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″!
There haven’t really been very many records that have come out in the past few years that have been as anticipated and waited for as this one from DEVIATED INSTINCT. Just a smidge of history here folks…..
Back in 1988 I was a seventeen and thought I knew everything like all kids that age, but I was especially sure that I was special cause I often knew about the raging newer bands before the rest of my friends (with a couple of outstanding exceptions). One of the older punks from Boulder, Mike Stone, I think, said that DEVIATED INSTINCT were some killer shit to be on the lookout for. I first actually heard the mighty DEVIATED INSTINCT on a most unlikely source which was the Airstrip One UK compilation from Doug Moody/Mystic Records. They must have done some kind of swap with Hammy from Peaceville (that story is coming later) and it was a great compilation. Familiar names were on it like INSTIGATORS, NAPALM DEATH, OI POLLOI, RIPCORD and some new bands to me…DAN, HDQ, and DEVIATED INSTINCT. That track was Mechanical Extinction off the Rock N Roll Conformity LP and it instantly hooked me with its unique sound and insane vocals and I tried hard to find more but those were the days when it could take years to even hear more from an obscure band from some other part of the globe, literally. Now you can jump on the internet and hear anything anytime without many exceptions. About a year later the Guttural Breath LP came out and I snatched up a copy and relished in its own (very different sounding) glory. Anyway, to tell the long story short, I have been a fan a long time and have waited patiently for this beast to reawaken and begin its lumbering slaughter once more and that brings us to Liberty Crawls…To The Sanctuary Of Slaves.
This is the first release from Wilted Rose and the match up is perfect. Each of them belt out 7 acoustic punk anthems including a couple of covers. For the most part, the songs are written about personal experiences letting the listener ride shotgun like an accomplice to wild hazy bouts of reckless debauchery instead of chasing the common themes of genocide, war and the apocalypse (except for Red Dawn by Mark Leonard). Each song does seem to come with it’s own rainy black cloud that maintains a certain amount of bleakness that isn’t usually this abundant in folk punk. While at times the music does have an energetic upbeat vibe, overall it’s like having a great night knowing that you’ll eventually have to crawl into a wet sleeping bag in a sketchy train yard. All the lyrics are included along with a couple of black and white photos in this very DIY package all for the low price of 5ppd. (Jake)
Wilted Rose Records c/o Mike / 178 Cliff St. / Norwich, Ct. 06360
Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way: this predominantly Slovakian(C.E. has a Czech bass player)release is very very limited. There are only 150 hand numbered cassettes, 50 green and 100 black with each band given space for some artwork and lyrics. MINDFUCK decided to go the way of mystery and leave out the lyrics and only use numbers and symbols for song titles. The artwork they chose is a drawing of a double torso person, one having a penis for a head and the other has a vagina for a face. What is this band about? Grind. Plain and simple, MINDFUCK is all about grinding your face of with 11 songs of total bestial carnage. They’ve gone the ANAL CUNT route and skipped the use of a bass player, but the sound isn’t compromised one bit. On the other side, CONTROLLED EXISTENCE kill it! Dawn is not a fan of grind, but she yelled from the other room that this is one of the better bands she’s heard me review in a while. They play crushing female fronted grind/PV that seem to borrow from Scum era NAPALM DEATH. Grind can be tricky to pull off if you don’t want the listener to get bored with a blurry blitz of noise, but these shredders have that under control. The song writing stays interesting and each song has it’s own character. They’ve printed lyrics, but in their native so I have no idea what’s on their minds. The only clue is the drawing of a decaying skull with what looks like a crown of thorns. This is a solid first release for SSGC Records. (Jake)
SSGC Records / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaz Re-chords / http://www.kaz.sk/
HIPPIES OF TODAY are HOT. I mean from here on out I will refer to them by their initials which
conveniently spell the word “hot”. There is some historical significance of sorts to this record, the band
broke up in 2002! In the fall of 2011 this French trio got back together at the request of the label/
distro Destructure. HOT were Destructure’s first release some 10 years earlier and as an anniversary
celebration they wanted to release another HOT record. Apparently the band didn’t resist much at the
request to reform and entered the studio to pound out 10 songs that were written but never recorded
during the band’s first life. I listened to some of the earlier stuff online and have to say there is not
much difference in their sound, again the songs were mostly composed before they broke up. The band
blends hardcore with grind with a few traces of melody and metal. If anything the new album more
firmly embraces the grind side of the band. For comparison they remind me of ENABLER quite a bit. I’m
sure there are some old fans still kicking around out there that will surely be ready to add this to their
collection and they will most likely gain some new fans with their brand of punk fueled grind. Welcome
back HIPPIES OF TODAY, you fit in nicely in today’s musical spectrum! (JoshMosh)
Yes! The epic crust answer to WARTORN (who share three members with DRESDEN, remember) are back with a super destructive new EP! Each new song they write is better than the last, and these two ragers are proof of that. The guitar work is insane (from the melodic intros to the shredding solos that would make Kirk Hammet writhe with jealousy), and the vocals are even more pissed off than on the last LP (Bitty sounds like he’s been gargling with bleach, while Bones sounds like he’s been trying out for some old death metal band – it fucking works). As usual, the lyrics on this record differ from what would be the “stereotypical” crust subjects. On the title track, the topic of white supremacy and it’s links to Christianity are discussed. The B-side, “Shallow Grave” discusses the “holier-than-thou” aspects of the radically political, and how some attitudes can isolate or turn off potential allies.
So far, this is my favorite DRESDEN material. My only complaint is that I really can’t hear the bass in the mix (although that could just be my crappy stereo speakers), which is too bad – I think more bass can help fill out the sound and make things even heavier. Oh yeah, there’s also the fact that this is only a 2-song 7”. Shit, dudes – you totally could have fit at least one more track on here! Don’t leave me high and dry! (Inbred) GRAB YOUR COPY HERE!
Profane Existence: PO Box 18051 / Minneapolis, MN 55418 / http://www.profaneexistence.org
This record is a debut full-length and an immediate classic. It begins with the punchy anthem, “What a Shame”, and moves onto the blustery ska piece “Castle in the Sky.” The musical tracks are characterized by unexpected turns of phrases; strong, walking bass lines that are complemented by guitar work ranging from melodic (“Light Rail”) to full-out hardcore (“Stronghold”) and tight drumming throughout. Floating over the controlled musical chaos underneath, the vocals are tough and catchy. “Gun Show” is an inventive call and response between two vocalists. The first side ends with “Moving Pictures”, which is not one of the strongest songs on the record, but provides a refreshingly slower pace to the rest of the songs. The second side continues the theme of interweaving catchy songs like “Light Rail” and “It Will Not Be Moved”, with outright hardcore ones like “Dissolve”. Unsurprisingly, the recording is characterized by insightful lyrics that address themes of social injustice and personal alienation. You will, undoubtedly, be tempted to compare this record to Jesse Michaels’ earlier band which shall remain unnamed, but it stands proudly on its own. This is a must-own if you don’t have it already. (Frank-n-Kamala)
Asian Man Records / PO Box 35585 / Monte Sereno, CA / 95030
What I absolutely love most about this release (besides being an amazing example of DIY ethic) is that instead of just including lyrics in the sleeve, they are made into a full booklet size black and white cut and paste style ‘zine. This is the second release he’s done this way and it’s a winning format. It starts with two pages of intro banter and info, then leads into 11 pages of lyrics for the 14 songs with all sorts of pictures and drawings filling out the pages. Then there’s a piece on making reusable pads as an alternative to the bleached cotton pads/tampons offered by shitty companies, political rants and wraps up with a piece on finding true happiness. Better than a standard lyric sheet any day. The music is really catchy acoustic folk punk that is a little Billy Bragg and part Jon the Baker with a Cometbus feel overall. There are love songs, drinking songs, songs about shitty abusive cops and even the American scheme. Hope in hopeless times appears to be the underlying theme throughout here. It’s more realistic that idealistic, which is kinda nice. Maybe I’m just an old crank, but overly optimistic bands can drive me crazy and often make me think that those folks live in some weird bubble. This seems to have a really good balance between “chin up” and “we’re totally fucked”. I’m slowly becoming more of a fan of folk punk. (Jake)
Wilted Rose Distro c/o Mark Leonard / 38 Rt. 2 / Preston, CT 06365
ACXDC is name I have been familiar with for some time but have never really listened to them until now. They are stalwarts of the DIY scene in LA have been since 2003. Fierce! This band is fierce! They attack like a swarm of possessed wasps ready to sting and sting and sting again. Wasps can be violent. I once dug up a wasp nest they was a foot and half deep into the ground and about six inches wide. The sting happy insects unleashed their violence on me and stung me seventeen times (even though I had taken precautions) before I was able to fully eradicate their wretched next. And again like a swarm of angry wasps the violence rips my speakers as the insane vocals trade off between a screech and growl. This record is pure angry violence as the mix is somewhat lacking but the vehement energy makes up for any short comings of the mix. The lyrics are dumb and explore an array of silly topics like and Ode to John Ritter, rantings about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and even a song about Chewbacca. From what I can tell these dudes are straight-edge and satanic. They proclaim themselves as “Anti-Christ Demon Core”…There you have it. So now that I have been exposed to ACXDC and their furious barrage of viciousness I can imagine that they just flat out destroy it in the live setting. Power-violence or extreme grind-core, call it whatever you want…This is some sick shit! (Josh Mosh)
To Live A Lie Records c/o Will Butler / 2825 Van Dyke Avenue / Raleigh, NC 27607
Being a GG Allin fan and scum punk rock n’ roll in general I felt this was right up my alley. The cover has a low quality picture of the band with a guy that from a distance sort of resembles GG Allin. The music is exactly what one thinks of with this genre. Its simplistic and overdiven with fuzz giving it a lo-fi sound to it. Honestly anything else wouldn’t do. The songs are fairly short and enjoyable. Thankfully there doesn’t seem to have the undertones of misogyny that a lot of these bands tend to exhibit. Nor does it have the violent lyrics that have popped up due to GG Allin’s success. Don’t get me wrong as I do enjoy GG but every band that has a similar sound doesn’t also have to try to ride his coattails lyrically as well. Lyrically it actually is closer to pop punk which is a nice change of pace. I appreciate what they are doing. They are playing music they love without trying to hard to gain an audience. Anybody looking for some rock n’ roll punk would feel right at home with these guys and would definitely enjoy a spin or two of this record. (Travis Assault)
Mystery School Recordsemail@example.com/ www.mysteryschoolrecords.com
Being fairly picky with my fringe genres of punk and hardcore I was a bit skeptical of this band. From the first song I got a very post-hardcore/ post-punk/ noise-rock vibe from them. IT felt like they may have had some influence from bands like DRIVE LIKE JEHU or SONIC YOUTH and the like. Unlike a lot of the other bands influenced by them, they did not get heavier but actually a bit more noisy. The songs are fairly short with a noise edge to them. I did thoroughly enjoy this record in spite of my normal distaste for the genre. Something about the songs made them listenable and enjoyable to kick back and enjoy a glass of beer with friends. His vocals fit the band and what actually reminded me of DRIVE LIKE JEHU so much. His cracking voice overlaying the noisy background just melded so well that I found myself hard pressed to dislike the band. It isn’t something I would put on everyday personally but fans of this style may keep this on their turntable for a few spins before putting it into normal rotation. Was it a perfect record? It had its moments where I was less than enthused to be listening to it. In the end though it is was just small things that didn’t impede my listening pleasure for the duration of this record. Another thing about this record worth mentioning is the booklet that comes with it. Its a six page booklet including lyrics and some explanations. It is a nice addition to an overall good record and giving value to their music as well. (Travis Assault)
86’d Records/ PO Box 501/ East Setauket, NY/ 11733/