THE EXPLOSION – BURY ME STANDING 12” (Chunksaah records)
I’ve always been a massive fan of THE EXPLOSION and it was a sad day when the band called it quits back in 07’, I remember seeing these guys when they toured Australia and they deadset played to about 50 people but put on one of the most energetic punk shows I’ve ever seen in my life. Anyway this album is their 3rd release but it’s taken the band a good 5 years after the breakup to finally get this out and I gotta say it was worth the wait, THE EXPLOSION have gone for a different sound on some of the tracks on BURY ME STANDING than their normal upbeat melodic punk rock adding a bit of rockabilly and a sometimes power-popish feel to their music that just makes me wonder how big this band would have become if they kept the train rolling, along with all the sing a long anthems you have come to expect from THE EXPLOSION this album is by far the best way for these BOSTON greats to have their final swansong, I'm sure gunna miss these guys.
PINK VINYL - 250 PRESSED
SETARIAN VIOLENCE – S/T 7” (Grave mistake records)
Solid Debut from this super group that contains members of COKE BUST (US), STAY HUNGRY (Sweden) and NEVER AGAIN (UK) , Although you can hear influences from all these groups SECTARIAN VIOLENCE stick to the more 80’s style hardcore sound blasting out 6 full throttle ragers. Nicktapes (Coke bust) vocals on this record are full of relentless aggression that just suit the raw, fast pissed off music that these guys play and just when you think they are about to explode they hit you with a tough as fuck breakdown that just makes me wish I was watching them live and slamming away to my heart’s content. Lyric wise SECTARIAN VIOLENCE goes for a more social/political feel that are intelligent and well thought out instead of the typical “edge” words that most Straight Edge bands sing these days and that just makes this record even greater. GRAVE MISTAKE records can hold their head up high with this release because this one is definitely a winner.
LIMITED MAIL ORDER PRESSING - RED VINYL
SECTARIAN VIOLENCE LOGO
STRIPMINES – CRIMES OF DISPASSION 12” (Sorry state records)
Holy shit!!! What a release we have here from SORRY STATE RECORDS. North Carolina’s STRIPMINES give us 12 tracks of brutal hardcore that has so many influences it’s hard to describe, Although they mostly have that crust punk sound going on you can hear influences like INFEST & NEGATIVE APPRAOCH coming through, hell even the song “political correction” has a massive CRO MAGS “hard times” feel to it. Anyway it doesn’t really matter who these guys are influenced by because STRIPMINES definitely stand on their own with some of the most intense pummeling hardcore I’ve ever heard, in fact my girlfriend has now banned me from listening to this record at home because “it makes me want to stab you every time I hear it”, yep it’s that intense. Vocalist matt’s dry throaty bellow is something that needs to be heard topped off with some of the most pit destroying breakdowns known to man makes “CRIMES OF DISPASSION” already a contender for album of the year and it’s only the month of march. Everything about punk/hardcore that you love is in this album so go out and grab a copy at all costs.
GREY SMOKE COLOURED VINYL - #58/100 PRESSED ONLY
OBI STRIP WITH MATALLIC SILVER INK / LYRIC SHEET
BAD ADVICE – DO NOT RESUSCITATE (Grave mistake/Tension headache records)
Another band you could easily put into super group status with members of GOVERNMENT WARNING, DIRECT CONTROL, CLOAK/DAGGER and THE LADIES and all hailing from the Richmond hardcore/punk scene. This little beauty was actually recorded way back in 2008 and has been sitting in the GRAVE MISTAKE cellars until now, fucked if I know why it’s taken so long to be released all I know is I’m glad it has because what you have here is scathing blend of mid tempo almost low fi punk rock crossed with the attitude and energy of those early USHC bands like TOXIC REASON and the CIRCLE JERKS, fans of GOVERNMENT WARNING will also get a hard on over this because it sounds very similar to the “Paranoid mess” recordings but still having a sound that easily has BAD AVICE standing on their own. I’m pretty sure these guys have now called it a day which is a real pity but at least these recordings have now been released for my playing pleasure, defiantly worth grabbing this one.
LIMITED MAIL ORDER PRESSING - ORANGE VINYL
DRY HUMP – FUCKS YOUR EARS 12’ (Sex cult records)
This one’s been out for a while now but after reading MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL’s best of 2011 issue I just had to order it considering almost every reviewer had it in their top 10. Boston’s DRY HUMP really do “fuck your ears” with a non-stop barrage of aggressive hardcore, I think if you put fellow Boston boys OUT COLD and let’s say POISON IDEA in a blender you would come up with the sound DRY HUMP spew forward. This album packs a mighty punch to the balls from start to finish with an urgency that JERRYS KIDS would have been proud of, lyric wise DRY HUMP are filled with hatred towards the world especially in the tracks FUCK ALL YOU CAN BE “Tooth for tooth, dick for dick, eye for fuckin eye” but they also have a perverted sense of humor like in the song RAT PACK “Matts sucking dick in banana shorts”. This is one hell of a bile fuelled release that will not disappoint and I’m glad I took the time to track down a copy because this seriously hasn’t left my turntable for weeks.
BLACK VINYL - 500 PRESSED
STAMPED DUST SLEEVE / BLUE CARD LYRIC SHEET
THE CLICHES – MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO 12” (Randale records)
Cool as fuck re-issue from Sweden’s THE CLICHES, man from the first listen I could have sworn these guys were Australian because they are defiantly influenced by those great Oz bands ROSE TATTOO & AC/DC, hell I can even hear some old EASY BEATS in there somewhere mixed with a 70’s THE WHO/SLADE feel makes this some of the best pub rock you will hear. Every song is a drunken sing a long anthem and I’m sure their live shows would be a beer soaked fun occasion. I love how THE CLICHES have a sense of humor in their songs instead of the normal hard as nail tuff guy lyrics most skinhead bands have these days, just check out their song THAT’S MORE LIKE IT for some poetry “Down the pub getting drunk and lary, we’re all cheered up loud and blarin’, out on the streets for bovver and rarin’, running amuck and feeling darin” haha classic, THE CLICHES are a breath of fresh air in the current skinhead scene that I gotta admit has been pretty boring for a while now. RANDALE records totally out do themselves with the packaging on this release with an awesome gatefold full color cover that makes this release well worth the dollars I paid.
GATEFOLD COVER / CLEAR VINYL 500 PRESSED
TEMPLARS – CLOCKWORK ORANGE HORRORSHOW 7” & 10” (Vulture rock / TKO records)
THE TEMPLARS have been around for 20 years now so I’m pretty sure every single person who’s into the skinhead/oi scene has heard of these legends, and for those who have been under a rock for that time THE TEMPLARS play a mix of British & French oi oi music crossed with a 60’s rock n roll feel that some call CRUSADER ROCK & OI. I scored the 10” from TKO records mail-order when it first came out back in 05’; it’s a pretty cool looking picture disk that comes in a plastic sleeve with a sticker that has all the track listings on it. The 10” version is limited to 1000 pressing. The 7” was one of those pricey ebay wars i won i few years ago, This version comes in a slick as fuck gatefold double 7” with one record on clear vinyl and the other on black I think this was limited to 800 pressing but I’m not 100% sure. The best part about these releases is the awesome CLOCKWORK HORRORSHOW art work done by French artist ALTEAU so I’ve included a close up of the cover for you all to check out.
BONES BRIGADE – FOCUS 12"/ ENDLESS BUMBER 10" / I HATE MYSELF 12"
I first heard BONES BRIGADE I think back in 2002 when a friend of mine tapped me their debut 7” onto cassette and instantly feel in love with their 80’s influenced skate thrash assault, the energy this Boston four piece pumps out in every song makes you realize why thousands of skate kids around the world get into the “BONES”. The FOCUS 12” (Coalition records) I picked up from a local record store and I was lucky enough to get a grey marble colored vinyl version, there was only 500 pressed of these. The ENDLESS BUMMER 10” (Still holding on records) & I HATE MYSELF WHEN IM NOT SKATEBOARDING 12” (Coalition records) I won on eBay as a set. It was one of those lucky finds that no one else bid on so I got these really cheap, I was actually really surprised that I was the only one who bid since I had been trying to buy both these records for years and being outbid on every occasion. Anyway the ENDLESS BUMMER 10” was limited to 500 pressings and is out of print, The I HATE MYSELF WHEN IM NOT SKATEBOARDING 12” is the vinyl version of the previously cd only release that is also out of print, I think only 1000 of these were pressed. "ALL GO! NO SLOW"....
APPREHENDED VIOLENCE ORDER (A.V.0) – FUCK POSITIVE HARDCORE (Short fuse records)
AVO was a notorious hardcore band from Sydney Australia that I gotta say I’m a bit bias about since I was the vocalist for our entire 12 year existence. When AVO formed the Australia hardcore scene was becoming so P.C it was a deadset joke, so Sean (bass) and myself decided to form a band influenced by those controversial bands VILE, H100’s and THE RANDUMBS and piss off and offend as many people as we could and so AVO was born, and believe me it worked with promoters/bands putting a black ban on us from shows, hell one kid even wrote an entire fanzine based on how much AVO has ruined the scene haha it’s funny how serious people take shit. Ok this was our debut 7” on our good friend Clint’s label SHORT FUSE RECORDS, what we have here from left to right is the TEST PRESS with the controversial “YOU’RE A FUCKIN’ PRICK sleeve - #5 / 15 pressed, next up we have the launch show pre-release sleeve on black vinyl with red stub card to send back to the label to collect your official sleeve this also comes with a couple of stickers - 50 only , than last up we have the “FUCK POSITIVE HARDCORE” peach colored vinyl press – 100 only and black vinyl press – 400 only.
FUCK POSITIVE HARDCORE