April 5, 2013

This page recently hit 100,000 views which is cool, it’s only taken 5 years heh. Having a stable music resource was always the main aim. The reliability of hosting sites for file sharing has changed dramatically over this time. Online music and the way it is distributed has seen a massive shift. I think it is silly to maybe pay now for hosting to share other people’s music that I don’t own. My intention was to help circulate things that were hard to find or out of print, not to give free shares to a band’s latest release. It is possible for a group to be completely independent on all levels now from conception to end result via selling on a site such as Bandcamp. I’d like to give a short list here of stuff I’ve been made aware of through this excellent facility for independent bands:

PORCH are a band from the distant past (try 20 years since a 7″ on Alternative Tentacles!) who have regrouped over recent years & have a new full length entitled ‘Walking Boss’ recorded by Tim Green. Members of this SF band have spent time in lineups of both Primus and TITD but Porch sounds like neither. Soundbite: Imagine delicate Codeine passages leading way to rumbling Karp/Unsane style pummel touched with some Melvins creativity. Recommended

Optional Body feature the former Year Future pairing of Rockey Crane and Sonny Kay. No huge suprises here and it feels like a return to the taut post punk of early Year Future. I loved that band and think it is great to hear these tracks getting an airing. What is not to like about a band featuring the guy who sang in Angel Hair & the guitarist from Dead and Gone??

Two Inch Astronaut are a relatively new band from Baltimore and they have just digitally released a single from their forthcoming album ‘Bad Brother’. Their songs take all manner of twists & turns in a similar way to that of Shudder to Think’s PXR, match this with a late 90s DC vibe and some Chavez/Shiner. An original take on this sound, in fact I’d say that if these guys were from DC it would be hard to imagine this not being released on Dischord.

Ultrasphinx are another new band featuring veteran dudes, you may recognize singer/guitarist Joe Dennis from Party of Helicopters. It’s no secret I fucking love PoH & it’s great to hear his voice again. The music is more hypnotic and rocking, sorta mathy stoner shit? I really like it

Tilts are a band featuring Andrew Elstner on vocals/guitar who you may recognize from the awesome Riddle of Steel. He is now the second guitarist in Torche which I think is the perfect choice for that band. Tilts are an absolute powerhouse of a band, unbridled rock power with power pop hooks. The songwriting is first class and nods to classic rock are all over it… Zeppelin, Sabbath, The Who, ZZ Top, Van Halen, Rolling Stones but Tilts substitute any pomposity with a subtle humor. I was lucky enough to get a physical copy, incredible band.

Holly Hunt is 2 piece featuring Beatriz Monteavaro (Floor, Cavity) on drums & guitarist Gavin Perry. An instrumental band whose main focus is riff upon riff of sludgey stoner metal. This style if done well (ie: here) is very hypnotic and avoids becoming boring I think

‘Live to Crush’ will be the last album from Seattle’s Akimbo since they have now broken up. I came pretty late to this band via their ‘Jersey Shores’ record. It’s big Karp, Young Widows, AmRep tinged noisy rock which suits me just fine at this point. This track rules…

Town Portal are a Danish instrumental band whose sound has definite elements of bands like Pitchblende, Don Cab, Meshuggah or Dysrhythmia. It is known fact that I will never be sick of this style.

Porcupine are well known on this blog and therefore need no introduction. New track from a forthcoming spit 7″ with A*STAR, great…

Godstopper I know of via a friend who is releasing the vinyl of this record. Band names that are dropped would be Harvey Milk, Torche & Mare. Good names to drop if you know what is what in original heavy music. This is the perfect opportunity to say support independent music and if you like any of these bands buy stuff. It’s a guarantee that the bands will actually see some financial compensation for their time and energy.

Magnet School had an absolutely incredible album a few years ago. They just digitally released this single as a prelude to a new album. Fans of Hum/Shiner/Swervedriver need to check these guys out, really great stuff from Austin, TX.

Last addition is the band Worms from Amherst, Massachusetts. Their rock is noisy and bass heavy like GodHeadSilo or Karp. I detect some definite Ohio influence via bands such as Party of Helicopters or even Harriet the Spy. Give their tunes a spin if you’re into this kind of vibe.


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