Tuesday, 28 June 2022

PODCAST #91 John Crogan (Ostraca, .gif from god, Listless)

John Crogan, one helluva drummer and a most excellent human being. I met John years ago in Richmond and then again at CMAR 2017 and New Friends Fest 2019, so we had a good repoire before delving into this podcast and I think it shows. Very smooth, chill, and intriguing podcast with the drummer of Ostraca, .gif from god, Listless, and countless other projects now inactive. Things discussed: podcasts, Smashing Pumpkins aka the first deep dive, drums at 14, nu-metal, Gus and John doing cover bands, bonding with family through music, Ostraca beginnings and cover meanings, the best Ostraca release and future endeavors, that Ed Gein show in a box, not having the rights to your music, props to parents that let kids play music in their house, Jon Karel love, losing your voice on tour, Portraits Of Past, Italian screamo, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Abandoned Hearts Club, AmenRa, Antarctica, Ed Gein, LVTN, and The Number 12 Looks Like You. Listen to podcast #91 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.



1 Intro / told someone I play drums and I don't really know how.
AMENRA "Plus Près De Toi" (John)
LVTN "Too Low To Fall" (Dave)

2 Ostraca / My favorite bass-playing of all-time.
ED GEIN "The Wool is Pulled" (John)

3 .gif from god / Wild Hogs
ANTARCTICA "Lazerz" (Dave)

4 Listless / Timelines are hard.
~ no music



PODCAST #91 linked here


Saturday, 25 June 2022

*** ALAS 'Uusi Vuosi' 12"LP exclusive premiere ***

'Uusi Vuosi'
exclusive album premiere

For fans ofRaein, Suis La Lune, Chalk HandsTrachimbrod, Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket, and Daitro

Order 12" from:

zilpzalp records (Europe, no store just send them a msg)
Email: zilpzalp.records@gmail.com
Instagram: instagram.com/zilpzalp__records

Zegema Beach Records (USA/Canada)

Are you ready? You aren't? No, I don't think many people expected the debut 12"LP by Finland's ALAS to be as truly incredible as it is. We're talking Raein, La Quiete, Suis La Lune, all of those defining screamo bands...add Alas to the list. Cuz they fucking nailed this sucka. No breakdowns, no chugs, no panic chords, no death growls, 'Uusi Vuosi' is just soaring, majestic, epic, Finnish screamo done better than you've heard in a very, very long time. Order above from one of the fantastic labels in your country/area and stream the album in full below along with a song-by-song review. Digitals go live on bandcamp Monday June 27th at 9am PST / 11am CST / 12pm EST.

(2022) ALAS 'Uusi Vuosi'

1) Uusi Vuosi
The opener and title track was released soon after the band finished up the album, and is dancey, very positive and light-hearted ala Suis La Lune and Trachimbrod's 'Leda'. Love the guitars that sound like shooting stars.

2) Odottavan Aika
This one begins with beautiful instrumentals reminscent of later-era Raein and full-blown screams before throwing some unstable, wavering solo notes amidst the gorgeous screamo/post-hardcore/shoegaze fusion. Oh and the outro has a made La Quiete vibe which always gets me salivating.

3) Ristiaallokko
The third track is perhaps my pick for the best song on the album. It has much more piercing guitars and is generally a faster/more aggressive jam that slides into Via Fondo and Trachimbrod territory. You'll find this song on the upcoming Zampler #19.

4) Pantomiimit
This is a very groovy, driving song with a lot of shoegaze similarities save the awesome screaming and faster drumming. Again, those spacey guitars really take these songs to the next level and add ethereal layers that are both comforting and mesmerizing, especially the second half.

5) Kaikki On Sees
This stellar song was previously released on the 2021 4-Way split 12" with To Be Gentle, Armywives, and Mirin Bide. It is the fastest song on here and could be even be likened to "diet emo-violence", but draws on immense melody and guitar/bass interplay amidst the turbo drums.

6) Muisti On Oikukas Kone
A slightly weird, disjointed track that does a great job of creating a bit of uneasiness amidst all that beauty. It reminds me of with that dreamlike guitar tone, lulling outro but perhaps the darkest song on the record.

7) Syysjää
The slowest burn on the album is this seventh track, which toys with the listener until the two-minute mark when it explodes in an extremely well-calculated use of song dynamics. What an ending, holy moly!

8) Niin Kuin Mekin Nyt
The previously released closer and by far the longest track on the record is "Niin Kuin Mekin Nyt", and it does not disappoint. The epic and melodic capabilities on this track are excellent, building and swelling like a dying star, which reminds me of a cross between Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket and Envy. Wonderfully done.

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

PODCAST #90 Arvid Ringborg (Vi Som Alskade, Jazzbrunch, The Comedy)

Has it almost been 10 years already? Hot damn it's been at least 8 since I started talking to Arvid Ringborg, vocalist/lyricist of Swedish screamo/post-hardcore heavyweights VI SOM ÄLSKADE VARANDRA SÅ MYCKET. Since then we've both had a child, my family went to visit him on our Swedish trip, he's released another Vi Som LP aaaaaaaand released the Jazzbrunch 7". Woooo, lotta stuff. Want a lot of Arvid? I sure do. So I did. Enjoy the podcast where we discuss many-a-thing, including (but not limited to): looking fucking metal, Biohazard were airheads, Swedish bands, getting recorded by your soccer friend's dad, living in the U.S. for a year, seeing At The Drive In in a tiny basement with 40 people, becoming friends with Metroshifter, the creation of Jazzbrunch, singing in English vs. Swedish, Nick of Blood Of The Young, an upcoming early discography 12", The Comedy and seven unreleased demos!, genre-hopping like a goddamned son of a gun, art rock (or whatever that is), Bill Hicks, the Epitaph/Fat Wreck sound, the sing/scream thing, The Khayembii Communiqué and their Vi Som Alskade connection, the future of Vi Som Alskade, etc. Bands played in this podcast: The ComedyGil Cerrone, The Holy Shroud, Horace PinkerThe Khayembii Communiqué, and Metroshifter. Listen to podcast #90 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.



1 Fucking Metal
METROSHIFTER "Overlap" (Arvid)

2 Jazzbrunch? That's the stupidest name I've ever heard.
THE HOLY SHROUD "Calling In Confederate Debts" (Dave)

3 The Creation of Vi Som (I'm not unproud)
THE COMEDY "We The People" (Arvid)

4 Elements I want from my screamo.
HORACE PINKER "Supposed To" (Dave)
GIL CERRONE "Flat Earth" (Dave)



PODCAST #90 linked here

Saturday, 4 June 2022




@The Globe in Nanaimo on June 3rd, 2022
Live Show Review

I've been living on Vancouver Island since 2018. How many shows have I been to? Two. A sick Life In Vacuum show in Victoria years ago and my friend's band in Nanaimo about three years back. Honestly, it feels like I'm 100% removed from the scene here and it's fucking weird. So this show was a huge opportunity for me to break down the barrier that is the Nanaimo scene and talk to some great people, shoot some sick bands, and see my friends from Denmark/Italy in Hexis.

Nanaimo locals mixed together an eclectic set that this particular video I took doesn't really represent. This is more Evanescence with hardcore/metal but some of their other material (the 2nd last song in particular) went heavy on the black/death metal and included some righteous bellows. I also noticed that the vocalist's singing got stronger as the set went on so if you have the chance to see them live, it's like this video but like...way better.
For fans of
Evanescence and Made Of Babies


In terms of Dave Norman, this band was probably the most suited to my personal taste. They sounded kind of like Orphaned and Hope Drone (atmospheric black metal) but with less screams and more gutteral black metal vocals. In typical Dave fashion I recorded the worst of the band's three songs (this song still rules, but those other two were incredible) so imagine a much faster and mathier version of this Victoria trio. I spoked with Aidan (vox/guitar) after their set and they have a new album coming out this year! Stoked.
For fans of
Orphaned and Spectral Wound


This Vancouver band made the trek to play this show and obviously have been doing this for awhile as they knew their shit. Their guitarist/vocalist made both riffin' and screamin' look ridiculously easy, the other guitarist threw up some sweet licks and additional atmospheric tones, the bassist rocked the fuck out, and I'm surprised that drummer didn't puncture his snare drum cuz goddamn that was powerful.
(2022) SVNEATR
For fans of
: black metal in general


Holy shit. That was unreal. I've seen Hexis in Europe play at a bigger venue and it was awesome and everything, but being up front and blasted with that light show was insane. Unfortunately the videos came out hella fucked cuz of the strobe lights, but you get the idea. Filip, Luca, and gang lit that shit up, playing a ton of material in less than 30 minutes and literally blowing everyone away. The way they do the slow lull, stop, and then hit massive breakdowns is truly something to behold live. Also be sure to watch Luca play as he morphs from his usual smiley, super nice self into a being of pure evil with one helluva power stance. If you are in Canada (or even near the border) you need to check this tour out.
(2022) HEXIS
For fans of
O and Tentacles

extra video: -1- /// -2-


Monday, 23 May 2022

PODCAST #89 GG (Soul Glo, Weather Lore)

I love me some GG. After meeting him on the Weather Lore tour in Canada in 2016 (goddamn you Hamilton and your shitty turnouts aka linked here but scroll down a bit for the show review) we stayed in touch and when SOUL GLO released their new, incredible, mind-bending, genre-mashing, album 'Diaspora Problems' was released I hit him up about a podcast. I knew we'd have a good time and all, but we had a blast. It was awesome getting reacquainted with such a lovely, honest, funny, gifted individual. We showed each other some sweet music, opened up and got all vulnerable, as well as discussed: improvising after border issues, being a goddamned ridiculously talented multi-instrumentalist, boomboxes in the laundromat, hangin' with the older crowd, Peruvian DIY arcades, the best ska bands of all time, Blood Brothers praise, lookin' for Ross Robinson, fun vs. serious, Weather Lore, joining Soul Glo, moving in with Pierce, what the fuck is Ableton?, the creation (and pronunciation of) 'Diaspora Problems', his favourite songs from the new album, Peruvian screamo, pretending to be Rick Rubin, being Un-Dave, friends/support systems, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Bandmanrill, Fiesta Bizzara, Manu Chao, Rahzel, Special Interest, and The Vogue. Listen to podcast #89 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

SPECIAL INTEREST "Don't Kiss Me In Public" (GG)
THE VOGUE "The Medicals" (Dave)

BANDMANRILL "Heart-Broken" (GG)
RAHZEL "All I Know" (Dave)

MANU CHAO "Clandestino" (GG)
FIESTA BIZZARA "Arequipa" (Dave)

no music



PODCAST #89 linked here

Thursday, 19 May 2022

***GIL CERRONE exclusive song premiere***

"Flat Earth"

exclusive song premiere

For fans of
Funeral Diner, Beau Navire, A Paramount A Love Supreme, Terry Green, Curtains, Eyelet and Brahm



orders open w/digitals on June 3rd, 2022
via Tomb Tree and Team Glasses Records

I've been in contact with Team Glasses Records recently, as we first released Hanoi Traffic's tape with two different versions and the Australian label powerhouse also made exclusive tapes for Hawak's latest 12". Recently Adam sent me the new GIL CERRONE extended play for me to hear because I posted somewhere that I dug the previous, much older EP. And what happened? I was fucking floored. It's incredible screamo with heavy nods to mid-2000s bands Funeral Diner, Beau Navire, and Caught In The Fall. Honestly this is easily one of the best EPs of 2022. Every track is fire, and you can jam another song on the TGR bandcamp (linked here) as well as the song "Flat Earth" which is premiering right below!

(2022) GIL CERRONE "Flat Earth" (from 'Coronach')

The shortest and most straightforward song on the 'Coronach' EP is the second track "Flat Earth". The screaming is impeccable. The instrumentals weave a beautiful tapestry of chaos and beauty. The bass is nice and loud in the mix and really applies the gas/brake to each song. The guitars hover between frantic screamo and lush post-hardcore. The drums are the perfect backbone and also provide frills and fills for days. These all really intertwine after the one-minute mark for a frenzied barrage of wonderfully constructed screamo with soaring guitar notes to blend melody with the destruction. Honestly, what the shit...this is top-tier stuff.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

***LOFTUS exclusive interview***

Remember when I first started this blog back in ? of 2013? No? Understandable. Well, during the first month I attempted to review one band per day and banged out a ton of my favourite bands, including the enigmatic LOFTUS (linked here) who released 'Hugs and Drugs' back in 2004, which I've been utterly obsessed with ever since. In 2020 a digital label rereleased the band's 2003 demo on bandcamp. When I saw that I freaked out. I immediately emailed the label and asked for band contacts. I've been on cloud nine since, having released the 'Trust The Shark' cassette discography (linked here) as well as 'Hugs and Drugs' on 12" vinyl (as of last Friday...right here!).

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Early on after we had sent the 12" to press I took time to ask the band a bunch of questions that had been on my mind for nearly two decades. Below is said interview that we conducted over the course of a few weeks in mid-2021. An unending loop of thank you's go out to the band, Erol, Kyle, Dave, and Victoria who helped get this band's name out there again. There are still some cassettes in stock and the 12"s sold quickly but we have less than half left of all of the variants except black (which is the second rarest variant), but the mages are gone and the Orange and Splatter variants are at more like 30% or less. I've also commissioned 24 zip-up hoodies by a local artist here in Ladysmith, BC which should be ready early June, hopefully in time for ZBR Fest, which will likely be the only place to get one.

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1) Loftus formed from a previous band, if I'm not mistaken. Can you tell us about the formation and why you chose the name Loftus?

CASEY: Our previous band was Paid in Blood. Davis on vox, Travis on guitar, Steven on Bass, and Stephen on drums.

We were in high school. I went to watch them practice in Travis’ garage one day, then I joined as drummer shortly after. Was that 2001? My main memory of that day I watched them practice was that Stephen had the worst double kick petals I’ve ever tried. They were so hard to use. Haha. 

We were Paid In Blood for a good while. I forget when, (2003?) but we decided we wanted to change our name. It was between “The Devil Himself” and Loftus, I think. We chose Loftus. I think it was Trav and I who wanted The Devil Himself but we lost by majority vote. 

Mr. Loftus was our wild teacher in high school. He was the definition of brutal. I was in class and our friend John told Mr. Loftus that our band changed our name. He stood me up in front of the class, yelled at me, and threatened legal action for a percentage of every dollar we made. 

TRAVIS: Haha!  One day after school at my house I played some Point of Recognition riffs and Davis started screaming, this was around Sophomore year. . . We then enrolled Stephen who was a way better guitarist than me to play drums, and Steven to play bass.  We were referred to as the "tight pants faggots" by the jocks at school, but one day I noticed one of those jocks had an OVERCOME t-shirt on (Casey).  I went to go talk to him, he was super nice and an actual drummer so he took over on drums and Stephen became lead guitarist.  All of us were attending Church during the Paid in Blood days, once we started to realize church sucked and there were way too many bands with "Blood" in the name we change it to Loftus.  Mr. Loftus was a crazy right wing bootlicker teacher known for making kids cry and sitting in the corner of the room watching Jerry Springer rather than actually teaching. For the record I never wanted "The Devil Himself" name haha

2) Whatever happened to Mr. Loftus?

TRAVIS: No clue what happened to Mr. Loftus; he probably ended up eating a kid or joining the Trump Administration.  He's the guy on the cover of the 03 Demo.

3) What kind of stuff were you listening to during the transition from Paid In Blood to Loftus?

TRAVIS: I remember a lot of Converge. . . As the sun sets, An Albatross.  I think it was at that time that Casey burned us all the entire Radiohead catalog so we went really deep into their releases, I'll let the other dudes chime in. Also, The Doors had a big influence on Davis' sound.  

4) What was the first Loftus recording, the 2003 demo?

TRAVIS: Yes, 03 Demo was the first loftus release.

5) The demos were released on cdrs? How many did you make? Where are they? Give me one lol

TRAVIS: Yes both 2003 and 2004 were on CDRs we probably made 300 of each.  We would pass them after shows when the bigger acts were playing Chain Reaction (Anaheim, CA) or Showcase Theatre (Corona, CA) and have them at our shows.  They went quick, none of us have either.  I am glad Gabe was able to preserve our stuff.  

6) There's a pretty big shift in style from the 2003 to 2004 demo, what was the catalyst for that?

TRAVIS: The OC/LA hardcore scene was becoming more and more tough-guy beatdown esque.  The change in sound was a result of what we were listening to at the time and to differentiate ourselves from the other bands.

7) What were some of the "bigger acts" you played with? Was there a scene for you to fit into with the 2004-2005 material or were you kind of entering new local territory?

TRAVIS: Converge, Bleeding Through, Some Girls, Until the End, etc. . . I guess it was new territory, there was a small crust/grind scene that we gathered some fans from as our music got faster. 

8) Demo '04 has a few tracks that ended up on the LP (albeit with much shorter names) and some that didn't. What was the thought process in selecting/cutting the songs?

TRAVIS: After High School Casey left for College in San Diego a friend of mine Jeff Sagud suggested his buddy Trevor Friedrich to drum for us.  Trevor was an awesome drummer who really brought Loftus to the next level.  He tracked the drums on the 2004 demo first to his own tempo and I just remember thinking these songs were way faster than we had been practicing them haha.  Anyways Trevor left to join Eighteen Visions.   Little did we know Casey had been practicing his ass off down at San Diego State, so when we gave him the opportunity to join the band he had already had all the new songs down pat.  Anyways, we had cut a couple of the weaker demo songs for the LP. 

9) What was the best band you ever played with?  

CASEY: Man.  That's a hard question.  I have no idea.  I can't remember.  I'll say the best was Island Eater.

10) What was a general Loftus show like? What was the best Loftus show?

CASEY: A general show would be at a sweaty venue.  We'd pregame a little to calm the nerves.  Davis was always late.  There were always girls. We'd hit the stage and break our fucking necks.  Our friend Chris Crispell attended almost every show in the US.  My favorite show was in Ruen France. Everybody there was so inviting.  They were hard to communicate with because of the language barrier, but when it came time for us to play, the same people who we had a tough time talking to knew the words to our songs and sang along. There was another awesome show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim when the pit went even more nuts than usual and they cut us off short so the ambulance could come save this kid who was a victim of the Loftus pit. What was surreal for me was seeing Loftus play at the Glasshouse in Pomona with Bleeding Through.  Trevor was playing drums for Loftus at that time, and my dudes fucking ripped that show in pieces.  You guys were so good!  That must've been 2003.  Maybe early 04. 

11) How did you hook up with Monarchy Music?

CASEY: We knew Scott Arnold from shows and shared some similar taste in music.

12) What was the initial reception like for the album? I bought one when it came out...oooooo baby I love that cd.

CASEY: Thanks! It was highly anticipated and received very well. Rollie did an awesome job, so we have to thank him. Everybody fuckin' loved it.

13) What led to the next stylistic shift aka the 'Euro Tour 7inch'?

CASEY:  I can't pinpoint one thing.  It was many things.  1) We grew tired of the specific genre, due to the copy-cats and repetitive types of songs amongst various bands.  2) Our brain cells had physically morphed, due to various reasons, 3) We started listening to a lot of Radiohead and Jesus Lizard  4) main reason: we were just trying to express ourselves as uniquely as we could, and we didn't care if we seemed weird, different, or uncomfortably dissimilar to the genre at the time. 

14) What led you to press the 7" yourselves?  

STEPHEN: We wanted to do something unique for our first (and as it turns out only) European tour and the DIY ethic was always part of who we were as a band and the scene we came from. Also, we knew it was a stylistic shift musically so we thought it was an opportunity to showcase new songs and direction before recording another full length.

15) Can you tell us the stand-out shows, stories and whatnot from the European tour?

STEPHEN: It’s been so many years and all the shows kind of blur together at this point but here’s a quick story that kind of encapsulates the whole tour.  Davis smuggled A LOT of a certain psychedelic substance into Europe. Hidden behind a few stickers in his notebook were tabs that he would periodically give out to the band, sound guys, fans, vagrants, random people who looked weird etc he was like a traveling shaman which was further aided by the fact he wore a leather vest for an entire month. At one of our last shows of that tour, I think at a festival in the Netherlands, he gave me some with the explicit instructions to “take after our set”.  I didn’t listen. Right around the midpoint of that show I went zero to one hundred and decided it was the appropriate time to improvise some guitar solos and lean into it Jimmy Hendrix style. Definitely got some “what the fuck is he doing” stares from the rest of the band but the crowd seemed to like it haha. I was expecting the guys to be pissed after but everyone was cracking up laughing and it certainly made for a ridiculous albeit hazy memory.

16) What information can you tell us about Loftus' time between the European tour and the band's very unfortunate end?

STEPHEN: After 2006 we we’re all burnt out on touring and the direction most of the hardcore/metal scene seemed to be going.  Davis and I briefly had another project called TwoShaman that was more psychedelic / Jim Morrison inspired.  We played a handful of shows to mostly confused people who were expecting something sounding like Loftus.  At some point Davis made the decision to move to Costa Rica to get cleaned up and away from the negative things in his life.  The rest of the us took some time away from music but eventually found ourselves back talking about what we wanted to do as a band and ended up recording 4 new songs.

17) Were there vocals written to the final 4-song unreleased EP? If so, what did they sound like? I can't imagine what he would have come up with next for that. When/where was it recorded and what was the tentative plan for those songs?

STEPHEN: We actually recorded that EP with our friend Dan at his Grandmas house in a few whirlwind sessions.  The original idea was to release another 7” ourselves as Loftus, but with Davis still in Costa Rica in early 2008 we began exploring options for different singers.  We we’re toying with the band name “No Apollo” and talking with a singer from another band who had more of a Mr. Bungle vocal style.  After a few meetings together we decided it wasn’t the best fit and all agreed to wait for Davis to complete the recording.  A few months later Davis had moved back and was living on an old boat in Long Beach CA.  I went to visit him and show him the EP and we listened to the new songs on repeat for an hour.  By the end he was searching his lyric notebooks and ad libbing along to the music like a manic poet.  I left on an insane high (figuratively and literally) completely re invigorated by the thought of playing music together again and what this next EP would mean for Loftus.  That was the last time I would see him, and we never had the opportunity to record his vision for those songs.

18) What bands have you played in since?

STEPHEN: We’ve had a few different projects spring up over the years with Travis and Casey playing briefly in a heavy band called Island Eater.  Travis and I also played in a psych/indie group called Bear Face before that morphed into a full blown Shoegaze band called Highlands.  I did that for a few years and we released some records that I’m really proud of  (check out the video for the song Show Me)

19) What the shit are you doing now?

STEPHEN: We’re all spread out across the US, some of us with wives, families, and various  responsibilities etc. as is the way with time.  Our bass player Steve runs a successful business in NYC and I live in Colorado while Travis and Casey are in Southern California.  We’re still close and see each other every few years.  When we do we often commiserate about the Loftus days with laughs over some whiskey .

20) Anything you wanted to add?

STEPHEN: Playing in Loftus was one of the all time joys of my life. Digging through the time capsule of those years I remember the good times: pushing boundaries with our music, the incredible scene that spawned so many lifelong friendships, and all the people who screamed along with us at our shows. Most of all I remember the charismatic and kind person that was my friend and brother Davis Miller. RIP.

Sunday, 15 May 2022

***JEROMES DREAM / SENZA / HAWAK live show review***

@The Vera Project in Seattle on May 13th, 2022

Live Show Review

Well holy shit. A screamo show. It's been so long. I've missed you so much.

It's weird sitting down to type this the following night. I feel like for the first time in three years I got see friends and hang out to the fullest. So many friends. So many smiles. Now I'm home and it's a mental shock that I wasn't prepared for. So what's the best remedy? Re-watching these killer bands and looking through the pics. Mmmmm, it's almost like I'm back there.

My friends, hooooooooly shit you have no idea how long I've been waiting for this. I've loved Matsuri forever and as soon as these beautiful humans dropped their Hawak demo I've been throwing their name around as "best active screamo band". Then they released 'nước' and I don't throw it around anymore, I just point people in the direction of my screamo pedestal. And live? Fuuuuuuck yes. I told the band later on that I don't think I've ever closed my eyes and swayed so much to a band in my entire life (as well as rocking the fuck out) and had to keep reminding myself that I should actually watch the band as they're literally in the same room as me. I also spent a large part of my evening with these three folks and I couldn't have asked for a better time.
(2022) HAWAK "realign + unseen" (from 'nước')
For fans of
Matsuri, Logs and Kidcrash

extra video: "nước + haiyan"

Who loves Senza? Hmmm, seems about everyone in the screamo community and a bunch in the mathcore community do, yours truly included. The Eugene, Oregon band absolutely tore shit up and even played some new material! Ridiculously sick shit. Nothing more need be said.
(2022) SENZA "Tunnel Vision II + Born of Dirt + new song + Sentience" (most from 'Even A Worm Will Turn')
For fans of
Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Jeromes Dream and Republic Of Dreams

extra videos: "Misornithist""Echoes"

First show in three years? First show with Sean Leary from Loma Prieta/Stormlight/Beau Navire/etc. on guitar? First show without Nick on guitar? First time in Seattle since '99? Enough feedback to put my wife in a coma? Was it sick as fuck? Yes. Yes to all of these things. I even got to speak with drummer Erik about a plethora of stuff (including marketing degrees, bear attacks, future JD endeavors, etc.) and writing that down just now kinda blows my mind. I've loved this band since grabbing the cd discography back in 2003 or something, and seeing them live was fucking amazing. Fuck.
(2022) JEROMES DREAM "4"
For fans of
Republic Of Dreams, Deadseraphim and Louise Cyphre

extra videos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 6 / 7


Sunday, 8 May 2022

PODCAST #88 Social Caterpillar

Well shit, let's do the history, eh? Years ago I came across and fell in love with Milwaukee's Snag. I reviewed the band. I ended up releasing their stuff. At one point Snag did a split cassette with Social Caterpillar, at which point I became aware of the band's existence. I didn't check anything out besides the split, from my recollection, but was eventually sent their 'When You Woke Up To Dances Of Light' and asked if I could help release it. After listening I realized I couldn't put it out on Zegema Beach or Tomb Tree because it wouldn't be reaching the right audience, so I started a "softer" label called Softseed Music specifically to put this album out. It's that good.

So it was obviously a pleasure speaking with them and finding out about their creative process as well as their personalities. An overview of things discussed: pressing plants, Green Day, tabs aka zeros and twos, Billy Ray Cryus and the mane, not seeing At The Drive In, The Fall Of Troy and 'Doppleganger'...best or worst?, Social Caterpillar's creation, metamorphosis, songs to get kids moving, additional instrumentation in screamo, lyrical themes, approaches to making noise, lotsa Kyle compliments, the origins of Lazer, Alta, Scowler, The Great Redneck Hope, a new Social Caterpillar split and full length!, etc. Bands played in this podcast: The Gap Band, Heathers, Old Man Gloom, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Sinking Steps Rising Eyes, Songs: Ohia, and Soul Glo. Listen to podcast #88 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

Release Show live set


SOUL GLO "Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future))" (Derek)
HEATHERS "What's Yr Damage?" (Dave)

THE GAP BAND "You Dropped A Bomb On Me" (Eric)
SINKING SHIPS RISING EYES "Star-lit Soliloquay" (Dave)

RUTH CRAWFORD SEEGER "3 - Andante" (Eli)
OLD MAN GLOOM "Gift" (Dave)

SONGS: OHIA "The Body Burned Away" (Kyle)



PODCAST #88 linked here

Saturday, 7 May 2022

***AZZACOV song premiere***

exclusive song premiere
For fans ofDanse Macabre, Makruh and The Ultimate Sc

orders open at 9am PST / 11am CST / 12pm EST on Sunday May 8th, 2022

Sometime in 2021 I heard the AZZACOV demo. For whatever reason I downloaded it with little-to-no information and once I jammed it (and loved it) I had it in my head that this was definitely an obscure older screamo release. Oops, not correct. The demo was released in 2021 and the band was already prepping their 13-track full length album, which pretty much brings us up to date, as it releases in just over 12 hours!

(2022) AZZACOV "Dispens" (from 'fragmente')
AZZACOV wastes little-to-no time in any song creating a sense of direction, generally opting to start moving at the speed of light with a possible slowdown or two to give the listener a breather. It's emo-violence but not in the low-fi, super shrieky way, more like in the pummeling throat-tearing way Danse Macabre used to do it. In just 1:29 the band rips through an semi-chuggy stop/start breakdown opening that even includes some dreamy guitar notes plucked from the sky, then moves into emo-violence territory with some ridiculous speed and ferocity, and ends by serving a few screamo noodles in the early 2000s vein. Honestly, amazing song, amazing album. Pick one up when it drops!


Friday, 29 April 2022

PODCAST #87 Allen Nunez (Massa Nera, Miriam, Dim Into Dross)

Hey who loves Allen? I sure as hell do. Allen is a wonderful person with a great sense of humour and some seriously sick talent. Besides playing in Massa Nera from the get-go, he's spent time in many other bands which we discussed, as well as: nu-metal introductions, inspired by Chris, Bordello (pre-Massa Nera), Propagandhi love, the 20-minute song, tons of info on the new album, multiple vocalist love, delirious Allen, Foo Fighters, Miriam instability, Dave provides motivation (or at least...tries to), Dim Into Dross' existence, too many bands, oh my god we're on the same comp, Dave and Allen play Portrayal Of Guilt via doo-doos and other weird mouth noises, black metal, working out/maui thai, video games, etc. Bands played in this podcast: De Facto Enscripture, Portrayal Of Guilt, Propagandhi, Soul Glo, System Of A Down, and Underdark. Listen to podcast #87 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN "War" (Allen)
PROPAGANDHI "Back to the Motor League" (Dave)

SOUL GLO "Driponomics (feat. Mother Maryrose)" (Allen)

3 Allen Fucking Up
PORTRAYAL OF GUILT "The Sixth Circle" (Allen)
UNDERDARK "Bank of Roses" (Dave)



PODCAST #87 linked here

Thursday, 28 April 2022

***ORPHANED exclusive song premiere***

exclusive song premiere

For fans ofDitch Organ, Hope Drone and Old Man Gloom

Do you like peace, calm, and general tranquility? Yeah? THEN GET OUT! Cuz there is none of that for you here, just pure hardcore/black metal/doom that is a barrage on the senses. Featuring members of Sarcoughogus, Closedown, Ex-Wolf-Teeth, Ex-Harvey Pekar, Ex-Noxis, and Ex-Christmas, this Cleveland trio (who all contribute vocals!) will lay waste for about four-to-five minutes before shifting into aggressive noise/drone for the final minute or so. Today I'm premiering "Devolution", the second track from the four song EP 'Hate Has Consequences' releasing May 1st on Tomb Tree, with cassettes following a few weeks after that.

"Devolution lyrics are about the Black Lives Matter marches in the Midwest and how protestors stood up for their beliefs about institutionalized police force injustice while being bombarded with tear gas, rubber bullets, night sticks, and riot gear. Thank you to those who seek to highlight racism, discrimination, and inequality experienced by black people. and continue to protest incidents of police brutality and racially motivated violence against black people."

(2022) ORPHANED "Devolution" (from 'Hate Has Consequences')

This track is a hook through the ear and directly into the brain. It's not a pretty hook. In fact, I think it's rusted, dipped in poison, and hurts like hell. The tri-vocals are utterly devastating and take the band's sound to another level of chaos and grime. The instrumentals are done at breakneck speed, and holy smokes that drummer must get tired. Seriously, that's some intense-ass drumming that takes little-to-no breaks, with two exceptions: 1) oh my god that repeating riff that makes everything else freeze so as to isolate the note progression, it's fucking awesome and the focal melody point of the entire track, and 2) the final two minutes of feedback, noise, and general discomfort. It bangs. It slaps. It pops. It does many things, and I love all of them.