Thursday, July 29, 2010

12 Aullidos - S/T

Spain really has the crusty screamo genre on lockdown! 12 Audillos is a record I've been debating putting up for a while just because it's not a style of music I know or listen to very often. Regardless I'm really digging it. I don't know too much about this band, but it sort of reminds me Orchid and Reversal of man, but way more vicious and violent sounding. I don't usually like to do this, but I'm just going to quote their write up on because it sums this band up pretty perfectly.

"Too heavy to be tagged screamo, too all over the place and drawn out in composition to have the concise impact of power-violence, and too modern and freaky in attack to be labeled simply “hardcore”"

Anyways, check this out. It's really rad!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kevin Rips: Antilles/Staph Split

It's exciting to find THAT band. Often, those of us writing for this blog feel as if we've heard everything. Much of the bands playing this genre, while awesome, nevertheless are playing the same styles we've been hearing since the early 90's. But with Antilles, I found something unexpected, and incredibly memorable. And I'm going to be the first to say it right now - Antilles are THE best post-hardcore/emo/whatever band of the past year. Maybe I'll regret that statement later - but I've let this band breathe, let it sit and come back to it, but they're still as exciting as ever. I bought this record on a whim when I ordered the 1994! records - I do that often when ordering records; I check out the rest of the roster. The Antilles myspace sounded good, so I decided to try this - and it's pretty much the best thing I've done in the last while. After giving this 7" a thorough listen, I immediately tracked down every other release of theirs. Every one's a winner, but I started with this 7", and you may as well start here too.

Antilles are from Ohio - I can only deduce that the seclusion they face there has only fueled them to rise above, much in the same way that sort of thing is happening here in Alberta. The Antilles side opens with a blistering riff, falls into a slow mess and then into something altogether incredible. I guess what really sets this band apart is just how distinct and memorable each song is. They aren't retreading another band's steez, they aren't playing the same old song - they're making the most unique and emotional music I've heard in a long while.

The Staph side is pretty awesome as well. It's just over seven minutes and the song moves through sludgy guitars, sailing riffs, screamed break-downs, speedy drums - this song is all over the place. It rules. Were it backed by another song from another band I would probably be ranting about it. But that Antilles side would overshadow anything.

Antilles are the find. Antilles are IT.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


An exclusive track from Be Murda, it's as fresh as a Golden Delicious and you're not gonna find it anywhere other than gonnagetsued. Definitely not the sort of thing that I normally post but this isn't something to pass up.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ghosts of a Modern Man - Everyone Is As...

*Note: This record's full name "Everyone is as Terrified as you are" and when it was first released the band was known as Pillar.

Regina punk rock channeling Shellac, Drive Like Jehu, and Fugazi?!?! Why wasn't this my favorite band EVER when I was a teenager? Oh yeah, I was too busy listening to pop punk and chasing girls. I need a time machine so I can go back in time and smack 17 year old AB right upside the head! Yeah...this record is killer!

FemBots - Small Town Murder Scene

It's been raining for what seems like weeks in this city. Everything is drenched, cold, and it feels strangely like winter is on it's way despite being mid-July. In celebration (or defiance) of these cold dark days I've been listening to a lot of folky-indie rock...which for whatever reason is one of my pre-hibernation routines every fall.

One record I come back to time and again is FemBots' Small Town Murder Scene. Hailing from Toronto, FemBots are a weirdo alt-country/indie rock that relies heavily on noise, found recordings and junk instruments. Small Town Murder Scene is such a lush sounding record. You can hear the strings buzz against the guitar's frets at times and hear the band sing and shout as if they're in the room with you. Tempo's are set with the sound of a ticking clock and eerie singers that have long since passed croon over top of single droning organ notes. Pianos echo and shake the snares on the drum set and police sirens provide ambiance and noise under blues riffs. In a way it's a total trainwreck of over the top ideas and pretentiousness, but for me it sounds distinctly Canadian, beautiful and perfect.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cop on Fire-s/t

This sounds exactly like you think it does. But only if you're thinking, "that sounds fucking awesome!"

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kevin Stebner CJSW Lungfish Extravaganza!

Sorry it's been so long for me! Between Ghost Throats, Sled Island, and releasing 2 albums this month I've been a busy busy man...although my partner in crime, MK, also released 2 records AND went on tour, so I guess I have no excuses.

I have something pretty neat to post today. Best bud and bloggin' partner, Kevin Stebner took control of CJSW's Post Everything radio show. Never one to follow the rules, Mr. Stebner yelled "CanCon be damned! We're listening to Lungfish, and nothing but Lungfish for 2 whole hours!!!" and that's just what he did! Well to be fair, it was 2 hours of Lungfish and Lungfish related material but nonetheless, this is 2 hours of radio you should be listening to. If you've never heard the band this is a great place to start, and fans of the band will probably hear some random and obscure song, because you're dealing with a man with a serious collection!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Madame Germen-Invocacion A Morte

Back from tour, new computer up and running. I missed you.

You all know how much I love melodic crust and Spain's Madame Germen does it far too well to not put up. I'm constantly amazed by some of the depth and atmosphere you can find in a genre that's known for being fairly straight forward. Long time fans of the genre will find all the familiarity that makes it so appealing. For those of you still on the fence, this band is probably the push you need. The instrumental track in particular sets it aside from most melodic crust.