Monday, 19 September 2022

*** COLACON exclusive music video premiere ***

"We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Lawnmower To Keep These Snakes Out The Grass"
exclusive song/music video premiere
For fans ofFrom A Second Story Window, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, PacmanthemovieWreck Of The Minotaur and Noise Trail Immersion

orders open October 7th, 2022

A year or two ago my friend AJ hit me up about painting some tapes for his band. I did. I enjoyed the tape, but I don't think I heard the songs until I was basically placing the order. About a month ago AJ hit me up again about doing the same thing, but this time I took some time to jam the songs before sending it off. I was so damn impressed that I immediately asked if Tomb Tree could help release it. They said yes. They made a music video. And now here we are.

COLACON began in 2020 as a project between two best friends that live in Columbus and Macon (hence the name, a mixture of the two cities) that was originally supposed to be lyrically based around an Orc town, but the two decided to drop the theme and just bang out tons of ridiculous mathcore/metallic hardcore/myspace tunes. Most jams hover around the one-minute mark and are bursting at the seams with nutty riffs, brain-slapping time changes, and commanding/sickening vocals. When I listen to most of the songs on 'The Pestilent Sickness' I get a condensed From A Second Story Window kind of vibe, but I think most people will hear something different. One thing is for sure, this shit rips.

(2022) COLACON "We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Lawnmower To Keep These Snakes Out The Grass" (from 'The Pestilent Sickness')

Tuesday, 6 September 2022


GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Metal / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Black Metal / Experimental
Related artists?.
CountryTallinn ESTONIA
Years Active2015-2017
For fans ofTrachimbrod, Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket, Lakme, Amanda Woodward, Respire, Via Fondo and My Hair Is A Rat's Nest.
Label(s): Le Blast Tapes

LEEVIKE was a solo project from Estonia that I discovered in 2021 due to the amazing Le Blast vault. This single dude was able to capture a ton of amazing screamo subgenres and also incorporates additional instrumentation on some tracks. Mesmerizing post-hardcore/atmospheric screamo, and ridiculously good/obscure stuff.

It becomes blatantly obvious on the opening track of the solo project's debut release '15' in 2015, as "esimene" houses some great midsection twists and turns not unlike Suffocate For Fucks Sake and Hundreds Of AU mixed up in a big ole bowl, but that epic ending wrapped around a wailing guitar solo and momentum changes are the highlight of the EP.

The same year '3' or 'kolmas' was released, I'm unsure the proper title, but it only houses one song titled "kolmas" and it begins much harsher but does bury some melodic leads (Piet Onthel, anyone?) and even boasts what sound like dual vocals. The midsection becomes a post-rock/post-hardcore journey that injects some fantastic flute into the mix, making it a truly standout jam, as the flute eventually meets up with everything else for the conclusion and it's fucking amazing. Respire-esque? You betcha.

In 2017 LEEVIKE released two tracks on something called 'tracks from nmfm collabs' which has gotta be, track-for-track, the best release. Opening with "neljas", this thing is less harsh than the "kolmas" and continues the instrumental variation, leting a trumpet take root to an extremely exhilarating degree, but there are a few dashes of the heavies. "viies" is a tap-happy screamo jam that Native, Party Hats, The Reptilian, and Sinatra would be proud of. Perhaps the most versatile and strongest jam they released, the feelings conjured and warm embrace during the first minute-and-change are joyous. At 1:12 the songs dives headfirst into Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket territory with that gorgeous tremolo followed by a sick-ass stop/start screamo section that La Quiete might have conjured up. The second half is a lush, Via Fondo-esque dreamy section that builds to an utterly fantastic close.

Last up is the longest release, a five-track EP titled '17' also released in 2017 (duh). With the collab tracks veering off into semi-experimental territory, this death release seems to be more cohesive and direct, but I'd be lying if I said the 'tracks from nmfm collabs' weren't LEEVIKE's crowning achievement. This release's sound lies more in dark, nightmarish screamo whilst still retaining an obvious LEEVIKE sound. There's a lot of variation within the songs too, as opener "kuues" is a smack to the head, while "seitsmes" is slow, brooding, and eventually kinda metal. "üheksas" weighs in at more time than the first two tracks put together but keeps the pedal to the metal for majority of its duration and is probably the heaviest of the five despite a very dreamy ending. Closer "viimane" is an excellent swan song, showcasing everything the band can do, but it's track three titled "kaheksas" that is the cream of the crop here, firing off sick notes, time changes, and throat-shredders left right and center.

You likely have never heard of this amazing project. But now you have. Enjoy!



2015 - '15' digital EP (stream/donate/download here)
2015 - 'kolmas' digital EP (stream/donate/download here)

2017 - 'tracks from nmfm collabs' digital EP (stream/donate/download here)
2017 - '17' digital EP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) LEEVIKE - "viies" (from 'tracks from nmfm collabs')
(2017) LEEVIKE - "neljas" (from 'tracks from nmfm collabs')
(2017) LEEVIKE - "kaheksas" (from '17')
(2015) LEEVIKE - "kolmas" (from '3')
(2015) LEEVIKE - "esimene" (from '15')


LEEVIKE additional links


Sunday, 4 September 2022

*** PODCAST #97 Hunter Johnson (Terror Cell, Charger Port, Tvlpa, Asylum 213) ***

Who's busy as fuck? Hunter Johnson, of course. Playing in three bands plus having his own solo project, it is blatantly obvious upon speaking with him why he is in such high demand. With CHARGER PORT (math rock/noise, noise pop) releasing two LPs (and an EP on tape via my Softseed Music label), TERROR CELL (mathcore, metalcore) releasing their new 12"LP on October 7th, TVLPA (chaotic hardcore, false black metal, noise rock) gearing up to record, and ASYLUM 213 (genre-bending alternative) fresh off of a 2021 full length...Hunter is kinda everywhere. He's definitely in Richmond, Virginia. Are you in RVA? If so maybe hit up Hunter so ya'll can play CHARGER PORT jams live. PLEASE!

Just a few of the things discussed: David Llynch movies in music, Led Zeppelin tribute band influence, Tony Martin is great, Voicemails (the band), loving shenanigans, who is heavier - The Wind In The Trees or Pains?, Broken Charger Port (good luck finding it), bartering for wax mages, views on Mars Volta, how Charger Port became Tvlpa, Nintendo soundtracks, disliking vs. loving Anthony Green, joining Terror Cell, everyone loves John Crogan, the Touch And Go label, what screamo do you like?, us failing to say screamo band names properly, trying to find members to join Charger Port for live gigs etc. Bands played in this podcast: Masayoshi Tanaka, Oxes, The Sound Of Animals Fighting, Spear Of Schlonginus, U.S. Maple, and Works. Listen to podcast #97 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.
1 What kind of kid was this kid? A metal kid? A classic rock elitist douche bag kid?
OXES "And Giraffe, Natural Enemies" (Hunter)
***WORKS "Punishment" (Dave)***              EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE!!!

2 Nobody will find this, ever.
MASAYOSHI TANAKA "Blue Curacao" (Hunter)

3 The talent is so good it sounds automated.
U.S. MAPLE "Running From Kabob" (Hunter)
SPEAR OF SCHLONGINUS "Make Like a Computer and Get With the Program by Curl Up and Die" (Dave)



PODCAST #97 linked here