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New Blood! HAIRCUT, THE LEASH, THE SURGE, FLUKE, and METHCHARGE

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New Blood! HAIRCUT, THE LEASH, THE SURGE, FLUKE, and METHCHARGE


January 12th, 2017 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

Band name:
HAIRCUT

Date & location formed:
Charlottesville, VA 2016.

Reason for forming:
Haircut existed with some other lineups starting in late 2015, and we finally got a solid crew together in summer 2016. A few of us moved into a show space in Charlottesville around the same time, so that worked out pretty nicely as far as being able to practice and play shows regularly.

What are your lyrics about?
Consent, being Latin American, grief, femininity.

How would you describe your sound?
We were really diggin on the classics when we started putting it together. X, Fang and Black Flag come to mind.

What’s in the future for this band?
Play some gigs! Maybe we’ll even take it outside of Virginia this year.

Haircut (photo by Tyler Abernathy)

Links and contact info:
haircutva.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:

THE LEASH

Date & location formed:
Sometime early 2015 we formed as Gutter. Got a new drummer (Phill Gonzalez), wrote new songs, and released material as The Leash late 2016. Austin, TX.

Reason for forming:
To show the world the fucking boys are back in town.

What are your lyrics about?
Embarrassment, trust issues, addiction, depression, guilt, psychedelics, nihilism, disillusionment. Maybe a song or two about social or political issues, but that typically does not align with the ways of the collar, the leash, and the bond between the two.

How would you describe your sound?
Soggy meets Poison Idea? Recently gravitating more towards a faster and more straight forward sound for our next release.

What’s in the future for this band?
Spread the gospel of the trinity: the leash, the collar, and the bond between the two.

The Leash (photo by Cecilia Maeve)

Links and contact info:

theleash.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:

THE SURGE

Date & location formed:
Summer of 2016. Fresno, CA.

Reason for forming:
We wanted to start a band to tour and distract us from our normal lives. The Fresno scene is sick but it’s small so we wanted to get it out there. Shouts out Step For Change, Urgency, Choke$lam.

What are your lyrics about?
The collective point is to give back the freedom of choice to people to live their life how they want to.

How would you describe your sound?
I guess early 80’s punk. Fun fast stuff.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re on tour right now with CoolSide from SoCal so definitely more touring in the future. Also releasing new stuff in 2017.

The Surge (photo by Ismail Raven)

Links and contact info:
thesurge.bandcamp.comamp.com

 

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Band name:
FLUKE

Date & location formed:
March 2016, Singapore.

Reason for forming:
We had similar ideas and influences so we got together and the rest is history.

What are your lyrics about?
Struggles of being a Singaporean citizen,
Intolerance and the daily grind.

How would you describe your sound?
We sound like a fluke.

What’s in the future for this band?
A few shows in Malaysia and Indonesia and hopefully release a 7″ by the summer.

Links and contact info:

flukepest.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
METHCHARGE

Date & location formed:
Summer 2015 Richmond Virginia.

Reason for forming:
Abject boredom of life.

What are your lyrics about?
Crisis of the world, hearty contrast, neverending bullshit.

How would you describe your sound?
Loud dogs produced by machines.

What’s in the future for this band?
Absolutely no future.

Methcharge (photo by Ripley)

Links and contact info:
methcharge.bandcamp.com
Write to:
2802 Park Ave #4
Richmond, VA 23221

 

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New Blood! PORVENIR OSCURO, LION’S SHARE, BLOODY HEAD, PUMPKIN, and PHOEBE


January 5th, 2017 by

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Band name:
PORVENIR OSCURO

Date & location formed:
Summer 2015 – NYC

Reason for forming:
To make a racket and show our discontent and views of everything around us.

What are your lyrics about?
Living in a shitty world, life, violence, bad situations….etc.

How would you describe your sound?
When we started we wanted to sound a bit or so like Cocadictos / Ultimo Resorte, but now, our sound is what we make it, just straight hardcore punk, what ever rings our ears.

What’s in the future for this band?
EP recording will be in the works soon to be released hopefully in the spring on Always Restrictions.

Porvenir Oscuro ( photo by Kevin spaghetti)

Links and contact info:

porveniroscuro.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
LION’S SHARE

Date & location formed:
St. John’s, Newfoundland sometime slowly throughout the fall/winter of 2015

Reason for forming:
We really like Blitz but aren’t really good enough to sound like them and this is what we ended up with.

What are your lyrics about?
Everything from typical punk stuff like war mongers to waiting around for your slow ass friends.

How would you describe your sound?
Everyone else basically seems to say the Partisans/No Future records which sounds good to us.

What’s in the future for this band?
Hard to say. Jon lives in Nunavut right now so it’s a little touch and go. Hopefully play more shows and make people in St. John’s like the Partisans I guess…

Links and contact info:

lionssharepunk.bandcamp.com
709-693-8498

 

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Band name:
BLOODY HEAD

Date & location formed:
Early 2016ish, Nottingham, UK.

Reason for forming:
The others told me they were doing a Dio tribute band… they lied.

What are your lyrics about?
Drug-fuelled hokum & jive/crashing real life.

How would you describe your sound?
The moment the speed catches up with the codine/ broke brain blues/ wonk’n’roll/ raw power.

What’s in the future for this band?
Couple of tapes, couple of breakdowns, Holy Diver tribute album, moon on a stick…

Bloody Head (photo by Chris Braddock [of horrible racket Moloch])

Links and contact info:
bloodyhead.bandcamp.com
viralagerecords.blogspot.co.uk

 

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Band name:
PUMPKIN 👻 🎃

Date & location formed:
Fall of 2015, San Francisco, CA’s Richmond district.

Reason for forming:
Not enough pups in the scene, too many tough guys and bullies. Trying to make a space for all the brown girls in the world.

What are your lyrics about?
They’re about being a girl, woman? Chixana? Feeling uncomfortable in your own skin but also learning to love and celebrate yourself. A lot of seemingly trivial things but they’re the things that make us human. Including but not limited to; Christmas trees, camping, boy scouts, going to shows alone, panic attacks.

How would you describe your sound?
Two pups in a trench coat using a fake ID to get into the bar.

What’s in the future for this band?
We just released our first ever tape! And we hope to tour California this summer.

Pumpkin (photo by Holly Meadows-Smith)

Links and contact info:
pumpkinsf.bandcamp.com

 

 

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Band name:
PHOEBE

Date & location formed:
August 2016 Orange, CA.

Reason for forming:
We all wanted to start a band that was different from the bands currently in Orange County and develop our own sound.

What are your lyrics about?
Tony (vocals/guitar) writes all the songs and they are mostly about weird hitch hiker stories/wrestling/ and topics that are unusual.

How would you describe your sound?
We Would describe our sound as a mix of early grunge and 80s Japanese Hardcore.

What’s in the future for this band?
We want to tour up north and we got plans to write a 7″ that will probably be on NeckChop records later next year who knows.

Phoebe (photo by Wayne Ballard )

Links and contact info:

abnormalbroadcasting.bandcamp.com

 

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New Blood! UBIK, MACHINE GUN, POLICY OF TRUTH, and COLOR TV


December 22nd, 2016 by

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Ubik (photo by Adam Ritchie)

Band name:
UBIK

Date & location formed:
Mid 2016, Melbourne, Australia.

Reason for forming:
Too much goth times, needed more punk times. The 3 gals of Ubik all play together in Masses but different instruments, this was our little dorky side project. It was nice to switch it up and play instruments we weren’t very comfortable/proficient with to make simple and fun punk songs.

What are your lyrics about?
A common theme of mundanities and paranoia of modern Australian life. Apart from the one song about slugs coming out of the plughole and eating people. Actually wait yes, still Australian life.

How would you describe your sound?
Catchy brat-beat with a little sprinkling of anarcho goodness.

What’s in the future for this band?
Trying to get it together and play some godamn shows. Also an EP sometime next year on Danger Records in France & Lost in Fog Records in Australia.

Links and contact info:

ubikpunk.bandcamp.com

 

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Yinz think were a bunch of angry men but yinz didn’t know that we’re actually a bunch of animated naked faceless men

Band name:
MACHINE GUN

Date & location formed:
Philadelphia.

Reason for forming:
Yinz think your such good punks but yinz only asked us cause we played in DC.

What are your lyrics about?
Shout out to Philly Slam Crew, Blackout, Blood Pressure, POLLEN, S-21, Kombat, Buddy Kane, Matt Ubansk, Z, Cousin Dan, Andrew Jacobsmayer, Xtina, Ms. Amy, Jim Kirn and Tradition, Ms. Jess, Second Umpire, Chuck,
Negative Approach, Slayer (for Max),
Out Cold, and Wretched.

How would you describe your sound?
We listen to HC, kid.

What’s in the future for this band?
Don’t contact us we are antisocial psychochots.

Machine Gun (photo by Marie Lin)

Links and contact info:
machinegungungun.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:

POLICY OF TRUTH

Date & location formed:
2016, Vancouver.

Reason for forming:
We wanted to.

What are your lyrics about?
Self loathing.

How would you describe your sound?
Primitive 🐒💩

What’s in the future for this band?
Another tape and some shows, more self loathing.

Links and contact info:
policyoftruth.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
COLOR TV

Date & location formed:
2015, Twin Cities

Reason for forming:
We all love DIY punk rock so it made sense.

What are your lyrics about?
That groggy disconnected feeling that is a byproduct of modern life. How do we retain our humanity when we’re over-medicated and out of touch with each other?

How would you describe your sound?
Classic punk rock. Influenced by all
the different styles ​​from​​ around the world.

What’s in the future for this band?
Another 7″ coming out on Neck Chop Records followed by an LP on Deranged Records. Some traveling and playing as much as our schedules allow.

Links and contact info:

colorteevee.bandcamp.com

 

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New Blood! SEX SCENES, DIRTY & HIS FISTS, PROTRUDERS, SCORE, VÄGRA, MARICÓN, and ABJECTION


December 15th, 2016 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

Band name:
SEX SCENES

Date & location formed:
Sept. 2016 in Milwaukee, WI

Reason for forming:
“We wanted to actualize a new creative outlet in each of our lives. We feel we have the ability to bring something unique with high energy.”
– Zach

What are your lyrics about?
“The lyrics are very personal. The writing for this group is very therapeutic. It’s almost an exercise. Then mostly drugs, booze and how cool I am”
– Zach

How would you describe your sound?
A mixture of Hardcore and Rock’n Roll with elements of Noise.

What’s in the future for this band?
We are preparing to record a full length. Hopefully out in late January or early February.

Sex Scenes (photo by PJ Moody)

Links and contact info:
sexscenes.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/sekscenes

 

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Band name:
DIRTY & HIS FISTS

sup I’m DIRTY MIKE and I’ve got 4 fists – SLAMMY PACQUAIO, SEX LIMB, SAMMY SOUTH PAW, and fucking KNUCKLESSS. We gonna beat on your legs and your front end graphic design job and your MOM or DAD or BOTH so they cant pay your phone bill anymore or fix your car when it makes weird noises.

Dirty & His Fists (photo by Kris Kirk)

Reason for forming:
Theres no water left in LOS ANGELES cause we took it all HAHA so eat shit. You can buy a bottle off of us if you buy a tape that you cant play cause you don’t have a tape deck even though you have like 10 burger tapes and update discogs pressing info like you review on yelp like its YOUR JOB but its not your job you’re just a fucking loser.

What’s in the future for this band?
2016 was the year of the FIST and you know you gotta eat more adderall and fucking upgrade your MACBOOK PRO to 64 mb of DODGE RAM if you don’t wanna get hit by this predator drone. We are the Wachoskis of MUSIC and will keep you LOCKED IN THE MATRIX

Links and contact info:
dirtyandhisfists.bandcamp.com/releases

 

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Band name:
PROTRUDERS

Date & location formed:
22016 was when we formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canaduh in 201666.

Reason for forming:
We had another band but moved away and 2 of us wanted to start a new band. wanted to start playing musick; sick of the “old songs”, found a couple of bass players/spirit guides for alternation/interlocution. oozed into a four piece? i guess the reason we play is because we want to communicate and engage with “culture”, but its hard to say what the message is. its easy to say that we have the drive and vision that makes us unique, but maybe more truthful to say that we have the time and support to follow through.

What are your lyrics about?
they’re half abstract half narrative half fiction reflections of negativity. Anxiety. obscurity/oblivion. Its poetry learned through listening to music and hearing the wrong lyrics. paranoia. alienation. the voice of irrelevance.

How would you describe your sound?
we currently have drums, bass and guitar (s) and 2 vocals. its rhythm oriented rudimentary sub-melodic clatter/rockn’roll. obscurity/oblivion. best if you just listen for yourself.

What’s in the future for this band?
No big plans. obscurity/oblivion, or world domination. we just did an improv/one off thing that was a cool challenge. we have some new songs and video stuff on the go and we go to east coast/maritimes in January to play shows with all the talent out there.

Links and contact info:

416 320 2989

 

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Logo by Nicky Rat

Band name:
SCORE

Date & location formed:
Luke’s flat, Xmas Day 2016.

Reason for forming:
Alcohol fueled excitement.

What are your lyrics about?
Living with sickness of the mind and body and how that intersects with expectations, privacy, the health service, the public arena, companions, all under the veil of unwanted capitalism.

How would you describe your sound?
Someone called us No Wave/Anarcho-Noise and it kinda stuck. Bratpunk/Primitive Hardcore.

What’s in the future for this band?
Just finished a tour with Scrap Brain and plan to do more touring next year. Gonna make a record. Ruined amps. DS-1s. More alcohol fuelled excitement.

Score (photo by Ben Hills)

Links and contact info:

scorepunx.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
VÄGRA

Date & location formed:
March 2016 in Gainesville Florida.

Reason for forming:
We like playing music together; Vägra is what happens when we play together.

What are your lyrics about?
Ending police brutality, dystopian post-apocalyptic existence, environmental degradation, the disorientation with living in a war-obsessed society, the cynicism that develops from that, how nations and individuals are going to war over who they “are”, and then basic stuff like birth and death and feeling fucked up over everything else in between.

How would you describe your sound?
Hardcore punk, d-beat, “raw”, if it tickles your fancy.

What’s in the future for this band?
A 4-track EP on brain solvent propaganda, a week-long tour of the eastern seaboard, a one-sided LP of our demo tape on Gainesville’s Bloody Master Records, collaborating with our city’s few DIY venues to raise support for musicians and artists and engender resistance against senseless violence and hateful discrimination in our scene and worldwide.

Links and contact info:

vagra.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:

MARICÓN

Date & location formed:
May/June 2016, Moreno Valley California.

Reason for forming:
For all of lives growing up our families have called us Maricòn for being different than them in our own way. This is our positive outlet, our response to that. This is for every one who felt they can’t be who they are in society. Be yourself. We’re not in this alone.

What are your lyrics about?
Real Life situations.

How would you describe your sound?
Limp Wrist meets Youth of Today.

What’s in the future for this band?
And EP and maybe an LP in 2017/2018, and playing festivals confirmed in LA, Seattle, Philadelphia, Texas, and hopefully Olympia 2017. We’re doing a west coast tour in August 2017.

Links and contact info:

maricon.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
ABJECTION

Date & location formed:
Abjection formed February 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.

Reason for forming:
Abe & I (Steph) started the band in Feb 2016 after I approached him with the idea of an unadulterated punk band fronted by a strong woman. He liked the idea and he was in. In finding the right frontwoman, we wanted someone who could convey aggressive vocals, someone who shared our values, and above all, someone who was passionate about punk. Fia fit all of that for us.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics deal a lot with personal dilemmas and sentiments that are universal: betrayal, alienation, disappointment, anger, heartache, regret, and above all, the ability to move forward despite these obstacles.

How would you describe your sound?
Aggressive female-fronted punk. No additional descriptions needed.

What’s in the future for this band?
We just recorded & released our demo Dec 2016, so we’re just getting started! We plan to play as many shows as possible in 2017 and have a great time doing it!

Links and contact info:

abjectionpunk.bandcamp.com

 

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New Blood! P.E.A.R.L., HÄRDA UT, SCRAP BRAIN, PEDESTRIAN, and NERVE QUAKES


December 8th, 2016 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

Band name:
P.E.A.R.L.

Date & location formed:
2016 in Moreno Valley, California.

Reason for forming:
I was just really bored and wanted to start a project that was a love letter to early 80s hardcore.

What are your lyrics about?
Wanting to kill rapists, my mental health issues, hating people who only want to be my friend because I’m trans.

How would you describe your sound?
A dog barking through static.

What’s in the future for this band?
Almost finished recording a promo that should be out early January 2017. After that who knows.

P.E.A.R.L. ( photo by Wayne Ballard! )

Links and contact info:
pearlontheattack.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
HÄRDA UT

Date & location formed:
First band meeting June 9th 2015, Gothenburg Sweden.

Reason for forming:
Kim and Ismael had been practicing drum and bass together hoping that one day find two more members to do loud and noisy hardcore together with. Meanwhile, Kristina and Lauri had been talking about starting a band. They knew Ismael from playing guitar in another band and so Kristina called him one day, when he was sitting on the toilet, and the rest is history.

HÄRDA UT (photo by Marita Jansson)

What are your lyrics about?
Shitty situations in everyday life.

How would you describe your sound?
Hardcore made by teenage orc-punx in Mordor.

What’s in the future for this band?
Release an LP on ADAGIO830 in the beginning of 2017. Write some new songs and do some touring.

Links and contact info:

hardaut.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:

SCRAP BRAIN

Date & location formed:
Spring 2016, London, UK.

Reason for forming:
We got together for First Timers, a weekend of gigs where every band plays their first show. It’s a project designed to encourage musical participation from people who otherwise might not feel able to, particularly people who are not straight white men. (Applications for 2017 have just opened, you should form a band: application form and more information at https://www.facebook.com/groups/201740340257062/)

What are your lyrics about?
Navigating millenial life as a mentally ill queer wreckhead.

How would you describe your sound?
Barely-controlled weirdo punk/nowave cacophony. Unhappy hardcore.

Scrap Brain ( photo by Joseph Oremus)

What’s in the future for this band?
Doing a weekender with Score in December. Want to do some more tours after that. Hopefully a record ASAP. International Scrap Brain Day April 13th 2017.

Links and contact info:
scrapbrainhc.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:

PEDESTRIAN

Date & location formed:
Winter 2015, Toronto.

Reason for forming:
We’ve all been active members of the Toronto/GTA punk scene for years, but for most of us this is our first band. It’s another excuse to participate.

What are your lyrics about?
Anxieties about sleep and dreaming, loss of memory, feeling low, shame.

How would you describe your sound?
Classic USHC influence not unlike the Toronto canon but with slight inclinations toward post punk/d-beat.

What’s in the future for this band?
Lots of writing, practicing, and figuring things out, new tape in beginning of new year, hopefully touring.

Pedestrian (photo by Sebastian Rodriguez Besa )

Links and contact info:
pedestrian-toronto.bandcamp.com
shirts at strangematerial.storenvy.com

 

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Band name:
NERVE QUAKES

Date & location formed:
Formed sometime around the start of 2014 in Perth, Western Australia.

Reason for forming:
Oli and Caleb wanted to jam some punk type stuff that sounded like a drum machine and lots of synth… somewhere between Gary Numan and the Screamers. Then Caitie joined on vocals, Charlie on bass and Heather on keys. Caleb ended up moving to guitar. Our sound seemed to just morph into what it is now.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are about murder, the paranormal, anxiety and exploitation.

How would you describe your sound?
We sound like punks who accidentally found ourselves in a goth band!

What’s in the future for this band?
We’ve got an LP coming out in the next few months so hopefully we’ll tour a bit once that is out. Aiming to get a 7” recorded by the end of 2016.

Nerve Quakes (photo by Kyle Biggins)

Links and contact info:
nervequakes.bandcamp.com
imminentdestruction.bandcamp.com
televisedsuicide.bandcamp.com
televisedsuicide.bigcartel.com
imminentdestruction.bigcartel.com

 

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