Wednesday, April 19, 2017

.Elaine.

I haven't had time to post and I was thinking of next month getting down to what everyone's been waiting for but today I want to self promote a band I was in when I was in high school. This may be good since I know the complete story to this little band. Before I get into this band I would like to explain every detail I can remember. Sometime in October 2006 I had a natural science class in which I knew no one but some goth geek by the name of Thomas began talking to me, he was a year older than me. At the time I was a freshmen. He introduced me to this shy kid named Irving. Somehow Irving and I vibed. We vibed that in one week of just talking to each other we became best friends. We would often talk about bands. He loved Circa survive (Juturna) and Saosin (Translating the name EP) at the time I was in love with Moneen's Theory of Harmonial value, At the drive in's Acrobatic tenement, El gran orgo and In casino out. After bringing him to my house we jammed and decided to start a band. After some time we simply came up with "Call it sleep" the week after I brought in Jorge. Jorge was a funny guy I knew in middle school and played bass while Jay was another kid I met in middle school who played drums. We planned to play and we practiced in my room a entire friday that everyone slept over. We were so crammed and I remember it began raining hard I ended up cuddling next to Irving because of the little space there was. Jorge had my bed since he hated the floor. After some weeks we made 3 songs. Jay had a 4 track demo and we recorded these songs. Unfortunately I lost everything we made but hopefully someone has these songs. We made CD's and passed them around and had our first show sometime on a Friday in December of 2006 we played these 3 songs for a good while and goofed around. To explain how we sounded I would say it was a cross breed of Moneen's half empty half full song and Audience of one Show your teeth. We didn't play any show afterwards though, we practiced on making 4 songs for a debut EP and by July 2007 we recorded a self titled EP on the same 4 track but this time at Jay's room. In this EP Irving did most of the singing while I did the screaming. My ex girlfriend had helped us make some CD's and even passed these at her school. By August we played more shows from basements in the east side of the apartments in Long beach to simply at my house. We slowly stopped playing by December of 2007. Our final show was in February 2008 with some metalcore bands in Gardena. Jay moved away while Jorge stopped playing bass and eventually stopped hanging out with us. Irving and I tried to come up with something but Irving went on to form a band called Amysin, from what I remember they recorded a 2 song demo and a 4 track EP and disappeared as a band without any trace. A year later I started a band called First day at work with a buddy of mine and his brother (Damian and Eddie) Sometime in August 2009 we recorded a rough demo of 2 songs in my backyard. We all got stoned and began playing. 2 songs came about. We had 6 songs by the end of the month but only 2 were recorded. Their hype died and I was left alone.
This song was part of that 2 song demo recorded from my old phone some Saturday night in August 2009.


I met Danny at some kickback and played the drums (What he said) I came up with the name .Elaine. because I just have no originality and we fired up a bad quality 4 song demo. He was shit in drums but these songs were done in mid September of that same year.
This was recorded from Danny's mp3 player in my backyard some Friday night at 9 pm back in September of 2009. I was really drunk again.


In October I grabbed another friend named Arnold and we made a 3 song ep. We changed into a more post hardcore punk style. We finally played shows and our first one was in Thanksgiving with some ska and punk bands. I was amazed that we weren't mocked for being emo. I don't think anyone thought of us as a emo band. Some guy and these 2 girls smoked us out by an alley and told us what we were doing. I replied with "We were just doing some silly emo stuff" he was shocked to find out we were an emo band. Our second show took place at another backyard with some other poser punk bands (Won't mention which ones but I will say their guitarist passed away from an overdose) Arnold abandoned the band afterwards by the end of January 2010.
This was one of the songs from the 3 song EP, it was recorded off my old ipod so the quality was slightly better but it was done live in my backyard some October night, Arnold brought weed while Danny brought booze and we got stoned and drunk then we freestyle these 3 songs


In May Danny and I did some improv demos. Nothing really came of it and Danny eventually had no time to play since he was becoming a medical assistant of some sort and I ended up graduating high school. I had called Ricky to see if he can drums for me in the summer and we only recorded one silly live demo in my garage again. Nothing else ever came out and these 3 songs were never played at any show
Here is the song Ricky did drums for me sometime late June of 2010


.Elaine. felt dead afterwards. It died but I was given a 24 track neotascam. This gave me the opportunity. This time around I took some time off. I honestly did not know how to work the thing. In the fall of 2011 I took a college class of recording engineering and learned the basics. Danny came around again and we talked of doing some stuff again. We did a short demo plus some other odd ends that did not ended on this demo with the 24 track. I showed him what I had and easily did some drums while I covered the bass. This untitled demo came around. We had planned for some shows but I never heard of Danny.


I was alone again but I didn't felt like .elaine. should die just yet. I recorded some solo demos on my own for 2012 just to improvise what I am capable of doing. This came about.


By 2013 I worked on my debut full length known as "I remember everything" there isn't much to say about this release honestly. I recorded this in one hour and did the drums myself. A lot of this revolves from ex friends and bad memories with my parents as a child I went through (I won't get with the details)


I'm not sure what kept me from going on after I remember everything I had ended up making a bandcamp early in 2014 and threw in everything on there. After some months in April I began working on some demo that was intended for a compilation that never happened.


That same month I worked on what I believed it was the final EP called "Summer houses" I wasn't all that impressed by it and fatally felt like the end for .elaine. Pretty much the same concept as I remember everything just much more towards the mocking of "twinkly emo revival" bullshit. I don't think people took the hint. Everything was standard tunning and open string.


That same year I played in a extremely short lived band called Diana Lara. I had met some guys at my college who were interested. We barely managed a 3 song demo and quickly just ended after our first show at a house in San Pedro. Nothing much can be said of this band but these songs were later added for a final release/split with .Elaine. in 2016. Diana Lara's side were probably the most memorable songs because it reflected some of the best nights I had with my best friends in 2009 which to me were the most important nights of my life.


As for the split side of .Elaine. the songs were done sometime in 2015 in the spring but never released them until 2016. I had thought of also releasing any other unreleased demo (Known as the Untitled works) I recently threw these out on bandcamp. Call it sleep, First day at work, .Elaine. and Diana Lara were some pretty good experience of musicianship I encountered. There isn't much to be told but I was around 14-22 when I was highly active with music of this sort. I also did not mention another band I was in called "Sepia//Memory". I will talk about that band on another post later this month.
.Elaine.'s bandcamp page

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sightblinder

Sightblinder was a short lived band from Nashville, Tennessee that self released a 11 track demo tape. Few years back I was given this demo tape for free. I have nothing much to say than that they played with other bands I am familiar of like The caution children, Laika, and flesh born. The band started in early 2014 and disappeared in June or July without notice. The demo tape is pretty similar to Mahria and Lord snow just with some extremely short songs. And that is the way she goes. I am sure many of you don't know of this band. Shit, neither did I until 2015. They seem pretty forgotten due to their short existence as a band.
Bandcamp

Friday, April 7, 2017

Cassettes on fire

This band was one of those myspace era bands from Florida. 2007-2008 had some really good active bands and possibly the most memorable considering I was 17 at the time. Lion of the north, Cheer up! Sleep patterns, Boy problems, Ghost towns, Lautrec, The reptilian, Native, etc. Cassettes released one full length and 2 splits during its run. Might sink ships has the most memorable songs of theirs. The entire 8 song length is fucking good. Jordan from screamotapes blogspot had asked me about this band and I sent him a file with all of the songs. I decided to give you guys the file as well. One of their splits is with Cowboys are Indians which I had mentioned them on here at one point. The band lasted from 2007-2011 I believe (Might sink ships in 2007, Cowboys split in 2008 and the other split in 2009) final 2 years the band did not release anything else. They sound a little like Ghost towns and Cowboys.

Discography

I create

This band is one of those other Georgia bands but were around in the mid and late 2000's (2006-2009) I had ran into this band during the release of their debut and only full length called "All we are is now" Black with sap released the tape sometime in 2009. But to be honest, the quality is pretty darn bad considering the label is no longer around I can't shit on this too much. I like All we are is now but I am usually just stuck with the bands first EP "Make the years" in 2010 the band had plans to release a split but this never happened lucky for me I have those 2 unmixed songs from the split I am willing to share. The band did reunited but a reunion show just came about with probably some new songs we will never hear again. There was a moment where I was showing this band off to my friends in high school. Seems like "I create" had a pretty unique band name since it stuck out the most with most friends. Make the years has one of the most satisfying songs from the bands discography including Adrift and Your sun is a destroyer. I believe these 2 songs are the most put out songs of theirs. Whenever I listen to Your sun is a destroyer I normally think about the movie Requiem for a dream. Not sure why. I wished Make the years had a actual release but the band self released this EP as a CDr. The quality on that EP is superb that it really needs to be pressed to a more professional CD format and vinyl. All we are is now does a good job mixing post rock and screamo together. I usually find this super boring but this tape is one of the ones I can listen from start to finish. It's a bit more raw sounding but somehow fits. Complete medley was a compilation that was maybe a CDr/digital lastfm file that has All we are is now and 2 songs from Make the years. It isn't a full discography and I don't think it was a legit release but so it seems this is one of the older files I used to see a lot around older blogspots from 2008-2009. I create is a pretty damn good band I almost left out. Make the years is really a fascinating release I am sure all of you will enjoy.

Make the years EP+Instrumentals (One of the members found this CD so this is what Make the years looked like which looks nothing like the digital art cover)

All we are is now

Unreleased

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Lester Freamon

Lester was a band from Las Vegas that lasted throughout between 2010-2011, the band only released 1 EP that were in 7" and cassette format. I was pretty excited when this band was around and heard Natural police. The band did a song for Plastic smile records compilation tape. The band shortly after broke up and 5 songs came about. It's a real shame. The EP was a split release between Moments of collapse and my old favorite Radical friends records. Luckily I had ran into a free copy of the cassette thanks to Mark Chen. I had seen the 7" floating on BEAR records website for a little less than 2 dollars and decided to get myself one. The band often reminds me of some Lautrec but more distorted. Natural police is a pretty short EP but it is what it is and isn't all that tiring to re-listen to over. I found myself going back to this record again and again. No point making a rar file for this since the 5 songs are up on the bands bandcamp for free. The 7" and the tape do not come with any insert instead its in the back of the front cover with the lyrics and recording info. Not bad because it saves space and you don't need to worry about losing the insert.

Bandcamp
Natural police EP
7"/400 (Black)
Cassette 28/100

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Traluma

I am back with a new post and I am sorry that I've gone for a while. I had some shit to take care of and in all honesty as music productive I had pushed myself less from the emo scene. In some way I haven't been attracted to it as much as I once was. Honestly, the French house, nu disco, future funk music scene has been getting to me lately that I am often ignoring this emo gem. This doesn't mean I will bounce from here of course. I still have plenty of stuff to post up here. Tramula (Another Caulfield records band) were a post hardcore band active between 1995-1998 releasing 2 7's, one split 7" and one LP/CD not to mention they also had done a demo tape session as well. The band is from Chicago and Caulfield records put out 2 of the 7"s and their LP. Their first LP was released sometime in 1996 while the second one in 1997. One of the songs from the second 7" was re-recorded for the bands LP. In that same year the band released a split 7" with a band called Nobuhjest which they seem like a shortlived band considering discogs only shows they made that split and a self titled 7". Finally their debut and final full length "Seven days awake" was put out by Caulfield in 1998 which the band shortly after disbanded a year after. A few months after the band recorded demo sessions for a second full length LP that never got its way around, these were known as the 1998 demos. Instrumentals and demos of tracks that would have been part of the bands second LP. In 1999 the bassist passed away from cystic fibrosis. This caused the band to end. One of the members went off the play with Radio Flyer (Who released one full length) Traluma is pretty decent and really easy to listen to. The LP is a good record to start with since it is the main part of the band while the 7"s are just the build up of the band. It's a pretty great Caulfield band next to M.I.J's Goodnight radio (that was released a few months after this record).

Tell tale replace/Sweet tasting champagne 7"

Klondike revolution/Featherweight holiday 7"

Both 7"s and the split track

1998 demos

Seven days awake 12"

Monday, March 13, 2017

M.I.J

M.I.J was a emo band that began in 1994, they self released a demo an a full length. These had a more post punk sound but later changed once they released their debut 7" called 300 miles. Some people compare them to the promise ring but I absolutely find that band specifically boring. Jeff Hanson has a pretty unique voice in which I find it better than Sunny day real estate for that matter. 300 miles was released by one percent records in 1996. After a couple of years the band had their debut full length out on Caulfield records sometime in 1998 entitled "The goodnight radio" which follows the same pattern as 300 miles. I had found a CD copy of this one over at midheaven mailorder for 1 dollar so I snagged one for this post. The band broke up after this and Jeff Hanson did his solo for a bit until his death in 2009. He did make about 4 solo releases. MIJ caught my eye when I saw them on the Caulfield catalog. I do recommend checking the self released demo and other CD, I will just post up what I have of theirs which is 300 miles and the goodnight radio.


300 miles 7"

The goodnight radio

Thursday, March 2, 2017

End paths

I put this on hold for a while but now it's time to have this out. Skeletal lightning had this for pre order sometime in late August. You bet your ass I pre ordered this. First 100 pre orders came with a flexi that has a b side to a song that was not part of End paths and not part of the digital version either. I also ended up pre ordering the CD and cassette formats for this release. The sound off the flexi is pretty darn clear, I am actually amazed it was clear when I ripped it. I had posted this up on youtube but the band wanted me to remove it so I did but I think it has been some time and I believe the people who didn't get a chance to listen to it should now. I really love this LP the band fully matured out from those quick taps to something a little new. While it is a pretty short release (8 songs not including the b side) it feels a little limited. I still have not jammed to the cassette but I have played the LP and CD multiple times. The cd is a gatefold which I don't like because you can't replace the case if it ever breaks. The pressing on the LP is quite a few since other labels joined to release this. I happen to own the black press out of 150. You can purchase the bundle or whatever at skeletal lightning. It was long due for this band to drop a second LP that I almost thought this band ended too. While this isn't my favorite record or favorite release of 2016 it totally has its charm which makes it to my top list. The songs became more longer and it even has a slightly darker post hardcore vibe on most songs (Except End paths song) I do appreciate the new thing this band is doing now. It isn't those bands that changed the direction of sound and it sucks but it is rather interesting of a turning point actually. I do recommend picking this one up.

End paths+ Flexi

Leer

Have no idea how I even ran into these guys but I think it might have been when their song was featured on the kali mixtape volume 1. I loved their song off that compilation I decided to check their bandcamp. I ended up really getting into their split tape with Cerce. I only saw them once and that was in the GUID. I love everything about this band that their debut LP Spring break no parents was my favorite record of 2013. All I can say I was pretty mad that once this record was released nothing else of them came out for about almost 3 years. I believe this was the final LP Texas toast DIY put out because I directly ordered from them before the label called quits. One of the few minor things I want to add is that the early press version I have did not come with a lyrics sheet. I believe some of the early records had them missing including my copy but now there are some new presses of the record that includes this insert. I thought the band disappeared at one point until months ago the band were going to do a split 7" with a band outside the US called Pens+. I am familiar with this band a bit before this split. This happens to be PENS debut on wax. I do expect for leer to come out with a second and more lengthy LP next year. It was cool that Lauren records was behind this amazing split. I am sure a bunch of people went out and pre ordered it like I did. Since the bands existence they released a 5 song ep in 2011, a split tape with Cerce in 2012 along with a early demo from Spring break's LP that same year, Spring break no parents in 2013 and this split in late December 2016. I really want to see Leer have more releases. They will be playing in March at Bridgetown and I will surely not miss that show. Leer is probably one of the few active bands I like. Be sure to get their LP and split off Lauren records. It is the debut wax for Pens and I am not sure if they will ever have a North American release after this so this one is one you should totally grab. Remember "It's 2017 and people don't buy records anymore" fuck that guy who said that.
Bandcamp
Purchase Spring break no parents
Purchase Pens+/Leer split


Spring break no parents 12"

PENs+/Leer Split 7"

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Anton Bordman's demo tape

Took me a while to get these, I ran into a guy on instagram who had this tape and promised me to send me the files. Well it took a lot to remember him because that was like a whole month I think. In the end he delivered his promise and now I present to you this bands obscure demo. It has songs off the 7"s but it includes songs that were also not part of those 7"s. Honestly the quality is really shit but it is what it is. It does sound like the tape was often played it has that worn out sound.

Anton Bordman