Saturday, October 8, 2011
Lies For Lust EP
Life's Noose Demo
Another Mistake first started playing shows in 2010 and immediately picked up it seems like. I've been able to keep up with Louisville bands pretty well due to the strong connection between their scene and Nashville when I lived there, and members of this band were also (from memory) in Iron Wolves, Python, and Rattletooth. This band seems like the band they were meant to do though, considering this past summer AM were the locals lucky enough for the opening slot on Saturday for the long awaited return of Krazy Fest. It seems like things just keep going up for them, and it's easy to see why. The music is a straight tribute to the early 00's Bridge 9 roster, notably American Nightmare, Right Brigade, and Striking Distance. It's the fast and pissed off style, but the guitar/bass riffs are well-written and avoid unnecessary repetition. Lyrically, songs are honest and to the point, and the vocalist has one hell of a stage presence. Put all of this together and it goes without saying that it's fucking awesome.
Current releases have been on Knoxville label Like Glue Records support that shit too.
They also have some even bigger news on the way... To keep up add them here...
Bare Your Teeth is one of the new bands to come out of Crossville, TN in the last year or so. It's cool to see some more bands come out of that area, ever since Do It Yourself and Hysteria started playing shows in Nashville and surrounding cities it's gained the city some good recognition; also allowing a younger band like this the opportunity to do the same. The one thing that I find similar between Hysteria and this band is that they're not afraid to combine every style they like, which in turn makes it hard to pinpoint exactly what style they are. That's not a bad thing though, in fact that's how writing music should be. With this in mind, this EP (released as a demo this past February) switches between numerous things, the itunes file says "grindcore" but I'd say it's just hardcore, labels beyond that are just misleading. The songs are short, to the point, with a steady combination of hardcore, metal (mostly the riffs), and blast beats. Right now they're playing shows everywhere in and around Tennessee that they can, and putting in the right amount of effort for a new band wanting to get out there. Download the EP, go to a show, book them a show, etc.
Also, they've got an 11-song full length coming out in late November, but before that set to be released October 15th is a split cassette with Traits from Birmingham, which will feature 4 of the songs from the album. Once again, working hard.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Hip hop has always been well-received in the hardcore community. The lyrical content often relates to similar features in both genres, and you can't hate on good beats either. Scum of the Earth has been a long-running hip hop group with strong ties to the Chattanooga punk and hardcore scene. Whenever they play here it's a pretty wild crowd of punk kids getting down like it's nobody's business (the picture seen above is from one of their last visits).The duo was cool enough last year to drive all the way from Gainesville for their good friend Adam Foster's 25th birthday in August of 2010. We played that show too, and to this day it's the best show I've ever played and one of the most insane parties I've experienced my entire college career, needless to say there's been quite a few.
Here's an interview Adam actually did with "Scapegoat" from S.O.T.E.
What did you get into first, punk or hiphop?
Hip-hop definitely, I was excited to get cable when I was 9, just for Yo! MTV Raps. I also collected Yo! MTV Raps trading cards and listened to terrible pop rap groups. My grandmother taped a PBS documentary for me called "Rap City Rhapsody" that was my first exposure to Too $hort and Public Enemy, which my mom taped over in front of me while I cried like a maniac, because it was a "bad influence." The first tape I got was MC Hammer's "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em." The first record I got was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Soundtrack, because it had an MC Hammer song that wasn't on wither of the tapes that were out. Nothing to be proud of, but we are being honest with each other. Or at least I hope we are.
When did you start making music with waxatom?
I met Bobby when I was about 18 when he was DJing a party and we hit it off pretty immediately by talking about records we had or were into at the time. He was dating a girl that I had grown up with and I used to run into him a lot. I got him to spin records in between bands at a punk show we were doing at our house around that time too..
Me and my friend James recorded a rap demo on a four track (that my friend Tolar bought from the bass player of Limp Bizkit -- true story) and my friend Rose Saperstien who was Bobby's girlfriend at the time got me to play it for him at a party, and he was into it. We already had a show booked and I asked him if he would DJ for us. After the show, I asked him if he wanted to be in the band. He obliged and the mayhem began.
What is the wildest show Scum of the Earth has ever played?
Quite possibly the New Year's show in New Orleans, I think New Year's '08.. We played a party for the Black Label bike club, which I had never heard of at the time, I had also never heard about the whole bike club subculture which everybody at the show seemed to be a memeber of.
The first band's guitar player lit like 6 joints and handed them out to the crowd, and people pretty much just felt free to smoke whereever in the club. People also felt free to dance naked and shoot of fireworks in the club. I'm not really doing it justice with this description, but I also almost got beat up by an all girl bike gang for Richmond called the Cutthroats.
The one where we smashed all Bobby's shit when we opened up for Baroness was really wild, but I don't remember much about that.
Chronologically list the Scum of the Earth discography...
The only thing we still really distribute is the "Bad Decisions" LP, but it's something like this.
s/t Demo CD
Missed Opportunities CD
Sleeper Ep CD
The Story So Far CD (sort of a greatest hits deal because we were tired of burning all these damn cds, we probably only made in the neighborhood of 20 of these)
Bad Decisions LP
Split 7" w/ La Cara Oculta
Over the years you haven't been afraid to call people out in your songs, that ever come back to haunt you?
Not Really. The only reason I call people out is because they were fake as fuck anyway. I would know better than to call out a real motherfucker who could beat my ass.
In your opinion, what is the best florida band of all time?
Radon is my favorite Gainesville band of all time, and since that's where I'm from, I think I'm gonna stick with them.
Any Scum of the Earth releases planned for 2011?
Yeah, If I ever write any songs. We were supposed to release two albums in 2010. That never happened.
Who is the biggest shithead of all time from Gainesville?
Some people say me, I say Jason Rockhill.
Who is your favorite modern mainstream rapper?
I think Ludacris was always pretty witty, especially for a dude who is on the radio. My girlfriend just told me he is on the new Justin Bieber song and putting this will hurt my street credibility. I am going to put it anyway.
Stage Dives or Skankin'?
Stage dives all day.
Fresh out of Alabama, Convictions is another solid band taking part in this oncoming revival of youth crew.What can I say? I can't ever get tired of this type of hardcore. It has the best energy in the live setting, and the simplistic form proves itself tried and true as long as the bands know what they're doing. These kids do. It's too bad they got put on an early slot on Sunday at Southeast Hardcore Fest, and not Saturday with comparable acts like Written Off (KY) and Enough (TN). Not only that, but after two solid days, playing an early set on the third day guarantees a less-than-satisfactory turn out. But that's no reason to overlook Convictions. They're a new addition to the scene and Birmingham has always had a good output from younger and aspiring musicians. Listening to the cassette Undefeated Youth shows Convictions in the early stages, with a load of potential at that. Keep it up, boys. Adam repped your shirt the rest of the night by the way.
Monday, September 26, 2011
If you were into those Overlooked tracks, but hadn't heard them before, know that this Florida record label has their latest 7", "Nothing Is Sacred" available on vinyl, and also as a free download via Overlooked's bandcamp page. Not only that, but they have some other awesome bands from around the country putting out some solid records. Doing a record label is a hectic job, especially in an age where record sales continue to drop, so it's always good to support smaller ones with ambition to go further.
Their current roster includes:
Ivy League (Preorder's are up)
Each of these bands have records out, you can download them, order vinyl while it lasts, and more here:
Life To Live Website
I know that February 2011 is a little too far back to be considered a "new" feature, but how often does the south get a band like this to play? Rarely. Needless to say, their show was of great significance to anybody in the south who likes hardcore. I don't remember why I couldn't make it, probably something stupid in retrospect. A couple people from here did make it down, and fortunately Kevin Roberts (formerly of Coping Methods and False Sense of Hope) was able to write a thorough review. If you were there, consider yourself lucky and maybe in reading this it'll bring back some good memories; also know that those of us who weren't able to make it missed something rare and special.
by Kevin Roberts...
Cro-mags, Primate, Kids Like Us, & Nightwolf
The Cro-mags are hands down my favorite NYHC band. (that period should be bolded). So, when I heard they were playing in Atlanta, I immediately made my way to the oracle of knowledge known as the worldwide web for answers. I couldn’t find anything…. I told my friend John and he found it within minutes. And within minutes of that, I ordered tix!
The show was listed as Cro-mags with special guests; which didn’t matter to me because seeing the Cro-mags with John Joseph on vox was gonna be well-worth the trip.
On the day of the show, Adam, Dylan, John, and I loaded up and headed to the capital of the dirty south to see the legends. We were all sooooo stoked and the intensity of anticipation, at least for me, definitely matched the feeling of adolescents when I first heard “The Age of Quarrel” and “Best Wishes”; because at that point in my life I was obsessed with metal- particularly thrash metal (circa 1991)- but I was growing increasingly bored with the staleness of a lot of thrash because thrash was becoming more about the flashiness of the guitar players and less about the intensity of the song, and at 13 all I wanted to do was rage!!! In other words, I credit The Cro-mags for building my bridge to hardcore and punk rock (along with The Misfits and The Ramones- yes, that’s how special those Cro-Mags albums are to me).
As we made our way into the club, John and I found our way towards the back, in the senior citizen section. Honestly, my thinking was: I’m sure the other bands’ll be good, but I’m saving ‘it’ for the Cro-mags. As the first band’s set got underway, I realized how much I missed coming to hardcore shows in Atlanta. The first band was Nightwolf who did a split set with their friends. Both bands were great and brought the right amount of style to hang with the rest of the show. Next up was Kids Like Us. I had never heard of Kids Like Us before they played. I’m sure some of you are puzzled by that; that I’d never heard of them. I thought they were great! In fact, they are the best band that I’ve ever seen that I first heard about at the show. After I was pleasantly surprised by Kids Like Us, Primate played. I was curious about Primate because I knew that Bill from Mastodon and Kevin from Brutal Truth were in the band. Primate was great, too! They play the Discharge style of hardcore, which I love, but it was a little out of place for this particular show!
FINALLY, The Cro-mags took the stage! I guess most people were as anxious (or more anxious) than me to see the Cro-mags, because people began stage diving to the intro music; which, sounded like some kinda Krishna spiritual music—nothing that remotely resemble the Cro-mags’s music. The Cro-mags opened with “World Peace” and the place exploded—bodies flying everywhere! John Joseph’s intensity and passion did not let up the entire set; which, he credits to 30 years of being a vegetarian and exercising. Regardless, of what fuels his stamina (I believe that it is because he takes such good care of his physical and mental health), I hope I can look like he does when I’m his age! The show continued with the entire ‘Age of Quarrel’ album a few songs from “Best Wishes” and a couple of Bad Brains covers. And before I knew it, their set was over! It’s crazy sometimes when you think about seeing something that has been a part of your vocabulary (so-to-speak) for some many years is over in less than an hour! But, so are most of life’s greatest pleasures!
If you have not had a chance to see The Cro-mags, find a way to do it!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Review of Overlooked's new tracks "The Hangover Sessions"
Holy shit. That was the first thing that popped in my head during the first song, "Sheltered," because as soon as the song kicks in, it's right in front of you. Both songs, posted today 9/25, have the same features: fast and pissed off, my two favorite things. They're sounding more together than most of the bands I've seen from bigger labels. The way they stay together throughout "Singled Out" is especially impressive from a musician's standpoint; it's nearly impossible to disparage their talent. These two tracks are a combination of everything good hardcore should be, and they avoid lengthy/boring introductions, prolonged mosh parts intended for shows, and everything else that makes a band's recordings unlistenable. My only let down from hearing this is that I only got to see them play three songs at their show back in July. But it's also showing us all that the best is yet to come.
Interview with Ian, 22, Vocalist for Overlooked....
-When/how did Overlooked start up?
overlooked got started in the summer of 09 with myself and our old drummer wanting to start a new band that didnt sound like anything else going on in the area.
-You guys have had some issues with members lately, I've been there before with bands, how are you guys doing with the situation at the moment?
as of now we have just about everything worked out. every band has its ups and downs, and this has just been a tough year for us all around. everything that could go wrong, HAS gone wrong just about.
-What are some of the main influences for your band? It seems like a pretty wide range from what I've heard, but that's definitely good.
its different for every member, but we draw a lot of contemporary influence from bands like no warning and right brigade, but also lots of old metal, classic rock, and 90s grunge. our intention is to be as fast and pissed as possible and we take influence from just about everything.
-This summer I saw you did some dates with our friends in Fingers Crossed, what was that like?
yeah back in march we did an east coast run with those guys and it was awesome. i actually booked their first out of state show and weve been good friends ever since, so it just made sense that we would eventually do some dates together. they kill it every night and are one of the harder working bands in the scene currently, so it was awesome to get to kick it and play together for a few weeks.
-A noticeable factor about Overlooked is that you rep NC pretty proudly, how are things up there?
things are better than they have been in a long time, but there is still a lot of work to be done. the bands that are out right now are absolutely killing it, but there is always room for more.
-A lot of bands are referring you guys as a band to check out, so who do you want people to check out?
fingers crossed, BAD, the beautiful ones, venia, doubledealer, lockdown, agitator, hivemind, and so many more. thats just a few hardcore bands that come to my mind right away that deserve some attention.
-Best thing about touring?
sheetz, wawa, del taco, in-n-out burger, winning free food at taco bell on the coin game
-Worst thing about touring?
gas prices, not winning free food at taco bell, being away from cookout, texas heat
do the toxic waltz