Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cause & Effect - s/t Ep (Repost)

After last week's Légitime Défonce post I remembered that I never re-uploaded one of my favorite French melodic hardcore Eps - Cause & Effect's self-titled 7" on Panx records.  This group popped up in the mid-1990s and released only this one 7" and a few compilation tracks.  This Ep does remind me a bit of the first Légitime Défonce LP as well as some British and American groups of the same time-period; H.D.Q., Cowboy Killers, Pegboy, etc.  Newer bands like La Fraction or Inner Conflict, minus the female vocals, are good reference points also.

Cause & Effect - s/t Ep

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Légitime Défonce

Alright, while I'm posting a spate of more melodic bands, here is a great French group from the 1990s, Légitime Défonce.  These guys played fast and catchy as hell punk with a strong U.S. hardcore influence.  To my ears, these guys remind me a bit of the U.K. wave of bands in the late 1980s that took their cue from 7 Seconds, SNFU and the like - groups like H.D.Q., Exit Condition, Snuff, early Leatherface, etc.  Légitime Défonce are not quite as classic as those bands but I think they are within the same realm.  This post collects their first two LPs, both on the great French label Panx.  The first LP, self-titled, was an instant favorite when it came out - fast and melodic with enough aggression to satisfy my more HC tastes.  The second LP, Ya Basta!, is a bit more 90s pop-punk sounding and with muddier production so it doesn't quite stand up to the first... still, its not a bad record per se, just not as good as the first.  Légitime Défonce had a few EPs and another LP that came out in the late 90s that I've not gotten around to tracking down yet, though I should have obtained those early 7"ers a long time ago... too many records, not enough time or money tho!

Légitime Défonce - self-titled LP and "Ya Basta!" LP

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Tunstin Gat - s/t Ep

More 1990's melodic punk here and another short-lived band.  Tunstin Gat hailed from Berkeley, California in the mid-90s so I suppose you can guess what they sounded like...  when I first heard these guys I remember describing them to a friend as sounding like a "poppy Econochrist" and I think that description holds.  Gruff vocals and prominent bass lines like the aforementioned hardcore punks but married with a Jawbreaker-esque pop-punk sound.... the result is not unlike the more melodic tracks by Grimple or the early stuff from Jawbreaker.  This was their only release, a 5 song 7" Ep on 702 Records out of Nevada. 

Tunstin Gat - s/t Ep

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Vanbuilderass - s/t Ep

OK, this is one of my guilty pleasures, perhaps a dirty little secret - I love really well done pop-punk.  It's got to be fast and catchy as hell and this 7" certainly fits that criteria.  Vanbuilderass hailed from Gainesville, Florida circa the mid-1990s and only released about 10 songs in total - this 7" Ep plus a split Ep and a few compilation tracks.  Though short-lived, members of this band have been stalwarts in the G-ville scene and several folks from Vanbuilderass went on to form Bitchin', a good band that plays a more mature version of this sound.  Anyways, to my ears this 7" has four of the most perfect pop-punk tracks there are - super quick with tons of hooks and great female-led vocals.  Cool lyrics (especially "Choices") round out the package.  Oddly enough this Ep came out on a small record label run by Steve Heritage of grindcore legends Assück... guess I'm not alone in this guilty pleasure.

Vanbuilderass - s/t Ep

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Skinhead Magnet - We Work, We Dream, We Die, Time Flies 10"

Up next is another early 1990's band from California.  Skinhead Magnet was a short lived project of ex-Jack Acid members Ernst and Elspeth and this 10" was their only release.  Skinhead Magnet ends up sounding so much like Jack Acid that its a bit of a wonder why they changed the name, but to me that is just fine.  For the uninitiated, Jack Acid did a few 7"ers back in the day, one of which was a early Lookout! Records release.  Jack Acid and Skinhead Magnet were from the Bay Area but played a more old school punk influenced take on the prevailing sound in that area at the time.  Both bands reminded me of early UK punk filtered through their native California scene - a sound that makes me think initially of the X-Ray Spex or perhaps the Partisans meets the Avengers.  The Jack Acid discography is still available for sale online by the label (here) but for some reason this 10" seems to have never been re-released or widely distributed, a shame and a bit strange considering how closely the band is related to the classic 1990s Bay Area scene.

Skinhead Magnet - We Work, We Dream, We Die, Time Flies 10"

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Suckerpunch

Alright, I've finally got some time for a proper new post... lately I've been revisiting a bunch of Ebullition records and related releases - 1990's "emo" influenced hardcore and the like.  Suckerpunch was one of those sort of bands and appeared on the great "Give Me Back" compilation that Ebullition issued (and which I posted a while back here).  While I think their track on that comp. (Religious Phallos) is their best song, their other material is definitely worth a listen.  Collected here for you is their self-titled 10" and their side of the split flexi Ep with Born Against - fair warning, my copy of the flexi is relatively degraded and the sound quality is pretty terrible.  It appears that the band only released one other split Ep before calling it quits.  For those unfamiliar or who haven't heard their contribution to the Give Me Back comp., Suckerpunch had a relatively metallic HC sound which is in keeping with Ebullition stalwarts like Downcast and Struggle but which also brings to mind East Coast bands like Citizens Arrest or Rorschach, though not quite as heavy.  Lyrically and aesthetically they were firmly in the Ebullition style as well.  Anyways, check them out and hope you dig this relatively overlooked group from the 1990s California HC scene.

Suckerpunch - s/t 10" and Split Ep w/ Born Against   

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Undone

OK, sorry for the silence... its been fairly busy around here and several projects have been taking up my time as of late, though I'm trying to get back into posting more regularly soon.  For now, here is a quick re-post of some more French emo hardcore... Undone were another of those groups from France in the mid 90s who took their cues from Dischord bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace as well as early Ebullition Records hardcore.  On Stonehenge Records, along with the likes of Fingerprint and Ivich, Undone mixed chaotic tempos, quiet intros and bombastic crescendos with impassioned screaming vocals.  This post contains their "Dark Future" Lp and their two 7" Eps, the majority of their recorded output. 

Undone - Dark Future Lp and two Eps