The EP, Darker Days, is the debut release of Enemy of the Sun. It's heavy, aggressive, and full of energy. Opening the EP is its' title track, with a wave of dissonant chords, ringing out alongside pulse pounding drums, awaiting an oncoming onslaught of struggles. It's a call-to-arms on the opening verse, vocals on point and everything else cued to 11. This track sets the framework for the rest of the EP – tons of crunchy guitars, double pedal action and energetic vocals. The occasional guitar lead takes the spotlight while a good mosh breakdown will happen from time to time (I LOVE THOSE). The message and themes are varied, covering quite a bit of ground, and are generally positive, but not without a struggle to help keep things on the right path. And although the oncoming days may seem bleak according to Enemy of the Sun, hey, it sounds pretty fucking great to me.
This new Kickstarter campaign just launched recently. New music from Craig's Brother. Hells yes. Let's make this happen.
This is Fea (FB HERE), a four-piece punk band from San Antonio, TX with members from Girl in a Coma. I was hoping to catch them play in Las Vegas during the summer. Encountered some delays, missed the show. Sample of the the record sounds dope. Won't miss this. Get into it.
An entire Survival Guide set! Excellent. She's also working on an album too. EXCELLENT!
I went to once-a-month punk on the Saturday before last, the 17th and really enjoyed this one. Everyone on the flyer played, with a sort of last minute addition (MISTERMEANER!!!). I even got there early, like, two pints and one monster, early. And I stayed til the last song. The streets were still pretty active on the walk back to the zoo, maybe because of all the recent graduates celebrating (congrats to all of this years new graduates!). But yeah, I dug every one of the sets. The theme of the night, Punk Vs. Ska.
Look Out! Rosie! opened, and played a very energetic set. I think they're from Hawaii Kai side. Nice blend of punk and ska grooves.
Anti-Matter played second, with some high energy punk rock, fast and sweet. Really nice sound. They mentioned a CD release show coming up, I think in the beginning of July. Flyers were passed out. Check them on Facebook HERE.
MisterMeaner brought the rage afterwards. Loved the set, but maybe I didn't show it? I'm fine with just watching the band, especially in small settings. Looking forward to their upcoming show with Good Riddance though. That's gonna be a tight show. I'm still waiting for that moment to hear, AREA 51, live. In fact, I hope they open with that song.
The last time I saw Black Square was at...I can't think of the venue name...right at fort street mall and Beretania...that one place you go upstairs...anyway, it was there, Upstanding Youth played and so did Buckshot Shorty. Maybe a couple other bands too? I'm unsure. It was a nice chunk of time since then, so it was especially nice to hear their songs live finally. The Rude Boy song they played is really tight. I think it's a newer song, but I imagine they've been playing live for a while now. I need to hear that again.
Pimpbot closed the night. Excellent set as always. Tons of energy with non-stop jams. And I think they played a few more songs than originally planned. Very nice. The crowd was definitely enjoying themselves. I thought I was going to see a fight break out in front of me. I'm glad that didn't happen, it was too late into the night for that to happen all ready.
Black Square and Pimpbot will be playing this Saturday again too! Info HERE. Along with Super Fuct. Should be fun. #localmusic
In 2013, Spencer Moody put together a kickstarter campaign which unfortunately didn't meet its' goal. Regardless, he's still releasing new music anyway (yes!). A couple new solo tunes set to be released later this year through Riot House Records. I'm listening now. You should too. Also, a new Murder City Devils album is being mixed now, according to Moody. Hells. Yes.
I was able to make the show on the 26th. Missed all openers (Black Square plays tomorrow in Kailua with The Smitz at Boardriders and Pimpbot turns 13-years-old and will be playing in Waikiki on Saturday), and all ready maybe a half hour to 45 minutes into Big D's set? I was able to catch about 9 songs, from what I can remember. These are the songs in no particular order:
- Find Out (I think they played Find Out, wasn't too familiar with the song. Funny, it reminded me of Jah Ska's, Milk Chocolate).
- Describing the Sky
- Girls Against Drunk Bitches
- Little Bitch
- A Steady Riot
- Noise Complaint
Chris Bush, a former sax player (he told me he played on the Gypsy Hill EP, Good-Luck and How It Goes), performed with the band, which was cool. I wondered if they played Cutshow. Oh and How It Goes turns 10-years-old! Really great batch of songs, with some of my favorites on it. Glad I got to hear a few of them live.
Turns out too that Hawaii was the first stop for their tour. I think they're currently in Australia, but since then all ready made stops in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. Awesome.
The new album, Die Knowing, is amazing, breakdowns are intact and the gang-vocals are top notch. What's nice too is Scott Wade appears on a track (Full Swing). Really tight song, good to hear them share vocals again since the Insomnia track on Bullet Treatment Designated Vol.2. I'm loving Wasted Arrows, but Should Know Better is currently my jam. Nice video too, they know how to party.
Hey, how's it going? Still breathing here, hehehe. Anyway, yes, it has been a long while since the last post. Been busy with a few things, if not a whole lot of stuff...yeah, a whole lot of stuff. But who isn't? I'm not complaining, I like keeping busy. But I do miss podcasting that's for sure. And that's why I'm preparing some new episodes. Yes new ones! When will it come out? Hopefully, soon. Time management...well, need to work on that.
So what's up? Well, recently, I went to Japan this past spring break (woo hoo!). It was excellent. Went and got to hang out with a bunch of my best buds and just cruised. Drank everyday, ate some tasty meals, and cruised. That's all I really cared about doing. Can't do it that much these days. Oh and a bunch of record shopping, not a whole lot, but I got some done :-D Tower Records is still up and running. It was pretty amazing. Picked up an EP by a band called, Angry Frog Rebirth. I have no idea what that name means, but I love it. Picked up a bunch of other titles too that I'll share some other time.
Also stopped by Okinawa for a day and some change. Really chill there.
It seems like a fast paced kind of life in the city. Very active. I don't think I can ride the train every day. It felt as if everything was still moving after getting off the train lol. Definitely experienced some new things there. Ask me about sometime if you want to know more :-D
This is a club me and my friend went to. We caught the last train out at about 12:30 am and we decided it'd be better just to stay out till the station reopened at 5:00 am instead of taking a cab home. Thank god for vodka redbulls, but I didn't go to sleep until 10:30 because of them. Good times. Later during the night at the club, my friend points out this dude in the crowd and asks me if that's Macklemore. I couldn't tell you for the life of me if it was or wasn't, nor could I name any of his songs. Every person I've told this story to know's who he is. I need to listen to the radio more. But anyway, turns out it was him. My friend confirmed it because it turns out he was performing in Tokyo later that week. I saw Macklemore at the club. yup.
I eat sushi. I love sushi. And because of sushi, I love raw fish too. Especially raw tuna and salmon. I love it. But it has to be prepared in a certain way, I won't eat it straight from the ocean, that's just gross. But this picture is not of raw fish. It's raw horse. I think raw chicken was on the menu too, but my friends won't cross some lines. But for this, I soaked the meat in soy sauce and closed my eyes and tried not to think about the taste. Then I ate a second piece straight. Raw meat tastes like raw meat, I think, regardless of species. It didn't taste like raw fish, that's for sure. This meal made the trip complete.
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I picked up a copy of this lp at Disk Union in Shinjuku. I had no idea what to expect and actually picked up it up only because it was fairly cheap. Really happy with it :-D.
The new album by Five Iron Frenzy is titled, Engine of a Million Plots, and is up for pre-order on itunes. Holy crap! I didn't forget that I pledged for their kickstarter, but I went ahead and made a pre-order anyway...I really wanted to hear a new track off of it. The new track is, So Far...dayum, it's a tight track. Horn section is fantastic, crisp guitars and bass, drums are tight, and Reese Roper's vocals are as lovely as ever.
Looks like they did release a couple singles last year. I thought I'd wait it out...I couldn't wait any longer. I basically just paid ten bucks for a single. Worth it...check it if ya got a chance. Five Iron Frenzy is back.