Tuesday, September 1, 2015

WEBSTORE UPDATE: New AJAX, EARTH GIRLS, CONCEALED BLADE, PROTESTER, and MORE!



Hey all! A really quick update for you but it's stacked with some great new titles so I wanted everyone to know we had em ASAP!

We've got all three new releases from Beach Impediment Records - new AJAX 7", CONCEALED BLADE Demo 7", and new EEL 7"; some new jams courtesy of Triple B Records which include the brand new EP from DC's PROTESTER, debut 12" from Boston's SOME NERVE, and live 7" from So Cal's FURY. Not to mention restocks on the FREEDOM 7", FURY debut 7", SHRAPNEL 7", and DEATH INJECTION LP; grabbed the incredible new EP from Chicago's EARTH GIRLS - if you dug their debut 7" on Grave Mistake last year, you'll love this one as well! Hopefully it will get you excited for their upcoming full length we will be releasing in 2016! Finally, scored an awesome vault reissue from PA's WASTED TALENT - killer early 80's hardcore from PA, featuring members that went on to be in 2000 MANIACS and Richmond's own UNSEEN FORCE!

Some solid restocks as well (in addition to the ones I've already mentioned) - both CRAZY SPIRIT 12"s, the CHEENA 7", first GENERACION SUICIDA LP, both the ANGEL DU$T "A.D" LP and "Xtra Raw" 7", US pressing of the SHEER MAG "II" 7", MONGOLOID 7", and NEGATIVE INSIGHT ZINE with CHAOS UK "Studio Outtakes" 7"!

Finally, the IRON BOOTS LP will be up for preorder on Tuesday, September 15th, and will be out officially in early October. We will have more info in the coming weeks!
 
Thanks for reading!

Alex / Grave Mistake Records
 
New Webstore Titles for 9/1/15:

AJAX "S/T" 7"
(Beach Impediment Records)
NYC’s finest follow up their demo and 7” on Katorga Works, along with their appearance on the HARDCORE: GIMME SOME MORE compilation, with what could very well be their best material to date! The four tracks on this new recording continue to exhibit the band’s perfected blend of USHC combined with the best of Sweden with harsh vocals barked over TOTALITAR influenced riffing. Saying that this release is essential would be an understatement. Each record comes in a full color glue pocket sleeve adorned with artwork by Shiva Addanki.

CONCEALED BLADE "Demo" 7" (Beach Impediment Records)
Braddock’s CONCEALED BLADE caught many off guard when their Earth shattering demo became available in early 2015 and now Beach Impediment is proud to bring it to the masses on the 7” format. Featuring members of BLOOD PRESSURE, HOUNDS OF HATE, and NO TIME, this recording is a relentless one full of the kind of riffs and vocals that bring late 80’s NYHC to mind while retaining a modern yet tasteful vibe all its own. For fans of hardcore and just simply “not for the fucking weak,” as they say.

EEL "S/T" 7" (Beach Impediment Records)
After a bit of down time since their last record, EEL has emerged from whatever local Pittsburgh landfill they came from with some more sonic blasts of the blown out noise infused hardcore punk pounders that they’ve made themselves known for with their past few releases. This particular slab features three original rippers followed by a DISORDER cover to close it all out. Each record comes in a full color glue pocket sleeve featuring some stunning cover art by Denis Boardman of the legendary UK band DOOM. Also included is a 14”x14” poster with a rather intricate black and white collage done by the band’s own 1984.

EARTH GIRLS "Someone I'd Like to Know" 7" (Dirt Cult Records)
Following a killer self-released demo tape and 7" on Grave Mistake/Drunken Sailor, Earth Girls return with 4 new songs of bubblegum garage rock. Fronted by Liz Panella (Libyans. Broken Prayer, Autonomy, Siamese Twins), this Chicago band is a must hear.

SOME NERVE "Sense of Control" LP (Triple B Records)
Ripping debut LP from this Boston band.

PROTESTER "No Identity" 7" (Triple B Records)
Here we have it, pre-orders for the 2nd 7" from DC's PROTESTER. 6 songs of straight in your face hardcore in the vein of Confront, Brotherhood, and Agnostic Front. But don't take my word for it, listen for yourself.

FURY "Live on KXLU 2015" 7" (Triple B Records)
So the boys in Fury did a live set at KXLU in LA. Limited to 500 7". All on black vinyl, no digital downloads. no repress, just 500 copies and they're gone! Split with Video Disease Records.

WASTED TALENT "Ready to Riot" LP
(Going Underground Records)
Essential hardcore punk band from State College, Pennsylvania. Previously heard on The Master Tape Vol.2 and Chainsaw Fanzines: OHMIGOD HARDCORE demo tape. The music is ripping fast, snotty & raw. Very well put together hardcore that exceeds my expectations for a top notch album, especially being that the music and lyrics are equally as good. You will find yourself chanting these tunes after a few listens. Music was Re Mastered from the Original 1/4" Reels and cassette tapes. Featuring the 'Self Rule' demo tape from 1982, 4-track demo from 1982, Live Sept. 15 1982 @ Walnut Building, Live May 5 1983 @ The Hubb, October 21st 1983 basement rehearsal tape, and December 4th 1983 basement Rehearsal tape, all put on vinyl for the first time!! The Band's early influences were Ramones and the Sex pistols and all 1977 wave of British punk, with time the American Hardcore scene soon began to impact their sound playing with bands like Minor Threat, Scream, Deadline, White Cross, Heart Attack, Crucifix, Fang, Necros, No Trend and many more. Members went on to form bands such as Heart Of Darkness, Oblivion, Positive Hate, Unseen Force, 2000 Maniacs, The Big Thing, and many others!! A must for any fans of early 80's Raw hardcore punk!  Black Vinyl Limited to 400 copies, Includes a large double sided poster, lyric insert and sticker!

Restocks for 9/1/15:

ANGEL DU$T "A.D." LP
ANGEL DU$T "Xtra Raw" 7"
CHEENA "S/T" 7"
CRAZY SPIRIT "Demo" LP
CRAZY SPIRIT "S/T" LP
DEATH INJECTION "Hate for Myself and Everyone Else" LP
FREEDOM "Pay the Price" 7"
FURY "Kingdom Come" 7"
GENERACION SUICIDA "Con La Muerta A Tu Lado" LP
MONGOLOID "S/T" 7"
NEGATIVE INSIGHT #2 Zine w/ CHAOS UK "Studio Outtakes" 7"
SHEER MAG "II (US Pressing)" 7"
SHRAPNEL "Frenzied State" 7" (US Version)
UTAH JAZZ "S/T" 7"

Thursday, August 20, 2015

LABEL AND WEBSTORE UPDATE: New Releases from FRAU, L.O.T.I.O.N., IVY, FATIGUE, and More!

Another month, another update! As usual, mid-summer has been pretty slow on the new release end of the webstore, but things seem to be picking up nicely as we approach fall.  Still, quite a few gems have collected in the store over the past month so check out the list below.

Before I get to the webstore update, some quick Grave Mistake label news for you . . . the Iron Boots Complete Discography LP is finished; Triple B Records and I will hopefully have order info up by the end of the month. Thanks to all of you who have been eagerly waiting for this release - we are VERY excited with how it came out in both look and sound.

As far as other reissues I've been promising for years (literally) on Grave Mistake - I know you probably have lost all faith in me but I assure you the 86 Mentality, Striking Distance, and The Suspects reissues are ALL still happening. I've made promises for a while now, so I apologize to all of you who hate me over these delays. The release day will come for all of these titles and it will be glorious indeed!

On the new release tip, it's looking like 2016 is going to be the year for new GM releases.  The Earth Girls LP is currently at the plant, but sadly caught in the bottleneck of vinyl backlog so we are waiting patiently for updates. Barge just finished tracking their new LP - luckily the dudes released a little sampler tape to tide us over until that release, and we have a few copies in the webstore (it's also up on Bandcamp for free).  Finally, we just received the masters for the Tenement Bruised Music Volume Two collection and they sound SICK!  This collection will feature tracks from the Taking Everything 7", split w/ Culo, split w/ Cheeky, split w/ Screaming Females, Sick Club 7", Puke and Destroy Vol. 2 Comp, and a couple other odds and ends. Release dates for these three releases are all TBA, but if all goes as planned (and it NEVER does) … expect em all out by Spring 2016.

In some quick GM related news, Night Birds, Red Dons, and Coke Bust have some rad releases in the works on other great labels. Night Birds will be dropping their brand new full length, Mutiny at Muscle Beach, this October on Fat Wreck Chords; Red Dons will also be releasing a new full length, The Dead Hand of Tradition, this fall on Taken By Surprise / Deranged; and Coke Bust will be releasing their Early Years compilation LP this fall on Carry the Weight Records in the UK.  The 12" will include tracks from their debut Lines in the Sand LP, Fuck Bar Culture EP, and an assortment of demo and compilation tracks. Coke Bust will also be touring Japan in September, so check here for more info on that.
 
Finally, time to start making travel plans for a trip up to Toronto for Not Dead Yet 2015 this fall! A solid lineup as always, plus Night Birds, Red Death, Cretins, and SICKOIDS(!!!) are on the bill so I'll definitely be up there without question.
 
That's all for now with Grave Mistake news, hopefully you are still reading so here's what's new in the webstore ...

New Distro Titles from FRAU, DISCHARGE, FATIGUE, L.O.T.I.O.N., CROWN COURT, IVY, and MORE
Plus New RED DEATH Shirts and BARGE Tour Tape

 
 
This amount of distro additions this month isn't too overwhelming, so I'll refrain from a recap on this update.  The full list of new titles is below, not to mention some cool restocks as well.

In addition to the new distro titles, I've added some left over tour copies of the latest Barge tape. The tape features two new songs that will be on their upcoming 12", as well as a Madball cover.

Also stocked up on a new Red Death T-shirt design - it features the artwork from their Permanent Exile LP on a double sided shirt! Grab one!

Thanks for reading!
 
Alex / Grave Mistake Records
 
New Webstore Titles for 8.21.15:

FRAU "Mira" 7"
(Self Released)
London punk band Frau return with their second, self-released 7" EP. Four tracks of their now trademark combination of quirky, tense and fucking angry (but not tough) punk. While comparisons have been thrown around in the past to everyone from Kleenex to Wire to Good Throb to Crass, this record proves that Frau have truly become their own band and that's not changing anytime soon. Featuring members of Good Throb, Woolf and Cianuro.

BARGE "Promo Tape 2015" Tape
(Grave Mistake Records)
While remaining silent on the release front for almost two years, we are finally getting a taste of some long overdue new material from Richmond's BARGE.  Early 2016 will finally see the follow up to BARGE's highly acclaimed 2013 debut EP, and this promo tape features two new blistering tracks which will later appear on their upcoming LP on Grave Mistake. Oh, and there's a MADBALL cover on here too.

FATIGUE "S/T" 7" (Warthog Speak Records)
Following one of the best demos in some time, the debut 7" EP from California's FATIGUE is a rough-around-the-edges, slow motion, boot to the sternum via four bruised-and-scarred hymns of life and struggle in the big city, that owes as as much to northern US hardcore of the nineteen-eighties, UK oi! at it's grimiest, and regular old punk rock at it's least tender. A sound that makes perfect sense when considering that FATIGUE is made up of current and former members of SYDNEY DUCKS, SCALPED, BRICK ASSASSIN, and YOUNG OFFENDERS.

BUSTED OUTLOOK "Splitting Wind" 7"
(Warthog Speak Records)
Current darlings of the Bay Area Hardcore scene, and sporting chaps that already show up on the Warthog Speak roster in such class acts as PERMANENT RUIN, STRESSORS, and SCALPED, BUSTED OUTLOOK is made up of dudes that have more than likely booked a show for your band if you've played in the the Bay at any point over the last five years. Locked in the grooves of this record is some of the tightest, spirit-lifting, metallic hardcore this side of of '88. Riffs galore. Divebombs, breakdowns, dope solos, and good vibes to help you ride through summer 2015. Did I mention...RIFFS.

SOCIETY ABUSE "S/T" 7" (Mind Rot Records)
Debut 7" from Florida's own Society Abuse. Putting out a well-received demo in early 2014 these guys have quickly rose to be one of the leading bands out of the recent hot bed that is Florida Hardcore. Drawing influences from old and new bands such as Negative FX and Knife Fight, Society Abuse has several tours coming up throughout the year and is definitely a band you should be keeping an eye on.

L.O.T.I.O.N. "Digital Control And Man's Obsolescence" LP (Toxic State Records)
'Digital Control and Man's Obsolescence' is the debut album from New York's L.O.T.I.O.N. Following two demo cassettes that in no way represented the intensity of their live show, L.O.T.I.O.N have finally recorded as a full band. If you've never seen the band, they described themselves as NITZER EBB meets G.I.S.M.  but on this LP the sound influences go beyond adding METAL URBAIN, early SPK and THE PRODIGY as influences. Lotion's aesthetic and lyrics are beyond mundane bringing to the forefront the insane world we live in and dealing militantly with the absolute paranoia control of our pre programmed existence.

DAWN OF HUMANS "Slurping at the Cosmos Spine" LP (Toxic State Records)
Dawn of Humans have always been a real trip, but their excellent 7"s pale in comparison to this record, which sees the band transform into the Magma of hardcore punk. Essential.

IVY "A Cat's Cause, No Dog's Problem" 7" (Katorga Works Records)
NYC's Ivy returns with their new 7", A Cat's Cause, No Dogs Problem. This new EP takes everything that was great about their debut 12" and condenses it into a four-track platter consisting of their strongest material to-date. Claustrophobic and judgmental hardcore punk that resembles little else these days. "I'll say it one time loud, forever Ivy proud."

CROWN COURT "Ruck and Roll" 7" (Longshot Music)
After hearing the “Trouble From London” cassette we simply knew we had to release something by one of UK’s latest Oi! sensations, CROWN COURT! Easy said, easy done and the band’s first ‘real’ 7” “RUCK AND ROLL” was released earlier this year in a limited quantatity of 300, hand-numbered, copies.  Of course all copies flew of the shelves in no-time so CROWN COURT’s debut EP was bound to get a repress and here it is! 500 copies on various limited colors of vinyl and right before the band’s brand new hit-single “The English Disease” will spread across the world! If you missed out the first time, this is definitely the final change you will get. Are you ready to “RUCK AND ROLL”?!

LAST CRUSADE "S/T (Demo)" 7" (Longshot Music)
Last Crusade is Rebellion Records' next British Oi! sensation that we recently signed! In 2014 the band released the four songs below as a digital demo, but in all honesty, these songs are FAR too good to 'just' be distributed digitally, so early 2015 they get the vinyl release they deserve!  Because Last Crusade's 2014 demo is probably one of the best Oi! demo's that got released last year. A clean, rockin' Oi! sound influenced by the likes of The Templars, Camera Silens, Snix and Warrior Kids that is bound to hit it big in 2015! An absolute killer release that features three own tracks and the cover "Personne" originally done by the Warrior Kids! Impressive as hell and hopefully many more 'crusades' will follow by this new UK Oi! band!

DISCHARGE "Toronto '83: In the Cold Night" LP (Ugly Pop Records)
Discharge are one of the greatest punk bands of all time, and this 1983 set captures them in ferocious form. Rescued from an old tape, the sound is violent, dirty and powerful, a raw document of a raw band blazing through 14 tracks of relentlessly furious hardcore. First 150 copies on opaque red vinyl for mail order only. Fully legit and authorised, not a bootleg.

WILD SIDE "S/T" 7" (Toxic Mosh Records)
Wild Side has been one of the most energetic live bands kicking around the Toronto Hardcore scene since they dropped their demo last year. TOXIC MOSH RECORDS have been waiting patiently to hear some new material from these guys but could not wait anymore so went ahead and remastered the demo tape, got SPOILER to whip up a new cover and pressed it up on vinyl.  Five tracks of some Warzone influenced hcpunk.

TRUE VISION Demo Tape (Mind Rot Records)
New band out of Leeds, England drawing a heavy influence from Side By Side, Warzone and other early Rev bands. Featuring members of Violent Reaction, The Flex, Shrapnel and Obstruct this band proves that the Brit boys won't be slowing down anytime soon. Quality Control are handling the UK versions of this release so if it's cheaper for you order from them!

NOTS "We Are Nots" LP (Goner Records)
A longtime collaboration between Natalie Hoffmann (guitar) and Charlotte Watson (drums), Nots has evolved into its wildest incarnation yet. Now featuring Madison Farmer on bass and Alexandra Eastburn on synthesizer, the Memphis band follows up their first two singles on Goner Records with their guitar-driven, synth-laden debut LP.

LA LUZ "Weirdo Shrine" LP (Hardly Art Records)
In early 2015, La Luz adjourned to a surf shop in San Dimas, California where, with the help of producer-engineer Ty Segall, they realized the vision of capturing the band’s restless  live energy and commiting it to tape. Weirdo Shrine finds them at their most saturated and cinematic -- the sound of La Luz is (appropriately) vibrant, and alive with a kaleidoscopic passion.

DYING SHAMES, THE "S/T" LP (Dead Beat Records)
Wow total time warp here. London's THE DYING SHAMES drift beautifully back to the swingin Sixties and belt out a full on wild'n'fun garage-jangle burner beaming with energy and undeniably catchy hooks.  The Flamin' Groovies, Small Faces and Missing Links elements of their debut single are still percolating here.  But they go a little farther than that throwing in a healthy dose of the more upbeat twangy elements of mid 60's Stones creating timelessly majestic and broodingly infectious Rock N Roll nuggets that recall the genres golden era.  The album is packed with ten plucky, mid-tempo bruisers screaming with filthy, fuzzy guitar work and brimming with ramshackle Rock N Roll vigor.  Phenomenal production tops it all off giving the album a nice warm and cozy atmosphere injecting a vintage shimmering haze into these amped up, red hot swingers.  A+ effort all around from ex-members of The Ricky C Quartet and Gaggers!

HAVENOTS, THE "Rock'n'Roll Weekend" LP (Dead Beat Records)
Japan was a fertile Rock N Roll breeding ground during the mid 90's Garage Rock boom that spawned some of the best Punk Rock bands on the planet. Bands like Teengenerate, Registrators, Guitar Wolf and Yokohma's own THE HAVENOTS, not only stood out as Japan's imperial leaders in grimy, fuzz-fucked Rock N Roll; but were also seen as bands that just seemed to get it right. THE HAVENOT S/T LP released on Mike Lucas' Repent Records still stands as one of Garage Punk's crown jewels from that time period and and their newest offering 'Rock N Roll Weekend' shows they just get better with age. With jangly riffs, swirling guitars, and a firey arsenal of pop injected Punk Rock hits, THE HAVENOTS cram so much raw,unbridled energy into these 12 fantastic cuts. 'Rock N Roll Weekend' is a bouncy, upbeat guitar-heavy album that echoes surges of The The Boys, Hollywood Brats, Buzzcocks and The Nerves with punchy Power Pop hooks and bawdy Rock N Roll charm. The production on this LP is monstrous and light years ahead of any of their previous recordings which really helps bring these timeless songs to life. Top notch song writing at work here from ex members of The Raydios and Coastersride.

EXECUTORS "All Against All" LP (Dead Beat Records)
Bubbling up from the toxic smokestacks of New Jersey comes the east coasts newest shit-makers EXECÜTORS.  EXECÜTORS sound like a scummy hammer and sickle thug-punk band coming straight outta the UK in the early 80's. Think punchy hard-edged, pub rock Punk in the vein of Cock Sparrer, Blitz, Anti Nowhere League and GBH, but they go a little further than that.  For one they speed things up a little more than their predecessors making the songs come off a little more brut and in your face.  They also throw in some burly, riffy as fuck guitar solos that really bring these rough n tough, boot-stompin anthems to life.  At times you can hear echoes of The mighty Templars amped up and boozed out with signature solos blazing.  And everything is held together by a snide, snotty as fuck screamer with tempers flaring and a spite-filled axe to grind.  Fourteen rough neck, brick wall smashers in all and nary a dud in the bunch. Impressive debut.

TEENGENERATE "Smash Hits" LP (Estrus Records)
BACK IN PRINT!!! Fifteen doses of revved-up and raw punk fury culled from FINK and company’s unrelenting kamikaze barrage of 7-inch buzz bombs…only the best of the best from Japan’s undisputed garage/punk overlords, TEENGENERATE! This LP is a fast and furious firebomb of feedback & thunder, tailor made for your next dragstrip showdown or house wrecking party. So, give those worn out singles a rest...back over yer radio, redline your tach.

DOA "Positively DOA (33rd Anniv)" 7"
(Sudden Death Records)
Originally released on Alternative Tentacles in 1981 in time for DOA’s first road trip to the United Kingdom, the five-track Positively DOA was named “Single of the Week” in the British press in October of that year. With five classic anthems packed into its grooves, the EP helped pave the way for Canada’s legendary punks to shake up the world musically and culturally.  This is the first time this early DOA gem has been reissued since 1984

JAWBREAKER "Bivouac" LP (Blackball Records)
Blackball Records presents the 20th anniversary edition of Jawbreaker’s Bivouac. Originally released in 1992, this groundbreaking album has been remastered by John Golden from the original tapes, and the increased sampling rate boosts some of the bottom end and mid-range. The vinyl version is available for the first time in years; the CD and download versions include the songs from the Chesterfield King 12-inch as well as two bonus tracks from the original studio session. The reissue also features restored original artwork, and all formats include additional band photos from the time of recording. “Shield Your Eyes”, “Parabola”, “Chesterfield King” and “Bivouac” remained set list staples throughout Jawbreaker’s run. The album wound up on a lot of fanzine top ten lists and Rolling Stone listed it as one of the “Ten Most Influential Emo Albums of All Time.”

CRATE DIGGER Book by Bob Suren (Microcosm Publishing)
In this engaging memoir, a small town Florida teenager discovers punk rock through a loaned mix tape and before long, punk music and culture slowly takes over all aspects of his life. His new passion causes him to form a band, track down out-of-print records that he loves and begin to reissue them, open a record store, begin a record distribution operation as a public service, mentor a host of young musicians, and befriend all manner of punk luminaries along the way. Slowly, his life’s pursuit pushes him to the point of personal ruination and ultimately redemption.

MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #388 - Sept. 2015
(MRR)
MRR #388, the September Issue, features interviews with New Orleans mold breaking freak-punks MYSTIC INANE, vitriolic Texas snot-punk cult VIDEO, and Memphis’s Goner “groove masters” EX-CULT. We’ve also got conversations with PURE DISGUST (at the forefront of the NWODCHC), Terry Hammer (Toxic Reasons’ manager and a first wave San Francisco punker), Canada’s HIRED GOONS (oi! oi!) and Greece’s GUTTER. Plus, an in-depth tour diary from PERMANENT RUIN‘s recent European run and a back-n-forth with 1859 Records. Plus all the reviews and columns that you love!

RESTOCKS FOR 8.21.15:

AUSMUTEANTS "S/T" LP
BUREAUCRATS, THE "Feel the Pain" 7"
CARBONAS "S/T" LP
DEATH "For the Whole World to See" LP
FANG "Landshark" LP
HOT NASTIES "Invasion of the Tribbles" 7"
IN-SECT, THE "I CAN SEE MY LOVE" 7"
JAWBREAKER "24 Hour Revenge Therapy" LP
P.I.G.Z. "Bloody Belgium" EP
PF COMMANDO "Rough Sound" 7"
POINTED STICKS "What Do You Want Me To Do?" 7"
REAL KIDS "Shake … Outta Control" LP
ROCK'N'ROLL BITCHES "Wild West" 7"
SICK THOUGHTS "My Mess My Life" LP
SICK THOUGHTS "Terminal Teen Age" LP
TEENGENERATE "Get Action" LP
TEENGENERATE "Get More Action: The LOST Egg Studio Sessions" LP
VACANT STATE "Chains E.P." 7"

Friday, July 24, 2015

WEBSTORE UPDATE: DISCLOSE Reissues, CHAIN RANK LP, new NERVOSAS LP, and MORE!


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

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

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

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

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

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

Alex / Grave Mistake Records
 
New Webstore Titles for 7.24.15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Restocks for 7.24.15

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

SPLITS, THE "II" LP
CULO "Life is Vile ... and So Are We" LP
CULO "Military Trend" 7"
CULO "My Life Sucks and I Could Care Less" LP
EXPLODING HEARTS "Guitar Romantic" LP
EXPLODING HEARTS "Shattered" LP
GIVE "Singles Going Confetti" LP
INSTITUTE "S/T" 12"

Thursday, July 23, 2015

RED DEATH TOUR with POWER TRIP and FORESEEN begins THIS WEEKEND!


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

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

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

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

Alex / Grave Mistake Records
 
POWER TRIP / FORESEEN / RED DEATH Tour Dates

7/26 Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore
Power Trip / Foreseen (Main Show) - https://www.facebook.com/events/1593715374230795/
Red Death (After Show) - https://www.facebook.com/events/1615970882012688/

7/27 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Barge, Skemata
https://www.facebook.com/events/830332237002497/

7/28 Raleigh, NC @ Kings
https://www.facebook.com/events/368477576691240/

7/29 Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel w/ Protestor
https://www.facebook.com/events/918565634862016/

7/30 Boston, MA @ Cuisine en Locale w/ Boston Strangler, Fury, Freedom, Intent
https://www.facebook.com/events/1562274194035468/

7/31 Warren, NJ @ Warren American Legion w/ Razorheads, Big Bad Wolf
https://www.facebook.com/events/821896754565374/
 
8/1 Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades w/ The Pose
 
8/2 Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall w/ Detriment, Carcosa
https://www.facebook.com/events/769909069796671/

8/9 Baltimore, MD @ CCAS (Matinee - Red Death and Foreseen only) w/ Noisem, Homewrecker, Unsacred
https://www.facebook.com/events/740949319351373/

Friday, July 10, 2015

WEBSTORE UPDATE: Releases from RADIOACTIVITY, HURULA, SHEER MAG, BLAZING EYE, and More!

A ton of new titles have come into the webstore over the past few weeks so here's a quick recap for you … no label talk on this update, just gonna get straight to the new stuff!
 
NEW DISTRO TITLES FROM RADIOACTIVITY, HURULA, BLAZING EYE, SHEER MAG, TERRIBLE FEELINGS, ANASAZI, AND MORE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading.

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

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

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

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

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

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

VULTURES, THE "S/T" 7"
(La Vida Es Un Mus Records)
Official reissue of another of the scarcest Dutch punk records that was listed in the top 25 European punk rarities in Record Collector. THE VULTURES hailed from Epe, in the middle of the Dutch Bible-Belt. They recorded this 4 Track EP in 1981 that overtime has became impossible to find. Which is a shame as it is simply a masterpiece of Dutch Punk. Loud, proud and snotty, the sound is based around a trademark chainsaw guitar tone, plodding bass, passionate vocals and overall a clear UK influence. Without doubt if this band was english they would have been on Riot City, Rot or Secret Records or seen supporting the MAU MAUS, THE EXPLOITED or both DISORDER's (Bristol and North East). Reissued replicating the artwork as originally printed but adding a few unseen full colour pictures on the reverse sleeve.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HARM DONE "Hammer Tape '15" Tape
(Straight and Alert Records)
HARM DONE is a French band (Nantes) featuring members of RAW JUSTICE and REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER, started in the Fall 2013. After a killer debut 7" on STRAIGHT & ALERT records they just recorded a 4 track promo tape for their upcoming LP to be out before the end of the year. 3 new songs + and SSD cover ! For those who don't know them yet, they play some kind of cold and no frills powerviolence filled with Infest's speed, Sex Prisoner's ignorant breakdowns and Entombed's HM2 metallic guitar sound. Limited to 150 copies.

Restocks for 7/10/15:

ALTERED BOYS "Left Behind" 7"
DIE "S/T" 7"
DISCHARGE "Decontrol" 7"
DISCHARGE "Fight Back" 7"
DISCHARGE "Never Again" 7"
DISCHARGE "Realities of War" 7"
DISCHARGE "State Violence, State Control" 7"
HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS "S/T" 7"
HARM DONE "S/T" 7"
KAAOS "Nuuke" 7"
KOWARD "Desperate" 7"
LOS CRUDOS "Cobardes" 7"
MARKED MEN / THIS IS MY FIST Split 7"
MENACE "G.L.C." 7"
MENACE "Screwed Up" 7"
PROTESTI "8 Track EP" 7"
RAW JUSTICE "Artificial Peace" 7"
RIXE "Coups et Blessures" 7"
SOCIAL DAMAGE "Eye for an Eye" 7"

7 SECONDS "The Crew" LP
ACHTUNGS, THE "Welcome to Hell" LP
ALKALINE TRIO  "Goddamnit" LP
ALKALINE TRIO "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" LP
AUSMUTEANTS "Order of Operation" LP
BANNER PILOT "Collapser" LP
BANNER PILOT "Heart Beats Pacific" LP
BARCELONA "Extremo Hihilismo en Barcelona" LP
CHAOS UK "S/T" LP
COMBAT ZONE, THE "S/T" LP
DAYGLO ABORTIONS "Feed Us a Fetus" LP
DILLINGER FOUR  "This Shit is Genius" LP
DILLINGER FOUR "Civil War" LP
DISASTER "War Cry" LP w/ Flexi
DISCHARGE "Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing" LP
DISCHARGE "Why" LP
EXPLODING HEARTS  "Guitar Romantic" LP
FLESH WORLD "S/T" 12"
GREEN BERET "Violence is Their Currency" LP
JUANITA Y LOS FEOS "Nueva Numancia" LP
KAAOS "Ristinnaulittu Kaaos" LP
KROMOSOM "8 Tracks" LP
KROMOSOM "Nuclear Reich" LP
KURO "Hardcore Damnation 1983-1986" LP
LOS CRUDOS "Discograpafia" 2xLP
MINDSET "Leave No Doubt" LP
REGULATIONS "S/T" LP
SACRILEGE "It's Time to Face the Reaper (Demos)" 2xLP
SHIPWRECKED "The Last Pagans" LP
VIOLENT REACTION "Marching On" LP

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

*with Hard Stripes

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WEBSTORE UPDATE: New TENEMENT, PURE DISGUST, FLESH WORLD, MYSTIC INANE, and MORE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW DISTRO TITLES FROM TENEMENT, PURE DISGUST, MYSTIC INANE, FLESH WORLD, INSTITUTE, AND MORE!


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

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

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

Thanks for reading!!!

Alex / Grave Mistake Records
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NEW DISTRO TITLES FOR 06.24.15:

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

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

GOWANUS MUTANT KOMANDOS "Mutant Reich" 7"
(Katorga Works Records)
GMK is the brainchild of infamous NYC punk figure Weird Luke. First time I saw them two years ago, I thought they were the worst band ever. Fast forward to now, the band has self

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHEENA "S/T" 7"
(Sacred Bones Records)
Cheena's debut 7" on Sacred Bones. This is some dark slide-gutiar punk madness in the vein of the Flesh Eaters or Gun Club, but with a distinct NYC vibe. Their demo was a pretty cool start to things, but it pales in comparison to this EP. The song "Did I Tell You Last Night?" is one of the best songs I've heard all year. Members of Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Dawn of Humans, Pharmakon, Anasazi, Crazy Spirit, etc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Restocks for 06.24.15:

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

INSTITUTE "S/T" 12"
GENERACION SUICIDA "Todo Termina" 12"
INSTITUTE "Salt" 12"
NIKKI AND THE CORVETTES "S/T" LP
PRIESTS "Bodies and Control and Money and Power" LP

KOMMUNION Demo Tape
V/A "The Red Line Comp" DCHC Tape