life won't wait (1998/EPITAPH)
PUNK-ROCK. A year long project that took the band from San Francisco to Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans and Jamaica, "life won't wait" has highlights that are as varied as they are rewarding. Of the 2 songs actually recorded in Jamaica, is a poignant addict's lament with sweet soulful vocal assists from Hepcat, while the title track features Tim and Lars sparring with dancehall kingpin Buju Banton against a canvas of urgent old school ska. Self-produced, culled from life experience, and played live in large measure, "life won't wait" is as ambitious and independent as it gets.
s/t (2000) (2000/HELLCAT)
PUNK-ROCK. From its ominous, xeroxed album cover, to the barely legible lyric sheet to the sheer chaos invoked by the music, RANCID 2000 (as the 2nd self-titled album) is paint-peeling punk-rock of the highest order. Produced by long-time friend and producer Brett Gurewitz, most of the 22 songs clock in at well under 2min., and there are absolutely no ballads. Guitars are driven to within inches of meltdown, the bass burns with the signature maniacal virtuosity of Matt Freeman, and the vocals are delivered with raging conviction. RANCID's hardest, fastest record to date!
RANCID / NOFX
PUNK-ROCK. This 3rd volume of the BYO split Series features 2 of the most infamous punk bands in the world, RANCID and NOFX. The twist on this one is that each band has gone into the studio to record six of the other bands songs. Neither one revealed which songs they were going to do, so the mystery became even more of a reason to get more bold on song selelctions, and the outcome is amazing. The contrasting styles of both bands make the songs that much more interesting, and the self produced efforts bring forth all the energy and fury that punk-rock is built on.
paper cage (2012/TO LIVE A LIE)
HARDCORE. RAPE REVENGE is a vegan-straight-edge queer feminist band from Calgary, Alberta. They have been together for 2 years and have released a 7", a self released live tape, and now the "paper cage" 7". RAPE REVENGE writes songs about queer issues, women’s rights, child sexual exploitation, veganism, and anarchy. Their new 7" features their fastest and blastiest material to date. Record comes with photocopied zine featuring the lyrics from the album.
s/t (2013/MATA LA MUSICA )
HARDCORE. RAPID LOSS hailing from Canada. These punks started their band in snowy terrains of Alberta. With one previous 7" release under their belts RAPID LOSS laid out this hardcore-punk record and raised the bar! With influences from BGK to SIEGE these guys bring this ripping album to life. The guitars rip so hard and it's like a gift that won't stop giving...hardcore track after hardcore track. Make sure you keep an eye out for them.
RAPIDER THAN HORSEPOWER
Level Plane is pleased to collect together the first two CD releases of RAPIDER THAN HORSEPOWER on to one nifty double LP. RAPIDER THAN HORSEPOWER, a four-piece from Bloomington Indiana, combines the influences of Hazel-era RED KRAYOLA, CAPTAIN BEEFHEART and GASTR DEL SOL. The team of Mike Dixon, front man Michael Anderson (RACEBANNON), Sal (RACEBANNON), and Rob Smith are not the typical rock set up. If you took members of US MAPLE and PAVEMENT, shrunk them into 8 years olds, threw them into a sandbox in the sweltering, humid Indiana summer, and let them simmer for about 5 hours, then finally screamed "ICE CREEEAM!" The sounds you would hear these prepubescent, veteran indie-rockers make would be something like RAPIDER.
RAPIDER THAN HORSEPOWER
Rapider than the world (2004/ALONE)
SCREAMO-HARDCORE. RAPIDER THAN HORSEPOWER prove that they are "Rapider Than The World" with their latest offering. Rapider takes their music to new levels of ridiculousness while never forgetting to keep things fun. The result leaves even the most jaded snob-rock fans with smiles on their faces and question marks in their minds. Rapider write songs about best friends (with Guns 'n' Roses-laced lyrics), super-sizing (now strictly prohibited, RIP), dating Bruce Springsteen's daughter (totally fun), and making money off of music (really absurd!). Features members of RACEBANNON and REO SEKI.
RAPIDER THAN HORSEPOWER / MAE SHI, THE
do not ignore the potential (2005/NARSHARDAA)
POST-PUNK. RAPIDER THAN HORSEPOWER are members of RACENANNON and REP SEKI and come from Bloomington, Indiana.They are playing some geeky avangarde post-punk influenced by bands like CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, PAVEMENT or LES SAVY FAV, but do not sound like any of these bands at all. THE MAE SHI are from Los Angeles and play surprise music and are just influenced by homemade mixtapes and mainstream hip hop as they are by fat day or the ex.None of this X meets Y shit is gonna work though, because THE MAE SHI is a band that you will listen to more than talk about.
ice cream, acid & cigarettes (2010/MYSTIC)
HARDCORE. First released in 1989 and unavailable for years, these original copies of the RAT PACK "ice cream, acid & cigarettes" 7" were recently uncovered and are available again for a limited time only. RAT PACK was a part of the Nardcore scene in the mid-'80s and was featured on various Mystic Records compilations. For fans of AGRESSION, ILL REPUTE and STÄLÄG 13.
white noise pollution (2011/ASIAN MAN)
POST-PUNK. Chris Carr and Dan Hanaway from the legendary Chicago, IL band SLAPSTICK, BROADWAYS, and THE HONOR SYSTEM continue to push the boundaries of punk with RATASUCIA in which they combine the sounds of bands like QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, THE MISFITS, HOT SNAKES and THE STOOGES. LP includes a MP3 download card.
dead rats blood (2012/SIT AND SPIN)
HARDCORE-PUNK. The 2nd vinyl offering from Pittsburgh’s powerhouse boasting former members of FLAK and ANNIHILATION TIME. RATFACE damage your ear drums with 2 tracks of raw '80s influenced hardcore-punk in the vein of bands like CHAOS UK and DISCHARGE, but with an American hardcore sound mixed in along the lines of POISON IDEA. These 2 tracks never lets down the pace, and will have you playing it and singing along again and again.
bock rock parade (2011/KATORGA WORKS)
HARDCORE-PUNK. RATIONAL ANIMALS have sort of developed a reputation as being highly inspired by later BLACK FLAG, but on this LP they have evolved into an entire different beast. This is some of the best, most fucked-up-sounding noise-rock in ages. Yeah, the Greg Ginn influence is there in the atonal leads, and you could hear some awkward rhythms that might be inspired by the "process of weeding out". Incorporating a wide variety of newer influences into its already atypical hardcore blueprint, the band has developed and progressed its sound into something absolutely fresh and essential.
cross eyed delights/way after midnight (2012/KARTORGA WORKS)
HARDCORE-PUNK. RATIONAL ANIMALS, follow up their LP and 7" with the "cross eyed delights/way after midnight" 7". This 7" signals a new direction for the band, one that was made clear by their aforementioned "bock rock parade" LP. "cross eyed delights" ranks as both RATIONAL ANIMALS' most beautiful moment and their crowning achievement-to-date. "way after midnight" compliments its flipside perfectly, acting as a lurching, creeping, classically bluesy stroll through late night longing. A perfect single, a perfect way to go out.
sick club vol.2 (2012/COWABUNGA)
HARDCORE-PUNK. This is the 2nd volume in the "sick club" series by Rochester's RATIONAL ANIMALS. Their "bock rock parade" LP seemed to give the band a bolster in notority as well as the ROTCORE scene as a whole, which is the most underrated scene in the USA. These 2 songs are along the lines of the material from their LP, but also with a slight progression being made. Less guitar wankery on these tracks, but not missing just more in moderation. Limited one-time press of 500 copies.
RATOS DE PORAO
crucificados pelo sistema (2009/BEAT GENERATION)
HARDCORE. In October of 1983 four Brazilian punks who went by the name of RATOS DE PORAO were invited to record a 7" financed in it's entirety by Fabio (Olho Seco). Evidently the young punks took advantage of the offer and laid down tracks for 16 songs. "crucificados pelo sistema" contains all the fury, the frustration, the rage, and the pain of those 4 young ones, against the system in a country that was in the midst of a change from third world to trying to fitting into the new social order. These 16 songs were formed on the same base as what would later be called d-beat. The Finnish bands from the '80s were really important in the Brazilian punk scene, just as DISCARGE was. Simple, fast, and to the point. Two classic songs have been added for this special occasion, recorded for the classic compilation "ataque sonoro". Thick 180gr vinyl and gatefold cover with photos and musings by Gordo.