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.