November 8, 2011
Bandera is a post-hardcore band from Toronto that put out one of our favorite cassettes of last year. We were able to distro a few copies and they went like candy (seriously, check out that album here). The self-titled, 10 song offering was the perfect combination of post-punk, hardcore, Euro-screamo, and maybe even a touch of emo violence.
The band’s new album “II” builds upon the powerful sound of the group’s first album, but in a much more nuanced presentation. Post-hardcore influences like Fugazi are more pronounced (especially in the vocals). This time around, the songs are much more tuneful and dynamic. Bangers like “I Taught You How To Hang Out” and “Ask Us About Y2FSU” start in a groovy post-punk manner, then slowly devolve into howling, haunting hardcore. “Tim Talks Colonialism” is a showcase of the bands driving, skillfully rhythmic, and discordant instrumentation, while “Tom Jane Just Wants His Kids Back” shows the band is capable of being haunting, energetic, and catchy all at once (not to mention it’s a great Arrested Development reference). This 12″ is coming out on 3 different colors with handscreened covers. We’ll be distroing it soon, but I encourage you to preorder it directly from N.C.J.T. Records. I think this band is awesome and I’d love to see them gain a US following.
July 10, 2011
Here’s my second post in the newly started RRC series. Once again, we have a mixtape coming from, in my opinion, the best punk/hardcore band around right now, Fucked Up. This second installment in their series of mixtapes brings more alternate and early takes from the Hidden World era, as well as radio interviews, live performances, and some pretty enjoyable banter. My favorite bits on this tape are the radio interview in which they discuss drug influence on Hidden World and the Protest the Hero dis-track. That’s right, old beef between tech-metal-hardcore Canadian band Protest the Hero and Fucked Up. It’s a pretty enjoyable listen. There’s also a couple of really good tracks by other artists on this one. In particular, their selection of Starjets’ “War Stories” is top-notch. Just like last time, I meticulously cut this myself and scanned the insert for your reading pleasure. Anyway, download this and look forward to the next RRC post, probably for Boat’s Hiss Like Your Idols.