Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Rik and the Pigs - Life's A Bust

"The second 7” from RIK AND THE PIGS is finally here, a smoking follow-up to 2015's "Pig Sweat" single on Total Punk. “Life's A Bust” features three new tracks recorded between Rik's time in Portland and his new home base of Olympia, WA. Side A boasts two cuts of completely savage and hook-filled punk – exactly the kind of snot and filth that you'd expect from Rik & Co. On the flip, “Life's A Bust” is a completely different animal, a loose and driving five minute tune featuring incredible guitar work and drumming from Michael Liebman and Corey Rose of Olympia's VEXX. "


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Good Throb - Self Titled EP (2016)



Wolf Whistle - The Present Disturbance EP

"New Bedford's Wolf Whistle refuses to pollute the ears of tweens with modern silly-billy hardcore. Taking cues from Crossed Out, Present Disturbance trims the fat off of their bizarro style of fast punk and brings us 10 tracks of "powerful" and "violent" rock music. Recorded live on a four-track cassette in a basement, a proper offering to any psycho outsider. God bless Wolf Whistle."


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Wild Thing - Demo 2016

Daaaaaammmnn! HTX back at it again, killing it in the hcpunk game yet again. This demo of a beast is unreal, just as noisy as early 80's Japanese punk and hard as nails like Midwest USHC. 



"I always searching for great people, making great music and this time I found an outstanding band in Iceleand. A Noisy, raw, energetic, dirty, feminist PUNK BAND, packed in a wave full of reverbed guitar work. Born in Reykjavík and with a great Demo Tape under their belt, Dauðyflin presenting us their first proper EP. And it's even more gnarlier and uglier than their previous work. Someone is obviously mad at you and you were just caught in the middle of this sonic mess presented by Dauðyflin.

The ep just explodes out of the speakers, but it's more than just the in-the-red production that generates the intensity. The riffing is just truly wild and off the wall. They definitely have some POGO vibes going on thanks to the bubbly, front-of-the-snare-kick -mix , but I think that they have a little bit more three dimensionality to their sound than most bands flying the pogo punk flags.

The first outstanding part, rather than focusing on the bouncy rhythms and simple melodies, is the complete brooding, dark, and heavy ugly feeling on the complete record. While the next thing that stuck out, obviously, were the vocals. There are so many ways to approach the hardcore punk vocal but rarely have I heard the howl employed so effectively.

All in all the ramshackle drums, crazy vocals, and the early Italian HC spirit made me fall in love with this band. The raw production and quirky arrangements that put the bass right up front and make it carry much of the weight of the songs feels good, as good as possible for that kind of freak out dark punk music.

This could be the soundtrack to some weird psychedelic punk haunted house movie. So all in all we have an infectious guitar riff- vocal scream dynamic hardcore punk record from the first iceland based hardcore punk band i have ever heared. In my opinion essential, believe the hype!"

Mastered by genius Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios