Saturday, April 22, 2006

last week's music purchases

Pink Razors- Waiting to Wash Up CD

The press releases and descriptions I read seemed to herald them as the re-inventors of pop-punk. Now I mean I grew up loving Screeching Weasel and the Descendents, and think the complete garbage calling itself pop-punk is an insult to those bands. While yes it would be a big task to "re-invent pop-punk," I'm not sure if the Pink Razors are the ones to put your stock in. Vocals remind me of MC Chris, it's solid and poppy, just could use some more speed. I found it in a used bin, so for the $4, it's a good find. I'd be curious to hear more, but I probably wouldn't actively hunt it down.

Major Conflict- Sounds like 1983 CD

So I normally love when people re-release unheard of early 80's hardcore bands. This band was from NYC, but predates what people would consider the NYHC sound, which in my eyes is a good thing. I could never get down with the overly tough vibe with borderline metal sounding music. This stuff if pretty good, by no means as good as Antidote or even Kraut, but pretty solid. Another used bin find, and a good one at that. I'd rather see the worst bands from the early 80's getting their place in stores again than some of the more popular current bands.

Suburban Death Machine- Not Here to Make Friends LP

All I really know about this band was that they're from Pittsburgh, PA and has members of Crucial Unit, and Intense Youth. Pretty good resume right there, so I figured I'd give the LP a shot. The cover is silkscreened, and I believe it was self-released, so It's somewhat limited and tricky to find it. I would recommend putting the time in to tracking it down. It's fast old no bullshit hardcore, along the lines of old good Boston bands like the FU's and Jerry's Kids, with a rockin feel like Fucked Up but without being annoying like Fucked Up.

Honor Role- 1982 7"

This record is a reissue of an old band's 1982 material, which originally appeared on a split with Graven Image. I was familiar with Graven Image's "Kicked Out of the Scene" EP via music blogs, and so I was assuming this band rules too. I was right, this stuff is a lot better than Graven Image even, if you're into early 80's DC hardcore and the midwest scene from the same era, you won't be disappointed. I don't know much about them, other than they were from Virginia, but holy shit. No Way Records continues their flawless track record.

Suicidal Tendencies- Hate you Better EP

I'll be honest, I only got this because of the rediculous packaging. Plus it was 2 bucks... Musically, It's not my favorite era of Suidal Tendncies. A little too much metal for me. The record itself is a purple heart shaped disc, and the cover looks like a bandanna. So for visual effects, plus the fact that it was $2 i have no complaints...

Deadfall- Keep Telling Yourself it's OK 7"

I was lucky to cath Deadfall on their recent tour with I Object! in Philly a few weeks ago. On the tour they didn't have their new 7"s out, so they were selling CDrs and promising to mail everyone a 7" when they got back. I had almost forgotten about this, and maybe half expected to get anything. Last Saturday, however I was treated to a beautiful 7" in my mailbox. I'm not sure if i got a limited version, but the vinyl is this white with blue tye-dye splash. The music is the same no nonsense old school hardcore punk. I liked the Comrades 7", loved the LP, and found the rest of the out of print stuff on soulseek. This Ep pick up right where they left off, don't sleep on it. I can only assume this band is huge on the west coast, but the east coast needs to wise up and check this band as well as everything else on Tank Crimes.

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