UNKNOWN RIVER DRIVER is a post-hardcore band par excellence. Created under the influence of JAWBREAKER, (YOUNG) PIONEERS, POLVO, DRIVE LIKE JEHU, BUILT TO SPILL, NATIVE NOD, and more. Members of RATIONS, FELLOW PROJECT, and BRIDGE AND TUNNEL. RATIONS NOISE delivers a remixed collage of sonic bits taken from RATIONS’ studio, practice, and live recordings and combines them with terrifying text-to-speech exploring the effects of the US drone war from the following perspectives: Those being bombed, those doing the bombing, those trying to stop it, and those of us whose taxes pay for the bombs. Members of RATIONS, SMALL ARMS DEALER, WAX PHANTOM. 86'd Records. Learn More
A whiplashing rollercoaster in which the rails our wheels spark upon aren’t reinforced steel but are instead the twisting and twisted double-helix of the Pretty Flowers’ spiraling sonic DNA, the Golden Beat Sessions is a furious cassette-ready snarl of a rock band’s audio-biography (even the album art is a nod to an old and treasured R.E.M. bootleg disc). Prism-ing the group’s knotty-fuzzy lo-fi punch and hi-fi heart into a series of component parts, Golden Beat explores the individual nooks and crannies of the Los Angeles foursome’s sound by using the songs of others as their magnifying glasses:
The raucous, sugar-stamped stomp of Teenage Fanclub’s “Radio” lets the band dive deep into the power-pop that’s always bubbled beneath their sonic surface, while the bloody gnash of “Doom Town” by the Wipers barrels down the band’s darkest alleyways of frayed-denim punk. Elsewhere, the barstool blues of Neil Young’s “Don’t Cry No Tears” allows the Flowers to lean further into the woozy swoon of classic rock’s heavy-lidded swagger than they ever have before.
And while “I Got You” by Split Enz highlights the band’s knack for soulful anthemics and Nick Lowe’s “Heart of the City” is their nerve-jittered indie rockiest, it’s ethereal lead single “Scott Street” (originally by Phoebe Bridgers) that reveals the wistful, melodic, and melancholy grooves that ache within the heart of every Pretty Flowers song, and their loyal listeners—which, if you aren’t already, you will be after your first ear-ringing listen of Golden Beat Sessions. Dirt Cult! Learn More
Who cares if you don't know how to say it or spell it: ИO///sé is here to kick yer ass in with their infectious melodic dark pop punk rock! After delivering one of the best records of 2012, ИO///Sé returns with their sophomore LP, “Lower Berth”. Lower Berth is comprised of songwriting prowess backed by killer riffs, infectious melodies, an impervious rhythm section, and absolutely no filler and fluff. The final product is 13 tracks of stick-in-your-brain groove that varies from stomping anthem (e.g., "One Step Behind") to DANGERHOUSE or BUZZCOCKS-esque pop genius (e.g., "Buried Alive"). Unlike many bands that are currently hyperfocused on copying one particular band or sound, ИO///Sé mixes a wide array of disparate influences and creates something familiar but original. There are elements of old classics like WIPERS and X (Australia) along with newer bands like RED DONS, THE ESTRANGED, and MARKED MEN. If you are familiar with the first LP, Lower Berth will feel like a natural progression. If you’re new to the band, welcome and enjoy. For those keeping track, ИO///Sé contains ex-members of YOUTH BRIGADE, GLASS & ASHES, and YOUNG LIVERS. This is a corelease with 1859 Records. Co-release by 1859 & Man In Decline Records. 500 copies in heavy-duty jackets w/ matte finish + insert + sticker. This shit RIPS.
7 new jams from this prolific, pissed-off, and poppy punk band from Portland! Abrasive, yet catchy. One-sided 12" EP. Co-release with 1859 Records & Different Kitchen (UK). First pressing: 300 copies (100 black/100 "coke bottle clear" [UK]/100 opaque orange [USA]) - First 2 orders get Orange vinyl! For fans of UNFUN, Young Livers, etc. Learn More
Love Tourist is the follow up to the band's 2017 debut "Just Don't Care" on Drunken Sailor Records. This release features 4 more flawless power pop songs channeling 1979 Vancouver (Pointed Sticks, Young Canadians) via Northern Ireland (Protex, The Undertones) via Southern California ("TV Love" is a cover of the short lived and often forgotten Simpletones). The Corner Boys are carrying Canada's power pop torch with their own hasty spin. Dirt Cult Records! Learn More
24 fucking Young Leaves songs! "So like a couple years ago The Young Leaves decided to get back together and to celebrate we collaborated on this tape collection of their first 2 LPs and 7"s. And then my life fell apart and I forgot all about the tapes until I unearthed them the other day. And I don't think the band ever played more than one show upon reforming. Anyway, I loved this band so much so please get these tapes out of my house." Bloated Kat Recs.
A debut 7" of haunting indie-punk with wonderfully loud guitars reminiscent of the louder moments of the Neil Young catalog. A split release with Salinas & Mandible Records. Cara went on to play in Outer Spaces. On Mixed Color vinyl! Learn More
The Underground Railroad to Candyland ended one fateful night in San Diego after a vicious food fight (this really happened). Band leader, Todd Congelliere (F.Y.P, Toys That Kill), knew it was time for a change by the time the second taquito hit drummer, Jimmy Felix.
What started as an effort to let the past be the past and to play some of Todd C’s solo songs live was rerouted to their own Clown Sound studio in San Pedro, CA. The sessions were revitalizing. Fresh off of being accidentally recruited, guitarist Jacob Galaxy fondly recalls, “I’ve had the time of my life — and I’ve never felt this way before.” Guitar tracking for Isaac Thotz, Todd C. and Jacob was bizarrely committed to 388 tape simultaneously live. The usually dubious rhythm section, Jimmy Felix, Chachi Ferrara and Trevor Rounesville unanimously exclaim, “Call me a relic, call me what you will. Say I’m old-fashioned, say I’m over the hill, today’s music ain’t got the same soul!!” When asked what makes this any different than the music that’s coming out currently.
You might be young and agree. You might be old and disagree. In any case, Clown Sounds are not food wasters. Limited to 100 cassettes in hand silkscreened cases on State Champion Recs.
Team up Roxy Epoxy (THE EPOXIES) and Chris “Gobo” Pierce (DOC HOPPER+SINKHOLE) and you get “Presenting”, the absolutely fantastic debut album from Faux Replika. Since the break up of The Epoxies (Fat Wreck Chords) in 2008, Roxy has kept herself quite busy, These songs were written half long distance with her in Oregon and Chris in New Jersey, and half on Roxy’s trips back east. The result is an equal mix of their two styles that mix and bubble in the cauldron of rock n roll. The end product is nothing short of electrifying. Roxy’s low hypnotic voice and captivating performances as The Epoxies frontowman has drawn comparisons to Chrissie Hynde, Siouxie Sioux and even a young Leonard Graves from The Dickies. Now take Chris Pierce. Here’s a man who has produced bands like The Ergs and Nightbirds and has the ability to utterly destroy any instrument he picks up. Lock the two of them in a studio in New Brunswick and this is what you get. An eclectic mix of punk rock, new wave, hyper fuzzed out electro-rock, deluxe hooks and mega riffs. Think DEVO meets Tilt. Think Dance Hall Crashers meets Gary Neuman. It’s strange, it’s awesome and it’s catchy as hell. FFO: The Epoxies, Doc Hopper, DEVO, The Network. Rad Girlfriend Recs.
"It's The Allovers! My new favorite band from Canada. It's garagey. It's punky. It's crooning. It's funny. It's heartfelt. I dig it so much, I thought I'd help them release it to the world. So here it is! First press of 500 is on Halloween Orange vinyl. I'm even selling it cheaper than normal AA LP's because I want you to have it in your collection. Dig it! Have some goddamn fun, will ya?"
–Ryan Young (Anxious and Angry Records/Off With Their Heads)
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