Saturday, 13 January 2018

THE METHADONES

















"not economically viable"
Year:  2004
Country:  US
City:  Chicago
Label:  Thick
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk


















Politically charged punk rock group from Santa Cruz, California. The Methadones were started as a side band by Dan Schafer (AKA Danny Vapid) in 1993. After only a few shows and with no real recordings to speak of, The Methadones were placed on hold, with Schafer's projects such as The Riverdales and The Mopes taking the spotlight. Then, in 1999, Schafer recruited fellow Mopes, B-Face and Dan Lumley and headed to Sonic Iguana in Lafayette IN, to record their debut record "Ill At Ease". After the recording, B-face and Lumley returned to their corners of the country due to geographical distance and commitments of their own. From there, Schafer went on to recruit fellow Chicagoans Pete Mittler and Mike Byrne (formerly Vindictives) to join. After several drummers, Michael Soucy, native to the Rhode Island and DC punk scenes, was enlisted to complete The Methadones. This core lineup has remained consistent since 2001 with five full length records under their belt. The band announced their split in 2010, but reunited again in 2014 to record an split single next to The Copyrights ans to play in several events and live concerts until nowadays.
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"career objective"
Year:  2002
Label:  Thick
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock





















The Methadones second album "career objective", originally released in 2002, re-mixed by Matt Allison at Atlas Studios, with a bonus track not on the original CD release. Matt re-built the album audio from the original masters, it sounds like they re-recorded the entire album from scratch. From there we had the new version of the album mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering. Rounding out the package is completely new artwork designed by the band.
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Sunday, 24 December 2017

FEAR
















"the record"
Year:  1982
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk


















Fear is a hardcore punk band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1977. The band is credited for helping to shape the sound and style of Californian hardcore punk. The group started out as part of the early California punk rock scene, and gained national prominence after an infamous 1981 performance on Saturday Night Live. Frontman Lee Ving has been the band's only constant member. Since its formation, the band has gone through various lineup changes, and at one point, featured Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on bass. Fear (with Ving as the only original member) performed in the annual Warped Tour in 2008, and at South by Southwest in 2012 and other sporadically events until nowadays.
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

LIMP WRIST

















"facades"
Year:  2017
Country:  US
City:  New York
Label:  Lengua Armada
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Punk

















Limp Wrist is a new york punk rock band, who formed in 1998. Featuring members of Los Crudos, Hail Mary, Devoid of Faith, By The Throat, and Kill the Man Who Questions, the band plays short, fast hardcore music, and covers themes concerning the gay community in their live performances and lyrics. They identify as part of the "queercore" punk subculture: referring to their style of music, the band declared in Frontiers magazine, "We put the 'core' back in 'Queercore'". The band are featured on the cover of My Brain Hurts, Liz Baillie's comic about queer teenagers in New York City.
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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

DEAD ENDING

















"shoot the messenger"
Year:  2017
Country:  US
City:  Chicago
Label:  Alternative Tentacles
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  20
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore


















With the world’s current political systems in a state of flux, it’s only fitting that Dead Ending return with Shoot The Messenger. Politically charged, this electrifying new release is a call to arms for those willing to speak out against the destruction of democracy clutched in the hands of clowns posing as elected officials. The band lashes out at the throats of the 1% like a cornered, savage beast hungering for the blood of its oppressor. Unrelenting, uncompromising and unwilling to turn a blind eye, they push forward with their spirit of chaotic hardcore in an effort to educate the masses to stand up and be heard.  Founded by The Bomb guitarist Jeff Dean, thsi current line-up includes Vic Bondi, front-man of the legendary Chicago punk band Articles of Faith, Derek Grant, drummer of Alkaline Trio and newest recruit, and Nathan Voorhees (Ensign, Vision).
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Thursday, 23 November 2017

SOCIAL DISTORTION

















"sex, love and rock'n'roll"
Year:  2004
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  Sony
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock


















"sex, love and rock 'n' roll" is the sixth album by californian punk rock band Social Distortion. It is their first studio album in eight years, since the release of "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" in 1996, the longest gap between Social Distortion's studio albums to date. The album was originally scheduled to be released in the fall of 2000, but was not yet completed, and it was officially released on September 28, 2004. A great deal of the album is a musical eulogy to former guitarist Dennis Danell, who died in 2000. The album's opening track, "Reach for the Sky", was released in late 2004 and became one of Social Distortion's biggest hits. Social Distortion could not release a follow-up to "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" partly because of their various other activities, most obviously those of frontman Mike Ness. He released two solo albums in 1999, one with original material ("Cheating at Solitaire") and one with song covers ("Under the Influences"). Due to his touring schedule with the band, "Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll" was set aside for a number of years before finally being completed in 2004. The song "Nickels and Dimes" is a play on hardcore punk band Minutemen masterpiece album "Double Nickels on the Dime".
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"white light white heat white trash"
Year:  1996
Label:  Sony
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  46 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:       Punk  Rock



















This grouping gathers together all versions of the "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" album, originally released in 1996, as well as subsequent repressings and bootleg versions. "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" is the fifth album by American punk rock band, Social Distortion, released on September 17, 1996, by Epic Records. The album was produced by Michael Beinhorn. "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" is the last Social Distortion album to feature guitarist Dennis Danell who died on February 29, 2000, of a cerebral aneurysm at the age of 38. It is also the band's last release on Epic Records. The album received Social Distortion's highest ever chart position, entering the Billboard 200 album chart at #27. Stylistically, the album is harder and considered a return to their punk roots. The title of the album is a play on the 1968 Velvet Underground album, "White Light/White Heat". The Velvet Underground record is known for being one of the most original, and probably the heaviest, records of the time, just as "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" for Social Distortion has a harder sound than those albums preceding it.
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Friday, 17 November 2017

VOODOO GLOW SKULLS



















"firme"
Year:  1995
Country:  US
City:  Riverside, CA
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:       Ska        Hardcore




















Voodoo Glow Skulls is a californian ska punk band formed in 1988 in Riverside, by brothers Francisco, Eduardo and Jorge Casillas and their longtime friend Jerry O'Neill. Voodoo Glow Skulls first played at backyard parties and later at Spanky's Café in their hometown of Riverside, where they played shows with the named punk rock bands of their state. People and medias usually describe their style as "ska-core", cause their way to play ska is extremly fast and extremly distorted, which can to remind other bands such as: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones,  Against All Authority, The Suicide Machines or Primeval Soup, to mention just a few ones.
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Thursday, 16 November 2017

DMZ

















"demos / live"
Year:  1977
Country:  US
City:  Boston
Label:  Crypt
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Garage Rock


















DMZ was a first-wave american punk rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, strongly influenced by 1960s garage rock, psychedelic keyboards and classic rock'n'roll, with a crude, rude and noisy sound. Some people call them as first punk rock band, other as garage rock and other ones as simply and classic rock'n'roll. DMZ was active from 1976 to 1978, and come back to the scene in 2001 to 2003. They recorded an only one album in 1978 and some live recordings, demos and outakes, which were released with the pass of the years though different record labels. Notorious are their covers of bands as The Stooges, Iggy Pop or The Sonics to mention just a few ones. Highly recommended for those lovers of old sound.
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Monday, 13 November 2017

WORN IN RED





















"banshees"
Year:  2012
Country:  US
City:  Monticello, VA
Label:  No Idea
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Hardcore

















virginian post-hardcore outfit Worn in Red recently returned with a new full-length. Banshees, the act's second album, takes everything that worked on debut In the Offing and just, ya know…keeps doing that. Fans of Hot Water Music, Bridge & Tunnel and Young Livers should be down with the sound. Also, just to clarify how Fest-ish the band gets, they'll be at Fest 11, so bring your beard. Banshees is something of a spiritual cousin to Bridge and Tunnel's Rebuilding Year: The tunes bring the noise but also find time for some atmospheric noodling. Dig on fiery closer "Beethoven Knows." At some points, it's a straight ahead rocker, culminating in a desperate race to the finish. But it also packs in some neat guitar ambience throughout as well, making it one of several tunes on the record that sound almost deceptively simple. Mostly, though, Worn in Red sticks to the HWM playbook: Big throaty vocals, snarling guitars, plenty of moments that call for bodies piling on top of bodies in concert. This band is a little different, but not too different. Still, what distinguishes Worn in Red from the pack, in addition to the jammier sections, lies in the lyrics. The band has certain emo leanings, and they all come out in the words. Song after song is rife with questioning and doubt, yearning for change. Sometimes they disappear up their own ass ("Is it too late for something? / If that something is the only thing we know?"), but the underlying hope that pushes this search complements the rocking nicely. Worn in Red don't exactly reinvent post-hardcore here, but Banshees is still a solid record all the same. Here's yet another band to research for the Fest (*Review by Joe Pelone ).
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