Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cut the Shit


Cut the Shit was a band from Boston that played thrashcore rooted in the mid '80's sound with little to no frills. Basically, this is hardcore like it should be. Simple, yet insightful and engaging lyrics, and short, and intense songs that don't sound too much alike one another without getting too wanky. There are moments where these guys "rock out", but they know how to keep it brief - for example, check out the ends of "From Bad to Worse" or "Pushed Too Far", both on 2003's Harmed and Dangerous LP, which may be my favorite release by these guys.

Marked for Life contains material from a new LP, as well as their one sided Shut up and Play 7" and the Bored to Death EP. 27 tracks in about 16 1/2 minutes says it all.

The singer of this band now plays bass in Failures.

Check it out!

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Bored to Death 7"


Harmed and Dangerous 2003


Marked For Life 10" (2004)

Saturday, August 8, 2009



Pansori is a band from Baltimore that features members of Army of Kashyyyk, ROTA, and The Summer We Went (as well as others I'm sure). They play an epic brand of screamo, complete with violins and post-rockesque compositions. Parts range from melodic guitar driven interludes to heavy breakdowns, and crescendos.

Their debut release consists of one 19+ minute long song. Fans of bands like City of Caterpillar, Pg. 99, June Paik, and some of their previous projects (Army of Kashyyyk, ROTA) will find this a welcome addition to their libraries.

I actually went to one of these guy's show when they played with Suis La Lune in College Park not too long ago, but missed their set. Bummer. I hear they rule live. Check it out.


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Demo '09

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Loma Prieta Discography 05-09/Punch LP

Loma Prieta


Well, seeing as these two bands share a member I figured I would post these two albums together.

You probably already know who both these bands are, if you haven't been living under a rock for the past few years.

Loma Prieta plays intense, riffy screamo that heralds back to the glory days, incorporating elements of bands like Honeywell, Ampere, and You and I, into a modern-day, refined package.

Punch is a vegan straightedge thrash/fastcore band from the Bay Area featuring a female vocalist. Between their Eyeless EP, released last year (which you can download here), and this year's self titled LP, these guys (and gal) are putting out some of the most refreshing, in your face hardcore of the decade.

I recently got a chance to catch Punch when they came through Baltimore on their summer tour. Charm City Art Space, a fairly small venue, as anyone who has been to a show there can tell you, was packed pretty full. The entire basement was crammed with kids, who for the most part, seemed to have showed up to see Punch play. They played first, which confused me just a bit, seeing as they were the touring band and Death Rats and Pulling Teeth are both from the immediate D.C./Baltimore metro area, but whatever. They opened the set with the first song from their new LP, "Don't Start". The energy in the room immediately changed, and everyone was either nodding their heads to the point of whiplash or dancing. The set was short, fast, and feedback-laden, and after about 15 minutes of sonic assault, front woman Meghan announced they were done. She had hardly reached the drum set by the time the crowd start asking for one more, and she made her way back to the mic, protesting only mildly by saying, "But it's so hot..." It was. They launched into "Convenience Store," a comment on the vegan lifestyle and one of the highlights of the Eyeless EP.

The Loma Prieta Discography is a Japanese import that was released for The Punch/Loma Prieta Japanese Tour earlier this year. It features the two tracks from the upcoming split with L'antietam (discussed briefly here, where you can glimpse the artwork for that release), their Last City LP, Matrimony 7" (featuring an unreleased track), Our LP is Your EP 12" (featuring an unreleased cover song), and their 2005 Demo CD-R. So, in short, everything but 2009's Dark Mountain LP.

Download Loma Prieta's back catalog here.

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Loma Prieta Discography '05-'09

Loma Prieta Discography '05-'09 (2009)

Punch LP

Punch LP (2009)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

We Were Skeletons

We Were Skeletons are our really good friends from Lancaster PA. Both of our bands have played a billion shows with these dudes. Not only are they really fucking good at playing their instruments, they are more than likely they coolest dudes you will ever meet. We first met these guys at a show in Washington D.C with 1994! and then later asked them to play a show we booked for L'antietam. Their first release entitled "Summers" is pretty darn punk, with a cover of Iron & Wine . They just recently released their sophomore effort(This one has a Fugazi cover), the "Ryan Oatman EP", which has a harder feel to it. More noodles in the guitar work, heavier buildups, and the tape version, which I was lucky enough to make for them, has a track from their upcoming full length. I was sworn to not leak it onto the internet, but let me just say that we here at Chug Life have the unmastered tracks for the full length, and it is without a doubt one of the best screamo albums I have ever heard. Their new songs, which the trio play at their shows along with the Ryan songs, are a mix of Capsule and Kidcrash, with some Off Minor thrown in.

We Were Skeletons have always been a band that we have been meaning to post, but we were told to wait until after Ryan Oatman dropped to put them up. This post would have been made sooner, but, we are pretty forgetful and stuff. Its good that we waited though, because I was informed by bassist Raffy Taffy that there is some site where you can download all the tracks from Ryan Oatman and Summers for free. Here's the good part though: Skeletons get "a piece of ad revenue for each download". So instead of putting up the separate links and the pictures, below is a video of them playing "This Destroy Us" from their upcomming full lenth at Charm City Art Space last year during their tour with 1994 and then the link to their download page.

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Mad Free Songs

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Dominic "Nord" CD/LP

Fall of Efrafa - Inle CD/2xLP

Kidcrash - Snacks CD/LP

Denovali Records has had pre-orders for the new Kidcrash, Fall of Efrafa, and Dominic LP's posted for about a week or so. Today, The Kidcrash posted "Wound Eraser," from the forthcoming Snack LP on their myspace. Listen to it here. Check out Denovali to pre-order those LP's. The FoE and Kidcrash LP's also come with a t-shirt when you pre-order them. And as always, Denovali is offering the back catalogs of these band's for free download. Check it out!