Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Polar Bear Club

Here's a band that's been requested a few times. I can't believe I haven't posted them on here earlier, actually. They could be one of my favourite modern bands, and have been for a long time now. They almost embody everything that the bands I post on here have, that's how awesome, representative, and diverse they are. I'm not sure why there's an introduction to this post, but it's certainly deserved, because Polar Bear Club are an amazing band.


Polar Bear Club are a five-piece post-hardcore/pop punk/indie band from Rochester/Syracuse, New York that formed in 2005. They signed to Bridge Nine in 2009. Since their inception, these guys have just been "killin' it". Everything they do is unbelievable. They're a powerful live band, an endless supply of mind-blowing recorded material, and super consistent in both. The band's sound is quite distinct. The vocals are harsh, but always carry strong melodies, and sometimes break into a more softly sung voice. The songs are super catchy, even with the melding of different instrumental bits. The band is certainly technically proficient, and often show it off, while remaining incredibly tight. They know how to play, how to write a song, and to fucking perform it. Their energy is unmatched. So check them out if you haven't, this is one band you don't want to miss out on.

1. To The Engravers
2. Let My Dry Eyes Play
3. Overflow
4. Adam O
5. Instrumental

1. Election Day
2. Resent And Resistance
3. His Devotee
4. Parked In The Parking Lot Of Your Heart
5. Most Miserable Life

1. Eat Dinner, Bury The Dog, And Run
2. Hollow Place
3. The Bug Parade
4. Another Night In The Rock
5. Burned Out In A Jar
6. As 'Twere The Mirror
7. Tried
8. Our Ballads
9. Heart Attack At Thirty
10. Convinced I'm Wrong

1. Living Saints
2. Dead Man
3. Boxes

1. See The Wind
2. Living Saints
3. Boxes
4. Take Me To The Town
5. Drifting Thing
6. Light Of Local Eyes
7. Song To Persona
8. The Old Fisher Burial Ground
9. One Hit Back
10. Chasing Hamburg

1. Drifting Thing (Team Goldie Remix)

1. Killin' It

Full comp here

1. Killin It
2. Screams In Caves
3. Close Knit

1. Pawner
2. Killin' It
3. Screams In Caves
4. Kneel On Nails
5. My Best Days
6. Life Between The Lines
7. I'll Never Leave New York
8. Bottled Wind
9. Slow Roam
10. Religion On The Radio
11. 3-4 Tango

1. The Wonder Years - Anchor (Into It. Over It. cover)
2. Polar Bear Club - Skipping Stone (Transit cover)
3. Transit - Resent And Resistance (Polar Bear Club cover)
4. The Story So Far - Wrightsville Beach (A Loss For Words cover)
5. A Loss For Words - Quicksand (The Story So Far cover)
6. Into It. Over It. - Don't Let Me Cave In (The Wonder Years cover)

1. Burned Out In A Jar
2. Light of Local Eyes
3. Drifting Thing
4. Screams In Caves
5. Living Saints
6. Bug Parade
7. Slow Roam
8. Hollow Place
9. Left And Leaving
10. Religion On The Radio
11. His Devotee
12. At Your Funeral
13. Convinced I'm Wrong


1. Blood Balloon
2. Graph Paper Glory Days
3. So I Buy
4. For Show
5. Siouxsie Jeanne
6. WLWYCD
7. Chicago Spring
8. When We Were College Kids
9. Twang (Blister Burn)
10. Upstate Mosquito

4. New Hollywood

Note: Full comp here

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Victor! Fix The Sun


Victor! Fix The Sun was a three-piece post-hardcore/screamo band from Michigan that existed from 2003-2011. They took heavy influence from the DC greats such as Q And Not U, Fugazi, etc. I think this band is pretty underrated, since they put out some amazing material, but have never really gotten a ton of recognition for it. So definitely check them out, and spread the word. Their members now play in Jowls, another great band, and Blank States. We is a split with Tanooki Suit, but I only have Victor! Fix The Sun's side. Enjoy.

1. Exhilaration Is The Best Drug
2. Groove Pocket
3. Chatter Box

1. Heartbeat Like Lightspeed
2. Aren't We All Like Montreal?
3. Karma Suits Ya
4. Stay Out Of The Treees!
5. 1 Word, 5 Letters, 4 Reasons
6. A Different Shade of Blue Turned Grayscale
7. A Kissed Fist And...
8. ...Two Fingers Twisted In the Middle

1. My Friend The Guru
2. We Come from the Northwoods
3. Paperthing Feather F
4. Blind Man's Bluff
5. Person Place or Thing
6. Infested, Mother Approved

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Funeral Diner


Funeral Diner were a a legendary screamo band from Half Moon Bay, California that existed from 1998-2007. These guys were incredibly active during their time as a band, with constant releases being put out on and an endless touring schedule. They've also proven to be one of the most influential bands in their genre. They're one of the few bands that really manage to embody every aspect of screamo in their music. They can be chaotic, melodic, emotionally passionate and intense, dark, crushing, dynamic, and hinted at post-rock influences to create songs of epic proportion. The band included former members of Portraits Of Past and Takura among others, and featured members that would later go on to be a part of ...Who Calls So Loud, Stirling Says, Lemonade, and others. In my opinion, they are probably a first-tier essential screamo band, along with Orchid, Saetia, pg.99, etc., so definitely be sure to get into Funeral Diner if you haven't already. Enjoy.

1. Funeral Diner - My Fist Smells Like Graveyard
2. Funeral Diner - We Don't Belong In Concrete
3. Funeral Diner - The Nightbuilders
4. Funeral Diner - Sleeping Boy The Paranoid
5. Funeral Diner - Journeyman
6. Staircase - Escapism
7. Staircase - This Phone Line That Stretches Across Hills And Reservoirs
8. Staircase - Site Of A Train Wreck
9. Staircase - Paper Weight
10. Staircase - In Regards...

1. The Shivering - Bound
2. The Shivering - With The Seasons
3. The Shivering - Someone Inside
4. The Shivering - Bring Me Fire
5. The Shivering - Cease
6. Funeral Diner - Direct Hit
7. Funeral Diner - Easy Chair Method
8. Funeral Diner - Torn Safety Net
9. Funeral Diner - Anemic Bulemic
10. Funeral Diner - Sleeping Boy The Paranoid

1. Syncope
2. Direct Hit
3. Lackluster
4. There Are No Todays Today, So There's No Yesterday's Tomorrow
5. I Wish I Could Do The Back-Stroke
6. Chalk Angels
7. Paper
8. Fire... Deth


1. ...And The Beast Shall Be Made Legion
2. End On 6
3. The Wicked
4. It Burns

1. Lucky Strike
2. I Wish I Could Do The Backstroke
3. Choirs And Cannons
4. Shifting
5. Direct Hit
6. Easy Chair Method
7. Torn Safety Net
8. Anemic Bulemic
9. Sleeping Boy The Paranoid
10. My Fist Smells Like Graveyard
11. We Don't Belong In Concrete
12. The Nightbuilders
13. Sleeping Boy The Paranoid
14. Jounreyman
15. .5
16. Sleeping Boy The Paranoid (Original Version)
17. Pharmacy Rage 

1. Yeah, You Remember That
2. A True Triumph Of Man VS. Machine
3. Welcome To My Book Collection
4. Chameleon
5. Wearing Thin
6. City Of Webs
7. Shifting
8. This Truly Is God's Country
9. Let Me Get A Few Practice Stabs

1. End On End - One Thousand Years And This Still Makes Sense
2. End On End - Street Paved Privilege Not Gold
3. Funeral Diner - This Truly Is God's Country
4. Under A Dying Sun - Pigeons
5. Endzweck - Flower Bouquet
6. Endzweck - Silent Prayer

1. The Saddest Landscape - Spring (Rites of Spring cover)
2. Funeral Diner - Deeper Than Inside (Rites of Spring cover)

1. Dead City - 1600
2. Dead City - Eulogy
3. Dead City - Truth
4. Dead City - Failure
5. Funeral Diner - Let Me Get A Few Practice Stabs
6. Funeral Diner - Wearing Thin
7. Funeral Diner - City Of Webs
8. Funeral Diner - Chameleon

1. Zann - Selbstbetrug
2. Zann - ???
3. Funeral Diner - Lie In Headlights

1. Welcome The Plague Year - We Had Hoped For So Much More...
2. Funeral Diner - Yeah, You Remember That...

1. Raein - This Life My Cage
2. Raein - On Air
3. Funeral Diner - Welcome To My Book Collection

1. Bearing My Shield Or Borne Upon My Shield
2. Under
3. Never To Be
4. For The Beasts
5. City Of Webs (Title Remix)
6. Shifting (Battery Cage "street Arcade High Score" Remix)
7. This Truly Is God's Country (See Colin Slash Mix)
8. Shifting (Midnight Laserbeam Remix)
9. Shifting (Black Van Remix)

1. Decline
2. Collapsing
3. We Become Buried
4. It Is Good That We Never Met
5. Two Houses
6. What Was Said
7. Regardless We Fall
8. We All Have Blood On Our Hands

1. Addendum
2. I Was The Sword
3. Two More

29. Addendum

1. This Wrath
2. Carved From Stone
3. Neither Option
4. Head Of Vecha
5. This Optimism

1. Ampere - Secret Hallways/Sleepwalkers
2. Funeral Diner - I Was The Sword

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

father figure

father figure are a three-piece screamo/emo band from Denton, Texas that formed in 2011 and unfortunately broke up in 2013. The band features members of Innards and Two Knights, and basically sounds like an amalgamation of the two. These guys are great. They aren't groundbreaking or anything, they just have a fucking great sound that they pull off flawlessly, and I'd go as far as to say that they're one of my personal favourite modern screamo bands. I love the lyrics, as overdramatic as they are, and their delivery, as overdramatic as it is. But that's kind of what makes them so awesome. Enjoy.

1. royal pain is ramona flowers
2. the side of me i hope you'll never see
3. hugh jazz
4. hot wads to stop the bleeding
5. mary 'wrestlemania' spuckler
6. your best is an idiot

1. Black
2. (Ears of a Beagle) The Rockland Mann Love Story, Pt. 2
3. Dreams
4. Ted, Dancing
5. Slideshow
6. (B.Y.O.K.) The Rockland Mann Love Story, Pt. 3
7. Mark of Shane
8. Dad Libs
9. Together We're Alone
10. Flowers

1. what the hell is on jonny's head?
2. death is my way out (d.i.m.w.o)
3. mean girls ripoff
4. maybe i'm upset, no, wait, definitely
5. this is my attempt at an apology 

1. father figure - Dakota's Incredible Droopy Impression
2. father figure - I Think I'm Immune to Hangovers (Either That or I'm So Use to Feeling Like Shit It Goes Unnoticed)
3. Marcy - One
4. Marcy - Two
5. Marcy - Three
6. Marcy - Four
7. Marcy - Five
8. Marcy - Six
9. Marcy - Seven

Blacklisted

Blacklisted are a hardcore band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that formed in 2003. They've been one of the most prominent (and in my opinion, best) bands to emerge from the hardcore in the past decade or so. These guys are absolutely thunderous and crushing, though certainly balance their all-out attacks of ferocity with more technical, experimental aspects, especially in more recent years. They've worked with Deathwish, Six Feet Under, as well as others throughout their history, which should indicate what a solid backing they have, as well as deserve.  Blacklisted are essential for anyone into hardcore, or even just getting into it, since they've got everything going on, and it's all at a top-notch level. I fucking love this band, as many others do, so enjoy.


A few notes on their discography: their very first release, a demo from 2003, isn't below separately, but can be found on We're Unstoppable, which is a compilation that combines both that demo and the EP Our Youth Is Wasted. The whole album is phenomenal. So, You Are A Magician? is an EP that actually only includes the first three songs, but the version I have is a Japanese one that also includes two songs from a compilation, a demo song, and their Live On BBC 1 session.

1. Long Way Home
2. Finding Faith
3. That Ain't Real Much
4. Crossed Fingers
5. 3800 (We're Unstoppable)
6. Transparent/Opaque

1. Blacklisted - Nowhere USA
2. Blacklisted - Eye For An Eye
3. First Blood - Surrender
4. First Blood - Tides

1. Long Way Home
2. Finding Faith
3. That Ain't Real Much
4. Crossed Fingers
5. 3800 (We're Unstoppable)
6. Transparent/Opaque
7. My Advice
8. Back And Forth
9. Left Alone
10. Who I Am


1. The Tourist
2. Wolves At My Door
3. Bruising Serenade
4. I Refuse
5. Life Moves On
6. What's Wrong With George?
7. Old Friend
8. Brightest Son
9. How Quickly We Forget (Again)
10. Do You Feel?
11. Coming Clean
12. Good Grief
13. Mother Teresa

1. Nowhere U.S.A.
2. Eye For An Eye
3. That Ain't Real Much
4. Divorced
5. Long Way Home
6. Finding Faith
7. River Runs Red (Life Of Agony cover)

1. Ivory Tower
2. Memory Layne
3. Canonized
4. Setting Sun

1. Stations
2. Touch Test
3. I Am Weighing Me Down
4. Always
5. Memory Layne
6. Circuit Breaker
7. Matrimony
8. Self Explosive
9. Burning Monk
10. Canonized
11. Wish

1. Our Apartment Is Always Empty
2. Everything In My Life Is For Sale
3. J.M.N. (Interlude)
4. No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me
5. G.E.H. (Interlude)
6. The P.I.G. (Problem Is G.)
7. I'm Trying To Disappear
8. Palisade
9. Skeletons
10. I Am Extradoniary
11. S.M.F. (Interlude)

1. Stones Throw
2. The P.I.G. (Alt. Version)
3. Eccentrichine
4. Wish (Acousic Version)

1. Mentalist
2. Cooper Fields
3. Houdini Fields
4. Those Shields Around You (Bonus Track)
5. It's All Going Down (Bonus Track)
6. Stations (Demo)
7. I Am Weighing Me Down (Radio Session)
8. Circuit Breaker (Radio Session)
9. No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me (Radio Session)
10. Those Shields Around You (Radio Session)

1. Insularized
2. Turn In The Pike
3. Riptide
4. Deeper Kind
5. Gossamer
6. Burnt Palms
7. Foreign Observer
8. Calenders
9. Wooder Ice
10. Bottle Rockets
11. When People Grow, People Go

1. Dry Shaving
2. Please Go Away