Note: Ah! The american dream...
Ciao, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the fifth entry of our modern american hardcore punk special post. This time, we'll feature 5 superb compilations featuring bands from New York, Boston, Richmond, Olympia, Portland, among other cities!. Also, we'll be finishing soon this rich and complex special post (2 or 3 more entries). I had to cut off some material because it was getting a little bit out of control and we have to complete our december agenda. Don't forget to click on each image for downloading the records. So, let's begin.
City Baby Attacked By Bats
New York City punk family once again surprises us with this superb casette. It was compiled by Chi (Anasazi) and Alex Heir (Burn Books, L.O.T.I.O.N., Survival) and released in 2014. As you may have guessed, the name of the compilation is a parody to G.B.H.'s all-time classic City Baby Attacked By Rats. And, it features the following bands: Creeping Dose, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos, Razorheads (New Jersey), Aube (Canada), Freak Vibe (Seattle), La Cruor, G.A.S.H., Anasazi, Survival, Mommy, Goosebumps, Savage Sex Boys, L.O.T.I.O.N., Big Bang!!, Childrenwithdogfeet, Sex Cross, Warthog, Spider-Man (Yup, your friendly neighbour) and Crazy Spirit.
Regarding the sound, we find some old school and d-beat influenced hardcore punk in the vein of the so-called New Wave of American Hardcore, as well as other bands exploring different musical genres such as noise, electronic, post-punk and even goth rock. Also, some tracks feature shoutouts made by DJChi2 (It's evident who is, right?), prank calls, weird sound samples and two additional songs that have nothing to do with the content of the record. You will get rickrolled and shit after listening to these unconventional bonus tracks. I'll only say that...
Finally, you should get this compilation. Like the Ground Zero NYC 2013 compilation (already featured here), this humble mixtape features some of the best modern bands from the NYC hardcore/punk scene today. You'll get fascinated with the raw, intense and obscure ambient of this record, the perfect soundtrack for a NYC basement show. We do hope more NYC compilations like this one in the near future. Highly recommended. Enjoy.
It Gets Weirder - A Compilation Of Olympia Punk In 2015
This is an impressive cassette made by Sadie (vocalist of G.L.O.S.S.) and Joey (a music producer) for promoting some bands from the Olympia hardcore/punk scene. It was self-released in 2015. It contains the following bands: Vexx, The Chain, Defaceman, Visiting Nurses, Slouch, Broken Water, Combat Knife, Nasti, US Disorder, Cynosure, Pines, Ox, Tankini, Half-Hearted, Soggy Creep, Hens Teeth, CC Dust, K8y H8r, Box Fan, Dyke Drama (Sadie's side project), Sharkpact, Margy Pepper, Permethrin, GAG, Box and G.L.O.S.S. As a bonus track, there's an acoustic track made by Julaya, bassist of G.L.O.S.S.
Regarding the sound, we find different musical styles, for example, we have short, fast and loud hardcore punk songs, in the similar vein to different bands featured throughout the special post, post-hardcore, post-punk, synth-pop, alternative and indie rock, noise and other experimental sounds. Before listening to this compilation I only knew Vexx, Slouch, G.L.O.S.S., Combat Knife and Dyke Drama, but after listening to it, I found really interesting the other musical projects. I know that some other impressive bands could be missing here, but the repertory is more than enough for showcasing how the things are done within the Olympia hardcore/punk scene. Cool.
Finally, you should get this compilation. It has an outstanding D.I.Y. value and its content is pure gold. I know the sound isn't perfect but you know what I say in these cases: enjoy the music because is punk as fuck, homie. An only hardcore punk bands compilation could have been nice, but I'm glad with the different musical approach of the non-hardcore punk related bands as a complement, though. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
An interesting cassette released in 2014 by Cabin Fever Records. It contains the following bands from Richmond, Virginia: Slugz, Animal Planet, The Nervous Ticks, Diamond Hairbrush, Omega Boys, Christi, Asylum, Atrocious Kontrol, Cretins, Barge and Southside Stranglers. All of these bands were unknown to me, except for Barge, and I didn't know that Richmond had a lot of potential to offer.
Regarding the sound, we find that interesting duality of hardcore punk and garage rock revival, present throughout the special post. Pretty common this combination, huh? The only exception is Barge because they play brutal and dissonant powerviolence the way we fuckin' like it. It's one of the more recent powerviolence bands that have caught my attention in the last months.
Finally, you should get this compilation. It's pretty rare and uncommon to find a physical copy for a good price. The sound is perfect and we do hope another volume of this compilation in the near future. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
An excellent compilation released in 2011 by Japan-based record label No Anarquía Rebelde Música Discos (What a weird name. They don't surely speak very well spanish or they like to play with words. Not really sure). It only contains four bands: Cervix (female fronted), Nomad (both from New York City), Bloodkrow Butcher and Earthpig (both from Boston). This is one of my favorite compilations posted so far and you'll see why.
Regarding the sound, we find d-beat influenced american hardcore punk with traces of 80's japanese hardcore punk such as Zouo, G.I.S.M. and GAI, among others. You already know, by judging our successful (thank you, my nekos) unofficial guide to 80's japanese hardcore, that we fucking love that style. Of course, it's not the purest classic japanese hardcore out there, but they're pretty close. You'll find here raw, intense and crude hardcore punk for pleasing both american hardcore and d-beat fans alike.
Finally, you should get this record. Pretty good in its execution and the monstrous displayed style by every single band is just amazing. It's worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
We finish this entry with this incredible Portland-based hardcore punk bands compilation. It was released as a tape in 2010 by Amputape Records and contains the following bands: Transient, Honduran, Murderess, Raw Nerves, Abandon, Squalora, Sei Hexe and Machine Gun Congress. This is another of my favorite compilations posted so far, not only because Portland has always had one of the best american hardcore/punk scenes but also because these bands play grindcore.
Regarding the sound, well, I've already told you. It's grindcore. All of the bands draw influences from different grindcore styles such as grindviolence, crustgrind and deathgrind. I must confess that I needed a fresh air after posting experimental bands throughout the special post and this is the perfect way to start therapy. I've appreciated, liked and even loved some material of those musically bold bands but I rather dozes of brutal, violent and nonsense sonic madness that our beloved hardcore punk subgenre could only offer. Don't worry, you'll see more compilations like this one as the definitive complement to the experimental bands that would eventually appear finishing the special post.
Finally, you should get this compilation. PDX bands are cool as fuck and these ones aren't the exception. If you've found a little bit heavy the experimental musical approach of some of the bands posted so far, this is the medicine for you. Highly recommended. Enjoy and se you tomorrow for more big surprises. Kisses and hugs!