Thoughts on shows

For the punk community 2020 has sucked as shows haven’t been that viable. We all think about this magical return to “normal” which is a strange thought for a culture that thrives on being abnormal. I think the way forward is hybrid where all live shows are streamed. Because you could have a group of punks in like Kansas or wherever have a house party for a show in any part of the world. The bands and venue staff could then have work no matter the conditions and the idea of punk which has mostly spread through touring could potentially spread further than it ever has. We’ve proven you can sell tickets for streaming events and we can continue that. Charge maybe a lower price than you would for showing up in person. I’m no expert, but clearly we gotta evolve in a changing world.

– C Fish

Yungblud- Weird review

Last week Yungblud’s latest full length dropped. Now, I know that on simply hearing the music that maybe it doesn’t sound at all punk aside from Strawberry Lipstick (total 77 scream out) or the clearly Cure influenced title track. But if you really think about it, this is punk fucking rock. This whole thing is an ideological “fuck you” to this conservative hellscape we’ve been living through the way hard core was during the Reagan administration. Every fucking song means something, it’s not some empty pop shit to be forgotten 10 minutes later. Honestly, it’s something I wish existed when I was 17 and really dealing with the fight between “fuck society” and “loneliness kinda hurts”. My stand out track on this is a tie between God Save Me and Weird. This is the album 2020 needed in a year where we’ve all been forced to hang out with our problems and actually deal with em. No matter how hardcore you are, there’s something on this album to resonate with, so check it out.

– C Fish

Reviews

Yes, we do album reviews free of charge. Just hit me up at one of the below links and send a link where I can listen to it. If I like your stuff, I’ll review it and say many nice things. If I don’t, I’ll tell ya and not do a review. That’s right, we don’t do shitty reviews. We may not be big like Alternative Press or MRR ( it is only one writer) but at least it’s a free review by someone who genuinely digs your shit. DM is the best way to get a hold of me

– C Fish

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Appalachian Terror Unit- Greenwashing

In 2007 an absolute classic of brutal crust came screaming from the backwoods of West Virginia. Appalachian Terror Unit with their full length Greenwashing. This is 8 tracks of punishing doom rammed up your ass at breakneck speed. We can again thank Profane Existence for putting this beast out. My top track is Let’s Take The Fight To Them. A perfect track for guillotining the rich. This whole album is just pure metallic crust, so if your a punk or metal head looking for a bridge, this has descended from the vines of the ancient wood to choke your soul. Play it loud enough to see what creatures are down.

– C Fish

Stalk and support:

https://appalachianterrorunit.bandcamp.com/album/greenwashing

http://www.profaneexistence.com/

https://instagram.com/sarah.appalachian.terror.unit?igshid=1oxdaprq3059z

Swordwielder- System Overlord review

A little over a year ago an amazing release of blackened crust came blasting out of Sweden on Profane Existence! Swordwielder’s System Overlord. Holy fuck, this is amazing! 9 tracks of brutally crushing and complex black doom crust. my standout is Violent Revolution because it’s such a siren song for the strange reality we find ourselves in at present. Most of the songs clock in at 4 to 6 plus minutes and every bit of this time is spent painting a landscape of the dystopia that caresses the present world hellscape. Their sound is the progression of what Amebix began. This is progressive crust and what you need to hear right fuckin now if you haven’t yet. Crank it to 11!

– C Fish

Info to stalk and support:

https://wieldthesword.bandcamp.com/album/system-overlord

https://instagram.com/profane_existence_official?igshid=1o3i0ky2h4gpy

Lilac review

Coming outta Pittsburgh, PA is the debut cyber crust full length from Lilac. For those who grew up on any cyber/ tech punk like ATR and Intro5pect the next evolution is fuckin here! 10 blistering tracks of electro brutality and amazing weirdness! Lilac is all one artist and she is hot on her shit. Everything is solidly put together and executed. The standout track is Unplug + Destroy which reminds me the most of lost nights blasting my conscious with my old ATR record. So dance with Lilac and let’s suffer together through the surveillance age as we start in our own bad reality shows in real time and do it fuckin loud!

C- Fish

Info to stalk and support:

https://lilaccybercrust.bandcamp.com/album/lilac

https://www.facebook.com/lilaccybercrust/

https://instagram.com/lilac.web?igshid=yngmj5kwm08t

Bob Vylan review

Shit, took me a minute to get to this one. This past year the grime punk duo of Bob Vylan dropped their debut We Live Here. The sound is the bastard child of Trap and Anarcho punk with a British accent with the levels cranked to max to melt wall paint and fascist brains. This is easily the most interesting album in the last 5 years of punk. The Anarcho view from a black perspective is just something we don’t hear enough of as it’s still a drastically underrepresented viewpoint in the music. Stand out track on this is the title We Live Here which calls out the ever present ignorance of whites not being aware that people of color fucking live here. And everything on this album is straight out so blast the hatred out by cranking this shit!

– C Fish

Info to stalk and support:

https://bobvylan.bandcamp.com/album/we-live-here

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

https://instagram.com/bobbyvylan?igshid=1rdczux55yirv

Vengence By Proxy review

Vengence By Proxy recently dropped their debut on crust’s own powerhouse label, Profane Existence and if you been sleepin on it, time to wake the fuck up. Crust rock unit from Gothenburg, Sweden. Their sound, take Thin Lizzy, D Beat, Motorhead and Axegrinder then throw that shit in a blender and you have one of the best releases from crust of the past decade. The lyrics and crunch of absolute punishing brutality but with a good time rock feel. Play this shit beyond acceptable volumes and freak out the neighbors. Stand out track on this is Crust Is Back In Town. Fucking seriously, ya need this album and ya need to blast it loud enough to piss off the cemetery next door.

– C Fish

Info to stalk and support:

https://vengeancebyproxy.bandcamp.com/album/vengeance-by-proxy

https://www.facebook.com/VengeanceByProxy/

https://instagram.com/vengeancebyproxy?igshid=b6vetr16e88l

Quick update

Yeah, been a bit quiet lately. A mix of political burn out and lack of time. P.I.S. will be moving base again. This time to Greensburg, PA. November is gonna bring a lot of planned music reviews and likely unplanned reports of awesomeness. With the election season of course there will be the mixture of analysis and trash talk that is Punk Politics. LBC has been real, now time for something different. Catch y’all on the b side.

– C Fish

Punk Politics #45

The movement to free Mumia Abu Jamal has been losing steam at a time when it really shouldn’t be. I think the issue here is that not enough people know about this important figure in black liberation or his battle with the monolithic Pennsylvania penal system. Below will be links on this info. Please spread this like a pandemic. I’m working on finding out what we can further do to help so that info will be posted asap. Knowledge is the first action and one we can all do. Also there will be web links for further exploration. Time to get Ona MOVE and let the power know we ain’t done.

– C Fish

https://twitter.com/MumiaAbuJamal?s=09