From the underground basements and bars in the seedy parts of the Pacific Northwest comes this new 7″ on STRING BREAK RECORDS. This is the 8th release for the label, so check out the catalog from this up and coming organization. BALSA are from the rainy streets of Seattle, and bring forth 3 songs of “angular post-hardcore” rhythmic noise. Chaotic dual guitar arrangements over steady bass melodies and post-hardcore style vocals with off the wall drum patterns loaded with rolls and fills.long sentence, but you get the idea. SEI HEXE play 2 rather long multi-genre spanning songs with “symphonic arrangements and vocal rage”. They feature a tight song structure with wierd breakdowns and shouted yet scratchy vocals. The first song ends with a lot of laughter whcich is kind of creepy in a death rock way. The second song, Synapses Crawling, seems way more earthy with tribal rhythms and chanted almost gothic vocals at times. There’s a great guitar solo toward the end of SEI HEXE’s side, which at first soundded like the guitar was not being picked, but rather played with a bow like a cello. This all girl band spew forth so many elements of bands past, and from the wreckage create something new and refreshing. They have an 8 song album available via their bandcamp page. Record is on raspberry splatter (so-called ox blodd splatter), and is in a very earthy colorful package with an anti-gloss finish. Artwork done by Sean Schock. comes with download card.
SEI HEXE: www.seihexe.bandcamp.com
STRING BREAK RECORDS: www.stringbreak.com
SLENDER LORIS adopted their name from a small creature indigenous to Sri Lanka that was once reportedly hunted by voodoo tribesmen for its tears and now it’s a post hardcore noise band from Hamilton, Ontario. Five short songs drenched in feedback and punk rock goodness and mixed together to bring a glorious noise fest that brings back memories of the more experimental bands from back then, but still keeps everything in the here and now. You get some fuzz guitar, screamed and clean vocals that are both crazed and melodic, drumming that bashes away, and some bubbling bass that made the band pretty catchy. You actually have a well done live album that really captures the band in its natural habitat, playing loud, furiously and really well. If I only still lived in Hamilton, I would be at your shows. (Rick Ecker)
This CD collects all of the songs from melodic hardcore band PURPOSE, with twenty-seven songs that encompass two seven-inch releases, two full length albums, seven demos, a cover of “For Want Of” by RITES OF SPRING, and one unreleased song, talk about a comprehensive collection! The first six songs have great production, the next four are muddier and flat sounding, the next four are hollow sounding and a bit flat, the next four are a bit of the same, the demos sound like demos, the RITES OF SPRING cover is nice and clear, and the unreleased song is a bit muddy as well. Now that we have the production covered, lets talk about the music itself shall we? The band goes from melodic hardcore, to hardcore, to punk rock, and finally some post hardcore all on this collection, mostly because there were a total of twelve different people in this band, so you can hear what influences and styles that they brought with them. The band is really adept at all of the various styles on here considering all of the changes in the band. They were a really good band that had a lot of potential to be bigger than they were, it’s a shame that they never achieved a larger following, but with releases like this, hopefully other people will get into them, better late than never. (Rick Ecker)