Texas Instruments

January 11, 2012

No not the calculator manufacturers you dummies!

Texas Instruments is a screamo/emo/post-hardcore band from Kansas City, Missouri. I saw them, along with two other Kansas City bands, Regret, The Informer and Battle Royale, last night. I’d never heard of any of them before but damn, they all blew me away. I picked up a four-way split tape from each of them and one more band who isn’t a part of the tour. You can listen to each bands contribution on their bandcamps. Definitely check out Texas Instruments‘ older material too, it’s not recorded as well but it still kicks ass.

They’re on tour so be sure to go see them all if they find their way into your neighborhood.

Here’s a plague doctor to motivate you to listen to them. Listen to the doctor.

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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After another dormancy of a few years, Raein is back with another full-length record. The reigning kings of the European screamo scene return with their best material to date. Where other bands within this same vein tend to rely on conventions, Raein discards and looks elsewhere for inspiration. Raein truly proves that on this album. This record sounds more inspired by bands such as Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. than any 90s emo or hardcore bands. Bended notes, feedback, and walls of distortion are as common as the clean guitar parts, and each bit is highlighted by the production of this beautiful record. The prevalent bass adds a certain groove to this record that many within this genre lack. Shared vocal duties work extremely well for Raein. Most lines are done by both vocalists, adding noticeable elements of vocal interplay when one rises above the other. Don’t snooze on this one, it has the potential to be regarded as the magnum opus of European screamo.

Pick up a copy when this comes out. The entire project was self-produced and your support helps to cover some of those pesky production costs.

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Today we posted preorders for the wws/мища split 7″ (pictured above). If you’re interested, you can check it out in our online store.  Package deals will also be up soon. To celebrate our first major vinyl release, I thought I would post everything by both bands that I could find. Enjoy!

We Were Skeletons – Summers

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We Were Skeletons – Ryan Oatman

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We Were Skeletons – S/T

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DEERS! / Animal Lover / Pansori/ мища / ColorChromatic 5 Way Split

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мища / Oppenheimer Limit Split

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мища – Discographie So Far

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Loma Prieta – Life/Less

September 10, 2010

Loma Prieta never seem to settle. Consistently from album to album these dudes tend to change up their sound. Somehow, this recipe doesn’t disappoint. Life/Less marks a departure from their more drawn out sound found on Last City and Dark Mountain. Both instruments and vocals are taken to the next level, both in terms of pace and intensity. A pretty poor rip has been floating around the internet for a few months now since this has been a vinyl only release but Kenny from Comadre posted the studio mp3 files on his blog SiqxShit. Check that out if you havent done so yet. Also, anybody going to the fest this year? I think Cameron and I are both going. Let’s hang out if you’re there. Cool dad.

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Lautrec discography tapes are done and look awesome, if I do say so myself. They were shipped out to the band today so they can have them at their final show on June 20th at Strangelight in Chicago. If you’re from that area, GO. They’re playing with Grown Ups and Cloud Mouth, two other awesome bands. They’ll have the discography cassette and a new 7″ there for sale.

Here’s what the cassette looks like in all of its glory:

Tracklist:

1. Cranked (previously unreleased)

2. Pulling Books (previously unreleased)

3. Catledge

4. Quiet Earp

5. Tonn Tonn Sleeping Bag

6. Track 1

7. Caypo

8. Jazzy

9. Modern Technology

10. Pushin’ For Cushion

11. Slider

12. Taylor’s Tent

13. Word Problems

Price: $5 (plus $2 Shipping)

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Here’s Lautrec’s 8 songs, featured as part of this discography. Check it out:

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Oh, Apollo – Final Songs

February 8, 2010

These are the last three songs that Oh, Apollo recorded before they decided to call it a day. Dual vocals and post-rock influenced instrumentals. The first two songs remind me a bit of a less chaotic Outclassed. The last song on here brings My Heart to Joy’s latest release to mind. This release is really good and outshines their previous work, even, which were already extremely impressive. Hopefully, some reiteration of this band will form soon enough. We’ll see. Until then, enjoy these final 3 songs.

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Let me introduce you to Heads and Heads from Barcelona, Spain. The vocals on this 12″ definitely call to mind Italian screamo bands Raein and La Quiete, but the guitars remind me of Birthday Boyz. You know, building yet mathy. After a couple of listens, I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite recordings that I’ve heard so far this year, regardless of genre. I’ve heard remarkably little about this band until happening upon a link on funfunfunf. Apparently, they have a whole bunch of splits lined up for this year and a s/t 7″ that also just came out, which I’ve yet to find anywhere. Keep your eyes glued on these guys though, they’re definitely an exciting band that shouldn’t be overlooked in the coming year.

Heads and Heads 12″ (2009)

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мища

January 25, 2010

Pronounced like Mischa Barton, who I think was on the show the OC? Maybe? This is a hardcore/screamo band from Maryland. These guys will be playing in Idaho Falls sometime in late July, maybe the 26th. They’re traveling with our friend Colby, who runs Unity Through Harmony records and distro. We’re stoked to get to hang out with these dudes. Included here is their ep that they put out last spring, a collection of some various songs, some basement demos, a couple of tracks from an upcoming split with ze ultra boys and broken chords can sing a little and a live set recorded at Krasner’s basement on July 11, 2009. Be sure to stay tuned for their upcoming releases including a 10″ split with Deers!, Calculator,  and Pansori on Colby’s Unity Through Harmony, a split CD with Gumilinski on Chunky the Rat Records, a 2009 discography CD on Chunky the Rat Records, and a song on a compilation tape called “The World Is Vast: An International Compilation” on Tape Street Walker Collective with bands such as Cloud Mouth, Kidcrash, Pianos Become the Teeth, and Suis la Lune . Czech it out.

A Collection of Internet Songs.

Lady Sang the Blues [EP].

Basement Demos.

Not For Ears (Split Tracks).

Live from Krasner’s Basement.

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Sunday blues. I got ’em.

This band hails from Indiana and calls to mind some obvious (and awesome) influences. Especially Make Me and Boy Problems. Clean guitars, multiple vocal tracks, you know the formula. Regardless of whether or not it has been done before, these guys know how to do it right and do exactly that. This is a collection of their demos and a compilation track or two, I believe. Download this and then promptly pick up a copy and a t-shirt from their merch store linked below. Also, Cameron and I are hoping to work with these guys on a future release. They are currently working on recording a full-length record this spring.

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