This blog is mostly Hardcore, but I do like to mix it up once in a while. One of my favorite bands of the past few years was the Measure [SA], and I was both bummed and a little relieved when they broke up. I was bummed because they were a great band who I never got to see, but I was relieved because they never released a bad record, and I didn’t have to keep up with their insane release schedule anymore. I was really excited when I found out that Lauren Measure had started a new band called Worriers. I had hear one studio track (Made to Mend, you can get it for free on their bandcamp!), and couldn’t wait to hear the EP. When I was trying to find a download of the EP a couple months ago I came across this live set. It’s got some non-EP material that I’m sure will crop up somewhere eventually.This band is great, and picks up right where The Measure left off.
Okay, I’m going with something different from what I normally post on here, and going with a current band I’m stoked on. I asked a band member if it was cool if I posted these, and he said he just wants people to hear the music. There are links at the bottom where you can buy these records, I encourage you all to do so.
Enough with the disclaimers. Abolition is heavy Straight Edge band from London, England, who pays homage to 90’s Hardcore without sounding like a corny knock off. They are one of best active Hardcore bands I’ve heard in a long time. They sound like a mixture of Trial, Indecision, and Die Young, with a bit more of a modern Hardcore vibe. I love this style of Hardcore, but it’s pretty easy to do poorly. Abolition keeps the heavy parts creative and interesting without compromising their sound. There is also some incredible ‘bedroom mosh’ parts that I have a hard time sitting still during.The LP is especially good, and I’m sure it would crack my top ten of the year if I were to make such a list.
I’m usually not too up on Euro hardcore, so I figure I’ll explain how I got into them. I got into them after receiving and e-mail from one of their members asking to trade records. After a significant amount of haggling, we agreed on a deal (Userp Synapse/Jerome’s Dream split for J Church Petrograd split, I believe). During the e-mail conversation, it came up that he was in a band called Abolition. I checked them out and was blown away, so paid some extra and he put a couple records in the package for me. I’ve kept in touch with Sam, and consider him to be a kindred spirit over in Europe.
The Killer is a band that been overlooked for a variety of reasons. the three main ones in my opinion are: their name one letter away from a really shitty band, they haven’t played out of their home state much, and they don’t have the luxury of being from a coast. I feel that they are one of the best heavy Hardcore bands ever. Not only are they really really heavy, they also have the ‘hard’ vibe that makes heavy bands good (See the Grimlock post a few weeks back for details). There is a bit of metal noodling and some strange kind of clean back up vocals once in a while, which helps keep the music varied. The lyrics are actually very personal for the most part, which isn’t common in this style of Hardcore, and it’s one of the things that really sets this band apart from their peers. They deal with addiction, depression, anger, and disappointment. They are one of the most honest and pissed off bands I’ve ever heard. Anyone who digs early Hatebreed or 90’s mosh in general really needs to hear this. One of the highlights of these recordings is the banter before the live version of American Flag Coffin, I won’t give it away, but it really embodies this band’s vibe.
If you enjoy heavy, raging jams, do yourself a favor and get into Chicago’s finest export.
This download includes:
- Where All My Nightmares Came True EP
- Better To Be Judged by Twelve Than Carried By Six 2006 reissue (This includes 4 bonus tracks that are IMPOSSIBLE to find online for download, trust me I’ve tried. Here they are, being spoonfed to you, enjoy it!) It should also be noted, that this LP without the bonus tracks is available from Organized Crime Records for 6 dollars, and if you have the additional income, you really really should support that label and order it.
- Tracks from live split 7” with Plan of Attack (OC has this for 2.50, BUY IT!)
The Killer also has a new LP out on Organized Crime, which I haven’t included. I feel a little weird putting stuff up for download that is still available for purchase, however, as best as I can tell these records haven’t sold well and could use the exposure. If you download this and enjoy it, support Organized Crime records and buy both LPs and the live split 7”. http://www.crimescenemerch.com/ocr.html
Do I really need to introduce this band? In theory no, but in practice, kind of. I feel like their legacy has been co-opted by turds and frauds worse than nearly any other band. It’s like the pop punk equivalent of Black Flag, where kids can jock them, but a quick conversation will reveal that they really don’t know shit. That’s not to say these kids don’t listen to the bands (the posts I see on here making that assumption regarding any band with easily identifiable logos (Black Flag, Joy Division etc… drive me nuts), they just don’t have any concept of what made these bands great and/or important. One thing I found really interesting is that when I tried to find Jawbreaker show flyers, there were almost none with the bands they get lumped in with (Samiam, Crimpshrine, Fifteen, Green Day etc…). There were a lot with bands who had closer ties to the Hardcore scene like Bad Trip, Undertow (who toured with Jawbreaker), Evergreen, Still Life, Engine Kid, Manumission, Underdog and Verbal Assault. To be clear, this is just from internet detective work, I was not there. I found it really interesting to see that they played with so many bands with Ebullition affiliation, and practically none with the Gilman crowd that they are always considered a part of. I’d like to find out more about the kinds of band they usually played with, because I feel like big chunks of their history have been filtered out and replaced by talking about whether Dear You was good. In case you’re wondering, it’s good and that shouldn’t be up for debate.
As for the bootleg that’s up for download, it’s great! It’s recorded shortly before they broke up while they were touring in support of Dear You. They sound quality is average for a boot from that era. What really steals the show for me (beyond the great jams of course) is just how funny the banter is. At one point, Blake is berating someone for throwing a bottle at them, when he stops mid sentence and berates someone for ratting out the guy who threw it. “Don’t ever Narc!”
This bootleg also contains a song written after Dear You called ‘Elephant’. I know that it’s been circulating around the internet for a long time, so you might have it kicking around your computer, however, how you can have it in it natural environment.
Silent Majority released one of the best Hardcore LPs of all time. I’m talking of course, about Life of a Spectator. Their discography runs much much deeper than that though, which often seems to be forgotten.
I guess I would describe Silent Majority as a melodic Hardcore band, but I think that does them a bit of a disservice. Today, melodic Hardcore usually equates to ‘cool dudes’ playing paint by numbers garbage that is one step away from indie rock. Honestly, I like some indie rock, if that’s what you want to play, then play it. Don’t dress it up like something else. But I digress. Silent Majority were an incredibly creative, intelligent, and above all, unique Hardcore band. I cannot think of a single band that sounds like the second half of their catalog. The lyrics are creative and personal, and suit the music perfectly. As an aside, Tommy Corrigan’s lyrics have kept on getting better in the other bands he’s done (Capital, Blood Red, Advent). The stand out tracks are back to back right in the middle of Life of a Spectator, Polar Bear Club followed by Windows Down. These two tracks also showcase just how versatile this band was. I also feel it’s important to point out that Polar Bear Club is a track about being ‘in it for life’ and most, if not all, members of this band have stuck around.
I don’t really remember how I got into Silent Majority. I’ve owned You Would Love to Know since the early to mid 2000’s, but I don’t really remember why I bought it. It might have been because I was really into Heads Vs. Breakers and found out that one of the guys from them had been in Silent Majority. I didn’t get into the rest of their stuff, until years later. I’ve very glad I took the time to do so.
This download includes:
Live Radio set from split with Time Alone
Based on a True Story (This collection includes “Distant Second” 7”, “This Island Earth” 7” as well as the tracks from 516 Long Island Hardcore comp and the Welcome to New York, Now Go Home comp)
Life of a Spectator LP
You Would Love to Know EP
Track from the Dynamite Rose compilation (It’s a goddam Cranberries cover, GET STOKED!)
Thursday was a band that had a big impact on me when I was young. I know that this is the case for a lot of other people around my age, lifers and dropouts alike. I first heard them on either a Victory Records Sampler. My interest in Victory Records stemmed from hearing a Grey Area song in a snowboarding video on TV. I was in high school at the time, and I didn’t fully understand what Thursday was going for, all I knew is that I had never heard anything like it, and wanted to hear more. I skipped class to go to the mall and buy Full Collapse. I still consider that record to damn near perfect.
Thursday’s legacy is interesting. Their sound makes a ton of sense for a band forming in the late 90’s Hardcore scene. They were a third midwest emo (Mineral, Christie Front Drive), a third 90’s “screamo”(hate that word…) (Portraits of Past, Policy of Three etc…), and a third 90’s Hardcore. They combined all those styles with a remarkable unique result that resonated with a huge variety of kids. They were just as popular with kids at local shows as they were with the glut of kids were were into punk for a minute before heading off to be normal people. It’s easy to forget just how popular “emo” was for a minute among normal high school kids in the early 2000’s.
Since they got so huge, and were quickly (and poorly) imitated by so many bands, I feel like a lot of younger kids don’t realize that Thursday were a legitimate band with strong ties to Hardcore on a local level. I remember reading an interview with Geoff Rickly where he said something to the effect of “We used to do shows in my basement for any band that came through, we didn’t care if it was Hot Water Music of Death Threat, we’d book whoever asked for a show”. Thursday used these ties to get shows when they started touring, and that a big part of their initial (pre-Victory) hype. Also, Geoff has a Frail tattoo!! A quick sampling of bands thanked in their first two records: The Assistant, Portrait, 400 Years, Snapcase, Agnostic Front, Ensign, The Bouncing Souls, Bane, Hot Water Music, The Hope Conspiracy, A Day’s Refrain etc… They were not some rootless band like the slough of imitators that followed them.
Another example of their background is found in their choices of cover songs included here: Negative Approach, Buzzcocks, Sigur Ros, Far… They’ve got their bases covered there.
After spending all that time discussing the legitimacy of this band, I’m gonna do a 180, and say that despite them being legitimate, their legacy is largely negative. There is an entire separate scene that has nothing to do with Punk and Hardcore, and I feel like that is largely the fault of turds misinterpreting Thursday and other semi-“aggressive” bands. The horribly fraudulent bands that tried to rip off their sound lured kids away from great music that Thursday at taken influence from and led to kids never being in a position to even realize that they were being duped. It’s not Thursday’s fault that this happened, but you can’t discuss the division between today’s ‘metalcore’ scene and the actual Hardcore scene without bringing them up. I honestly feel for every kid who they inspired to dig further into music, they had a few hundred who completely missed the point. What a bummer.
Lastly, I’d like to say it’s great that they got signed to a major despite not being conventionally attractive dudes.
The material collected here spans from their Demo up until A City By The Light Divided. Most of it comes from Full Collapse and War All Of The Time era, which is their strongest material in my opinion.
The live set is from 2005, and is excellent Quality. It also has a song called Tightrope, that I don’t think was ever released as a studio recording.
Tracks 1-3 Taken from self released Demo tape
Track 4 - Taken from With Literacy and Justice for All compilation on Exotic Fever records. I got into a ton of new bands through this comp, The Assistant, Homage to Catalonia, Zegota, Hiretsukan and more.
Track 5 Taken from Tomorrow Seems so Hopeless, a tribute to Negative Approach on Eyeball Records
Track 6 Taken from Take Action/A Plea for Peace 2001 compilation on Sub City Records
Track 7 Taken from the Japanese Version of War All Of The Time as well as the B Side to the Signals Over the Air 7”
Track 8 Taken from the Signals Over the Air single and Punk Goes Acoustic
Track 9 Taken from Signals Over the Air single
Track 10 Taken from Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland Soundtrack
Tracks 11-12 Taken from Live at Hellfest DVD (I ripped the audio and converted it to MP3)
Tracks 13-17 Live Acoustic at the Apple Store
Tracks 18-22 - Taken from Live in Detroit EP
Track 23 - Taken form the B Side of Counting 5-4-3-2-1 as well as the UK version of A City By the Light Divided
I was planning to post this yesterday, but ended up being out late and didn’t get a chance.
As I mentioned yesterday, October 21st marked the fourth anniversary of Lance Hahn’s death. Seeing as that fact was widely ignored on here, I figured I’d post some J Church material to hopefully give the handful of people who download this an appreciation of Lance’s work.
J Church was a pop punk band from the East bay. I feel that the term “pop punk” doesn’t do them justice at all, but there isn’t really another way to describe them. During their existence they shared members with Jawbreaker, Severed Head of State and a slough of other bands. I’m sure a few people are thinking “why have I never heard this if it has a guy from Jawbreaker in it?”. The answer is simple, you probably don’t know shit.
Lyrically, Lance’s songs were significantly better, more real and more beautiful than anything Morrissey could have conjured up. Unfortunately for Lance, he wasn’t conventionally attractive, and played in a punk band.
This download is the first singles collection that J Church released. During their time as a band, they release approximately 50 7” and a variety of full lengths, 10”s, and collections. I’m slowly working on a complete collection. There are a couple weaker tracks on here, but overall it’s some of my favorite recordings by them, and some of Lance’s best songs.It also has a cover the best REM song.
Four years ago today, Lance Hahn passed away due to complications from kidney disease. He was one of the best song writers/lyricists of all time, and I’m glad he recorded so much music before he died. I will be spinning all my J Church/Cringer/Cilantro singles tonight. R.I.P.
I told Chad I’d upload this for him a few weeks ago, so I’m finally getting around to it.
Undying was one of the first Hardcore bands that I saw. I had heard them for the first time a few days before they played Edmonton, and couldn’t believe they were playing where I lived that week. They were great! I still have the shirt I got that day, although I now wish I’d gotten the “go Vegan” design. I wasn’t even vegetarian at the time, so it’s not really a legitimate thing to regret. A more legitimate regret is that I didn’t see them play the second time they played Edmonton, with Napalm Death. I assume I was broke or something.
If you aren’t familiar with Undying, they were a very metallic Hardcore band from North Carolina. This isn’t really the best starting point if you want to get into them. I would suggest starting with At History’s End, as that’s my favorite record by them.
The sound on this bootleg is alright, definately worth listening. The sound is maybe a little weaker than the Converge set I posted, but it’s still pretty good.
This live set is from the same European Tour as the last one I posted, but it’s from a month earlier. The set is good, but I don’t enjoy it quite as much as the other one. This one does however, contain details of a Floorpunch/Boysetsfire beef that I was unaware of. There is also a brief mention of the much more infamous By The Grace of God incident. On that topic, if I had been aware of the BTGOG incident prior to having listened to them for years, I probably never would have checked them out. For those unaware of the story the Coles’ Notes version is this: Floorpunch says something sketchy on stage, Duncan Barlow from By the Grace of God says during their set that they will not play with Floorpunch again, a few months later at a different show, Mark Porter shows up, punches out Duncan for “talking shit” and leaves. What’s interesting about the banter in this bootleg is that Mark Porter acknowledges that punching someone out is not a good way to handle things. If this turns you off of ever listening to this band, that makes sense, but you’ll be missing out on one of the best Hardcore bands of the 90’s, and will probably continue listening to bands who did much sketchier/dumber stuff. If you feel guilty about it, just download some By the Grace of God stuff, and you’ll even things out. They were a great band too, so you really should be jamming them. Another highlight of the banter is something to the effect of “This song is on a comp, but the guy who put it out isn’t Straight Edge anymore, so don’t buy it”
The rehearsal tape is a cool little oddity I found while cruising around the internet. I can’t say that it’s essential, but some of the versions are noticeably faster which is cool. Definitely worth a listen or two, as you might like some of these versions more than the studio ones.
I’ve always been a little confused by the success of Trap Them. They’re a good band and whatnot, I’ve bought everything they’ve done as it’s been released up until the last couple records. However, they always seemed like a poor man’s version of Ryan Mckenney and Brian Izzi’s last band, Backstabbers Incorporated.
Backstabbers Inc. hailed from Massachusetts and were faster, heavier, meaner than Trap Them. So heavy, seriously. For some reason, they were largely ignored (at least in my neck of the woods). What is even stranger, is that a huge percentage of the people who liked them, only seemed to care about Kamikaze Missions and ignored the rest of their recorded output. To be fair, Kamikaze Missions is one of the best LPs of the 2000’s, and it is their best release, but the rest of their discography holds up when compared to it.
I think that what can be taken from this, is that as much as Hardcore rules, it sometimes falls into the same trappings as the real world. As soon as Trap Them signed to Deathwish they blew up, even though Seance Prime is probably their weakest release. No one seemed to care that they had released a stellar 7” and LP prior the their Deathwish Debut, and people seemed to care even less that two of the member of Trap Them had been in an established band playing a similar style of music in the recent past. Just to be clear, I support Deathwish 100%, I like the majority of their bands, and I love how much effort they put into promoting their bands.
If you like metallic Hardcore or furious music in general, download this stuff.
This download includes:
Bare as Bones - This collection includes all non-LP material including comp/split tracks except for the While You Were Sleeping EP
While You Were Sleeping - Only Ep not included on Bare as Bones
Kamikaze Missions - One of my favorite Hardcore LPs of all time. A modern classic.
Today is Edge day, so, as an Edgeman, I am obligated to put up crucial Edge jams on this blog today.I kind of which I’d waited on the Chain uplaods, but oh well, not a big deal.
Champion needs no introduction. The biggest and arguably best Straight Edge band of the early 2000’s. They had a huge impact on nearly every Edge kid who was involved in Hardcore during that time, myself included. I’m working on the assumption that almost everyone who will download this know what Champion’s deal is, and if you don’t I would suggest downloading their two EPs and the LP prior to this batch of songs
This download includes:
Coastal Flooding 7” Comp version of Assume the Worst
Power of Ten V2 7” version of Failure (under original title of ‘Another Failure’)
The Truth (Single Version) B/W Glue (SSD cover)7”
Live in Australia 7”(Has a Minor Threat cover, and a great story about Aram throwing a boomerang at a car)
Three tracks from the Last Show, that were not included in the CD/LP. I converted the video to audio, so you can have the complete audio for the final show.
NOTE: This does NOT include the three (or occasionally four) track demo from 2000, because I cannot find a rip of it anywhere. These songs were all released on Come Out Swinging EP, but I’m pretty sure the demo versions are slightly different.
Last Priest was the second band fronted Spencer Gooch of Find Him and Kill Him. They picked up right where FH&KH left off, with more raging Hardcore. Last Priest somehow managed to garner even less recognition, even though they were arguably more accessible. This is mainly due to the fact that of their four releases, only the first 7” was ever widely distributed.
Musically, Last Priest wasn’t as all out fast as Find Him and Kill Him. The music was more competently played, and took influence from a wider selection of the Punk and Hardcore realm. I feel like if they’d existed for longer (two of their four releases were posthumous), and had been on a “bigger” label, as opposed to a regional one, they could have blown up.
As mentioned before, two of their four releases were pothumous, they were also limited to around a hundred copies each. I have the LP limited to 110, but I’m still looking for a copy of the Hard Caliburs 7”. If anyone has one they’d be willing to sell, get at me.
Find Him and Kill Him was a terribly underrated Hardcore band from California. They are one of the angriest bands ever, and I think it was actaully a little bit off putting for a lot of kids involved in the super melodic, pretty accessible early 2000’s hardcore scene. As a result, they never got the recognition they deserved.The lyrics were raging, scathing, and (mostly) negative. IE “We’re not family, we’re not family, we’re not family, we’re not even fucking friends”. I think the most most positive lyrics they wrote were probably “You can’t fuck with the kids”. Musically, they sounded like they were one on the brink of derailing. Super fast, barely contained and like I said before, absolutely furious. They even have the occasion heavy part and sing along thrown in, but it never sounds out of place, it only sounds angry as hell. This stuff makes early Ceremony and whatever gimmicky powerviolence band you’re jamming seem downright cute and cuddly by comparison.
Their signer, Spencer Gooch, went on to front the mighty Last Priest. I’ll put their discography up sometime in the next couple weeks.
This download has everything FH&KH ever did:
- We Know 7” on Slave to Darkness Records
- Split 7” w/ The Dream is Dead on Revolution Summer Records
- You Can’t Fuck With The Kids 7” on Coastal Access/Dead is Dead Records
- Tracks from the Coastal Flooding compilation 7” on Endwell records
- Tracks from the California Thrash Demolition Compilation 7” on 625 Trashcore (Includes the Live Tracks from the CD version)
- Cut Them to Pieces LP on Happy Couples Never Last/16OH Records
- Find Him and Kill Him is Fucking Dead 7” on Old Guard Records
Download this and start throwing furniture around your house, or keep listening to the same 10 bands, I don’t really care.
As an aside, I got this in a tape swap I set up. It feels great to have your mind blown by a hard copy of a song picked out by your friend. Make tapes for your friends, get stoked on bands in ways other than the internet.
This is the Gone Dead Train demo. I don’t know anything about this band. My brother sent me this demo years ago, and it’s some of the best country music I’ve ever heard. Apparently it’s old Punk/Hardcore dudes, but I’m not sure. I don’t even have song titles for these tracks. When it gets right down to it, the music speaks louder than any little factoids I can supply could.
If you like folk or country music, you need to hear these recordings.
After posting the 7” mixes of the Chain recording, boldchoice.tumblr.com messaged me and tipped me off to the fact that there is another version of Let Down on the Generation of Hope compilation 7”. I immediately tracked the recording down, and this version is awesome! I also found a download for a Chain rehearsal tape, with alternate recordings of a few songs (Best of Times, There’s a Difference, True Till Death). I also found a waaaay better version of the live set included in the download. It’s the same show, but the sound is much clearer (it’s probably from the soundboard), and the tracks have been seperated. In case you haven’t listened to the live set yet, I’ll tell you now: It has two songs that were never released, a track called Till The End and a cover of Minor Threat’s Betray.
I-Spy is one of the best Canadian bands ever. They formed in Regina, Saskatchewan and eventually moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in no small part due to their friendship with Propagandhi.
It’s unfortunate that I-Spy has been relegated to the status of a footnote in Propagandhi’s history, because I-Spy was significantly better than them during the time that both bands were active.
I’m working under the assumption that only a handful of people following me have heard this band, and that’s a real shame. It also makes things difficult, because they’re a really difficult band to describe. They had a very obvious Hardcore influence (they even covered Youth of Today), but I wouldn’t call them a Hardcore band. I can’t think of any band they sound like, I guess I could say a less polished Good Riddance mixed with Less Talk era Propagandhi mixed with Painted Thin or Small Brown Bike. I’m probably just using those two prairie bands because they were from the same era and area, but they really have a difficult sound to peg.
The lyrics were a great blend of personal and political that a lot of bands from the Canadian Prairies in the 90’s did very well.
When they broke up, Todd Kowalski (who had also played in Swallowing Shit) joined Propagandhi who immediately became at least three times as good.
This download contains their discography entitled “Perversity is Spreading… And It’s About Time” released in 1998, as well as a track rerecorded in the early 2000’s for a children’s compilation entitled ‘Somebody Needs a Time Out”
Odds are the only Chain stuff you’ve got is the Discography (The One Thing That Still Holds True) that Rev put out in the 90’s. As crucial as that is in theory, once you have rips of the 7”s, all you really need from that is Impact because it wasn’t on either 7”.
Just to clarify, the 7”s are a DIFFERENT MIXES then what is on the Discog LP. This isn’t some ‘it sounds better on vinyl even though it’s been ripped to a PC’ bullshit statement. I’ve seen some serious clowns on this site claiming that a vinyl rip of a record sounds better because it’s ripped from vinyl. That’s not the case. Rev did a real hack job of remixing and remastering the Chain recording. I really didn’t know until I heard the original mixes that this was the case though. I loved Chain, but it was like rediscovering one of my favorite bands all over again when I heard these mixes. Somehow, these incredible songs are even better than the versions I’d listened to for years!
I’ve throw in a live set from ‘88 just as a bonus, the sound isn’t great, but it’s still a good listen. Oh, and it has a goddam Minor Threat cover.
If you dig Chain of Strength and don’t have these mixes, and you choose to ignore the fact that they’re being spoon fed to you right now, I hope you have fun in whatever bandwagon you hop on next.
Time for an ever so rare personal post. I got my top want in the mail, as well as the new record by the best active band in Hardcore.
Cilantro - Empty Soda Can 7” (This record is IMPOSSIBLE to find, but I scored a copy for 6 bucks postage paid on discogs. It’s Lance from J Church doing solo recordings. I believe J Church was in between members at the time.)
Capital - Givers Takers LP (not sure why this took so long, I ordered it the day it was available. Best active Hardcore band. Period)
This a great boootleg. The sound is phenomenal, the song selection is stellar, and the covers are crucial. I actually prefer some of these songs to the studios versions. The banter is about what you’d expect from a Floorpunch show, some of it is great, some of it a kind of dumb, most of it is entertaining. There is also a lot of Euros chanting things that I don’t understand in between songs.There is another bootleg from Belgium from right around the same time that I might upload later on.
This boot shoot be on constant rotation going forwards. Enjoy!
Not much a description needed here. This is a great, albeit a little short, set by Converge from Hellfest 2000. The sound good, but not amazing. The song selection is great despite it being a short set, Conuit, Locust Reign, Color Me Blood Red, and Saddest Day.
As promised in the Dangers post, here is Al Brown’s pre-Dangers band. Al was not the main vocalist for this band, although he did some back up vocals and wrote a chunk of the lyrics. I actually think that The Miracle Mile is better than that last Dangers LP, and just as good as all the pre-Anger stuff. Interestingly enough, my first reaction to Dangers was “Oh, sweet, a new Miracle Mile band!!”, but they didn’t move out of Miracle Mile’s shadow until Anger in my opinion.
To me, The Miracle Mile is what modern Hardcore bands should strive to be. Musically, they’re a little tough to describe beyond ‘Hardcore’ and ‘early 2000’s’, lyrically they’re mostly quite good, but have a few moments where the fact that they were pretty young shines through. They combined all the elements prevalent in their era of hardcore into a surprisingly unique Hardcore band. Overall, they’re one of my favorite early 2000’s Hardcore bands, and should not be treated as a footnote to Dangers. The music speaks for itself.
This download contains:
- The Demo (listed as Self Titled)
- Where the Heart is LP on Western Front Records(including the vinyl only Descendents cover)
- Track from the Coastal Flooding comp 7” on Endwell records (I’ll be putting a discography up for a different band from that comp sometime next week)
Alright, I’m going with an easy one today. I see tons of kids on here jocking Dangers (and Botch), but while sleuthing around the internet (read: checking lastfm), I found that almost no one has this demo. There were under 20 listens in the last 6 months for the Botch cover.
This demo was a tour only cdr sold on a West Coast tour in 2008. It only has two songs, a vastly superior version of Opposable and a cover of the Botch song Vietmam.
For everyone who enjoys this, I’ll be putting up a discography for Al Brown’s pre-Dangers band in the next couple days, so keep your eyes peeled.
Attn: Jeff Chord, as promised, here is the Reserve 34 discography.
Reserve 34 was a Hardcore band from North Vancouver, British Columbia (Also the home of the mighty Tongue Tied). It’s a shame that Reserve 34 hasn’t gotten a ton of recognition outside of the Northwest, because their tack on ‘melodic’ Hardcore is very original, and have never been duplicated. Besides being melodic, R34 were FAST. Not gimmicky, song is gone in 10 seconds fast, just fast fast.They also have excellent personal and honest lyrics.
I do find it a little odd that Reserve 34 is a bit of local secret, seeing as Lucas MacFadden drummer for Go It Alone and Carry On (among others), and R34’s final line up had Mark Palm of Go It Alone and Devotion. That combined with the fact that GIA and Blue Monday covered their songs on their split at the height of both bands popularity. Maybe I expect a little too much from other Hardcore kids sometimes…
Also included in this download is the Cuckolds discography. Cuckolds is Matt Smith from R34’s most recent band. Unfortunately they broke up after playing only one show. They have a totally different vibe, and sounds more like 90’s indie with a bit of revolution summer and britpop thrown in.