We’ve got a ton of great new records over the last few weeks. Here’s a few that we’re extra excited about:
MARBLED EYE – LEISURE LP
DIgital Regress is thrilled to announce the debut LP from Oakland’s MARBLED EYE. Following in the same vein as their first two EPs, playing sharply detached staccato post-punk with call-and-response guitar interplay, the band manages to expand upon and refine their sound making Leisure their strongest release to date. This first-time pressing is limited to 1,000 copies on black vinyl. Includes download card.
CONVENIENCE – Stop Pretending 7″
Meaty hardcore punk with off kilter vocals by members of IRON LUNG and NO STATIK. CONVENIENCE’s debut EP confronts society and its shortcomings head on with contempt, with and a mountain of energy. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Greg Wilkinson. Art by the band.300 copies on black 70gr vinyl housed in a 12pt custom ILR die cut glue pocket sleeve with insert and download card included.
NO STATIK – Mysterious To Ourselves LP
The tumultuous and ever intense NO STATIK are back with 8 furious hardcore tracks and 3 deconstructed soundscapes dealing with the anxiety of feeling incomplete, forward movement and total chaos. We as people are never complete. Even when we die there are parts of ourselves and our lives that are left less refined that we would prefer. Sometimes we don’t know where we are going or what the fuck is happening to us but every once in a while there are little indicators or even outside forces helping us to grow and to move along to the next stage. Life is ugly, sparse and bold. Let this LP be an indicator for you. A navigation point to help get through the mess and offer a sense of possible order and hope for the future. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Greg Wilkinson. Art by Laíza Ferreira. Edition of 300 copies on 150-gram black vinyl housed in a 24pt reverse board jacket with hand made test films attached. Download included.
BIKINI KILL – Singles LP
Bikini Kill Records is excited to reissue The Singles, on both vinyl and compact disc. This is the first time that it has been released as a 12-inch (special note for all you vinyl fanatics, we managed to keep it at 45rpm for better sound quality)! The Singles was initially released in 1998 as a CD only compilation of all of BIKINI KILL’s 7”s. Once called “their defining document” by Pitchfork it includes Bikini Kill’s legendary collaboration with JOAN JETT on the New Radio (1993) single as well as the long out of print Anti Pleasure Dissertation (1995) and I Like Fucking (1995) singles.
KRIMEWATCH – s/t LP
Second pressing of NYC’s Krimewatch LP on green vinyl. NYC’s KRIMEWATCH are back! With catchy riffs and heavy breaks, they stay true to their NYHC roots while fusing early Japanese punk into a sharp and powerful new album. We might only be able to get these one time. Order quick or perhaps missout. (Lockin’ Out Records #45)
GØGGS – Pre Strike LP
With their second album Pre Strike Sweep, GØGGS add a new level of primordial anxiety to their already catastrophic symphony. Recorded and mixed in 2017 by GØGGS guitarist and co-founder Ty Segall, the album explores the damaging affects of modern life before blowing them up one by one.
Singer Chris Shaw uses terms like “space rinse” and “roadside surgery” to inform the listener that this is a strange and different trip, far and away from the “Glendale Junkyard” he romanticized in 2016 on their self-titled album. In fact, all expectations brought on by that acclaimed debut are crushed into dust, revealing a new standard by which the GØGGS march thumps.
C.H.E.W. – Feeding Frenzy LP
Do you have unexplained scars on your body, piercing eyes, an unquenchable thirst for intricately relentless hardcore punk music, deep compassion for the fate of mankind, a notion toward punishment by stoning or the capability to disrupt electrical appliances? If so, Feeding Frenzy will be your audio guide to unlocking the delicate depths of this confusing planet. Though you may have a keen sense of not belonging to the human race, it will help you to blend in and go unnoticed so you can quietly further your agenda. Enable yourself. Recorded by Matt Russell, mixed by Russell Harrison, mastered by Sean K. M. Daily. Art by Daniel Harris. Edition of 350 copies of 150 gram black vinyl housed in a 24pt jacket with a 4 panel poster insert and download card included.
CHAIN CULT – Isolated 7”
Chain Cult from Athens, Greece return with a new two track 7″ after releasing their much loved demo on vinyl just a few months ago. On Isolated, Chain Cult have upped the intensity and dark atmospherics. The sound is bigger, focused and anthemic. The guitar work is haunting and flanged and the rhythm section locked in, keeping the energy high. It sits somewhere between Vex’s Sanctuary 12″, a more uptempo Killing Joke and Warsaw while remaining a band of their time. Isolated comes housed in a pocket sleeve designed by the bands signature designer A.D. Visions which also created the lyric insert. (La Vida Es Un Mus #175)
NUEVA FUERZA – Hitos Y Derrotas LP
NUEVA FUERZA return with 7 tracks of uber-distorted Hardcore on a 12” format. Taking cues from both Italian Hardcore and Midwest off-kilter punk but keeping the rage, anguish and intensity that has become synonymous with Barcelona over the last decade. Hitos y Derrotas sees the band delivering longer songs than on their debut with a more structured sound and new found intensity. Drenched in reverb and very bass dominated, the songs take unexpected turns and reach dirge-like moments at several times, taking you on a wild ride where youthful force-brute meets crashing idealism. Think of DESTINO FINAL meets NO TREND with a hint of NERORGASMO and you may get close to NUEVA FUERZA. Hitos y Derrotas was recorded by Daniel Frutos at La Cova de la Bestia, mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege and comes housed in a mind-melting sleeve designed by Cecilia Caldeira. It also includes a lyric Insert designed by singer D. Garceran. (La Vida Es Un Mus #168)
NIGHT BIRDS – Roll Credits LP
It has been a decade since NIGHT BIRDS exploded onto the scene, resuscitating the surf-inspired ’80s hardcore sound that fans continuously flock to. With a style akin to the likes of Adolescents, Germs, and Dead Kennedys, Night Birds bring an epileptic energy that defies the listener to sit still. Through three full-length albums the band continues to deliver their signature onslaught of throwback-meets-modern hardcore. As with their live show, this is prevalent on their latest mini-album Roll Credits. With the addition of original guitarist MIKE HUNCHBACK, their frenetic energy reaches a whole new level throughout Roll Credits’ eight tracks. By keeping the record concise, fans can expect this album to be a lean combination of the band’s best elements. From the propulsive, self-deprecating “Onward to Obscurity” (featuring guest vocals from POISON IDEA’s JERRY A.) to the fantastically tongue-in-cheek “My Dad Is the BTK,” you won’t find a whiff of filler on this thing.
MUDHONEY – Digital Garbage LP
Vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve, includes digital download. Since the late ’80s, Mudhoney – the Seattle-based foursome whose muck-crusted version of rock, shot through with caustic wit and battened down by a ferocious low end – has been a high-pH tonic against the ludicrous and the insipid. Digital Garbage opens with the swaggering “Nerve Attack,” which can be heard as a nod both to modern-life anxiety and the ever-increasing threat of warfare. The album’s title comes from the outro of “Kill Yourself Live,” which segues from a revved-up Arm organ solo into a bleak look at the way notoriety goes viral. Arm says: “people really seem to find validation in the likes-and then there’s Facebook Live, where people have streamed torture and murder, or, in the case of Philando Castile, getting murdered by a cop. In the course of writing that song, I thought about how, once you put something out there online, you can’t wipe it away. It’s always going to be there-even if no one digs it up, it’s still out there floating somewhere.”
FUCKED UP – Dose Your Dream LP
“I was sent an unfinished version of Dose Your Dreams so that I might contribute string parts. I couldn’t stop listening to the rough mixes I received. A friend asked me how the record was. I replied, ‘My God, FUCKED UP have made their Screamadelica.’ And psych-rock-groove it is. The drums mixed wide, propensity for drones, for delay pedal, for repetition, groove. The politics and aesthetics of hardcore married to an ‘open format’ approach to genre. Elements of doo-wop, krautrock, groove, digital hardcore. ‘None of Your Business Man’ opens the album in familiar enough territory, a saxassisted exit from an office space. But things get psychedelic very quickly. By the time the title track arrives, MIKE HALIECHUK is whispering, wah pedals are in full effect, and we’re wearing oversized t-shirts and pinwheeling. ‘Accelerate,’ the lyrical centerpiece of the album, storms in like Boredoms on a bullet train and dissolves into a digital nightmare. The album closer, ‘Joy Stops Time,’ finds Fucked Up at their most Düsseldorfian, nearly eight minutes of blissful motorik. At the center of it all is DAMIAN ABRAHAM’s scream—a man chained, a man tortured, a true protagonist. The effect is one of an epic, every chapter attempting its own narrative devices, its own genre hybridization—and it works, it works so insanely well…”—Owen Pallett, June 2018. CD includes a booklet and poster inserts. Both vinyl versions include a newsprint poster. Limited vinyl version on yellow in clear vinyl.
DESAHUCIADOS – Self Titled LP
To evict is to abandon: it is to purge a space from its essence, its life, and its refuse. It is from this posture that Puerto Rican power-trio DESAHUCIADOS espouses their hardcore gospel of human ruin. Marrying the cult of Nietzsche, Bataille, and decadent poetry with post-punk and deathrock, the sound of Deshauciados is as uncompromising as its influences: an aberrant breed of Christian Death, and My War-era Black Flag,The sonic landscape of their self-titled full-length debut is an ill-mannered mix of lacerating riffs and sludgy progressions that remind us of the constant struggle of trudging through the mire of life.
GELD – Soft Power 7″
A nasty followup EP to the Perfect Texture LP released earlier this year finds GELD in a more irascible and unhinged state. Soft Power expands on the band’s vision of a freer form of D-Beat with noisier sounds, tighter dimensions, wilder visions and subtler experimentation with carefully placed nuances. Don’t be tricked into thinking this is some sort of hippy dippy jamband bullshit though, every second of this is cruelly calculated and executed with the utmost care. Damn. Recorded by Billy Gardener and Julian Cue. Art by Sam McKenzie. Edition of 250 black vinyl copies housed in a custom ILR 80# felt weave glued pocket sleeve with insert and download code included.
MASSES – s/t 7”
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia Masses combine driving anarcho sounds and politically motivated themes reminiscent of bands such as THE MOB and VEX with emotive and dancey new wave and goth inspired tracks reminiscent of early NEW ORDER. Masses Self Titled EP on Lost in Fog Records in Australia and Symphony of Destruction Records in Europe follows up to their debut album ‘Moloch’ with the new EP exploing a dirtier anarcho feel whilst still maintaining the morose goth and post punk melodies of earlier releases. Masses features members of Ubik, Red Red Krovvy and Little Desert. (Lost in Fog Records #11)
THE GREEN CHILD – Self Titled LP
THE GREEN CHILD is the long distance musical collaboration of MIKEY YOUNG and RAVEN MAHON, who met in 2013 in when their bands, TOTAL CONTROL and GRASS WIDOW played a show in Oakland, California. They started writing songs together in Australia in 2014 and the project has been on a slow burn since. Their self-titled debut album is the culmination of few years of putting ideas together internationally and periodically recording in Mikey’s home studio. Some of the lyrical content and the band’s name was inspired by Herbert Read’s 1935 utopian, communist, sci-fi novel called The Green Child. With such a choice name, it’s no surprise that The Green Child draw their sound from an illusory past as much as they stalk into pastures new. Broadly retro-futuristic in scope, verdant acres of lushly evocative synthesizers and blippy drum machines underpin most of their upbeat yet decidedly uncanny songs. Raven’s calmly scenic and measured vocal flits like a will-o’-the-wisp throughout the tracks, proffering a guiding hand as she walks us through the often eerie, electronic concoctions. Features a guest spot from AL MONTFORT on saxophone.
INNUMERABLE FORMS – Punishment In Flesh LP
Massachusetts-based death metal force Innumerable Forms have completed their much anticipated, devastating debut album Punishment In Flesh. Formed in 2007 by mastermind Justin DeTore (Sumerlands, Magic Circle, Mind Eraser), a veteran of the Boston hardcore / power violence scene, as a solo project to bring forth his vision of death metal influenced by the Finnish style circa 1991, it quickly generated a cult following with their live shows supporting a small amount of releases, consisting of the Dark Worship 7-inch EP, a split with Blessed Offal, and the Frozen To Death compilation cassette. Now with this debut, they will harness the true spirit of ancient darkness and fury, seething with sheer brutality and primal rawness with total disregard and contempt for modern-day death metal. While DeTore pretty much handled all the instruments himself on previous recordings, for this he assembled a full band (which has also been the live lineup as well) including guitarists Chris Ulsh (Mammoth Grinder, Power Trip) and Jensen Ward (Iron Lung), bassist Doug Cho (The Rival Mob), and drummer Connor Donnegan (Genocide Pact).
IDIOTA CIVILIZZATO – s/t LP
Recorded in a single marathon post gig all-night session, the debut LP from Berlin’s IDIOTA CIVILIZZATO builds upon their ripping 7″ from last year. Obviously indebted to the wild sounds of the likes of Wretched, Impact and Negazione but put together with its own distinctive grasping energy, a manic pile-on of cascading riffs, rifling drums, weird melodic trills needling through, barely held together, bursting with uncomfortable spite. Eleven frenetic punk tunes that writhe with mad-eyed fury, twisting livewire hardcore that sears into you, sneering on and roaring forward, fucked off, packed with bounce and sting. 300 pressed on black vinyl and 100 on yellow for mailorder only. Comes wrapped in a heavyweight reverse board sleeve with artwork from frontman Matteo Chiesara. (Static Shock Records #58)
FAUSTCOVEN – In the Shadow of Doom LP
It has been six long years of silence and cave-dwelling hibernation
since the release of the band’s previous album, “Hellfire and Funeral Bells.” Mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Gunnar Hansen has put the time passed in the interim to good use, ensuring that every aspect of the album meets his vision of proper black doom metal. (Nuclear War Now Records #396)
SIEGE COLUMN – Inferno Deathpassion LP
From the wastelands of New Jersey, Siege Column rears its ugly head to unleash its debut album, “Inferno Deathpassion.” With these nine death marches that blur the established norms that seek to categorize metal into various subgenres, Siege Column spits in the face of such conventional tendencies and instead harkens back to the days of yore when metal was defined more essentially by primal traits such as speed and ferocity. (Nuclear War Now Records #384)
DISFEAR – A Brutal Sight of War LP
Third in the Disfear re issue series. A Brutal Sight of War captures the raw early days of Disfear. Originally released in 1993 it is a perfect reflection of the Swedish hardcore sounds of those days. Raw down tuned D beat hardcore with a heavy influence from Anti Cimex and Discharge. But with many of the Swedish bands of this era, there is a bit of influence from Swedish Death Metal, notably Entombed lurking beneath the gritty and raw surface. And we should not be surprised as it was recorded at Sunlight Studios when that name was associated with only the finest in Swedish Death Metal and Hardcore. (Havoc Records #1253)
LES LULLIES – Self Titled LP
LES LULLIES – 7 AM EP 7″
Montpellier, France punk-beat-freaks LES LULLIES are back with The Slovenly Sound, swingin’ hard with the follow up to their impressive Don’t Look Twice EP, this time with their first full length LP: self-titled and hittin’ in all the right spots! Les Lullies know what they want out of rock’n’roll, and they nail it but good with ten tracks of Aussie punk styles a la Fun Things and the classic American riffery of Real Kids bowing down to make out with Little Richard’s ringed fingers, 100% geared for the dancefloor!
INTELLIGENCE – Live in SF LP
“For folks who dig A Frames, Country Teasers, Wire, Gang of Four, pita chips and dad’s boozy breath, may we present The Intelligence, captured live in a truly subterranean underground show space below SF vintage clothier Vacation. “Lars Finberg: a name synonymous with artisanal hand-crafted, locally brewed, and organically-farmed song lasers. Hilarious, fast, tour-tight and ballsy—the band has all these perks in pocket, and all that on borrowed gear! I’ve watched this band go through many variations over the years and in their own right all of them have been marvelous. This particular version of the line up is constructed entirely of road-dogs. These guys don’t fuck around—or maybe they only fuck around, who can tell anymore? They drink, they get bawdy, they shred, and when we asked Lars if the band would be into doing a small show in a basement in the Tenderloin in SF for a live LP, he asked ‘What should we play?’ and I replied ‘nothing but the hits’—and they did exactly that. “The Intelligence and Lars himself are masters at the penning of hits—hit after hit after hit—and with a soft-shoed tippity-tap of crowd work and banter, you can really smell the basement on this one and feel the cobwebs grazing the top of your head as you go deaf in one ear from the eye level PA pointed directly at your soul hole. If you love this band then this is a great live LP of them scorching the hits and talking trash. If you don’t know this band (shame on you) then this is a good place to start.” —John Dwyer
IV – Self Titled 7″
Total Punk is proud to present the debut 7″ from Minneapolis supergroup IV (featuring members of JOUST, CITRIC DUMMIES, COLOR TV) A four-song fist pumping face pummel. A band well aware of the power of punk simplicity and wielding it with perfection. Buzzsaw guitars, quick chords changes, and the occasional stop/ start all propelled forward by huge vocal hooks. I first saw these guys at an American Legion last year and the songs were still stuck in my head when they sent these recordings four months later. 100% TOTAL PUNK.
GINO AND THE GOONS – She Was Crushed 7″
The undisputed kings of 21st Century Budget Rock GINO AND THE GOONS are back on Black Gladiator / Slovenly with their hairiest tracks yet! Like a perfect mix of DMZ, Lazy Cowgirls, Ramones and Controllers, dem Goons have concocted four slobbering punk twisters on some total next-level action that we’re still trying to wrap our heads around. “I’ve been smoking on the wrong side of a cigarette, I’ve been drinkin’ all day and my brain is wet…” Yeah, we’ve been there, like twice last night even. And you know you can count on America’s greatest party band to introduce some new axes to the grind. Pretty sure that they grabbed a long neck goose and squeezed some honks out of it on “She Was Crushed”—unheard sounds since Mickey Mouse did that shit in “Steamboat Willie.” ‘Tis the chosen chaos of suave teenage music that can only be entrusted to a few ugly geezers, but ugly geezers that care about YOU. Rock’n’roll forever!
SWEARIN’ – Fall into the Sun LP
After releasing two beloved full-lengths, 2012’s Swearin’ and 2013’s Surfing Strange, the Philadelphia band SWEARIN’ quietly put things on hold. It was due, at least in part, to the band’s main songwriters, ALLISON CRUTCHFIELD and KYLE GILBRIDE, ending their romantic relationship. But when the band found themselves in a room again years later, the conversation turned back to Swearin’. They realized that what they all wanted was to not just play shows, but to make a new record. They wanted to do something that reflected the people they’d become during those intervening years. Before long, Crutchfield and Gilbride had a new batch of Swearin’ songs, ones that meshed with the sound they’d originally developed together but boldly pushed things forward. Fall into the Sun is a Swearin’ record that doesn’t try to obscure the passage of time but instead embraces it. Listening to Fall into the Sun, Swearin’ is a more confident, collaborative version than the one people first came to know. Crutchfield and Gilbride always had an innate ability to mirror the other’s movements in songs, but here, they build a focused lyrical perspective across their songs, one that’s thankful for their past, but looks boldly toward the future.
LANDLINE – Self Titled LP
LANDLINE is a collaboration between SHIRLEY MISTAKEN and TOYOTA AVALON (WONDER BREAD, TOYOTA) playing perfectly executed synth-laden new-wave / punk. Recommended for fans of Pylon, B-52’s, and Suburban Lawns. First time pressing strictly limited to 500 copies, includes download card.
PRINCE – Piano and a Microphone 1983 LP
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Archive release from the late soul/funk icon. Recorded in 1983 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, MN and engineered by Don Batts, Piano & A Microphone 1983 is a nine track, 35-minute album features a previously unreleased home studio cassette recording of Prince at his piano. The private rehearsal provides a rare, intimate glimpse into Prince s creative process as he worked through songs which include ’17 Days’ and ‘Purple Rain’ (neither of which would be released until 1984), a cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’, ‘Strange Relationship’ (not released until 1987 on his critically acclaimed Sign O’ The Times album), and ‘International Lover’. The album also includes a rare recording of the 19th Century spiritual ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’, featured during the end credits of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. For fans of Prince s spontaneous live medleys, tracks 1-7 of the album are presented in that same format as they were originally recorded. The striking cover photo was shot by photographer and Prince’s close collaborator Allen Beaulieu backstage at the 1999 tour.
EARTHLESS – From the West LP
On the eve of the release of Black Heaven, their debut for Nuclear Blast Records, Earthless turned in this incredible live performance in San Francisco on March 1st, 2018, captured and released on vinyl by Silver Current Records. Since their inception seventeen years ago, this band has become an icon of 21st century heavy music and a cult unto themselves. On From The West the band’s signature high-volume drive and unbridled horsepower create an almost mantra-like repetition as a framework for infinite improvisation. That, and beer-can crushing, fist-pumping riffs and solos delivered by an unstoppable rhythm section. This album is a complete, hypnotic, psychedelic experience in a way that remains totally unique to the band’s virtuosic expression. A live album that captures the band at peak powers and a quintessential fan piece from one of the best live rock bands in the world. Album tracks includes looser, rawer versions of Black Heaven favorites, a nearly twenty minute version of their instrumental titan “Uluru Rock,” and a blazing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Communication Breakdown.” The album jacket is also a meticulous reproduction of the band’s favorite TMOQ (Trademark Of Quality) Zeppelin bootleg.