Wednesday, June 29, 2016

PRIMAL RITE "Complex Life of Passion" EP out Fall 2016 on Grave Mistake / Pop Wig

 PRIMAL RITE Complex Life of Passion EP - 7" / Cassette
Out October 2016 on Grave Mistake and Pop Wig Records
West Coast Tour June 30 - July 10
"PRIMAL RITE is a resurrection to the still-warm corpse of San Francisco's SCALPED. Their path is a similar one, but with a new vocalist and a slight rebirth comes a burly hardcore titan that's harder, heavier, and more hessian in approach. Crushing and brutal."
Very excited to announce that Grave Mistake will be releasing a new EP from San Francisco's PRIMAL RITE this fall. The four song EP, Complex Life of Passion, will be out on 7" this October, with a cassette version on Pop Wig Records.  Expect a track from the EP posted up later this summer.
Primal Rite released their debut 2 song 7", Pestilent Clutch, earlier this month on Warthog Speak, which you can listen to here. We also have a few distro copies of Pestilent Clutch in the Grave Mistake Webstore, so pick it up if you like what you hear!
Primal Rite will begin a 10 day West Coast tour this Thursday, and you can check out those dates below.  They are also scheduled to play Not Dead Yet 2016, coinciding with an East Coast tour with Richmond's BARGE this October.
PRIMAL RITE / West Coast Summer Tour 2016
06/30 - Chico, CA @ Spaghetti House [Event]
07/01 - Seattle, WA @ Fusion Cafe [Event]
07/02 - Bremerton, WA @ The Charleston [Event]
07/03 - Portland, OR @ Black Water [Event]
07/05 - Los Angeles, CA @ Union
07/06 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe [Event]
07/07 - Los Angeles, CA @ East 7th [Event]
07/08 - Phoenix, AZ @ Masters Chambers [Event]
07/09 - Las Vegas, NV @ Womb Room [Event]
07/10 - Fresno, CA @ CYC

Friday, June 10, 2016


It's been almost a month and a half since the last time you've heard from me, so as you might guess this update is overflowing with new stuff in the webstore. There are a ton of great new titles below - but a bit of news first.

As you may or may not have heard by now, Brandon Ferrell (Direct Control, Government Warning, Wasted Time, half of No Way Records) passed on unexpectedly last week, leaving his wife Lauren and two children, Darby and Zoe, in a situation that no one should have to deal with. In lieu of this, to help raise funds for those the most affected by this, some good friends and bands have come together to organize a benefit show here in Richmond in August. The following bands will be playing to aid Lauren and her children in their greatest time of need:

August 6, 2016
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Richmond, VA


Tickets are available online, and more information on the benefit show can be found on the Facebook Event.

If you cannot make it to this show, but still would like to help out in some way, there has been a Gofundme set up for the family as well. The support so far has been overwhelming and incredible to see, and if you have already been able to contribute or share the page then that is greatly appreciated. Donations are still highly encouraged, so if you can help them out at all it would be awesome.

I apologize if this news / update comes off as a bit impersonal considering the circumstances - the past few weeks have been somewhat difficult to process for me (to say the least) so I don't really have much to say publicly on the matter aside from my thoughts and support are with the family and loved ones, and I encourage anyone touched by his life or his passing, whether you knew Brandon personally or were simply a fan of any of his musical endeavors, to please keep Lauren, Darby, and Zoe in your thoughts.

Now, in an attempt to segue from this into talking about new records, Daniel Sorry State said it best (as he always does) in his update last week:
"… there was no thing that defined Brandon more than his enthusiasm for music. So let's talk about punk…"
For quick browsing of recent additions to the store, you can check out all of these titles mentioned below in the New Arrivals and Recent Restocks sections!
As you might expect, the first thing I'm going to mention are all of the incredible new releases from La Vida Es Un Mus this month - we've got new releases from Rixe, Blazing Eye, Lumpy and the Dumpers, Barcelona, and Primetime - ALL of them are highly recommended, but that should go without saying!
Another favorite in this update is the second full length from Baltimore's Angel Du$t - Grave Mistake was lucky enough to release the Upside Down 7" single from this LP a few months back (which we still have a few remaining copies of), and it's great to finally have the album available in it's entirety.  Our copies are on the limited White Vinyl so do yourself a favor and scoop this one up if you haven't yet.  Other new distro titles of note include the Sunshine Ward LP on Feral Ward, the new Vaaska 7", Nandas 7", Eightball 7", the final Mindset 7", the US pressing of the new Red Dons LP (as well as a couple other new Deranged Records titles), new Rakta 7", new Praise 12", and much more.
Stacks and stacks of tapes came in this past month as well - we've got some great new demos from the likes of Combined Effort, Enamel, Pure Pressure, Memory Loss, and Outshined to name a few, as well as some cool collection tapes from Cal and the Calories and Generacion Suicida.
That's not even all of it, and the full list is below, so I'm gonna end it here and let you check out the rest for yourself. As always thanks for reading and for the continued support! A few new Grave Mistake releases are on the horizon, so we'll have some news on those shortly!
Alex / Grave Mistake Records
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BLAZING EYE "Lonely Corpse (UK Press)" 7" (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
LA's BLAZING EYE return with two new tracks of devilish hardcore punk in the vein of MOBS or ZOUO.  The Japanese hardcore influence is prevalent on "Brain"  which has an infectious guitar riff- vocal scream dynamic punctuated by a perfect Bristol Beat which will have you screaming like a bloody mess without you even noticing. "Lonely Corpse" on the flip has a stomp dirgy beat perfect to dance like a worm on a devastated city ran by cyborgs. A perfect punk single with two really catchy and memorable songs which show blazing eye at the top of their game.

LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS "Huff My Sack (UK Press)" LP (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
St Louis Lumpy and the Dumpers delivers their first mini album, after a string of seven inches and tapes which gained them worldwide recognition among the hordes of misfits lovers of slimy bad punk musik. Nine tracks of snotty punk driven by one of the crudest guitars tones heard by these ears in a long time. The songs flow seamlessly, the lyrics are sharp and full of vile and stick in your brain like any classic punk should. The album includes their own classic take on 'Loony' the B-Side of the 1978 by Slime from London which feels both a statement and a re-appropiation of a song which could have easily being written by the Dumpers if it hadn't existed. In fewer words this is a magnificent gross record. The record comes housed in a sleeve designed by Lumpy himself carrying their signature aesthetic.

RIXE "Les Nerfs A Vif" 7"
(La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Just over a year since the release of the much loved debut 7" 'Coups Et Blessures', RIXE return with another four tracker on La Vida Es Un Mus. RIXE have gone from total obscurity to headlining festivals and gigs in Canada, North America and England and these four new tracks are a clear reason why. Standout 'Hexagone' opens the EP sounding like 'New Age' era BLITZ with extra bite and bile, 'A Contre-Courant' follows with a stomping primitive bass and drum attack before the razor sharp guitar work and growling vocals come in. On the flip the venom and intensity continues with 'Rapport de force' before the self titled track 'Rixe' ends this latest Oi! attack with a track that starts like a late 70's UK SUBS hit before heading into classic 80's French Oi!. RIXE are special and these four tracks show more reasons why.

BARCELONA "Pueden Ser Ellos" 7" (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
BARCELONA's follow up to their gigantic "Extremo Nihilismo En Barcelona" is another piece of ugly hardcore which sounds just as violently raw and unhinged as their debut. The four tracks on this 7" follow the template of no

PRIMETIME "Going Places" 7" (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Primetime return with their second EP 'Going Places' on La Vida Es un Mus. A four track EP of juvenile Joie de vivre. Each of the four tracks ooze sass, nonchalance and that special ingredient - songs that demand repeat listens. Standout track is 'Pervert' which is one minute and 56 seconds of post punk perfection which would happily sit on Rough Trade's seminal 1980 compilation 'Wanna Buy a Bridge' in between Kleenex, Swell Maps and The Raincoats. You will not find something as instant and essential in 2016 (Sean Forbes) Sleeve designed by the band reflecting precisely what you'll find inside the package. Includes download code.

SUNSHINE WARD "Order" LP (Feral Ward Records)
Sunshine Ward is Boston Hardcore by way of Totalitar and Chaos UK. Follow up to their noisy as fuck demo EP, this 10 song LP is straight forward hardcore punk. Less pedals, more hardcore. Pogo and mosh. Hard as piss. Flip a cop car. Members of Brain Killer and Exit Order.

(La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
UNA BÈSTIA INCONTROLABLE was born in 2012 as a side project with members of GLAM, DESTINO FINAL and CROSTA. They got wind of GLAM playing a show in London and decided to jump on the bill. They got a set together and recorded it in a rush to have some tapes to sell as said show. The tape recorded mere weeks after the band's inception remains an extremely powerful recording that only 100 lucky people managed to get on its original format. It shows the band as its rawest, pushing the limits of their previous bands as far as possible and setting the mood for what "Observant Com El Mon Es Destrueix " LP would be. 10-11-12 comes housed in a 12 panel poster similar to the ones CRASS records made popular in the 80s with artwork by Guillem El Muro and Oriol Roca.

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

VAASKA "Futuro Primitivo" 7" (Beach Impediment Records)
Rejoice, VAASKA have returned with more hard punk pounders for the masses! Originally pressed in a limited amount by VOX POPULI for the band's Japanese tour in the winter of 2016, Beach Impediment is delighted to make the latest release from Austin's finest available domestically for the hardcore punk fanatics that know the real deal and for those that would like to become more educated in the field. "FUTURO PRIMITIVO" features five tracks of the top notch D-Beat punk with blazing guitar leads and ferociously belted out lyrics in Spanish that you have come to expect from these guys over the years. Each record comes in a felt based glue pocket sleeve adorned with the stark black and white art of the great Brian Miller that has been the band's visual trademark since the beginning. Limited to a one time pressing of 500 copies.

NANDAS "S/T" 7" (Toxic State Records)
NANDAS from here in NYC's long awaited debut EP released by TOXIC STATE RECORDS. NANDAS intertwine ghastly melodies with barbaric stomps remind me of Nog Watt and RP. Anahit's lyrics are elegantly horrifying. This record is more black rabbit hole than than piece of wax. A dreadful doorway to the Nanda realm.

MINDSET "Nothing Less" 7" (React Records)
In the tradition of the valedictory three-song 7”, inaugurated by Youth of Today’s 1989 sendoff, Disengage, Mindset have in the earliest days of 2016 staked a claim on record of the year with a farewell triptych of their own: Nothing Less. A densely packed charge of pure explosive energy, the record — like one of Mindset’s peerless live sets — arrives with astonishing force, shows us something we’ve never seen before, and is suddenly over: A vanishing show of force and barely controlled chaos that awes, exhilarates, and inspires — and lives forever in memory. The new music, backed by the best-in-the-business drumming of Daniel Fang, delivers all the speed, crunch and crescendo that made Mindset’s full-length LP, Leave No Doubt, a generational document. And the lyrics, as urgent and authoritative as ever, rise to the occasion of a last will and testament: reflective, free of regret and apology, and more wrenchingly personal than ever before. Mindset will soon be gone, but with Nothing Less they have defied us to forget them.

EIGHTBALL "S/T" 7" (Warthog Speak Records)
Seven-track debut EP of D-beat Hardcore Rock'n'Roll TRASH from Pacific Northwest cretins of distortion. The 7" features the three demo tracks plus four more. Sporting members of GAG, WHITE WARDS, COMBAT KNIFE, BRICKLAYER, LOWER SPECIES for those of you with a score card.

NO PAROLE "Violent Thoughts" 7" (Longshot Music)
This is the sophomore release from this hardcore and punk influenced bunch of bootboys that are doing justice to the genre of “American Oi!” finally!  On this 7” EP there are 6 blistering tracks that are raw and uncompromising with gruff vocals backed up by a somewhat contrasting smooth and at times melodic guitar and bass with machine gun drumming throughout.

RAKTA "Intencao / A Busca do Circulo" 7"
(Nada Nada Discos)
Two songs recorded in Barcelona, right after their three month tour across the north hemisphere. Expect the same moody, melancholic drips of SIOUSXIE / X MAL DEUTSCHLAND / KILLING JOKE-esque darkness that you loved from their LP.

PESSIMISTS, THE "Six Songs" 7" (Nada Nada Discos)
Kinda punk, kinda post-punk, kinda garagey stuff from members if RAKTA, FUTURO, and GARAGE FUZZ. Dunno what else to say other than "listen to it below."

MAGIC CIRCLE "Journey Blind" LP (20 Buck Spin Records)
Who said anything about running out of ideas? The stubborn ones were born to linger, to nose out newer, more subtle permutations with the help from a few ragged fucks willing to practice them. Magic Circle mutt roll in Heavy Metal whatness, striking a balance with the pituitary culture it begat, and the tunes it jacked out. Suburban drag races. Basement bum wine scrum. Every collective thought burnt into a dirty tape dub of Mob Rules. Sabbath, especially in its later incarnations, hulks ephemerally among all openings, rests, and codas. When Chris Corry and Dan Ducas’ guitars aren’t jelly-legging around Iommi, they’re rekindling “Neon Knights,” brandishing “Die Young” credo. Meanwhile, Q clubs the kit like a drunken Ginger Baker. Brendan Radigan stakes big, black flag in vocal territory long occupied by Saint Vitus, Saxon, Armored Saint, and Trouble. Bassist Justin DeTore alternates creepy crawl and thunder word belch, laying yoke over each tune and driving them predjudicially underground. But motherfuck simply “sounding” like these bands. Magic Circle celebrates them, and in doing so honors the form they have found. It’s Heavy Metal. Hit hard. Write riffs that clack along like rustbucket tanks into perpetuity. “Play” bass in ways that make you at once inseperable from every punch the drummer lands, and also ghosts every riff---working beneath, between, behind the rhythm. Sing that fucking story as every ancient did their Homer. It means something. It stands for something. Bring that to the tape. And so Magic Circle does. Tunes are rude, vicious. Some lumber ominously along, bare-fisting the downbeat through riffs risen from basements held in the odors of stale beer, mold, and want. Others stuff the song’s shape with directional changes---tipping a cap to Trouble and Saint Vitus via Sabbath. All the dots are easily connected. There’s no sport there. But, in lieu of refinement, we get an honest reckoning: Magic Circle is a band (quickly) becoming. Through the web of influence and itchy, artistic compulsion they’ve found savage and ultimately promising ways of reanimating long since taxidermied forms.

(Kick Rock Records)
Official repress of this not-so-known record but super classic of Japanese Hardcore. Led by Yoshihiro Hiraoka (Poison, Poison Arts) on vocals, this short time run project from 1992 includes the almighty Hiroyuki Kishida, best-known as Chelsea (Death Side, Paintbox, Poison Arts, The Execute) on guitar, Minoru (Lip Cream, The Comes, Colored Ricemen, EIEFITS) on bass and Eiji (Me ss) on drums. So you know what to expect, some super catchy melodic and metallic hardcore punk from some of the best punkers in the Burning Spirits scene. Originally released by Slice Records in 1992.

PRAISE "Leave It All Behind" LP (React Records)
While the genre of hardcore most often brings to mind aggressive, chaotic live shows and blistering sonic intensity, some of most promising output from those within the hardcore scene has been created when these musicians strive for something more melodic. Just as Youth of Today evolved into Shelter, 7 Seconds expanded their sound over time, and Minor Threat gave way to Dag Nasty and Embrace, an experienced group of hardcore diehards have come together to form Praise. The band steps in a more melodic direction than the notable list of other bands they've spent time in, especially evident on their newest offering, "Leave It All Behind." Now, with a slightly modified line-up and renewed enthusiasm for their unique brand of melodic hardcore, Praise have created their most interesting release to date. Entitled "Leave It All Behind," this seven song EP marks a decidedly more tuneful tendency and exhibits a strength of songwriting that only comes from playing together for all these years. Where their previous releases felt indicative of their origins, this EP undeniably feels like something fresh and exciting.

SICK THOUGHTS "18 & Free" 7" (Total Punk Records)
It's finally happened! Total Punk and Drew Owen together at last. America's shittiest teenager and America's shittiest looking record label have joined forces to give you the single of the year.  I was in the "he's putting out too many records" camp, but if he can keep knocking out songs like "18 & Free"  and the b side "Choose Death" then you will hear no more complaints from this guy.  "18 & Free" is an instant punk classic. 100% TOTAL PUNK

GINO & THE GOONS "Love & Hate" 7" (Total Punk Records)
We're happy to bring Gino & The Goons back into the fold. Since last we've seen them they've put out two records on Slovenly, another single on Pelican Pow Wow, toured Europe, and even have a Japanese pressing of their "Shake It" LP coming out. Don't worry though all the fame and fortune hasn't gone to their heads, and they haven't reached a level that could be confused with sophisticated.  Sure Gino now speaks with a British accent, and the Goons have stopped breathing through their mouths, but the musical equation hasn't changed a bit. Two more party starting punk rompers of the budget variety, made to get asses out of their seats and beer flying through the air. 100% TOTAL PUNK!

EFIALTIS "S/T"7”  (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
After last year's haunting demo, London's Efialtis get the vinyl treatment with a fresh EP on Static Shock Records. Featuring three primitive stompers from their tape plus a riveting new one, Efialtis crash through the ruins of reality like an angry goddess in search of retribution. Four feral tracks of stripped down, high-energy, mid-tempo Punk, with despotic vocals and ominous Greek lyrics. The sharp guitar and buzzing bass wade through combative drumming, all tough as nails and perfectly enhancing the nightmarish unease underlying their sound. Ten minutes of '80s-inspired, rudimentary jaggedness, complete with catchy songwriting, tight delivery and a production that's appropriately massive and the right amount of shambolic. Featuring members of Good Throb, Sarcasm, Dregs, Body Butter and more. A skull-crashing must-have for the coming apocalypse.  (Lydia Athanasopoulos) First press is limited to 500 copies and comes with handstamped sleeves, risographed inserts and also includes a download.

MENTHOL "Plastic Garden" 7" (Not Normal Tapes)
Here it is, true believers! The eighth day hail mary, the avatars of that great universal energy rock 'n' roll: Menthol. Six hot tracks sure to bump that needle and melt your brain.

MUJERCITOS "S/T" 7" (Not Normal Tapes)
Fucked-up, gnarly hardcore punk from Mexico, that pays dues to the classic groups from the Motherland like Atoxxxico and Xenofobia, as well as Italian legends CCM and Wretched.

RESPONSE "Stand Strong" 7"
(Triple B Records)
Continuing where they left off with their debut EP for Xpressions in 2015, Triple B is proud to present the sophomore EP from Southern California's Response. After playing countless shows, embarking on several tours, and having more lineup changes than one can keep track of, Response has poured all of their anger, aggression, contempt, and frustration into five songs that intend to put straight edge hardcore back on the map. Unrelenting, uncompromising, and fervently straight edge. These 5 songs are the bands best work to date, and show that through true perseverance, one can overcome those that are trying to grind them down. Stand strong. 3 colors are available for purchase and all copies come with digital download cards.

RED DONS "Dead Hand of Tradition" LP (Deranged Records)
Five years after their seminal "Fake Meets Failure" LP, Red Dons return with their junior album "The Dead Hand of Tradition," set to be released this summer on Deranged Records in North America and Taken By Surprise Records in Europe.  A lot has happened in those five years.  Two of the band's core members Douglas Burns and Hajji Husayn left their hometown Portland, Oregon behind, for Chicago and London. They recorded and released a slew of singles on labels like Grave Mistake and Dirtnap (including a collaboration with TV Smith of UK punk legends The Adverts). Despite the distance between them, they’ve managed to tour regularly in North America and Europe.  In January 2015, they reconvened in Portland to record "The Dead Hand of Tradition" at Buzz Or Howl Studios, the same establishment where they recorded the album's predecessor. "The Dead Hand of Tradition" features ten new tracks of their signature dark, driving, melodic punk rock sound. The formula of their distinctive songwriting hasn't changed, but has matured as a result of having five more nomadic years under their belts. These new experiences have only added to the themes of alienation, emigration, and loss, present in their music.

L.I. "On the Corner" LP (Deranged Records)
How often do we witness punk bands that seem to rebirth effortless clones of themselves when their previous projects disband? It seems unfamiliar to catch a band that challenge, and progress with their sound. The now expired Freak Vibe has reformed with their new vocalist, Gabe Gutierrez as L.I. (aka Lysol).  Gabe’s earnest vocals are a breathe of fresh air from a sound that was beginning to be pastiche of a signature Australian howl that once co-existed within the band. The swampy, reverb drenched guitar of Chad Bucklew are still accompanied by the pummeling and driving rhythm section of Xtine Lundberg and Anthony Gaviria who keep locked as Gabe expels his words, and give Chad room to displace his breaking fuzzed out tone. The sound still take odes to the 60’s and 70’s, but now with bottled intensity of the early 80’s. The soundtrack of overtly caffeinated, chain smoking freaks.

SPECTRES "Utopia" LP (Deranged Records)
“Utopia” is an 8-song offering of gloomy and compelling gothy postpunk that shows the five piece evolving further along the road to more complex melodies, guitar lines, and singer Brian Gustavson pushing his vocals into higher ranges, adding a more dynamic cast to the overall song selections here. Put bluntly, Utopia is a magical postpunk masterpiece: while the Spectres’ earliest EPs and songs had a gritty Warsaw/Crisis feel, Utopia is a lush and shimmering document of doomy greatness, one of the crowning albums of the current postpunk and deathrock revival. It’s more firmly in the ballpark of bands like The Sound or the early 4AD “lush” postpunk bands of the early 1980s than the band’s earlier material.  Utopia is the band’s 3rd LP and was recorded in 2015, but has been delayed for various reasons. It showcases an evolution towards a more nuanced sound – the vocals are more echoey, the guitars feel more atmospheric and shimmery, and Nathan Szilagyi’s driving bass provides a firm underpinning for each track. On tracks like the penultimate “Strange Weather” – which was originally supposed to be the title of their last LP – Mitch Allen’s drumming chops shine through brilliantly.

SKIZOPHRENIA "Single Ticket To Demo-Lition" LP  (Todo Destruido Records)
This Lp consists of the 3 trax demo, Freedomland tape, "Raw punk eater" 7", s/t 7", Don't give up 7", and split with Vaaska.  Tsuyama Raw Punk!!!!

PIÑÉN "S/T EP 2015" 7”  (Self Released)
Simply put PIÑÉN's _debut 7" is by far my favourite release of 2015. This two piece from Barcelona pick up where FIRMEZA 10 left off. Their ideas and their sonic approach are quite similar. Simple primitive hardcore with a really strong anti authoritarian message. They sing and talk and write about their environment and about their struggle to live their lives as free as possible. That feeling transcends to their music which they are not afraid to call a sonic abortion. Hypnotic repetitive riffs over equally repetitive drum beats. No bass but a female voice that will freeze you over. In a world oversaturaded with music that feels and look like a prepackaged product PIÑÉN_ stand up as a unique response to that crap. Their selfreleased EP comes in a silkscreened cover with a 7" booklet that brings to mind the Old Italian Attack Punk releases. To top things up the 7" sells for £3 so there is little to no reason not to pick up this masterpiece.

ELECTROCUTIONER "5 Trax Demo" 7" (Make Em Sweat Records)
5 tracks of bouncy punk from one of LA’s best current bands. This is the bands first recording but 2nd vinyl release. Recorded as a one man band in 2012 but now playing live as a full band. 2nd vinyl release following up MES IV: “The Blood of the Pigs Must Flow in The Street”. A refreshing approach to the Japanese classics like GISM, GASMASK, and ZOUO.

ELECTROCUTIONER “The Blood Of The Pig Must Flow In The Street” 7” (Make Em Sweat Records)
Underground favorite out of LA. This is the bands 2nd tape originally released in 2014 now on vinyl. Remixed/remastered for a much better sound quality than the original tape. Recorded as a one man band but has since recruited members and plays live. Early 80s japan worship done perfectly. In the vein of Gasmask, Zouo, Mobs, GISM.

GASMASK TERROR "Chape De Plomb" LP (SPHC Records)
Thirteen years strong, six records and multiple tours of Europe, USA, and Japan, France's premier d-beat machine returns with their third LP. This LP finds the band taking their fluent mastery of Totalitar-inspired d-beat in a slightly more rocking direction, with wild guitar solos, bouncing high-octane riffs, and (over)driving momentum permeating throughout the record. I never get tired of great d-beat and as a result I never get tired of Gasmask Terror.

LAST CHAOS "Only Fit for Ghosts" LP (SPHC Records)
From the ashes of Teargas (one of the best hardcore bands of recent memory) comes Last Chaos. After taking the southern hemisphere by storm with Australian and Asian tours on a few 7"s, they now prepare for the big leap to our shitty country, the USA, touring on their first LP. Last Chaos play straight-forward hardcore punk, veering into Finnish/Japanese/d-beat-y/raw punk-y territory of songwriting but without becoming an overt genre-exercise, saved by a compelling style of riff-crafting that is both familiar and distinct, sometimes rocking with an energetic swagger and sometimes lurching forward with a forlorn stomp. The playing is tight, with booming and driving drums propelling everything with a satisfying momentum, guitars with just the right amount of fuzz captured with a strong and clear production that keeps everything at a maximum power, and vocals with a tasteful hint of the reverb that too many bands abuse. This should be an easy record to digest if you are at all interested in hardcore punk in 2015.


New Boston Straight Edge featuring members of No Tolerance.

ENAMEL Demo Tape
Ripping new HCPUNK band outta Philly.

PURE PRESSURE 2016 Demo Tape
New Toronto HC

FURY 2016 LP Promo Tape (Triple B Records)
Promo from this CA bands upcoming LP on Triple B - two new songs and an OUTBURST cover.

CHAOS CROSS 2016 Demo Tape (Triple B Records)
New band outta Boston.

OUTSHINED "The Way" Tape
(Layin' Waste Records)
Four tracks of absolute sonic decimation that will surely fuck your shit up. Heavy hardcore blended with elements of classic crossover and low-key death metal vibes. Its chunky, Its groovy. IT SLAPS!. Did I mention fat ass riffs? They got those locked down. Outshined come from Richmond, VA and share member with BARGE, MAD EXISTENCE etc. DO NOT sleep on this. You will regret it.

GENERACION SUICIDA "Los Primeros Anos" Tape (Outsider Tapes)
No need for an introduction, as these South Central LA ghetto punks made a name for themselves in the modern DIY punk scene with their trademark sound: blistering fast, melodic and cathy punk rock sung in Spanish. This limited tape compiles the songs from their first demo, S/T 7" and the Catholic Spit split 7", which is sold out. Punk tape fanatics around the globe, you need this one! Pro-dubbed tapes, limited run of 150 copies, available in various colors.

CAL AND THE CALORIES "Greatest Assssss" Tape (Outsider Tapes)
This one was previously released on Lumpy Records, one of the most interesting punk labels on the planet in the last few years. What we have here is a collection of twelve ass-shaking hits that Martin's garagey pop punk band recorded between 2013-2015, so if you missed their seven-inchers and cassingles or are just too lazy for the 7" format in general, this is a great opportunity to get the whole package, also including two unreleased songs.  Pressed on 125 pro-dubbed white tapes. Each tape comes with a two-sided foldout J-card insert in various colors.

RABID MINDS "Demo" Tape (Layin' Waste Records)
You like riffs? I know I do and my boys dish them right here! Five tracks of true two steppin’ slammers! Classic hardcore bangers with a Boston feel delivered to you by the minds who brought you PERMANENT RUIN, BUSTED OUTLOOK and DEATH FIRST. This is a bicoastal project with heads from the SF bay area and NYC. Don’t wait for their first gig to snag the tape.. get on it!

CHOW LINE 2016 Demo Tape
Oh yeah mate...CHOW LINE.  Skummy, fake-British-from-Portland one-man HC punk.  Undoubtedly influenced by the antics of Cider and Chaos UK...perhaps a bit faster (see: RIPCORD cover) but gritty and ugly all the same.

SWEATS 2016 Demo Tape
Raw, gimmick-free USHC from these new Portland stompers.  Five tracks, solid meat-n-potatoes HC with enough quality in the songwriting department to keep things memorable and punchy.

HEAVY HANDS 2016 Demo Tape

New HC punk from Portland.

MEMORY LOSS 2016 Demo Tape
New hcpunk out of Richmond, VA

NERVE ENDINGS 2016 Demo Tape (React Records)
Fast, melodic hardcore punk from Baltimore, MD featuring members of Mindset and Praise.

HUMANMANIA Demo Tape (SPHC Records)
2015 demo tape by Baltimore raw p0nx band

MERCURY GIRLS "Demos and Live" Tape (Endless Daze Records)
A collection of demos and live tracks by Philadelphia's own - Mercury Girls. Layout and design by guitarist Kevin Attics. Philly indie pop with members of Literature, Little Big League, and Pet Milk! "Shiny, fuzzy, and intricately decorated. Can not wait for more music from this band!"-fuzzsmurf Recommended if you're in to 80s English Rock and the C86 scene, bands like The Bats and The House of Love, or newer acts like Alvvays and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart.

TRASH KNIFE "Trash Life" Tape (Endless Daze Records)
Female-fronted scuzz rock from right here at home, the city of Brotherly Shove. A mix of garage and early hardcore in the vein of The Reatards, Germs, or Regulations. Features members of Endless Daze, Women, Taco Joint, Spent Flesh, and Ruby Buff. For fans of FDR skatepark, denim vests, and shotgunning beers. Limited run of 100 tinted green cassettes with hand screened three color covers! Each tape is hand numbered.

AS BAD AS IT IS Zine Issue #3
Rad full size zine featuring CHAIN RANK, BARGE, GAG, PURE DISGUST, RED DEATH, and MORE!

Full size fanzine interviews with GENEX from Canada (ex born bad), Bill Danforth (80's pro skateboarder/negative approach roadie) plus reviews and more.

It’s time for MRR #397, the June 2016 issue! On the cover: St. Louis’s the DUMPERS. You may know them as the backing band to the slippery and enigmatic LUMPY, but here the slime-punk reputation that precedes them takes a backseat to the real story. From their primordial origins to the Dumpers Rights movement, the only place to get the straight dump is in this exclusive interview. We’ve also got an interview with Steve Drewett of the NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, who last checked in with MRR nearly thirty years ago. Steve catches us up on lineup changes and new projects in the intervening decades, currents in the underground culture at large and his insights into everything from the band’s classic records to gigging in North Korea. Reporting from the Rust Belt, hardcore punk warriors CONCEALED BLADE give us the lowdown on the splendid isolation of the Pittsburgh scene, laying down the whole story starting from their explosive first gig. Out of the Midwest, Minneapolis’s KITTEN FOREVER dish on their new record of drum and bass anchored punk. There’s more: UROCHROMES, 2016’s hottest item out of New England, offer a peek into their maniac vision of US hardcore; Vienna’s calamitous post-punk group LIME CRUSH dish on their formation and their future. Reaching into the past, the VISITORS talk about the early post-punk scene in Edinburgh and beyond starting in the late ’70s; FRENOPATICSS discuss the recent reissue of their demo recordings, a small masterpiece of furtive hardcore wailing from teenage punks in early ’80s Barcelona. Plus: TINY KNIVES on their new record and carving their own space between punk, hardcore and metal in Portland. And straight out of Porto, Portugal come DOKUGA, hardcore from the oft-overlooked end of the Iberian peninsula. Topping it off is a scene report from Hattiesburg, MS, a town of less than 50,000 that’s quickly becoming one of the most exciting hot-spots of punk in the US. This issue also includes photo spreads from Sin Orden’s last show and Damaged City fest in Washington, DC. Of course we also got all your favorite columnists and hundreds of reviews of the latest records, tapes, books, and films to hit the streets.

Restocks for 6/10/16:

AJAX "S/T" 7"
AMDI PETERSENS ARME "Blod Ser Mere Virkeligt Ud Pa Film" 7"
BIG ZIT "Electric Zit Vol. 1" 7"
BLAZING EYE "S/T (UK Pressing)" 7"
CROWN COURT "Ruck and Roll" 7"
DISCHARGE "Fight Back" 7"
DISCHARGE "Realities of War" 7"
HARD STRIPES "S/T (2nd)" 7"
LAST CRUSADE "S/T (Demo)" 7"
PATSY "Tuley Tude High" 7"
RESPONSE "There's No Choice" 7"
RIXE "Coups et Blessures" 7"
SHEER MAG "II (UK Pressing)" 7"
SLUGGA "Parasite" 7"
TRIAGE "Power Beat" 7"
VIDEO "(Join The) Hate Wave" 7"

7 SECONDS "The Crew" LP
7 SECONDS "Walk Together, Rock Together" LP
CLOROX GIRLS "J'aine Les Filles" LP
DEATH SIDE "Bet on the Possibility" LP
DEATH SIDE "Wasted Dream" LP
DISCHARGE "Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing" LP
DOWNTOWN BOYS "Full Communism" LP
FRAMTID "Defeat of Civilization" LP
KAAOS "Ristinnaulittu Kaaos" LP
LA MISMA "Kanizadi (UK Press)" LP
SNFU "If You Swear, You'll Catch No Fish" LP
TENEMENT "Predatory Headlights" 2xLP
UNA BESTIA INCONTROLABLE "Observant Com el Món es Destrueix" LP
V/A "Someone Got Their Head Kicked In!" Compilation LP
V/A "Welcome to 2013" Compilation LP
WARCRY "Savage Machinery (Euro Press)" LP

BIG EYES "Almost Famous" Tape
BUG, THE "What's Buggin' You?" Tape
CHUD "Orange Barrels" Tape
FAILED MUTATION "Give Into Sleep" Tape
V/A "Bughouse I Mixtape" Compilation Tape

Friday, April 29, 2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INDIGNARI Demo Tape (Demo)
Raw Punk outta Winnipeg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Restocks for April 29, 2016:

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

Friday, April 1, 2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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