Upcoming releases for 2017 are: CAREER SUICIDE LP/CD, CENTURY PALM LP, UV-TV LP, PRESSING ON 7”.
MONGOLOID plays rock and roll LP
BIG UGLY ROCK MACHINE rears its disgusted head out in a 17 minute fit of speed and beat. MONOGOLOID MONGLOID MONGOGLOID play to the tune of you spilling your drink as you fumble for your footing. Blitzed out guitars play in an echo of this world’s upset youth- bringing a giant wake up call to the vapid and empty headed rather than the more common “MA AND PA SCREW OFF!!” Yeah some how that collosal man with a skin head found a marching whistle and the beat to back it all up in this upset display of HARDCORE played the way it was meant to be.
From Sorry State Man, Mongoloid’s previous releases were awesome, but they did not adequately prepare me for the sheer power of this LP. You may or may not have noticed that I rarely compare bands to Poison Idea in my descriptions… except when some aspect of the band sound uncannily like PI (like, say, Long Knife’s vocals), I tend to reserve the coveted Poison Idea comparison for only the best of the best hardcore bands. Well, Plays Rock and Roll deserves that comparison, not only because the gruff-yet-catchy vocals and occasionally slightly rocked-out solos recall War All the Time / Feel the Darkness-era Poison Idea, but also because the band are just that good. The production here is absolutely perfect… clear, loud and powerful with a drum sound that any hardcore band would kill for, and the playing is blisteringly fast and tight, but still totally in the pocket with a manic, fist-pumping groove. And the song-writing is amazingly catchy, whether you’re talking about the blistering Circle Jerks-esque changes on “Dick in the Dirt” or the overt catchiness of tracks like “Scene Sucker,” which is like a slightly tougher version of Government Warning or Career Suicide at their very best. If you like hardcore, you need to get this LP right now because this LP is hardcore. Highest possible recommendation.
COLOR TV 7”
Hailing from the Twin Cities, C-TV is new band featuring some of the folks who brought you The Retainers, W.H. Walker, and Cheap Time, among others. They play dynamic, hook-laden punk rock that is tight and to the point, with raw production that harkens back to the sounds of yesteryear. You can hear a range of influences that can be traced to the KBD bands, Good Vibrations label, assorted Oz punk, the Red Snerts: Sound of Gulcher comp, and an undeniable early Minneapolis sound via Suicide Commandos. Music that is short and sweet with a black eye.
WORSE rubber burner LP
New York City’s WORSE have made an LP of noisy rock’n’roll songs that don’t shy away from being punk. The band relies heavily on pop sensibilities while having guitars that blare through sounding not unlike the classic 90’s bands HARVEY MILK and HAMMERHEAD. The slugging-drawls of the instruments bleed into the two-singer vocals and what you’re left with is a puddle of punk rock goodness. The arrangements are complicated even in their brute force and the quick psychedelic dives show just how compelling a two minute, three chord song can be. The band has been compared to “Floyd the Barber”-era NIRVANA and FLIPPER, but this LP draws more from bands like COWS or even BUTTHOLE SURFERS than it does the Pacific Northwest sound. The hardest part of describing “RUBBER BURNER” is that all nine songs stand alone independent of each other. The members of worse have been in bands like NOMOS, BATTLETORN, GRIDS, and SYPHILITIC LUST and all three members played together in NYC’s unforgiving SHOXX. “RUBBER BURNER” was recorded by BEN GREENBERG and mastered by WILL KILLINGSWORTH.
BIB pop 7”
Omaha, Nebraskas BIB presents POP. Their follow up release to their 2015 Demo. POP takes you on a panicked journey through a wormhole of anxiety and isolation. BIB continues their wall of noise style production on this release, with delayed vocals that sound like they’re being tossed off of a mountain. BIB mixes quick, full chord riffs with crushing breakdowns. Vocals weave between child like shrill barks, primordial grunts, and pressure reducing singing. The final track, P. M. F. ends the record with a chaotic blast of organ that perfectly captures BIB’s pop and hardcore sound.
YOUTH AVOIDERS spare parts 7”
Spare Parts is the new recording from Paris’s Youth Avoiders. The EP offers 4 new songs in the same vein as their 2014 album (also on Deranged) where the band perfected their brand of fast melodic hardcore like Career Suicide meets hook driven punk of the Red Dons.
VIOLENT MINDS eyes of death + bonus tracks LP
Repress of the glorious hardcore classic album EYES OF DEATH by Violent Minds, remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege with two bonus tracks. The repress also includes new art from Raf the Might/Too Many Skulls.
For the uninitiated, Violent Minds was/is Zach Amsters who temporarily relocated to Toronto to join No Warning in early 2000s. They wrote two incredible 7”s (s/t and Riot) and then in 2007 this monster album was recorded along with a few Philadelphia locals. Fast forward to 2012, Zach assembles a different crew in Boston and records a handful of new tracks with Chris Cory at the Paincave studio. This repress includes 2 tracks (Prison Planet & False Prophets) from this 2012 session. Features members of No Warning, Fucked Up, Boston Strangler, Mind Eraser, No Tolerance, Shark Attack, The Rival Mob.
Please note we also have a hand full of test presses for this title available for $30 in our online store.
In case you missed these recent gems:
TENEMENT self titled LP
After the release of last year’s highly anticipated double LP masterpiece, “Predatory Headlights,” comes a new 12” EP by the Wisconsin punk outfit known as Tenement. This self-titled record includes the newly mastered 5-song tour EP only previously released to a limited 50 cassettes, as well as two new unreleased tracks. Like most Tenement releases, this record transitions willingly into a different side of the band, one that’s a little less punk and a little more pop. It’s a sound that’s been poking it’s way through the band’s decade long tarp, finally stretching a hole large enough to crawl out of. The band has always stayed steadfast to being one big polychromatic puzzle. No singular record can properly portray their musical identity as a whole. Here lies yet another piece to the ongoing puzzle, a puzzle many fans surely hope won’t get solved anytime soon. Limited Orange vinyl available while copies last.
BIB ‘demo’ 7”
When you hear Omaha, Nebraska, you might think of steak, Warren Buffet, or Saddle Creek Records. But you probably don’t think of hardcore. In comes BIB. Noisey, blown out hardcore from the middle of nowhere. Following the “everything louder than everything else approach” to their demo, Bibs already colossal riffs sound like an avalanche when the bottom drops. Squirmy effected vocals veer their sound from huge to weird. Live, sometimes seen with 3 guitar players, Bib takes their wall of sound to a whole new level that will leave your eardrums vibrating. The straight ahead, downstroke pounding demo has been compared to the likes of Hoax mixed with Pissed Jeans. Originally released on a limited run of self dubbed tapes, Bib is happy to bring their demo to life as a 7 inch with help from Deranged.
CULT VALUES s/t LP
Cult Values was formed in October 2014 in Berlin as an international collaboration between people from the USA, New Zealand, Austria and Germany. After recording a much acclaimed demo in 2015 (out on Berlin’s own Static Age Rec.) and a line up change on drums right after, CV started playing tons of shows in Germany and the periphery as well as writing songs for an LP.
Musically, there is something very early American hardcore meets moody punk about their sound, defined by fast, melodic, and confident guitar play reminiscent of Articles of Faith and more recently Criminal Code. Cult Values deliver 10 tracks of potent dark hardcore that will surely leave those hungry for a solid contemporary take on a classic sound quite satisfied.