Fathom This are currently a three-piece post-hardcore band based in Nanaimo, BC (check out their Facebook HERE). I think I may have come across this band through Twitter. But they just recently released a couple instrumental tracks. Right now they're looking for a singer and thus produced these demos. The instrumentals sound pretty tight, curious to hear what the band will have on lead vocals. Lots of room to experiment for sure. Demos are also up for download.
I haven't gone to the beach once since I've been back home. That's almost five months of no sand, ocean, and the hot-hot sun (not much of that really, it's been raining a lot lately). But I've been able to catch a couple shows and hear some new bands (new to me anyway) in the local scene. Lots of good stuff so far.
Came across this band from a flyer I saw. Siblings, some straight-up pissed-off hardcore from Honolulu, HI. Very fast, aggressive punk and hardcore. Love the lone bass parts of the songs, and later following up with some pretty heavy three chord guitar chops. I haven't seen them yet, but will have to soon. I just missed a show this past Sunday with some other cool local bands. But they do have a couple coming up that I will definitely try to make.
Check out some tunes on their Bandcamp HERE. There's a few releases with the most recent one being, The Book of Siblings. It's even up for free download. Check it out and then go see them live.
I also want to go to this, if I can make it...
Check out Siblings on Facebook HERE. I might have to go. Ice Cube is on the cover. Support local music!
The Bloodtypes, a four-piece punk band from Portland, Oregon, have some tracks from their upcoming album up for stream on their Reverbnation Page HERE. Pretty sweet power punk and pop delivered with simple chord structures and delightful melodies. Check out their Facebook page as well for show dates and such HERE.
I first heard the song, Another Girl, off of the first Hawaiian Express compilation. The song is one of the many awesome songs (I love all of them!) by Hawaii punk-pop quartet, The Catalogs. The Queers did a cover of the track and released it on their fifth album, Don't Back Down. But aside from appearing on local comps, the band did also release an album, Viva Los Muertos, with 13 songs of some of the best punk-pop on the island. Some of my favorite tracks on that album include Mail Order Junkie, Cafeteria Woman and their parody of the Ramones song, I Wanna Be Sedated, titled, I Shoulda Graduated. Another favorite is Specimen 32, which was later re-recorded by The Quintessentials (singer/guitarist, Les Hernandez, current project) for their Legends From the Grave (2005) album (I really love the drums on this version). The Catalogs did record for a self-titled 7” in 1997, but only released it recently through Oregon based label, Mutant Pop Records.
The record has five songs which include a re-recorded version of Another Girl along with four other tracks. The track, Scrunchy, a love song about a girl and her scrunchy, appeared on a couple local compilations. The other three tunes, Zombie Girl (another zombie-themed love song), Time and Quarter Pounder Hop, are full of raw lyrics and fun melodies worthy of a classic punk-pop status. Nice release considering the late arrival. But it's always, ALWAYS, better than never. Pick up a copy HERE
Rufio's album, Perhaps, I Suppose..., will be available on vinyl format and pre-orders for it will be taken HERE. It will be released through Company Ink Records. I absolutely love this album to death, definitely one of my all time favorites. I probably would pass on this, but there is a pressing dubbed The Lost Boys Edition, which is a black/red striped pattern reminiscent of the Rufio character from the film, Hook. Looks really awesome.