Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Your unofficial guide to: Chain Punk and Egg Punk

 Note: Accurate AF. 

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with a new entry. I'm a little bit sorry for my long absence but will try to compensate you with this...unexpected entry. You know Internet is nowadays our trustworthy and unlimited source of both porn and memes. The latter have had a huge impact in our daily fucked up lives that no one is safe from them. NO ONE. Indeed, every single aspect of life can easily be transformed into a meme. And, of course, the hardcore punk spectrum is no exception to the rule because is obviously plagued with them: Sad emo kids, straight-edge presence in every single anti-drugs statements, "crusties'" hygiene problems, the misadventures of different assistants to Manic Relapse Fest (some of them are pretty harsh, though), Kawakami (R.I.P.), Maximum Rock 'N Roll (ha!), Turnstile's "groovy" image, etc., all, all of them have been object of memes. But, curiously, this social and cultural practice of making s a v a g e dank memes and other shitposting stuff, have spawned two hideous musical labels: Chain Punk and Egg Punk.
Note: One of the best memes ever I must admit ha ha). 

The origins of this beast date back in August 7th, 2017, when Instagram user @memelifecrew (One of the best sources of hardcore/punk memes out there I must admit ha ha ha) uploaded the image featured above. As you can see, this variation of the infamous Peter Parker's glasses meme contains different elements that can be related to the hardcore/punk spectrum but notably two of them, the chains and egg, caught the public attention. 

Following the success of that unfortunate image (I love it, though), other Instagram users such as @_xanaxl_rose_2000 and @wingdings_911 joined the hype train and created on July 10th, 2018 this complex chart (see the image below), which is divided in two big spectrums: Chain Punk and Egg Punk. Each one contains different modern american hardcore punk bands (most of them already featured here in the blog in different compilations. You can refresh your memory by clicking here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).  
 
Note: Should I make this kind of images in the near future? Let me know in the comment section below.

So, the big question is: what the fuck are Chain and Egg Punk? There's no a precise definition yet but you can relate Chain Punk to a more traditional and edgier vision of punk (you know, black denim jackets, boots, chains (Yeah, Captain Obvious), violent and frantic music, etc.) whilst Egg Punk is a bolder and goofier vision of punk (even trying to break the 4th wall with a non-orthodox and experimental musical approach).  On the Internet you can find many posts and playlists relating both concepts for making clear their apparent difference (ha ha ha no way!). If you ask me, I'd simply say these bands are just plain hardcore punk, some of them more traditional and old school-oriented ("Chain") and some others more experimental and even bizarre ("Egg") and that's all, folks. End of discussion. 

Now, let's return to the chart above and let's pick up one random band, for example, Perdition from NYC. This band could be considered as one of the first musical outfits that started the so-called new wave of american hardcore punk fusing traditional NYHC and/or Boston HC with d-beat. Due to their musical and aesthetical approach, they could be considered as Chain Punk. There are also some other exemplar outfits of this particular spectrum such as OMEGAS and S.H.I.T. (Canada), Krömosom (Australia) and Inferno (Sweden) to remark to. 

So, we keep moving from that starting point, will see other bands that are slowly drifting apart from this ferocious display of punk and we reach to an interesting point of view. In the middle of the chart, Dawn Of Humans (NYC) is labeled as "the egg punk band for chain punks" whilst HOAX (Western Massachusetts) is labeled as "the chain punk band for egg punks". Basically, those bands put equilibrium into this outrageous and complex musical universe pleasing the fans of both spectrums on their own way. Peace and love is possible.

Finally, we keep moving and reach to the Egg Punk spectrum and also see some interesting outfits such as Beta Boys (Kansas City), Urochromes (Western Massachusetts) and The Coneheads (Northern Indiana), whose musical approach is far beyond our basic and limited connaissance of punk. Indeed, as we previously described some paragraphs above, these bands break the 4th wall and destabilize the cruel beauty of our universe with their impressive works. 

Last but not least, the chart also mentions two very well-known YouTube channels: Rickvarukerspunx and Jimmy (now known as Anti). You can relate the first one to the Chain Punk spectrum since many Discharge acolytes are uploaded there and the other one to the Egg Punk spectrum since, well, you'll find in there some of its owner's particular yet delightful musical cravings. I highly recommend both channels (I visit them often), so you should check'em out too.     

Note: Of course, you can make fun of the Chain Punk/Egg Punk chart with memes like the image above. Pretty neat. 

Lastly, I'll feature some of these impressive Chain and Egg Punk bands featured in the meme, ahem!, scientifically accurate chart *cof *cof because most of these outfits are already available here in the blog (Go and look for them). I'll also assort them in, exceptionally for this entry, these hideous musical labels and subdivide them in their native cities/regions for better reading. Hence, there will only be american bands. I know these names are only 4 da LULZ but can't quite handle them. It's such a nightmare trying to hold on. Honestly. We've also lost precious moments of our lives trying to understand this cryptic hc/punk hieroglyphic. Thank you for the ride, baby...Anyways, enjoy and stay tuned for some big announcements I'll make pretty soon. Stay tuned. With all that written, let's begin.

Source: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/egg-punk-vs-chain-punk

"Chain Punk"

New York City

Perdition 

http://cutnpasteyoface.blogspot.com/2013/07/perdition.html

This is one of the first bands that somewhat started this kinda new trend in their local of mixing both old-school american (notably Boston and sometimes New York styles) with d-beat (Either british, japanese or swedish) hardcore punk in 2008. And, it also is the first "Chain Punk" band that comes to mind when thinking about the scientifically accurate Chain/Egg Punk spectrums chart (it's a meme *cof *cof *cof). Their last record (self-titled 7") was released in 2013 through Toxic State Records (USA) and Hardcore Survives (Japan) for promoting their tour in Japan that year. Regarding the sound, this band has lots, lots of japanese d-beat hardcore punk influences with an american execution. Think of other american bands such as Nomad, Nosebleed, and, of course, "Chain Punk" partners in crime Bloodkrow Butcher (WTF did I just write?). Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to Cut & Paste blog (Thank you, pal!) for downloading this band's discography (Well, almost). Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Dawn Of Humans

https://lavidaesunmus.bandcamp.com/album/slurping-at-the-cosmos-spine-lp 

We continue with "the egg punk band for chain punks" and also one of the best modern hardcore punk bands in New York City nowadays (I think they're still active). Regarding the sound, Dawn Of Humans perfectly mix old school hardcore punk, garage rock, anarcho-punk, noise and electronica with both slow-paced and frantic moments. Along with local outfits such Crazy Spirit and L.O.T.I.O.N., Dawn Of Humans takes the boundaries of traditional New York Hardcore to the next level, creating something that even surpasses that category. Also, their live performances are crazy as fuck, just like their music. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to La Vida Es Un Mus official bandcamp account where you can listen to their more recent LP Slurping At The Cosmos Spine (2015). Highly recommended if you're either stoned or drunk. Or both. Much better. Enjoy! 

Cleveland

Inmates 

https://inmatesncr.bandcamp.com/

If there's whatsoever a band that should be regarded as the modern precursor of mixing american hardcore punk with d-beat,  it undoubtedly is Inmates. This Clevo-based outfit first appeared in the mid-90s (!) but it wasn't until the end of the decade that released official material. Note that they're from a scene where metallic hardcore, notably legendary Holy Terror acts such as Integrity and Ringworm (we already wrote about this trend), was the rule and playing d-beat or any other kind of hardcore subgenre was pretty rare and scarce. Regarding the sound, put in a blender Poison Idea, Crucifix, Agnostic Front (USA), Mob 47 (Sweden), Subhumans (UK), Lip Cream and Gauze (Japan) at the highest speed possible and you'll get Inmates. Pretty underrated band. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to most of their material, including their more recent self-released 2018 Australian Tour promo EP. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Los Angeles 

Blazing Eye 

https://staticshockrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ways-to-die

Another impressive japanese d-beat-influenced hardcore band who made their debut in 2014. Unlike other local outfits, Blazing Eye is more into Zouo, The Sexual, The Comes and G.I.S.M. There are also some slight Boston hardcore (notably protogrindcore outfits like Siege and Psycho) traces as well. Once again, think of other "Chain Punk" masters such as Perdition, Blotter and Bloodkrow Butcher. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to Static Shock Records' official bandcamp account where you can listen to their more recent EP Ways To Die (A potential candidate for our best picks of this year). Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Boston

Sadist

http://stenchofthedeath.blogspot.com/2017/09/sadist-beauty-fades-7-2017.html

An outstanding Bostonian hardcore punk band that should have been featured here in the blog long time ago. They only have officially released one demo and a split with L.O.T.I.O.N. (2014), a split with Bombings (2016) and Beauty Fades EP (Hardcore Victim, 2017). There's also a discography named The Shadow Of The Swastika (Regurgitated Semen Records (Germany), 2017) containing all the aforementioned works, except for their most recent EP.  Regarding the sound, this band mixes pretty well Boston hardcore, japanese d-beat, noise and electronica developing thus an unique ambiance of short, fast-paced and gloomy hardcore punk. Their live performances are also a spectacle with chains (LOL), masks and other uncommon elements. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to Stench Of Death blog (Thank you, pal!) where you can download their more recent EP, which should have been featured in our best picks of last year. Better luck next time if they release something before this year ends (Wow, such statement, so savage). If you dig modern NY noisy hardcore punk outfits such as Crazy Spirit, Mommy and L.O.T.I.O.N., Sadist is definitely for you. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

"Egg Punk" 

Western Massachusetts 

HOAX

https://cutnpasteyoface.blogspot.com/2011/08/hoax.html

This is the other equilibrium point of this complex universe of Chain and Egg Punk spectrums. For a strange reason, "the chain punk band for egg punks" was pretty popular back in the day long before the dawn of this fucked-up meme, ahem!, I mean, scientifically accurate *cof *cof *cof chart. Regarding the sound, HOAX perfectly mixes american hardcore punk with d-beat, and that's it. Even in some songs the band also teases with thrashcore, powerviolence and garage rock. Why do egg punx love this chain punk band? Is it because of their musical complexity? Their slight garage rock influences? I'll never know I'm already confused...Finally, click on the image for getting redirected once again to Cut & Paste blog (Thank you, pal!) for downloading this band's discography (Well, almost). Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Urochromes


https://urochromes.bandcamp.com/album/night-bully-ep-2

Alongside with The Coneheads, Urochromes are another foundational "Egg Punk" band from Western Massachusetts and currently relocated in New York City. Their sound is a totally weird and fucked-up mix of old-school hardcore punk, post-punk, garage rock and electronica. This band is way too experimental for being labeled as anything related to punk, so let's they're experimental. Just that. And, what else can I add about this band? Mmm, dunno. Is it cool? Yup. That could work. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to the band's official bandcamp account where you can listen to their more recent EP Night Bully. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Missouri 

Lumpy And The Dumpers

 

Ah yes, I freakin' love this band. Among all the "Egg Punk" bands out there, Lumpy And The Dumpers is by far the most well-known. But don't worry, your "Chain Punk" cravings can also be somewhat satisfied too (WTF did I just write? I'm never using these labels again!). Regarding the sound, just like Dawn Of Humans, remember "the egg punk band for chain punks", this St.Louis-based band mixes old-school hardcore punk, garage rock, noise and electronica for creating the perfect ambient for crossing universes. They also use uncommon instruments like saxophones and trumpets. There are even some songs that seem to be an orgy with synthesizers, hitting thrash cans and consuming LSD in inhuman dozes. Awesome. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp listening to their more recent EP Those Pickled Fuckers. Highly recommended. FOF NYC noisy hardcore punk acts such as Radiation Risks, Dawn Of Humans, Hank Wood and the Hammerheads and Crazy Spirit. Enjoy!

Olympia, Washington

Beta Boys

https://stenchofthedeath.blogspot.com/2018/02/beta-boys-brick-walls-7-2018.html

Another "Egg Punk" band par excellence. This band is exactly almost the same as the previous band. So, imagine this: The Germs, The Crucifucks and some fast-paced post-punk outfit from New York like Anasazi go together to a bar for some pink vodka. There's also a group of old-school John Travolta look alike greasers that only listen to garage rock, they start staring badly to our hardcore punk heroes and, in an attempt for defending their cockroach-filled turf, all together start an epic fight. What soundtrack will you hear out? Yes, Beta Boys. I must admit I really like their oddly satisfying musical execution. Some songs are fast-paced and noisy with some unorthodox breakdowns and whispered words while some others are, well, cool and weird enough. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected once again to Stench Of Death blog (Thank you, pal!) where you can download their more recent EP Brick Walls 7". Another possible candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  
  
Northern Indiana

The Coneheads

https://erstetheketontraeger.bandcamp.com/album/ett-028-the-coneheads-l-p-1-aka-14-year-old-high-school-pc-fascist-hype-lords-rip-off-devo-for-the-sake-of-extorting-from-helpless-impressionable-midwestern-internet-peoplepunks-l-p

We finally conclude this weird post with another even more weird foundational "Egg Punk" band from somewhere in the state of Indiana. Just like other band of this experimental spectrum, The Coneheads perfectly mix old school hardcore punk, garage rock, electronica and post-punk. As you may expect, the final result is a weird space travel in the depths of an abyss full of candy and acid. There are also some abusive executions with catchy alien-like robot voices, distorted synthesizers and unorthodox guitar chords and drum beats. Imagine the iconic action scenes from the infamous Batman TV show in the 60s with DEVO, The B-52s and The Cramps imitating an alien abduction as soundtrack. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to Erste Theke Tontraeger Records' (Germany) official bandcamp account where you can listen to their more recent self-titled LP (2015) AKA L​.​P​.​1. Aka 14 Year Old High School PC​-​Fascist Hype Lords Rip Off Devo For The Sake Of Extorting $​$​$ From Helpless Impressionable Midwestern Internet Peoplepunks L​​P (Trust me, this can't be weirder than this title). Highly recommended. I hope you enjoyed this entry and see you next time. Kisses and hugs! ​

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