Sunday, 19 February 2017

A Detour And A Happy End

When Green Day and The Offspring became huge in the mid 90's, both bands were sort of my gateway bands to punk and hardcore. Well, they could have been, if I had shown a little more commitment and had been a little less influenced by my friends and classmates back then. That could have been sort of a cool introduction to my hardcore CV. However, I took a teeny tiny detour of about 4-5 years during which I listened to all kinds of (in hindsight mostly crappy) music. Some bands I still like, most of them are best kept under a cloak of silence, haha. 
The band that re-ignited everything for me was Rage Against The Machine. In 2000 I was at a huge festival in Germany and I caught their set more or less by chance. I was there to see a lot of other bands and a buddy and I just went to the main stage because there was nothing interesting going on at the other stages. When I heard the music and saw Zack going wild on the stage and pouring out so much energy, I was hooked immediately. All of a sudden I didn't really know why I'd wanted to see all these other bands. I think I bought Battle Of Los Angeles, which had just come out, the day after I was home from the festival. And from there everything unraveled. Never mind it took me a few more years to find out Zach had also been in one of the best hardcore bands ever and only close to 17 years to finally pick up something by RATM on vinyl. 





Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Spirits Strike Again

New year, same old records by the same old bands. Well, almost. A few weeks ago a picture by Useless Pride Record popped up in my Instgram feed. They advertised a repress of Spirits' Discontent LP. The records are supposed to be from the 2nd US press, just with blank labels and another sleeve. I'm not convinced this is true though, because my 2nd press copy looks different colourwise. Then again, I don't think the label pressed only 50 copies. Weird. The records are supposed to be yellow, but this looks more like orange to me. To make things more complicated, a friend of mine bought two copies, one for herself and one for a friend, and when she sent me a picture, one did look like mine, but the other one looked like yellow indeed. The three copies I have sitting here (friends help friends) all look like mine though. However, the label told my friend that the majority was yellow, not orange.  Oh, the joy of record collecting and nerding out about things like that...


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Screaming For Repress

Well, not really, seeing that Screaming For Change was repressed only a few years ago. But then again Southern Lord did such a great job with this repress, the repress is definitely justified.



What makes this repress really special are the pictures you get as a glued-in booklet in the gatefold sleeve.



Southern Lord repressed this on six colours I believe and there's a special colour for Rev as well. Not really something I can get behind, which is why I bought only one colour. You can't really make out the colour in the first picture, but I got purple vinyl, which is limited to 100 copies. I kind of had hoped it was marbled purple like the one from the original coloured pressings, but it turns out it's translucent with some swirls. Still looks good though.






Sunday, 29 January 2017

Iron

Last summer my wife and I travelled to Copenhagen to explore the city and see one of our favourite bands. One of the bands on the bill were Iron and they put on a fantastic live show. Sadly the 7" doesn't hold up to what I saw live. It's still good and dig the music and the lyrics, but live the songs were so much better.



Saturday, 28 January 2017

Paramount

I also bought Fury's debut LP Paramount recently. I feel like the LP is a huge step forwards compared with the 7". Some really good songs on there. The purple looks pretty good too. I also included the promo tape for the LP, which was given to me by a buddy trying to convince me that Fury are good. Well, it worked. 1200 copies on purple.


Friday, 27 January 2017

Kingdom Come

I remember listening to the Fury demo when it came out, but I also remember not being terribly impressed. Maybe I should revisit that demo. Fast forward to a few months ago. I'd heard about a Praise mini tour in Europe and Fury was going to tour with them. When a buddy of mine was visiting me last autumn we got to talking about the tour and he was kind of really excited about the tour, as was I, but to me surprise he was looking forward to seeing Fury rather than Praise. He played me Fury's debut LP and I kind of liked what I heard. Fast forward to the show we were both going to. Praise were really good but to my surprise Fury were the headliner. Clearly I'd been missing something here. They played a really good set and I was positively surprised all in all. I've been listening to the 7" and the LP a bunch of times now and both have steadily grown on me. 2nd press on white out of 550 copies.


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Discrepancy

A really good demo that I recently picked up. I might be late to the party because this demo was released back in 2014 and the band hasn't released anything since, but I'd really like to hear more. I really dig the Crucial Youth / Good Clean Fun vibe of the cover too. Discogs says there are only 45 copies of this on black vinyl, which I somehow find hard to believe seeing that this demo has been out for two years and I just picked it up from a distro.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Identity

I really loved the demo 7" by Fade. Not usually what I listen to, but somehow I really dug the songs. So obviously I wanted to get the rest of their releases. Here's their 3rd 7" (if you count the demo) and the songs are just as good as the ones on the demo. Maybe I'll upgrade these to colour one day. I also included the pretty cool sticker that came with the 7", since I feel that's kind of a lost art nowadays.


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Trans Day Of Revenge

2nd and final 7" by G.L.O.S.S. and it's just as good as the demo 7". Bummer I never got to see them live. But sometimes it's best to quit while you're ahead. This is the European pressing on Sabotage Records.


Monday, 16 January 2017

Stand And Fight

I really liked the Stand And Fight LP and their fist 7", but I never had their demo on my radar for some reason. Shame on me. 700 copies on red vinyl.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Forever

7" compilation have gone a little bit out of style I guess. This is a good one from 1990. Yellow label version.



Saturday, 14 January 2017

Turning X Point

Not much to see. Bootleg of the Turning Point demo. The quality is a little thin, although admittedly I have no means of comparison as to what the songs sound like on the demo tape or on the 7" since I own neither. It's okay for listening purposes though.


Friday, 13 January 2017

Alone In A Crowd

I've only had a bootleg copy of Alone In A Crowd's classic 7", so having the chance to get a copy of an official repress, and on colour too, was not to be sneezed at. I need some help with this one, people. I know that there are 200 copies on colour for this repress on Contrast Records. 170 are supposed to be mint green, 30 something copies are mint green with white swirls or on other shades of green, presumably from the early run of the pressings when the colours hadn't mixed right. There are some white swirls going on here, but I'm not sure if this qualifies as a swirl copy. I don't mind having 'just' a mint green copy, I'd just like to know.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

I'm Not Sorry You're Here

Another awesome pick up and one of the most beautiful cover art designs ever. The lyric sheet is a little disappointing though. It's not nearly done with as much love to detail as the overall design. It's simply glued on the inside of the butterfly. I get that the printing job would have been a little bit tricky, but it's still a bit of a bummer. However, the five songs on this 7" are just so good. Great 7" all in all.


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

State Of Alert

Another big hole in my collection that I managed to fill thanks to my buddy. State Of Alert's No Policy 7" on Dischord. This is a 3rd press copy, which you can recognize by the band's name on the label.