New Blood! LILAC DAZE, GRUMP and WEBCAM TEENS

18 09 2014

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

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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2) Date & location formed:
3) Reason for forming:
4) What are your lyrics about?
5) How would you describe your sound?
6) What is the future for this band?

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September 18th, 2014 by MRR


New Blood! RED DEATH and FISCAL CLIFF

11 09 2014

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

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Band name:
RED DEATH

Date & location formed:
Red Death was formed in October 2013 in the dining room of The Newton house in Washington, D.C.

Reason for forming:
The band was created by four roommates who liked hanging out, eating shitty food and talking about music. We reached our peak when we got the neighbor to cuss us out in the middle of a snowstorm and call the cops. (Cheers)

What are your lyrics about?
“Acidic chaotic genocidal war torn freak outs. I used to play fucked up evil ass ‘last man standing’ style games with my toys when I was a kid. Real bloody and gory and no holds barred. Now I just sing about it.” —DHD

How would you describe your sound?
We sound like a mix of C.O.C., The Accüsed, Cro-Mags, Discharge, vine compilations and all things punk.

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What is the future for this band?
Red Death will record an LP called Permanent Exile for Grave Mistake Records (USA) and Hardware Records (Europe). We’re going to do a Southeast tour in late February, full USA tour with The Flex in April, and a European tour in summer 2015.

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

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Band name:
FISCAL CLIFF

Date & location formed:
We first formed last year in Oakland as a two piece, but we really became a complete unit when Nicole joined the band five or so months ago.

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Reason for forming:
For the sake of rocking out.

What are your lyrics about?
Isolation, paranoia, New-Age, Southern California Gurus, and desolate suburban towns off Highway 80.

How would you describe your sound?
We like to jangle, but also enjoy getting loud, dancey, and head-bangy. People tell us we sound like a different band at every show and some comparisons are more baffling than others.

What is the future for this band?
Our guitarist just moved to Philadelphia, so we won’t be playing as much for a while—but, we just recorded a new 4-song EP that we’re planning on releasing soon. There also may be some wintertime shows in the works!

Links and contact info:
fiscalcliff2.bandcamp.com

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September 11th, 2014 by MRR


New Blood! THE CRINGE

4 09 2014

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Band name:
THE CRINGE

Date & location formed:
Formed around Salem and Boston, MA, in summer 2013.

Reason for forming:
There are a plethora of awesome bands in the state right now. We wanted to kick out the jams and make some boogie music.

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrics are in one form or another about social injustice and personal relationships. Instead of focusing on the decay, I want to give voice to being loud and proud while cruising through a world of engineered inequality and poisoned relationships.

How would you describe your sound?
Cruisin’ and crushing, bluesin’ and blushing.

What is the future for this band?
Got a split live tape with fellow bad boys FLACCID dropping soon, gonna make another appearance on the next Harsh and Hard (Boston area punk comp), and hopefully some vinyl and out of town shows in the near future..

Contact info:
xnthompsox {at} gmail(.)com

kataxnia.bandcamp.com

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September 4th, 2014 by MRR


New Blood! KATAXNIA (KATAHNIÁ)

28 08 2014

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Band name:
KATAXNIA (Greek characters)
KATAHNIÁ (English characters)
Greek word meaning “haze”

Date & location formed:
May 2012 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Reason for forming:
The main motives for the formation of the band were the need to express ourselves and communicate through music, as well as the personal relationships among us. We consider ourselves part of the underground DIY music scene, with clear anti-commercial characteristics. We play gigs in autonomous spaces and squats, which support self-organizing, solidarity, resistance and opposition against authoritarian regimes. We perceive music as a means of conveying our ideas and feelings, which at the same time, promote DIY as a way of life, instead of a sterile lifestyle.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics derive from the dark days and hours of living in the city and describe concepts such as solitude, hypocrisy in everyday life, closure, isolation, as well as human relationships.

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How would you describe your sound?
The sound we produce is a blend of dark hardcore, punk and crust music.

What is the future for this band?
We just released our first self-titled LP and we hope to tour abroad in the near future.

Links and contact info:
kataxnia.bandcamp.com

“Dangerous Friends” by KATAXNIA

“Chill of Betrayal” by KATAXNIA

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August 28th, 2014 by MRR


New Band Spotlight: Munchausen

7 03 2012

Here’s a review by Kevin Manion of the MUNCHAUSEN 5-song demo tape, taken from the brand new issue of MRR!

Lo-fi scum punk from Philly featuring a member of PAINT IT BLACK (which I never would have guessed). As far as their sound goes, think of FRESH MEAT or maybe LEATHER (but much more raw). The first couple of tracks are really good punk ‘n’ roll, and by that I don’t mean to imply that they sound like they should be on In The Red, cause this is definitely a step above most of the drivel that label puts out. It’s dirty, beer-soaked, memorable stuff. Conversely, the last few tracks are much darker and dirgier and almost CONDOMINIUM-esque. MUNCHAUSEN is certainly more of a basement band than a bar band; their songs have hooks, but are also little more than filthy reverberations at times. Either way, I’m into it. (munchausenphilly.bandcamp.com)

Here’s a track that’s not on their web page — one of the “dirgier” ones…

MUNCHAUSEN – “Don’t Stop Dry Heaving”

March 7th, 2012 by MRR