Wednesday, December 30, 2009


This is the demo from German emo/hardcore band Danton. I don't know too much about them but I hope that they're named after Georges Danton (important figure from the french revolution) because a Danton/Storm the Bastille split would be way too hilarious and awesome. Anyways, this demo is great and I hope you all think so too.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

With Horses in Here Eyes - Prologue

With Horses in Her Eyes was an awesome screamo/hardcore/skramz/fuckyou band from Atlanta. They released Prologue, a CDR, and changed their name to Histories....but sadly broke up in 2007. It's really too bad, because I personally feel like this band was doing some really killer stuff with the genre...maybe not groundbreaking, but they did it exceptionally well. The screams are some of my favorite I've heard on a screamo record in a while, incredibly frantic and intense. The music is heavy and driving at one minute, incredibly melodic at the next. Some of the poppier parts remind me of mid 90's emo like Mineral or Evergreen. The last track is acoustic, which is super cheesy and totally reminds me of 90's metalcore weenies Red Roses for a Blue Lady, but if you can look past the cheese, it's actually a pretty sick ending to a fantastic album. Anyways, really awesome record by another band that unfortunately came to an early end. I heard that a member of the band had all the remaining copies of this record in his car...the car was stolen. Bummer.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Arsen - Black Sunday 7"

Arsen is a rad crusty emo/hardcore band from Germany who released a 7" on React With Protest in 2002. They play very dark and heavy emo/hardcore influenced by bands like Union of Uranus and Orchid, with a bit of a His Hero is Gone or Tragedy crust vibe too. This 7", Black Sunday, is incredibly noisy and heavy. The vocals are mixed fairly low in the mix, and range from high picthed screams to deep growls. It actually reminds me of Black Magic Pyramid a lot, just more "punk" sounding. Only complaint is the guitar tone which gets a little grating after a while. I don't know what else to say about this really, it's a fast, heavy and vicious 10 minutes of music. Germans scare me.
(PS. If you downloaded Ekkaia, you'll probably dig this record)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

To The North - Landscapes

To The North is an awesome Math Rock/Indie Rock band with some emo influence. Super jazzy noodley guitar bordering on Kinsella-esque, dancey upbeat dums, and rambled shouted vocals with a heavy Australian accent. I've noticed Australia has a great scene going on. Tons of great bands, especially involved with the Hey Presto Label. Check it out if you dig bands like Castevet or Soft Floors.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ekkaia-Demasiado Tarde Para Pedir Perdon

Once again, I hope this band isn't new to many people but they're just too good not to post.

Hailing from Spain, Ekkaia plays an amazing blend of emo and hardcore. This album leans more to the hardcore side of things but it's a great place to start and is my personal favorite from their catalogue. This band is just further proof that (as far as I'm concerned), Europeans are way better at punk than North Americans.

Monday, December 14, 2009

James Dean - S/T 7"

A lot of people like to argue over the use of the word skram to define a genre. While I agree the term is silly, so is "emo" and arguing over genre names is even lamer so suck it up because this next record is a "skram" record.

James Dean was a rad skram/emo band from Australia who sadly broke up in 2007. This is the 7" that was supposed to come out on Hey Presto, but from what I can tell it hasn't, which is too bad, because I'd love to have this on wax. James Dean plays very melodic but frantic style of emo not unlike bands like La Quiete or Suis La Lune. The vocals are what really hook me on this record, they are screamed at times, but the vocalist has a great hoarse shout/sing style as well. The guitars are played with very little distortion, so the whole record has this trebley clean vibe to it and really helps maintain the melodic element of the music. Not a lot of noise on this record. Nothing too groundbreaking, just 4 really enjoyable songs. In The Hospital is a banger!

PS. I just heard that Bringin' it Down is back on the air starting tomorrow evening! Support these gents, they play good tunes and are fervent supporters of local independent hardcore! Maybe they'll let myself and MK do a GonnaGetSued night. (Wink wink...nudge nudge)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Betercore - Youth Crust Disco.

I know that this band isn't (or shouldn't be) news to anyone but lately I've sort of re-discovered them after a long break. I first found them when I was 14 and was perusing the Hardcore Holocaust site and they really stood out from the rest. Maybe it was the naked man.

As far as I'm concerned, this band is everything punk should be about. It's fast and angry and abrasive but its still SO much fun. It's silly and witty but well thought out and intelligently presented. Seriously, best band.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

York Redoubt - Cheap Funerals

Halifax is probably one of my favorite music scenes in Canada. Not only is it home to one of my all time favorite bands, North of America, it is also a hotbed of fantastic angular, weird poppy indie rock. Some amazing bands like Special Noise, Tomcat Combat, A History Of, The Holy Shroud, and The Medium Mood have come out of this scene. Halifax bands have the noisy mid 90's indie rock that was pioneered by bands like Pavement and Archers of Loaf on lock. I don't know what it is about that town...strange. (Reminds me...I always wanted to start a Punk Rock Geography blog, focusing on certain North American scenes, and their distinct sound...Chicago emo anyone?)

York Redoubt is a fantastic new(ish) band from Halifax featuring members of Tomcat Combat (Killer post rock band...check them out). On "Cheap Funerals" their debut tape (I think) they play really awesome fuzzed out pop music, with a heavy 60's rock influence, which is apparent on the last track, "Backyard Garden" which starts off with a strange, angular bass driven riff, but breaks into a soaring chorus that would not be out of place in a Beatles or Zombies song. Other songs like "I Want To Die" explode out of the gate with some heavy Weezer-esque riffage buried under layers of fuzz, distortion and noise. Seriously, this is not the style of music I normally dig, but York Redoubt does it so honestly and well that it's hard not to love these 4 songs.

Bart Records has a few in the distro, so next time you see Mr. Stebner, grab this. It's definitely a gem of Canadian indie rock, one I can see becoming a fairly sought after collectors item if the band continues on the path they're on right now. York Redoubt also just released a full length 12" limited to 100 copies, so head over to Hot Money Records to snag a copy ASAP.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Adam & Naive - Summer in the Storm Cellar

A slight departure from the regular posts on this blog for today. Adam & Naive are not a punk rock, hardcore, or emo band. I'm not even really sure how to classify them. Weird indie rock drenched in reverb and delay. This record really is very appropriately titled. It makes me think of hot, sweaty summer nights spent in basements dancing with your friends after a long day of eating Viet subs on the steps and playing soccer in the field. It just has a really great laid back vibe going on with it's twinkly guitars, shouted-sang vocals and meandering drums that sort of skip along. This record is definitely going to help me get through this cursed time of year we lovingly call winter.

Stand out tracks for me are Rainy Day, as song comprised entirely of stomping, clapping, chanting, and shouting and Candy Baby, a reverb soaked slide guitar jam. Rad!

Best thing about this band? They put all their records up fro free on their myspace. I've put the link to Summer in The Storm Cellar here, but you should go to their myspaca and check out the other records, and maybe purchase some merch if you feel so inclined. Great band!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Chamberlain - Fate's Got a Driver

Chamberlain (formerly known as Split Lip) was a emo/punk/rock band from Indiana. They released Fate's Got a Driver in 1995 under the band name Split Lip, and at the time played a great brand of punk rock that was obviously heavily influenced by fact Fate's Got a Driver could be a Jawbreaker record, so I guess you can take that as good or bad. Despite the similarity, it's still a great record, one that I think is vastly underrated and overlooked. In 1996 they changed their name from Split Lip to Chamberlain in an effort to distance themselves from the hardcore scene that had made them who they were. It's unfortunate because they went on to play a pretty boring country fried rock sound that was no where near as good as the early stuff. (The singer actually releases solo records under his own name on Doghouse now...pretty boring, adult contemporary stuff my mom would dig....I guess we all gotta grow up at some point).

Anyways, I guess I shouldn't shit on what the band became and focus on what they were. Really melodic punk/emo stuff, tons of great riffs and basslines and hooky vocal lines. The vocalist is actually a very good singer, and definitely stands out in a genre that doesn't always place importance on such things. (Probably why he went on to release the kind of records he does). There's even a pretty rad acoustic track at the end, which I guess in a way would hint to their later work, with the leaning's toward the rootsy country vibe they would embrace on the next record, but I think it still works well on this record and serves as a good closer. Definitely check this out if you're a fan of Jawbreaker, early Jimmy Eat World, Christie Front Drive, etc.

Floodgate - 7" + I Choose Danger Double 7"

Floodgate was a California emo/punk rock band formed in the early 90's. Very reminiscent of early DC bands like Rites of Spring, One Last Wish, Embrace, etc. Very frantic vocals over top of jagged and noisy guitars and groovey basslines. I don't know a ton about these guys, but what I've heard is really rad.

I decided to upload their 7" release and their double 7" release "I Choose Danger". Stand out tracks are definitely "At Rest" that has a great guitar hook and a bass line that makes me think of 80's new wave/pop (I'm not sure why) and "The Organic" which is a frantic little gem with a Waiting Room-esque bass line (Maybe even a little "Come As You Are" - Nirvana steez too). Very catchy dirty sounding emo punk rock! Dig Dig Dig. (Side note: The art pictured above is for the 7", the art for the Double 7" is included in the download file, it just wasn't big enough to bother posting)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Carlisle-This Means Everything To Me

No big explanation today, Carlisle is a band from Florida that plays great Emo/Hardcore with a great sense of melody. I like this band a lot. I hope you do too.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Lync - These Are Not Fall Colors

Sometimes I go on downloading blitzes and some of the albums that sound really interesting get lost in the shuffle of other stuff, and I forget about it. Lync's These Are Not Fall Colors is one of those records. I'm not sure where it came from and I had never heard of the band until a few days ago. Lync was indie rock band from Washington in the early 90's. Super noisy guitars and angular rhythms drew comparisons to bands like Drive Like Jehu and Fugazi, which I would agree with, but Lync also had a great pop sensibility to them. The songs are intense and awash in noise, but under all of it are great hooks. Check it out if you dig 90's emo or grungey indie rock. No essay on this record...sorry (Or you're welcome...not sure)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Life With Out Buildings - Any Other CIty

Life Without Buildings was a band from Glasgow, Scotland that existed for about 3 years in the early 2000's. They played very catchy, poppy post-punk/indie-rock that reminds me of bands like Ghosts & Vodka or American Football (maybe not as technical) but the thing that sets them apart is the vocals. Vocalist Sue Tompkins rambles/shouts/raps over the music, sometimes stuttering on one word for a few bars, sometimes repeating the same line over and over. The lyrics seem very loose and sometimes seem to be almost nonsensical which really integrates them in as a part of the soundscape the band creates. The songs are deceptively simple, and upon first listen may not hook you, but after a few listens I'm definitely digging this record quite a bit. The only issue I have with this record is the song "Sorrow" which sort of floats off into a different direction of the rest of the songs, and really stands out as the weakest track. Check out the Songs "The Leanover" and "Young Offenders", they're both fantastic and will likely be stuck in your head for days.

(PS. I'd love to hear what people think of this, good or bad. It's an interesting record, but one that not everyone will love.)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Ettil Vyre/Tipping Canoe - Split

I've found that whenever I try and write a "review" of these records, they come across somewhat corny and don't really give any insight to why I love them so much. So in true form, I'm going to ramble on about some seemingly unrelated situation and hope that it vaguely relates back to this record. Deal? Ok good.

In high school, after "discovering" emo for myself I would scour the internet and message boards trying to to find bands that sort of fit the bill. I would hear about bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor, City of Caterpillar, Saetia, Planesmistakenforstars and others, and they all had this sinister, dark aesthetic going for them and when I heard the music I was always so blown away by how noisy and angry they were. I had always felt the punk rock/radio shit I listened to was somewhat contrived and didn't represent what I wanted in music. Much like the Corta Vita record I wrote about a few days ago, I was drawn to the secretive and dangerous aspect of emo/hardcore. It was incredibly passionate and pissed off, music my Mom would hate. Over the years I sort of lost that feeling when listening to new emo records. It wasn't that the music had lost it's edge, more so that I had grown accustomed to it and it wasn't new to me. I still loved it, but I wanted to have that feeling of discovering some dark, scary secret record again.

That's how this split feels to me. It's noisy, somewhat lo-fi, pissed off and scary (although the cover suggests otherwise)...and I'm in love. Obviously this record has been out for a number of years, and has probably been jammed by hundreds of kids, but to me this was like opening a box from my teenage years and going "WTF! Where did this come from!?". I haven't really felt this way about a record in a while.

Ettil Vyre holds down the melodic side of this split, with tons of slow, meandering parts that explode into vicious heavier parts. The vocals go from spoken word to a very guttural shout that reminds me of Who Calls so Loud or Funeral Diner. In fact the 7 songs that Ettil Vyre offer up definitely have a Bay Area emo sound going on (Portraits of Past, Indian Summer, Funeral Diner, Etc) despite being from Massachusetts. Very intense and noisy, but at times you can pick up on a Sinaloa vibe. (Which makes sense, members went on to form Sinaloa).

Tipping Canoe is actually how I found this record. I had been looking for their stuff based on a Last.Fm recommendation stating Tipping Canoe sounded like Shotmaker. I didn't really get that vibe from them. Shotmaker is very bass heavy and thick sounding, where Tipping Canoe has more of a trebley, tinny sound. Vocally they are reminiscent of City of Caterpillar, with an almost snotty post punk sound to them at times, other times being very vicious and and frantic. I really dig the drums, very punishing and heavy, but slip into almost danceable grooves at times. Neato!

Download!! It's awesome. I highly doubt this is still in print, but I could be wrong.
~AB (Another essay! Sorry. I talk too much)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Heads Kicked Off - S/T 7"

This was a 7" that I randomly bought on tour, and was so glad I did. I don't know much about them other than what's in the liners, and that's not much. Doesn't say where they're from or anything.

But, I bought it anyways, and it's awesome. It's not anything groundbreaking but it's played hard and fast and passionately. Crust/Grind at some of it's finest. The songs are short and abrasive and move between traditional swedish style crust to a slightly more modern grind kinda vibe (more along the lines of Phobia).

This is ripped straight from the 7" so I apologize how it can sometimes sound a bit compressed and not as loud as would normally be desired.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lion of the North/Mans - Split

Lion of the North and Mans are two emo/hardcore bands from Indiana. They represent the new style of emo-skram-hardcore that has been gaining a lot of popularity in the last year or so. This split is pretty fantastic, so I'll try and break it up by band.

I would say Lion of the North is a bit more accessible than Man's. They play a really fast, somewhat chaotic brand of emo that will appeal to hardcore kids and the emo nerds. Lion offers up 2 songs for this split, which is good, because I'm not sure a single song would hold it's weight against the Man's side of the split. Without sounding to down on this band, the songs are very structured and play out as pretty standard screamo songs. Don't get me wrong, they're fantastic songs, and I would have loved to see this band live, I just think the songs would have really stood out with a bit more experimentation. Fans of Loma Prieta, Mihai Edrisch, etc. will dig this band.

The second side is really why I uploaded this split. Mans offers up one track, "Look At What You Did You Little Jerk", and it's become one of my favorite songs in this genre. The vocals are completely frantic, moving between shouts and high pitched screams. Lots of treble and squeally distorted guitars, held together with a grooving bass line and drum-line-esque snare rolls. I'm not too sure what the vocalist is saying in the opening parts of the song, but the lyrics in the final couple minutes of the song are surprisingly upbeat and positive. "Well we are not incomplete. We stand on two legs and won't bury our heads in the sand.....As long as we keep moving forward, we're alive! As long as we keep moving forward, we're alive!". It's in this part of the song that one of the bigger surprises comes....a horn solo (trumpet I think) laid over the screaming and bass. Cool! (PS. Huge props to whoever can name the reference in the song title. HA!)

Anyways, it's a solid offering by 2 bands that sadly broke up too soon. Lion of the North put out The Compass Calls EP and if you dig their songs on this split you'll definitely enjoy that EP. Man's put out a variety of splits and demo's, most of which I'm having trouble tracking down. They have 2 demo's up for download on their Myspace, but I was only able to snag one. It's pretty poor quality, but the songs are decent and the Slint cover is worth having. (I don't think the demo really holds it own against the track on this split though, which is unfortunate)

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Corta Vita - S/T Tape

When I first started going to shows, punk rock seemed like a secret club that I had been let in on....that may seem elitist, but I was a kid who had no knowledge of independent music other than Blink 182's Dude Ranch. I had never been to a concert, and my love of music was solely based around listening to CD's on my walkmen and playing air guitar when no one was looking. Hall shows were a complete culture shock to was gritty and felt dangerous.

Calgary's Corta Vita were a band that definitely added to the mystique of danger I had built up around the punk scene. I had heard rumors of their live show being absolutely destructive and vicious, where no one's personal space was safe and you were likely to get a mic in the face or a headstock in the gut. To be honest, I don't remember the first time I saw Corta Vita or whether I was physically abused at the hands of the band, but I remember really loving what I was hearing. They played a genre of music that at the time I had never heard. It was loud, abrasive and weird, and I would later start to associate it with bands like City of Caterpillar, Shotmaker and Drive Like Jehu. In reality, Corta Vita was probably my first brush with emo music, so I guess I'll be forever indebted to them.

Anyways, I came across this tape rip from a great blog, The Calgary Cassette Preservation Society, who have taken it up on themselves to try and document Calgary's independent music scene's love affair with the cassette tape. (Sorry to the people who run the blog for reposting this link. If you're interested in Calgary punk rock and rock n' roll, check the blog out, it's pretty amazing the amount of stuff on there)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tamiroff - Last Songs

I don't know much about Tamiroff other than they are a band from Rochester, NY and may or may not be active still. They play twinkly emo/indie rock stuff. It somewhat reminds me of bands like Gameface, Promise Ring, Counterfit and to an extent American Football. Somewhat technical, but very melodic and catchy. They also have this cool mid 90's radio rock vibe going on, like Gin Blossoms, although saying that may turn people off a bit. This EP is called "Last Songs" which leads me to believe this band is now defunct. Blood Alley would definitely be the stand out track for me, lots of great noodley guitars and start stop riffs. Groovy.

This record is pretty safe and clean, nothing to groundbreaking or edgy but an enjoyable listen for a lazy sunday afternoon or when you're looking for some good pop rock emo stuff.

(I went back and listened to Gin Blossoms again, and the vocals in Tamiroff definitely have this vibe at times. RAD!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

MewithoutYou - A to B Life

I had a hard time deciding whether I should upload this record or not. On one hand, it's on a bigger label, something I'll stay away from as much as possible on this blog but on the other hand it is a record that I feel too many people either don't know, or have passed on. (Largely because of the stigma attached to Tooth & Nail Records, a Christian Music Label and MewithoutYou's label). A to B Life is and has been one of my favorite records for the past 5-6 years. I listen to it almost daily.

To simply label MewithoutYou as a Christan band is somewhat shortsighted and unfair. Yes, they are Christians. Yes, they play Christian festivals and are signed to a Christian Label....and yes, they sing about Jesus. But where MewithoutYou distinguish themselves from other Christian music is they are not content with just believing in God and they are not evangelical. They are constantly questioning why they believe, if they should believe and whether they'd be happier not believing.

I've told this story many times, and many people reading this, have likely heard it, so please bear with me. It is part of why I love this band so much, and incredibly important in understanding what kind of band they are and more importantly what kind of lyricist Aaron Weiss is.

MewithoutYou played Harvest Moon, a now defunct Christian Music Festival in Edmonton a few years ago. Normally I wouldn't have gone, but I had to see this band so I braved the Festival. MewithoutYou took the stage, and played through a few songs. I was really impressed at their stage presence, the band tearing apart their instruments at a furious pace, singer Weiss dancing and careening about. In the middle of their set the guitarist experienced Guitar troubles of some sort. (Broken String? Bad Cord? I'm not sure) and Weiss began to address the audience as they rectified the issue. At first it was the usual banter. "How are you guys doing?" "Is everyone having fun?" etc etc. A young kid, maybe 15 years old yelled "Praaaiiise Jesus" from the back. Everyone cheered. It was at this point that Weiss could have acknowledged the comment, reaffirmed their love of Jesus, and quite honestly, he would have won the crowd over completely and probably sold double the merch that night. (Cynical? Maybe.) Instead he challenged the notion of praising Jesus. Here was a man, signed to a Christian label, standing in front of hundreds of rabid, young Christian teens hanging off his every word...and what words come out of his mouth? "Why would I praise Jesus? Jesus ruined my life." A few people clapped, obviously not recognizing what he had just said, a few kids stood there dumbfounded. He continued, "If I didn't believe in Jesus, I could act without consequence. I could act selfishly and drive a nice car and own fancy clothes...but because I believe in Jesus, I am not allowed these simple pleasures". It was at this point that I was dumbfounded. He was telling these kids that he was unable to be happy because of his belief in God, and while I understand he was talking about just trying to be a good person in the eyes of God, it made me realize how complex Weiss was. He easily could have taken the bait that night and no one would have thought less or more of him. I respect him so much for not taking the simple route.

Anyways, that aside, I guess I should talk about the music seeing as that is why people are here. This record is frantic and intense and an absolutely exhausting listen. Weiss rambles and shouts eloquently, moving between screams and whispers as if he's 2 people. The music itself is hard to label, at times touching on emo and hardcore, other times venturing into garage rock territory, and even at times have a quiet shoegaze vibe to them. I hate trying to describe this record...people just need to listen to it. If you like it, please please please look into this band more. Every record they release is completely different and unique, and definitely worth owning.
~AB (Sorry about the essay)

Friday, November 6, 2009

One Last Wish - 1986

Everyone probably knows this band already, and like usual I'm the one late to the party, but if you haven't heard One Last Wish, listen up!

One Last Wish was members of Fugazi, The Faith and Rites of Spring, and obviously sound a lot like Rites of Spring with Guy Picciotto taking up the vocals. It's widely stated that emo bands owe Rites of Spring for helping create the genre but One Last Wish definitely helped bring a lot more melody and pop structure to emo music. The pop influence is evident in songs like My Better Half and This Time, which are bouncy and catchy as hell. The guitar solos in My Better Half even sound vaguely J. Mascis-esque. That isn't to say this record is tame by any means, Picciotto still shrieks and howls over noisy, dissonant guitars, and the bass and drums are still driving but there just seems to be a softer, catchier vibe.

This records was recorded and mixed, but the band broke up before it could come out. At the time, Dischord had begun to get a reputation for releasing a lot of records by defunct bands, so 1986 sat in the vault until 1999 when it was finally given a proper release. Definitely a must for fans of Rites of Spring, Fugazi, and Dischord Records.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Pine - S/T

The Pine was a band from Bakersfield, CA that played melodic indie rock/emo in the same style as bands like Evergreen, The Hated and Mineral. I think what I love about their s/t is the production of it. The guitars are very washed out and noisy, and the drums have a very distinct sound, making the record seem a lot older than it actually is. (Not a bad thing, the drums are actually very reminiscent of Rites of Spring or Moss Icon records).

Now here's the thing with The Pine, the thing that tends to polarize people on this band; the vocals. On first listen, I can almost guarantee you'll hate them. Nasally, whiney, with a bit of a drawl, not unlike Mineral's Chris Simpson or dare I say Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. If I had one complaint about this band, it would be the vocalist's inability to come up with a variety of vocal patterns, and he has a tendency to slip into the same rhythm for a majority of the songs.That being said, don't write this band off on first listen, because the vocals are just another part of what make this band great. They are painfully honest and vulnerable, and certainly add to the texture of the record.

This album is not for everyone, but if you can get into it, it's definitely worth having, especially if you're a fan of Midwest style emo. The Pine released quite a few records, including an Acoustic CDR, a split with La Quiete and a split with The Saddest Landscape. As far as I can tell, a good majority of their records are out of print, but if you're lucky enough to find them, make sure you pick them up.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sharks Kill

Once upon a time, I was on tour and instead of going to eat at a restaurant with the rest of the group, a friend and I just went and got a little thing of rice and sat outside eating. Very randomly a woman approached us and told us that her son had recently passed away. She was on her way to the record store to sell off a large portion of his collection when she spotted us. Apparently, we were dressed in the same manner her son had dressed and she decided that instead of selling this large bag of records, she would just let us have them. This bag was FULL of treasures. For example:

Sharks Kill!
The first thing I noticed about this 7" was the care that went into it. It was packaged in a nice, stiff hand screened cover and included a 16 page self-published zine entitled "This could be the day..." (which is also the name of the record) and a 16 page lyric booklet with pictures and all the thoughts that were going through the bands head as they wrote the songs and what exactly it was that had gone into the making of the record. I was struck by how honest and caring the band seemed and I spent the rest of tour pouring over the zine and lyrics, finding myself agreeing completely with what they had to say and wholeheartedly identifying with the situations that crafted the songs.

When I got home to my record player, I was so pleased to find out that the actual songs bled the same emotion as the inserts. So honest, so heartfelt, so raw and unforgiving. It's toe tapping, it's out of key, it's off time and they don't care at all. These songs meant the world to them and you can feel it from start to finish.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mach Tiver - S/T 7"

Mach Tiver - S/T 7"

Mach Tiver was a 2 piece emo band from Trenton, Ontario that existed during the late 90’s. Made up of brother and sister Adam and Shannon Goodwin, Mach Tiver played punk rockish emo in the same vein as Shotmaker or Heroin.

Admittedly I don’t know too much about Mach Tiver, but from what I’ve read they were a 2 piece bass and drum combo, with Adam providing the shouted vocals and bass and Shannon drumming and screaming. This 7” is pretty relentless and driving with the only real break in speed coming at about halfway through the last song. For a 2 piece this record has as much punch and melody as a traditional guitar/bass/drum band, and is another great example of how amazing Canadian emo is.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Soft Floors - S/T

Soft Floors - S/T
Soft Floors was a great band from the Toronto area…unfortunately I believe they broke up. Their album is available for free in a few places on the internet, but I figured I’d post it for anyone who hasn’t heard it before.

Soft Floors seemed to be a couple years ahead of the groovy technical emo stuff that is gaining popularity right now. (Native, The Reptilian, Grown Ups). The music on this record is awesome. Very driving yet dynamic post rock influenced emo. The bass has an amazing tone on this record, and definitely keeps the music moving. (I’m starting to realize I’m a bass man…hmmm) The guitar work is also pretty terrific, with the guitarist knowing when he should be hitting hard, or holding back and letting the drum and bass section do their thing. You can really tell this was a band that really knew how to read each other, and I’m always bummed that I never saw them live. The vocals on this record are the only thing I can see holding people back from really enjoying it. I personally love them, but I understand where people may not. Shouted and a bit shrill, they remind me a lot of older Sinaloa or North of America….intense, without screaming. Love it!

Monday, October 26, 2009


Counterblast; masters of heavy, jarring, atmospheric, misanthropic crust. As far as I'm concerned, Balance of Pain perfectly represents mid 90's swedish hardcore. This album will crush you. And (most importantly!) the lyrics are fantastic. As soon as I get my scanner back in order I'll do a re-up and post the lyric sheet and album art. This album is absolutely essential for any fan of apocalyptic sounding crust, without the stigma of being just another Amebix rip off. Live it. Love it

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Elliot - Hateful Days (7")

Elliot was a band from Winnipeg. They do not sound like Elliott, the Revelation band most people know of. That's really all I know about them.

Elliot played hard hitting hardcore, with just enough of an emo flavor to keep it really interesting. The recording is very abrasive and dirty sounding...I love it. The bass has a great groove to it, which drives the music along, while the guitars provide a wall of noise and melody. Four tracks in just over 9 minutes.

Anyone who digs bands like Heroin, Shotmaker, Draft Dodgers, Rites of Spring will probably dig this a lot. (The rip of the 7" comes courtesy of Mr. Kevin Stebner....if you ever want to know about great Canadian emo, talk to that guy!)

(Unfortunately I can't find a myspace)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

O'Lucky Man - When I was Young....

O'Lucky Man - When I Was Young I Would Type Your Name...

There once was a man named Tim Kinsella. He played in a few bands here and there, some you may have heard of, some you may fervently worship. O'Lucky Man have obviously heard of Tim Kinsella, which is in no way a bad thing. Like most bands that fall into the "Kinsella-esque" category, OLM plays frantic, noodly upbeat emo-pop-rock stuff. But what really sets these guys apart is the speed they play some of their's mind boggling. Even more mind boggling is the idea that these songs are played sans effects pedals. These gents obviously know what they're doing. This record may not appeal to anyone, but fans of Cap'n Jazz, Algernon Cadwallader, Hella, Piebald, etc etc will probably dig it a lot.

Go to their myspace and buy their stuff. Both releases are $6 total. Insane!


So you found the music blog of one MK and one AB. We like music, but rarely the same music, so expect this blog to have a bit of a personality disorder. We're gonna try and update it 4 times a week, twice each, so keep coming back. AB posts will likely be better, but as an A I'm biased. MK posts will be pretty awesome too. WTF