I think my Love for this band is already well established, but I'm going to further illustrate it, because this release from them is nothing short of phenomenal. Deadhand's brand of passionate, hard hitting Punk Rock is just as addicting as free Internet porn or white glass crack, and just as alluring and bad for you. This release has been a long time coming, and I for one couldn't be happier to finally hear these tunes properly recorded. The band has been teasing us Fans with new material in their set's as of late, a song here, a song there, and now a few of them have finally seen the light of day. Praise Jeebus! This release is called 3 Song, but the download from the band's Bandcamp page comes with an extra song that's slated to appear on the upcoming Desert Rats With Baseball Bats compilation. 3 songs for the price of 4 - what a deal! The 4 songs that are found on here are amazing, only adding to the musical legacy that was established with the band's 1st self titled release. Opening track P.S. I Feel Terrible is kick ass, but the next song, Giving Up The Let Down, is the stuff of demigod nature, and maybe the best song they've ever written yet. Seriously. That line in the chorus of No Fear of the Darkest places / Because I don't Live just to Die gives me fucking goose bumps every time I hear it. Brendan's guitar work on that song is stellar, and the rhythm section of Aaron and Jarred always impress the ever loving shit out of me, but especially on that song. Monstrous that song is. Maybe One Day sounds like a bit of a 'Lost Love' song, especially with the pretty guitar intro, but it still kicks mucho ass, and Unsettling brings this EP to a thunderous close with one incredibly destructive, Earth shaking tune. Fuck it's not long enough. All the times I've been told that in my life, and now here I am saying it about this release. Oh, the irony! ;-) Anyways, the rumor around the campfire is that these 4 songs are the last recordings we're ever gonna hear from Deadhand, and I can only hope and pray that it isn't true, because this band creates some of the most inspirational, life affirming music I've ever heard in my miserable life, and a world without their Art in it would be a sad one indeed. Get this EP from Deadhand and see what you're missing out on. An absolutely crushing release. Seek and consume immediately.
Available from the band's Band Camp page, which you can go to by clicking here.
When I saw that this was being reissued on 180 gram colored vinyl, I immediately rushed to the website to put my order in. After weeks of waiting it finally arrived, no worse for wear from baking in the 180 degree Vegas sunlight for who knows how long. Thanks jack ass UPS guy! Anyways, after letting it get accustomed to the cooler indoor environment, I slapped this beautiful piece of thick, white, vinyl on the ol' turntable and was just taken back to the days of Lore, long gone by. I love the Big Boys. This record is amazing. Following up their stunning debut release, which was one half of the Live At Raul's LP they shared with fellow Texas rabblerousers The Dicks, with this colossal collection of music was a ballsy move that payed off well for the band. The music on here is all over the place - part Funk, part New Wave Art bullshit, part Rock 'N' Roll and 100% Punk Rock all the way through. The sound on this reissue is nice and thick and fat. Chris Gates bass work just thumps and throbs from the speakers, and Tim Kerr's slinky, crisp, frenetic guitar work is still just as impressive sounding as it ever was. The drumming on here is actually pretty dark stuff, prodding and lumbering along in a manner very reminiscent of what Budgie from Siouxsie And The Banshee's was doing at the time, and Biscuit's vocal work on here is astonishing - going from the fast and furious call and response of a song like Security or Advice, to the mournful, impassioned delivery on Complete Control is impressive - especially considering he finished the vocals for this record in 1 day, all while sick with a 104 degree fever. All in all, it took 3 days to record, mix and master this album, and you'd never know it by the music on here. The material is miles ahead of what anybody was doing at the time, and the Big Boys were doing all of this musical creativity in Austin, TX., which, in the early 80's, was not as nice a place to live in as it is today. RednecKKKville, that's all I'm saying. Anyways, the miracle workers at Light In The Attic records have put together an impressive looking package for this reissue project. It's now a gate fold LP, it comes with the original lyric sheet, plus a brand new insert that was put together by Chris and Tim. There's a cool sticker included, as well as a download card, and it's just great to see the obvious care and love that was put into this release, because it definitely deserves it. Long out of print, not available on CD, get your copy of this Big Boys classic and remember a time when Punk was Fun Fun Fun and without all the rules and regulations that are so prevalent in it today. An essential release to own. The term 'Skate Rock' was invented for these guys. Give this album a listen and hear why it was. Now go write your own review! :-)
Available from Light In The Attic records, which you can go to by clicking here.
Written by Karl Bakla.
This is the kind of music that makes you so excited that you throw your unsuspecting friend through a window & when that friend gets up you bash a terracotta pot over their head. Sure, it is right to assume that there is a lot of substance abuse in my circle of friends, but we also appreciate good music, Pepe's Tacos, and interesting experiences.
You could easily label Corrupt Leaders as Crust, but I think that would be a bit of a disservice to them and to the potential listeners who would be put off by that label. This band has a very heavy sound that fans of chugga-chugga Hard Core, Grind, Punk, Doom, & good Emo (Rorschach / Downcast) will enjoy, & if they don't, that is because they are stupid. For fucks sake, I am an alcoholic that listens to Too Many Daves & I thought this was good! Speaking of being an alcoholic, I wish I was drunk right now seeing Corrupt Leaders playing a show with Nests & God's America!
According to the Moshpit Tragedy website, all profits from this label go to the Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary, which makes me happy because I am the kind of self-righteous vegetarian that cares more about animals than people. Usually when people make statements like this they are joking, I am not joking! I would run into a house to save a mangy cat before a human… well, unless that human was a writer on the onethirtyeight.org writing staff. So buy some tunes, help out a cause, & pat yourself on the back!
Available on the bands Reverb Nation page, which you can go to by clicking here.
You gotta listen to any demo CD that has spray painted stencil work on it. It shows the band gave enough of a fuck to care about their Music, which, generally means said Music is worth listening to, and this 4 song EP from Common Tongue is definitely worth listening to. They're from somewhere in AZ., and I caught the band one night @ the Dive and was loving what they were playing, so after their set I asked them if they had any merch, and they said no, they didn't, but they gave me this CD for free, which was very cool of them to do. I like it. Pretty good sound for a first release, a little too Rancid like for my own personal taste, but that's OK - it takes nothing away from me digging them. :-) Upbeat, energetic, catchy songs with some cool vocal work courtesy of dual lead vocalists, and a guitar player who definitely knows how to play make this a copacetic listen. Loved the song Van Buren too, which, if you've ever been to AZ. before, then you know, that street has a weird vibe all it's own. Good stuff. You can check out their Facebook page by clicking here. Common Tongue. Cool band.
Available on the band's Reverb Nation page, which you can go to by clicking here).