Posts tagged VinylSunday
Posts tagged VinylSunday
Literature - “Tie-Dye b/w Apples” (Square Of Opposition Records 2012)
So this is my second time listening to Literature. I bought an earlier 7” of theirs last year at some point, it it really bored me to tears, so much so that I didn’t feel like writing about it on here. But I’m all for not poo-pooing a band based on one record, hence my purchase of this platter. So after I dropped the needle, I was scared for a second…and they totally redeem themselves!
Literature play power pop like champs. Like they invented the genre. These two tracks are energetic, catchy little numbers that are the perfect wake up anthems for this cold NY afternoon, as I’m getting over an insane boute with the flu (which is why I didn’t post anything all week). I hear a huge Strokes influence (except these songs are not boring as fuck like the Strokes are). They are fun numbers with a bright production quality, almost tinny, but it really adds to the garage sound of the tracks, give them balls. Go buy this. Like yesterday.
King Dude - “Burning Daylight” (Dais Records 2012)
I so rarely get excited for new music coming out anymore. It’s not that I’m a jaded old fuck that doesn’t listen to new music; far from it, probably 85% of the music I buy would have come out in the last 3 or 4 years. I get excited when I discover a new band or artist that really blows my mind. It’s rare, but it does happen to me on occasion. Sadly once and artist or album blows my mind, I kind of forget about them and move on to something else. Last year around this time, King Dude’s “Love” came out, and I was completely enthralled by it. I have been slowly tracking down every one of his records ever since, and When I heard this was coming out, I couldn’t pre-order it fast enough.
This came out about a month ago, but I’m finally getting to listen to it, and boy-howdy, it doesn’t disappoint. You’ll read all over the internet, from lazy reviewers mostly, that this is a neo-folk album, but that description couldn’t be more wrong. While King Dude is obviously influenced by neo-folk, this is totally an American folk album. King Dude, uses the tricks of the neo-folk trade like heavily reverbed vocals, atypical percussion, and pagan/occult symbolism, and creates something that is wholly unique and fresh. Think if your favorite baritone country singer (Johnny Cash, because let’s be honest, he’s everyone’s favorite baritone country singer) decided that he really likes current Death In June and his contemporaries, but likes doo wop, surf, and classic American folk even more, and King Dude is what you would get. Also that what I like about him, is that none of this feels pretentious, because you can tell King Dude is doing this for fun, just to make some good tunes. I wish more people knew about this guy. I feel like his music is something that goths, punks, rockabilly dudes, and any other wierd music subculture could get into.
Seriously though, this album is leaps and bounds better than “Love”, This will probably fall into one of my favorite albums of all time, it’s that fucking good. You all need to experience this now.
Trist/Nuit Noire - split (Fallen Empire 2012)
Its been an insane week for me (receiving records wise). I went and saw The Sword and bought an album from every band that played that night, hit up a record store before the show, got a huge delivery from Nuclear War Now! Productions, got a few things I bought on Discogs, and got a delivery from Fallen Empire, which yielded this little record I am about to review. Once I finish this paragraph. The one I am typing. Now.
I bought this record because I love Nuit Noire; they have such an interesting spin on black metal. But more On them later, right now let’s talk about Trist. This is my first experience listening to them (well him, it’s one guy) and the track they offer up is pretty impressive. It’s nothing super original, but totally captivating black metal, repetitive and distant. The track sucks you into a thick fog of the mind and keeps you with pounding drums and hazy shoegaze guitars. Think Velvet Cacoon, Burzum, and Xasthur and you’d have a pretty good idea of what this sounds like. I’m looking forward to listening to this Czech bands other 7 inch I got when I ordered this, it’s more then one track!
Le flip. Nuit Noire is another beast entirely. They hail from France and play black metal that is like a mixture of black metal with pop-punk riffs. It sounds crazy and that it would never work, but listening to these tracks, it just makes sense. What I also love is all their songs are about fairies and being fairies, which really is about as far from black metal lyrical content that I can think of. Their side of this 7” has that tinny, recorded in a cardboard box kind of sound. The guitars plug away and are super fuzzed out playing punk riffs tremolo picked and the drums are just fucking crazy and loud in the mix, almost drowning out everything else except for the insane vocals. Oooh man the vocals. To the laymen, they are terrible, they are like a mix of some early KBD punk singer and a singer of a NWOBHM band that never made it because their singer sucked; but fuck, they just work.
In conclusion, check out this 7 inch. It’s bangin.
Gypsyhawk - “Revelry & Resilience” (Metal Blade Records 2012)
I had to pleasure of watching Gypsyhawk perform on Wednesday in NYC opening for The Sword. Let me say, they were fucking awesome. I had no idea who they were, as I hadn’t heard of them before the show, but I was floored. They all had long hair, two of them were wearing bell bottoms and they said stuff like “This song is about sitting in traffic, its called LOCOMOTION!” or “This song is about something important to me; GETTING HIGH!” So if those quotes and the name of this band aren’t any indication, they play heavy metal in the traditional way, from the late 70’s. Like a healthy dose of Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, and Mercyful Fate all mashed up into one delicious stew of harmonized guitar leads and songs about frost wyrms. If you notice the bands I just compared Gypsyhawk to, they must seem strangely similar to the bands that influenced an obscure band by the name of Metallica.
The best way to describe the sound of this band, and I’ve been trying to think of another comparison because it’s so easy but I can’t, is the first disc of Metallica’s “Garage Inc.” Like this album sounds EXACTLY like that album (only with original songs)(well one cover: “Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo”). That’s not a bad thing, some idiots who hate any Metallica after “And Justice For All” poo-poo that part of the record because it’s new stuff, but to me it’s seriously one of the best cover albums ever! But seriously this album is a total nostalgia trip for the band I’m sure, but fuck it’s such a refreshing sound. This band just plain fucking ROCKS! I’d do everything in my power to procure a copy of this record. Unless you are a trendy ass poser. Which you will be if you don’t buy this record.
Thou/Moloch - “Tears That Soak A Callous Heart” (The Perpetual Motion Machine/Feast Of Tentacles 2010)
This record is heavy. I’ll leave it at that.
Sorry about the lazy reviews people. I have things to do (lol like sit around in my undies and watch Twin Peak and/or The Twilight Zone).
Stupids - “The Peel Sessions” (Strange Fruit Records 1987)
For my 200th post I’d like to do something…STUPID! wakka wakka wakka!!!
Hardcore punk from the UK in the 80’s. they got lumped with the Hardcore Holocaust bands (Extreme Noise Terror, Gaypalm Death, etc.) but don’t sound a whole lot like them.
Soothsayer -“To Be A Real Terrorist” (Nuclear War Now! Productions 2010)
More old metal demos seeing the light of day years later. This shit fucking rips like a nowadays band that rips. Goddamn.
Satan - “Into The Fire w/ Kiss Of Death 7” (Buried By Time And Dust 2011)
Who knew metal would get so big that old demos where going to be rereleased 30+ years after they were recorded? I’m sure Satan didn’t. But here we are. Awesome NWOBHM stuff here. Comes with an awesome booklet to look at while you are listening.
The Rita - “Snorkel/Skate” (RRRecords 2009)
Maniac Butcher - “Masakr” (Negative Existence 2010)
I can’t believe I never listened to these guys before this. Not only is there brand of Black Metal totally fucked and brutal; they are serious contenders to the title of “most ridiculous photos of black metal poses with retarded weapons in the linear notes”. Not only that, their artwork is so consistently douche-chill worthy I get embarrassed for them. My new favorite band. Also they have one of the best band names ever!
Mammoth Grinder/Hatred Surge - split (Cyclopean Records 2011)
Mammoth Grinder take their name literally because they sound what it would be like to grind down a mammoth with riffs. So it’s like slow grindcore. Yeah… that’ll do. Hatred Surge bring riffs but play them fast. But not so fast on here. Or something.
Isterismo - “Tokyo Crusties” (540 Records 2011)
I guess the band decided what lacks in packaging of this record they will make up for in PURE UNADULTERATED JAPANESE (though Italian influenced) D-BEAT NOISE PUNK MADNESS. This record is so crazy. It compiles what I’m assuming is everything they’ve released up to this point. <3
Hecate - “Brew Hideous” (Hymen Records 2006)
Black metal influenced breakcore. This shit is soooo good. My one complaint is the LP version has half the tracks as the CD. What the fuck is that shit about?! Bullshit in every sense of the word. Like this record is literally made of bull shit.
Asta Kask - “Med Is I Magen” (Prank Records 2011)
This is a reissue of their 1985 album. Melodic punk. I saw them live last month and nowadays they play what sounds like melodic d-beat. Amazing record, I wish I knew their songs when I saw them.
Death - “Spiritual Mental Physical” (Drag City 2011)
More late night LP spinning last night. Commence short reviews blast!
These guys rock. Like punks before punks. Demos and shit. Motherfucks.