September 29, 2011
We’ve been big fans of Cloud Mouth since the band’s first EP back in 2008 (2007? I don’t know). Unfortunately, everyone’s (our) favorite stoner skramz band is breaking up. Lucky for us, they’re leaving us with one last 10″ offering. All 4 songs perfectly showcase the band’s unique sound and how far that sound has really come. This time around, there seems to be a little more melody tucked in behind all the grunge in a very subtle way. Add that to the constant sensory onslaught that is Cloud Mouth, and these are possibly my favorite tracks the band has ever released. I strongly suggest checking it out, preordering the 10″, and attending one of their last shows by any means necessary. Why do I have to live so far from Chicago?
September 25, 2011
I’ve been neglecting the blog and albums that I’ve been meaning to post are piling up. It’s much easier for me to throw all of this shit into one post.
Shark Bait / Adaje – Split Cassette
This is a split for two bands from St. Louis (I think?). Adaje plays technical, fast-paced hardcore with dueling guitars that remind me of Hot Cross. Shark Bait plays upbeat, catchy emo with some great sung vocals. I really enjoy the guitar work and urgency in their songs. This cassette is only 3 bucks and features 2 songs from each band. Download it for free on the bandcamp page and order it from Carucage Records.
Sainthood Reps – Monoculture
When Dylan was first describing this band to me, he said they sounded like a mix between Nirvana, Daisy-era Brand New, and These Arms Are Snakes. Throw in a little Jesus Lizard, and I think that’s a pretty accurate description. This is album is some sort of amalgamation of grunge, shoegaze, punk, and post-hardcore. I think it’s pretty great. This band is from Long Island, NY, and interestingly enough, this album is out on Tooth and Nail. Anyway, I’ll be checking them out at the Fest this year.
Deer Leap / The World Is… Split 12″
I know this album is everywhere, but Greg from TWIABP emailed us to ask if we could post it. The band is pushing it, so I have no problem helping to spread good music. Both sides of the split are great. The World Is kills it as always, and I was surprised how much I like the Deer Leap songs. Download it. Buy it up. Go see the bands.
Also, we’ve got 3 cassette releases in the works that we’re very excited for. More info on those soon.
September 20, 2011
I don’t know why this band has flown below everyone’s radar. I happened to download their album yesterday after a series of random link following after downloading Kite Party’s newest album (which is also amazing–>buy it). I think it had something to do with both labeling their albums as fxc, I don’t know. But seriously. Three Man Cannon. These guys are apparently from Philly by way of Scranton, PA. The best way to describe this band is a snotty combination of This is a Long Drive… era Modest Mouse, a touch of singing that calls to mind John Darnielle, a sprinkle of Oh My God, Elephant, and definitely some Lee Corey Oswald, too (Read the marriage of Against Me! and Tigers Jaw). If any of those ingredients are things that you like, you will enjoy this band. This band brought me out of my blogging hibernation, carried me triumphantly from the dark depression brought on by my first set of grad school finals, and reminded me that I am so fucking sick of “twinkle.” I might add more to this later but I’m stressing out over Organization of the Cell, so goodbye for now, my dearest internet friends.
September 6, 2011
Found this in the Circling The Drain shout box. There are some gems in there from time to time. If it was you who shared it with the interwebz, kudos. I’ve been pretty excited for this album, and so far it’s living up to my expectations. You probably know the band and what they sound like. If you’re into them, check it out. If you’re not into them, give it another chance, eh?
September 1, 2011
Book of Caverns is post-hardcore band from Canada that I think deserves more exposure. We were first introduced to them by Kevin of Bart Records, who put it out. I can’t really describe what is special about this band, but it’s there. Buy our last copy of this tape if you feel like it. If it’s not gone soon, I’ll probably steal it for myself. Here’s what Kevin had to say about the band:
“Book of Caverns play post-hardcore with leanings into post-rock territory. Usually that means songs that go forever, and eventually nowhere ~ but in this case it means something far greater than your modern-day Envy… I’ve watched Book grow from a band unsure of where they’re headed into one of the best bands in Alberta. And I feel like Book are only just hitting their stride. This next year is going to be the Year of the Cavern. The musicianship is impeccable. Andrew is one of the most unique vocalists (not to mention one of the best lyricists) in the genre (let alone our little corner of it).”