Friday, 25 May 2018


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artistsBaitfish, Battle Royale, Sports and Regret, The Informer.
CountryKansas City, Missouri U.S.A.
Years Active2011
Song: "I wish the world was a fly, and I was a rolled up newspaper. - Al Bundy"
Album: "Olive Cotard"
Year: 2011
For fans ofNeil Perry, Storm The Bastille, Robots Don't Cry, Joshua Fit For Battle, A Company Of Heroes, Komusō, Dispensing Of False Halos, Deers!, People's Temple Project, Guidelines, Oriana Raeo, Texas Instruments, Straight No Chaser, D'Amore, Caught In The Fall, Eyes Of Verotika, Youth Novel, Snag, The Usual, Ruhaeda, Hugs, Lessener, Ken Burns, Off Minor, Kodan Armada and Tunes For Bears To Dance To aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the May 2018 Mix. This is track #3.
You can download: the May 2018 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2018 Mix#6 here.

Someone (Omar?) posted OLIVE COTARD in a group I'm a member of, citing it sounding like Neil Perry. Being fanatical about Neil Perry I quickly jammed the first track and was instantly blown away that I had somehow missed this gem for over 6 years.

They have but a single release on bandcamp, a 9-song journey through chaotic, energetic and jazzy screamo. The most obvious comparisons besides the aforementioned would be The Usual, Storm The Bastille and Tunes For Bears To Dance To. The songs shift seamlessly from driving, discordant Level-Plane screamo to the Nebraska scene of the early to mid-2000s, most notably Robots Don't Cry, Eyes Of Verotika and Back When. Being just a three-piece, everyone tackles vocal duties and do a damn fine job and coming off bearing resemblance to Off Minor, which is the highest of compliments. All songs own, with some blazing through relatively quickly ("You'll Move to Chicago", "Blue Baby" and "My Friends Are More Fun At Night") and others nearing the three-minute mark ("Death, Or Eldona", "The Pacific Northwest" and "What the City?").

Opener "'I wish the world were a fly, and I was a rolled up newspaper.' - Al Bundy" boasts a bass riff as Neil Perry as Jon Marinari himself, while the rest of the song is pretty much on par with 2000 to 2001 era Neil Perry. "Death, Or Eldona" has a beautiful, swaying second half that any fan of D'Amore will eat up (Tomcat, I'm looking at you). "You'll Move to Chicago" is a driving force that brings People's Temple Project, A Company Of Heroes, and Kodan Armada to mind. "The Pacific Northwest" opens just like early Off Minor, with a spidery bass riff, clean guitars, a poppin' snare and screaming. "Blue Baby" barely makes it past a minute and houses some incredible drumming that'd make Massa Mark smile with glee. "Top Sider" is about 1:40 and manages to somehow bridge the gap into both Italian screamo as well as much heavier breakdowns...two things that never go together.  "My Friends Are More Fun At Night" and "Separation" both sweep through like a tornado, especially the intro to the latter. On the other end of the spectrum, closer "What the City?" is a slower, driving and epic song that builds instrumentally much like Neil Perry's "Kicked". It then brings in the vocals and shifts gears into sing-along group chants with minimal instrumentals until its 2:28 climax when they empty the tank.

Their facebook page shows a post about having a 17-song cd available at their last show, but who knows if that happened. I've also heard about a winter tour tape that has this song that I've only encountered on youtube. "लुचिद लोतुस" is almost six minutes of ethereal, dreamy and distant emo, very unlike everything else recorded and placed on their self titled LP. If anyone has any more info on these releases or the band itself please post it for everyone in the comments section. Thank you!



2011 - Olive Cotard digitalLP (stream/download here)
2011 - Winter Tape cassetteEP ???
2011 - Discography cdLP ???


(2011) OLIVE COTARD - "'I wish the world were a fly, and I was a rolled up newspaper.' - Al Bundy" (from 'Olive Cotard')

(2011) OLIVE COTARD - "You'll Move to Chicago" (from 'Olive Cotard')

(2011) OLIVE COTARD - "Separation" (from 'Olive Cotard')

(2011) OLIVE COTARD - "लुचिद लोतुस" (from 'Winter Tape')

(2011) OLIVE COTARD - "The Pacific Northwest" live video

(2011) OLIVE COTARD - "unknown" live video 


OLIVE COTARD additional links

Thursday, 24 May 2018


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artists?.
Country: Torrelavega SPAIN
Years Active2012-present
Song: "Ballarat"
Album: "Eros + Massacre split"
Year: 2015
For fans of: LakméCease Upon The Capitol. Descubriendo A Mr. MimePortrëit, My Life With The Spaniard, Jiyuna, Amanda Woodward, Aporia, Textbook Traitors, Sur L'eau, Drei Affen, Kaospilot, Danse Macabre, Folgore, Orchid, The Ultimate Screamo Band, Envy, Agak, EvylockTröpical Ice Land and Arches aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Dingleberry Records / Koepfen Records / 
This post's artist is from the May 2018 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the May 2018 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2018 Mix#6 here.

TEMPANO hail from Torrelavega, Spain and play a dark, heavy yet progressive form of post-hardcore and screamo. Deliciously screamy with dual vocalists. Let's look at the discography.

First EP on a 'La Tumba de Nicolas Cage split 12"' is a decent start, with a strong Danse Macabre vibe featuring vocal stylings much akin to Descubriendo A Mr. MimePortrëit and My Life With The Spaniard, although with the opening track "Antes de que todo caiga" I find the vocals are too high in the mix. The second track "Hoy" is fantastic and the dual screaming balances out beautifully, while the instrumentals will charge over you and your entire family. "Heridas abiertas" is next and spends the first half weaving a serene and tranquil instrumental that erupts at the two-minute mark and reminds me most of Italy's Folgore. "Anhelo" is the heaviest track here, with ferocious dual vocals that will tear you apart, and closer "Ojos ciegos" is a slow, dark and takes on a bit of a post-hardcore feel as the instrumentals work as a foundation to the song instead of the focal point.

It was the 'Eros + Massacre split 12"LP' that first introduced me to the band and simultaneously blew my socks off. It opens with the unfuckingbelievable "Ballarat" whose sheer power and imposing presence make this a quintessential TEMPANO track. I gotta say again how huge this song is, as the driving instrumentals and deathly screams will give you a right slap in the face. Complete with a spacey outro, "Asedio al Conocimiento" reminds me of dark German hardcore meets Cease Upon The Capitol, and it sounds as good as it reads. "Consumiendo Crueldad" is another raging TEMPANO tune, "Nakba" houses riffs you'll be able to ride like tsunami waves and closer "Cenizas del Ayer" layers shredding screams over lightning drums and intricate, melodic guitars that is a beautifully epic conclusion.

Their newest contribution is titled "Pasajes de desencanto" and the track ended up on a sick 'Te:rs 7" split' which reminds me of "Ballarat" in the way TEMPANO is able to quarantine the heavy, driving and juggernaut hardcore, putting the fiercest and most dangerous elements on display for the listener. This song really chills out by the one-minute mark, and I mean that in the best possible way, as the slowly builds back on itself, creating a lush and expansive crescendo that takes flight at 2:58. Comparisons to Raein, Virginia On Duty and Envy wouldn't be unreasonable here.



2013 - La Tumba de Nicolas Cage split 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

2015 - Eros + Massacre split 12"LP (stream/donate/download here) [buy from ZBR here]

2016 - Te:rs split 7"EP (stream/donate/download here) [buy from ZBR here]
2016 - Discography 2013-2015 cassetteLP


(2016) TEMPANO - "Pasajes de desencanto" (from 'Te:rs' split)

(2015) TEMPANO - "Ballarat" (from 'Eros + Massacre' split)

(2015) TEMPANO - "Cenizas del Ayer" (from 'Eros + Massacre' split)

(2013) TEMPANO - "Hoy" (from 'La Tumba de Nicolas Cage' split)


TEMPANO additional links

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

***BLUE YOUTH exclusive premiere***

exclusive song premiere

Late last year my friend Chris post about a band that shared similarities in sound with North Of America, which I rabidly checked out and instantly fell in love with. Regina, Saskatchewan's BLUE YOUTH and their debut EP struck a very deep and sensitive chord with me, as it reminded me of Riddle Of Steel, The Holy Shroud and Life In Vacuum rolled into one, sexy, dancey, melodic, jarring and heavy package. The Canadian noise-rock trio have also spent time in Surf Dads, Bright Black, GeronimoThe Dagan Harding Band and Bermuda Love, with the latter being reviewed soon on this blog.

In early 2018 the members recorded a new LP and were planning on releasing it on cassette until I coaxed them into releasing it as a 12"LP through my label Zegema Beach Records. I managed to recruit friends Brandon at Santapogue Media and Brett at Suspended Soul Tapes And Records to join myself and the band's label Grind Central Records. The 8 songs you'll find on 'Dead Forever' take a more aggressive and sassy approach to their progressive noise-rock sound, which is releasing digitally and on tape in June and on 12" in July/August. The track "So Seizure" was premiered on Destroy//Exist in April (linked here) and today we're stoked to bring you the exclusive premiere of "Succubus".

Sitting as the second last track on the record, "Succubus" is a screamy and pulsating jaunt through noisy, confident and searing hardcore/ rock'n'roll. At 2:24, there isn't much time for screwing around, so after a quick transmission tune-in the band gets to work with a raging rock riff that is held up by sick bass and drums as well as guitarist/vocalist Gage's screams. This continues in very sassy fashion until the 40-second mark when "Succubus" is shrieked over the mic and everything cuts out. The drums and guitar come in subtly soon after, plodding along until the drums decide to up the ante. By 1:06 the venomous croons come back into play, guiding the build that culminates soon after in glorious display of rock, hardcore, punk, noise and that new, unmistakable BLUE YOUTH sound.

(2018) BLUE YOUTH - "Succubus" (from 'Dead Forever')
To say that I love this record is an gross understatement, it's my most listened to record of 2018 without a doubt, and with every listen I still adore it more and more. I can't recommend this band enough, they are fucking phenomenal.