Sunday, August 17, 2014

Driftwood Records

Driftwood Records is a DIY label ran out a house in Eugene Oregon. Now the logistics of a Label in the DIY music scene is a topic for a lot of debate, but thats not what i am here to talk about. Driftwood has been a large contributor to the DIY music scene doing numerous cassette tape/vinyl/ cd releases for many bands that larger labels would never take a chance on, releases include bands like Human Kitten, Flowers Taped To Pens, Wet Petals, Kill the intellectuals, Things Fall Apart, Cabin Fire, Park Jefferson, secret stuff and many many more . Thou many rumors have spread about Driftwood and individual (who is a sweetie) who runs it, You cannot deny that Driftwood has indeed helped many bands and made physical releases a more obtainable idea without pouring tons of money into buying equipment. Whether its truly DIY or not, I believe Driftwood Records is a huge ally to the DIY music scene and should definitely be supported.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Work Ethic Records

Blackhole - Deeper

Genre: Hardcore
Year: 2014

1. Intro/Deeper
2. Not Cool Enough
3. Keep Spitting
4. Art Extortion
5. Lost Sight, Start A Fight

Blackhole are a band from around Springfield MO, and these guys have been posted here a few times, like last year we posted their release before this Ledges, be sure to check that out as well. This time around they've made their sound even more heavy, fast, and angry. Another highlight of this is the lyrics, sending out messages like in Art Extortion, where its about people who are just making music for money and how they are fake. Overall this release is sounding great, I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Lion House - Drancy

Genre: Emo/Screamo/Post-Hardcore
Year: 2014

1. Support The Army; Not The Assholes
2. Come Back With All Of Your Faculties
3. Dooty Pooty
4. "I'm All Out Of HP"
5. Please Return My Daniel Johnston Record
6. AGAPE? Fuck That, PHILOS.

Lionhouse are a band from Kansas City, MO. Playing a twinkly sounding style of emo combined with the brash melodies and speed of screamo, Lionhouse pulls off a very admirable and solid release. This album is chock full of sad lyrics and pretty riffs. It reminds me of older bands like Mineral and The Casket Lottery, but combines it with sounds of newer emo bands like The Reptilian or even PBTT. Impressive release, definitely check this one out as well. 

-Jacob Rice

Flowers Taped To Pens 7"

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Under A Sky So Blue - Demo - Summer 2014

genre: screamo

year: 2014


1. Truth Is
2. "United?"
3. Nothin is Genuine Anymore
4. Right To Well-Being

Under A Sky So Blue is a screamo band from Athens. A very good addition to the growing screamo/emo-violence scene. If you are familiar with this genre then you will be familiar with this band, thou where they stand out is in vocal prowess. Multiple vocals at once from screams to almost whiney shrieks can be heard throughout each song and its awesome. This 4 song demo is definitely worth listening to, and along with it their embrace of DIY culture and opposition to racism, sexism, homophobia, social class, and capitalism. This band has a lot of potential, i personally can't wait to hear what they have next.


Friday, July 25, 2014

No Outlet - Victim of the Void

Genre: Hardcore
Year: 2014

1. Annexation
2. Victim of the Void
3. Struck Down

Get it!

No Outlet are a Hardcore band from Fort Worth Texas, this is their second release (I reviewed their first release a while back, go check out that release as well HERE). On this time through No Outlet is coming through with a more heavy and memorable song structure, i'm loving parts like the end of Struck Down where everything is just switched into complete anger. This album will definitely keep your attention, it is rad riff after riff and great throughout. -Jacob Rice

PS. I hope to get back to posting once or twice a week, Sorry if this review was not so good, I am very rusty on reviewing. Definitely check No Outlet out.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nayru//Meryl Streaker Split

genre: Screamo/emo-violence 

year: 2014


1. Nayru// The Monster Inside Me Has Grown So Big
2. Nayru// God In The Wired
3. Meryl Streaker// A Call To Arms
4. Meryl Streaker// See It Through
5. Meryl Streaker// Expect Resistance 

Two screamo bands from San Diego...

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Flowers Taped To Pens - S/T 7"

genre: screamo/emo


side. A
1. Anime Love Story
2. Clever Pessimistic Remarks
3. Jack SNES and Jeff Mango

side B
1. Somber Eyes
2. We Are Standing Right Now, What We Build Could Be Anything
3. The North Migration

 Flowers Taped To Pens - S/T  is available for download and 7" pre-orders are up as well.

Ten Thousand Leagues

genre: screamo

Since this band has recently become somewhat active again i decided this post was necessary. a few years ago back in my hardcore punk days i saw Ten Thousand Leagues at the Che Cafe, i remember being perplexed by the combination of melodic and punk with somebody screaming rather then the usual yelling i was used to. They were actually my first exposure to "real" screamo and i didn't even know it. TTL is one of the best in the genre and their recent reunion is very exciting, I look forward to revisiting old memories when i see them Bridgetown DIY in La Puente. If you live near Riverside/LA go see them and definitly give this band a listen.
Mark = Skr4mzl0rd


Friday, June 6, 2014

Mason Mercer - Slobber [2014]

genre: experimental/jungle/pop/tribal/bedroom

year: 2014

1. Circumcision
2. Hunger
3. Scrappy-Doo
4. Slime
5. The Water Helps

New EP from NYC's Mason Mercer (who also plays in FocusedXMinds and Free At Last). Sounds like if Sugar Ray/Smash Mouth and RATM collaborated on the soundtrack for the new Jurassic Park movie.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Meryl Streaker - Sky Burial

genre: Screamo/emo-violence

year: 2014

1. A Mile In Ed Gein's Skin Shoes
2. My Ishmael
3. Transposed Skeletal Rebirth
4. I Want To Die Wondering
5. Insignificant Steps and Shallow Breath

New album from Meryl Streaker who will be going on a west coast tour with Nayru in July.Dark  screamy stuff