Thursday, 23 May 2019


GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists: Shall Not Kill, Dead For A Minute and Esteban.
CountryMetz FRANCE
Years Active20011-present
Song: "Quand la lumiere disparait"
Album: "Construire ou détruire"
Year: 2019
For fans of: Daïtro, Young Mountain, Yarostan, Envy, Marée Noire, Quasar, Viva Belgrado, Vientre, Joliette, Sed Non Satiata, Chalk Hands, Aporia, We Never Learned To Live, EUX, Milanku, Nous Étions, La Parade, The Solexine Chapter, Black Love, Bökanövsky, Rosetta, ShizunePotence, Massa Nera, Carrion Spring, Les Deux Minutes De La Haine and Amanda Woodward.
Label(s): Self Released / Zegema Beach Records
This post's artist is from the May 2019 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the May 2019 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2019 Mix#6 here.

I'll be the first to admit that I unknowingly had my head in the sand regarding ALESKA for far too long. The band emailed me (as in Zegema Beach) in early 2019 to see if I was interested in helping release their newest 12"LP. I jammed it and was floored, quickly asking if I could do a cassette version alongside fellow French screamo band Yaroston. After doing further delving, I noticed that they started releasing in 2012 and literally every release has been excellent. I thought I had my ear to ground regarding French screamo/post-hardcore but alas it was an anthill.

Most bands start out with a sound and then branch out, eventually reaching their own, unique voice - assuming they don't break up first. In ALESKA's case it's like they this shit mapped out years in advance, as although the sound is honed with each release, debut 'The Waiting' EP is more than obviously the same band as 2019's 'Construire ou détruire'. Honestly, there isn't really much to improve upon since that initial EP. It opens with the decent "Growing elitism" before getting even darker with "The wait". Closer "Turtle race" is the penultimate track here as it balances a beautiful intro with playful screamo and heavy'n'harsh hardcore...but I mean c'mon, at times I got lost and thought I was listening to Kidcrash because there is so much variety on here.

The following year (which would be 2013 unless my math is off...hardy har har) ALESKA was included on a three-way split with Mariesena and Bears with two tracks of completely different makeup. "...and we are not afraid of eternity!" is a rip-roaring good time of raging hardcore with a plethora of screaming while "Friends and foes" is nearly four times the length and is more like a life story, complete with relaxation, anger, beauty, chaos and a touch of math class. Both tracks are fantastic but completely different. They also released a single titled "We don't believe in Santa Claus anymore" that takes the cake as the shortest and most intense ALESKA track recorded to date.

In 2014 they released another three-track EP, this time titled 'Time is a curse', which is the first release to really encapsulate everything the band had done well up to that point, fleshes them out, and displays them as something that really feels like a complete piece of work. Opener "Erased from the map" sounds like something Jesse Mowery would write combined with Potence so this is definitely my favourite of the three. "Passengers" begins like a Hundreds Of AU song before dipping into post-hardcore with singing.

Following a year of silence ALESKA came back in 2016 with their first full length, aptly titled 'LP'. "Instaurer le vide" has an epic build and is an obvious choice for opener, mixing influences from Black Love, Rosetta and Sed Non Satiata that plays out swimmingly. "Du gris au noir" is a menace, taking the cake as best song on here as it'll leave you gasping for air come 1:45. "De la cime au cimetière" has fantastic guitar interplay following the two-minute mark and a driving, epic conclusion that will leave you both satisfied and spent. "Leaves, trees and me" is a swirling, instru-metal affair for nearly five minutes, and then the band lays waste to the song, holy hell. "Que reste-t-il?" is pretty frantic and reminds me of Marée Noire, especially in the vocal department. "Our illusion is creation" has quite a few slower, chill moments but at 3:54 and then it doubles in size, splits and you've got two, gargantuan screaming elementals battling it out. Wait...what? Eh whatever. Closer "Combler le vide" has strong Rosetta vibes with all dem spacey guitars and whatnot, making this a very strong album through and through.

So it was 2019's 'Construire ou détruire' that threw me through a loop, as the 8-track album is phenomenal. Following a brief introductory interlude ALESKA drop the best song they've ever written with "Indispensibles", sounding like a pissed off Daitro and, strangely enough, Yarostan's new material to boot. The swing at 48 seconds is unbelievable and would get my hairy booty a-shakin' if I ever get to see it live, and is the catalyst for a sensational guitar progression that cuts through the dual vocals at 1:10. The instrumental shift at 2:10 is a lush and layered time-bomb that explodes right before three minutes is truly epic fashion...then the double-screaming kicks in again and I'm fucking dead. Seriously this song is fucking ace. "Vanite Illusoire" is a post-everything track that gives me Aporia and Respire feels, as does the massive, epic "La Derniere Lueur" that keeps it cool for the first four minutes but cannot contain itself thereafter. "Construire" is another lengthy track at 7:16, expertly mixing clean vocals and screaming, always keeping it interesting and creating a nice middle-ground that is neither too soft nor too heavy. Next up is the short "Un Eternel Recommencement" that packs a punch in less than three minutes like only a French screamo band could. Second to last is the behemoth also known as "Detruire" weighing in at 9:24. Due to the length of the 12" the final song from the LP is included as a bonus track, but appears on the Zegema Beach Records cassette version, and thank science for that because "Quand la lumiere disparait" is probably my second favourite tune as it spends its time teetering between tranquil deep space post-hardcore and crushing post-metal...uhhhhh so Rosetta? Fuckin' great album, I say.

The first 10 ALESKA / YAROSTAN split cassette orders get these beautiful, 100% unique, marble swirl cassette case versions.

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4 one-off test marble swirl
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2012 - The Waiting EP (stream/donate/download here)

2013 - 3-Way split w/Mariesena & Bears (stream/donate/download here)
2013 - We don't believe in Santa Claus anymore digital single (stream/donate/download here)

2014 - Time is a Curse EP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - LP LP (stream/buy here)

2019 - Construire ou détruire 12"/LP (stream/buy here)
2019 - Construire ou détruire split cassette w/Yarostan 2xLP (stream/buy here)


(2019) ALESKA - "Indespensibles" (from 'Construire ou détruire')

(2019) ALESKA - "Quand la lumiere disparait" (from 'Construire ou détruire')

(2019) ALESKA - "Un Eternal Recommencement" (from 'Construire ou détruire')

(2016) ALESKA - "Du gris au noir" (from 'LP')

(2016) ALESKA - "Leaves, trees and me" (from 'LP')

(2014) ALESKA - "Erased from the map" (from 'Time is a Curse')

(2013) ALESKA - "We don't believe in Santa Claus anymore" (from 'We don't believe in Santa Claus anymore')

(2013) ALESKA - "...and we are not afraid of eternity!" (from '3-Way' split)

(2012) ALESKA - "Turtle race" (from 'The Waiting')


ALESKA additional links


Tuesday, 21 May 2019

***BLUE NOISE exclusive album premiere***

'everyone goes away eventually'
exclusive album premiere
For fans ofConverge, Deafheaven, City Of Caterpillar, ['selvə], An Autumn Of Crippled Children, Nic (aka ██████) and Respire

'everyone goes away eventually'

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Maya Chun's BLUE NOISE is more than remarkable - it's fucking breathtaking. The screamo/black-metal/post-everything solo project from Ann Arbor, Michigan is influenced specifically by Deafheaven, City Of Caterpillar, Rosetta, Isis, Republic Of Dreams, Alcest and Ostraca, so chances are anyone reading this will love it. It's epic, cathartic, existential bliss that I simply cannot get enough of.
pressing info: /54 (first 10 orders also receive marble swirl cases)
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(2019) BLUE NOISE "everyone goes away eventually" (from 'everyone goes away eventually')
The title track to the LP is, to put it lightly, fucking stupid good. Following a brief but jarring feedback with subdued drums intro, the song lets loose like a storm of death come 20 seconds. Those agonizing shrieks, lightning drums and violent guitar/bass culminate at 40 seconds in a massive serotonin release thanks to a sensational, mathy, Edhochuli-swing. This somehow transitions beautifully at 1:20 and shifts to an almost pop-punk it Leer? Fuck I dunno but that's a helluva hook. The next 20 seconds are dedicated to an explosive in-and-out breakdown over-top a swelling atmospheric riff that exhausts itself by the two-minute mark. Yet, instead of extinguishing it lingers, offering a womb-like embrace for another minute-and-a-half before concluding. That's a fuckin' experience, holy shit. So far this is the best song I have heard in 2019.

(2019) BLUE NOISE 'everyone goes away eventually' full stream

I thought I'd just post a few notes about each track, or this would turn into a very long post.

1 - "hapless" (2:32) / good goddamn that devilish close come 2:02

2 - "what a pity" (4:18) / that lush guitar at 2:32 and subsequent be good

3 - "take it upon thyself" (3:30) / the anguished shrieks along with a synthy-sounding An Autumn Of Crippled Children section post-one minute

4 - "sleight of hand" (3:40) / doomy, atmospheric, hellish with a spectacular ending

5 - "regression" (1:43) / shortest yet poppiest track...uhhh except for the last part

6 - "everyone goes away eventually" (3:30) / so good it makes me weep

7 - "it cannot be helped" [formerly "one"] (3:27) / the stop/start at 2:10 usually makes me fall over

8 - "drained" [formerly "two"] (4:18) / both staggering and gorgeous, like a mountain

9 - "memory" (6:43) / a behemoth, especially the sludgy/Converge-esque outro that takes hold at 4:48

10 - "return to form" (4:41) / pretty ambient until about two minutes when the album finally goes supernova


Sunday, 19 May 2019

***ANTONIO LEIRIAO exclusive interview***


exclusive interview w/

Back in 2017 I was revving up for the first Zegema Beach Records Fest. I was also talking to Antonio Leiriao at that time. There was even a mild discussion of a Mara'akate reunion at ZBR Fest, to no avail. Regardless, Antonio and I spent some time in late 2017 doing this interview that we kinda put on the backburner as our lives got nuts. A few months back Antonio hit me up again, saying it was time. So I polished it up and here we are.

Who are you? What bands have you been in? Give us a quick overview!
Antonio Leiriao, Indianapolis,IN.

The State Secedes, I Am the Resurrection, Usurp Synapse, Mara'akate, Thin Fevers.

Owner/Operator at Small Hand Factory Records, partner/DJ in Naptown Soul Club.

Can you give us a chronological view of your musical evolution, starting with what music you remember first loving and how you got into it?
I grew up in Rockville Centre, NY on Long Island.  My Mom loved music and had my sister and I take piano and violin lessons early on.  We were exposed to a lot of Jazz, Celtic, Middle Eastern, Rock, Folk, Brazilian, Portuguese music as kids. My parents took us to many live concerts in and around the NYC/LI area early on and we were lucky enough to see folks like Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, etc. The first music I remember being a fan of was Irish troubadours like Johnny McEvoy and mainstream stuff like Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, etc. After that it was Hip Hop and Metal. My friends and I would skate to De La Soul, DRI, Slick Rick, Slayer, Et al.
Through skateboarding I eventually got into punk/hardcore. Bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Token Entry, Misfits, Samhain, 7 Seconds, GB, Youth Of Today. Those were all early influences in my early teens. In High School I started to get in to a lot of "alternative" bands at the time and some of the post hardcore bands like Jawbox, Quicksand, Fugazi, etc. My friends and I would go to shows in and around the NYC area at this time as well. Mostly Two Tone Ska style stuff and a few local LIHC/NYHC shows but I wasn't part of either of those scenes at the time.

After High School is really when I started to attend LIHC and NYHC shows on a regular basis. My friend Jim Nash whom I'd grown up with but who had attended Archbishop Molloy in Queens instead of HS in RVC was really the prime mover in this.  Jim was really in to the NYHC scene, and was attending Bond St. shows, etc. way before any of us were. I'd gone away to college in upstate NY for a semester and returned miserable in late 94/early 95 and thanks to Jim and Jeff (Quiet Storm zine) I started attending LIHC&NYHC shows on the regular from that point on. Most of these shows were at the infamous Mecca of LIHC, the PWAC.

I was really in to LIHC/NYHC bands like Bad Trip, Burn, Mind Over Matter, Scapegrace, Clockwise, and Yuppicide at this point in time. The Victory Records stuff was taking off as well so that was also in play. Snapcase, Earth Crisis, etc

At this point a few records began to shift my perceived idea of punk and hardcore. The First Hoover LP on Dischord, Lungfish Talking Songs For Walking also on Dischord, the Lincoln 7"s on Watermark and Art Monk Construction respectively.

Not long after this I guess what you'd call the watershed moment or the singular event happened that pushed me or rather pulled me to screamy hardcore (as it was known then).

I was subletting a room at my sister's apartment in NYC for the summer. My friend Justin Scurti (band mate of Jim Nash) was putting on a show at his parents house in Woodhaven in Queens. Tetsuo and Edgar, both LIHC bands, were playing the show. I'd never seen either band and they played a style of hardcore that I identified with immediately. It was heavy, screamy, emotional and a far cry from the tough guy/polished/ style of stuff I was used to. Then I fatefully bought the Breakwater '5&7' s/t 7" from Bob English's distro box and nothing was ever going to be the same from then on. That record and the Ordination of Aaron 'Eli' 45 are the two exact moments where anything I decided to do musically were born.

I met the guys in Closure not long after through mutual friend Seth Berman who also introduced me to the Tetsuo/Edgar guys. When both of those bands broke up is when The State Secedes began.

So that's the Genesis point I guess. After that it's a straight line through a bunch of curved ones. The State Secedes ended. I Am the Resurrection began, I drove Usurp Synapse on tour and joined the band about a quarter in, juggled both IATR and US for a few months, threw my chips in and moved to Indy and did US full time, joined Mara'akate for the Euro 03' tour, and when Mara'kate ended Colin and Derek started Phoenix Bodies while Brian, Ben and I started Thin Fevers. TF was Post punk inspired by Gang of Four, Killing Joke, etc.


Can you tell us about your ventures into punk, hardcore and the genre name that some embrace and others reject...screamo?
The term "screamo" is just a shortening and combining of the two already in existence terms "screamy hardcore" and "emo" and I've no problem with that.


What bands were the most inspiring for you throughout the years you played in bands?
The bands that inspired me most were Antioch Arrow, Angel Hair, Born Against, Moss Icon, Nation Of Ulysses, Ordination of Aaron, Rocket From The Crypt, Breakwater, Portraits Of Past, Policy Of Three, Palatka, Los Crudos, Avail, 52X, Indian Summer, Honeywell, really too many to mention. There's a lot of gold out there on one off 7"s and LP's from that time.


Did your parents support your musical endeavors?
My parents were very supportive though I'm not sure they understood it exactly. I grew up in an artistic household. My parents were what I'd term NY Bohemians and loved art immensely. My sister and I pretty much haunted museums our entire childhood.  We were both encouraged to do creative things in life.


Some Mara'akate questions:

Did you do vocals throughout Mara'akate?
I was not the singer on any Mara'akate records. I joined the band to do the 2003 US/European tour.

Josh was the vocalist on all the Mara'akate records. I'm sure at some point he changed his style and there is some difference in vocal tone but that's all the same vocalist.

And why did you come in at the end, did they lose their initial vocalist? It seemed as if the vocals went through two stages so I wasn't sure if it was the same.
Brian Wyrick and I were roommates throughout this time and when Josh couldn't do the already booked Mara'akate US/Euro tour, he/they asked me.

I wasn't in a band at the time and was considering moving back to NY, not sure if I wanted to continue to be in bands, etc. it kind of fell out of the sky. Really a wonderful moment in my life.


Ahhhhhhhh, now I understand. I'm always raving about the "Congratulations On Your Impending Geography DVD", what can you tell us about that?
We made a conscious effort to record and document the tour. I don't think we had it in our minds to release a DVD of the whole thing until we got back home. Brian Wyrick (guitarist in Mara'akate) mostly shot the footage and edited it. We brought it to Clark Giles of Happy Couples Never Last as a possible project and he released it.


What bands from the tour/dvd do you remember the most? What stories are there behind that dvd?
Well all the bands we toured with were amazing both as people and as musicians. It felt especially nice to me personally to share a bunch of shows with Off Minor. Saetia and The State Secedes were brother bands and its always nice to see family you know really well anytime but that's double when you are touring abroad.

We were very fortunate to meet the incredible people that are/were La Quiete, Los Aseinos De La Superficialidad, Now Denial, Crowpath, Raein, Yage, etc

The DVD is basically a small capsule of our lives at that time. Lots of it still makes me smile as it's my best friends and I joking around and having fun. It may not be totally apparent, but we were a machine on that tour. None of us wanted a day off. We spent 5 weeks in a van and never wanted a day off.  Ben and Brian remain my best friends in this life so it's always nice to revisit the DVD for a laugh.


Some Usurp Synapse questions:

When did you join the band and in what capacity?
I joined Usurp Synapse during the 2000 US tour with Racebannon and Jeromes Dream. I had initially been hired by both Usurp and Jeromes Dream to drive both bands on the tour as I had a van and they needed both. About a quarter way through the tour Usurp asked me if I wanted to sing in the band alongside Jon Scott who was the singer on all Usurp releases as he was also juggling synth duties as well. I believe the thinking was that it would provide better dynamics for the live set and free him up a bit.

What was being in Usurp like? All these years later I feel like the band had a very specific but unidentifiable mystique.

Being in Usurp? Complicated.

I was a late addition to the band and as it wasn't my own or something I had started, it was a foreign experience for me. They'd been a band for a long time before I joined and there were strains on relationships within the band that were apparent and some that were not. When it was good it was great but when things soured towards the end well, I'll just say it was ugly and a lot of friendships were ruined. I'm not above my part in things and it's important to say so. I look back at the good times, the fun we had, the touring experiences, the camaraderie we had as friends at the time, but in the end it's hard not to be bitter about how it ended. Usurp is a cautionary tale and a tale filled with the disposing of band members at will for one person's vision.  It was not a healthy environment in its twilight.

The mystique of Usurp? It's probably due to the nature of the music and the unpredictability of the live show. We did a lot of things in the live setting that were unconventional and reactionary toward the crowd. The dissolving of the wall so to speak.


Can you give any instances, for us (like me) who may not know specifics?
Well as far as the music is concerned, it's still interesting, original, and of its own genre/style. While I've heard bands who have made music similar to Usurp, I'd say the band had no predecessor in total. When I joined the band, the main song writers in the band were listening to John Zorn, Sun Ra, Melt Banana, Discordance Axis,etc. So they were very in tune with other genres and taking cues from them as far as time signatures and putting those elements to work within the screamo or whatever you want to call it framework. Not easy to play either I might mention. It took a lot of skill and musicianship to play those songs. I was always impressed as they would make it look so easy!

In the live setting we were trying to make it a more volatile performance. Too often you'd go to a show and play to people who would just stand there and rock back and forth. There's no life in that. I guess we were looking to make it a more chaotic scene. It helped the band as it kept the energy up and the band members fed off of it. Hardcore and punk have this grossly homogenized idea of what and audience should do which is just stand there with crossed arms rocking back and forth worrying about what everybody else is doing while making fun and castigating the first random dude who goes off freely because they feel it. We wanted none of that. We wanted it to be volatile, kinetic, and with a true energy. The dissolving of the wall between the band and the crowd as I said before. People have and did get upset at the band for some of the live performance antics (for example we threw bags of flour at the crowd at a fest in Pennsylvania) but you are better off going to the theatre than going to a punk show if you can't understand the nature of punk rock and its philosophy.


What is your favourite Usurp release and song? You must have had some ridiculous tours, which one was your favourite?
My favorite usurp stuff to play live were the songs off the Hassan I Sabbah split. Great songs and the synth dynamics that Jon was working with then were awesome. I loved Hassan I Sabbah as well. So it's an easy choice. I'd known Chad from when Puritan and State Secedes played together so I loved playing with them and definitely my favorite stuff live.

The only full tour I did with Usurp is the US tour with Racebannon and Jeromes Dream. Definitely a fun tour. Some of the best times of my life. The most memorable tour/road trip would definitely be what we refer to as "Big Weekend" where we traveled to Boston in the dead of winter to play something called "fuck fest". It was an absolute nightmare going to and coming back but it's one of those singular experiences you can only look back on together.


How did being in Usurp differ from being in other bands?
The difference was that Usurp were a well polished machine and I mean that in the best way. When I/we met Usurp on the State Secedes/Racebannon tour you could tell they were looking to do bigger things. They had good contacts, were networking the right way, putting out releases on the right labels. In short, they had a plan. It was impressive. So yeah they very much differed from other bands as they knew what they wanted to do and had a plan. Initially when I joined Usurp I was also in I Am The Resurrection. While we had a plan in IATR for what we wanted to do it wasn't nearly as thought out as what US had in their vision.


You played in I Am The Resurrection, what can you divulge?
IATR was formed after the end or should I say ending of live performances of The State Secedes.  Myles Karr and Adam Dooling were both attending school at SUNY Purchase and asked me if I was interested in a band they had recently started. So I drove up there and long story short, it clicked immediately.  We had access to rehearsal rooms and good equipment and could really wood shop the songs through the winter. Looking back it was great, we were cloistered up there in Westchester. We had no scene that we belonged to outside of the Purchase musical scene (which would bear fruit in and of itself) so it was refreshing in that setting. I call it the "great shrugging off" period as we were no longer beholden to scene politics and could just create. At the same time we collectively had a chip on our shoulder as we wanted it to be brutal, cathartic, and revelatory.  It's a distillation of the bands we had been in before but has something else to it that is just time and place. Were we what has been said about us? I think the record stands for itself.


Please tell us the history and message of THE STATE SECEDES.
The State Secedes started after Tetsuo and Edgar had broken up. I was friends with Matt Gordon (Tetsuo) and he and I had talked about starting a band for awhile before States (our shortening of the name amongst ourselves) started. There was talk of a Tetsuo reunion and they practiced one night at Dan Boles (Tetsuo, States drummer) to kick the tires on the Tetsuo stuff. It's a long time ago but I think I showed up later after that practice and we just started in on new material that Bob English had at the time. Myles Karr had been recruited for the Tetsuo reunion as well so basically it was 3/5 of Tetsuo + myself and Myles working on the new material. We decided it sounded good and that we should start a new band etc. We agreed we needed a second guitar player to fill out the sound so we asked Daryl Palumbo (Glassjaw) to play guitar as well. We practiced quite a lot through the winter of 96, getting our chops up and figuring out songs. I think the first show we played was with Closure and Irony of Lightfoot. Shortly after that Daryl decided he couldn't do the band full time  and was replaced by Chris Jensen (Halfman, Campaign). We started playing locally frequently, that turned in to doing a lot of NYC and out of state shows. We toured with Drift from Canada in '97. Played some fests, local and out of state shows through '98 while working on new material. In '99 we went in to WGNS in DC with Geoff Turner and recorded the full length s/t LP on Level Plane. We did a short tour that spring/early summer with Portrait (ATL) and then did a late summer tour in August w/Racebannon in support of the full length. After the tour the band pretty much broke up. We'd been doing it a long time and everyone was being pulled in other directions: work, school, family.

The State Secedes is both a band and a metaphor and in that sense it will always be, continue, and never die so to speak. Hardcore/punk is a duplicitous system and acts the same way that any societal strata does. For all its talk it's still a human construct and subject to levels of importance however stupid, ironic, and foolish those may be. A "13th grade" if you will. The State Secedes was counter to that. The band was and is against all that.

Hardcore/punk speaks of inclusion but just becomes a mirror of the same society it's counter to. You have punk kids castigating and putting down other punk kids. So that's where we were coming from.

Thankfully the band started up around the same time as what I usually refer to as our brother bands. Saetia, Murdock, Devola, Judas Iscariot, C.R., and a few more that escape me at the moment. We were able to create a scene within a scene through those friendships. Looking back it was a very magical time for punk/hardcore in NY. We were all doing different stuff but we all supported each other. Great times.


Holy shit, Drift!?!? And Daryl Palumbo? Wow! Can you tell us more about your relationship with him?
Daryl was a friend of ours and someone we all collectively knew through the LIHC scene. He was already in Glassjaw who were a very well established band and at the forefront of the LIHC scene and would continue on to be a more famous and well known band.  Daryl was a big fan of Gravity records, Portraits Of Past, et al. So when we started coming up with the idea of The State Secedes he was in from the start and definitely on the same wave length as to what we wanted to do. Unfortunately he had to quit the band not long after we began (thankfully playing our first show before leaving) but he helped write several States songs and was instrumental in the bands existence. As an aside, Long Island was so rich with talent and bands that it was, in retrospect, a very special place to be during that time and I think the sheer amount of talent just made every band and musician better.

There is a lot of focus and attention paid to the NYHC scene of old (and rightfully so) but I think the LIHC chapter of hardcore had yet to be written or fully realized in a proper context or breadth. While the "city" scene sputtered or stagnated to a certain extent, Long Island was producing a far more varied and strong product at the time. Bills would be as diverse as Half Man w/ Silent Majority, Vision Of Disorder w/ Edgar, Kill Your Idols w/ State Secedes, etc. So there was this really communal "we're all in this together" hive mind idea.


What opinions do you have about the current state of music today?
Music today is as it sort have always been. There's a tremendous amount of superficial dreck but if you dig deeper you're going to get rewarded.  I'm not up on all punk/hardcore bands as I used to be but I definitely think bands like Frameworks, Killie, etc are great. Unfortunately I think most punk/hardcore bands spend too much time trying to sound like a band they admire and this just makes a general clone soup. There is no differentiation and just becomes a unlistenable knock off.

Music is an eternal thing. People shouldn't get caught up in what it sounds like compared to what's already in existence.


How do you feel about the US and what is going down? I'm watching from Canada and thinking that I'm watching the rapid decline of so many things, which is stirring things up here, as well, especially in terms of anti-immigration.
Well as a first generation American and the child of an immigrant I'm also appalled at the state of affairs politically in this Country. My mother immigrated to the US from Ireland in the late 50's and gained citizenship in the decade thereafter. My Father's parents, my grandparents, immigrated to the US from Portugal in the late 20's and followed the normal path to citizenship as well.

My sister and I grew up in a family that was both very proud to be both Irish and Portuguese but also extremely proud to be American.

We were instilled with the pride of where our families came from and that of being able to live in America. For my Mother that meant opportunity outside of rural Ireland which was extremely limited but so much more for women. My mother arrived in the US as a nun working for the Catholic Church and was able to leave that oppressive mechanism and create a life she would never have been able to carve out in that era or eras in Ireland. My Grandparents left Portugal looking for better opportunity and slowly worked their way out of New England textile mills and moved their growing family down to the Portuguese enclave of the Ironbound in Newark, NJ for better opportunity.

So, when I hear the rhetoric that mentions immigrants as a problem or use them as a scapegoat I take great umbrage with it. I don't think you'll find more patriotic people in this country than those that have immigrated here, whether or not they have been able to complete the process or not

So you've got this caustic, ugly, anti immigrant rhetoric hate speech being bandied about by the supposed leader of the free world and frankly it's alarming and disgusting.

The blaming of immigrants for society's ills smacks of rhetoric from both fascism and nazi propaganda. Scapegoating those that are trying to make a better life in a new country is shameful.

Donald Trump is never going to be able to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US, the world has revolved. It's eventual, a Malthusian prophecy in reverse.  We don't need as many to do as much anymore. I'd say start a works program, give people access to tech training,etc. but scapegoating immigrants is shameful, dangerous, and completely myopic given how this country was created.


What do you have coming up in the near future, in terms of bands, releases, touring, etc.? You also run Small Hand Factory Records, what can you tell us about that?
I'm not in any bands at the moment but there's always a possibility of a reunion on the horizon.  Myself and DJ Paren have a monthly soul night in Indianapolis called Naptown Soul Club that focuses on the amazing musical legacy of Indianapolis and Indiana in general and features national DJ's who specialize and promote the rare funk and soul 45 genre. We've released a mix cd of rare and deep Indiana 45's on the Dark Matter Coffee imprint out of Chicago and we'll have another one or two out this year as well. I also run and operate Small Hand Factory records. The mission with the label is to be a place where bands that I have a personal connection with can create, have a home, and then hopefully move on to bigger and better things. We mostly specialize in metal/hardcore bands but that's only absent of opportunity. Music genres are not mutually exclusive. It's all the same thing if you're listening.

Thursday, 16 May 2019


GenresPunk / Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Metallic Hardcore
Related artistsBlue Youth, Failed States, Surf Dads, Anemone and Dead Bent.
CountrySaskatchewan, Regina CANADA
Years Active2014-present
Song: "Ghost"
Album: "Triangle"
Year: 2016
For fans ofDangers!, Ghostlimb, Caust, Anemone, Graf Orlock, Griever, Whores, Canyons, Ladder Devils, Meth And Goats and Comadre.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the May 2019 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the May 2019 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2019 Mix#6 here.

BERMUDA LOVE were sent to me by my friend Jon who plays in Blue Youth, one of my personal favourite bands. BERMUDA LOVE actually consists of two members of Blue Youth alongside drummer Chris Dimas (records/masters Blue Youth & drums in Anemone) but in actuality sounds like Dangers! took a chill pill and mixed it with Comadre. Yep, I think a lot of readers are going to dig this.

The four-piece recorded their only release in 2014 but 'Triangle' didn't see the light of day until 2016. The mood is set from a few seconds into the opener, as "Red" is a screamy, sassy and caustic hardcore tune with a very good sense of melody. "Bones" is rooted in an awesome bassline and is kind of like post-hardcore with Dangers! vocals while "Ghost" is straight-up, epic, post-hardcore that has some experimental instrumentation during the intro but'll have you bangin' your head along by the one-minute mark. It also rides a wild solo to close out. "Nightstalking" doesn't let up, is one of the faster tunes on here and precedes the self-explanatory "Interlude" (which sounds like Mono). "Burning Books" is another driving, anthemic track that lays down the rock come 45 seconds. Once the vocals kick in this thing is a beast and easily one of the best songs here. "White Devil" has a plethora of dual vocals (which I'm always a sucker for) and is definitely the heaviest song on the LP. Closer "Rain" kind of wraps up everything great about the band and displays it here and concludes with an excellent Japanese-video-game-esque guitar wail.

The band is on hiatus, but is sounds like if the conditions are right something else might see the light of day.



2016 - Triangle LP (stream/donate/download here)


(2016) BERMUDA LOVE - "Red" (from 'Triangle')

(2016) BERMUDA LOVE - "Burning Books" (from 'Triangle')

(2016) BERMUDA LOVE - "White Devil" (from 'Triangle')


BERMUDA LOVE additional links


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

'Riot/Mutiny' by: мятеж

Year: 2019
For fans ofCult Of Luna, PG.99, Orchid, Makara, Systral and Kaospilot.

Review by Jesper Johansson Jungermark:

I don't like to review a band that I play in, primarily because I lose my sense of objectivity and tend to diminish my own accomplishments and nitpick all of my mistakes. So instead, today's review comes from Jesper, a 24-year old musician who operates from Gothenburg, Sweden and plays in Young Mountain, Nathan Aeli & Raft. This is their first review on the blog.

Track 1: "June and July, Life Over Die"
Starting with a swirling cascade of emotions followed by a reminiscing soundscape, in the style off of Cult Of Luna's classic album 'Somewhere Along The Highway' the first song ''June and July, Life Over Die'' then evolves into a vibrant, ambient march towards the next conquest. The vocals are right in your face where they should be, spitting out whatever hardship there has been. Solitary, sad and stubborn is how I'd describe the scenery in which MRTEX journeys onward with this new release.

Track 2: "Sectumpsempra"
''Sectumpsempra'' twists on itself, a complete circle to then devour it's own tail. Spastic, self-destructive and venomous just like if Ouroboros would be envious against this aggressive beast of a song. Once again the Cult Of Luna/Post-metal homage returns after the first half to give us some closure to this sonic assault. I'd look at these two songs as twins separated at birth only to reunite with the same experiences but with different aggression, creating a significant difference between them both but still tying them together.

***editor's note
As I am the vocalist for мятеж I can say that this is the final proper мятеж release. There will be a discography tape released near the end of 2019 housed in an encyclopedia with song lyrics, explanations, pictures, one new song, all limited to 17 or something silly.


(2019) мятеж - "Sectumpsempra" (from 'Riot/Mutiny')

(2019) мятеж - "June and July, Life Over Die" (from 'Riot/Mutiny')


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

***SPOILED BRAT exclusive song premiere***

"Cumming for Cotton Candy"
exclusive song premiere
For fans ofArab On Radar, Daughters, Tweak, Kiss 2, Ultra Dolphins and The Jesus Lizard

Akashita Corp.

SPOILED BRAT are a new band Delaware that are releasing a six-song cassette EP in a few days. I was blown away by the quirky, abrasive and confrontational hardcore that combines the weird of Arab On Radar with the noise of The Jesus Lizard. Inspired by anything THREEONEG and repetitive, noise rock, punk and weird hardcore, the band features members of Dolphin Hotel, Waller, [this is not for you.] and Summons to Yomi. The tapes are out of about 70 and release in full this Friday May 17th, 2019 via Akashita Corp.

(2019) SPOILED BRAT "Cumming for Cotton Candy" (from 'Fuck')
At only 1:05 this track is a clusterfuck. The song fires off in a frenzy and is soaked in sassy, volatile vocals (see Ultra Dolphins) that follow the lead of those pounding drums. Following the 30-second mark it dips into a feedback pit, as most whimpers and sounds are swallowed back in until 48 seconds when the track rips itself from the hole and tears around in a rabid, violent and shrieky fit.


Monday, 13 May 2019


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Crust / D Beat
Related artistsGehirn, .
CountryHonolulu, Hawaii U.S.A.
Years Active2018-2019
Song: "Sync Rate Zero"
Album: "itallreturnstonothing"
Year: 2018
For fans ofTenue, Moldar, Long Distance Runner, Jungbluth, Shin Guard, Ekkaia, Ostraca, Perfect Blue, A Paramount, A Love Supreme, Alpinist, Autarch and Truman.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the May 2019 Mix. This is track #6.
You can download: the May 2019 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2019 Mix#6 here.

Currently on hiatus, Honolulu's ITALLRETURNSTONOTHING used be called Gehirn but changed their name in early 2018. They released a single EP, but there might be something else coming in the coming months as it sounds like they may have it recorded.

Opener "Unit One" is a screamy, chaotic affair dealt in successive waves, as even at 4:26 there is nearly zero slowdown and almost no time to breath, save maybe the outro. "Progressive Knife" is a lengthy song reaching nearly seven minutes. It's decent but is a bit hampered by a slow groove that repeats, making an overly lengthy, caustic opening and close. "Pilot" is the opposite and blazes through in just 2:41, bringing Malaysian and Singapore screamo to mind, most notably Moldar. Oh, and there's a fucking dirty section that pumps out come 1:40 so hold on to your butt. After a sexy, instrumental intro "Sync Rate Zero" gets things going closer to 1:20 with rolling drums and vomited vocals that are caught up and carried by the frenzy of guitars, bass and general lo-fi noise with an end that is ballistic and reminds me of Kodan Armada and Bethari at their most chaotic. Closer "Tokyo-3" goes all out for two minutes before losing steam and dragging on for it's final two.

I'm intrigued to hear the final recordings, as well as any projects these members end up in in the future.



2018 - itallreturnstonothing cassetteEP (stream/download here)


(2018) ITALLRETURNSTONOTHING - "Sync Rate Zero" (from 'itallreturnstonothing')

(2018) ITALLRETURNSTONOTHING - "Unit One" (from 'itallreturnstonothing')

(2018) ITALLRETURNSTONOTHING - "Pilot" (from 'itallreturnstonothing')

(2019) ITALLRETURNSTONOTHING live (go to 6:35 by clicking here)



Saturday, 11 May 2019

***NUVOLASCURA exclusive interview***

In January of 2019 California's NUVOLASCURA released a beast of a full length with their self titled debut. 'Nuvolascura' was met with instant love from many a people, but none more so than those in the screamo scene. With the first pressing of 200 likely selling out before 2019 finishes, I would strongly recommend picking up a copy of their 12" through Zegema Beach Records or at one of their shows this summer. They are hitting a few spots on the west coast with friends Senza, Elle and Joliette, all on their way to their Zegema Beach Records Fest appearance on Friday May 31st, 2019.

The event page for day one (aka the Nuvolascura day) is linked here...

while the link for day 2/June 1st is here...

and the link for day 3/June 2nd is here.

Taylor Jewell of NUVOLASCURA had a scary incident in January that led to a 4-day hospital stay aka $8,000. Jon (ex-Beau Navire) started a gofundme in hopes of alleviating some of the cost which you can check out and donate to here.


In honor of NUVOLASCURA destroying my life at the end of this month and in an effort to help drummer Taylor with their recent medical bills, Zegema Beach Records has a special on for only $22CAD in the Canadian store, from which we will donate $5 from, and you will receive:
1x Nuvolascura 12"LP
1x Vril 4-way 10" split
1x free 7"
1x Zegema Beach Records sticker
5x ZBR download codes

That's a goddamn steal and you get to help out an awesome person, my friends.

Okay, holy shit...on to the interview!!!

Alrighty, let's start! Can you first run a through the history of Nuvolascura dating back to Vril's inception, member-wise? And what was the catalyst for the band's birth?

I’ll let Dom and Taylor speak to the catalyst/origins, but from what I know, they went to the same high school and started jamming together. After a couple vocalists, I joined in 2015. And Dan joined shortly after... in 2016? They started out without a bassist. My friend Zach started playing bass for them and asked me to jam and see if I’d want to do vocals. Their musicianship blew me away and I’m still in awe every practice.

I’d say Erica’s answer just about does it for me, lol. Nuvolascura as a whole I see as exclusively this lineup, pretty definitively.

Yeah Taylor and I pretty much just wanted to start a screamo type band and we really solidified our style when Erica and Dan joined. As far as a creative catalyst I think we were just really down to write and start a project without any confines and that’s been somewhat of the theme for us.

I got to know Dom, Taylor and Erica early on in the band's history through booking shows while volunteering at Bridgetown DIY in La Puente, Calif. and photographing their shows. Because of this, I've been fortunate enough not only to have been friends with them for a while, but also to watch the three of them really find their style and grow as musicians over the years. They truly were my favorite band at the time (honestly they still are lol) so I was very honored when they asked me to play with them. I almost turned them down at the time because then I wouldn't be able to take photos of them!

If you want to know the exact history of me joining: Erica asked me to play with them after their previous bassist quit while we were extras in a concert scene of a really hurt Sid & Nancy rip off movie. Our friends Left Astray were the "band" playing this VFW hall and the main characters had an argument in the middle of the circle pit the directors made us do. It was really weird. That was the end of 2015 and my first show with them was early 2016, we've been playing with this lineup ever since.


How do you feel the band's sound and ideals have shifted from the early Vril days to now?

I’d say with the No Traditions-era Vril, we approached the heavier/dirtier side of screamo with more of a chaotic/noisier lens. I’d say we’ve been a little more patient in the writing process since the conception of the s/t, involving more melody and tranquility in the context of more abrasive parts. We’ve also definitely been inspired by bands like Lord Snow/Youth Funeral and I think it shows with our newer material, haha.

I agree with Taylor. As far as ideals, mine haven’t changed 🤷‍♀️

Our ideals are the same in the sense that we still strive to write without any mental limitations or biases. Nuvo is the more refined product of that where we feel more comfortable in our sound and therefore more eager to explore more dynamic and melodic extremities in our new music. With Vril I definitely took alot of influence from my favorite past and present screamo bands but with nuvo I take more influence from bands who aren’t even remotely close to screamo. I feel like that allows for a greater variety in the context of songwriting

I will defer to everyone elses answers for early Vril. The one thing i will say is that I do feel that the songs between the No Traditions EP and this LP that I was there for weren't written with as much intention to be a cohesive document of the band as this record was.

I think ideals wise it's always been important for this band to make our stance against racism/sexism/etc known and we, as anyone should, are always looking to grow and learn from others and do our best to create a community that is both inclusive & conducive to growth.


Why the name change?

We made this statement on our facebook page when we changed names and I think it sums up the reason pretty well: It’s recently come to our attention that the word VRIL has indirect connections to nazism and we can no longer reconcile going on with a name with these connections, no matter how far removed, given the times we are living in where fascists & neo-nazis openly and freely wear their beliefs. We as a band are staunchly anti-fascist and deeply regret not being able to change it sooner. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and want to thank everyone that has supported us over these past few years. We are excited for the future & can’t wait to share what will be the first NUVOLASCURA LP that we will be recording in May. [currently out now 😬]


Right on. What is the meaning of Nuvolascura?

Nuvolascura means dark cloud in Italian.


How long were the ST songs in the works for? Were they written as one piece (with an LP in mind) or is it a collection of songs?

The songs were written over the course of two years. They were all written with an emphasis on cohesion for a full length. We wrote more than 11 songs during that time. Some of them made it on to splits and others were never released but these songs are all meant to compliment and play off each other, at least that’s what we had in mind while writing.


Holy fuck you are holding on to some unreleased recordings or were they never captured?

I don’t actually think we have any recordings of songs that didn’t live to make it onto a release at some point.


Are you still writing on a release-by-release style format? Is done both instrumentally and lyrically?

We have some demos that might get reworked in the future but we typically write songs for specific releases. I prefer to conceptualize the song, then write music for that concept. Erica typically adds lyrics after the songs are completed instrument wise.

Right now we’re writing with a couple releases in mind. Dom usually has a skeleton outlined. I look at each song as an individual thought/feeling instead of a flowing concept. I try to have some things written then edit/tailor them to the completed songs.


Erica, what are your primary inspirations for writing?

My primary inspirations for writing are experiences or moments that have a deep emotional impact. Whether it’s something I’ve experienced firsthand, a story I’ve heard or a combination of both. Words seem to flow easier when it strikes an emotional nerve. This record was mostly about things I had experienced or tried to come to terms with over the past few years.


How do you work your lyrics in? Do you do it at practice or figure them out at home afterward? Do you do much editing? Do you change lyrics to fit the song patterns?

I tend to write big stream of consciousness paragraphs at first, to get all my feelings out, without having a song in mind. I write alone, in a very quiet environment, since it’s usually pretty emotional for me. Once I have some ideas down, I’ll bring that to practice, feel out the moods of each song musically and decide what experience/idea would fit best. Then I write a vocal pattern that looks like a bunch of lines and dashes, that represent syllables, breaks and syncopation. I take my big paragraph and strip it down to a version that fits the pattern. There’s a lot of editing is involved. Sometimes I’ll keep editing up until we record.

As a vocalist I was intrigued and this is a great answer.


What is your setlist?

I think our set list will be half, flower, poison, cerulean, color, zen, plagues, trance.


What is your favourite song from the LP to play live?

My favorite song to play might be trance just because it uses a different tuning and kind of has different feel to it.

I like flower offering and zen depression. They’re both very cathartic.

My favorite song to play currently live is definitely Cerulean Wound. I feel like this song really captures the concise/dense screamo that I’ve always loved.


Do you get nervous before shows?

I never really get nervous cause i always see it as a fun thing to do

I don’t really get nervous. It helps to have your back toward the crowd so it feels like I’m only with my bandmates, and it’s more comfortable in general.


What's the best part about playing shows?

It’s a very unique meditative and cathartic experience, I think I just really enjoy that.

The best part is the huge release of emotions, feeling a synergy with my bandmates and seeing/playing with a bunch of awesome bands.


What's the most difficult part of playing shows?

The only thing difficult about playing a show for me sometimes is socializing during it. That might sound stupid but there are certain nights where it’s hard for me to be any amount of extrovert.

The most difficult part might be similar to Dom’s-- having to deal with social anxiety. Also the worst part is when people smoke cigarettes/weed very close to me and the smoke makes me have an instant cold.

I’d say the most difficult part of playing shows is playing a set without something breaking or getting pushed around haha.


Holy shit how was the release shhhoooooowwwww?!??!?!

It was wild!! And I guess people were doing windmills or something to cerulean wound. I didn’t see it cause I always have my back toward everyone.

The show was so sick. It was honestly insane being around so many people I genuinely love and seeing so many people stoked on screamo in one place.


Can you tell us about the other bands that played? Why were they chosen for the release show?

New Ruin, Super World, Ghost Spirit and Hawak played the show. Super World and Hawak are friends from the bay area and were so nice to make the drive down to play with us. They’re all very kind and talented. New Ruin is a band we used to play with a lot so we were stoked they came out from Riverside. Our friend Marcel plays bass for them now so it was fun to see him shred. Ghost Spirit is one of Taylor’s other bands who are good friends and, dare I say, a supergroup. All the bands/members have had some influence on us through our band history so it felt really good to play with them.

Could i just really quick add that Marcel, one of our very good friends in New Ruin and in general, also runs Sombras del Progresso, who helped release this LP! And since it was Marcel's first show with them and their first show back in a long time, we were very excited to have them play this show.


How did y'all first connect with Marcel?

I remember seeing Marcel around LA in 2010 maybe? There are photos of us at shows together before we were actually friends. He was a big fan of Vril when I joined and was at almost every show. We also played with his band Left Astray a lot and toured with them down to a fest in Mexico. He’s always been so supportive so it was a no-brainer when he offered to put out our 7”.

I think I met marcel around 2012 at a Left Astray show maybe? But didn't really got to know him until we both started volunteering at bridgetown diy together in 2013, then I went along for a Left Astray tour I think also in 2013. Marcel has been a part of my core group of friends since then and a big supporter of this band from early on. He started Sombras del Progresso with Ivan (also from Left Astray) which helped release our good friends La Bella's LP "Ides" and an early 7" of ours. So when it came time to release this record it was a no-brainer. We're very lucky to have Marcel/Sombras be a part of this project.


And Taylor mentioned screamo, what would you consider your band?

As far as genre goes, I think our main influences are screamo bands so we’d probably fall into that category more than any other.

I’d definitely say Nuvolascura is derived mostly from artists that are categorized as screamo. I’d also say there are certain metal bands we might subconsciously take from conceptually, but of course I don’t think any of us have genre directly in mind when writing.


Yeah there are definitely metal elements in your music, but they don't necessarily seem to be at the forefront. You have at least one upcoming tour, with Senza if I'm not mistaken. Tell us about that, and are you thinking of travelling overseas at some point?

Yeah, I think that’s the only real upcoming tour we’ve started booking. There are a lot of places I’d like to  tour... I’d love for us to eventually be able to set something up in Europe in 2020 or something. If anyone in any screamo bands in Europe are reading this and want to bring us on tour please hit us up lol.

Playing in Europe or anywhere overseas would be amazing! Being able to tour in general has been a real privilege and great experience. We're lucky to be touring early this summer with Joliette & Senza on our way up to ZBR fest. We were able to play with Senza on our most recent tour we did up to Portland and back, which was a lot of fun & probably our best tour so far! And Joliette are great friends of ours that we've played with a couple times when they've been in town, we had some bad luck the last time we had a show together and we weren't able to play, so we're really excited to be on the road with them to make up for that!

There are many things a band can push if they want to, what is the most important idea, thought, question or opinion that Nuvolascura wants to promote above all else?

I think with writing in general for me I would just want the listener to be emotionally affected; I’m definitely at a certain place with each piece of music I try and write and I’d just like for anyone listening to get something out of it either thoughtfully or emotionally, and that there’s no distinct feeling that should be felt but that it would be felt organically. 

My answer would be near identical to Taylor’s.

I have strong convictions that come out in my lyrics, but on a larger scale I hope we can help people feel less alone.


Did you want to do any venting/educating about the current political/social climate in the U.S.?

Our friend Cameron from La Bella helps put out a quarterly newspaper called Salvo, dealing with working class issues around Los Angeles. He tabled at our record release show to raise money for printing costs. I’d be interested in distro-ing it at future shows! Shameless plug:

I read a zine before traveling to Israel in 2009 called “Anarchists Against the Wall” and reflect on it often. It’s still relevant and is something I’d like to have available at shows.


What is next for the band?

We’re touring up to Canada in late May and working on a split and another full length. We’d like to tour the east coast again as well.


And lastly, what releases have floored/touched you in 2019?

i’d say i’ve been super impressed by the last Lord Snow and Senza full lengths that recently dropped, those are two bands that really inspire me musically and i’m honored to be peers with them, haha. Also joliette’s last album is so good.

I’m stoked on the new Fluoride record! And they were really rad when we played with them on the east coast. And new lord snow 😊 Was also excited about the new Dido record, but it didn't deliver.

Thank you all for being amazing in every respect. I can't wait to meet you!!!