Friday, June 9, 2017

Review/Stream: Shurwood-Somewhere I Have Not Traveled


Somewhere I Have Not Traveled, the debut EP from Tampa, Florida alternative/emo quartet Shurwood quietly dropped today, and it exceeds the promise already shown on their excellent initial releases. The 6 songs on this release showcase the band's familiar and yet unique take on the hazy and atmospheric emotional punk that bands like Daylight, Title Fight and Turnover have brought to the forefront throughout the years, while a distinct heavy quality in both lyrical content and guitarwork manages to put the band in their own category altogether. This release is a must listen for any fans of the aforementioned bands. You can stream the release below, and check their bandcamp link above if you'd like to grab a digital copy on a pay what you want basis. Also below you can find the band's tour dates supporting the release, so make sure to catch them if they are hitting your area.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review/Stream: DRUG/Joyboy Split


Fans of post-punk would be remiss not to check out this awesome new release from Florida band DRUG and Joyboy hailing from Birmingham. DRUG returns with 2 songs that bring to mind bands such as Creative Adult and Murder City Devils, while simultaneously delving deeper into their own unique sound. On the other side of the split, Joyboy have added a psychedelic element to their already excellent screamo sound that finds itself an excellent fit with DRUG's side of the split. Overall, this is an excellent release that anyone who is a fan of forward thinking punk music should give a listen. You can stream both band's sides of the split below and also find a link to purchase the split on CD or Tape via Crass Lips Records. Also below you can find tour dates for both bands, so make sure to catch them if they're hitting your town.

DRUG Tour Dates:

7/09 Sun: St. Pete, FL
7/10 Mon: Atlanta, GA
7/11 Tues: Greensboro, NC
7/12 Wed: Philadelphia, PA
7/13 Thur: Brooklyn, NY
7/14 Fri: Richmond, VA
7/15 Sat: Savannah, GA
7/16 Sun: Orlando, FL

Joyboy Tour Dates W/ Amygadala:

05/22 Little Rock, AR 
05/23 Nashville, TN 
05/24 Birmingham, AL
05/25 Asheville, NC
05/26 Baltimore, MD
05/27 Philadelphia, PA - BREAK FREE FEST
05/28 Richmond, VA
05/29 Savannah, GA
05/30 Tallahassee, FL
05/31 Hattiesburg, MI

Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: Full Of Hell-Trumpeting Ecstasy


I've been covering Maryland powerhouse Full Of Hell practically since I started writing for this blog, starting initially with their now revered debut LP for A389 Records "Roots Of Earth Are Consuming My Home". Since then the band has made large strides and progressed at a fever pitch pace, consistently upping the ante with every single subsequent release. After releasing collaborative LP's with the likes of The Body and Merzbow, a crushing 7 inch split with recent touring partners Nails, and a consistent touring regiment that has seen the band travel up and down the United States as well as several other areas of the world, the band has released their long awaited third full length LP Trumpeting Ecstasy, and the wait has been more than worth it. This record shows that the band's time on the road and in the studio with various peers has tremendously expanded their musicianship and the mastering of their craft, and stands as the most volatile and impressive statement of intent from the band to date.

Trumpeting Ecstasy is a relentless assault to the senses, from the opening notes of the first track until the very end of it's 25 minute duration. While previous releases from the band have seen them explore all the various corners of the extreme music world to varying degrees, this album takes the sonic identity of the band and pushes it to it's purest form, sharpening their blackened hardcore punk/grindcore sound into the most razor sharp, direct and hard hitting that it has ever sounded. An incredible recording from Kurt Ballou of God City Studios also pushes everything to the next level, bringing a previously unheard weight and heft to the band's sound that only serves to highlight their sonic strengths even further.

 Dipping into all of their previous influences while commanding a sound that has become wholly and uniquely their own, the band has impressively managed to not only release their heaviest and most extreme album to date, but also strangely their most accessible. The result is not only an album that will blow away long time fans of the band with high expectations, but will undoubtfully turn the heads of many uninitiated listeners as well. With Trumpeting Ecstasy, Full Of Hell have further cemented their place in the top tier of active extreme musicians today, and have yet again upped the ante with their finest set of songs to date. Absolutely essential for extreme music fans of any and all walks of life.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

SONG PREMIERE: Frustrated "Sinking Low"

We've teamed up with Southern California's Frustrated to bring you an exclusive premiere for the bands new single "Sinking Low". The track comes as the first single from the band's upcoming six song EP entitled "Lost Myself", which is slated to be self released this April/May.

"Lost Myself" comes as a new chapter for the Hardcore outfit, as it's a step in a new direction with the bands sound as a whole. Which as someone who has seen this band live since 2015 was a very good decision. Keep your eyes peeled for the forthcoming EP and for now, enjoy "Sinking Low".

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Photo by Gabe Becerra

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Regional Justice Center- Demo

Year: 2017
Quality: 320kbps

One man bands in the Punk/Hardcore realm are a very rare breed, so to see a band like this pop up and fully catch my attention is beyond exciting for me as a music listener. Regional Justice Center is a Powerviolence project started by Ian Shelton (Self Defense Family/Seattle's New Gods) in Seattle, WA. If you're into 89-91 Encinitas / LA Powerviolence ala No Comment and Crossed Out this will 100% be up your alley. One of my favorite demos to drop so far in 2017.

Monday, April 3, 2017



Vacancy are a new 3 piece band from Tampa, Florida who play noisey punk/hardcore. This two song demo is their first release and is the prelude to an EP that will be coming later this summer.  FFO:Ceremony, Creative Adult, Pissed Jeans.