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Monday, 18 September 2017

***RESPIRE + LOVE/LUST exclusive video interview + Munich show review***

June 21st, 2017
Following our band debacle in Croatia which led to the tour being cancelled, we made our way into Germany on a grueling 11 hours bus trip...with a three-year old! At this point I was going out to shows alone, which is pretty normal for me, as Mike Van Buren had made his way to Sweden in an attempt to reclaim his lost luggage. I took a 45-minute bus through the beautiful Munich which was exhilarating. Respire and Love/Lost had just started unloading into the venue so I helped and then hung out with the bands. At Kafe Marat in Munich/München there was a meeting for an organization protesting the G20 so I was asked not to take videos of the venue itself, just the bands. At that point members of Respire, Love/Lust and I walked to a river and made most of the following video interview that I'm premiering right fucking now. Enjoy!

exclusive video interview


The openers LUST SUR L'EAU were the local act from München, played spastic and loose hardcore and were fitting openers, bringing in shorter songs and a more direct approach, with the two out of town bands playing 5-10 minute songs. Check some out below. I'm kind of lost on comparisons here, but the vocalist was very in your face which added an extra notch of intensity to the set. I guess maybe Arches? I don't know.
Link to song: *2*
ffo: Orchid, AttackRobotAttack and Cease Upon The Capitol


Next up was Respire's touring partners LOVE/LUST from Berlin. Apparently dubbed as "hipster black-metal" when attempting to rope Respire in to a tour, played an awesome three-song set with a newly acquired 16-year old guitar player. The quartet used the space excellently, moving around and even employing a selection of vocal effects. Each song seemed to hover just under the 10-minute mark and incorporated dreamy bits, slow builds and chaotic eruptions. Keep an eye out on this very young band (together only six months for this concert, I believe?) as they released 'Sorrow' which I've linked here.
ffo: Locktender, Respire and NIC aka ██████


The amazing RESPIRE were up next...after a pepper spray incident that caused about half of the audience to give up and go home. That really sucked. But here is their full set below, in case you were one of those few who thought they weren't going to be able to play in that tear-inducing pepper spray chamber. Anyway, they go through the motions for a few minutes before finding their groove and then they rocked out harder than I may have ever seen them do before. Eslin's viola playing has been modified since she joined the band full-time, as she matches the notes formerly held by Emmett's trumpet perfectly, as well as doing her own stuff. I even jumped on for some vocals on "Eternal Nothing" and man that was awesome. The band is writing for an upcoming LP so keep your eyes peeled in early 2018!
ffo: Old Soul, City Of Caterpillar and Locktender
Grab the few copies left of their 12" first pressing 'Gravity and Grace' here.


Here are some pictures from around Munich, Germany.

Sunday, 17 September 2017


GenresPunk / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Screamo / Ambient
Related artistsLes Deux Minutes De La Haines.
CountryPau FRANCE
Years Active2012-2013
Song: "Deux"
Album: "Amertumes"
Year: 2012
For fans ofAmanda WoodwardSed Non SatiataNous ÉtionsLes Deux Minutes De La HainesGantzEnvyAussitôt MortMilanKuAporia, Nionde Plågan, Anodes, Nine ElevenMarée Noire, Evylock, Lakmé, Buried Inside, Mihai Edrisch, Titan, Respire, Breag Noafa, I Am A Curse, Gameness and Carcajou aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Dingleberry Records / Back To Reality Records / Des Bombes Des Fleurs / Desertion Records / Anarchino Records / Plastic Phant Records / Not A Pub / Emergence / A L'ombre De Cette Vie Records / Orchidscent Records
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the September 2017 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2017 Mix#10 here.

I first heard this band by sheer luck, as I visited friend and fellow label fanatic Olin Dunleavy from Friendly Otter Records. Upon parting ways I was given some random records to even out a trade we did, and in it was the 3-way 12" with THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER on it. After a year or so I got around to trying to figure out what each of the bands on it sounded like, only to become deeply smitten with these folks. For French screamo with heavy nods to post-rock and post-hardcore, look no further than this band that preceded Les Deux Minutes De La Haines. With strong ties in sound to Amanda Woodward, Nous Étions and Envy, the band self-released 'Amertumes' in 2012 and two final tracks on the aforementioned 2013 '3-way split' 12" with I Was A Cosmonaut Hero and Cheval. The band named all of their songs "One" to "Eleven" in French.

The 9-song 2012 debut 'Amertumes' is fucking genius. The record is extremely consistent, engaging and downright awesome. The decent tracks include "Intro", "Neuf", "Sept" and "Interlude", but those are just the tip of the iceberg. The remaining tracks all stand out and, simply put, are ridiculously good. Each track has its own characteristics but the beautifully woven instrumentals are present everywhere, fluctuating between serene and explosive as well as incorporating a wide array of dreamy breakdowns and palm muting. "Trois" is a great example, with its writhing instrumentals that subtly inject poisonous melodies and crushing vocals. "Cinq" begins dark and dreary but picks up from two minutes onward with an imposing sound comparable to new Nine Eleven material. "Deux"'s intro is carried by rolling bass and beautiful, subdued guitar. At 2:10 the song shifts from head swaying post-hardcore to epic, driving screamo. From 4:24 until 5:24 the song plummets in a beautifully constructed and insanely catchy instrumental nosedive with displaced Envy-esque vocals. This is followed by a sick, dark breakdown Amanda Woodward style with commanding guitars. "Quatre" is tied for my favourite track along with "Deux", although this is shorter and has Amanda Woodward love smeared all over the massive, unstoppable force that could quite easily be likened to the audio equivalent of Games Of Thrones' The Great Wall. Such a bad comparison, but such a gripping song. Closer "Huit" allots the first 1:52 to spacey instrumentals and a lengthy audio clip from Fahrenheit 451 and is a final reminder of the album's dense consistency.

'3-Way split' tracks are long and very good, but don't have that wow factor that is present on about half of their full length. "Dix" delves into an awkward and deathly sounding bass intro that sets the stage for the dark, evil instrumentals that follow. The highlight of the split, "Onze", is ambient until 2:20 when thunderous bass riffs and a devilish guitar lick take center stage. At 8:14 this thing is monumental and won't let you down, because...damn, you can't get much better. If you are still aching for more, be sure to check out the members' current band Les Deux Minutes De La Haines.



2012 - Amertumes cdLP (stream/donate/download here)

2013 - 3-way split (w/I Was A Cosmonaut Hero & Cheval) 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)


(2012) THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER - "Deux" (from 'Amertumes')

(2012) THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER - "Quatre" (from 'Amertumes')

(2012) THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER - "Trois" (from 'Amertumes')

(2013) THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER - "Onze" (from '3-way' split)


THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER additional links


Thursday, 14 September 2017


GenresPunk / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Screamo
Related artistsSleeping Field.
Country: Montreal, Québec CANADA
Years Active2017-present
Song: "Révérence"
Album: "Encéphale"
Year: 2017
For fans ofSed Non Satiata, Nous Étions, Amanda Woodward, Les Deux Minutes De La Haines, Gantz, The Solexine Chapter, Envy, Aussitôt Mort, MilanKu, Aporia and Carcajou aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the September 2017 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2017 Mix#10 here.

In a nutshell, a follower of the blog by name of Colin sent me the new MARÉE NOIRE EP and it floored me. I am 100% hooked. Housing four songs combining the screamo/post-hardcore of many French bands such as Aussitôt MortAmanda WoodwardNous ÉtionsSed Non Satiata in addition to Japan's Envy, MARÉE NOIRE has pumped out one hell of a debut.

2017's ''Encéphale'' Opens with "Devant L'Aube" which is distant yet commanding, with a cool back and forth chill section that starts 38 seconds in and leads to a fitting climax after the two-minute mark. "Révérence" is next and is my pick for best song, with the first half being piercing while the second half is post-rocky and littered with distant screaming. "Fuir Les Fumigènes" houses some of the fiercest vocals on the release and wastes no time releasing said fury, although the instruments don't match the intensity until 45 seconds in when a wall of post-hardcore and a steady injection of dreamy and spacey post-rock are added. Closer "La Dette" uses the first 1:25 to create a deep and sedating intro that meets with a beat and eventually flows forth at 2:22, settling into a dark groove just before the three-minute mark that is both sinister and beautiful.

Holy smokes MARÉE NOIRE, this shit rocks.



2017 - Encéphale (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) MARÉE NOIRE - "Révérence" (from 'Encéphale')

(2017) MARÉE NOIRE - "Devant L'Aube" (from 'Encéphale')

(2017) MARÉE NOIRE - "Fuir Les Fumigènes" (from 'Encéphale')


MARÉE NOIRE additional links


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

***60659-C exclusive album premiere***

'The Next Part is a Blur' 10-song cassette LP
coming in October on Zegema Beach Records, Contrition Recordings, Polar Summer and Adorno Records

Zegema Beach Records = here on tinted smokey black tapes/100
Contrition Recordings = here on blue tapes/100
Adorno Records = here on spraypainted blue/black/white mist tapes/30
Polar Summer = coming soon

60659-C - 'The Next Part is a Blur' cassette will be released in October of 2017 on Zegema Beach Records, Contrition Recordings, Polar Summer and Adorno Records. 10 songs in 6 minutes, 60659-C's debut LP is an absolute assault on the senses. Scorching Richmond, VA emo-violence/chaotic hardcore from members that have spent time...holy smokes!
Christopher Morgan: .gif from god / Caust / Kaoru Nagisa / The Cage You Call A Chest
Gus Caldwell: Ostraca / Swan Of Tuonela
Thom Carney: Mothlight / Majorel / In Wolf's Clothing / Yusuke / Gas Up Yr Hearse!
John Crogan: Ostraca / .gif from god / Listless / Kaoru Nagisa

Of the associated acts, 60659-C sounds like a clusterfuck of :
1) Ostraca (the general experience)
2) Caust (the intensity)
3) .gif from god (the craziness)

On 'The Next Part is a Blur' no song surpasses the one-minute mark, and while there is a lot of variation in that short time span, they all share the same twisted DNA. The imposing opener "I Was Awake" is like a precise knife to the ear that has no need to even reach the 30-second mark. "Convenient" is a barrage of stop/start drum patterns and constant guitars that culminate in two insanely short but pulverizing breakdowns with vocalists Gus and Chris dueling it out for most piercing scream. "Crowd" is vaguely similar to the opener in the fact that it doesn't let up and just pummels the listener into submission. "Everybody Out" begins with a false sense of letting up, but quickly blasts into screamy syncopation and chord progressions that evoke a strong connection with me, although I can't put in to words as to why. Maybe it sounds like a screamo national anthem or something. "For Expiring" takes the experimental side of the band further and has them trekking around with a sound that is nearly uplifting, albeit still screamy and epic as fuck. "Hold On, This Hurts" is ambient noise for two thirds of the song and uses the final 15 seconds to take the listener's face off with an explosion of Neil Perry meets Ostraca. "New Sincerity" reminds me of Orchid as well as The Now and is a stellar track, while "The Floor" has some very cool guitar sections, most notably from 9 to 20 seconds, that give it a very unique twist. When listening to "Which Will Never Reach You" it isn't at all surprising that .gif from god members are in this band, as it is one of the fiercest and pulsating songs on here. The album concludes with the longest track, "Dissipates Like a Mirage". After an initial 20-second onslaught the song takes another 20 seconds to chill out and build up to the epic close which, again, has strong ties in sound and general amazingness to their siblings in Caust, .gif from god and Swan Of Tuonela.

If you'd like to order a copy from Zegema Beach, the exclusive of 100 smokey metallic tapes with j-card in a plastic shell comes with a download card and is up for pre-order here. Ships in early October.

Monday, 11 September 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Indie Rock / Emo
Related artists?.
CountryMilwaukee, Wisconsin U.S.A.
Years Active2016-present
Song: "The Heat"
Album: "Snag"
Year: 2017
For fans ofMatsuri, Crowning, Loma Prieta, Textbook Traitors, Mothlight, Sleeper Wave, Dowager, мища, Birthday Boyz, Mine, Stop It!!, D'Amore, Eyes Of Verotika, My Heart To Joy At The Same Tone, People's Temple Project, Bravo Fucking Bravo, Pregnancy Pact, Mouse Fitzgerald, La Mantra De Fhiqria, For Want Of, Trotsky, Youth Novel and Deers! aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download: the September 2017 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2017 Mix#10 here.

SNAG has a bit of a split personality, much in the way Pregnancy Pact had before reshuffling and becoming Crowning. Their debut, self titled EP 'Snag' begins with three songs rooted in screamy hardcore and embeds shifts into emo/indie rock territory over the course of the EP, most notably in the final three tracks. I mean, I dig the second half but the first half give me goosies.

The opening track "Hydraulic Fracturing Makes the Earth Shudder" is a tantalizing first moment. 25 seconds in you'll think you've unearthed some unreleased Textbook Traitors songs when the early emo-violence style really took root, but afterwards the song slides in and out of semi-mathy and noodley gang chants not unlike No Tongue and...maybe...Stop It!!? I dunno but the unexpected hybrid works pretty well. Following in the steps of the first track but inverted, is "Cold Blooded Mammals" that has a dreamy and distant emo/rock thing goin' on that sounds a hell of a lot like parts of the final Mouse Fitzgerald album. Once the song busts into second gear at 1:37 I'm goddamn smitten. The back and forth screaming again isn't far from Mouse FitzgeraldFraera, For Want Of and Lessener, which dissipate once that killer ending takes hold at around the three-minute mark. Next up is the ultimate SNAG song, "The Heat". This scorcher busts out some seriously sick shit over its 2:56 length, with the penultimate comparison being Birthday Boyz, and that, is not the easiest thing to do. Y'know, cuz Birthday Boyz were incredible. The dual screaming, the transcendent chord progressions, the intensity...this track has it all. An additional, interesting note on this beaut is the final 30 seconds, which bares a strong resemblance to late Bravo Fucking Bravo work. Track four is where things really slow down and focus on clean vocals and melodies instead of concentrated screamy hardcore, as "Capitalism is a Pyramid Scheme" begins chill and soothing but injects a post-hardcore and experimental second half that doesn't quite have an anchor. "Who are Those Condo's For, Anyway?" delivers jangly, punchy and noisy rock with some honest singing that starts up just after halfway through and is layered over withdrawn screaming while sounding akin to Sweetheart. Closer "A Century of Crisis (For Enbridge)" is vast, clocking in at 6:18, epic as fuck and tells the story of environmental pollution due to the pursuit of money via gas/oil. Desperate vocals and trumpet steal the show during the build. From 3:47 onward shit gets furious and tears nearly all of the melodies down before reverting back to a pretty chill emo outro.

All in all this is a hell of debut and I look forward to hearing more from them.



2017 - Snag cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) SNAG - "The Heat" (from 'Snag')

(2017) SNAG - "Hydraulic Fracturing Makes the Earth Shudder" (from 'Snag')

(2017) SNAG - "Cold Blooded Mammals" (from 'Snag')


SNAG additional links