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New Blood! THE LION'S CAGE, COMPLEX, AGUIRRE'S DOGS, and DIAS AZULES

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MRR Radio #1558 • 5/21/17

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New Blood! SIN CAVE, NERVOUS WRECK, FUTURE TERROR, LOSST, FLOZ, and DOG PRISON

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They spoke a strange version of out language and drank only strange brews in unmarked containers. They got pretty wasted.

MRR Radio #1557 • 5/14/17

So we were all set to do a radio show, and then a more grizzled Pete and Langford appeared in ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #409 • June 2017

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New Blood! PURE PRESSURE, PESADILLA, BONDAGE, FINAL, and BOOJI BOYS


June 30th, 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:

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PURE PRESSURE

Date & location formed:
March 2016 in Toronto.

Reason for forming:
To play hardcore punk in a low key, low stress band with people we haven’t played with before. Most of us aren’t really that close, and I guess we thought this would be a fun and rewarding way to spend time together outside of shows.

What are your lyrics about?
Karla: I was in an abusive relationship on/off for four years, and once I moved to Toronto and was completely removed from that person and the relationship, I realized that I had suppressed a lot of what had happened over those years.
With everything coming back, and that person coming into town for a festival, I began having panic attacks due to the fear of being put into another one of those situations again. But I was very fortunate and I was able to attend therapy sessions so when I was in the same rooms with that person, I no longer felt that fear or anxiety, and it was no longer me who was having to leave the room. So the majority of the writing ended up being about all the different sides to the spectrum of being in that type of relationship, and how devastating the aftermath of it can be.
I have also been displaced for the majority of my life, having spent the first 4 years in Mexico, growing up in the American Midwest (Kansas City), and then living in the Canadian PNW, so touching on the broken immigration systems in both the US and Canada came naturally as a part of the lyrics.

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How would you describe your sound?
Robert: It’s pretty traditional hardcore punk i.e. early Agnostic Front, Negative Approach, Straight Ahead, etc. When we started piecing together our first songs I kind of wanted to do a throwback to what is, in my opinion, the golden age of contemporary Toronto HC (bands like Urban Blight, Violent Future, and Bad Choice, all of who existed before I lived here). But I don’t really think anyone else in the band thought about it that way, and we maybe don’t sound much like those bands all in all.

What’s in the future for this band?
Write some more songs, play some more shows. We have a couple good ones coming up in the next few weeks, and we are playing Not Dead Yet in October.

Links and contact info:

purepressure.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
PESADILLA

Date & location formed:
October 2015, Santiago de Chile.

Reason for forming:
We like punk.

What are your lyrics about?
Lyrics are about true survivors.

How would you describe your sound?
Third world noise.

What’s in the future for this band?
Nobody knows….. yet.

Pesadilla (photo by Franco Buccioni)

Pesadilla (photo by Franco Buccioni)

Links and contact info:

pesadillapunk.bandcamp.com

 

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BONDAGE

Date & location formed:
February 2016.

Reason for forming:
We all had a want for a place we could come together and create music. Each one of our experiences as women within our community, city, country, and world are all different. We come from different backgrounds, cities, families, cultures yet having a place to vent, talk about our lives, hang out and not feel judgement and write punk was something important to us.

What are your lyrics about?
Sometimes, they’re serious. Sometimes, tongue and cheek. A way to get across: we are all tired. So fucking tired. Of everything.

How would you describe your sound?
Bratty moody punk.
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What’s in the future for this band?
We just released our demo about a week ago and have only played two shows. Our next show is with PATSY in July in Austin. It’s goin’ be sick.

Links and contact info:
bondagetx.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
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FINAL

Date & location formed:
November 2015 in Bogotá, Colombia.

Reason for forming:
We decided to form the band to do something different than our side projects, our guitar player is also in SECTA, the bass player plays for TRAICION, the drummer’s in TUMBAS, and we all share the same taste in music.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are basically a cocktail of personal stuff we live through on a daily basis. Stories of raw human decadence, cries of agony, it’s all reflective of our dystopian view of the future.

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How would you describe your sound?
We’ve always aimed for the rawest sound possible, taking reference from bands like CRIMEN fom Mexico with their distorted guitars and bass lines, DESTINO FINAL from Spain with delayed and echoed vocals, and last but not least the catchy sound of ESKORBUTO.

What’s in the future for this band?
We are touring in the US west and east coasts and we’re playing at the Latino Punk Fest in New York in August. We’re planning to record a long play record to accompany the demo, and our EP called Muerte that is coming out soon. After that we want to tour as much as we can, get to every corner of the globe, and wait until the Judgement Day arrives.

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Links and contact info:
finalpunk.bandcamp.com/releases
facebook.com/finalmentefinal

 

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Band name:
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BOOJI BOYS

Date & location formed:
Winter 2016 Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Reason for forming:
5 local rockers looking to rock out for the local rock scene / Just some buds that were lookin to rock.

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Booji Boys (photo by Justin Crowe’s iPhone)

What are your lyrics about?
Fun in the sun, the class war and shameful fantasies.

How would you describe your sound?
Rock/Hard Rock punk power pop? hardcore? I don’t know just rocknroll, buddie.

What’s in the future for this band?
Less talkin’ and more rockin’ / ***big new album comin out***

Links and contact info:

boojiboysfuneral.bandcamp.com/releases

 

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6) What’s in the future for this band?
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New Blood! BODY PRESSURE, RAN, and VIOLENCE


March 17th, 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…

Artwork by Theresa Moher

Band name:
BODY PRESSURE

Date & location formed:
August 2015 / Austin, TX

Reason for forming:
After Faiza left Hatred Surge and put Mindless on hold for the time being, she wanted to pursue doing another band but something different. Tired of being in bands with all white men, all men or feeling like her voice wasn’t being heard, Melissa and Faiza started talking about forming a band. Eventually, they approached Bryan Taylor who had already played with Faiza in several bands, with their ideas. Tommy and Melissa worked together at a burrito shop in North Texas years
before. and it turns out Tommy’s band and Faiza & Bryan’s old band had played together in California at some point, so when we locked ourselves in the practice space- it just clicked.

What are your lyrics about?
Being a woman, Being a person of color, Being a person of color who is a woman. My father being beaten because he is an Arab immigrant. My mother being whipped in school for speaking her native language. My family, my people being treated like trash their entire lives because of our culture, our skin color and who we are. All the bigotry, hatred, self-doubt, self-hatred and bullshit we drudge through every single goddamn day. This world and the shit and human that fill it with toxic waste.

How would you describe your sound?
Hardcore with a purpose.

Body Pressure (photo by Dave Creaney)

What’s in the future for this band?
We released our demo and played our first show in October of 2015 with G.L.O.S.S (which was so sick!) and have been poppin’ around playing shows and fests like This is Austin, Not that Great and Everything is Not OK. We hope to release a 12” this summer and tour the US.

Links and contact info:

bodypressure.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
RAN

Date & location formed:
March 2015 in Buenos Aires, Capital Federal.

Reason for forming:
We all had hardcore punk bands before and decided to make a band together to play something different in our scene. Our first gig was in september 2015 for the release of our first demo on tape, since then we played only 8 gigs in our city and another near cities in Argentina and we’ve been very active.

What are your lyrics about?
In the demo lyrics are about a spanish anarchist called Lucio Urtubia, a bad trip on drugs, how society is fucked up in our country, etc.

How would you describe your sound?
Pop music but really noisy and loud, vocals with lots of reverb and fuzzy guitars, some synths and influence from 90’s sound, kind of post punk with some shoegaze.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re about to release a 7″ with 2 new songs, very different from our demo, punk with audio samples and synths, planning to record an LP later this year and touring and hanging around as much as we can.

Links and contact info:

r-a-n.bandcamp.com
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Band name:
VIOLENCE

Date & location formed:
Summer 2015 in Oakland, California.

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Violence (photo by Carlos Garcia)

Reason for forming:
We wanted to play punk with just girls, no boys, no bullshit.

What are your lyrics about?
Dominance, anarchy, female power…basically bubblegum punk and BDSM. Our singer is a pro-domme and she is writing about her daily life and songs about our girl gang.

How would you describe your sound?
Catchy bass heavy primitive pogo with no guitar.

What’s in the future for this band?
To keep having a blast & causing chaos. We’ll be playing Manic Relapse Fest in April, and we have a lot of California shows coming up but we really want to tour and see our friends worldwide. Most importantly, we hope to influence other women to start their own bands. Krystal, our drummer, didn’t know how to play drums six months before we recorded our demo, Lexy was briefly in one other band years ago and this is Amanda’s first time writing riffs. Amelia was in Cervix, but we all still feel like we’re really new to this. Basically, anyone can do this, and we hope you will, too. Punk is not a boys club!

Links and contact info:
violenceoakland (at) gmail.com
Demo tapes are currently being put out on multiple cassette labels all over the world.

 

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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! 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

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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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Reissue of the Week: HEX Poison In The System: The Demos LP


November 13th, 2015 by

HEX – “Poison In The System: The Demos” CD
If you liked your punk, the UK in the early to mid ’80s was a good place to be. Not only were all kinds of genres flourishing within said rubric, but there was a significant community of like-minded souls, putting on gigs, writing (and distributing) fanzines, (cassette) tape labels, and whatnot. It meant that bands could (and did!) release demos, on cassette, and distribute them far and wide. The anarcho-punk “scene,” spawned by the likes of CRASS and their progeny (SUBHUMANS, CONFLICT, FLUX OF PINK INDIANS, MOB, et al.) were the inspiration and incubator for HEX. Hailing from the Northeast of England, they were part and parcel of the legendary (well, to us folks, anyways) Sunderland Bunker, a venue, and musicians collective. Herein you’ll find four demos tapes (fourteen tracks in all), recorded in 1986 and 1987. A variety of musical styles, evocative of KILLING JOKE, ANTISECT, and the FAMOUS IMPOSTERS grace the demos. It all features the music gifts of Dickie Hammond and Dave Lainey, better known for playing in HDQ and later LEATHERFACE. Really great stuff all round, and some excellent liner notes do a superb job of capturing the sense of community, and possibility that was nurtured by the scene. (Ramsey Kanaan)
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