Posted: May 10, 2013 11:06 am
GRAVE MISTAKE RECORDS AND MAILORDER
WEBSTORE UPDATE / 05.10.13
Hello! Bothering you twice this week, so my apologies for that but I warned you earlier that this year was going to be a BUSY one! Enough small talk, let's get down to it! Bringing you a nice little webstore update today, I'll get to that in a minute though.
In case you haven't been paying attention (or have been busy with work, school, or other more "important" things), I've got a few NEW Grave Mistake releases out now! Most recently, the BIG EYES "Almost Famous" LP/CD which is officially out next week! We've been working on this new full length for a while now, and both myself and the band are all thrilled with the final product and I assure you will be too. The record begins shipping on Monday, so head on over to the webstore and pick up a copy! We've still got a few left on the limited Gold Vinyl, and I've also set up a few package deals in case you needed to grab any other Big Eyes releases along with this new LP. You can order the BIG EYES record here: http://www.gravemistakerecords.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=56
The SECTARIAN VIOLENCE "Upward Hostility" LP and SICKOIDS "No Home" 12" are still fresh as well! Two raging hardcore slabs that you need to have on your turntable (you can alternate between the two) ... we've still got a few copies of the SxV LP on nice Blue Vinyl, sadly the SICKOIDS 12" on Clear w/ OBI strip is sold out from us but the regular Black vinyl version rages just as hard, trust me. Finally, the BARGE "No Gain" 7" on RVA locals label VINYL CONFLICT is still pretty fresh as well! I've got a small amount left on the limited Red vinyl for you slackers. BARGE are hands down one of the best (if not the best) new hardcore bands coming out of RVA these days ... but don't take my word for it, see for yourself.
Anyways, if you've already picked up these new releases ... THANK YOU!!! If you want to check out some tunes, head on over to the Grave Mistake Records Bandcamp page ( http://gravemistakerecords.bandcamp.com/ ) - the BARGE, SECTARIAN VIOLENCE, and SICKOIDS records are all streaming in full and we've got a couple of tracks from the BIG EYES LP up too (we'll have a full stream next week).
I've got a few more releases to announce as well as some big summertime plans (most of which you've already heard me mention) but I'm going to save that until next week so stay tuned! Well, since I have you here, peep a new BRAIN F≠ track from their upcoming "Empty Set" LP here: http://brainflannel.bandcamp.com/ !
Now, on to the webstore update ...
GRAVE MISTAKE WEBSTORE:
WHAT'S NEW FOR 5/10/2013:
Some killer new releases in this update as well as a ton of essential reissues! On the 7" front we've got the brand new single from the UK's GOOD THROB! Their first EP didn't leave my turntable for a while, so it's good to see that they are still delivering! Grabbed a couple of 7"s I've been slacking on picking up, including the second single from Toronto's PURITY CONTROL, the limited CRIMINAL CODE 7" on Inimical, the FLIP SHIT 7", and the HYSTERICS 7" (saw this band at DAMAGED CITY FEST last month, they RULED!) to name a few. Grabbed some other new HC slabs including the newest from BAD AMERICAN, the WORD ON THE STREET / RECKONING FORCE 7" (I back any record with a STRAIGHT AHEAD cover on it), and the newest ALTERED BOYS Tape (I'll have their newest 7" on DERANGED in here SOON I promise).
Also picked up a bunch of LPs, including two new ones from HARD SKIN, the FAILURE FACE Discography LP, the newest from IRON LUNG, a long overdue reissue / US pressing of one of my favorites - SAMIAM'S "You Are Freaking Me Out" LP (how can you NOT love SAMIAM? I hope No Idea reissues "Astray" as well!); the newest SUGAR STEMS LP on DIRTNAP, a few rad 12"s from M'LADY'S RECORDS including releases from TYVEK, COASTING, and THE GOLDEN AWESOME; and a few GIVE PRAISE titles I've been slacking on picking up including releases from GASH, NO QUALMS, ACCION MUTANTE, MELLOW HARSHER, and a few more.
Finally, stocked up on the reissues (as always) including the two newest from UGLY POP - the BLITZ "All Out Attack" 7" and PARTISANS "Police Story" 7"; a slew of classic HC 12"s from TAANG including the BATTALION OF SAINTS "Second Coming" LP, FU's "Kill For Christ" LP, DYS "Brotherhood" LP, GANG GREEN "Another Wasted Night" LP, and a killer NEGATIVE APPROACH collection LP! I also restocked on the POISON IDEA "Kings of Punk" LP; and from ALONA'S DREAM Records I've got the BORED YOUTH and JJ-180 reissues, as well as a restock on the NECROS "Ambionic Sound" 7".
Full list with descriptions is below, check it out and thanks for reading and for your support! Expect a more detailed GM label update next week, I'll fill you in on when you can expect the STRIKING DISTANCE and 86 MENTALITY records, as well as the new BRAIN F≠, NIGHT BIRDS, and COKE BUST ... PLUS I've got a couple more announcements you may or may not have heard me rambling about on the GM Facebook page.
Have a great weekend!
Alex / GRAVE MISTAKE RECORDS
NEW IN THE WEBSTORE FOR 5/10/13:
GOOD THROB "CULTURE VULTURE" 7" (MUSCLE HORSE)
Good Throb take you on a day out for this, the second single from one of our house bands. Unsurprisingly, it's off to the British Museum and then on to a club with a civil servant that likes to be dominated. Three songs; a re-imagining of a demo track and two new ones on the flip. Here is the soundtrack to building a prison out of your own painstakingly-refined tastes, described as "the missing link between Flipper and 4-Skins"; a surreal yet tuneful racket. The depraved artwork was dreamt up by the band, riso printed at home and the single was mastered by Sned.
BLITZ "ALL OUT ATTACK" 7" (UGLY POP)
Massively influential UK outfit Blitz dropped this four-song beast of a debut in 1981, the first release on definitive UK82 label No Future. Sales quickly out-paced demand and the record went on to shift over 25000 copies. Nonetheless, it's been unavailable in its intended format ever since, and with eBay prices steadily creeping higher, this seemed as good a time as any to reissue it properly. A relentlessly tough slab of raw hardcore punk that sits a lot closer to the likes of Negative Approach and early Agnostic Front than to most of its UK contemporaries, this was a huge favourite of mine as a teenager and I'm truly stoked to be reissuing it!
PARTISANS "POLICE STORY" 7" (UGLY POP)
Devastating first single from these teen Welsh punks, blazing through a quick set of peerless first-generation hardcore. Racing drums, desperate vocals and an absolutely incendiary chainsaw guitar attack make this one for the ages, sounding as every bit as vital and powerful now as it did back then. Another reissue culled from the No Future archives and getting the proper format it deserves for the first time in over thirty years! High quality pressing in repro sleeve with insert.
JJ 180 "S/T" 7" (ALONAS DREAM)
JJ180 got its start in 1977 when a group of teenagers came together around the art and music that had influenced them growing up in the 1970's in Santa Cruz, CA. They were: Polio Ferrari (keyboards), Wally Sound (guitar), Tora Brooks (bass), Walter McKee (guitar) and Caker Calloway (drums). Their music was a hybrid of the then emerging punk sound as well as 1960's surf, garage and psychedelic music. The band was a keystone of the Santa Cruz punk scene and organized many important early punk & new wave shows in their hometown. After establishing a local following, they released a single and a few songs on compilations. The original line up lasted until 1979, when Walter left the band and they changed their name to "The Realtors." A search of the band's archive has yielded two unreleased gems from their original recording session in March 1978: "Talk Talk," a cover of the classic Music Machine song and "Classroom" a JJ 180 original featuring the band's trademark dueling guitar solos and confrontational attitude.
BORED YOUTH "NOVEMBER 1981" 7" (ALONAS DREAM)
Bored Youth's scorching first recording from November 1981. A key document of the early Detroit punk scene. Grab one before they are gone again.
WORD ON THE STREET / RECKONING FORCE - SPLIT 7"
"Split 7" between these two Canadian bands. Reckoning Force are ex-Weak Link, whose tapes I carried in the distro, and they play thick, mid-paced hardcore with a distinct skinhead element. While there's a similar thing going on to bands like 86 mentality and Violent Future, RF are a bit more straight up oi! than any of those bands, which I like. As for Word on the Street, they're billed as a Straight Ahead rip, and that couldn't really be more accurate. I've never heard a band imitate Straight Ahead with the same level of precision and detail that bands put into aping Discharge, but WITS have done it with aplomb. Excellent, explosive HC." - sorrystaterecords.com
ALTERED BOYS - CASSINGLE TAPE
In time for their spring tour, New Jersey's Altered Boys have recorded 2 new songs which are housed in an cassingle style cove
Posted: May 10, 2013 11:08 am
ALTERED BOYS - CASSINGLE TAPE
In time for their spring tour, New Jersey's Altered Boys have recorded 2 new songs which are housed in an cassingle style cover. You may be already familiar with AB from their 7"s on Katorga Works and Deranged Records. They play a style of HC reminiscent of the early 2000 era HC bands like Shark Attack, Knife Fight, Tear It Up, etc... These 2 new songs were recorded after their 2 EPs, and are exclusive to this release. Side A is a mid-paced stomper, side B is a fast thrasher. Limited to 250 copies on pro duplicated yellow cassettes, with screened shells and wraparound covers .
PURITY CONTROL "ADUSTING" 7" (PURITY CONTROL)
Six more tracks from Toronto's "low-fi grind for creeps" Purity Control. This release is the pairing to the bands "Coping" 7" on Chris Colohan's label High Anxiety/No Idea released late 2012. For fans of INFEST and MIND ERASER with bleeding heart lyrics. Recorded at Audiolab by Chris Hegge (Fucked Up, Career Suicide), Mixed and Mastered at Dead Air by Will Killingsworth (Orchid/Ampere). Self released limited to 313.
HYSTERICS "S/T" 7" (M'LADY'S)
They have set the West Coast on fire, and by all accounts have had people foaming at the mouth. SAY HELLO TO HYSTERICS. Six insane HC blasts, 1981-style, Wilson Center-style. The sound of total dissatisfaction!
HARD SKIN "WHY DO BIRDS SUDDENLY APPEAR" LP (FERAL WARD)
Nine years on from the stunning second album 'Same Meat, Different Gravy', lazy south London oi! legends hard skin return with not one but two albums. 'Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear' is the female version of this soon to be household oi! classic. it features versions of the tracks from 'On The Balls' but with with female vocals from Becki Bondage, Joanna Newsom, Miki from Lush, Sandy from Fucked Up, Veronica Falls, Beckie from Chaos UK, Alison from the Kills, Manda Rin from Bis, Liela from Duke Spirit, Debbie from the Nuns / Echobelly / Curve, Beth Jeans Houghton and Alela Diane. It's 12 instant anthems about council estates, sausages, the kids, cunts, the filth and gipsy hill. The sound is massive, the songs catchy and they'll stick in yer head for years. This is the first ever album to be released in both male and female form.
HARD SKIN "ON THE BALLS" LP (FERAL WARD)
Nine years on from the stunning second album 'Same Meat, Different Gravy', lazy south London oi! legends Hard Skin return with not one but two albums. 'On The Balls' is the male version of this soon to be household oi! classic. it's 12 instant anthems about council estates, sausages, the kids, cunts, the filth and gipsy hill. the sound is massive, the songs catchy and they'll stick in yer head for years. No one does anthemic oi! better than Hard Skin and the world will once again rejoice at these three diamond geezers. Hard Skin are the world's premier oi! punk band. No-one is better or harder. With their amazing live concerts they continue to build on their huge following of punks, skinheads, indie people and other pop stars. It's been 9 years since their last album, the massive "Same Meat Different Gravy". That makes it 17 years since their enormous hit debut album "Hard Nuts And Hard Cunts", one of the most legendary albums in rock music history which has kept the oi! genre alive since the glory days of the Cockney Rejects and Cock Sparrer who both went terrible after also starting out very good.
SAMIAM "YOU ARE FREAKING ME OUT" LP (NO IDEA)
The Samiam record that never saw a proper vinyl release in the USA finally occurs, fully remastered and better than ever!! In the words of an upstanding band member, "hmmm....shitty old band of losers....how can we effectively promote that....." Yes indeed, NO WAITAMINUTE! This record is crucial! Come and get it!!
IRON LUNG "WHITE GLOVE TEST" LP (PRANK)
"White Glove Test" is the third studio album by Seattle-San Francisco power violence duo IRON LUNG, and a follow up to 2007's "Sexless, No Sex". A claustrophobic, paranoid attack of water tight stop-start intense hardcore hammered between crushing sludge bits mixed with hardcore pummel. Artwork by FEEDING.
SUGAR STEMS "CAN'T WAIT" LP (DIRTNAP)
Betsy (The Flips) and Jon (Teenage Rejects, Catholic Boys, Tuff Bananas, Sticks'n'Stones, Rumble) Heibler started the Sugar Stems in the fall of 2007 with bassist Steph Swinney Conard (also of The Flips). The band released its debut single, "Beat Beat Beat" b/w "Crybaby", on Bachelor Records in 2009 and a year later issued its full-length debut Sweet Songs of the Sugar Stems on Bachelor and Dusty Medical Records. Those of us who'd been long awaiting an heir apparent to The Shivvers and Nikki and the Corvettes literally jumped for joy when we heard Sweet Songs, spending the subsequent months dancing in the streets and angrily rebuking local radio stations for failing to play "I Gotta Know". If you think it's a stretch to call said album a modern classic of power pop, you probably haven't heard it! The Sugar Stems returned in 2012 with a pair of incredible singles on Certified PR Records that suggested the band had somehow managed to improve upon perfection. It was perfectly appropriate, then, that the title of the band's long-awaited sophomore album would be Can't Wait. Released at the tail end of 2012 by Screaming Apple Records (Germany) and Dream On Records (Japan), Can't Wait now gets an American release on Dirtnap. This terrific LP shows "growth" in all the best ways. Without abandoning its signature honeyed melodies and high-spirited candy pop style, the band has made a more mature and consistent album that's definitely its best to date. The production has been stepped up another notch, and every song sounds like a hit. If you missed the singles "Greatest Pretender" and "Like I Do", they're here in all their infectious glory. But it's the more melancholy tracks that really showcase Betsy Heibler's development into one of the finest songwriters working today. Songs like "Make Up Your Mind" and the gorgeous "Love You To Pieces" are steeped in the timeless traditions of Brill Building and British Invasion pop, yet feel entirely fresh in the year 2013. Even when the songs themselves are not exactly happy, there's something about the Sugar Stems' music that just makes you feel good. No sophomore jinx here, folks. Can't Wait was totally worth the wait. Why is this band not huge?!
CRIMINAL CODE "SACRED HANDS" 7" (INIMICAL)
Two songs from the same recording session as the recent Deranged debut EP "Hollowed". One is a melodic hardcore song that has become their signature, featuring equal parts Husker Du, Replacements and the Wipers. The B side gets much darker, exploring their post punk side, Criminal Code's take on Bauhaus meets My Bloody Valentine. Two outstanding new songs from a band that is always pushing forward. One time press limited to 372 copies.
BAD AMERICAN "BRUISES" 7" (1124)
Latest 7" from this Pennsylvania hardcore band. This is some dark, noisy, and dirgey stuff with a really unique sound. Bad American exist somewhere about halfway between the lurching, noisy grime of Pissed Jeans and the brooding quality of bands that take inspiration from the later Black Flag sound. A really pushing 7"... excellent stuff.
FLIP SHIT "OUTGOING ROCKERS" 7" (REEL TIME)
Flip Shit are part of the new breed of Rotcore that's coming out in the wake of Rational Animals' disintegration. Actually, they were a band way before that and probably aren't influenced by that, but whatever. This is some rockin' punk stuff that, if you've seen life, know is very impressive.
FAILURE FACE "DISCOGRAPHY" LP (GIVE PRAISE)
From Florida, Failure Face existed from '93 - '96. They played in-your-face and down-your-throat hardcore. Fueled by the sounds of punk rock inspired hardcore that moves along as a guide to original hardcore music. Fast, combined with catchy elements and negative lyrics to get you angry about the state of the world around you - this is a statement of early 90's hardcore. With sound elements of INFEST, Failure Face proudly makes it's claim on the hardcore map.
TYVEK "FAST METABOLISM" LP (M'LADY'S)
At long last, the vinyl debut of this flawless compilation of Tyvek's early singles. Unstoppable, much like a juggernaut or an avalanche. An avalanche of hits! People have been asking us about this record for over two years now, so we're really excited to finally have it here. Deluxe tip-on sleeve, with lyrics for the first time! Issued in conjunction with our comrades at Water Wing Records in Portland, a subsidiary of Mississippi Records! Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk and Bob Weston for maximum scree and scrum.
GRASS WIDOW / NATURE - SPLIT 7" (M'LADY'S)
Two of our favorite groups in America team up to turn on ALL the lights. Grass Widow's debut side for us is beyond our wildest dreams: it's called "Disappearing Industries", and it's our favorite song by them yet, brimming over with great ideas. Likewise for Nature! "In A Place" sounds like secret societies wielding wild energy underground. Mystery and magick and brilliance in abundance. Entire pressing limited to 1000 copies worldwide. St. Valentine never had it so good.
COASTING "YOU'RE NEVER GOING BACK" LP (M'LADY'S)
It makes sense that a band like Coasting would be vaguely fixated on the concept of places. The duo, guitarist/vocalist Madison Farmer from Memphis and drummer/vocalist Fiona Campbell from New Zealand, met and began playing while both were living in Brooklyn before Fiona relocated to Portland, writing songs and touring when Campbell wasn't trotting the globe for her other gig as Vivian Girls' drummer. The incredibly complex and transient nature of the bandmembers was bound to sneak into the songwriting at some point, and Coasting's debut album, You're Never Going Back, is thick with references to home, leaving, staying, and all the various places in between. Sonically, Coasting weaves a weird combination of garage punk energy and indie laissez-faire. The bass-free instrumentation immediately suggests stripped-down garage rock, and there's a garagey backbone, to be sure, but intricate girl group-style harmony vocals wind through almost every song, filling some of the negative