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New Blood! ISOTOPE, SILENCE and DISSLATE


January 15th, 2015 by

MRR magazine’s “New Blood” section is now a regular feature here on MRR.com! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new bands…

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Band name:
ISOTOPE

Date & location formed:
West Oakland, Neo-Bristol. July/August 2014

Reason for forming:
Having a say, play gigs until slowly disintegrating into the banality of hardcore history. To annihilate ourselves, and hopefully a few others along the way

What are your lyrics about?
The milieu of taboo punk themes. Warfare, animal exploitation, sex and self inflicted violence, frustration with corporate fascism, alienation, the earth being ravaged by mad sick butchers. Angry songs and bitter words, yet they still ignore!

How would you describe your sound?
Like the crumbling of the all-seeing eye collapsing in on itself with the magnitude of 5 nuclear bombs, the massive sound of silence that will be accompanied after the final bomb drop, and the challenge of the survivors living in the now apocalypse

What’s in the future for this band?
Bad life choices, recording, touring, gigging, and midnight madness

Links and contact info:
isotopehardcore {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
SILENCE

Date & location formed:
Autumn 2013, Pittsburgh, PA.

Reason for forming:
We wanted to create a band that blended the more nuanced and darker sounds of post-punk with the politics of the anarcho/crust bands we’ve all been fans of for years. Silence set out to be a band that stood for something and could potentially reach beyond the typical crusty audience with our message.

Silence

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics feature a mix of topical subjects — such as NSA and corporate surveillance, animal rights, and race and gender issues — alongside more personal themes of the alienation, anger, and sadness that arise from living in a culture that treats both humans and animals as disposable commodities, cheaply sacrificed in the name of profits and power.

How would you describe your sound?
We draw from a wide range of influences, but the core of our sound is a blend of late seventies/early eighties post-punk with peace punk. The vocals are mostly melodic, while the guitar sound is pretty cold and often angular.

What’s in the future for this band?
We hope to release and LP of the first batch of songs we’ve been working on in the near future. Beyond that, we’ve been invited to play Skumfest in the UK this summer, so we’re hopefully going to do that, and we’re also working on a batch of songs for a 7” based on gender issues.

Links and contact info:
silencepgh.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
DISSLATE

Date & location formed:
Winter of 2012; Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.

Reason for forming:
To play hardcore with and for friends.

What are your lyrics about?
Personal experiences, folk stories that capture our imagination and the love for punk records.

Disslate (art by Pagès Botifarra)

Disslate (art by Pagès Botifarra)

How would you describe your sound?
1980’s hardcore punk with a modern twist.

What’s in the future for this band?
Record records(Tapes and Vinil, Fuck Cds!) and, ocasionally, play them live.

Links and contact info:
disslate.bandcamp.com

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New Blood! ASTHMA, BAD ERIC and REJIEM


January 8th, 2015 by

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Asthma

Band name:
ASTHMA

Date & location formed:
October 2013, San Francisco.

Reason for forming:
To get wasted, and forget.

What are your lyrics about?
Getting extremely torn up, in order to cope with living in a city that’s constantly kicking us out of our houses, taking all our money, and sucking the life out of us. Having too many pot edibles and getting too dabbed out. What it smells like to be wasted in the TL with the zombies.

How would you describe your sound?
“Funeral dirge punk” someone once said… We’re influenced by sludge, ’80s hardcore, nardcore.

What’s in the future for this band?
Playing as many parties/shows as possible and doing tours.

Links and contact info:
asthma-sf.bandcamp.com
asthmarats {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
BAD ERIC

Date & location formed:
Greensboring, NC. Greasy since 2014.

Reason for forming:
couple of boys wantin to play some slimy shit in GSO

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What are your lyrics about?
being bad boys

How would you describe your sound?
angry punk for the pogo freax

What’s in the future for this band?
full demo coming out shortly, playing some good gigs, summer tour, and a 7″ in a few months

Links and contact info:
soundcloud.com/tyler-adams-30/bad-eric-life-of-waste

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Band name:
REJIEM

Date & location formed:
Roughly September 25, 2014 in the slums of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Reason for forming:
Matt (vox), Mateo (bass), and Davis (drums) were feeling a bit low down after Juliet moved to Philly to pursue better opportunities. She had played guitar with them in a crust/doom band named Decrepit Existence. Mateo and Davis are both students at MIT (fuckin’ nerds) but made time in their schedule to keep making sick music, all we needed was a new guitarist. Alan met Mateo and said he was down to jam so out of the ashes of Decrepit Existence and out of Matty’s love for Japanese hardcore/D-beat/all things Japanese like Zyanose, Disclose, Ektoplasm, GAI, and GISM rose Rejiem like a dark omen to remind the world of the threat of nuclear devastation.

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What are your lyrics about?
Warfare, the evils of the military industrial complex, nuclear war, neo-imperialist fascism, ruckus and noise!

How would you describe your sound?
It’s Japanese worship. Noisy, crusty, grinding, pounding raw punk with metal overtones.

What’s in the future for this band?
We just finished recording our demo tape and have given it to several distros around Boston. We are looking to record a split soon with Necklacing and perhaps another EP in the works. A couple of shows in the local area and a small tour in the spring (NY, PHI, NH, CT, VA)

Links and contact info:
rejiem.bandcamp.com

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New (Year’s) Blood! BAD BLOOD, CONSTANT INSULT! and THING SLOTH


January 1st, 2015 by

Happy New Blood New Year! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new bands…

Bad Blood

Band name:
BAD BLOOD

Date & location formed:
January 2014 in Olympia and Chicago.

Reason for forming:
Adjustment disbanded and I [Jeff] had songs written for the LP Ralph was going to put out. I combined those songs with some Scary Man riffs we never got to use. We released them together as a long distance project between Olympia and Chicago with the help of our friends Mirce and Liz.

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrics are personal to Ralph so it would be better fielded by him. From what I took of the concept, it seemed to touch on his own racial identity and his job and family.

How would you describe your sound?
The sound is fast and chaotic hardcore punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
As it sits now looks like we’re a fest and touring band because of our distance. We played Ralph’s Not Normal Showcase and the Olympia Hardcore Fest, Jeff organized and toured down the West Coast with Tercer Mundo August 9th through the 15th!

Links and contact info:
notnormaltapes.bandcamp.com/album/nnt-033-bad-blood-tape

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Band name:
CONSTANT INSULT!
Matt Stagner: Drums and heart
Mike Wilson: Bass and flowing locks
Katie Thornton: Guitar, vocals, and superior locks
Wil Olsen: Other

Date & location formed:
Late winter/early spring 2014 in South Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Reason for forming:
K: In the summer of 2013 Mike and I sat on my stoop and wrote a to-do list for the rest of the year. We only got around to writing two items: 1) BAND, 2) RIFFS. We’d been talking about forming a band for years, but It always seemed to be a pipedream because Mike was already in a bunch of bands and living in Duluth, and I’ve been in school out of state.
Mi: Last winter Wil was also stoked on the idea of that band, and Katie was taking a semester at home, so we all started hittin’ the basement practice space hard. Then we saw this new band Uranium Club and were like, “What’s up with that drummer!?” And that’s how we met Matt, the simultaneous recipient of awards World’s Best Drummer and Best Person Ever.

CONSTANT INSULT

What are your lyrics about?
Friends’ lives, frustration, time, losing touch with people, bad habits… Pain, sadness, bullshit, life—you know, things that ultimately add up to feel, at times, like life can be a constant insult.
K: I’m trying to write some more hopeful songs and celebrate the things I do care about, the people I love, all the stuff that makes it worth going through this constant shit of life. It’s hard!

How would you describe your sound?
W: When we were first forming Katie said something like, “What about a band that sounds like the Rolling Stones meets the Marked Men?” and we were all like, “Cool, yeah, let’s do it.” Then we started writing songs and don’t sound like that, but maybe that’s a good thing.

What’s in the future for this band?
W: Last time I saw Mike he was wearing shorts and hitchhiking to northern Minnesota in a blizzard. Last time I saw Katie was when she came back to MN to see the Replacements at Midway Stadium. Last time I saw Matt was this afternoon in our kitchen. So who knows? But we’ve got a 12″ record/tape coming out on Let’s Pretend Records in spring 2015, and we’re super stoked about that definitely wanna continue rockin’ with each other.

Links and contact info:
constantinsult.blogspot.com

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Band name:
THING SLOTH

Date & location formed:
Oct. 2014, Lenoir, NC.

Reason for forming:
A shared hatred of stink bugs.

What are your lyrics about?
Work, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, black metal Nazis, Sonny Chiba movies.

How would you describe your sound?
Garage-y, ’80s styled skate rock. JFA meets Motards?

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What’s in the future for this band?
We will be contributing a couple tracks to Tsuguri Records’ 3rd Transcendental Maggot compilation along with Toe Tag and Flag of Democracy.

Links and contact info:
thingsloth.bandcamp.com

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New Blood, Pennsylvania Style! SHITTY FRIENDS, ASHKENAZI and BAD CANOES


December 25th, 2014 by

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Band name:
SHITTY FRIENDS

Date & location formed:
We formed in late 2013 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Reason for forming:
For the past 4–5 years we would get together on Halloween to play as a Misfits cover bands called Shit Ripper at ABAG (a local bar here). It would always be a lot of fun getting together and playing music but every year after Halloween; we just stopped and never thought about making a band. Last Halloween we figured we would try to keep playing after the cover show. So Shit Ripper just became Shitty Friends.

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How would you describe your sound?
Standard guitar, bass, drums set up. I’m a huge Ginn fan so you can probably hear that in my guitar playing. Self-loathing vocals make any song good too right?

What’s in the future for this band?
We just released our demo tape and are almost finished recording our first 7″ that we plan to self-release, unless some label wants to do that for us because we don’t know what we are doing.

Links and contact info:
weareshittyfriends.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
ASHKENAZI

Date & location formed:
February 2014, Braddock, PA.

Reason for forming:
Two main reasons: I had a number of ideas for songs in an ’80s hardcore style and I was really obsessed with the Age of Quarrel recording production and wanted to create a recording that was true to that era. A third reason developed after the band name and lyrics came to fruition; to have a Jewish-themed band that could bring the message to anti-fascist Germans that supporting Israel isn’t congruent with their political aspirations.

What are your lyrics about?
All the songs are about different topics. “Blackened Mind” is a visual depiction of the Holocaust, “Mentality” is about other white people thinking you are receptive to racism because you are also white, and “Revenge” is about a personal situation of psychological slavery. “Trapped Inside” was inspired by my cousin who recently came out as being a transgender person. I thought it would be amusing for bro-hardcore dudes to get down with lyrics about gender issues, but since the new Cold World sounds life Life of Agony it looks like they beat me to the punch.

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How would you describe your sound?
I did a lot of research on the recording techniques of Age of Quarrel, especially drum micing techniques. While the recording doesn’t sound exactly the same, I’m really happy with the elements that came through.  If I spent 100 hours on the recording (as the Cro-Mags did) instead of 6, maybe I would have gotten closer. Now that’s it’s complete I’m glad the inspiration has resulted in something that sounds unique and has become it’s own thing rather than just a bad photocopy. In general, if I were describing the band in under 10 words I would say 80’s NYHC with a crossover feel.

What’s in the future for this band?
We just played our first three shows in Germany and after some anti-Israel banter I’m not sure if I will be welcome back. I’d like to give a public thanks to my Aryan (German) backing band — Basti, Marcel, and Sebi — for learning the songs and schlepping around the Fatherland. The future of USA Ashkenazi is yet to be determined. I know there are some prominent Jewish cores who have taken an interest in the live lineup (Dan Oestreich, Jake Gordan, Jordan Hollander, Josh Agran) and there are some Pittsburgh based Jew-cores who would be ideal but also have full schedules (Reba Meyers, Joe Goldman). It may just have to be a scab lineup of goyim, mensches only of course. The demo has just been released on the French label Offside Records and will be released as a 7″ on the German label Use Your Head. I am thinking about writing more songs and recording in 2015. The real future can be depicted by the expression that happens at the end of every Passover seder: “Next year in Philadelphia! (at TIHC).”

Links and contact info:
ashkenazi.bandcamp.com
vegthesystem {at} gmail(.)com
facebook.com/braddockhitfactory

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Band name:
BAD CANOES

Date & location formed:
FALL 2014, Philadelphia

Reason for forming:
FUN, FREE SELTZER, FREE FRIES, EVERLASTING SISTERHOOD

Bad Canoes (photo by Dawn Riddle)

Bad Canoes (photo by Dawn Riddle)

What are your lyrics about?
SONGS ABOUT SWEET TREATS AND OUR FAVORITE RADIO STATION 95.7 BEN FM

How would you describe your sound?
NO WAVE

What’s in the future for this band?
LOOKING GREAT

Links and contact info:
badcanoes.bandcamp.com
badcanoes {at} gmail(.)com

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New Blood! ALLERGY, DESPERFECTO, and MODERN LOVE


December 18th, 2014 by

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Band name:
ALLERGY

Date & location formed:
33 weeks ago in Gainesville, FL (sent Nov. 15)

Reason for forming:
WE LOVE NOISE PUNK!!!!

What are your lyrics about?
Anti-war, paranoia, enemies, and “the bomb.”

How would you describe your sound?
Freak Rock // Noise Punk

Allergy (photo by Russell Woolery)

Allergy (photo by Russell Woolery)

What’s in the future for this band?
More recording and more shows. East coast tour happening in december/early january. Tour Tape and E.P. in the works.

Links and contact info:
allergygainesville.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
DESPERFECTO

Date & location formed:
Formed in March 2013 in Concepción, Chile, South America.

Reason for forming:
We began playing just for fun. We met one day to hang out, we didn’t know how to play, but we had a place where we could rehearse for hours. That made us play a lot, create and record the songs for the demo.

Comenzamos a tocar por amistad, luego de juntarnos un día a pasar la tarde, no sabíamos tocar instrumentos, pero teníamos un lugar donde ensayar por horas, por lo que, en poco tiempo logramos hacer y grabar las canciones del demo.

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What are your lyrics about?
The demo lyrics are about everything we love and everything we hate. certain types of attitude that we don’t like, and the fear to give up. Our newest songs on the other hand are much more negative, we dedicated our time to talk about what we can’t stand.

Las letras del demo hablan de las cosas que nos gustan y las que odiamos, de actitudes humanas que no nos gustan, y del miedo que tenemos a renunciar a nuestras ideas. La nuevas canciones que hemos hecho son mucho mas negativas en sus letras, nos dedicamos a hablar mas de lo que detestamos.

How would you describe your sound?
Our songs sound like what we could do with our instruments, simple punk influenced by very honest bands like Irreparables or Las Tímidas. People say that we sound like Vice Squad, Ultimo Resorte, Cocadictos and the like, basically primitive punk, female fronted bands.

Nuestras canciones suenan a lo que podiamos hacer con nuestros instrumentos, punk sencillo, influenciado por bandas actuales muy honestas como Irreparables o Las Tímidas. La gente dice que sonamos a Vice Squad, Ultimo Resorte, Cocadictos, osea bandas de punk primitivo con voz femenina.

What’s in the future for this band?
This month we are recording four new songs for a split CD with another band called Rehusar. They are from Talca, Chile. We would like to record again in early 2015 and check what we could do with those songs. We have played in a couple of sorrounding cities, now we would like to travel to further places and continue playing as much as we can.

Este mes grabaremos cuatro canciones nuevas para un CD split con la banda REHUSAR, ellos son de Talca, Chile. Nos gustaría grabar algunas canciones mas en enero/febrero y ver que podemos hacer con aquella grabacion. Hemos tocado en varias ciudades cercanas a la nuestra, nos gustaría seguir viajando y tocando en nuestra ciudad tanto como podamos.

Links and contact info:
desperfecto.bandcamp.com
discultura {at} yahoo(.)com
You can grab a copy of our demo with Rafael at Cabeza de Vaca Records: cabezadevacarecs {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
MODERN LOVE

Date & location formed:
Oslo, Norway, 2012. Played our first show with Urbanoia, Evolve and Noose.

Reason for forming:
Trying to breathe in the suffocating world of capitalism.

Modern Love (photo by Jon Mohajer)

Modern Love (photo by Jon Mohajer)

What are your lyrics about?
Alienaton. Isolation. Desperation. Dreams of a world outside the world without outside.

How would you describe your sound?
Punk. Some add the prefixes anarcho or post.

What’s in the future for this band?
We recently released a 4-song 7″ called Small Stone EP on Lilla Himmel Records, and just came home from a small UK tour, playing with great bands like Sievehead, Commiserations, Gloss Rejection and Kinshot. In the future we will record an LP.

Links and contact info:
modernlove.no

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