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Open Mind Saturated Brain


Monday, 27 February 2017


GenresPunk / Rock / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Prog
Related artistsLight The Fuse And Run, City Of Caterpillar, Kojak, Brainworms, Municipal Waste, Sweat Lodge, Flesh Eating Creeps, Pink Razors and Flashbulb Memory.
CountryRichmond, Virginia USA
Years Active2001-2003
Song: "When Doves Cry"
Album: "Demo"
Year: 2002
For fans ofAim Of ConradWow, Owls!Wild Guess, Logs, D'Amore, Mouse Fitzgerald, Flashbulb Memory, On The Might Of Princes, Ten Grand, Hot Cross, Drummers, The Holy Shroud, Congratulations, Dream Caste, Malady, 1994!, No Tonuge, Creepozoids, Worst Gift, The Reptilian, Kill Sadie, Sing! Sing! Prison, Life At These Speeds, North Of America, Serotonin, Adolina and Light The Fuse And Run aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Life In A Box / Robotic Empire / Waking Records / The Perpetual Motion Machine
This post's artist is from the February 2017 Mix. This is track #6.
You can download: the February 2017 Mix#2 right here or get the new March 2017 Mix#3 here.

STOP IT!! were a band I missed out on for many years because I shyed away from 12" after hearing it once as I wasn't impressed with the vocals and remembering thinking a general "meh". Finally I was given a STOP IT!! 'Demo' 10" for the distro and I decided to transfer it to mp3 as I couldn't find it anywhere online and remembered a few friends telling me it was their best. Holy fuck, they were right.

So in 2002 the band released their 'Demo' cd/10"EP and it is a flawless, sassy, mathy and powerful ordeal. The opener "When Doves Cry" is probably the best song ever released by the band and screams a garage rock meets screamo and math rock concoction not unlike Aim Of Conrad, Life At These Speeds, Wild Guess and Wow, Owls!. If this kind of name dropping got your attention then just stop reading and download the EP. I revisited 'Self Made Maps' before writing this review and am still not sold on it. I like it, but the 'Demo' is most certainly my thing. The gruffer vocals don't excite me and the songwriting is still interesting but the focus on progressive songwriting and less in-your-face rock/hardcore is much less appeasing to my ears.



2002 - Demo cd/10"EP (download EP here and buy 10" here)

2003 - Self Made Maps cd/12"LP (stream/donate/download here)


(2002) STOP IT!! - "When Doves Cry" (from 'Demo')

(2002) STOP IT!! - "My Prerogative" (from 'Demo')

(2002) STOP IT!! - "Paradise City" (from 'Demo')

(2003) STOP IT!! - "Captain Roboto" (from 'Self Made Maps')

(2003) STOP IT!! - "Remove Your Teeth" (from 'Self Made Maps')


STOP IT!! out of print mp3 discography download / additional links

(download here)

Buy 'Demo' 10"EP here

Friday, 24 February 2017

***BLACK NAIL exclusive EP premiere***

BLACK NAIL exclusive premiere for:
'A Meeting of Bliss and Trauma'
For fans of: Me And Him Call It Us, .gif from god, Letters To Catalonia, The 21st Agenda, Caust, Swan Of Tuonela and Mothlight.

Near the end of 2016 I was passed BLACK NAIL's self titled debut EP (linked here) and was pretty goddamn impressed, so much so that I was insanely close to including it on the OMSB Best of 2016 list of EPs, linked here, as it would have been #11. The screamy and grindy metalcore is unrelenting and pummeling, leaving no space for ambient bits or cleaner sections and instead opting for panicked chords, chaos and murderous breakdowns.

A few days back, Chicago's BLACK NAIL sent me two new songs to premiere and I can safely say that these things are fucking unreal. The explosiveness and sheer intensity is overwhelming and will leave fans of Me And Him Call It Us, Letters To Catalonia and .gif from god in a euphoric state. The new EP is titled 'A Meeting of Bliss and Trauma' and will be released in the near future on tape and cd, according to the band. Opening track "Holding a Moth by the Wings (Hands for Scissors)" is an eerie and feedback saturated homage to Me And Him Call It Us, combining poisonous vocals with crushing instrumentals. The songs speeds up substantially at 1:18 and disintegrates into black hole breakdowns by 1:30. The final half of the EP is "It's Not Just a Feeling, You are Being Watched", which is a mere 1:53 of forehead slapping awesomeness. Opting for a faster opening and scathing vocals amidst here and there mini breakdowns, the song goes fucking ballistic at 1:38 and will have fans of .gif from god and Letters To Catalonia on their knees praying to the gods of spazzy, metallic screamo. Seriously this song is one of the best you'll hear in 2017.

The band will be touring in March to SXSW with the band Tweak.

Here are the songs, blast this until someone complains...and then turn it up louder.

"Holding a Moth by the Wings (Hands for Scissors)"

"It's Not Just a Feeling, You are Being Watched"


Thursday, 23 February 2017

***DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD album premiere***

DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD 'Vol II' album premiere

FFO: Roy, Two Gallants, Laika’s Orbit, Shahman, Waxwing, Queens Of The Stone Age, Worst Gift, Frank Black, Johnny Cash and Bloodpheasant.

People are generally surprised when I inform them that, yes, I do listen to music that isn’t heavy. I mean, c’mon, Nada Surf is my favourite band! Kehan from Don’t Live Like Me Records gave me this incredible opportunity to this, so I’m very excited to be premiering the new, dark and epic post-rock/folk-rock DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD ‘Vol. II’ full length.

This is a supergroup, plain and simple. The members have been and still play in some extremely seminal bands, including;  Ampere, Wolves, Daniel Striped Tiger, Death To Tyrants, Kindling, Parquet Courts, and so many others. DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD was established by Northeast punk dignitaries and longtime friends Eric Gagne (Footings, Redwing Blackbird, Death To Tyrants), Randy Patrick (The Toll, Death To Tyrants), Andrew Skelly (Kindling, Ampere, Wolves), Jason St.Claire (Sweet John Bloom, Daniel Striped Tiger), and Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts, Daniel Striped Tiger) have been making records together in their spare time since 2010. Separated by thousands of miles and other full-time projects, DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD has always provided its core group with a creative and fulfilling way of staying in touch. ‘Vol. II’ is a departure from their first release in so much as subsequent albums will be a departure from it. There are mellow moments and there are earsplitting moments, so that much hasn’t changed at all.

Here is Kehan’s story about how he came about releasing this bad boy:
Back in 2012, I attended Now Denial's 10 year gig in Allston, MA which would be one of Daniel Striped Tiger's final shows for the foreseeable future. This was also shortly after DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD's debut was released by Enemies List (Have A Nice Life, Planning for Burial, Xasthur, etc) and they happened to be selling copies. Over a few years of repeated listens, it gradually became one of my favorite releases ever. Volume I conjures moments ranging from massive waves of sound to soft acoustic guitar pillowing an echo chamber. Come to find out they needed a label to help release Volume II, I offered to help and here we are! Conceptually like a Western Massachusetts Pygmy Lush, if you will. I'm beyond stoked to share with you this wonderful record, made by some of the kindest musicians I've met to date."

Here’s Dave’s quick overview of the record:

Opener “Barnfire” puts the folksy acoustic guitars on display right from the get-go. This 8+ minute song begins very tranquil and doesn’t really get into it until just after the one-minute mark, injecting slightly twangy and somber clean vocals that float throughout the track’s tenure.

Next up is “Totem” which is a much shorter investment, with the dark and depressing rural rock clocking in at 2:52 that must, just fucking must, have some Johnny Cash influence.

Decimal Spaces” is a whopping 13:26 in length and is easily one of the best tracks on ‘Vol. II’. The first few sections are spacious and ambient with nods to minimal atmospheric rock. By seven minutes, however, the song slides into some very jammy and interesting territory that drops any ties to folk/country and instead delves into proggy, epic rock and post-rock. By the 9-minute mark shit gets pretty intense and probably as heavy as you’ll hear on the entire record.

“Cold Clear” is a basic acoustic track with sporadic and nearly whispered vocals that is calming and gorgeous for the first three minutes before some awkward and experimental instrumentals take over for the final three minutes.

Track number five is “Onto You”, a sludgy, post-rock/post-hardcore romp that easily could have been released in the mid-late 1990s to much acclaim. A different beast than most songs on here, this is a very engaging song that grunge music and Brian Cook’s baby aka the band Roy could easily be compared to.

Gunslinger” is another killer song and probably the most straightforward banger on this record. After the two minute mark we are even graced with some pretty fucking powerful solos followed by a quieter outro.

“Homeless” is over quickly, being only 2:44 in length. Like a lone light in a cavern, the song juxtaposes the sad with the hopeful in a stirring track that has some very effective vocals and powerful guitars.

The closer “Ollie Ox & Free” is a very chill song and would be great to sip an iced tea to on the porch of my non-existent farm. It's a very relaxing and intriguing listen that perfectly closes the album.

Don’t Live Like Me Records is releasing the 12” on three different variants out of 300 and the entire thing was recorded by Will Killingsworth and mastered by Alan Douches.

Listen and buy the full album here:

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

***PODCAST #16 w/Mike Norman aka my brother***

This is my brother Mike Norman. He's three years younger than me. He's my best friend and a new father. He loves punk music. So we talked about all that stuff. We hear from people that we are like the same person, so judge for yourself if you can tell us apart.

Mike. I love you, buddy.


Monday, 20 February 2017


GenresPunk / Grindcore / Metalcore / Noise / Mathcore / Hardcore / Emo-violence
Related artists?.
CountryOhio USA
Years Active2005-2006
Song: "The Great City of Desolation"
Album: "The Great City"
Year: 2006
For fans ofOktober Skyline, Thumbscrew, Harlots, Crestfallen, Daughters, Me And Him Call It Us, Discordance Axis, Ed Gein, AdvocateOwen Hart, Destroyer Destroyer, Born Under Saturn, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Enkephalin, The Sawtooth Grin, Letters In Binary, Under A Sky So Blue, Clancy Six, Tyranny Of Shaw, Straight No Chaser, .gif from god, Gaza, Machinist, The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza and The Great Redneck Hope aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Debello Recordings
This post's artist is from the February 2017 Mix. This is track #8.
You can download: the February 2017 Mix#2 right here or get the new March 2017 Mix#3 here.

ROBINSON is a mindfuck, plain and simple. Like a total nervous system stimulus overload, the batshit crazy grindcore is emitted in barely bearable 50 second chunks that scream The Great Redneck Hope and Oktober Skyline, especially in the vocal department, as those shrieks are retched with insidious intensity. The general cacaphonous, disjointed and utterly pummeling grindy metalcore was released in the mid-2000s and is done in a manner rarely replicated. This is on full display with "The Great City of Desolation", an absolute aural assault that incorporates the crazy with a few brief moments of reflection. The drums, especially approaching the end, are maniacal and volatile as the entire song seems unstable but comes oh so close to completely vaporizing the drum kit by 1:41. Although most of the songs are spent in seemingly utter disarray, many tracks tend to save the breakdowns until end, as can be heard in "The Great City of Salvation III", "The Great City in Peril II" as well as bits and pieces of "The Great City of Ruin II". "The Great City of Salvation II" has the intensity of Thumbscrew and even a bit of The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza with those tappy guitars amidst all the chaos. "The Great City of Salvation IV" is relentless in its assault, as it "The Great City in Peril I" and the very shrieky "The Great City of Ruin I". The prodigious closer "The Great City of Ruin III" clocks in at a whopping 11:09 (that's basically the same time as the first 9 tracks combined) is much slower, sludgier and post-metal influenced, although there is that insane yelling starting at five minutes that sound like a person losing their fucking mind whilst strapped down in a highly suspect mental institution. In the final minute the band reverts back to what they do best and rip the listener's face off.



2005 - Robinson cdEP (this is just the first five songs from 'The Great City')

2006 - The Great City cdLP (download here)


(2006) ROBINSON - "The Great City of Desolation" (from 'The Great City')

(2006) ROBINSON - "The Great City in Peril II" (from 'The Great City')

(2006) ROBINSON - "The Great City of Salvation III" (from 'The Great City')


ROBINSON 'The Great City' download

(download here)