Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bone Bats---Entry-Level

Bone Bats////Entry-Level
this is my pet Jimmy, he's cute.


1) Quarantine the Pabst
2) Cash Bone
3) Ghost Channel
4) Fake Science Monthly
5) Never-ending Sass Equation
6) Weed Jeans (Jazz Cords)
8) Baby, You Can Extend My Metaphor
9) Jesus Could've Gotten Into Any Frat He Wanted To.
10) Selfie Destruct 

#spookymonth anthem right here, skele-ladies and skele-men.

Entry-level was recorded in some west philly basement that was probably lit up by black-wax candles and and bone-torches. Recorded with only the best microphones available from the grave. Melodies are loose and enjoyable, just like the joints in between your bones. Faint traces of influences include bands like, Dinosaur Jr., Smashing Pumpkins, Joyce Manor, and Bats. Bats are probably the pre-bonement version of Bone Bats where they finally realized they can have some fun in their little bat caskets.   

This is you and two of your pals while you guys jam out to Entry-Level. You're all dancing. You're all dead. You've all decomposed down to the bone, but you're all dancing. (Them hips, though.)

WOAH DUDE, watch out for those sp00ky grooves, bud. This album brings us a great deal of ideas and textures from the grave that'll help make your bones rattle. Bone-Jams like Ghost Channel or Weed Jean (jazz cords) will spook ya. Ghosts everywhere. They'll possess you, and rock out to this jam, so if you notice any involuntary movement then you know why. These guys have serious songwriting creativity throughout the entire album, it effortlessly flows in-n-out of different styles to make the songs eccentric and interesting. I wonder how many bones they had to read to come up with these ideas. I super excited for whatever else they decide to conjure up in their spare time. Until then, rest in peace.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014



Free At Last is a totally cool youth crew straight edge mosh-mania band from Springfield Missouri. They just dropped a single from their upcoming release, "What's inside Four Walls", off of Moshers Delight Records. Really nice song, filled with cool two-steppy parts and nice old fashioned *Jumps in air and claps hands* parts. So check it out and be on the look out, I'm excited for this release to come out. 


Free At Last Facebook

Monday, September 22, 2014

Learning not to Care by Secret Stuff

//Learning not to Care|Secret Stuff\\
1. Maybe You Love Me, Maybe You Floridon't
2. You Make Me Touch Your Hands For Stupid Reasons
3. Senior Superlatives
4. Mila Kunis Seems Like A Lot Of Work To Date...
5. Are You Cullan Me A Liar? I Ain't Cullan You A Truther
6. My Life Is A Steinbeck Novel

Super duper emo band Secret Stuff''s super duper emo release, Learning Not To Care, is a super duper six song emo release. Filled with long song titles, twinkly guitar parts, sad lyrics, and at least one audio clip, with this you've got your normal everyday stock twinkle stuff, but with higher production quality. 
Not that being a generic emo band(emo/twinkle((Emo/indie pop))) is a bad thing however. Every band ever has something they can bring to the table. And besides this is a really nice release. Catchy riffs and choruses and super sad stuff makes me keep on coming back to listen to it. Runs times are shorter than your average song, (Or you can look at them as average to the normal 'underground-band' esq song). 
Overall with everything about it being put into account, it's a release you should check out. If you aren't really into emo music because you haven't been exposed to it, this is a great release to start with. If you do like emo music, hey, here's another one. If you hate emo music for no logical reason that you can back up: That's your choice but just so you know you're a dumb.

But I don't hate you, 
I just really wish I did
I would have married you,
Who am I kidding? We're just kids

Favorite Song: "Are You Cullan Me A Liar? I Ain't Cullan You A Truther"

Saturday, September 20, 2014

How Tough Are Yah? by xSPONGExCOREx

//How Tough Are Yah?||xSPONGExCOREx\\
1. G.A.R.Y.
2. So, You Like Kickin' Butts Do Yah?
3. Dubby Dan
4. He Was Number One
5. This is Patrick

Straight out of bikini bottom, Deathcore Straight Edge Band xSPONGExCOREx's first release, How Tough Are Yah? is a release you just can't pass up. Filled with Deathcore breakdowns every fourteen and a half seconds and full of a variety of vocals, this is a really interesting five minutes. Everything in this release screams 8th grade scene kid moshe so check this out, vying for a spot on my top 10 releases of 2014

Favorite Track: "So You Like Kickin' Butts Do Yah?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Interview with Cory Jensen of Long Drive Records

Long Drive Records, a "DIY" record label based out of Ozark, MO and Randolph, NJ, just signed their first band, CUT YOUR LOSSES, an easycore/metalcore/band-core band from California. I sat down with Cory Jensen and asked him some questions about the label, DIY, and what he's accomplished in the short time his label has existed. 

What inspired you to start a record label and why the name?
Honestly as cliche as it sounds it was something I saw a lot of other people doing... But at the same time something I have thought about doing for a while. Beyond Productions (My promotion Company) was at a standstill due to a lack of places to throw shows and I was looking for another way to contribute to the music scene and a record label just sounded like a cool idea. The name came from a guy that was a part of the label before Dave who turned out to be a huge scumbag. (But that's another story)

So you don't run it all by yourself?
No sir, before starting the label I told myself that I wouldn't do this unless I could find someone equally as passionate about working with bands to spread their craft. I met Dave through his company This Is Pop Punk Productions and saw that was putting out these like 50+ song free compilation albums on bandcamp and working incredibly hard to promote every band on said comp. I guess I just saw a lot of passion and drive in him and thought he was the perfect fit. We also added Carolyn Ambriano to the team to handle all the photography and design stuff. You might have seen her on the past few Firestarter Tours.

What is Long Drive all about?
For me personally I would say our mission Statement would be doing whatever we can as a label to help artists spread their art, whether it be through helping with financial aid all the way to booking a tour or just helping promote your new video.

When you first started the label, in all honesty I laughed at it, thinking it wasn't going to go anywhere. But I'll admit that you've done pretty well so far as a young label. Did you expect it to do this well this soon?
Honestly not at all... I've had the page up for under 6 months and it's more than tripled the amount of likes Beyond Productions has ant hat page has been up since 2011. We've received a ton of support from both bands and lovers of music. It's pretty humbling actually.
And it's ok man I used to laugh at you too and now you're dating Sarah, congrats btw!
Aww Thanks Mane :)

You just signed California (we'll call it easycore) band, Cut Your Losses. It's your first signing, and they're a bigger band. Do you have anything that you'll be releasing soon from them?
We'll be releasing their full length which should be out sometime next year!

What is some criteria a band has to meet to get signed?
Must not be fronted by Adrian Sprague. Haha just kidding of course, but in all seriousness we're looking for bands with a professional sound, appearance, and a set of goals.

Alright bud, what does DIY mean to you, and what should it mean to others?
According to Wikipedia DIY refers to the idea of self-sufficiency through completing tasks without the aid of a paid expert. Being a "DIY" record label the only thing we pay someone else to do is press physical copies of a band's music be it vinyl, tape, or cd and print merch. Everything else is done by one of us. To those of you outside of a label DIY should be about doing things yourself in such a way that gives you a feeling of pride knowing that you were able to complete a task on your own. Honestly I've been so surprised by the things I have achieved on my own just by deciding I was done letting others do everything for me. 

You used to put on shows through the promotion company Beyond Productions, do you think that your experience with that helps you with Long Drive?
Honestly not really, it's a completely different ballgame. The only thing I really gained from Beyond Pro that helped with the label was some connections including Carolyn.

Do you agree that The Greatest Generation is the best The Wonder Years Release?
Disagree, the upsides is.
I think you're dumb then.
It's the only TWY Album I have on vinyl ;)

If you could release a brand new release for one band that currently exists, what band would it be?
Top 5? The Wonder Years, Rotting Out, Turnstile, Mindset, Have Mercy

True or correct: Baja Blast tastes like piss
Well I've never actually consumed my own urine but i'm going to have to go with false. Or neither haha

Firestarter versus For The Win. Pop Punk vs. Easycore in an all out fight to the death, which band comes out on top?
That's a tough one, in a fair fight, I would say firestarter but if it was prison rules, For The Win.

Any other upcoming releases you're allowed to talk about?
We've been talking to one band in particular but haven't heard anything back in a while. Yo Brad if you're reading this holla at yo boi.

That's all of the questions I have, any last words?
Shout out to you for taking an interest in the label and running a killer blog!
Aww thanks man. That means a lot. Thanks for doing the interview.  

The Great American Goodbye by Arkham

//The Great American Goodbye||Arkham\\
1. Mourning in America
2. Youngblood
3. Old Money
4. Skeletal Machinery
5. Kelly Thomas
6. Flag Burner

Post Hardcore/Punk band, Arkham (Chicago) put out this six song release a month or so ago. Skramz/hardcore-style vocals mixed with Post Hardcore singing style/verses/tune, make up the vocals, and as far as music goes, it reminds me of what Defeater would sound like if they took out the lead guitar and tried their hand at low-tempo hardcore. These guys have a lot to say, and with catchy melodic chorus's, such as the one that fits into "Youngblood", their message is driven through.
Music is simple but interesting, drums aren't anything crazy, but they work well. Breakdown-ish measures, and nothing really overly low and deep sounding. The release as a whole has a darker vibe to it, which I really dig, and I didn't truly appreciate this release until the third or fourth time I listened to it. Some pretty good songwriting skills mixed with different influences help show off what this band can do. Check this release out, it's one that I'm really enjoying. I can't wait to see what else these guys can do. Chicago has some pretty darn good bands. That area in general has some really good bands.
Get it.

Favorite track: Youngblood


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Have/Had by Van Gogh Sky

//Have/Had||Van Gogh Sky\\
1. Wisdom Teeth
2. Newbury
3. Head North
4. Plans
                                                     5. Getting By <<SWEAR WORD IN THIS SONG!!!

MATH Florida Math Rock band, Van Gogh Sky's 5 song release, Have/Had, is one that's just full of math stuff so if you like MATH(math pop twinkle) then this is the release for you. This band also shares a member with one of my favorite twinkle/math bands, Hit Home (lol check out the horrible review I did back when I started this blog). 

A brief history of math music:
Humans>Noise>Early tribal songs>Instruments>Million Years>Chuck Berry>Rock>Progressive Rock>Rush makes the song "YYZ">Probably some nerds>Telecasters>Twinkle>Piglet

Vocals are a mixture of strained tenor singing and relaxed talk/singing/noise making. Guitars are all sorts of mathy and twinkly and I bet one of them is either a telecaster or one of the guys here wishes he had a telecaster or maybe I'm wrong(probably). Bass moves around and does it's own thing, sticking with the song of course, but doing better than most band's bassists do. But I mean it would be kind of hard to follow the root notes being played by the guitar when the guitars aren't strumming anything. Drums are cool and I bet the drummer crosses his arms a lot and probably gets tons of babes(Ladies). Or maybe dudes(Male gender people). Idk the world's a wonderful place full of sex and everyone's sexing everyone.

Anyway in all honesty this isn't even that mathy of a release, it's got math aspects but it's more twinkle/alternative emo rock some obscure genre that I could figure out but lets just call it More mathy than normal twinkle music. Genre's are imp0rtant guise


Half of a Good Plan by GIN WAR

//Half of a Good Plan||GIN WAR\\
1. In A Box
2. Honest
3. Wink
4. Disconnected

and i won't sleep a wink 
till you're in my lungs 
and on my breath 
i won't feel alive 
till you're in my life 
i'll be dying

Out through American Scream Records,  New Jersey alternative rock band GIN WAR's four song release, Half of A Good Plan showcases what these guys can do. Radio ready with catchy choruses and instrumentation, GIN WAR plays four solid tracks that you'll have stuck in your head for a while.
Reminds me of a lighter Darker Things by Choir Vandals. 
This band is a lot of fun in my opinion, instrumentation (Four Piece) (Guitar/guitar/drums/bass/vocals/vocals) is well done and relaxing, simple, but good; each person playing off one another and forming a really solid sound. As far as vocals go, Brandon and Mike's vocals are silky smooth, blanketing the top of each song.
There is certainly a pop aspect to this release, the catchy-ness and just the way the singing and guitars sound. Some super catchy riffs guys.  Time wise, this is a shorter release, and when you download it, you get a BONUS TRACK!)!)!?!@!@!@#!!!! wow coool bonus track

Bonus track guys. It's a catchy cool acoustic song so if you like what you hear, download the release and get the BONUS(!!!!!) track while you can. 

Favorite Song: Honest

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Modern Explorations by Modern Explorations

//Modern Explorations||Modern Explorations\\
1. Automata
2. Golf Courses and Jungles
3. Desert Action
4. Gently Rounded, Gently Curved

Corpus Christi, Texas band Modern Explorations plays a progressive/experimental type of rock. Reminds me a lot of Buttons and Mindy, but less mathy and more funky/metal (As far as instrumentation goes). Guitars twinkle around like twinkle guitars are supposed to do, and for once I'll have to say bass is not the most boring instrument to listen to on this release. Bass is really high in the mix, driving the rhythm home throughout the songs. Vocals are high and silky, lyrics are catchy and pop-like. Run times are all around 4 minutes long.
The way these guys play, you'd think they were playing math rock, I really dig the sound of the instrumentation. I've just got to say, Texas has one hell of a music scene. So many amazing bands are from there, hardcore bands and other types alike. I've still yet to hear a bad one out of there. I don't know what's in the water but I want it. The four song release is on Distro from Close Quarters Coalition , so check that label out. Check it out, it's a good release, and I'd like to hear more from them.

Favorite Song: Automata

Interview with Hal Crossno of Work Ethic Records

I got an interview with Hal Crossno from Work Ethic Records, a record label based out of Milwaukee. Hal's a really cool guy who does vocals in Blackhole and plays bass in No ThanksALL of the bands off of Work Ethic are bands that I really enjoy, and Hal puts a lot of time and effort into doing what he does. 

Why did you start a record label?

I've been working with bands and venues since I was around 14, and when I was 17, I started a distro. I had gotten a really nice free webstore, and wanted a central place for people to pick up all the different area music, zines, and merch. After doing that for about a year, my friends in this band called Sardis let me know they were recording a demo. I ask what they were going to do, and they told me they were probably going to put it out on burned cd's and write on them with sharpie and pass them out(as was the custom in 2010). I had gotten fed up with that trend, and proposed that I put the demo out on cassette for them. They thought I was nuts but thought it would be cool to, so I put it out through the distro. So I guess it started out of preference, but all the work in music I've done has been because it's what I legitimately care about. It's the only thing I think is worth investing time and money into.

So, Work Ethic Records used to be Our Block Records, what was the reason for the name switch?

Last year some life happened (I love my girlfriend very much), and ended up moving to Milwaukee. Ourblock was all about the region I was living in (Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas) and only worked with bands from that area. So, it didn't really make sense to have a regional label not living in that region.

Do you run Work Ethic Records by yourself?

Nope! I run it with my good friend and faithful life partner Brandon Smith, who is also the vocalist of NoxThanks, and drummer for Thought Crime.

What are some factors you put into releasing a band's material? What are some criteria a band needs to meet?

Every release has got to have art, lyrics, and a short write up about the subject matter of the record. As for bands, they have to be able to put everything together, and be ready to tour. Our sort of motto at Work Ethic is "We'll work as hard as you do."

If you could release a brand new release for any band in the world that currently exists, who would it be?

Man! To many to count. I would love to put out a flex record. I really dig Obstruct from the UK too, but I have a feeling they're not going to pan out.
Is Outbreak still a band?
I don't know, there are a lot of bands I dig right now, but I don't really want to talk about them...
I'd hate to construe any false hope haha

You play for hardcore band Blackhole, what's your favorite part about being in a band?

Playing home shows. Literally nothing is more cathartic or exhilarating than being in front of friends. Like, out of state shows and tours are great, and there are a few people that care about our band [in] other places, but I feel like our friends care the most. It really means a lot!

Do you think being in a band (Blackhole, No Thanks) helps you make decisions/run Work Ethic?

Definitely! It gives you a lot of perspective about who you're working with. I feel like it would be weird if you started a label and haven't been in a band. I would never ask anyone to do anything I wouldn't be able to do.

I know you've toured around a lot, but is there one particular tour/place that you've been to that you remember and cherish most of all?

Haha, "A Lot". I wish I could tour more. I don't think I really have a favorite. If music is a mistress, then tour is that girl you dated for two weeks, then dumped you but still wanted to be friends, and now you are very distant, but stay pseudo connected online, and may or may not meet again. Like relationships that are so cool, but it's weird having that wonderful experience and then immediately having to leave. Then you have another one, and then leave again. When you tour with another band it's even weirder, because it's like the same thing for a longer stretch of time, but it's still too short. Tour is just an all around surreal experience.

What does DIY mean to you, and what do you think it should mean to other people?
DIY means that I answer to no one. No one can tell me what I can or cannot do in the realm of creation, and there are a few things in my life that I actually have control over. It means that what I make with my hands will always be more valuable to me than anything mass produced, and that no matter what problems I come across in life, I'll be able to overcome them myself. As for other people, eh, that's up to them.

So I've heard a lot of different angles for the entire "Fast Dubbing/Normal Dubbing" debate, and if using fast dubbing reduces sound quality on cassettes. You release A LOT of cassettes (over half of my collection is from Our Block Records), so what is your opinion on the matter?

ALRIGHT TAPE NERDS. High speed dubbing is fine, but you will always cancel out frequencies when you do it. Let me explain: in normal dubbing, the master tape goes onto another tape, at the same speed, at the speed of the music. That means for each tape you make, it takes the length of the  music you are putting on it. 60 min of music = each tape takes an hour. In high speed dubbing, it's the same idea, but both tapes are on fast forward. Both tapes are receiving the same sounds at the same speed, which, in theory, when slowed down to normal speed, should play the sound as if it were dubbed at a lower speed. BUT. it doesn't. See, when you dub at a higher speed, you'll notice the pitch change, and the frequencies of the music go up. You'll be receiving a lot of mid-highs and highs, but not a lot of lows, or most of the mid range. There is a component of most tape decks made for high speed dubbing that is supposed to fix this problem, but I've never heard one that works properly Basically, you end up losing a lot of lows and mid range. Which is why, paired up, there is a lot more static comparatively to normal speed tapes, and they seem more tinny than normally dubbed tapes. I've never put out a release on high speed dubbed tapes. I've probably dubbed over 500 hours worth of tapes in the entirety of doing this.

What inspired you to make a record label?

It's a little embarrassing at this day and age, but in 2006-2011 I was really into Facedown records. Nerding out over that label got me into hardcore. The other labels would be discord and early bridge 9, just because what those guys do. Ian's ethics are great, and the image that Chris wren has with everything is just really cool to me. 

Any releases you're allowed to tell us about that are coming up for Work Ethic?

The new Corkscrew LP PATHWAY TO HELL will be out soon, they're just finishing up recording right now. There may or may not be a release from a new Chicago band down the pipe, and next year a 7" and an LP from two current Work Ethic Bands. That's all the details I can really pass out right now.

What are some things/tips that you'd tell new bands?
Everyone says this but it's true. PRACTICE. At least once a week. If you work on getting better, you will. Don't stop writing, having a back log of riffs and lyrics is really handy, and gives you a better feel for carving out your sound. Play everywhere in a 5 hour radius of your town, even if it's with bands that aren't your style. And most importantly, set realistic goals. Even if they are small! If your band has no direction, it probably wont' go anywhere!

Conditional by Conditional

1. Stability
2. Resistance is Futile
3. Comfort Zone
4. Fire Houses on Fire
5. Reprise
So "Progressive Punk Rock" (Good Pop Punk) band Conditional from Saint Louis just put out this five song self titled release. Songs are quick, to the point, and fast. Vocals are reminiscent of old fashioned pop punk (not this high pitched stuff that everyone makes fun of), bridging over with Title Fight vocals. Guitars/bass is simple pop punk stuff for the majority of the release, with some cool little riff parts thrown around to spice things up. Drums are fast and well played.

"This life is mine so this won't be the end of this game. One rejection doesn't mean that I should quit, but for now, I will take time off to acquire the best version of myself. It's only fair to whomever I'm with, but from time to time, I go back to the basics".

1. Quick, cool twinkly guitar parts
2. Easycore Breakdown!?!?!?!??!?!
3. Cool drumming/bass/Probably crowd calls would happen during this
4. Cool Lyrics/Cool Guitar/Best Song In general/Super Pop Punk
5. Quicker Song/Ambient/I have no idea what I'm doing

Overall, this is some good stuff, so check it out. Missouri music represent. 

Favorite track: Fire Houses On Fire

Growing Pains by Storyteller

//Growing Pains||Storyteller\\
1. Never Was
2. Never Will Be
3. Scars
4. Dead Sleep
5. Heavy Hearts (ft. Osacar Bamaca)
6. Fool's Gold (ft. Mackenzie Colvin)
7. Stand Up, Stand Tall
8. Passive Progression

On Distro from Driftwood Records CDs, Storyteller's 8 song release, Growing Pains, has a lot to be said about. The songs are quick, melodic, and filled with emotion. Combining spoken word vocals with Skramzy-esq/emo vocals, the lyrics take hold of the listener, combining with the emotional and well thought out music to swell and create some actually all around great music. Production is high quality, and instrumentation is mixed perfectly. While the songs meld together, almost seeming to form an entirely new song, there isn't a dull moment. The first song lulls you into a false sense of tranquility, yet immediately casts you into the raw emotion of the rest of the release. The songs rise and fall like a wave, cresting to peaks at certain sections and landing at lows at others. The songs keep moving, driving forward with emotion and head bobbing instrumentation. I'm not usually into bands like this, with the spoken word parts and the melodic hardcore vocals and such, but Storyteller does something amazing with it, making me come back to this release and start it over after every time I finish listening to it. This is a band everyone should check out. 

Favorite Song: "Passive Progression"

Get it here

Storyteller's facebook

Oh Just A Few Boys Horsin Around By Dirt Nap

//Oh Just A Few Boys Horsin Around||Dirt Nap\\
1. Jvngle Boys
2. Drunk Snake
3. Tar Pit
4. Birds of Paradise
6. Le Bushes
7. Kiss My Bones
8. Chocolate Covered Ants

THE River Punk cute fvck bois are back with a brand new 8 song release. Recorded on 4/20, released on 9/11, Dirt Nap is a band full of fun. Their first release, Jvst Ask the Boys, is one I still listen to on a regular basis so this second release coming out means a lot. Dirt Nap reminds me of some 1970's garage band (if I listened to 1970's garage band music). Surf rock but with that midwest lovin. As far as production go, this has to be classified as Lo-fi, but it's the professional kinda lo-fi, if you think that's an actual thing.  This release makes me want to get drunk and go to a basement show and do some weird handstands and skank and cut off my right hand and kiss a boy. (If you go to one of their shows you WILL end up kissing a boy). 
Vocals are lethargic and fun, guitars are filled with wacky reverb and distortion, and the drums (Alex Harris) are fun to listen to and as chaotic as the rest of the release.

                                             "Uragggahhhhhhhhhhh ooooohhhhhhh"

Cool sp00ky riffs are filled throughout, and a western rock aspect is definitely seen throughout (Songs like "Chocolate Covered Ants")

Real picture of Dirt Nap coming back

Not sure if Dirt Nap is still a band, I for one thought they were gone for good, their guitarist/vocal man got a cool job at Nickelodeon in California doing something involving snakes and little boys. The release is put out through Rough Beast Records and Frenchkiss Label Group, and they've got 100 really cool tapes. (I overdrew my account buying one). Right now the release costs $420 to download but if you're lucky it will go up. Get it, so worth it. 10/10 would buy.
"This cum tastes like toothpaste"
Favorite Song: "Kiss My Bones!!!"

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dr.Karate|||Cannon Fodder Tour EP

Cannon Fodder Tour EP| Dr.Karate 

1. Feelings (and how to destroy them)
2. Emperor
3. Where Is My Mind
4. Smokescreen
5. Tom's Slipknot Vinyl

Dr. Karate (Saint Louis, MO), released this five song EP a while ago. Three piece, Drums/Guitar/Guitar, with a cute little lo-fi sound to the entire thing. All three do vocals at one time or another throughout the release. 
Lets get more funky with this sh*$#
    Okay so the first song is good I actually like this a lot, with it's cool part changes and guitar things and wow okay cool. It's actually supposed to be kind of like the intro I guess and all but still I like it a lot more than some of the other songs. The Second song has like that spoken word vibe (Because it's actually spoken word vocals), which I'm not really into, but i'm fine with. What gets me on this song, is that it's so repetitive for the music. I'm guessing that vocals are supposed to be the main point of this song but you can only keep up with the vocals for so long. It's Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" speech. "Where Is My Mind" is a coolio cover. I just like this song a lot. Catchy chorus and cool vocals and stuff, I like this one. "Tom's Slipknot Vinyl" is a super sadboi song with some skramzy vocals from the drummer. Put this one on a mixed cd boys ;f
   So overall instrumentation wise I feel like the guitar players are doing pretty good, with the lack of bass they don't have that filler in the background but that's never bothered me before. As far as drums go, they're simple overall, nothing interesting, but nothing that just make me cringe. The entire feel of the release has this really ambient-ish-esq-ness feel to it. Super sadboi release. Check it out, you'll probably find something you like from this.

Favorite track: Smokescreen/Tom's Slipknot Vinyl


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Drancy by Lion House

Drancy {Lion House}
1. Support the Army; Not the Assholes
2. Come Back With All of Your Faculties
3. Dooty Pooty
4. "I'm All out of HP"
5. Please return my Daniel Johnston Record
6. AGAPE? Fuck that, PHILOS

Is it just me, ruining everything?

Kansas city band Lion House is a twinkle/screamo band off of Work Ethic Records. Six songs, all on the longer side of run times, each with it's own special sound. I guess you could classify Lion House as a skramz/screamo band, but that's up to your own discretion. The songs rise and fall, soaring with beautiful dynamic changes over the kind, relaxing twinkle guitars. Vocals are interchanged between remnants of Title Fight, and the sound of the singing vocals in Malon. For Lion House, every instrument is important in the mix, Bass lines carrying the song as the guitars dance around, and the complicated drum patterns filling the mix. Usually what I see off of Work Ethic are bands that are more towards the hardcore spectrum of music, but I 100% see why Lion House is on WER. They're really good. The entire release is really relaxing, but even through that, they keep the songs intense and strong, pushing forward so that there isn't a moment that seems repeated or dull. Each song carries it's own strength and brings it's own aspect to the release, so I can't exactly say I enjoy any one song more than the other. This is the kind of release where you need to just put it on and listen to it all the way through. I'd love to see these guys live. If you like good music or music in general check em' out. Free to download, free to enjoy. 


Changing Ways by Present Plans

Changing Ways {Present Plans}
1. Intro
2. Potato House
3. East 32
4. March is Madness, April is a Joke
5. Changing Ways
"Lol this ep sucks donkey dick"
Mountain Grove Missouri band Present Plans(R.I.P) released this five song ep way after they broke up so I mean if you're a big fan of this release sucks because you'll never hear anything else from them. I called dibs on reviewing these guys and I'm kinda glad because Kasey's review would have been, and I quote, "lol this ep sucks donkey dick".
Kasey also told me if I didn't put meme's into this review he'd fuck my mom so.
"I'll fuck u mom"
This is the kind of music you listen to at the end of a breakup with a girl that decided she didn't like you and you just can't handle it so you cry about it for a couple of years. It's like Emo music but more simple music wise. I like to listen to drums for pop punk music. That's about it. I don't understand why most pop punk band vocalists can't carry a tune, or just decide to sing in another key so much, but I guess they do that in Emo music a lot too. (At least emo music has fun music to listen to)
Andrew, Gavin, Justin, Austin
(catch gavin in the 417 hxc pits)
Present Plans goes the route of Firestarter and has an intro that leads right into the second song which is pretty much the first song which pretty much makes tracks one and two one song but anyway Potato house is a fun little song. My favorite track on this entire ep and probably my favorite song by Present Plans ever would be "East 32". I love the chorus guys, it's really catchy. If you have to listen to any one song to see if you like the rest of the release, check out "East 32". It's good. Good song. Good stuff. Grate.
Fourth track "March Is Madness, April's a Joke" has a bridge/breakdown that leans towards easycore music. And this is how I feel about easycore music: Confused. Maybe this song isn't exactly easycore at all but when I hear the bridge it's all I can think about. But it's a really cool bridge and I'll think about it and probably listen to it in the future.
What I can say that's cool about this band, is that they have some super catchy choruses like seriously, the kind of stuff that people knew at their live shows before they even released Changing Ways. Influences of this band are obviously bands like Blink 182 and New Found Glory and stuff. Not sure 100% because I don't listen to a lot of pop punk music (Unless you include the new The Wonder Years and Modern Baseball and such)
Okay so when it gets down to it, if you don't like the genre, this is not a release for you to look at to try to get into the music. If you do like the genre, check out "East 32" and see if you like it, and if you do, check out the rest of the songs. C-
Pop Punk music (sometimes) sucks

go packers



Monday, September 1, 2014

Antithought---Life's too Long

Antithought--- Life's too Long

1) Company Man
2) Bring The Plagues
3) King Arthur
4) Lake Thunderbird (FUCK minimum wage and FUCK yuppie FU...)
5) Fucking up is what I do best

(sorry mom)

From St.Louis, MO, I'm here to share with you, Antithought.

Life's way too long when you're bored out of your mind. Want ways to fix this problem?  Put down your school text books, drop out of college and blast this ep through your awful car speakers (because you refuse to/can't maintain your p.o.s 1985 toyota that you stole from your uncle's best friend's car lot in the middle of boon country when you turned 18) while you drive around doing heroin, smoking cigarettes, and attending increasing shady punk rock shows. Life's too Long offers some catchy hooks in a way that reference influences from sic[k] bands like The Casualties, Negative Approach (both that they've opened for in the past year), Bad Brains, and Rancid. 

"So yeah, they're punk, but who cares?" 

Here's the thing, you poser. This ep is spot on, you don't even have to think about it. The first track comes out as a punch in the face and doesn't wait for you to get back up. This whole ep is as energetic as you were that time when that guy pulled a knife on you because he thought you stole his cocaine. YEAH. Serious shit going on here, bud. While maintaining a very relatable theme in the lyrics throughout the entire time. Wise words about: 1) Everybody thinks I'm worthless 2) fuck everybody with authority 3) Working sucks 4) girls. You know, things a punk can get jiggy with. 

In all seriousness, this ep rocks. I'm looking forward to whatever else these guys put out next. (If they plan on living that long.)