Friday, July 24, 2015


First bit of news, just got our hands on the second pressing of the RED DEATH Permanent Exile LP.  Luckily there was only about a week lag time between when the last copy of the first pressing went out the door and this repress arrived ... talk about good timing! We also finally bit the bullet and pressed up a CD version of this full length as well; so for those of you futuristic / technological heads keen to this digital format - today is your lucky day. And of course, all of you East Coasters be sure to check out Red Death this coming week as they will be on tour with POWER TRIP and FORESEEN. Those tour dates can be found in yesterday's TOUR UPDATE.

On the distro side of the webstore, happy to report that I snagged a nice little restock on the killer CHAIN RANK Up Against the Wall LP.  Some of you may have noticed that the batch I managed to grab from the band last month were gone within a few days.  That being said, I'm very excited to have this LP back in stock for those of you still needing to pick up a copy. All killer no filler - one of my favorite hardcore releases (and bands) of 2015 without a doubt.
Grabbed a few copies of the awesome DISCLOSE Tragedy LP and Yesterday's Fairytale, Tomorrow's Nightmare LP reissues from La Vida Es Un Mus - classic Japanese hardcore given the top notch reissue treatment, and well worth your hard earned cash.

Picked up a few copies of the brand spankin' new LP from Ohio's NERVOSAS - this band has generated some well deserved buzz over the past few years, and this new full length definitely does not disappoint. Also be sure to check out the newest single from NO PROBLEM 7" as well! This is the latest EP from these Cannucks, right up their with their previous output.

Other new titles in the store this week include the self released 7" from Minneapolis punks ZERO, EPs from URBAN SAVAGE and PUBLIC ASSAULT, and the newest LP from my new favorite pop punk band this week, Sacramento's DOG PARTY (grabbed a couple of copies of their previous LP as well). And of course, a few copies of the latest issue of MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL - essential reading material as always.

A small but notable list of restocks this week - a few staple EPs from Havoc Records (AUS ROTTEN, MOB 47), some hits from Dirtnap Records (both EXPLODING HEARTS LPs, that killer SPLITS LP from a few months back), and some more goodness from Deranged Records (finally restocked on the STOIC VIOLENCE Chained LP, plus a few favorite slabs from CULO, the INSTITUTE 12", and the GIVE singles collection).

Anyways - that's all, thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Alex / Grave Mistake Records
New Webstore Titles for 7.24.15

CHAIN RANK "Up Against the Wall" LP (Side Two Records)
Self released debut LP from Chain Rank. 10 tracks of X-Claim Boston meets early NYHC without sounding stale. For fans of hardcore punk.

DISCLOSE "Yesterday's Fairytale, Tomorrow's Nightmare" LP (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
180 Gram record housed in a paste on board sleeve. _Layer upon layer of noise and distortion, like ashes of nuclear apocalypse raining down. The final LP Disclose released, in 2004, captured the band at a high point. When other d-beat raw punk bands were running low on ideas, Kawakami reinvented the sound, incorporating more metallic influences like Broken Bones while still sticking assiduously close to the template. Originally released for Disclose's tour of the US west coast, 'Yesterday's Fairytale, Tomorrow's Nightmare' includes ten tracks and closes with a rampaging masterpiece, the 10-minute 'Wardead,' which exists on another astral plane from generic Discharge copyists. This authorized reissue reproduces the original artwork and includes a new insert with liner notes by Stuart Schrader.

DISCLOSE "Tragedy" LP (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
180 Gram record housed in a paste on board sleeve. Indiscriminate cruelty to common people: the slogan could be about war or it could be about your eardrums while listening to 'Tragedy.' Disclose's first LP is a landmark of cacophonous, guitar-forward noisy hardcore. Heavily influenced by classic 80s Swedish raw punk, these fifteen songs perfect the unrelenting formula as only Kawakami could. Originally released in Japan on the cult label Overthrow in 1994, this reissue restores the fierce original mix two decades later. It differs from the mix on later represses hailing from Uppsala, where Swedish bombshelter-dwellers keep the flame alive. This authorized reissue reproduces the original artwork, with insert. Crack your brain up!

NERVOSAS "S/T (Second)" LP (Dirtnap Records)
Second self titled album (first for Dirtnap) from hard-touring Ohio dark-punks. An improvement on their (also awesome) first album in every way. The fast songs are meaner and more aggressive, the slower songs are more textured and atmospheric. Impeccable recording, truly impressive musicianship (not a compliment you’ll hear us at Dirtnap throw around very often) and songwriting inspiration to burn. This goes way, way beyond the “punk kids playing post punk” thing going around these days. Fits in perfectly on the darker end of the Dirtnap Records spectrum, alongside such fine company as The Estranged, The Splits, Autistic Youth. Truly an important and epic mind-bender of an album.

NO PROBLEM "Kid Killer" 7" (Deranged Records)
KID KILLER is the follow up EP to their great ALREADY DEAD LP, three new tracks of blistering dark hardcore, same formula, same hit potential!

ZERO "Mirror" 7" (Self Released)
ZERO has an influence of japanese punk, not in the rather trendy noisy style that is pervasive today, but drawing on older bands such as Gastunk as well as Burning Spirits groups like Death Side and Judgement. Being from Minneapolis, a notable fusion of a classic darker Minneapolis crusty style is present at times, ending up with a pummeling 7" with an emphasis on song writing and feeling, but also darkness and "raging-ness". Recorded at A Harder Commune by Matt Castore from Condominium and mastered at Enormous Door.

DOG PARTY "Vol. 4" LP (Asian Man Records)
While most of us spent our teenage years popping zits and generally just being very awkward, Sacramento sisters Lucy and Gwen Giles put their youthful energy to good use. Together, they formed the band Dog Party in 2007, and quickly got down to business doling out brash and roaring rock à la The Ramones and The Buzzcocks.  Still in their teens, this is their 4th full length release which for any band is quite an accomplishment.

DOG PARTY "Lost Control" LP (Asian Man Records)
Hailing from Sacramento, Ca., Dog Party consists of sisters Lucy and Gwendolyn Giles. Although both are still in high school, they’ve been playing music since 2005. Gwendolyn (guitars, vocals) is 17 and Lucy (drums, vocals) is 14. They starting playing music together at the insanely young age of 6(Lucy) and 9(Gwendolyn), respectively. Both play a multitude of instruments, but their live show consists of Lucy on drums and Gwendolyn on guitar with both sisters sharing lead vocal duties. Tons of harmonies, great melodies, and solid playing make these teen sisters sound like they’ve been touring for years. Their third full length is titled Lost Control. 13 tracks recorded at the Hangar by Chris Woodhouse (Devandra Banhart, FM Knives, A-Frames). The new album dives into a more focused punk rock feel influenced by the likes of X, the Ramones, and with a nod to nineties bands like Tiger Trap and Cub. They even pay homage to X by covering Los Angeles. It’s hard to believe that two young sisters would geek out over meeting Exene Cervenka versus Katy Perry. Maybe there is hope for rock and roll? SPIN says: “They draw a line from the Shangri-Las to the Ramones to Best Coast” IMPOSE mag says: “This short track is scuzzy, fun, and crisply paced, and with a lighthearted vocal that jumps through overdubs happily, the topics of being cold at the movie theater and parsing through small talk have never sounded more compelling.”

STOIC VIOLENCE "Chained" LP (Deranged Records)
Stoic Violence is a Long Beach, CA based band who formed in 2011. Stoic Violence play a stripped down, caustic, and spite fueled style of hardcore/punk. Stoic Violence's sound is primitive, rough around the edges, and completely unapologetic. Chained is the band's latest seven song 12 which is set for release April 12th, 2014 via Deranged and Video Disease records. Cassette copies of the cassette are being taken care of by Overdose records. On their latest 12", Stoic Violence offer up seven tracks of dirty, scathing, and knuckle dragging hardcore that's sure to make fans of Brainkiller, Hoax, and No Class take notice. Stoic Violence's sound features buzzsaw guitars, rapid drumming, and venomously spat vocals. Overall, Chained kicks-ass on so many levels. Highly recommended! Enjoy!" - MANIC COMPRESSION

URBAN SAVAGE "S/T" 7" (Foreign Legion Records)
Locked away in a basement in Sweden, this band of degenerates started piecing together riffs that had more in common with early USHC and No Future punk than it did with the jerky riffs of their Scandinavian brethren. Malmo is a post-industrial town where the working class struggles for both work and an identity, and their orphaned sons URBAN SAVAGE reflect that desperation as well as the degradation of one's own faith in the society that has been built around them. Their sound is nomadic; a blistering cacophony of boots on streets and tight, organic rhythms.  Their aesthetic references all come from the darker side of punk in its variety of styles. The aggressive back-beat of Negative Approach and the driving guitar of Blitz come through at equal levels, creating a sound that is honed in on an idea more than a sound. The production on this 4 song 7" is thicker than their previous effort (last year's 'Let Thunder Roar' LP, only released in Sweden), and the scope is deeper. In the end, this is music about one thing. This is music for the unattached. This is music for savages.

PUBLIC ASSAULT "No Way Out" 7" (Foreign Legion Records)
Young guns from Northwest Indiana playing early Dischord Records riffs the way they should be played; with absolutely no regard for anyone. In a (literal) state of Neo-Nazis, economic collapse, and no future, these four teens are writing music that reflects the fact that while some kids are growing up looking at Facebook and a college education, the land that America forgot is raising children destined to a steel mill that will be closing before they are even old enough to drink. No hope, no future, oi, oi, oi?

It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #387, the August 2015 issue! Philadelphia’s SHEER MAG discuss livin’ in the city and their new record, CADAVER EM TRANSE (featuring a member of RAKTA) talk about life in the concrete jungle of São Paolo, and JUANITA Y LOS FEOS give us a taste of life in Madrid. The mind behind BUCK BILOXI AND THE FUCKS and GIORGIO MURDERER provides a window into his madness through a two-part interview with Eric Oblivian and Layla Gibbon. The NO-TALENTS prepare for their upcoming reunion tour, Stockholm’s DATA CONTROL still love HÜSKER DÜ, and Bob Suren and the VICTIM PARTY reflect on growing older in punk. And Aklasan Records talks Filipino hardcore distribution and promotion in the United States! Plus, a photo spread from Boston’s Smash It Dead fest by Angela Owens and a cover by Cretins of Distortion creator and MRR columnist Emmy Ramone. And, as always, all the columnists you love to hate and the most extensive record, book, zine, demo and film review sections in punk print!

Restocks for 7.24.15

AUS ROTTEN "Fuck Nazi Sympathy" 7"
CRUDE SS "Who'll Survive" 7"
MOB 47 "Karnvapen Attack" 7"
RAW JUSTICE "We Don't Need Your Friends" 7"
REGULATIONS "Different Needs" 7"

CULO "Life is Vile ... and So Are We" LP
CULO "Military Trend" 7"
CULO "My Life Sucks and I Could Care Less" LP
GIVE "Singles Going Confetti" LP

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Red Death will be joining Power Trip and Foreseen for a week of shows on the East Coast next week, kicking off this weekend with THIS IS HARDCORE.

Red Death will be playing the Sunday TIHC After Show with Negative Approach and Anxiety Hammer, so if you are at the fest or around Philly on Sunday be sure to stick around and check out the gig.  We've posted the full tour dates below, along with links to their respective event pages.

In other Red Death news, the second pressing of the Permanent Exile LP just showed up so grab one if you haven't yet.  We also just pressed up a CD version of the record as well - so if you are one of the few and proud remaining CD buyers, grab a copy in the Grave Mistake Webstore.  We've got em at the nice price of $5 for the rest of the month. Thanks to everyone who has picked up or checked out Permanent Exile so far, we greatly appreciate the support and hopefully we will see Red Death's upcoming 7" on Lockin Out very soon!

That's all for now, thanks for reading and check out these shows if they hit your area!

Alex / Grave Mistake Records

7/26 Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore
Power Trip / Foreseen (Main Show) -
Red Death (After Show) -

7/27 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Barge, Skemata

7/28 Raleigh, NC @ Kings

7/29 Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel w/ Protestor

7/30 Boston, MA @ Cuisine en Locale w/ Boston Strangler, Fury, Freedom, Intent

7/31 Warren, NJ @ Warren American Legion w/ Razorheads, Big Bad Wolf
8/1 Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades w/ The Pose
8/2 Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall w/ Detriment, Carcosa

8/9 Baltimore, MD @ CCAS (Matinee - Red Death and Foreseen only) w/ Noisem, Homewrecker, Unsacred

Friday, July 10, 2015


A ton of new titles have come into the webstore over the past few weeks so here's a quick recap for you … no label talk on this update, just gonna get straight to the new stuff!

You can see all of the latest Webstore additions and New Arrivals here
I didn't realize how much had come in since the last update until I began putting this one together! First off, don't forget to check out the restock list - it's pretty jam packed with some old favorites and current hits that sold out quickly the first time around (including a bunch of restocks from La Vida Es Un Mus like the RIXE 7", BARCELONA LP, DISASTER LP reissue, and a few more).  That full list is at the end of this email.

Anyways, new stuff; the second LP from RADIOACTIVITY is in stock now, a great follow up to their debut; Two new swedish jams courtesy of Deranged Records, those being the new HURULA 12" and the second full length from TERRIBLE FEELINGS; FINALLY was able to get my hands on a few copies of the awesome AGNOSTIC FRONT "No One Rules" LP - it's another fine reissue from the folks at Radio Raheem, and the accompanying booklet is worth the price of admission alone.

Speaking of reissues, picked up a couple of bangers from LVEUM (THE SQUATS 7" is especially recommended), not to mention UK pressings of the BLAZING EYE 7" and second SHEER MAG 7" for those of you who have been having trouble getting your hands on the US pressings. Also grabbed a couple of copies of the latest NO LP as well!

Grabbed two of the newest singles from Lumpy Records; THE WARDEN 7" and BLACK PANTIES 7" … a few copies of the ANASAZI / SURVIVAL split, a few new React! Records titles like the STRAIGHT RAZOR 7", the BREAK AWAY LP, ANCIENT HEADS 7", and SUSPECT LP … the killer BROKEN BONES singles LP from Havoc … a handful of great releases from Graveface records including the bulk of the WHIRR catalog as well as some other cool releases from bands like DOTT and NIGHT SCHOOL … a few releases from CREEPOID, including their latest LP and first two full lengths as well … also grabbed a few rad demo tapes from NYC HEADHUNTERS, MAD EXISTENCE, and HARM DONE so check those out as well.

Oh, and for those still looking for the CHAIN RANK LP ... our first batch came and went pretty damn quick but there should be a restock next week for sure. Definitley one of my favorite LP's of the summer so far, so be sure to check it out.

That's it for now, check out the full list below and then go pick up some records!

Thanks for reading.

Alex / Grave Mistake Records
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New Webstore Titles for July 10, 2015:

(Dirtnap Records)
Seems pretty safe to assume that almost no one doubted Radioactivity's ability to follow up their 2013 Dirtnap debut with something equally stunning. Frontman and chief songwriter Jeff Burke (The Marked Men, The Reds, The Potential Johns) has certainly done more than enough to earn that kind of expectation and pressure. But Silent Kill, which finds Burke backed by Marked Men compatriot Mark Ryan and two-thirds of Bad Sports (Daniel Fried and Gregory Rutherford), does more than merely match the virtues of its self-titled predecessor.  Although the twelve songs on Silent Kill abide one strict rule--providing garage punk pleasure at all costs--Radioactivity bend that mandate in myriad ways. Breathless ragers like "Battered" and "No Alarm" are as fleet and raw as anything in the combined canon of Radioactivity's members, while mid-tempo heartbreakers "Way Out," "Connection" and "Where I Come From" find Burke and company opening up their sound to let in a little tenderness. And then there are songs like "Not Here" or "With You," which enact perfect unions of melody and kinetic energy. Admirers of Burke's legacy will be not only satisfied, but pleasantly surprised.

HURULA "Betongbarn" LP (Deranged Records)
Four years after the end of his punk band Masshysteri, Robert Hurula returned with a solo album under his last name: Vi Ar Människorna Som Vara Foraldrar Varnade Oss For. The LP achieved wide acclaim in Hurula’s native Sweden and cult adoration in the U.S. Hurula follows that album with the Betongbarn 12”. Three new songs and a cover cut through the ever-present tension of daily life to make us scream and fight. All the songs bursts with conviction, feeling like revenge on a junior high bully. Hurula knows how to craft a hook, like Husker Du or fellow Swedes Jonas Game or Terrible Feelings. “Ge oss natt som ar sant” cuts John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth” in half and morphs it into a rager with classic 1960’s girl group-style harmonies.

(Deranged Records)
Terrible Feelings – Manuela, Anton, and Andy – from Malmö, Sweden have existed since 2009. Like so many others before them, the band sprung out of late parties, drunken philosophical discussions, punk rock, power pop, and friendship.  To date, the band has released four 7”s and one full length album. They’ve embarked on several full European tours and two US tours (one on each coast), and have played such far and wide locations as Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, to almost every squat in Germany. They’ve shared stages with bands such as The Raveonettes, Imperial State Electric, Fucked Up, Jeff the Brotherhood, White Lung, and The Babies; and were handpicked by none other than Refused as support in both Europe and Sweden on their final tour.  Musically Terrible Feelings has been described as proto punk, dark power pop and gloomy surf, with a tint of both country and 70s hard rock. All descriptions are correct. It’s rock 'n' roll.  April 2015 will see the dawn of “Tremors”, the band’s second full length. Recorded by Joakim from MF/MB/, mastered by Linus from Element (GOAT, etc), and with stunning artwork by Robert Hurula. The band has managed to plow through 4 bass players and are currently employing their 5th. Plans for US tours are in the gears. The band sounds better than ever and is ready for their second coming.

AGNOSTIC FRONT "No One Rules" LP (Radio Raheem Records)
Radio Raheem proudly presents this collection of long lost material from New York's #1 hardcore band, available here for the first time on (fully authorized) vinyl. The LP includes 34 tracks across two different recording sessions, the first predating the United Blood 7" and the second recorded just before the Victim In Pain LP. In addition, we dug deep into the NYHC vaults and assembled a massive 48-page, full color booklet, containing over 150 archival images tracing the band's early history from their start in 1982 until the end of their first nationwide tour in 1985 — some you may have seen before, but many have never seen the light of day until now — as well as commentary from members of the early NYHC scene.

ANASAZI / SURVIVAL "Communion" Split LP (Self Released)
In 2013, NYC goth punk/post-punk bands Anasazi and Survival (who both share members) convened in a member's solar to record what might be the wildest recording of each band. Without the pressures or constraints of a studio, each band recorded demo tracks of future studio recordngs, though none of these songs ever sounded as insane as these sessions. The LP cover is an updated version of the cassette over with copies coming with a special surprise.

(La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Official reissue of another of the scarcest Dutch punk records that was listed in the top 25 European punk rarities in Record Collector. THE VULTURES hailed from Epe, in the middle of the Dutch Bible-Belt. They recorded this 4 Track EP in 1981 that overtime has became impossible to find. Which is a shame as it is simply a masterpiece of Dutch Punk. Loud, proud and snotty, the sound is based around a trademark chainsaw guitar tone, plodding bass, passionate vocals and overall a clear UK influence. Without doubt if this band was english they would have been on Riot City, Rot or Secret Records or seen supporting the MAU MAUS, THE EXPLOITED or both DISORDER's (Bristol and North East). Reissued replicating the artwork as originally printed but adding a few unseen full colour pictures on the reverse sleeve.

SQUATS, THE "Noise Overdose" 7" (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Official reissue of one of the scarcest Dutch punk records. Hailing from Nijmegen Squats were popular from simply being a bunch of punks which loved to fuck shit up. Raised on a steady diet of SHAM 69 and COCKNEY REJECTS which they covered on their demo tape it is a mystery what happened to them before recording their 'Noise Overdose', in my eyes simply a perfect teenage inept punk record. The five tracks within this EP are catchy, aggressive and exemplifies perfectly how the second wave of punk had spread everywhere by 1981 and the influence of what we now call UK82 was really present. Reissue maintaining the original design of the artwork except for the size which made most original copies in circulation in poor condition due to its oversize nature

BLAZING EYE "S/T (UK Pressing)" 7" (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Originally released in USA on Los Angeles based Overdose Records and selling both presses of the record immediately. LVEUM finally makes BLAZING EYE's debut EP available in Europe in preparation of what we hope will be BLAZING EYE tour next year.  Hailing from Los Angeles BLAZING EYE sound lay somewhere between ZOUO, THE SEXUAL and QLOAQA LETAL. That is Japanese inspired hardcore punk with demonic vocals and hard as nail beats which is extremely hard to shake once you hear it. The four distorted tracks on this EP mix perfectly the low end reverb soaked Japanese influences with the best of the International Hardcore Punk of the early 80's. Making it a masterpiece of timeless punk.

SHEER MAG "II (UK Pressing)" 7"
(Static Shock Records)
In 2014, Sheer Mag seemingly came out of nowhere with what was probably our favorite release of the year, debuting, straight to vinyl, their brand of hard rock-inspired power pop perfection. This time around, expectations are unreasonably high, but guess what? Sheer Mag don't care!  Out from under this table, these Philly miscreants return stronger than ever, this time toning down (ever so slightly) the power pop undertones that got them comparisons to the Shivvers (female vocals?) and putting the rock in the forefront. Still, the band could pass as the Jackson 5 re-imagined as a punk trash compactor and this record stands tall as what will definitely be the hard rock record of the year.

NO "Treating People Like They Don't Exist" LP (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
London's NO finally unleash their third vinyl offering. 8 songs in barely 13 minutes. Ferocious dissonant hardcore focused in intensity and all-out rage. Non stop hardcore showing the band at their peak. References to Midwest USA hardcore are often used to describe NO but while not completely off the mark they are just one of the many points of reference for this rather complicated band. NO are another living proof of how great the current UK hardcore crop is.  The album comes in a full colour sleeve designed by the greatest Ralph Simmonds and including a heavy weight 11"x11" lyric insert.

BLACK PANTIES "S/T" 7" (Lumpy Records)
3 songs from the leather crybaby prince. Hand stamped center labels.

WARDEN, THE "S/T" 7" (Lumpy Records)
Not too far off from what a 3rd Sweet Tooth 7" would have sounded like. The beefy kings of hardcore in St Louis.

BROKEN BONES "A Single Decade" LP (Havoc Records)
Broken Bones formed after several members left Discharge. They had a similar sound, and like Discharge moved in a more metal direction over the next few years. Broken Bones quickly moved to the front rank of the then production UK hardcore punk scene. Broken Bones mixed the raw drive of early hardcore punk with the power of metal to move into the forefront of the then burgeoning Crossover scene. This LP compiles the bands best tracks from their 1980's singles. It's the vinyl version of a CD which has been out for several years.

STRAIGHT RAZOR "S/T" 7" (React! Records)
Straight Razor is New Bedford's preeminent hardcore outfit, cutting deep with 8 new tracks of razor sharp snarl. Featuring members of The Rival Mob, CIAC, Wolf Whistle and Raindance.

BREAK AWAY "Face Aggression" LP
(React! Records)
Break Away is a straight edge hardcore band founded in Richmond, VA in 2010. Honing their style over time, Break Away brings a modern interpretation to the sound of traditional hardcore. In these times many bands that choose to fly the straight edge banner do it in a way that is passive and relaxed. Break Away is anything but relaxed on their convictions and exclaims their stance with intensity and power. Their debut LP "Face Aggression" comes at you like an avalanche, unrelenting and strong.

ANCIENT HEADS "It Can't Rain Forever" 7"
(React! Records)
Ancient Heads formed in Toronto in 2012 with a simple but ambitious goal: to play straight-edge hardcore that’s as direct as Floorpunch, as ineffably powerful as Chain of Strength, and as timeless and durable as both bands. Three years later, with the release of their debut EP, It Can’t Rain Forever, they’ve pulled it off. Seven real hardcore songs, riffs that won’t make you roll your eyes, mosh parts that deserve to be referred to as such, plainspoken lyrics that attest to the courage of the band’s convictions — you just don’t hear straight-edge records like this anymore. Violent bravado? Disingenuous politics? Adolescent melodrama? Never that. Ancient Heads is a band without insecurity or pretense, and It Can’t Rain Forever is a record that any hardcore kid with integrity and a sense of history will immediately recognize as the real thing.

(React! Records)
Suspect is members of Tear it Up, Deep Sleep, Find Him and Kill Him, and Stay Gold playing hardcore. 10 songs, recorded by Dan Maier. Taking the overt Midwest HC influences on the demo from 2011 and adding elements of classic Southern California hardcore such as Uniform Choice, Suspect has produced a true hardcore ripper. Hardcore rules. Stay punk.

VERTIGO "S/T" 7" (Tadpole Records)
The sun is out and here’s some rousing punk from Spain’s Vértigo, who follow up their cracking demo with these 4 new stick-in-your-head numbers. They keep it simple, with basic chord structures, punchy vocals, and catchy choruses. Had me thinking Crosta jamming on No Hope For The Kids, with Warsaw whirring away in the background. But hey, what do I know! The moody ‘Inoren Inon’ is especially great and for some reason I kept half expecting Jeff Pezzati to chip in on vocals. A great job by Tadpole for sticking this EP out and further exposing some cool Spanish sounds.

SAND IN THE FACE "Music Made to Riot 1982-83" LP (Mad at the World Records)
This LP compiles the very earliest recordings of Montville, New Jersey’s Sand in the Face. The demos, largely recorded at Boonton, NJ’s Mix-o-Lydian Studios, features the band’s pre-LP line-up, containing a young, pre-Chrome Crank Peter ‘Aaron’ Wegele on bass, who also contributes extensive liner notes for the record. Note that Mix-o-Lydian is the studio that gave us the Misfits’ “Walk Among Us” not much earlier. Sand in the Face were one of the first wave of New Jersey’s hardcore bands, and contemporaries with the likes of Adrenalin OD and Bedlam. Mike Judge, the singer of late-'80s New York hardcore band Judge, attended the same high school as members of Sand in the Face and credits them with inspiring him to start his own band. Musically, it’s disaffected suburban teenage thrash of the best variety. If you’re familiar with the likes of Buy Our Records or Mutha Records, you know the pedigree. Limited to a one-time pressing of 600 copies.

CREEPOID "Cemetery Highrise Slum" LP (Collect Records)
After two albums for No Idea and countless miles logged on tour, Cemetery Highrise Slum finds a home at Collect and marks the beginning of a new moment for Creepoid—one that’s expansive but intimate, refined but raw, realistic but hopeful. Not many records find the cohesion in the distance, but Creepoid travels through it artfully, never losing sight of the song.

CREEPOID "Horse Heaven" LP (No Idea Records)
Philadelphia's CREEPOID mine the quiet side of breathy acoustic / slowcore, then erupt into heavy, hard hitting distortion, all within the course of their debut album "Horse Heaven," and sometimes within a single song. We reckon that CREEPOID have an appreciation for Nick Cave, Mazzy Star, Red House Painters, and Spain, as well as a compulsion for old records, analog recording gear, and late night hours spent in dank basements. Recommended for fans of Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Yo La Tengo, and My Bloody Valentine.

(No Idea Records)
The veteran punk label No Idea has always been more eclectic than people give it credit for. But Creepoid is something altogether novel. The young, co-ed Philadelphia quartet knows full well how to crank up the distortion--but it does so in service of a dreamy, drifting, wistful indie-rock. That said, Creepoid's debut full-length, Horse Heaven, isn't some polished piece of car-commercial fodder; just raw and snaky enough to feel eerily unhinged, the disc simmers like vat of molasses as the vocals of guitarist Sean Miller and bassist Anna Troxell build to a sweet, black oblivion

WHIRR "Pipe Dreams" LP
(Graveface Records)
WHIRR's celestial sound has been described as "if My Bloody Valentine decided to cooperate with Sonic Youth" and has drawn comparison to influential acts such as Slowdive, Lush, Ride and The Cocteau Twins. With Pipe Dreams, the band's supercharged spirit rejuvenates the '90s shoegaze sound, providing a widescreen update for the post-millennial era.  WHIRR's wall of lush guitars, breathy vocals, dreamy synth and thunderous drumming propel listening ears into a near-cinematic realm where instantly catchy melodies and emotional, enveloping atmospheres hang perfectly in the balance.  The sound of WHIRR is a totalizing crush when texture and volume hit perfect balance and bright pop melodies wander through dark, dense guitar noise.  Twenty years after My Bloody Valentine awed music fans with its now-classic "Loveless" LP, WHIRR takes hold of the reins and let's its fluid, immaculate surge of drones and reverberations light the way.

WHIRR "Distressor" LP (Graveface Records)
Whirr's spirit rejuvenates the '90s shoegaze sound, providing a widescreen update for the post-millennial era. A wall of lush

WHIRR "Around" LP (Graveface Records)
Northern California's WHIRR (formerly Whirl) make an effects-laden noise that is as blatantly loud and heavy as it is beautiful, giving the sounds of 90's shoegaze a widescreen update for the post-millennial era. The young sextet's wall of lush guitars, breathy vocals, dreamy synth and thunderous drumming propel listeners into a near-cinematic realm where instantly catchy melodies and emotional, enveloping atmospheres hang in perfect balance.

WHIRR "Sway" LP (Graveface Records)
When Sway begins, you might at first press pause, reaching for your headphone wire or peeking behind your speaker cables to make sure nothing has come undone. The blister of distorted guitar that opens the album comes only from the right channel, howling and hanging there in irascible isolation until it seems that something must be wrong. But be patient: After a dozen seconds, the rest of Whirr—a five-piece of blanketing rock focus and comforting pop finesse—pours in from the left channel. They meet the guitar in the middle, together racing headlong into a short section that’s heavy as metal but pliable enough to be the springboard for the galloping shoegaze beauty that soon arrives.

DOTT "Button" 7" (Graveface Records)
Dublin’s Popical Island collective have a shiny, brand new bouncing addition to the family in the shape of Galway band Dott. Sporting the same girl-girl-girl-boy line-up as Kenickie and The Breeders – the ridiculous to the sublime – the band does indeed share the exuberant energy of the former but not, one hopes the same fate. I’m sure the band themselves will be the first to admit the debt the songs on their debut EP ‘Button’ owe to the Spector stable of girl-groups, much like Dublin contemporaries September Girls or indeed The Pipettes a few years ago. With this confection, Dott have taken the well-worn formula and injected it with such lo-fi fun that…well that you’ll run off and put on your Shangri-La’s and Runaways records straight after. Contained within ‘Button’ are songs of angst, longing, love, sex, rebellion and all the teen emotions – only the good ones mind – your average John Hughes film, or Grease, can muster. A sweet vocal and fuzzy guitar introduces Seen You Lately before the band steps it up a gear into a catchy foot-tapper, briefly dropping a familiar drumbeat in amongst the harmonies. Let’s Do It displays a faint lipstick trace of The Cure’s Friday I’m In Love on its collar, but that’s okay because Dott are in love too.  Leave Tonight is a winner all round with its irresistible “OO-EE-OO” chorus and subject matter that girl bands have been documenting since the origin of the Teenager. And there had to be a song with cherry in the title somewhere – Cherry Blossom tops things of with its allusions to cherries and blossoming. ‘Button’ is a timely release – a perfect accompaniment to these balmy summer evenings, and a nice pre-cursor to a long-player to take us well into the night.

DOTT "Swoon" LP (Graveface Records)
Ireland’s not the first place you’re likely to consider when you think of sunny, hook-heavy garage pop, but clearly someone in the Emerald Isle has been digging through the old Beach Boy records.  Swoon, the debut from this Irish indie quartet, is simply impossible to not like instantly for all but the hardcore jaded out there. It would be easy to name check bands like Best Coast in trying to describe their sound, but Dott actually hues closer vocally to bands like the aforementioned Beach Boys and The Hollies, but with female a singer, and with guitars and drumming that borrows from garage bands of the same era.  A dozen tracks in all and the album breezes by effortlessly, over before you realize it. With their first outing the band has managed to come up with something comfortingly familiar, yet still wholly original. I’m not sure how a small indie label from Georgia stumbled on the band, but it certainly bodes well for the tastemakers at Graveface Records

DOTT / NIGHT SCHOOL Split 12" (Graveface Records)
Fitting together perfectly on this split 12" Carousel are the shiny, harmony-driven garage pop/rock melodies of Ireland's Dott and Northern CA's Night School. Though hailing from opposite sides of the Atlantic, the music from these two groups is a match made in... well... Savannah, GA, home to shared label Graveface Records.  Night School recorded their contribution with Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden in Oakland while Dott worked with Jonathan Nuñez of Torche in Miami. The four tracks (two from each band) are on side A with a B-side etching and the RSD exclusive release is limited to 1000 copies.

NIGHT SCHOOL "Heart Beat" 7" (Graveface Records)
Because I had nothing better to do. When a coincidental event turns into a landmark moment, sometimes you have to acknowledge its random significance. This seems to be the case for northern California three piece Night School. Already accomplished singer Alexandra Morte (Whirr, Camera Shy) was at work on some new material, but was having trouble finding a drummer. Enter Baylie Arin, the pair integrate song ideas, and plot their first EP.  That EP took six hours to record. The songs were bounced back-and-forth between Morte and Arin, who contributed various alternative synth, post-punk, and shoegaze elements. Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Atomic Garden in Palo Alto by Jack Shirley, that six hour session produced Heart Beat; four tracks of pure bliss rock inspired by the sad love songs of 1960’s girl groups like The Shirelles, The Crystals, and The Shangri-las. After the recording of Heart Beat, Sarah Trevena, a friend of Arin's, was asked to join Night School as lead guitarist. Night School’s spontaneous debut fuses garage-rock sounds with the intimacy and soul of the previously mentioned artists. It is as if by total coincidence that Night School was even formed and these songs were written. I’m glad they didn’t have anything better to do.

STARGAZER LILLIES, THE "We are the Dreamers" LP (Graveface Records)
Kim Field and John Cep are The Stargazer Lilies. They are frequently accompanied live by either drummer EJ DeCoske or Johnny Lancia.  Through their musical history as a duo dream pop/shoegaze/psychedlic song writing team. They have released 3 albums as the band Soundpool and are about to release their second album as The Stargazer Lilies.  Their debut release as The Stargazer Lilies “We Are The Dreamers” was released on Graveface Records in late 2013.

MAD EXISTENCE Demo Tape (Ten Feet Tall Records)
Debut tape of burly hardcore from these new Richmond miscreants. Neanderthalic, moshy punk born out of regression and bad times. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss. Includes lyric insert. 100 copies.

NYC HEADHUNTERS 2015 Demo Tape (Straight and Alert Records)
New killer NYHC band featuring members of Vanity. This 5 track demo tape could have been recorded during the mid 80's in New York.  For fans of Raw Deal, Outburst, Breakdown, Killing Time or The "Where The Wild Things Are" compilation.

HARM DONE "Hammer Tape '15" Tape
(Straight and Alert Records)
HARM DONE is a French band (Nantes) featuring members of RAW JUSTICE and REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER, started in the Fall 2013. After a killer debut 7" on STRAIGHT & ALERT records they just recorded a 4 track promo tape for their upcoming LP to be out before the end of the year. 3 new songs + and SSD cover ! For those who don't know them yet, 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. Limited to 150 copies.

Restocks for 7/10/15:

ALTERED BOYS "Left Behind" 7"
DIE "S/T" 7"
DISCHARGE "Decontrol" 7"
DISCHARGE "Fight Back" 7"
DISCHARGE "Never Again" 7"
DISCHARGE "Realities of War" 7"
DISCHARGE "State Violence, State Control" 7"
KAAOS "Nuuke" 7"
KOWARD "Desperate" 7"
LOS CRUDOS "Cobardes" 7"
MENACE "G.L.C." 7"
MENACE "Screwed Up" 7"
PROTESTI "8 Track EP" 7"
RAW JUSTICE "Artificial Peace" 7"
RIXE "Coups et Blessures" 7"
SOCIAL DAMAGE "Eye for an Eye" 7"

7 SECONDS "The Crew" LP
ACHTUNGS, THE "Welcome to Hell" LP
ALKALINE TRIO "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" LP
AUSMUTEANTS "Order of Operation" LP
BANNER PILOT "Heart Beats Pacific" LP
BARCELONA "Extremo Hihilismo en Barcelona" LP
DILLINGER FOUR  "This Shit is Genius" LP
DISASTER "War Cry" LP w/ Flexi
DISCHARGE "Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing" LP
EXPLODING HEARTS  "Guitar Romantic" LP
GREEN BERET "Violence is Their Currency" LP
JUANITA Y LOS FEOS "Nueva Numancia" LP
KAAOS "Ristinnaulittu Kaaos" LP
KROMOSOM "8 Tracks" LP
KROMOSOM "Nuclear Reich" LP
KURO "Hardcore Damnation 1983-1986" LP
LOS CRUDOS "Discograpafia" 2xLP
MINDSET "Leave No Doubt" LP
SACRILEGE "It's Time to Face the Reaper (Demos)" 2xLP
SHIPWRECKED "The Last Pagans" LP

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New BARGE Tracks Up Now / FULL U.S. TOUR with PURE DISGUST Begins This Weekend

*Photo by Angela Owens [Site]
Richmond, VA's Barge will be joining DC's Pure Disgust this weekend for a month long U.S. Tour this summer. Barge's debut 7" EP, No Gain, was released on Vinyl Conflict in 2013, and when they return from tour they will be putting the final touches on twelve new tracks for their upcoming LP, due out early 2016.

In the meantime, we've posted up some new tracks - early mixes of two songs that will appear on the LP.  You can check those out for free download at the Grave Mistake Bandcamp page.  The band will also have a tape available on their tour.

For the unacquainted, Barge brings the blistering speed and ferocity of classics like INFEST and NO COMMENT, while laying you out flat with heavy breaks reminiscent of classic early 80's Boston.  Their intensity both live and on record is the reason they are one of the best hardcore bands coming out of RVA these days.

The first stop this weekend will be at Atlanta's Burning, a new fest whose inaugural year includes a plethora of Atlanta bands (GG King, Mercenary, Slugga, G.H.B. Paradox) plus Blood Pressure, Chain Rank, Pure Disgust, Barge, Wet Brain, Skemata, and more. Richmond VA's Hard Stripes will also be joining the tour for several weeks.

Pure Disgust recently released their 2nd EP, Chained, on Katorga Works last month, and their debut 7" is also now back in print. They also contributed a track to The Red Line DC Hardcore Compilation Tape, which features Red Death, Protester, Stand Off, Genocide Pact, and more. Hard Stripes released their debut EP on Vinyl Conflict in late 2013, and their 2nd EP on Triple B Records in 2014.

Full dates are below, thanks for reading.
Alex / Grave Mistake Records
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6.26.15 - Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery w/ Wet Brain, Rubbish, Dernier Combat, Harsh Words *
6.27.15 - Houston, TX @ Black Barbie w/ Common Ignorance, United Races, Dress Code, Paranoid Chant *
6.28.15 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ Impalers, Breakout, Concrete *
6.29.15 - Ft. Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill w/ The Sentenced, Kept In Line
6.30.15 - Las Cruces, NM @ Haphazard Hall w/ Missing Link, Slow Eater *
7.1.15 - Phoenix, AZ @ 51 West Venue w/ Sex Prisoner, Humiliation *
7.2.15 - San Diego, CA @ Legend Records w/ Cold Stare, Drug Control *
7.3.15 - La Puente, CA @ Bridgetown DIY w/ Convict *
7.4.15 - LA, CA @ East 7th w/ Fury, Free At Last, Burst of Rage, Lock *
7.5.15 - Bakersfield, CA @ Babylon *
7.6.15 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose Rock Shop w/ I.C.E., Subtle Violence *
7.7.15 - San Francisco, CA @ Honey Hive Gallery w/ Scalped *
7.8.15 - Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records w/ Burnt Books *
7.9.15 - Portland, OR @ The Know w/ Cum *
7.10.15 - Olympia, WA @ Old School Pizzeria w/ Gag *
7.11.15 - Seattle, WA @ Nuthole w/ Bricklayer *
7.12.15 - Boise, ID @ Feral House w/ Left Astray, Twat Trap, ForcedxIdentity
7.13.15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ Ceremony
7.14.15 - Denver, CO @ Seventh Circle Music Collective w/ Cadaver Dog, Negative Degree, Culture Shock
7.15.15 - Kansas City, MO @ Sandbox w/ Reality Abuse, Organ Trail
7.16.15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Rathole w/ Lard Boys, Much Worse
7.17.15 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cocoon Room w/ Falter, Short Walk, Writhin'
7.18.15 - Chicago, IL @ The 2040 w/ Sin Orden, Public Assault
7.19.15 - Indianapolis, IN @ TBA w/ Social Damage
7.20.15 - Columbus, Ohio @ Legion of Doom w/ Minority Threat
7.21.15 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
7.22.15 - Boston, MA @ The Boiler Room w/ I.C.E
7.23.15 - Easthampton, MA @The Flywheel w/ Chemiplastica
7.24.15 - New York City, NY @ Palisades w/ Concealed Blade, NYC Headhunters

*with Hard Stripes

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Welcome to June's Webstore Update! A bunch of solid new titles added to the store again this month, all of which you can read up on below.

First of all, thanks to everyone who picked up a Government Warning shirt or pin (or shorts!) this past month. There is still a pretty good selection of stuff in the store (along with the Red Death and Coke Bust shirts), so if you haven't had a chance to peep em you aren't too late!

Before I get to the webstore update, we've got some bands touring this summer; some coming up and a couple already in progress! Tenement is currently on tour with Indiana's Big Zit which wraps up this weekend; Red Dons have two more shows on their current Midwest tour, and will be hitting Europe in early fall; Red Death will be touring in late July with Power Trip and Finland's Foreseen; Barge and Hard Stripes are about to meet up with Pure Disgust for a full US tour this summer.

Speaking of Barge, their new LP due out early 2016 on Grave Mistake is almost finished. The band threw together a quick 3 song promo tape with some rough cuts of a couple of LP tracks (as well as a choice cover), and we've got that up for stream and free download so give that a listen if you haven't yet. If you catch them on tour, pick up a tape!

Here are some links for those tours, check these bands out if they are heading your way!
Tenement / Big Zit Tour (Currently Happening)
Red Dons Midwest Tour (In Progress)
Barge / Hard Stripes / Pure Disgust Tour
Power Trip / Red Death / Foreseen Tour

That's all the label news for the moment, but expect a few more big updates before the summer is up!


A bunch of new releases this month that you should definitely check out! We've got the much anticipated new "Predatory Headlights" 2xLP from TENEMENT (which of course, comes highly recommended from me), the latest EP from DC's PURE DISGUST, the second LP (and ltd. single) from FLESH WORLD, a new LP from TX's INSTITUTE (as well as restocks on their other 12"s),a new ACHTUNGS LP, a new single from MYSTIC INANE, the debut 7" from SLIMEY MEMBER, a few copies of the GOWANUS MUTANT KOMANDOS 7", the ripping FIT FOR ABUSE reissue, some copies of the latest LOST TRIBE LP (as well as a handful of other releases from Mass Media Records), a really cool tape from the SF's THE SHANGHAIS, live COKE BUST tape, the latest issue of Hashtag Hardcore Fanzine, and more!

Added a handful of new and restocked imports and fanclub releases, including a ton from the MISFITS and NIRVANA, plus some from BLACK FLAG, FEAR, GISM, CONFUSE, and THE VICTIMS (Aus.),GERMS, LSD, BLACK RANDY AND THE METROSQUAD, and THE URINALS.

Finally, restocked on the new SUPERCRUSH single once again, as well as the "The Red Line" DC Hardcore tape compilation!

Thanks for reading!!!

Alex / Grave Mistake Records
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TENEMENT "Predatory Headlights" 2xLP
(Don Giovanni Records)
Predatory Headlights was completed over the course of three years with the assistance of engineer and co-producer, Justin Perkins. Pitsch has often cited Perkins' involvement in early 2000's groups Yesterday's Kids and The Obsoletes as a heavy influence. Perkins also worked with Tenement on their 2011 offering, Napalm Dream, as well as acclaimed records by the likes of The Goodnight Loving, The Sugar Stems, and The Mystery Girls. The bulk of Predatory Headlights was written and recorded at BFG in Appleton, Wisconsin - Tenement's home and personal studio. The house was symbolically demolished within days of finishing the record, and in a fitting display of finality, three years of sweat and nightmares and beauty and dissonance returned to the soil and found its way back into the water and woods with only this document to prove it ever even existed at all. Thanks to Don Giovanni Records, you hold the very document in your hands - Tenement's newest window into the nature of the human being and the complexity of life: Predatory Headlights.

PURE DISGUST "Chained" 7" (Katorga Works Records)
Washington, DC's best and brightest, Pure Disgust, returns with their second EP, Chained. Blistering hardcore punk is the name of the game here, but with the added melodic elements of UK77 to keep things catchy. Certainly, this is their strongest recorded material. What makes Pure Disgust truly exceptional, however, is the lyrical content, which channels the collective suffering and frustrations of Black America in a time of 21st Century Slavery. Despite overlapping territories and intertwined history, the punk political mind, blinders on, is devoid of any substantive critique of perhaps the most pressing issue(s) in America today, so be grateful for Pure Disgust for making you uncomfortable with your place in society and what it means for Others.

(Katorga Works Records)
GMK is the brainchild of infamous NYC punk figure Weird Luke. First time I saw them two years ago, I thought they were the worst band ever. Fast forward to now, the band has self

MYSTIC INANE "Ode to Joy" 7" (Negative Jazz Records)
Newest single from New Orleans' MYSTIC INANE.

FIT FOR ABUSE "Mindless Violence" LP (Armageddon Records)
This Massachusetts HC classic finally sees the light of day again, reissued after 17 years. The 12 tracks have been mastered at New Alliance East, pressed on 150 gram vinyl, housed in a heavy duty Stoughton tip-on jacket, includes a 12x12 insert and download with bonus track. Fit For Abuse started in the winter of 1995 inspired to play hardcore in the vein of classic bands like Negative FX, Poison Idea, Gang Green and Negative Approach. After numerous local shows and one demo, in September of 1996 FFA recorded these 12 tracks with Kurt Ballou of Converge in his original 8-Track home studio. The “Mindless Violence EP” was originally released in a pressing of 1000 copies in early 1997, and repressed one time in 1998. Urban HC legend has it that several more tracks were recorded at the same time, but so far have been impossible to track down... beyond one cover song, "Nuclear Threat" originally by The Abused. Not long after the original record came out, singer Matt  Kelly was asked to join the Dropkick Murphys as their drummer. He made the choice to leave FFA due to his nonstop touring schedule. The band decided to continue on without him. Over the years, Joe continued playing music with Think I Care, R'n'R, Vaccine and others. Muzzi was in Out  Cold for a while. Matt is still in The Dropkick Murphys. Where everyone else is, well who knows. "Mindless Violence" made a mark in the 1990's for some of us, an often underrated and constantly overlooked piece of Massachusetts musical history. Hopefully now this properly mastered version will leave it's mark on a new generation of hardcore fans, and  make some older ones clean the wax out of their ears. 12 songs. Hardcore done the way it's meant to be done, with no bullshit added.

INSTITUTE "Catharsis" LP (Sacred Bones Records)
Politically speaking, not much has changed about the way Austin’s Institute exists as a band since signing to Sacred Bones. Having members in Glue, Wiccans, and Back to Back, all fellow stalwarts of the Texas punk scene, helps streamline the approach for them, as all of their bands operate from the same basic ethos (i.e. operating outside of the normal cycle of PRs, agents, social networking and self-promotion). In fact, singer Moses Brown has said they’re only comfortable being on Sacred Bones because he considers the label “a punk label on steroids.” (A note from the label—“Drugs, yes. Steroids, usually no.”) Aligning themselves so closely with punk politics might make some of the music on Catharsis come as a surprise. Yes, they’re still the anarcho punks who put out gloriously lean Crass and Crisis worship across a demo, a 7-inch, and last year’s Salt EP. But for their boundary-smashing debut long-player, they’ve incorporated everything from acoustic guitars to proto-punk psych excursions, even stretching their songs out to Krautrock lengths when necessary.

FLESH WORLD "Just to Tear Me Down" 7" (Iron Lung Records)
The first installment in the 3rd series of ILR 2 song singles. This new series sees blank labels, color specific to the band (light blue in FW's case), that will be hand stamped and a standardized j-card sleeve that will also be hand stamped and numbered. All singles in this series will be strictly limited to 304 copies. More of that dreamy yet jagged pop sensation that you've come to know from FLESH WORLD. The A side is from the album and the B is an exclusive remix done by none other than that Canadian audio shaman Don Pyle.  This is a booster slab for the upcoming "The Wild Animals In My Life" LP due out in June on this fine imprint. Art by Jess Scott ("she's very good").

FLESH WORLD "The Wild Animals in My Life" LP (Iron Lung Records)
It’s not often that fuzzed-out C86 jangle and brash queercore find common musical ground, Flesh World's inception focused less on their other bands (Limp Wrist, Needles and Brilliant Colors), and more on their mutual love for drag shows and punk gigs, as their vision took form in the under dwellings of San Francisco’s DIY scene. -Max Mohenu/Pitchfork. The Wild Animals In My Life is the first full album and second 12" sized record for this incredible reverb swarm. Knowing and growing from the past unto now, power is the underlying draw here. Lulled by the fist/pummeled by the euphoria.  Hearty black vinyl in a heavyweight full color jacket with a poster insert even.

SCUMRAID "Rip Up" 7" (Iron Lung Records)
Completely raging crasher style punk music from Seoul, South Korea. Unorthodox song structures and virtually note free noise thrash with dual, over-the-top aggro vocals. The guitarist tells us he doesn't even listen to punk (only blues). WTF?! Unbelievable. Seeing is believing and what we saw was fucking fantastic. 700 copies on an etched black disc housed in a quality glued pocket sleeve with a collage crust insert.

SLIMY MEMBER "S/T" 7" (Todo Destruido Records)
Just like most cities, there's a new generation of kids and lots of new bands have been popping up. Dallas is no exception, and Slimy Member is one of those bands. Slimy Member play dark/anarcho/punk. The main reason this band really stood out to me amongst the many goth/post punk/dark bands(whatever) is because even though they have elements of those sounds, they still maintain to sound punk through the whole thing. The band reminds me of a mix between Exit-Stance and 80's L.A/OC Punk. After a demo tape and a U.S tour, this is their debut 7". Limited to 500 copies/pocket sleeve.

(Sacred Bones Records)
Cheena's debut 7" on Sacred Bones. This is some dark slide-gutiar punk madness in the vein of the Flesh Eaters or Gun Club, but with a distinct NYC vibe. Their demo was a pretty cool start to things, but it pales in comparison to this EP. The song "Did I Tell You Last Night?" is one of the best songs I've heard all year. Members of Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Dawn of Humans, Pharmakon, Anasazi, Crazy Spirit, etc.

ZERO "Paradox" 7"
(Desolate Records)
Blazing hardcore punk from this Minneapolis band. Catchy and driving songs with a strong burning spirits influence. These guys are one of the most exciting bands around and while they have obvious influences their attention to melody and quality song writing stands out in today's punk scene. Packaged in 2 color screen printed (inside and outer) cover with a risographed insert and hand cut stamp on the inner sleeve. Recorded by Matt Castore (of Condominium) at a Harder Commune and mastered by Enormous Door.

PART 1 "Funeral Parade" LP (Sacred Bones Records)
Part 1 formed in 1980 and were part of the original London anarcho-punk scene. During the early 1980s they played a number of gigs, often with Rudimentary Peni, who the band became associated with, as well as other acts operating around the London Anarchy Centres funded by Crass’ Bloody Revolutions 7”. Part 1’s final gig (before reforming in 2013) was at the 100 Club in 1983 with Subhumans.  The band’s only vinyl release during this time was the Funeral Parade EP , released in October 1982. As well as an anarcho-punk classic, the record is now regarded as a seminal deathrock release – largely due to the dark, heavily flanged guitar work, morbid imagery, and anti-religious lyrical themes. Indeed, Part 1 have been described as “England’s Ultimate Cult Deathrock band.” (CVLT Nation). This very special reissue finally sees this lost classic receiving a long-deserved quality release: A remastered 12" vinyl in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with accompanying horror zine I...Paraworm, packed with never-seen text and unpublished artworks from the pen of guitarist Mark Ferelli, all contemporaneous to the 1982 release.

ACHTUNGS, THE "Welcome to Hell" LP (Going Underground Records)
Teen Punk is a universal language. Red Cross’ Born Innocent is a masterpiece. A little is more than a lot. If you disagree with any of the preceding, you can probably skip The Achtung’s new album “Welcome to Hell.” But you really ought to reconsider. This very short record feels even shorter, because the folks who made it sound like they’re having a blast. Perhaps you should join them. Features the hits “You’re Not My Friend,” “I Wanna Be Mean,” and “They sent Me Back to Hell.” They’re from Finland, but you’d never guess. On the Going Underground label, so you know it’s messed up. - Geoffrey Weiss

TRAGIEDIA "Punk 'Til Destruction" LP (Todo Destruido Records)
Todo Destruido's newest release chronicles Tragiedia's 2 demos from 1988 and 1989 that were never officially released, just passed around through tape trading circles and some select tracks more recently released as a split tape with PSI by Malarie Records. You might recognize some of their songs from Post Regiment's "Tragedia" LP. Tragiedia was a late 80's polish band that played raw HC/Punk with anger and fury. For fans of Siekiera (1984), TZN Xenna, etc. Mastered by Smoku of Post Regiment.

CHICKEN CHAIN "Birth of the Googus" LP (Snot Records)
On the verge of losing their jobs at the oh so popular fast food restaurant, Burger King, 4 16 year olds from Baltimore wrote a punk record in 45 minutes and recorded it on their 4 track. Drew Owen (Sick Thoughts) found them at his old high school and stole their demo tape so that he could put it out on his friend's new label, Snot Releases. No word has been given as to the whereabouts of the original Chicken Chain members.
LOST TRIBE "Solace" LP (Mass Media Records)Lost Tribe's Solace" is an epic odyssey through the graveyard dimension of punk, drawing inspiration from early crust, 80s California deathrock, UK anarcho-punk, and the more tribal side of post punk bands like Killing Joke. "Solace" combines piercing bass lines with earthquake-like drumming, strong vocals, darkly atmospheric synths, and razor-like guitars to weave a spell of death, lamentation, destruction, and disease over the listener. Punk from the wrong side of midnight."-Oliver Sheppard
CEMETERY "Wind and Shadows" LP (Mass Media Records)
Following a cult-classic cassette demo and subsequent vinyl reissue via Mass Media, Chicago/NYC’s Cemetery have returned to both recorded format and live shows with a vengeance. Its been a few years since many musicians versed in punk and hardcore’s energy and ethos have been delving in the dark arts of post punk and death rock ,revitalising  a genre that since the 90s has been cursed with overproduction and lackluster theatrics.  CEMETERY, along with BELLICOSE MINDS, SPECTERS and ARCTIC FLOWERS are at the forefront of this movement and their demo (reissued as “collection”) was one of its first widely distributed documents.  Now some 5 years later, CEMETERY has emerged from its hiding place to unleash their proper debut and the years have been good to them, presenting a more refined and expansive sound while remaining raw and mysterious.  A very much guitar driven death rock project, the guitar sounds entrance with their choral melodies one minute, slice through with cutting distortion the next, and there is definitely a difficulty discerning the role of snyths from the layers of guitar effects at times.  Its apparent that more so than the heaviest of their modern post punk contemporaries like aforementioned ARCTIC FLOWERS, LOST TRIBE and CRIMSON SCARLET that CEMETERY are far more informed by the 80s sound of what was called death-rock, with a very apparent CHRISTIAN DEATH influence while obviously digging deeper.  More melodic post punk influences shine through this time around most notably that  of  the CHAMELEONS (whom are covered on this LP, with a fantastically twisted punk version of “Fan and the Bellows”) especially on the very dance floor ready tracks “ Wind and Shadows”, “XVVX” and “Almond Eyes”.  This album remains true to its title as it is both the noise and chaos of a world being torn apart by winds of modern life as well as a testament to the classic sounds of post punk that have flourished in the shadows of the dance club scene.  Here is the sound of its rebirth, and death rock sounds more dead than ever.

LUNCH "Let Us Have Madness Openly" LP (Mass Media Records)
Another great post punk band from Portland?  BELIEVE IT.  Lunch is a young band that has matured quickly and being among bands both locally and sonically such as ESTRANGED, ARCTIC FLOWERS, BELLICOSE MINDS, UNDERPASS, and SHADOWHOUSE has treated their brooding mixture of post punk and downtrodden garage well.  ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN and GUN CLUB are two of the most apparent influences as LUNCH don’t shy away from melody and a pounding mid tempo punk backbone, while retaining the austere tones of THE MOB and CHAMELEONS.  Immediately catchy and well produced with lots of extra instrumentation (saxophone , synth, etc) to give this record a full sound worthy of their 80’s influences

MASQUERADE "Blood is the New Black" LP (Mass Media Records)
Helsinki, Finland’s Masquerade undoubtedly live up to their tag as the “Finnish Siouxsie and the Banshees” (as described in a profile on Finnish National Televison) with frontwoman Suzy Sabotage’s charismatic vocal delivery leading the way.  This timeless sound is given a Finnish punk treatment via her firecracker of a band; their lively chemistry giving each song on this record a melodic vitality that shimmers among the shadows.  With a traditional gothic rock aesthetic, this mini album is a dark pop gem that can hold its own among the classics as well as  the new crop of post punk bands with DIY hardcore roots such as Arctic Flowers, Cemetery, and Pleasure Leftists. 200 pressed, Red and Black vinyl

POPULATION "Beyond the Pale" LP (Mass Media Records)
New debut LP from this band of post punks from Chicago.. POPULATION has been crafting their sound since 2009, very much influenced by the post punk building blocks of JOY DIVISION/NEW ORDER which was apparent on their earlier (now sold out) vinyl EPS. A few tours later and with the addition of a stellar new synth player, their sound has expanded into a new dark realm of intensity, aural layering, and diversity of influence  “Beyond the Pale” describes the album perfectly as POPULATION clearly moves beyond the routines of dark wave and death rock.  TONES ON TAIL and SISTERS OF MERCY are brought to mind on the heavier gothic rock dance songs, all put through a punk rock filter of tight angular bass lines and concise drum fills.  On other tracks we hear more of a CURE/CHAMELEONS/NEW ORDER dark pop sensibility with the gorgeous washed out synths adding a shoegaze element here and there.

RULE OF THIRDS "S/T" LP (Mass Media Records)
“From the first song – the entrancing, seductive, and deliberately-paced “Any War” – the new LP comes across as a more focused, even sophisticated, affair than their two previous efforts, the 2013 “Altars” EP and the 2012 demo. The earlier Rule of Thirds material had a grittier sound – it harkened back to the early 80s L.A. deathrock of the Superheroines, 45 Grave and Voodoo Church. This new 9 song LP, however, feels more British – more in line with the nuanced early gothic rock of Skeletal Family and Juju-era Siouxsie and the Banshees. In all, this self-titled LP is as good as contemporary dark postpunk gets; it’s an essential document of modern dark music.One thing that immediately jumps out at you is how thick Rule of Thirds’ self-titled 2015 LP is on atmosphere and mood. Freya’s vocals provide the dark center to Rule of Third’s sonic conjurings: She’s a strong singer – but not overpowering – and her vocals have a slightly witchy feel; you feel like she might start speaking incantations in Latin, or more likely in a heathen and non-Christian language, at any moment. Celeste and Ben’s guitars take their postpunk-y cues from Stan Greenwood (Skeletal Family) and John McGeoch. And although Rule of Thirds, like their colleagues in Lost Tribe, are a sextet, their sound is amazingly restrained and meticulous; you would never suspect there are six humans playing here. Their gloominess is the result of a meticulous building of sonic tension and not from the blunt bashing out of power chords. Dieter’s bass and Tom’s drums provide the skeletal scaffolding around which the rest of the band weave sometimes-slashing-and-
dissonant, sometimes spidery-and-melodic, guitar and synthesizer lines.” Oliver Sheppard,

NIRVANA "Foretaste" 7" (Fanclub Pressing)
Songs are from the 1991.09.03 John Peel radio session. Tracks: Drain You / Dumb / The End of Music

NIRVANA "Beauty and Power E.P." 7"
(Fanclub Pressing)
Fanclub Release. Tracks: Happy Hour / Downer / Hairspray Queen "Happy Hour (If You Must)" is an unreleased song and it's cool to have it on vinyl, but the other two songs are most likely the same versions from Incesticide.

MISFITS "Evilive" 7" (Fanclub Pressing)
Fanclub Release - Live EP from 1981-82. 7 tracks

GISM "Anarchy Violence" 7" (Fanclub Pressing)
Fanclub Release of 1991 EP

FEAR "Fuck Christmas / I Love " 7
" (Fanclub Pressing)
Fanclub Release combining two FEAR singles - I Love Livin' In the City and Fuck Christmas. "I Love Livin' in the City" is the first single by the punk rock band Fear. It was originally released in 1978 on the Los Angeles-based Criminal Records. "Fuck Christmas" b/w "(Beep) Christmas" is the second single by Fear. It was recorded during the sessions that produced their debut The Record, but was not released until months later.

BLACK FLAG "Live #1" 7" (Fanclub Pressing)
Live Bootleg, recorded around 1982/83. Only old songs with Henry Rollins on vocals. Spray Paint the Walls / Room 13 / Rise Above / Six Pack / Life of Pain

VICTIMS, THE "Television Addict / Flipped Out Over You" 7" (Fanclub Pressing)
Fanclub Release - Without question, the Victims debut 45 is one of the 5 best Australian punk singles ever recorded, not to mention one of the greatest punk singles ever. Originally self-released in 1977 in a highly limited edition, "Television Addict" is an absolute classic. Snotty garage punk at it's finest with perhaps the first ever hardcore track "(I'm) Flipped Out Over You" (predating the BAD BRAINS, BLACK FLAG, & MIDDLE CLASS by a few years) on the flip side. It's Even 35 years after it was released, it still stands up as one of the best examples of Australian punk rock. This single is right up there with the SAINTS' "(I'm) Stranded" or anything that Radio Birdman ever did. The cult status of these Perth punks continues to grow enormously as original copies of the “Television Addict” 45 have sold for between $750-$2000 recently.

CONFUSE "Nuclear Addicts" 7" (Fanclub Pressing)
Known as one of the essential groups of Japanese hardcore throughout the 1980s, Confuse has long been a favorite for those who desire their hardcore overloaded with sheer intensity. Light years ahead of their contemporaries when it came to chaotic, raw, distorted, and blindingly noisy sounds, ranking right them beside fellow heavyweights GISM and GAUZE. Originally recorded in 1984 and issued as a Japanese-only flexi, this EP documents the first studio recordings of Confuse. This EP is an absolute classic noisecore record; abrasive rough buzzsaw thrash that took UK hardcore groups like DISORDER & CHAOS UK as a starting point, but then brought it to a whole new extreme level. This 7 song 7” EP is pressed on red vinyl with custom printed labels to resemble the original flexi. Comes packaged in a high quality glued sleeve that faithfully reproduces the original stark black & white artwork.

COKE BUST "Live at This is Hardcore" Tape
(Self Released)
The title says it all! Live tape from DC's rippinest.

SHANGHAIS, THE "Pretty Mean/Sick of You" Tape
(Endless Daze Records)
Bay Area babes on a Rock n' Roll mission!!  For fans of Hunx & His Punx, Shannon and The Clams, The Corvettes, fast cars and cold beers! VROOM This tape is a compilation of The Shanghais' two previously released EPs, "Pretty Mean" and "Sick of You". Limited run of 100 cherry red cassettes with hand screened three color covers! Each tape is hand numbered.

HASHTAG HARDCORE Zine Issue #4 (Zine)
Issue #4 of this consistently solid Hardcore zine out of Europe. Sadly, strictly hardcore focused zines of this size and quality seem to be harder to come by these days, but luckily this one is jam packed with interviews, reviews, photos, flyers, and other tidbits; everything you'd want from a zine like this. Great mix of both old and new hardcore bands spanning the past 30+ years featured in this issue as usual; plenty of classics to get you nostalgic while keeping it equally current and relevant with present day bands. Great cut and paste layout to boot. Buy this or pose hard. Featuring  LAST DAYZ / SLAPSHOT / CHUNKS ZINE / ICEPICK / NYC HEADHUNTERS / BROTHERHOOD / COLD WORLD / NOT AFRAID / MERAUDER / BAD BRAINS BOOT-O-GRAPHY / BACK TA BASICS TOP 10 / REVIEWS / PICTURES / BULLSHIT; 44 pages full size.

It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #386, the July 2015 issue! FLESH WORLD dish on their new record, out now on Iron Lung, and clue us into the secrets to surviving in a rapidly changing San Francisco. PISS TEST reflects on their hometown of Portland and talks some shit in advance of their upcoming West Coast tour. We’ve got two blasts from the past: Philadelphia’s YDI talk about their recently reissued records and THE WRECKS (featured on Not So Quiet on the Western Front!) give us a window into Reno’s early punk scene and the role of women within it. The producer and director of Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits clue us into the progress of the documentary, which was spearheaded by Ari Up just before her death. We’ve also got conversations with PDX rockers BITCH SCHOOL, Russian post-punkers SIERPIEN, Australia’s Homeless Records, and a massive London, UK scene report! Plus, a photo spread documenting many of the worldwide MRR Presents shows that happened on May 16th, 2015, new regular columns from Erika Elizabeth (of Dynamite Hemorrhage fanzine and Expressway To Yr Skull radio) and Sadie Switchblade (of G.L.O.S.S. and PEEPLE WATCHIN’), and all the record, zine, book, film and demo reviews that are fit to print. Cover art by Roz Adams!

Restocks for 06.24.15:

CONFUSE "Spending Loud Night" 7"
CULO "Military Trend" 7"
FLESH WORLD "A Line in Wet Grass" 7"
GERMS, THE "Lexicon Devil" 7"
LSD "Destroy" 7"
MISFITS "Cough/Cool" 7"
MISFITS "Famous Misfits of Filmland" 7"
MISFITS "Halloween" 7"
MISFITS "Night of the Living Dead" 7"
MISFITS "Spook City U.S.A" 7"
NIRVANA " ...and the Rest - BBC Sessions" 7"
NIRVANA "A Tribute to the Vaselines" 7"
NIRVANA "Total Fucking Godhead" 7"
SUPERCRUSH "I Don't Want to be Sad Anymore (Canadian Press)" 7"
URINALS "Another" 7"

INSTITUTE "Salt" 12"
PRIESTS "Bodies and Control and Money and Power" LP

V/A "The Red Line Comp" DCHC Tape

Friday, May 29, 2015


A ton of cool new stuff added to the store over the past few weeks, plus there is still a pretty nice sale running through the weekend, so here's info on all of that …

Additional 15% off all previously Marked Down titles / 20% off almost every Grave Mistake Release!

Haven't done a sale in a little while so here's one for you - last year for Black Friday several hundred titles in the store were marked down to some pretty good, low prices - and now we're offering an additional 15% on top of that already discounted price.

If you use the discount code at checkout: GM_SpringDistroSale15 you'll get an extra 15% off any sale items you order. You can see all of the eligible titles HERE, and if you use the drop down menu at the top of the page you'll be able to sort them by format as well.

In addition to this discount, also offering 20% off any Grave Mistake or Vinyl Conflict Release from 2014 or earlier with the discount code: GM_SpringLabelSale15

You can see all of those eligible Grave Mistake titles HERE; the sale covers pretty much everything except this year's releases (Red Death, Tenement). The discount code ALSO applies to any package deals as well, so you could save a decent amount of cash on some of the label's releases!

Please note that you can only use one code per order, so if you want to take advantage of both codes you can either do separate orders or email me and we will get it all sorted onto one order.

As I mentioned in yesterday's update, I've put up a ton of GOVERNMENT WARNING T-shirts that were left over from Damaged City Fest last month. Also added a bunch of GW 1" and 2.25" pins and GW mesh shorts. There are still a ton of different styles, colors, and sizes available so have at it! I also put up some COKE BUST and RED DEATH t-shirt as well.

You can check out all of the shirts and pins HERE.


 With their new EP out this past week on Katorga Works / Quality Control, figured this would be a good time to let you know that we've got the 2nd Pressing of PURE DISGUST's debut 7" on ltd. Gold Vinyl.  Released last year on Flophouse Records, the first pressing sold out pretty quickly.  Now back in print, I've managed to get my hands on the remainder of the second pressing to distribute.  There were 200 pressed up on Clear Gold vinyl, and aside from a few select distros (Katorga Works, QCHQ, Triple B to name a few), we've got all the color copies here at GMHQ! So, if you still need to pick this slab up (or need another copy), have at it!


You can see all of the latest webstore additions and New Arrivals here:
What webstore update would be complete without a ton of sick new distro titles? Unfortunately a few bangers have already come and gone since the last update, but there is still some great stuff just waiting to be bought here! Also restocked on a ton of hits as well from rad labels like 540, Deep Six, Dischord, Sub Pop, 1234Go, and more! I've already spoken too much in this update, so I'll let the list below speak for itself ...

Thanks for reading!

Alex / Grave Mistake Records


LOS CRUDOS "Discograpafia" 2xLP (Maximumrocknroll Records)
This double LP is a benefit for Maximum Rock’n’roll magazine, and is limited to 2,000 copies.  It features 66 Los Crudos songs in total! It also comes with a newsprint poster, and a 40 page booklet filled with Crudos lyrics, photos and flyers!  Crudos was one of the most intelligent and powerful hardcore bands from the 1990s, and this double LP is a fine tribute to their amazing output, plus by getting this great discography you are also helping to support Maximum Rock’n’Rolls ongoing mission to document the hardcore/punk scene!

VAASKA "Todos Contra Todos" LP (Beach Impediment Records)
Since the earliest days of hardcore punk, the city of Austin, TX has been known for producing some of the best in the genre. The notoriety of this particular scene has grown exponentially over the past few years with a deluge of stellar bands coming out and capturing the adoration of those in search of “that good shit.” Out of them all, VAASKA would have to be the longest running and most abrasive of the bunch. After a five year break from the format the boys have delivered yet another 12” platter of the raging D-Beat that they initially made themselves known for and have been perfecting over the years. And the aforementioned half a decade break between the 12”s was in no way an indication of them slowing down, seeing the release of a 7” on Germany’s Heart First Records and the recording of a session with their latest and greatest lineup (featuring the addition of Chris Ulsh on the kit) that yielded a split 7” with fellow ATX goons THE IMPALERS and another with Japan’s SKIZOPHRENIA on Beach Impediment and 540 / Todo Destruido respectively. “TODOS CONTRA TODOS” features 11 tracks of blown out hard punk pounders that will continue to capture the attention of those who admire the art of crafting urgent and seething songs.

VEXX "Give and Take" 7" (Katorga Works Records)
Vexx's debut 12" on Grazer/M'Ladys was one of our favorite releases of 2013, so we're endlessly excited to present their newest 7", Give And Take. Hailing from Olympia, Vexx is heavily indebted to late 70s American punk with a sound akin to bands like Legal Weapon or the Avengers, but with even more of a rock 'n' roll edge than those bands and a vocalist just as soulful and powerful.

ULTRA-VIOLENT "Crime for Revenge" 7" (Video Disease Records)
Originally released on Riot City and quickly becoming the label's most highly sought after release, Ultra-Violent recorded one single before breaking up where vocalist Adie went on to front the Metal incarnation of the English Dogs. Three songs of blistering UK82, quite possibly the best record in the genre. Finally reissued after fetching prices of over $100 now including never before seen photos and deluxe packaging. Officially licensed and sanctioned by the band and label and cut from the original master tapes, an excruciating amount of thought and love has been poured into this release to make it the best reissue it could be.

SIMFUCKERS "Fucker" 7" (Video Disease Records)
Following two lauded and highly publicized demo tapes, Australia's SIMFUCKERS finally unleash their debut 7" upon the world and what an ungodly racket it is. Originally to be released on a German label, Video Disease rescued this record from the pit of obscurity it was bound to drop in to so it would reach a much more receptive and rabid audience.  Seven songs of snotty, nasty punk that seethes angst and frustration. Blown out, ugly, and downright idiotic songs that could only come from some of the master minds that helped make Vaginors and Bloodclot Faggots so special. HAIL THE NEW DAWN OF AUSTRALIAN PUNK!!!

(Video Disease Records)
Finally after months and months of waiting the Stupid Life 7" is being unleashed upon the world. Stupid Life has been playing around the Los Angeles area for over a year honing their skills and becoming a staple of the LA punk scene with their charismatic live shows and infectiously catchy songs. As demonstrated by their name they take cues from classic Kyushu noise punk a la Confuse and Gai but have an underlying Swankys groove that propels the songs into Japanese pop madness filled with guitar leads, outrageous solos, blasts of noise, and some of the downright most memorable songs in modern punk. Quite possibly the best noise punk band that isn't a noise punk band, Stupid Life are all incredibly talented musicians who do not hide behind a wall of noise and distortion to disguise their inability to play; instead contorting and manipulating the noise to suit their needs. Hands down one of the best releases I have ever worked on and I am incredibly proud to bring the world Stupid Life.

(Video Disease Records)
Koma Kids have been lost in a cloud of drug fueled death and mayhem for nearly a decade and Video Disease has finally resurrected the auspicious debut from this Los Angeles based quartet. Lost in obscurity due to the untimely passing of one of it's members, Video Disease is incredibly proud to bring to you one of the best testaments of the LA punk scene of the past 15 years. Three songs of ripping punk created by some of the key members of the LA punk scene. Due to the bands wishes I will not be revealing the identities of those involved, but for those of you who have been keeping tabs on the various projects of LA based artists and performers you will not be disappointed.

(Media Schlitz Records)
Combining the self-destructive vitriol of ‘90s Clevo hardcore like H-100s with the uncompromising leads of the DEAD BOYS, Mongoloid are the perfect synthesis of the rust belt’s seedy rock n’ roll underbelly. Valedictorians in the school of recklessness, these seasoned vets of Midwestern misanthropy have done time in bands like SWEET TOOTH, PIGSTICKER, and ORGANIZED SPORTS, continuing their pentatonic violence into the oh-so-promising future, this time around incorporating more rough-and-tumble east coast elements (I hear some “United Blood” getting donated by unsuspecting audience members) and perhaps some ‘80s DC-caliber explosiveness. Steamy sax solo too. Kick it.

(540 Records)
Kyoto Japan's Warhead return with another chapter of rabid law-breaking insanity, and their first full-length album in over 20 years. Expect nothing less than a marriage of the best aspects if Japan's traditions of unrelenting thrashing hardcore and anthemic powerful punk. A wall of distortion, and unbridled energy collide with the inimitable howls and screams of Jun Kato, one of Japan's most distinct punk vocalists. This album also sees the return of original guitarist Ebuchi who played in the band from 1990-2001, bringing the early years of the band full circle with the present day.

SPLITS, THE "II" LP (Dirtnap Records)
The Splits, as legend or old one sheet tell us, took their name by combining their two favorite bands, The Slits and The Spits. Expressing such love for two of the titans of punk, postpunk, and garage is a hell of a thing to live up to, but The Splits, in their short career so far, have managed to do so with aplomb. The first self-titled album by the Helsinki band (released on Germany’s singular and aptly named P Trash label and criminally neglected in the USA) was Pacific Northwest-style sorrow rock at its finest, as emotionally devastating of an exercise in garage primitivism as the first White Stripes album. Now The Splits are back with a collection of streamlined ragers torn straight from the Murder City/Dead Moon/Wipers songbook; these songs are perfect for dumping everyone you’ve ever met. Your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your friends and family—they all have got to go. And here’s the soundtrack. - Noisey

AUSMUTEANTS / HOUSEWIVES Split 7" (Total Punk Records)
We are back with a second single from Ausmuteants, and this time you get the added bonus of the Housewives.  Two of the best Australian bands going, on one piece of wax. I don't expect this one to be long for the world and with good reason. This thing rules.  Plus its a Total Punk first.  This thing has four tracks on it!  Hurry up and buy this thing!

SEVERE "Distorted Views" LP
(Toxic Mosh Records)
Debut LP from this brand new Toronto band. "Connecting someplace in the soup of hardcore in the 21st where the cult of cynicism and the discipline of ego collide and divide. Severe come at a sharp angle. An ep filled with the kind of disgust reserved for personal turmoil, the self doubt and humility of monks, and it sounds good on wax too." - J. Falco

BEACH SLANG "Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street" 7"
(Tiny Engins Records)
New! Philadelphia, PA's Beach Slang have been the talk of the scene this year making a big splash with their powerful debut EP, Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?. A supergroup of sorts, featuring James Snyder of Weston, JP Flexner of Ex-Friends and Ed McNulty, formerly of Nona, currently of Crybaby, Beach Slang's seamless mix of indie, emo and pop/punk is the perfect punk rock soundtrack.

FLEABITE "T.T.Y.L." 7" (Puzzle Pieces Records)
Fleabite are Boston’s best DGAF pop band, and TTYL is their debut 7” from Puzzle Pieces Records. Listening to these four fuzz-laden punk songs, you’ll want to say “LYLAS” to your new BFFs in this band.  Fleabite strike the perfect balance between anger, apathy, and feelings common among today’s feminist punk bands. Above all else, TTYL is propelled by hooks, with four songs clocking in at under eight minutes. The guitars are big and powerful, but the vocals are soft, melodic, and drenched in reverb. For fans of Swearin, Colleen Green, and Henry’s Dress.

CHASTITY BELT "Time to Go Home" LP (Sub Pop Records)
Nostalgia for the ‘90s isn’t exactly hard to come by in today’s musical climate, but few groups are as devoted to that time period as the all-female grunge act Chastity Belt, a group whose records sound so much like the early ‘90s that one half-expects to find out that they arrived in the present day after hitting 88 MPH in a Delorean back in 1993. It’s little surprise that they ended up on Sub Pop, as the possible time travelers would have been right at home on an early Singles Club release—possibly what they were on their way to record when lightning hit a clock tower at just the right time and sent them forward two decades. Although their previous album, the cheekily misspelled No Regerts, was released through indie label Help Yourself, their new home on Sub Pop’s Hardly Art imprint suits them much better. In fact, with the help of some pitch-perfect throwback production, the group’s Hardly Art debut Time to Go Home sounds more like it came out of the ‘90s than any of Sub Pop’s still-active groups that were putting out records back then.

KENT STATE "Samsara" 7" (Debt Offensive Records)
Kent State, aka Nicholas Vance (Deep Sleep, Suspect) returns with two new tracks of psychedelic death pop. This is the first-ever vinyl release of new Kent State material, following up a series of sold out cassettes (compiled last year on the “Wrong Side of History” LP), and the musical growth displayed here is beyond evident. While staying true to the original roots of Kent State’s “Brainbombs meets Oasis” sound, these new songs are catchier, more driving, and dare I say the best songs Vance has ever written.

TOMBOY "Sweetie" LP
(Ride the Snake Records)
If you've been searching for the perfect soundtrack for stuffing boys in lockers, your prayers have been answered. Tomboy's unique flavor of pissed-off bubblegum is sure to suit your needs. Hailing from Boston, Tomboy is a refreshing and vital collision of revenge-fueled doo wop and sugar-coated punk fury — leveling all in their path and in the process creating a feminist dance party for the ages. Being angry has never been so much fun. Following a well-received demo, Tomboy has assembled a mighty 12" EP called "Sweetie" for Ride the Snake records featuring their anthem "I'm in the Fucking Band" and six other new jams. Get with it or get out of the way.

ANCIENT HEADS "Both Demos" 7" (Climin' Aboard Records)
Ancient Heads formed in Toronto in 2012 with a simple but ambitious goal: to play straight-edge hardcore that’s as direct as Floorpunch, as ineffably powerful as Chain of Strength, and as timeless and durable as both bands.

(SPHC Records)
Newest release from 4490 Records, distributed in North America by SPHC, so bring on your wholesale and trades too. Second EP by Snaggletooth, southeast Asia's finest purveyors of "Motorcharge", "crust-and-roll", whatever you want to call it, it fucking ROCKS. High-charge rock-and-roll hardcore, gruff vocals, riffs for miles, solos that beg for air guitar, memorable songs, powerful production, tons of velocity, basically a perfect record for this style. The Motorhead influence is obvious, I know for example that this will be the new soundtrack of my local crusty crew, but I think this will also appeal to anyone that's typically into Japanese hardcore. Honestly, this is the best record in this style since AGE released their classic records in 2001/2002.

(SPHC Records)
Scotland's premier hardcore unit drops their first LP across a consortium of UK labels, and of course SPHC is happy to help make this easily available in our swath of the world. For me, the obvious reference point is Nine Shocks Terror (and Clevo-style USHC in general). Brutal, throat-wrecked vocals howling over high-charge, riff-tastic hardcore punk, with just the right amounts of mid-tempo rocking and just the right flashes of guitar lead. Memorable songs captured with a heavy production, a perfect execution of "hardcore punk". We've always made it a point to distribute this band's records here in the USA because they're just so damn good, the records are consistently excellent and they're a fucking fantastic live unit, and it's with a little bit of pride that we can provide the same service for what is easily, by far, their best record yet. All hail the new kings. USA tour coming in the fall.

GAS CHAMBER "Stained Hand" 7"
(SPHC Records)
Newest EP by one of the most exciting hardcore bands on the planet. Emerging from the remains of the trailblazing Running For Cover to continue on a path of refining and purifying a unique style of hardcore, Gas Chamber fits nicely into the community of bands (Column of Heaven, Suffering Luna, Iron Lung, Hatred Surge, etc) taking "power violence" hardcore punk into exciting new directions.  This particular EP contains two epic and dynamic hardcore ragers and one heavy and dreamy instrumental track. They fit nicely in line with the band's modern classic LP on Iron Lung Records as a powerful artistic statement that combines power violence, G-Anx, prog, experimental music, soundscape, musicianship, and artistic genius into one cohesive sonic expression. Arguably the best band in punk today

TERVEET KADET "Lapin Helvetti" LP (SPHC Records)
The last record by one of the greatest punk bands of all time. It's an honor to help make this record easily available for cheap here in my stupid asshole country. Since 1979, Terveet Kadet has been "one of the best punk bands in the world". Tons of classic records, and like all true champions, they're leaving on a high note. This final (?) LP is a textbook example of the short-songs blazing-fast demented-and-vicious hardcore punk that Terveet Kadet stylized and popularized (yet nobody else has come close in copying). True masters. Stick a candle up your butt and pay your respects to the Black Gods of Noise.

SICK THOUGHTS "Beat on Beat" 7" (Goner Records)
Sick Thoughts is a Baltimore-based band consisting of the teenaged Drew Owen and assorted neighborhood louts. But usually just Drew. Although his early music began in the Reatards / Dead Boys / Carbonas classic punk rock, crash-and-burn aesthetic, on recent releases he has progressed into less-obvious yet thorny and personal DIY / KBD territory. A relentless recording machine, he has released many singles and LPs on many labels. This is by far the best yet.

SICK THOUGHTS "I Got Hands" 7" (Hidden Volume Records)
Baltimore’s finest continue their violent string of scrappy, blown-out Punk Rock hits. If you like Punk, or dirty Garage Rock then Sick Thoughts are right up your alley. The music is seething with anger and loathing for pretty much everything. Title cut “I’ve Got Hands” features a shredding Garage Punk riff played fast and hard and nailed by Owen’s grainy pissed off screamin to make for one of the best Sick Thoughts tracks ever relcorded. On the flip “I’m Tired Of You” is led by a wave of bass throbs, revealing layers upon layers of shredded, mangled guitar chords that’s become the ethos of the Sick Thoughts sound. This is what Punk music is meant to be.

SICK THOUGHTS "Moral Sickness" 7" (Blast of Silence Records)
Finnish hate. Clean jangly hardcore shit. Lots of gauze influence on here

SICK THOUGHTS "Stabbed in My Back" 7"
(Episode Sounds)
Punk from Baltimore. Sound like early Reatards, Persuaders!

SICK THOUGHTS "You Won't Get Through" 7" (Fuck CDs Records)
Latest platter from this prolific Baltimore outfit. Again, Drew on every instrument. A-side is a dramatic and angsty mid-tempo freak out. Teenage rebellion never sounded so well-written and never had such lovely guitar licks. B-side is two quicker, harder, more punk numbers. Doesn't sound too far removed from classic KBD style in its garagey tunefulness and raw production. And again, you never knew a teenager could do guitar licks like that!

DRUG CONTROL "S/T" 7" (Coin Toss Records)
SXE Hardcore from San Diego,CA, Fast hardcore, FFO of Youth of Today,SSD and Agnostic front.

SICK SYMPTOM "Demo" 7" (Coin Toss Records)
Members of Wrong Answer and Modern Pain playing 4 tracks of fast, raw hardcore in the vein of Wasted Time, Government Warning,No Justice, ect..

CONCRETE SOX "Your Turn Next" LP (Boss Tuneage Records)
CONCRETE SOX hailed from Nottingham and were one of the pioneers of the whole UK Hardcore punk/thrash scene in the mid 80s. Now their debut album “Your Turn Next” is made available again in conjunction with the bands own Soxcore label.

ACCUSED, THE "Martha Splatterhead" 12"
(Unrest Records)
Back on wax!! Here is the re-release of the five song masterpiece from the Kings of Splatter released in 1985 by CONDAR. This legendary release has been insanely hard to find and exorbitantly priced. Martha is back on black!! Includes nice, clean revised packaging with original hand drawn lyric sheet and extensive thanks list courtesy of Tommy Niemeyer, the original Splatterhead himself!! If it doesn't splatter, it doesn't matter!!

MONGREL Demo Tape (Video Disease Records)
Mongrel come crashing out of the gate with 5 songs of aggressive hardcore. Compromised of members of Gag and Stoic Violence, Mongrel takes cues from early USHC while stripping everything down to it's most rudimentary and caveman like elements. Short, fast, and hard as nails Mongrel are here to take over.

SLUR 2015 Demo Tape (Quality Control Records)
New UK band channels Early Swedish Kängpunk, Finnish and Polish hardcore punk ala Destruktions, Siekiera with a touch of Mob 47. Members of Detergents, No, Good Throb, Arms Race, Obstruct, and The Flex wanted to create politically infused anti-war songs to pogo to complete with phaser pedal and stomping drums to smash the state to.

Fantastic zine put together by Liz Hoepp and Laura Fox with pieces by/interviews with: Richard Sandler, Angela Owens, Allison Farn, Anasazi, Jasmine Watson, Nicktape, Luiso Ponce, Rachel Atcheson, Kevin Annand, Sammantha Garcia, and Trey White.

It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #385, the June 2015 issue! Victoria and Joey from Providence’s DOWNTOWN BOYS discuss their new record Full Communism and how their politics intersect with their brand of sax-punk and their electrifying live shows, UK anarcho legends PART 1 discuss the reissue of their long out-of-print catalogue and their return to performing, and Germany’s HYSTERESE clue us into the band dynamics in advance of their US tour. Plus, Toronto’s COLUMN OF HEAVEN‘s bassist Andrew Nolan provides a window into the changing landscape of Toronto, the team behind BAD DADDIES interviews Nottingham, UK’s SLEAFORD MODS, Russia’s MINEFIELD talk making music in the shadow of a famous arms factory, and the deep friendship that Olympia, WA’s SHARKPACT is built on is made abundantly clear. We’ve also got a reflection on the Loud! Fast! Philly! oral history project—dozens of interviews with Philly punks of all ages and stripes, and growing—accompanied by amazing portraits from Karen Kirchhoff. Farrah Skeiky takes our cover photo and documented DC’s Damaged City Fest for a photo spread, while Ochi Reyes brings us a photographic dispatch from London’s Bentfest. And, of course, we’ve got all the columns you’ve come to expect—including guest columns from Darryl Andrew Reid of Montreal and Sadie Switchblade of G.L.O.S.S. about their experiences as trans women in punk—and the largest record reviews section in punk print. Pick up your copy today!


ACHTUNGS, THE "Full of Hate" 7"
BAD BANANA "Cry About It" 7"
BREAKDOWN "Runnin' Scared" LP
CRO-MAGS "Age of Quarrel" LP
DICKS "Hate the Police" 7"
DISCHORD RECORDS "Four Old 7"s on a 12"" Comp. LP
DWARVES  "Blood, Guts, and Pussy" LP
EXTORTION "Degenerate" LP
FORWARD  "War Nuke and Death Sentence" LP
FUGAZI "First Demo" LP
GAS RAG "Beats Off" LP
GLUE "S/T" 7"
GOVERNMENT ISSUE "Make an Effort" 7"
HARD SKIN "We are the Wankers" 7"
IMPALERS "Psychedelic Snutskallar" 12"
LA SERA "Hour of the Dawn" LP
LADIES, THE "Trashed" 7"
LOW THREAT PROFILE "Product Number 1" 7"
LOW THREAT PROFILE "Product Number 3" 7"
MINOR THREAT  "Out of Step" 12"
MINOR THREAT "Salad Days" 7"
NO COMMENT "Common Senseless" 7"
NO COMMENT "Downsided" 7"
OMEGAS "Blasts of Lunacy (US Version)" LP
PISSED JEANS  "King of Jeans" LP
PISSED JEANS "Hope for Men" LP
PRIESTS "Tape Two" Tape
QUEERS, THE  "Love Songs for the Retarded" LP
RAKTA "S/T" 7"
RED DONS "Auslander" 7"
REPLICA "Beast" 7"
SIEGE "Drop Dead" LP
SPERMBIRDS "Something to Prove" LP
TANK 2006 Demo Tape
TRAGEDY "Nerve Damage LP
TRAGEDY "Vengance" LP
V/A "Across the Pond" UKHC Compilation Tape
ZERO BOYS "Livin' in the 80's" 7"