Friday, October 13, 2017

Staircase

This band was only famous for their split with Funeral diner (They basically had their 2 second of emo fame for that split) other than that the band fell to abyss. Fucking strange how every blogspot that introduces this split never bothered covering this band considering they did a split with a more well known average emo attire band like FD. The band also released a 2 song self titled 7" which is fucking amazing but a fuck ton of shame no one bothered ripping this one for me 9 years ago to get. So I found myself a 2 dollar copy and ripped the son of bitch. Sleeves on this one is amazing along with its insert. But it is one of those short lived bands I don't think anyone will remember them for besides that split. For what its worth the 7 songs are worthwhile, we have seen short discographies from bands up here so it isn't amusing to see Staircase being on that obscure list. I remember listening to their songs off the split in which led me wonder if anything else by them existed, I was really hoping a large discography of at least 3 more splits and 2 LP's. But nah the band left 2 more songs besides those 5.

Staircase 7" (Funeral diner split tracks included)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hundred years war

While stumbling on vinyl I couldn't find on mp3 Hundred years war kinda stood out for a while for me. Curious Gio as fuck I decided to go with the bands self released split 7" and the bands only LP. I was actually surprised what I got myself into. It's some pretty good hardcore/screamo that does a little instrumental here and there too as well. A bit of a experiment type of band sort of speak. The screams go into a slight Jeromes dream kinda. It is the closest I can describe but technically speaking it isn't to that extend. Maybe at a medium of The truth about dreaming? But it's sorta in between there. I did like the expectations for the LP just a shame it was one of those bands I had to find for myself. But because i found it I will share it out to the rest of you. It is indeed a forgotten emotive hardcore band that just drifted on between 1999-2000. They left a pretty short discography though. 2 splits and the LP. The last release being the split with Tem Eyos Ki has a little metal Jeromes dream sound. This was the only available song I was able to hear which got me very curious for The lidless eye LP.

Hundred Years War/Shere Khan Split 7"

The lidless eye 12"
Discography

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Plunger


I am ready to do some posts for October, anyone else ready? So about back in summer the 90s emotive hardcore band Plunger did a kickstarter to fund for a CD box set and it was pretty successful which was released under Vermin Scum records. A week ago I received my copy of the box set, 300 were made which includes re-master of most of their songs broken down into 2 CD's. CD 1 has the bands 2 split 7"s, the first self titled 7" and the bands LP (My favorite one). CD 2 includes the bands demo tape plus a 2nd version of one of the songs from the demo along with the 2 compilation tracks they did. CD 3 contains about 2 home recordings and the rest being live sets. Not only is it just these 3 CD's but this box set comes with a live DVD. YES! I honestly bought this mainly to hear the songs re-mastered and to watch the DVD. I am a big fan of discography CD's for the most part. While discography LP's or cassettes are among pretty decent, CD's is the way to get the party started. There are a lot of pros to talk about. One being there is a booklet and lyrics to every song, the re-masters are amazing and the fact this classic ass band decided to put this out is just outstanding. Never in a million years did I think this band would ever put a discography out. Anyways, the band began sometime in 1993 straight out of Maryland. They put out a 9 song cassette that has a punk fit mainly. From there they slowly evolved to what Plunger sounds like Plunger. Not to mention but Vermin Scum records put out this sweet discography. While I don't have any major complains one of the smallest I can think of are the CD sleeves. I have had bad luck with those sort of CD sleeve styles. Taking them out every now and then causes them to get scratched so I ended up putting them in some plastic sleeve so no damage to the CD's can be done. Another minor complain was that Swallowtale (My favorite), Enfolded by plains and Handed (Another of my favorites) were ripped through the vinyl so its the only 3 that were kinda re-mastered but it isn't as clear. I do happen to have very clearer quality versions of these 3 though, but it is what it is. So the set is included with a booklet a insert on some little details about the CD's and DVD and a second insert with lyrics to the demo and comp tracks. Overall this is a pretty exciting release a lot of people slept on. Even I did at the end of the kickstarter. This sure ass hell is one release that is one to talk about for a good while. Maybe one day I will post whatever is on the DVD up on youtube but I am very lazy to do all of that so for now I leave you guys the 3 CD set separated 'cause I pretty much ripped it to 320 kbps. But if you have a chance to pick up this box set I highly recommend it getting one for your library, it is the best thing that happened this year.


Vinyl discography

Demo, Compilation , & Unreleased Tracks

Live & Home Demos

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bladine Cosima

Here is the last post for September. I rounded up some bands to talk about for October along with November and December. Here lies another obscure band 99% of you were not aware of. This band caught my attention when I saw this 7" being released by Sanguine records (Same label that released the Portrait 10" record) so this band... Yeah its one of those buy and convert to mp3 (again) I was pretty curious what the fuck I got myself into and so I heard the band and I was a bit surprised how this bands only 3 song 7" turned out. I dislike doing the "this sounds like..." posts but this shit sounds like Cap'n jazz and Drive like Jehu. So if you like that shit you will fuck to this. The first song has a Cap feel while the second song is more slower and acoustic like. 3rd song on side B goes in between Cap and Drive which was kinda interesting I suppose (pretty over done) seems like a lot of bands liked Drive like Jehu since Arm and Calabash case did the same style too in the mid 90's. Since this is the bands only release I am glad it wasn't overly done or even existed long to get me tired of this shit. Anyways, this 7" is neat since its enough to get the point across. Members were in a band called Water and Caffiend in the early 90's before Bladine. This 7" was released sometime in '96 so members already had some band experience. I liked the bands manila sleeve. It's one of those manila covers glued with the artwork. There is even a nice looking insert with this 7". While I am not a huge fan of Cap'n Jazz I dig this bands influence. But yeah, I think you kids will like this one.

Bladine Cosima 7"

Monday, September 18, 2017

Battle royale

So oddly I made a post about this band like a year ago and it's been removed? don't know what in the fuck happened. Anyways, Battle royale were a sweet band that put a few EP's and a split LP. Band had some dynamic formation between their short releases. I do find the 4 songs off the split LP very memorable and a extremely catch while the second last release "4 songs" reminded me of Innards a little which was a good way to almost end things. Good bands end too soon and we should all know this by now. It is always going to be the good bands that do so little. This discography tape is pretty nice and the closest physical release you will get from them besides their only vinyl release from like 2011/12? I think. It is a total roller coaster playing this on my portable tape player. I think some members went on to form some heavy sounding band afterwards but I couldn't get into it. The tape may still be for sale and as for the quality it is pretty average, not too bad nor not too overly high quality. Pretty meh honestly. Show all your friends this awesome band (I would honestly say the 4 songs EP and the four off the split are like the raddest ones)

Discography tape

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Her way

Some rant
I will try to keep up with this blogspot. These days I feel like its dead even though I post up here. Just to me I feel like there is no point of sometimes having this one running. There are not a lot of active blogspots these days. Seems like these days everyone uses tumblr (which I think it is the absolute worst way to talk about bands up there) I might be one of the few 20-30 active blogspots around that are in the emo dimension. I am not certain how I feel about having this blogspot running for next year. Perhaps all of next year may rap up everything as far as the emo glossary. I do feel like I have covered most bands no ones done yet, I spent a shit load of money on finding these records (which thank fuck I have these) Sometimes I get teenagers telling me "Why bother buying records when you can download them for free" well who are you downloading them from? from people like me who post them up. To me I feel like emo is dead and it crippled itself when weird pop "twinkly" indie bands went on to title themselves as the new generation of emo. While there are a good few active emo bands that are emo I can't help to think about the ugly fan boy faces of American football nerds who are overly obsessed and make memes on "what's the emoest" type of shitposts. It went far back to a point that emo no longer has a meaning but is just rather "being sad about cheesy shit bands like American football" (if that band was ever emo to begin with) while I do keep this blogspot active for most folks who like the genre lately I have pushed myself away from the scene to the point where on my top 2017 album list at least 9 of the releases are not even emo. It is pretty sad to see the ending time of such a amazing genre that helped me out along my teenage years and it wasn't all about narcissist comments or about "How emo of a fuck boi am I" Maybe I am ahead of myself and perhaps I do not want to admit that my emo phase is done, while I have been looking more forward to the french house/disco house/future funk scene that is being much more new with a lot of artists coming up with singles every week emo might just be too dead for me? Of course I still rock my Jerome's dreamo, Portrait shirts and even my Toru Okada hoodie but it's just been a sad feeling on how emo is just turning out up on top of the view from the hill I am standing. I am happy that there are people who appreciate what I do and the fact is that is what pushes me to get off my ass and take time to reevaluate these bands. Anyways, here is another band I am sure none of you ever heard. Isn't it exciting?

Her way
Another obscure find I got for like 4 dollars I think on discogs from my boy Ross Martin again. A good handful of records I have posted here over the past 2 years are ones I have purchased from that guy.
I hardly have any info on these guys. This was one of those "Buy before you listen cause boy you gotta convert this to mp3" so I gave this a listen and I really enjoyed the surprise. This band was from Memphis, TN. There are 2 versions of this LP a regular press and the one I have which is a cardboard cover spray painted limited to 20. I was lucky to get # 6. Her way is a pretty standard lovey emo band that recorded this record in early 1998 and released later in 1998. I am pretty sure the band broke up right before the show release for this band due to the fact in the insert it says "Her way was and will always be" but that's just a hypothesis. 7 songs were made and they are all pretty good. June again would be my favorite though. That is as much as I can gather of the info on this band. Lucky bastards for running into this record and finally shedding some light so it can get the emo credit it deserves. I will say I was hoping to see some lyrics but the insert barely covers any info besides the band members names and the thanks they give. The band has a similar sound of a early and much better tune of The promise ring along the lines with Pop unknown or something like that. Soft poppy "emo" shit but I will give Her way a emo pass. Besides it's just 7 songs. It does good for having a short discography you won't get bored of.

Her way 12"

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September

This band is among one of the rare 90s emo obscure class types due to its short existence, the band was active between September 3rd 1994 up to like May 23rd 1995 I think. The band was from San Jose, California and out about 4-5 shows throughout their existence. 5 songs were made (A very short discography) the songs were way later recorded. 4 of them were put out as a posthumous 10" release on Tree records in 1996, the record was called Erasmia Pulcella. There was also a UK press of this but notably known as a self titled 10", 175 were pressed under Simba recordings. Tree records pressed 1,000 of these. The instruments for the 10" were recorded in a living room while the vocals were done out in a backyard (You can kinda hear a dog barking in one of the tracks) the recording process of this record is one of a kind and hella memorable due to its 5 few songs. To break it down the band mixes up their style from slow emo narrative vocals to a Ettil Vrye screamo-esque. The 4 songs are just fucking flawless, very lengthy but definitely not boring at all. September will always be remembered and are really fucking worthy to download or even buy the record if you see the chance on discogs (As of this post there are 3 copies being sold in the US and one in Sweden)
The tempo switches around and its a amazing early/mid classic emo piece. It makes me wish more of these bands were around. I can kinda see how this band might have later influenced bands like The lazarus plot, Ettil Vrye, Kolya or even Reiziger and The sea, the sea.

Erasmia Pulcella 10" (Love is a dog from hell compilation song included)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dolcim

I am back and before I start with Dolcim members of Cease upon the capitol were also in another band called The baldwin mass suicide in which Thisendlessbreath covered a while back. I recommend checking that out.
After the ending of Cease upon the capitol members went on to form this band from 2008-2010 (or 2011). The band seems to sound similar to the last Cease release with a lot of echo/tremolo added on the guitar. About a EP, 2 full lengths and 2 splits were done under Dolcim. To me this band seems a bit more interesting sounding especially with the bands first full length. There isn't much to be said since it's pretty much Cease with a new name. I am Casper and Guillotine ride are the best releases in my opinion.

I am Casper EP

Guillotine ride

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cease upon the capitol

This is a screamo/posty rock band from Nashville that existed from 2004-2007 or 2008. They released a bunch of stuff over the years. In the end they released a 2 cassette discography which is pretty decent. But yeah these guys released a ton of stuff. The 2007 untitled EP (being the final release) has a more post rock element, or at least to me. The discography tape comes with some bonus digital mp3's which were some demos and live songs (total running to 52 songs) besides the discography tapes I also ran into the bands 2006 untitled CD. Other than that these are the only 2 physical stuff I have on these guys. Overall this band is the very standard of screamo/hardcore. The tapes both sound pretty good although its too lengthy and can take a lot of time to finish them both and in between my listens I end up taking a break from my cassette player because it is too long. If you run into this discography be sure to pick one up. The file I uploaded is the exact same file I got from the download code. Comes with a bonus pfd from the tape and stuff, so yeah this is a pretty neat download for all you guys. It is a big file, 350 mb.


2004-2007 Discography

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lurking.

Lurking is a band that has one guy from that band Arizona Wilder (Who made a split with Alta) Lurking released a 5 song self titled EP tape under Skeletal lightning. While I enjoyed this EP a lot last year I decided to purchase it recently. I was disappointed by the lack of quality of the tape. The sound is extremely low and only one headphone can be heard from the sound. It is a real shame to deduct points on Skeletal lightning for releasing such a bad quality tape. While the band is so great this physical release is just one of the worst tapes I have. Being that said download the EP. It is really good.

Lurking. EP