September 5, 2012
August 24, 2012
While killing time on the internet today, I stumbled on this great punk band from Brooklyn. They play a type of fuzzy, melodic punk. Equal parts Dinosaur Jr. and Black Flag, sprinkled with more contemporary peers such as Fucked Up, Hoax, and Titus Andronicus. A few moments on their Clean Dreamin’ 7″ even remind me of some old Level Plane bands. Anyway, they seem to be churning out 7″s faster than the seasons can change; with 4 released in the past year, they appear to be coming out strong from the proverbial gate. Check a few of these 7″s out on their bandcamp and support ‘em if they ever roll through your town.
July 27, 2012
Here’s another great record I picked up for a few bucks at Amoeba. I fell in love with this band after they released When You’re In It a few years back but, for whatever reason, forgot to keep checking to see what these guys were up to. Last year, I stumbled upon their latest, Weird Life and was immediately reminded of how awesome these guys are.
These 6 songs find the band further expanding their catchy punk anthems. If you’d like to hear what the love-child of Glocca Morra, Kite Party, and Algernon Cadwallader would sound like and dig songs about dealing with post-college life with a glass-half-full attitude, you certainly should check this out. Also, be sure to order a copy from FSTT’s own Life on an Island records.
These dudes just got back from a short tour, but if you’re from the north east, be sure to catch one of their shows.
July 3, 2012
Best band/album since the death of Bear Vs. Shark. This band is seriously hitting their stride, and I’m loving it. Excellent song-writing, better recording quality, phenomenal playing. Please, please don’t let this band go the way of every great emo band and come to an untimely demise.
April 24, 2012
Avair is a two piece band born from the same pit that birthed Black With Sap (ahem, Southeastern Idaho). If I had to describe their sound, I would say 1994! meets Ape Up! with some extra emotional edge. It’s some damn good stuff. The band handmade 100 cassettes of their first release, Fathers, which we will be selling in the BWS store very soon. 15 of these are a deluxe version, packaged in a custom shadow box with all sorts of cool shit. Sean and Alex really knocked these out of the park. Check out both versions of the tape here.
The band and I are in the process of booking a Northwest Summer Tour. If you can help out in any way with one of the dates below (or think we should change the route up a bit), please email Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the days we’re looking at:
June 15 – Idaho Falls, ID (@ The Wax House)
June 16 – Missoula, MT
June 17 – Spokane, WA
June 18 – Seattle, WA
June 19 – Olympia, WA
June 20 – Portland, OR
June 21 – Eugene, OR
June 22 – Boise, ID
June 23 – Salt Lake City, UT (Crucial Fest 2012)
p.s. I love you.
April 19, 2012
Bad Liar was the solo project for the Bay Area’s Jack Brown, guitarist of Until Your Heart Stops. It has since evolved into a full band, who just put out an EP that I fell in love with. Bad Liar expands upon the emo/punk sound that we all love so much with some excellent chord progressions, varied instrumentation, and exceptional tunefulness. The vocals sound like a cross between O Pioneers!!! and Bear Vs. Shark (so you know, basically the whole melodic & gruff thing). This release is coming out eventually on Condition Records. For now, you can pay whatever you want for it on Bad Liar’s bandcamp page.
April 21, 2011
Heyo! I’m a little drunk. So what if it’s only 6:30!? There’s some awesome stuff that you should know about.
First off, Cattle Drums has their Boy Kisser Sessions + 3 up for free download. If you don’t have this already, I highly suggest picking it up. I hype this band a lot, but only because I think they’re really great.
Second, Big Kids has posted 4 new songs from their upcoming full length “Phone Home”. They are all up for free download, and they all fuckin’ rock. According to my count, this band will have released 2 full lengths, 2 splits, and one EP, all in the same year. That’s pretty impressive. Support this band in any way you can. They are the nicest dudes ever.
We’ve decided to post the Lautrec Discography. I’m not sure why we’ve been sitting on these tracks for so long, but I’m pretty sure we’ve never actually posted the whole thing. So, here you go. Enjoy it. Pick up the the tape if you feel like it.
Lastly, we should have lots of new stuff added to the distro in the next few weeks. We’ve got lots of records to trade, so if you feel like picking up any of our stuff in return for your awesome releases, please email us at email@example.com
Cameron/Black With Sap
February 24, 2011
Caught these dudes with Algernon Cadwallader and Big Kids in Portland back in January. Personally, they reminded me of Tigers Jaw crossed with Against Me! Pretty good live show, to boot. I guess this band is now a combination of original members of Lee Corey Oswald and the band Business Day. I’m not sure. Also, the vocalist of this band is in Carrion Spring, who did a 8″ split withTe Lloraría Un Puto Río, The Discord Of A Forgotten Sketch, and Beau Navire last year. Cool. Tom May of Menzingers sums this band up much better than I could:
“Jovi meets Slayer meets Natalie Merchant! Wait, that’s not right. Bolsheviks meets Orwellian Socialism meets post-civil war reconstruction era lingering racism! Wait, that’s definitely not right. Apparently I’m terrible at comparing existing artists as a means to describe Lee Corey Oswald. That’s a good thing. The boys swap genres like partners at an end of the world orgy. Punk rock, folk, indie rock, and rock and roll all meet up for a humble yet humbling experience when you grant your ears and eyes the privilege of their experience. Lyrically the boys (Gods, really) seem to have found a pinpoint way of telling the stories and sharing the feelings of our modern, overly informed while under-informed, seemingly lost generation. As we stumble our way through the darkest regions of overbearing consumerism and moral ambiguity, it’s voices like these that vocalize the poignant truths we all feel but lose when we try to project them. I mean all that, it totally sounds like a bunch of douchy garbage, but fuck it, they are great. Their harmonies are great, the songs are there, and they’re pretty good looking too. Oh yeah, beer. They’re a haven for drinking fans with a music problem.”
I can’t stop listening to “These Four Walls.” Definitely reminiscent of earlier Against Me! Check that one out for sure.
Check out these downloads from their bandcamp page (set your own price!) and order their new cassette, Let’s Talk About Awesome Feelings. I did.
January 26, 2010
Balance and composure is a post-hardcore/punk band from Doylestown (PA?). They remind me of a more No Idea-influenced I Am the Avalanche. These guys have a unique sense of melody that is unmatched by most bands within this genre. They have an upcoming split CD with Tigers Jaw coming out in May on No Sleep Records. Definitely keep an eye out for this band, they’re on the up and up. Included here are their two EPs they have out thus far. The first was self-released in 2008, titled, I Just Want to Be Pure. The second is the No Sleep released 2009 EP called Only Boundaries.
I’m not sure if this is available to buy from anywhere still.