Monday, December 31, 2012

Afterlife Kids - 2012 - Geisterhand

Afterlife Kids are a four piece hardcore/screamo band from Berlin, Germany. They play brand of screamo heavily indebted to hardcore, there is lots of moshing in this music.  The basis is hardcore punk, riff after riff pound your skull into the pavement with only a few melodic guitar lines while the screamed vocals and some of the interludes push the music towards screamo. This isn't something that I particularly like, I don't like so much hardcore and moshing in my screamo but this definitely has it's moments.

Adventures - 2012 - S/T

Adventures are an emo band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, America. The band features members of Code Orange Kids and play music that has nothing to do with that band. Adventures is signed to No Sleep Records and play a straight ahead brand of punky emo. Think Algernon Cadwallader but less noodly, rock solid punk rock with an emotional punch and an awesome female vocalist. Three of the songs are very very good, and even the one I don't like isn't bad.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Adelleda - 2012 - Let's Talk About Adelleda

Adelleda is a 5 piece punk band from Hamilton Ontario Canada. They play very melodic brand of street punk with just a hint of politics thrown into the mix. High energy, melodic punk rock is always welcome coming out of my speakers. Their first release was last years LP Herkimer Street. They followed it up this year with an EP, Let's Talk Bout Adelleda.

Adelleda have a nice variety in their music. Like on their debut LP,  instead of sticking squarely in one area of punk Let's Talk Bout Adellada moves around a little bit. There is always a ton of energy blasting you in the face but there is a shift from more straight forward punk, that is lots of melody in the singing and clear guitar solo sounds with just a hint of shouted background vocals to dirty stuff up, to closing the album out with an almost straight up hardcore track. Less diversity than on their full length debut but this EP is a solid followup.

Adaje - 2012 - Yore Veils

Adaje where a screamo 3 piece from Memphis. They were active from 2006 to late 2012. They have released splits with bands like Close To Me, Shark Bait and Lizards Have Personalities. Yore Veils is their second LP and their final release. If you like screamo this should be right up your ally. Their first LP was a little too frantic for me, the transitions between the chords and the rapid pickings felt forced to for me but this LP, Yore Veils, is quite good.

The songs on Yore Veils are all fully formed and unique, Adaje has found their niche combing solid screamo with some progressive aspects that really allow the songs to breath. My favourite tracks are An Avalanche Of Broncos; Pending; To Become Corroded, Guided By The Light (great song and song titled) as well as Harrowing Sounds From The Ravine. Purchase the album on cassette from Broken World Media

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Brightside - 2011 - Good Enough

 Brightside is an punk rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They feature ex-members of Code Orange Kids and the Edukators. They play a brand of emo that I quite enjoy. It's as close to pop punk as you can get without being incredibly poppy, while still having a base in actual punk music. The vocals are all clean and desperate and there's as real melodic sense above the anger and churn of the rhythm section. They pour an incredible amount of energy and emotion into their music which translates to pure energy. You can buy their LP Good Enough on cassette tape from Driftwood Records


∞ - Näyt Kauas

(or 8) is a four piece screamo band from  Jyväskylä, Finland. They released their second album Näyt Kauas in September 2012. They play a brand of screamo with some post rock and post metal influences. As such there aren't really any songs that I like all the way through, I like half to 3/4s of all the songs but the post metal/rock influences start to get to me. When the guitar gets focused on repeating a picking section, or everything gets drony, they start to lose me. Thankfully the balance is such that the boring post rock/metal bits are more than balanced out by the angry, punky screamo parts/

Friday, December 21, 2012

new IWontStopWonderingUntilYouStopBreathing

If you're into the modern screamo scene at all you've probably come across IWontStopWonderingUntilYoustopBreathing before. Started as a three piece and is now a one piece, it's the same guy that did Flowers In Gun Barrels and is now doing The Truth About Dreaming, both awesome projects.

He just released two new tracks for his latest album Heal. He's not reinventing the wheel here, it's the same style of screamo as he's done previously. Awesomely high pitched screamed vocals, guitars that constantly smack you in the face and a solid rhythm section bringing everything together.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Loud? - Connections

Loud? are a 3 piece emo band from Woodbridge Virginia. They just released their 4th album, an EP called Connections. They mine a melodic, Midwestern emo vein. I'm rather behind on school work right now so I'm going to forgo an in depth discussion of their sound, just know that if you like emo you'll probably like this.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Concrete Summer - Glass Bones, Paper Skin

The Concrete Summer are a 5 piece emo band from Erie Pennsylvania. They have released one EP called Glass Bones, Paper Skin and it is one of the best albums I've heard an awhile. The music tends toward the sadder, more melodic and epic side of emo as opposed to more chaotic, hardcore focused variants. There are multiple vocalists and they are all awesome, but the one thing that really drew me in and hooked me is Julia's beautiful voice. She can be quiet, contemplative and sad before transitioning into a beautifully soaring melodic arc then transitioning back into a more quiet contemplative mode. My two favourite songs, Revvis and The Little Prince both work that formula to great reward. Some songs have tapping, some have a more raucous guitar tone, some have soaring vocals while some have gruffer vocals and shouts while all the songs are awesome.  You can listen for free below and bug the people at Driftwood Records to repress their EP.

Friday, November 16, 2012

what I listened to between November 8th and 15th 2012

This mix consists of what I listened to between the above dates.

On it you will find tracks from a split between Alta and Arizona Wilder

 some folk punk courtesy of Indra Zenn Verses The World,

an ep called Buried Beneath Those Years by Nakusa

 the Casus side of their split with I Don't Want To Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,

 an ep by the awesome screamo band Cabin Fire called Cathedrals Of Information

as well as a whole lot of Converge, selections from Petitioning The Empty Sky and Caring And Killing

You can download said rar here if you missed the link above 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fire Academy - Demo

Fire Academy are a five piece band from Iowa. If you like screamo you'll like this. First song slays, the second song is more slowburning and the third song adds in just a touch of melody and quiet to accent the desperate screams. Can't wait to hear more from these dudes. You can purchase a tape from Driftwood Records here

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Indra Zenn Versus The World - Bums In Love

Indra Zenn Versus The World is the side project of the singer for a band called The Kreutzer Sonata. This album is an acoustic folk punk album. Think a more lofi early Against Me! and you're in the ballpark. You can stream below and download for free on the Driftwood Records bandcamp page as well as purchase a tape from Driftwood Records here

Monday, July 30, 2012

Animal Faces

Animal Faces are a three piece screamo band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They released their first EP Analytical Dreaming in 2010. It's screamo in the vien of The Reptilian. This is the best melding of math rock into screamo that I've heard and Ryan has an awesome desperate shout. Dude signed my album when I saw them in Toronto with Xerxes and Pianos Become The Teeth.

Animal Faces released their second EP this year Anomie and it's every bit as good. The songwriting has improved but the basic sound of the band hasn't changed. It's everything I liked about the first album, the guitars that come and go out of nowhere, the rolling drums and that same desperate shout.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Nai Harvest - Feeling Better

Nai Harvest are a two piece emo band from Sheffield, Uk. They play a very energetic punk flavour of emo with lots of melodic lead guitar riffs flying everywhere and emotional screams that propel everything forward. Feeling Better is their fourth EP, released by Pinky Swear, A Mountain Far and Struggletown and it's every bit as good as their first ep Ceiling Summer. They've lost a bassist but the sound doesn't suffer at all, I'm more of a fan of this thinner, more energetic sound than a lot of the thicker punk I hear. If there was less energy or desperately shouted vocals this could very well pass for indie rock but it's the jump straight in the air energy that really keeps everything going.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Death Grips - Exmilitary

Death Grips are a rap group from Sacramento, California. I'm way late on this but this is awesome underground, experimental hip hop. The album starts off not the greatest but quickly becomes non stop monster tracks. Awesome production that brings in sounds from everywhere and flows that are never less than entertaining. How did I sleep on this so long?

Suis La Lune - Riala

Suis La Lune are a screamo band from Stockholm & Gothenburg, Sweden. They are nothing short of awesome. This is their first album for Topshelf Records, a label that has been doing some really great things lately. Haven't listened to this yet but I'm assuming it's great cause Suis La Lune is, generaly speaking, amazing.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wild Moth

Wild Moth are punk band from San Francisco, California, USA. There are a bunch of elements being jammed together, all wrapped up a very noisy, distorted package. Think shoegaze that manages to get some head banging rock and roll on and enough post punk to de-construct the sound and allow the noise influences to really run rampant. A more guitar oriented, garage rock version of A Place To Bury Strangers perhaps.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Omegas - Blast Of Lunacy

Omegas are a punk rock band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They play an awesome old school style punk. Think 80's hardcore punk that likes to play fast and knows how to do it well. I like this kind of hardcore punk, it's heavy, it's pissed off, they throw in weird little bits and they  go for the kill with speed any time they please .


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jowls - Cursed

Jowls are a three piece post-hardcore/screamo band from  Grand Rapids, MI. The band is made up of Ryan Martin on guitar and vocals, Jeff Kraus on drums and vocals and John Harmon on bass. The band is made up of former members of both Victor Fix the Sun! and Cloudmouth. Started as a two piece and added the bassist from Cloudmouth for their new LP. It's called Cursed and will be released May 22 2012 by Doghouse Records. You can stream the entire album on Absolute Punk right here. One of my favourite bands currently, their debut up came out of nowhere and punched me in the face repeatedly and while their split with The Reptilian went in a little straighter post-hardcore direction it's still really great.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tell-Tale Hearts

Tell-Tale Hearts are a screamo band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They play a fairly straight ahead version of screamo that can get chaotic at times and has some tapping and twinkles thrown in for flavouring. Dude's got an awesome scream that sounds like it's being ripped from his guts. The production is not great as it is their demo but it's really cool to hear more bands like this from Toronto. Features members of Marla Singer, Ramon Gris and Delo Truda

Friday, April 13, 2012

Interskramz Records

Interskramz is a DIY record label based out of Oregon/Boston. Both original tunes and a distro in conjunction with  INSRGNT.

You can check out all the artists they're associated with here on their bandcamp

Their facebook page is here

The label doing the distro can be found here; and here

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Think Big! - Changes

Think Big! are a punk pop band from Pocono Summit Pennsylvania. I usually have a problem with pop punk but this band is really good. I quite enjoy the gruff vocals. Reminds me of Stay Ahead of The Weather but with gruffer vocals and a faster sound that leans towards hardcore end of the spectrum than it does the poppier end of the spectrum. The first song is the best and it goes downhill a little bit from there but it's still a solid ep. Free download courtesy of Death To False Hope Records

Monday, April 09, 2012

Harmonium 76 Vamos Campaneros

a really great ambient song that also works as non ambient music. I'm studying for my exam tomorrow and listening to the three albums Brian Eno made with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius of Harmonia. Really really good stuff

Mount Carmel - Real Women

Mount Carmel are a three piece band stoner blues band from Columbus, Ohio. The base of the music is obviously blues but the guitar tone and the playing style add in some really nice elements of stoner metal. Thicker and heavier, almost sludgy at times but still keeping that blues bass to it so it hits two things I really like, stoner metal and blues. Huge sound for a three piece.

Real Women

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Great song, epic length for them as its pretty much double the length of their longest song. Kinda surprised at how terrible their stage presence is, would have expected them to be more active

Indian Taker - Tule Fog

Indian Taker are a 5 piece screamo band from Modesto California. Formed in October 2011 this past February saw the release of their debut EP Tule Fog. They're all still in high school. The music goes back and forth between punked up emo and more obviously screamo instrumentally while the main vocalist has a nicely ragged voice.

 People seem to be comparing them to Touché Amoré but I don't hear it, nowhere near as hardcore, more of a focus on the melodic punkier aspects of screamo. 

This is screamo but it's pretty punky while still having lots of melody. They are planning an acoustic split with The Winter Passing online and on tape through Guys With Beards Records.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Park Jefferson - Acoustic EP Vol 2

Park Jefferson is a 4 piece emo band from Indiana, Michigan. Formed by Nick Stutsman who used to be in both Pen Pals and Merchant Ships. This ep takes songs from their ep Weekdays and does them all acoustic. It's awesome.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Storm The Bastille - Behold

Storm The Bastille are a three piece screamo band from Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Really heavy ass and pissed off it comes roaring out at you at full tilt. The combination of shouted  and very low screamed vocals make for an awesome combination. There's more than a hint of metal in this which is one of the reason's I like it so much, maybe it's just me but I don't know a ton of bands that sound like this.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Wind Wind Win

Wind Wind Win is a one man band from Greece. A singer songwriter that plays acoustic guitar and screams his lungs out. All the stuff I've heard from him is quite awesome. There's not much more to be said other than this band is highly recommended.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tröpical ice land - B

Tröpical ice land are a screamo band from Torelló Spain. The singer has a really great high pitched desperate shout, the music is powerful and slamming but there is still melody laced into it. I don't really have much to say because most of it is rather standard awesome screamo, the bits that do try and expand the pallet a bit like the middle song Monserrat and the closer Triceraptor don't do much for me.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Marathon - Eight Hours

Marathon are a punk rock band from Minks. That's pretty much all I know about them as all I can find is a bandcamp that doesn't link to anything else. The tags on the bandcamp would suggest that they play a punky 90s version of emo but I don't hear that at all. The base of the music, as far as I can hear, is melodic hardcore though there are definitely some emo aspects to it. This EP is quite good even though melodic hardcore isn't really my thing

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Xerxes are a 5 piece screamo band from Louisville, Kentucky. Formed in 2009 they play a brand of screamo they describe as being influence as You and I, Saetia, Trash Talk and Ampere, I would throw Touché Amoré in there as well. They are on of my favourite bands. I do have a slight problem when listening to them because I'm never sure if I should weep uncontrollably or smash everything around me in a hardcore rage

Their first EP Twins was released May 2010. It's 7 songs in just over 10 minutes which constantly pummels you with emotional hardcore, barely giving you room to relax and breath before smashing you in the face once again. There may be one or two weak songs on the EP but even the ones I'm not so fond of are still great. This is my favourite album of theirs besides the new LP, probably simply because there are more songs that I instantly latched onto

 Their second EP was a two track album called Homeward Carries No Direction and it's every bit as great as the first one. Freefall starts off more melodic but then the rest of the band comes in and it slams every bit as hard as it should but retains an larger, almost epic feel thanks to the melody coming from one of the guitars. The second track Runaways wastes no time getting down to the business of ripping through another emotionally heavy track that pulls no punches

 Their next album was another EP this time a split with a band called Midnight Souls. To be honest I'm so into Xerxes I don't even listen to the Midnight Souls side as I just want to keep listening to Xerxes. These two songs are much the same awesomeness as they have produced before, no real new ground broken but they're certainly not spinning their wheels as these songs are also great. These songs might have a few more softer melodic bits in between the emotionally devastating hardcore bits but it doesn't stick out, just feels like a natural progression

This year they signed to No Sleep Records and released their debut LP Our Home Is A Deathbed. They will be on tour for the rest of 2012 promoting the album. I got to see them when they came to Toronto with Pianos Become The Teeth and they were absolutely amazing. The LP is a major step forward because of what you can do with the time of an LP. First of all the album is front to back incredible, there isn't a bad song and there isn't a dull moment. The sequencing is also great as the first side seems to just build and build and build into the second side which just explodes at you without letting up. If they're coming anywhere near you you have to go see them as they put on a great show.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

mad child spits fire

Marietta - Demo

Marietta are a four piece emo band from Philadelphia. But this ain't no whiny, soft emo, this is raggedy punk rock emo that threatens to fall apart at the seems at any moment. Reminds of Algernon Cadwallader but not as forceful and with more twinkle. The production ain't great which only serves to accent the emotion in these songs. Can't wait to hear more as these three songs are really good

Monday, March 12, 2012

Corrosion Of Conformity - S/T

Corrosion Of Conformity are currently a three piece from Raleigh, North Carolina. They started in 1982 playing a rather straight ahead form of American Hardcore Punk that was awesome. Somewhere along the line they transitioned into a more straight ahead southern heavy metal style. This is their first album in 7 years since In The Arms Of God. It has much more of a blues feel to it than I remember them having as well as the heavy metal I've come to expect and even some stuff hinting back to their old hardcore days. There are some weak spots but overall it's a really solid album that combines some supposedly disparate influences into a brew that only Corrosion Of Conformity could create.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Two Line Filler - Educated Corperated

awesome 90s emo punk (dare I say emocore?)

Calvaiire - Rigorisme

Calvaiire are a band from Lavalle France. They play dark chaotic hardcore. Features members of As We Draw, Birds In Row, Hourvari, Pigeon & Puzzle. Nuff said.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Coalspur - At Aulis

Coalspur are a three piece screamo band from Edmontom Alberta. There must be something in the water, Edmonton keeps producing these awesome bands like Book Of Caverns, Todos Caeran & Mahria. The singer in this band reminds me of a more hoarse version of the dude from The Saddest Landscape though the music is a more tappy, almost noodly kind of screamo. My only complaint is that four tracks is not enough.


Cathedraal - Voix Blanches

Cathedraal are a screamo band from Paris France which is all I needed to be interested. Really really good in some places and a little boring in others but generally quite good. Reminds of Sed Non Satiata at times. Apparently features the singer of Madame De Montespan. Free download here

Aussitôt mort - Nagykanizsa

Aussitot Mort are a four piece from Caen, France formed in early 2005. There is a good dose of post rock in the screamo which makes the songs longer. Also means that I almost never like an entire song but there are always lots of parts that I like. This album has three new songs as well as their side of their split with Heaven In Her Arms from last year. Darker than I remember them

Who Programmed This?!? S01 E22 live 10 am est

Who Programmed This?!? will be live this morning at 10 am EST playing The Reptilian, Jowls, Annabel, empire! empire! (i was a lonely estate), Joie De Vivre, innards., Mahria, Todos Caerán, Two Line Filler & Drop Forge.
Listen here for free

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Animal Faces - Analytical Dreaming

Animal Faces are a three piece from Toronto. They played second at the Xerxes/PBTT show. I usually don't like this much math in my screamo but this ep is great. I picked up a copy of the ep at the show. Check the stream below and purchase the ep on cd or vinyl here or free download here 

Exalt - Breach False Minds

Exalt are a hardcore band from Kitchener Waterloo. They opened the Xerxes/PBTT show with their brand of hardcore, the singer was like a caged animal. Good hardcore that stays out the tropes and stereotypes that ruins so much of modern hardcore for me

Xerxes - Twins

Saw these dudes and Pianos Become The Teeth along with Animal Faces and Exalt last night. Review coming soon

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Forget Me

Forget Me is a five piece screamo band from Asheville, North Carolina. The band is made up of Marcos, Sergio, Andrew, Adam, Britt. Reminds me a lot of Touché Amoré and that's never a bad thing. This album is all too short and will be done before you know it. My brain seems to be full of fuck right now so forgive the shitty description

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Figure/Ground - South

Figure/Ground are a four piece from Huntingtown, MD. They play a version of emo that verges into screamo territory. The band is made up of Liam Fletcher, Matt Laher, Randy Hall and Jesse Buff. Acoustic guitars and desperate vocals that are heading towards screaming. Formed from the ashes of Lonely Vibraphone. Really good

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Saddest Landscape - After The Lights

The Saddest Landscape are a four piece screamo band from Boston. The band is made up of
Aaron, Andy, Mike and Eric. They are a rather unique band, taking elements of emo and grafting them onto the more explosive, chaotic elements of screamo. The singer is awesome, his shout sounds like he's going to burst into tears at any time. It is a bit of an acquired taste but once your hooked its nothing less than awesome. 

Their new album is being released by Topshelf Records and is really awesome. It continues the path they were on during You Will Not Survive and is every bit as awesome. I believe there are still some copies available so you can should check em out here:

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bear McGruff

Bear McGruff are a three piece from Missoula Montana. The band is made up of Ethan, Chris, Evan who have played or been involved with Cloony, The Whoopass Girls, Cat Heaven, King Elephant, Brad's Ex Girlfriends, Henry Bemis Is A Superhero, The Sky Looks Pissed and Out Of Character. The band existed when Ethan was in Missoula. Bear McGruff remind me a lot of Ethan's current project the Whoopass Girls but with a focus more on emo than on punk rock. Which I quite enjoy. The tape is going to be pressed by Carucage records apparently which is awesome.


If they run out of free downloads here the mediafire link they provided

Box Social - Unwound

Box Social are an internet two piece who just released their debut EP Unwound. The band consists of two people, Justice Claggett, responsible for vocals & lyrics as well as Casey VanAntwerp, responsible for everything else. They are from Jackson, MI & Nampa, ID and play a twinkly kind of emo with mostly yearning vocals though there are some awesome screams towards the end. There's nothing groundbreaking but if you enjoy twinkly emo this will be right up your alley. Justice also does vocals in Enchiridion whom I haven't heard yet but I assume are awesome.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Swollen Members - Dagger Mouth

Swollen Members are a great rap group from Victoria Canada. Mad Child and Prevail ran Battleaxe Records for damn near a decade before signing with a major label a little while ago. At the biggest the group consists of the two awesome aforementioned MC's as well as Moka Only, Rob The Viking making beats as part of the crew and guest verses from MC's like Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Buc Fifty & Evidence of Dilated Peoples.

 They had their own brand of witches and demons, dungeons & dragons style rap. There was still a lot of violence but there was a lot of more discussion of werewolves and vampires and occult magic. Kinda like Jedi Mind Tricks but not as violent and less hardcore.

Also Prevail is one of the most underrated MC's out there, not only his is flow liquid fast but to decipher his references require at least a trip to the encyclopedia if not to the used book store to find the obscure literary reference. And he will tear you apart in a battle. Speaking of battling, Mad Child's no slouch. He was inducted into the Rock Steady Crew making Swollen Members one of three rap groups associated with the crew.

They released three awesome albums that carved out their space before completely selling out and writing mainstream hip hop songs. They went from this

to this

I stopped paying attention for a little while. They made their money as mainstream stars but things didn't go so hot. Turns out Mad Child had an OxyContin addiction that cost him millions.

They've apparently made a come back though. They released Dagger Mouth last year which has it's problems but is really a return to form. There is not as much Balance to their music now as there is way more Mad Child on the album than there is Prevail. And for my money I would take Prevail over Mad Child but would take Swollen Members before either of them solo. Still there is a lot of Mad Child's murderous, anguished battle raps on this album and he has brought back the occult references and more distinct drug references than I remember before.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Don't Worry Ma I'm Only Daydreamin'

 Summer 2011 I was hardcore in the throws of writer block. Attempting to break through i wrote this song about the clouds.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Shining Lights

I showed up to  class this morning but no one else did. I stayed,wrote a little bit before I went home and wrote a guitar riff

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Party Foul - Winter 2012

Party Foul area  band from Philadelphia. Formed in Winter 2012 they've put out one EP. They feature members of Mallard of the Thick, Degrassi, Mumble, So Close, Jonas & the Wishing Well, Corcovado which should give you a rough idea of where the sound is coming from   Think ock solid emo style punk pop. A less noodly Stay Ahead of the Weather, less twinkly Wavelets and you wouldn't be all that far off. Quite enjoying this.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Untitled 7"

The Untitled 7" is pretty much finished.

You can listen my songs from this way international split here

cabin fire - cathedrals of information

Cabin Fire are a two piece grind/screamo band featuring Stephen on drums/vocals and Ryan on guitar/vocals from Fresno, CA. They started in October 2009. Their new album is called  Cathedrals Of Information. There are a couple of songs I like and they mostly in the beginning. I'm not really a fan of grindcore or the more experimental side of hardcore which is where the heavy lifting happens on this album so I'm left with just a skimming of stuff I actually like. But I know there are people who like noise and grindcore so this should satiate that a little bit

hit the bandcamp for free downloads

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

a mount far - sovereign songs

A Mountain Far is run by an awesome dude name William Cuthbert. He's from Toronto and puts out awesome records and puts on awesome shows. This is a sampler featuring bands he's worked with, not a lot of unique stuff but nearly all the bands are really awesome

Monday, January 30, 2012

brand new song

So as I mentioned earlier I'm a part of an upcoming 4 way international split called Untitled 7" with Fading Away Like The Rest Of Them, Wind Wind Win & Nero Vs Caligula.

I finished recording today. Its a brand new song I wrote a couple of weeks back and it heavily features the singer of Fading Away Like The Rest Of Them

Thursday, January 26, 2012

What The mail brought me ep2

Already Dead Tapes put out a tape of the Reptilian playing their last show as a 4 piece which was a real long time ago. It's pretty great and the album art's also pretty cool. I might have a rip of this coming soon

Untitled 7"

I am proud to announce that SMAWJ's second release will be as part of a 4 way international split called Untitled 7"

The album will feature
A dude from Greece who plays acoustic guitar and screams

A pair of dudes from the States who play together over the internet

and another solo dude from the States who screams over an acoustic guitar

you can listen to my music here

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dance Or Die!!!

Dance Or Die!!! are a hardcore punk band from Budapest. They have a kinda interesting sound as they are kinda crusty and also throw in some screamo for flavour. A lot of the EP is straight hardcore and it's good but personally I like it when they change up the songwriting a little and head in a screamo direction.

who programmed this?!? s01 e17 January 24th 2011

here is the latest episode of my radio show Who Programmed This?!? as broadcast live on Trent Radio 92.7 CFFF FM. It is a screamo/emo/skramz/emo violence show.
This episode I play Orchid, Wavelets, Encyclopedia Of American Traitors, Polina, Gift Eaters, Van Johnson & Render Useless

Friday, January 20, 2012

Counterparts - The Current Will Carry Us

Counterparts are a metalcore band from Ontario. I don't have much patience for metalcore these days as so much of seems generic circle jerking of uninspired pablum. But Counterparts new second LP The Current Will Carry Us is really quite great.   

There's an energy and an inspiration here that really pushes the songs over the top. I'm not as versed in metalcore as I was once so I can't be quite as wordy in explaining why these guys are awesome but rest assured they are.

The vocalist has a really great shout that can be either pure and clean or a deeper hoarse shout. The guitar never falls into the boring chugga chugga chugga bree bree bree of stereotypical metalcore even when the rhythms are a tad to well trod. The songs are put together very well, never falling apart or being boring and racing by at the speed of light.


So my friend created this new "genre". He calls it polkagrind. Basically its a bunch of grindcore screaming vocals over top of regular polka music.

Some examples

To be clear this is terrible and should not be listened to.

what the mail brought me

Today the mail brought me two tapes courtesy of Plastic Smile records a  D.I.Y. record label out of Dewitt, MI. The first is a compilation they produced iwontstopwonderinguntilyoustopbreathing, celestial being, in braille, eagle and arrow, aspergers, scum, chillax, lester freamon, 2049, stars as mirrors & aaiesieux

 The other is the latest tape from Iwontstopwonderinguntilyoustopbreathing 12 2011. It is the 12th tape Nolan's released this year and as the band became a one piece it only fueled his creativity. They have moved beyond a Jerome's Dream cover and developed their own hyper violent style

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Orchid is another band that you definitely should know even if you only have a tangential knowledge of this thing called screamo.

The band formed in 1998, released 3 LP's and 7 EP's including splits with amazing bands like Jerome's Dream and Combatwoundedveteran and consisted of Jayson Green, Jeffrey Salane, Will Killingsworth, Brad Wallace, Geoff Garlock.
In general the songs have a nice thick sound that are heavy but will snap your neck with their violent speed.

The splits and the first LP Chaos is Me feature a relatively calm Orchid, relative to the last two LP's that is. The songs are still chaotic and extreme with shrieks and insane vocals coming out nowhere and guitar riffs attacking you from every direction but they are a tad longer.

On Dance Tonight! Revolution Tomorrow their second LP the songs get much shorter and more abrasive. They lose what little melody they had and become more aggressive and chaotic.

The trend continues with their final ep called Gatefold but they expand their pallete at the same time adding in different elements that take away the pure aggressiveness of their earlier work.