Got a bunch of rad stuff from No Idea this week, including this one. I’ve almost bought this like 10 times over the past year cuz I love this record to death. Finally pulled the trigger. These guys don’t really give a shit. They write really catchy pop punk songs about being miserable and getting beyond fucked up because it’s easier than dealing with your shitty reality. Much like Off With their Heads, which makes sense because I think they share a member or two. Buy the record here.
For further proof that this band doesn’t care, watch them play Fest 9 dressed up as ICP:
We’re mega excited to announce that we will be reissuing the Pianos Become The Teeth and The Saddest Landscape Split EP that was released last year on Just Say No Records. The album was originally released as a 9 inch record with an etching on the b-side. We will be reissuing the album as…
Light The Fuse And Run - All Your Base Are Belong To Us
Out of all the bands that came out of Virginia in the late 90’s/early 2000’s Light The Fuse seems to be kind of overlooked now. I’m sure most people know them for their split 7” with Hot Cross, and if you’ve heard that it’s really only the tip of the iceberg.
All Your Base Are Belong To Us is a staple punk rock record for me. The pace and flow of the record is done so well I have to listen to this on vinyl from start to finish because shuffling a random song in here and there on my computer makes me feel like I’m missing out.
There is a good mix up here from the straight forward with the acoustic guitars in “Crybaby Lane” (which is perfect when it breaks in) and “Instrumentone”. This is a great record if you love fun and poignant punk rock.
1) The Panic Records collector’s pack version of You Will Not Survive is just about ready (if you ordered, thanks so much for your patience). It looks pretty damn sweet so hopefully it’ll be worth your wait. Comes with a bonus live 7” and all current color variants of the LP. There are 10 packs left, which you can get directly from Panic here
2) Topshelf Records will be re-releasing our split with Pianos Become the Teeth as a 7”. Believe that’s looking like a spring release. Will post more about it soon.
3) Topshelf is also going to be releasing a split with us and our compadres in We Were Skeletons very soon. More on that to come soon as well.
4) We still have some copies of the 2nd press of our vinyl discography in our store here, along with a few slipmats.
There’s probably more I’m forgetting. Just worked 12 hours, can’t think or see straight currently.
When Seth & I started this label five years ago we never really imagined where we would go with it. Along the way we’ve had some serious ups and downs, put out some fantastic records made by our friends, met some great people and subsequently made life-long friendships. We could get real…
In First Person was provocative and political within the lyrics, and technical and emotional within the music. This is more than a solid LP and I would put this on any day of the week. The thing I really like about this band is how well they work as a single unit. The big problem I find with a lot of hardcore bands that have vocalists also playing instruments is that they tend to write music and then the vocals almost seem like an after thought, but here all three members share vocal duties and use them to their full potential. Vanessa’s vocals in “…And Now It’s Happening In Mine” really stand out and build the record up to the climax.
Also the packaging on this is superb. It looks like it took some TLC and many an hour to design put all of this together. Just goes to show that thoughtful hand made packaging goes a long way.
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I stumbled upon Kerouac a few months back because people who liked You Will Not Survive seemed to really dig Cold and Distant, Not Loving as well.
Their singer Thom and I started talking on Twitter recently and we traded records. Really nice dude and really good band/release. Hopefully we can meet up for some shows the next time we do a UK tour. Stream the whole 10” below, and pick up a copy from Holy Roar Records here.
The vinyl version of our early discography went out of print so we pressed 100 more on a new color. Being the vinyl dweebs we are, we also made some saddest landscape slipmats. Starting now, the first 25 orders of the discog repress will come with a free slipmat. You can grab it HERE.
Not a pre-order, we already have everything so it’ll be shipping immediately. Thanks for your support!
Guest Nerd Post: Chad from Pianos Become the Teeth
Today’s guest nerd post is from our buddy Chad of Pianos. Chad has rad taste in music. He keeps a music and art/design blog called Stoking The Roots which has turned me on to some of my favorite albums of the past year. Chad is also the doppelganger of my friend Andrew- they look identical, have the same mannerisms and personality- it’s fucked up. If the two of them ever end up in the same room together a head or two is going to explode. Anyways. Many thanks to Chad for doing a post!
Have Heart: 10.17.09
Thanks to Aaron and Andy for inviting me to do this guest post! I had a hard time deciding what to write about so I’ll just give a short review of my most recent purchase - a live recording of Have Heart’s final show entitled 10.17.09.
From the accounts I’ve read on the internet Have Heart’s final show was a blast. They played to a crowd of around 2,000 people on National Edge Day in Revere, Massachusetts with the show’s proceeds going to a women’s shelter in Boston that their singer’s mother runs. Their hour long set contained material spanning their three releases.
Just as a minor aside before I get in to the album review, it’s commendable how hard this band worked. After they released Songs to Scream at the Sun they embarked on a world tour. In 5 months they hit Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, Central America, Europe, Canada and the United States. That’s all back to back - with one week off I believe. For most bands a long tour is 30 to 45 days and Have Heart toured for nearly half a year. That takes a ton of dedication.
Ok, on to the review. I was a bit slow in placing my order so I missed out on the more limited first pressing (which was green out of 100) but I was quick enough to snag a package deal that came with a first pressing clear 12” out of 300, a cd/dvd combo pack and two large posters.
They vinyl itself is beautiful. A heavy, thick transparent slab of wax engraved with a curated selection of hits from all three albums. 22 songs in total. It comes in a glossy gatefold package. Live photos on the front and a short essay on the inside fold by HH’s singer Patrick Flynn.
To be completely honest I was a bit disappointed with this album. You can’t really hear Pat’s vocals during some key moments because the microphone is being pushed into the crowd for group sing-a-longs or the mic is pulled from his hands. Pat addresses this criticism in the liner notes, basically saying that this is how a hardcore show sounds and if you disagree then you don’t grasp the essence of hardcore which is the live experience. While I think his point is valid, though a bit condescending, it doesn’t change the fact that this record sounds very sloppy at times. It’s annoying when you can only hear 1/3 of a songs vocals. Not to worry though, the DVD that comes with this package makes the purchase worthwhile and when I watch it I’m jealous that I wasn’t at the show.
Neil Perry is one of my favorite bands, and I’ve been trying to collect the discography for a while and the final piece of the puzzle came today. If you haven’t heard them and you’re into punk rock I highly suggest you get a hold of the discography CD. Most of their earlier songs are short and sweet, but the progression as musicians really shows here. The later songs are, in my opinion, their best works becoming more creative and intricate and a little less straight forward. These guys are also members of: Hot Cross, A Life Once Lost, Welcome The Plague Year, Joshua Fit For Battle, etc., etc., So you know it’s rad
P.S. Sorry for making you do all the blog work lately, Aaron.
Records are awesome and all, but playing shows is pretty fun too. Planning a lot of them for this winter and spring. Updating MySpace is annoying as fuck and pointless, so we’ll just keep a running list here for now and update it as more are added. Will add in links with more info for each show too when not feeling lazy.
Here are the ones that are 100% confirmed for now:
March 5th- Oneonta, NY- Waterfront Cafe w/ Sleep Bellum Sonno
March 6th- Purchase, NY- Whitson’s (EARLY SHOW, 2pm-6pm) w/ Sleep Bellum Sonno
March 12th- Brooklyn, NY @ Party Xpo: Generic Insight Radio Fest 2 w/ Another Breath, Snowing, We Were Skeletons + more
March 17th- Austin, TX. SXSW. w/ Sleep Bellum Sonno + more
March 18th- Austin, TX. SXSW. w/ Sleep Bellum Sonno + more
March 19th- Austin, TX. SXSW. *Us and Sleep are down to play a show or shows this day if anyone reading has something going on just hit us up
Guest Nerd Post: Animal Style Records Talks Daggermouth Vinyl
I first found out about Animal Style about 2 years back when they put out Daggermouth’s Turf Wars on vinyl. I’m pretty picky when it comes to pop punk hardcore- a lot of the time it comes off too goofy or insincere, but when done right, I’m a huge sucker for it. Daggermouth pretty much nailed it on the head and it’s a shame that they called it a day. But, in the 2 years since the Turf Wars LP release, Animal Style has continued giving a ton of great albums the vinyl treatment- most recently With Honor’s This is Our Revenge, and just a few weeks ago- the vinyl release of Daggermouth’s 1st full length, Stallone. I was really stoked to find out about the Stallone release, so figured I might as well reach out to Matt from Animal Style to see if he wouldn’t mind giving a run down of the Daggermouth vinyl history- how he ended up working with the band and what the process of releasing the records was like. Many thanks to him for taking the time to write something up and share the experience. Check it out below and be sure to go buy Turf Wars and Stallone and support the rad work Matt is doing.
I started Animal Style with the idea in mind to release music from some of my favorite bands on vinyl. Over the past two years I have put out just over 15 releases and deepened my love for both music and the format. I was buying records on my own for a few years but always had a long wishlist of albums that I’d hope would get the proper treatment. At some point the mindset of “if no one else is gonna do it then you should” kicked in and I dove right in.
In 2007 Daggermouth released what would be their final record, Turf Wars. Soon after its release it became apparent that the album would only be available on cd. I was able to get in touch with their guitarist, Kenny, and we started to talk about the idea of me releasing it for them. I don’t even remember if I had a name for the label at that time and I didn’t really have a clue on how to follow through with the idea. Soon after I hit a rough patch financially before even getting the record off the ground and had to put it on hold. The year had passed and I still didn’t have the record out yet the band continued and was picking up some steam. In early 2008 I was able to get started again and had finally gotten the record moving again only to soon find out that the band was done.
I was left with a tough decision - I could scrap the record entirely or continue on despite the band’s recent break up. I had already had lacquers cut and plates made for the record. I thought about throwing in the towel on my first release and moving on to something else but a new friend came up with a good idea. My buddy Jeffry from 16Oh gave me the idea that I could press 100 copies and not have the record become a total wash. The idea of doing something a lot more handmade/packaged had completely reinvigorated me. This had truly become a labor of love.
I ordered 100 test presses from the plant with the thought that those would be the only records pressed. I hand-stamped and numbered each copy. The entire aesthetic of the record was completely DIY and moved into the art project I never had. Fortunately, the records came out sounding phenomenal and I couldn’t have been anymore excited.
We reformatted the artwork so we could silkscreen the covers on his apartment balcony. The process of doing a two-color screenprint with limited resources and space seemed farfetched at the time, but things worked out. We spraypainted the background black and red and then moved on to the silver and gold silkscreen inks. It took us nearly 3 weekends to finish 100 covers but for someone who did not have a lot of experience silkscreening I thought the covers came out fantastic.
I didn’t have an actual website at this point and got a friend to host a page very quickly for me. I thought the easiest way to do this was to start a mailing list for the folks that wanted the first crack at the record. I remember the list grew to just over 300 people and thinking how insane that was. I finally put it up on the website and had only sent out the info to mailing list. The records flew and sold out in less than an hour.
I was completely blown away at not only them selling out but just how quickly it happened. At that point I knew I had to do a full run of the records with printed artwork. Soon after, I pressed 500 more copies - 200 on black and 317 on red. Although these didn’t move at the pace like the tests did I was still ecstatic about the final product. My first “real” release.
Fast forward to 2010 - I had always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to put out Stallone. I had actually always liked Stallone more than Turf Wars and it irked me that I never did it. Stallone had actually been the record that made me want to start the label. I still kept in touch with the band and finally had the time to take on the record. Everyone in the band was fully supportive from the get go and were excited to get this started.
This time around things moved a whole lot smoother. Having several releases under my belt certainly helped instead of going in on Turf Wars with only a vague idea. Stallone was released earlier this month, January 14, on three different colors limited to 500 copies - 100 on red, 200 on green, and 200 on pink. Any fans of Hulk Hogan and the Wrestling Boot Band should also be sure to check out the matrix etching near the center labels.
It’s interesting to look back and think that these were nearly the records that never were. I couldn’t think of a better band and records to get started on and thank them for allowing me to be a part of it all.