Saturday, April 19, 2014

False Face - Where It Ends Ep

So last night I was able to catch current U.K. hardcore heavyweights Violent Reaction and The Flex on their trek through the U.S.A.  After watching VR dispense some sick straight edge jams, I was tempted to revisit some old school (relatively, I guess) U.K. sXe HC.  False Face was a short lived band from the Northeast of England whose sole release appears to be this 7" Ep.  Recorded by the legendary Dickie Hammond (H.D.Q., Leatherface, etc.), this Ep delivers fast, melodic HC in the vein of Uniform Choice and classic Revelation bands like Gorilla Biscuits or early Ignite... I'm not certain but I think one member of False Face went on to found, along with former members of Steadfast, the almighty Voorhees.  Regardless, a great 7" for those who dig fast sXe style hardcore, even if they're drinking a cider while listening to it....

False Face - Where It Ends Ep

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Union - Anaesthetized Ep

Up next is a 7" from the short-lived Swedish band Union.  Released in 1992 as a split between Tribal War Recs and Really Fast Records, this Ep was one of only two the band released.  Union played fairly straight-forward, fast HC with a slight crust feel and distinctive vocals.  This band seems to bridge the gap between classic Finnish HC like Terveet Kädet or Riistetyt and late 80s, early 90s U.S. bands that sought that sound, like Resist and Deprived.  This record would have been right at home on Profane Existence, both musically and lyrically.

Union - Anaesthetized Ep

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Word Made Flesh - s/t Ep (Repost)

Word Made Flesh hailed from NYC and featured Jae, the powerful singer of A.P.P.L.E.  This 7" was their one and only release, out on Squat or Rot recs, and contained 5 tracks of rock influenced punk.  Similar to A.P.P.L.E., the tracks are mid-paced with much emphasis on Jae's amazing vocals.  I can also discern a bit of the NYC crust sound in the mix.  A definite anarcho-punk feel makes me think a bit of current bands like Arctic Flowers or Icon Gallery.  My favorite track, by far, is Rain Dance... a great, catchy upbeat track that recalls Dirt or Lost Cherrees.  This song alone makes the Ep for me.   

Word Made Flesh - s/t Ep

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Various - Give Me Back Lp

Up next is one of my favorite compilation Lps of the 90s, "Give Me Back" on Ebullition records.  This one features a great mix of U.S. and Euro HC of the time.  In keeping with the theme of the record, many of the songs deal with gender and sexuality issues.  Among the bands featured, several contribute their best songs, in my opinion, to this record - the Spitboy, Suckerpunch, Struggle, Desiderata and Profax songs are a good as it gets.  Also featured are HC heavyweights Man Lifting Banner, Seein' Red, Born Against and Econochrist, along with a few other lesser known but still great bands from this era.  Overall, a great collection with a great message...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Reason of Insanity - Self Titled Lp

Louisiana's Reason of Insanity were a long-standing HC outfit that toured the Southern USA extensively during their time and released a slew of split Eps, a couple of Eps of their own, along with this self titled 12", their sole Lp.  I saw these dudes open for Rattus on the Finnish legends' amazing 2004 tour of the US and they definitely brought it, a requirement for playing before such HC royalty.  This record features 27 tracks of furious hardcore, including three covers of classic HC tunes.  No frills, all speed and killer riffs, just like I like it.

Reason of Insanity - Self Titled Lp  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Apostates - Burning World of Hate Ep (Repost)

Here is a fairly obscure release from a band on the fringe of the NY punk scene in the late 80s and early 90s.  Apostates appeared on some NY punk compilations, notably Squat or Rot, Vol. 2 - along with Jesus Chrust, Yuppicide and others.  This 7" was released soon after and featured the song from that comp. with 2 additional tracks.  Apostates had a distinctive sound and were unlike most other NYHC bands of the time.  This record has a real anarcho-punk meets folk rock feel to it.  For reference, I'd compare it to folky punk like Pollution Circus, early Terminus or even New Model Army.  Apparently the band went in a more Goth direction after this record, though I've not heard anything else from them.  They have a site with the band's history and activities these days.  Whatever became of them, this Ep is a great record with an unconventional sound.

Apostates - Burning World of Hate Ep

Friday, March 21, 2014

Libido Boyz (Repost)

Here is pretty much everything released by Mankato, MN's Libido Boyz.  Included in this file are their two LPs, three 7"ers and their side of a split EP.  Unfortunately this band had a propensity for re-recording the same songs over and over, so several versions of the same track exist on different releases.  The highlights of their discography are the first LP, "Hiding Away", the raw "Malicious Hooliganism" EP and the "It's So Obvious" EP.  Also included is their second LP, OPGU - their major label debut.  I really don't like this record, aside from one or two tracks, and the re-recorded versions of older songs are seriously wimpy.  I decided to include it here for completist sake only.  The earlier stuff is excellent tuneful HC with distinctive vocals and conscious lyrics... like a less silly SNFU or Spermbirds.  "Hiding Away" came out on the UK's First Strike Records, home to Jailcell Recipes, Drive and the Asexuals - all very good points of reference for this band.

Libido Boyz - 2 LPs, 3 EPs and 1 Split EP