Sunday 18 February 2024

HAUZU

BandHAUZU
For fans ofLiving Conditions, Crossed, Majority Rule, Basque, Binary, Infant Island, and Portrayal Of Guilt.
GenresPunk / Post-hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Post-rock
Related artistsBubble Scary and Dialog Talk.
CountryMassachusetts U.S.A.
Years Active2023-present
Label(s): Self Released

      This debut EP was released just yesterday (February 17th, 2024) and after a few seconds of the opening track I was sold. The three-piece hail from Massachusetts and play a mixture of many styles but there's definitely some Living Conditions and Portrayal Of Guilt, but with much more diversity as well as (somehow the opposite) attention to linear structure. That is to say, blackened screamo with hints of post-rock and other frills. Their four-song, self-titled debut is truly remarkable, especially considering this is the guitarist/vocalist's first band. Another remarkable thing is that this band seems to be birthed from the ashes of said member's deployment in Iraq, and subsequent awareness and distrust in a broken system run by broken people profiting from breaking the poorest of people.

     'Hauzu's opener "Ceaseless Wavering" goes for the jugular with a quick instrumental build and intense screaming, only to taper off and showcase a knack for finding space and filling it with minimal/sparse notes, helping elevate the heavier moments, to which we return again as the song plays out. Oh and that awesome guitar riff at 3:20 is just icing on the cake. "My Head Beneath the Waves" is the shortest song by far and obviously gets to the essentials more directly than the others, with a devastating bass riff (quick nod to Crossed) that permeates the entire song, forcing it to be a sludgy, noisy romp through its 1:41 runtime. "Forgettable Noise" takes a similar route to the first track in terms of it having a bunch of parts and navigating through them very efficiently, which further generates my engagement. Lotsa groove and restraint on this one. Picking up right where track three ends, closer and absolute behemoth "Little Shells" clocks in at 8:24 with a slow, jazzy, almost lounge-esque intro that creates a dark and somber mood. Once all the instrumentals meet up and kick in to a higher gear you just know the band is taking us on one helluva journey, one that I won't belittle with a lengthy description, but instead invite you to let it envelop you and make your own decision. Or I'm lazy. Either way!

     It should also be noted that Will K. from Dead Air Studios recorded, mixed, and mastered this beast, and also that the band has more material comin'! Very stoked on this new project.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2024 - Hauzu digital EP (stream/buy here)

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(2024) HAUZU - "Little Shells" (from 'Hauzu')

(2024) HAUZU - "Forgettable Noise" (from 'Hauzu')

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Thursday 15 February 2024

*** PODCAST #145 Hanoi Traffic ***


     Since helping release 'Kids With No Style' I've been following Australia's HANOI TRAFFIC intently. Just last week the band released their brand new EP 'towards an end' and it ripped me a new one. Check that shit out, and then come back here and listen to this podcast that discusses the journey that took the three-piece there. Here are a few things discussed in this podcast: Circle Takes The Square forums...again!, band name origin, channeling Salt Money, release schedule lecture from Dave, the new album, Japanese screamo, dodgeball snare, albums of the year, the upcoming tour, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Freezer, Garry Brents, Isolate, Mouse Fitzgerald, Nitro Mega Prayer, and Tim Reaper & the Comfort Zone. Listen to podcast #145 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

OFFICIAL SITE


1 Australian Screamo Recycling Plant
FREEZER "wife" (Isaac)
MOUSE FITZGERALD "The Buildabear Group" (Dave)

The Change-Up
TIM REAPER & THE COMFORT ZONE "All the Time" (Matt)
GARRY BRENTS "Fortress Breaker" (Dave)

3 2024 Tour and Bok Suna Love
NITRO MEGA PRAYER "Shinjita Sekai" (Shawn)
ISOLATE "clamor against..." (Dave)

~Dave


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Tuesday 13 February 2024

*** ONEWAYMIRROR + GXLLIUM! exclusive song premiere ***

ONEWAYMIRROR + GXLLIUM!
"Let's Make the Most of This"
+
"If Hector Was a Beaver"
exclusive song premieres

For fans of
Love Lost But Not Forgotten, In Loving Memory.gif from god and Hayworth

orders open February 26th

     If you're in the screamo-know, then you are probably already familiar with west coast bands GXLLIUM! and ONEWAYMIRROR whom each released a debut full length in late 2023, and both of which reached the Daves Best of 2023 list. A mere six weeks ago the bands reached out letting me know they had a new split in the works that would end up on cdr and if Zegema Beach Records wanted to be involved. Without hearing a single second of material I jumped all over it and agreed. A few days back I got the masters and just shit all over my bedroom. Split of year? So far...hell yes. This thing is fucking exceptional, and from two young bands it just makes me ecstatic about the future of screamo.


(2024) ONEWAYMIRROR "Let's Make the Most of This" (from 'Gxllium!' split)
Following up on their sensational debut self-titled 12"LP, Onewaymirror's two songs are an extension of the full length and hit so fucking hard. This is the first of their two and their In Loving Memory and Love Lost But Not Forgotten influences are still apparent, but the band creates a space for themselves with a unique spin on it all, and being as young as they are it's mindboggling to think what might be coming out next. P.S. those last 45 seconds are god-tier.

(2024) GXLLIUM! "If Hector Was a Beaver" (from 'Onewaymirror' split)

Yo what the fuck. This split opener is absolutely bonkers! Jumping from their always fantastic chaotic destruction to their first real melody injection - and it comes in the form of the mad tapper before jumping back into the black hole that is Gxllium!!!! According to the band, this song is about the band's friend Hector losing their house.