Friday, May 16, 2014


Webstore Update - 05.16.2014

It's been a little while, but I finally have a new webstore update here.  I'm slowly getting settled in to the new GMHQ, but things seem to be working out well enough so far. All orders placed in the past few weeks have been shipped and I am completely caught up with mailorder, so orders are currently shipping immediately!  Thanks to everyone who waited on their order from me, it's appreciated.  I have a quick bit of label news before we get into the new stuff ...

COKE BUST heads out on a quick West Coast / Canada / Mexico tour next week and you can find all of the dates HERE. NIGHT BIRDS will also be heading out west as well, and you can find their tour info HERE.  The preorders came and went for their "Monster Surf" 7" due out on Wallride Records next month, so act fast when that hits the shelves because it's a one time pressing and most likely won't stick around for long! And of course, BIG EYES are currently midway through their US tour with Against Me and Tony Molina, you can check out the remaining dates HERE. Their split 7" w/ Post Teens should be out very soon, and is up for preorder on the No Idea Records website - you can check out a brand new Big Eyes track from the record there too.

In Grave Mistake release news, I'll have a bunch of releases coming up in the next month! First up will be the SUPERCRUSH "Lifted" 7" repress (GRAVE068), and that should hopefully be available before the month is up.  The repress is very similar to the original press, although we nerded out and did a few copies on color vinyl. Then in June we will have the debut 7" from Chicago's EARTH GIRLS (GRAVE070), as well as the CRETINS debut 7" on Vinyl Conflict (VC-004).  The test pressings for the first volume of TENEMENT singles collection 12"s have been approved, so we will hopefully see that before mid-summer hits.  THE LADIES discography tape is still on deck, although we still need to sort art and liner notes for it - looks like it's being pushed back to a June release as well. I also just recently repressed the GOVERNMENT WARNING "No Way Out" 7" last month, and that is currently available in the webstore now.

Anyone looking to get Grave Mistake (or related) releases for their distro, webstore, or record store, please don't hesitate to drop me a line!

I'll have a few more announcements in the near future, and we will hopefully have some tracks from a couple of these upcoming releases available to you shortly, but that's all for now. 
Let's get to what's new in the webstore …


WHAT'S NEW FOR MAY 16, 2014:

The hardcore has been piling up over here and we've got some killer releases in this update. I've got the brand new WARTHOG "Prison" 7" (recorded in the same session as their Katorga Works EP); the debut 7" from VA's VIOLENT OUTBURST (this one is top notch - the long awaited follow up to their awesome demo a few years back); and the ripping INFERNOH / NOMAD split. I scored a TON of tapes and demos this round, including a slew of releases from DC's own Mosher's Delight Zine / Label - those include the US version of the demo from the UK's SHRAPNEL (definitely recommended), the latest INTENT demo, plus demo tapes from FURY and UNIFIED RIGHT.  Also stocked up on the 2x4 Demo courtesy of Xploit Tapes. This one comes HIGHLY recommended as well and I was also lucky enough to grab a small number of SAVAGEHEADS and CONTINGENT demos too from the label.

Not too many LP's in this update, but I have a few tour versions of the newest LP from Poland's GOVERNMENT FLU (hopefully some of you were lucky enough to catch em in the states last month), as well as the US pressing of the great debut LP from Sweden's ALLVARET.  I also picked up a few more tapes like the FLEABITE demo, the second tape from DC's PRIESTS, and restocked on the MARKED MEN cassettes on Dirt Cult; picked up another newish single from RVA's own AR-KAICS (all three of their singles are recommended for you 60's garage aficionados), plus some cool singles like THE TERRORISTS reissue and THE ACHTUNGS 7" on Going Underground.  My pal FLO from Germany was over for some fest action last month and I was able to grab some stuff off his label Cut the Cord That … Records, which include 7"s from REPLICA, SYNTHETIC ID, and LEVITATIONS, plus a 1981 tape, THE NEW FLESH 2012 Demo, and a few more copies of the demo from Cleveland's WETBRAIN.

Finally, restocked on some of my favorites from 2014 so far, like the BREAKOUT 7", S.H.I.T. 7", GAS RAG LP, and SOA Demos 7" …

Thanks for reading!



WARTHOG "Prison" 7"  (Iron Lung Records)
It blows my mind that a single person, let alone a group of people, is able to get anything done in New York City. It's a non-stop claustrophobic hustle. You gotta fight just to get to the train that will probably be delayed and covered in a stranger's blood. Isn't everyone a stranger? Maybe it is that very environment that influences some of the best music of the Americas. It would certainly explain WARTHOG's brutish hardcore punk wildness. Our boys are gearing up to hurt some people. Get mean.  Recorded and mastered at the same sessions as the Exterminate Me 7" on Katorga Works.

VIOLENT OUTBURST "S/T" 7"  (Agitate Records)
Here it is, after what seemed like forever, the 7" e.p. by Virginia's Violent Outburst. Recorded after 2012's demo and after some minor lineup changes, here you get a similar fix of rough, fast hc akin to the demo tape; two quick pummeling ragers and a couple mid-tempo fist pumpers, however this time with a stepped up, chunkier, beefed up production. For those that care about such things, members of Wasted Time and various other lowlife VAHC bands from recent years.

INFERNOH / NOMAD - SPLIT 7"  (Brain Solvent Propaganda)
New Boston label BSP continues their winning streak of banger after banger with this phenomenal pairing. Nomad is one of NYC's finest bands, purveyors of the best noise punk. Infernoh is hands down one of the best bands in the world and they play the best Swedish d-beat you will hear in this day and age. Essential.

TERRORISTS, THE "Crazy Life" 7"  (Going Underground Records)
The Terrorists were a group that existed in Bakersfield, California in the Early 80's. They were part of the same (small) Punk scene as the Lizerds and (the amazing) Teen Suicide, like the former The Terrorists were very elusive and unliked locally...or maybe Punk in Bakersfield was highly unpopular...i'll go with the latter. The groups headmaster Eddie pressed up a little over 100 copies (110 to be exact) of the Crazy Life 45, sold 12 copies worldwide , gave away around 50 and destroyed the rest after a "Life changing" experience in the mid 80's. The track itself is a sinister drum machine stab at punk, it represents so much about how i've felt about my hometown, it's amazing to me how in 1982 they felt the same way. We've replaced the original b-side with an unheard live recording of "Crazy Life", we felt this song is far superior to the original new-wave b-side. Alot of love and care went into this reissue, it's raw still but that's the best you are gonna get. The sound is low fi and raw. There are no master tapes no mint copies of the 45 nothing. This is the best it's going to get. Largely under the radar for most collectors, we tried to keep this a secret for as long as possible to obtain personal copies.  Authorized by the Group, Glued Pocket sleeve with the original art. Edition of 400 copies.

ACTHUNGS, THE "S/T" 7"  (Going Underground Records)
Blown out raw PUNK from Finland, not "RAW PUNK" mind you...this is 2nd Wave style PUNK.Bloodstains Style.  This is a US pressing of a fantastic 45 that went under the radar of many people when it originally came out (Including myself) Upcoming Lp this summer on Going Underground. Get Ready. Edition of 400 Copies.

AR-KAICS "Why Should I?" 7"  (Windian Records)
On "Why Should I?" the Richmond, VA-based Ar-Kaics' follows up its first 7" with more well written and well executed fuzz/jangle/dropout pop. Features members of the Shirks and Chain & the Gang.

PENETRATORS, THE "Shopping Bag" 7"  (Windian Records)
The great unreleased 45 from Syracuse, NY-based garage/punk band, The Penetrators. Recorded in 1981, the single was ultimately shelved when the band opted to use the pressing funds in order to shoot a video. Now it can finally be heard in its intended format.

CATHOLIC GUILT "Futile Attempts" 7"  (Cut the Cord that Records)
CATHOLIC GUILT is a young band from Graz, Austria playing fast and snotty '80s-style US-hardcore. Highly reminiscent of the early FRREZE, DIE KREUZEN, and similar sounding bands from that period.

LEVITATIONS "Partners in Crime" 7"  (Cut the Cord that Records)
For quite some time there are again great bands coming from Berlin. Levitations are my latest discovery and their debut 7" is probably one of the best German punk records of the year 2013. This four-piece plays melodic indie-punk, but with a fresh and unique sound. If I wouldn't know it better, I would think these four tunes were written in Australia or Brooklyn, because they somewhat sound reminiscent of Super Wild Horses, Golden Staph and Vivian Girls. At the same time Levitations don't forget to add their own special flavour with some hints of postpunk simular to Slant 6, Kleenex and The Slits. The multi-voiced vocal harmonies are absolutely outstanding and they are one of the main secrets of this highly recommended 7". Don't miss it!

REPLICA "S/T (European Press)" 7"  (Cut the Cord that Records)
The debut 7" EP from the San Francisco Bay Area's REPLICA is fueled by searing guitar, fast blasting drum beats, sturdy tough bass lines and brash, raw vocals. Five tracks that thread many different hardcore influences and sounds - from the metallic thrash and high energy of current Brazilian hardcore to a raw, straight forward punk attack like early LA proto-hardcore or east bay punk to the wild unpredictability of 90's thrash, to make a unique whole. Members from DUCK AND COVER, INFECT, NO STATIK.

SYNTHETIC ID "S/T" 7"  (Cut the Cord that Records)
There’s a new best band in San Francisco. I know I say that a lot, but I mean it every time. SYNTHETIC ID play jerky and genuine jams for fans of WIPERS, THE FALL, PERE UBU and OBSERVERS. “Throwaway” is among the greatest songs I’ve heard in years - this three song banger is angular and deliberate, and the guitars are brilliant. Speaking of guitars, they are handled by the most understated and prolific musicians I’ve ever come across, who is also a contributing member of FACE THE RAIL, ECOLI, YADOKAI, and HUNTING PARTY. This demo is short, to be sure, but so very sweet. Band also features members of Deadfall & Nightstick Justice.

PIECE BY PIECE "Primitive as Fuck" 7"  (Solid Bond Records)
8 brand new songs of Piece By Piece's finely tuned formula for punishing hardcore with catchy leads and fiercely honest vocals have come here to kick you in your fucking face.

CREEM "Curator" 7"  (Static Shock Records)
BACK IN STOCK! New York's Creem return in 2013 with a brand new 4 track ep. Keeping with their now trademark sound of Boston influenced hardcore punk with touches of UK82, there are now additional touches of Kings Of Punk-era Poison Idea in the mix, especially on the title track. Everyone who writes label release descriptions love dropping stuff like this, but this is honestly their strongest material yet.

SHIRKS, THE "Disease" 7"  (Windian Records)
BACK IN STOCK! Third swinger of a single from this ex-Problematics DC outfit. Disease" has a blazing NYC guitar-rock style, sort of Heartbreakers via Devil Dogs with some hot lixx and nice and dirty Bowery hook. "Negative Reaction" goes in a more Infections-like nasty punk direction (with better guitar playing) slathered with a sleazy vocal, with that almost fake-UK intonation. "No Way Street" is the flip, it's got a fairly blazing solo and more of the same East Coast tough-as-shit leather jacket punk bad ass-ness. If the Carbonas had been from Jersey, they might have sounded like this. " -TERMINAL BOREDOM

2x4 Demo Tape  (Xploit Tapes)
New demo out of Boston from a band that's been around for a couple years.  Pummeling hardcore in the vein of THE ABUSED and good stuff like that. Featuring members of BKB and Scapegoat, can't go wrong with this one. This tape features 4 songs to be on an upcoming 7" … recommended.

CONTINGENT Demo Tape  (Xploit Tapes)
BACK IN STOCK! New band from Boston, featuring members of Koward, Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, The Combat Zone, etc. French and UK influenced Oi!/Punk with absolutely solid hooks and riffs. Think Komintern Sect crossed with Criminal Class. Comes with insert.

SAVAGEHEADS Demo Tape  (Xploit Tapes)
BACK IN STOCK! Think No Future/Riot City with a slight Deutschpunk influence. Members of the incestuous gene pool of Boston/Lowell bands (Bloodkrow Butcher, Subclinix, No Sir I Wont, etc., etc.). Comes with lyric insert.

SHRAPNEL Demo Tape  (Mosher's Delight)
The boys across the pond have done it again with yet another hard-hitting UKHC demo that's sure to leave you winded and beat your brain through the back of your skull. Members of the Flex and Violent Reaction unleash 7 brand new, blistering tracks of unapologetic late-80s NYHC worship taking direct influence from Breakdown, Outburst, and the fucking Cro-Mags.

FURY Demo Tape  (Mosher's Delight)
Featuring members from the IE/OC, new hardcore band FURY brings you 6 tracks of super pissed-off, aggressive hardcore in their debut demo. With a few shows already under their belt, they've been taking the SoCal scene by storm with everyone marching along to Big Al's Beat.

INTENT "All or Nothing" Demo Tape  (Mosher's Delight)
INTENT's latest demo, 4 brand new tracks and this time it's "All Or Nothing". Inspired by classic-era hardcore in the vein of Warzone, Breakdown, Outburst, etc. Members of Big Contest, Mob Mentality, and Zoom.

UNIFIED RIGHT "Demo #2" Demo Tape  (Mosher's Delight)
UNIFIED RIGHT's newest demo, 6 brand new tracks from this energetic and youthful Florida hardcore band. Inspired by classic-era hardcore in the vein of Agnostic Front, Warzone, and Straight Ahead.

PRIESTS "Tape Two" Tape  (Sister Polygon Records)
The second cassette-only release from Washington, D.C. feminist punk band, Priests. Seven songs recorded and mixed by Kevin Erickson in 2013 at Washingtonton, D.C.'s Swim Two Birds studio.

NEW FLESH, THE "2012 Demo" Tape  (Cut the Cord that Records)
The problem I usually have with punk bands who are inspired by goth, coldwave, dark shit or whatever you want to call it is that most of the time, they lose their urgency and spark. To me, it just ends up sounding like bad new wave from 1986, which (trust me) was terrible the first time around. Luckily, I don't have this problem with THE NEW FLESH. While their jams may make you want to sulk around your room and dance alone while feeling like shit, they also sound right at home blasting out of a boombox while you sit by some water drinking with your friends. It still sounds urgent, punk, sinister and desperate. This is exactly what I want in music. - REMOTE OUTPOSTS

WETBRAIN Demo Tape  (Cut the Cord that Records)
BACK IN STOCK! Wetbrain are from Cleveland and for sure these guys were in bands like H100s, Gordon Solie Motherfuckers, Inmates, Darvocets, Nine Shocks Terror, Annihilation Time, Midnight bla bla bla and play amazing hc/ punk. You can find all songs here:

1981 "The Only Government is Your Self" Tape  (Cut the Cord that Records)
This one came as a total shock - one look at the artwork and general presentation and I was expecting a crusty anarcho attack, but was instead greeted with 20 minutes of brilliantly written post punk with indie rock leanings. There is still an overt '80s UK angle, but the clean guitars fall more in line with YOUNG OFFENDERS than their namesakes (DISRUPTERS, duh), and there are pop sensibilities all over this thing. Overtly political, and songs like Blind Acceptance" are nearly impossible to get out of your head. 1981 are from Finland, and their recent 3 song EP is every bit as good as this tape, highly recommended. Avoid this is you want brutal hardcore, devour this if you want great tunes." - TERMINAL ESCAPE

FLEABITE "Over It" Demo Tape (Puzzle Pieces Records)
Six songs of fuzzy pop about drinking & exes & cats. Three people from Boston making music that sounds like a punker Henry's Dress. Members of Parasol, Tomboy, & Potty Mouth

MARKED MEN, THE "Fix My Brain" Tape  (Dirt Cult Records)
With "Fix My Brain," Texas' The Marked Men toned down the speed and intensity to let their pop sensibilities shine through, with a sound that fans of The Briefs, the Buzzcocks and The Exploding Hearts would be proud of. Tape Version

MARKED MEN, THE "On the Outside" Tape  (Dirt Cult Records)
Here's 12 more punchy, tightly wound bullets of punk and power-pop goodness from Dallas/Denton/Ft. Worth's finest, THE MARKED MEN! Featuring ex-members of beloved TX outfit THE REDS (and a current member of The Riverboat Gamblers!), THE MARKED MEN'S debut LP on the legendary Rip Off Records put them on just about every discerning punk rocker's 2003 top ten list, which was followed by highly sucessful tours of the US and Japan. Tape Version.

MARKED MEN, THE "S/T" Tape  (Dirt Cult Records)
Originally released by Rip Off Records in early 2003, this record has been unavailable since 2005. Since then The Marked Men have been steadily gaining in popularity each year. But as word about them spreads, many of their newer fans don't even know this one exists, much less have ever heard it. (while some of their older fans maintain that this is their best record) So this one'll be new to a lot of people, including many current Marked Men fans! A little faster, leaner, and less polished than their most recent stuff, this album serves as the missing link between the choppy, KBD-style inclinations of their previous incarnation as The Reds. Tape Version

ALLVARET "Tank pa Doden" LP  (Dirt Cult Records)
Originally released on Erste Theke Tonträger in Germany, this is the US press (complete with new art) for the band's US tour. 330 pressed on black (along with 75 test pressings that were available - and quickly sold out - on their US tour).  Swedish outfit Allvaret emerged from a fertile musical background to deliver some totally off the hook KBD punk with tunes that will stick in your head after just one spin. The guitar sounds so Scandinavian - Masshysteri and The Vicious say Hello. The driving rhythm section, with the harmonic drum and bass parts, reminds of some kind of early UK street punk, without sounding stupidly Oi! But the most important part is the awesome voice of Sushila, with perfectly matching Swedish lyrics to top things off and emphasize the band's own character. Members of VĂ¥nna Inget.  Comes with a download code

CRUELSTER "Potatoe Boys" LP  (Root of Evil Records)
Hailing from Cleveland, Cruelster are a weird blend of raw Hardcore and Oi. After two cassette releases (Demo and Split CS with Born Wrong) Potatoe Boys is Cruelster's debut LP; twelve songs in 11 minutes with a surprise in store at the end. Taking their influences from a mesh of bands, their sound is unique without being off-putting. Packaged in recycled and handscreened/glued sleeves, limited to 300 copies.

GOVERNMENT FLU "Tension (US Tour Press)" LP  (Refuse Records)
Do you feel tension in the air? This is Refuse Records' hundreth release! Heart is bursting with pride and appreciation for everyone who has helped us to reach this number. This special hundreth release is neither a repress/ re-edition nor any kind of a cult band from over there, but the band that was formed in the same city Refuse Records was founded. From here, right here and right now. This is the release which shows that PLHC is the quality you need to take into account...Over the last few years GOV FLU have been showing their class, gaining respect both on their own backyard and abroad. But this new record is a step even further. New songs are bursting with high octane energy, they have become faster and even more aggressive. Wolfi excells himself on the drums, Ralf spits out even more venom and anger and Marcin and Lipek do their guitar parts at breakneck speed. The sound causes adrenaline rush which can put your life at risk. Recorded and mixed by Mad Greg, mastered by Smok and here we have it - the release which is undoubtedly one of the most killer records that have been put out by the Vistula river in a recent years.

DEFIANT POSE #8 w/ REMA REMA "International Scale" 7"  (Inflammable Material Records)
Interviews and coverage of REMA REMA, THE HERETICS, CERVIX, BLOOD & ROSES, two pages from Aaron Cometbus, and an interview with obscure 1976 London all-girl punks THE STENCH (who pre-dated The Slits). 36 pages total. All this plus a double-sided 11x17 poster of original art by Alexander Heir (NYC: Death/ Traitors, Survival, Burn Books). Licensed US edition printed by Feel It.  REMA-REMA were one of the very first British post punk groups and released a sole 12" record on the 4AD label (BAUHAUS, BIRTHDAY PARTY, etc.) in 1980. This is the first unreleased Rema-Rema material to surface in over three decades, comprising two songs recorded as four-track demos in 1978-9. ‘International Scale’ is a thudding two-chord denunciation of the music “biz”, dominated by a metronomic floor-tom/kick-drum backdrop and menacing feedback, whilst ‘Short Stories’ is a stark, brittle and melodic 2-minute post-punk song. Both were the nearest in R-R’s repertoire to that old verse-chorus/verse-chorus standard. Pressed on thick 70 gram black vinyl with an insert included. Released by Inflammable Material (UK).

In our brand new issue — MRR #373, June 2014 — we sit down with Italy punks ANTI YOU at the tail end of their US tour; we talk with local enfant terrible DESTRY HAMPTON about his life and music growing up in SF; Mitch Clem and Ben Snakepit get tipsy in a van and talk comics, music and mid-life crises, and we get the details on Chicago’s upcoming queer and transgender festival, FED UP FEST! We discuss squats and apathy with Norwegian HC punks KNUSTE RUTER, and dis Christianity with Canadian melodic punkers CRUSADES; the LOWEST from Poland discuss unity and politics in their local scene, and we learn about Spanish-singin’ Finnish rock ’n’ rollers LOS CULITOS. We also talk with Sacramento punk-rockers RAT DAMAGE, San Bernardino d-beat ponx PESADILLA DISTOPIKA, Connecticut’s badass punk ladies DAMN BROADS, Providence-based angular-punk outfit COTTAGING, and Urbana-Champaign mathy-rockers HANK.. There’re also the usual “Shitworker of the Month” and “What’s the Scoop?” and our newest feature, “From the Vault,” this month featuring the epic WIPERS. All of this, plus your usual columns, book, zine and movie reviews, and the most extensive record reviews section in punk print, yo!

Restocks for 05.16.14:

BREAKOUT - Razor Wire 7"
S.H.I.T. - Collective Unconsciousness 7"
SOA - First Demo 12/29/80 7"

GAS RAG - Beats Off LP
VOID - Sessions 1981-1983 LP

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