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Oi! les chaton.ne.s! We¡re back with the sixth part of our modern american hardcore punk special post. We'll feature here some amazing bands from L.A., San Francisco, Boston (once again), Kansas City, among other cities. We don't have much time so let's begin.
Desastre Sonoro: Los Angeles 2012
An impressive cassette self-released in 2012 featuring Los Angeles-based latino hardcore punk bands. You know that the latino community is huge in the United States. In fact, many people has assured that spanish could become the official language in the country due to the growing hispanophone population in the last 20 years. In these times of bullshit politics and the rise of the right-wing, the announcement of spanish as the newest official language would be interesting. That seems impossible, but let's still dream about it. Anyway, the featured bands are: Mal Paso, Condition, Aspex, Atrako and Pessimist.
Regarding the sound, the name of the compilation (sound disaster in english) says it all: PURE FUCKING RUIDO, PUTXS! In effect, we find old-school latin american and american hardcore, thrashcore, d-beat, crust punk (including our always beloved musical bastard neocrust) powerviolence and grindcore influences.The only band with spanish lyrics is Atrako, the other bands sing in english. Most of these tracks were taken from the demo of each band. And, Aspex makes a fantastic cover to Kaaos' Vaihtaehto.
Finally, you should get this compilation. It's puro ruido, homies. I really dig this compilation. I know these bands will please you. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Los Muertos Caminan
Another impressive Los Angeles-based latino hardcore punk compilation released in 2011 by Fronteras Desarmadas Records. It features the following bands: Generación Suicida, Rayos X, Saber M, Kruel, Fukkr SS, Poliskitzo, Mundo Muerto, Worst Enemy, The Helpless and La Voz. Some of the featured tracks were previously unreleased and unavailable in other records at the time and later were re-recorded by each band in future releases.
Regarding the sound, we find different styles. For example, there are bands that mix old school american hardcore with traditional spanish punk, and there are some others that have crust punk and d-beat influences. Also, there are even some thrashcore, powerviolence and grindcore sensibilities. Unlike the previous compilation, there are more songs in spanish than in english. I also dig this compilation due to the diverse mix of sounds and styles.
Finally, you should get this compilation. It's pretty cool and most of the bands aren't well-known. Oh, and I almost forgot. There are some covers to Eskorbuto, Parálisis Permanente and Discharge tracks. I hope to review more US-based latino hardcore punk bands in the near future. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
By Any Means (Bay Area 2013)
An interesting compilation released in 2013 by Stay Punk Tapes, Trillhouse Records and Fullyintercoastal Records. All bands come from the Bay Area in California, which is the fifth most populous metropolitan area in the US, and second in California, that includes different cities such as San Francisco, San José, Oakland and many others. The featured bands are: Neon Piss, Sourpatch, Synthetic ID, Street Eaters, Comadre, No Statik, Apogee Soundclub, Index, True Mutants, Hunting Party, Violent Change, Permanent Ruin, C'est dommage, Cold Circuits, Saint Lorena, Daikon, Replica, Endemics, The New Flesh, Huff Stuff Magazine and Nasty Christmas.
Regarding the sound, it's pretty diverse because we find different musical styles such as hardcore punk, protohardcore and traditional punk, indie rock, post-punk, thrashcore, powerviolence and screamo. As we've seen in previous compilations throughout the special post, this one has lots of different sounds and styles. There are many other missing local bands but this is a good start for seeing what's done in the Bay Area undeground musical scene. In the near future, we'll post a surprise surrounding this area. Just wait and see.
Finally, you should get this compilation. It's pretty cool and diverse. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
KCMO All Freaks, No Leash
A pretty interesting cassette released in 2013 by Kansas City-based record label XO Press Records that compiles and documents some of the activities of the local hardcore/punk scene. The featured bands are: All Blood, Eunuch, Dirty Work, Nature Boys, Bummer, No Master, Meat Mist, Keef Mountain, Aphorism, Lazy, Bloodbirds, Scammers, Regret, Dark Ages, Torben, Faultfinder, Mosquito Bandito, Night Moves, Robert Plant's Dingleberry, Boreas and Abbot.
Regarding the sound, we find hardcore punk, sludge, indie rock, emo, post-punk, traditional punk, indie rock, among other musical styles. When I first listened to this compilation, all of these bands were a surprise for me. I didn't know nothing about the Kansas City scene, except for one or two old school hardcore bands, and I found pretty clever material here. I'll make a more detailed research of this scene and feature more bands in the near future.
Finally, you should get this compilation. Click on the image and you'll be redirected to the official bandcamp account where...you already know what to do next. Also, there you will find another compilation named Tootsy DIY, with more Kansas City-based bands and similar sounds. Go and check it out too. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
This a superb Boston hardcore compilation released by Stupid Records in 2014. It was released as a cassette (which both sides repeat the same tracklisting) and had two versions for the US and UK. There's no significant difference between both versions, except the color of the cassette (Green for the UK and black for the US). The featured bands are The Boston Strangler, Waste Management and The Peacebreakers, all of them Boston-based straight edge hardcore bands.
Regarding the sound, well, it's pure Boston style. The three bands display a furious, direct and fast as fuck hardcore punk paying homage to some of the greatest local bands such as SSD, DYS and Negative FX. Some songs also tease with the thrashcore subgenre. You can get some monstrous acts of the so-called New Wave Of British Hardcore - NWOBHC like The Flex, Violent Reaction or Arms Race (all of them already featured here) as a reference. Also, some of The Peacebreakers' tracks are live performances and Waste Management makes a top-notch cover to Cause of Alarm's classic song United Races. And, I'm not really sure if Boston Strangler's tracks are exclusive for this record because the tracks from the other two bands are available in their respective record releases.
Finally, you should get this compilation. Pure Boston style, gatitxs. The perfect soundtrack for stomping everyone in the muthafuckin' circle pit. No mercy. You've already been warned. We do hope a second volume of this compilation. Highly recommended. Enjoy!.
Cream Of The Crop Vol. I
We finish this entry with this superb hardcore punk compilation released in 2014 by Best Before 84 Records. It contains the following bands: The Combat Zone, Mongoloids, Zipperhead, Haute Couture (France), No Sir, I Won't, The Hit Sensations, Lude Boys, Frenzy, Bloodkrow Butcher, La Misma, Bi Marks, Vivid Sekt, Sunshine Ward, Flaccid, Lumpy & The Dumpers, Savageheads, Leather Daddy, Goosebumps, Long Knife (I saw them in a concert with Poison Idea last year in Paris and they were fantastic) and Digital Octopus (France).
Regarding the sound, most of the bands play old school and d-beat influenced american hardcore in the so-called New Wave Of American Hardcore formula that we've been exploring throughout the special post. Also, most of these bands have already been featured here, so you'll know what you have in front of you. And, of course, there are two or three bands exploring with different sounds such as traditional punk, post-punk and electronic music. Nothing new under the sun, though.
Finally, you should get this compilation. It technically resumes all of the things that we've featured here in the last week. Well, kinda. There are also new and exclusive and some non-exclusive tracks. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until tomorrow with the conclusion of this rich and wholesome (ay, qué riccoooo) modern american hardcore punk special post. Kisses and hugs!