Open Mind Saturated Brain

Open Mind Saturated Brain


Monday, 23 October 2017


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After being in New Zealand for just a few weeks, I knew I loved me some Tom. Tom McCone, that is. Tom is my bandmate in EMÖ LENDVAI (bass) and also plays in another band called RAINING. He's a well spoken and very gentle fella that also loves screaming music, as well as electronic, slowcore, emo, etc., many of which we discuss in this hour-long podcast, accompanied by my wife Lisa. Podcast #21 is broken into four parts, each approximately 15 minutes in length. You can stream and/or download each part or the entire thing for free on the OMSB Podcast bandcamp page linked right heeya.

RUHAEDA - "Onomatopiea" (Lisa)
PG.99 - "The Lonely Waltz of Leonard Cohen" (Tom)
60659-C - "Convenient" (Dave)

MIDWEST PEN PALS - "Movies Like Juno" (Tom)
JOLIETTE - "No Es In A Gadda Da Vida" (Lisa)

YOUTH FUNERAL - "Thought Archive" (Tom)
RUPTURES - "Arm Grafting" (Dave)
DUSTER - "Auto-Mobile" (Tom)

WELCOME THE PLAGUE YEAR - "Behold a Pale Horse" (Lisa)
THE ADVANTAGE - "Contra - Alien's Lair & Boss Music" (Dave)


PODCAST #21 linked here

EMÖ LENDVAI has our first show this Friday October 27th, 2017 @The Crown Hotel if you live in or around Dunedin, New Zealand. We sound something like this:

Sunday, 22 October 2017


GenresPunk / Rock / Hardcore / Nu-Metal / Alternative
Related artistsThe Minor Times. Ladder Devils, Ghost Away, The End Of Me Party, Person L, Blue Collar Underworld, Xiii pfp, Relapse, Olympic Day and Five Stars For Failure.
CountryPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.A.
Years Active1998-2001
Song: "Drawing Conclusions"
Album: "Miscommunication"
Year: 2001
For fans ofThe Minor Times, Glassjaw, Llynch, Finch, Codeseven, Deftones, Training For Utopia, Rinoa, The Uriah Omen, Spires and Endor.
Label(s): Double Down Records / Hex Records / Spoiled Records
This post's artist is from the October 2017 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the October 2017 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2017 Mix#11 here.

I couldn't for the life of me figure out where and why I purchased INKLING's 'Miscommunication' cdEP. I've come across it on my computer so many times and it wasn't until I sat down to write this review and did a bit of research that I made a startling discovery. The reason why I must have bought that cd is because all of the members (with the exception of the vocalist) went on to be in the The Minor Times! That is where our sound comparisons look and sound the best, with the heavy stuff sound like both bands from the Llynch/The Minor Times split 12"LP that is an overlooked gem. In the middle there is a Deftones and mid-era Codeseven going on with vocals. At worst they are cheesy, high school emo and nu-metal and take a page from the book of Incubus.

I'm not smitten over this band and I'm not interested in delving any further into finding their back catalogue. I did find the 'Minute' LP in full on youtube, which is embedded below, so I gave it a listen. Eh, it's okay. It's essentially Incubus and the Deftones chopped up and rolled together in a big, fat, screamy, hardcore and nu-metal stogie. It's okay, but is well past its prime and the constant fluctuations from enjoyable parts to cringe worthy sections gets a tad tedious. The 'Demo' tape isn't too different but has more of a Glassjaw feel to it, so the only thing holding me on to this review is The Minor Times correlation.

I'll quickly go through the 'Miscommunication' EP as that is the one I'm actually familiar with. Released in 2001 on Hex Records, opener "Drawing Conclusions" is very The Minor Times meet Codeseven and Endor, combining chaotic hardcore with only the slightest of weak tangents, with the section that starts around 45 seconds sounding just like the band's subsequent outfit. Next up is "Jenny", a cheesy, piano driven, all clean singing emo song with no payoff. "My Advice" gets things back on track and goes back to Deftones worship, keeping up with The Minor Times and Llynch sound but not climbing to the heights of the first track. "The Bad Apple Theory" is straight up Codeseven and Incubus worship and has some pretty decent singing amidst the heavier moments, while closer "The Happiest Place I Can Think Of" is another, whiny, slow jam that doesn't do anything positive for me.

I think the band reformed, if not for just a show, in 2012 as I found some live videos here and here. There's a better discography review than I did linked right here. Sorry about the "meh" review.



1998 - Demo cassetteEP

1999 - Minute cdLP

2000 - Charlie Brown Gets A Valentine split 7"EP

2001 - Miscommunication cdEP (download here)
2001 - The Bad Apple Theory/My Advice 7"EP


(2001) INKLING - "Drawing Conclusions" (from 'Miscommunication')

(2001) INKLING - "My Advice" (from 'Miscommunication')

(1999) INKLING - 'Minute' full album stream

(1998/2000) INKLING - 'Demo + Split' full albums stream


INKLING additional links

Miscommunication cdEP (download here)



Thursday, 19 October 2017

***CRY ME A RIVER / REPUBLIC OF DREAMS video interview + live review***

June 22nd/23rd/24th, 2017
Lars and Sabine. Two incredibly awesome people putting on one of the best festivals anywhere. The 18th installment in 2017 was one of which I was able to attend, initially because the project I "do" vocals for was supposed to play, but in the end I was there as a spectator whose jaw was filthy from being dropped on the floor so many times. Below is an exclusive video interview premiere with REPUBLIC OF DREAMS (members of Louise Cyphre, Tristan Tzara and Saligia) followed by every band that played Cry Me A River 2017. Enjoy.

exclusive video interview


Pre-Show + Day 1
AUREOLE OF ASH is the new band from Lars and Sabine of React With Protest Records, Cry Me A River Fest and Resurrectionists. Super screamy grind/emo-violence that goes full-speed, with no soft/post-hardcore bullshit and plenty of things to say. Bass not needed.
ffo: Tentacles, Cloud Rat and Resurrectionists
links to songs: *1* / *2* / *3* / pre-show videos → *4* / *5* / *6*


Day 1
This performance had my interest peaked, with most songs played at this fest recently released on the '7 Songs For the Apocalypse' tape. Check this out if you like driving, temperate screamo with a strong resemblance to both Wolves and Drive Like Jehu, with a bit of Queens Of The Stone Age robot rhythms thrown in for good measure.
ffo: Daniel Striped Tiger, The Rabbit Theory and Wolves
link to song: *2*
Recent EP premiere


Day 1
It was unreal to see SALIGIA in the flesh. They played pretty much all of the material I'm aware of, including that sick EP 'The New Innocence' released last year. The constant onslaught of crunchy and deep emo-violence employs two vocalists layering throat-wrenching screams. This band is pretty much the reincarnation of Resurrectionists, just without Sabine. One of my favourite sets of the fest, for sure. Sit and enjoy the entire 21 minutes by clicking on the youtube embed below.
ffo: Resurrectionists, Komarov and June Paik


Day 1
Playing dark and crusty hardcore punk was FINISTERRE, who finished off the first night with a bang. The sound of the videos is great but the lights were mostly out and it is kind of hard see any specifics, but they are definitely worth a watch. 
ffo: Ruined Families, Protestant and Remains Of The Day
link to song: *2*

Day 2
Opening day two were my friends in KOMAROV who were touring with Ostraca that I had previously met and seen in Zagreb, Croatia (videos/review linked here). They were good in Croatia, but they were fucking lit at CMAR. They spilled the beans and referenced Battle Of Wolf 359 as their primary inspiration and so much fell into place. If you like your screamo blackened, heavy as fuck and with three different vocalists...uhhhh, this.
ffo: Battle Of Wolf 359, Saligia and Ostraca
link to song: *1*


Day 2
Featuring the vocalist from Battle Of Wolf 359, SAVAGE REALM seemingly blew everyone away at the fest. This shit was heavy. Like, really fucking heavy. Unfortunately the only place I could get a decent view was next to the band and therefore behind the speakers, ultimately losing all of the vocals. I can't wait to hear more recordings cuz this was awesome.
ffo: Battle Of Wolf 359, Rorcal and Perth Express


Day 2
Probably the band I was most stoked to see was THE ROMANTIC WARRIORS. Wait, not probably - definitely. Their 10-minute set consisted of a few of my favourites as well as four new jams. Despite a patch chord issue the band blasted through their songs and had everyone jaw agape. Goddamn, those beautiful people can shred. An extra cool thing about the full set video posted below is the human wall that we made and which I was a part of at the bottom, all the while filming the set and our wall. In the off chance you didn't see the REPUBLIC OF DREAMS interview above it's linked below as well.
ffo: Louise Cyphre, The Apoplexy Twist Orchestra and Jeromes Dream


Day 2
I've seen OSTRACA a few times now, and this was my favourite performance. Maybe it was the atmosphere. Maybe it was the intensity. Maybe it was that my wife showed up halfway thru the set. But probably it was because Brian (guitar) was passed around like a human canoe during a huge breakdown. We all know and love OSTRACA so I'll skip the introduction, although I will point out that they are releasing a 4-way split 10" called 'Yarrow' later this year and recently did a video interview with OMSB which is linked below their entire set at CMAR. Oooooo baby.
ffo: City Of Caterpillar, Angel Eyes and Gillian Carter


Pre-show + Day 2
The final band of the night was CASSUS. After catching only their final song at the pre-show, I was stoked to see the set in its entirety. Hoooooooolllllly shit I wasn't even ready for it. That wasn't intense, it was hair-raising. It was a spectacle. It was incredibly moving, both physically and mentally. I can't fucking wait for new CASSUS, holy shit. They released 'This Is Dead Art; This Is Dead Time; But We May Still Live Yet' to much acclaim back in 2015. Watch their entire set below, including when the drummer and all of his set gets hoisted up in the air mid-song. It's a sight to see, goddamn.
ffo: Youth Funeral, Daighila and Kaospilot
pre-show video → *1*