Sick Of Talk are a new band from Tampa, Florida who play straight up hardcore punk that brings to mind bands such as Bane, Tear It Down and Uniform Choice. This demo marks their first recordings, and it's a promising sign of things to come from this up and coming band. Highly recommended for fans of the aforementioned bands as well as all those who appreciate hardcore punk that is the way it should be: raw, simple and sincere.
Cute Fills are a 3 piece band from Florida who play a beer and distortion drenched version of emo/pop punk that is both sincere in it's delivery and solid in composition. This is their 13 song debut LP, and it marks a promising start for the new band with some extremely catchy jams. Highly recommend for fans of bands such as Bomb The Music Industry/Jeff Rosenstock, Modern Baseball and Sorority Noise.
The new Slowly We Rot CS 'Poverty Of Existence' is now available via the UK's Skin & Bones Records . Seven tracks of grinding H8000 style Hardcore meets Death and Black Metal from these Belgian bruisers.
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My love for Drug Church is a natural one. I grew up on End of a Year (now Self Defense Family) and my adoration for Pat Kindlon is one of an adolescent's for bubblegum pop artists (or maybe my younger sister's for Lana Del Ray, but no more about that). So when I got a notification from Spotify about Drug Church dropping Swell, I got sick with joy. This, of course, was immediately followed by a panging reservation: as an über-fanboy of EOAY/SDF and Drug Church, what if this release wasn't up to par? What if this release was lackluster, even in the slightest?
It's not. Not by any means.
This EP is brilliant. Drug Church, no strangers to the creation of strange aggressive music, have somehow dug deeper down inside their own mythos for one of the stronger releases of 2015 (thus far, and I have no doubt that it'll remain that way).
Drug Church has spun a web concentric only around themselves with Swell. While Paul Walker was a fun, outright-aggressive release worthy of far more praise than it initially received, Swell (maybe ironically, seeing its status as an EP) is more of a traditionally defined album, with the songs establishing an overall mood. The only song that's slightly out of place is "Mall SWAT", and even then, they've brought back an (and I hate typing this out as to diminish it) honest-to-Jesus breakdown and made the one more-or-less "hardcore" song on the EP. But even with that description, "Mall SWAT" still unfolds as a prototypical Drug Church song. The true course of the album, though, is one of absolute separation from the hardcore prowess they presented on Paul Walker. This, I think, is an improvement. Pat seems at home within the sort of general "aggressive alternative" sound, and his lyricism has followed suit: moving more beyond simple narrative (which featured heavily on Paul Walker, whether autobiographical or not) and into a more streamlined, manic, introspective voice that disregards the irony found in the band's debut LP for the sake of near-tangible sincerity that permeates almost every line on the EP. Stand-out lines are (from the single "But Does it Work?") "Man and woman, I've tried man and man, woman and woman, I presume (nothing works)." And the harsh imagery of "Work with your hands or have them cut off (I'll cut them off)" in "Work-Shy". The EP is a shining example of discarding sarcastic, borderline-sardonic vitriol for an honest, self-involved inspection of common life. That last sentence was everything I wanted to write about Drug Church and certainly not what I expected to.
It's not so much, though, that Drug Church has simply made another Drug Church album. The reasons I loved Paul Walker are vastly different from the reasons I love Swell--and I think that's going to be the general consensus among critics and listeners. Swell spins in on itself in a way that the sprawling, tantric Paul Walker didn't. And with it, Drug Church have actually transcended themselves and formed a signature sound that can only grow and improve.
Drug Church, as a post-whatever troupe, have set themselves on a path known only by them with Swell, and (put simply) it's a release that everyone should hear regardless of past involvement with the band. Swell displays a side of the band that wasn't so quickly recognized on previous releases: one that I hope stays. And I think it works.
Facility are a new screamo band from New Jersey who channel classic 90's/early 00's era bands such as Hassan I Sabbath, Neil Perry and Pageninetynine with snapshot like accuracy. This is one of the best screamo EP's I've heard in quite some time that serves as a throwback to that earlier sound, the vocals especially reminding me of Pageninetynine in the best way possible. Highly recommended for all of those who are interested in dark, emotional hardcore.
One of the quieter releases that slipped out in late 2014 was the long awaited LP by Kansas City/Chicago hardcore unit Spine. The LP follows a string of excellent releases including their demo, the Subhuman 7 inch and split with The Repos, and it follows through on the promise shown on those releases with the band's strongest showing of songs to date. For those unintiated, Spine play furious hardcore/punk heavily influenced by early powerviolence pioneers such as Crossed Out and Infest as well as more youth crew oriented hardcore such as Youth Of Today. While taking heavy influence from the past may be a route many bands see fit to travel these days, few play as hard and with as much sincerity as Spine have shown on their previous releases, and Time Has Gone is no different. The end result is perhaps arguably the purest expression of hardcore/punk, short, fast and raw blasts of fury played with absolutely flawless percision, while still managing to be downright catchy in it's simplicity and anthemic quality. Time Has Gone rages by in a brief 15 and a half minutes, and it's the perfect amount of time for the band to get straight to the point and go straight for the throat. Highly recommended for fans of any of the aforementioned bands and all fans of raw and uncompromising hardcore. You can check out a full stream below courtesy of the Bad Teeth Recordings bandcamp, and physical copies of the LP are available via the Bad Teeth Bigcartel which you can find HERE.