Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Upcoming KW release preview: Face The Rail new LP

We here are Katorga Works are proud to announce to the new LP of San Francisco's Face The Rail, one of our favorite Bay Area bands. Here's a preview track:

This record is slated for release on October 4th in conjunction with their tour of the U.S. and Canada.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Video Disease Releases: Sterilized, Iron Youth, The Flex, Stoic Violence, Pretty P

Artist: Sterilized
Album: Chemical Dust 7"
Release: 2014
Label: Video Disease Records


1. Freedom Rides
2. Back To The Grind
3. Chemical Dust
4. Days Of Rage

The English may have invented it, but as always, the Americans perfected it. Blazing, brutal, USHC influenced D-Beat from Olympia. 4 songs of in your face P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N. Every record comes in a custom d-beat style sleeve and on illustrious white vinyl.

Released simultaneously along with a 7" on the almighty Warthog Speak label.

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Artist: Iron Youth
Album: S/T
Release: 2014
Label: Video Disease Records


1. New Skin
2. Elude
3. Disconnect
4. Fifth Column
5. Bite Back

Debut 7" from this Austin, TX outfit that shares members of Glue and Institute. Although they may share members with those bands, they do not share sounds.

Iron Youth is a massive, nasty, sweat-filled stinking sock of ugly, bottom-feeding hardcore. Think No Trend if they were more suicidal and were bred on a diet of early 80's USHC.

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Artist: The Flex
Album: Wild Stabs In The Dark
Release: 2014
Label: Video Disease Records/Milk Run Records


1. Intro
2. Wild Stabs In The Dark
3. Under The Knife
4. Bloodsucker
5. The New Blood
6. Left To Die
7. The Herd
8. Blind Eye
9. Waste My Time
10. W.D.N.Y.
11. Bad Faith

The Flex have been tearing up the fucking world the past few years after their debut 7" on Video Disease/Milk Run. They show NO signs of slowing down with their LP "Wild Stabs In The Dark". Ten Songs of incredible early 80's UK meets late 80's NYHC.

The Flex are part of the new breed of UKHC, and Wild Stabs In The Dark is a milestone in this new sound and in this new age.

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Artist: Stoic Violence
Album: Chained
Release: 2014
Label: Video Disease Records/Deranged Records


1. Chained
2. No Escape
3. Abused
4. Choke
5. Two Faced
6. When Will It End?
7. Cut Down/Empty Inside

The final document from Southern California hardcore workhorse Stoic Violence. Eight songs that took over 2 years to craft and execute. Unrelenting, angry, unbridled USHC the way it was meant to be played.

The band disintegrated at the end of their east coast tour with NO amid tensions, back stabbing, and pure unbridled anger. This LP is their final testament. You can hear and feel the tension in every note, in every snarled worth being spewed forth.

Artwork by Alexander Heir and Heather Benjamin.

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Artist: Pretty P
Album: Soft Love/In A Well
Release: 2014
LabelL Video Disease Records


1. Soft Love
2. In A Well

Debut cassingle from Los Angeles based performer and member of Stupid Life, Pretty P. Two songs of haunting, melancholy shoegaze mixed with electronic elements to create a whirlwind of loneliness and depression. Each song has been expertly crafted by an artist who has been studying and playing for years, finally deciding to submerge from the underground with his first physical release.

A true testament to the power of true, raw emotion. Both songs gush out despair, longing, and, ultimately, sadness.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Toxic State Release: Hank Wood And The Hammerheads - Stay Home LP

Artist: Hank Wood And The Hammerheads
Album: Stay Home
Release: 2014
Label: Toxic State


1. The Ghost
2. In Bookings
3. Neurosis
4. This World Is Beat
5. I Thought I Was A Good Man
6. (What's So Bad About A) Bad Idea
7. Nervous City
8. These Chains
9. Shook And Hungry
10. In Space

While the NYC hardcore punk scene has continued to develop and produce some of the highest quality music transcending hype or trend, it's still easy to pinpoint which record stands as the pinnacle of this current scene: Hank Wood And The Hammerheads' debut LP, Go Home. Certainly well-received when it initially came out, it began to take on a legendary status as time elapsed. It was the one punk record that everyone seemed to know and garnered universal love, transcending not only punks' fan base, but the genre itself. It's gone on to sell about five thousand copies, which is not only an insane amount for a purely DIY punk record, but even rivals and surpasses numbers of the music industry and the indie rock war machine.

So, how does a band follow up the most acclaimed record of the year? Well, by releasing a better record, silly! Hammerheads clearly put more thought (not always a good thing, mind you) and energy into the writing and recording of this record. While less immediately accessible as the first record (which is both heightened and hurt by its lo-fi production), Stay Home's is lushly (in punk terms) produced, courtesy of the warm analog sound of Side Two Studios. In addition, each song is an actual song, whereas the first record seemed more like a collection of chanted lyrics, which instantly made them fan favorites. The band has but more energy into lyrics and song structure and it has paid off. This means Stay Home is an almost entirely different beast than Go Home, which was completely necessary and makes both records perfect in their own ways. Lyrically, this record is far more foreboding and ominous, with paranoia of "the ghost" looming over many of the songs, creating a heavier atmosphere than Go Home.

Like many, I had been singing the praises of such (deservedly) hyped releases, such as the Tercer Mundo 12" or Cold World LP, as being the best hardcore/punk full-length of the year, but then I heard this and changed my tune instantly. Sure, the year's not over and there are some heavy hitters still to come (such as the Anasazi LP, which will cement their status as one of the best America bands), but I think it's safe to say that this is the best record of the year. With Stay Home, I haven't had the two years I've had with Go Home, but I'm already starting to feel like this is a record that will ultimately be my favorite of the two.

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NOTE: The cover art is just a bad scan, it doesn't look that bad! It actually looks incredible.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Katorga Works Release: Ivy - Self Titled 12" + Tour

Artist: Ivy
Album: Self Titled 12"
Release: 2014
Label: Katorga Works


1. Got No; Instinct
2. Wardsback
3. 20' Oh's Willin 2.0
4. Boy's Gotta Go
5. 20' Oh's Willin 1.0
6. Sumptuary Laws
8. What You Know
9. Werkhorse
10. Antsy
11. House Burnin Boogie
12. Got No; Hope

Greetings! We here at Katorga Works are proud to announce the debut 12" of NYC's Ivy:

"Delivering on the lo-fi promise of their demo, NYC's Ivy presents their debut 12", a cleaner and fuller representation of their brand of off-kilter hardcore punk that, no matter how hard they try to play it by-the-books, ends up being terribly unique and truly amazing."

This release is available from the band right now on their tour and will be available to order online in a few days along with the new Hank Wood and the Hammerheads LP and the debut Glue 7".

Be sure to check them out on their U.S. tour that they've just embarked on. Here are the dates:

8/01 Brooklyn, NY @ Lulu's w/ Ajax, Nandas
8/02 DAY OFF
8/03 Providence, RI @ Pennygaffe w/ The Ukiah Drag, Wokling
8/04 Boston, MA @ Boiler Room w/ Long Knife + more TBA
8/05 Portland, ME @ a house w/ Nandas, Gout, Babe
8/06 Hadley, MA @ 101 East Street w/ Nandas, Chemiplastica, Anonymous Cocks
8/07 Albany, NY @ 19 Grant Street w/ Ajax, Male Patterns
8/08 Rochester, NY @ MK w/ Crazy Spirit, Tapehead
8/09 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class w/ Wetbrain + more TBA
8/10 Detroit, MI @ The Precinct w/ Feral Stress + more TBA
8/11 Chicago, IL @ Old Mt Happy w/ Thumbsuckers, The Wrong, Crude Humor
8/12 Minneapolis, MN @ a new house (address coming) w/ Surrogates, Mind Control, Mr. Hyde
8/13 Omaha, NE @ West Wing w/ No Thanks, Feral Hands
8/14 St. Louis, MO @ Bonerville w/ Symptom (Boston), Ruz, Pink Sock, Animal Teeth
8/15 Nashville, TN @ Exponent Manor w/ Jawws, Western Medication, Jungle Fever
8/16 New Orleans, LA @ abandoned building (generator show) w/ Mystic Inane, TV-MA, Bukkake Moms
8/17 Gainesville, FL @ A SPACE w/ Rauh, Soda
8/18 Atlanta, GA @ Sampson St Lofts w/ TBA
8/19 Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone w/ Meat Group, Yarbs
8/20 Raleigh, NC @ Nice Price w/ Bandages, Gay Kiss
8/21 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Quitter, Christi, Animal Planet
8/22 Baltimore, MD @ Lucky Day w/ Sick Thoughts, Dream Boyz
8/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Skull Fest river day show w/ TBA

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Katorga Works Release: Glue - Self Titled 7" + West Coast Tour

Artist: Glue
Album: Self Titled 7"
Release: 2014
Label: Katorga Works/Video Disease


1. Enemy
2. Backwards Society
4. Disgrace

Greetings! We here at Katorga Works are announcing a new release. This time, the debut 7" from Austin hardcore punk band Glue. This is a split release with Video Disease and is in conjunction with Glue's first west coast tour (dates posted below). Here is the description:

"Following up an endlessly-praised demo is certainly a feat in today's fickle world of hardcore punk, but Austin, TX's Glue pulls it off with aplomb with the band providing us with a slab of classic USHC that improves upon the tremendous promise of the aforementioned demonstration. Living in the darkness, sleeping in the light, Glue's in the city gonna run the night."

The band will have tour test press copies of this on tour and, in a week or two, the 7" will see official release!

Here are the dates we promised above:

July 13th - Phoenix with Vexx, Gay Kiss, and Destruction Unit at Crescent Ballroom
July 14th - Phoenix at Double Nickels Collective
July 15th - Fullerton
July 16th - San Diego
July 17th - Santa Monica w/ Deadbeat, Ausencia, Stupid Life, New Brigade at Almost Holden Collective
July 18th - Bakersfield w/ Stupid Life, Doses, Gas Rag, and Blazing Eye at Munoz Gym
July 19th - Oakland w/ Replica, Shitstorm, Holly Hunt, Puberty Wounds at World Rage Center
July 20th - Portland
July 21st - Seattle w/ New Gods at the Black Lodge
July 22nd - Vancouver w/ Snob, Goms, and Oaf
July 23rd - Olympia w/ Gag and Convict
July 24th - Day Off
July 25th - Eureka at the Ink Annex
July 26th - Oakland w/ Savageheads, Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, and Blazing Eye
July 27th - Matinee in Los Angeles with Savageheads, Disapproval, and The Coltranes at El Sereno Skatepark
July 27th - Los Angeles w/ Savageheads and Sadicos at E 7th
July 28th - Day Off
July 29th - El Paso
July 30th - Marfa

They'll be updated as the tour goes on, as the band hasn't sent me a fully updated itinerary yet!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Upcoming KW release preview: Ivy 12"

We here are Katorga Works are proud to announce to the debut 12: of NYC's Ivy, one of the best new hardcore punk bands from here. Here's a preview track:

This record is slated for release on August 1st in conjunction with their tour of the eastern half of the United States.