Tuesday, July 19, 2016

THE SUSPECTS "Voice of America" LP Reissue out 8/19

GRAVE MISTAKE RECORDS AND MAILORDER
Label Update - July 19, 2016
 
THE SUSPECTS "Voice of America" LP Reissue out August 19th on Grave Mistake / Six Feet Under
 
Preorder and Full Album Stream up Now / Reunion show at the Black Cat (DC) July 29th

Photo by Chris Henderson
 
PREORDER The Suspects Voice of America LP from the Grave Mistake Webstore
 
LISTEN / DOWNLOAD Voice of America from the Grave Mistake Bandcamp
 
Reunion show info available on the Black Cat website

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The Suspects / Washington DC
 
Grave Mistake and Six Feet Under are honored to present a significant artifact in Washington, DC punk history - a reissue of The Suspects' 1995 full length, Voice of America, along with the tracks from their 1994 debut self-titled 7". Originally released on their own Torque Records label, the band's seminal output contains thirteen blasts of timeless and unadulterated punk rock, delivered with a precise intensity that maintains its urgency two decades later. There is no denying The Suspects' significance during their tenure as torchbearers for Washington DC Punk and Hardcore, and their role in its history paved the way for the city's scene to grow and thrive for decades to follow.
 
The state of punk rock in Washington DC in the early 90's was an interesting one, to say the least.  A decade had passed since the initial wave of classic punk and hardcore bands put the city on the map, and the District was comfortably settled in a post-Revolution Summer era of indie and math rock.  While there is no denying the importance and influence of the late 80's / early 90's Dischord Records bands that dominated the region, it came as no surprise that there were a few who still longed for the urgency of the classic hardcore punk sound and attitude that remained notably absent from the DC scene at this time.

It was out of this void that The Suspects were formed.  Founded by original Scream drummer Kent Stax alongside guitarist Bryan Harbin, bassist Chris Condayan and vocalist Brian Gayton, the Suspects came together in 1993 with one objective -  to inject the Nation's capital with a long forgotten dose of uninhibited punk intensity. Combining their love for classic '77 UK punk with the aggression and power of the DC Hardcore classics, The Suspects were a pivotal band for the region; crucial in keeping the spirit of DC Punk and Hardcore alive and flourishing for generations to come.

Supported by energetic live performances, the band gained an impressive following not only locally, but nationally as well.  They shared the stage with a plethora of name bands from the decade - Rancid, The Pist, Violent Society, Dropkick Murphys, Blanks 77, Showcase Showdown, The Boils, Swingin Utters, US Bombs, and Pennywise, as well as legendary bands like the UK Subs, Fear, and The Ramones.  Regarded by many as the most relevant DC punk band of the nineties, their music bridged the gap between the eighties Dischord scene and the diverse punk subsets of the 2000s, consequently providing a soundtrack for the lives of countless mohawked outcasts. Chances are if you lived in DC at the time and considered yourself a fan of punk music in any way, you were a fan of The Suspects.
 
To coincide with the release, The Suspects will be playing a reunion show with their original lineup on Friday, July 29th, at the Black Cat in Washington DC. They will be joined by Blockhead and Free Children of Earth.
 
Check out this archived interview with The Suspects (conducted by Positive Force's Mark Andersen) which originally appeared in the March 1995 issue of MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL
 
 
 
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Friday, July 15, 2016

NEW RELEASE: BARGE "S/T" LP out August 26th - New Track Up Now!

BARGE "S/T" LP (GRAVE079) out 8/26
Stream the Track "Social Pressure" on Bandcamp
RECORD RELEASE SHOWS and TOUR 8/26 - 9/9

 
The debut full length from Richmond, VA's BARGE will finally be seeing the light of day August 26th on Grave Mistake Records in the US and Quality Control HQ in the UK! We've posted the first track from the LP up on the Grave Mistake Bandcamp, so head over and give it a listen. This upcoming LP is their long awaited follow up to Barge's 2013 debut, the No Gain E.P., on the Vinyl Conflict Label.

To coincide with the release of their new LP, Barge have planned two Record Release shows - on 8/26 in Richmond (w/ Pure Disgust, Bracewar, Mad Existence, Stuck Pigs, and Nosebleed), and 8/27 in DC (w/ Pure Disgust, Triage, and Stuck Pigs) - both shows will also be Record Release shows for DC's Pure Disgust, who have their new LP coming out on Katorga Works next month as well.

Immediately following these Record Release shows, Barge will be embarking on a two week Southern and Midwest tour; Richmond's Mad Existence (who just released their debut EP on Vinyl Conflict) will be joining them for a portion of the tour. You can check out the Tour Event Page or the dates posted below.

We hope to have a Preorder for the new LP up in both label's respective webstores early next month, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we just put a few new Barge T-shirts and longsleeves up in the webstore, and their debut 7" is on sale for the rest of the month as well, so pick that up if you haven't yet.
 
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BARGE Back 2 School Tour 2016
w/ MAD EXISTENCE
 
8.26.16 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Record Release w/ Bracewar, Pure Disgust, Stuck Pigs, Mad Existence, Nosebleed

8.27.16 - Washington, DC @ The Pinch
Record Release w/ Pure Disgust, Triage, Stuck Pigs

8.28.16 - Greensboro, NC w/ Mad Existence
8.29.16 - Tampa, FL
8.30.16 - Miami, FL @ Churchill's Pub
8.31.16 - Orlando, FL @ Uncle Lou's
9.1.16 - Atlanta, GA @ 529 w/ Mad Existence
9.2.16 - Birmingham, AL w/ Mad Existence
9.3.16 - Nashville, TN w/ Mad Existence
9.4.16 - Louisville, KY w/ Mad Existence
9.5.16 - Bloomington, IN w/ Mad Existence
9.6.16 - Chicago, IL w/ Mad Existence
9.7.16 - Detroit, MI w/ Mad Existence
9.8.16 - Cleveland, OH
9.9.16 - Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, July 8, 2016

NEW RELEASE: MAD EXISTENCE "S/T" 7" Out Now on Vinyl Conflict

GRAVE MISTAKE RECORDS AND MAILORDER
Label and Webstore Update - July 8, 2016

Greetings everyone! Here's a quick label and webstore update for you …
 
 
NEW RELEASE: MAD EXISTENCE S/T 7" (VC-007) out Next Week

First off, we've got a brand new release on the Vinyl Conflict Label due out next week - the debut 7" EP from Richmond's MAD EXISTENCE. Mad Existence are a killer hardcore band have been kicking around town for a little over a year, releasing tapes and playing shows - you know, things bands do. Their debut is a pretty vicious little slab of hardcore punk goodness; M.E. delivers a tried and true 80's hc sound that pulls a little something from all good styles of hardcore across the decade.

You can give the full EP a listen or free download on the Grave Mistake Bandcamp page, and the record is also available for mailorder in the webstore. We pressed up 110 copies on Clear Vinyl, half of which are for mailorder and the other half will be available in the physical Vinyl Conflict Record Store.

The Vinyl Conflict Label is a Richmond based locals-only label focusing on 7" releases from upcoming Richmond punk/hardcore/metal bands, run by Grave Mistake and Vinyl Conflict Record Store. To date, VC has released EPs from Barge, Hard Stripes, Cretins, Devil's Hand, and Asylum, with the debut EP from RVA's Left Cross due out later this year.

RED DEATH on Life and Death Tour / Permanent Exile LP/CD on Sale

Red Death are currently several days into The Life and Death Tour 2016 with Terror, Power Trip, Harm's Way, Angel Du$t, and Fury, so check that tour out if it's coming near you because all of those bands are sweet. Red Death's long awaited Deterrence 7" is finally going to see the light of day this month on Lockin' Out Records as well, so keep your eyes peeled for that soon too (we should have a handful of distro copies in the Grave Mistake store shortly after it's out).

This week and through the weekend, you can pick up Red Death's Permanent Exile on LP for just $10 (and CD for $5) in the Grave Mistake store along with the remaining couple of Red Death shirts we have (size availability varies).

EARTH GIRLS Wanderlust LP out August 12th / Preorder and Track Stream up Now

If you missed the update last week, the debut LP from Chicago's Earth Girls will be hitting the streets on August 12th! GM released their debut EP back in 2014, and while the band's debut full length has been in the works since shortly after that release, we are beyond thrilled that it will soon be in your ears and hands.

You can Preorder the LP on some nice looking Red Vinyl now, and do yourself a favor and give a listen to "Say Goodnight," the first track we've posted up from the LP.

WEBSTORE UPDATE 7/8/16

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!

Not much new to report since last week's update - a rad new single from the Bay Area's The Shanghias, plus two new releases on La Vida Es Un Mus and restocks on the new Blazing Eye and Primetime 7"s, releases from Rixe, Barcelona, Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Framtid, Nasa Space Universe, Fried Egg, the Adult Crash 2 Photo Book / 7", and a few issues of Nuts.

Not to mention there are still a few copies of the new stuff from last week's update kicking around the store, like the JJ Doll and Kaleidoscope 7"s, new Lumpy and the Dumpers and Black Panties LPs (along with a ton of Lumpy Record restocks), new Razorheads 7", Framtid 7", Primal Rite 7", and much more.

That's all for now, thanks for reading!
 
Alex / Grave Mistake
 
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New Titles in the Webstore for July 8, 2016:
 
SHANGHAIS, THE "Fall in Love" 7" (Endless Daze Records)
Four new tracks from the Bay Area's favorite rock n' roll babes.  The Shanghais play catchy garage punk that is great for fans of The Shangri-La's, Nikki & the Corvettes and early Donnas.  Limited run of 300 copies with hand-numbered, hand-screened covers.

ANXIETY "S/T" 12" (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Formed in August 2015 Glasgow's ANXIETY have achieved quite a reputation locally thru their stage presence. A fully formed band which irradiates personality from the very first play and is not afraid to look at hardcore punk from outside the box. This their first release sees the band delivering nine tracks of discordant hardcore with layers and layers of distortion and vocal effects in barely 20 minutes. Pinpointing a band like ANXIETY is really hard. While they play hardcore based music their approaches are as broad as you can imagine with members coming from bands as different as HERBERT POWELL, PENNYCRESS, THE LOWEST FORM or APOSTILLE. So think of a way more aggressive BUTTHOLE SURFERS mixed with the less pompous SONIC YOUTH and a hint of contemporary Barcelona and NYC hardcore bands and then you may or not be close to describe ANXIETY's sound. The entire atmosphere of the record is hectic and oppressive with quite existential lyrics creating an overall feeling of uneasiness and internal confrontation pivotal to understand the band. Basically the band name says it best.

EFIALTIS "Κολοσσιαίο Γυναικείο Κεφάλι" 7" (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Recorded at the same session that their debut EP on Static Shock Records and comprising one new track and two songs from their debut demo EFIALTIS second vinyl offering sees the band delivering a punch in the face of male musical normality. EFIALTIS, an all female London based trio with heavy Greek/ Cypriot/ Welsh roots, brings what feels like the most menacing, stomping feral punk recorded in the last few years. Their sound is militant and obviously punk based. Their songs are simple, anthemic and mechanical. Their beat is perfect marching punk and in my dreams I see a bill with CRISIS, STRESS(GR) and CONTROPOTERE where after the last note church, state and any form of oppression is overtaken.


Restocks for July 8, 2016:

ADULT CRASH #2 Book w/ 7" (feat. Barge, Night Birds, Govt Warning)
BARCELONA "Extremo Hihilismo en Barcelona" LP
BELGRADO "Siglo XXI" LP
BLAZING EYE "Lonely Corpse (UK Press)" 7"
FRAMTID "Under the Ashes" LP
FRIED EGG "The Incredible Flexible Egg" 7" Flexi
HANK WOOD IN THE HAMMERHEADS "Stay Home (UK Press)" LP
NASA SPACE UNIVERSE "70 AD" 12"
NASA SPACE UNIVERSE "The Two Stigmata of NSU" LP
NEO-PUNKZ "Fascist Fuckerz" 7"
NUTS ZINE Issue #17
NUTS ZINE Issue #18
PRIMETIME "Going Places" 7"
RIXE "Coups et Blessures" 7"

Friday, July 1, 2016

WEBSTORE UPDATE! New Releases from JJ DOLL, FRAMTID, PRIMAL RITE, KALEIDOSCOPE, and MORE!

It's crazy to think that 2016 is halfway over, but here we are! To kick July off right, decided to hit you with a nice webstore update and bring you up to speed with some rad new titles that hit the distro recently. Not to mention, things are picking up pretty nicely over here at GMHQ on the label front, so let's do a quick recap of some Grave Mistake happenings first …

First off, the long awaited debut LP from Chicago's Earth Girls, Wanderlust, will finally be hitting the streets August 12th and we have a Preorder up in the Webstore now along with the first track stream from the record, "Say Goodnight," over at A.V. Club! Grave Mistake jumped at the chance to work with Earth Girls in 2014, releasing their debut 7" EP, Wrong Side of History, and it is an honor to now be handling the release of their first full length as well.

There are 200 copies pressed up on Red Vinyl for our mailorder friends, and we'll have some more news on the release, along with another track or two, in a few weeks - for now head over and listen to "Say Goodnight," it's an incredibly catchy tune that you're sure to love!

Second bit of quick news - we just received the 2nd Pressing of the Iron Boots Complete Discography LP that was released fall of last year. This time around we did a few on some rad looking Green Vinyl with slick looking blue and silver labels. Same killer packaging as the first pressing (printed inner sleeve with huge poster insert), so if you slacked on grabbing a copy until now, here's a good excuse to make up for it! To coincide with this new pressing, all Iron Boots T-shirts in the Grave Mistake webstore are currently on sale for $10 each!

Finally, Grave Mistake will be releasing a new 7" EP for San Francisco's Primal Rite this fall. The 7" will be out this October, coinciding with a quick Primal Rite / Barge East Coast outing and stop off at Not Dead Yet 2016, and our friends at Pop Wig will be handling a cassette version of the EP as well. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out Primal Rite's debut 7" - we have a few copies available in the webstore.
 
Primal Rite just kicked off a 10 day West Coast Tour yesterday, so head over to the tour Event Page to check out the info on those shows.

Anyways, that's it for this week in label news.  The summer fun is just getting started over here so stay tuned, and be sure to check out Red Death and Angel Du$t on the LIFE AND DEATH TOUR 2016 (w/ Terror, Power Trip, Harms Way and Fury), which kicks off next Wednesday, July 6th, in Chicago!!!

Now (if you're still with me), on to the webstore update …
 
 
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!
 
Nice little update this week to kick the second half of 2016 into gear! We've got two new releases from Katorga Works - debut 7"s from JJ DOLL and KALEIDOSCOPE; the debut 7" from PRIMAL RITE: the latest EP from IN SCHOOL; the latest offering from Japanese hardcore legends FRAMTID; the second EP from NJ's RAZORHEADS; and a couple of cool reissues from DER STAB (Socal '82, members of Adolescents) and REVENGE 88 (killer Belgian punk circa '81-82)
 
Got a nice big box of releases from Lumpy Records this past week. In that haul I was able to restock the brand new LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS "Huff My Sack" LP (US Pressing), pick up the new 12" from BLACK PANTIES (a vinyl treatment of their 2013 "Dead and Gone" tape), plus restock on a TON of 7"s, including EPs and singles from UROCHROMES, CAL AND THE CALORIES, MYSTIC INANE, MUFF DIVERS, BLACK PANTIES, GLITTER, RUZ, and Q!
 
I also got a nice box of reissue restocks this past week as well! In that haul included a recent fanclub pressing of the classic THE SUBHUMANS "Death to the Sickoids" 7" single as well as restocks on some killer fanclub singles and more legitimate reissues from DEATH SIDE, THE AUTHORITIES, THE AVENGERS, BLACK FLAG, FEAR, THE MISFITS, NIRVANA, RAMONES, BLACK RANDY, CONFUSE, THE VICTIMS, WEIRDOS, and ZERO BOYS, not to mention restocks on almost ALL of the Killed By Death compilations that are currently available! All restocks are listed below!
 
That's all for now, thanks for reading!
 
Alex / Grave Mistake
 
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New in the Webstore for July 1, 2016:

JJ DOLL "S/T" 7" (Katorga Works Records)
Rising from the ashes of Ivy, NYC’s JJ Doll has taken the already-excellent cult 80s USHC formula of their progenitor and distilled it into the perfect hardcore punk sound. With sibling band Kaleidoscope highlighting his most freaky playing, guitarist Shiva provides the Doll with his most catchy and, dare I say, pleasing guitar work to-date. As such, JJ Doll has proven themselves to be one of the best new American punk bands.

KALEIDOSCOPE "Vol. 2 No. 1" 7"
(Katorga Works Records)
Kaleidoscope has quickly become one of the most fresh and exciting bands in the new NYC hardcore punk scene, quickly establishing its own sound that is both of its locale, yet uniquely “Kaleidoscope.” Touches of psychedelia and mind-melting guitar work are laid over a foundation of raw hardcore punk, coming off as the logical continuation of their previous work in Deformity, meaning limits of the genre are pushed in the most fascinating of ways.
 
PRIMAL RITE "Pestilent Clutch" 7" (Warthog Speak Records)
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.
 
LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS "Huff my Sack" LP (Lumpy 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. US PRESSING on Lumpy Records.

BLACK PANTIES "Dead and Gone" LP
(Lumpy Records)
Magnum opus from the man in black. Released in 2013 on poorly duplicated cassettes, now given the proper wax treatment. 10 trax of raw rnr, ungrateful and distorted. You will want these songs out of your head but they won't go.

IN SCHOOL "Cement Fucker" 7"
(Thrilling Living Records)
Second EP from NY's IN SCHOOL.

FRAMTID "The Horrific Visions" 7" (Brain Solvent Propaganda)
4 Devastating new tracks from OSAKA crust legends FRAMTID!

RAZORHEADS "Black Blade" 7" (Electric Assault Records)
Black Blade is the 2nd 7" from this New Jersey punks RAZORHEADS.  This new EP features 6 cuts of sonic destruction, with the band building upon the noisy, d-beat foundation that they laid down on the 1st 7" from 2014. The results are a tighter, more aggressive, yet catchier formula that most of their contemporaries lack and what this music needs.

DER STAB "Tracers" 7" (Negative Jazz Records)
Unreleased 1982 single from Southern California punk band DER STAB, produced by Mike Patton of The Middle Class and features Keith Walsh (later of Primal Danse & Christian Death) on vocals, Frank Agnew on bass and Rikk Agnew (Adolescents, Christian Death) on guitar. Master tapes are long gone so this 7" was mastered from the best surviving source.Limited to 700 copies with silkscreened covers, liner notes by Keith Walsh, Mike Patton and Rikk Agnew.

REVENGE 88 "Neon Light" LP (Belgian Waffles Records)
It's here and it's a beautiful new release from Belgian Waffles Records, following the Stagebeast 7" out a few month ago, we continue the "north coast" punk history with a 12" from Revenge 88. In fact this is the band which followed Stagebeast, nearly same line-up, fronted by Frank Dubbe, who's still singing in a more rock'n'roll version of Revenge 88 today. On this 12" you'll find the "A" and "B" sides of both ( and only ) 7's from the band, both out on J.D.M. in '81 and '82, two collectors 7's today, try to find one! In addition to those 4 songs we added an unreleased cut found on the master. In fact , we were hopefully surprised to find the original master when we were searching for band photos and archives, which is more than rare in belgian punk investigations, so aside the punk/wave hit "Neonlight" , "Alone" , "Thousand years from you" and "Unwanted son" you can hear for the first time in 35 years the song "Babylon" from the same session than "Neonlight" , just another killer recording, no more !! The record is filled with a double sided color insert with cool photos and other memorabilia, a text by Stephaan Delarue, a close band fan and friend from the early hour. Now it's just time to get a copy and play it loud and louder on 45 rpm, cheers !!!

BETON COMBO "High on War" 7" (Static Age Records)
A mandatory reissue of three of the finest tracks West-Berlin Hardcore Punk had to offer in 1983. It is about time this gem of a 7” was finally reissued. Uncompromising HC Punk with a killer production that is raw yet powerful! “High on War” has got to be one of the best songs by any German Punk band in the 80s, but the other two songs are great, too. The packaging on this one is pretty deluxe and really does the music justice: The EP comes with liner-notes by Tom Schwoll (Zerstörte Jugend etc.). Here is your chance to pick this one up at a normal price 31 years after it originally came out!

SPERMA "Zuri Punx" 7" (Static Age Records)
1979 appeared on Urs Steiger label Another Swiss Label the punk anthem "Züri Punx" ("Zyt from flower power ish verbii / Woodstock ish shit GSII ...") by the group Sperma. This song expressed with his musical directness and their slogans like lyrics ("They träumed vo Punk and Anarchy") very nicely the fierce determination of the first round. The following year, the song reappeared again with a new B- side (Sinnlos insteed of Bombs). Today, 35 years later Static Age Musik from Berlin did release for the first time all 3 songs on a single in an edition of 500 copies with the two original covers and some liner notes.

LIFE FUCKER "S/T" 7" (Static Age Records)
Do you remember the good old days of Berlin hardcore? Neither do Life Fucker and THANK FUCK! The new wave of raw Berlin hardcore is here and alongside fellow labelmates/push moshers PISS, LF are holding a match to the firecracker set to explode under the asses of all the would-be artists, internet activists and party people currently scourging the German capital. Not everything in Berlin used to be better, people and Life Fucker are a response to the long unanswered question of where to pit this Friday. For Fans of PiSS, S.H.I.T, Destino Final etc. !!! Feat. members of Diät, Blank Pages, Modern Pets and others. Artwork by Alexander Heir.

TRAU "Doblers" 7" (Static Age Records)
Trau are from Mallorca and deliver on their first 7“ 12 Tracks of raw mid eighties Euro Hardcore. In the spirit of BGK, Anti DogmatikSS and even a bit Totalitär. With members of Orden Mundial. Thick Silckscreened Cardboard Sleeve with Artwork from the almighty Bernard Mundial.

PISS "S/T" 7" (Static Age Records)
The great STATIC AGE label is on a roll these days: Last month they brought us a SPERMA 7", now it's time for a PISS 7". So the PISS trio from Berlin finally got its SHIT together and put out an EP, about time! Their great demo from 2013 is already a little worn out. I used to say that they were the best recent Hardcore Punk band from Berlin that was not on the "Berlin Tristesse" compilation. But that does not really matter now, as there are so many good new bands in town, most of which don't sing in Swedish. What I also love about PISS is that they are touring like crazy. Unless you have an ocean between yourself and Berlin it's likely that they will play your shitty burg soon -- or played there last week without you noticing. For some reason the band is also hip with folks who have never seen them, even people from Texas and the notorious CVNTNATION. And when they play locally, they get a strange mix of folks out. Maybe this is because of Robins (vox & git) exquisite dress sense? But back to the music on this platter: I think they recorded around 15 songs and only picked the best 5 for this EP. Then went back to record another EP. Judging by what I hear on this platter, the next best 5 songs from the same session would probably make most other bands proud, but we might never hear them. Esp. "Spränga Allt" is a sure hit and recycled here from the demo. This is totally unhip sounding, straight-up hardcore punk the way it should be played. On the perfect vinyl format for this sound. Do yourself a favour and buy this before the masses discover this band and maybe ruin the fun for us.

KORROSIVE "Syovyttava Laji" 7" (Distort Reality Records)
Finland '83 inspired hardcore punk band from Oakland, CA

WHATS GOOD "Steppin Outta Line" 7" (Video Disease Records)
The most controversial demo of '14 available on vinyl. Taking influences from Outburst and Breakdown that takes you through a spiritual journey into the life of Andrew Baker and the IE/OC brotherhood. Members of Soul Search Violent Situation New Brigade Twitching Tongues Forced Order Fury Minority Unit Disgrace Pocketknife Enough Said Skinfather Creatures SOS Booking

SUBHUMANS "Death to the Sickoids" 7" (Fanclub Pressing)
Killer fanclub repro of the first single from Canada's THE SUBHUMANS. Subhumans and DOA were the two pillars of the Vancouver, BC, Canada punk scene who caught Jello Biafra's attention and were spotlighted in the landmark Alternative Tentacles compilation Let Them Eat Jellybeans. The Subhumans, first active between 1978 and 1982, were the more elusive of the two, with many out-of-print releases fetching bank on eBay and making it difficult for present-day fans to connect the dots.

AUTHORITIES "Puppy Love" LP (Get Hip Recordings)
The Authorities explode with 14 fast, short ones on this album. Recorded in 1982 –1983 and sounding a bit like early Descendents without the juvenile or pop sensibilities, this Stockton, CA band falls into the punk rock vein as opposed to hardcore. Remastered reissue of the Get Hip-EV 1996 release with high-quality lyric booklet!

WEIRDOS "It Means Nothing / Neutron Bomb" 7"
(Fanclub Pressing)
First demo session - Recorded In Hollywood In 1977

MISFITS "Back with a Bang" 7" (Fanclub Pressing)
Limited edition fan club 7" pressing of the Misfits "back with a bang" 7 45. Side B is recorded live. The rear sleeve credits the live gig as having been on 31st February 1983 at D.C Space although this date is impossible and the band never actually played a gig at D.C Space. Tracks B1 to B4 are actually recorded live at Michigan Union Ballroom, Ann Arbor, MI on April 23, 1983. Part live recording of Nike A Go-Go also included on recording, but not listed on jacket sleeve.  Tracklist: Last Caress (Studio Mix) / Who Killed Marilyn / Nike A Go-Go (Part Recording - Not Listed On Jacket) / Devil Lock / Devils Whorehouse

ANGEL DUST "Rock the Fuck on Forever" Tape (Run For Cover Records)
Cassette version of the brand new LP from Angel Du$t! 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.

MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #398 - July 2016
Get ready for Maximum Rocknroll #398, the July 2016 issue and the second edition of our Ex-Yugo retrospective special! This one features Croatian bands including the wild synth-punk of KAOS, Rijeka’s PARAF as well as KUD IDIJOTI and BESPOSLI_ARI from the small yet bustling scene of Pula, plus some classic Slovenian groups such as BULDO_ER, LUBLANSKI PSI, and Ljubljana’s NIET. We also got a chance to get in some of the latest and greatest in North American hardcore, interviewing the globetrotting Bay Area straightedge outfit TØRSÖ and Toronto teenage maniacs MOLLOT. The UK’s DOMESTICS talk about their unrelenting dedication to punk in East Anglia, and RED RED KROVVY also sit down for their first MRR interview ten years after their formation as a high school punk band on Australia’s isolated north coast. Also featured: an article on Mabel Valdiviezo, whose upcoming documentary Prodigal Daughter tells her story as a punk woman in the DIY subterráneo scene in Lima in the ‘80s, coming to the US as an undocumented immigrant in the ‘90s, and her subsequent return home. This issue also includes an Iowa City scene report, a photo spread from Nothing Nice To Say fest, hundreds of reviews (records, demos, books, films; you name it), another fix of your favorite columnists; in short, another high stakes, buy-or-die edition of MRR.

Restocks for July 1, 2016:

Restocks from Lumpy Records:
BLACK PANTIES "S/T" 7"
CAL AND THE CALORIES "Demo" 7"
GLITTER "S/T" 7"
MUFF DIVERS "No Muff Too Tuff" 7"
MYSTIC INANE "Eggs on a Plate" 7"
Q "S/T" 7"
RUZ "S/T" 7"
UROCHROMES "S/T" 7"

Restocked Reissue and Fanclub Titles:
ALLEY CATS "Nothing Means Nothing Anymore" 7"
AUTHORITIES "Soundtrack for Trouble" 7"
AVENGERS "We are the One" 7"
BLACK FLAG "The Unheard 1983 Demos" 7"
BLACK RANDY AND THE METRO SQUAD "Trouble at the Cup" 7"
CONFUSE "Nuclear Addicts" 7"
DEATH SIDE "Wasted Dream" LP
DINOSAUR JR. "FARM" 2xLP
DINOSAUR JR. "You're Living All Over Me" LP
FEAR "Fuck Christmas / I Love Livin' in the City " 7"
FIX, THE "At the Speed of Twisted Thought" LP
GG ALLIN AND THE JABBERS "No Rules" 7"
LSD "Destroy" 7"
MISFITS "3 Hits from Hell" 7"
MISFITS "Beware" 7"
MISFITS "Evilive" 7"
NIRVANA " ...and the Rest - BBC Sessions" 7"
NIRVANA "A Tribute to the Vaselines" 7"
NIRVANA "Beauty and Power E.P." 7"
PART 1 "Funeral Parade" LP
RAMONES "Carbona Not Glue" 7"
V/A - BLOODSTAINS ACROSS TEXAS Compilation LP
V/A - KILLED BY DEATH Vol. 1 V/A "Rare Punk 77-82" LP
V/A - KILLED BY DEATH Vol. 10 Compilation LP
V/A - KILLED BY DEATH Vol. 12 Compilation LP
V/A - KILLED BY DEATH Vol. 2 Compilation LP
V/A - KILLED BY DEATH Vol. 3 Compilation LP
V/A - KILLED BY DEATH Vol. 4 Compilation LP
V/A - KILLED BY DEATH Vol. 5 Compilation LP
V/A - KILLED BY DEATH Vol. 7 Compilation LP
V/A - KILLED BY DEATH Vol. 8.5 Compilation LP
V/A - KILLED BY DEATH Vol. 9 Compilation LP
VICTIMS, THE "Television Addict / Flipped Out Over You" 7"
ZERO BOYS "Vicious Circle" LP

Other Assorted Restocks:
ABSOLUT / PARANOID "Jawbreaking Mangel Devastation" Split LP
BLOOD PRESSURE "Need to Control" LP
GLUE "S/T" 7"

Thursday, June 30, 2016

EARTH GIRLS "Wanderlust" LP Out Aug 12th! Preorder Up and New Song Streaming Now!

EARTH GIRLS "Wanderlust" LP out August 12th - Preorder Up Now!
Stream "Say Goodnight" over at A.V. Club

 
"Earth Girls play power pop with an emphasis on 'power.' Spearheaded by guitarist/vocalist, Liz Panella, the Chicago-based band write songs that are bursting with breezy earworms but still pack an undeniably urgent punch. This precarious and exciting balance between infectiousness and grit propels the band’s debut full length, Wanderlust."

Thrilled to announce that the highly anticipated debut full length from Chicago's Earth Girls will finally see the light of day August 12thWanderlust is the impeccable follow-up to the band's previous EPs and is once again jam packed with the infectious melodies and driving rhythms that you've come to expect and love - guaranteed to quell your thirst for that perfect summertime soundtrack.

We have the first song from Wanderlust streaming over at A.V. Club, so head on over and give a listen to "Say Goodnight," a catchy 2-minute blast that you might just find yourself humming for the rest of the weekend (don't worry, that's a good thing).

Preorders for Wanderlust are up in the Grave Mistake Webstore now as well. We've pressed up some nice limited Red Vinyl for all of you mailorder lovers, so pick yourself up a copy!
 
We'll have some more news on the LP in the coming month, so stay tuned!

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

WEBSTORE UPDATE: New BLAZING EYE, RIXE, ANGEL DU$T, LUMPY, and MORE!

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

MUNICIPAL WASTE
CAREER SUICIDE
DOUBLE NEGATIVE
CAUSTIC CHRIST
NIGHT BIRDS
BLOOD PRESSURE


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!
 
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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.

UNA BESTIA INCONTROLABLE "10-11-12 Demo" LP
(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.

YOSHIHIRO HIRAOKA & HUMAN ARTS "Shogakara Taigae" LP
(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.

COMBINED EFFORT 2016 Demo Tape

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!

NOT FOR EVERYONE Zine Issue #2
Full size fanzine interviews with GENEX from Canada (ex born bad), Bill Danforth (80's pro skateboarder/negative approach roadie) plus reviews and more.

MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #397 - June 2016
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"
CRAZY SPIRIT "3rd" 7"
CROWN COURT "Ruck and Roll" 7"
DISCHARGE "Fight Back" 7"
DISCHARGE "Realities of War" 7"
HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS "S/T" 7"
HARD STRIPES "S/T (2nd)" 7"
LAST CRUSADE "S/T (Demo)" 7"
PATSY "Tuley Tude High" 7"
RED RED KROVVY "II" 7"
RESPONSE "There's No Choice" 7"
RIXE "Coups et Blessures" 7"
SADO NATION "S/T" 7"
SHEER MAG "I (UK PRESSING)" 7"
SHEER MAG "II (UK Pressing)" 7"
SHEER MAG "III" 7"
SLIMY MEMBER "S/T" 7"
SLUGGA "Parasite" 7"
STRUTTER "S/T" 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
DISCHARGE "Why" LP
DOWNTOWN BOYS "Full Communism" LP
FRAMTID "Defeat of Civilization" LP
KAAOS "Ristinnaulittu Kaaos" LP
LA MISMA "Kanizadi (UK Press)" LP
LEATHERFACE "Horsebox" LP
LEATHERFACE / HOT WATER MUSIC Split LP
PEACH KELLI POP "I" LP
REGULATIONS "S/T" LP
ROUGH KIDS "S/T" 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
WHITE LUNG "Sorry" LP
YOUTH BRIGADE "Sound & Fury" 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