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‘This album is essentially a reflection of the societal ills that hold us back from having the grand culture and community the United States loves to pretend it has.’ – KZ

Hello dear readers and happy Trans Day of Visibility. Hope people are lifting one another up today and feeling good and loved. I need cold water thrown on my face after the inane stupor I entered from just reading an article about how friggin’ Michale Graves might testify on behalf of some loser Proud Boy Jan. 6th insurrectionists. Uh, that’s your character witness? What is he gonna do? Get up there and go ,”You’re lookin’ through the eyes of a Psycho! An American Psycho (Whoa-oh!).” The sad part is I don’t know if that would work in the fash mob defendants favor more or less considering how compromised many of our courts are.

One thing that DOESN’T make me want to scream in frustration (at least not in a bad way) is listening to the cathartic and brilliant new record Modern Grotesque from melodic post-screamo East Coasters Dreamwell, pretty much the most impressive shit I have discovered in a long time. This record , especially after the shared PTSD of 2020 we are all semi-thawing from,  just feels like a massive release of hope, heart and triumphant defiance. A cry for a more caring and dignified world for people who are different, sensitive or just genuine… for the lovers, dreamers and you (to get more Kermit than Pepe up in here). It is an album that reminds me that feeling things is not weakness and which has some of the fiery and passionate type of playing that first got me into bands like UOA, At The Drive In or On The Might Of Princes.

Modern Grotesque also boasts some of the most impactful melodic playing I have heard in a long time this side of really good Modest Mouse, moments that just take artful twists and turns that couldn’t have been generated through a cynical aim and only through vibrant and vulnerable love for the music.

Please enjoy my chat with vocalist KZ as much as I did.

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Photo Credit: Jared Shute

March 24, 2021 – The New York-based group Zero Trust celebrated the release of their self-titled debut EP today in partnership with Equal Vision Records. Zero Trust might be a new name, but they boast résumé credits spanning decades of the most creative, cutting-edge pockets of the area’s storied hardcore scene. With a lineup consisting of members of Coheed and Cambria, Bulldoze, Full Scale Riot, Agents of Man, Skarhead, and more, the group formed as a creative outlet during the quarantined isolation of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On their inaugural release, Zero Trust expands upon their collective experience, blurring the lines between hardcore, metal, and alternative rock with substantive lyrical themes from vocalist BJ Allen, who reflects on the socio-political turmoil that has erupted throughout the past year. To accompany the release, Zero Trust also shared the official music video for the opening track “Birch” (Editor’s Note: I vaguely think there was also a pretty cool Shabutie song called this from around the Penelope era that Travis maybe even sang (?), but maybe I am buggin’? Either way this shit is dope).

Zero Trust is out now and available to stream here.

Speaking on the single, BJ Allen (vocals) says:
“Birch is about exploring the part of your mind that knows the whole system is against you, while also knowing that if humanity were to be unified, civil and just we would be in a much better position.”

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Photo by Elizabeth Gomez (Globelamp)

Kingston, New York-based avant rock/punk outfit WALKING BOMBS presents its most infectious material to date, with the expansive new full-length release Tears We Should Have Shed. With the record now confirmed for independent digital release in April, the cover art, track listing, preorders, and track “Time To Go (Fuck Q)” have been posted.

The project of one Morgan Y. Evans, joined by a wide cast of collaborators, WALKING BOMBS here delivers a musical study in navigating regretful occurrences in humanity with Tears We Should Have Shed. It is a record steeped in sorrows and triumphs, delivered through a wide range of varied musical styles.

Recorded throughout 2020, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Sean Paul Pillsworth at Nada Recording Studio in Montgomery, New York (Senses Fail, Shai Hulud, My Chemical Romance), Tears We Should Have Shed sees Evans performing lead vocals as well as acoustic guitar, trombone, bass, guitar, and piano contributions across the album. Additionally, the record features contributions from Elizabeth “Le Fey” DaPena (Globelamp), Sean Paul Pillsworth (Nightmares For A Week, Jerk Magnet), David Brenner (Gridfailure), David Bodie (ex-Time Of Orchids, Divest, Kayo Dot), Taraka Larson (Taraka, ex-Prince Rama), Jack Manley (The Jenifer Shop), and Justin Zipperle (Shadow Witch).

“I’ve always enjoyed bands like Orange 9mm, Faith No More, or Swans where even though you knew it was them you might be surprised song to song or album to album by some big stylistic twists and turns.  My own work in bands since 1993 has also reflected that often,” Evans states. “This WALKING BOMBS album explores a lot of punk and hardcore and kind of Type O influences more than some of my other releases with this project that were more grunge or post punk heavy. There’s also a little bit of classic rock influence sprinkled here and there. But it all compliments the general themes of regret for human folly.”

Songs like “Brash Bandages” and “GeneralGrievousAngel” deal with self-reflection and sobriety, whereas elsewhere the harsh noise landscape of “Focus Shifting The Apocalypse” or the pop-punk-meets-Jawbreaker-influenced “Time To Go (Fuck Q)” examine the frenzied, cult-like impact of disinformation on a gullible society. The goth-toned title track and Bad Religion-influenced “I Will Miss You” look at the highs and lows of the life of an underground lifer musician. Other moments include examinations of Red Scare-era and modern sexism, healing, gaslighting, and trauma.

Evans delves, “This is not so much a record about trying styles and ‘seeing what sticks’ because I can’t live my life by that unhealthy metric. It’s very important to not take the ability to release a range of music while alive for granted. I almost went into a diabetic coma last year and have a year of sobriety again. Covid and a lot of intense events of 2020 really made me restless to channel some love and pain. If feels like a triumph that we safely made a record last year. It meant a lot to me to have everyone involved who played a role, but especially to finally make a full-length album deep in the woods at Nada Recording Studio with my dear friend Sean Paul Pillsworth after several decades in the scene together.”

Stream the title track to Tears We Should Have Shed’s closing punk ripper “Time To Go (Fuck Q)” RIGHT HERE.

WALKING BOMBS will release Tears We Should Have Shed digitally on April 23rd. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and watch for additional audio previews and more to be issued in the coming weeks.

 

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Band Spotlight: MOVE

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 7:20 AM (PST)

MOVE are a high energy Boston hardcore act who are defying racism while crafting timely and Earth shaking punk anthems for change! Hit up Triple-B Records for the Freedom Dreams 7″ HERE or head to Bandcamp and support this electrifying band on our favorite digital platform.

“…We march on to achieve salvation/Say their names we won’t be intimidated/ I fight and I fight and I fight I refuse to rest until I see progress/All to one day see these fucking freedom dreams/ We’ll never stop until we find liberation, Black Excellence unstained by degradation/ Where freedom reigns over incarceration/ Where Black joy is only met with celebration.”

RIYL Cold World, American Nightmare, Jesus Piece.

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Earlier this year, CRO-MAGS released their first album in twenty years with the critically-acclaimed In The Beginning. To close out this year of international turmoil and disease, the band announces the 6-song EP, 2020, available worldwide digitally on December 11thCRO-MAGS also release the eponymous track 2020 – venting all the frustration and rage, CRO-MAGS style, at the unprecedented chaos of this year.

The record itself is unintentionally 20 minutes and 20 seconds, and plays out more like a time-capsule look into the dumpster fire known as the year 2020. CRO-MAGS founder Harley Flanagan explains, “Just by coincidence we recorded 20 minutes and 16 seconds of music, so we simply added a few seconds of real-world chaos. The album cover is meant to look like a calendar – 7 squares across, with one picture from 2020 per day. Corona Virus, quarantine, empty streets, brutality, burning buildings, violence and destruction: 2020 is a year none of us will ever forget.”

2020 Track Listing

1 – Age Of Quarantine

2 – 2020

3 – Life On Earth

4 – Violence and Destruction

5 – Chaos In The Streets

6 – Cro-Fusion

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New York City hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL release their new live video of “Never Back Down” recorded straight from their homes. Check out the video HERE. The track is off their album The Last Act Of Defiance and follows the previous quarantine sessions “Alone“, “The Bland Within“, “Paper Tiger” and “Hardcore Horseshoe“. Make sure to subscribe to the band’s YouTube channel in order to get notified about future releases like the last quarantine clip that will be released in two weeks.

 

“This Quarantine Jam is a perfect anthem for these times! ‘Never Back Down’! Coming from the ‘Last At Of Defiance’ album. Here’s rally cry to get you through all the shit and the seemingly endless plague. It’s high energy, anthemic hardcore music, rooted in punk and Oi are a perfect fit to the take no shit everyman and everywoman lyrics. A reminder that no matter what they throw at you, keep on pushing, keep on fighting,” states SICK OF IT ALL about the release.
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Fronted by the charismatic person Edith Coleslaw aka Ashley Pooler, Abertooth Lincoln recently dropped their debut single for Riot Records, “Hell House”and now the accompanying music video (below).

Hailing from Dayton, Ohio Abertooth Lincoln are an aggressive, spacey hardcore progressive punk band. Their music is heavy, weird, complicated and can flip genres within seconds. But the bottom line is they are unique and refreshing.

“This is the story of two naive but rebellious teenagers that magically get transported to a world within a comic book, in which they are subjected to the horrors of an evangelical hell house attraction. To save others from experiencing the same trauma and judgement, the teens take matters into their own hands, waging a bloody battle against the “demons” of Hell House. Hell Houses are a real thing, managed by evangelical churches in every state. They are run by people who get off on judging and condemning their neighbors, and pretending to be actual demons dragging sinners to hell. It’s violent indoctrination and fear tactics used on teens, and we thought it’d be fun if the people that do this sorta thing got sent to hell for a change.”
– Abertooth Lincoln

I was deeply moved after reading an article about the Red Scare era HUAC horrors faced by one time silver screen Citizen Kane darling Dorothy Comingore (lareviewofbooks.org/article/destroyed-by-huac-the-dorothy-comingore-story/) and how she was wrongfully institutionalized, framed and slut shamed. Seeing as how we are in a new red scare today as conservatives target every common sense solution as ‘radical socialism’ and the Trump era has been all about gaslighting and zealous authoritarian dogma, it seemed the perfect time to honor the life of an unbelievably strong woman in song who had her rights threatened to a horrible extent.

This will very likely be on my in progress next album Tears We Should’ve Shed but due to Covid fudging up the year, I am giving it to the public now before the election and as a timely teaser track well in advance. I have been listening to The Adverts, Against Me! and Bad Religion, as you might be able to tell.

Thank you to Sean Paul Pillsworth (Nightmares For A Week) and Dave Bodie (ex-Divest, Kayo Dot, Time of Orchids) for helping me achieve this track and for Nada Recording Studios for being the perfect place to track it. 

God bless y’all and Dorothy Comingore. Don’t give up the fight.
-Morgan Y. Evans

Click HERE to hear the song. 

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Intersectional feminist punk band WAR ON WOMEN return with new album Wonderful Hell(out digitally October 30th + physically on November 13th via Bridge Nine). You can hear a new single today! The title track, which unintentionally echoes John Lewis’ notion of “good trouble” as a catalyst for change, emerged during a period when vocalist/lyricist Shawna Potter was feeling exhausted and overwhelmed by life in the Trump era. “I think it expresses something that a lot of people are feeling. Like, ‘Okay, we had our moment. Now it’s time to get back to work. We can’t let this happen again. We can’t endure another four years of this,’” she comments.

 

It is disgusting the DOJ is being used as Trump’s personal flunkies to try to make sure there is no fair justice for E. Jean Carroll. The system is a joke! We need bands like this more than ever. Loving the new song. Reminds me of if old War On Women listened to a bunch of Dagnasty and Embrace and added more dissonant melody. Fucking rad!

 

Recorded with the band’s guitarist and co-founder Brooks Harlan alongside J. Robbins at his Magpie Cage Studios in February 2020 and completed in April (when in a COVID-19-free timeline the band would have been on tour with Bad Religion), Wonderful Hell is the first War On Women album to feature the band’s current lineup of Potter, Harlan, bassist/vocalist Sue Werner, guitarist/vocalist Jennifer “Jenarchy” Vito, and drummer Dave Cavalier.  Like War On Women’s previous albums, Wonderful Hell includes anthemic songs that tackle systemic racism, acknowledge the natural feelings of wanting to give up or self-destruct in the face of insurmountable adversity, and some that aim straight at the jugular of gender disparity.

Check out the song “Wonderful Hell” HERE. I have said it before but I truly feel they are the most important current band in punk rock.

Look for Wonderful Hell to be available digitally on October 30th, 2020 (+ on physical formats on November 13th, 2020).  More news, music, and pre-orders coming soon from War On Women (sign up to receive pre-order details here).

Wonderful Hell Track Listing:
1.  Aqua Tofana
2.  Milk and Blood
4.  This Stolen Land
5.  White Lies
6.  Big Words
7.  Seeds
8.  Her?
9.  In Your Path
10.  The Ash is Not the End
11.  Demon
Artist photo by: Julia Schwendner
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DEAFBRICK stream album at Cvlt Nation

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 9:51 AM (PST)

photo by Felipe Pagani

Deafbrick – the collaborative album between Brazil’s DEAFKIDS and the UK’s PETBRICK – will see release this Friday in North America through Neurot Recordings and in Europe via Rocket Recordings. CVLT Nation is now hosting an advance stream of the entire album alongside an interview with both acts. This is a very exciting moment for the underground as both acts are pillars of inventive cacophony and this collab is sure to be something left field and morale boosting for fans of extreme, freaky chaos and percussive weirdness.

PETBRICK is the creation of Wayne Adams (Big Lad, Death Pedals) and Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulwax, Cavalera Conspiracy) and more. The band has released several EPs and albums through Closed Casket Activities, Rocket Recordings, and more over recent years, and they have toured and collaborated live with a variety of acts.

 

DEAFKIDS erupted into the international scene when Neurosis’ Neurot Recordings signed them in 2016. Since then, the label has issued two albums from the trio, and they toured internationally including opening for Neurosis, Bell Witch, Big|Brave, and others across North America, and alongside Rakta, Petbrick, and others in Europe.

 

CVLT Nation writes in part of the album’s intense and psychedelic attack, “DeafBrick is a unique aural experience and I’ll give it to the guys: there’s nothing quite like it on this planet. Their collaboration brings out the best in both bands and tends to temper any of their individual excesses. This is a focused, intelligent record of noise, industrial, metal, and punk. This is the most original album I’ve heard all year, but it is definitely not one of the most pleasant. There’s an element here, one of deprogramming, or maybe it’s programming, but you can feel your brain bleed in certain parts, like the band is issuing forth sounds that are breaking down mental barriers you never knew existed. This isn’t dangerous, but it is singular, and once you allow yourself to delve into its depths, you won’t come out the same person.”
Listen to the entire DEAFKIDS & PETBRICK Deafbrick collab at CVLT Nation early RIGHT HERE.
Also see the previously issued videos for “Sweat-Drenched Wreck” HERE and “Força Bruta” HERE.

 

Deafbrick will see release on LP and digital platforms this Friday, September 4th. In North America, find preorders through Neurot Recordings HERE and HERE. In Europe find preorders through Rocket Recordings HERE. Preorders for all digital providers are available HERE.
 

WISDOM IN CHAINS, SHARP/SHOCK TEAM UP FOR 4-SONG E.P.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 6:48 PM (PST)
Underground hardcore icons Wisdom In Chains face off with the ultra hyped Sharp/Shock for the ultimate hardcore / pop punk split, out on September 11th.  Each band shreds a fresh original and then cues up on their own handpicked cover.  Wisdom In Chains uncovers the glory of the ultra obscure Epoxies, while Sharp/Shock celebrates a classic hit from the legendary Buzzcocks.
Today, we’ve unveiled Side A opener “Richie’s Revenge” from Wisdom In Chains.  The track showcases the band’s trademark PA Hardcore sound while remaining as relevant and timeless as ever.
The Wisdom In Chains / Sharp/Shock Split E.P. will be available physically and digitally on September 11th from Fast Break! Records.  Pre-orders are available here, and new music from Sharp/Shock will arrive soon.
Track Listing:
1.  Need More Time (Wisdom in Chains)
2.  Richie’s Revenge (Wisdom in Chains, originally performed by The Epoxies)
3.  The Ploy in Employment (Sharp/Shock)
4.  Ever Fallen In Love (Sharp/Shock, originally performed by The Buzzcocks)
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I have long maintained that Kevin Sharp (of Brutal Truth fame) has the distinctly most savage and hearty screaming voice in metal and the latest from his project with Napalm Death alumni, Venomous Concept‘s Politics Versus The Erection, does little to shake that certainty. The bellow to out bellow them all is paired with the band’s most blatant Poison Idea-worship yet for one of the most satisfying audio weapons yet to wield in the political shitshow of 2020. I am in need of blasting it after pedo protector Cardinal Dolan spoke at the RNC last night as if he is any moral authority on anything!

Kevin Sharp comments: “We wanted to do a record that sounded reactionary. We went into a studio wrote and recorded PVE in four days, in the age of digital thinking, records full of edits. Politics Versus the Erection is perfectly imperfect.”

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Ghösh are raising the bar for exciting acts to follow in 2020. “Nu Junglism. Digital Hardcore.”Whatever you wanna call it, this Philly duo have a fierce and kinetic, living punk energy that is a refreshing mutation of numerous styles into an explosive and vital sound. The tracks on their Bandcamp blew me away with a fresh poetic attack and a DIY vibe of anarchic, creative freedom. Party starting and with something subversive to say. Plus an unexpected take on a Limp Bizkit classic.

I really can’t rave about this group enough. Not many acts can pry me out of my current Entombed, Pink Floyd and Sun Ra rabbit holes, but when it happens of late I am probably listening to these freak flag flyers. Please check out the full convo with Symphony and Zach below.

Concrete streaming ‘Free Us From Existence’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 9:12 AM (PST)

New York hardcore metallers Concrete are streaming their latest full-length, Free Us From Existence over at No Echo. Free Us From Existence is due out this Friday, August 7.

From vocalist Lenny Fletcher: “This record is about having the strength to break the shackles and truly be free by any and all means necessary. You can either learn to turn your anger and sadness into fuel or kill yourself trying. Whatever it may be, we need to be freed from this existence.”

Head over to No Echo to check out Free Us From Existence.

 

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Former Meowtain riot grrrl punk singer turned Psych Folk artist Globelamp (Elizabeth Gomez) has shared a series of IG posts showing receipts of Haley Dahl from Sloppy Jane seemingly threatening her with violence awhile ago for daring to make a public claim that Haley’s friend and Burger Records producer Joel Jerome sexually harassed Gomez during the recording of her album The Orange Glow. Gomez claims he would make tons of bad sexual comments, take pictures of her cleavage for a “spank bank” and say she had to have his baby, among other things.

In addition, Gomez has posted how she tried to warn Conor from Bright Eyes and Phoebe Bridgers from working with Secretly Group record labels because they helped Sam France from Foxygen. She posted tweets showing friendships between Sloppy Jane, Joel Jerome and Phoebe Bridgers and pointed out that if the dynamic between Ryan Adams and Phoebe mattered than why don’t the same folks care about what she says Joel did to her, with Phoebe’s best friend Haley even seeming to threaten her in a public manner and then Phoebe and Conor signing to Foxygen’s label and not caring about the multiple warnings Globelamp claims she tried to give through mutual former collaborator James Felice (who may not have bothered to ever say anything) and through multiple attempts at contacting Conor and Phoebe on social media through her verified platforms.

Phoebe today blocked Globelamp instead of accounting for any of this.

“Phoebe made headlines calling out Ryan Adams for abusing power dynamics but has frequently ignored completely how Secretly Group has helped my abuser Sam France with DARVO on me. Sam is the singer of Foxygen (on the same label conglomerate) a guy who admitted in court to striking me in the mouth and who has abused the legal system with his label’s multi million dollar blessings and influence against me for years. He had an RO granted under “the slimmest of margins” -judge’s words- when I, a self represented Latina woman with no legal help, went up against him slandering me and he refuses to leave me alone ever since. There are plenty of red flags and gaping holes in Sam’s stories over the years and I have moved thousands of miles from him but Bridgers is fine with being on the same label with him without ever calling out that it is fishy.

James Felice from The Felice Brothers was paid to perform on my psych folk album Romantic Cancer and knows Bright Eyes and Felice Brothers got me inspired to start my own musical path as an artist. It meant a lot to work with him but not so much when I learned his best friend Conor Oberst — despite having many label options available- was doing a record with Phoebe on my abuser’s label. I can remember exactly how scared I was many times dealing with Sam and these people want me to downplay my teeth getting knocked out by a six foot dude when I am five foot one, just to “keep the peace.” You want to tone police me about that? I asked James to please warn Conor and Phoebe (and tried many times myself) about the label and I was just stonewalled and gaslit so the boat wouldn’t be rocked. I was treated like “some crazy girl” when I was IN Foxygen when we got best new music from Pitchfork and I KNOW firsthand how much magazines kiss the ass of any Secretly Group artist way disproportionately to real indie labels artists. Look up the label owner’s net worth.

Still not good enough for you? Phoebe blocked me on social media when I pointed out she was a hypocrite for ignoring violent threats her best friend from Sloppy Jane made against me when I OUTED a Burger Records producer for SEXUALLY HARASSING ME. There is proof he did it on the internet including him saying he wanted me to have a threesome with Jenny fucking Lewis, but everyone still wants to cape for the clown.

I thought Phoebe cared about producers being inappropriate? But not her friend and Sloppy Jane’s buddy “Papa Joel” – Elizabeth (Globelamp)

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