New Blood! BLANK SPELL, LATEX and DARK THOUGHTS


October 16th, 2014 by

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Band name:
BLANK SPELL

Date & location formed:
March 2014, Slow Club basement in West Philly.

Reason for forming:
Aaron, Jake and I had played together in a different band that crumbled as quickly as it started but we liked playing together. In the winter I spent enough time in my bedroom jangling around making songs and playing ones that had been festering for a while. I figured it was time to take another stab at something once spring rolled around.

Blank Spell (photo by Rosie Muchanic)

Blank Spell (photo by Rosie Muchanic)

What are your lyrics about?
Dichotomy & duality, reflections from dreams and nightmares, mental chatter, fear, and ecstasy.

How would you describe your sound?
Dark and pounding songs that are too erratic to outstay their welcome. A lot of the music is influenced by the sounds of Die Kreuzen, the Feederz, United Mutation; groovy but creepy.

What is the future for this band?
We are finishing up songs for a 7″ or 12″ to be recorded in the winter and are going on a small tour around New Years that will poke into Canada and some of the Midwest. And plenty more shows since Philly is great right now.

Links and contact info:
blankspell.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
DARK THOUGHTS

Date & location formed:
December 2013, Philadelphia.

Reason for forming:
We love the Ramones.

Dark Thoughts (photo by Will McAndrew)

Dark Thoughts (photo by Will McAndrew)

What are your lyrics about?
All the lyrics are about being broke and lonely.

How would you describe your sound?
Downstrokes.

What is the future for this band?
We’re writing songs for an LP, hopefully touring in the winter.

Links and contact info:
dark-thoughts.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
LATEX

Date & location formed:
4/20/2013 at 69 St., Philly, PA.

Reason for forming:
Brian and Natalie just moved to Philly and wanted to start playing music here. Jeff and Brian had talked about starting something before, and Natalie had some riffs.  Natalie saw Lauren dance hard at shows and knew she wanted her to sing.

What are your lyrics about?
fighting/hate/no future

How would you describe your sound?
“Chorused out, stompy UK 82 meets northeastern US influenced HC punk” —Aaron M., WGM Records
“Shoe punk. (Translation: street punk)” —Drunk Brandon B., WGM Records

What is the future for this band?
Touring the Midwest in the winter and releasing a 7″ / no future.

Links and contact info:
Latex-Punk.bandcamp.com

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6) What is the future for this band?

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New Blood! ĐORNATA, POOR FORM and MARDOU


October 9th, 2014 by

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Band name:
ĐORNATA (Djornata)

Date & location formed:
1st September 2012 (all drunk). Our fist rehearsal was in Klub Gromka, AKC Metelkova mesto, Ljubljana, Slovenia. We still rehearse there.

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Reason for forming:
There is no big story behind it. We have all been part of a Slovenian punk scene since our teens, playing in different punk/crust/grind bands all our lives, can’t even imagine it any other way. This is our life, our way… Although we could name a number of bands that we love and who have influenced on us, we do share a strong sympathy toward old-school HC punk, specially coming from UK. And lately we noticed that in Slovenia there are no bands playing this style, so we said, “Fuck it, let’s play some old school — simple, fast and good.” So we did, and we are enjoying it every second.

What are your lyrics about?
Basically, about the world that surrounds us. About the punk/DIY scene on one side, anger toward the political, economcal and social structure (nowadays) of the world on the other. Nothing new, we guess, but we like it, so should you, haha.

How would you describe your sound?
Raw HC punk (influenced by pure ’82 hardcore) combinated with crust and grind.

What is the future for this band?
To become superstars, haha. No plans so far, just play as much is possible and make some new material.

Links and contact info:
dzornata.bandcamp.com

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Band Name:
POOR FORM

Date & Location formed:
Fall 2013, Vancouver, BC.

Reason for forming:
Adam and Legs had been wanting to start a band forever and SIREN SONGS (Legs and Nate’s old band) had just finished their final tour, with Zach filling in on drums, so we just started jamming.

What are your lyrics about?
Most of the songs are about anxiety and being shitty at relationships. You always want what you don’t have until you have it.

How would you describe your sound?
Low-fi punk with melodic vocals, poppy riffs and catchy oooo-oooos.

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Poor Form (photo by Ryan Rose)

What’s the future of this band?
Two 7-inches coming out, on Kingfisher Bluez and Dirtcult. We just recording three new songs in Missoula and will have a third 7″ coming out on Minor Bird sometime in the future. And, hopefully, touring the East Coast soon? More exercising and healthier eating.

Contact:
poorform.bandcamp.com / Poor Form Facebook page

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Band name:
MARDOU

Date & location formed:
2013 in Cincinnati, OH

Reason for forming:
Dylan got really into late ’70s post-punk — Swell Maps, all that kind of stuff. Wrote some songs, then put a band together with people who had never really been in any bands prior, and continued writing songs together.

Mardou (photo by Todd Uttley)

Mardou (photo by Todd Uttley)

What are your lyrics about?
Pretty much every song mentions death in some way — either abstractly or directly. Not all of it is necessarily so dismal, it’s just something that’s on my mind a lot. My death, the death of people I love.

How would you describe your sound?
A little all over the place because we all like experimenting with different kinds of songwriting. Like I said, late ’70s post-punk is definitely something we are all into — I’ve always just wanted to sound like Joy Division, really. We all really like Nirvana too, I feel like their songwriting definitely finds its way in. I don’t know, it’s not all that simple though.

What is the future for this band?
Full-length record is in the works, as well as a tour. I just joined a band around here called Vacation, and we will be doing a lot of touring in the coming year, but Mardou will also be touring this coming year.

Links and contact info:
1626 Chase Avenue #7 Cincinnati, OH 45223
mardouband.bandcamp.com
mardouband {at} gmail(.)com

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New Blood! HOT TIP, HOT MESS MONSTER and SUNSHINE WARD


October 2nd, 2014 by

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Band Name:
HOT TIP

Date & location formed:
September 2013 in Buffalo, NY.

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Reason for forming:
Irene (drums) and Stephen (guitar) had started playing together over the summer of 2013, while Irene’s band Pang was on hiatus, so she could continue learning/playing drums. At Buffalo Vaggiefest, that August, they approached Keely (bass) from Cross Stitch about possibly joining their project. A few weeks later Pang officially broke up and with that Katherine (vocals), the singer of Pang, filled out the band on vocals.

What are your lyrics about?
Katherine here. My lyrics are usually pretty conceptual, whether they are about ideas that interest me, or my relationships with other humans and myself. I like words a lot, and putting them together more.

How would you describe your sound?
When we all started playing together we didn’t form with an idea of “this is what we want to sound like.” We all came from different musical backgrounds and skills, so our sound is kind of just what happened organically between the four of us. Our songs are usually pretty loud and driving with a primal sounding aspect to them. We like to refer to ourselves as “free punk.”

What’s the future of this band?
Record a 7″ and do longer tours. Until then, local shows and weekend tours it is.

Contact:
hottip.bandcamp.com

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Band Name:
HOT MESS MONSTER

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Date & location formed:
Hot Mess Monster was formed in the Fall of 2012 by Thunderbolt, Danny, Rae and Matt, shortly before the time people were saying the world was supposed to end. The world didn’t end of course, or maybe it did — all we can say for sure is that we began to play music together. We hail hard from Asheville, NC.

Reason for forming:
We’re friends! We wanted to challenge ourselves to play music that couldn’t be expressed on our own. We formed, in a way, because we wanted to show up for ourselves and have fun with our community. Also, we wanted to explore playing music that would be fun, meaningful, and not too serious.

What are your lyrics about?
Songs of fortitude, songs that approach the topics of sexual violence, depression, shitty friends, great friends, community, breakups, and staying strong in the struggle to keep ones values alive.

How would you describe your sound?
Well, we set out with the intention of being a pop punk band, but we can’t seem to resist taking the music in a heavier direction. All of our lighter songs end up being heavy, and all of our heavy songs have a pop-punk edge to them. We’ve definitely been influenced by Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Poison Girls, The Gossip, Carrie Nations, Reading Group, Fifteen, Dead Things, and the Cranberries. Danny and Matt used to play in a crust/metal band together so some of that occasionally comes through in the music. We aspire to have all of our friends sing/scream along with us at shows with music that is sweet and tough, from the gut with love.

What’s the future of this band?
We are hoping to record a 7-inch or possibly an LP within the next year. We are busy people with ambitions for small tours in the Southeast, Midwest, and the Northeast. Contact us — we wanna play in your town/houses/basements/favorite dive bars. In the meantime we’ll keep happily rocking the Asheville punk shows.

Contact:
hotmessmonster.bandcamp.com

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Band Name:
SUNSHINE WARD

Date & Location formed:
Formed in Boston in the Fall of 2013.

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Reason for forming:
Originally, the plan was to book a weekend at our friend’s studio with no songs written, stay up for three days straight on trucker speed and beer, and come out with an LP. That plan shit the bed when we couldn’t find a time to record, so we started writing real songs.

What are your lyrics about?
“Bombs and stuff.”

How would you describe your sound?
Totalitär, Chaos UK, Gloom. Not total “pedals not music,” but a little. And Life’s Blood.

What’s the future of this band?
By the time this is printed, our demo tape will be pressed to a 7″ on Hardware Records from Germany, with an extra song tacked on to boot… We want to do a couple weekends on the east coast to sell those. We’re recording a 12″ this fall. Hopefully we can do a longer tour in the spring (possibly west coast?) Get in touch if you want to help out. And Ryan needs to buy a bass.

Contact:
sunshineward.bandcamp.com

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New Blood! MOON HAG and ERMA


September 25th, 2014 by

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Band name:
MOON HAG

Date & location formed:
October 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada.

Reason for forming:
We’ve been friends since highschool and after moving away and going through some life shit we both ended up back in our hometown at the same time so we were like, fuck it, let’s start a band.

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Moon Hag (photo by Lia Lepre)

What are your lyrics about?
Paranoia, anxiety, acid trips, snakes, magic, the end of the world, etc.

How would you describe your sound?
Sabbath worshipping psychedelic headbangers that are total weirdos make punk songs.

What is the future for this band?
We are going to tour California in December and record something with someone somewhere before that.

Links and contact info:
moonhag.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
ERMA
Greek: Ερμα, meaning (figuratively) principles or incentives that drive the behavior or action of a person.

Date & location formed:
Winter 2012 in Arta, Greece.

Reason for forming:
We live in a very small Greek town and we needed to do something to kill time, combined with the political and economic situation in Greece.

What are your lyrics about?
The problems of Greek society these days.

How would you describe your sound?
Punk rock with some hardcore elements.

What is the future for this band?
We have played some live sets in our town and now we are writing some new material.

Links and contact info:
You can take a taste of our music at our official website ermaband.wix.com/official or download it for free from here. Ou Facebook page is here.

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New Blood! LILAC DAZE, GRUMP and WEBCAM TEENS


September 18th, 2014 by

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Band name:
LILAC DAZE

Date & location formed:
We became a band in December of 2012 in Frederick, MD.

Reason for forming:
Evan and Matt had been in bands together since they were 14 years old and were in between projects at the time. After receiving a book on Riot Grrrl, Patti began learning bass and started jamming with Evan and Matt. Within a month, the band gained momentum and started playing house shows in our hometown.

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What are your lyrics about?
All three of us contribute lyrics to the band. We usually write about anything from the trials and errors of growing up, finding happiness, and maintaining relationships to guinea pigs and beer.

How would you describe your sound?
We play jangly alt rock with a crunch. Our songs are largely influenced by the music we grew up on. We incorporate elements of punk rock and ’80s and ’90s alternative rock mixed with modern up-and-comers. We filter out all the bullshit and leave you with pure goodness, like a Brita filter.

What is the future for this band?
We plan to continue releasing music, and want to tour more and meet cool people. Hopefully Matt won’t have to make pizza 5 days a week.

Links and contact info:
facebook.com/lilacdazeband

lilacdaze.bandcamp.com
lilacdazeband {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
GRUMP (questions answered by Marshall)

Date & location formed:
Grump formed in February 2013 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Cody and Ian had been jamming a bit before then, but I’m pretty sure it was February when Luke and I joined.

Reason for forming:
Boredom, I guess. I don’t know, same reasons anyone starts a hardcore band—not really anything better do to.

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What are your lyrics about?
My lyrics are mostly just free association of whatever I’m thinking or reading about at that time. I collect lines in a notebook and try and jam them together based on a related theme. The usual tropes—alienation, thought control, etc.

How would you describe your sound?
Chorus pedal punk weirdocore.

What is the future for this band?
We’ve got a short tour of Eastern Canada planned. After that who knows. Maybe a record or something, more touring. No concrete plans yet.

Links and contact info:
grump.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
WEBCAM TEENS

Date & location formed:
We formed in Tallahassee, FL and played our first show in August ’11 at the Farside Collective, which was a DIY spot some of us in town helped to open and run for a while (RIP).

Reason for forming:
We started playing together after other bands some of us had played in broke up for one reason or another. We’re all at different stages in our lives, but being in a band with your friends is a good constructive release for lots of pent up shit that we all deal with, the rigors of life, nothing unique.

What are your lyrics about?
Our songs are about crooked politicians and leaders, life punching your ass in the gut, nothing making sense ever, motherfuckers who like to hear themselves talk and talk and talk, scenelords, drunk punks, the end of the world dance party, our creeping technological doom, bad business arrangements, spinning your wheels, killing yourself, the importance of saving yourself, and letting go of everything. Most of them rhyme.

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Webcam Teens (photo by Kate Decosmo)

How would you describe your sound?
Fast and straight ahead. But we’re on some now you see us, now you don’t shit. Tesco Vee fronting a sped-up Feel the Darkness era Poison Idea.

What is the future for this band?
Hopefully pressing wax and writing new shit. Contact: Our first demo/EP tape was released on Spirit Cat tapes. Our songs are free at webcamteens.bandcamp.com.

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