This is Black With Sap’s newest release, in conjunction with our good friends at Carucage Records and The Ghost is Clear Records. Artwork was done by Harrison at Kid Sister Everything, and he’ll be hand-screening every cover. Saying I was extremely excited to put this record together would be an understatement. All parties involved (bands, labels, and artist) have been amazing to work with. 2 songs from both bands, and as we’ve come to expect from the two of them, both bands kill it. Carucage has a preorder up, you know what to do with it. If you run a blog or whatever, feel free to spread this shit like wildfire.

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Bandera – II

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.

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Haven’t been this excited about an album in a very long time. Ever since 3 songs from this album leaked months ago, I’ve known it was going to be good. Andrew Savage and co. have really refined their song writing, which was already superb. The hooks are catchier, the vocals smooth and quirky, the guitars driving and diverse. Each song has varying tempos and elements, but they’re all tied together nicely with recurring themes. I basically think this record has it all. The description of this album calls it TCK’s “swan song”. I certainly hope they continue writing, but I think this would be a fitting album to end such a great band with. Highly recommended.

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On Calculator’s newest 7″, the Los Angeles band seems to be really hitting their stride. The guitar work and drumming are tighter and more complex than anything on These Roots Grow Deep. The band churns out some up-tempo, chaotic songs and manages to make their sound fuller and heavier than previous material. Even the vocal delivery, which used to be somewhat monotone shouting, has improved. The vocalist still mostly shouts, but manages to mix it up enough to keep his searing vocals a driving force in the songs. My only complaint is that the whole 7″ clocks in at less than 7 minutes. The band has posted the songs for name your own price on bandcamp, but I seriously suggest donating or preordering the record. Check out their other merch as well and help this band continue to put out new material.

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