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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

***MASSA NERA exclusive premiere***

MASSA NERA's 2017 12"LP
'Los Pensamientos De Una Cara Palida'

Streaming in full on October 2nd from Sophie's Floorboard w/pre-orders available via:

Zegema Beach Records (Canada/New Zealand/Australia)
Middle Man Records (U.S.A.)
Ancient Injury Records (U.S.A.)
Dingleberry Records (Germany/Europe)

Belle Époque Publishing (Canada)

My first introduction to MASSA NERA was on the first date of the 2016 мятеж tour, August 9th in New Jersey at Boontunes, to be exact. The young group, then 5-piece with a different bass player, blew me away. Check out the videos I took of them here. Fast forward to late 2016 and I got to help with the Jeromes Dream tribute cassette, of which they took part in. Not only did they take part, but they submitted one of the best tracks on the 60+ minute compilation. In early 2017 I asked some bands if they were interested in playing the Zegema Beach Records Fest in June, to which MASSA NERA agreed. Two days before their departure date and three before the show, their vocalist quit the band. But the remaining four fellas drove all the way to Hamilton, Ontario from New Jersey and blew everyone at that night of the fest all the fucking way to the outer rings. Be sure to check them out in this ZBR Fest Day 1 post linked here. A few weeks following their rousing performance I received their LP masters and weeeeeeeeeeoooooooooowwwwwww that's some good shit. I made sure to get myself and Zegema Beach Records on board, after which we reached out and asked for help from Middle Man Records, Ancient Injury Records, Dingleberry Records and Belle Époque Publishing (Egin from Respire's new label). To top off this incredible journey with MASSA NERA is the stunning 12" art from Connie Sgarbossa of SeeYouSpaceCowboy fame. So, without any further adieu, here is the premiere of "One.Two.Zero." from the upcoming 'Los Pensamientos De Una Cara Palida' 12"!

(2017) MASSA NERA - "One.Two.Zero." (from 'Los Pensamientos De Una Cara Palida')
For fans of: Shizune, Off Minor and Young Mountain
After the initial 44-second noise intro "One.Two.Zero." goes all out. I love the massive breakdown and subsequent drum ridiculousness just after the one-minute mark. After a dark transition the groove sets in around 1:40 and the band rides this wave to what seems like an anti-climax, only to drop down further to invoke a powerful and cathartic outro from 3:05 that gives a hint of what's to come from their upcoming LP. Absolutely crushing. Wowza. As mentioned above, there will also be a full album stream with the pre-order links coming October 2nd, 2017 over at Sophie's Floorboard. Get the fuck ready.

Monday, 18 September 2017

***RESPIRE + LOVE/LUST exclusive video interview + Munich show review***

June 21st, 2017
Following our band debacle in Croatia which led to the tour being cancelled, we made our way into Germany on a grueling 11 hours bus trip...with a three-year old! At this point I was going out to shows alone, which is pretty normal for me, as Mike Van Buren had made his way to Sweden in an attempt to reclaim his lost luggage. I took a 45-minute bus through the beautiful Munich which was exhilarating. Respire and Love/Lost had just started unloading into the venue so I helped and then hung out with the bands. At Kafe Marat in Munich/München there was a meeting for an organization protesting the G20 so I was asked not to take videos of the venue itself, just the bands. At that point members of Respire, Love/Lust and I walked to a river and made most of the following video interview that I'm premiering right fucking now. Enjoy!

exclusive video interview


The openers SUR L'EAU were the local act from München, played spastic and loose hardcore and were fitting openers, bringing in shorter songs and a more direct approach, with the two out of town bands playing 5-10 minute songs. Check some out below. I'm kind of lost on comparisons here, but the vocalist was very in your face which added an extra notch of intensity to the set. I guess maybe Arches? I don't know.
Link to song: *2*
ffo: Orchid, AttackRobotAttack and Cease Upon The Capitol


Next up was Respire's touring partners LOVE/LUST from Berlin. Apparently dubbed as "hipster black-metal" when attempting to rope Respire in to a tour, played an awesome three-song set with a newly acquired 16-year old guitar player. The quartet used the space excellently, moving around and even employing a selection of vocal effects. Each song seemed to hover just under the 10-minute mark and incorporated dreamy bits, slow builds and chaotic eruptions. Keep an eye out on this very young band (together only six months for this concert, I believe?) as they released 'Sorrow' which I've linked here.
ffo: Locktender, Respire and NIC aka ██████


The amazing RESPIRE were up next...after a pepper spray incident that caused about half of the audience to give up and go home. That really sucked. But here is their full set below, in case you were one of those few who thought they weren't going to be able to play in that tear-inducing pepper spray chamber. Anyway, they go through the motions for a few minutes before finding their groove and then they rocked out harder than I may have ever seen them do before. Eslin's viola playing has been modified since she joined the band full-time, as she matches the notes formerly held by Emmett's trumpet perfectly, as well as doing her own stuff. I even jumped on for some vocals on "Eternal Nothing" and man that was awesome. The band is writing for an upcoming LP so keep your eyes peeled in early 2018!
ffo: Old Soul, City Of Caterpillar and Locktender
Grab the few copies left of their 12" first pressing 'Gravity and Grace' here.


Here are some pictures from around Munich, Germany.

Sunday, 17 September 2017


GenresPunk / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Screamo / Ambient
Related artistsLes Deux Minutes De La Haines.
CountryPau FRANCE
Years Active2012-2013
Song: "Deux"
Album: "Amertumes"
Year: 2012
For fans ofAmanda WoodwardSed Non SatiataNous ÉtionsLes Deux Minutes De La HainesGantzEnvyAussitôt MortMilanKuAporia, Nionde Plågan, Anodes, Nine ElevenMarée Noire, Evylock, Lakmé, Buried Inside, Mihai Edrisch, Titan, Respire, Breag Noafa, I Am A Curse, Gameness and Carcajou aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Dingleberry Records / Back To Reality Records / Des Bombes Des Fleurs / Desertion Records / Anarchino Records / Plastic Phant Records / Not A Pub / Emergence / A L'ombre De Cette Vie Records / Orchidscent Records
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the September 2017 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2017 Mix#10 here.

I first heard this band by sheer luck, as I visited friend and fellow label fanatic Olin Dunleavy from Friendly Otter Records. Upon parting ways I was given some random records to even out a trade we did, and in it was the 3-way 12" with THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER on it. After a year or so I got around to trying to figure out what each of the bands on it sounded like, only to become deeply smitten with these folks. For French screamo with heavy nods to post-rock and post-hardcore, look no further than this band that preceded Les Deux Minutes De La Haines. With strong ties in sound to Amanda Woodward, Nous Étions and Envy, the band self-released 'Amertumes' in 2012 and two final tracks on the aforementioned 2013 '3-way split' 12" with I Was A Cosmonaut Hero and Cheval. The band named all of their songs "One" to "Eleven" in French.

The 9-song 2012 debut 'Amertumes' is fucking genius. The record is extremely consistent, engaging and downright awesome. The decent tracks include "Intro", "Neuf", "Sept" and "Interlude", but those are just the tip of the iceberg. The remaining tracks all stand out and, simply put, are ridiculously good. Each track has its own characteristics but the beautifully woven instrumentals are present everywhere, fluctuating between serene and explosive as well as incorporating a wide array of dreamy breakdowns and palm muting. "Trois" is a great example, with its writhing instrumentals that subtly inject poisonous melodies and crushing vocals. "Cinq" begins dark and dreary but picks up from two minutes onward with an imposing sound comparable to new Nine Eleven material. "Deux"'s intro is carried by rolling bass and beautiful, subdued guitar. At 2:10 the song shifts from head swaying post-hardcore to epic, driving screamo. From 4:24 until 5:24 the song plummets in a beautifully constructed and insanely catchy instrumental nosedive with displaced Envy-esque vocals. This is followed by a sick, dark breakdown Amanda Woodward style with commanding guitars. "Quatre" is tied for my favourite track along with "Deux", although this is shorter and has Amanda Woodward love smeared all over the massive, unstoppable force that could quite easily be likened to the audio equivalent of Games Of Thrones' The Great Wall. Such a bad comparison, but such a gripping song. Closer "Huit" allots the first 1:52 to spacey instrumentals and a lengthy audio clip from Fahrenheit 451 and is a final reminder of the album's dense consistency.

'3-Way split' tracks are long and very good, but don't have that wow factor that is present on about half of their full length. "Dix" delves into an awkward and deathly sounding bass intro that sets the stage for the dark, evil instrumentals that follow. The highlight of the split, "Onze", is ambient until 2:20 when thunderous bass riffs and a devilish guitar lick take center stage. At 8:14 this thing is monumental and won't let you down, because...damn, you can't get much better. If you are still aching for more, be sure to check out the members' current band Les Deux Minutes De La Haines.



2012 - Amertumes cdLP (stream/donate/download here)

2013 - 3-way split (w/I Was A Cosmonaut Hero & Cheval) 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)


(2012) THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER - "Deux" (from 'Amertumes')

(2012) THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER - "Quatre" (from 'Amertumes')

(2012) THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER - "Trois" (from 'Amertumes')

(2013) THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER - "Onze" (from '3-way' split)


THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER additional links


Thursday, 14 September 2017


GenresPunk / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Screamo
Related artistsSleeping Field.
Country: Montreal, Québec CANADA
Years Active2017-present
Song: "Révérence"
Album: "Encéphale"
Year: 2017
For fans ofSed Non Satiata, Nous Étions, Amanda Woodward, Les Deux Minutes De La Haines, Gantz, The Solexine Chapter, Envy, Aussitôt Mort, MilanKu, Aporia and Carcajou aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the September 2017 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2017 Mix#10 here.

In a nutshell, a follower of the blog by name of Colin sent me the new MARÉE NOIRE EP and it floored me. I am 100% hooked. Housing four songs combining the screamo/post-hardcore of many French bands such as Aussitôt MortAmanda WoodwardNous ÉtionsSed Non Satiata in addition to Japan's Envy, MARÉE NOIRE has pumped out one hell of a debut.

2017's ''Encéphale'' Opens with "Devant L'Aube" which is distant yet commanding, with a cool back and forth chill section that starts 38 seconds in and leads to a fitting climax after the two-minute mark. "Révérence" is next and is my pick for best song, with the first half being piercing while the second half is post-rocky and littered with distant screaming. "Fuir Les Fumigènes" houses some of the fiercest vocals on the release and wastes no time releasing said fury, although the instruments don't match the intensity until 45 seconds in when a wall of post-hardcore and a steady injection of dreamy and spacey post-rock are added. Closer "La Dette" uses the first 1:25 to create a deep and sedating intro that meets with a beat and eventually flows forth at 2:22, settling into a dark groove just before the three-minute mark that is both sinister and beautiful.

Holy smokes MARÉE NOIRE, this shit rocks.



2017 - Encéphale (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) MARÉE NOIRE - "Révérence" (from 'Encéphale')

(2017) MARÉE NOIRE - "Devant L'Aube" (from 'Encéphale')

(2017) MARÉE NOIRE - "Fuir Les Fumigènes" (from 'Encéphale')


MARÉE NOIRE additional links


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

***60659-C exclusive album premiere***

'The Next Part is a Blur' 10-song cassette LP
coming in October on Zegema Beach Records, Contrition Recordings, Polar Summer and Adorno Records

Zegema Beach Records = here on tinted smokey black tapes/100
Contrition Recordings = here on blue tapes/100
Adorno Records = here on spraypainted blue/black/white mist tapes/30
Polar Summer = coming soon

60659-C - 'The Next Part is a Blur' cassette will be released in October of 2017 on Zegema Beach Records, Contrition Recordings, Polar Summer and Adorno Records. 10 songs in 6 minutes, 60659-C's debut LP is an absolute assault on the senses. Scorching Richmond, VA emo-violence/chaotic hardcore from members that have spent time...holy smokes!
Christopher Morgan: .gif from god / Caust / Kaoru Nagisa / The Cage You Call A Chest
Gus Caldwell: Ostraca / Swan Of Tuonela
Thom Carney: Mothlight / Majorel / In Wolf's Clothing / Yusuke / Gas Up Yr Hearse!
John Crogan: Ostraca / .gif from god / Listless / Kaoru Nagisa

Of the associated acts, 60659-C sounds like a clusterfuck of :
1) Ostraca (the general experience)
2) Caust (the intensity)
3) .gif from god (the craziness)

On 'The Next Part is a Blur' no song surpasses the one-minute mark, and while there is a lot of variation in that short time span, they all share the same twisted DNA. The imposing opener "I Was Awake" is like a precise knife to the ear that has no need to even reach the 30-second mark. "Convenient" is a barrage of stop/start drum patterns and constant guitars that culminate in two insanely short but pulverizing breakdowns with vocalists Gus and Chris dueling it out for most piercing scream. "Crowd" is vaguely similar to the opener in the fact that it doesn't let up and just pummels the listener into submission. "Everybody Out" begins with a false sense of letting up, but quickly blasts into screamy syncopation and chord progressions that evoke a strong connection with me, although I can't put in to words as to why. Maybe it sounds like a screamo national anthem or something. "For Expiring" takes the experimental side of the band further and has them trekking around with a sound that is nearly uplifting, albeit still screamy and epic as fuck. "Hold On, This Hurts" is ambient noise for two thirds of the song and uses the final 15 seconds to take the listener's face off with an explosion of Neil Perry meets Ostraca. "New Sincerity" reminds me of Orchid as well as The Now and is a stellar track, while "The Floor" has some very cool guitar sections, most notably from 9 to 20 seconds, that give it a very unique twist. When listening to "Which Will Never Reach You" it isn't at all surprising that .gif from god members are in this band, as it is one of the fiercest and pulsating songs on here. The album concludes with the longest track, "Dissipates Like a Mirage". After an initial 20-second onslaught the song takes another 20 seconds to chill out and build up to the epic close which, again, has strong ties in sound and general amazingness to their siblings in Caust, .gif from god and Swan Of Tuonela.

If you'd like to order a copy from Zegema Beach, the exclusive of 100 smokey metallic tapes with j-card in a plastic shell comes with a download card and is up for pre-order here. Ships in early October.

Monday, 11 September 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Indie Rock / Emo
Related artists?.
CountryMilwaukee, Wisconsin U.S.A.
Years Active2016-present
Song: "The Heat"
Album: "Snag"
Year: 2017
For fans ofMatsuri, Crowning, Loma Prieta, Textbook Traitors, Mothlight, Sleeper Wave, Dowager, мища, Birthday Boyz, Mine, Stop It!!, D'Amore, Eyes Of Verotika, My Heart To Joy At The Same Tone, People's Temple Project, Bravo Fucking Bravo, Pregnancy Pact, Mouse Fitzgerald, La Mantra De Fhiqria, For Want Of, Trotsky, Youth Novel and Deers! aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download: the September 2017 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2017 Mix#10 here.

SNAG has a bit of a split personality, much in the way Pregnancy Pact had before reshuffling and becoming Crowning. Their debut, self titled EP 'Snag' begins with three songs rooted in screamy hardcore and embeds shifts into emo/indie rock territory over the course of the EP, most notably in the final three tracks. I mean, I dig the second half but the first half give me goosies.

The opening track "Hydraulic Fracturing Makes the Earth Shudder" is a tantalizing first moment. 25 seconds in you'll think you've unearthed some unreleased Textbook Traitors songs when the early emo-violence style really took root, but afterwards the song slides in and out of semi-mathy and noodley gang chants not unlike No Tongue and...maybe...Stop It!!? I dunno but the unexpected hybrid works pretty well. Following in the steps of the first track but inverted, is "Cold Blooded Mammals" that has a dreamy and distant emo/rock thing goin' on that sounds a hell of a lot like parts of the final Mouse Fitzgerald album. Once the song busts into second gear at 1:37 I'm goddamn smitten. The back and forth screaming again isn't far from Mouse FitzgeraldFraera, For Want Of and Lessener, which dissipate once that killer ending takes hold at around the three-minute mark. Next up is the ultimate SNAG song, "The Heat". This scorcher busts out some seriously sick shit over its 2:56 length, with the penultimate comparison being Birthday Boyz, and that, is not the easiest thing to do. Y'know, cuz Birthday Boyz were incredible. The dual screaming, the transcendent chord progressions, the intensity...this track has it all. An additional, interesting note on this beaut is the final 30 seconds, which bares a strong resemblance to late Bravo Fucking Bravo work. Track four is where things really slow down and focus on clean vocals and melodies instead of concentrated screamy hardcore, as "Capitalism is a Pyramid Scheme" begins chill and soothing but injects a post-hardcore and experimental second half that doesn't quite have an anchor. "Who are Those Condo's For, Anyway?" delivers jangly, punchy and noisy rock with some honest singing that starts up just after halfway through and is layered over withdrawn screaming while sounding akin to Sweetheart. Closer "A Century of Crisis (For Enbridge)" is vast, clocking in at 6:18, epic as fuck and tells the story of environmental pollution due to the pursuit of money via gas/oil. Desperate vocals and trumpet steal the show during the build. From 3:47 onward shit gets furious and tears nearly all of the melodies down before reverting back to a pretty chill emo outro.

All in all this is a hell of debut and I look forward to hearing more from them.



2017 - Snag cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) SNAG - "The Heat" (from 'Snag')

(2017) SNAG - "Hydraulic Fracturing Makes the Earth Shudder" (from 'Snag')

(2017) SNAG - "Cold Blooded Mammals" (from 'Snag')


SNAG additional links


Sunday, 10 September 2017


GenresPunk / Emotive Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Grunge / Rock
Related artists?.
CountryRockville Centre, New York U.S.A.
Years Active1996-1997
Song: "Silhouetted"
Album: "Closure"
Year: 1997
For fans ofSleepytime Trio, Maximillian Colby, Portraits Of Past, Funeral DinerThe ExploderShotmaker, Saetia, The State Secedes, Off Minor, I Am The Resurrection, Four Hundred Years, Rye Coalition, Ecorche, An Arrow In Flight, The Last Forty Seconds, Montcalm, Twelve Hour Turn, Majority Rule, Bravo Fucking Bravo, Coma Regalia and Indian Summer aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): The Mountain Collective For Independent Artists, Ltd. / Linkwork Records
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #3.
You can download: the September 2017 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2017 Mix#10 here.

CLOSURE is a band that I only recently found out about thanks to John Dickenson from Youth Novel recommending them to me maybe two or three years back. He was spot on, because this early emo/screamy hardcore style is one I'm a goddamn sucker for, as well as any fan of Funeral Diner, Portraits Of Past, Shotmaker, Four Hundred Years and Sleepytime Trio. In 1996 they released a split with Breakwater on 7", but the two songs are loose and lack the punch of the 1997 self titled. They are decent, though, and end up sounding like early demos from Majority Rule. 'Closure' was released on cd and 12" by The Mountain Collective For Independent Artists, Ltd. and is remarkable considering the year it was released. Songs such as the intensely screamy "KM" (with awesome guitarin' at 2:06), the super chill and very grooving "Sebastian", the quintessential mid-90s emo sound in "Silhouetted" and "Inferno" are all great songs. "Time Off" is my personal favourite, as it boasts a ridiculous guitar riff and is the definition of driving, screamy, emotive hardcore. It's crazy to think something like this existed 20 years ago, but it did, and it was awesome. Download the full discography here!


Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

1996 - Breakwater split 7"EP

1997 - Closure cd/12"LP


(1997) CLOSURE - "Time Off" (from 'Closure')

(1997) CLOSURE - "KM" (from 'Closure')

(1997) CLOSURE - "Silhouetted" (from 'Closure')

(1996) CLOSURE - "Servant in Silence" (from 'Breakwater' split)


CLOSURE out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)

Thursday, 7 September 2017

***2017 OMSB mp3 Mix #10 (October)***

October 2017 mp3 MIX #10
 => ***DOWNLOAD HERE*** <=
...and updates

One month in New Zealand and I'm enjoying myself. I've seen a two-day fest and I'm in two bands. Not a bad start. All of the Zegema Beach Records orders have shipped off as Nate and Alberto back in Canada are keeping it real. You'll likely find them at random (aka good) shows around Toronto, Cambridge, Kitchener/Waterloo and Hamilton. ZBR has a ton of upcoming things as well as newly released stuff. Pre-orders and straight up orders are now up for Terry Green's 'LP' 12", We Watch Clouds' 'Resume' cassette, мятеж/Det Är Därför Vi Bygger Städer split 7" and the Piri Reis/They Sleep We Live split 5". Upcoming releases include the мятеж/Samarra split tape, King Slender's new tape EP, 60659-C debut tape LP, Lessener 12"EP, WristMeetRazor 2x7" and Улыбайся Ветру's new 12"LP. I'd expect the Protest The Hero tapes to be out in October but don't quote me.

Lastly, here's the tracklisting for OMSB mix#8 that was reviewed in August with a few omissions due to Jesse Mowery living his life.

1) CAMPBELL TRIO - "Don Copal or the Department of Death"


3) FLESH BORN - "My Thoughts"

4) LIGHT THE FUSE AND RUN - "I Think They Try" (might be posted in the future by Jesse)

5) FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - "We're Both in Love With a Sexy Lady"

6) MAHUMODO - "California"

7) AFRAID! - "Varenne, Varenne" (might be posted in the future by Jesse)

8) SILBATO - "Miracles in the Harbour" (might be posted in the future by Jesse)

9)  MY LIFE WITH THE SPANIARD - "He Might At Least Let Her Have Tea In Peace"(not being reviewed due to life, maybe Jesse will do it later)

10) NINE ELEVEN - "Apocalypse"

Much love,

Dave @ (((((OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain)))))


ZBR Store/Bandcamp

Det Är Därför Vi Bygger Städer
7" (order here)
(listen here)

Cassette (pre-order here)
(listen here)

Piri Reis
They Sleep We Live
7" (order here)
(listen here)

LYED 'The Immolated Earth' LP
12" (order here)
(listen here)

12" (pre-order here)
(listen here)

first press!!! SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY 'Fashion Statements of the Socially Aware' EP
first pressing of the 7" (order here, almost sold out everywhere)
(listen here)

SARIN 'Darker Lakes' LP
12" (pre-order here, release date mid/late September)
(listen here)


***Interviews/Live shows coming up this month for sure:
- OSTRACA video interview
- RESPIRE video interview

***Interviews/Live shows/premieres posted last month:
- ZEGEMA BEACH RECORDS Fest Show #2 review
- NINE ELEVEN exclusive interview
- CROATIA (Zagreb) show videos
- OMSB PODCAST #20 - Top 10 Canadian bands
- SAMARRA exclusive premiere

***The following page have changes:
- nada

As always, on or around the 1st of every month, I will be posting a ZIP file with songs for the upcoming month with ALL specifics deleted from the tags, so unless you already know the band, there is NO information regarding each track.

During the following month, I will post reviews for those bands and link the tracks to the review so you can associate the two together. This way you can listen to a new song/band and have little-to-no bias. Below, I have re-posted the September mp3 mix that is used for this month's reviews.

The new OMSB mp3 Mix #10 is all Dave again and boasts 10 stupidly good tracks, including:
*-* yet another Richmond screamo supergroup
*-* Italian La Quiete-esque obscure awesomeness
*-* pre-Via Fondo
*-* the only band I have a tattoo of
*-* some sweet new instru-metal


Any bands/labels that are interested in having their stuff reviewed, please email with "Open Mind Saturated Brain" as the subject. Please keep in mind that I don't review everything, just what jives with the blog. I will, however, listen to everything you send me. I would recommend emailing with an idea for a song/album premiere 2 months prior to that song/album release date for a much stronger chance at being reviewed on this blog. Bands that have already had their discography reviewed can also submit new albums for review if they include song/album premieres.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

***SAMARRA exclusive premiere***

Members of .gif from god, Truman, Majorel, Caust, Tri-State Killing Spree and This Land Is Now Dead put on a brooding hardcore/screamo/emo-violence clinic with new demo EP titled 'We Feel We Are Accomplices'

My first introduction to SAMARRA was at the 2016 Swamp Fest II in Richmond, Virginia. I had spoken with each member separately on facebook and whatnot, but seeing them play together as a cohesive unit was, for lack of a better word, staggering. Not often do I get that excited after seeing a band for the first time. I quickly approached the individuals after their set and told them that мятеж would be ecstatic to do a split with SAMARRA. I actually have the tracks for the split, but our side is still being mastered so the split cassette EP should go to the duplication plant in mid-September for a later October release. The three songs by SAMARRA on that split are downright fantastic, and you can hear them all in October when we premiere everything, likely here.

About two days back I received a message from Drew (bass/vocals), as she had told me earlier that the band recorded three additional songs that were being put on a digital-only release titled 'We Feel We Are Accomplices', and that they were all done and ready to be premiered! Let's take a listen, shall we?

(2017) SAMARRA - "Fear of Intimacy" (from 'We Feel We Are Accomplices')

(2017) SAMARRA - "A Wrinkle in Time" (from 'We Feel We Are Accomplices')

(2017) SAMARRA - "Trauma Literature" (from 'We Feel We Are Accomplices')

There's also a demo track of an upcoming song on the мятеж split tape which is linked right here. Check back in late October for a full discography review including the second release.

Monday, 4 September 2017


GenresRock / Folk / Comedy / Indie Rock / Acoustic / Soft Rock / Parody / Hip Hop / Dance
Related artistsDub Connection, The Black Seeds and The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.
CountryWellington NEW ZEALAND
Years Active1998-present
Song: "We're Both in Love With a Sexy Lady"
Album: "I Told You I Was Freaky"
Year: 2009
For fans ofeverything.
Label(s): Self Released / Sub Pop / Warner Bros. Records / HBO / BBC Audio
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the August 2017 Mix#8 right here or get the new September 2017 Mix#9 here.

Some friends of mine turned me on to FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS probably around a decade ago. It's additionally interesting now that I live in the country where they are from, New Zealand, as I close out the first month of my family moving here. This comedy/folk duo play hilarious soft rock and parody numbers from which they have won a Grammy. Due to their sizable, international recognition, I don't feel the need to go into much here.

Basically Bret and Jermaine played hilarious rock/comedy shows which culminated with the 'Folk the World Tour' in 2002. Afterwards they started writing for their BBC Radio Series, although a lot of it was improvised. Much of this material was used as the basis in the TV show for which the first season premiered in 2007 alongside their first TV-to-cd album 'Flight of the Conchords'. This record is a fucking gem, as is the entire first season of the show. Boasting some of the duo's best tracks, this first studio recorded LP stands as the penultimate FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS experience, as for the second season the band warned that they had but a few ideas left. Therefore the density of awesomeness contained on the first record is the one to start with, housing great songs such as "Ladies of the World", "Mutha-uckas", "Leggy Blond" and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room". But holy moly here are the ultimate gems and their best lines:

"Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros" = "They call me the hiphopopotamus, my rhymes are bottomless...(silence) - They call me the hiphopopatumus, flows glow like phosphorus poppin' off the top of this esophagus rockin' this metropolis."

"Robots" = "The humans are dead. We used poisonous gases and we poisonous gases."

"Business Time" = "When you're with me, girl, you only need two minutes because I'm so intense. You whisper something sexy like, 'Is that it?' I know what you're tryin' to say girl. You're trying to say, 'Awww yeah that's it'. And then you tell me you want some more and I'm not surprised, but I'm quite sleepy."

"Bowie" = "Is it cold out in space, Bowie? You can borrow my jumper if you'd like, Bowie. Does the cold of deep space make your nipples go pointy, Bowie? Do you use your pointy nipples as telescopic antennae to transmit data back to Earth. I bet you do, you freaky old bastard, you."

In 2008 FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS released their final TV-to-cd album titled 'I Told You I Was Freaky' which has some great stuff, but feels forced to completion. The only standout tracks here are "Hurt Feelings", "Sugalumps", "Too Many Dicks"and "Carol Brown". My personal favourite is "We're Both in Love With a Sexy Lady", as it weaves a hilarious and ridiculous story about Bret and Jermaine talking about a girl that they've each fallen in love with, which happens to be the same woman they had just met randomly in the park. Here's my favourite part, "Do you mean the girl who came up to us when when we were runnin' in the park just now, and she was looking for her epileptic dog? Yeah, that's the girl. "Was her name Brabra?" "No, I think it was Barbara." "Her name was Brabra." "It was Barbara there is no such name as Brabra." "It's Brabra." "No, it's Barbara." Like I said, it's good, as is the TV season, but as a whole it pales in comparison to the first.

In 2009 they released a bunch of singles from the second record but nothing new really, although they have played some shows since, including Austin, Texas in 2016. They've also released quite a few music videos from the first album which I've linked below, as well as some TV videos that basically serve as a music video, anyways. If you haven't checked out the show that goes with the songs, you are missing out. It's hilarious stuff that will always hold a special place in my heart. As do these two full lengths. Sweet as.



2002 - Folk the World Tour cdLP

2006 - The Complete Radio Series 3xcdLP

2007 - The Distant Future cdEP

2008 - Flight Of The Conchords cd/12"LP

2009 - I Told You I Was Freaky cd/12"LP
2009 - Pencils in the Wind 7"EP


(2009) FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - "We're Both in Love With a Sexy Lady" (from 'I Told You I Was Freaky')

(2009) FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - "Sugalumps" (from 'I Told You I Was Freaky')

(2008) FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - "Business Time" (from 'Flight of the Conchords')

(2008) FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - "Robots" (from 'Flight of the Conchords')

(2008) FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - "Bowie" (from 'Flight of the Conchords')

(2008) FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - "Ladies of the World" (from 'Flight of the Conchords')

(2007) FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - "I'm Not Crying" (from 'The Distant Future')

(2002) FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - "Albi the Racist Dragon" (from 'Folk the World Tour')


FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS additional links


Sunday, 3 September 2017

***PODCAST #20 - The 10 Best Canadian Bands (w/Lisa Clements) aka Goodbye Canada***

I found it very surreal listening to this podcast again while sitting in the living room of our new home in Dunedin, New Zealand. Going to NZ still felt like a dream when we recorded this fond farewell to Canada back in late May. Oh how we will miss seeing so much amazing Canadian music live! Our love for these bands - and countless other Canadian gems - knows no bounds.

I don't know what to say. Limiting myself to five bands was a poor choice, because there's so much phenomenal screamo/hardcore/metal music that is relatively unknown elsewhere, with a few exceptions. The people are also beautiful, as I've met countless others who share my passion for music as well as for treating humans with respect and decency. Thank you to everyone involved past, present and future in the Canadian music scene. Underneath the podcast details is a list of Canadian bands that you should check out.

Podcast #20 is broken into four parts, each approximately 20 minutes in length. You can stream and/or download each part or the entire thing for free on the OMSB Podcast bandcamp page linked right heeya.

CHOKE - It's Gone Too Far (Lisa)
THE MARK INSIDE - "Buzzing" demo (Dave)

BURIED INSIDE - "Clockwork" (Lisa)
PROTEST THE HERO - "Soft Targets Make Softer Graves" (Dave)
EVIL DEAD The Musical - "It's Time" (Lisa)

ANIMAL FACES - "Breathe Lightly" (Dave)
LIFE IN VACUUM - "Van Life" (Lisa)
FOXMOULDER - "Tempered Ill" (Dave)

TERRY GREEN - "Instant Relief" (Lisa)
CONGRATULATIONS - "Aren't You Frightened Skinny Scary Skeleton" (Dave)
THE ULTIMATE SCREAMO BAND - "La raison du cabochon" (Lisa)
VAN JOHNSON - "Spabator" demo (Dave)

and now...


The 21st Agenda

The Abandoned Hearts Club


Age Of Electric


...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

Animal Faces


Atsuko Chiba

Attack In Black


Big Dick

Billy Talent

Black Knight Satellite

Black Love

Boys Night Out

Buried Inside





City And Colour

Cold Craving




Crippled Children

Danko Jones



Death From Above 1979

Discord Of A Forgotten Sketch


Down With The Butterfly



The End

Evil Dead: The Musical

The Expectorated Sequence

For The Mathematics


Frail Hands

Gali Ma



Godspeed, You! Black Emperor

Heiße / Rinoa


Higher Rites

The Holy Shroud

Hot Hot Heat

I Hate Sally

I Hate Sex

I Spoke

Jon Lajoie

Jude The Obscure

Ken Mode


King's Girls

La Luna / Brain Fever

Life In Vacuum

Lonely Animals

The Love And Terror Cult


Marco Solo


Marée Noire

Mares Of Thrace

The Mark Inside





North Of America

Nous Étions

Never Trust A Wizard

The Odds

One Eyed God Prophecy

Our Lady Peace





Protest The Hero








Single Mothers


Sleeping Field


Soft Floors


Strawman Fallacy

The Tea Party

Tel Fyr



Terrifying Girls' High School

Terry Green


Todos Caerán

Tokyo Police Club



The Tragically Hip

The Ultimate Screamo Band

Union Of Uranus

Van Johnson

Watch For Wolves

The Weakerthans

Wimp City

The World That Summer

Worst Gift

Yoo Doo Right