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All of us here at BWS have been extremely excited for this release… and the time has finally come…. not to just show off with these pictures… but to put these pretty little things up for Pre-Order.  We are still deciding on a fun Pre-Order package for anyone who is interested. Riviera’s “Parla Con Gesu'” is the bands second release and we are so proud to be able to work with them and Cause Care to give this release some physical beauty. There are 100 cassettes…Hand numbered ta boot! 50 will be available through the band and 50 though our store. Something nifty that we decided to is the 50 that are in the U.S. will be numbered with Blue ink and the 50 that are in Italy will be numbered with Green ink. This band deserves your attention and you owe it to yourself to not miss out on this amazing EP. Check back really soon for the Pre-Orders.

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Yardwork – Brotherer

November 21, 2012

Yardwork are a band from North Carolina that I’ve never seen get any attention. To my increasing delight, they seem to be pretty active lately. Describing their sound can be a little difficult. First and foremost, I suppose they’re a folk band. Yet, at the same time, they seem to appeal to twinkly emo fans equally well. They’ve got a huge sound and the music captures much of the energy of punk and hardcore without being abrasive or agressive in the slightest. I know, it sounds like a pretty forced combination on paper, but I’ll bet that just 30 seconds of this album is all it takes for you to feel it. This is a great band with a unique sound and they should be way bigger than they are.

Download.

Bandcamp.

Buy it on vinyl.

After weeks of scouring the interwebz, I finally found the records I’ve been patiently waiting to hear for years. These are the final recording’s of L’antietam, the band that introduced me and so many of my friends into the scene that we now love. Family and Arthur Carr will always have a special place in my heart, and are still extremely enjoyable to listen to today. But enough about me, already.

Dark Brew is a 6 minute long, 4 part hardcore head-rush of a song. The pace is unrelenting and the guitars are bludgeoning.  The song shifts periodically in mood, but never lets up on intensity. This is L’antietam at their heaviest and grungiest, and it feels so good. Rock Bottom, on the other hand, feels like a continuation of where the band left off with Arthur Carr. It’s moody, full of tempo changes, and retains the interwoven, subtle melodies that first attracted me to the band. It’s bittersweet, finally hearing the songs I’ve anticipated for years, but knowing that I’ll never see this band again. If you’re into it, I suggest buying the double 7″ quickly. I’m sure it’s going to sell out.

Give em your money.

Give it a listen.

Sirs – Self Titled

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.

Buy that shit up!

Try it out!

Avair

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.

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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 avairtheband@gmail.com. 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.

Bad Liar – Yours Truly

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.

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Dikembi are a new band from Gainesville, Florida. I read somewhere that they have members of Wavelets, but don’t quote me on that. This 4 song EP is awesome for a number of reasons. First of all, they play some really catchy tunes that are a combination of pop punk and noodley emo. It’s nothing revolutionary, but it’s really well done and they keep it interesting (something that more bands along these lines should take note of). Secondly, the song titles are all clever play on words on players from the Chicago Bulls and weed lingo. What’s better than that? Lastly, it’s free. Get on it.

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Really excited about this one. 3 new songs from Willimantic, Connecticut’s atmospheric emo/indie band. I’ve spoken to a few people who haven’t listened to this band because they were turned off by their name alone, and if you’re in that boat, knock it off. Their last EP “Formlessness” was so damn good. The only complaint I have about this release is that it’s way too short. As soon as you get into it, it’s pretty much over. But hey, it’s free, so download it anyway.

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This band came out of left field for me and ended up kicking me in the side of the head. I think I initially hesitated to listen due to the fact I thought their name was dumb. Oops. There’s a lesson to be learned here; and no, it isn’t “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” because it isn’t a cover, it’s a band name. The lesson is that life is full of regrettable decisions and life goes on.

So much solid material here in an all-too-short 14 minute package. Cattle Drums, for some reason, remind me of what Nada Surf could have sounded like if they decided to grow some bigger balls while writing their song “Popular.” The vocals are a combination of talking, singing, and shouting. The best description I can come up with is that Cattle Drums take Brainworms’ sound and sprinkle some extra twinkle top of the whole recipe, filling the void that Brainworms left in my heart when they broke up.

” Sluts and Coconuts” and “Two Pigeons” are the two shining moments on this brilliant ep. “Two Pigeons” has a rollicking country sound to it, enhanced by banjo plucking and gang sing-a-longs. Despite ambiguous lyrics, the chorus for “Sluts and Coconuts” sends shivers up and down my spine. You’ll see what I mean.

From what I can tell, these guys are part of that whole scene with Sirs and Zona Mexicana which seems to be really burgeoning right now. Everything coming out of there puts an awesome spin on the midwest emo sound. Check them out and order a copy of their EP with the money you have left over after buying your P. Diddy shrimping boat.

EDIT: Haha. I just found a punknews.org review for this that also mentions Nada Surf’s “Popular.” I swear I didn’t find that until after I wrote this. I’m glad the feeling is mutual though.

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Street Smart Cyclist

May 26, 2010

Street Smart was an emo band that existed from 2005 – 2008 from Bethlehem, PA. Members went on to form the band Snowing, who I believe just recorded their first full length. Unfortunately, their entire discography consists of a demo, an acoustic tour EP, and two unreleased songs. It’s a grand total of only 8 songs, but it’s all good stuff. I pretty much fell in love with this band the first time I heard them, especially with songs like “Kiss Kitty On The Lips”. That shit’s gold.

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