Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Best of 2015

I have been making it a point to keep doing my "Best of" posts. If you used to follow this blog before, I used to regularly post record reviews, but I just don't have the time to dedicate to that anymore, so do it once a year now. Lots of good releases this year, it was hard to choose. There were a few records that came out in like December of last year, so I just rolled them on to this year for argument's sake. I'm sure the same will happen this year too. A lot of sick cassette only releases, though I tried to keep that section for demos only, there were some sick promos and EPs this year.

On the label front, Bleeding Edges Label was a little more slow than I would have liked. I lost my full time job in Feb, and have been working random freelance gigs since. While not ideal, or stable, I had to scale back operations. I did however release my first flexi disc, for The Flex, which started as a joke idea that became a reality (also containing 2 amazing songs). There were some cool projects I had to turn down, but hopefully things will get rolling again now that I have a steady job again starting in January.

Best 7"s of 2015:
1. Pure Disgust- Chained (Katorga Works/Quality Control)
I may be a bit biased as I did a promo tape for this record, but that being said, I obviously love this band. Their demo and previous 7" were great, but this record really stepped it up. What I always liked about Pure Disgust is that they have a definite UK 82/ Oi influence musically, but their lyrics are actually intelligent. The members in this band are pretty young, and all seem to play in a bunch of other killer bands. NWODCHC!

2. Arms Race- Gotta Get Out (Painkiller/Quality Control)
Arms Race's demo blew me away, so I was really looking forward to this new record, and it definitely didn't disappoint. The band plays HC in a style of early Agnostic Front, but with the brutality of YDI. The singer's voice is really rough, with a thick British accent. I got to see them on their US tour earlier this year and they didn't disappoint. They had a promo tape for their LP, which will surely be a contender for 2016.

3. The Flex- Don't Bother With The Outside World (Lockin' Out)
The Flex have been consistently releasing new records each year, with each one better than the last. Between releases, releasing cassettes (all awesome, all very red). The new material takes a heavy cue from the late 80's NYHC/ New Breed bands, which was of course hinted at on previous records. Some hard mosh parts, while staying punk. This record was recorded at the same time as the flexi I released.

4. Protester- No Identity (BBB Records)
Protester has really grown to be one of the best edge bands out there now. While still a one man project band, the live lineup have been playing around a lot. This new release on BBB will hopefully open them up to a broader audience. On this release there is a heavy Confront influence, and the songs sound fuller. They will have an LP next year, and just dropped a promo tape for it.

5. 2x4- Eight Song EP (Twerps)
This came out of nowhere, and blew me away. I would categorize this with bands like Boston Strangler and Chain Rank, in bands from Boston that sound like the old Boston X-Claim bands. This record fucking rules, very catchy but not melodic, in a Jerry's Kids sort of way. Hope to see more from them.

Honorable Mentions:
Crown Court- both 7"s, Ajax- both 7"s, Shrapnel- "Frenzied State," Straight Razor, Correction- "Weaken the Stronghold," Rixe

Best LPs of 2015:
1. Chain Rank- Up Against A Wall (Side Two/Twerps)
This is perfect, their demo was incredible and this LP certainly didn't let down. Making the jump from demo to LP can be risky, though it seems a bit more common now, but Chain Rank deliver. A friend of mine described them as Lemmy singing for DYS, and I can't argue. It is heavily Boston HC influenced, and has very tight and thick riffs.

2. Violent Reaction- Marching On (Revelation)
Holy shit, Violent Reaction is on Rev, and their first international band. I have loved VxR since getting their demo years ago, and saw them tour the US a few times and establish a steady lineup. Musically it still straddles the early 80's USHC meets UK oi, though the band has been leaning more towards oi (no complaints here). Hopefully it opens them up to people more familiar with Rev's earlier releases.

3. Night Birds- Mutiny At Muscle Beach (Fat Wreck Chords)
You would think that after 2 LPs a band would start the downward slide, not release possibly their best LP 3rd. I know the band spent a lot of time practicing/writing/recording for this, and it really paid off. Being on Fat will no doubt open them up to a new crowd, and frankly they'd be doing them a service. For those uninitiated to the Night Birds sound, think Dead Kennedys meets Agent Orange meets horror movies. This is great!

4. Foreseen- Helsinki Savagery (20 Buck Spin/Take It Back)
I got to see these guys on tour this summer with power Trip and Red Death, which was a perfect setting for their first US tour. They have a very thrash metal/crossover vibe, but definitely stays within a HC realm. If Slayer had short hair, and wore Agnostic Front shirts, it would be like this LP.

5. SPINE- Time Has Gone (Bad Teeth/Assault)
Spine has been consistently releasing awesome records over the past few years. Their sound is a somewhat cross section between Infest and Outburst, late 80's NYHC mixed with some blast beats and some brutal vocals. It definitely straddles genres nicely, and I'm stoked on their new 7".

Honorable Mentions:
Red Death- "Permanent Exile," Obstruct- "Loss of Blood", Warhead- s/t, Impalers "Psychedelic Snutskallar,“ Forward “Against Their Insanity”

Best demos of 2015:
1. Pressing On
I'm a huge Talk Is Poison fan, so when I heard about a new band with the singer, I was sold. 2 songs into streaming the demo, I placed my order for a tape. Very similar to TIP's approach to HC, which also has very memorable, and at times melodic choruses. Glad to see the over 30 crowd still raging hard. Hoping they keep it up, and come east.  
Re-released as an LP on Even Worse/ Way Back When

2. G.L.O.S.S.
if you haven't heard about this band by now, you have been living under a rock. The band's very forceful with their pro-fem/queer lyrics, which have offended and/or confused some in the scene. Politics aside, the music on here is killer, very fast and tight early 80's USHC influenced. Their uncompromising DIY ethic is also something to admire, and it is hard to believe they only have a demo out, as they have been so productive in their first year. They will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years for sure.
Re-released as a 7" on Total Negativity/Nervous Nelly

3. Concealed Blade
Some members of Hounds of Hate (as well I'm sure other cool Pittsburgh bands) did this new band, which reminds me heavily of Life's Blood, but with the whammy bars of Breakdown. They also released a tour tape with some new songs which sounded killer. Hoping for a new 7" or LP in 2016.
Re-released as a 7" on Beach Impediment/Hardware.

4. Night Prowler- Stalin's Boots
Can this be considered a demo? Night Prowler have 2 other tapes out, and both are equally great. The band is a one person project band, heavily influenced by bands like Deep Wound, Youth Korps, Neos, and early Boston HC. Killer shit, hopefully this project continues with anew tape every couple of years. Maybe a touring lineup one day?

5. Night Force
Night Force has been turning some heads around Europe. Some heavy Omegas vibes here from this new German band. The cover art is very much looking like the Abused 7" art as well; a winning combination in my book. Some real good mid-paced hardcore punk with lots of reverb. Keep an eye out for them.

Honorable Mentions:
Violent Minds- Paincave Sessions, Arms Race- New Nonsense, No Parole, New Vision, Regiment, Firewalker, Protester- Paincave Sessions, S.L.I.P., No Time promo, Sentenced- Euthanasia, Stuck Pigs

Best Reissues:
Metallica- "No Life Till Leather" cassette, Agnostic Front- "No One Rules" LP, Ultra-Violent- "Crime For Revenge" 7", Youth Brigade demo 7", Sand In the Face- "Music Made To Riot" LP, Charred Remains comp LP, AFI- "All Hallows"10", Terrorist- "Post Mortem"

Anticipated Releases for 2016:
No Tolerance- "You Walk Alone" LP, Freedom- "USA Hardcore" LP, Arms Race LP, Barge LP, Brain Slug- "Live In Power" LP, No Parole 7"s, Pure Disgust, Magic Circle- "Journey Blind" LP, Adult Crash 2 comp 7", Bricklayer LP, Spine- Deny 7", Response- "There's No Choice" 7",  Protester LP, Blood Pressure- "Need To Control" LP, No Time LP, GLOSS 7", Gag- "America's Greatest Hits," Death Side reissue LPs

Friday, December 11, 2015

Clutter GIFTWRAPPED 2015 show

I was super stoked to get invited to be a part of another show at Clutter. If you're not familiar with them, they do an awesome magazine and have a shop/ gallery in upstate NY. The show was pretty free form, so I painted a couple of toys. All were painted with an airbrush, using Monster Kolor paints. Pieces from the show can be seen and purchased here: https://shop.cluttermagazine.com/gallery/665

"Chipotle Colorway Bearrito": I wanted Bearrito to be a part of the show. I had painted one in this style previously, and I really loved it, so I wanted this to sort of be a colorway I would love to do more of. I wanted to go sort of realistic, matching the silver foil wrapped Chipotle burritos.

"Lizard Sewer Creep": My buddy Mikee made this Sewer Creep toy, and I have painted one before, and it's a really fun toy. I thought some of the flat spots needed details, so I used some netting from a fruit package to add that texture, to be almost like lizard skin. I had an orange vinyl, so I kept the hair and tentacle suckers orange.

"Candy Cane Mummy Boy": I wanted something Christmas-y, so I used this clear red vinyl pocket Mummy Boy by Super7. I used some painter's tape to mask out the various spots I wanted to stay red, them again masked out the eyes and mouth to be green.

"Tin Toy Tofu Robot": Had this toy for a long time, and had started and never finished it. I kept some of the paint that was already on there, and masked out some spots with painter's tape. I wanted it to look like an old tin toys, so I went sort of basic on the paints.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Guacamole Green BEARRITO!!!

Bearrito does not want to give you a hug, he wants to eat you! Beware the next time you are in the woods and you see a large tasty burrito walking around...

This is the exclusive "Radioactive guacamole" colorway, cast in glowing green and black swirls! The material is a hard rubber keshi style. This version also includes a Bearrito button and a BE sticker. Each one is different and only 5 available! I also have a few of the flesh colored versions up for grabs at http://bxebuttons.storenvy.com

Bearrito is a collaboration between Bleeding  Edges X DIEHM STUDIOS, and is a compatible scale with most popular mini-figures.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

BxE Buttons new items!!!

Hitting the holiday season hard with a bunch of new items for BxE Buttons. The "Bart Jerks" design is available in an enamel pin, sticker and button. ‬"Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Kodos" is available in sticker and button versions. Yes, that is a Taylor Swift‬ / Cro-Mags‬ mashup, and a classic looking Star Wars‬ ‪"May The Force Be With You"‬ design.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

[17.5] Phibes- Unreleased EP

Recorded in summer of 2011, this was to be the follow up to Phibes' demo tape. Unfortunately the band broke up in early 2012, and it remained unheard by the masses. The band was heavily influenced by early 80's California hardcore punk, such as T.S.O.L., Adolescents, Circle Jerks and the Nardcore bands.

Since their demise, members went on to Night Birds, Altered Boys, Blunt Force, Big Bad Wolf and No Parole.

Monday, May 11, 2015

[BE-16] The Flex- Flexual Healing vol. 5: Do Ya Think I'm Flexi?

The UK boys are back! Recorded during the same session as their EP on Lockin Out Records (coming soon), these 2 new songs are hard stomping in your face hardcore. The Flex take heavy influence from late 80's NYHC, and early 80's Boston HC/punk. You should already be familiar with their LP and 7" (both on Video Disease and Milk Run), and their destructive live sets. This is the 5th volume in their "Flexual Healing" releases, the previous 4 being cassettes. The band will be doing a full US tour with Red Death from DC, tour dates HERE.

*This is a split release with Milk Run Records, UK/Europe please get in touch with them for wholesale rates.*

Limited to 1000 copies on red flexi with pocket sleeves. 10 test presses. (2 songs)

Check it out on the Bleeding Edges Label bandcamp page: http://bleedingedgeslabel.bandcamp.com and https://theflex.bandcamp.com

US/Canada can buy it here: http://bleedingedges.bigcartel.com or UK/Europe: http://milkrunrecords.bigcartel.com

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Martian Waltz" for Little Green Men art show

Martian Waltz by Bleeding Edges 11x14 canvas board
I was asked to be a part of the Little Green men art show, hosted by SubUrban Vinyl and Leecifer. Based around his Picklebaby character, who is an alien. I made this using spray paint, airbush and paint markers. A pretty ambitious piece, though also very simple; I went with an alien abduction theme.

May 16, 2015 at the Suburban Vinyl shop in Waldwick, NJ - custom show using Leecifer's Pickle Baby figure as a platform. Word is Lee is going to show up and hang out! Killer lineup. Be there. 4 Frederick St, Waldwick, NJ 07463

Monday, March 30, 2015

[BE-17] Pure Disgust- s/t (promo tape)

The new breed of Washington DC hardcore, Pure Disgust, are back after an awesome demo and a 7" on Flophouse Records. These 3 songs serve as a preview for their new "CHAINED" EP out soon on Katorga Works (USA) and Quality Control (UK). Taking musical cues from UK street punk and oi,  mixing it with early 80's DC hardcore and bands like Life's Blood. 2 of these songs will be on their 7", while "America" (originally on their demo, but re-recorded) is exclusive to this tape. Pure Disgust will be on a US tour this summer, so make sure to check them out! Members also currently play in Protester, Red Death and more

Limited to 100 copies on pro duplicated clear cassettes, sticker labels and printed covers. (3 songs)

Check it out on the Bleeding Edges Label bandcamp page: http://bleedingedgeslabel.bandcamp.com

Buy it here: http://bleedingedges.bigcartel.com

Monday, March 23, 2015


Bearrito does not want to give you a hug, he wants to eat you! Beware the next time you are in the woods and you see a large tasty burrito walking around...

This is a pilot release in the "Flesh" colorway just like the nostalgic M.U.S.C.L.E figures! This is a collaboration between Bleeding  Edges X DIEHM STUDIOS. BEARRITO is a compatible scale with most popular minifigures.

Available here: http://diehmstudios.storenvy.com/products/12485034-bearrito-rubber-minifigure-flesh

*This is a project that has been between my friend, JR (Diehm Studios) and me (Bleeding Edges). It was conceived as a submission to October Toys' OMFG line for series 5. When it did not get picked, we went forward and produced it ourselves. Below are some concepts and sketches I had made, and JR knocked it out of the park with the sculpting and casting. This is the first of other planned colorways; please follow @diehm_studios and @bleedingedges for further developments.

original OMFG submission

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Skullbrainer art show @ Clutter Gallery

I will have a few pieces in an art show, opening this weekend in NY at the Clutter Gallery.This is the first art show where I have submitted pieces painted with an airbrush, and I am really happy how they all turned out. This is also my first collaborative piece (Zombitron) with Stacia Murphy. There are a lot of great artists in the show, and I am excited to see how they all look together.
Sky Deviler by Bleeding Edges
Hooded Zombie by Bleeding Edges
Zombitron by Stacia Murphy x Bleeding Edges

Pocket Mummy Gator by Bleeding Edges

A kaiju and other strangeness art exhibition, done in the spirit of the classic It Came From Skullbrain shows, at the Clutter Gallery. The opening reception will be free to the public and take place on March 14th from 6-9pm. The works will remain on display until April 3rd, 2015.