Originally pressed in 1996 PROFANE EXISTENCE is bringing this quintessential anarcho punk masterpiece back in circulation.
In 1996 AUS-ROTTEN released their first LP “The System Works For Them” on an unsuspecting punk scene. It spread like wildfire in a pre internet era within a genre that mostly depended on tape trading. (at least is was pre internet for us penniless punks) “The System Works For Them” was the perfect mix of anger and intelligence that the scene needed at the time (and still does today). It was like a wake up call that opened the eyes and ears to many punks the world over. The messages where crystal clear and most us were hooked as soon as the beginning shouts of “Boycott” bellowed over the speakers. I don’t believe any of us ever expected their message to resonate so well within the scene, but even more surprising is how the songs are just as relevant today as on they the day they were written. Which is why PROFANE EXISTENCE has decided to repress this record. We feel that that messages that AUS-ROTTEN brought to the table are to powerful to ignore. We feel that this LP is important and therefore should be highly available and priced affordably.
PROFANE EXISTENCE has worked out every last detail of this release with the members of AUS-ROTTEN whom have been involved from step one. All tracks have been re-masted by Jay Matherson at the Jamroom studios. To be 100% honest we didn’t want to do a complete re-master of what we already considered a good recording. However when we opened the tracks on protools we noticed a few balance issues that required fixing. These fixes resulted in a tremendous upgrade to the overall quality of the tracks. We painstakingly scanned, puzzled, and photoshopped the original artwork to make sure that it was as close to authentic as it could possible be. We then went for broke by pressing in three different vinyl color combinations! Overall to say that we are pumped to release this would be an understatement, we are absolutely ecstatic to bring you this LP on PROFANE EXISTENCE!
To top this all off we worked with AUS-ROTTEN vocalist Dave Trenga on redrawing the classic “What Good Is Money, When There Is No One Left To Buy” design for a T-Shirt to concede with the albums release. This is a fresh take on an old image to create a new and original design.
Vinyl options are…
1. Standard black vinyl
2. “The Battlefield is Still Red” Bloodsplatter vinyl.
3. See through “Smoke”. – Available at SKULLFEST only
Silence are a highly active post-punk/peace-punk band from Pittsburgh, PA. “The Deafening Sound of Absolutely Nothing” strives (and succeeds) to achieve the perfect balance between peace and post punk. By taking influences from The Mob, Bauhaus, Zounds, Killing Joke, Amebix, Crass, Conflict, Internal Autonomy and Joy Division SILENCE have created what can only be described a brilliant debut LP. At one moment this record is dark, heavy, and atmospheric and then the next moment it makes you want to dance and sing along. Lyrically SILENCE are much closer to the anarcho side of the previously listed influences. Lyrics focus on a variety of topics but often have a strong focus on the way punk and activist communities deal with political struggle in our current political climate.
“The Deafening Sound of Absolutely Nothing” comes with a 16 page magazine size zine containing lyrics, personal writings and song explanations. Designed, printed and assembled by the band themselves in true D.I.Y. fashion.
Silence will be having a record release show in their hometown of Pittsburgh PA at the Rock Room Friday April 22nd with SHADOW AGE and SKELETON HANDS. Then later this month SILENCE will embark on a full United States tour to support “The Deafening Sound of Absolutely Nothing”. Here is a list of dates. Be show to check in with the bands “bandcamp” or “Facebook” page for show updates.
When all that remains is a world in flames. Is that when they’ll say the wars are finally won? That wars are finally done?
They’re beating on the drums again, they’re fueling up the planes. The congressmen fall into line and sing the old refrain. In the name of peace they’ll burn the land and drop a thousand bombs.
Meanwhile we’ll just stay at home and go back to our sitcoms. It’s the same old song, we’ve heard it before. They’re beating the drums and they’re calling for war. What it’s supposed to accomplish, no one is sure But the victims are always the hungry and the poor.
Once the drums of war begin it’s hard to make them stop. The noise silences the dissidents once the bombs begin to drop. All those who call for peace will be mocked and pushed aside. In 10 years they’ll admit we were right after many thousands more have died.
Finally after many delays from the pressing plant the WARWOUND Demo’s LP “A Huge Black Cloud” is out and copies are moving fast!
Recorded in 1983, this record contains 15 songs from 3 sessions. With a few different takes you get a total of 25 blistering tracks. For those unfamiliar with WARWOUND, they are a UK band formed in 82. WARWOUND recorded 3 demos in 83 before disbanding and members went on to join THE VARUKERS and form SACRILEGE. These demos never received an official release… until now! Highly influenced by DISCHARGE, WARWOUND is one of the first bands ever to take D-Beat Punk to a raw and intense level. Recently reformed in 2015, original guitarist Damian is now joined by Ian Glasper on bass and Rat Varuker on vocals. After a few gigs in the UK word is spreading fast of the relentless onslaught of a live show these veterans put on. WARWOUND have also recently hit the studio to record for the first time in over 30 years. Needless to say WARWOUND is back with a vengeance!
Yes! Finally, after what turned out to be a gigantic task of moving the PROFANE EXISTENCE distro from Minneapolis to Denver, transferring tons of data, and rebuilding the web store, we are finally set to open back up. To access the new store follow one of the many links from profaneexistence.com or access it directly at http://profaneexistence.storenvy.com
The first official PROFANE EXISTENCE title of 2015 is out and ready for order! We are proud to bring you the RIFLE DIET – “NO SOLACE”LP
Rifle Diet’s No Solace is a 12in 45 that combines the Classic Minneapolis crust sound with Swedish hardcore, D-beat and Epic crust (think somewhere between Servitude and Wolfbirgade, with hints of Tragedy and Fall of Efrafa). The beautiful cover art by Hannah Benoche sets a bleak mood for the dark music within, plus a cover of His Hero is a Gone – Chain of Command (ex-members of InDefence and Garmonbozia) This LP is a joint release between PROFANE EXISTENCE and BLOOD OF THE YOUNG RECORDS
To honor both the opening of the new store and our first release of 2015, we are giving a free copy of the RIFLE DIET – No Solace lp to everyone that spends more then $50 from Monday January 12th to Monday January 19th!!! This deal is for one week only. DO NOT MISS OUT!
*Note*Rifle Diet are playing a record release show 1/17/15 at the Dogplex in Minneapolis with Kontrasekt, Aziza, and Fucking. To coincide with that show all orders that contain the RIFLE DIET – No Solace lp will be shipped out on Monday January 12th.
The next release in the works is the new full length lp from APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT – “We Don’t Need Them”.
We Don’t Need Them is the second full-length record from West Virginia punx Appalachian Terror Unit. ATU have become known throughout the years as being one of the most politically charged bands in the current punk scene. This new record is an all out attack on today’s society that takes ATU to a new level of intensity both lyrically and musically. The combination of the beautiful and thought provoking gatefold cover art designed by Stivart along with the brilliant recording and mastering job by Jay Matheson at the Jam Room take this record even further. Song subjects include the horrors of war, police brutality, destruction of the environment, rape culture, consumerism and much more. Expect a very heavy and much angrier approach from a band that has been around the block and matured their sound. Seven raging new tunes including the epic fourteen and a half minute track “We Don’t Need Them”, a song that will one day be ranked among similar greats as the SUBHUMANS “From the Cradle to the Grave” and AUS ROTTEN “And Now Back to Our Programming”.
APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT – We Don’t Need Them will be pressed in the United States on PROFANE EXISTENCE & in Europe on SKULD /RUIN NATION
WARWOUND – “A Huge Black Cloud-The Demos 1983“
Another record we are very excited about is the upcoming WARWOUND – A Huge Black Cloud-The Demos 1983. Recorded in 1983, this record contains 15 songs from three sessions. With a few different takes you get a total of 25 blistering tracks. For those unfamiliar with WARWOUND they are a UK band formed in 82, and released 2 demos in 83. Members went on to join THE VARUKERS and form the almighty SACRILEGE. Warwound are one of the first bands to take the politics and d-beat influence from DISCHARGE and combine it with the blown out sound of CHAOS UK to achieve total destructive raw d-beat ear bleeding chaos!
WARWOUND – A Huge Black Cloud-The Demos 1983 will be a split release between PROFANE EXISTENCE and ORGANIZE AND ARISE.
It will be available in the spring of 2015.
Other records and projects we have in the works for 2015 …
VASTATION (pdx formally night nurse) vs WAR//PLAGUE Split EP
KRANG are a new band birthed from Chicago’s DIY punk underbelly. They play a brutally powerful brand of thrashy riff-laden crustcore and have an intense live presence. They have recently recorded for a few vinyl projects, including PE’s own 7″ singles series. Check ’em out!
Interviewed by Brian Poulin (NEGLIGENCE). All photos by Adam DeGross.
PE Who’s in the band and what does each of you do?
AUSTIN: guitars / backing vocals / song writing (synth & keyboard on 12″)
ADAM: bass / backing vocals / song writing
BRENDAN: lead vocals / lyrical content
DEVAN: drums & percussion / backing vocals
PE: What’s a brief history of the band and how did you guys form?
Austin: We started circa 2009. We had an additional guitarist: Louis C. He went on to start a blackened crust band called Welkin Dusk, based in Chicago that he plays drums & lead vocals for. We used to have an additional lead singer as well: Hannah B. Hannah was a part of our first two releases: the out of print “Onward Desolation” demo tape, and also the out of print “Bog of Eternal Stenchcore” 7″. Hannah is now the front-woman in a band called Despise, based out of Minneapolis. Our original drummer, Brett, is on the two recordings I mentioned before, as well as our “Sounds of Death” 12″. Brett now drums for a Chicago / northwest Indiana band called Asphixiate. Devan is now our permanent drummer and he will have his first appearance on the “Broken Waves” 7″, released by Profane Existence, which is coming out in June. Devan will also be on our next 12″: “Bad Moon”, which we are writing right now. I, as well as Krang, are totally stoked on Devan and really happy to have them. Devan is active outside of percussion as well with assisting in writing, assistance in lyrical content & structure, and the internet stuff. This line up has been solidified for over a year and is totally fucking Krang! It just works perfectly.
PE: You guys are based out of Chicago. What are your favorite parts of the scene there? What are your least favorite things about Chicago’s scene?
Devan: Chicago’s an interesting place. I feel like the pros and cons are often directly related to one-another. For example, the mere size of the city. There are so many people – new to here, young, old, whatever – that there is basically always something going on and a handful of solid DIY spaces at all times, regardless of whether people leave or places get busted or whatever. The downside is that the physical structure of the city makes it difficult and/or terribly time-consuming to navigate. Especially if you don’t have a car. And even if you do, parking sucks. Anyway, as a result of the city being as segregated as it is, people are often inclined to just stick to what’s going on in their neighborhood and it results in a lack of exposure or attention paid to some really cool things. It’s unfortunate. But then there are some events like the annual Black and Brown Punk Show (shout-out to Monika!) or other fest-type shows where the attendance is crazy and bullshit is minimal. It’s rad.
Austin: I used to live in CHI. I reside in northwest Indiana (NWI). It’s really close. You can compare it to how close Jersey is to NYC. The rest of the band does live in CHI. My favorite things about Chicago is the “don’t take shit” attitude that at least me and the scene we’re involved with has. We’ll kick you out if your a piece of shit human or kick your ass if we have to. I also like The Void Haus in NWI for gigs. My personal least favorite things are cliques, hype, division, etc… the things that you see in every rather large city, I suppose.
Adam: I love Chicago’s unspoken rule of everyone being down to get down when shit hits the fan and nobody lets bogus comments or derogatory gestures fly. My complaint for the longest time was how there is the same hierarchy that we all hate in daily life at a lot of the gigs. It seems like those “in crowd” wanks have come and gone though, or maybe I just don’t surround myself with such fools anymore. My main complaint, and I know I am sounding super negative, but for such a large city there is a lack of bands playing what I am into personally. There are a lot of great bands doing great things…but that doesn’t necessarily mean I am into them musically. Haha! I have a particular taste and its not being fulfilled. I usually go to shows to hang out and have a good time and just show support but its rare that I actually shit over a band that I see locally. I do really, really get down to Population though. White boy can’t dance but when I see this band I start doing shit I didn’t know I was capable of.
Brendan: Chicago is simultaneously the best & worst place to live; which I’d imagine is a critique most other big-city dwellers share. There is no shortage of great folks, bands, eats, cool nerd-haunts (comic & record collectors rejoice!), and beautiful neighborhoods/communities in which to live. The same is true for all of the awful yuppies, gold cost bourgeois, & assholes who get your friends hooked on hard drugs. A lot of the time I wish that I lived in a vast expanse of lush nature with no human presence save myself. When I’m not wishing for seclusion, I’m loving how hard of a time I have sorting out which of the 5 awesome punk shows I get to go see any given night. Chicago has everything I love & hate at once; most of the time its worth it.
PE: Musically what are you guys going for?
Devan: I’d say sincerity, first and foremost. In sound, words, and delivery. And the connections we can and have made with people based on that. My musician’s answer would be just to write the best songs we can and perform them at the highest level at all times.
Austin: I just want to stick out and be a little different sounding. I still want to have that essential formula for great punk. I personally believe we found the introduction to our sound with the “Sounds of Death” 12″. We have two formulas: triumphant, galloping crust metal and simplified, pissed off, to-the-point stuff.
Brendan: Initially we formed with the idea of writing over the top odes to crust circa late 80’s/early 90’s; stuff you could flail your overgrown dreadlocks around to. We all fell into a groove with each other over time, where we don’t really need to define what we’re gonna write before we do. We approach releases with general outlines (theme,length, format etc.), but when writing songs I’d say we aim for mean, earnest & impactful.
Adam: I think naturally all being into different types of musical backgrounds, our finished product ends up being a thing of its own, but we all have similar enough interests to where we end up with the result that we initially were trying to go for. I personally am really into trying to sound like the bands I am into. It doesn’t end up exactly that way which is good but I love when bands obsess over old school sounds/bands/records and try to make their contemporary music sound as authentic as possible whether it be tone or style or whatever. At the end of the day we are trying to sound pissed, like we worship the 80s and have our music sound anarchy as fuck!
PE: What bands inspire you the most?
Austin: I listen to EVERYTHING. I don’t know where to begin but musically, keeping personal interest aside, I think we’re inspired by 80’s UK crust and a lot of Japanese stuff as far as writing collectively. This is something me and you will have to nerd out on when we’re in Boston next. Haha!
Adam: For Krang, bands that influence the writing process for me are Masskontroll, Deathraid, Sacrilege, Hellshock, Deviated Instinct, Sodom, Axegrinder and Amebix as well as Instinct of Survival. Personally I am all over the water but my all time 2 favorite punk bands have always and will always be Discharge and the Dead Boys.
Devan: I could go on a long rant about every band I’ve ever loved and how they’ve all stuck with and influence me to this day and blah blah blah, but I’ll spare you the cost of ink and just say Sacrilege, Crude, Amebix and Discharge. That said, we are quite the eclectic bunch.
Brendan: Musically, anything running the gamut from Paintbox to Elliot Smith. I enjoy a lot of soaring Japanese hardcore with that Burning Spirits feel, 90’s screamo, early black metal & hip hop. Any band that has a way with words gets me going, but mostly I enjoy music that you can’t help but feel.
PE: What are most of your songs about? What inspires the lyrics?
Brendan: Lemme preface by saying that Discharge is rad & “The More I See…” could be the soundtrack to my daily tedium… but i think punk rock has much more potential than to rehash our dogmatic & oftentimes simplistic politics. Having been a few places where the punk scene eats itself inside out with depression, addiction, & apathy towards the struggles of those around us, I think its real important to allow ourselves to be more open in the way we express all of the things exploding in our minds. I am not blowing my own horn, or any horn for that matter, but I really enjoy taking the personal route when it comes to writing & am constantly attempting to better address the common threads that run through all of our lives. Our first wave of songs covered some of our political leanings in regards to vivisection, arms manufacturing, rape culture & the willful destruction of our Earth. The “Bog of Eternal Stenchcore” 7″ reflects on the weight of stagnation on the “politically motivated”. “Sounds of Death” is the result of an obsession with death and a years worth of hurt; friends making irreversible decisions in regards to their lives & some of us falling into those spirals ourselves. There is absolution in acceptance though & I think a glint of hope in such dark subject matter. Our upcoming 7″ deals with cycles of change in our lives, moments of mania & madness; a counterpoint to our last 7″. The songs we are writing & playing now are an extension of that, focusing on moments of change in our lives, wanderlust & really just form one big, loud, pissed love letter to the DIY community, punk rock & time spent on the road. Inspiration comes from any human I’ve met that has dared to be open, honest & shameless about it.
Devan: Passion in all its forms and extremities is what inspires us. Totally.
PE: You guys have done a few extensive tours. What’s your favorite city you guys haveplayed in? What’s your least favorite?
Austin: I love Boston. Detroit, New Orleans, and the Twin Cities (Minneapolis) are up there too. I don’t really have a least favorite. We have had some bad experiences, though. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and not mention them. Hopefully things will be better when we return.
Devan: New Orleans is my favorite city ever, and our most recent gig in Boston totally ruled. I’d have to say, though, that many of my favorite shows have been in non-major cities. Birmingham AL was awesome, Asheville NC, Cincinatti OH, Grand Rapids MI…basically anywhere with a really tight-knit but wide-ranging DIY scene in terms of age, music, spaces, projects, etc. It’s always super encouraging to see.
Brendan: I’ll echo the others in saying that NOLA, Asheville, Cincy, Birmingham, Boston & Baltimore all kick ass. I’m usually super appreciative of all the towns we’ve been lucky enough to play in, though of course we’ve played in towns that seemed to embrace the anti-PC attitude/sense of humor that I am so fucking sick of. Some cities are really 50/50 because you’ll either play an amazing show with bad-ass folks & have the time of your life, or you might end up wanting to eviscerate some fuckhead who only listens to GG Allin & doesn’t get why a confederate flag hanging at a show space might ruffle some feathers.
Austin: We as a band aren’t about making sure we are politically correct all the time, but we definitely are hellbent on showing one another respect and are willing to give respect back to those who are legit. No single city is bad. Like I said before, sometimes there are some bad experiences. Fuckheads are everywhere.
Adam: Yes, Cincinnati, Birmingham, Boston, but most of all NOLA and Minneapolis. New Orleans and Minneapolis…no other city can live up to the debauchery that is expected to happen when we arrive in these two places. We need a week of recovery after being in either place for just a day. Also I love playing Madison a lot. Fuck, I love touring. So many amazing friends are being missed right now as we speak.
PE: What are some of your favorite bands you guys have played with?
Lord Krang: Scum from Detroit, Appalachian Terror Unit, Antisect, In Defense, Nu-kle-ar Blast Suntan, Kontrasekt, Cognitive Dissonance, The Skuds, Coelacanth, WrathCobra, Wartorn, Negligence, In Ruins, and definitely D-Clone; but honestly, it’s great to play with anyone and everyone who aren’t assholes and give a shit about “punk rock”.
PE: What are some of your favorite local bands from Chicago?
Lord Krang: Asphyxiate, Decay After Death (Decay A.D.), Cemetery (RIP), Culo, Die Time, Slag, Escalofrio, Sex Bunker (RIP), Birth Deformities, Gas Rag, Welkin Dusk, Daylight Robbery, Dirty Surgeon Insurgency, The Breathing Light, La Armada, Black September, Kontaminat, Ooze, Tensions, The Busy Sugnals, Population, More that we’re forgetting to mention….
PE: What does the future hold for Krang?
Devan: As Austin mentioned earlier, we have our “Broken Waves” 7″ being released in June, at which point we’ll be doing a small tour with Coelacanth. Also, as previously stated, we are well along in the writing process for our next full-length LP. Look for us around the Mid-west this summer and keep up-to-date and get in touch via the following:
crustardpunx[AT]gmail.com – krangcrustards.bandcamp.com – krangcrustards.blogspot.com
Austin: More touring, more albums, more blood spit nights, more everything! We’ll do a more extensive tour when the new LP comes out.
Brendan: “Bad Moon” 12″ – Skull Fest – Split(s?) – Self-Destruction With A Gusto
Lord Krang: Record labels that are interested in helping us with our next 12″ (which is more than half way written) get in touch with us!!! It will be even more galloping, pist, and triumphant than our still available “Sounds of Death” 12″!
YOUTH OFFENDER is a three-piece from the Dublin/Brownwood area of Texas and have made two songs of theirs available to download for free, and now you can go get them for the effort of a mouse click…what a deal! They do some fairly straight forward hardcore with punk rock leanings and it’s not too bad at all. The two songs are “Conservative Eyes” and “I Wanna Be In Shut Up Sidney”, with the requisite snipe against right wingers and wanting to do anything to be in SHUT UP SIDNEY, a hardcore band from Houston. The production is fairly basic, not clean, but not so sloppy that it affects the enjoyment of this, with the lyrics still able to be heard and enjoyed and the band seems to be having a good time making some fun noise for us. This comes with lyrics so you can see that they aren’t just a bunch of jokers like their Facebook makes them seem, but they actually have pretty good lyrics. I was pleasantly surprised with this one and I’m glad that I got a chance to hear them and I’m looking forward to hearing more from them and hope the production is a bit cleaner next time, but hell, this is punk…right? (Rick E.)
Until I got their split with FORRÆDERI, I had never heard of these guys. Their sound is noisy while being direct and organized and massive at the same time. This 10′(on orange vinyl) is more of the same. This time around they offer 8 songs of manic time signature changes strung together by chaotic riffing that I imagine FUGAZI might sound like if they tried their hands at writing noisy crust along side dirty screamo-ish vocals. I don’t mean screamo in a whiney-please-shut-the-fuck-up-already way. Just strained passionate screaming broken up by even more angry yelling with occasional clean vocals. This is one of those albums that you might suspect Steve Albini had a hand it except that the production is a little dirtier, which adds even more sonic intensity. I can only imagine how much energy is created during a live set. Amazingly enough, I had completely forgotten that BARREN WOMB are a two piece. Holy shit! It’s just so heavy. Inside the album the lyrics are printed all crazy like on the insert, which fits the music, though the artwork is dark and simple. Grey images on black. The album is available for free at barrenwomb.bandcamp.com, but I highly recommend buying one of these hand numbered 10″ limited to 500. They don’t release a lot of material, so get what you can. (Jake)
This band from Bemidji, MN has a new E.P. out and it’s pretty damn good! Four songs that fly by in under five minutes and really make you want more music from them. It’s some really well produced hardcore/grind with more hardcore than grind and some growling vocals mixed with strangled vocals and shouted vocals. Everything is well laid out in the songs, really tight and clean sounding with lyrics that are mostly easily shouted along with and a feel of the band really loving what they do. This band is one to look out for and try to see if they come to your area because the rock pretty damn hard! I’m not sure where this is available from, but give them an email and hopefully they can hook you up with some tunes, I listened to this about fifteen times so far and really want more……hint, hint to the band. (Rick E)
‘Grave New World’ is an infamous Discharge album, released in 1986 that saw them go hair metal. High pitched vocals and cock rock riffs with a hint of the old Discharge riffs lurking underneath. Oh how we all roared, laughed or sat in disbelief at just how different this album was. But I have a confession to make, I unbeknownst to my punk friends started listening to it on my own. And started to actually like it, but would have flat out denied that at the time. Well here we are all these years later since that album and we have had D-beat and hundreds of Discharge ‘Why’ era style bands. But what if we were all wrong? What if we had denied what could have been a whole new wave!
Enter Thisclose who have finally turned it all on it’s head. Formed by some Scottish punks who have done time in various noisy punk bands throughout the years. But now wear their collective hearts on their sleeves and show just how things should have went after ‘Grave New World’. High pitched vocals, Discharge riffs and song titles like “Two Monstrous Distro Piles” and “But After The Rigs”, I’m hooked. Stand out tracks are ‘Sexcel’ for it’s heavy crunchy guitar sound with non stop manic singing and of course ‘Tear Up The Hedge’ which is GISM, which of course is a good thing. Available on cassette limited to a hundred for £3.50 including p+p in the UK. Forget D-beat this is the Grave New beat.
The first thing that caught my eye was the name MIKE IX WILLIAMS for being a fan of EYEHATEGOD. I was super excited to get home and listen to it right away. As the title track “Razorblade Express” starts off with really heavy guitars and then goes super fast into a fast as hell blast beat then slows back down then goes right back into it. Super intense beginning plus this track had the guest vocals on it. Next is “Messiah Whore” same thing super fast and super brutal track with crushing vocals all over that. Side A ends with “Holes in the Wall” and just like the last two tracks this sums up and amazing A side to the record. I flip this bad boy over and am pounded with another track with MIKE IX on it called “3rd Space Gorilla Generator” again a sweet track which is a little slowed down from the rest of the tracks, really heavy and doom sounding to start off this side then all of a sudden goes far left and let the grind begin. “Rat Factory” is next more of the grind with super fast and well put together guitar. Lastly there is “Slaughter Intelligence” which is the shortest track on the whole record, but it does not disappoint at all. For Fans of PHOBIA, EYEHATEGOD and EXHUMED. (XbezerkerX)
OI POLLOI is one of those bands we all love and that has quite a legacy and catalog of work. They are certainly one of the hardest working bands ever, especially from the anarcho-punk scene. It’s nothing shy of amazing that they have continued to release quality material for a couple of decades now. If there is a such thing as punk rock “hits” they have enough to fill a couple ‘best of” collections. They certainly have enough punk rock party sing-a-longs! In fact it is almost impossible not sing along with a smile on your face anytime the needle hits an OI POLLOI record. They are one of those bands that makes fighting the system so much fun! It is only fitting then that we finally get a video documentation of this highly influential and important band.
The main movie features numerous and informative interviews with the revolving cast of band members and only constant member, Deek. The long lingering question of how the band was named and what the name means is answered and documented once and for all. It was really cool to hear Deek, in his voice and in his person describe the formation of the band and it was very interesting to learn that they came together as a counter reaction to many of the more “hardcore” bands of the day that were starting to grind out a new direction for punk (ENT, Napalm Death…).
The second half of the movie follows our favorite “post-oi/street-crust” band on ‘Ar Ceol, Ar Canan, Ar-a-march’ European tour in 2006. It’s hear that we get a look into the recording of the only Gaelic speaking punk album ever as well as the stress of a DIY tour. They explain how touring Europe is different and more realistic for them than a US trek mainly due to the distances traveled but also due to the violence not just at US gigs but more so in US society. This is explained as they elaborate on stay at a house on a past US tour riddled with bullet holes from local gang gunfire. That’s not to say that touring Europe is comfy nights in beds of roses. There are ample stories of squats smeared in animal and human feces and urine and the difficulty of trying to get a nights sleep when the locals want nothing but to party all night at punk rock discos! We also get to experience the stress of swapping out bass players mid tour and having to learn the songs in the van between gigs. Ahhh…the life of “rock stars”.
There are certain bands that seem to evoke a sense of spirituality, a connection or a sense of being. For me those bands are limited but mainly include NEUROSIS, AMEBIX, MISERY, JUDAS PRIEST and most of all BLACK SABBATH. Watching this movie and getting this intimate glimpse into the world, lives and inner workings of this phenomenal band I really started to identify with a connection to the energy of OI POLLOI. It was easy to see this spiritual energy that surrounded the members of the band and I felt very lucky to be able to tap into a small piece of that. My feelings are apparently shared by some of the members of the band as one of the former members described a similar sense and even compared being part of the “family” to religious experience.
The DVD is littered extras that include the 1994 tour documentary (I got to see that on VHS years ago thanks to my buddy Val) as well as live clips and videos. At this point it’s almost not even necessary to impress upon you that this is a quality release and an important addition to your collection. If you are an OI POLLOI fan there is no excuse not to get this into your hands. (Josh Mosh)
Hailing from Seattle with members of SNUGGLE, LOST CAUSE and a few other bands is RATBITE. The first track comes in as raging thrashy poppy punk, though totally gritty at the same time. As the tape moves forward, their style switches up keeping the listeners on their toes. Just like listening to a COOTERS album, every song sounds a little different. Mostly male vocals with bits of raw angry female vocals, sometimes melodic sometimes raspy. Besides the COOTERS, they also have songs that remind me of FIFTEEN and Word as Law era NEUROSIS. While the drums and bass drive this psycho forward at a frantic pace, the guitar gets creative with melodies and noodly solos. The cover art throws me off a bit, though. But that’s just because I don’t have a solid grasp on all things artistic. It is a cut and paste style, which I like, but the theme goes over my head. The lyrics are in more of a personal style which allows for more emotion to come through while singing making it very exciting to listen to. Raw and angst ridden on a blue cassette for $4.99. This is another release that is limited to 100, so don’t wait too long. This is for folks who liked old school melodic dirty punk before it got shitty. (Jake)
Aborted Society Records / 1122 E. Pike Street #1377 / Seattle, WA 98122-3934 /USA
As I’m sitting in my semi dark basement blasting this fine recording, I feel the need to get my gripes(well, only one) out of the way. During the beautifully composed melodic intro, it sounds as if the two guitars are slightly out of tune with each other. Obviously not a huge deal, but worth mentioning. After that, I can’t think of a bad thing to say. The way the demo kicks off reminds me of a scene in 28 Days or 28 Weeks Later when things are looking extra bleek. The writing is captivating. It’s very busy, but not in a “mathy” way. All three stringed instruments twist in and out of each other while flirting with the same melodies and rhythms. It has elements of that style that TRAGEDY brought years ago, but with new life breathed into it. The power and detail of the drumming also bring this to a whole new level. I love hearing bands that push punk further and further instead of just playing the same things that they listen to. While this is happening, Chomsky and Zinn styled poetic hatred pour through the mics in the form of sincere anguished howling. Each set of lyrics has a bit of a back story printed along side them in a pocket size booklet that looks hand screened. Added bonus, a few stickers. Members from this band have been around for awhile in a number of different bands that we all know and love. This demo is limited to 100(looks like I have #100- yikes!), but have no fear, Yellow Dog from Berlin should be releasing this as a 300 press run LP. Totally worth hunting down. And, no, you can’t have mine. (Jake)
It would seem that everything that comes through my mailbox that has the Maloka Distro logo printed somewhere on it is really good. Now I can add ULRIKE’S DREAM to that list. The needle drops on the first track and I wait. It starts off calm, beautiful and melodic. After a few lines the distortion is fully kicked on, the double bass starts pounding, the bass lines rip and all hell breaks loose in a whirlwind hardcore attack! The lead(female) vocals have turned angry and sour setting a killer pace. Then they add some yin to the yang and start the second track off with a little reggae style that feels like it has a NAUSEA flavor to it, but it quickly jumps back into fast hardcore drive. Track 3, You Walk in Line is more vicious that expected. The writing is varied on this, which keeps it from getting stale. At times there’s full on “tough guy” chugging riffs, smoothed out ska, straight up speed metal (No Dead Desire) and some acoustic for even more variety. All the songs are socio-political in nature touching on squatting, getting trapped in the “system” and scenesters. The package is rounded out with great sound quality, spot on mixing and a clean layout with black and white band pictures spread out through the lyric sheet. Like I said, Maloka never disappoints. (Jake)
This has been an album that many of us have been longing for. Being stuck in a shitty redneck town from the late 80’s to the early 90’s really limited my means of finding good music (mostly 3rd generation recordings from vinyl, etc). I had the opportunity to get my hands on the CRASS@ sides cassette and I played that damn thing till the ribbon stretched. The ANTHRAX track on that comp completely floored me (along with all the other bands), but needless to say, once I heard them, I was sold immediately.
These guys had a true spirit and dedication for @narcho-punk and it was felt in the music and lyrics which left a lasting impression that made me jump when I heard they were reforming. I can openly say that due to their influence, they carved a bit of my character today.
All for the Cause is ANTHRAX as pure and wholesome as they were back in the day and is even released on their own DIY label GROW YOUR OWN. They’ve never lost their edge to play what’s in their hearts and tell a story in their music that makes you so damn proud to be a part of the DIY punk community. It was them (and their comrades) that brought us together back then and it’s them now to continue that communal glue that binds us like minded folk.
This album has a gamut of music that is catchy, thoughtful and full of angst, and questions the very heart of our dark world. “Happy” is a great track that makes you want to sing along with a raised fist “Rise above the bedlam, take control…don’t let the powers that be, dilute your soul”. This album is great all around. The production is clean, thought out and meaningful. Given, this is about 30 years later from their younger days, so it’s not that quintessential “CRASS” style fuzz recordings (BTW, did everyone share the same guitar pedals back then for recording?), it’s the modern day and with modern production, but needless to say, their hearts have never left the punk playing field. An essential record to have. (Leffer) GROW YOUR OWN records/