Monday 9 December 2013


GenresPunk / Noise Rock / Post-Hardcore / Screamo
Related artistsMIJA, As You Were, Cool Off, Humans, EYES, Some Flavour, and
                         October Revolution; Live at Manor Farm.
Country: Quad Cities, Illinois USA
Years Active: 2013-present
Song: "Bugcatcher"
Album: "The Way It Is Now"
Year: 2013
Label(s): Off Cloud 9 Records / Zegema Beach Records
This post's artist is from the December 2013 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download the December 2013 Mix right here.
For fans of: Mara'akateTen Grand, Off Minor, Kill Sadie, Isodora Crane, Jiyuna,
                   We Were Skeletons, The Usual, Kodan Armada, Trotsky, Greyscale, Leer,
                   Cease Upon The Capitol, Loma Prieta, Matsuri, Mustaphamond, Wolverines,
                   Sleepytime Trio, Aokigahara, Ken Burns, Maths, Mesa VerdeAt The Drive In 
                   and The Third Memory aka PROPER Screamo.

A few months ago some guy named Joe posted his band's EP online. I was lucky enough to choose to check it out, as I have to pass on so many of these links or I'd never sleep. I listened to "Bugcatcher" twice in a row and was absolutely floored. This sounded like the super screamy hardcore from my days of yore - Ten Grand, Mara'akate, Kill Sadie and Off Minor. If that doesn't get you excited, you're reading the wrong blog. The band's new EP 'The Way It Is Now' is a 5-track clear runner for EP of the year (in my books). "Do You Know Mark Warm?" is a spastic and screamy romp with some sick-ass drumming while "East Lansing" is a jazzy, bouncy and melodic tune with only a hint of aggressiveness. As mentioned earlier, "Bugcatcher" is so good my wife put it down as her favourite song of the year. Clever girl.

Finding new bands is an amazing experience and I hadn't been this excited in quite some time, so I immediately asked the band if they needed assistance with releasing the EP on vinyl and voila, Zegema Beach Records will be teaming up with Off Cloud 9 Records in the US to put this absolute gem out as a 7" early next year. Until then, go to ICE HOCKEY's bandcamp page here and immerse yourself in amazingness.

P.S. My wife isn't a raptor.



2013 - The Way It Is Now cd/cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)
2013 - The UAW Hall (cover) digital single (stream/donate/download here)

2014 - The Way It Is Now 7"EP
2014 - The Truth About Dreaming Split 7"


(2013) ICE HOCKEY - "Bugcatcher" (from 'The Way It Is Now') embedded audio


ICE HOCKEY additional links