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
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
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!
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
Check out Bob Vylan (@BobbyVylan): https://twitter.com/BobbyVylan?s=09
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
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
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.
As a Cali kid who grew up on Anarcho and goth I was fuckin stoked to come across this! My first impression is Christian Death meets The Mob. Davey Bales even sounds like a deeper Rozz between the emotion and cadence. For those who maybe thought Anarcho and Death Rock were dead, you’re thankfully wrong. I’m talkin about the Wraith’s full length album Gloom Ballet. The sound and songwriting on this album are mind blowing. This is the soundtrack for masking up in all black and fighting the system or avoiding society altogether. They paint a soundscape of bleak perfection. So buy and/or stream this shit loud. Perhaps you can attract and train a murder of ominous crows to your beckoning call.
Check links below to get into this music and connect with em on social media.
The first new album in 15 years from ska punk powerhouse Suicide Machines dropped on Friday! It’s really fuckin good! Been stoked on the single Awkward Always which is a solid ska track takin me back to the 90’s. Yet again these guys are one of the bands who most remind me of Op Ivy because it’s ska punk with a message. There’s a few straight punk (not ska at all) tracks that are fuckin gnarly. My stand out track is Babylon of Ours, just a message and organ driven ska banger. I can’t wait till there’s a record store open to buy a copy. Note to future readers: March through April 2020 we’re on lockdown for a pandemic but at least there’s great music to soundtrack the real time societal collapse. So stream this shit loud and hopefully we all make it till we can see em tour
– C Fish
RVA hard core band Ghouli just sent their lates EP entitled Nothing against my desk this week. This was my first hearing of them. And holy shit it’s gnarly! Amazing female led hard core that rocks like F Minus and Witch Hunt. The breakdowns and instrument work is amazing! I’m stoked to have heard this band and hope to catch em live some time. Follow em and band camp and blast it loud!
– C Fish