Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Make Emo Great Again": Your unofficial guide to 80s and 90s american emocore. Part 2: Straight Emo, subpart B.

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Coucou, les! We're back with the last subpart of the second part of our american emo special post. I'm deeply sorry for being inactive almost a month but the "real world" has consumed me. Some of the featured bands were meant to be featured in the previous post but...YOLO, I guess?. No. I'm joking. In fact, organizing the content was a little bit difficult because I had to discard lots of bands that would certainly fit in here. Some of them will be featured in some compilations I'll put in the final entry, whilst some others will come back in other different entries. Also, we'll finally finish this unexpectedly successful special post (thank you so much, les!) this weekend. Don't forget to click on the images for downloading the records (most of them include artwork, layouts, lyrics, etc.). In other news, starting next week, I'll post some incredible demos released this year so far, as well as some physical copies of some colombian hardcore punk compilations already featured here in the blog. Lastly, the last special post of the year, the unofficial guide to 80s swedish hardcore punk through compilations, will be published throughout december. With all that written, let's begin.

After Words  - self-titled LP!yphxhaQY!9pACeipI8OSVk572V9BjYx59Kl60aOczt7dWksSSNMk

This is the only record that this amazing Atlanta-based emo band ever recorded. It was released through Sammich Records in 1989. They also contributed one exclusive track to The View: An Atlanta Compilation 1984 - 1990 (Lunchbox Records, 1990). I think there's also one live session in some american college radio show but I'm not really sure if they did so. Regarding the sound, After Words took the best elements of D.C. emocore style and added an unique and particular mesmerizing melodic hardcore approach to it. Indeed, the musical execution is simply amazing (overwhelming guitars, catchy bass tunes, clean and melodic vocals and precise drums). If Rites of Spring still existed as a band in 1989, they would probably sound like After Words. For sure. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Manneqvin Hand - Complete works!fxJgzTDJ!KkfdKLcDOWZmVSmpTmaycKr0P9mjiZ7VLHW5pJyan_0

I never thought I'd ever write about this short-lived enigmatic band. I don't have much information about it but I only know they released one demo cassette (self released, 1989), their only single 7" named Jow (Shakefork Records, 1990) and contributed one track to No Punks In The Pit compilation (Shakefork Records, 1990). Regarding the sound, this band still played like early D.C. emo and post-hardcore bands but a little bit more faster. Indeed, you can detect a satisfying melodic yet precise musical execution with deep and abstract included. Lastly, enjoy this cryptic and not-well known hardcore punk band. Would we ever see an official discography release? I certainly hope so... The file includes everything that this band ever recorded, including an unreleased EP. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Admiral -  Full albums!ntwmCLRZ!-2nVVL7dW1QUv5W64s82xPApyzccQP_fmGbANeNaOio

Ahhh, yes. They're finally here. This impressive Pennsylvania-based hardcore punk band was active from 1989 to 1991 and released two records: self-titled 7" (Soul Force Records, 1990) and Revolving And Loading (Ebullition Records, 1993) and also contributed some tracks to different hardcore punk compilations. Regarding the sound, Admiral took the best elements of early emo and added a special melodic yet fast-paced sound to it (similar to both After Words and Manneqvin Hand). There are also some elements that would eventually define the whole emo subgenre, such as slower introspective interludes and deeper basslines, among others. After their break-up, members went on to Hoover and Navio Forge, other two foundational emo bands. Lastly, let you mesmerize by their impressive and forceful style. This band also needs an official discography...The file includes their two records. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

Shadow Season  - self-titled 7"!PppEBSRK!ZPbCbg84Qdivg_dFGMJIJ_8jh97yHonb4PVgn2yFecM

This amazing yet underrated 7" was released by Harvest Records in 1991. Regarding the sound, you'll find the perfect mix of early D.C. emocore with the emerging straight edge hardcore style of the time. In later recordings, they would develop a more refined and alternative rock-oriented sound and, eventually, playing like many of the loved/hated mid-90's "midwestern emo" style bands. Despite their cryptic existence, you can detect the sound of this beautiful record in many european and american hardcore acts of the time such as Shatter The Myth (France), Spit Acid (Germany) and Mean Season (USA), for naming a few. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Chino Horde - self-titled CD!PkRDhI5L!zfIcYwZLqHzlWihl_9Vf_ercyEYWUqR4qyDa8JNYGRs

Chino Horde was a short-lived yet prolific hardcore punk band from Little Rock, Arkansas. Some of their members also ran File 13 Records, a record label that released plenty of 90s emocore records, including, obviously, Chino Horde's releases. This band only released one self-titled cassette (1990), self-titled 7" (1990), split with Current (1994) and This Is Done 7" (1995). There's also one discography LP released in 2010 by german hardcore punk label Adagio830 named Everything (that ironically doesn't contain "everything" this band ever recorded because some tracks are missing). Regarding the sound, Chino Horde played fast-paced hardcore punk with slow and introspective interludes in the same vein as Hoover, Moss Icon and Embrace. For a strange reason, this band isn't really well-known despite their pivotal influence on the whole emo subgenre. Only true diehard fans and freaks like me know them haha. Lastly, this is the 1993 CD re-issue of the first 7" with remastered sound and two extra tracks absent in the original release as bonus. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

1.6 Band - Broke Up!C5BRkSwa!xoLgoybXaTj0ypeVohkp1rmTaJ7-tJWdXFYfKDYuXkQ

1.6 Band was a short-lived hardcore band from Long Island, New York and featured members of other "heavier" hardcore outfits such as Judge, Rorschach and Beyond. This band was a complete surprise for their local hardcore scene because there weren't so many bands of this kind. They only released self-titled LP (Gern Blandsten, 1992), Tongue Family Style 7" (Sunspot Records, 1992), Pimpin' Ain't Easy 7" (Wardance, 1993), splits with Rorschach (Chainsaw Safety Recordings, 1994) and Scapegrace (Riptide Recordings, 1994) and The Checkered Past Of All Kings Present 7" (Metastasis Records, 2010).  Regarding the sound, 1.6 band played fast and straight-to-the-point hardcore punk with some complex musical execution changing different tempos, using distortion and dissonant beats and both political and satirical stances. These elements would be more akin to chaotic emo and early screamo bands of the time. You could imagine a mix of both Dag Nasty and Minutemen in a very, very bad mood. Finally, this is a collection CD (Gren Blandsten, 1996) that compiles their early recordings from 1991 to 1993. Pretty good stuff. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Iconoclast - Iconoclast CD + split with Abyss!bhBnFZYY!wF6Vbro1GOcreAL5q0vcgWj4jXc7Y_imAl4EzjOKlTY

Iconoclast (do not confuse it with the japanese hardcore band of the same name) was a short-lived emo band from New Jersey. They only released one self-titled 7" (Ebullition Records, 1992), split with Merel (Old Glory, 1992), Groundlessness Of Belief (Ebullition Records, 1994) and split with german band Abyss (Old Glory / Love Records, 1995). Regarding the sound, Iconoclast managed to develop an unique emotional hardcore style with straightforward and fast-paced execution with less pronounced slow and introspective interludes. Also, despite their image, their lyrics were highly political. Finally, this is a self-titled CD compilation (Ebullition Records, 1994) that compiles everything that this band recorded between 1992 and 1994 and the full split with Abyss separately. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Merel - Merel CD!PhpE1JZK!jOVe_ncCyOgwx0KvpgPNwqpZbKPsigYE0yEYu6c_5Sg

Merel was a short-lived band from New Jersey that only released two self-titled albums (Gern Blandsten, 1991 (7") and 1992 (LP)) and split with Iconoclast (Old Glory, 1992). They also contributed tracks to different hardcore compilations such as Fear Of Smell and God's Chosen People. Regarding the sound, Merel played faster and with less musical complexity and instrumentation, pretty similar to chaotic emo and early screamo bands such as Heroin and Mohinder. After the release of the LP, the band managed some slow-paced interludes, something like a less dark yet angrier version of both Moss Icon and Hoover. Also, their lyrics were political criticizing different aspects of life, notably the church and god's concept. Finally, this is the self-titled complete discography CD (Gern Blandsten, 1995). Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Jawbreaker -  Unfun and Bivouac!ut4nkAJS!uWnMO0HmimlUBlGZJY8zeKsrPregcbxNebgWoFGUwYs

Best. Emo. Band. Ever. Period. 'Nuff said...No, I'm joking. But I'm pretty sure that many people out there have this thought. Jawbreaker is a band from San Francisco, California with an extensive discography and more than 20 years of musical career. I decided to only feature their first two full-length albums Unfun LP (Shredder Records, 1990) and Bivouac LP (Communion Label, 1992) because they're their only trve emo records. Regarding the sound, Jawbreaker mixed early D.C. emo and post-hardcore with pop punk. Yup. Pop punk. Well, at least the first 90s pop punk bands were cooler than now. They would develop a more pop punk and alternative rock-oriented in later recordings and would also acquire a decent mainstream success. Finally, I have to admit that this musical shift is more elaborated than the featured records here but these ones are unbeatable. In fact, in some of my life stages, I really have been identified with their lyrics. Oh, miserable teenage feelings and thoughts...Highly recommended. Enjoy!         

Assfactor 4 - both 7"s and both LPs!ntwwRCxY!OZZV7MjjxK1DUycX81QA-awBJ61ReHHfUDavWhUolCA

Assfactor 4 was a hardcore punk band from Columbia, South Carolina. During their lifetime, they released Sometimes I Suck 7" (Repercussion, 1993), split with Rights Reserved (Fallen Squirrel, 1993), Smoked Out 7" (Old Glory, 1994), self-titled LP (Old Glory, 1995) and Sports LP (Old Glory, 2000) and also contributed different tracks to compilations such as the infamous All The President's Men, We've Lost Beauty and Nothing's Quiet On The Eastern Front, among others. Regarding the sound, unlike their other emo contemporaries, this band played mostly fast-paced and straightforward hardcore punk, but we do also find some slower interludes and more complex guitar and bass chords, however. Also, their lyrics were highly political and criticized many economic and social political issues, including they made fun of different stereotypes and acts within the hardcore punk community of their time. Finally, check this band out. Many people have argued that Assfactor 4 was one of the coolest 90s hardcore acts ever and the band that everyone wanted to play with. Should I say more? Highly recommended. Enjoy!     

Maximillian Colby - Discography (1992 - 1995)!XwZBnA6A!hmUggGqhiL1vg73pdY38CD70f0icAe3mFOP7rdTZY00
Maximillian Colby (from now MC) was a short-lived hardcore punk band from Harrisonburg, Virginia that only released one self-titled 7" (Nervous Wreck Kids, 1994), and splits with Rye Coalition (Rent-A-Records/Irony Recordings, 1994) and Shotmaker (Nervous Wreck Kids, 1995), as well as contributing tracks to different compilations such as All The President's Men and Stealing The Pocket. Regarding the sound, MC contributed to the huge explosion of emocore bands in America during the 90s. It's possibly one of the best emo bands, thanks to their unique and superb mix of fast and slow-paced music without losing the grip. Finally, this is the complete discography CD released in 1996 by Whirled Records. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Indian Summer - Complete Discography!SkJDkQxC!pjI5qH6K_4KAtIGX-msaBzpm88l_dAMSN_lWqsu-XWA
Another favorite finally appears here in the blog. Indian Summer was a short-lived yet influential emo band from Oakland, California. During their lifetime, they released one self-titled (Repercussion, 1993) and splits with fellow emo comrades Current (Homemade Records, 1993), Embassy (Slave Cut, 1994) and Ordination of Aaron (*inchworm, 1994). Regarding the sound, Indian Summer magically exposed the elements (both musically and aesthetically) of the whole 90s emo subgenre with their superb sound. They also added samplers of old jazz/blues/swing megastar Bessie Smith, whose tormented, heartbroken yet powerful voice gave a more melancholic touch. Also, just like some of their contemporaries, Indian Summer didn't include any information about their whereabouts nor didn't name their songs. In fact, they were unofficially named by their fans many years later and there are at least two names for each one. Finally, I'll present you two compilations discs: The first one named Science CD (Future Recordings, 2002) that compiles everything that this band ever recorded and Hidden Arithmetic CD (Future Recordings, 2006) that compiles two live performances with alternative versions of some of their songs. Highly recommended. Enjoy!        

Navio Forge - As We Quietly Burn A Hole Into...!mkA11IwA!r0CLXMih2GHaXlE84wq-qhgV7YV4Vsxn8_tZUjFMqXU

Another influential band for the subgenre from somewhere in California that only released this beautiful LP (Shadow Catcher, 1993). It featured members of other hardcore bands such as Fuel and Admiral. Regarding the sound, this band is contemporary of other foundational emo bands such as Hoover and Native Nod, so you'll find long songs with slow/fast-paced changes, deep and abstract lyrics and complex yet overwhelming musical execution with some screamed vocals. Pretty good stuff. Their song Haloed Eyes is by far one of the best emo anthems ever written that simply gives you the chills in all your body. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Split Lip/Chamberlain - For The Love Of The Wounded and Fate's Got A Driver!z94imCIQ!SmY1EalFcdSTp9NfmCG-KOWg6tGAI8HKgyw9zLhN6gc

Split Lip was a emo/post-hardcore band from Bloomington, Indiana. They only released one self-titled (Doghouse, 1992), For The Love Of The Wounded (Doghouse, 1994), Union Town demo (Doghouse, 1994) and Fate's Got Driver (Doghouse, 1995). After the release of their last record, their music got softer and they changed their name to Chamberlain. This was probably because their record label started to release material of more indie emo-related bands such as The Get Up Kids and gaining more popular reception outside of the hardcore niche. Personally, I rather their early recordings (above all For The Love...) over Chamberlain's material but I have to admit that the re-interpretation contained in Fate' heart-touching, though. In fact, many people consider that this is their best work. Finally, I'll leave you both records for you to judge the two sides of the coin: For The Love..., which is darker and overwhelming, whilst Fate' a little bit more light-hearted and melodic. Yes, it could be more accesible to a non-hardcore punk audience but don't worry, it's still true to their roots. Highly recommended. Enjoy. 

Ordination of Aaron - Completed Works + Acoustic Set!L1hCnYDS!wROZCRDFFrLIR99VUJYvsLiKovJRjRp4522E43w2gP0

Another emo heavyweight is here. Ordination Of Aaron was a short-lived yet highly influential band from Kalamazoo, Michigan. They only released self-titled 7" (Bloodink Records, 1994), Immersion In A 90 MPH World LP (Council Records, 1995), split with Indian Summer (*inchworm, 1994) and an acoustic set (Arcade Kahca/*inchworm, 1995), as well as contributing different tracks to compilations such as We've Lost Beauty and Amnesia, among others. Regarding the sound, Ordination of Aaron still managed the deep emotional hardcore style of their contemporaries such as Current, Policy Of Three and Constantine Sankathi, however, unlike the aforementioned acts, their vocalist had an unique clean and screamed vocal style, which gives the impression that this band wasn't as "dark" nor "depressive" as other emo acts. In fact, some songs are pretty motivational and can cheer you up rapidly. But don't worry, it has an outstanding musical force to remark. Finally, this is the second pressing of their discography CD (Arcade Kahca, 2000) and the original acoustic set separately. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Don Martin Three - Complete works!elYkUKRS!7-qsb2rqz8Msn_pzPHI8b_5wWVfiwx3xG4E0vn3yDsk

Holy fuck! We conclude this entry with one of my favorite emo bands of all time is finally here. Don Martin Three (from now DM3) was a short-lived hardcore punk outfit from Saint Augustine, Florida. They only released one self-titled 7" (Oberon Records, 1995) and one self-titled LP (Belladonna Records 1996), as well as Summer Ninety Six, which is a 3-way split shared with Moonraker and Hope Springs Eternal (Kurt and Jason, 1995). A curious fact about their second and last self-titled is that the tracks are untitled and some fans have unoffcially renamed it. This trend also happened with other emo acts such as Indian Summer, for example. Regarding the sound, DM3 played like many of their other contemporaries such as Indian Summer and Julia. Indeed, you'll find every characteristic element of the emo subgenre here (fast/slow paced music changes, screamed and clean vocals, both complex guitar and bass tunes, precise drumming and abstract yet poetic lyrics). Finally, click on the image for downloading everything this band ever recorded, including the full 3-way split with Moonraker and Hope Springs Eternal. This band also needs an official release...Highly recommended. Enjoy and until tomorrow. Kisses and hugs!

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