angst (2012/PURE NOISE)
POP-PUNK. If you're a pop-punk fan and you haven't listened to HANDGUNS, you're doing it wrong. HANDGUNS set high expectations for themselves for their debut full-length. On "angst", this five-piece band from Pennsylvania lived up to and exceeded all the hype that has been following them. With the release of this album, HANDGUNS is going to make a huge impact on the pop-punk scene. If you enjoy the previous stuff so far, be sure to buy this album because those are just the tip of the iceberg. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
POST-HARDCORE. HANDS combines circling atmospheric guitars punctuated with hard-hitting progressions. They are a band in which rock 'n' roll meets ambient-hardcore and warm silvery singing rivals hardcore screams. HANDS unfurl hugely anthemic progressive-rock ballads bearing the influence of ISIS while at the same time laying out solidly progressive hardcore tracks inspired by bands such as LIFE IN YOUR WAY and MISERY SIGNALS.
against the storm (2009/FREQUENCY DELETED)
HARDCORE. Springfield's HANDS IN have been at it since 2004, honing their fast, yet modern, hardcore sound that at times pays tribute to CHAIN OF STRENGTH, but adds in heavier elements of bands like BLACKLISTED, NO TURNING BACK.
s/t (1997/EQUAL VISION)
SXE-HARDCORE. From the ashes of MOUTHPIECE, this is what lies ahead. This MCD feature 6 instant sxe-hardcore anthems sure to please.
face control (2009/SUB POP)
INDIE-ROCK. "face control" follows up 2007's excellent "plague park". Now an established force in their own right, the duo release their 2nd album, a more coherent affair that thrives on an enhanced electronic sound. "face control" pulls off its allusions to big, '80s synth pop far better than most albums of this ilk, largely thanks to the superior songwriting and the fact that big, crunching, stadium-esque guitars play such a dominant role in the album. The album digested as a whole delivers a vibrant fusion of classic rock bravado and modern electronics. Vinyl version includes a MP3 download card.
plague park (2007/SUB POP)
INDIE-ROCK. The duo of HANDSOME FURS began as an idea in the 2005. Dark and minimal while noisy and earnest, the point was to be as sparse and repetitive as possible with the help of little more than vocals, guitars, and a new drum machine. Disenchanted vocals thinly resonate while cloaked in a frenzied undertone of fear and uncertainty, all punctuated by bare drum machine beats. Through the course of each track, a deep-seated sense of longing struggles with staunch realism as a restless disdain for both urban life and smaller towns collide. It is a record of melancholic tendency and heartfelt desire; a stripped-down symphony roaming between city and country, and made for ears of either side.
sound kapital (2011/SUB POP)
INDIE-ROCK. "sound kapital" is the 3rd full-length from HANDSOME FURS, the Canadian two-piece of husband and wife. On this new album they use keyboards and drum machines to forge life-affirming anthems taut with muscle and blood. These 9 songs of innocence and experience occasionally look ahead to a better world in the not-so-distant future, but HANDSOME FURS know what time it is: now. "sound kapital" was recorded quickly, polished and rehearsed in the FURS' derelict Montreal studio. Colored vinyl includes a MP3 download card.
HANG THE BASTARD
hellfire reign (2010/EYESOFSOUND)
HARDCORE. HANG THE BASTARD possesses that rare ability to genuinely cross over to different genres of music fans. You've heard all the individual elements before (hardcore breakdowns, lumbering stoner riffs, fast thrash attacks), but you've never heard it combined like this. This is a record that shows the band writing a collection of songs that work and flow together, pushing their hardcore/metal sound out into doom, black-metal and horror film soundtrack territory - an achievement clearly more than the sum of its parts.
In the city (2007/ACETATE)
GARAGE/PUNK-ROCK. Is it any good? For well over 20-years, THE HANGMEN have held a much-coveted corner of the L.A. punk meets alt-country scene. Small continues to compose the signature-style of THE HANGMEN’s originals - laced with destitute guitar licks and sleazed out BOB DYLAN-esque vocals. With its new full-length "in the city", THE HANGMEN finally get the recognition deserved, with full production by Mike Ness of Social Distortion fame. From the opening chords of you will hear the aggressive cow-punk flavor THE HANGMEN are known for.
It's a living (2008/WRONG)
PUNK-ROCK. The album is exactly what you would expect from a bunch of toothless RAMONES-loving ex-hockey players - it's big, it's loud, it's unquestionably dumb in places. "It's a living" brings together all of their live favourites. Their reverence of the RAMONES is well-noted on many of their songs, though their influence is perhaps nowhere more obviously featured than on their playful and loving, though still thoroughly storming, tribute to the late Joey Ramone. The set is equally stomping, delivering big fat high-energy punk-rock tunes , all cut together with hilarious radio interviews that create a kind of document of a band on the road, offering a fast, frenetic and massively enjoyable insight into the HANSON BROTHER' talents in a live setting.
INDIE-ROCK/POST-PUNK. This is HARAM's 2nd full-length and features the new expanded lineup. Few current acts can match the intensity and vibrancy of HARAM. Unrelenting and forward, "Drescher" shows a group possessing a mature, tempered confidence that only comes with experience and do-it-yourself resolve.
INDIE-ROCK/POST-PUNK. Few current acts can match the intensity and vibrancy of HARAM (featuring members of MAJORITY RULE, PG.99 etc.). HARAM comprises seasoned veterans whose foray into territory most reminiscent of DRIVE LIKE JEHU and SONIC YOUTH is informed by the urgent ferocity of their previous bands. On this spectacular debut, HARAM mines disparate facets of punk and noise to conjure something wholly cohesive and engaging. Their 1st full-length effort is truly a moody and atmospheric masterpiece.
live and loud & skinhead (2002/DAMAGED GOODS)
OI!/PUNK-ROCK. Hailing from South London HARD SKIN appeared on the oi-punk scene in the mid '90s with the debut album "hard skins and hard cunts". Damaged Goods Records released the great 12 track live album of the HARD SKIN named "live & loud and skinhead". It's worth buying for the banter between the tracks alone.
same meat, different gravy (2009/FERAL WARD)
OI!/PUNK-ROCK. "same meat different gravy" is HARD SKIN's 1st studio album since 1996's "hard nuts and hard cunts". Recorded over 3 years at the poshest studio the boys could find within spitting distance of their beloved Gipsy Hill, South London, the sound is bigger but the spirit of oi-punk is as evident as ever. With tongue firmly in cheek, the band's view on life hasn't changed a bit over the last decade. So stop thinking and start drinking... Reared on SHAM 69 and THE COCKNEY REJECTS, here's the band's 2nd attempt at bringing it back.
we're the fucking george singles 1978 to 1981 (2012/JT CLASSICS)
OI!/PUNK-ROCK. "we're the fucking george - singles 1978 to 1981" has 15 tracks on it compiled from singles and released between 1994 and 2011. In case you haven't heard HARD SKIN - you are missing out! They are fucking brilliant. It's oi! but done like the old days when it was good. Bloddy, angry, basic and anthemic. The LP doesn't come with a download because real skinheads don't use computers!