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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE, THE

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Screamo / Emo-violence / Skramz / Grind / Metal / Ambient / Crust / Sludge / Thrash / Noise / Power Violence / Grunge / Experimental / Prog
Related artistsThe Ultimate Screamo Band, The Catlin Elm, Carpet, Royaume Des Morts and Nous Étions.
Country:   Montreal, Quebec CANADA
Years Active2002-present
Song: "Roland Made the Paper"
Album: "Over the Top"
Year: 2004
For fans ofEd GeinAdvocate, (early) Curl Up And DieMe And Him Call It Us, Crestfallen, .gif from god, Cassilis, Combatwoundedveteran, Boak, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, The Great Redneck Hope, Jude The Obscure, Fall Silent, I Am A Curse, Callow, The Encyclopedia Of American Traitors, Destroyer Destroyer, Ritual Mess, Ruined Families, Akimbo, Perth Express, The Love And Terror Cult, Potence, The Exelar, Dangers!, Gas Up Yr Hearse!, Loma Prieta, Campaign Committee and Seventeen Again.
Label(s): L'Oeil du Tigre / Contempt For Humanity / New Romance For Kids Records / Cadavre Exquis / D7i Records
This post's artist is from the June 2016 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download: the August Mix#8 right here or get the new September 2016 Mix#9 here.

I first heard them THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE over a decade ago when I picked up 'Over the Top' on some kind of whim...I'm unsure which. At the time I was able to pick up on some of the cool stuff going on, but for the most part the noise and cacacophony was a blockade for me. Now that I am much more versed in heavy music, I have come to the conclusion that if Ed Gein listened to a ton of Love Lost But Not ForgottenCurl Up And Die and Fall Silent they would probably end up with this crusty, filthy, acidic, violent and pummeling hardcore punk. The band loves their movie clips and also mimics Old Man Gloom on many tracks in the way they include half song/half noise or half song/half audio clip and does so really, really well. Intriguing and humourous song titles litter each release, with a few examples of: "Sixty-nine on a Sexy Night", "I Am the Best Person Ever", "Welcome to My Haircut", "My Dick is So Hard I Could Be in School" and "No One Has Bigger Balls Than God". The band has undergone some lineup changes, label changes and sound changes over their, now, 14 year existence.

Back in 2003 THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE released their 'Demo' which is pulverizing metallic hardcore, mosh and a bit of screamo and powerviolence thrown in for good measure. Bands such as CrestfallenThe Great Redneck Hope, Destroyer Destroyer, Advocate and early Curl Up And Die come to mind quickly whilst sonically having your ass kicked. The vocals and instrumentals are very, very much like those of Crestfallen and early Curl Up And Die, especially on "Don't You Look Sharp Tonight?" and "The Instructor's Notes Were in a Tangle", the latter of which also has a Predator movie clip ending and I'm always a sucker for that. This EP is probably my favourite release by the band.

THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE came back the following year and continued their evil, venomous and scathing grindy, metallic hardcore. The spastic, emo-violence chaos that is 2004's 'Over the Top' is literally just that, a little over the top. The vocals are extreme, the drumming is insane and the strings are stopping and starting on a dime. This is quite obvious from the opening track of "Drinking Cocktails With Little Straw Hats" and continues until the closer "Beauties are Fast-Forgiven, Ugliness Easily-Forgotten" which is a longer, drawn out song that sheds chaos for a solid foundation of heavy, chugging riffs. At least two of the seven songs were rerecorded from their 2003 'Demo', as "The Instructor's Notes Were In a Tangle" and "My Dick is So Hard I Could Be In School" are definitely on both.

In 2005 the band released a whopping 15-song LP with a new direction. Almost gone are the shrieks and squeals which have been replaced by Daitro-esque yelled/screamy vocals (but not the instrumentals, so perhaps Potence is a better example) and the switch works, but the movement away from the band's traditional sound would continue, and not always for the better. This LP, however, contains a plethora of beauties that covers the short and repulsive ("Listening to Elvis" and "Enfant de Chienne"), the one to two minute chaotic and dense gems ("Another Blown Light Bulb" and "Welcome to My Haircut") as well as the long and cohesive ("I Am the Best Person Ever" and A Prolonged Disaster").

After a 2005-2011 break with no output, the band came back with a much more chilled out and experimental approach on 2011's 'The Prolonged Disaster' with mixed success. focusing on progressing the sound and ending up with much more of a post-hardcore/grunge territory. At times I'm reminded of a faster and less heavy incarnation of Kowloon Walled City and even Loma Prieta's 2015 LP 'Self Portrait'. Songs such as "Scum of the Earth" and "Eugene" exceed four minutes each, which is the length of 4-8 of their older tracks combined. "Scum of the Earth" includes clean, post-metal vocals that work for the musical output and "Eugene" sags after only a minute with a serene but lengthy piano and orchestral outro, so both are rather forgetful. That being said, songs like "Comfort and Discouragement", "Terminus", "Mourning Melody" and "Another Mayday" are excellent, quick and to the point powerviolence/hardcore romps. The closer, "Building a Freedom/Lullaby", is a prime example when the band utilized the progressive hardcore approach and over the 6:52 duration fuckin' nails it.

Seemingly realizing the detracting tangents of their 2011 recordings, THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE shifted back to releasing a 12-track 7"EP in 2014 which reverts to dirty, aggressive and caustic hardcore from their days of yore. They use an interesting formula that begins with a barrage of noise inspired by Combatwoundedveteran for 30 seconds, followed by another 30 seconds or so of ambient noise. "Hocheluga Witch" and "Who Are We?" take the cake for the heaviest and most straight to the point stingers on the album, while "Bring Me Joy" and "Old Dirty Sun" are without a doubt the most insane.

During the writing of this review I certainly became much more entrenched in the band's discography, and I'd expect a few readers of this blog will have a similar reaction. Oh, and the drummer Guillaume is also the brain behind The Ultimate Screamo Band, which Zegema Beach Records helped release in 2015 to mostly glowing reviews, a few negative ones, as well as a handful of ridiculous and absurd rants.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2003 - Demo EP (stream/donate/download here)

2004 - Over the Top cdEP (stream/donate/download here)

2005 - Hairbomb cdLP (stream/donate/download here)

2011 - The Prolonged Disaster cd/12"LP (stream/donate/download here) [buy cd here]

2014 - first joice [power] of the shit 7"EP (stream/donate/download here) [buy 7" here]

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(2003) THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE - "Don't You Look Sharp Tonight" (from 'Demo')

(2003) THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE - "The Errors of a Little Boy" (from 'Demo')

(2004) THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE - "Roland Made the Paper" (from 'Over the Top')

(2004) THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE - "Beauties are Fast-Forgiven, Ugliness Easily-Forgotten" (from 'Over the Top')

(2005) THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE - "Another Blown Light Bulb" (from 'Hairbomb')

(2005) THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE - "Welcome to My Haircut" (from 'Hairbomb')

(2005) THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE - "Loser" (from 'Hairbomb')

(2011) THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE - "Mourning Melody" (from 'The Prolonged Disaster')

(2011) THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE - "Building of a Freedom/Lullaby" (from 'The Prolonged Disaster')

(2014) THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE - "Hocheluga Witch" (from 'first juice [power] of the shit')

(2014) THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE - "Who Are We?" (from 'first juice [power] of the shit')

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THE EXPECTORATED SEQUENCE additional links
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Monday, 22 August 2016

***THE REPTILIAN w/Terry Green, Nanette & Wimp City show review***

On July 25th, 2016 THE REPTILIAN came back to see us in The Doors Pub in Hamilton after travelling all the way from Kalamazoo, Michigan in the USA. The three extremely kind fellas visited us back in Aug of 2014 with Two Knights, which you can view here. After chilling at my place all day we headed to the venue. The place filled up quickly and Wimp City pulled in a ton of people who stayed for the duration of the show. There was many a merch sold, especially by THE REPTILIAN, from whom I acquired distro items for their new 'End Paths' cassette (buy here) and 'End Paths b-side' flexi 7" (buy here). I've done a quick review/overview for each band, starting with the opener, and included the videos I took as well as links to each band's bandcamp and facebook site. It was definitely a thoroughly enjoyable show!




NANETTE
I've seen the Nanette fellas a few times now, with the band always showing promise but sounding a bit muddled live. This night was exactly what I was waiting for, I flawless set with great sound. I was able to see and hear Nanette the way that I can only assume the band's wants to come across; driving, emotional, catchy, heavy and screamy. Check out the video below for a fine taste of Toronto's Nanette.


WIMP CITY
As stated above, Wimp City did a fantastic job of bringing some awesome folks to the show. The two-piece turned three-piece has now reverted back to a two-piece of bass/vocals and drums. The rollicking sassiness of this punk/hardcore hybrid is infectious and it seems like the band is playing more shows nowadays so I'm excited to see where they go from here.

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THE REPTILIAN
The decade-old Kalamzoo 3-piece played a short but sweet set of just over 20 minutes comprised primarily of new material from their stellar 'End Paths' full length that was just released. The last time The Reptilian played I was impressed, but this time I was floored. The energy injected into the new songs live tops the excellent sounding recorded material and watching the three get really into the songs as well as Russ pulsating with the music was powerful and magnetic. I always liked The Reptilian, but now I love The Reptilian.

1 - Old Growth

2 & 3 - Drifter & No Path

4 - Wrong Pattern

5 - Turn and Coil


TERRY GREEN
I don't when the plateau is going to be reached, but Terry Green gets better and better every fucking time I see them. With a new 12"LP on the horizon, fans such as myself have been salivating for over two years waiting for a proper recording and release from these four Mississauga sweethearts. The band played songs mostly from the upccoming record and did so with the perfect mixture of intricacy, rawness, restraint, passion and chaos that results in the band being discussed by new listeners post set with exhuberance.
1 - Rick Rubin

2 - Instant Relief

Sunday, 21 August 2016

***OMSB podcast #10 w/Ollie (The World That Summer)***

A month or two ago I went to my friend and bandmate's apartment in downtown Hamilton to discuss music and some movies. His name is Ollie. We discussed a myriad of things, none of which involved our band, oddly enough. Bands we did discuss:

Yage
Brainbombs
Inception (soundtrack)
Kazuki Tomokawa
The Catalyst
Full Blown A.I.D.S.
Mutoid Man


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I don't usually do memorable quotes from the podcast series but damn there were some gems in here:

"Their singer just shouts terrible, terrible things. This song about murdering prostitutes is actually very tame compared to most of their output."

"Woah, you're incepted by me not seeing Inception."

"You haven't seen Kindergarten Cop? How is that possible?!?!?!"

"How do you feel?"
"I feel like my pod has been cast."

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Here are some related links:

OMSB Podcast #6 w/Steve (The World That Summer) (listen)
The World That Summer (w/Ken Mode & Life In Vacuum) show review
The World That Summer (w/Worst Gift & Black Love) show review
The World That Summer (w/Foxmoulder & Sarin) show review
The World That Summer (w/Lentic Waters & Locktender) show review
The World That Summer (w/Gillian Carter & Respire) show review
The World That Summer - T-shirt (buy)
The World That Summer - Zampler #7 exclusive track (listen)
The World That Summer - Caddac cdr (buy)
The World That Summer / Apostles Of Eris - split cassette (listen/buy)
The World That Summer stickers (on this page)

Friday, 19 August 2016

DRUMMERS

BandDRUMMERS
GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Prog / Screamo
Related artistsSparrows Swarm And Sing and Pretty & Nice.
CountryMassachusetts USA
Years Active2011
Song: "Oceans"
Album: "Drummers"
Year: 2011
For fans ofThe Reptilian, Wolves, Hercules Hercules, Mouse Fitzgerald, Meth And Goats, Logs, Drive Like Jehu, Wow, Owls!, Worst Gift, At The Drive In, Animal Faces, Solids, JR Ewing, Sing! Sing! Prison, North Of America, Rye Coalition, Sinaloa and Ultra Dolphins.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the June 2016 Mix. This is track #6.
You can download: the August Mix#8 right here or get the new September 2016 Mix#9 here.

3-piece awkward and disjointed, yet somehow dancey and catchy. All I know of is the self titled debut cassette LP 'Drummers' that was released back in 2011 and seems to be non-existent on the internet, so I've uploaded the album in mp3 form right here. If Wow, Owls! and Meth And Goats listened to a ton of North Of America and other mathy, indie, garage rock they would probably sound like DRUMMERS, which is a damn fine thing.

The 10-track album opens with a noisey intro called "Planes I" before "Planes II" hits hard as a post-punk romp through dancey hardcore with yelling that borders on screaming but never quite makes it there. "Hearts" begins like a Christmas tune and quickly morphs into an Animal Faces and Drive Like Jehu post-hardcore rock song. The fantastic "Oceans" is a great song that should be your first listen cuz it's fucking vintage DRUMMERS. The track gets unreal at 1:40 with an ultra catchy guitar riff that leads out the dancey, catchy and sassy tune. "Fabric I" is a second interlude, this time with a few sad, country/folk guitars that bleed into "Fabric II", another jammy hardcore/garage rock song with an eerie ending. Seasons" is a surprisingly somber acoustic number, while "Islands" sports the whispered, almost shoegaze-esque vocals from the onset but eventually the yells take over and the song builds to a dramatic ending. "Bridges" is the longest song at 4:06 and utilizes some excellent transitions to lead from one great section to the next. "Home" closes the album in acoustic fashion, and as the second such track on the album this is no longer all that surprising.

Chances are you've never heard of this band. Now ya have. Enjoy.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2011 - Drummers cassetteLP (download here)

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(2011) DRUMMERS - "Oceans" (from 'Drummers')

(2011) DRUMMERS - "Planes II" (from 'Drummers')

(2011) DRUMMERS - "Hearts" (from 'Drummers')

(2010) DRUMMERS - full set live video
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DRUMMERS out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

MONTE IDA

BandMONTE IDA
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountryRennes FRANCE
Years Active2013-present
Song: "Lete"
Album: "Corinth"
Year: 2016
For fans ofGillian Carter, Shizune, Mothlight, Ravin, State Faults, Raein, Lautrec, Cease Upon The Capitol, Subjects/Rulers, Altar Of Complaints, Polina, Rainmaker, Youth Novel, Kaddish, Daitro, Chuck BassØjne, Young MountainHuman HandsПричал, Itto and The Usual aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the June 2016 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the August Mix#8 right here or get the new September 2016 Mix#9 here.

MONTE IDA released a notable EP back in 2014, but it wasn't until this year's 'Corinth' EP that I truly began to immerse myself in the band's material. The French punk band plays dreamy and screamy hardcore that is its own beast, although comparisons to bands such as Shizune, Kaddish, Lautrec and especially the new stuff to Gillian Carter are quite apt.

This new 'Corinth' EP is four tracks of progressive and quirky screamo that begins with the exceptional "Lete" which, let's be honest, screams of Gillian Carter and newer Raein, but that's a really really good thing. Next up is the playful, screamy and ultimately Italian sounding "Averno" which has a very positive vibe to it, as does most of the music that MONTE IDA releases. From the debut 'Devotion' EP, songs such as "Teramene" scream Lautrec with the dancey and chill screamy sections. There's also "Eco" which has a heavy Cease Upon The Capitol imprint and the initial onset of Gillian-Carter-initis which the band has adopted heavily on their new record, while "Tauri" sounds like Shizune and Youth Novel.

If you have yet to check out MONTE IDA I'd strongly recommend doing so now, just jam those youtube videos below and then donate some money to the band. I'm super excited to hear what comes next!

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DISCOGRAPHY

2014 - Devotion digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - Corinth 12"EP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2016) MONTE IDA - "Lete" (from 'Corinth')

(2016) MONTE IDA - "Averno" (from 'Corinth')

(2014) MONTE IDA - "Eco" (from 'Devotion')

(2014) MONTE IDA - "Ate" (from 'Devotion')

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MONTE IDA additional links
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