Classic Review: Pipedown- Enemies Of Progress

In 2001 melodic political hard core powerhouse Pipedown droppwd their dwbut ablum on A-F Records, Enemies Of Progress. This ripper hits just as hard today. They blasted out of the Pittsburgh scene and sound like a more melodically inclined Behind Enemy Lines. This whole record is solid from front to back like all of these post hard core template albums that were coming out in this era of hard core and punk that really got us thimking. And damn the guitars were amazing. It’s like this band started at the top of their game. The vocals that go from almost sorrowful cleans to this war cry of a scream echo through every track on this. Download or buy a copy of you can find it and get to know this release along with anything else from this time period of music that was our soundtrack for fighting the system.

– C Fish

https://a-frecords.bandcamp.com/album/enemies-of-progress-af012

Classic Review: Thought Riot- Shattered Mirror Syndrome

In 2002 my unquestionably favorite album of youth crew hard core dropped. Thought Riot was a fuckin bomb blast out of Modesto, CA. The beat way I can describe their sound is a perfect blend of the best elements of AFI, Straght Edge Hard Core and Anti-Flag. The album Shattered Mirror Syndrome was another amazing gem from A-F Records. My 2 top tracks are Save The Humans (a call out of the manifest destiny our species has propagated over every aspect of the planet) and Sign Of The Times (a questioning of those who get into sXe hXc because it’s the trendy thing to do as it was in that era). The dual vocals of Mark’s near horror clean parts and Kelly’s brutal scream are still amazing. Every time I blast this I’m brought back to the time I was able to catch em live and how they were every bit as awesome as I thought they were from the countless times I’ve listened to their songs. Sadly Thought Riot isn’t around anymore, but the music still matters 18 years later. Check the link below and play this loud!

– C Fish

https://a-frecords.bandcamp.com/album/shattered-mirror-syndrome-af015

Classic Review: Whatever It Takes- A Fistful of Revolution/ Stars and Skulls

This isn’t a new but a fucking classic! In 2003 Whatever It Takes released their full length album on A-F Records which also included their Stars and Skulls ep. They were an amazing blend of east coast emo and hard core. The vocalist is Anti-Flag’s own Chris#2. I remember first hearing a couple of their songs on a comp and following the lead up to the release. I was fucking stoked on it! Right from the first track City Streets, Summer Heat i was hooked in (still one of my favorite tracks off of this). My other favorite is Post Marked Yesterday which is just a perfect early 2000’s emo track. The whole release is just amazing front to back. It perfectly captured an era of the scene I really miss. I bugged so many people in my local scene to listen to this. The playing and songwriting are fucking solid. This album still means a lot to me 17 years later and Chris’ voice is perfect for this! Click the links below which include a recent acoustic set by Chris #2 of 11 of these songs and play it fucking loud!

http://a-frecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-fistful-of-revolution-stars-skulls-ep-af016

Punk Politics #35: Special Report

On February 23rd just outside of Brunswick, Georgia a black jogger was shot and killed by 2 white men on the side of the road. They told the police they thought he was a burglar. No charges have been filed. The NAACP and SPLC through a lot of hard work have gotten the district attorney to convene a grand jury to decide if criminal charges will be filed. So, wait a fucking minute! Georgia, a state with a history of the strange fruit of black me hangin from trees can’t simply say it’s illegal for white men to hunt black men for sport!?! Also an extra legal execution is legit for regular citizens because they “thought he was a robber”. Wven the cops typically have to go to the trouble of falsifying charges better than that with planting evidence. This is the epitome of white privilege! This is the klan lynchings all over again but even worse sonce they don’t have to wear masks or operate under the cover of darkness. In fact, this is a braod daylight lynching. How else do we describe the degree of difficulty to prosecute first degree racial murder in 2020? According to reports the two white males were parked and waiting outside of their truck ahead of where Ahmaud Arbery was jogging. This is setting up a kill zone, this is pre-meditation. We need to let it be known that this is not okay! It’s not acceptable that it happened in the past and it’s not acceptable now! #blacklivesmatter

– C Fish

Introducing Bob Vylan

He isn’t that new, Bob Vylan has been around for a few years. I found out about him from the track We Live Here which sounds like Dead Prez meets Crass. The evolution of anarcho punk has fucking occurred and you need to check it out! He’s a black guy from Britain with an amazing rap flow and a clear love of old hard core punk, gansta rap, trap and conscious hip hop. Another solid track is merch stand which slams hard as fuck. Solid blend of hard core and 808’s. My other top track from Bob Vylan is Fighting At The Church which is just an amazing straight ahead punk rap track. This one might be my favorite right now. Click the links below and blast this shit. If the neighbors hate it, play it louder!

– C Fish

https://instagram.com/bobbyvylan?igshid=9kmvjyz34t6z

https://www.facebook.com/BobVylan/

Check out Bob Vylan (@BobbyVylan): https://twitter.com/BobbyVylan?s=09

Dance Gavin Dance- After Burner

The new album from one of the most interesting post hard core bands I’ve ever heard came out April 24th. Honestly I knew nothing about this band before today. I was in a different place musically when they came out and wrote em of as some Warped Tour scene band. I gave em a chance today with this album and I was hooked from the first song. I love progressive hard core to begin with. This album sounds like they took the best parts of post 2002 Propagandhi, Thursday, Circa Survive Fall Out Boy, Dillenger Escape Plan and put all of it into a singular band. I’ve always been a fan of the clean and screamed vocals in post hard core but I’m blown away by the juxtaposition of the pop sensibility of their clean vocals versus the heavy scream. All of this gives them their own unique sound. I really can’t compare them wholly to anything, but it’s just fuckin good. So crank this and give it a listen. Maybe you’ll dig it as much as I do, maybe you won’t. But at least you’ll have taken a chance on expanding your musical palate.

– C Fish

Punk Politics #34

I see so many people talking about getting back to “normal”. Why the fuck would we want that? Normal is this blood sacrifice fed monolith we call the economy. Normal is the hyper popularization of hate. Normal is the stark trauma that our election is between 2 racist sex offenders. Normal is the Jeff Bezos, Hobby Lobby dystopia where only profit matters and fuck the people because “God told me”. Normal is shitting all over the singular environment we all share and calling it progress. Normal is continuing the indigenous genocide in the name of pipelines. We can’t fucking drink oil or eat money! Normal is this abusive late stage capitalism that we call American life. We don’t need normal, we need a hard reset. If America needs this normal to exist, then it’s high time for extinction.

– C Fish

Days N Daze- Show Me The Blueprints

Days N Daze are back with another monolith of acoustic introspection. And this one drops on Fat Wreck! They made the punk rock big time and I’m happy for em. When I first heard the single Libriyum the notably better production threw me a bit. But now I love it. Being able to actually hear how good Jesse and Whitney’s voices really are is fucking awesome! Yet again they have stretched and improved their songwriting to give us another soundtrack to turning the blacklight on our own fractured psyches. So make sure your blasting this album up to 11 while you’re identifying your own demons and screaming at em to fuck off. Then dig in your couch cushions and steal your neighbors’ recycle to save up and catch a show whenever we can have shows again and these guys tour because it’s an awesome live show! Check links below to get a hold of this record cause it’s a hot one!

– C Fish

Days N Daze – Show Me The Blueprints. BUNDLE

https://daysndaze.bandcamp.com/album/show-me-the-blueprints

Punk Politics #33

Oakland storm troopers (police) have done it again. So after they came under fire for arresting single black mothers and children for the act of trying to live in an abandoned home they’ve shown their ignorance again. Now the Oakland troopers have pinned outreach workers to the ground who were handing out bottled water to the homeless. Their defense is that one of them “fit the description of a suspect.” Well of course they did when you believe all black people act and look the same. They remind me of another city’s storied police department. Philadelphia in the 1970’s and 80’s. See link below for that history. Honestly, I think that the departments need a complete top to bottom house cleaning or perhaps we treat the cops the same way they treat the people. And this isn’t new for Oakland as gun control was born there out of Ronald Reagan’s kink of being fearful of strong black men. Yes, that’s right. A republican began gun control to disarm Black Panthers in California.

https://punxinsolidarity.com/2018/04/03/on-a-move/

– C Fish

The Homeless Gospel Choir- This Land Is Your Landfill

The new one from Homeless Gospel Choir dropped today! This Land Is Your Landfill, and it’s a great fuckin record. Well, I’m streaming it but ya know what I mean. The best way for me to describe their sound is sadness with hope. Like when ya feel depressed but you’re gonna fight like hell with pure hope against it. And what a time for an album like this to come out. When we need every bit hope we can gwt in the present dystopia. The stand out tracks on this for me are Don’t Compare which is a protest song against getting trapped in the vicious cycle of comparing yourself to whatever bull shit you see in your social media feed. The other one is Art Punk whoch sounds like a protest against the sadness us introverted punks tend to cary with us into adulthood. I met this band through punk rock and while it didn’t die on the cross for us, it sure as shit saved our lives. Every track on this is a protest song because there’s always a fight that’s worth it. This album shows that the most important protest is against our own baggage. So find and crank this loud. Shout in protest against your isolation and insecurities. I promise every doubt is bull shit and screaming this record with your own voice is all the proof you need.

-C Fish