SIAN ALICE GROUP
59.59 (2008/SOCIAL REGISTRY)
As work began on London-based SIAN ALICE GROUP debut full length "59.59", it became clear early on that it would not simply be a collection of songs. The music that they have brought to bare is a much more fully realized experience that moves through traditional pop songwriting and dynamic instrumental composition while being tempered with studio improvisation. The title of the record comes from its running time and, as this suggests, "59.59" manipulates elements of texture, pacing and timbre as if it’s one sweeping composition. It is an epic record that showcases the talent, range and ambition of this young group, taking in elements of various genres and making them their own. At the core of SIAN ALICE GROUP are multi-instrumentalists Rupert Clervaux and Ben Crook who formed the band along with vocalist Sian Ahern in late 2006. In order to flesh out their sound they brought in Sasha Vine and for live shows have added Douglas Hart (JESUS & MARY CHAIN) and John Webster Johns. "59.59" was recorded and produced predominantly during the summer of 2007 by Clervaux at SIAN ALICE GROUP’s central London studio where the group are able to enjoy complete self-sufficiency, enabling full flexibility in their creative process. As a testament to the open and collaborative nature of SIAN ALICE GROUP, the group welcomed other musicians in to the studio and, for the album closer ‘Complete Affection,’ were joined by John Coxon (SPIRITUALIZED, SPRING HEAL JACK) on guitar and Brian DeGraw (GANG GANG DANCE) on lead piano. SIAN ALICE GROUP have already received a number of lazy comparisons to Shoegaze music, something that they should shrug-off with ease after the release of this album. The stylistic range of "59.59" is way more far reaching than such a reductive comparison would imply and further brings to mind references such as Arthur Russell, Angelo Badalamenti and Steve Reich. The album even features a song, ‘Motionless,’ that is inspired by the music of legendary Detroit techno pioneer Jeff Mills, and loosely based on his track ‘Solid sleep’.
HARDCORE. Washington, DC's straight-edge powerhouse SICK FIX's debut vinyl, "vexed", comes loaded with 12 tracks of fast, crushing, pissed off female-fronted hardcore. Formed in 2006 by members of MAGRUDERGRIND/COKE BUST and friends. Limited edition of 500 copies includes a digital download card.
SICK FUCKIN O / WHITE MALE DUMBINANCE
split (2012/REGURGITATED SEMEN)
POWER-VIOLENCE HARDCORE. SICK FUCKIN O from UK play fast power-violence hardcore. Featuring ex-members of VOORHEES, MEATLOCKER, DEAL WITH IT and CLOSURE. This is raw fast hardcore being played by one of the best bands in England right now! WHITE MALE DUMBINANCE is a great hardcore act from Newcastle, Australia. They play fast, pissed off power-violence for fans of INFEST, CROSSED OUT, SPAZZ. They deliver ferocious and pissed-off hardcore. Blastbeats just fills up the great riffs and the insane vocals with mid-tempo parts.
PUNK-ROCK. Four young punks from Amsterdam that sound like they were born 30 years too late and should really be living in southern California. This debut release is for fans of ARTICLES OF FAITH, ADOLESCENTS, AGENT ORANGE and even early BAD RELIGION. Definitely pick this up right away.
SICK OF IT ALL
based on a true story (2011/THINK FAST/CENTURY MEDIA)
HARDCORE. As one of the longest standing bands still proudly waving the flag of NYC hardcore, SICK OF IT ALL have made their mark as one of the cornerstones of NYHC, proving that heart, hard work and dedication to hardcore is about more than just the music and an image, it’s a way of life. The band’s real life dogma and hunger for excellence as a hardcore band have truly been ideals that fans from all corners of the globe admire and identify with. With "based on a true story", the band pulls no punches and shows clearly why they are the definition of pure, plain hardcore.
SICK OF IT ALL
call to arms (1999/FAT WRECK)
HARDCORE. SICK OF IT ALL's Fat Wreck Chords debut shows the group as strong as ever. A must for new fans and die-hards alike.
SICK OF IT ALL
life on the ropes (2003/FAT WRECK)
HARDCORE. It's been a long time since their debut release (the 1987 7" on Revelation Records), but this New York hardcore band has managed to stay dedicate to their roots as well as their energetic NYHC sound. "life on the ropes" is 16 songs of non-stop, classic New York hardcore.
SICK OF IT ALL
live in a dive (2002/FAT WRECK)
HARDCORE. The 3rd installment in Fat Records series of live records, this showcases SICK OF IT ALL doing what they do best; pummeling a rabid audience with all their hardcore hits. Enhanced video features and cool comic book artwork round out the CD, while the vinyl version features the bonus track "bullshit justice".
SICK OF IT ALL
HARDCORE. The classic 1st release from that outstanding band from the Big Apple. Contains all their classic tracks. Re-mastered to get the most out of an '87 recording. Classic release from the hardcore veterans still going as strong today. Original mastering still full of the raw energy that set this New York band apart from the rest.
HARDCORE-PUNK. After their split with SCREWED UP 2 years ago, SICK TIMES from Chemnitz announce their 1st full-length. They're are 2 cover amongst the 14 tracks on this LP; "rise above" by BLACK FLAG and "gyroscope" by NYC's S.F.A., which may give you a good idea about the musical spectre of this band. Fast and ferocious cuts guaranteed to leave you floored. This LP has it all - hooks, speed, attitude, piss, vinegar... definintely will not disappoint!
king of dirt (2013/COWABUNGA)
HARDCORE. Featuring a new vocalist on this 2nd full-length, Chicago's SICK/TIRED still play tight and well-executed fast grinding hardcore with '80s thrash and punk elements interwoven into the mix and features members of MK ULTRA and WEEKEND NACHOS.
HARDCORE. This "s/t" 7" contains 7 new songs of ferocious hardcore with thrash, grind and southern noise-rock influences from Chicago's SICK/TIRED. Without a doubt this is their most intense and loudest material to date too. To mention as bullet points, Adam the original drummer for WEEKEND NACHOS 1st two records is SICK/TIRED's drummer and Kirk was the bass player for MK ULTRA. Limited edition of 500 copies.
the lifetaker (2012/IDONEUM BELLO)
HARDCORE. "the lifetaker" is SICK/TIRED's 2nd 7" and features 6 tracks of fierce hardcore that takes no prisoners. Members of SICK/TIRED played in MK-ULTRA, EXALTED and WEEKEND NACHOS before. Artwork was done by Dan Rossiter of Cult Ritual.
SICK/TIRED / COFFEE RAGE
mad blasts of chaos vol.2 (2009/IDONEUM BELLO)
HARDCORE. Hands down, the 2nd split in the series has the potential to be a future classic! It’s also shared by a US and a New Zealand. SICK/TIRED are from DeKalb and features (ex-) members of MK-ULTRA, WEEKEND NACHOS, EXALTED, RIGHT TO REMAIN, LAYERS OF TWAT, FUNERAL FUCK TOY, CRAZY STALLION and others. SICK/TIRED carry on where MK-ULTRA stopped! You'll get 4 tracks of top notch fast, vicious, brutal hardcore! SICK/TIRED kick some serious ass and you need this! COFFEE RAGE share members with GAWJ and ASSCHARGER. They offer you 7 raw punk slayers on their side drawing mostly influence from old Japcore and Scandicore! Seriously if this would have been a boxing match it would be announced a draw! The split comes sealed with an obistrip, inserts and stickers! The 7”s on black vinyl come with a sticker of each band but the 7”s on clear vinyl come with 2 stickers of each band. 900 on black and 100 on clear vinyl.
SICK/TIRED / OX BAKER
HARDCORE. One Hell of a lovely mess on a 7". Sludging then grinding, SICK/TIRED return with their 3rd release, the follow up to their LP on To Live a Lie Records. Crushing power-violence with distinct hardcore and punk influences that will have you laughing in the face of death. Flip it over as the ugly face of small town Ontario thrash, rage and pound - 4 racks of unrelenting, pissed off hardcore that carries on where previous releases left off. A lovely pairing of 2 bands that mix up their sound with hints of '80s hardcore, power-violence and sludge. One time pressing of 700 copies.