Sunday, 24 June 2018

***PUNCHLINE HUNTING SEASON exclusive premiere***

"Sleepless in Shokudō"
exclusive EP premiere
For fans ofRuined Families, The Great Sabatini, Callow, Apostles Of Eris, Remote, Turing Machine and EYES
I am happy to bring a brand spankin' new premiere for your listening pleasure. Antwerp, Belgium's PUNCHLINE HUNTING SEASON has graciously let me drop their third EP titled 'Sleepless in Shokudō'. In four songs, the listener is met with a myriad of styles that will bend the mind while simultaneously puncturing your ear holes. Members have spent time in Bob SagetCharles³Ihloosuhree and Cyclus, citing Town Portal, True Champions Ride On Speed and Kidcrash.

The EP begins with the only lengthy title, "The disadvantage of eating mashed potatoes out of a rice bowl with chopsticks". It is a wonky and disturbing subterranean ride through experimental post-hardcore with an awesome transition taking place at 1:40 that takes this opener to its next level. "Rackmoth" (awesome title, by the way) focuses on some very interesting riffing during the first minute that makes this sound very different from other hardcore bands almost sounds like 8-bit music through a guitar and it's sick as fuck. "Superaidstiger" begins sounding like an entirely new band with some sweet guitar noodlin' that brings jazzy, atmospheric prog-rock to mind. The song then shifts into spacey post-hardcore territory with vocals not far from Ruined Families. While the first three track combine for a total of 10 or so minutes, the closer "Sleepless" is a whopping 11:58. It's like a behemoth of a man, ambling slowly and awkwardly down a dark street, muttering something under his breath that sounds like a scream. Woah...that's pretty vivid, but also isn't a great description. Besides, when two minutes hit the song takes a pretty mathy blast into the fastest and most aggressive material on the release, at three minutes you can recline in a chair and go to sleep, at four you may go back in time or possibly fall into your own brain, by five you might be floating in space, then there's a few minutes of silence and a final denouement that weaves acoustic guitars and 80s sci-fi music to conclude this mindfuck.

Enough vague and weird descriptions, jam it below.

(2018) PUNCHLINE HUNTING SEASON - 'Sleepless in Shokudō' full EP

Friday, 22 June 2018


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Noise / Sludge
Related artists?.
CountryPhiladelphia, PA U.S.A.
Years Active2017-present
Song: "A Deer in the Corner Store at Night"
Album: "Love Message for the Void"
Year: 2017
For fans of: Moxiebeat, Straight No Chaser, Barrow, Channel, Majority Rule, Rats Into RobotsOld Guard, The Catalyst, (early) Vaux and Council Of Rats aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the May 2018 Mix. This is track #12.
You can download: the June 2018 Mix#6 right here or get the new July 2018 Mix#7 here.

Review by Tom Schlatter:

I believe JENNIFER started out as a solo project by artist Nao Demand. The songs posted on the JENNIFER bandcamp feature all music and vocals done by Nao. It's a perfect balance of big guitar riffing with technical chaos. The reverb on the vocals adds a feeling of darkness, as they stick mostly to all out screams but delve slightly into eerie melodies once in a while.

With fast and frantic phrasing and songs that typically don't break a minute you have to pay attention to catch all the magic here. There's some precise musicianship here that goes above and beyond.

The band is now playing live shows with a full five person lineup. I caught them in Philadelphia a couple months ago and was happy to see that these songs translated excellent in a live setting. The musicians that Nao has recruited are top notch and definitely give these songs the treatment they deserve.



2017 - Love Message for the Void digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) JENNIFER - "Meeting in the Moonlight When You are There" (from 'Love Message for the Void')

(2017) JENNIFER - "Mirror My Skull" (from 'Love Message for the Void')


JENNIFER additional links

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

***KOMUSŌ exclusive premiere***

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artists5000, Cape Light, Bug, Tree, Zov, Careless, No Omega, Time To Heal, Mystery LanguageDagdrömmarna and Det är därför vi bygger städer.
CountryTokyo JAPAN
Years Active2017-present
Song: "輪姦"
Album: "Komusō"
Year: 2018
For fans ofSans Visage, Yage, (early) Loma Prieta, Cassus, Yarmulke, Blue Friend, Cape Light, Youth Novel, Bethari, Tunes For Bears To Dance To, D'Amore, One Dying Wish, Louise Cyphre and Deers! aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Zegema Beach Records / Damn Fine Tapes
This post's artist is from the May 2018 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the June 2018 Mix#6 right here or get the new July 2018 Mix#7 here.

KOMUSŌ is a new band from Tokyo featuring members of 5000, Cape Light, Mystery Language, Careless, No Omega and Det är därför vi bygger städer, to name a few. They play an incredibly engaging style of screamo/emo-violence and this is the exclusive premiere for their new 'Komusō' cassette EP. Grab said cassette here.

First, let's start with an exclusive introduction by my friend Gabriel. Gabriel plays drums in KOMUSŌ but I've known them since the earlier days in Sweden as a member of Careless and Det är därför vi bygger städer.

"Since I’m kinda the outsider coming from Sweden I’ll give you my perspective. So our paths kinda crossed on the No Omega Japanese tour in 2015, but we didn’t really get in touch until the Careless/Sans Visage Japanese tour in 2016 where we played a few shows with 5000. Hiro, the guitar player/singer of KOMUSŌ, is in 5000 and they're seriously one of the best live bands I’ve seen. Following that, I met Makito (guitar/vocals) and Takuya (bass). The Time To Heal Japanese tour in 2017 made room for more time to hang out, and by then I knew I was moving there later that year, so we kinda loosely started planning on doing a band when I got there. I moved to Japan in September 2017 and we basically started jamming immediately.

The first stuff we wrote doesn’t at all sound like what we actually recorded, and ended up being scrapped. The next three songs we’re recording soon, won’t really sound like this cassette either. These new songs are gonna end up on a split with a Tokyo-based band we all like a lot!

We’re all super happy that the cassette is available in North America through you and in Europe through Damn Fine Tapes. We’re making a bunch here as well, so we’re really happy about the coverage."

Now it's my turn to gush about KOMUSŌ's self titled 'Komusō' EP, whilst premiering it to you in full.

"暗宿" opens with a slow, twinkly riff that sounds so much like Yage that I've been crapping my pants ever since hearing it. There's an incredible mixture of styles that encompass the sounds of a few bands, but Yage crossed with Sans Visage would be pretty goddamned apt if I may say so myself...and I believe I just did. The riff is met with a dueling guitar, drums and bass, as well as half yelled half sung vocals that build the intro into a swirling breeze that shifts violently at 45 seconds, but still retains the swaying, groovy melody. After switching back to the opening and moving into the second section again, the song slows considerably, relying on an entrancing bass loop and sporadic guitars that have a Saetia/Off Minor vibe. Jesus fucks christ what an debut track.

Next up is the first of two shorter, faster and much screamier tracks, titled "輪姦". This has strong ties to the sound Loma Prieta had on their early records as well as the stuff Youth Novel was doing back with their demo EP. It was after hearing this beaut online that I contacted Gabriel pleading for the band to let me make some tapes for them in North America. In only a minute and a half the band lays waste to the listener with thick, venomous screaming, lightning drums with a ridiculous amount of fills, booming bass and guitars that are the epitome of emo-violence. Hmmmm, so I guess this kinda sounds like Cassus, then.

KOMUSŌ move back into moodier, swelling, screamy hardcore for the third track "一斉蜂起". Not unlike the first track, this thing relies on mood and textures to create an eerie yet tranquil atmosphere. The vocals begin with the yell/sing/scream thing that bring the German legends Yage to mind every time. And those drums, good lord, Gabriel keeps a mean beat and is a pleasure to listen to. It pops at 36 seconds and drops a sick guitar lick that might be the most memorable thing on the EP...and then it jazzes out like a screamo version of Primus before returning to that chorus perfection. By two minutes the song shifts into its second phase, pumping out constant bass notes and weaving beautiful, intricate guitars in a way that fellow Japanese math-rock band Hue did a few years back.

The finale and outright scorcher "約束" ends the EP in a 44-second blast of dizzying emo-violence that contains at least five different sections and boasts unreal dual screaming. There's no point in saying more about it because it's so short and awesome that you should just go listen to it, especially if you like Louise Cyphre and Bethari.

So there are the songs on this debut cassette release. There was a European pressing of the tape on Damn Fine Tapes released a week or two ago on white with white covers which you can purchase here. Below are the cassette details for the Zegema Beach Records edition:

KOMUSŌ - Komusō cassetteEP (ZBR119)
***60 copies with four tape variants and five cover variants
      *tape variants:
                - 20 clear w/blue+gold glitter
                - 20 rubine red
                - 10 gold plated (painted)
                - 10 silver plated (painted)
      *cover variants (made to order):
                - venus violet (cardstock)
                - lunar blue (cardstock)
                - solar yellow (cardstock)
                - gamma green (cardstock)
                - re-entry red (cardstock)
***4 songs, 2 per side
***8 minutes in length
***orders come w/free Komusō sticker + ZBR sticker

ORDER from Zegema Beach Records here

ORDER European version from Damn Fine Tapes here



2018 - Komusō cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here) [order tape from ZBR here]


(2018) KOMUSŌ - "暗宿" (from 'Komusō')

(2018) KOMUSŌ - "輪姦" (from 'Komusō')

(2018) KOMUSŌ - "一斉蜂起" (from 'Komusō')

(2018) KOMUSŌ - "約束" (from 'Komusō')


KOMUSŌ additional links