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UNSIGNED NOT UNHEARD VOL. III
The third installment of the highly influential compilation from Unsigned Not Unheard is scheduled for release August 11!! You'll definitely want to get this one! Eighteen bomb tracks by some of the biggest names in the underground right now - Operation Neptune Spear, SLaM, Also Known As, Prison City Brigade, Maysaloon, Nightwalkers, Black Optic, GOO FISH, Bleed By Example, Discrepancies, Temple of Katharsis, Aurorae, Dustland Express, Backfat, Almost Honest, Distance Defined, The seeds of Datura and LORD GIVER. Also hear on Radio Roach!
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TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW
by Andrew Balderson
Maysaloon – Warsphere: No messing balls out Metal with an intense sound that is in your face & exhilarating.
Black Optic – I Don’t Mind: The first thing is that hits is the THUNDEROUS nature of their Music, then the Vocals hit & its mosh time, there is a familiarity in these track & the lyrics carry the track in a superb fashion.
Discrepancies – Not Alone: The thing that strikes me is the Bass, the sound & the power it pushes the song along, and it is perfectly matched with the Drums.
Distance Defined – Iron Hand: Who wants a punch in the face? Well here you go. The intro oozes aggression & angst in such a way that you know you’re going to be in pain by the end of the track.
Nightwalkers – Nitrogenesis: From the very first note I was transported back to 1988 & the Thrash Metal movement of that time, I suddenly wanted all my hair to grow back & be long so I could mash my neck up. Where is my Battle Vest? just hearing this track made me want to find it & wear it while walking around with a Ghetto Blaster pumping out Nightwalkers.
Prison City Brigade – We Are The Brigade: As soon as this track hit it reminded me of “We Are The League” but done in PCB’s Hard Punk style, if ever there was a need for an Anthem to all things Punk then this IS IT. Long Live the Brigade.
Dustland Express – The Poetic Injustice of Rats: How many millions did this Band spend on this Album? The sound quality, the production, the arrangement, the pure awesomeness just gives the impression of a Major Label Band hitting their mark. This track is off the scale when it comes to measuring Underground Bands.
SLaM – Tale of the Victim: Not your typical Voiceless Band, with every EP released you get something different. However, every time this Band puts a Track on a UNU Compilation it is an exclusive, and yet it kind of blends with all the other releases that SLaM has jammed in our ears since 2014.
Operation Neptune Spear – 1984: ONS is not your typical on-man Band, The Shez has some serious Talent & 1984 just comes at you from every angle. My question is this, where did he come from? What’s next for ONS?
LORD GIVER – Sagacious Fortitude: Do you need some traditional Death Metal, then look no further. Pounding sounds with Guitar speed generally reserved for the more extreme Death Metal Bands. This works on all levels.
Bleed By Example – Exit Wounds: Move over Lamb of God there are some new guys in Town & they want your scalps, this Band is so good it’s scary.
Almost Honest – Appalachian Sasquatch: Where to start? What can I say that will pay the correct level of respect to this spectacular Band. I can only suggest that you listen to them & try to figure out my quandary.
Backfat – I Hate Robert Plant: Firstly the level 500 Bass playing is absolutely stunning, then the rest of the Band kick in & the direct changes to something unexpected. This is some very very good Music.
The seeds of Datura – Pokea Uponyaji: Bring me the Doom & bring it NOW. Damn this track is off the hook. I can see a Mechanised Army using this track to lay waste to their enemies.
Temple of Katharsis – Redemption Through Blood: Want some aggressive driving / road trip material, look no further.
GOO FISH – Bingbong in the Bathroom: Where did these guys come from? How can I have not heard this Band before? Possibly one of my new Underground favs.
Also Known As – Into Oblivion: Twice on this Compilation I have been Transported back in time & AKA tack me back to the late 90’s. Thank you guys.
Is it just me or is the Underground offering more Musical diversity than the Major Labels? This Compilation is already my absolute fav, it has some of the greatest talents on offer from every genre of Music coming from within the Metal Community. I have to ask what would happen if half of these Bands got major investment? And the other half simply got noticed?
OMP UNPLUGGED ON RADIO ROACH!
ONE SENTENCE REVIEWS
Makes me want to skate and break my arm again.
The Evil Dead's Music rips!, but the vocals kind of suck.
Reminds me of Municipal Waste, who reminds me of old Anthrax.
The Fill Ins
The Fill Ins are Charlotte, NC’s premiere high-octane Rock n Roll band; sporting catchy guitar riffs and an unapologetic attitude. Conceived
back in 2010 and officially debuting in 2014; The Fill Ins have endured countless lineup changes and musical fads with no plans on slowing down any time soon.
The band has released 2 full albums and a hand-full of EPs and singles. “Spit In My Face” (off the 2015 album “5th Time’s The Charm”) gained a cult following boasting 3k plays in under 48hrs and gaining popularity among internet radio stations and local / regional rock radio stations; their
follow-up single “Hit The Gas”, released on colored 7in vinyl has since surpassed "Spit In My Face" in popularity, showing the world what is next for the boys.
In 2017, The Fill Ins are gearing up for their next album titled "The Time is Now", schedulate for an early summer release; showcasing more of the loud rock n roll that The Fill Ins have to offer.
Within the last three years, The Fill Ins have opened for legendary acts like Wednesday 13 (3 times in 2 years), Joe Buck Yourself, GBH, the Dwarves, Richie Ramone, Total Chaos, Reno Divorce, Koffin Kats, ANTiSEEN and Reverand Horton Heat.
The group has also headlined Tremont Music Hall’s 20th Anniversary
Show (Charlotte NC) to a nearly sold out attendance and performed in many local festivals such as Punk Rock Picnic and Dirty South Fest.
The group has also been a part of numerous benefit shows to raise funds for members of the community including 2 shows to raise awareness to our unfortunate local heroin issue and provide funding for local harm prevention centers. Do not be mistaken though, The Fill ins are NOT a political band. The Fill Ins believe that music is an escape for the “every day” issues;
“We want our fans to feel good after a show, not be weighed down
with the issues of everyday life. Just get up and have a good time!" ----Alex Stiff
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Drunk in a dumpster - No Anger Control Split
This split album kicks off with Drunk in a Dumpster, who emphatically embrace their Crossover Thrash influences. Vocalist David Baird sounds drunk and probably is. The band is tight as fuck, all across the board and all throughout their side.
Their tendency for brevity doesn’t mean there aren’t riff-heavy interludes, like the brilliant intro to “The Oppression of Humanity”. The leads, when they appear, are sick. It makes you wonder how they play these little goodies intoxicated.
Like they say in their over-two-minute epic “We Don’t Give a Fuck”, if you think that they suck, well, guess what asshole - They don’t give a fuck. Not giving a fuck never sounded so good.
Then, No Anger Control’s side, carrying that traditional Hardcore flag with pride and in turn, making Hardcore proud.
NAC was founded in 2012, with vocalist Tiff completing the lineup six months later (thank goodness). Changing tempos with the occasional breakdown, the brilliant brutality never desists.
Though it’s tempting to compare with other female-led Punk bands, this would actually be a disservice and completely misleading. NAC has a sound like no other, but would be closer to Bad Brains or Circle Jerks than Lunachicks or the Bombpops. Challenging vanity, hypocrisy and anger management, NAC is way too fierce and ferocious for such comparisons. My personal favorite, “My Time” is like Agnostic Front in their peak form.
The cover is a magnificent portrayal of each lead singer facing off like they’re about to become bloody friends. It’s a visual manifestation of what happens on the record - a blistering battle between these two jolting Hardcore bands. Who wins? The listener.
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IKE LIKES TO GET WASTED - Ike's Wasted World
Ike’s Wasted World is a throwback to the simpler and better times in rock and metal. These songs breathe. There is space for the riffs and drums to linger and there is an undercurrent of blues that runs throughout the songs. In short, this is good stuff. I would love to spend a day looking at this band’s record collection. I bet I would find tons of killer 70’s rock and metal records.
This album would be the perfect for a road trip or make a killer soundtrack for a biker movie. In short, this is an album made for action. Action and beers.
For fans of: DIO, CANDLEMASS, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, BUDGIE, and BLACK SABBATH
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EYEHATE GOD - TAKE AS NEEDED FOR PAIN
There is something buried in the layers of sludge, down tuned guitars, feedback, and screaming that seemed to fit my descent into a very Bukowski-like lifestyle. Most days I would show up to work still half drunk and stoned to go through the motions required of me to earn a paycheck. Immediately after payday, I would spend the weekend drinking Budweiser, smoking like a freight train while EHG blared from my stereo. It was like always having good company around you; the kind of company that always approves of your self-destruction and never seems to pass judgment.
Welcome to Sketch Town, bubba.
I am not trying to glorify or recommend that kind of lifestyle to anyone. However, EHG will always serve as a good soundtrack if you find yourself in that kind of situation. Below I have listed a few key points to serve as a guide to help the reader determine if they are currently in similar a situation:
· Missing work due to massive hangovers/ Still too intoxicated to work
· Using change to buy booze
· More of your possessions are in the pawn shop than at your house
· Planning ways to screw people over for your own amusement
· Secretly hating everyone around you
· Random acts of vandalism past the age of 30
This music is not for the faint of heart. It is not necessarily even intended for “happy” people. Those suburban wasters who are happy to spend their weekends agonizing over which type of shrub or bush will complete their “backyard oasis” at the local mega-home improvement outlet store. It is not for those who worry about how high-interest rates will affect their 30 year mortgage, while still allowing sufficient funds for their wife’s long overdue breast augmentation.
You don’t listen to EHG on the golf course. You don’t listen to EHG on your way to Old Navy. You don’t listen to EHG while you are crying to psychiatrist about how your mom never showed you any affection and how your dad forgot your birthday. You listen to this band when you have given up and you don’t give a fuck anymore. You suck up your problems and accept your broken, hopeless lot in life. You gather up all your loose change, decide what items will go to the pawn shop today, call the guy who gets things, and you chase oblivion.
DR. BEARDFACE AND THE SPACEMAN
In January of 2017, the band signed with the NYC/Austin based punk label Altercation Records, and soon after premiered their first music video on Blank TV for their single "I Need It". The video was shot, produced, and edited entirely by the band's guitar player, Matt Boyle, and can be seen on YouTube and Blank TV. In May 2017, Dr. Beardface will release their first full length LP on the Altercation label, titled "Here for the Scraps". They are currently touring the U.S., including stops in Austin, TX for the 2017 SXSW festival, and are already writing and recording songs for a follow up album. Their live show is explosive with energy, incredibly fun, and not to be missed, so make sure you catch Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman when they roll into your city.
Listen/stream free on Soundcloud @ https://soundcloud.com/drbeardface
Artist Website: http://drbeardface.com/
Label Name: Altercation Records
Label Website: http://altercationrecordsinc.com/
LIFE IN PERIL
Life in Peril is a hardcore/metalcore band from Varazdin. They've been together for six months now, but they've all been in touring bands before, so they are seasoned in the world of touring.
The songs from their promotional release have a broad range of old school hardcore, metalcore and newer hardcore influences (and maybe a hint of old-school thrash?). Life in Peril isn't bringing the same old sound, though. I've been listening to these songs over and over. The arrangements are tight, the guitars go from a hardcore crunch to melodic metal riffs, and the drummer is amazing. Vocalist Goran delivers an Anselmo-like howl with the occasional death growl. Imagine Converge, but a little tighter, a little more hardcore, and, I hate to say it (I know the band are Converge fans)...a little better. The songs constantly feel like it's time to break down, but these guys take little time for breaks. From the first drum roll and ringing chords of "Exodus" to the masterpiece "For King and Country", they are relentless, ruthless, refreshing and ready to make their mark on modern metalcore. They've also promised us a full length some time around the end of summer!
Like guitarist Lovro Habek told me, "Croatia has lots of great hardcore/metal/punk bands and its time to show it to rest of the world." It's time, and if any of them are as original and awe-inspiring as Life in Peril, I can't wait to hear what's next.
They also want you to download their four song promotional recording. No filler here, it's all amazing!
FRANK BLACK - TEENAGER OF THE YEAR
At first glance at the cover, one may get frightened...he looks eerily like Divine and wears a crown and holds flowers. Never an over-writer, Teenager only has 22 songs. The range of styles are impressive, though the record is closer to his previous band's work than later outings. It would be a few years before he had the backing of the Catholics, but, in truth, the difference is relatively small. The guitar work of Lyle Workman, who would work on several of Black's later releases as well as a member of the Catholics, is impressive. The odd arrangements, time signatures, strange modes and time signature changes are all there as would be expected by any Pixies fan. The range is evident, though, on songs like "Speedy Marie", whose pop hooks are reminiscent of the Cars, the reggae tinged "Fiddle Riddle", the slightly country-flavored "Superabound" and the bubblegum pop of "Big Red" (which sounds like They Might Be Giants doing the Beach Boys). Suprisingly, he completely ignores the grunge phenomenon that was happening at the time, who his group was credited as heavily influencing. The mellowness of the album is sometimes surprising as are the ranges in Black's voice. The presence of keyboards also contribute to the realization that this isn't just a Pixies' frontman, his best was yet to come.
Most fans see this as his finest post-Pixies juncture, due in part by classics like "Headache", the competence of the studio musicians (drummer Nick Vincent is great on this record) and producer Eric Drew Feldman (who had worked with the likes of PJ Harvey, The Pixies, and Captain Beefheart). A personal favorite of mine is "Freedom Rock", whose time changes are crazy. Frank utilizes a falsetto that would embarrass anyone else (as on "I Could Stay Here Forever") and the melodies shift beautifully. He even applies the whisper on "Superabound" and "Big Red" and a Lou Reed-esque, quivering "Ooh!" on "Space is Gonna Do Me Good". The listener who makes it to track 20 is treated with the last three tracks all featuring Pixies' guitarist Joey Santiago. "Pure Denizen of the Citizen's Band" stands out with classic Santiago punk-surf inspired lead guitar. The Pixies style is strong on these album closers, especially "Bad, Wicked World", with it's punk rock tempo and odd timing.
Even though its 22 songs and an hour long, you're left wanting more, maybe because of the genius order the songs were placed in. It seems to start fast and heavy and slows in the middle and ends with what sound like Pixies out-takes.
There is a drug that this album would enhance, but I either can't put my finger on it, or I haven't discovered it yet.
Top 10 Grunge Songs By Lindsaycake
Hook it all up….Mtv…Stick a VHS on SLP…queued up for recording. A masterpiece of personalized videos just around the corner. This process took patience …it could conceivably take at least a week to get a solid “Video Mix” completed. Mostly because you were lucky if you got 1 good song an hour. During the day Mtv played top 40. The good ones came on after 10 p.m. or so.
While shitty videos were on, I would make mix cassette tapes for my friends or whatever hapless soul I was dating at the time.
And then, a sound came out of my T.V. that I will never forget. I frantically fumbled through clothes, soda cans and the random mess of papers and cassettes for the giant 80’s style remote control. RECORD! When the video was over. I forgot all of my own recording etiquette and rewound the tape before it was finished to watch, “Smells like Teen Spirit “ by Nirvana again…and again…and again.
I promptly stole all of my dad’s flannel shirts, demanded combat boots, and marinated in the album I bought the very next day. Directly began composing angry, 3 chord ballads and asked everyone I knew how to get distortion out of my Sears brand amplifier.
“Smells like Teen Spirit “ was the first Grunge song I ever heard and I know it has been praised to death by the so called experts, but this is one of the rare instances where I agree. You can’t always be wrong….
I will forever be grateful to Nirvana for leading me to other great bands and to Kurt for his lyrical style being unafraid to write songs in the key of “romantic entrapment“ instead of limp dick cock rock that tended to put off a “Larger than Life “ ,“I‘m having more fun than you“. , I just bought the “Bat mobile” attitude.
Grunge I think in a nut shell was the first genre of music who focused on the pain of a generation what with many of us... so bored ,self- loathing, and disenchanted we drew on our dolls, flipped off our teachers , rode in the back of the bus, and idolized the mentally insane. ( I’m serious… it used to be a little cool to be institutionalized). So, without further ado, I give you MY top 10...(yes 10) Grunge songs. I know.... I normally go with the top 5 but, in this instance only choosing 10 is a feat. In no particular order....ENJOY!
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. rUSTY cAGE - sOUNDGARDEN
3. Evenflow - Pearl Jam
4. About A Girl - Nirvana
5. Wave of Mutilation (U.K. Surf - The Pixies
6. Say Hello to Heaven
7. Shitlist - L7
8. Sunshine - Alice In Chains
9. Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam
10. Son of A Gun - Nirvana
AGAINST ME! - NEW WAVE
and then I heard New Wave. Their folk, pop and punk tendencies never melded together so triumphantly. Through cries of sell-out, signing with Sire Records, Gabel responded that it was "completely frustrating and off-putting and it turns (him) off to the punk scene really, because people are very closed minded". Listening closely, it's actually the first album not to feature any acoustic numbers. The style of the record as a whole, leaves conventional punk far behind. For the first time, I hear older influences in the arrangements ...Magazine, new wave, grunge, the Pixies, the Clash maybe? (Yes! The Clash! That's definitely who this band reminds me of, in a good way.) Like the Clash, Against Me's (can I stop using the exclamation point yet?) sound is constantly evolving, yet you always know it's them. New Wave was the next logical step for the band. The maturity in the song writing is evident. The choruses are a little more anthemic. A duet with Tegan. In Gabel's voice, always a quality for the group, you can tell he means it when he says things like "You have to fight to stay in control..." Along with the punk downstroke intro, "Thrash Unreal"s ba-ba-ba hook actually makes you feel like you're listening to the ringing of revolution. Though I'm sitting in my living room, speakers blaring, I'm marching in the streets...even if the sort has nothing to do with anything of the sort, it's just in their veins...
D.O.A. - HARDCORE 81
DOA were the quintessential Canadian hardcore band, often overlooked in the hardcore pioneers discussion. The band was not only known for its violent shows, but for their passionate activism, their slogan being "Talk minus Action equals Zero".
As well as laying the foundation for what would become the 80s underground punk sound, along with Damaged, Out of Step and Bad Brains, this one shows off their undeniable metal influence, even covering Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown".
Sticking to the DIY ethic, it was released on Sudden Death Records, founded by only constant member, Joey Shithead (Joe Keithley).
CAKE - PROLONGING THE MAGIC
"Satan is My Motor" is one of a kind. The name makes you think of some old metal song, but this is a beautiful song about driving? Maybe going through life, aimless, stopping at any time, turning completely around if the inclination presents itself. Satan being the only one who understands. We've all felt this way. The loner, the outcast, the deprived, the hated...
"Mexico" is one the band's signature country rock ballads. It seems to be about the girl who you felt you didn't deserve, or the girl you let go. The couple doesn't trust each other they say they need one another. So, off to Mexico, for some reason.
Next is the famous dial tone and John McCrea's voice "I need your arms around me, I need to feel your touch". Cake are the kings of white boy funk and this is still one of their best. Never without the seemingly out of place trumpet, the funky bass line and lyrics of loneliness and being left behind.
"Guitar" is an philosophical analysis of what things really matter in the world. Watching cars go by and deep thinking. The wondering and wandering mind working out how much difference throwing your guitar out the window would matter, garbage trucks, taxi cabs, jack hammers and the way you treat me. Would one start to regret it (disposing of the guitar)? Or would one just watch it fall down, smiling, in this cogitative state?
"You Turn the Screws" could have easily been "Never There". The same catchy funk bassline, the same out of place trumpet. Someone who always has the upper hand and screws people are the always the people who feel they'll be screwed at any moment, right? These are the people who are always paranoid, subconsciously afraid of karma rearing its ugly head. This one seems to be about one of these folks in the music business, but the idea is universal. Signing on the dotted line where the "cement mixer" (a metaphor for a situation's permanence) has prepared it perfectly.
"Walk On By" has to be one of the best recordings ever made. Cake's funk, country and R&B influences are all present. This is the feeling that the breakup has as its worst effect. The little habits that you no longer keep is the constant reminder, in this case, instead of stopping by the house, he must walk on by.
"Sheep Go To Heaven" is anthem of sorts. Its the reason I bought the album, but now I wonder why as it seems mediocre between the greatness of what is Prolonging the Magic. Not to disregard it, though. The record wouldn't be the same without it. Sheep, people who flock together, seem to go to heaven. No one is safe in this analogy: Punks, Metalheads, everybody is included within the confines of the code of "rules" present in sub-cultures. Instead of going to see these shows, he just wants to jam and drink some wine. Hey, some of us see this as a great time, don't feel sorry for us. I've always loved the ad-libbed "Go to hell" on the last chorus. This double-entendre repeats the last line of the chorus, but also sneaks in a "Go to hell" to everyone.
"When You Sleep" is a sign that McCrea spends too much time in deep thought. It's a hypothesis on what your fingers may do while you're sleeping, you're dreaming away while they play guitar or drive a car. Then, all of a sudden, we go through a Greek mythological lesson about Zeus' womanizing and Hera's jealousy. Good job on the strange keyboards on this one, as well. I'm of the opinion, though, that you fold your fingers neatly by your head.
"Hem of Your Garment" (wow, how forget just how amazing this album is as I listen). Another feeling of unworthiness. The reasoning is beautiful, the way it's put, the idea that you couldn't be fit to touch the hem of her garment. I love the trumpet solo that flows into the tapping guitar solo. Once again, the bass is astounding. I love the way he's no good, has no love, only goals. This is proven as he admits that the last two lines he's only abiding time and reciting memorized lines until the chorus. He has such an empty soul, he can't finish this tribute to the girl.
"Alpha Beta Parking Lot", another one about the girl leaving as he watches, not quite believing. Breathing in fumes, watching the sun go down in a surreal world of a parking lot.
"Let Me Go" is another amazing song. The intro, with its descending guitar line, is great. The lyrics are beautiful, also. But when the chorus comes, you're turning it up, bouncing your head around, singing along and, if you're me, weeping in agreement. It's true, letting someone go does make them want you more. Sometimes a songwriter hits the nail on the head, so poetic and true in a way that it gives goosebumps.
"Where Would I Be?", reminiscent of a Willie Nelson ballad, is the perfect anti-climax to a record, comparable to "Something in the Way" or "Her Majesty". It seems as if throughout the entirety of the album, the girl has gone, but this is a celebration of how great a relationship can be. This time, the wonder is of where would one be without her love, without her arms around you.
If you've never checked out Cake, thinking they were a silly MTV buzz bin group like Nada Surf, as I did, you should. Prolonging the Magic is a great place to start. If you got Fashion Nugget and were weary of another Cake album, don't hesitate. Also, if you have dumped them lately due to their lack of exposure recently, I have to take this moment to tell you Cake still records amazing albums (every one of them) and the more you listen, the more you realize that Cake is one the most under-appreciated group of modern alternative rock.
AGENT ORANGE - BLOODSTAINS
"Bloodstains" by Agent Orange was one of the first hardcore songs I ever heard. It was on some compilation I bought in the early 90s. I've always loved the chromatic riff, the lyrics of hopelessness, the way the muffled power chords are suddenly rung when the chorus is shouted, the surf rock guitar solo, etc...
I came across the 7'' in a record shop in Austin and bought it for a couple of dollars. I listened when I got home and it has been one of my favorite records ever since...well, until my record collection was stolen a year ago (I hate you) by some idiots that didn't even know what they were taking (I hate you, die).
"America" wasn't what I was expecting as the second song. It has a strange 50s rock and roll sound, chord progression and crazy bassline. It remains a hardcore gem, nonetheless, and the great riff after the chorus, another surf rock solo, the up-in-the-air ending and its brevity DOES sound like old school hardcore, but somehow they made their own, distinct sound with all the strange influences and it DID work.
"Bored of You" is amazing. It was a nod to what would come as it could easily be mistaken as a song from "Living in Darkness", their first album. I love the two voices, one saying "I'm so bored of" and the next shouting "You!" at a dizzying pace. The lyrics signify the elitism and narrowness of the hardcore scene, which they were already on their way to leaving. Being sick of colored hair, the fashion, anarchy, leather jackets, poseurs, punks, are all ideas expressed in less than two minutes.
I know, I know. Four minutes just isn't enough sometimes. However, some of the beauty of hardcore is its brevity (the songs, the albums and the bands' careers). Would the Sex Pistols be as revered if they recorded more than one album? What if they were still doing it, trudging along like the Rolling Stones or Neil Young or Pearl Jam? Would we care as much? I think not. Give me complete discographies, recorded in a two year span, all on one CD. Give me 30 songs in 45 minutes. Better yet, 12 songs in 15 minutes. I have a short attention span. Better still, 3 songs in 4 minutes. Then on to the next one.
If this isn't enough, though, the 1992 reissue of "Living in Darkness" has the entirety of this first record along with one outtake(!), which is just as awesome.
It starts with a shout "El Dorado!" and has the same back and forth vocals as "Bored of You". This is the song the most recognizable as a bonafide hardcore song, which Agent Orange seems to have hated as soon as they started playing them and may be the reason it was left out.
Whatever the case, you need "Bloodstains". Trust me.
Bloodstains EP - Agent Orange (mediafire)
Here at Roach, we've been leaning more and more toward exploring new music and including thier tracks into our rotation...and so, the Roach played several new bands and asked me to take a listen and I immediately jumped to be the one to write about Chimerical. They had me on the first track.
Here's The Press relase - "The Chimerical are a 3-piece rock band formed in the Southwest of England from the quaint towns of Warminster and Trowbridge in late March 2011, drawing heavy influence from early 90’s Brit-pop and rock scenes. They met through Bath college through common interests of music styles and the determination to record and gig together as a band. The Line up consists of Laurie Boxley (18) - Guitar/vocals. Lewis Treasure (17) - Bass/backing vocals and Toby Wrobel (20) - Drums. Laurie and Lewis met at Kingdown school in Warminster and are both Warminster residents, Toby is from Trowbridge but we all went to Bath college together to study music.
The Chimerical recorded their debut self titled EP in April at NAM studios produced by David Carylon from the band Bohemian Embassy and released 1000 copies of it onto promo cardboard wallet sleeves and 1000 copies onto plastic Jewel case."
A short exerpt from Roach's interview with Singer, Boxley.
ROACH :Just my personal curiosity, because I was in high school in the early 90s...What Brit-pop bands would you guys call your favorites?
Well my favourite band is definitely Nirvana, as for brit-pop is concerned its probably Oasis, but i've been glued to grunge since i was 12, love for Stone Temple Pilots and Mudhoney, but Nirvana is the favourite.
ROACH: I was into grunge, too...I just assumed by your press release that you were more influenced by Brit Pop... Besides Nirvana, who are your Grunge influences?
Well I said mainly britpop because grunge isn't that big over here, i just felt i could connect a lot more to Nirvana's sound and lyrics a lot more than British bands. Also, a teacher at my college used to be the PR person for nirvana and she worked closely with Kurt a lot which is awesome. My favourite bands all in all would be Nirvana, Muse, Oasis, The Beatles and RATM.
ROACH: Is the entire EP on the facebook band page? http://www.facebook.com/thechimerical
Laurie Boxley : Yeah, all our recordings, just did 5 songs for the EP but we are doing a full 11 track album in late August.
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Well I, for one, can't wait to see what these guys can do after grooving with eachother for a bit longer. They've only been recording/gigging together for a few months...Let's see what comes out once they really start fusing! I consulted my magic 8 ball, looks promising. Let's keep our eyes open. - LC
PLAY "CLOSE YOUR EYES" BY THE CHIMERICAL:
PLAY "COME ON OVER" BY THE CHIMERICAL:
PLAY "RAILWAY CAT" BY THE CHIMERICAL:
LISTEN TO "TIME WASTED" BY THE CHIMERICAL:
PLAY "I'M ALIVE" BY THE CHIMERICAL:
15th of July : The hob with Bite the Buffalo
22nd of July : The Assembly Inn, Bath
28th of July : Green park tavern with bite the buffalo and Dirty kiss
13th of August : Bell and Crown, Warminster
If you have everything by Minor Threat and wish desperately for more, these four minutes are the closest it will ever get. Nevertheless, it IS essential for the serious DC hardcore fan. It wasn't released until 1992 (Dischord #50) and also appears on the definitive collection 3 CD set "20 Years of Dischord" in its entirety.