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New Blood! CONMAN, MILD SHAG, and EX-DEBS


February 4th, 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:
CONMAN

Date & location formed:
December 2015 in Toronto, ON.

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Conman (photo by Alex Kress)

Reason for forming:
Members of GRIN were looking to do something after parting ways with that band. We got together and jammed with some new peeps.

What are your lyrics about?
Scheming in the streets, lowkey being Spider-Man, and never waking up.

How would you describe your sound?
Hardcore punk that is not boring and feels good to play.

What’s in the future for this band?
We are currently writing music for a 7″ and hoping to tour this year.

Links and contact info:

conman-to.bandcamp.com
murdercityvideo.bigcartel.com

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Band name:
MILD SHAG

Date & location formed:
Earlyish 2015, Singapore.

Reason for forming:
There’s pretty much nothing else better to do in capitalist state Singapore, other than work and punk. Besides, none of us has ever played together in any other bands so we thought it’d be cool to try it out.

What are your lyrics about?
Everything that we’ve experienced/observed first hand in Singapore’s society…from the crazy lack of work/life balance and the unfortunate elderly folks who still have to slave just to put dinner on the table, to the systematic fascist/authoritarian bullshit in almost every aspect of the Singaporean life.

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How would you describe your sound?
In the words of Robert Collins, “knuckledragging Oi! influenced hardcore” (you know…that stomping hardcore punk sorta thing).

What’s in the future for this band?
Couple of EPs and hopefully tour in and out of South East Asia.

Links and contact info:

mildshag.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
EX-DEBS

Date & location formed:
New Years Day 2016 / Portland, Oregon.

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Reason for forming:
The last 2 bands I was in, I was just screaming and yelling about shit, I wanted to sing and make something melodic. Also, wanted to do something outside the realm of “serious music” (read: weird punk) without being party-time-fonzie-music.

What are your lyrics about?
Feeling alienated in the world at large & in the world of punk. Letting your politics and ideals seep thru the sounds rather than just yelling them at people.
Being cool with yourself and your neighbors.

How would you describe your sound?
Organ, Drums and Singing with live dub effects mixing. Lo-fi tunes made by punks. Looking back, but trying to avoid the nostalgia petting zoo.

What’s in the future for this band?
DIY shows on the west coast and beyond.

Links and contact info:
ex-debs.bandcamp.com

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New Blood! CHLOROFORM, ROBBERY, and SHOJO WINTER


January 28th, 2016 by

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Band name:
CHLOROFORM

Date & location formed:
Rick: We formed in Ottawa in April of 2012 but didn’t do anything and we were separated for a long time due to me moving to Mtl and then Mexico City for a while. We recently got back together in the past year and recorded a full length called “Beg To Rise Up” which was released by Runstate Tapes this past September. We’re looking to eventually get it released on vinyl.
Brendan: Yeah technically we’ve been playing music together since late 2012 or so, but only recently have been able to record something and start playing shows outside of Ottawa.  We were all too busy in those years with other projects, life etc. to really give the band much focus or direction.  Rick has lived in many different cities over the years and this band doesn’t exist without him.  Thankfully, since we’re all living in the same city again we’ve been able to make CHLOROFORM a fully functioning band!

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Chloroform (photo by Darryl Andrew Reid)

Reason for forming:
Rick: Me and Scotty were jamming for a while we’ve been jamming together since we were just kids and had always wanted to do a ‘77 type punk band mixed with elements of NWOBHM but we couldn’t think of the right bass player or singer that matched that criteria. We wanted a really good bassist that could basically do leads over rhythm guitars. Then I moved into Kenthouse and I knew my roommate Brendan was a really good lead guitarist… so I hesitantly asked him one day while making breakfast if he’d be willing to do bass and his answer surprised me!! We started jamming that week and after a while of not finding a singer I just kind of started singing in a mic temporarily but it just ended up staying that way. I still think about finding a singer every now and then. I probably wouldn’t be opposed to making that happen if the right person came up!
Brendan: it just really clicked with all of us.  Me and Rick jammed together once while we were living together and realized we had a lot of chemistry as musicians together.  Him and Scotty had a project going and he asked me to join.  I’d never played bass before, but was willing to learn- unfortunately it was short lived, but it’s rare to find that chemistry with other musicians.  It was worthwhile for us to always keep in contact despite the physical distance, not just because we liked playing together, but also because we were all great friends that loved the same kinda music.  Honestly I just love playing music with these guys and I’m honoured to be a part of it.
Scott: Why not start a band!?  Rick and I were two eager dudes wanting to rip out some heavyish ’77 punk rock n’ roll, we had played in a previous band together and jammed all the time. I mostly had just played guitar but at this time I had been practicing playing drums and recently purchased a drum kit. After our first jam with Brenda, our bass woes had been answered.  Although Rick singing was only supposed to be temporary, He adds his own edge and gives it his all until his head is about to pop off. You can’t ask for more out of someone. I find a 3 piece can at times be easier to agree on things, and being able to travel pretty well in any vehicle. I definitely as well don’t oppose if the right person came up to sing for us.

What are your lyrics about?
Rick: The lyrics aren’t really about anything specific. Some songs like “Moonstruck Midnight” are about difficult anxiety attacks I witnessed somebody I knew was having…others are about getting harassed by cops, the death of a close friend of ours… other songs like “Blown Out Ink” have no explanation and are more abstract lyrics I guess you could say. I usually blabber sounds into the mic during practice as a way of finding the melody I want. Then I add words and match up sentences to the sounds. I’m really a guitarist primarily, then a lyricist.

How would you describe your sound?
Rick: We’ve talked about this many times and still have no fucking idea haha. You tell me.
Brendan: Three piece, Rock and roll punk! I’m not too sure of the specific sub-genre.  We’re not totally reinventing the wheel, but we try not to be too derivative of anything either.  We have tendencies to veer in a lot of different directions.  We just hope to make songs that are interesting enough to be worth listening to.
Scott: Oh boy, haha. Well I’ve been saying 3 amigos lost in the limbo of punk ala proto rock and roll hahaha.

What’s in the future for this band?
Rick: We’ve just finished recording 2 new songs for a lathe cut set for the near future. I’d like to do like a series of continuous Ep’s, maybe a split. It’s cheaper that way. I would also like to organize a tour in the U.S possibly for next summer.
Brendan: We have a single coming out shortly, followed by a 7″ ep.  We hope to get our tape we just released pressed on vinyl at some point and we really hope we can tour soon.
Scott: We’re always coming up with new stuff at rehearsals/jams. Actually we are recording a couple new ones this upcoming weekend for a lathe with Kevin Berger of NoFun101 productions. As well as working on a 7 inch. I would love to take our band out more on the road!  It has been on my mind for a while now. I could not think of a better bunch to go on the road with.

Links and contact info:

chloroforming.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
ROBBERY

Date & location formed:
December 2014 in Oakland.

Reason for forming:
After moving back to Oakland from the East Coast I (Gina Marie) wanted to start a fun project where I could sing/scream and let loose! I’ve been playing drums in bands for almost 20 years and wanted to try something different. I reached out to Aleksander who I had met in NY while on tour with his old band Battleship. It all came together pretty quick as Oscar, Bean and Aleksander have been friends for years and played in bands together in the past.

What are your lyrics about?
80’s movies, depression, aliens and social media, dealing with death, tripping out on drugs, penis envy. You know typical stuff….

How would you describe your sound?
Energetic, repetitive, loud, fun, dancey, punk rock.

What’s in the future for this band?
Some fun shit! Recording in the next couple months, west coast tour this summer, and just hanging out!

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Links and contact info:

oaklandrobbery.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/handsupthisisrobbery

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Band name:
SHOJO WINTER

Date & location formed:
We basically formed almost a year or two ago at a place called Back to the Grind in Riverside. The actual musical processes didn’t start until the first EP which was done in a week.

Reason for forming:
For fun mostly.

Shojo Winter (photo by Cameron Puleo)

Shojo Winter (photo by Cameron Puleo)

What are your lyrics about?
Clinging to things you shouldn’t.

How would you describe your sound?
Illusive

What’s in the future for this band?
Wider more expressive soundscapes. Shows, releases, touring and probably a lot of food.

Links and contact info:

shojowinter.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/shojowinter
Listen on Spotify
twitter.com/shojowinter
soundcloud.com/shojowinter
instagram.com/shojowinter

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New Blood! CHROMA, NIGHT SHAPES, and BLEEDING GUMS


January 21st, 2016 by

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CHROMA

Date & location formed:

Barcelona, around 2014 and 2015

Reason for forming:
Boredom basically. Chroma saved our lives from the insane daily routine.

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrics are about the issues that we care about, of the realities that surround us, and about ourselves. We throw out ideas and raise points, question affirmations that exist in our imaginations; maybe this openness gives the lyrics a philosophical nature, which was what we were looking for. We don’t want our lyrics to be the same slogans as always. We prefer to suggest new concepts. In the background to all of this, gender issues, feminism, communication, faith, religion and capitalism are the essence of what we sing about.

How would you describe your sound?
It is repetitive, metallic- we try to make it sound like an industrial machine, like something completely unnatural. The thing about Chroma is that we want it simple, musically speaking. We want it to be direct. Our lyrics are super important but most of what the music explores words cannot be expressed: we are angry, we’re not happy, life is violent, society is shit. We don’t want our music to sound good, we want it to be uncomfortable. We are freaks!

What’s in the future for this band?
Chronologically we are releasing an LP with Hysteria Records, Dê o Fora! and Nada Nada Discos that is going to be in your favorite distros around the world in the next month. In February we will be touring the West Coast and playing the MRR Fest.

Links and contact info:
chromapunk.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
NIGHT SHAPES

Date & location formed:
2015 Oakland.

Reason for forming:
We’re just all into the same shit and had a bunch of gear laying around.

What are your lyrics about?
Usually approach each song with a feeling from the pressures of coping with being a person living with and around other people and the way we treat each other. Every time we play its different. Raw emotion I guess would be the best way to describe it? Like an improv set. Each time we play is different.

How would you describe your sound?
Psych / gaze / kraut / punk / puke

What’s in the future for this band?
Lots of shows. lots of records. New release on Heavy Dose in July.

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Links and contact info:

nightshapes.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
BLEEDING GUMS

Date & location formed:
November 2015, Chicago.

Reason for forming:
We wanted to start a band between The Stooges and The Fix.

What are your lyrics about?
The current state of humanity, anxiety, depression and mental health, fake friends, manipulative people.

How would you describe your sound?
Raw punk rock.

Bleeding Gums (photo by Martin Crudo)

Bleeding Gums (photo by Martin Crudo)

What’s in the future for this band?
A split tape with another band come summer, a 7″, a second tour to the east coast

Links and contact info:

bleedinggumsrnr.bandcamp.com

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New Blood! PROM NITE, BIB, and MACE


January 14th, 2016 by

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Band name:
PROM NITEprom nite

Date & location formed:
October 2015. Toronto, ON.

Reason for forming:
We either wanted to play in more active bands, or hadn’t played in bands before. Sought the opportunity to create new music with new people in the Toronto scene.

What are your lyrics about?
Mental health, self care, fuckboys being fuckboys. Sometimes playful and sometimes honest.

How would you describe your sound?
Toronto’s most punk sounding punk rock band. Real rock.

What’s in the future for this band?
Performing more shows locally. We released a five song demo cassette in November. We’ll be putting out a single and another EP in 2016. Hopefully we’ll make it outside of Ontario.

Links and contact info:

realrockers.bandcamp.com
murdercityvideo.bigcartel.com

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Band name:
BIB

Date & location formed:
July 2015 / Omaha, Nebraska

Reason for forming:
We’ve all known each other for a long time, and shared a common interest in playing punk music

What are your lyrics about?
Social isolation, toxic hostility, nihilism

How would you describe your sound?
Punk

Bib (photo by Adam DeGross)

Bib (photo by Adam DeGross)

What’s in the future for this band?
We are playing Midwest Blood Fest in New Albany, IN in February. In March we are touring to and playing Everything Is Not O.K. 2 in Oklahoma City with Lemonade (Minneapolis) After that we plan on touring the U.S. and releasing a few records starting with a 7″

Links and contact info:

bibhc.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
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Date & location formed:
Around summer 2015 I guess? We’re from Chicago.

Reason for forming:
Chapman (guitar) and Harold (bass) are childhood friends and have played together before. Chapman knew Chris (drums) and they started practicing together and then around summer I joined because I really wanted to do vocals in a band again.

What are your lyrics about?
Some are about having post-traumatic stress disorder, “Predator” is about confronting/kicking out people at shows who are there seemingly solely to ruin everyone else’s good time. A lot of the songs are about people talking down to me, over me, tone-policing me and so on because it’s been a theme for me even from Good Punks who think they’re better than talking down to a woman, a survivor, etc.

How would you describe your sound?
Nü tough guy hardcore.

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What’s in the future for this band?
We have a song coming out on a flexi with the 2nd issue of No Friends Zine, playing some fun shows, and hopefully writing another demo or 7” worth of material to tour with when the weather is nicer.

Links and contact info:

macehc.bandcamp.com
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7228 N. Rogers Ave.
Chicago IL 60645

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New Blood! BLACK COMMUNION, VIAL, and NIÉGALO TODO


January 7th, 2016 by

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Band name:
BLACK COMMUNION

Date & location formed:
Winter of 2014 was our first practice, but it took us until the summer of 2015 to really figure out what we were doing lineup wise, and to play our first show with the current lineup. We’re in Portland, Oregon.

Reason for forming:
I (Jason) played in a band called hell&reason when I first moved to Portland. Through playing shows, I got connected with Gareth (and his band Profits) and Phil (and his band Carrion Spring). Gareth and Phil are some of the most talented people I’ve ever had the opportunity to play with, and I was a big fan of both of their bands prior to our formation. The three of us had been in and out of projects over the past ~6 years we’ve known each other (Gareth and I have been in another band for the past 5 years), and have always been supportive of one another. Good timing, a little boredom, and everything “clicking” by the 2nd or 3rd practice were all contributing factors.

What are your lyrics about?
Destiny.

How would you describe your sound?
I think the best comparison that we’ve received so far was Cursed meets Isis. It’s a good comparison because we are loud, have some fast parts, have some heavy parts, but we also don’t lose track of the groove. So Cursed meets Isis, Converge meets Young Widows, Cave In meets Breather Resist. That kind of thing.

What’s in the future for this band?
More recording. We all toured and did that, and I think we’re good with being a little more settled into our region. So we will probably play in the PNW and maybe the west coast over the course of 2016. But more importantly, we will be recording more songs.

Links and contact info:
BlackCommunion.bandcamp.com
Twitter: @BlackCommunion
Instagram: @BlackCommunion13

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Band name:

Date & location formed:

Fall of 2013

Reason for forming:
So we could hang out with each other all the time and collaborate.

What are your lyrics about?
Standing up for what’s right, standing up for ourselves. Confronting the people / issues in our life that make us angry and need addressing. And then the lessons learned from all of it.

How would you describe your sound?
“Babies scratching on a guitar.” – K Fal

What’s in the future for this band?
“We don’t have a future!” – Italy Jon

Links and contact info:
vialpunk.bandcamp.com

vial-band.tumblr.com

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Band name:
NIÉGALO TODO

Date & location formed:

We formed in early 2014 in the isolated Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Yes, that´s in Mexico.

Reason for forming:
We formed out of frustration of not having any hardcore snotty punk bands in Chiapas, we formed one, you know, DIY and stuff.

What are your lyrics about?
General alienation, frustation with life and that great feeling of stagnation when you reach certain age and realize how horrible everyone around you is.

How would you describe your sound?
I’d love to say raw, but that’s too pretentious and general, I mean, we love Wretched and Selena, so, who knows?. Just give a listen to our stuff and decide for yourself.
What’s in the future for this band?

Well, the guitar player and lead singer moved to Florida, so we don’t know. We’d love to tour the USA and release more stuff.

Links and contact info:

niegaloxtodo.bandcamp.com

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