Monday, November 30, 2015

Cassus - This Is Dead Art; This Is Dead Time; But We May Still Live Yet

year: 2015
genre: screamo

1. Tablecloth Warfare
2. Publicitaire
3. Exchange Rates Are exactly What They Used To Be
4. Tired of Being Tired?
5. Interlude
6. Glitter Is Made Of Plastic
7. We Are All Broken Circuits
8. Proto-Post-[Axiom]
9. Bubblegum Baby

physical release:
format: 12"
React With Protest 
Structures//Agony Records
Don't Care Records
Framecode Records
Samegrey Records

Cassus delivers a new LP "This Is Dead Art; This Is Dead Time; But We May Still Live Yet" and it will blow you away. This release hits you hard and fast with dynamic driving sections full of distorted screams and chaotic melody. The riffs combine erratic energy with a certain dramatic beauty, coming across and not just your typical constant instrumentals and instead conveying layered emotions.  Vocals wise they are a combination of harsh screams and raspy "clean" singing. This LP contains 9 tracks all worth your time. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cry, The Monarch - If I Give Up

year: 2015
genre: screamo

1. Winter
2. If I Give Up
3. I Never Thought the Silence Could Be So Loud
4. Dust
5. Hollow

Physical Release:
format: cassette tape
pressing info:

50// blue grey tapes

Cry, The Monarch is a 3 piece screamo band from CA. The bring a mixture of post rock elements and driving screamo that combine to make a rich listening experience. their new EP "If I Give Up" delivers a dose of heavy somber atmosphere complimented by a contrast between heavily distorted active sections and softer instrumental sections into a crescendo leading to a satisfying explosion.
I highly recommend this album to those looking for a mix of chaos and somber sound.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ugly Lovers - Drought EP

year: 2015
genre: gloom post-punk

1. punishment
2. stress case 
3. sister
4. major arcana
5. white savior mouth

physical release:
format: cassette tape
pressing info:

Ugly lovers is a duo from Olympia, WA that delivers gloomy tracks trudging through heavy distortion and reverb combined with sludge aspects and a at times disturbing tone. the opening track on this new EP will have you bobbing your head with light atmosphere and repetitious elements before the heavy distortion and crashing of subsequent  quickly snap you out of your trance. These atmospheric songs are accompanied by vocals ranging from chanting like vocals to gut wrenching screams. All together this is a great release for those looking for modern post-punk mixed with heavy atmosphere. I highly recommend this album for those looking for something heavy gloomy and dark.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Jr. Adelberg - S/T

Year: 2015
genre: twinkly emo


1. Intro
2. Duffy The Cat
3. Cheapy
4. Wallace
5. Older Pt. 3
6. Exulansis

physical release: 
format: Cassette Tape
pressing info:

25// blue tint 
25// purple tint

The self titled debut of this 4 piece twinkly emo band from san jose. This album brings a upbeat ride starting with a dreamy intro and quickly diving into a driving second track with chorus vocals and good vibes, the rest of the album consists of twist and turns from the poppy twinkles with vocal reminiscent of Algernon Cadwallader we all love and more dynamic crashing sections accompanied by strained vocals/screams and everything in between.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Pantry Ghost - defeatandyou

year: 2015
genre: experimental lo-fi post-rock 

1. privilegeandconsequence
2. lifeandfear
3. riseandshine

physical release:
short run of DIY tapes by the artist

Pantry Ghost's debut ep hits you with a wave of somber atmosphere and driving crescendos that will make your heart palpitate. this 3 song EP combines ambient noise elements with beautiful instrumentation ranging from guitar, trumpet, piano, and more. Vocals are used sparingly but to great effect with layered vocals helping add to rising emotions and completing more somber minimal sections. This EP will make you stop in your tracks and contemplate everything and is a great debut by a artist i can't wait to hear more from.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mason Mercer - God's Creatures [2015]

Year: 2015
Genre: indie/experimental/jungle funk

Track listing:
1. End Pleasure Sequence
2. Little Guy
3. Weird Guy Speaks Out
4. A Lot Has Grown Since
5. Human Limitations
6. Carnage



NYC "jungle-funk" artist Mason Mercer's new tape. Out on God's Creatures records. Experimental fans delight.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ordinary People - Nothing New [2015]

Year: 2015
Genre: emo/punk/indie/alternative
FFO: Dowsing, Sunny Day Real Estate, Dikembe

1. Remind Me
2. Dreams
3. Be So Sure
4.Nothing New
5. Washington
6. Whatever You Like
7. Outside Me


Four piece emo/punk band from Springfield, Missouri. Wonderful conduction of the melodic logistics between the 2 cooperative guitars and the thoughtfully cadenced vocals driven confidently
 by a solid rhythm section. The creative decisions bear the smell of gristled veterans as Ordinary People offer up their hearts with a music that is both tender and irresistible. I love this and have been repeatedly jamming it and you should too. Ordinary People's debut  "Nothing New" out now and 10inch coming soon on Wiretap Records: May 26, 2015. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fist Benders - S/T

year: 2015
genre: twinkly emo

1. In Dog Years
2. Understanding
3. Run Every Day
4. You'll Be Calm
5. Empathy
6. I Know

physical release:
format: cassette tape
label: Driftwood Records
50// light pink with white imprinting
coming soon


band's facebook

Fist Benders is a emo band from Lake Elsinore, CA and is almost single handedly responsible for re-sparking my interest in "twinkly" emo. This band brings an atmosphere that is so dreamy yet distressed with all the guitar harmonics and arpeggios you could ever want complimented by a range of soft and coarse vocals that will wrap you up and not let you go. You'll find tracks like "Understanding" and "Run Everyday" stuck in your head all day and you won't be upset about it. This is definitely one of my favorite releases of 2015 so far and i highly recommend you check it out.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fist Benders new single "Understanding"

genre: twinkly emo

Fist Benders Just released a single off their upcoming self titles EP. This is a brilliant twinkly track that starts off with a dreamy atmosphere accompanied with calm vocals and progresses to a faster infectious section with dual vocals that lead to crashing group vocal section and finally a energetic finale with a more screamy vocal aspect. I definitely will be awaiting the release of the rest of the EP and i suggest you check out this single

Thursday, April 23, 2015

All My Wishes Were Thrown Down a Well and Should Die There - In Hopes Of a New Tomorrow

year: 2014
genre: screamo

track list:
1. Entropy
2. Estropie
3. Slave Trade
4. Systemic 
5. Epitaph
6. Armada
7. Pig Destroyer
8. Abnegation

AMWWTDAWASDT is a Anarcho screamo band from San Diego, CA. They combine crunchy guitar with screaming politically charged lyrics/vocals that bring to mind older bands like Louis Cypher, Kodan Armada, etc. With songs ranging from energetic romps like "Estropie" to calmer reflective songs like "Armada". This release is solid, thou containing some lack luster songs. Despite that I still recommend this album to any fans of older screamo.