Sunday, August 20, 2017

Video Premiere: VACANCY-Empty Head

After releasing a 2 song demo earlier this year, new Florida hardcore punk/noise rock/sludge trio Vacancy are set to drop their debut 5 song EP "Empty Head" on August 26th. In advance of the EP the band has filmed a video for the title track which you can view above. Info for two release shows coinciding with the release are below, as well as links to the band's bandcamp and facebook pages and a pre order link for a physical tape version of the EP via Dead Tank Recordings. FFO: Ceremony, The Melvins, Pissed Jeans.

Vacancy "Empty Head" EP release shows:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review/Stream: Deaf To Reason-Demo 2017


Deaf To Reason are a new heavy/metallic hardcore band from Tampa, Florida. Featuring members of noteworthy bands such as Blistered and Fourth Son, the band's 2017 demo speaks for itself with 4 incredibly hard hitting hardcore songs. This is one of the best demo's I've heard all year, and fans of bands such as the aforementioned above as well as bands such as Foundation, Integrity and Strife would be playing themselves if they didn't check this out immediately. Stream the entire demo below, and keep an eye out as I'm sure the band will have some new material brewing soon that will be more than worth keeping an eye out for.

Review/Stream: Pickpocket-Demo


Pickpocket are a new punk/noise/experimental band out of Tampa, Florida. On their debut demo, the band churns out 4 angular post punk songs with a lo-fi/one mic recording that fits snugly within their sound. This release is a promising sign of things to come and will appeal to fans of bands such as Fugazi, Trumans Water and The Ex among others. A recommended listen for fans of strange, forward thinking punk music. You can stream the demo below and can also download it from their bandcamp for free/donations. Keep an eye out for more to come from this promising new band.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Review/Stream: Shurwood-Somewhere I Have Not Traveled


Somewhere I Have Not Traveled, the debut EP from Tampa, Florida alternative/emo quartet Shurwood quietly dropped today, and it exceeds the promise already shown on their excellent initial releases. The 6 songs on this release showcase the band's familiar and yet unique take on the hazy and atmospheric emotional punk that bands like Daylight, Title Fight and Turnover have brought to the forefront throughout the years, while a distinct heavy quality in both lyrical content and guitarwork manages to put the band in their own category altogether. This release is a must listen for any fans of the aforementioned bands. You can stream the release below, and check their bandcamp link above if you'd like to grab a digital copy on a pay what you want basis. Also below you can find the band's tour dates supporting the release, so make sure to catch them if they are hitting your area.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review/Stream: DRUG/Joyboy Split


Fans of post-punk would be remiss not to check out this awesome new release from Florida band DRUG and Joyboy hailing from Birmingham. DRUG returns with 2 songs that bring to mind bands such as Creative Adult and Murder City Devils, while simultaneously delving deeper into their own unique sound. On the other side of the split, Joyboy have added a psychedelic element to their already excellent screamo sound that finds itself an excellent fit with DRUG's side of the split. Overall, this is an excellent release that anyone who is a fan of forward thinking punk music should give a listen. You can stream both band's sides of the split below and also find a link to purchase the split on CD or Tape via Crass Lips Records. Also below you can find tour dates for both bands, so make sure to catch them if they're hitting your town.

DRUG Tour Dates:

7/09 Sun: St. Pete, FL
7/10 Mon: Atlanta, GA
7/11 Tues: Greensboro, NC
7/12 Wed: Philadelphia, PA
7/13 Thur: Brooklyn, NY
7/14 Fri: Richmond, VA
7/15 Sat: Savannah, GA
7/16 Sun: Orlando, FL

Joyboy Tour Dates W/ Amygadala:

05/22 Little Rock, AR 
05/23 Nashville, TN 
05/24 Birmingham, AL
05/25 Asheville, NC
05/26 Baltimore, MD
05/27 Philadelphia, PA - BREAK FREE FEST
05/28 Richmond, VA
05/29 Savannah, GA
05/30 Tallahassee, FL
05/31 Hattiesburg, MI

Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: Full Of Hell-Trumpeting Ecstasy


I've been covering Maryland powerhouse Full Of Hell practically since I started writing for this blog, starting initially with their now revered debut LP for A389 Records "Roots Of Earth Are Consuming My Home". Since then the band has made large strides and progressed at a fever pitch pace, consistently upping the ante with every single subsequent release. After releasing collaborative LP's with the likes of The Body and Merzbow, a crushing 7 inch split with recent touring partners Nails, and a consistent touring regiment that has seen the band travel up and down the United States as well as several other areas of the world, the band has released their long awaited third full length LP Trumpeting Ecstasy, and the wait has been more than worth it. This record shows that the band's time on the road and in the studio with various peers has tremendously expanded their musicianship and the mastering of their craft, and stands as the most volatile and impressive statement of intent from the band to date.

Trumpeting Ecstasy is a relentless assault to the senses, from the opening notes of the first track until the very end of it's 25 minute duration. While previous releases from the band have seen them explore all the various corners of the extreme music world to varying degrees, this album takes the sonic identity of the band and pushes it to it's purest form, sharpening their blackened hardcore punk/grindcore sound into the most razor sharp, direct and hard hitting that it has ever sounded. An incredible recording from Kurt Ballou of God City Studios also pushes everything to the next level, bringing a previously unheard weight and heft to the band's sound that only serves to highlight their sonic strengths even further.

 Dipping into all of their previous influences while commanding a sound that has become wholly and uniquely their own, the band has impressively managed to not only release their heaviest and most extreme album to date, but also strangely their most accessible. The result is not only an album that will blow away long time fans of the band with high expectations, but will undoubtfully turn the heads of many uninitiated listeners as well. With Trumpeting Ecstasy, Full Of Hell have further cemented their place in the top tier of active extreme musicians today, and have yet again upped the ante with their finest set of songs to date. Absolutely essential for extreme music fans of any and all walks of life.