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Sunday, 4 December 2016


GenresPunk / Rock / Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountryEdmonton, Alberta CANADA
Years Active2015-present
Song: "This Floating World"
Album: "3-Way split"
Year: 2016
For fans ofLa Luna, Bright Calm Blue, Pepi Rössler, La Dispute, Saetia, Shirokuma, Pluum, Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket, Cerce, Suffix, Terry Green, The Reptilian, To Dream Of Autumn and Trachimbrod aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Pint Sized Records / Too Far Gone Records / Rubaiyat Records / Never Better Records / Santapogue Media / Chainsaw To The Bass Records / Driftwood Tapes
This post's artist is from the November 2016 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the November 2016 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2016 Mix#12 here.

In early-mid 2015 I was contacted by a Canadian screamy emo band rooted in Edmonton, Alberta by the name of I HATE SEX about helping with their debut LP 'Circle Thinking'. I liked it, but wasn't blown away. Fast forward to a couple of months back and I was asked to premiere their '3-way split' with Black Knight Satellite and Algae Blooms (linked here) and after jamming the I HATE SEX track quite a few times I revisited the LP. My revelation was quick and simple - I HATE SEX is awesome. I then purchased the remaining material (a split with Low Level and two demo songs) and dropped the band on last month's mix.

I HATE SEX is a very interesting concoction of playful instrumentals that are never heavy, which balance the jarring and the bouncy as well as the jangly and the melodic, all with a driving, nervous foundation of screamy very well written vocals. There are also some excellent backup vocals that are very reminiscent of La Dispute, which are most notable in "One By Metallica" and also really carry the final half of the extremely chill "This Floating World".  "I Fucking Hate Sports" has a mad 80s vibe with those guitars and "Old New Girlfriend" begins like The Reptilian. "One By Metallica" is dancey as fuck from the get-go and I'd probably go ballistic to this tune live. "You + Me = Slipknot" is a dreamy trip that mixes passionate screams, prodigious bass and guitars from deep space into one of the best tracks on the record. "San Francisco" is another excellent song with a guitar tone that will seep into your unconsciousness which you should definitely check out, as I've embedded a live video of I HATE SEX ripping it up in Japan in this paragraph.

I asked vocalist Nicole if she would like to say a few words about the she did:

"There aren't enough words for our Japan Tour.  Everything about it was more than we expected. The people we met all through the country were amazing, everyone was so kind and hospitable. We toured with the Japanese band Ilill and Swedish band Shirokuma and their songs are still stuck in our heads. We fit 9 people in a 6 person cargo van, in +36 degree. We played 9 shows, in 7 different cities and towns. We ate mostly rice balls and curry - like i said there just isn't enough words to describe how fantastic this tour was, I think you just have to live it.

Since we returned from tour, we have been working hard at writing our new LP as well as putting out strong feelers for an EU tour this spring. The work never stops"



2014 - Demos cassetteEP (stream/buy here)

2015 - Circle Thinking cassette/12"LP (steam/buy here)
2015 - Low Level split cassetteEP (stream/buy here)

2016 - 3-Way split (w/Algae Blooms & Black Knight Satellite) cassetteEP (stream/buy here)


(2016) I HATE SEX - "This Floating World" (from '3-Way' split)

(2015) I HATE SEX - "You + Me = Slipknot" (from 'Circle Thinking')

(2015) I HATE SEX - "One By Metallica" (from 'Circle Thinking')

(2015) I HATE SEX - "San Francisco" (from 'Circle Thinking')

(2015) I HATE SEX - "Old New Girlfriend" (from 'Low Level' split)

(2015) I HATE SEX - "Sleep Paralysis" (from 'Demos')


I HATE SEX additional links


Friday, 2 December 2016


GenresPunk / Indie Rock / Math Rock / Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Grunge
Related artistsPitchfork, Hot Snakes, Back Of Cupids, Stacatto Reads, The Night Marchers, aMiniature, First Offense, Night Soil Man, Crash Worship, Obits, Physics, Sultans and Rocket From The Crypt.
CountrySan Diego, California USA
Years Active1990-1995
Song: "Caress"
Album: "Drive Like Jehu"
Year: 1991
For fans ofFrodus, Slint, Rye Coalition, Fugazi, Hoover, Secret Smoker, Rites Of Spring, Panthers, Teenage Swoon, JR Ewing, Refused, Trapdoor Fucking Exit, Poledo, Shellac, Nation Of Ulysses, Quicksand, Nirvana, Sleepytime Trio, Four Hundred Years, The Exploder, Maximillian Colby and Indian Summer.
Label(s): Swami Records / Interscope Records / Headhunter Records / Cargo Records / Merge Records
This post's artist is from the November 2016 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the November 2016 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2016 Mix#12 here.

Let's be real here. I shouldn't be writing this review. Sure, I understand that DRIVE LIKE JEHU was a seminal punk/hardcore/emo band. Yes, I thoroughly enjoy DRIVE LIKE JEHU's musical output. Buuuuut, I didn't even hear DRIVE LIKE JEHU until about 2008 and even now I feel very uneducated regarding the band, their history as well as their releases. Therefore, this will be very bare bones and generally uninformative but I'll give you the quick Daverview (that's a Dave Overview, for those of you who don't love to mash words together).

Starting in way back in 1990, DRIVE LIKE JEHU released their demo cd that same year, housing four songs of spastic, screamy rock not unlike Sleepytime Trio, Four Hundred Years and The Expoder, all of which showed up on their 1991 debut full length LP 'Drive Like Jehu'. This first LP is amazing considering it is from way back in the early 90s. The self titled still holds up real well, but it's the final 1994 record 'Yank Crime' that is my personal favourite and most noteworthy release by the band. Originally put out on Interscope, this album was insanely influential as it perfectly mixed punk, alternative/indie rock, post-hardcore, grunge and mathy emo. A few years later the record was rereleased under the band's record label Shwami Records and tacked on the 1992 releases of the 7" with the songs "Bullet Train to Vegas" and "Hand Over Fist" as well as the compilation track called "Sinews". The 7" is pretty damn awesome, as it opens with "Bullet Train to Vegas", possibly the heaviest DRIVE LIKE JEHU song. Although there is yellin' that borders on screaming, the band generally opts for a shouted/yelled approach. The guitars are pretty great, using a mathy and dueling style that is both melodic and jarring simultaneously. DRIVE LIKE JEHU songs are on the longer side, generally, with most songs clocking in at four to six minutes. I think a pretty decent comparison would be Frodus with a heavy injection of emo. A last note of worthiness is that drummer Mark Trombino went on to produce massive bands such as Blink 182, Mineral and Jimmy Eat World, to name a few.


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

1990 - Demo EP

1991 - Drive Like Jehu cassette/cd/12"LP

1992 - Bullet Train to Vegas b/w Hand Over Fist 7"EP
1992 - Head Start to Purgatory cd/12"LP compilation (contributed "Sinews")

1994 - Yank Crime cassette/cd/12"+7"LP


(1995) DRIVE LIKE JEHU - "Golden Brown" (from 'Yank Crime')

(1995) DRIVE LIKE JEHU - "New Math" (from 'Yank Crime')

(1992) DRIVE LIKE JEHU - "Bullet Train to Vegas" (from 'Bullet Train to Vegas/Hand Over Fist')

(1992) DRIVE LIKE JEHU - "Sinews" (from 'Head Start to Purgatory')

(1991) DRIVE LIKE JEHU - "Caress" (from 'Drive Like Jehu')

(1991) DRIVE LIKE JEHU - "If It Kills You" (from 'Drive Like Jehu')

(1990) DRIVE LIKE JEHU - "Turn It Off" (from 'Demo')


DRIVE LIKE JEHU out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)

Excellent review by Sophie's Floorboard

Wednesday, 30 November 2016


GenresPunk / Grindcore / Hardcore / Metal / Black Metal / Noise / Electronic / Experimental
Related artistsGlitter Pals.
CountryPoughkeepsie, New York / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Years Active2003-2011
Song: "Chapels"
Album: "Dead Mountain Mouth"
Year: 2006
For fans ofThe Great Redneck Hope, Discordance Axis, Horse The Band, Deafheaven, The Avenging Disco Godfathers Of Soul, The LocustKissy Face Fashion Faux PasSee You Next TuesdayGigantic BrainAgoraphobic Nosebleed, An AlbatrossConverge, The Dillinger Escape PlanEd GeinMe And Him Call It UsiamerrorCurl Up And DieDaughtersUsurp SynapseThe Sawtooth Grin2 O'Clock Girlfriend, Monomate, The Austerity Program, The VSS, Little Girl Terrorist, (early) Venetian Snares, Arsonist Get All The Girls, Rolo Tomassi, GO With Fourteen OElectrocutionerdz, Da Bloody Gashes, Monotonix, Silver Apples, Disco Mule Terror, The Creation Of Modular Lights Within Darkness, Dance Club Massacre, Cloacal Kiss, Tower Of Rome, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Psyopus, Arsonist Get All The Girls, Cutting Pink With Knives and The Post Office Gals.
Label(s): Self Released / Crucial Blast / Relapse Records / Anticon / Lovepump United / Temporary Residence Limited / Crucial Bliss
This post's artist is from the November 2016 Mix. This is track #4.
You can download: the November 2016 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2016 Mix#12 here.

GENGHIS TRON are a band that I have a great amount of respect for. I really like their output and have a few songs in my massive archive of "greatest songs". That being said, I don't jam GENGHIS TRON very often. The primary reason for this is most likely because the music if fucking insane. I guess it sounds like a clusterfuck of The Great Redneck HopeDeafheavenAn Albatross and Aphex Twin, although I'm already aware not everyone agrees with these comparisons.

The band mixes black metal, grind, hardcore, ambient and experimental music into an amalgamated clusterfuck of noise and destruction. The venomous shrieks reminiscent of Discordance Axis meet Mike Patton-era The Dillinger Escape Plan as well as Ed Gein instrumentals and a crazy ass synth that harkens Horse The Band and An Albatross round out the band with Aphex Twin being the glue that binds them. GENGHIS TRON somehow managed to maintain this carnage and sonic assault for half of a decade before disintegrating into nothing after 2010. Forgoing drums and instead opting for synths and drum programs, the three members are all credited with keys as well as another instrument and/or vocals.

GENGHIS TRON landed first in 2003 with their 'Laser Bitch' cdr debut that sounds very much like An Albatross without the sass, but triple the violence and insanity as well as stronger links to ambient/electronic music. The opposites set of 'Cloak of Love' and 'Cape of Hate' followed in 2005 and 2006, with the former being the better of the two, as the latter is all remixes, demos and live stuff. Their 2006 LP 'Dead Mountain Mouth' has some fucking crazy grindy and experimental metal and houses two of my favourites, "Chapels" and "Greek Beds". The 'Triple Black Diamond' EP came out the following year and contains more live, demo and remix recordings but by 2008 they dropped what would most likely be argued as their masterpiece, 'Board Up the House'. Released on Relapse Records, this album was pushed very heavily on the aggressive and extreme music crowd yielding positive results. The album was the most experimental of the band's output and was also the last, as five remixes surfaced for the final album but nothing else was recorded or released by the band who disbanded sometime around 2010-2011.



2003 - Laser Bitch cdEP

2005 - Cloak of Love cd/10"EP

2006 - Cape of Hate cdEP
2006 - Dead Mountain Mouth cd/12"LP

2007 - Triple Black Diamond cdEP

2008 - Board Up the House cd/2x12"LP (stream/buy here)
2008 - Board Up the House Remixes Vol. 1 12"EP
2008 - Board Up the House Remixes Vol. 2 12"EP
2008 - Board Up the House Remixes Vol. 3 12"EP
2008 - Board Up the House Remixes Vol. 4 12"EP

2009 - Board Up the House Remixes Vol. 5 12"EP


(2008) GENGHIS TRON - "Board Up the House" (from 'Board Up the House')

(2008) GENGHIS TRON - "Things Don't Look Good" (from 'Board Up the House') official music video

(2008) GENGHIS TRON - "Endless Teeth" (from 'Board Up the House')

(2008) GENGHIS TRON - Interview w/The Hard Times

(2007) GENGHIS TRON - "Untitled Demo" (from 'Triple Black Diamond')

(2006) GENGHIS TRON - "Chapels" (from 'Dead Mountain Mouth')

(2006) GENGHIS TRON - "Greek Beds" (from 'Dead Mountain Mouth')

(2006) GENGHIS TRON - "Ride the Steambolt (demo)" (from 'Cape of Hate')

(2005) GENGHIS TRON - "Arms" (from 'Cloak of Love')

(2003) GENGHIS TRON - "'Penultimate' Just Means Second to Last, You Pretentious Fuck" (from 'Laser Bitch')


GENGHIS TRON additional links


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

***LA LUNA exclusive video interview***


On November 15th, 2016 I drove my ass out to Toronto in some pretty heavy traffic towards one of the largest moons in the last 100 so I could chill with and interview the East Canadian band that recently relocated to Southern Ontario's Toronto. LA LUNA (previously named Brain Fever) have been a band for seven years and have played a myriad of styles, most rooted in punk, hardcore, powerviolence, emo and screamo. After gaining quite a bit of recognition with their last 12" 'La Luna' the band wrote a new LP, moved to Toronto, acquired a new drummer and then dropped their new LP 'Always Already' via cassette on May 10th, 2016. Receiving rave reviews and quite a little following in Canada and the United States, LA LUNA is poised to release the fantastic 'Always Already' on 12" vinyl thanks to Shawn at Middle Man Records and Brian at Mellow Club. The pre-order for the LP will be launched in early December so get on that, as the album will definitely be on numerous year end lists this January.

Until you can sink your teeth into that beautiful 12" record, check out the LA LUNA Bandcamp and jam the tracks, follow them on Facebook, watch live videos from shows I've filmed (here, here, here, here and here) and maybe even pick up the last LA LUNA 'Tour 2015 Demo Tape' from me right here or the 'Always Already' cassette with alternate covers here, if you are in Canada (if in the US order from Middle Man Records).

Sunday, 27 November 2016


GenresPost-Punk / Art-Rock / No Wave / Post-Hardcore / Jazz / Experimental / Lounge
Related artists: The Blood Brothers, Jaguar Love, Soiled Doves, Vade, The Chromatics, The Gossip, Neon Blonde, Fleet Foxes, Poor Moon, Appendixes, Past Lives and Shoplifting.
CountrySeattle, Washington USA
Years Active1999-2000
Song: "Cardiac Arrest in 4/4 Time"
Album: "The Vogue"
Year: 1999
For fans ofSoiled Doves, The Blood Brothers, Jaguar Love, The Chromatics, Neon Blonde and Dance Disaster Movement.
Label(s): Made In Mexico
This post's artist is from the November 2016 Mix. This is track #3.
You can download: the November 2016 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2016 Mix#12 here.

Johnny Whitney from The Blood Brothers played in THE VOGUE. Like the other, more rock oriented side projects Neon Blonde and Jaguar Love, this band was the first of which showcased the synth-pop side. THE VOGUE was essentially the precursor to the jazzy, sassy experimental rock offshoot Soiled Doves that existed from 2000 to 2001. I'm pretty sure this switch from THE VOGUE to Soiled Doves happened for two reasons. The first was the rising popularity of screamy sasscore band The Blood Brothers. The second, synth player Hannah Blilie exited the band.

For the most part, this sounds like Soiled Doves. I basically is minus one member so I'm not going to go into much detail here as I've already reviewed the aforementioned band. THE VOGUE's debut 7" is my personal favourite and the screamier of the band's two releases. 'The Vogue' begins with "The Medicals" that uses really cool synths which mimic a heart monitor in a hospital room. The vocals float around until the one-minute mark when a creepy synth-driven breakdown occurs but swerves to a quick stop so the demons can step out of the vehicle and start dancing. This eerie beat during the verse then crashes in and out of time with the creepy breakdown creating a very cool dichotomy that is one of the band's strongest moments during their brief tenure. The incredible "Cardiac Arrest in 4/4 Time" is also housed on this rare 7" (which I happen to have for sale right here) and is 2:36 worth of choppy, eerie, THE VOGUE gold. At 1:37 it really picks up steam with some fantastic acid-soaked guitars and vocal explosions that make this the best song written by the band, in my humble opinion.

It's probably important to note that I'm very hesitant when it comes to keyboards in music. I generally find them to dominate the sound and take over my ears so I can't focus on the other instruments. Also, the volume level is usually blaring and obnoxious. With THE VOGUE, though, this is not an issue. I adore the synths on the 7"EP, but the cdLP 'As Brass and Satin' doesn't hold the same appeal. The synths are still there and are pretty good, I guess, but the music as well as the vocals are much more subdued and chained to a methodical writing approach and therefore lack the flair and sass found on the self titled. There are still some good tracks, such as "Scorpion Boy" (sounds just like Soiled Doves), "Sparkle That Rash" (combines The Blood Brothers sound with wailing keys reminiscent of 80s jazz-rock bands) and "March of Black and White Roses" which is the strongest song on the record, as well as the calmest, most melodic and catchiest.


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

1999 - The Vogue 7"EP (buy 7" here)

2000 - As Brass and Satin cdLP


(1999) THE VOGUE - "Cardiac Arrest in 4/4 Time" (from 'The Vogue')

(1999) THE VOGUE - "The Medicals" (from 'The Vogue')

(2000) THE VOGUE - "March of Black and White Roses" (from 'As Brass and Satin')

(2000) THE VOGUE - "Sparkle That Rash" (from 'As Brass and Satin')

(2000) THE VOGUE - "Scorpion Boy" (from 'As Brass and Satin')


THE VOGUE out of print mp3 discography download / additional links