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Monday, 22 May 2017

***ANODES exclusive interview***

GenresPunk / Rock / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Screamo / Post-Metal
Related artists: Orion Pax, One/Cycle//Occur, Ankou, Iron Hills and Coliver.
CountrySt. Louis, Missouri USA
Years Active2011-present
Song: "Enkindle"
Album: "Cathodes"
Year: 2017
For fans of: Envy, Heaven In Her Arms, Welcome the Plague Year, June Paik, Buried Inside, Dolcim, Corea, Swan of Tuonela, Truman, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Eyelet, Altar Of Complaints, The Tragedy, City Of Caterpillar, The Black Heart Rebellion and Circle Takes The Square aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Static Circuit Records / Pissfork Anticulture / Skeletal Lightning / Middle Man Records / The Ghost Is Clear Records
This post's artist is from the May 2017 Mix. This is track #8.
You can download: the May 2017 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2017 Mix#6 here.


I’m going to just start this off by saying I loooooooove ANODES. Maybe I’m biased because I love them equally as people, but from the first time I saw them on Halloween in 2012, when they were dressed as Adventure Time characters, I immediately became a fan because their music is so good. Super melodic guitars, quiet/loud dynamics, constant harsh vocals, groovy rhythm section, bleak lyrics…. Pretty much everything I want in a band. I guess the best way to describe it is mid era Envy+Love Lost But Not Forgotten. Their sound is pretty consistent, yet each song is unique. Just give their discography a listen, and continue reading to see and interview I did with guitarist/vocalist AJ Hofstetter. 

Exclusive Interview w/AJ Hofstetter
Hey A.J.! Thanks for doing this interview! Anodes has a been around for a bit now, how did you start playing with each other?
Well Casey and I were in Orion Pax together and that project had come to a bit of a standstill so we decided to start another band. We knew Sean because we had been playing shows with his old band Iron Hills and we thought he was a cool guy and asked him to jam with us. While we were trying to get a couple different people to play bass for us it seemed no one wanted to and Katie, who was Sean’s girlfriend at the time, told me we should just let her play. I asked her if she was being serious and she said yes and that was that.

Awesome. You just put out a new 7", it looks gorgeous! Was the writing process for this any different from the past? It seems a bit more consistently heavy and frantic than some of your previous releases to me.
There’s sort of a concept that ties it together with our first ep and the lp that is going to follow it. Our intent was for it to be more abrasive than we have been in the past.

Sweet! I noticed you released this yourselves, and you all and Laika did the same with your split together. Were there any reasons you didn't work with a label?
Well we asked a couple labels if they'd be down to help and there was some interest, but they said it was going to have to wait awhile before they'd do it, and we honestly didn't wanna wait around because it already takes awhile to get records pressed. If I remember correctly both of those releases took a year or more to come out from the first day of recording all the way up to the day the record came out.

Damn, yeah I don't blame you for not wanting to wait any longer than possible. I know that you have been in the "screamo/emotional hardcore/whatever you want to call it" scene for a while now, how did you get into it, and what keeps you driven to keep making music like this?
Well I saw Love Lost But Not Forgotten when I was 19 and I've been kinda hooked ever since. There are so many bands to get lumped into it. So many different styles. I guess I just love how so many bands involved in it stretch the box they are supposed to be fitting in.

How's the scene in St. Louis right now? What are some of your favorite current local bands?
I might be the wrong person to ask about this one. I don't make it out to many shows these days. I recently saw Handsaw for the first time and thought they were awesome.

I gotcha. Are there any plans for Anodes in the near future, like recording or touring?
We have been working on an lp for awhile now that we are hoping to record this year. There's still a lot up in the air with it. There are no plans to tour currently.

Cool, well I can't wait to hear the new stuff. I guess I'll just have to try and come through STL if I want to see you play again 😉 Any last thoughts or anything like that you want to say?
I'm definitely excited to share it with you. Thanks for hitting me up to do this.



2012 - Anodes cassette/12"EP (stream/donate/download/buy here)

2014 - Enta split 10" (stream/donate/download/buy here) [buy from ZBR here]
2014 - Altar Of Complaints cover digital single (stream/donate/download/buy here)
2014 - Sordid Ways 6-way split 7"EP (stream/donate/download/buy here) [buy from ZBR here]

2015 - Laika split 12"LP (stream/donate/download/buy here)
2015 - Blacklights 12"LP compilation [contributed "You Make the Bed You Sleep In"] (stream/donate/download/buy here)

2017 - Cathodes 7"EP (stream/donate/download/buy here)


(2017) ANODES - "Doused" (from 'Cathodes')

(2017) ANODES - "Enkindle" (from 'Cathodes')

(2015) ANODES - "Losing" (from 'Laika' split)

(2015) ANODES - "Basic Math" (from 'Laika' split)

(2015) ANODES - "You Make the Bed You Sleep In" (from 'Blacklights')

(2015) ANODES - "The Two That Go Together" live w/Jesse Mowery @Melt

(2015) ANODES - "You Make the Bed You Sleep In" live @Melt

(2015) ANODES - Basic Math - live @ABA Fest

(2015) ANODES - Duplicates - live @ABA Fest

(2014) ANODES - "The Two That Go Together" (from 'Altar Of Complaints' cover)

(2014) ANODES - "The Last Time" (from 'Sordid Ways' split)

(2014) ANODES - "......which one?" (from 'Enta' split)

(2012) ANODES - "Allein" (from 'Anodes')

(2012) ANODES - "Sixteens" (from 'Anodes')


ANODES additional links


Sunday, 21 May 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Grind / Metalcore
Related artistsDavid Vandervelde and The Entrance Band.
CountryHolland, Michigan USA
Years Active1998-2001
Song: "Foreshadowing the Reincarnate"
Album: "Mara'akate split"
Year: 2000
For fans ofUsurp Synapse, Kiss The Sky Goodbye, Anger Is Beautiful, Oktober Skyline, Advocate, Crestfallen, Campaign Committee, (early) Curl Up And Die, Harlots, The Sutek Conspiracy, Systral, The State Secedes, Clancy Six, Dispensing Of False Halos, In Loving Memory and Love Lost But Not Forgotten aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Takehold Records / Happy Couples Never Last
This post's artist is from the May 2017 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the May 2017 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2017 Mix#6 here.

The only reason I know about FABLE is because I love, absolutely love Mara'akate, so I tracked down all of their original releases back in the mid-2000s and therefore came across this lovely hidden gem. Releasing a 4-song 7" in 1998, the aforementioned split in 2000 and a comp song in 2001 I've found almost nothing online about them.

FABLE's demo is the 'Give Us the Night' 7" resembles Oktober Skyline, Usurp Synapse and very early Curl Up And Die. "Mirrored Memories" mixes grindcore/powerviolence vocals with raw, poison-tipped, metallic riffs that almost ends up sound like The Spirit Of Versailles meets Systral by the end. "Untitled" is an awesome song that ops for an In Loving Memory-esque introduction with distant screams and clean European screamo guitars before the song goes apeshit. There is some additional melody using slow and not-so-subtle guitars at 1:30 and 2:30 which is probably the reason I find that thing song stands out so much. "The Clarity of Blindness" brings the Curl Up And Die sound back to the forefront, especially with the pukey vocals. "Of This Confusion" is similar in approach but has a cool, screamy slowdown emo midsection that sets it apart from the previous track. The 7"EP is decent but pales in comparison to the single song released on that fantastic Mara'akate split 7".

Why do I love "Foreshadowing the Reincarnate" so much? Cuz they figured out their vocals and ditched the puke-scream thing for the most part and adopted a throat-shredding scream not unlike Anger Is Beautiful, Love Lost But Not Forgotten and Dispensing Of False Halos. The poisonous and screamy early 2000s metalcore really lends itself more towards the emo/hardcore and screamo releases of the late 1990s and early 2000s and makes me really bummed that they don't have more material. That being said, FABLE also released a song called "Hank's Return" on a comp cd in 2001 which I have been unable to obtain. I assume this was recorded in the same session as "Foreshadowing the Reincarnate" and is probably really fucking good. If you have this song please share it in the comments for everyone! <3


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

1999 - Give Us the Night 7"EP

2000 - Mara'akate split 7"EP

2001 - A Testament to Broken Walls compilation cd (contributed "Hank's Return") [anybody have this? please upload it!!!]


(2000) FABLE - "Foreshadowing the Reincarnate" (from 'Mara'akate' split)

(1998) FABLE - "Untitled" (from 'Give Us the Night')

(1998) FABLE - "Of This Confusion" (from 'Give Us the Night')


FABLE out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)

Friday, 19 May 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metalcore / Noise
Related artistsUnder A Sky So Blue and Nurture.
CountryAtlanta, Georgia USA
Years Active2016?-present
Song: "Represented in Bondage"
Album: "Only the Flies"
Year: 2016
For fans ofUnder A Sky So Blue, Worst Days, Black Nail, .gif from god, Joshua Fit For Battle, Lamantide, Takaru, Loftus, Craneo, Boak, Perth Express, Trainwreck, Assück and Crestfallen aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): ?
This post's artist is from the May 2017 Mix. This is track #3.
You can download: the May 2017 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2017 Mix#6 here.

MALEVICH sent me their debut LP in late 2016 and it wasn't until early 2017 that I really got around to listening to it. It's good. It's really fucking good. It's super abrasive metalcore with some of the rawest, fiercest and varied screaming I've heard in some time. They hail from Georgia, which is where Under A Sky So Blue are from. The two bands share a similar sound (and a vocalist!), although MALEVICH ditch most screamo/emo-violence connotations and fall more or less directly into the metalcore category.

Their debut cassette is 10 tracks of intense and focused noise. 'Only the Flies' opens with the stellar "Solus" that lets you know exactly what you are in for. And holy hot damn that closing 20 seconds is phenomenal as the bass jumps to some higher notes while the vocals cross back and forth between wailing screams and gutteral growls. "A Light in the Darkness that Faded as I Approached" reminds me of Loftus and Black Nail at 42 seconds. When listening to the first 40 seconds or so of "Always, Loss", I unintentionally picture a winged bat-like creature reigning fireballs upon a burning city. Yep, it sounds pretty much like that. "Le Tout Bas" strays from the "norm" of the opening three songs and does more than just top two minutes (it's five and a half, actually) as it takes a slow, noisy and doomy turn with restrained notes and vocals that sound like the pits of hell, only to make a surprising left after 3:30 as it ascends out unscathed with beautiful instruments...that are dashed at 4:40 and left dead in the street. "Perennial Self" takes it easy for a little until it refuses to be contained any longer, so by 34 seconds shit goes bananas and by 1:17 there is nothing left but dust. "Drought" is a mere 32 seconds, but it packs one hell of a punch with amazing vocals and a punishing midsection from about 12 to 22 seconds. "Moult" is a slow and brooding number that tops six minutes, but opens with an epic, almost Deafheaven sounding first 30 seconds, followed by another 20 seconds of metallic hardcore that sounds like it's straight outta Germany. "Disassociated" is the perfect balance between the fast, batshit, insane stuff and the slower, darker and epic parts. This makes track 8 one of my favourites and an excellent starting point in case you'd like a mean, median or average...hooray for elementary school math, David. "Represented in Bondage" might be my favourite on this LP, with more amazing vocal work and sinister instrumentals that builds continually and hits home at 52 seconds with blackened hardcore that borders on emo-violence. 'Only the Flies' wraps things up with the very ominous and plodding "Death Will Never Be Enough" that seems to disintegrate by 4:30 but continues on until 6:48.

Wow, what a debut. I need to see this band. So, so good. Be sure to check out the band on their remaining US tour:

May 19th - Allentown, PA - Good Weekend Warehouse w/ Cacciato
May 20th - Pittsburgh Ba Sing Se
May 21st- Toledo, OH - Longhorn Saloon
May 22nd - Columbus, OH - The Summit
May 23rd - Nashville, TN - Blackbird Tattoo w/ Pinion



2016 - Only the Flies cassetteLP (stream/donate/download here)


(2016) MALEVICH - "Represented in Bondage" (from 'Only the Flies')

(2016) MALEVICH - "Solus" (from 'Only the Flies')

(2016) MALEVICH - "Disassociated" (from 'Only the Flies')

(2016) MALEVICH - live video


MALEVICH additional links


Tuesday, 16 May 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emotive Hardcore / Metallic Hardcore / Screamo
Related artistsYou And I, Black KitesCapacitiesWhat Of UsIn First PersonThe AssistantThis Ship Will Sink, NY In 64 and Tasharah.
CountryAlbany, New York USA
Years Active2016-present
Song: "Post Truth Days"
Album: "2017 Demo"
Year: 2017
For fans ofCapacities, What Of Us, In First Person, The Assistant, Tasharah, This Ship Will Sink, Crowning, Forensics, Lentic Waters, Foxmoulder, Remote, NY In 64, Takaru, Mališa Bahat and Virginia On Duty aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Middle Man Records
This post's artist is from the May 2017 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the May 2017 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2017 Mix#6 here.

HUNDREDS OF AU (aka HUNDREDS OF ASTROLOGICAL UNITS) dropped their debut EP with absolutely zero warning, and it was awesome. Tom Schlatter posted that he enjoyed the extremely quick turnaround time of releasing digitally with a tape to boot, if necessary, in the future. Quickly following the digital release, Middle Man Records dropped a truly stunning looking cassette. The transparent blue tape with has a slightly darker sticker on it, surrounded by the same dark blue j-card with light blue's fucking beautiful.

Oh yeah...the music. The EP smashes heads from the get-go with the unreal and What Of Us/Capacities-esque "Runneth Full", boasting an unstable, thunderous and pummeling 1:44 that ends with amazing back and forth screaming. "Past Due" is a goddamn screamfest for the first 30ish seconds and then chills out NY In 64 style for the remaining two minutes. "Out in the Streets" is pretty straightforward hardcore but has that Tom Schlatter spin that injects screamo blood as well as a deeper, darker, hardcore sound. Track four's "Interlude" is cool and obviously, again, very NY In 64. It's post-hardcore/instru-metal affair that lends itself to some slower and spacier riffs. "Part of the Club" is perhaps the most expansive of the tracks and delves into quite a few nooks and crannies that the band doesn't generally focus on, including some single string guitaring, clean singing and a nice juxtaposition of heavy and soft parts throughout. Closing up shop is, my favourite, "Post Truth Days", the most epic and devastating chunk of hardcore on here. Although it isn't as chaotic as "Runneth Full", the balance and flow of the song creates an extremely engaging listen that pays off in full by 1:05 following a fantastic spoken word midsection of, "Pass it on, pass it on, pass it on!"

So there's that. Killer. EP. And it's super limited to 30 copies, so definitely pick one up. Cannot wait to hear what's up next from these three friends.



2017 - Demo cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here) [buy from Middle Man / ZBR]


(2017) HUNDREDS OF AU - "Runneth Full" (from 'Demo')

(2017) HUNDREDS OF AU - "Post Truth Days" (from 'Demo')

(2017) HUNDREDS OF AU - "Part of the Club" (from 'Demo')

(2017) HUNDREDS OF AU - "Past Due" live video


HUNDREDS OF AU additional links


Monday, 15 May 2017


GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Ambient
Related artistsManku Kapak.
CountryBremen GERMANY
Years Active2016-present
Song: "Abyssal"
Album: "Mira"
Year: 2017
For fans ofThey Sleep We Live, Eyelet, 124C41+, Nanette, Human Hands, Adolina, KŸHL, Mio, Eyes Of Verotika, Libido Wins and I Hate Sex aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Mum Says; Be Polite Rec.
This post's artist is from the May 2017 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download: the May 2017 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2017 Mix#6 here.

In March of 2017 Nico from the German band MIRA sent me their first EP titled 'Mira' that was released on cd out of 150 and is inspired by 90s emo. It begins with "Trembling", which opens like a track off of Eyelet's 'Nervewracker' LP with some sick dual screaming that is very comparable to They Sleep We Live's short run of material, although the song slows down and focuses on a light, emo crooning that is very German sounding. Next up is the chillest of the songs, as "Among Stars" sounds a lot like I Hate Sex ("This Floating World" in particular) with a slow groove and lots of clean vocals. "Abyssal" is the finale and it's quite possibly the best of the three. With introductory instrumentals that sound a heck of a lot like Saetia, Eyes Of Verotika and Off Minor, "Abyssal" begins its ascent and once those screams are tacked on to the build, woah nelly, In anticlimactic fashion, the song recedes and pulls itself back like a wave before gathering more power on the second swell, which climaxes at 2:27 with more Eyelet and They Sleep We Live-esque screamo that I'm all a-fucking-bout. An excellent debut.



2017 - Mira cdEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) MIRA - "Abyssal" (from 'Mira')

(2017) MIRA - "Trembling" (from 'Mira')


MIRA additional links