Friday, 19 July 2019

GAMENESS

BandGAMENESS
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Metalcore
Related artists: Brume RetinaCall Us As You Wish !, Ride That Sexy Horse, Seekers Of The Truth, You Will Never Appear On TV With Such A Face, RevokDo You Compute, Dysfunctional By Choice, Reipas, Seanews, Tom Fool and The Sons Of Saturn.
CountryYvelines / Seine-et-Marne FRANCE
Years Active1996-2005
Song: "Low Waves"
Album: "Gameness"
Year: 2003
For fans of: Dip Leg, Yarmulke, Cougar Den, Orchid, 49 Morphines, The Death Of Anna Karina, Killed By Malaise, Emma Goldman, Terry GreenDaïtro, Mihai Edrisch, Dodewaard, Amanda Woodward, (early) Poison The Well, (early) Nine Eleven, Mališa Bahat, Loftus, Evylock, Dominic, Yage, The Third Memory and Kill Sadie.
Label(s): Self Released / Only 1 Crew / Recap Records / Impure Muzik / Heart On Fire Records
This post's artist is from the May 2019 Mix. This is track #3.
You can download: the May 2019 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2019 Mix#6 here.

I was told to check out GAMENESS by my good friend Jesse Mowery way back when we went on the first MRTEX tour...and about five year later I finally came to my senses (or maybe it was that I finally had time) and skimmed the surface. After hearing "Low Waves" I pretty much lost my shit and fully immersed myself in the amazingness from France that was GAMENESS.

The earliest recordings that I've stumbled across are the tunes on 'A Gift to the Victims' LP from 1999, which came out three years after the band's inception. It's pretty metalcore and not my thing. Same goes for 2001's 'No Unusual Reaction', but this one has some slight transitionary sounds, most notably early Poison The Well and perhaps a hint of screamo.

2003 was a breakout year for the killer sound that I associate with GAMENESS. Their four-song EP 'The All Seeing Eye' breaks away from metalcore and into sassy, screamy hardcore not unlike The Death Of Anna Karina and Killed By Malaise. The delivery of the vocals is all over the place, as the sassy spoken word is reminiscent of later Orchid but the higher pitched, harrowing screams lend an ear to Croatia's Mališa Bahat. It's that self titled LP 'Gameness' that takes the cake as the ultimate release and is this reviewer's favourite by far. Things get screamy and precise right from the first track "Crève la Fin", including a semi-experimental second half. "Émergence" long and epic (6:54) and is slightly reminiscent of Terry Green and Cougar Den. "Il Ne Reste Rien" has strong ties to French screamo such as Daïtro, Mihai Edrisch, Dodewaard and Amanda Woodward and even dips into Japanese-esque screamo by the end. "Another Part Of Decadent Organisation" is a catchy fuckin' tune and calls back again to The Death Of Anna Karina, especially with the sass and screaming combination that always has me dancing around by the end. The conglomerate, instrumental hook that is "It's Difficult to Smoke With Bo" sits in the middle of the album, giving the listener a slight breather before the behemoth "Present Day Present Time" kicks in for 5:20, complete with an additional string/orchestra section. "Low Waves" is next and is fucking ridiculous. It is the hardest, fastest and most aggressive song the band ever produced and it's like Orchid on speed, aka Loftus. Mmmmm, so tasty. "Réthorique de Destabilisation" is next and is another dense banger with a substantial breakdown 50 seconds in that was no doubt inspired by Amanda Woodward while closer "Sinous Passenger" is a trippy, mostly instrumental goddamned nightmare.

The band's final output came in the form of two songs on a should-be legendary split with 'AmenRa, Vuur & Gantz' and is a fitting conclusion to one helluva band. "Ressucite Et Remeur" is six minutes of massive movements with multiple, driving supernovas along the way, while "Immobile Destinee" is almost half of the time of packs no less of a punch. I really wish there were more songs here but alas they disbanded shortly thereafter, but three members continued on in Brume Retina so hit up Jesse's review of that here.

What's the moral of this story? Always listen to Jesse Mowery.

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DISCOGRAPHY
Click )==>here<==( to download the band's discography (minus the first LP) in mp3 form.

1999 - A Gift to the Victims minicdLP (I couldn't find this...anyone have it?)

2001 - No Unusual Reaction... cdEP
2001 - Gameness Meet Boog-Ïa split cd

2003 - The All Seeing Eye cdrEP
2003 - Gameness cd/cassetteLP

2004 - 4-Way split (w/AmenRa, Gantz, Vuur) cd
2004 - Trampoline dvd (live video compilation)

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(2004) GAMENESS - "Ressucite Et Remeur" (from '4-Way' split)

(2003) GAMENESS - "Low Waves" (from 'Gameness')

(2003) GAMENESS - "Réthorique de Destabilisation" (from 'Gameness')

(2003) GAMENESS - "Another Part of Decadent Organisation" (from 'Gameness')

(2003) GAMENESS - "Misconduction" (from 'The All Seeing Eye')

(2001) GAMENESS - "Honor" (from 'Boog-Ïa' split)

(2001) GAMENESS - "Crisis" (from 'No Unusual Reaction...')

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GAMENESS out of print mp3 discography download

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

FLUORIDE

BandFLUORIDE
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Grindcore / Noise / Crust
Related artists?.
CountryPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.A.
Years Active2017-present
Song: "hoax"
Album: "Disentanglement"
Year: 2019
For fans ofAureole Of Ash, Nuvolascura, Converge, Guidelines, Tentacles, Closet Witch, Drei Affen, Alpinist, Ape War, Arsen, Acme, Blind Girls, Resurrectionists, Never Better and Amygdala.
Label(s): To Live A Lie Records / React With Protest / Nerve Altar Records
This post's artist is from the May 2019 Mix. This is track #4.
You can download: the May 2019 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2019 Mix#6 here.

FLUORIDE are a devastatingly caustic hardcore/grind band from Philadelphia. I saw a plethora of friends say how good this was so I checked it out and was immediately blown away by the sheer ferocity of both the instrumentals and vocals. Their 2019 LP 'Disentanglement' is a mighty fine lesson in catharsis, as those destroyed vocals overlap with the blown-out and crusty guitars and somehow line them up with outrageously pummeling drum blasts. The LP was preceded by their self titled cassette 'Fluoride' in 2017. The EP is quite similar to the LP, just a tad less refined and punishing, but it'll still turn you into mush.

'Disentanglement' opens with "degrade", a relatively long song for the band at 2:30 in length. After the feedback subsides (around 34 seconds in) the listener is met with a gargantuan riff that immediately brought Tentacles to mind, as does the subsequent explosion at 1:15. Tracks "neglect" and "thought reform" follow a similar trajectory, while songs such as "alienate", "chipped away", "regenerate" and "unconditional" are the equivalent of black lightning and will put anyone's ears through a rusty wood chipper. Perhaps my favourite song, "hoax" delivers an absolute deathblow at track 11 with some ripping, dark and evil shit.

Ooooo baby see you at New Friends Fest in Toronto as well as my year end list!

Upcoming tour dates:
-7/17: brooklyn
-7/28: baltimore
-7/29: pittsburgh
-7/30: columbus
-7/31: chicago
-8/1: detroit
-8/2: toronto
-10/19: brooklyn

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DISCOGRAPHY

2017 - Fluoride cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)

2019 - Disentanglement cassette/12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2019) FLUORIDE - "hoax" (from 'Disentanglement')

(2019) FLUORIDE - "unconditional" (from 'Disentanglement')

(2019) FLUORIDE - "thought reform" (from 'Disentanglement')

(2017) FLUORIDE - "death sentence" (from 'Fluoride')

(2017) FLUORIDE - "due process" (from 'Fluoride')

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FLUORIDE additional links
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Monday, 15 July 2019

IN LOVING MEMORY

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artistsDispensing Of False Halos, Rue MorgueAcross Tundras, Brightstar, Eclipse Of Eden, Examination Of The..., The Spirit Of Versailles and Transpire.
CountryDes Moines, Iowa U.S.A.
Years Active1999-2001
Song: "Who You Enthrall"
Album: "2000"
Year: As Years Pass And Feel Like Seconds
For fans ofSenza, The Spirit Of Versailles, Off Minor, Gas Up Yr Hearse!, Saetia, Fall On Deaf Ears, Welcome The Plague Year and Cady.
Label(s): Self Released / Init Records / 605 Recordings
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.

IN LOVING MEMORY somehow escaped me for nearly two decades, which I find utterly devastating as the band shared their time amongst other amazing, local, screamo bands such as Back When, Eyes Of Verotika, Caught In The Fall, The Spirit Of Versailles, Robots Don't Cry, Examination Of The..., and even shared members with many of those bands.This band focused primarily on intensely shrieked, dual-vocals and the classic "clean and jazzy/heavy and distorted" personality shifts. They released four demo songs on the 2000 'Black Market Fetus split' tape, two of which showed up again on the 2001 'Examination Of The... split' 7" and then their quintessential 2000 LP 'As Years Pass And Feel Like Seconds' (also known as the 'In Loving Memory' LP).

The demo songs show the obvious potential of the band and are revised to perfection on the LP, so I'll just whip through those songs quick. 'As Years Pass And Feel Like Seconds' begins with "This is Ours", a chaotic romp through early Saetia territory with little to no space to breath. This is followed by "You Who Enthrall" which builds a gorgeous atmosphere with slow, Off Minor-esque instrumentals overlapped by both vocalists shrieking like banshees. At 50 seconds the songs hits hyperdrive and slows to a menacing halt at 1:04 before detonating completely. Completing the trifecta of perfection is track three, as "Moments Like These" balances aggression and sadness beautifully, creating a dense fog of cathartic screamo/emo-violence. I'm sure "Open the Door for Me" tugs at a lot of emo listeners, as the whiny singing during the intro is very You And I (there's even a hint of My Chemical Romance at one point), but the song lacks the punch I love about the preceding three. There's an incredible section that starts about 25 seconds into "The Choice Has Always Been Yours" that is epic as fuck, and I'd hate to neglect the anthemic nature of "There's So Much to Say". "I'd Burn it Down" has a preposterously groovy midsection that'll have you bobbing your head along in no time.

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

2000 - Black Market Fetus split cassetteEP
2000 - As Years Pass And Feel Like Seconds cdr/mini cdrLP

2001 - Examination Of The... split 7"

2012 - A Discography 12"LP (stream/buy from INIT RECORDS here)

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(2000) IN LOVING MEMORY - "Who You Enthrall" (from 'As Years Pass And Feel Like Seconds')

(2000) IN LOVING MEMORY - "This is Ours" (from 'As Years Pass And Feel Like Seconds')

(2000) IN LOVING MEMORY - "Remember (from 'As Years Pass And Feel Like Seconds')

(2000) IN LOVING MEMORY - "Song #1" (from 'Black Market Fetus' split)

(2001) IN LOVING MEMORY - "Yeah I Burned All Our Old Pictures" (from 'Examination Of The...' split)


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IN LOVING MEMORY out of print mp3 discography download

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

***PODCAST #34 Zegema Beach Records Fest 2019 wrap-up***

For the first time ever this blog will be taking a break. I am going on tour with SWALLOWS NEST along with our friends CROWNING and will return in mid-July to start posting again. If you're in Europe I'd fucking love to meet you, please come to a show!

Want to hear the three primary people that put on Zegema Beach Records Fest 2019 discuss it? Well...there ya go.

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JOLIETTE - "Vacío" (Dave)
NUVOLASCURA - "Death as a Crown" (Henrietta)
MALEVICH - "Trial of Metaphor" (Miggy)

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SENZA - "Sentience" (Dave)
MASSA NERA - "Nunca Seremos Lo Mismo" (Miggy)
OBROA-SKAI - "L.F." (Henrietta)

~Dave
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PODCAST #34 linked here
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Monday, 24 June 2019

'The Howling in the Hall' by: EYELET

EYELET's 'The Howling in the Hall'
Year: 2019
For fans ofOld Soul, Truman, Crowning, Rayleigh and Youth Funeral.

Review by Dave Cullen:

For the uninitiated, baltimore’s eyelet have been carving a path for
right around five or so years now, and in that time the band has
endured their fair share of tragedy, multiple tours, lineup
enhancements, and at least one spicy chip.

https://www.facebook.com/100002528516122/videos/1575447615882840/

This May, eyelet had the audacity to surprise-release an EP, recorded in
a home studio the band put together following their full US tour in 2017.
Plateau, the final track, was actually the first that I heard and at once
ensured that not only was this their most mature effort, but also the most
solidly engineered of their discography.

First off is the track Weeds of Grief and I was immediately taken by the
over-saturated vocals, But really that doesn’t matter because there’s a
riff at 2:30 that made me forget other music has existed before or after.

For real, listen to those high vocals at the end of As the Crow Flies, it’s
remarkable the range Craig can wield with his voice. But all of this is just the
entry point to the last track, Plateau. From the opening solo vocals, the sheer
energy created from the bright dynamics is everything eyelet has proven
so good at in the past. And don’t miss that middle At the Drive-in vocal section.

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(2019) EYELET "Plateau" (from 'The Howling in the Hall')

(2019) EYELET "As the Crow Flies" (from 'The Howling in the Hall')

(2019) EYELET "Weeds of Grief" (from 'The Howling in the Hall')

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Sunday, 23 June 2019

***PODCAST #33 Derek Black***


In the mid-2000s I went to a show in Cleveland that had Phoenix Bodies, La Quiete, Ed Gein and Storm The Bastille. I met Derek Black. We came across each other again on Facebook a few months back so we did a podcast. Derek also runs Tectonic Tourist, a van rental company for musicians looking to tour around the U.S., which is linked up here.

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RACEBANNON - "Johnny Jett Blastoff" (Derek)

2
HIVE MIND - "The Duality of Un-Man" (Dave)
ICE NINE
- "Forty-Five Times a Night" (Derek)

3
WRANGLER BRUTES - "Driving" (Derek)
TENTACLES - "Mortal Coil" (Dave)

~Dave
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PODCAST #33 linked here
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Friday, 21 June 2019

***INDISPOSED exclusive song premiere***

"Mason Kid"
song premiere
For fans ofTower Of Silence, Pianos Become The Teeth and Ghost Spirit


Chicago's INDISPOSED is a diverse, emo/screamo band that has shared members with You Folk, 100 Options, Cori, Bishop and Highdiver and just released a new song called "Mason Kid". It's a pretty dark-yet-hopeful sounding post-hardcore/screamo jam that crosses a bit of Ghost Spirit with Young Mountain for an excellently epic sound. The song can be found again later this summer on the band's upcoming EP. They've got a show coming up with Overo (linked here) on June 23rd and another with Frail Body (linked here) on July 31st.

(2019) INDISPOSED "Mason Kid" (from 'Mason Kid')

Thursday, 20 June 2019

A PARAMOUNT, A LOVE SUPREME

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Post Rock
Related artists?.
CountryNewark, Delaware U.S.A.
Years Active2019-present
Song: "catastrophizing"
Album: "demo"
Year: 2019
For fans ofTruman, Neil Perry, Hawak, Storm The Bastille, People's Temple Project, Trotsky, Infant Island, Snag, Funeral Diner, Olive Cotard, Ostraca, Perfect Blue, Sleep Debt, Welcome The Plague Year, Guidelines and Mališa Bahat.
Label(s): Larry Records / Les disque Rabat-joie
This post's artist is from the May 2019 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the May 2019 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2019 Mix#6 here.

Have you jammed A PARAMOUNT, A LOVE SUPREME's demo tape yet? No? Then you haven't heard the best demo of 2019. These two songs are, for lack of a better description, pretty goddang good. What are the band up to next? Writing an EP that I'd wager will be on a lot of year-end lists whenever that drops. What should you be doing right now? Ditching my silly words and just jamming that shit on their bandcamp with a soon-to-follow download. What? My words aren't silly? Oh you, you are too kind. Okay I'll make it quick.

'demo' begins with "catastrophizing", a seemingly eerie, dreamy post-rock tune that switches gears after a minute of instrumental musings with frantic drumming, shrieking and slightly buried guitars and bass. At 1:20 the groove kicks in, things become clearer and good lord of science almighty we've all gone to screamo heaven. There's another section come 2:30 that has some nice breakdowns amidst the late 90s screamo, coming off a bit like Neil Perry, Storm The Bastille and Olive Cotard. The second track is titled "overshot" and is much more accessible, at least in terms of getting your head bobbing along and finding the hooks quickly. The first half is scorching, while the subdued midsection takes a sole guitar progression and builds on it until 2:42 when it pops off again in seriously epic fashion.

If Truman, Neil Perry and Funeral Diner had a baby it'd be A PARAMOUNT, A LOVE SUPREME and that might just be the most complimentary thing I've ever said on here. Oh by the way, the band has a blog with political musings, etc. (linked here) and their tapes were put out by Larry Records and Les disque Rabat-joie, which I imagine are long sold out. Got mine, though.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2019 - demo cassetteEP (listen/donate/download here)

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(2019) A PARAMOUNT, A LOVE SUPREME - "catastrophizing" (from 'demo')

(2019) A PARAMOUNT, A LOVE SUPREME - "overshot" (from 'demo')

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A PARAMOUNT, A LOVE SUPREME additional links

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

***BLUE YOUTH two-song exclusive premiere***

"Deaf Mode/Two Faces"
exclusive two-song premiere/pre-order
For fans ofDrive Like Jehu, Dangers!, Life In Vacuum, Meat Wave, At The Drive In and Hot Snakes

Bandcamp
Facebook

pre-order 'EP + 2 songs' cassette from:
ZBR U.S.A. OR ZBR Canada

buy 'Dead Forever' 12"LP from:
ZBR U.S.A. OR ZBR Canada

If you have known me in the last two years, you'd know that my absolute favourite band (as Via Fondo is still on hiatus, I presume) has been Canada's BLUE YOUTH. The sassy, screamy, dancey, noise-rock trio released a stellar debut EP back in 2017, followed by my ultimate LP of 2018, the entrancing 'Dead Forever'. Well holy shit fuck they're back with two new songs and they are even screamier and more abrasive than the last batch.

"Deaf Mode/Two Faces" are two new jams that will likely appear rerecorded on the band's next full length, but for now can be found on a new cassette that Zegema Beach Records is releasing with the Grind Central Records /50 alongside the first 'Blue Youth' five-song EP. The release is titled 'EP + 2 songs' for obvious reasons and the ZBR version is up for pre-order, 20 copies on blue/white/black swirl cassettes releasing physically in August.

Enough jibber jabber, to the songs! And what songs they are!!!

(2019) 1 - BLUE YOUTH "Deaf Mode" (from 'Deaf Mode/Two Faces')
This might be my new favourite BLUE YOUTH jam. This thing begins with a rabid screaming and a reeling, repetitive three-note riff that is as awkward as it is jarring. At 30 seconds the song flips over to a biting, poisonous hook that over yelled vocals that builds and eventually erupts in classic BLUE fashion right before the first minute runs through. The driving bass and syncopated drums really take everything to the next level, and when combined with Gage's distinctive and confident delivery that dips in and out of screaming and soaring singing...well...it's unbeatable. The tail-end of the track breaks down and spends the final minute careening off into the darkness.

(2019) 2 - BLUE YOUTH "Two Faces" (from 'Deaf Mode/Two Faces')
The second song is without a doubt the most abrasive, screamy and least accessible thing the band has recorded...and I love it. An eerie, siren-esque intro opens up a lone guitar progression that the band latches onto come 30 seconds with a swirling, subdued verse that sounds like a mix of Ken Mode and Dangers!. The second iteration of this section picks up the pace and inserts another layer to the mix, creating the perfect bridge to the bombastic chorus that follows. This is a very noisy song that takes a breather at the onset of the second minute, only to splice in some screamy hardcore (dare I say screamo?) to help lead this track to its very satisfying demise.


ADDITIONAL LINKS & WHATNOT

***ZEGEMA BEACH RECORDS Fest 2019***

ZEGEMA BEACH RECORDS Fest
Presented by ZBR & Emocat Records

I don't really know what to say. This experience was amazing. Stressful. Inspiring. Monetarily...not great. But bottom line, the entire weekend was fantastic. It was great to see the screamo folks come out and gush over the bands. The sense of community was palpable. The music was surreal. Literally every single person in every band was beautiful and kind and positive. There are too many key thank yous to try and make a list, so I want to say I appreciate literally everyone there, and everything you did to make it such a heartwarming festival. See you first week of June, 2020.

NIGHT #1 / Friday May 31st, 2019

DIVA PLAVALAGUNA / SENZA / NUVOLASCURA / ELLE / JOLIETTE



DIVA PLAVALAGUNA
The only local band/Canadian band of the night, featuring three members (two of whom cohosted the fest). Their sassy, quirky and screamy songs can most definitely be likened to Johnny Whitney related bands, especially The Blood Brothers.
Link to songs: *2* / *3*
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SENZA
Oh my fucking god. Oregon's SENZA killed it. The crowd got hard into it. The top of a head flew off. No vocal mics were used. Everyone had Senza shirts the rest of the fest. This is their full set. Grab their new 12" 'Even A Worm Will Turn' below.
pre-order 12" / buy tape

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NUVOLASCURA
California's NUVOLASCURA was easily one of the bands I was most excited to see, so of course I misplaced the video camera during this set and was forced to use my cellphone to capture three songs, but unfortunately the sound isn't the best. Regardless, you can hear the intensity, the set was amazing, and there's just something special about a bunch of hair flying around during a set. We have like 18 copies of their 12" left...just so ya know.

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ELLE
I was already pumped to see California's ELLE, but after hearing their new 12"LP (ZBR was asked to release it) I became rabid. Not only did they play a heart-wrenching set, they were very, very excited to be there and thanked us a million times. I took videos of both new songs which will show up on the new 12" co-released by the band's new label "She", Dog Knights Products and yours truly. The song below is titled "Dust" and it's amazing.
Link to songs: "X" / "Mockingbirds" / Terrene

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JOLIETTE
Ahahahaha, this was just funny. Like, stupid funny. Like every drummer in attendance was either shaking their head, holding their forehead, picking their jaw off the floor or laughing hysterically. They blew everyone away, stole the weekend, and were incredibly kind, wonderful people, to boot. Unfortunately these beautiful people who travelled all the way from Mexico subsequently had their visas banned from the Un-United States for the next five years. A friend crowdfunded donations, the band had a benefit show back in Vancouver, and finally made it home. They will be releasing a new album in early July. It's absolutely phenomenal and they've already released two songs from it via music videos. I highly recommend checking out the video below which is "Lázaro" followed by "Pudre Infante", tracks 9 and 10 from the 'Luz Devora'. I even made 40 "FUCK BORDERS" versions that are available in the ZBR store as of this moment, with nearly all of the proceeds going back to JOLIETTE.


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NIGHT #2 / Saturday June 1st, 2019

CURRENTLY UNTITLED PROJECT / LA SONORA CLANDESTINA / DOUBLE STANDARDS / NONE BUT EQUALS / TERRIFYING GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL / VALTIEL / MALEVICH / LYTIC



currently unnamed project
After over a year and a half of show inactivity I was able to play in the opening band (currently unnamed) so thank science for that. We had a few practices, but never with all of the members present so this was technically our first full band practice. Some improv, some fast bits, some chill bits and four people screaming in your face. That's pretty much it.
Link to song: *1*

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LA SONORA CLANDESTINA
I knew Paolo from a Seattle visit from last year and we hit it off very well, so when they asked to play it was a no-brainer. I managed to capture their full set, which just happened to be a collaboration set with Joliette drummer Azael, and it was fucking mesmerizing. Ambient/drone music with exceptional drumming.

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DOUBLE STANDARDS
I've been jamming DOUBLE STANDARDS hard for almost a year now, and their live show did not disappoint. I thought they had expanded to a four-piece at all shows, but I was mistaken as the bassist and drummer blew through songs, both recorded and unrecorded. Henrietta from Terrifying Girls' High School and Diva Plavalaguna lent their lungs to a song, but unfortunately I missed taking a video of my favourite tune "Emperors of the New Millennium" as they opened with it whilst I was working at the door. I was talking to Matt (bass/vocals) and it sounds like they'll release their lost EP at some time in the future, as they are likely to record in the next little while.
Link to songs: *2* / *3*

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NONE BUT EQUALS
Without a doubt the most "punk" band at the fest, this happened due to the fact that Steve Roche (Off Minor, Saetia, Yo Man Go, etc.) is the drummer. They put on a great set that had me bruised on tops of my legs due to all that drummin' I was doin'. If you like your melodic punk/hardcore then I highly recommend this Philly band.
Link to song: *2*

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TERRIFYING GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL
One of the most active, interesting and awesome Vancouver screamo bands, TERRIFYING GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL played the best set I've seen them put forth. Sharing two members with Diva Plavalaguna, their sassy, quirky, dancey and shrieky tunes are best compared to The Blood Brothers, but definitely have their own thing going on.
Link to song: *1*

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VALTIEL
This band had some serious shit luck coming in, as the vocalist contracted laryngitis right before the show and they had a few equipment mishaps, but goddamn they still killed it. They have a sick Italian screamo meets U.S. emo/metalcore thing going where they never actually stick to any one of those, making their chaotic/screamy hardcore very original sounding. Oooo I also released their debut cassette EP 'Human Error' which they've already sold out of. Nab some copies below.

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MALEVICH
I knew Atlanta's MALEVICH was heavy, but I was not prepared for what happened. Simply put, they destroyed me. I cackled a few times in disbelief and raised my hands to the sky on at least two occasions. It was truly an experience. They played a bunch of material from their upcoming LP (which ZBR will have some tapes of) and were super chill, as I hung out with them for most of Sunday afternoon at Stanley Park in Vancouver.
Link to song: *1*

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LYTIC
Playing last, the two-piece shattered expectations despite the late time (1:30, I think?). As they were unable to make it to Europe for Miss The Stars this made the entire set extra special. Playing eight songs, including two new ones, their 15-ish minute set was packed full of energy and technical, screamy hardcore in the Italian screamo vein, but with some singing now and again. Pick up their split 7" with Shizune below and nab that screenprinted 'one-sided EP' when it comes out.
Link to songs: "Open Letter" / *2 songs* / "Lugenpresse"
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NIGHT #3 / Sunday June 2nd, 2019

MIRIAM / FRIOLENTO / EMMA GOLDMAN / OBROA-SKAI / REVERIES / MASSA NERA



MIRIAM
Okay, so MIRIAM replaced Frail Body and I knew they were mostly Massa Nera members (actually, it's everyone except Chris), therefore I was expecting some good shit. This wasn't good shit, this shit was amazing. Honestly the three-piece slayed a 10-minute set, playing a few new tunes, one of which my camera ran out of battery for. Seriously, I am hella on board with MIRIAM. Like Massa Nera but powerviolence/metalcore.
Link to song: *1*
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FRIOLENTO
I had never seen'em but holy moly they have a presence and play some killer screamy post-hardcore. The noise/ambiance/spoken word weaved in and out of heavy screamo/post-hardcore was recently released in March, but the band played a few new songs, one of which (embedded below) is fantastic.
Link to song: *1*

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EMMA GOLDMAN
There was no surprise when the other locals fucking brought it, as I've seen EMMA GOLDMAN about five times in the past year and they never disappoint. Playing a mix of old songs, a new split song as well as two unrecorded jams, I can say that I'll be helping release one of those and it sounds aaaaammmmmaaaaazing. If you're not watching out for this band then your peripheral vision sucks ass.
Link to songs: *2* / *3*

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OBROA-SKAI
This three-piece from Edmonton are phenomenal. Creating a noisy, dark and feedback soaked hardcore, the band killed it, riding the mindboggling drums of Durell Smith. Not only were they amazing, but earlier in the day we hung out and talked politics, local scene etc. and even voted on if Canadian bands such as Age Of Electric, Our Lady Peace and Moist held up to today. Great music. Great people.
Link to songs: *1* / *2* / *3* / *4*

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REVERIES
Boston's REVERIES, the Ancient Injury/Emocat Records band play a very unique concoction of emo, screamo, rock and melodic hardcore. They share members with Lessener who played ZBR Fest in 2017, thus building the bridge that led to this set. They recently released a split with Okant and Chalk Hands which is spectacular. As I was doing door I had a friend record a video. Thanks, Victor! 

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MASSA NERA
The only band to play both Zegema Beach Records Fests is MASSA NERA, and that makes my heart tingle with joy. Everyone had been waiting eagerly the entire weekend to catch a glimpse of this heavily influential screamo band, and they did not disappoint. Mark said some very nice words about the relationship between ZBR and MASSA NERA before tearing through a 25-minute set that left everyone speechless and satisfied. The new and dare-I-say final iteration of the band is just perfect, and meeting bassist Aaron was super cool. I filmed their full set so check it out!
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Thursday, 13 June 2019

***ALBATROS exclusive song premiere***

"Towering Terreur"
exclusive song premiere
For fans ofRespire, Envy, Aleska, Sed Non Satiata and Bökanövsky


I am excited to share a new song with you! Today's premiere comes from Québec's ALBATROS and is the fourth track on their new, second full length 'Futile' was written over the last 3 years. It's being released on vinyl by Dingleberry in Germany, Les Disques Rabat-Joie and their own label Le Mort Records here in Canada, with a cassette release via No Funeral Records. The 10 tracks were recorded at Le Pantoum, their friends' studio and creative space in Québec City. Recording and mixing were done by Simon ''Poupon'' Provencher and mastering by the master Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studio.

They will be touring Europe in late July/early August, hitting five countries in around 20 days, playing 10 shows. Here's what you need:


Time for the premiere!

(2019) ALBTROS "Towering Terreur" (from 'Futile')
This is the fourth track out of ten and is a fucking banger. Imagine Envy, Respire and Sed Non Satiata coming at you simultaneously and you're pretty much there. Thick, driving screamo/post-hardcore with a few very smooth transitions, creating an epic behemoth in just 2:48. Seriously this song kicks ass and so does the rest of the album!