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LABEL AND WEBSTORE UPDATE 05.17.12
Greetings! Here's a brand new webstore update for you. It's fairly brief compared to the last couple I've done, so hopefully I won't be taking too much of your time here. Before I get to the new distro items for the week, some quick label updates.
In case this is the first update of mine you've read this year, the first four planned GM releases for 2012 are out now and available in the webstore and hopefully your favorite stores and distros as well. Some updates on those - I still have a handful of color weenil left for both the BAD ADVICE "Do Not Resuscitate" 7" and the BLOODY GEARS "Frozen Rain" 7" so grab em! The SECTARIAN VIOLENCE 7" color is sold out, and the first press is almost gone as well ... SV will be touring the states next month, most of the shows will be with POISON PLANET and you can check the dates here: http://www.facebook.com/events/434847643196653/
.... The first batch of BIG EYES "Back from the Moon" 7" on white weenil have sold out, BUT I have 100 more coming hopefully before the month is up, so that's good news for all of you that missed out the first time around. The band will also have copies of the white weenil too, so if you catch them live pick one up from them!
Some quick updates on upcoming stuff - the SCHOOL JERKS weenil will be done this month and we are putting the finishing touches on the artwork, hoping for a mid to late JUNE release on that LP, so stay tuned for more info. The NIGHT BIRDS "Fresh Kills Vol. 1" LP is in motion as well, hoping to have it in time for their July West Coast Tour (dates here: http://www.facebook.com/events/286709031404840/
). The new BRAIN F≠ LP is recorded and is awaiting some mixing and mastering, so expect more updates on that one in the coming months. SECTARIAN VIOLENCE will also be recording for a new 12" when they are in the US that I will be putting out here and CARRY THE WEIGHT Records will be pressing it in the UK. Finally, unfortunately no updates on the wonderful reissue projects we've got slated for this year (86 MENTALITY, THE THUMBS, STRIKING DISTANCE, MOD SUBS) but if all goes as planned, I'll be pulling the trigger on at least 2 of those next month. Stay tuned!
On to the new distro stuff ...
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Ok, gonna keep this short and sweet. First off, I grabbed a handful of DEEP SLEEP shirts off them on their last day of tour, as well as some left over Tour version of their "Turn Me Off" LP ... I think this is the first time that DEEP SLEEP shirts have been available online, so grab em while you can! Got a bunch of killer new LPs including the new BLOODY GEARS LP on Deranged. The "Frozen Rain" 7" single that came out on GM last month was for this LP, so if you dug that then you NEED this! Also grabbed copies of the new NO CLASS LP on Deranged as well ... and before you ask, the new CREEM LP was ordered but delayed, so I should have that in the webstore next week if all goes as planned. In other LP news, picked up some copies of the new TRAUMA LP on Feral Ward, the new NATURAL LAW and MERCHANDISE LPs on Katorga Works, along with the new NOMAD 7" and restocks on the WARRIOR KIDS LP, HOAX 7" (finally!), and CREEM 7"!!!
Picked up a ton of new singles too, including the newest from VAASKA on Heartfirst, also finally grabbed some copies of the KRIEGSHOG "Hardcore Hell" 7" as well (a few years late, I know)! Grabbed the three newest Canadian reissues from Ugly Pop (SPYS, HOT NASTIES, ROCK'N'ROLL BITCHES), a ton of releases from Feral Kid Records; 7"s from MAYDAY, WHITE WHALE, I OBJECT, HUMAN TOUCH, PLATES, RESIST CONTROL, and some restocks as well (BROWN SUGAR, INSUBORDINATES); also grabbed the newest 7" single from Hermosa Beach's THE IMPOSTERS!
Finally, stocked back up on reprints of FOUR different issues of DISTORT zine, highly recommended. Also restocked the NEGATIVE INSIGHT zine w/ tape, and grabbed two killer demos from Richmond's BARGE and Toronto's KREMLIN!
That's all for now, thanks for reading!
Alex / GRAVE MISTAKE RECORDS
NEW WEBSTORE TITLES FOR 05.17.12:
BLOODY GEARS "LANDSCAPES OF DISEASE" LP (DERANGED)
The first full length from Boston trio Bloody Gears. Eight tracks of dark melodic punk, bleak and bitter as New England winter. These songs express the frustrating alienation and looming despair of modern existence. Drawing their own sound from punk, postpunk, and hardcore, Bloody Gears are often compared to bands like the Wipers, Husker Du, Moving Targets, or Articles of Faith. The LP, which builds on the foundation of a demo and two 7"s, includes a different mix of the recent single "Frozen Rain."
NO CLASS "KEINE KLASS II" LP (DERANGED)
Keine Klasse II is No Class' 2nd attempt at peering out of their 'Neanderthalic' cave in which they reside. Perceiving a world which they still don’t care for, Keine Klasse II picks up the motion where Keine Klasse left off, with 10 more tracks of knuckle dragging commentary on your identity, religion, scene and whatever else rubs them the wrong way. Which is pretty much everything. With the right touch of hate and sarcasm….. it's fast, it's slow, it's intellectual, and of course, moronic. Nice gatefold jacket to boot.
TRAUMA "S/T" LP (FERAL WARD)
Brand new on FERAL WARD, ten ripping tracks. "Trauma is a hardcore band hailing from Portland, Oregon and include two guys from Tragedy (Todd and Billy). Tracks are fast, short and powerful and hardly last over a minute each, vocals are shouted, guitars are chaotic and deliver raging riffs reminding of Finnish hardcore bands. There is no any filler all track are nice. This is aggressive and powerful hardcore and the decent sound helps the band deliver the goods"
NATURAL LAW "FIND THE FLOCK" LP (KATORGA WORKS)
Debut LP from this HC band who, apparently, is partly from NYC and partly from DC. The label description also makes a comparison between this and late-era Minor Threat, and I can definitely hear that... not so much Salad Days as Out of Step. It also reminds me quite a lot of Verbal Assault, Four Walls Falling, and others who took that complex, song-oriented HC sound and ran with it. However, Natural Law are a lot more raw and unpolished than either of those bands, so if you like, say, the UX Vileheads LP you'll also dig this one pretty hard. Definitely a standout. Katorga Works / Deranged
MERCHANDISE "CHILDREN OF DESIRE" LP (KATORGA WORKS)
Just in time for the summer is this infectiously catchy new one from Florida’s Merchandise. Their previous album (Strange Songs) in the Dark was an eye opener or sure, with a wonderful mixture of darker post-punk, shoegaze, and touches of their former hardcore related projects. However, with Children of Desire the group has tossed a lot of that out of the window and are certainly going for broke on creating a pop masterpiece here. By all accounts they are coming about as close as to anything I’ve heard for years with this record. Wonderfully blended once again, keeping around enough of the fuzz and scraping metallic distortion from the gazier aspects of their sound to surround the Moz like crooning of singer Carson Cox. It also helps that this has a deliciously 80’s throwback indie/pop vibe throughout it, right down to the production values and the echoed drum effects. Perfect. Did I already mention that this thing is catchy? Oh right, I did. Well it is worth mentioning again because the effects of listening to these tracks are the cause for countless days of humming riffs to myself while walking around work. I wasn’t really aware that Merchandise had this sort of potential in them, even after hearing their excellent debut record, but Children of Desire is the type of album that is going to stick around for awhile. No doubt. Get ready to see this championed throughout the summer folks. It’s good, real good.
NOMAD "S/T" 7" (KATORGA WORKS)
NYC d-beat warriors Nomad return with their elite brand of ultra-distorted punk insanity in the vein of Confuse and Disorder. Sung in Japanese, Nomad brings the best single syllable sing-a-longs and fist pumping glory in all of the U.S. Split release with TOXIC STATE.
VAASKA "CONDENADO" 7" (HEARTFIRST)
A new 6 song EP by VAASKA from Texas. They come from the vibrant Austin scene and feature members from other more or less known bands which I will not mention here. After two 12"s on Todo Destruido and 540 records this is their first 7" EP and on here they have taken a slightly new direction, away from the early raw sound. This 7" has it all, great power, hooks and vocals in Spanish. This 7"s features 6 hits clocking in at just under 10 minutes. Recorded again by Hanz Zimmerman, Mastered by Jack Control and beautifully packaged in gloomy artwork by Brian Miller. Besides the lyric insert this EP comes with a double sided silk screened inner sleeve printed by the Big Double Os. VAASKA are currently writing songs for another 7" to be released later in 2012.
KRIEGSHOG "HARDCORE HELL" 7" (HEARTFIRST)
Re-release of their debut EP with new artwork and one extra song. One of the most amazing bands in recent times and one of the hottest new bands from Japan at the moment. The original sold out instantly in February 2008. Here is what MRR hat to say about the original version: "I am almost left speechless on how fucking good this record is. the ultra-hardcore brutal legion needs to maim and murder to get this record ‘cuz it fucking kills an I heard it is already long gone. ok, what does it sound like, you may ask? driving, fist-pumping hardcore with loads of distortion, ferocious drumming, and vocals that drive right through my skull. side one paints a picture for you by having some war-time sample – ya know, gunfire and commotion followed by a sic-year-old girl’s blood-curdling scream – then in comes the audio assault. killer!" (martin sorrondeguy, maximum rocknroll no. 300).
IMPOSTERS "FIRE PLUG" 7" (IMPOSTERS)
Brand new single from Hermosa Beach's THE IMPOSTERS. Two new tracks, the follow up to their LP on Dead Beat records. So many modern bands have has been described as surf punk, but almost all of them fall short. The one band that comes to mind that truly fits that description is Hermosa Beach's THE IMPOSTERS. Raised on bands like Agent Orange, the Adolescents, the Gears and JFA, THE IMPOSTERS impecably revive a sound that hasn't been done justice in many many years. If bands like the Simpletones, Sick Pleasure, Agent Orange, Red Kross or Negative Trend mean anything to ya, than this one's definitely right up yer alley. Locals only fuckers. No posers.
HOT NASTIES "INVASION OF THE TRIBBLES" 7" (UGLY POP)
At long last, a legitimate reissue of this Calgary band's superb "Invasion of the Tribbles" EP, originally released on the band's own Social Blemish label in 1980. Three tracks of smart, rough and original punk rock bursting with angst, enthusiasm and youthful naivete. Think a provincial Canadian equivalent to Peer Pressure, Tapeworm, Razar, early Television Personalities or the second Now 45. Needless to say, we're very excited to be doing this. (UP027)
SPYS "UNDERGROUND" 7" (UGLY POP)
Hailing from the unlikely locale of Windsor, Ontario, just across the river from Detroit, this crew of youthful punks managed to cough up yet another classic Canadian 45 in 1980. Nothing arty or pretentious here, and definitely nothing remotely "post-" about their brand of tough but catchy punk rock, which strikes that ideal balance between adolescent aggro and irresistible hooks. One of the toughest Canadian singles to find, but here's your chance to scoop a copy without having to cut back on the month's groceries. Comes with both original sleeve designs and unseen photos. (UP028)
ROCK'N'ROLL BITCHES "WILD WEST" 7" (UGLY POP)
While their name remains known to few outside the rabid record collector cogniscenti world-wide, this legendary Alberta outfit came barrelling out of Edmonton in 1980 with just this one near-perfect-- and very limited-- record before imploding and disappearing for evermore....but what a record it was. Coming across like nothing so much as a super-charged version of the first Teenage Head LP, these punks amped up the energy and aggression without sacrificing an ounce of their inherent raw tunefulness and swagger. Legitimately one of the greatest Canadian punk/rock'n'roll records ever released, and back in print for the first time in over thirty years! (UP029)
SCREAMING FEMALES "UGLY" 2xLP (DON GIOVANNI)
Screaming Females' seven years as a band, four full-length albums and 700 globe-spanning live shows has made them difficult to miss. Through it all, the New Brunswick, New Jersey trio have continued to exude a frenetic energy which is built upon the zeitgeist of America's punk and indie underground yet has always remained forward-looking.
POINTS, THE "S/T" LP (MUD MEMORY)
The Points are a mysterious trio duo with no last names from the hinterlands of Virginia. They drink buh-eer, play short songs that sound sorta like the Ramones, but faster and tougher, like if Dee-Dee was from Fredericksburg and lived in his car. They don't talk much or have patience for them that does.
GOD EQUALS GENOCIDE "RATTLED MINDS" LP (RAZORCAKE)
God Equals Genocide encapsulate the over the top fucktastic jackassery of having the time of your life with your friends while constantly getting pissed off by the state of the world. They’re at times vulnerable but never sentimental, angry but hardly bitter. With unrelenting dual male and female vocals, thrashy riffage, fist pumping melodies, and cowboy chord sing-along breakdowns they provide a respite from the unoriginal and unenthused. Rattled Minds sounds like worlds falling apart, while worlds are being created. Sort of like life. Imperfect, beautiful, disappointing, fractured, irreducible, wonderful life. GEG a punk band. With melody. With shambolic, effervescent spirit.
WHITE WHALE "NO SOLACE" 7" (FERAL KID)
This is the 4th EP from Buffalo, NY's White Whale, following a self-released EP, EP on Big Neck Records, and a split with Mallwalkers. Scum Stats: 320 Units, Black weenil, Screen-Printed cover.
WHITE WHALE / MALLWALKERS - SPLIT 7" (FERAL KID)
Mallwalkers are a modern response to Black Randy and the Metrosquad. Soul inspired punk with a horn section. This is the third weenil appearance of Buffalo, NY’s White Whale, first being self-released and the second being on Big Neck Records. They play dingy garage rock with some catchy hooks to keep your attention
MAYDAY "S/T" 7" (FERAL KID)
"Surf-punk done poorly is some of the most wretched music one can create, but surf-punk done well (and what a rare bird that is) is actually a shitload of fun. I'm enthused to have one band (two even, if you count Insubordinates from Rotchester) doing it well in Buffalo, widely renowned home of sand, waves and sun. This three song 7" is lifted from a larger batch of recordings (and they had a tape out previously) and they play tunes that I imagine would have appeared on the 'Beach Blvd.' comp if it was released on Dangerhouse. Surprisingly strong and tough female vocals (and that's her on the blistering leads as well), and get this: she actually sings! And sings well, at that. Match that with a swinging rhythm section and it makes for some icebox jammers. There's the obligatory instro and a punker on the A-Side, and "Blud Beach" on the flip sounds like The Gears for a minute or two before getting all stoned out for the ride home. Exceptional and one of the few local bands that are actually exciting and have some inkling as to what playing punk music actually entails. Scum stats: unofficial "Seasonal Geese" sleeve variant of 30 copies (some with condom), I imagine there have some regular sleeves and a few hundred more records as well.(RK)" Review from Terminal Boredom
I OBJECT "SAVE YOURSELF" 7" (FERAL KID)
First new record in 4 years. 2 originals and a Screamers cover. mid-tempo angry yet catchy female-fronted hardcore punk. This is the best record that the band has put out to date. "First new music for this band in quite sometime and recorded as a three piece, with Biff playing both guitar and bass and he's quite proficient on both and generates a fiery wall of sound. Three blistering songs--the thrashy "Savior," mid-tempo "Taboo" and a hammering cover of the Screamers' "In A Better World," which obviously takes on a different dimension with the addition of non-keyboard instruments. And quite a colorful cover, as you see... Glad to have 'em back." - suburban voice
HUMAN TOUCH "S/T" 7" (FERAL KID)
Debut EP featuring member of Running For Cover, Coworkers, Bestower and other ragers fron Buffalo, NY. Fast, raging, female-fronted hardcore-punk stuff. Scum Stats: 320 Units, Black weenil, Screen-Printed cover. no variant
PLATES "TAKING PICTURES OF POOR PEOPLE" 7" (FERAL KID)
Second EP by the band and a bit heavier than the last. Very gritty and angry punk in vain of Flipper or Jesus Lizard style to some degree. This single is from the same recording session as their self-titled LP on Big Neck Records
RESIST CONTROL "DISSIPATION" 7" (FERAL KID)
This band is a powerhouse from Buffalo, NY consisting of older dudes that have been around for a while and know what they are doing. Really heavy and fast hardcore punk which brings to mind the aggression of the likes of No Comment. Short, fast, and fucking pissed! 11 song EP. "After a killer demo from awhile back and a couple tracks on the recent Buffalo Brutality comp, Resist Control unleash a raging EP. Fast and intense, the songs blaze by in a matter of seconds. The urgency is up front and in your face. The drummer sounds like a machine! So fast and throttling. Just listen to “Ideas Not Politics”: teetering on the edge of chaos! The only time they really slow down is toward the end of “Kleptocracy.” The chorus on “Falling Apart” slows down a touch and is catchy, but they keep it in the red for the most part. Damn good record!" - RAZORCAKE
PORCUPINE "WITNESS TO A CHASE SCENE" 7" (HANG UP)
Fuzzed out alt/indie rock from Wisconsin. Not to easy to tag these guys... maybe Dinosaur Jr. meets Foo Fighters? Loud Ugly Pop!
MANGES, THE "MANDY" 7" (HANG UP)
The Manges are more than a band, they're a punk rock institution! They've been keeping the blitzkrieg beat alive for more than 12 years now.
BOYS CLUB, THE "EGBDF" 7" (HANG UP)
This looks deceptively more lo-fi/lo-budget/lo-talent than it actually is; the record actually feels more like a contemporary cross between some sort of American indie club rock that never gets punker than the Buzzcocks ((though it does not sound Buzzcocks-like in the least)) and some kinda late 70’s punk/mainstream fence-straddler like Willy DeVille singing some song about how he wants some girl whose first and last names both end in a vowel to come down and meet him on the street corner or something, plus a few showy flourishes like doo-woppy bits and modern dissonance-pop chunks and breakdowns where all the music cuts out except for an unplugged electric guitar in the corner and the vocals suddenly coming out of a little tinny speaker. Took a couple spins but i really warmed up to it. They’ve indeed done fine, i tell you!!! BEST SONG: “Barracuda” BEST SONG TITLE: “Barracuda” if you are Heart or DMZ or someone i guess. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: The lyrics include the phrase “The Frozen Tundra” so you should obviously purchase a copy at once. –Rev. Norb
BARGE - DEMO TAPE
Brand new band from Richmond, VA punishing fastcore / power-violence in the vein of CROSSED OUT, INFEST, NO COMMENT; you know, all of the classics and this definitely holds up with the best of them!
KREMLIN - DOUBLE DEMO TAPE
Both 2011 demos by Toronto's KREMLIN on one tape. Canadian lumberjack lunatics influenced by TEEN IDLES meets SODOM (Japan) or THE SEXUAL. Expect no mercy! 10 songs of basement recorded punk filth. Professionally dubbed tapes for maximum loudness. Highly recommended! 7" coming soon on Hardware Records.
MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #349 - JUNE 2012
It’s a new month and Maximum Rocknroll, the world’s longest running independent punk magazine, has another great issue to offer! MRR #349, the June 2012 issue, with another killer cover drawing by Guillem el Muro, features UK anarcho-punk legends ANTISECT reflecting on their past and their upcoming tour, and Virginian crusters APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT discusses the band’s motivation through its radical political lens. We talk with David Ensminger about his book Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation, the Bay Area’s own NEGATIVE STANDARDS tells us about their multimedia assault to their noisy hardcore crustiness, Montreal Canada’s hardcore insanity known as the OMEGAS give us the down low, and ONLY FUMES AND CORPSES gives us a look at hardcore punk in Ireland. South Africa’s first punk band POWERAGE tells us about the emergence of punk in their side of the world, and the Bay Area’s NO STATIK discuss their scary hardcore driven noise mess. And this issue features three Japanese bands, starting with the long-running ZYANOSE telling us about punk in their town, while Japanese pop-punkers YOUR PEST BAND chime in, and the raw and loud noise attack that is SKIZOPHRENIA gives us a quickie. We also have a moving testament to the legacy of Peruvian punk movement Rock Subterraneo and the triumphant return of EUTANASIA; and a killer Greek scene report done by our very own new coordinator Lydia Athanasopoulou! As always, we also have an array of columns, news, and the most extensive review section in punk rock print!
ANXIETY - PATHETIC LP
BAD BRAINS - S/T (ROIR) LP
BROWN SUGAR - SINGS OF BIRDS AND RACISM LP
DAG NASTY - DAG WITH SHAWN LP
FAITH / VOID - SPLIT LP
FOUR OLD DISCHORD 7"S ON A 12" - SOA - TEEN IDLES - GI - YOUTH BRIGADE LP
MINOR THREAT - OUT OF STEP LP
ONE LAST WISH - 1986 LP
SCREAM - STILL SCREAMING LP
SCREAM - THIS SIDE UP LP
WARRIOR KIDS - LES ENFANT DE L'ESPOIR LP
DISTORT ZINE - ISSUE #18
DISTORT ZINE - ISSUE #19
DISTORT ZINE - ISSUE #21
DISTORT ZINE - ISSUE #22
NEGATIVE INSIGHT - ZINE ISSUE #1 w/ TAPE
BROWN SUGAR - TROPICAL DISEASE 7"
CREEM - GOOD RIDDANCE 7"
DAD'S - HAT CREEK 7"
DEATH TRAP - NO HICKS 7"
HOAX - S/T 7"
INSUBORDINATES - 1968 7"
MEAN JEANS / HOLLYWOOD - SPLIT 7"
RATIONAL ANIMALS - DISTORTED TEMPTATION 7"
SHIRKS - DC IS DOOMED 7"
SLOANE PETERSON - SECOND CHANCES 7"
TEEN IDLES - S/T 7"
TENEMENT - ICE PICK 7"