Tuesday, 21 March 2017

In/Humanity


In/Humanity were a four-piece hardcore/screamo band from Columbia, South Carolina, that formed in 1992 and broke up in 1998. What this band is most renowned for is coining the term/genre of "emo violence". Essentially, it combines the emotional, melodic outbursts of emo/screamo with the intense, fast-paced aggressiveness of hardcore/powerviolence. The vocals are scorching, the instrumentals topple over each other, and their entire discography consists of nothing but pure, unadulterated, intensity mixed in with a plethora of film samples and such. This is one sprawling hour of chaos that cannot be missed for fans of aggressive music that doesn't take itself too seriously. Enjoy.

1. Double Digit Fun
2. Teenage Suicide - Do It!
3. Emo Violence Generation
4. Too Drunk To Molotov
5. Super Plan B
6. We Are The Kids - 1
7. Against All Youth
8. We Are The Kids - 2
9. Dork Side Of The Farce
10. Greener Eyes
11. If It's Wrong It's Real
12. Let There Never Be Another Song Ever Wrote
13. Embrace Androgyny
14. Fuck The Death Penalty, Let's Compromise
15. Southern Swastikas
16. Beaten Words
17. Burn It To The Ground
18. Three Flags Over Capitol City
19. Victim In Pain
20. Me And My Shadow
21. Kill It
22. No Thanks Mr. Roboto
23. If I Can't Have What I Want (I Don't Want Anything)
24. 1, 2, 3, 4
25. Modern Hate Vibe
26. Home Away From Home
27. Stupid Children
28. Las Machinas Intermission
29. Nuclear Winter Wonderland
30. Ins And Outs Of A Waste Of Flesh
31. Portion Of 130 Faces
32. Mystery Solved... History Behind The Mystery
33. The Execution Of Clive
34. New Discarded Evidence In The Case
35. Occultonomy
36. Oh No!
37. Nutty Antichrist
38. Kids In Cults
39. We're Sick Of Music And We Hate Each Other
40. Anakrinomphy
41. Silentest Night
42. Emotional Violence

Friday, 17 March 2017

Lewd Acts


Lewd Acts were a four-piece hardcore band from San Diego, California that formed in 2004 and broke up in 2010, before briefly reuniting in 2012. They played a dark, aggressive form of hardcore that blended the sludgy, down-tuned sound of Cursed with the technical riffs of Converge, and the energy of a band like Blacklisted. This makes sense, since like all the aforementioned, Lewd Acts were also a Deathwish band. They only released one album, 2009's incredible Black Eye Blues, which is easily one of that decade's best hardcore releases. In addition, the compilation Dark Days includes all of the band's early (and fantastic) material. The cassette put out in 2012 contains demos recorded and distributed after they reunited. Not much else to say, except this is (relatively) "modern" hardcore at its finest. Enjoy.

1. The Bridge
2. Holy Hands
3. Fun In Funeral
4. Enterlewd/Self-Esteem Roller
5. That Time Of The Month
6. Apple Eyes
7. San Diego Transmitted Disease
8. Womanipulation
9. Thirteen
10. I Scream
11. Pallbearer Blues
12. Drifter's Sole
13. You Ain't No Patron Saint

1. Lung Patrol
2. Segue
3. Play Me Something That I Know
4. Partners In Time

1. Hour Of The Wolf - Overload
2. Hour Of The Wolf - War Machine
3. Hour Of The Wolf - Nothing Hits As Hard As The Abyss
4. Lewd Acts - Broken Kids
5. Lewd Acts - Jealous Sea
6. Lewd Acts - Shark Bait
7. Lewd Acts - Glass Act

11. PH. Decontrol (Kid Dynamite cover)

1. Know Where To Go
2. Wide Black Eyes
3. Nightcrawlers
4. You Don't Need Me
5. I Don't Need You
6. Who Knew The West Coast Could Be So Cold
7. Penmanship Sailed
8. Young Lovers, Old Livers
9. Rot Gut Charlie
10. My Father Was A Locomotive
11. Nowhere To Go

1. Sad, Sorry Sack Of Shit And The Pursuit Of Crappiness
2. Esc-ist
3. Walking Man
4. Know Where To Grow

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Recreational Drugs


Recreational Drugs are a four-piece emo/indie band from Chicago, Illinois that formed in 2015 as a side project by Matthew Frank, who is also a member of Their / They're / There, among others. They put out their debut instrumental EP at the end of 2015 on Count Your Lucky Stars. It contains bright guitars and intricate bass lines which take influence from the math rock/emo blend of Kinsella-core bands Owls and American Football. Last year they put out one demo track from a forthcoming album, which we will hopefully get to hear soon. If instrumental emo is something lacking in your life, Recreational Drugs is your fix. Enjoy.

1. A Song For Dogs
2. Ontario
3. A Song For Cats

1. A Song For Quaaludes (LP Demo)

Friday, 10 March 2017

Mom Jeans.


The requests are killing me. I can no longer deny the awesomeness that is Mom Jeans., who put out an incredible album last year that is right up this blog's alley. Mom Jeans. are a three-piece punk/emo/indie band from Berkeley, California that formed in 2014. Best Buds is 10 tracks of catchy songs with unforgettably relatable lyrics. Fans of Tigers Jaw, Modern Baseball, The Front Bottoms, Joyce Manor, and The Hotelier will undoubtedly fall in love with this record. I don't even know what else to say about this, honestly. This is a great album that has been requested to death, and one that I'm sure a lot of people here will get into it. Enjoy.

1. Death Cup
2. Danger Can't
3. Movember
4. Edward 40 Hands
5. *sobs quietly*
6. Poor Boxer Shorts
7. Remy's Boys
8. Girl Scout Cookies
9. Scott Pilgrim V. My GPA
10. Vape Nation

1. Graduating Life - Metallica Rules
2. Graduating Life - Mom Jeans Sucks (But Austin Drives A Fast Car Tho)
3. Mom Jeans. - Heck You Bart Pt. II: Electric Boogaloo
4. Mom Jeans. - Shred Cruz

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Glocca Morra


Glocca Morra were a four-piece emo/indie band originally from Miami, Florida and later from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that formed in 2007 and broke up in 2015. These guys were one of the best bands who put out one of the best albums in this whole "emo revival" thing. Just Married is right up there with Some Kind of Cadwallader or I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted as one of the Cap'n Jazz (I Wish I Was) albums ever. The band has a fantastic energy with some incredible songs that never take themselves too seriously, but still offer up some potency. I can't recommend this band enough to someone who thinks an indie/emo/punk hybrid thing sounds bada$$. Enjoy.

1. Ender All
2. Doomsday Patrol
3. Be Afraid!
4. Museum Mouth (Acoustic)
5. Weekend Fires
6. Train Hoppers
7. Fucking Miami
8. Dead Kids
9. Wicked Summer

1. Ego Death
2. Caution Clouds / Sticky Fingers
3. Leech Mansion
4. Fake Teeth
5. Starvation Limits / Tokyo Snow
6. Apocalyptic Showdown
7. Majik City / Sleep Logging
8. Ddementia Pillss

1. The Greek Favourites - Wax Wings
2. The Greek Favourites - Cold Soft Metal
3. Glocca Morra - Bedford Avenue
4. Glocca Morra - New Years Eve (Titan House)
5. Glocca Morra - Weekend At Glen Burnies III 

1. Professional Confessional
2. Little Man
3. Support My Head
4. Nostalgia, As A Place
5. Railing
6. "Them"

1. Y'all Boots Hats? (Die Angry)
2. Irrevocable, Motherfucker
3. Hot & Informed
4. Anniversary Song
5. Why Am I Not Going Under Walter?
6. My Black Dog / Cosmic Being
7. Broken Cigarettes
8. Theories On Relativity By David Nicholas By Glocca Morra
9. Eat The Fucking Snow
10. 40 Hugger / Get Fucked
11. Me + Geniene

1. See Through Person
2. Gun Control
3. For Lauren Lee
4. Kaspar Hauser Lied
5. The Void
6. Deep Pocket

1. Burning Love / Burning Desire
2. Number 2

Note: Glocca Morra side only

1. Wussy Pillow
2. Secret Drinker

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Bikini Kill

This marks post numero 600. As always, thanks for continuing to check in on this blog throughout its five years of existence, and hope to continue sharing as much music as possible with you guys for another five. To mark the occasion, as I have in the past, I picked one particular band that I think is absolutely essential to check out. This time around it's Bikini Kill, a band whose relevance has not wavered, even decades after they formed. Thus, cementing them as one of the most important bands to ever emerge out of punk rock as a whole, and known for putting the "revolt" in "revolution", haha.


Bikini Kill formed in Olympia, Washington in 1990. What began as a fanzine eventually turned into a band consisting of Kathleen Hanna (vocals), Billy Karren (guitar), Kathi Wilcox (bass), and Tobi Vail (drums). Though their reputation tends to precede them, there's no denying that Bikini Kill, in the sole context of a punk rock band, were fantastic. They brought an unadulterated energy to their music that very few bands ever match. In a way, they formed as a response to the brutish male aggression that had begun to dominate hardcore punk, and ended up besting those bands at their own game. Bikini Kill were a unique creation, that still sound distinct thanks to some fantastic songwriting and Hanna's indescribably charismatic vocal performances.


Though they do stand on their own, they are also inseparably linked to a major movement in punk, riot grrrl, which they are often credited with having kick-started (along with Bratmobile and many others). Essentially, it was punk's feminist movement (and also a major factor in third-wave feminism), in which many bands began addressing women's rights issues, in addition to a plethora of other sociopolitical subjects. I can't think of a better example than Bikini Kill, who laid their agenda out in plain sight, with their sound, approach, and lyrics being incredibly empowering to an undeniably (and unjustly) marginalized group of people (aka 50% of the world's population). I'm not going to get into it more than that, but essentially a band like this is important, in addition to being straight-up good.


A few notes on their discography. Revolution Girl Style Now! was their debut, a self-released demo that came out in 1991 (and reissued in 2015). It was followed up by their first official release, a self-titled EP in 1992 that began their relationship with Kill Rock Stars (a fantastic label). Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah was originally released as a split with another band, Huggy Bear, and was the first appearance of their signature anthem, "Rebel Girl". Both their first EP and split would later be compiled on The CD Version Of The First Two Records, which is aptly titled. Their debut LP, Pussy Whipped, came out in 1994, and is a definite essential here. It's follow-up, Reject All American, was released in 1996, a year before they broke up. It's a bit poppier than their prior releases, but still just as strong. A posthumous compilation, The Singles, was put out in 1998. If there is one thing here that must be heard, it's this. Every song is incredible, it clocks in under 20 minutes, and contains some of their best material.


Post-Bikini Kill, its members still remained fairly active. All members except Hanna had been playing in another band called The Frumpies, who were active in the years after Bikini Kill broke up. Hanna formed a short-lived project, Julie Ruin, before fronting Le Tigre, an electronic project that's arguably just as well-known as Bikini Kill. She is now active in another band, The Julie Ruin (key word is "The"), with Kathi Wilcox. They just released a new album last year, which is very solid. In addition, a documentary came out in 2013, The Punk Singer, which documents Hanna's life and career. It is highly, highly recommended if you get the chance to check it out. Enjoy.

1. Candy
2. Daddy's Little Girl
3. Feels Blind
4. Suck My Left One
5. Carnival
6. This Is Not A Test
7. Double Dare Ya
8. Liar

1. Double Dare Ya
2. Liar
3. Carnival
4. Suck My Left One
5. Feels Blind
6. Thurston Hearts The Who

1. White Boy
2. This Is Not A Test
3. Don't Need You
4. Jigsaw Youth
5. Resist Psychic Death
6. Rebel Girl
7. Outta Me

1. Blood One
2. Alien She
3. Magnet
4. Speed Heart
5. Lil' Red
6. Tell Me So
7. Sugar
8. Star Bellied Boy
9. Hamster Baby
10. Rebel Girl
11. Star Fish
12. For Tammy Rae

1. Double Dare Ya
2. Liar
3. Carnival
4. Suck My Left One
5. Feels Blind
6. Thurston Hearts The Who
7. White Boy
8. This Is Not A Test
9. Don't Need You
10. Jigsaw Youth
11. Resist Psychic Death
12. Rebel Girl
13. Outta Me

Reject All American (1996)
1. Statement of Vindication
2. Capri Pants
3. Jet Ski
4. Distinct Complicity
5. False Start
6. R.I.P.
7. No Backrub
8. Bloody Ice Cream
9. For Only
10. Tony Randall
11. Reject All American
12. The Finale

The Singles (1998)
1. New Radio
2. Rebel Girl
3. Demirep
4. In Accordance To Natural Law
5. Strawberry Julius
6. Anti-Pleasure Dissertation
7. Rah! Rah! Replica
8. I Like Fucking
9. I Hate Danger

Bandcamp

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Twelve Hour Turn


Twelve Hour Turn were a four-piece post-hardcore/emo band from Gainesville/Jacksonville, Florida that were around from 1996 to 2002. They played a melodic and technically intricate brand of emo with screamed vocals (if only there were a word for that...). Their off-kilter rhythms and shouted vocals will definitely appeal to fans of Unwound, Drive Like Jehu, and even Hot Water Music. However, the best comparison is to split-mates I Hate Myself, another Florida band who perfected melodrama. They were signed to No Idea Records, and put out quite a decent chunk of music in their time (relative to others like them). Twelve Hour Turn are a fantastic band, simply put, and definitely recommended. Enjoy.

1. Our Son Is Dead
2. An Optional
3. Weary

1. Twelve Hour Turn - Wide Awake
2. Twelve Hour Turn - Flowers For The Dead

1. Twelve Hour Turn - A Letter To My Uncle
2. Twelve Hour Turn - He'd Rather Not Watch

1. I Hate Myself - Fred Mertz Was Most Likely A Bad Poet And A Pervert
2. I Hate Myself - Song For All The Young Casanovas And Casanovettes
3. I Hate Myself - Kamikaze
4. Twelve Hour Turn - Pennyloafer
5. Twelve Hour Turn - Jack
6. Twelve Hour Turn - Call Chance
7. Twelve Hour Turn - Clothesline
8. Twelve Hour Turn - Cassette 

Note: I Hate Myself post here

1. New Snake
2. How To Build
3. Second Story
4. I Get Lively...
5. Ghost Kitty
6. New Rock
7. For Want Of a Real Whole
8. A Mouth of Suitable Size
9. ...to Bury The Ugly
10. Little One
11. This Papermill Is Getting Me

1. I, Too, Had Potential
2. It's Your Move
3. Sink and Swim
4. Preoccupied with the History Department

1. Water Under Bridges Rise
2. Sleep Comes Early For You
3. Like A Cool Breeze Blowing Through Your Wallet
4. Dance Like Everyone Is Watching
5. The Dream Of Youth
6. Manifest Destiny
7. No Tomorrow
8. I Was Raised To Break
9. Don't Let The Music Die, And Don't Replace Me

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Enoch Ardon


Enoch Ardon are a four-piece screamo band from Oviedo, Spain that formed in 2006. Their main point of comparison is Orchid, which as far as influences go, it doesn't get much better than that. They were mainly active around 2006 and 2007, but released a new 7" a few years back in 2014, which picks up right where they left off, which is pure, chaotic goodness. Enjoy.

1. Sigo Atado
2. Truenos Truenos
3. Disnea
4. Osos De Ojos Verdes
5. Cuando Estaba Muerto Los Pájaros Se Posaban Sobre Mi Nariz
6. Iceberg

10. Basmati

1. Una Mano Empuja A La Otra
2. Qoala
3. Hacerte Llorar Perros
4. Piernas Sin Gente
5. Explosiones A La Velocidad De La Luz
6. ---
7. Ozono Troposférico
8. Un Caballo Tranquilo
9. Síndrome Del Temblor Negro
10. Dientes Hipersensibles
11. ----

1. Un Pie Pisa Al Otro
2. Caminando Boca Abajo
3. Mucho Lujo
4. Nosia
5. El Aullido

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Droughts


Droughts are a four-piece post-hardcore/emo band from Chicago, Illinois that formed in 2010. Up until this point, all I was really familiar with in regards to this band was their splits, which were with some incredible bands (one with William Bonney, and another with Prawn, Frameworks, and Kittyhawk). Fast-forward to 2017, and they just released a new full-length which I figured I'd check out, and I have to say, it's absolutely fantastic. The odd rhythms, bass-heavy riffs, angular guitars, and screamed/shouted vocals all harken back to a ton of the great post-hardcore bands that came out of the underground punk scene in the 90's. Specifically, their Bandcamp references Shotmaker, an incredible band and perfect point of comparison. It also mentions These Arms Are Snakes, which is another definite clear influence. Victor! Fix The Sun and The Reptilian also come to mind, while we're in the midst of rallying off band names here. Overall, Stay Behind is a highly recommended listen, especially for someone looking for good, modern post-hardcore that still stays true to the genre's roots. Enjoy.

1. Stillborn
2. No Blood Loss
3. Paper Cut Outs

1. Droughts - Class Of '09
2. Droughts - Body Of Glass
3. William Bonney - The Rapture
4. William Bonney - Red River
5. William Bonney - Robbie Hansen

1. Kittyhawk - Daily Dodger
2. Kittyhawk - Food Fight
3. Prawn - Nerves
4. Prawn - Laki
5. Droughts - Deaf Grin
6. Droughts - Financed Furniture
7. Frameworks - Presomnal
8. Frameworks - Preamble

1. Closer
2. I Wish I Had Your Optimism
3. Stay Behind
4. Deaf Grin
5. Financed Future
6. Class Of '09
7. Body Full Of Glass
8. Stillborn
9. No Blood Loss
10. Paper Cut Outs

1. Welcome Back
2. God City
3. Pure Carbon
4. I Wish I Had Your Optimism
5. Marionette
6. Remove Yourself
7. Cutouts
8. Lose Light
9. Mainstay
10. Stay Behind
11. Never Done