Note: Of course, my horse.
Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another short yet funtastic entry. I still am currently working on the first special post of the year and I'm finishing some details because I want to make this particular one far beyond perfect. You know I always try to bring you the most complete information about the featured special posts here in the blog so, yeah, this one will surely please you. Patience is a virtue, right? Now, in the meantime, I resurrected one mini-special post from some years ago: the Anti-Saint Valentine's Day entry. If you read thoroughly this humble site, I featured some grindcore, powerviolence and political hardcore compilations in the past for saying our big fuck you to this fucked up and shitty consummerism love letter known as "Saint Valentine's Day. Indeed, this entry will feature 3 grindcore and powerviolence compilations I recently discovered, one from early this month and the other two from 2019 and 2017, respectively. Also, I have an special announcement for colombian hardcore punk bands. Our friends of La Subterránea - Mujeres y disidencias are organizing their "Subterránea Vol. 2" Fest and also are looking for those colombian hardcore/punk or whatever bands that have at least 1 womyn, non-binary, queer, and other genre dissidents in their formation to participate to. The deadline for sending your musical proposition is March 7th. Note that this only is for those national bands living outside Bogota. In a few weeks, the promoters will announce how bands from the capital can participate to. I'll leave you below the image with the terms and conditions. You can click on it and get redirected to their official Facebook fanpage (this is obviously in spanish, though). Finally, well, I forgot what other thing I had to tell you...Ha ha ha. Can't remember right now. With all that written, let's begin.
"⚡️⚡️⚡️Y se vino La Subterránea Vol. 2 !!⚡️⚡️⚡️
Para celebrar nuestro primer año de trabajo en el colectivo “La Subterránea” y lxs primerxs mil seguidorxs de nuestra página, en el mes de abril realizaremos el II Festival “La Subterránea”, en el cual habrá un espacio de toque con bandas que tengan mujeres o disidencias de género en su formación, al igual que en su primera edición 💜
En esta ocasión, y atendiendo a nuestro interés de difundir proyectos de chicxs de todo el país, quisiéramos contar con la participación de una banda de fuera de Bogotá, para lo que abrimos esta convocatoria:
⚠️ ¿A quién convocamos?: A bandas de la escena subterránea que cuenten con mujeres o disidencias de género en su formación, que sean de cualquier ciudad diferente a Bogotá y que deseen participar del festival.
⚠️ ¿Cómo participar?: Enviando algo del material de la banda (puede ser audios, vídeos, letras, enlaces de páginas, y/o información de otros proyectos contraculturales en los que participan) al correo electrónico firstname.lastname@example.org antes del 07 de marzo de 2020.
⚠️ ¿Qué cosas podemos brindar a la banda que participará en el festival?: Hospedaje, alimentación y un puesto en la feria que tendrá el Festival para venta de material.
Desafortunadamente, al ser un proyecto autogestionado, no nos es posible brindar ayuda financieramente para el transporte de la banda de su ciudad a Bogotá, menos aún porque esperamos reunir algunos recursos ese día (después de cubrir todos los gastos) para viabilizar otras actividades que tenemos programadas para el año. Por esta razón, también hemos establecido un calendario para la convocatoria en el que hay unas semanas entre el anuncio de la banda seleccionada y el festival, con el fin de dar tiempo por si ella quisiese hacer alguna actividad en su ciudad para recaudar dinero para el viaje. Esperamos que, aunque con estas condiciones limitadas, se animen.
💥Y para lxs amigxs de Bogotá, muy atentxs porque pronto abriremos la convocatoria para la Feria que tendremos ese día y la inscripción a los talleres.
🔥¡¡TODES LXS CHIKAS PARA EL FRENTE!! 🔥🖤💜🏳️🌈
La linda ilustración es de @_adarnia_ 🖤!"
A Violent Grinding Halt compilation
Featured bands: Yessir, Whatever, Madrugado, XRANDYX, Strawberry Cinder Block, XGRIFOX, Scalp The Pioneer, Xeno Ooze, NERMAL and Casually Suicidal (USA).
I recently discovered this interesting american grindcore/powerviolence compilation when I was scrolling down some threads on Reddit (Don't ask me why I was there). It was released early February on digital format by Hypno Brain, an indie art label. As the curators state "This comp believes in equality, anti-racism and anti-sexism". Nice. Like it always should be, right? This is the first time I listen to these bands and I'm not sure if the contributed tracks are exclusive to this record or not. Regarding their sound, the grindcore and powerviolence sounds prevail teasing with different styles and derivative forms such as mincecore or grindviolence, for naming a few. Some of them have anger-filled and hatred-driven political stances, hip hop samplers, eventual sludgy-esque slower breakdowns, guttural and screamed vocals and some others, well, they do not take themselves too seriously (Who in the world would name a band as a character from Garfield? Ha ha ha. Loved the reference, though). Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account where you can listen to this compilation. I really dig it. It's been a while since I don't call you...Wait, what? I'll try to be more aware of upcoming releases from the featured bands. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Gymnasium Violence 7" compilation
Featured bands: Arno X Duebel, Sickmark (Germany), Always Never Fun - ANF (Italy), Travolta (Belgium), Nothing Clean (UK), Discomfort Of Existence (Switzerland) and Ghettö (France).
An outstanding european hardcore compilation released last year by Knochen Tapes (Germany). It was released on one-sided vinyl since the whole album roughly is 7 minutes long. Awesome. I knew the existence of this record but didn't featured it here in the blog because I wanted to make a "record label profile" entry. I totally forgot about it and, sadly, it didn't happen. Sorry, I have too many ideas inside my head ha ha. Maybe I'd redeem myself in the near future...Regarding the sound, well, basically this record features short, fast and loud powerviolence and grindcore (with both classic and modern touchs, styles and stuff). Most of the bands speak by themselves since they've been in the game since some time ago and are pretty well-known. (Well, only if you're into these obnoxious extreme hardcore variants). And, I guess the featured tracks are exclusive to this comp (or that's the impression that I get. Please, no, Mighty Mighty Bosstones' references, just no...). Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account where you can listen to this great 7". This could have been featured in our best picks list of last year but since I discarded comps, well, tant pis. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Six Stab Wounds compilation
Featured bands: Yattai, Boris Viande, Vengeance, Tina Turner Fraiseur, Nolentia and Grunt Grunt (France).
We finally conclude this entry with an interesting compilation released back in 2017 by Coups de Couteau (France) featuring grindcore and powerviolence bands from "Le Hexagone". When I was living in France some years ago, there weren't too many "core"-related bands because most of the scene is plagued by oi! and post-punk outfits. It wasn't bad at all, of course, but, you know, I rather my punk hard as fuck. So, it's been a while since I listen to french bands like these ones and I'm completely stoked. Regarding the sound, well, it's nothing different to the featured comps in this entry. Indeed, there are both classic and modern approachs to both powerviolence and grindcore with political and satirical content as well. You wanted to know how Spazz or Nasum would sound if they were performed by some french kids born in this highly boring post-Cold War era? Well, this record is your answer to such deep existential question. Absolutely nuts. Lastly, click on the image for getting redirected to the Coups de Couteau's official bandcamp account where you can listen to this merveille. I'll be more aware of future relases like this one. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!