I will also have a nice little "Grave Mistake Bands" update next week as well ... we've got some bands doing really cool stuff over the course of the next few months, so stay tuned for that. And then of course mid December you'll get my 2014 preview ... some releases you've been patiently waiting for as well as a few new "official" announcements for upcoming releases.
Finally, we started taking mailorder on the HARD STRIPES 7", the third release on the Vinyl Conflict Label ... you can now stream the record in full over at the Grave Mistake Bandcamp page and the record should be getting out to your favorite stores and distros over the course of the next few weeks! We still have a handful of copies on WHITE VINYL in the webstore, so pick it up if you haven't yet.
That's all of the news for now, expect those other updates soon!
GRAVE MISTAKE WEBSTORE:
WHAT'S NEW FOR 11/27/2013:
This week's update is short but stacked nonetheless ... it seems like my favorite releases of the year are always the ones that pop up in the last few months, and 2013 is no exception. We've got the brand new 7" from GREEN BERET, an incredible follow up to last year's 12", housed in a slick tip-on sleeve. I was lucky enough to catch them a couple of weeks ago, and damn they were sick. Pick this new EP up, and the 12" too if you have been slacking. Also highly recommended is the debut 7" from the UK's DIE ... killer no bullshit hardcore done right, as the description below indicates. Well worth the import price tag, trust me.
We've got a few killer reissues in this update as well, including three 7 SECONDS 7"s courtesy of LIFELINE RECORDS, some LIPCREAM reissues, and a reissue of the LOST KIDS "Cola Freaks" 7". Other new releases of note include the first LP (following two awesome singles) from THE LOVE TRIANGLE which is stellar (I am spinning it as I type this), a rad MERCHANDISE "BBC Sessions" 12", the new CHURCH WHIP 7", the second EP from Canada's BORN WRONG, newest COLUMN OF HEAVEN 7", MIND SPIDERS "Sister Series" 7" on Razorcake, and more!
Finally, possibly my favorite single of 2013, is the debut two song 7" from SUPERCRUSH ... I see descriptions calling it "90's FUZZ POP" I guess that's pretty accurate. It reminds me of SWERVEDRIVER mixed with all of your favorite parts from bands like DINOSAUR JR., SMASHING PUMPKINS, and other 90's Alt-Rock ("shoegaze" maybe?) maybe even a hint of later era MEGA CITY FOUR or DOUGHBOYS. Lots of guitar and lots of vocal melody, makes for one catchy as hell single. If any of those bands interest you, I strongly recommend you check this record out.
That's all for now, expect some more updates in a few days! Thanks for reading!
Alex / GRAVE MISTAKE RECORDS
NEW IN THE WEBSTORE FOR 11.27.13
GREEN BERET "THE CULT OF STATE" 7"
Green Beret picks up right where the “Violence Is Their Currency” 12” left off, delivering another dose of pummeling no-frills hardcore punk with "The Cult of State" EP. The sound is firmly rooted in the past (think “Another Religion, Another War” filtered through “Dehumanization”) but Green Beret takes the frantic energy of the previous 12inch, and add a more aggressive recording for their strongest material yet. If you’re looking for triviality, look elsewhere. “The Cult of State” is a six-track glimpse at a horrifying future. (SIDE TWO)
DIE "S/T" 7"
One of the best 7"s this year out of the UK! Six tracks of early 80's US/UK hardcore punk worship. Nothing new here but hard blistering punk for both the angry and the jaded. Think DISCHARGE meets SSD. Intense Hard Core with nods to both Boston and Bristol. A total 6 track ripper which will surely please any ripping jams lover. (SONIC TERROR DISCS)
SUPERCRUSH "LIFTED" 7"
Although best known for playing in a long lineage of hardcore, punk, and metal bands, MARK PALM’s focus has always been song- craft and pop sensibility. After finally embracing all that is sweet and sublime as the primary songwriter of San Francisco's shoegaze darlings MODERN CHARMS, Palm continues to explore the saccharine side of things with this new project, SUPERCRUSH. Two blissful, hook-filled, syrupy-fuzz-pop anthems reminiscent of early Swervedriver. So classically '90s, yet so now. (BEDSIDE)
CHURCH WHIP "FINAL" 7"
When a story ends, there is usually closure, a final chapter that wraps things up nicely. This is more like a wound that hasn’t healed, still bleeding with no gauze or bandage. Violently thrashing their way into the future, Church Whip leaves us with this final statement. The mission is terminated. (VINYL RITES)
BORN WRONG "HOLDING CELL" 7"
Holding Cell, a frantic follow up to their debut S/T 7″, again harnesses the band’s untameable live show. This steamroller never loses momentum as they charge through five angry and honest mid-tempo rippers. BORN WRONG proves hardcore doesn’t have to be blown out and drowning in feedback to be aggressive. A smart, progressive, and agitating follow up release. These wild fucks will be venturing on their third US tour in October 2013. Expect to feel uneasy but satisfied. (SCHIZOPHRENIC)
COLUMN OF HEAVEN "HOLY THINGS ARE FOR THE HOLY" 7"
Rather than the power violence slab you were hoping for, COLUMN OF HEAVEN has decided to conjure two works of cultish outsider industrial music that demands your complete attention. Using standard instrumentation, power electronics, elements of unexplained phenomena and found sounds from down below, CoH raised the bar above and beyond all expectation making the path to follow a rocky and unpredictable maze of torment. This record is not for you. It's for them. Calculated and inaccessible. Now on clear vinyl. Only 150 more copies were made. That will be it for this record. (IRON LUNG)
LOST KIDS "COLA FREAKS" 7"
One of the first and most prolific Danish punk groups, LOST KIDS formed in 1978 in Aarkus. They recorded 4 singles and 2 LPs in a style heavily influenced by UK punk however the second single "Cola Freaks" is perhaps their finest moment. Band members in monster makeup! Blistering guitar solos! Rezillos-style male/female vocals! And a note for note tribute to Los Trios Parinoias "Snuffin Like That" in the song "Radden Dig"! A truly unique and highly sought after piece of Danish punk rock history back in print for all. (SING SING)
7 SECONDS "BLASTS FROM THE PAST" 7"
Official re-issue originally released in 1985 on Kevin Seconds own label Positive Force. 7 Seconds third E.P., finally available again since the early 90's. Includes all the original first press artwork and includes a bonus retrospective insert by Kevin Seconds. (LIFELINE)
7 SECONDS "COMMITTED FOR LIFE" 7"
Official re-issue originally released in 1983 on Squirtdown Records. 7 Seconds second record, finally available again since the early 90's. Includes all the original first press artwork and includes a bonus retrospective insert by Kevin Seconds. (LIFELINE)
7 SECONDS "SKINS, BRAINS, GUTS" 7"
Official re-issue originally released in 1982 on Alternative Tentacles. 7 Seconds' first record, finally available again since the early 90's. Includes all the original first press artwork and includes a bonus retrospective insert by Kevin Seconds. (LIFELINE)
LIP CREAM "LONELY ROCK" 7"
Official Reissue!!! Classic Japanese Hardcore! (FUUDOBRAIN)
DIAT "EVERYDAY" 7"
Our friends from Berlin return with a bursting melancholic post punk single to hold us over until the Energy LP is completed. This is lucky for all of us since the band members almost moved to different continents a few months ago. The drive to stay together is too immense and has crept in to the recording to made a water-tight double sided chest punch of an e.p. Thanks DIÄT, we knew we could count on you. (IRON LUNG)
NEEDLES "DESESPERACION" 7"
A sniper will lay in wait indefinitely until the target presents himself. It's that quiet, calculating reflection and refinement that truly makes a master craftsman. This mission has been in the works for many years and the calm has paid off. 6 precise shots of furious bay area hardcore by a lethal mix of Talk Is Poison and Limp Wrist members slowly breathing out and finally squeezing the trigger. It's proof that if you believe in something and apply your skill set it will succeed. (IRON LUNG)
MIND SPIDERS "SISTER SERIES" 7"
What happens when the term “post-punk” is used descriptively and not just as an elitist badge to differentiate oneself with “punk”? Well, you could easily and accurately be describing the machinist, introspective music of the Mind Spiders. No one ever asked the toaster what it wanted for breakfast, or complimented the turbine generator on its beautiful humming. The Mind Spiders’ music is right underneath your nose, and still light years off into the distance. Let the synths swallow you whole. Embrace the chaotic rhythms of two of the southwest’s most daring bands. This isn’t the kinda punk they talk about on Donahue. (RAZORCAKE)
DEFEND HAMILTON: EAT SHIT - V/A - COMPILATION 7"
Eight Hamilton HC outfits unleash eight short blasts about Steeltown’s seedier side with tracks about Evelyn Dick, Loujack Cafe, mobsters, & more local mayhem. This is a short, fast and loud follow up to Schizophrenic’s DESTROY MUSIC: Start Your Own Band 12” 2012 compilation. Features LEFT FOR DEAD, BORN WRONG, PICK YOUR SIDE, and more! (SCHIZOPHRENIC)
SNAKECHARMER "S/T" 7"
SNAKE CHARMER strangles you with nine bursts of reckless despondency. These blown out charging psalms characterize the current climate of Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Written for beings of another world, SNAKE CHARMER’s freshman release remind the listener that you are fighting a losing battle of victim vs victimizer. Combining elements SEPTIC DEATH, LOU REED’s Metal Machine, and blast beats that sound like you are pulverizing your knuckles on a rusty stairwell as Hep C infests your soul. Enjoy/regret at maximum volume. (SCHIZOPHRENIC)
BRETT SMILEY "VA VA VA VOOM" 7"
For every David Bowie, Brian Ferry or Marc Bolan, there were scores of glam divas-in-waiting like Jobriath and Brett Smiley. At least Jobriath, the world's first openly-gay rock star, got a chance to release two monstrously campy and epic LPs before public backlash silenced him forever. The winsome and sinewy Brett Smiley did not fare as well, recording Breathlessly Brett during a flurry of interest by the international music press, only to have the album cruelly pushed aside by an uncaring record industry and shelved permanently. Smiley was the willowy, blonde personification of glam, discovered and promoted like a classic Hollywood ingÃ©nue by Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham. Oldham's vision for Smiley was to elevate the young man to the rarefied status of untouchable superstar before his first single was out. This single, originally released in 1974 on the UK Anchor label stands as one of the best glam rock 45's of the era, reissued for the first time in it's original, very hard to find picture sleeve. (SING SING)
GUILT PARTY "S/T" 7"
Seven inch release from recently defunct Houston hardcore crazies. Side 1 contains the first cassette release "Basement Church" and Side 1 contains cassette only release "Topical Depression." Originally 200 were to be pressed but United Record Pressing broke the stampers and only 120 were made. (AGROWAX)
SLAG "S/T" 7"
Coming out of Chicago and featuring members of Broken Prayer, Libyans, Siamese twins, Outside World, Mac Blackout and Hawaiian punch, SLAG play a vicious style of hardcore punk not unlike they're midwest forefathers THE FIX and ARTICLES OF FAITH. Four fast and tight rippers with a healthy dose of romping and stomping. This band put out one of or favorite demos of last year and this record just sounds so much meaner. Very excited about this one. (HESITATION WOUND)
ANGRY GODS “GREYED DELAY" 7"
After releasing a crushing demo in 2012, ANGRY GODS are back to wreck havoc on our eardrums with their debut single, “Greyed Delay//The Swell”. This 7” picks up right where they left off with their demo, but this recording seems to capture the heaviness and intensity of the band's live show more than their previous efforts. Featuring ex-members of BOILING OVER, MANS and SCOUT'S HONOR. For fans of HIS HERO IS GONE, CURSED and NEUROSIS. Recorded with Andy Nelson at Bricktop Studios (WEEKEND NACHOS, HARMS WAY and DEAD IN THE DIRT). (NERVOUS HABIT)
BAD SIDE "EVERYBODY WANTS SOMETHING FROM ME" 7"
Debut 7” by this Philadelphia powerhouse. This quintet blurs the lines of several different kinds of hardcore to create something of their own. They have melodic parts that remind me of the TURNING POINT LP, and groovy mosh parts that could've been played by YOUTH OF TODAY in 1988. The vocals kind of remind me of Dave Smalley ala DAG NASTY several times throughout the record. Featuring members of CONGENITAL DEATH, HOUND, LOW CHARGE and THE HOLIDAYS. (NERVOUS HABIT)
MERCHANDISE "THE BBC SESSIONS" LP
Limited 4-song 12" featuring songs recorded by Merchandise for the BBC at their legendary Maida Vale Studios. I'm stoked they did my absolute favorite Merch song, "Anxiety's Door," and it's even better than it is on Totale Nite, with more of an organic rhythm (courtesy of REAL LIVE DRUMMER Elsner) and a little bit of a jammy feel to the guitars. Production-wise, this is right in line with the style you know and love from countless releases of BBC sessions from bands through the decades... i.e. it's slightly more raw and looser than the official studio material, but with none of the compromises in fidelity that you get with a proper live recording. Pretty darn essential if you're a Merchandise fan... looks like this is pretty limited, too, so I would snag it quickly if you want one. (FANCLUB)
LOVE TRIANGLE, THE "CLEVER CLEVER" LP
Heretofore, the Love Triangle's recordings have been marked by a particularly raw, aggressive, and even ugly take on classic power pop. Sure, the choruses were huge, but the recordings were ear-splittingly raw and aggressive. However, they've changed things up a bit for their first long-player, opting for a cleaner recording that assures nothing is lost in the translation to wax. The essential elements are still there--Tim's four-on-the-floor drumming, Josh's meandering walking bass lines, and Louis's thrillingly melodic vocals and guitar--but you can actually hear them all rather than just inferring their presence through a wall of feedback and fuzz. The effect is a full-length that recalls the classic songwriting of Nuggets greats like the Electric Prunes and the Seeds as much as it does the more melodic end of the '77 set like Protex, the Lurkers, and the Boys. An LP so good that we don't even need to tell you the band is members of Diat, Good Throb, Die, No, The Smear, CCTV and ex-Shitty Limits to get you to buy it. (SORRY STATE)
LIP CREAM "EARLY YEARS GIG" LP
Official live album for these classic 80's Japanese punks/thrashers. Comes in a poster sleeve! (FUUDOBRAIN)
LIVERPOOL ECHO "S/T" LP
A perfect pair alongside Rockin' Horse's 'Yes It Is,' the self-titled album by The Liverpool Echo makes a swaggering assertion for the enduring power and captivation of the early Mersey styles of McCartney & Lennon. The idea was simple: make a hit record in the early, authentic style of the band with the most hits of all time!! THE BEATLES â€“ and use said record as a springboard to capitalize on the ten-year anniversary of their birth. And do it cheaply. And in only one week. While The Liverpool Echo proved perhaps too late to ferry 'cross the Mersey and too early to dilate its pupils to Starry Eyes, the record they left behind remains the most wonderfully rocking cenotaph to the original Cavern Club 'moment' that I have ever encountered. So you might as well surrender. It's for you! (SING SING)
GUNNAR HANSEN / UTI - SPLIT LP
Hamilton’s own GUNNAR HANSEN follow up their sold out debut 7″ with their passionate and sincere, guitar driven fast hardcore. A strong dual guitar attack built over driving bass lines pound at your ears while their negative lyrics peck at your eyes. Following their scorching tracks on the Toronto’s Burning compilation, U.T.I. turns up the insanity! Frantic pounding, shredding, fist pumping hardcore with speed changes and possessed female vocals make for a unique thrash attack. This rager is packaged in awesome cover art by Scott Bentz, coloured by Stef Bell, & jacket design by Darrin Cosgrove. (SCHIZOPHRENIC)
HATRED SURGE "HUMAN OVERDOSE" LP
HATRED SURGE has been around for a while but only release an LP when it is truly ready. During the session, Alex described this recording to us as "a rhino on pcp" and we cannot disagree. This current back to basics 3 piece phase of HS sees a much more apparent death metal influence but still retains the "grinding violence" stylings they are known (and loved) for. Make no mistake, this LP will smash you. (IRON LUNG)
CRIME WAVE "NAZI SEX" LP
Latest 12" from this Houston band that comes from the same scene as bands like Secret Prostitutes and No Talk. Very similar to No Talk, but even more catchy and melodic, Crime Wave remind me of prime-era Turbonegro (i.e. Ass Cobra) in the way that they take the basic sound of kind of 90s noise rock-type stuff and make it way catchier and more punk. This is total fist-banging, singalong stuff. Totally killer. (AGROWAX)
DROPPINGS #1 ZINE w/ COMPILATION TAPE
16 page zine with compilation cassette. Atlanta Scene Report and Interviews with Total Control, Gary Wrong, Joint D≠, & Kremlin. (SCAVENGER OF DEATH)
MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #367 - DEC 2013
Another year is done, so let’s tell 2013 to fuck off with a new issue! MRR #367 is out now! Pennsylvania’s BAD AMERICAN has a lot going on and they are stoked to share the experience of their recent Midwest tour and new album in the works. Garage punkers CONCRETE WORMS talk about what it’s like to be a long-running band in the Serbian punk scene, and Minneapolis’ WAR//PLAUGE tells us how they keep it DIY and keep it punk! Olympia, Washington’s GAG gets wild with us on the start of their US tour—poppers! Realtree Camo! Fog! UK Anarcho punk band THE MOB reminisce about the ’80s anarcho punk scene and talk about their new single, “Rise Up!” and London’s GOOD THROB smash misconceptions about their sound and the ladies in the band discuss how they are received in the punk community. GENERACION SUICIDA from South Central (not East) L.A. get ready for their upcoming European tour, and we get a taste of brutal hardcore attack from East Coasters FORCE-FED DRUGS, who buck the trends and make music that means something to them. We corner New York’s CREEM on their European tour and discuss the culturalization of punk, D-beat raw punx LIFE CHAIN invite us to come visit Halifax, Nova Scotia, and we take a trip to Hungary with a Budapest scene report. Also in this issue, a posthumous interview of post-punk band SAFEWORDS from Minneapolis, TOTAL TRASH talks about keeping punk cute while still having a biting edge, and last but not least, you get a taste of our upcoming queer punk issue with DIY filmmaker Julia Ostertag! All this plus columns, news and the most extensive punk review section in print!
PURE DISGUST - DEMO TAPE
DC has seen a lot of young punks take the reins and start some awesome bands and we have been lucky enough to witness it all. Pure Disgust is at the top of that heap. Mixing some mean as shit hardcore punk with seriously catchy oi, this demo is a rager and a stomper for sure. For fans of Blitz, SSD, and of course, 86 Mentality.
MEANS WELL "DON'T DREAM" TAPE
This is the debut release for MEANS WELL. The band features an ex member of Calormen (HRVRD, Wretched). This new band brings to mind the Weakerthans, Butterglory, Promise Ring, and other 90s indie/rock that we all love. (SELF AWARE)
VIOLENT MINDS - SINGLES COLLECTION CD
This CD complies both the self-titled 7" on the now defunct My War records and the "Riot" 7" as well as "Hit List" from the Town Of Hardcore comp (12 tracks in total). Liner notes by the one and only Thousand Dollar Brian. This will be a nice little appetizer for the soon to be releases "Eyes Of Death" LP due out on Parts Unknown in a few months and the "We Are Nothing" LP coming sometime in fall. Sick layout by the truly talented Ben West. As long time hardcore groupie and overall music historian Don Rettman put it (he got his leg broke at a Circle Jerks show in like '81 by a member of Autistic Behavior) "Pig Champion did not die in vain". I agree. (PARTS UNKNOWN)
BLOOD PATROL "FROM BEYOND AND BELOW" CD
Debut album (summer 2013) from this new thrash metal/punk band from Germany. They exist since 2010, but members of the band are true veterans of German DIY hardcore punk/metal scene, having played in various bands (NARSAAK, DEAD BEAT, SKELETON ARMY, GOLDEN GORILLA etc.) since early '90s. Musically take early SLAYER and EXODUS and add various hardcore influences like DISCHARGE, CRO-MAGS and SEPTIC DEATH. Features 8 songs from the sensational demo 2010 on the CD version bonus tracks. 18 songs of pure thrash assault!! (DRUNK WITH POWER)
OUT COLD "A HEATED DISPLAY" CD
OUT COLD were one of the legendary Boston hardcore punk bands, from 1989 until 2010, with the death of singer Mark Sheehan. “A Heated Display” is the bands lost seventh album, and was recorded before disbanding. Kevin Mertens, who sang on the very first OUT COLD album back in 1994 was brought in to record the vocals on this final recording, and is archetypal blistering hardcore punk, recorded under the watchful eye of Daniel Ray (RAMONES, ADRENALIN OD, GANG GREEN etc). (DRUNK WITH POWER)
GERM ATTAK "FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN" CD
Fourth and final full length album 2011 of this Canadian punks! "I’m hearing/reading from various sources that this is the final record from these guys. Too bad, I suppose. I thought they were pretty damn good, and had a few more worthy releases in them. This record is no different than anything they’ve done before, but it’s still worth getting, and, if anything, this album only underscores how great they were at what they were doing: early ‘80s punk rock U.K. (via present day Quebec) style like what you would here from labels like Riot City and Clay. The music is charged full of energy, the delivery is urgent and confident, and they blast from song to song without much pause. “Demented Killer” is a rager with its racing tempo, and the bass running just underneath the guitar, but not too far down to disappear. “Face the Reaper” is a bona fide classic. I use that word sparingly, but I can promise you will hear people talk about this song in years to come. So f’n good! It’s one of the songs that I immediately replay as soon as it’s over. Crank this up and get caught in the whirlwind of songs like “Dead or Alive,” the insane “Crown Attorney,” and “Poisonous Lifestyle.” The when the record is over, start the process over again. Love this record! One of my top ten for 2011." - Razorcake (DRUNK WITH POWER)
GERM ATTAK "THE PUNK SINGLES COLLECTION" CD
Compilation of all their 7" EPs 2006-2010. 16 pages booklet with all artworks and lyrics. 26 songs total! Review: "The simplest thing to say about this Canadian punk band is that they are punk-as-fuck!! It appears that they have only been around for about five years, yet amassed an impressive discgoraphy already of about five 7"s that yields 26 tracks on this appropriately named Punk Singles Collection. This is the kind of stuff that I would have slam-danced my ass off ot when I was a teenager. I'm admittedly too old to truly appreciate it at shis point in my life as I'm slowing down a bit, but for anyone who is into the spiky-haired, studded black leather and denim type of punk rock, then this is definitely something worth checking out with the one-two drumming and choppy guitars and bass sound of older '80s UK punk and American hardcore." (DRUNK WITH POWER)
RESTOCKS FOR 11.27.13:
#1s, THE - SHARON 7"
BATS, THE - POPGUN 7"
BRAD LONG - LOVE ME AGAIN 7"
BUZZ, THE - INSANITY 7"
LIQUID STONE - HERE COMES THE WEEKEND 7"
SHAMBLES - HELLO BABY 7"
SODA FRAISE - CA BAIGNE DANS L'HUILE 7"
BAD NOIDS - EVERYTHING FROM SOUP TO DESSERT LP
COLOURED BALSS - BALL POWER LP
JOINT D - SATAN IS REAL AGAIN, AGAIN LP
JOOK - JUKE RULE 2xLP
TOTAL CONTROL - HENGE BEAT LP
TRAMPS - DEMO