Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Leer's final show

Sunday night I attended at Leer's final show and it was kinda exciting and a bit sad. Winter break/Summer vacation was there too and they seemed to have ended as well. The crowd was wild and I hope someone got footage of the whole thing. There was a limited press of 33 of Spring break's LP with a new cardboard cover but the vinyl color is the same as the previous last press. I didn't really bother picking one of those up. Now I kinda regret it. I did pick up a blue cop shirt from them since I only had like one other shirt. Leer was the band that put out a amazing record in 2013 called Spring break no parents. It was my top favorite of that year. But the band mentioned they have some new and final songs for a posthumous release later this year so its not just the end yet. It is about 2-3 new more songs and it may be on a split or a single. I will be getting a copy of that. I hope its a single 7" though. So I thought I would put up a live set leer did last month (It's not the final show though) It has 7 songs in which 3 seem to be new. QUality is excellent by the way.
Live at Pressuredrop

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Science is made up of mistakes

This was one of the very forgotten, short lived band that released a tape on Off cloud nine. The band has a typical sound that fits with the label. After this release the band made it on some comp and disappeared into the night sky. They were a 3 piece screamo band from Spain and I remembered this band last minute. Band seemed to have deleted their bandcamp page and their music is pretty hard to track. Lucky for you I have had the mp3 copies of this tape for a while now. The band is a mystery I am not sure if the members went on to do anything else besides ¡Silencio, Ahora, Silencio! and Eros+Massacre (Which both never got my attention) I don't even know why they deleted their ep from bandcamp too. I think the band was into astronomy or something some of the terms relate to that subject, while space is pretty cool I think on here it was kinda dorky. The insert looks great though and the tape plays great. But there is no lyrics insert. More of a thanks and a quote taken from someone (too lazy to look back who the quote was from) one moment I thought this was some super secret Nolan band because it can sound a bit similar. It isn't something that I can describe as "Unique" I do feel like I have ran into bands in the past that sounded like this. Whether its mid 00's influenced I do feel like this is just another carbon copy with some XttadX waves added.

The backbone of the night EP

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Cambodian Heat

So here we are again with more Off cloud nine, back at it again. So after discussing a little on Nolan's project Aokigahara here is another project band that is considered as "White belt hardcore" or should I say grindcore with some little screamo called The Cambodian Heat. This project began sometime in 2014 with a 2 song demo tape. The 2 songs were later re-recorded as a full band along with 2 new songs for a 7". I think the band did some small tour around their Michigan area. There were 2 presses for the 7" along with a tape format press of the tape. One of the 7"s were a limited show release of 25 while the regular press 275 were made. Off cloud nine is still running and Coercion cassettes has these for like 2 or 3 dollars still. It reminds me a little of The number 12 looks like you a bit with some of Nolan's familiar OCN stuff added. You can buy it here. The band recently released a 4 song self titled demo tape you can get here. I believe the band is doing another record later this year as well. It is one of the 2 projects Nolan is still working on from what I know.


Bludgeoning subculture aficionados demo 7"+2 song demo tape

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Aokigahara

Now to begin with Off cloud nine, brief history. OCN began in 2012 right when PSR ended. Nolan's goal was to release a bunch of old school cdr screamo classics on wax. I did added some of those here such as Rue morgue's tour cdr, Edict of Milan's self titled cdr and The spirit of versaille's 8 songs cdr. He also started a new project under The truth about dreaming. During the stages of OCN he also did a very short project under Aokigahara and put out a limited 3 song demo tape. This project would be some in between sounds of TTAD and his other project The Cambodian heat (I'll bring that band up next time) this project quickly disbanded right after the demo. Last year this project was brought up again and released a 3 song ep called "Three different ways to say fuck you" this also seems to be the final OCN release too. I didn't get a chance to get the tape for this one because it was so limited (5 copies limited) one of the songs off the demo was re-recorded for this ep so to put things in perspective about 5 songs were done for this project. It's pretty ocn sounding typical like. So if you liked The truth about dreaming you will likely get into this too.

Demo tape+Three different ways to say fuck you EP

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Iwontstopwonderinguntilyoustopbreathing

So this closes the chapter on Plastic smile records on this blogspot. Such a amazing underrated label that existed between 2011-2012. I believe I was 19 when I ran into this label. It is still the best thing that has happened to me. If you were around during the psr legacy then you'd know how unique this label was during its time and if you didn't then the most of the tale is here.


Yes it is a Jeromes dream song title. Yes it has similar vocals and yes it also has a bit of I wrote haikus about cannibalism in your yearbook as well. Here is the big one for PSR everyone waited on. This project sums up PSR and what I liked about it. After Nolan ending Flowers in gun barrels he began with Plastic smile records and did his good solo stuff that included this one. He made a bunch of hard to find releases over the short period time throughout 2011 and early 2012. I don't even have them all. I love those quick drum beats, great energy on guitar and vocals meet my expectations. The fact that its not a total Jeromes dream rip off this band has its own sound to deliver. JD has those quick noisy guitar strums here you can kinda imagine the sound more on the guitars but they are quick. Nolan did do a 50 CD press of the bands discography which contains every song (About 54 or more) I was lucky to snag that and even a shirt of this project as well. 2011 will surely be remembered due to the fact I was a fanboy of the label and just needed all of these releases. I wished I had ordered more. So I ran into this band in mid summer 2011 I heard what I liked and first bought the self titled. From there my small psr journey started. I tried spreading out the word of this band and label which I think it helped. Since all this is hard to find or even own now I decided to mention this talented emo band on here. Seriously take my word for it and download my files. It is a shame this little band didn't receive much attention that it deserved in the DIY screamo community. It took me forever to title the songs on the discography CD since none had any. I do know the songs off heal are untitled though. Those songs were early demo recordings off the bands 12/2011 demo tape. It was nice of Nolan to give me a test press of the tape (Which I have never played just the regular press) the earlier releases as the 5 track demo, 2 track microcassette demo, split with flowers and the other split with In Braille have more of a distortion feel giving the Jeromes Dream sound while Motionless, New horizons, S/T, Antiquity and Heal have its own thing going on while still using the vocals. I heard a few month back of a semi discography for this project being pressed but that was once. It'll have the self titled, heal and like one or 2 more releases. I did see the cover of the tape if it goes to plan accordingly. I might even buy it just for the sake of having a better collection. I am not sure if this will be a Coercion release or a final OCN one but we hope to see this semi out.My favorite release from this project would be the S/T which I believe this would also be Nolan's favorite one as well.
So here are some things I noticed about this discography CD, it is missing about a few songs. I count one song from the self titled, one from New Horizons EP, 3 from the 12/2011 demo tape and a instrumental from the Self titled and another instrumental from Motionless EP. One more thing to note is that the 12/2011 demo are early demos of what was later on Heal.

Flowers in gun barrels split tape

Motionless EP



Self titled


12/2011 demo tape


Antiquity EP


Heal


Discography CD

Pepperoni boi has spoken

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Woglake

Awake, trying to finish up the psr month. I still got one more after this I believe. I had already brought up Celestial being and Nolan's first band Flowers in gun barrels in the past which were the first introduction on Plastic smile records on here. I also brought up Crocodile hiss, Dreamer, Very fucking and Kind of like Paris. Woglake was pretty much Ice Hockey back in 2011. This band released a live set demo and a demo tape called "Phase lll" on Plastic smile records right before changing band name. This was pretty forgotten I forgot how I even ran into this demo, I might have bought it from friendly otter. It has the screamo psr sound and its a fair yet somewhat forgotten release. It is what it is though and worth giving it a listen. Interesting cover by the way but the whole "pizza" track titles is a bit to overrated and cringe on my terms but the songs lay out nice. Demo raw quality that is for sure. 3 songs and 2 of the 3 as instrumentals (which I don't what purpose that served) I don't think they were necessary. So you get 5 tracks in total. This now leads to my most anticipated request of the main piece for PSR which is Iwontstopwonderinguntilyoustopbreathing.

Phase lll

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kind of like Paris

This is another project Nolan did. I'll keep it short and simple on the overview description. The one release short lived type of project, 2 songs and a instrumental to be exact. I remember Rok Lok Records doing a tape release of this EP while PSR did a lathe one. Almost sounds like a soft indie XttadX soft chords with singing instead of screaming. I missed out on this release for the most part and its possibly because not much attention was given and was quickly thrown and old out. There was so much going on with psr/ocn I didn't know where to start.

Kind of like Paris 5"

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Very fucking

Here is another odd end noise like PSR release. What I know is that the tape is a discography that has the demo called "Fuzz fuck" plus some other songs. I don't remember if Nolan did this as well. This was very short lived and almost forgettable lucky for me I had the original files on me. I think this is more noiser than Dreamer. It was a pretty odd release for me. It has some screamo vocals but most of the songs have that reverb like echo going on and it is really hard to listen to this but for the sake of it I'll post it here

The very best hero

Dreamer

Unfortunately I do not own the tapes for Dreamer, Dreamer was yet another short lived project from Nolan. This stuff was slightly noise like but regardless you can here the screamy like vocals. A very distorted bass with some noise in the background and some nice drumming. It's as I can describe. 3 short tapes were done. I think Dreamer has another name before as "Ultra Violent Noise Storm" at one point. It was another forgotten obscure release from PSR (Just like most)

Discography
Ultra violent noise storm
Dream of noise
Devastating noise attack

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Crocodile hiss

Today is the month everyone's excited about. May is the month where I will bring a bunch of ghosts. Off cloud nine and Plastic smile releases I happen to obtain. As I mentioned, Nolan did make another solo short lived band that was more of a noise/screamo thing. This project was called Crocodile hiss. This project had 3 small releases that took forever to find. A 32 track demo (32 short song demos in a single tape), a split with his other project The truth about dreaming and finally a EP tape that had a more XttadX sound. I had to convert these tapes to mp3 myself because he never posted these on the old psr blogspot. I lost the digital files moons ago to the 32 track when this was up on bandcamp. The split track and final EP were never in digital format as far as I know. There isn't much to say only that it simply has that psr obscure style. The 32 track demo sounds like Iwontstopwondering just with shorter songs. I don't think Nolan will revive this project anytime soon so enjoy these 3 obscure Plastic smile records releases.
Edit
I found my old file of the mp3 version of the 32 track demo, unfortunately the kbps is at 64 but it doesn't have the tape hiss sound and I think the quality overall is slightly better but it's your choice of whichever you want.

32 track demo (Tape rip)
MP3 version

Crocodile hiss/The truth about dreaming split tape


Downhearted Violent Noisecore Attack

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Nolan Gate

After a few years Paul from Mothman went on to form this band. It's less mathy and more metal like but god damn is this band catchy ass hell. I certainly find myself listening to the bands first 2 full lengths the most. Something about this band just has a great catch. The vocals are smooth, not generic and screaming. They just fit so well. This band still does a few things here and there last year the band released a free 5 song EP on their bandcamp. It has that Mothman metal thing but just more heavier. I guess some songs have some math rock structure but its just a good 3 or 2. Rocket science gave me a free cd of this band in which he told me Paul is doing a slightly similar thing still under The Nolan Gate. I really admire this bands work a lot. I just hope this band still puts out more releases. They have existed since 2001 and have only put 2 full lengths and 2 EP's. Just hope there is more shit along the way.



Sent by rays

Bandcamp

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mothman

Mothman were a 3 piece hardcore/math rock band from Jersey within the early/mid 90's so before The dillinger escape plan Mothman did it first. The band put out 2 demo tapes, 2 7"s and 2 split 7"s. 2 of these records were released under Rocket science records which were the split with Okara and their final 7" called Poison arm. They didn't leave a whole large discography but these guys did form The Nolan Gate in the early 00's (I will talk about next) Mothman played with other great bands like The Dahlia Seed, The Hal Al Shedad and The Stella Brass. I really like the work from all of their releases mostly. The self titled 7" is the most memorable though for me if I were to choose. My copy came with a letter from Paul written back in the day when this 7" was released. The split with Okara is a classic to math rock fans from the mid 90's so I admire that record hella a lot too and one of my favorite releases from Rocket science records. The label is giving these out for free as long as you pay the shipping so I would snag one before they are gone forever. I believe the shipping is just 3 dollars. You can check it out here. I also want to add that the untitled song from the Dahlia seed split is the same one off Poison arm so there is no need to add that here.


Demo tapes

Mothman 7"

Mothman/Okara split 7"

Poison arm 7"

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

Fei Lung- Wonderful, wonderful times review

So here is another Parking lot records tape I received, this time its from a pretty new-ish band called "Fei Lung" this band is from Florida and to describe them is like listening to Flowers in gun barrels but also Flowers taped to pens at the same time. Fei lung is pretty interesting to me because of this. While the quality of the songs recorded aren't as studio like as of King slender cassette the quality of the tape does make the attempt to make up for it so in the end you still get a pretty clear sound very similar to the mp3 format. The slight difference are the first few seconds of starting the cassette you will hear a little bit of that hiss but it disappears once the band begins playing. Jordan who is a member of this band sent me this one along with their "Spooky tour cd" I was pretty excited about that tour cd. I won't give much of a review on the CD since I am more focused on the cassette. When I got these 2 releases the cd was used in that DIY material I enjoy looking at. Jordan told me the sleeves were used from Trader Joe's bags. While I liked this whole idea of how well put the sleeves were made I did run into one problem. The CD cannot be played in a player. At first I thought the CD had no songs but once I put the CD on my laptop and I saw that the CD does contain songs but I saw the format it was used. The CD is basically a DVD like format that is used in a sort of USB way so the player cannot read the songs because they were not directly ripped but the songs were copied and pasted in mp3 format on the CD. This CD does contain a early demo from the band. It rounds up to 16 minutes on this entire CD. I ended up making my own CD for this one. Again I can't give this any shit or a review for it because I want to focus more on Wonderful, wonderful times.
Spooky tour CD

Wonderful, wonderful times walks just the same as the bands I mentioned. It has a semi low fi quality but because the cassettes quality is pretty decent it really makes up for it. While it is not as good as King slender's demo it is still fair to say it is not in terrible quality either. While King slender had a match color of the artwork and the color of the tape, in here we get a slightly variation. I do admire the label on the cassette there is a slight more involvement than King slender's demo. Unfortunately the lyrics for this were handwritten but it is presentable and readable so to me that counts in still. Wonderful, wonderful times is a excellent debut release for this band. It shows the true musicianship and the sloppiness of what I enjoy about emo music the most. It brings back times when I used to play in a emo band and overall listening to this cassette is really fun. It is again one of those releases we will keep talking about in the future because it gives out perfect examples of other styles that are being completely forgotten now. A lot of bands lack on that style but Fei lung offers it but am I glad to see Fei lung doing this again. Overall this is a pretty solid release by Parking lot records. I am very excited for the future releases of this band. I would really give this a 5/5 because its really a reminisce release for me that quickly built up. Hell there is even a final 5th track which is a poem which really concludes to what this band is really all about. I think I may end up sticking with that 5 it deserves. It is a short release but I do enjoy these kinds of cassettes that stick to the point. If you aren't aware of this new band you should really check it out. I haven't looked at many modern bands at all but if this one grabbed my attention you know that means a whole lot. This is totally a must own. If you are not into short releases then maybe these 4 songs won't really do you much but if you are big fans of that sloopy 2 flowers or even haikus this is one you will want to grab and listen, it is truly a good experience.
Bandcamp

Wonderful, wonderful times

Monday, February 20, 2017

King slender's Demo tape

Matt who runs Creation of minerals blogspot is in this new band called King slender, after discovering them and really getting into this demo I asked Matt if he can send me a copy of this tape. I normally never ask. I believe this is the second time I have asked (First time was when Sleeper wave wanted to be on my blogspot I got their demo tape) Matt gladly sent me one and after a few days I received it. I know I haven't done a full review lately. I've been concentrated on full band/information type of reviews without much detail. I do apologize and I will get into details from now on. Before I get into the discussion I want to slowly take it there. King slender is a new screamo band from Philly. A new label I recently ran into called "Parking lot records" put this demo out. I am familiar with a couple of other bands from this label such a Absent, Massa nera, Fei lung and Kings girls. Without judging the quality of the demo tape the quality of the band is superb. It reminds me a lot of those early 2000's screamo bands kinda like The fiction or Off minor minus the jazz. Perhaps a much heavier Bright calm blue (From Asymmetry set) without the spoken words thrown. I shit you not if I had no idea that King slender is a new band I would think its from that era. The tape has its normal looks, pretty presentable if you ask me. I think Parking lot records did a pretty nice job on the looks of this tape. It isn't all that fancy but for a demo tape it looks pretty much like a extended play. The only way you can tell if it's a demo tape is due to the sticker label on the tape that says "Demo" the tape comes with a small insert with lyrics (Bonus points on this) I honestly don't care if the lyrics are printed on the j card or come in a photocopy insert way as long as there is a lyrics insert somewhere this is a good sign for any tape. I normally like to listen and read the lyrics. Likely in between zoning out to the meaning of the songs. It is part of the reason why I listen to physical copies because it not only has a meaning of having it physically but reading it physically engages me to be more focused on what I am listening to rather than hooking my ipod to the player and reading the digital lyrics from my ipod. As for the whole aspect presentation value both Parking lot and King slender on this tape it is pretty great overall I can't judge too hard or find anything to shit on. To even see a label sticker on this that is printed you can tell there is effort being put in this beauty. After listening to the demo tape I suppose I can talk about quality. I never reviewed any parking lot records tape (I might want to now that it got me interested with the quality of this demo) but after listening and reading the quality is actually well done. You won't hear that low kbps on the demo tape. This is pretty actually fucking good. I also want to add that a lot of tapes I have ran into have that very low to poor quality and for this tape the quality is good so you also get your moneys worth on this if you decide to buy a demo tape. You will not be disappointed on the quality of this demo tape. I do hope the same for past PLR release. Most demo tapes I have come across have a pretty poor dubbing quality which I don't really shit on a lot since it is a demo tape after all but for King slender this demo is superb and a amazing one to add to your collection. In the recent years I have backed out of the more modern emo/screamo bands due to the same hype of Algernon/Snowing/Empire empire/American football carbon copies but bands like King slender and even the other PLR's releases I have heard proves that it isn't lingering on too much on the old tradition of emo or trying to hard to do that weird "Twinkly" math rock indie rock that most bands claim it to be "Emo" but slowly redefining emotive hardcore using some influence from previous emo bands while at the same time showing effort that it is new. I know it sounds stupid and there is no better explanation. It is possibly that emo revival is actually reviving since most bands that claim to be part of this "revival" end up being some silly pop punk band that doesn't know that there are bands Innards or Coma regalia that are as "Emo revival" as it can be. We need more bands that have that nostalgic feel that also sounds refreshing at the same time and King slender proved it to me which is why I give this demo a 4/5. Good quality, as well as the engineer who recorded the band did a fantastic job to make this demo sound like a studio quality EP and for the label and the band themselves for taking their time on releasing and making music that shows its old roots of emo while making it refreshing to listen. Perhaps if this wasn't a demo and/or had more songs I would definitely give this a 5/5. There isn't much flaws I can point out on this spectacular demo. It is simply one of a kind you will own and to talk about it in 10 years. You can download and/or buy this bands demo tape from bandcamp. There is also another link to PLR's store on King slender's bandcamp.
Bandcamp

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cloud mouth

I remember Cloud mouth when their 12" called "That ghost is always with me" was out but I did not put much focus on them. Cloud mouth is something between the sounds of Notongue, Daniel stripped tiger and Cougar den. This band is pretty bad ass nonetheless. I tried scoring every physical release of theirs but the outcome ended with me not finding their 4 song demo. The band is from Chicago that was active between 2008-2011. They ended up putting a 4 song demo, a 2 song tape, a split 7" with Cougar den, a 2 song live split 7", a 12" and a 4 song 10" called Keep well. They also did a split 7" with 3 other bands. Out of those 3 I am familiar with Brighter arrows and Grown ups. Cloud mouth's track is also on the 12" so I had no need to spend a lot of cash on that self released split 7". As for the "Wrecked. A live 7" contains 2 songs off the LP that was released months after this 7" the 2 songs are live from 2 different sets from 2 radio stations. Just about their entire discography is equally good to me. I can't decide whether Keep well or That ghost is always with me is better than the other or the other way around. BEAR Records has copies of That ghost and Keep well for less than 5 dollars. It is your best chance to get it off of there, you can buy the LP here for 4 bucks and the 10" here for 3.20

Demo CDr

Freak/psych/fuck cassette

Cloud mouth/Cougar Den Split 7"

Wrecked. A live 7"

That ghost is always with me 12"

Keep well 10"