We were lucky enough to meet Jay from the Suicide Machines while we were working on documentary out in Detroit, we got to talking about music one thing lead to another and we invited Break Anchor to stop in at our partners studio when they were on tour out here. Can’t say how enough about how cool all these guys are, and how stoked we have been to work with them. Opening new doors on old sounds the band flirts with a mid 90’s alt punk sound mixed with the late 90’s Chicago punk scene. Having been working the circuit the past year and half with releases under Side One Dummy, Paper and Plastic and Underground Communiqué
UK post-metal five-piece, Echoes, embarked on a quest upon forming in 2010 to create a sound that is entirely true to themselves; now in 2014 they have realized their vision with a body of work that is expansive, gritty, heavy and emotionally complex. The debut album The Pursuit is the result of years of experimentation and tweaking in both the live and studio settings, and marks the mile stone of a very exciting time for this young band as they prepare to take their sound to the masses.
Goddamnit mesh the emotive sounds of bands like Jawbreaker and The Promise Ring with the ferocious intensity of bands like Quicksand and My Bloody Valentine all while maintaining a small touch of experimentalism and just the slightest amount of classic pop punk sensibility that could only come from years spent listening to The Descendents, basically enough pop to keep the songs catchy and memorable but not enough to not scare the shit out of your mom.
NO SUMMER is a vehicle for the songwriting of Spencer Dorsey, formerly of East Coast hardcore bands like Jumpercable and Quiet Arcs. On No Summer's self-titled debut EP, Dorsey, joined by Beach Slang's JP Flexner on drums and Plow United's Joel Tannenbaum on bass, clings tight to the urgency and simplicity of his hardcore roots while sifting carefully through the other great loves of his musical life, shoegaze, pop-punk and noisey '90s indie. The end result is melodies and hooks that will haunt you long after the needle leaves the record.
Bred from the roots of the eccentric Denver punk/hardcore scene, Rebel Steele cranks up the dial, and the raises bar. With a straight forward approach to Rock, this four-piece combines progressive song writing and pure raw power to get their point across. With truly brazen rhythm, innovative leads, and grinding vocals that possess an attitude all their own, it’s evident that these guys have done this before. As former members of ManAlive!, Deadlock Frequency, and Two Strikes, it needless to say that Rebel Steele comes from experience out of Denver.
The Jazz June is one of finest bands to come out of the late 90's emo / scremo first wave. Winning the hearts over of legions of underground music lovers across the nation with their well distributed releases that were a product of Initial Records hey day. If you don't know about this band, seriously do yourself a favor and educate yourself cause if you are under 25 and listen to underground music chances are most of the bands you listen to were influenced by them and aren't doing it nearly as well.
The Queers need absolutely no introduction. The long and short is that UW produced their dvd - " The Queers Are Here " through that relationship we went onto film several other shows of theirs as well as put out several 12"s with other projects in discussion. It's been an honor to work with one of our hero’s and continues to be as fun as it was the day I bought my first Queers cd.
PA/HC super group that literally changed the face of hardcore on so many levels and has kept the flame alive in the Keystone state. Mixing a hardline of Oi style punk with traditional Hardcore Wisdom has pushed the envelope further than any HC band has ever done. We started working with guys for a dvd project that came our way via suggestion from one of the artists on our label which lead to a slew of projects.
Against Tomorrow's Sky formed in the summer of 2000. Hailing from the often overlooked music scene in Colorado Springs, Co., ATS was received with great enthusiasm right from the start. The band takes it's name from the song "Sweet Thing" by Van Morrison. Their vision is simple: Make music with as much heart as possible without resorting to lyrical cliches & exaggerated angst. Quality lyrics, infectious melodies, & interesting arrangements are just as important to them as loud guitars. But they do bring the loud guitars with a live show that is guaranteed to get your head nodding. They have been compared to bands as diverse as Slint & Superchunk & have played with band as diverse as Spoon, Cursive, The Good Life, The Pattern, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Brandston, Liars Academy, Mistletoe, Dressy Bessy, & Pedro the Lion. ATS just released their first cd on Universal Warning Records (UniversalWarningRecords.com) called "Jump the Hedges First". 8 songs that mix soulful vocals with competent musicianship, hooks for days, & intelligent lyrics.
Adding fuel to the on going flame of Lancaster, PA's music scene The Akrons officially formed in 2010 as a 3 piece, but have been writing balls to the walls fast punk rock songs for well over a decade. Call the duel vocalists old men, but they rip harder and faster than most younger bands could ever hope to. Bringing back the days of Mid 90's era Hopeless and Fat Wreck sounds, The Akrons have spent the last year writing their first full length record when not procrastinating, drinking and using the bathroom. If you are in the mood for less punk rock cliches and more snotty pop punk fury, the Akrons have arrived with the answer
a wise man once said......fifty caliber kiss was invented in the early part of 5 billion bc, by a race of metal people known as, say it with me "robots." the plan was, in effect, create five super-human beings, powerful enough to deliver the most horrifyingly evil music the universe had ever heard. it would not be an easy task. the galaxy was at war and tungsten alloy was heavily taxed(its been said this is what the bands bones are made of) and it was difficult for robots to build anything but other robots, because they have metal claws instead of hands, and, well you see where im goin with this. anyway, eventually the robots were sucessful and fifty caliber kiss was born. they set off across the galaxy in search of a venue suitable for the largest concert ever..........in the history and/or future of the cosmos. they decided on earth, because they always had fun in st louis. the stage was set for revolution. a metal revolution, one that would play out for the history of eternity.
Since their inception in fall 2001 Geography has created and distributed aggressive music that is as piercing as it is frail--a nod designed to eviscerate. Geography has forged an individual style by focusing on elements of indie rock and the noisier side of hardcore rather than any metallic or nostalgic leanings. The band's propensity for experimenting with rhythmic syncopation lends an aspect akin to math rock while their attention to melody pulls the sound away from being indulgently technical.
Is a band, a thought, a group, an idea, a faction, a concept. Call it what you want, we don't give a shit. Holiday BodyBag doesn't promise to save rock n' roll and doesn't claim to write good songs to fuck to. So instead of going into great detail about features and benefits.. Here is a metaphor to think about. Picture a proto-type sports car.. Hand crafted, limited edition.. Built with artistic aesthetic and containing a sick fucking motor, capable of ridiculous power and speed. Accented w/ classic materials like chrome and rare wood.. The car is a gift for someone, but they die before they ever see it.. The car is then purchased by someone, but it killed before they ever drive it.. Sad, Sick, Cyclical, Singular.
The majestic 12 string neo-psychedelic sound produced by House of Fire first saw light in 2005. Hailing from Eastern Pennsylvania and consisting of Isaac Betesh (vocals & 12 string guitar), Michael Vallone (12 & 6 string guitars / vocals), Marc-Andre Basile (bass), Noel Babineau (drums/vocals) and Lucy Betesh (organ & keyboards). The band's self-titled debut LP was released in 2008 on Universal Warning to very favorable reviews. Since then House of Fire has built a reputation of riveting live shows as well as TV and radio performances. Their densely â€“ layered songs feature sound, colors and incantations of an era gone by and glimpse a future only dreamed of in the blissful minds of madmen.
This three-piece energetic hardcore/punk outfit hails from Denver, Co and is not afraid to experiment musically - the new full-length release ("Heart, Hands and Mind") is a perfect example of that. From raging up-tempo punk, to semi-ska, to hardcore dashed with waves of melody - MANALIVE! continues to challenge ideals in the underground. Brooks (drums), Mike (guitar/ vox), Charles (bass/vox) will be In the past they have played with the likes of American Steel, Leftover Crack, and Planes Mistaken For Stars.
Forming in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in the late 1990's, The RED TOPS are an aggressive, tight and traditional Hardcore band. Breaking onto the local underground scene with a strong work ethic, and an explosive live show The RED TOPS wasted no time taking their energy on the road. Racking up the miles across the United States and sharing the stage with a multitude of national acts such as: Integrity, Run Devil Run, The Turbo A.C.'s, Mushmouth, Nine Lives, Strength for a Reason, The Deftones and Madball.. just to name a few. This powerful resume became a stepping stone and raised the band's credibility among Promoters, Bands and most importantly the FANS.
We are hunched up like a pile of trash in the back of the transit bus you take to your lousy job. We scratch ourselves and mumble incoherently. Our arms make hostile, pulsing motions. in our hands are old comic books, and out of date racing forms. We have the personality of a wounded animal... confused, angry... lashing out at anything and everything. The sound is all pig shit and fists... a train that moves harder faster than it's parts can allow. With a busted eye and a handful of broken teeth, we're still not going down... We are fucking pissed and are coming to get you.
Scattered about NJ and Philadelphia , Snakes and Music sound is of the folk / country / indie rock genre with strong melodies, a tight rhythm section, layered guitars and an array of piano / keyboards. Live or recorded, the Snakes maintain a dynamic that ranges from a whisper to a hollar with psychedelic keyboards and reverb guitars filling in the gaps. This band is the perfect soundtrack for a drug induced road trip from NYC to Texas. Featuring Dan O'Neill ( bass ) and Andrew Low ( vox / guitars ) of the Jazz June, Snakes and Music play a unique blend of indie rock with country and folk influences
Loved and hated, the Covert Agency was a bastardized conception from Kutztown State University. Life began for this troubled trio in the summer of 1999 after founding members parted ways with a Reggae / Jazz / Hip Hop / Punk / Folk influenced sextet that went by the name of Dr. Rockstar. Having dominated the party scene during 1998 at KU, the original agents grew tired of the Drama surrounding such a high profile act and went back to basics.. In the basement of Paradise Lost tattoo parlor the Agency honed thier unique sound. A disjunctive mixture of Punk, Indie, Alt Rock, Grunge, Hard Core, Surf.. ect. ect. Edgy and intelligent, profound and cryptic. The dichotomy was endless...
Hailing from Lake Charles, Louisiana, this math-indie foursome may be headed to your hapless town soon. Since December of 2000, VOMA has been kickin' out powerfully melodic jams and playing a polished combination of strait up rock'n'roll and futuristic progressive indie rock. They are about to invade the east coast this winter and are presently working on their first music video. TransWorld Surf says VOMA is "a knife's edge up and down ride with loud louds and quiet quiets all jabbing at your heart and tearing at your senses... This is a band that must be heard. Math-indie-tech that will supply the needed power to your CD collection... Think Shellac, the Rapture, or Unwound..."
After years of performing with national touring acts like Sound of Reverse, Velorum, These Men are Liars, and Volcom Entertainment artists, Single Frame, on the Vans Warped Tour. Brown set out on his own, forming Watching the Moon in 2002. Performing first as a solo artist after a cross-country move to Austin, Texas, he soon set out to recruit old friends and talented players that would comprise the band's revolving cast of characters over the next few years. After a hiatus that saw Brown playing guitar and bass with Velorum and These Men are Liars, he wrote and recorded a debut e.p at the Sweatbox with Jason Morales in the fall of 2005. Headquartering in Austin, Watching the Moon performed a spree of regional dates across Texas, playing at venues like Emo's, Beerland, 710, Plus, Stubbs, Beauty Bar, and others. These appearances received press praise in the Austin Chronicle and zines like Whoopsy.