Holy sardine, Batman.
I keep buying stacks of records within a weeks period of time and finally there is a ton of music coming out I care about at once. Long story short, I’ve kept busy between playing shows/buying music/warhammer/school/and getting all of my friends sick. (sorry…)
To start things off, my band played a show in Peoria, IL with the bands Old Wounds, Vices, Kaworu, and Occultonomy. Nathalie from Occultonomy runs a label called Reality is a Cult Records (realityisacult.blogspot.com) and puts out a lot of great bands. From her distro I picked up Cloud Rat’s first LP, Parasitic Twins 7”, and Nathalie’s other band Closet Burner’s LP.
Cloud Rat is a band from Michigan a lot of my friends enjoy. I knew they existed, I knew they were grind, but that’s about it. Much to my surprise this LP is way above my expectations. I loved every second of it. This record is more than just grind, it’s got atmosphere and the band isn’t afraid to change it up a bit to keep things from getting repetitive. Extremely good, will be picking up their newest LP as soon as I can.
Parasitic Twins are some nice people from Ft. Wayne, IN. They play really twangy hardcore punk. I was really surprised they sounded the way they did when I first heard them judging by the looks of the people in the band but they’re great and you should go support them.
Closet Burner is fantastic. Hardcore punk that basically says get the fuck over your homophobia, idiots. Single sided LP that blasts through 12 songs in about 11 minutes. Really awesome jacket and vinyl as well. The record comes with a lyric sheet and explanations of all the songs, plus check out what this record looks like:
Pretty Radical. Pink vinyl with a screen printed side B.
Next up in my too-many record spending spree is Face to Face’s new record and Rise Records debut Three Chords and a Half Truth which is out today (but I got it yesterday at my local record shop, somehow). I have only listened through this record once but for being Face to Face’s return back it’s definitely different. Maybe it’s the production the songs just feel a bit darker and sadder than other Face to Face records. The opener “123 Drop” definitely took me by surprise as it sounds like a dark (I don’t want to say western…but…) western tune and I was afraid this record wouldn’t be as catchy or melodic as previous Face to Face albums. It’s definitely not what I’m used to from them but after a few spins I’m sure I’ll absorb this one pretty well. The songs are really poppy but they don’t follow the 90’s galloping drumbeat melodic punk I’m used to from bands such as this. I don’t think that’s a bad thing because it definitely sets this album apart from previous efforts and forces me to really listen.
I also picked up Nails’ new LP Abandon All Life. Here’s my review…I will now separate bands from being heavy and being Nails. Jesus balls. This band absolutely destroys it.
Whew…and after all of that I literally just preordered two new records. The Thermals new record Desperate Ground which I am more than thrilled about. The Thermals are one of my favorite bands. A lot of people lump these guys into the pop punk category but that oversimplifies it or at least gives you the wrong idea. Endlessly catchy songs, every album, every time. I have almost no doubt that I will love this record.
The other record I preordered is the band Overseas debut. Overseas is a “supergroup” of sorts with David Bazan of Pedro the Lion (Yes. This is why I bought it. Do not question, just listen.) Will Johnson, and Matt/Bubba Kadane from Bedhead. I have only heard two tracks so far but it’s looking like a decent record that sounds almost exactly like what I’d expect from these people.
The best part of the two preorders? They both gave me a download the second I payed for them. So sick. I hope more bands do this because that gives preordering records a much bigger incentive considering both of those records aren’t out for a week or two.
So much to look forward to. If you’re in a band or know anyone in a band and want me to listen to your records send me an e-mail or message me through tumblr.