Monday, 28 March 2011

A post in which I gush about how bloody brilliant Never Again were and bitch about Holy Roar and Thirty Days Of Night


Some of the best bands had the shortest life spans. Never Again from Canterbury, Kent existed between Summer 2009 and Autumn 2010, two demo tapes, an EP, two split 7”s and several jaunts around Europe, easily the most popular Straight Edge UKHC band since xCanaanx. Around the time they announced they were breaking up there was some rumours about Edge breaking, but all the members have gone on to do other Straight Edge bands (vocalist Luke now plays bass in STAB and the rest are in Norse myth obsessed Holy Terrorists Wayfarer), so nyer. Before they broke up they released a discography LP on Holy Roar, who I have a love/hate relationship with, love because they let you download the songs from the records they sell on their website but hate because they also give the option of selling MP3s separate from the records and continue after the record is sold out. Personally I believe that if the physical record is out of print you should just give the music away for free. Being a record collector I just don’t understand the mentality of people who pay to download music, but I guess you could argue that money goes to support the artists, and at least they aren’t as cuntish as Thirty Days of Night who sell MP3s through iTunes and get blogs taken down for daring to put up download links to their releases, even if they are long out of print. Anyway, back to Never Again, there's one song that isn’t on their discography LP, the demo version of Enough Is Enough from the Repulsed tape, they re-recorded it on the Pressure 7” and that’s the one they went with.


Saturday, 26 March 2011

The Post-Hardcore Post

The majority of these bands are from Kent, there might be a lot of shit Moshcore coming out of here right now but there's plenty of grown up sounding stuff too.

Like Hurricane/Knives - split CD

Post-Hardcore from Canterbury, Kent and Birmingham.  Mostly putting this up for the Like Hurricane tracks, lots of intricate guitar work, lush melodies and just generally bloody lovely.  One or two members now play in the Hot Snakes influenced Great Ancestors.


Lakes - self titled CD

Spazzy Post-Hardcore from Ashford, Kent.  The song Our Town is about an incident when a group of local youths kicked an immigrant to death.  They also released two splits under this name before finding out there also an American Christian Rock band also called Lakes, they are continuing  today as Kid Pang.  3/4 members also play in Man Hands.  The singer can be a prize dick at the best of times.  I saw them play a practice room show in Margate with At A Crawl and Diet Pills, their singer was wasted and being a bit leary the whole while.  Diet Pills played the singer thanked At A Crawl and Kid Pang "the singer's a bit of a knob though" at which point Kid Pang's singer pulled out a small block of hash and started waving it around in the air, to which Diet Pills singer said "Oh no, what a great guy...and his sister's fit too!"


Diet Pills - self titled 7"

Sludgey Noise Rock from Leicester, very Jesus Lizard.




Sky:Lark - self titled LP

Noisey Post-Hardcore with member from Margate and London.  This only just came out yesterday before posting this so I'm not going to put it up for download, but you can stream the whole LP online, I imagine that they'll find a way to sell it there too, buy their shit, support the local Punk scene and whatnot. 
EDIT: You can now Download the Sky:Lark LP fom their Bandcamp

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Blight - Master

You know that band Cthulhu Youth everyone's bumming right now, well this is the singers old Holy Terror band.  They used to noise/circuit bending stuff between songs when they played live.  I saw their first show at an all ages gig at Tap N Tin in Chatham, not the best place to debut an experimental Hardcore band in front of a bunch of sixteen-year-olds waiting for Hang The Bastard to play.  I only ever heard about them playing one other show at The 12 Bar in London, I'm not sure if they played many shows after that.  This was given away as a free download.


Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Deathskulls/Armed Response Unit - split 7"

Thrashcore from Essex and London.  So London has LBU, Essex has EBD (Essex Beatdown), and like most of the LBU bands, the EBD bands suck, with the exception of Deathskulls, in fact it always baffled me that a scene with such a hard-on for beatdowns accepted a band that played so fast like Deathskulls.




























Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Crowd Control LP

Beasting Crust from Dublin (so not UK, but fuck it, this record is awesome), this link comes from the band themselves and they are encouraging people to spread it around, which is extraordinarly cool of them.  You can pick up a copy from here.

The Kick Kick Murder Squad - Discography

Powerviolence from the Isle of Sheppey (contender for the most inbred area in the UK), Kent.  Kind of like Crossed Out mixed with Total Fucking Destruction (One thing I always noticed when they played, their drummer seemed to emulate Richard Hoak's style).  They just gave away their CDs at shows, but as many times as I saw them I missed whenever they gave out their stuff.  This is a couple of CDRs Anthony (Bass/Vocalist) gave me as a thank you for all the times I came out to see them at the shows he put on at The Ivy Leaf in Sheerness.  They played their last official show with the reformed Discharge, but they have played one other show since at the last gig of their mates At The Gates worship band Denounce at The Red Lion in Gravesend (another place in Kent you don't want to visit).

Monday, 21 March 2011

Maths - MMVII CD

Screamo from Norwich.  This is a partial discography collecting everything recorded in the year up to being signed to Holy Roar.  Features a cover of A Well Documented Case Of Severe Autism by Jeromes Dream.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Blackfish UKHC comp

This comp was pretty much my introduction to underground/D.I.Y. Hardcore.  My tastes have moved on since then but I do get this out from time to time when I'm feeling nostalgic.  Some of these songs have appeared on other things but most of the content is exclusive to this comp.  Bands: Unite (doing a cover of Screamager by Therapy?), Incoherence, Decimate, Stampin' Ground (doing a crap cover of Bringin' It Down by Judge), Special Move, Knuckledust, xCanaanx, AKO (doing a horrendous cover of Start Today by Gorrila Biscuits, worse than Fall Out Boy's version), Above All, Divide, Raiden, Underule, Stuntface, Freebase (doing a beefed up cover of No Friend Of Mine by Slapshot), Bluntside, 50 Caliber, In Decades Decline, Understand, January Thirst, Set Against, M.T.A. and Spine.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Infest Tribute CDR

OK, not all of these bands are British but this was a UK release on the charmingly named Punch An Emo Records.  12 songs in just under 11 minutes.  Brits: Worker And Parasite, Brain Dead, Brainbuster, BSOYM, Yanks: Half Gorilla, Black Hole Of Calcutta, Chainsaw To The Face, Protestant, Have Fun, Dutch: Slapendehoden and Swedes: One Two Fuck You, UndergĂ„ng.


Friday, 18 March 2011

Ushering In A New Age Of Quarrel...A UKHC Tribute To The Cro-Mags CD

If I'm honest, this is pretty shit, but it does have Voorhees doing a cover of Life Of My Own and Lecky's Vegan Straight Edge Metalcore side band Withdrawn (see Gonna Make The Pony Trot) doing Hard Times so it's worth having just for that.  The only other thing worth mentioning is the cover of We Gotta Know by Public Disturbance, who featured the Peado singer from Lostprophets on drums.  Forgetable covers by: D.S.F.A., Stampin' Ground, Set Against, Primate, Divide, Freebase, Underule, I.O.D., 2000 Strong, Step Back, Up In Arms, Co-Exist, Ackbar and Human Error.



Thursday, 17 March 2011

The non-Hardcore post

I can't listen to Hardcore all the time, I'd get bored with life if I did.  So I thought I'd post some stuff that, while not Hardcore is at least Punk related.

The Sans Pareil - MMVIII demo CDR

London based folk from members of The Guillaume Seam and November Coming Fire, this was given away free, you can also find a free download of their most recent EP.

Sexton Ming - Failed Intellectual Book/CD

I live in Medway, Strood specifically (a wonderful place to get mugged at knifepoint). It's not a great scene for "proper" Hardcore, a lot of Beatdown/New Era caps/haircare products which isn't really my thing, Medway is more well known for its Garage Punk/Indie scene.  One of our most well known exports is Sexton Ming, founder of The Medway Poets with the more famous Billy Childish, Garge Punk musician, artist and diagnosed Schizophrenic.  Failed Intellectual is a collection of lyrics, poems and short stories with a CD of him reading a selection of his stuff.




A couple short stories that aren't on the CD

A selction from a sseries of stories about a talking Bull named Randos, who enjoys beer, curry, shitting in things and swearing (click to read)
A story about the time Jello Biafra stayed on his couch.

One Night Stand In North Dakota - Dworkin's Bastards

Two piece acoustic Punk from Pity Me, Durham.  You can get their demo for free (although the sound quality isn't that great).



Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The Sex Maniacs - Mean As Hell CD

Fear/T.S.O.L. style Hardcore Punk from Leeds.  This was their only album, they threatened a second for ages but after a deal with an unnamed US label fell threw they went quiet and they were never heard from again.  I think Atko would be too bust these dyas with Rise Above signed Gentlemans Pistols, running Grot records, sporadic gigs with The Horror and Rot In Hell

The inlay was accidently printed on the back, they put this note in the back.


Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Free downloads

I started this blog to share music by bands I love, tell people about bands they might not know about and brag about seeing bands that you didn't.  I thought I'd share some links of bands that are giving away their music themselves.

Hello Bastards


Veganarchist Straight Edge fastcore from London, members also play in  Petty Bone and STAB.  You can get their 7" and an unreleased EP from Last.fm

Hammers


Neocrust from Manchester.  Pretty much everything they've ever done, I've already posted their split with Jesus Of Spazzareth, their side can be found on the Year One tape.

Cold Ones



Beer loving Punks from Liverpool, sadly no more.  Couple of EPs up on Last.fm

Deal With It - World Coming Down + Demo CD

Straight Edge Hardcore from Leeds.  When  I first heard them I thought they were an LBU band, but actually good.  After this they went Crossover Thrash in a Best Wishes-era Cro-Mags style.  A lot of people didn't really get what they were doing and they broke up for a while, reformed after a few members broke Edge, continued with the Crossover style with greater success.  If you get the chance go see them, they have easily the best frontman in UKHC, really great sarcastic sense of humour, they normally play with a bunch of shitty Moshcore bands but they are well worth suffering through to see them.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Mel Gimpsuit/Hangover Heartattack - Split CDR

Mel Gimpsuit, food obsessed Grindcore from Mansfield, Hangover Heartattack Nihilistic Powerviolence from Leicester.  This was given away by one of the Mel Gimpsuit guys by just sending a stamped self addressed envelope.

Petty Bone - Demo CDR

Hardcore/Riot Grrrl/Anarcho Punk form London featuring members of Hang The Bastard, Honour Among Thieves, Hello Bastards and Invasion

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Walk The Plank - Thrashgig 7"s

Pirate themed Hardcore from Liverpool featuring the vocals on Ian Leck of Voorhees and Sick-Fuckin-O.  Before they put out their LP on Dead & Gone they released four 7"s simultaneously on Thrashgig (run by Foxy from SSS).  Each 7" featured an original song and a cover of a classic Punk/Hardcore song (Night Stalker by Impact Unit, So Ends Our Night by Last Rights, Depression by Black Flag and a version of Nausea by X with swearier lyrics). All the 7"s came in gatefold sleeves and featured a different part of a story.
The Saga (click to read)



SSS - S/T aka Cliff Burton 7"

Thrash/Hardcore Crossover from Liverpool featuring members of Walk The Plank.
7" also came with an A4 comic strip, click to read


Friday, 11 March 2011

Basement - Demo CDR

Melodic Hardcore/Emo/Pop Punk from Ipswich for fans of Lifetime.

The Guillaume Seam - S/T CD

Mathcore from the Medway Towns of Kent for fans of early Converge and Breach.  Featuring Black Ballads-era November Coming Fire bassist Thom Von Violence.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

The Horror - First Blood Parts I And II CD

Thrashcore from Leeds featuring members of Voorhees, The Sex Maniacs and Gentlemans Pistols.  This CD compiles the first two 10" mini albums.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Voorhees - Smiling At Death CD

Classic UKHC from Durham, criminally out of print.  This CD compiles the first two demos, Violent 7", a session from a Negative Approach tribute album, Spilling Blood Without A Reason LP plus bonus tracks from that session which came out on the 15th anniversary reissue (I think they're probably on the more recent 20th anniversary reissue too, I don't know, I'm a pretty bad obsessive record collector but not so much that I buy different pressings of records I already have).  Covers of: Faith (You're X'd), Negative Approach (I'll Survive, Whatever I Do), D.Y.S. (Open Up), Raw Power (State Oppression) and Black Flag (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme).


Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Nowhere Fast - No Escape 7"

80's style Hardcore from Liverpool.

Crash The Pose - S/T 7"

Fastcore from Guildford, the was their last 7" which was supposed to be a four way split but the other bands backed out, so they just released it as a one sided 7" limited to 220 copies.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Jesus Of Spazzareth/Hammers - Split 7"

Jesus Of Spazzareth, D-Beat from Nottingham.  Hammers, Neocrust from Manchester featuring members of Dreams Are Free, Motherfucker!

Unloved - Fuck This Life CD

Great Powerviolence band, failures as people.  last time I saw them the bass player got arrested for throwing his instrument at the merch table and hitting someone in the face, Never Again had to wait 'til the police had gone and the ambulence had took the guy who got hit away.