Friday 31 May 2024

*** PODCAST #154 John Scott (Usurp Synapse, Displacer) ***

    On the heels of USURP SYNAPSE's resurgence into the screamo scene comes my podcast with vocalist/bassist John Scott. Zegema Beach Records was lucky enough to host the band this May at ZBR Fest as well as release their highly anticipated return release 'AssIIAss', or 'Polite Grotesqueries' if you wanna be a dick about it 😉 Some things discussed in this podcast: born of the grunge era, gushing Helmet, peacing out in 2001, moving out of Edie's house, 2009 and the death of screamo, touring with Saetia, going to film school, Antonio gets on the mic, the best unused band name, working at the Chicago Music Exchange, inspired by the Jeromes Dream reunion, Meth. friendship, the AssIIAss debacle, aggressive & gross, the birth of Ex-Members Club, etc. Bands played in this podcast: The Avenging Disco Godfathers Of Soul, Closet Witch, Colored Moth, Constantine Sankathi, Doomsday Student, and In/Humanity. Listen to podcast #154 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.


1 Constantine Sankathi as a Doorway
THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL "Somewhere in the Arteries" (Dave)

2 The Goldilocks Window
IN/HUMANITY "Double Digit Fun" (John)
CLOSET WITCH "We Met On The Park Boundary Trail" (Dave) [official music video]

Having One Big Mid-Life Crisis Together
COLORED MOTH "Decay Accelerating Factor" (Dave)



Wednesday 22 May 2024

*** MOURN RECIF w/ The Grundles, Vying For Glory, Skum Shine, Kesu Fnord ***


@Time and Space Continuum in Duncan on April 27th, 2024

Live Show Review

Welcome to Dakota-Fest aka the April 27th show in Duncan and the first for bands The Grundles and Mourn Recif, the latter of which I play guitar/vox for. Dakota put on this show (the dude in three of the five bands!) which was primarily acoustic folk punk and punk/hardcore merging with screamo. Mourn Recif's next show is May 24th in Victoria (linked here) then May 25th back in Duncan at the Time and Space Continuum (linked here).

Closing act and another first show, THE GRUNDLES played thrashy hardcore to close out the night, and it was their "Haille Sellasse, Up Your Ass" cover of Propagandhi that had me screaming along.

(2024) THE GRUNDLES (live)

This was our first show. We've been a band since January 2024. We are influenced by punk and screamo, primarily. Usually I'm pretty decent at band comparisons but when it comes to projects that I play in I just draw blanks. If you have any opinions about "for fans of" or "sounds like" please let me know in the comments so I can use that shit in future posts. We have two shows this weekend, Friday in Victoria and Saturday in Duncan. Stoked.
(2024) MOURN RECIF "Slow Reign" (live)

extra video: "Our Kids Are Orchids"


Mixing dirty rock'n'roll with punk, this Duncan band played a buncha stuff including covers.
(2024) VYING FOR GLORY (live)


This Victoria-based collective featured a stripped-down two members (but snagged Dakota a few days prior to triangle out that trio) and had the crowd singing along in no time. Acoustic folk punk.
(2024) SKUM SHINE (live)


This opener was a very cool solo act featuring vocals and an acoustic guitar. Folksy punk rock fer sure.

(2024) KESU FNORD "Democracy Is Dead" (live)




Monday 13 May 2024


For fans ofHayworth, Fainting In Coils, Swan Of Tuonela, Onewaymirror, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Letters To Catalonia, Dispensing Of False Halos, .gif from god, My Heart Your Hands, Long.Way.Down., Me And Him Call It Us, A Paramount A Love Supreme, and Ihuntmonsters.
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metal / Metalcore / Metallic Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artists: Versera, Widowdusk, Theodore War, and Clay Birds.
CountryCalifornia U.S.A.
Years Active2023-present
Label(s): Self Released

     This debut KIOWA ep is fucking awesome! The metallic hardcore/screamo concoction is done in a way that sounds both refreshing and amazing, a hard feat to come by nowadays.

     The band's songs can be broken into two categories, the 50-second bangers and the 2+ minute brooding epic jams. The former include the sassy opener "Batter Up" and "You're Eggin' Em On" which houses a massive bass drop that is dripping with Hayworth influence. "A Toast to Before" has a great build that holds back for most of the jam, giving it a feeling like it could explode at any second, whilst still retaining some beauty in the emo section. "Are You __ Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?" is heavy on the metallic hardcore while "Something Greater" manages to sneak in some clean vocals nicely into the first section before all that destruction. "This Is No Laughing Matter." follows the same epic trajectory and is the perfect closer. Woo-wee what a ride!

    I do believe the California band has a few splits coming out later this year see keep at least one eye out!



2024 - Forever ends today EP (stream/buy here)


(2024) KIOWA - "You're Eggin' Em On" (from 'Forever ends today')

(2024) KIOWA - "Are You __ Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?" (from 'Forever ends today')

(2024) KIOWA - "A Toast to Before" (from 'Forever ends today')

(2024) KIOWA - live

Tuesday 7 May 2024

*** PODCAST #153 Constrain ***

    Once I heard CONSTRAIN's material for the Loose Teeth split tape that released on Tomb Tree last year, I was fuckin' hooked. With the imminent release of their new EP I spent some time hanging out with them and talked about a buncha awesome stuff including: hair metal influence, Blood Brothers album rankings, fuck Brampton, Killing Is Contagious and Short Attention talk, the Nate factor, the rare and elusive "click", how Hamilton got not shitty, from skramz to neo-metalcore and screamo elitists, SeeYouSpaceCowboy influence, the Fall Of Troy connection, a miserable party that someone recorded, info on the upcoming 'Welcome To Club Vampire' ep, Sass Fest info, podcast therapy, etc. Bands played in this podcast: The Blood Brothers, Dance Gavin Dance, The Gorgeous, In Her Head, The Love And Terror Cult, Push Over, and Transistor Transistor. Listen to podcast #153 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.


1 Intros and Influences
THE BLOOD BROTHERS "Cecilia and the Silhouette Saloon" (Cinco)
TRANSISTOR TRANSISTOR "I Am The Goddamned Devil" (Dave)

2 Oh You Mean Something Like This?
DANCE GAVIN DANCE "The Backwards Pumpkin Song" (Jesse)
IN HER HEAD "There are no doves in outerspace" (Dave)

We Like Breakdowns
THE GORGEOUS "Lake Ontario" (Cinco)
THE LOVE AND TERROR CULT "We Are You On Fire" (Dave)
PUSH OVER "1ne" (Jesse)