Monday, November 24, 2014

Acoustic Demos, August 16th, 2014 by Grady Philip Drugg

//Acoustic Demos, August 16th, 2014||Grady Philip Drugg\\
1. Sleepwalking Child
2. Cliche
3. Sophia
4. Hydrocodone
5. Why I let My Hair Down

One of the local greats (originally from texas), Grady Drugg released this five track ep. Not one of those usually prosaic acoustic releases with a mono-tone voice and the same four chords used in every pop song, Grady sings with a silky voice over wonderful instrumentals, and the simple but well done lo-fi recordings give a soothing feel to the listeners. Harmonica sails through the last track, giving one of those Dylan feels that everyone knows too well. Lyrics of angst and life, disorders, truthful feelings, and much much more, move with the listener, and the way that the tracks meld together fits with the atmosphere entirely.
Essentially everything that's come out of Grady Drugg has been great. His last release, Untitled, is one of my favorite releases to listen to from a solo-artist. This is an artist that you're going to want to check out, so download this and put it in your ears.

Favorite track(s): Sleepwalking Child // Why I let my Hair Down


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Homesick by Flower face

 //Flower Face||Homesick\\
     1. Bedhead
     2. Blue
     3. Cloud Factory
     4. Quinoa
     5. Linger
     6. Easy
     7. Homesick
     8. Songbird (Sing Me To Sleep)
     9. Bedroom Ghost
     10. Anemia

Available off of Close Quarters Coalition and Ozona Records, Ruby McKinnon's debut release, Homesick, paints a sad, dreamy landscape. Emotion filled, Ruby's voice is set back in the mix, filled with delay, and relaxed. Sweet, soft music accompanies her, leaving behind a mellow feel as each measure passes by. Vocal overlays and differentiating instruments make an interesting feel to the release, taking a step away from the solo act release feel. Song run-times vary and the release as a whole feels like one long release (which normally would be bad, but in this instance seems to fit greatly)  I wouldn't classify this as a lo-fi release, even though that's what it is, because the songs seem to fit the recordings almost better than I've ever heard. And while I'm not the biggest fan of female vocalists, Ruby's voice is like sweet, well, music to my ears.

The songs hold a tinge of innocence to them, yet the lyrics are deep and dark at times, adding an extra layer of thought and feeling to the release. This is the kind of folk/acoustic music that is reminiscent of old fashioned emo music, before everyone decided to mix it with cathartic vocals. Really just sad feeling. I don't know how else to describe it, it's just sad sounding. Something that you should check out, up there with the best acoustic releases I've ever heard (Grady Drugg, June by Roof Doctor).

Get it, without a doubt, get it.

Baby, Make it easy: 
No one's gonna die for you

Favorite song: Cloud Factory


Close Quarters Coalition 

Ozona Records

Defining Regrets by Landon Rawlings

//Defining Regrets||Landon Rawlings\\
1. Fantasy
2. Fire
3. Without You
4. Would you be Impressed (Cover)

Landon Rawlings is a solo artist from Ozark Missouri, and his debut ep, Defining Regrets, is one about a love that he knows will never leave, said love leaving, and him realizing that he misses this lost love. Acoustic songs are what inhabit these four tracks, (aside from the first song) The first few tracks seem to have better production quality than the others, but they are all fairly nice and not lo-fi so if you're against lo-fi acoustic music this would be nice for you to check out.
As far as music goes, I'm going to break this down into a few things: (Two things)
Instrumental stuff
Lyrical stuff/Vocal Stuff

O K So instrumentational thing stuff:
G Chord D Chord C  Chord F Chord
That's probably not exactly the same, but if you know music then you know what i'm talking about. It's simple stuff, the occasional guitar hammer-ons that catch my attention, but overall boring music-wise. It's not that it's bad it's just that it seems like there could have been more. This is a simple release though, and I guess if I try and compare it to some twinkle daddy math rock guitar instrumentation, it's going to fall short. I've just always thought acoustic tracks should put a lot of focus on the only two things being played, and therefor make them not drag on. Luckily, instrumentation is not the main focus of this release.

Lyrically stuff that and vocally stuff:
Alright (Stuff) here's the thing, I'm not the biggest fan of romantic "I love you" songs, which is exactly what the first song is. I used to be back in 7th grade and stuff, but not really anymore. And without you, which has lyrics like a modern baseball song, just seems weird and cliche on an acoustic guitar.
Which isn't to say it's bad.

The release is relaxing, and Landon's vocals are pretty darn good. The songs are repetative, so they can put you into a kind of a trance, and before you know it it's over. And i mean jeez the songs are so cheesy they make me think about girls and loves and stuff like that, so he did what he was trying to do.
I like the release, it's not something that I'd go back to over and over again, but this is something that he can play in coffee shops and show his parents and such and such. I like the idea that he's going with. While not my 'cup of tea', it is something that people should check out if they like folk/acoustic music.
Well done.

Favo song: Without You

Link to his REVERBNATION!!11!!

It our birthday

It our birthday, meaning we've been a website blog machine for one year

Thanks to everyone and all the bands and thanks mom and thanks ozark high school for giving us computers and expecting us to do work on them when we really are just listening to and reviewing music.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Flowers in D-Minor (Nirvana Cover Songs) by Bleed The Pigs

Flowers In D Minor by Bleed The Pigs 
Covers songs:
1. Drowner
2. Endless Nameless. 
Bleed the Pigs
Flowers in D Minor (Nirvana Covers)
Bleed the pigs is a really cool punk/skramz band, and their two song release is their own spin on some Nirvana songs. Female vocalist holds high ends of vocals well, but her lows are p dank too. The release clocks in at over 6 minutes, the first song is not even two and the second is super long as far as punk music goes. The songs still hold some aspects of their Nirvana originals, but not enough to make me think that this is just another nirvana cover band. I used to make fun of bands that do stupid covers from bands that are overdone but the way these guys does it is super cool. Mixing reminds me of old skramzy type recordings, and the constant sound of noise is reminiscent of shoegaze music. This release is a headbanger, and really more along the lines of a novelty. If you don't listen to Nirvana, like me, you won't even know that it's a nirvana cover, because you've probably not heard these two songs. I had to go listen to the original songs just to see how different they would be, and it gave me a new respect for the band.
I think it's cool, and it's nice to see that they didn't go crazy and release a giant record of covers. Also very very nice to see that they put their own spin to the covers. Nothing more upsetting than having to listen to your local band play that same old blink 182 song everytime you get put onto a show with them or something. Anywho, check it out.



Tuesday, November 11, 2014



U got some sludge in u shoegaze 
Cvvstic Vomit, off of Known Pleasure Records. 

Take shoegaze and mix it would some great sludge hardcore music, and that's what you get when you listen to this band. The release is short enough, so it leaves you wanting more and more. Vocals are set back and bass is brought forward, giving out the deepest, darkest sounds you can get. You've got your normal instrumentation, drums, geetar, b(ass) and all of the good stuff. D-beats gallore and that cool rhythm that makes you hardcore mosh into your friend so that he gets really mad and gives you a stern talking to about why you should check before you two step.  There's some audio tracks in all of the songs, but the most apparent ones are in the second and third songs. I don't usually pay attention to these, because too much of these things can be annoying as hell (Free Throw), but the one on the second track fits perfectly, making me cringe just at the sound of it, and the following song makes me want to explode and explode damn well good.
This release is something that makes you frown and furrow your eyebrows while you think about all of those that have wronged you, and what you would do in the pit if you saw these guys live. They're low-down tempo or whatever, but that's sludge music for ya, like it or move on I guess. I'd check this out if you're a fan of heavier music.

Indiana hardcore band Corkscrew "Path To Hell" coming out December 6th


Corkscrew: Path To Hell
Gary, Indiana band Corkscrew is releasing their newest release, Path To Hell on December 6th, and as a teaser to this upcoming badass release, they've let out "LTDBTD" This three minute mosh masterpiece is something that needs to be listened to. Really excited to hear the release when it comes out. Check it out, and be on the lookout.

Corkscrew Fucked My Bitc

(Fuck Corkscrew)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Comp to end homophobia

Saint Louis Record Label
Waybridge Records
Is putting out a comp of indie bands that will be at a "Pay what you want" rate, released on December 9th. All proceeds go to The Point Foundation, a LGBTQ charity, and stickers will also be made to commemorate the comp. This is a great thing to see, local bands and labels getting together and helping a good cause. If you're in a band that wants to be on this comp, you can send the track to
Everyone should do this, being on a compilation is a great way to get your music out there for more people to listen to, and it's a good helper of causes if the money made goes to a charity.