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Thursday, 17 August 2017


GenresPunk / Rock / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Experimental Hardcore / Post-Metal / Alternative
Related artistsRinoa, Ancients, *Shels, Fireapple Red, March Of The Raptors and Devil Sold His Soul.
CountryLondon ENGLAND
Years Active1997-2003
Song: "California"
Album: "Bythewaters"
Year: 2001
For fans ofDeftones, Moving Mountains, Finch, Hopesfall, In Reverent Fear, La Parade, Chore, Endor, Inkling, Codeseven, Rinoa, Will Haven, Tool, Alexisonfire, Envy, Jude The Obscure, We Never Learned To LivePoison The Well, Recover, This Day ForwardThe Solo ProjectLyed, (early) Saosin and Glassjaw.
Label(s): Self Released / Shelsmusic
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #6.
You can download: the August 2017 Mix#8 right here or get the new September 2017 Mix#9 here.

The only reason I have any idea who MAHUMODO was is because in December of 2016 I reviewed the band Rinoa and was told this band shared members and was great. Yep. And yep. There's some cheese here not present in Rinoa, but considering pretty much of all their recordings were done between 2000 and 2002 (and compiled on 'Waves' in 2003, again in 2007 and finally on 12" in 2013) so it's not too surprising. I've never actually jammed any of the old EPs as I was sent the 2007 edition of 'Waves' which didn't have some of the early/heavier material. The new 10-year anniversary edition of 'Waves' includes some additional tracks so I'll do a run through of that release as it is streaming in full on their bandcamp page linked here.

"April's" is a beautifully balanced post-hardcore/melodic metalcore song that gathers the soft and pretty as well as the screamy and chugging sections from both ends of the spectrum and mashes them together. The 40-second intro is driving as hell and transitions well into the fluid and lush vocals that carry the song, although the breakdown and subsequent screaming at 1:52 take the cake. "Withme" isn't far from the opener, but the focus here is on melody for the first two and a half minutes before the few seconds of shred creeps in toward the end of the track. "*Waves" is a smooth concoction of the soft and heavy that teeters back and forth, sounding like Deftones, Moving Mountains, Endor and Codeseven with an ending that commits fully to violence from 3:47 to 4:35. "4" is pretty much a 1:25 acoustic guitar interlude, while "California" is much like "April's" and "*Waves", as it straddles that line yet again between serenading and crushing. 46 seconds in and the searing screams will get your attention, no doubt, and when the song lays back into Hopesfall/Poison The Well territory amidst the scorching sections you'll be keen to recline and relax, nestled between your headphones. "Herparadise" is a 6:33 trek through all things MAHUMODO, especially the dreamy post-hardcore instrumentals coupled with angelic singing as well as a sinister and dark closing. "Bythewaters" isn't far removed from the preceding track, as the band opts for massive, heaving and melodic post-hardcore sprinkled with atmospheric rock, but this track sheds the screaming and instead delves solely into soaring singing with little to no lyrics, it's just all melody, baby. "Orchids" (the rerecorded 2003 version) and "Shine" (also recorded in 2003), are the heaviest and most venomous songs that the band ever laid down. They both really have a Finch, Deftones, In Reverent Fear and even early Hopesfall feel as the vocals have that shrieky and pitchy feel to them, with the instrumentals bordering on metalcore most of the time.



2000 - Shels cdrEP

2001 - Bythewaters cdrEP

2002 - April's cdrEP

2003 - Waves cd/12"LP (stream/buy here)


(2003) MAHUMODO - "*Waves" (from 'Waves')

(2003) MAHUMODO - "Shine" (from 'Waves')

(2002) MAHUMODO - "April's" (from 'April's') official music video

(2001) MAHUMODO - "California" (from 'Bythewaters')

(2000) MAHUMODO - "Orchids" (from 'Shels')


MAHUMODO additional links


Tuesday, 15 August 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore/ Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Thrash / Grindcore
Related artists?.
CountryBaltimore, Maryland U.S.A.
Years Active2008-2010
Song: "318"
Album: "FUCK"
Year: 20
For fans ofThumbscrew, Oktober Skyline, Vein, Tyranny Of Shaw, Clancy Six, Enkephalin, Euth, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Machina Genova, Letters In Binary, Owen Hart, Crestfallen, Phoenix Bodies, Hive Mind, Ed Gein, .gif from god, Advocate, Tentacles, Anger Is Beautiful, Kelut, Arkata, (early) Back When, Converge, Bury Me Standing, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, The Great Redneck Hope, Harlots, (early) Examination Of The..., (early) From A Second Story Window, The Sawtooth Grin, Secondgradeknifefight, Hospital, Weak Wrists, Aureole Of Ash, The Armed, Malevich, Norma Jean, The Chariot, Robinson, Textbook Traitors, Flesh Born, (very early) The Bled and Worst Days aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Ignite Records
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the August 2017 Mix#8 right here or get the new September 2017 Mix#9 here.

Kyle Stevens linked me to the 'FUCK' EP on Bandcamp probably two to three years back and I only just got my head out of my ass and jammed it. Dear lord of science, this shit is fucking bananas. Remember Thumbscrew? No? Well, KISS THE SKY GOODBYE plays a style much akin to that extreme band, which is to say they play frightful mathcore, metalcore and emo-violence. Existing from 2008 to 2010 in Baltimore and running into a few lineup changes near the end of their short career, the material left behind surely influenced many.

In 2007 (officially it came out December 31st) they dropped a two-song debut which is, simply put, amazing. "My Brother" opens the 'Demo' and good lordy is this song fantastic. The staple metalcore/panic sections are in abundance, to the point at 55 seconds when a riff occurs that must have been studied by SeeYouSpaceCowboy as well as Black Nail, .gif from god and Letters To Catalonia because they all share a striking amount of sick similarities. The breakdowns during the final 20 seconds are prodigious and imposing which make this track one of the band's best, and it's from a goddamn demo! The second track is titled "The Poacher." and is decent but doesn't hold it's own against the opener.

In 2009 the band released their best release, the five tracks that are the 'FUCK' EP. This thing is downright evil. With spastic changes in direction, venomous shrieks, menacing speed and ferocious drumming, KISS THE SKY GOODBYE created what I consider to be one of the best chaotic metal/math-core records I've ever heard. Likely influenced heavily by Thumbscrew, Love Lost But Not Forgotten and early From A Second Story Window, the maniacal bursts of noise are all violence and without a moment's peace. Opener "Handless" seems to have begun a second before the song actually begins, as the screaming and batshit crazy drumming come straight in before you even know what's happening. By 21 seconds the first, very quick breakdown occurs and is rather reminiscent of The Great Redneck Hope, Letters In Binary and early Ed Gein so by 40 seconds the song is over. My personal favourite is next, the fucking insane "318". This thing is all over the place, with some of the best in speedy drums that I've ever heard. After 1:10 the guitars and bass take a slight breather as the drums continue to spiral out of control until 1:30 when an absolutely massive breakdown takes us to the penultimate riff of "dah-nah-nuh" that repeats itself from 1:43 until the bass utterly breaks the song apart at 2:08. Title track "Fuck" follows smack dab in the middle of the EP and in 2:22 it does more of the same. "I Can't Recall" tries to walk a tight rope between their regular style and more straightforward punk/hardcore, but it ends up being the weakest song on the EP. The finale "Oh, How I Hate This Place" manages to squeak in the lone, slower, relatively chill instrumental interlude after its initial pandemonium.

Apparently in 2010 KISS THE SKY GOODBYE reformed and was able to record but a single, titled "Covering the Majority" which is meh. The vocals and production are noticeably inferior but that doesn't stop the first minute from running amok before settling down into a slightly softer, breakdown laden second half. Seriously the guitars on the latter half of this track are great and include some noodley, mathy stuff that help anchor down the chaos.



2007 - Demo EP (stream/download here)

2009 - Fuck EP (stream/download here)

2010 - Thank You, Joe single (stream/download here)


(2007) KISS IT GOODBYE - "My Brother" (from 'Demo')

(2009) KISS IT GOODBYE - "318" (from 'Fuck')

(2009) KISS IT GOODBYE - "Handless" (from 'Fuck')

(2009) KISS IT GOODBYE - "Oh, How I Hate This Place" (from 'Fuck')

(2010) KISS IT GOODBYE - "Covering the Majority" (from 'Thank You, Joe')


KISS IT GOODBYE additional links


Sunday, 13 August 2017


GenresPunk / Rock / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountrySpokane, Washington U.S.A.
Years Active2003-2005
Song: "He Might At Least Let Her Have Tea In Peace"
Album: "My Life With The Spaniard"
Year: 2004
For fans ofArches, Cease Upon The Capitol, Sinaloa, Dolcim, Subjects/Rulers, The Sky Above And Earth Below, Eyes Of Verotika, Caught In The Fall, Ten Grand, Altar Of Complaints, Rickyfitts, Drive Like Jehu, Creepozoidz, D'Amore, Hugs, La Mantra De Fhiqria, Adaje, Light The Fuse And Run, Descubriendo A Mr. MimePortrëit, Jiyuna and Flashbulb Memory aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download: the August 2017 Mix#8 right here or get the new September 2017 Mix#9 here.

I don't even remember how I first heard about MY LIFE WITH THE SPANIARD, but they played awkward and angular, slightly akimbo, driving screamo from Spokane.

On the 'Demo there are some questionable melodies here and there and a few ill-advised transitions but generally it's an interesting listen to raw, passionate and broad stroke at screamo with definite glimpses into their near future. The last quarter of "The Smallest Horse From a Distance" has an excellent ending that really brings to mind Cease Upon The Capitol. "45 Love" experiments with poppy elements as well as metalcore, clean singing and gang vocals, none of which turn out that well. "They Start The Day With Coffee And The Paper" is the last song here and boasts some Bright Calm Blue love that I've gotta get behind, with touches of heavier screams ala Arches and Portrëit.

Is isn't until 2004's 'My Life With The Spaniard' when the real sound and awesomeness of the band is released. Gone are the poppy elements and attempts at heavy, growly nonsense. Instead they beautifully capture a melodic mix of chaotic hardcore and the emo/screamo genres, with the most apt comparison being Arches, Cease Upon The Capitol and Sinaloa. "He Might at Least Let Her Have Tea in Peace" is my personal favourite, especially the unreal section from 1:28 to 2:08 with soaring guitars and a driving , unstable core, but every track is great it its own way. I love the vocals, most of all. You can't get away from the Arches, Portrëit and Matt from Cease Upon The Capitol, Dolcim and Subjects/Rulers sound which is rarely replicated, whether it be on purpose or not. "Condoms Mixed in With the Action Figures" reminds me of Sinaloa while "Jesus Christ, Hero Number One Hundred and Twenty Three" and "They Start the Day With Coffee and the Paper" (rerecorded from the 'Demo') have some serious Creepozoidz and D'Amore going on, with the latter getting its math on during the screamy parts.

The progression from 2003 to 2004 was big, but that from 2004 to 2005 was minimal, likely because MY LIFE WITH THE SPANIARD had found their niche and sound. The opening track "Light On Story, Heavy On Gory" bangs out a killer Hugs-esque bass riff right from the get-go and after some rump shaking it transitions nicely into typical and highly enjoyable MY LIFE WITH THE SPANIARD screamo that they eventually layer with dual vocals, sounding akin to La Mantra De Fhiqria. The disjointed and screamy "Whenever the Genie is Around, Pleasure is Involved" is probably the best song here, but it is just that, a bit of a clusterfuck that ends up coming together even though it kind of doesn't. Huh? I dunno. "Aslan on the Move" has some guitar squealing going on which wasn't expected and doesn't play out as well as the rest. "The Great Outdoors, a Beautiful Woman, Plenty of Food, and Fire Ants" begins super chill and in general is more indie rock and emo than screamo until almost the three minute mark when we get back to playful, noodley screamy jams. Closer "Fuck Future" is another mathy song that includes a lot of great instrumental work and screamy vocals and closes with an audio sample.


Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2003 - Demo 7"EP

2004 - My Life With The Spaniard EP

2005 - Eahs cdEP


(2005) MY LIFE WITH THE SPANIARD - "Fuck Future" (from 'Eahs')

(2005) MY LIFE WITH THE SPANIARD - "Whenever the Genie is Around, Pleasure is Involved" (from 'Eahs')

(2004) MY LIFE WITH THE SPANIARD - "He Might at Least Let Her Have Tea in Peace" (from 'My Life With The Spaniard')

(2004) MY LIFE WITH THE SPANIARD - "Condoms Mixed in With the Action Figures" (from 'My Life With The Spaniard')

(2003) MY LIFE WITH THE SPANIARD - "They Start The Day With Coffee And The Paper" (from 'Demo')


MY LIFE AS WITH THE SPANIARD out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)


Wednesday, 9 August 2017


Show #2 / Saturday June 3rd, 2017


It's been over two months since this show happened and my wife and I often reminisce about it and the fest in general. The final night was just as amazing as the nights that preceded it (Pre-Show here and Day 1 here) and I was able to say goodbye to many of my good friends. There were a lot of people there, all of whom were enthusiastic and excited for the bands, perhaps none more than myself, as I hadn't seen People's Temple Project in years, What Of Us always destroys and I'd never witnessed the awesomeness that is Crowning. No bands disappointed and the air in D-Beatstro was filled with love. Goddammit Toronto, I'm seriously going to miss you. In fact, being here in New Zealand, I miss you tons already. I feel the need to thank my good friends in Foxmoulder for supporting everything I've done with the blog and the label, as well as the fellas in The World That Summer for putting up with me and playing some really fun music together. We've bonded in special ways and I will never forget it. This is my official online goodbye, Canada. I love you. I miss you. But I'm not coming back.

You can also find a plethora of phenomenally filmed videos by Brandon Douglas who also tapped into the mixer with vocals for videos that sound much better than the ones I filmed. I have linked his videos as *BD* after my videos.

From Toronto, FRAERA has been releasing two new songs every few months or so in the vein of Circle Takes The Square and Saetia, nicely incorporating post-hardcore and the odd non-screamo vocals amidst their generally raw and abrasive screamy and dreamy hardcore. The quartet has but a single guitarist yet three fourths of the band lend their vocal abilities, giving them a balanced and far reaching sound. There are spoken word, as well as yelled, screamed and even shrieked vocals. Although they are quite new, they have shown that they do excellent debuts and both sets I’ve seen them play have been quite engaging. Keep it up, FRAERA, and thanks for playing!
Links to songs: *2**BD1* / *BD2*


In 2016 I played in Rhode Island, Providence in the U.S.A. alongside the amazing Weak Teeth and opener Districts. After around five years, in early in 2016, Districts acquired my brother from another mother #2 aka Mike Van Buren who had recently moved to the area to take over vocal duties instead of Jake and the others sharing them around. The show we played together was one of their last under the Districts moniker, as they quickly renamed the band LESSENER. Since then they have already recorded a 12”EP that I’ve jammed at least 20 times. This 12” should be out by the end of 2017 and is fucking awesome, and Zegema Beach Records will help release it. The band plays screamo with post-hardcore leanings and employs three vocalists, ending up sounding somewhere between Daitro and Young Mountain. I was pretty bummed that I was watching the door for the beginning of their set and missed their Jeromes Dream cover. I did get three new songs, including the stupendous “Shape Of Heart, Shape Of Human” which I’ve embedded below. Note the guitarist at the forefront screaming along with almost 50% of the vocals, at one point which Mike sees and pulls him close for some very intimate dualies in “Our Form Of Closure”.
Links to songs: "Our Form Of Closure" / *2**BD1* / *BD2*
Buy: patch / Jeromes Dream comp


I first met the boys of PTP back in the summer of 2015 when мятеж toured with them across 8 or 9 dates around the mid-eastern U.S. and we formed a strong bond (we also released a split 7" together, linked here). It was a no brainer to invite my first touring buds to play and I was shocked and stoked when they said they were game, as they ended up coming all the way from New York to play the final day of ZBR Fest. Opting for almost all new material, they played songs from their upcoming 12” split with Sleeper Wave, their 5” lathe and a single song from their self-titled demo tape. Almost as good as their full set (which I captured and have embedded below) was the time that my wife and I got to spend with them while at the venue. Mad. Fucking. Chills. And a whole hell of a lot of laughter. If the first song in the video below doesn’t get your screamy hardcore soul excited as fuck you’re probably on the wrong blog, cuz that shit is nuts. Since our tour together they wrangled a fourth member to play bass and the sound is thicker and fuller than ever. The bassist offers up some additional vocals which include some melodic, clean singing that fits beautifully. Easily one of my favourite screamo bands, PTP has killed it on every recording and slay live so if you get the chance you should jump on it! I’ve also got their ‘Empathy’ tape comp as well as the мятеж/PTP split 7” in stock which are linked below.
Buy: 7" split / tape comp / sticker


Let’s get real really quick, here - I fucking looooooove CROWNING. After hearing the Chicagonians previous outfit Pregnancy Pact I was pretty stoked, only to hear a week after they sent me their debut that they were breaking up. Justin (drums/vocals) did give me an indication that their new band would be similar and heavier, but nothing could have prepared me for the 5-song EP that CROWNING sent me to help premiere in late 2016. I wrote Justin back promptly and stated that I was in love with the ‘Funeral Designs’ EP and wanted to put it out on tape, because it was much more worthy than a digital-only release. At ZBR Fest CROWNING played ‘Funeral Designs’ in its entirety as well as two brand-spankin’ new songs that tore me a new one. Their dark, intricate and multi-vocal approach to screamo isn’t far removed from Loma Prieta, Youth Funeral and Улыбайся Ветру so you know it’s gonna rip. Not only that, but CROWNING recently added James, the vocalist of Itto, as their primary vocalist, so all future recordings are likely to be even better…which I’m not even sure is possible. Be sure to watch the end of this full set I’ve stuck below (which is rather unstable as I’m swaying/headbanging along to the whole thing) because the end of the title track “Funeral Designs” was given a .gif from god/Letters To Catalonia/Black Nail-esque final breakdown, including an additional, slower and even more sinister sounding conclusion that is not on the recorded version. This was one of my personal highlights of the entire Fest. Thank you, literally a million times, to Justin, Dave, Myles and Vanessa. Oh, Vanessa also did an alternate show poster for this night that I have a few copies left of and are linked below along with pins, stickers, shirts and their debut cassette which will sell out soon!
Buy: tape / sticker / pin / t-shirt / alternate show poster


Weow, I really do have a whole lotta love to dish out here. WHAT OF US consists of four beautiful people by the names of Eric, Tom, Eric and Ross who absolutely lay waste to anyone in the surrounding area. These New Jerseynites have played in a ton of bands including (more recently) Weather Lore, The Saddest Landscape, Capacities, Black Kites and Hell Mary and their screamy hardcore blasts generally last between one and three minutes with little-to-no time to catch a breath, let alone maintain a straight thought other than, “goddamn this kicks ass”. I first witnessed them on the 2016 мятеж tour in New Jersey with Coma Regalia and Massa Nera, which happened to be the best set I encountered during the entire trip and I’ve linked for ya right heeya. On this night they blasted through a 15-20 minute set that had everyone in the room mesmerized. In fact, the drummer in the band that I was playing in came up to me and made the observation, “Dude, how are we supposed to follow that?” Too true, Jesse. Too true. WHAT OF US have an incredible split 12”LP out with Coma Regalia as well as a new 7”EP with friends of Zegema Beach Records (aka we released the demo, linked here) from Indiana, Hive Mind. Without a doubt one of the most cathartic, intense and socially/politically minded bands around. If you have the chance be sure not miss out!
Links to songs: *2* / *3* / *4* / *5**BD*
Buy: 12" split / 7" split


This was my final show with THE WORLD THAT SUMMER. It was incredible and it was saddening. Our drummer Jesse chose some very choice Starship Troopers audio clips which I am eternally grateful for and helped ease my closure with the band, as they are still in Canada and I am here in New Zealand now. I believe our set list was “The Standard Gravity of Impending Doom”, “No Hugs For Lucas”, “Voltron Division”, “Swine Dialect Incantation”, “Moth Volcano” and “Le Fin et le Non le Fin”. I can’t really attest to how good or bad it all sounded or what bands we sound like, but I am well aware that we played a volatile mixture of post-hardcore and post-metal with some songs coming across quick and violent while others were drawn out, dreamy and screamy jams. A few quick notes: I wore my original Zegema Beach Records shirt (or as it appears on the shirt, “Beach Zegema”), Jesse smashes his finger at the end of the final song and I puked my guts out whilst hanging out with Truke and Lilley outside the venue. It was a very surreal experience and I truly cherish the time I had with my friends creating and playing, what I feel, are some pretty sweet tunes. THE WORLD THAT SUMMER is currently on hiatus as the remaining members figure out if they will continue, get new members or just jump ship to whatever offspring slides out next. Whatever the decision, I wish them all the best. Oh, it should be noted that “Voltron Division” and “Le Fin et le Non le Fin” have not been recorded and therefore may or may not end up getting released in the future. If not, I will attempt to release some kind of retrospective with our other unrecorded songs via live takes and practice sessions, as we also have “2028”, “The Cells Infuckingside Me” and “Wretched Portals” that never ended up making the cut. 
Links to songs: The Standard Gravity of Impending Doom” / “Voltron Division” *BD1* / *BD2*
Buy: 2x12" split / 10" split / tape split / cd / t-shirt / stickers


As I begin to write this I realize that I don't have the language to put into words how I feel about FOXMOULDER, especially considering just a few hours ago I read about their impending dissolution. Well, here goes. When I first started attending shows in Toronto in 2013 I met a ton of amazing people, most of whom have receded into the world outside of punk, hardcore and screamo. The ones that stuck around and continued helping bands by booking shows seemed to end up playing in FOXMOULDER. Em, Rohan, Matt, Peter, Darren and Travis are awesome people that helped myself and Zegema Beach Records find our Canadian footing. We helped release their 7"EP, split 5" and split 12", all of which I feel helped lay the foundation for ZBR. Those folks are also beautiful people whose motivation and intentions are for the scene and being as inclusive as possible within said scene. They are, without a doubt, the most important Toronto band that I have come across in my five years of covering the happenings in Ontario. This night's set was my last time seeing the band, although at that moment I had no idea that FOXMOULDER would cease to be an entity just a few months later. They played all their bangers as well as two new tunes ("Gift Horse" and "Consequences") and it was glorious. I think I caught every song but may have missed one due to battery deadness, hence the switch up between proper camera and cellphone camera with the linked videos below. Their honest, passionate, cathartic and downright killer music/sets will never be forgotten, as they will always be a beacon of positivity and hope for myself and the Toronto scene in general, I would reckon. Just check out "Tempered Ill" below to see everyone go absolutely apeshit, and/or watch "Ascent" linked above where Em officially comes out as a trans person. <3 Screamy. Political. Social. Gender awareness. Regret. Honesty. Anger. Love. Acceptance. FOXMOULDER, my friends and my inspiration.
Links to songs: "Shame" / "Havelock" / "Gift Horse + Increments" / "Antrim" / "Consequences" / *BD*
Buy: 12" split / 7" / 5" split

FOXMOULDER show reviews:

August 7th, 2014: w/United Nations & Black Clouds

August 17th, 2014: Skramden Yards final show w/Capacities & Blackbelt

December 5th, 2014: w/Lonely Animals, Terry Green & Woodlouse

April 4th, 2015: w/Locktender, Shahman & Woodlouse

August 6th, 2015: w/Lord Snow, Joliette, Life In Vacuum & La Luna

January 9th, 2016: w/Hiera, Terry Green & Nanette

April 29th, 2016: w/The World That Summer, Sarin & Terry Green

September 21st, 2016: w/Eyelet, The World That Summer & Wimp City

April 15th, 2017: w/Commuovere, Respire, La Luna & Fraera


Em (vocals) video interview

Monday, 7 August 2017


GenresPunk / Post-Punk / Rock / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo
Related artistsMy Soundtracked Life and Apanhador Só.
CountryPorto Alegre, RS Brazil
Years Active2009-2016
Song: "Don Copal or the Department of Death"
Album: "The Campbell Trio Sings the Blues"
Year: 2011
For fans ofLife In Vacuum, Drive Like JehuNorth Of America, Terry Green, The Holy Shroud, Animal Faces, Desiderata, Dream Caste, Christiansen, Hot Cross, At The Drive In, Cantilever, Encrypt Manuscript, Refused, For The Mathematics, Thursday, Beast Jesus, Frodus, I Am Alaska, Sweetheart, Gaff, Secret Arms, Serotonin, Polina, Creepozoidz and Daniel Striped Tiger aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / OverAllRex / Amendment Records / Ediciones Incendiaries / Discos Podridos / Boiler Room Recordings / Subterránea Records / Sad Punk
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the August 2017 Mix#8 right here or get the new September 2017 Mix#9 here.

Daniel G. Wilson has been a recurring and important person in my life since I started doing things with Zegema Beach Records. After interviewing me nearly four or five years ago (linked here) he also put on a release show for a band I played in (linked here). He has also been instrumental in getting me into new bands. He quickly showed me The Love And Terror Cult right after our interview and more recently introduced me to a band named CAMPBELL TRIO from Brazil. CAMPBELL TRIO seem like a shrine to Bruce Campbell (their page is named "The Bruce Campbell Punk Rock Trio's Appreciation Page") as well as sassy, mathy, emo/rock not unlike North Of America, Life In VacuumAt The Drive In and Drive Like Jehu. Let's get started, shall we?

In 2011, two or so years after their formation, they released the unreal 'The Campbell Trio Sings the Blues' EP via OverAllRex, Sad Punk and Subterránea Records on cd. Like all CAMPBELL TRIO releases, the production and sound on this recording are flawless and really showcase how the three members can weave intricate and powerful rock, emo and hardcore. Following an instrumental and relatively uninteresting intro track is the band's crowning achievement, "Don Copal or the Department of Death". This song is the mad notes and it is one of the closest things to The Holy Shroud meets Drive Like Jehu that I've ever heard. Starting with one funky-ass bassline, the song sways and cuts until 30 seconds when that ridiculous start/stop breakdown chorus with sexy palm-mutes grabs you by the neck for 15 seconds and then slides nicely into more awesome bass riffs. Then there's the midsection that sounds like 90s emo and slowly climbs back into righteousness at 1:44 with some fantastic sing along of "come in / don't be afraid". It then circles around again to that bombastic chorus at the end. "I in Us, a Love Letter" and "Salvador Limones' Lost Souls Alliance" are good tracks, with swaying, driving emo to Drive Like Jehu worship. "Ehnay / And I, End I" is another of my favourites on this 7-song EP, as I include the secret track. The aforementioned banger dips into some likely, late-Frodus influence while "Y's" includes some seriously punchy stop/starts that don't quite reach the definition of breakdown, and instead more of a mathy palm mute in the vein of math/skate geniuses Choke.

An extension from the EP and most likely recorded in the same session, their offering on 'Quad' is titled "Bebop (or The Instability of the Downbeat)" begins with jazz radio intro that delves full-force into dancey post-hardcore, flaunting melodies and speed that many bands couldn't pull off after a decade of working together.

Quite recently CAMPBELL TRIO threw five songs on a '3-Way' split with Zat and Quiebre. They open with "Weekend at the Park" which showcases a fair amount of melodic, clean vocals but doesn't abandon the aggressive, pumping and still screamy core that is CAMPBELL TRIO. "Pariah" draws blood quickly but continues to inject that dancey vibe that Life In Vacuum is now known for, with shouted vocals that generally hover between sassy crooning and screaming. "A Reminder" is the shortest and most aggressive song the band ever released as in a mere 1:22 they blast through a dense and intense take on hardcore. "All Our Nine Elevens" is the most drawn out and perhaps the most driving/building of all the CAMPBELL TRIO songs. It opens with the first half in indie rock/post-hardcore territory using clean vocals and somber, Fugazi-esque instrumentals led primarily by the bass and eventually adopts the typical and awesome CAMPBELL TRIO sound after 3:26 and kicks some serious ass.

I'm not sure if CAMPBELL TRIO is still active but I hope to hell they are cuz they rock me good.



2011 - The Campbell Trio Sings the Blues EP (stream/donate/download here)

2012 - Quad 4-way split cdEP [w/Goddard, Motel Mattress & Debate] (stream/donate/download here)

2015 - 3-Way split 12"LP [w/Zat & Quiebre] (stream/donate/download here)


(2011) CAMPBELL TRIO - "Don Copal or the Department of Death" (from 'The Campbell Trio Sings the Blues')

(2011) CAMPBELL TRIO - "Y's" (from 'The Campbell Trio Sings the Blues')

(2011) CAMPBELL TRIO - "Ehnay - And I, End I" (from 'The Campbell Trio Sings the Blues')

(2012) CAMPBELL TRIO - "Bebop (or The Instability of the Downbeat)" (from 'Quad')

(2015) CAMPBELL TRIO - "A Reminder" (from '3-Way' split)

(2015) CAMPBELL TRIO - "Pariah" (from '3-Way' split)

(2012) CAMPBELL TRIO - "Salvador Limones" live video

(2014) CAMPBELL TRIO - Full Set live video


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