Sunday, April 13, 2014

Flowers Taped To Pens New Single!

genre: screamo/emo

New single "Anime Love Story" got released today off a 7" that will be released in a few weeks.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Yung Baer $quad - Dirt Kid

genre: dirty sludgy dark trap/electronic

year: 2014

1. I
2. Am
3. Empty
4. Angry
5. Comet

I am always looking for interesting/different things to review and post, and when my friend from Bear Creek released this project i knew i had to put it up. Yung Baer $quad is dirty creepy angry trap/electronic that makes you want to stare blankly at a burning building or demolition. Sludgy dark beats will drown you and you wont want to reach the surface, listen to this.

-Conner Sgarbossa

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New Gods - Sex & Destroy

genre: punk, garage

year: 2014

1. Sex & Destroy
2. Kludge
3. I May Not Always Be Right

New Gods is a Seattle based punk band whose new EP is gonna make you crave the digital pipes of "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater". Today we have a titillating interview with front man Alex Klump, who became a candidate for New Gods after the band saw YouTube videos of Klump's stage diving & moshing. From the clog clad cover art to the curious slow-mo music video: "I May Not Always Be Right," I was very curious to see what's inside the mind of Alex Klump.

Q. Describe the genesis of NG
A. New Gods came about through the dissolution of the band the guys had been doing. Ian called me in late May of last year with that news and that they would like me to front the new band he, Che, and Qyn were doing. I had never been involved with any musical endeavors prior to New Gods, which only worked to increase my excitement about the proposal.

Q. What are you singing about?
A. I feel uncomfortable writing about things that are not personal experience. I would suspect that to be universal? Well, this means, basically, that the songs I write will be (and are) mostly about things going on in my dumb brain. One of the few exceptions to this happens to be the namesake of our new record. Sex & Destroy is my dissatisfaction with societal views on sexuality. Sex is completely and unsubtly ingrained in all our lives. It is a natural inclination that, for the most part, hurts no one and has no bearing on others. And yet, there are those that want to deny the universal nature of sex and sexuality by shaming and shunning it. This could be for any number of reasons, though I specifically touch on self-hate/self-repression in Sex & Destroy.

Kludge (and to a degree I.M.N.A.B.R.) is dissatisfaction with myself. As mentioned earlier this is typically the place where I get most of my “inspiration”. I can’t help but over analyze and second guess myself. These are things I try not to dwell in, but self-doubt doesn’t really care how I would like to feel.

Q. Where do you write your lyrics?
A. I have trouble purposely sitting down and banging out lyrics. Ideas usually “hit me” then I extrapolate on them from their inception. I have written a few songs on the ferry over to Seattle on the night of a show or right before recording. Sex & Destroy was written the day before we recorded and I think it is the best song I have written. My process, from idea to full song, is simple, but I always have to be 100% on the final product. To use Sex & Destroy in another instance, sometimes the lyrics work instantly and they don’t need to be reworked (in any substantial way). Other times the idea is there but the lyrics borne from the idea are all over the place. The lyrics are the one major piece that I contribute to and have to vouch for so if they are not “there yet” then why use them?

Q. Will you show anyone in your family "Sex & Destroy" and what will they think?
A. I think my immediate family would appreciate Sex & Destroy. I am a completely open person and I would not write things that I would not want to share with others, whether they are my family, friends, or strangers. My mother has also been hounding me to read my lyrics so I am going to throw everything at her at some point. She had reservations about the band being called New Gods, but she trusts and understands my viewpoints and I would have to assume that she and others would view my ideas as valid.

Q.What factors determine whether you'll attend a show or stay home?
A. My show going is bound completely to my place of residence. I live a ferry ride over from Seattle and as punks are wont to do they start their shows late. Because of the ferry schedule I either have to leave shows early or hope they are on the weekend. I have actually driven down to Tacoma a few times recently for weeknight shows because why the hell not?

Q. What do you do outside the band? Do you date?
A. I work at a daycare and by years ends I will have completed my Bachelors in Communication. If I knew how to date I suppose I would be keen to the idea.

Q.Last song listened on you iPod?
A.The last time I used my music device I was on a big M kick. From most recent: Merchandise’s (Strange Songs) In the Dark. Before that it was Milk Music’s Beyond Living and The Men’s We Are the Men.

Q. What's your diet like?
A.Mostly peanut butter.

Q. What's the worst thing you've ever done?
A. I cannot think of anything off the top of my head, which pleases me. “Worst” seems relative anyway so instead I’ll keep with the “I’m a super open and down dude” theme and give you what I think is the wyldest sexual experience I have had. Now, keep in mind I do not have too many sexual experiences as it is. That is why I think this stands out particularly.

Once, whilst at a partner’s residence, the lady asked me to straddle her while she lay on her bed. In the process of her performing fellatio in this position she stopped and said, bluntly, “Step on my face.” I was both taken aback and intrigued. I believed the position we were in to not be conducive to such a maneuver, but, with dong in mouth, I was actually able to get my foot onto her face. As I write that I see that this story also applies heavily to “Sex & Destroy” (in both name and lyrical content). Funny how things work.

Q. If everything went as you would have it, what would happen to New Gods?
A. This is an interesting question. I like to let things come. I hate prognosticating and expectations exist only to be seen unfulfilled. I hardly ever think about the future as it relates to things that are not yet realized. I’ll stop dodging now and try to offer an actual answer: In my ideal world people will like things that are good and I (ever modest) think New Gods has a good thing going. I want to play in front of people that are interested and I want to put out music we as a band are proud of, intrigued by, and pushed forward through. I don’t care about superfluous details as it pertains to quantity. I want everything New Gods related to be quality. Does that answer the question decently enough? I think that makes sense.

Q.If New Gods ended today what would be the one thing you would remember?
A.The first thing that I think of when it comes to New Gods, at this moment in time, would be how exhilarating it is to play music and put ideas I care deeply about out there for others to take in and make their own unique judgments concerning. It is a combination of nerve-wracking and self-actualizing that lets me know that I am capable.

Thanks for the interview and thanks to anyone who checks out and supports the band. It is and always will be greatly appreciated.

Thank YOU Alex! Check out New Gods on their spring tour!

5/2 - Seattle, WA @ The Nuthole w/ Ill Intent, Nudes, and Bricklayer
5/3 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal w/ Skeeve
5/4 - Oakland, CA @ The Hive w/ No Limbs
5/5 - San Jose, CA @ Cielito Lindo w/ Violent Reaction, The Flex and Permanent Ruin
5/6 - Sacramento, CA @ TBA
5/8 - Murrieta, CA @ The Dial w/ The Coltranes and Half Goon
5/9 - San Diego, CA @ Dog Haus
5/10 - Tucson, AZ @ TBA w/ Man Bites Dog, Psygoat and Get a Grip
5/11 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Cottage House
5/13 - La Puente, CA @ Bridgetown w/ Deadbeat and Feel Nothing
5/14 - Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth Center w/ Gorilla Stomp and Reunion
5/15 - Chico, CA @ Basement of Frustration

-Mason Mercer

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Los Hijos del Culto

genre: surf, horror, metal

year: 2014

1. Orgía en el mausoleo (Orgy at the mausoleum)
2. Bikinis del Planeta 9 (Bikinis from Planet 9)
3. Contrabando de Ciencia (Science contraband)
4. Haz el canibal (Do the cannibal)
5. Drag-U-La en Transilvania (Drag-U-La in Transilvania)
6. Bazurah (Rubish)

This is one of the weirdest bands i have ever heard..... surf rock, punk, rockabilly, horror inspired, with black metal vocals all rolled into one. Now i am mainly posting this because its is one of the most interesting things i have heard (thou definitly not the most enjoyable) but i thought it needed to be shared, so if you are feeling brave and adventurous check them out.

-Conner Sgarbossa

Kashyyyk - Purpose Escapes

genre: crusty hardcore stuff

year: 2014

1. The All Seeing; Gouge Their Eyes out
2. Mentat Projection
3. Arrakis Was Created To Train The Faithfull
4. A Dull Yet Constant Pain

Kashyyyk is heavy fast dark crusty hardcore, and it is good. Almost reminds me of a Gaza, just slighty toned down. This is a good solid release if you are into anything heavy, dark, crusty, or hardcore related.

-Conner Sgarbossa

Celebrity Pets - Sadjamz

genre: Screamo/emo

year: 2013

1. Running Underwater
2. Everything
3. Jigsaw
4. I still Hate Myself
5. Don't You Remember
7. The One Where They Complain About Being Sad
8. Differences and Similarities 
9. I Know 
10. Things I Can't Put Into Words

Sadjamz is a phenomenal release, the perfect mix of driving riffs, slower acoustic songs, and pure emotion. The confessional lyrics combined with instrumentals that seem to draw alot from early Modest Mouse blend perfectly. I can't sing my praises about this release any higher, i was blown away when i first heard it. In fact it was my favorite release of 2013, if you are a fan of emo/screamo you have to check out this release.

-Conner Sgarbossa

p.s i am going to try and post a couple reviews today because i have been really bad about keeping up posting lately, sorry

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mason Mercer “Slobber” Officially Announced with Celebrity Backing

Mason Mercer is a Brooklyn based adventure-pop musician. We covered his last release, BEAST,  here.  Mercer just announced a new EP called  Slobber.
Slobber is being released on May 15th 2014 by a TBA independent record label. This chaotic yet catchy five track “adventure pop” album was mixed and mastered by Springfield’s own Jonathan James from Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Slobber’s writing process served as the background soundtrack to the most evolutionary 12 months of Mercer’s life, chronicling everything from his graduation from university to his move from the Ozark Mountains to New York City. Slobber was written/recorded in a variety of locales: from writing after school in his childhood bedroom at his parent’s house, to continuing the process in his tiny apartment in Brooklyn NYC, and finally in the back of a 15 passenger van while on tour with his other band FocusedXMinds a straight-edge hardcore punk band from Milwuakee.

The real story about Slobber; however, comes from the mysterious announcement Mercer made on his Facebook page that he is being backed by a secret celebrity who after discovering Mercer on the internet, will be officially endorsing him and grooming him for a higher level of musicianship. The identity of this celebrity is apparently not being released until the middle of May for unknown reasons, leaving the internet in a cloud of speculation as to the whos and whys of this enigmatic backing. We will keep you updated when more on this story gets revealed.
Mercer is premiering his new promo video for Slobber exclusively on RottenYoungEarth
In this video Mercer went to Times Square and asked people to listen to Slobber and film their reactions. To keep the responses honest and authentic Mercer and his film crew disguised themselves by taking on fake aliases and adopting the backstory that they were being employed to film these responses and had no personal connection to the songs represented in the video.
Watch the results here! (WARNING: this video contains uncensored interviews, and some participants may engage in the use of expletives)

Follow Mason Mercer for more Slobber updates.
Also here is the first promo video Mercer released earlier this year:

Friday, February 28, 2014

Perpetual Motion Machine - S/T

genre: Punk (Dan will come after me if i put anything else)

year: 2013

1. eight by ten
2. ugly family portrait
3. enemies among us
4. our feral fire
5. we are not here to make friends

PMM are some good friends of mine and a amazing punk band. Now for some more detail, this self titled opens up with ambient instrumental over a sample and quickly breaks into a fast aggressive section that any fan of *cough *cough screamo will enjoy. The album is full of driving energy with strained vocals and screechy guitar. This release is really solid, they recorded it in a walk freezer at the Che Cafe and the quality is not the best. But if you can look past that there is a really great first release flowing through you ears. I highly recommend that you listen to this and keep an eye out for future releases.

-Conner Sgarbossa

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ground - Under

Genre: Powerviolence


1. Deceive//Neglect
2. Dyke Spike Domestic Goddess
3. Minimal Effort
4. Combat Cocktail (F.U.B.A.R)
5. No Sympathy 
6. Dog Face Skank
7. John On the Prowl
8. This One's About...
9. Led Astray
10. Hate When You Speak
11. CUNTsumer
12. Thoughtless
13. Slave To Me 
14. Supposed To Rot (Nihilist Cover) 

14 tracks of blisteringly fast powerviolence, mixed in with slow grooves and beatdowns and everything else you could wish for in a release. Heavy, aggressive and massively underrated, make sure you check this out, its unmissable. 

-George Inman

Monday, February 17, 2014

Weak - Weak

genre: screamo

year: 2014

1. haunt
2. 000000
3. end;

Weak s/t is a solid effort, it is raw and full of emotion. That being said i have some issues, there isn't really anything unique about this release, it sounds like any other generic screamo release. That being said Weak is still good and fans of the genre will most likely enjoy it. They have potential and I would really enjoy some exploration in terms of sound and direction.

-Conner Sgarbossa