Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mommy - Demo CS

Artist: Mommy
Album: Demo CS
Release: 2014
Label: Electric Assault Records


1. Hospital Friends
2. How To Act At Funerals
3. Jade
4. Tiny Dancer
5. E.O.C.
6. Mommy

Mommy is a new NYC punk band featuring members of bands we all knew and loved, but I don't want to define them based on their pedigree alone. Unfortunately for you, as a reader, their sound is difficult for me (or anyone) to nail down very easily. It captures the insanity of the best noisecore or noise punk, but not the song structure or tropes of that genre. Vocal patterns resemble old anarcho punk, but it's not that either. Either way, despite what you might think about the name, this band is far from a joke and the lyrical content is some of the darkest I've heard in a long time. Let's just say I'm glad I spent my youth in my basement playing video games and not getting shifted around the country, psych ward to psych ward.

Either way, this is the best NYC punk demo I've heard in a long time and, despite its abrasive nature, I behoove you to become intimate with you. If you desire more Mommy, you're in luck as the band is preparing for a 7" on Toxic State later this year.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Nostalgium Directive Release: A Heart in the Stillness - From Here We'll Watch the Dawn

Artist: A Heart in the Stillness
Album: From Here We'll Watch the Dawn
Release: 2015
Label: Nostalgium Directive


1. Reflect the Old World and Disappear
2. A Wound for Everyone
3. In Preparation
4. True Sight
5. Hidden Laws of Providence
6. An Act of Will
7. The Voices Mingle
8. When I Finally Reach the Sea
9. Old Skin
10. In Closing

This LP is Nostalgium Directive's first full-length vinyl release, and I'm immensely stoked on it. If you're into neofolk stuff, Nick Drake, or early Cure, I think you'll be into this as well.

Press text:
"On From Here We'll Watch the Dawn, Seattle native Isaac Aubrey channels diverse influences such as Nick Drake, early Cure and neofolk, but filters them through an outlook and spirit entirely his own. Armed with little more than voice, acoustic guitar, dreamy synth and sparse percussion, Aubrey pens evocative, dark folk songs to fight through the difficulties of life instead of wallowing. His weathered voice and observant lyrics achieve contemplation without narcissism and depth without pretension. From the stark lament of  'A Wound for Everyone' to the loving ode of 'Hidden Laws of Providence' to the cathartic passage of 'Old Skin,' conviction and wisdom flow abundantly throughout the album's concise runtime.

The record is limited to 300 copies, and is packaged in a screenprinted matte-finish jacket with a polylined inner sleeve, a double-sided, poster-sized insert and a download code."

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

New York's Alright 2015 Lineups

Here are the lineups for the fest shows:

-Friday, April 17th
Blazing Eye
Pure Disgust
@ Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleeker Street)
New York, NY
6pm, $25, All Ages

-Friday, April 17th
Aspects of War
+ a special guest
@ The Acheron (57 Waterbury Street)
Brooklyn, NY
Aftershow, $15, 18+

-Saturday, April 18th
Mystic Inane
Freak Vibe
@ ABC No Rio (156 Rivington Street)
New York, NY
2pm, $10, All Ages

-Saturday, April 18th
La Misma
Blood Pressure
@ Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleeker Street)
New York, NY
6pm, $25, All Ages

-Saturday, April 18th
Sheer Mag
Bad Noids
Gowanus Mutant Komandos
@ The Acheron (57 Waterbury Street)
Brooklyn, NY
Aftershow, $15, 18+

-Sunday, April 19th ("BBQ & Flea Market")
Dawn of Humans
Raw Distractions
+ 1 new local band without a name yet
@ The Wick
Brooklyn, NY (260 Meserole St)
4pm, $25, All Ages

Here are the lineups for the unofficial shows:

-Thursday, April 16th (DanO's Birthday Bash!)
Party Plates
+ a special guest
@ The Acheron (57 Waterbury Street)
Brooklyn, NY
8pm, $20, 18+

-Friday, April 17th
13th Chime
Rule of Thirds
@ St. Vitus Bar (1120 Manhattan Ave)
Brooklyn, NY
Aftershow, $20, 21+

-Saturday, April 18th
Part 1
Pleasure Leftists
@ St. Vitus Bar (1120 Manhattan Ave)
Brooklyn, NY
Aftershow, $20, 21+

+ there will definitely be more unofficial shows done by locals around this time and we will update you when they are confirmed.

Advanced ticket links will be posted on February 14th. Locals, we will have tickets for sale at Heaven Street Records (184 Noll Street) in Bushwick. Act fast, we expect shows to sell out quickly.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be doing advanced tickets for all aftershows in order to curb the chaos surrounding them from previous years. You will have no need to leave main shows early and get aftershows shut down by lining up outside of them for hours. There will be NO tickets at the door for these shows, they will only be sold online or in person at Heaven Street for locals.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Upcoming Nostalgium Directive release preview: A Heart in the Stillness

After much ado, I'm super stoked to announce A Heart in the Stillness' debut LP, From Here We'll Watch the Dawn. Isaac Aubrey has long been active in Seattle's DIY/punk scene and this record contains a collection of work whose origins date back some twenty years in the case of a few tracks. If you're into neofolk, Nick Drake or early Cure, this might be up your alley. It's limited to 300 copies and comes in a hand-screened matte-finish jacket (courtesy of Print's Not Dead) and polylined sleeve with a double-sided, poster-sized insert and a download code.

You can stream "A Wound for Everyone" below. If you're so inclined, you can also preorder the album from our webstore, too.  From Here We'll Watch the Dawn drops February 3rd.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Katorga Works Release: Cairo Pythian - Touched LP

Artist: Cairo Pythian
Album: Touched
Release: 2014


1. The World Is Mine, Too
3. Yesterday's Make Up
4. Asexual Cake
5. Gone Fishin'
6. Come Be With Me
7. Ruckman's Boogie
8. Down For The Crown
9. My Pal Renfield
10. Forbidden Days
11. Playboi Blues
12. Terrible Thing

Olympia's Cairo Pythian has long been a hidden master of depraved synth pop and his new LP, Touched is his masterpiece. Swimming in New Wave, Industrial, and even heavy, pulpy Britpop influences, Cairo emerges from the murky depths of early Human League as a violently heterosexual Soft Cell.

To be blunt, this LP is probably the most excited I've been with a new Katorga Works release in a long time and it's an authentic portal to a time we all wished we had experienced. Get touched.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

California Straight Edge (New Brigade, Enough Said, Discrepancy, Response)

Southern California straight edge has always been a vibrant and exciting movement, dating back to the days of Chain of Strength, Justice League, Unity, Uniform Choice, and many more. The latest breed of straight edge bands have been around for a minute, but proper releases are finally starting to bubble up. Couple this with amazing attendance at recent local shows and a all of the new bands spearheading the next wave, it's an incredibly exciting time in Southern California.

Artist: New Brigade
Album: Join The Brigade
Release: 2014
Label: Six Feet Under


1. Not For The Weak
2. Join The Brigade
3. Unheard
4. Ignorant Ways
5. Substance Abuse Is A Coward's Excuse
6. Up/Down
7. Stand Alone
8. Lost Cause

New Brigade has been around for quite some time, and this record has been in the works for about 2 years. It's been worth the wait as the production and song writing on this record is fully realized and captivating, I love how thick and full everything sounds. This isn't your typical youth crew record; although it pays homage to the sounds of the late 80's it also has a very distinct and hard-hitting early NYHC sound to it. The lyrics have a positive slant to them but they manage to stay off of the Boy Scout side of things. Recently released on Six Feet Under on a bunch of different colors, I gotta say this is a STRONG effort from New Brigade.

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Artist: Enough Said
Album: Heritage Day
Release: 2014
Label: Thick Skin/Fight 'Em All


1. Habitual Hazards
2. The Fence
3. No Excuses
4. Heritage Day
5. Common Thread

Hailing from the hell that is Placentia, CA (I hate it there), Enough Said have been a band for years but are finally starting to become more active. Their Heritage Day 7" is a triumph in the Southern California scene because it just took so damn long to come out. I LOVE this record. Dirty and gritty Boston/NYHC worship with a distinct Southern California flair with an out of control caveman for a vocalist. Voice cracks and incredibly tough riffs swirl around to create an enjoyable moshable chaos. Enough Said have only played a handful of times, but one of their live shows is something to behold as the singer strips off his shirt and proceeds to harass and decimate anyone that stands in his way. Enough Said may have been around for a long time but they are just now entering their prime and Heritage Day is a very worthy entry in the USHC world.

Artist: Discrepancy
Album: Where The Strength Lies Demo
Release: 2014
Label: Self Released


1. Our Discrepancy
2. Ignorance Must End
3. Where The Strength Lies
4. Unjust Supremacy

Discrepancy is the brain child of Nick Evans of Soul Search/New Brigade paying homage to the classic OCHC bands he grew up listening to. Shades of Hard Stance and Against The Wall can be seen throughout the entire demo, especially in the lyrics and vocal delivery. Like New Brigade the lyrics hold a more positive slant with songs like "Ignorance Must End" it's clear that Nick wants people to actually THINK about the songs and not just sing along without any meaning behind the words. Fiercely straight edge with something to prove, this demo shows tons of promise.

To buy, email nickbrigade[at]gmail[dot]com

Artist: Response
Album: Demo 2014
Release: 2014
Label: Video Disease/Fineprint


1. In My Way
2. Dropout
3. There's No Choice
4. Won't Be Stopped

Possibly the newest straight edge band in Southern California and one that I am a part of. Conceived by guitar player Madison of Enough Said/Fury, this is straight up Youth of Today worship with some AF/NA influence thrown into the mix. My friend Colin described the sound of Response as a "Youth crew Bastard" and I don't know if I would call that comparison completely unjustified. Lyrically Response is perhaps the most negative band on the list with lyrics ranging from selling out beliefs to not being stopped to not having any other choice BUT being straight edge. Features current members of Disapproval, Enough Said and local unrecorded favorites Slammers and ex-members of Stoic Violence and In Control.