakob, seems to be channeling BLACK FLAG-era Rollins (both in tone and anger) without trying to ape the style. Musically, there are nods to early LA hardcore like CIRCLE JERKS, ANGRY SAMOANS and non-LA bands like POISON IDEA and URBAN WASTE. In short, if you like your hardcore with a heavy dose of punk and nihilistic despondency, this record will fit nicely in your collection.

MASSENGER "Peeling Out" LP
(Burger Records)
Esteemed independent record label Burger Records is pleased to present Massenger's killer new album Peeling Out. Featuring eleven crazy good garage punk hits straight out of Ventura, California recorded by Joel Jerome (Cherry Glazer, Peach Kelli Pop, Dios). The excellent album artwork comes courtesy of the amazing Dale Dreiling.

BRATMOBILE "Pottymouth" LP (Kill Rock Stars Records)
The first and only full-length album Bratmobile released during its initial period of activity -- in the '90s, the indie music scene was really all about the 7," the format on which Bratmobile made the most of its abilities -- 1993's Pottymouth neatly encapsulates everything Bratmobile was about. At heart, this means that Pottymouth is about the early-'90s indie scene, about the D.I.Y. life in the post-Nirvana age where it seemed like anything could happen. Like many bands formed around the Olympia scene, the three members of Bratmobile were as much or more fans as they were musicians: it is not an insult to say that any three committed punk rock fans in and around the K Records/Kill Rock Stars orbit could have made this album, but merely an affirmation that these edge-of-chaos blurts of upfront sexuality, rancorous anger, and -- occasionally -- goofy humor sound like diary entries from the early '90s, when punk rock was just on the verge of taking over the world.

RIPCORD "Fast 'n' Furious" 2xLP (Boss Tuneage Records)
For the first time, UK Hardcore Punk legends RIPCORD have all five of their recorded demos compiled as a stand alone release (including their second demo, which has never officially been released until now). Featuring 42 tracks of classic UK Hardcore punk, this is a must for all collectors of mid to late 80s hardcore punk. All tracks digitally remastered by Baz and John from the band at the legendary Whitehouse Studios in January 2014. To make this release ultra special, the strictly limited edition pressing is on coloured vinyl, with a 24 x 12" insert featuring unseen photos and liner notes and lyrics from the band, plus the CD version (with bonus track!) also included in a PVC wallet. Coupled with the wonderful artwork by Welly (Artcore Fanzine) this is a must own for any fans of the era, archiving recordings that are almost three decades own into a wonderful, must own package! STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION DOUBLE COLOURED VINYL LP IN HEAVYWEIGHT SLEEVE, WITH 24 x 12" PRINTED INSERT, CD IN PVC WALLET - FIRST PRESSING LIMITED TO JUST 500 COPIES WORLDWIDE AVAILABLE IN TWO VARIANTS!

STUCK PIGS "Bleed Like …" Demo Tape (Out For Blood Records)
New HC out of DC! Frantic hardcore ffo Koro and Void

GAS RAG "Discography" Tape (Doomtown Records)
European Import. ​In their short existence as a band, these four Chicago punks blended classic Scandinavian & Midwestern hardcore influences in a very refreshing and interesting way and left behind a few killer EP's, all of which are collected on this little plastic fucker. Perfectly executed powerful riffs filtered through a sharp guitar tone, well structured fast and short songs, lyrics filled with nihilism, mind-melting drumming and a Touch & Go-ish aesthetic backed with some nice drawings. It was really exciting to follow the releases of a band that merged the raging spirits of my fave classic hardcore EP's like Pick Your King, Jan's Room & Vengeance, Raped Ass and Swedish hardcore giants - Totalitär. This ultimate collection of golden hits is pressed on 150 pro-dubbed tapes in yellow, black and red color. Each tape comes with a two-sided foldout J-card insert. Grab 'em now or regret later!

COUPE GORGE Demo Tape (Brain Abuse Records)
Part of the new group of killer Hardcore influenced Oi coming out of France right now. Coupe Gorge join the likes of Rixe, Syndrome 81, and Traitre'. Six tracks of hardcore influenced Oi. Equal parts speed and stomp with a good dose of gang vocals. Extra bonus track on this tape not on the self released band version.

MIND TRAP "Dresden Sessions" Tape (Brain Abuse Records)
The Mind Trap boys are back with a new tape to stomp your boots to. The boys rip through 6 new tracks that effortlessly jump from boot stomping anthems to breakneck speed. An all out offensive that proves Mind Trap are Europe's finest. 50 percent German, 50 percent Russian, 100 percent pissed off hardcore. USA version on Brain Abuse Records. Black tapes limited to 100 copies.

CONTRA Demo Tape (Brain Abuse Records)
Contra come stomping out of Budapest with a five track demo of Oi! influenced hardcore. While they hail from Hungary this demo could easily come out of D.C. as their sound fits somewhere in between 86 Mentality and Pure Disgust. Pissed off mid tempo hardcore. No bullshit. Limited to 75 copies on Gray tapes.

(Brain Abuse Records)
These mad men from Moscow rip through these three songs with a punishing assault of crust infused d-beat. While I'm normally not a huge fan of reverb in vocals, in Reptiloids case it just seems to add ferocity to the entire recording. What keeps this demo from being lumped in with every other d-beat band you will hear is the hardcore influence. This isn't surprising considering Reptiloids share members with our favorite German/Russian band Mind Trap.

CHUD "Orange Barrels" Tape (Not Normal Tapes)
Bloomington's most prolific sons dropped two turds and named one rock and the other roll. Perfect if you love the Gizmos or the Pagans, not so much if you're a boring adult.

G.L.O.S.S. "Girls Living Outside Society's Shit" Demo Tape (Not Normal Tapes)
Ripping five song demo from this Olympia band!

SPUTTER "Demo II" Tape
(Not Normal Tapes)
Last transmission from this fast, stupid hardcore punk band from Chicago. Sputter kicked around their brand of strange magic for a good year before calling it quits, delivering a much need sense of levity during a rather dour, dismal time for CHC. Hands down one of my favorite local bands from the past year with some primo art designed and screened by the Black Sheep himself, Brian Galecki. Get this shit! FFO: Early Adrenalin OD, JFA, Poison Idea

WRONG, THE "Technology" Tape
(Not Normal Tapes)
What can I say about this band that I haven't already lavished upon them before? Contrary to what they'd have you believe, they were the best, a bright shining beacon in a murky sea of bullshit. A flamboyant, raucous, irreverent, nihilistic cure for your hardcore ennui! True believers, basements shook when the Wrong stepped up so here's your chance to bring summa that home. Comes with one "Wrong" brand prophylactic and screen-printed J-card. FFO: The pogo.

SEM HASTRO 2016 Promo Tape (Contra Scam Records)
Newest material from this Brazil / DC project - promo tape for an upcoming 7" on Hysteria Records.

XM2 Demo Tape (Commodity Tapes)
Hailing from Barcelona, XM2 delivers fast, noisey and furious hardcore similar to that of the Italian and Spanish hardcore tradition. Members of Absurdo and Otan.

NIEGALO TODO "Absurdo Escepticismo Superficial" Tape
(Commodity Tapes)
Mexican punks from the small town of Tuxtla Guiterrez playing hardcore that dragging at times and rapid at others. Noisey and pissed.

SYNDICATE Demo Tape (Commodity Tapes)
Catchy and dark punk with melodies that will get stuck in your head for days. Along the lines of No Hope for the Kids and Crisis. Member of Morpheme.

Top notch new issue of SIMH after a move from Cleveland to Toronto. This issue is heavy on the Clevo coverage, featuring an interview with PERVERTS AGAIN, top fives with Paul Schlacter, and reviews of some recent Cleveland punk films. Also included are interviews with MUFF DIVERS, DIGITAL OCTOPUS, and VOICE FROM INSIDE TAPES, a rock'n'roll radio feature, tour diaries from ROYAL HEADACHE and SCAB EATER, plus a heaping of reviews, photos, and more.

The fourth issue of a mag about listening to The Kinks. A ritual of degradation. Harm is inherent in extended reflection. I submit to the fantasies incited in their songs. The placation of their harmonies betrays grim depth. Provokes ruin. Writing on: "Wicked Annabella", "Animal Farm", "A Well Respected Man", "Tired of Waiting", and others. This is the last issue. Artwork by Avi Spivak. North American edition with red cover, printed by Feel It.

NUTS ZINE Issue #18 (Nuts)
Nuts! kicks off 2016 with another newsprint blast. This time MOMMY converse about mental health facilities and speed, Emmy from Ohio gives us his top three musical discoveries of the past year, Jeff Caffrey of Gag details his 86 (count 'em!) punk tattoos, Aaron Cometbus contributes a fascinating run-down of vintage hardcore/punk business cards, and the usual striking visuals are here in full force with a heaping of live photos, comics, and a full-color poster.

Here comes Maximum Rocknroll #394, the March 2016 issue! This issue features a massive bilingual interview with Korea’s noizepunks SCUMRAID in advance of their sure-to-be devastating visit to the US this Spring. Former coordinator Golnar Nikpour got a chance to sit down with Hannah Lew of San Francisco’s COLD BEAT to discuss their new record, Hannah’s label Crime on the Moon, and how to navigate nostalgia and capitalism as a band on the fringes of punk and pop. Scotland’s CLOCKED OUT talk about their influences in Clevo HC and the current state of Glaswegian hardcore, and the LANDLORDS (“true hardcore weirdos” of mid-80s Charlottesville, Virginia) discuss their history and their long-lost second LP. Also: CONSTANT INSULT offer up a Minneapolis punk basement tour and a Minnesota punk ethnography; Helsinki hardcore band DARFÜR talk about Finnish DIY projects; a trip down the psych-punk wormhole with Buffalo’s UTAH JAZZ; a scene report from the United Arab Emirates; and a photo spread from January’s This Is Austin, Not That Great fest. Of course this all comes with a massive reviews section and all your favorite columnists—in this issue, Not Normal Tapes impresario (and singer in Chicago HC outfit The Bug) Ralph Rivera contributes a brand-new music column to the MRR “PC Hate Vision”. This issue also introduces new content co-coordinator Brendan Wells, who just moved in from Minneapolis to help run the very magazine you hold in your hands each and every month. What a time to be alive.
Restocks for March 10, 2016:
BIG ZIT "Electric Zit Vol. 1" 7"
BLAZING EYE "S/T (UK Pressing)" 7"
CULO "Military Trend" 7"
FRAU "Mira" 7"
FRIED EGG "The Incredible Flexible Egg" 7" Flexi
FUCKED UP "Police" 7"
GAS RAG "6 Song EP (Euro Press)" 7"
GAS RAG "Human Rights (Euro Press)" 7"
GAS RAG "On the Beach (Euro Press)" 7"
LIFE CHAIN "Uniformed Cowards" 7"
LOS CRUDOS "Cobardes" 7"
LOW THREAT PROFILE "Product Number 3" 7"
MAJOR DAMAGE "Sheer Mayhem" 7"
NIGHT BIRDS "Maimed for the Masses" 7"
NO COMMENT "Live On KXLU 1992" 7"
RED DONS "A Forced Turning Point" 7"
RIXE "Coups et Blessures" 7"
S.H.I.T. "Generation Shit" 7"
SHEER MAG "II (UK Pressing)" 7"
SIN MOTIVO "Laberinto b/w Tierra Del Deseo" 7”
SUPERCRUSH "I Don't Want to be Sad Anymore (Canadian Press)" 7"
TOTAL ABUSE "Looking for Love" 7"

A HEADS, THE "Discography 1982-2009" LP
ANASAZI "Nasty Witch Rock (UK Press)" LP
BARCELONA "Extremo Hihilismo en Barcelona" LP
BELLICOSE MINDS, THE "The Buzz or Howl Sessions" 10"
BIG EYES "Hard Life" LP
BLOOD PRESSURE "Need to Control" LP
CAREER SUICIDE "Attempted Suicide" LP
CARRY ON "It's All Our Blood" LP
CHROMA "Cuerpos Dociles" LP
COLLEEN GREEN "I Want to Grow Up" LP
CONCRETE SOX "Your Turn Next" LP
CRUDE SS "Killing for Nothing" LP
CRY, THE "Dangerous Game" LP
DAMAGED HEAD "Tunnel Vision" LP
DISCLOSE "Yesterday's Fairytale, Tomorrow's Nightmare" LP
DYS  "Brotherhood" LP
ERGS, THE "Dorkrockcorkrod" LP
EXTORTION "Degenerate" LP
FRAMTID "Under the Ashes" LP
FUCKED UP "David Comes to Life" 2xLP
FUCKED UP "The Chemistry of Common Life" 2xLP
HURULA "Betongbarn" LP
JERRY'S KIDS "Is This My World?" LP
JUANITA Y LOS FEOS "Nueva Numancia" LP
LA MISMA "Kanizadi (UK Press)" LP
LA SERA "Sees the Light" LP
NERVES, THE "One Way Ticket" LP
NEU! "Neu! 2" LP
NEU! "Neu! 75" LP
NEU! "Neu!" LP
NEU! "Neu! 86" LP
NO PROBLEM "Already Dead" LP
NOISEM "Agony Defined" LP
ORCHID "Chaos is Me" LP
ORCHID "Totality" LP
PANDORAS, THE "It's About Time" LP
PISS TEST "Biggest Band in Europe" LP
PIXIES "Bossanova" LP
PIXIES "Doolittle" LP
PIXIES "Surfer Rosa" LP
POISON IDEA "Kings of Punk" LP
POISON IDEA "Record Collectors are Pretentious Assholes" LP
SPAZZ "Crush Kill Destroy" LP
SPAZZ "Dwarf Jester Ring" LP
SPAZZ "La Revancha" LP
STALIN, THE "Stalinism" LP
STEREOLAB "Refried Ectoplasm" 2xLP
STEREOLAB "The Groop Played Space Age Bachelor Pad Music" LP
SUICIDAS "Los Primeros 7"s" LP
TEAR IT UP "Just Can't Stand It" LP
TENEMENT "Predatory Headlights" 2xLP
TRAGEDY "Darker Days Ahead" LP
VACANT STATE "Fill the Void" LP
WEEKEND NACHOS "Unforgivable" LP
WEIRDOS, THE "Destroy All Music" LP
WILDHONEY "Sleep Through It" LP
ZEROS "Don't Push Me Around" LP

BIG EYES "Almost Famous" Tape
BUG, THE "What's Buggin' You?" Tape
CRUDE HUMOR "Jeri's Grill" Tape

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