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New Blood! ANTIFACES, ABUSIVO, HARM DONE, and BLACK PILLS

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New Blood! TECHIE BLOOD, MORROW, HOMOSUPERIOR, LUBRICANT, and BIG BITE

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New Blood! ANTIFACES, ABUSIVO, HARM DONE, and BLACK PILLS


April 28th, 2016 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

Band name:
ANTIFACES (not anti-faces. It means eye masks and its pronounced An-tee-fah-says)

image1Date & location formed:
September 2014 in Miami, Fl.

Reason for forming

Having other bands in the past that sang in Spanish, we wanted to keep the Latino punk scene in Miami going and make it strong

What are your lyrics about?
Love, hate, friends, adaptation, politics.

How would you describe your sound?
There’s some hardcore, there’s some pop, it varies a lot.

What’s in the future for this band?
Playing Latino Punk Fest in NY in August, a 7″ coming out on IFB Records later this year. Then a South American tour next year.

 

Antifaces ( photo by Kris Alan Carter)

Antifaces (photo by Kris Alan Carter)

 

Links and contact info:

antifaces.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/antifacespunk

 

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Band name:
ABUSIVO

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Date & location formed:
Oakland, CA sometime in 2015.

Reason for forming:
Have you listened to the bands here?

What are your lyrics about?
It doesn’t matter.

How would you describe your sound?
Some real ass shit.

What’s in the future for this band?
Tour maybe.

Links and contact info:
casualhumans.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
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Date & location formed:
We started this band around late 2013 as a side project of our other bands RAW JUSTICE and REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER. We are located in Nantes, western France.

Reason for forming:
During our 2013 summer tour with RAW JUSTICE, a Belgian friend of ours introduced us to the SEX PRISONER debut 7″. We all had a blast. On a random night a few months later we listened to this record again with RJ the bass player and decided that it would be great to start a band like that. We were also getting a lot into Nails or Soul Search at that time so we felt the need to play something harder, faster and rawer than what we were already doing with our other bands. We made a phone call or two to get a line up and a week later we were doing our first practice, with no clue about where we were really going.

What are your lyrics about?
Mostly about the complexity of human relationships, whether it’s with friends, relatives you don’t give a shit about, partnerships, dead family members etc. I write introspective and personal lyrics about very specific events of my life more so than generic, broader topics. We also have a few songs about animal rights, police brutality and authority, excessive proselytism, feminism, love, the difficulties of dealing with your own demons. I’d say this band, or at least our lyrics, are driven by frustration and disappointments.

 

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How would you describe your sound?
I’ve read many different descriptions of our sound including such terms as Hardcore / Grindcore / Powerviolence / Death Metal / Punk or even Sludge. In my opinion, and considering every member of the original line up who wrote every HD songs were from different scenes from Punk Rock to Death Metal or Youth Crew, I’d say we are a mix of heavy powerviolence / Hardcore ( NAILS or SEX PRISONER), metallic hardcore (SOUL SEARCH), grindcore ( NAPALM DEATH), Death Metal (MORBID ANGEL) and Boston Hardcore’s SSD. What I really like with this band and our sound is that our drummer handled (almost) every aspect of each of our records, from recording to mixing and mastering. Maybe it’s not perfect but at least it gave us the opportunity to really shape our sound the way we wanted: raw, dirty, loud and abrasive.

What’s in the future for this band?
We are now touring a lot to defend the new LP we put out a few months ago. We’ve already done 2 Euro tours in March and April and are about to go for 2 others in May and June. It’s not officially announced yet but we are also doing a 10 day tour in Japan in November 2016. Then I don’t have a clue. We might try to tour USA in 2017 and probably work on a new EP. We’ve had a brand new line up (our original drummer and bass player had to leave) for a few months and we only practiced to get ready for all these tours but never tried to write new Harm Done material with them. Let’s see if we can make it work and have some new songs sooner or later.

Links and contact info:

harmdone.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/harmdonehc
Our label, which I also run, where you can get all our merch and records :
straightandalert.com

 

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Band name:

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Date & location formed:
February 2016 in Vancouver BC.

Reason for forming:
The need to play ugly music.

What are your lyrics about?
Violence against women, vivisection, anxiety, the misery of being trapped inside your own head.

How would you describe your sound?
Rorschach playing Jesus Lizard covers.

 

Black Pills (photo by Ricky Castanedo)

Black Pills (photo by Ricky Castanedo)

 

What’s in the future for this band?
Short term, our demo tape is out in a few weeks. Long term, a 7″, a split and tours in Brazil and Cuba in the next 12 months.

Links and contact info:

blackpillsnoise.bandcamp.com

 

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New Blood! TECHIE BLOOD, MORROW, HOMOSUPERIOR, LUBRICANT, and BIG BITE


April 21st, 2016 by

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Band name:
TECHIE BLOOD

Date & location formed:
I formed it in the East Bay as a recording project. It was gonna be a split with the legendary JUNKYARD DOG of Alamo, california, but I decided to turn it into a full band. It was originally called Leather Informant, but I knew I could have a stupider band name.

Reason for forming:
I thought the recordings were gonna be lame but they weren’t so it became a band.

What are your lyrics about?
The songs are about aggression and anxiety, just a way to vent and stuff.

 

Techie Blood (photo by Mikey 47)

Techie Blood (photo by Mikey 47)

 

How would you describe your sound?
Sonically speaking, I want it to have that same cyberpunk-future sound that Napalm Death’s “Scum” has. How it sounds like it was recorded in a giant metal cube or something dystopian and bizarre like that, if that makes any sense. Listen to Scum with that mindset and you’ll totally feel me. It should sound like the book “Neuromancer” or something. but musically speaking, all I really listen to is Steely Dan and Christopher Cross so I don’t know why it sounds like it does.

What’s in the future for this band?
We have a new tape, it’s re-recordings of old songs and three new songs, and it’s pretty good. I’m also in the works of making a little video documentary about punk bands I like in California, most notably Slobber from the East Bay, Chain Hex from Santa Rosa and the Torpedoes from Merced. So that’s been a lot of my efforts in punk music which has slowed Techie Blood down a bit, but we’re all hoping to keep putting out music and play around more. We wanna go to Texas or Vancouver or really anywhere that isn’t the Bay Area right now.

Links and contact info:

I’m in the process of uploading all california punk music of note to a youtube page I run, called Guy Fieri Official. I am however not Guy Fieri, sorry. So you can find it there.

I also uploaded the tape to a bandcamp account called ledzeppelinofficial.bandcamp.com (also not Led Zeppelin because that band is awful). I didn’t intend on anyone to find it but people did so I guess I will also put stuff up there so you can download it.

 

 

 

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MORROW

Date & location formed:
We formed about two years ago
in London, England.

Reason for forming:
I have an obsession with melodic crust and cellos and wanted to revisit a style of music I missed playing a great deal. I spent
about two years trying to find people to make this project possible, formed other bands in the meantime, but Dave was enthusiastic about the idea and decided to take on writing the music and playing all of the instruments whilst i handled
vocals, lyrics and artwork. We
were joined by our friend Nicole on Cello who recorded her parts
in California, and guest vocals from friends all over the world.

What are your lyrics about?
It has a story, its kind of a post civilisation observation of human cultures living in a world reclaimed by nature, in the skeletons of formers cities, and dense forests. Its about language, the ideas of religion and belief. Earthy visceral stuff!

How would you describe your sound?
Emo crust? Epic crust? Something like that. We’re definitely influenced by stuff like Remains of the day and Madame Germen, and my former band Fall of Efrafa.

 

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What’s in the future for this band?
We have an LP coming out on Halo of flies/Chaos Rural/ Alerta Antifascista. We have a full band now so we hope to be playing shows in the near future!

Links and contact info:
morrowpunx.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/morrowpunx

 

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Band name:
HOMOSUPERIOR

Date & location formed:
December 31st 2014 in the basement of The Rocketship (RIP) in Washington, DC.

Reason for forming:
Josh: I wanted to combine my love for shock drag and my disgust with the conservative gay scene in DC. Things needed to be shaken up a bit, so I made a FB post about starting a band (goal: Toiletboys crossed with Limp Wrist) and KC and Kit almost immediately responded. We recruited Anderson shortly thereafter, and everything fell into place pretty quickly. Everyone was on the same page from the beginning.

What are your lyrics about?
Queer identity, dysphoria, hypocrisy, addiction, & 90s mall culture.

 

Homo Superior (photo by Farrah Skeiky)

Homosuperior (photo by Farrah Skeiky)

 

How would you describe your sound?
Snotty & rough.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re doing a Memorial Day weekend tour, visiting super queer-friendly places like North Carolina & West Virginia. Hoping to play some more shows & festivals. We applied to Fed Up Fest in Chicago. And eventually, we’ll finish a couple more songs and put out an album.

Links and contact info:
homosuperior.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/h0m0superi0rdc

 

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Band name:
L U B R I C A N T

Date & location formed:
Singapore, early 2015.

Reason for forming:
Our bassist is from Athens, landed a job here in a university, got in contact with some punks, hung out, went to shows, and we decided to form a band. None of us have played in a band together before this. Also, for the love of Hardcore and abrasive punk music.

What are your lyrics about?
Anxiety, subjugation, submission, depression, violence from the state and the higher power.

 

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How would you describe your sound?
Hardcore, Anarchy, and Violence.

What’s in the future for this band?
Creating more hard tunes and a 2nd 7″ out soon. Hoping to tour more and play somewhere where there’s no future.

Links and contact info:

lubricant.bandcamp.com

 

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BIG BITE

Date & location formed:
Winter of 2015 in Seattle, WA.

Reason for forming:
I recorded the demo while living in the bay area with intentions to make it happen as a full band when I moved to the northwest. After living in Seattle for eight months we finally had our first practices.

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrics are all over the place but the general theme is seeking freedom.

How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is like.. I don’t know.. I guess kind of an SST vibe, but I don’t think we do that justice. Mostly I just wanted to be in a band that had pop riffs and hardcore riffs and this is what came of it.

What’s in the future for this band?
Putting out a 7″ single with Painter Man Records. west coast tour with Angel Dust and Gag in June. Full length record on Pop Wig sometime next year, probably.

Links and contact info:
bigbitewa.bandcamp.com

 

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New Blood! ATROPELLO, DRUGCHARGE, SATAN ZAGUERO, and ÖNKIIRTAS


April 14th, 2016 by

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Band name:
ATROPELLO

Date & location formed:
Buenos Aires, Argentina. February 2016.

Reason for forming:
The band got together in summer. We are restless, we always want to play and we take advantage of that to say what we think.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are about what,s going on in our country at this momento and our dreams. Besides they show what we do to survive these days, what our Tools are to so.

How would you describe your sound?
Punx.

What’s in the future for this band?
We are hyping up demo, and throwing around the idea of releasing a 7” with new songs. We’re currently looking for labels interested in doing it.
Aside from all from that, we’re playing a lot in every venue and city that we can!

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Links and contact info:

atropellopunx.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
DRUGCHARGE

Date & location formed:
ITS HARD TO REMEMBER WHEN BUT NORTH CAROLINA DEFINITELY

Reason for forming:
WE LIKE PUNK AND WE LIKE SHAM

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What are your lyrics about?
DRUGS, HATING THE POLICE, METAPHYSICAL SHIT

How would you describe your sound?
POGO STICK LISTENING ON DISCHARGE

What’s in the future for this band?
ANOTHER TAPE IN THE FUTURE WHEN WE HAVE MONEY, LOCAL LABEL SORRY STATE REISSUE OF OUR DEMO ON FLEXI IN THE MORE REALISTIC FUTURE

Links and contact info:

 

 

 

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Band LogoBand name:
SATAN ZAGUERO

Date & location formed:
We formed the band about 1 year ago (2015), we are from differents places of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nos formamos a principios de 2015, somos de diferentes barrios de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Reason for forming:
We’ve all been friends friends since high school, and we really enjoy playing anywhere we can.

Somos un grupo de amigos desde la escuela secundaria y realmente disfrutamos mucho tocar en todos los lugares que podamos.

What are your lyrics about?
Most of the lyrics talk about common situations, work, school, skate and graffiti, “injustice”, love, and things like that.

La mayoria de las letras hablan de situaciones comunes, el trabajo, la escuela, el skate y pintar graffitis en las calles, las “injusticias”, el amor y cosas como esas.

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How would you describe your sound?
it´s a mix between punk and roll with a hardcore attitude… at least that’s what we think XD.

Nuestro sonido es una mezcla de punk and roll con una actitud hardcore, al menos es lo que pensamos XD.

What’s in the future for this band?
It’s our plan to record an EP in 2016 as soon as possible.. ummm… and keep playing in every place we can with friends and other bands we like.

Esta en nuestros planes grabar un nuevo Ep en 2016 lo mas pronto posible, y tocar en todos los lugares posibles con amigos y otras bandas que disfrutamos ver.

Links and contact info:
facebook.com/Satan-Zaguero
satanzaguero.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

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logoBand name:
BAND NAME IN ALL CAPS
ÖNKIIRTAS

Date & location formed:
2014 autumn, Szombathely, Hungary.

Reason for forming:
A band was needed, which fills the empty space of the scene with their negative energy. We had lots of ideas, and preconceptions about what we like and what we would like to hear back. Play hardcore, and destroy everything with the sound of the forgotten amps of the 70’s.

What are your lyrics about?
Chronic panic, 30 minutes hapiness after 2 days depression, unreasonable daily moodswing, war paranoia, feeling lonley, feeling hatred about the mob, manhood, attention deficit hiperactivity disorder, boring work, boring people, emotional outbursts, selfhate.
Communicating with people is too complicated and
these lyrics help to tell what’s wrong with life.

How would you describe your sound?
Black Sabbath meets Kevés. Old amps with nice sustain. Harsh, raw, nervous, neck cutter, destroyer.

What’s in the future for this band?
Our first 7” will be out late April at Permaculture Records & Mindig Otthon Punk Discs. After that we will practice more, recorde more and squeeze our minds with lots of coffee and try to tour Europe.

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Links and contact info:

onkiirtas.bandcamp.com

 

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New Blood! JÆNG, THICK SKULL, and AKIRA


April 7th, 2016 by

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image2Band name:
JÆNG

Date & location formed:
Olympia, WA//August 2015.

Reason for forming:
Jake and Josh wanted to play raw mangled d-beat and there was a severe shortage of that in Olympia.

What are your lyrics about?
Being militant about yr beliefs as a Middle Eastern punk. Bringing light to horrendous war crimes committed against Middle Easterners every day.

How would you describe your sound?
Raw mangled disbeat.

What’s in the future for this band?
New 7″ that is more mangeled//militant and chaotic than the demo. Hopefully an east coast tour later this year.

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Links and contact info:
facebook.com/totalnegativityrecords
jaeng.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
THICK SKULL

Date & location formed:
Victoria BC, January 2015.

Reason for forming:
Stave off existential boredom.

What are your lyrics about?
heard somewhere that art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. That is what I aspire to in my lyrical content.

How would you describe your sound?
We started as a crust band. While we still draw a lot of influence from metal our songs are arranged in a way that borrows more from hardcore than from punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
We just released two songs off our new album, Soft Spine, and the rest are coming out in April.

Thick Skull (photo by Kennedy Taylor Healey)

Thick Skull (photo by Kennedy Taylor Healey)

Links and contact info:

thickskull.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
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Date & location formed:
2015, Portland, OR.

Reason for forming:
Out of A mutual love for hardcore, and punk.

What are your lyrics about?
The hopelessness of man.

How would you describe your sound?
Fast, weird, and angry.

What’s in the future for this band?
An LP, and a full U.S Tour?

Akira (photo by Erik Ursin)

Akira (photo by Erik Ursin)

Links and contact info:

akirapdx.bandcamp.com
riotousoutburst.bandcamp.com

 

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New Blood! POLIS-ÄCKEL, DARK ERA, and MIRRORED LIPS


March 31st, 2016 by

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Artwork by Francesco Goat

Band name:
POLIS-ÄCKEL

Date & location formed:
We started rehearsing infrequently in late 2014. We live in the Marche region, in Italy.

Reason for forming:
Our aim was to create our own d-beat band, just a few distorted chords without much musical finesse. Loud and noisy to the max, with angry as fuck lyrics and vocals. We were moved by the noisier releases of bands such as Disclose, Electric Funeral, Maquina Muerta, Frigora and so on… We chose a swedish band name for a d-beat
‘tribute,’ it means “disgust for police.”

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics address violent reactions to police repression and the fascist state of the system. Utilizing anarchist ideology as a foundation on which to build upon ruins of these rotting world.

How would you describe your sound?
We would like to make our sound the more noisy and as aggressive as possible. No musical skill, just anger and distortion.

What’s in the future for this band?
We have planned a 7″ release with Imminent Destrucion records from UK for next summer. Then, play around a bit and let’s see what will happen next.

Polis-Äckel (photo by Valentina Giacuzzo)

Polis-Äckel (photo by Valentina Giacuzzo)

Links and contact info:


polis-ackel.bandcamp.com
imminentdestruction.bigcartel.com

 

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Artwork by Melanie Barron

Artwork by Melanie Barron

Band name:
DARK ERA

Date & location formed:
Before summer solstice 2014. St. Johns Newfoundland.

Reason for forming:
We’ve all known each other and been in bands together for so long. wanted to play music we wanted to play. Started out with a few riffs we had kicking around for a while then went from there.

What are your lyrics about?
Cosmic, spiritual, and emotional warfare. Astral catalepsy. Astral projection. inter-dimensional entities and ancestral demons. Reincarnation.
Space. Time. Life. Change. Instinct.
Basic survival. Dark age trials and tribulations.

How would you describe your sound?
Trotting through desolate barrens in the blinding fog. blackened d-beatish punk.

Dark Era (photo by Ritche Perez)

Dark Era (photo by Ritche Perez)

What’s in the future for this band?
Getting ready to release ” Nightscapes” EP. Recording new full length within the next few months. Also in the process of writing an album of mantras in combination with sigils.

Links and contact info:

darkera709.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
MIRRORED LIPS

Date & location formed:
April 2015, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Reason for forming:
We were recording the piano and vocals for our free-jazz project and recorded a punk album in some spare half hour of the booked time. Got our kicks. Were hooked right away.

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What are your lyrics about?
We sing of death to pigs, the premature aging of baristas, Television the band, our ninety-year-old friend, and of the tough life that small insects have to plug through in a big city.

How would you describe your sound?
One girl took a car and crashed the drums, the other plugged in her guitar and fell off a cliff into the sea, the third one came afterwards and deeply sighed.

What’s in the future for this band?
Plug through in this huge thing of a World.

Links and contact info:

mirroredlipsss.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

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