Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Music Tuesday: CDC - 2015 - End

CDC is a four piece hardcore punk band from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, America. End is their second EP, their fifth recording and the first since 2009. CDC play a no frills, straight ahead brand of hardcore. The guitars are thrashy and heavy but also have a rare rhythmic focus. I find myself bouncing my head a lot more than I thought I would. The singer has a lot to do this with, he doesn't have the typical hardcore bark, he has a more fluid shout most of the time. There is still plenty, almost too much chug, but these songs go a long way to carving out their own, almost groovy, space. If you're looking for some well excecuted hardcore punk that will both get your head bobbing and the pit moving, CDC's End will serve well. Stream here.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

New Music Tuesday: Sordid States Six Way Split

Sordid States is a six way split compilation presented by Middle Man Records.  There are six bands presented on this record five of which play something in the screamo/emo neighborhood, the other one plays punk pop.

Anodes are a four piece screamo band from St Louis. I quite enjoy their track, The Last Time,  it book ends what passes for quiet contemplation with raging chaos.

The Story Changes is a two piece from Dayton who play catchy indie influenced punk. I Remember is excellent jump straight up and down driving punk pop.

Gas Up Yr Hearse! is a screamo band from Dayton who play an intense, chaotic brand of screamo that revels in distortion and lofi chaos.

Acidic Tree is a four piece from Chicago who play a raw yet still slightly melodic brand of emo. The singer has an exellent rasp and I quite enjoy the opening riff.

Dessa Sons is an emo band from Cincinnati. (Preview To) The Remix features plaintive vocals buried in the mix while the guitars do their melodic emo thing before stop/starting into more shouting.\

Coma Regalia is a screamo band from Indiana. Beings In Transition isn't my favourite thing Coma Regalia has done, I really enjoyed their side of the split with Eros + Massacre.

All told this record is really uneven, not only in terms of recording quality and production style but also in the songwriting department. There are some gems on this compilation but there are also some really rough spots. If you're looking for something new and don't mind some noisy duds mixed in with your diamonds the Sordid States Six Way Split is well worth checking out.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Political Origins: Pablo Sand

I this short chat with my friend, Pablo, also known to their nearly thousand twitter followers as Weird Bird Pal.

How would you describe your politics?
 I'm a communist.

When you began getting into politics, were you sort of immedietly there or were there other phases and ideas?
 Well, it was a process from being a liberal into going more left wing.

Was there anything particullary radicalizing for you? A certain book or person?
Reading Howard Zinn essays really got me to question a lot of the beliefs I had at the time.

What are some issues that are especially important to you? 
Ending US colonialism and imperialism.

What do you think would be ideal for abolishing said colonialism and imperialism?
Abolishing America in socialist revolution.

Great answer! I think that's probably enough questions for now. Thanks for doing this, comrade.
No problem. :)

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