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1. The Credentials
The Credentials were a punk trio from Boston, Massachusetts. The band had formed in 2009 and played their last show in March 2012. Members have since then gone on to play in other projects including Peeple Watchin' (listen to their tunes on Bandcamp HERE) and Ridgemont (check out their Facebook HERE). During their active years, The Credentials released a five-song demo tape, two LP's, Routines (2010) and Goocher (2011) and an EP, Consolation Prizes (2009). They also did a few splits with bands such as The Transgressions from Wisconsin, Dead Uncles from Connecticut, and Steelhorse from Washington. Their last release as a band was their split with Steelhorse released through the band members' own record labels, Mindless Records (check them out HERE) and Rad Girlfriend Records (check it out HERE). The record was released in April 2012. The two songs on the record, Dear Mr. Breakey and This Town Means About as Much to Me as a Festering Bowl of Dog Snot, were recorded during the Goocher sessions (listen to The Credentials on Bandcamp HERE). The Credentials' song on this episode is titled, Dear Mr. Breakey.
Grapefruit are a three-piece punk band from the island of Oahu, in Honolulu, Hawaii. They play energetic, upbeat punk and rock, often with humorous themes. They also have one ska-ish type song (Smiling in Pamona). Members, Brandon, Justin, and TomTom began playing together sometime in 1993 during their intermediate school days. Read up on a more detailed (yet unfinished) history of the band on their Myspace page HERE. The band has released two albums (Dorkabilly Stew and A Study in Mumpishness), a few live tapes (check those out on Hawaiian Express HERE), one 7” record, Loopy on Bus Fumes, and have been featured on numerous compilations. Grapefruit's song on this episode is titled, Empty Head, off of, A Study in Mumpishness. The song is also the first track on the first Hawaiian Express compilation (the one with the blue cover) and later on, Hawaiian Express Compilation CD #1.
3. The Quitters
The Quitters are a four-piece punk band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Originally a trio that formed in the early 2000's, they added a second guitarist in December 2011. The Quitters play straight-up punk and hardcore with a bit of experimentation in a few select songs. They have one album, No Big Deal, which is available on iTunes and streaming in it's entirety on Reverbnation HERE. It features 13 songs of crusty, sometimes fast, well-crafted punk rock (I can listen to No Big Deal all day, it's 42 minutes of music). They also have several live tracks available for download on Reverbnation. Those tracks were recorded live during a set at The Double Down Saloon (on a Monday night?). The Quitters' song on this episode is titled, Armageddon Outta Here, off of, No Big Deal.
4. Opposition Rising
Opposition Rising are a hardcore punk band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band is fairly new, having formed in December 2010 which includes members from previous projects such as Mouth Sewn Shut and Toxic Narcotic. They debuted their first full-length in 2011, Aftermathematics, digitally. It has 10 tracks of mostly hardcore material with a bit of some reggae based tunes (Debt Sentence). It is currently up for free download on the band's website HERE. The album is also on vinyl format, a split release with several record labels including the band's own, Opposition Records along with Active Rebellion, Crash Assailant Records, Pirates Press Records, Riot Ska Records, Rodent Popsicle, and Tankcrimes! Records. Opposition Rising's song on this episode is titled, The Rich Are Killing the Poor. That song was also featured on the 10 Days Straight Mixtape compilation.
5. Laughing in the Face Of
Laughing in the Face Of are a metal-infused, punk band from Birmingham in the UK. Their style consists of some speedy riffs and solos with a very technical approach. The 11 songs on their album, The Lubcrication of Social Anxiety (2011), are straight to the point, fast, and in-your-face with a bit of well placed gang vocals on a couple tracks and some really fantastic melodies. Not just power chords here, they get pretty creative with the guitar work and are very much in sync with the drums and bass (an excellent example of this is on the track, The Art of Burning Bridges). Listen to a few of their tracks and pick up the album on the band's Bandcamp HERE. Laughing in the Face Of's song on this episode is titled, Whose Line Was It Anyway, off of, The Lubcrication of Social Anxiety.
6. Get Laid
Get Laid are a four-piece hardcore band based in Boston, Massachusetts. They play thrashy hardcore punk with lots of crunch in their instrumentals and a vocalist that sounds angry most of the time. But they're really nice to listen to if you can handle the heavy, distorted noise rock that's laid out so thick in a lot of their songs. They have a couple releases, including a split with Now Denial (check out a tune from them on Episode 49) that was released through Get Young Records (check that out HERE) and an EP, Pretty, Weathered. They also have lots of singles that were featured on several different compilations. A majority of their material is up for stream with some select free downloads on the band's Bandcamp HERE. Get Laid's song on this episode is titled, Knee Deep in the Eyes of Doom, from their split with Now Denial called, Hungrier than the Wolf.
BroLoaf is a hardcore punk band from Scottsdale, Arizona. This band, I'd say is a super group of sorts featuring current and former members of War Zone, Vision, North Side Kings, Roger Merit and the Disaster, Morning Glory, Green Haven, and Casket Life. They have one album out, Champions On Parade, released through Stomping Ground Records in 2011. The album features 12 tracks of pissed-drunk (Beer Bong), raunchy (I'd Fuck Me) instrumentals and lyrics with a bit of musical experimentation (Barely Legal). Listen to their tunes on Bandcamp HERE. Aside from the various lyrical themes, the album offers up some rad guitar leads and solos and a heavy dose of rock driven punk and hardcore that keeps a consistent flow through the entire album. Best to listen to with a case of beer. BroLoaf's song on this episode is titled, The Corporate Takeover, off of, Champions On Parade.
8. Only Fumes & Corpses
Only Fumes and Corpses are a five-piece hardcore punk band from Galway, Ireland. In 2010, they released their debut, Who Really Cares, What Really Lasts, through Lockjaw Records. Their album is a nice mix of some pretty rad old school hardcore mixed in with a modern day style. It keeps a fast pace throughout the entire album, very brutal and aggressive with some occasional breakdowns. But if you listen closely, you'll hear on a few selected tracks, some rather smooth reggae sounds, placed very discreetly and only for a couple bars or so. Very nice touch and a rather nice sneak peek into how diverse the band can be musically when they want to be. Only Fumes and Corpses' song on this episode is titled, Wreck, off of, Who Really Cares, What Really Lasts.
9. Toys that Kill
Toys that Kill are a four-piece punk band from San Pedro, California. A few members have been playing in F.Y.P since the early 90's until Toys that Kill formed in 1999. Since their formation, Toys that Kill have release three full-lengths (Control the Sun, Shanked, The Citizen Abortion), with a new album that will be out really soon (count down on their website along with more tunes, HERE) through Recess Records. They also have several EP's released through various labels including Asian Man, Dirtnap, and GC Records. Toys that Kill's song on this episode comes off a split (GC Records) released with The Fleshies in 2003. It is now out-of-print, but is available on the 12 Years of GC Records compilation HERE. The song on this episode is titled, Angels With Dirty Contracts.
10. The Banner
The Banner are a five-piece hardcore band from New Jersey. They play a range of styles from early 80's influenced hardcore to a more aggressive side of punk and metal. Recently the band re-released their 2005 album, Every Breath Haunted, through Melotov Records (pick up the album HERE). The album was originally released through Ferret Music. It's an amazing record full of sheer aggressiveness, very heavy and loud throughout the whole record, complete with tight mosh-ready breakdowns and great instrumentals. They keep it fast on a lot of the songs, but they add a nice balance with some of their slower, more heavier tracks. The songs get a lot more brutal towards the end (Hell on a Horse and Muddweller are fantastic tracks), but it's demonic sounding at the start of the record (really nice opening riff on Devilhawks). There's also a slight chill factor in each of the songs too(again, on Hell on a Horse and also on Sovereign of the Black Pit). It's a good thing this album is now on vinyl. It's one of those records that should be (listen to the album on Bandcamp HERE). The Banner also have some new upcoming releases in the works. It should be amazing. The Banner's song on this episode is titled, An Allergy to the Sun, off of, Every Breath Haunted.