Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Can I just put it out there that I have been incredibly busy lately?  Like not a minute to spare sort of busy.  Life throws you some lemons from time to time and it's generally right after you get really great news.  Between the end of summer and early fall I was on a roll, things just going great, staying busy in good way, all that shit.  And the whole time I kept wondering, 'ok, when does the bad stuff start because this can't last forever'.  And, of course, now I got some difficulties. But that's the way things go- ebbs and flows, strikes and gutters.  So I'm doing my best to take it all in stride and if there's ever one constant to carry me through the good and the bad it's the music that I am exposed to.  That being said (and before the inevitable 'end of the year' list that will be coming your way probably the end of the year (duh)), here's some stuff that's been carrying me the last month or two.

BATTLES, “La Di Da Di”
I have been in awe of John Stanier’s drumming since I was a wee teen, when he was killing it in Helmet.  I knew Battles was a big departure, and I kind of had an idea of what they did, but it wasn’t until “Gloss Drop” had been out for some time that I actually explored it for myself.  And holy shit, that record is balls out wild.  I asked myself why I would be so drawn to this music, which relied heavily on electronics and synths to create a danceable stew of loops, blips, and all sorts of other sounds that pedal nerds lose their shit over.  And it occurred to me that, in a way, Battles is sort of like Tortoise for this generation (even though Tortoise is are still kicking it quite hard).  In, again, my strange deviation from my usual listening habits, I have also been digging Tortoise for a good 20 years.  So, yeah, Battles returns on this double LP with more wild electronics, building up bit upon textured/effect-driven bit until this giant mosaic comes into view and explodes forth in wild array of percussion, synth, guitar and bass that more often than not, does not sound like a guitar or bass.  Stanier’s drumming pulls everything into a ‘rock’ direction, but remains solid, anchoring all the wild shit the other two members of this group want to play with.  The whole thing is instrumental.  I’d say this doesn’t experiment as much as “Gloss Drop”, what with its various guest vocalists and ridiculously catchy oddities, but this one is growing on me nicely.  It remains a bit more consistent overall, which doesn’t add up to being as adventurous.  But it’s still going to take me months to deconstruct exactly what they are doing here, and that’s cool too.  (Warp)

It’s kind of hard to nail down what Chron Turbine are exactly, and that’s fine because easily –identifiable bands can often be boring.  This one song here deviates pretty strongly from their debut LP from a year or so ago.  It’s basically one cool riff repeated for a few minutes, instrumental, with various leads coasting on top of it.  It’s kinda mean and dirty, but has a garage-y sense of fun going on over it.  So take that as you will.  I kind of like their vocals though, so the absence of them on this song was a minor let down.  Violent Bullshit are basically exactly what you think they would be.  If you’re going to give your band that name you’d better be willing to drink piss out of a jar while purposefully playing a song out of tune and encouraging the audience to spit at you.  Their song on this split is all anti-authority punk rock n’ roll.  There is no need for further explanation.  Comes in a weird silkscreened sorta-Void rip-off cover.  (Peterwalkee)

DEPARTMENT, “Aporia” 7”
In the ‘things I forgot to review over the summer’…  uh…  department (pun really not intended) this 7” from Syracuse’s own Department flourishes like the complicated rock n’ roll flower that it is.  For starters I ought to point out that I play in a band with one of these guys, so, ya know, conflict of interest and yadda yadda.  Either way, things begin on this record sounding a lot like Braid in their heyday and that’s just fine by me.  It’s really energetic and high-end noodly rock with exceptionally sung vocals.  But I feel with the two songs on this (an extra two tracks on the download) they go a little unnecessarily long and lose a good chunk of that momentum as it gets a bit self-involved with displaying just how complex the musicians here can play.  If you’re a fan of technicality than this will probably rock yr socks.  My somewhat short attention span has a little trouble keeping up but I will say some parts are really great while others didn’t do it for me.  I really like the semi-homemade feel of the record artwork though.  It looks real sharp.  (LRS Records)

Here it is.  Why this is only available digitally is beyond me.  Toronto’s best-kept secret unleashes their new full length and it furthers the pop-sludge direction they have slowly been hinting at with each new record.  Older material veered on a lot of slow and stompy riffing, while vocalist and guitarist Mike Simpson offered up some very well-sung vocals to differentiate it from the slew of other sludge rock bands out there. This new material keeps that low-tuned dirge, but pushes the hooks further.  They instantly seep into your brain and keep you humming.  Think Melvins with more uplifting anthems, some of the feel-good sludge of Torche, or even a more accessible band like Jawbox tuned exceptionally low.   “Save It” opens up with the big anthem, a perfect opener, while “Long Night” starts with ‘ooohs’ sung over a chunky riff that would be out of place on a Kiss record played at 16 rpms.  “Piss On Gardens” is a faster, more relentless stalker of a song, probably the most overtly aggressive song on the recording.  “Remiss” begins with a pretty melodic guitar riff and a quiet sung vocal pine before slow, molten sludge takes over the song, crushing anything left standing.  The record closes with “Magpie”, another upbeat rocking anthem that was probably the obvious choice for a closing track as it climaxes into a wild soaring lead that fades out with the song.  If this band played in standard tuning they’d probably be packing arenas.  But seeing as their choice of musical delivery rests heavily on distortion and low-tuning we get to keep them for our own little secret, perfect band.  Check this at all costs (or no costs because it’s pay what you want on their bandcamp).  (Godstopper)

MEATWOUND, “Addio” 12”
I picked this up for a couple reasons, all rather superficial.  First off, this has some ex-Combatwoundedvetern members and anything related to them generally means really awesome artwork is part of the deal.  I’d say it’s fairly successful.  Not Earth-shattering awesome, but pretty cool.  Next, this was described as heavy noise rock.  That always piques my interest and I’d say that’s right on the money.  This is indeed very lumbering, very dirty, very sludgy noise rock.  It’s Coalesce in a blender minus most of the wild time changes and the dense sludginess of Kiss It Goodbye minus the frantic insanity.  Lyrically, there are some heavy themes, which don’t always go hand-in-hand with the whole noise rock thing.  But I’m happy to see this band addressing some interesting stuff in a fairly poetic way.  If there is a complaint to be made it might be that some of these songs go on a little long as they don’t always seem to have a solid direction and seem like they keep going, searching for that direction, but not quite finding it.  It’s a work in progress.  Or maybe it’s a band that just thought about maybe laying down some gross-as-fuck noise sludge, saying ‘fuck it’ and pressing record.  Either way, you could do a lot worse.  (MagicBullet)

NOISEM, “Blossoming Decay”
I’ll admit, my knowledge of metal is fairly limited.  There are plenty of bands that I like that lean on metal, or pay homage to it.  But I don’t typically find myself fully committing to music that is wholeheartedly METAL.  Noisem are very much metal.  They play incredibly fast.  Thrash and grind elements enter strongly into their sound, as well as classic death metal.  They whip out ridiculous solos quicker than the Waco Kid can draw on you, and they’re really young too (which means none of the members will probably get the reference I just made in that last sentence).  Regardless, there’s an urgency that I really enjoy about them and it led me to picking this record up.  Actually, it was the incredibly awesome package this came in (crazy die-cut cover held together by string) to be honest…  and the fact that I caught a listen of their previous record on a road trip.  So, ya know, it wasn’t just by chance.  Sometimes I think young bands act as if they’re re-inventing the wheel when they’re just doing a very poor imitation of it, or they’re just completely ignorant of tired-ass shit that has already been done to death.  And sometimes a band like Noisem comes around that completely pays respect to what came before and just pushes it to an awesome new extreme.  So yeah, thumbs up for legit brutalizing metal played at warp speed.  (A389 Recordings)

PIGS, “Wronger”
I imagine this band might be sick of all the Unsane comparisons they get, but when one of your members is in Unsane, and the bass player records most of Unsane’s material…  well, that writing style may seep in a bit.  And that’s totally OK.  And let’s be clear- Pigs are their own band.  Dave Curran trades in his bass to play guitar in this group and some of the songs that he lays down for this group are a bit more upbeat and fun…  in a very dirty, filthy sort of way.  “Wronger”, on the whole, feels a little more nuanced than their debut LP, “You Ruin Everything”, which was grimey and mean all the way through.  On this record they throw a banjo in on one song, play around with some interesting melodies here and there, and rope Julie Christmas into singing a track (which sounds like they pulled her out of a dumpster after chain-smoking fiberglass-laced cigars… it’s pretty rough in a great way).  The grit is ever-present, but it’s easy to see that this band has some other ideas they want to toy around with as well which serve them well.  (Solar Flare)

Continuing their trend of putting less songs on each record they do Spraypaint return with their second LP in one year, this time with 8 songs (“Punters On the Barge”, released in the Spring had 10 tracks).  To be fair, a few of these songs are considerably longer than most Spraypaint songs, which tend to often be in the 2 minute range.  Three of the tracks stretch between 4 and 6 minutes, so I guess that counts for something.  Also strange is that this material was recorded in 2014, but not released until just now while “Punters…” was recorded in early 2015 and released just a few short months later.  Nerdy fact-dropping aside, the band continue to try new things, adding bass to a couple songs here (they operate as a two guitars and drums trio), creepy synth on a couple more, and one track that is an exercise in headphone-geared soundscapes intended to put the listener at complete unease.  While they show up with some new tricks Spraypaint is all nervous anxiety and frayed nerves displayed with heavy reverb guitars, herky-jerky beats, and dulled vocals describing all aspects of hick/white trash life.  If Spraypaint were the soundtrack to a horror film the script would begin as follows, “Somewhere an axe murderer lies in wait behind a remote Texas 7-11”.  Take that as you will.  (Monofonous Press)

It’s been a few years since we checked in with Sweet Cobra.  After the death of their other guitarist Matt Arluck it was uncertain if this Chicago group would continue to lay down their brand of riffy stoner-rock fury.  But they have soldiered on and come up with something very evolved from their often heavy approach.  And it might be the best thing they have done to date.  While I found the heaviness of previous Sweet Cobra outings to my liking there was always something missing that typically led to many of their songs not sticking in my memory.  On “Earth” the band have consciously added much more in the way of crooned/sung vocals paired with effect-driven harmonies that bear a strong resemblance to Queens of the Stone Age (particularly on “Jealous Of Drugs” and “Complaints”), or the rambling heavy rock of “Perfect Pitch Black”-era Cave-In (see “Blue Rose” or “Future Ghosts” for reference).  And in some spots they deviate heavily from past work (“Repo” wouldn’t be out of place as a B-side from the first Interpol LP).  To me it’s a great showing from a long-running band that has always taken their time with producing output.  And they had some serious life events in the last few years to contribute to the task of creating this seriously awesome record.  (Magic Bullet)

WHY+THE+WIRES, “Flame Failures”
An Ithaca group that will never quit as far as I can tell.  They have released 4 LPs in almost as many years, most of which were on their own.  They don’t tour, and rarely play outside their own town.  Yet this group of mostly dads, in their hidden corner of upstate NY, manages to continually crank out thoughtful and interesting indie/punk rock.  Their hybrid of mid-to-late 90’s styled post-hardcore rock leans heavy on the Chicago/Champaign scene of the era, as I remember it, and bands such as Sweep the Leg Johnny, Braid, and Dianogah figure into their sound, while like-minded bands such as (early) Karate and even a bit of Drive Like Jehu show up as well.  The most notable aspect of Why+the+Wires sound comes from the use of saxophone or accordion in almost every song, done so in a tasteful way that adds a lot of texture to the music.  It sounds a little weird to read, but it works really well in the music.  It’s also a nice looking record, so if that doesn’t finally tip you in the direction of checking it out I’m not sure what will.  (JetsamFlotsam Records/ One Percent Press)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


I figured I'd throw some updates your way to give a sense of what's going on around here, besides being excited for Halloween.
So a handful of records have come out recently, and more to come!

The BLEAK lp has been out for a couple months now and the band has been non-stop in their efforts to play everywhere they possibly can in this country.  This has meant some change in personnel due to their heavy touring schedule, but the core members remain and push the beast ever-forward. 
This has included a run of shows down to Arizona and back with Call of the Void.
The band is gearing up for another national tour (as in the whole country) beginning right after Thanksgiving and coming back for Christmas.  That's another whole month of Bleak ripping across the country in what I can only hope will be more reliable transportation.  All those dates will be announced soon as they're wrapping up the final details of that tour.
If you've somehow been living under a rock you can check the record (and buy it) HERE.

DIALYSIS unleashed "Abastab" upon the world and so far it's been fun.  They are playing out when they are able, so in the meantime listen to the record like 12,000 times because you can seriously get through it all that many times in a day.  Plus, read the comic that comes with it.
If you wanna listen to the thing (or buy it), go HERE.

"Past Tense" by EX-BREATHERS came out this week!  Just in time for the band to play a record release show in their hometown this week, followed by a set at The Fest!  They will be doing a special second set there of Fugazi covers as well!  Immediately following that they head out on a Southwest and West Coast tour with Gnarwhal!
Check the dates:
10/29 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (no Gnarhwal)
11/01 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest (The Atlantic, no Gnarwhal)
11/02 - Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox
11/03 - Bloomington, IN @ Fuck What You Heard House
11/04 - Chicago, IL @ Margaritaville
11/05 - Milwaukee, WI @ High Dive
11/06 - Minneapolis @ Pork Avenue
11/07 - Iowa City, IA @ Trumpet Blossom Cafe
11/08 - Omaha, NE @ O’leaver’s Pub
11/09 - Denver, CO @ Club Scum
11/10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
11/11 - Boise, ID @ Android House
11/12 - Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
11/13 - Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge
11/14 - Bellingham, WA @ Makeshift Project
11/15 - Olympia, WA @ O'Malleys
11/16 - Corvallis, OR @ Interzone
11/17 - Oakland, CA @ Bergeron Books
11/18 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA
11/19 - Santa Barbara, CA @ FUNZONE
11/20 - Indio, CA @ ¡Casa de Alvarez!
11/21 - Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
11/22 - El Paso, TX @ Warzawa
11/23 - Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
11/24 - New Orleans, LA @ Sisters In Christ
11/25 - Birmingham, AL @ Firehouse

Get "Past Tense" HERE.

GRIZZLOR's new 7 song 7" "Cycloptic" ought to coming out any day now.  They're playing a handful of shows around it's release, including a hometown record release on Dec. 5th.  Check details here.  While you wait, you can stream the whole dang record (and purchase it) over at our site.
Get "Cycloptic" at this location NOW.

Finally, recording has commenced on the fabled BLEAK/ DIALYSIS split 7".  Bleak has finished their side, sans vocals for one song.  DIALYSIS has one song recorded and will be recording the second one in mid-November.  The it's off to the presses.  I will only say this much- Bleak does two covers.  Dialysis does one cover (that is the same artist as one of the Bleak covers) and one original.  It will sound rad.  Who knows, there could be some added nonsense to the whole affair if you're lucky.  Expect a Winter release for this one.

Now in some personal news, before ending this dumb thing, I sent out a newsletter with most of the orders I received in the last couple months.  Essentially, besides plugging a lot of record stuff, I made mention of moving across the country.  Well, plenty has changed recently that will be keeping me in Syracuse for the foreseeable future.  Basically, my day job just got more exciting and opened up some opportunities for me that I have been working towards for a couple years.  So it's a good thing!  Of course, I shall once again do battle with the forces of Winter and that's no treat.  But I feel the positives outweigh the negatives here, so we'll go with that.

Monday, September 28, 2015


It has been a whirlwind month.  Just non-fucking-stop.  And I mean that in the absolute best way possible.  From getting momentum rolling on the Ex-Breathers LP, Grizzlor 7", and Dialysis 7", to getting some of those records back and packing them up that was just the homefront stuff.  A great deal of travel, including a handful of shows out of town with Dialysis, going to a wedding in DC, checking out the Small Press Expo (also in the DC area) and meeting some artists and creators who I have enormous respect for, and coming back in time for the annual Westcott Street Fair.  Oh, and then taking off again so my wife could give a lecture in Worcester, followed by a visit to Providence to see an awesome show (what's up Grizzlor, Die Choking, and Empty Vessels), and then back on the road with Dialysis before playing an awesome hometown show to cap it all off.  So yeah, there are a few things that caught my ears and eyes and I'm about to tell you about them so dig in....

ANCRESS, “Victoria”
Ancress is a band from the Toronto area that has former members of Villipend, and I believe this is their first offering to the civilized world.  Much like Villipend (who released material through A389 Records among others) this hammers out harsh metallic hardcore that double dog dares you to call it metalcore, lest you enjoy getting slapped across the face with a rusty saw blade.  That being said, there are a few different things happening here and I feel like with a bit more time those influences will become more focused.  As it stands, the band dishes out metallic heaviness with some nods to noisemongers like Page 99 and a slight black metal feel (particularly in some of the vocals).  It’s not a bad start, but doesn’t quite grab a hold of me completely.  (self-released)

ELTINGVILLE CLUB #2, by Evan Dorkin
And thus concludes the final chapter in the Eltingville Club, a series of shorts started back in the 90’s (often in Dork- one of my favorite comics ever), put on pause for many years, and brought back to life a year ago (yeah, there was a year between issue 1 and 2), and now ends on a pitiful note.  And that’s not disrespecting this comic.  It’s a remark on the characters who make up this club.  They are the lowest of the low (arguably aside from Jerry).  You do not root for them.  And when they do bad things, which is often, you cheer when they are hurt.  They represent everything that is wrong with people into comics, movies, gaming, and other sorts of collector culture.  They plot against each other, they argue about the most minute of details, they have no allies, and the world is better off without them.  The first issue re-visits the gang where a cordial meeting results in one of them burning down a comic shop.  In issue #2 we fast forward 10 years and none of them have spoken to each other, but all end up at San Diego Comic Con where they end up getting together, discussing how awesome (i.e.- terrible) their lives are now and then talking shit on each other and everyone else in attendance until they get trampled.  Evan Dorkin’s art, as always is spot on, a great mixture of cartoon-ish, but stunningly detailed.  He’s a guy who knows way too much about comics and puts it on display not only with tons of background detail over the most obscure of  references, but also in the humor, which gravitates between absurdly hilarious and cringe-worthy insulting (I mean, he really makes you hate these characters).  Get this, read it, laugh, enjoy comics, and be the complete opposite of the goobers in this book in your daily life.  (Dark Horse)

This is one of the last groups I would have ever expected to get back together and record new material.  Into Another existed in a strange time.  By all accounts, they should have never been popular with hardcore kids and it remains a mystery to me, to this day, how they were.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved this band, but yeah…  how did they do it?  Between Ritchie Birkenhead’s near-falsetto singing/screaming and the mind-altering talent of the various players in this group standard meat and potatoes hardcore should have put a hood up over a furrowed brow and crossed their collective arms as if to say, ‘not here pal.’  But, just the opposite- they were embraced.  And I say ‘great’.  Picture, if you will- a band that seamlessly melded the sludgy mood of Black Sabbath with the virtuoso fantasy rock of Rush.  Yeah.  In hardcore.  In 1994.  It happened and I was there to bear witness.  And now, 20 years later they decide to give it another go on this five song EP.  I’ll give them credit- they all have their chops firmly in place.  Ritchie still has quite a set of pipes.  Peter Moses continues to be a guitar symphony in and of himself, and new bassist Reid Black aptly fills the void left by Tony Bono.  These songs have a little less instantly catchy flair that was found on “Ignaurus”- most fans vote for the band’s zenith- but they are well-written songs, and after a few listens they sink in .  The artwork is beautiful and works well to the band’s creepy nature.  I feel as if they are a group that has returned in a non-cheesy way.  They fail to be a poor imitation of themselves.  They have simply continued, and done so respectfully.  (Revelation/ Ghost Ship Records)

SACRED HEART,  by Liz Suburbia
After a bunch of self-published comical zines, and an online series that started the first half of this book Liz Suburbia takes those collected online chapters, re-drew/re-kajiggered them, and added what seems like a zillion more pages, and thus spawns this big fat book called Sacred Heart.  It’s great to see her art progress and the tone of the story get a bit more serious while still retaining a quirky fun that only results from years of John Hughes films, the Decline Of western Civilization, and a heavy dose of punk rock livin’.  The story is that there’s a town where all the parents and adults are gone and the kids are trying to go about their lives as if nothing is out of skew (still going to school, still going to dumb jobs, still hanging out on the weekends for shows, or prom, or high school football games).  There are plenty of moments that recall those best of times- piling into your friends car to go see a show, or chilling in your pals basement to watch horror flicks, the typical tropes of being a teen in love with the person just out of your reach and the awkwardness that goes with it.  But then odd stuff happens too- lots of people are getting killed, no one quite knows why, and the kids seem to not react too heavily to it.  Then a big flood comes, takes out a bunch of stuff, and leaves you with a huge cliffhanger of an ending.  It’s a wonderful story, though I guess might benefit from a little more development around building up those cliffhangers as the ending seems to come very quickly and abruptly.  The art is exceptional- all black and white, a combination of Los Bros Hernandez simple punk line art, but more fluid and almost grafitti-esque in ways, as well as very inviting and fun.  It shows a great deal of promise and I can’t wait to see what comes next.  (Fantagraphics)

While I enjoy reading about punk history, and all sorts of different aspects regarding it from a variety of different people’s perspectives it always feels a little weird when someone’s book on the subject reads like their doctoral dissertation.  There is a tipping point when punk-related subjects move from philosophical discussion to…  I dunno…  something else that’s boring.  But the older I get the more attention I guess I have for that, which means I’m probably getting pretty boring.  This here is a whole book dedicated to mostly the inner-workings of basement shows.  The author has interviewed a number of people who had lengthy involvement in booking shows at houses/living in houses that booked shows, their effect on the community around them (both neighbor-related and punk scene-related), the economics of it all, party vs. sober spaces, dealing with cops, and the transition to community/legal spaces.  I can get down with a good chunk of it because there are a lot of good stories about different spaces getting busted up, or evading authorities, sneaky ways in which places kept going, and so forth.  But when it gets bogged down in the politics of it all and constant quotes from various MRR articles and letters (seriously, there has to be tons of other source material to draw from aside from an old stack of Maximum Rock n’ Roll zines the author has sitting in his attic) it feels redundant and unnecessary.  I’ve always felt that punk is a great learning experience from not only just winging it and hoping for the best, but also from great stories that listeners (or in this case, readers) can absorb and make of it what they will.  The parts of this book focusing on the stories are great.  The academia half of it really seems kind of silly when trying to make a case study out of some bands playing in a basement for a bunch of punks.  (Microcosm)

WILD MOTH, “Inhibitor”
I remember listening to this band a year or two ago when they were getting started and they had a really heavy older Sonic Youth vibe in relation to a noisy reckless abandon to their otherwise punk-influenced indie sound.  I thought it was the sound of a band with a loose notion of a song structure, but letting it totally fall apart around them on purpose.  This full length record definitely makes a big effort to have strong song structures and catchy melodies, however noisy they might be.  I’m really digging this as they’ve gone to a more Superchunk style of rock, but still kind of loose and airy, a bit more shegaze-y, for lack of a better word.  I was quite surprised by this given how different I felt their previous material sounded.  Regardless, if you want to check a great upbeat indie band that both has a lot of excitement within their sound, as well as a laid back sort of beauty at the same time this is a good record to roll with.  (IronPier)

WINDHAND, “Grief’s Infernal Flower”
On their second release for Relapse Windhand seem to try and sound exactly like they did on their last effort.  Well, that’s half true.  The production is a bit different and almost sounds a bit cleaner, particularly in the vocals.  I kind of prefer the sound that they got on “Soma” though.  The vocals have a bit more reverb, thus making them sound more spooky, which works in their favor when the vocalist already has a somber, melancholy wail to begin with.  The music was grittier, dirtier, and had an almost sense of attack about it, even though the songs were complete stoner doom Sabbath worship.  Sure, it was nothing new to the trendy doom style going on these days, but I liked it.  “Grief’s Infernal Flower” feels like a band trying to ride on the coattails of “Soma” and not quite grasping it.  It feels like at least three of the songs on this start with the exact same riff (a play on “Soma”s opening song “Orchard”), and a couple more veer off into very long jam territory before coming back with a monster of an ending.  In some ways it works nicely, and in others it feels really redundant.  I’d like to see this band make something special because I felt they really had something good with their last outing, but this one only half gets there.  I have to admit though, the artwork on this record is something beautiful indeed and worth getting a gander at if you get a chance to see it.  (Relapse)

YAUTJA, “Songs Of Lament” EP
This was kind of a surprise follow-up for this band, as I think most people are still reeling from their debut LP released not all that long ago.  On this EP (which I guess you could call it a short LP really) they really don’t push any new boundaries, but instead continue on the killing spree they began with “Songs Of Lament”.  Think early mastodon with a crustier vibe.  So, you know, it’s good.  Weird, twisting chords on top of a crushing bulldozer rhythm section give way to grinding speed and an almost non-stop assault of riffs and heaviness.  Play both albums one after another and it will sound like one big, long, enjoyable ride.  (Forcefield)

Monday, September 21, 2015


You see that up there ^.  That's the cover to the new GRIZZLOR 7" "Cycloptic" coming out in October.  t sounds like it looks.  Crushing.  Menacing.  Dangerous.  Chunky.
Well, now you can pre-order one of them bad boys on either red or white vinyl (or both if you're weird like that) right here:

Oh, you're one of those people who want to hear it first before you buy it?  Fine.  You can now listen to a song from the record at Revolver. 
Geez, such a needy crowd.  Anyways, listen, headbang, and buy a record or two.
The band will be playing some shows real soon.  Check them at the following spots:
Thurs, Sept. 24th @ AS220 Providence, RI w/ Empty Vessels, Die Choking
Sat. Oct. 10th @ Crunch House West Haven, CT
Friday, Oct. 30th @ Spark Art Space Syracuse, NY w/ Bardus
Sat. Nov. 7th @ 33 Golden New London, CT


The EX-BREATHERS truck just keeps on rolling.  They have debuted a second song from "Past Tense", which will be out October 23rd via Hex and Exploding In Sound.

You can hear it via Stereogum.

Pre-order their LP HERE.

And now for some tour dates.  They will be all over the South, Midwest, and West Coast this Fall.  A bunch of the shows will be with Gnarwhal (who released stuff on the 4-way split we released last Fall)
10/29 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (record release show!)

11/01 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
11/02 - Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox
11/03 - Bloomington, IN @ Fuck What You Heard House
11/04 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Downstairs
11/05 - Milwaukee, WI @ TBA
11/06 - Minneapolis @ Pork Avenue
11/07 - Iowa City, IA @ Trumpet Blossom Cafe
11/08 - Omaha, NE @ O’leaver’s Pub
11/09 - Denver, CO @ Bar Bar
11/10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
11/11 - Boise, ID @ Android House
11/12 - Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
11/13 - Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge
11/14 - Bellingham, WA @ Makeshift Project
11/15 - Olympia, WA @ TBA
11/16 - Corvallis, OR @ Interzone
11/17 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA
11/18 - Oakland, CA @ TBA
11/19 - Santa Barbara, CA @ FUNZONE
11/20 - Indio, CA @ ¡Casa de Alvarez!
11/21 - Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
11/22 - El Paso, TX @ Warzawa
11/23 - Denton, TX @ Gatsby’s Mansion
11/24 - New Orleans, LA @ Sisters In Christ
11/25 - Birmingham, AL @ TBA

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Wanna hear a new DIALYSIS song from "Abastab"?  OK, here's the song "Typhoid Mary"!  To go along with this song take a looksy at a page from the comic book that will come with the record when you buy it.

OK, now that you've listened to it a million times, and gushed at the artwork, go and pre-order the record like right now over here at the Hex store.  On this second 7" the band strike back with 11 more quick bursts of grinding punk hardcore nonsense. This time around expect more variety in the form of songs with cooing (you just heard it), gang vocals, and even a saxophone on one track. As a bonus this record will come with a comic book written and illustrated by frontman Ryan Canavan (you just saw some of it). Cover art for the record is supplied by Fantagraphics artist Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart) and half the pressing has blue covers, while the other half has pink covers. If you're into that sort of stuff leave a note with your order stating which color you prefer. All the actual records come on a cool orange/pink mix. The download for this record contains a bonus track(s) not on the actual record... ooooohhhh!
This is a pre-order. The records should ship at the end of September.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Check out a new song from Tallahassee's three-piece punk unit blasting boundaries with their mix of thrashing heaviness, Fugazi's urgent dynamics, the Minutemen's short bursts of weirdness, and Mission Of Burma's melodic experimentation.   "Stand Still" is streaming over at NPR of all places:

When you're finished listening to that, go over to the webstore and pre-order Ex-Breathers new LP "Past tense".  All records come on black vinyl with download as well.
This is a pre-order. Records ship October 23rd.