New Blood! XYLITOL, EXTERNS, POK GAI, LITHICS, and N.E.G.


May 19th, 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…

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Band name:
XYLITOL

Date & location formed:
Sylys joined in fall 2015 and this babby was formed in fall 2014.

Reason for forming:
I just need to hear about gross things or I will die it’s a medical condition.

What are your lyrics about?
Do most of your days end alone in a blighted slime field of limitless screens? Trapped in police container hell world twiddling your thumbs in the waiting room of human extinction? Why not try the chaos approach?

How would you describe your sound?
baby bitch gremlins who love hardcore.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re putting out a demo tape this summer. We will tour next winter and probably do a short west coast tour sooner.

Links and contact info:

xylitolband.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
EXTERNS

Date & location formed:
New Years Day 2015 San Francisco.

Reason for forming:
To attack the stagnation of everyday life.

What are your lyrics about?
The personal connection to modern culture and the disillusionment with the propagation of aesthetics value that lacks content.

How would you describe your sound?
A casual attempt to rip off our favorite 90’s noise rock and power punk bands.

Externs (photo by Sarah McKinney)

Externs (photo by Sarah McKinney)

What’s in the future for this band?
LP later in the year and attempt to play more DIY shows around the west coast.

We’ve got two upcoming shows in The Bay:
SF – Hemlock – June 8 at 8:30 pm (21+) w/ Greys, and Super Unison
Oakland – Crate – June 18 at 8:30 pm w/ Daikon, Lysine, and Crude Studs

Links and contact info:

externs.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
POK GAI

Date & location formed:
We formed about a year ago in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We worked on material during that time and played our first show in May 2016 at Bleak Life fest which two of our members organize.

Pok Gai (photo by Pok Gai)

Pok Gai (photo by Pok Gai)

Reason for forming:
We wanted to have a band that could be fun and sing about stupid punk stuff, but still have the ambition to be active and tour.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are about partying, pogo, looking punk, and how hipsters with rolled up toques are ruining punk.

How would you describe your sound?
Raw pogo.

What’s in the future for this band?
West Coast tour with WKSJ? in July 2016 and Brazil in winter 2017.

Links and contact info:

pokgai.bandcamp.com

Pok Gai (photo by Pok Gai)

Pok Gai (photo by Pok Gai)

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Band name:
LITHICS

Date & location formed:
December 2014 in Portland, Oregon

Reason for forming:
Palling around.

What are your lyrics about?
A bit of frozen choreography, one man growing out the other, a wet and flattering mirror, rusted shapes of wire, red dirt dust cloud, the Sahara fresh bread basin.

How would you describe your sound?
Interlocked bass and drum rhythms paired with shrill guitar counterpoint and stark female vocals.

What’s in the future for this band?
Repress of Borrowed Floors in production, west coast & east coast short tours, recording new full length.

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Links and contact info:

lithics.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
N.E.G.

Date & location formed:
Philadelphia, March 2016.

Reason for forming:
I had a huge urge to put together a d-beat band after I got off tour with my last punk project, but didn’t want to be the average raw noise band or anything, so I focused on trying to fuse the mosh-centric riffs of Hoax with standard noisy d-beat stuff. I began assembling a crew of people which eventually evolved into the current lineup of N.E.G., but it took some time and numerous lineup changes.
-Kody

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrics are about frustration. Both frustration with myself and being a piece of shit, and frustration with the world around me and it being a piece of shit. They also try to convey some vague political ideals, like anti-war/anti-system kinds of things but that’s mostly ‘cause I can’t blame myself all the time.
-Matt

How would you describe your sound?
We take a lot of influence from newer bands, who basically just ripped off older bands. We really look at Hoax, Impalers, Absolut, and a bunch of others. Just like, slightly noisey, distorted, kinda fast d-beat, with some weird mosh parts to get people movin’ and freaked out guitar leads.

What’s in the future for this band?
We have tapes releasing on Cruel Noise Records from Pittsburgh, a potential 7″ release later this year, a tour in June, and a plan for a bigger tour later on. More riffing, more yelling… Things have been coming along extremely fast, it’s been a blessing.

Links and contact info:

n-e-g.bandcamp.com

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Do you have or know of an awesome new band*? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature — just email us the following info, and keep keeping’ it real…

1) Band name:
2) Date & location formed:
3) Reason for forming:
4) What are your lyrics about?
5) How would you describe your sound?
6) What’s in the future for this band?
7) Links and contact info:

Along with the answers please send a band photo at least 600px on the longest side (with photo credits), and a logo if you have one, to:

*By “new band” we mean a band that formed within the past year or year and a half.

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