I wanted to post this for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. This isn’t a download link. I’m sure you can find one somewhere online. You can stream the new Suis La Lune Record here though:
Easy contender for record of the year.
I wanted to post this for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. This isn’t a download link. I’m sure you can find one somewhere online. You can stream the new Suis La Lune Record here though:
Easy contender for record of the year.
This is a mixtape of really awesome bands from the California scene put together by Kali Sound. Sweet tunes.
1. REDxYELLOW – The Birth of Kali
2. Ruptures – Circles
3. John Cota – Pod People
4. Ten Thousand Leagues – Bad Seed complex
5. Calculator – Gasping, but Somehow Still Alive
6. Heist – Temporary Lapse
7. Residuals – Sleep
8. Comadre – Free Based
9. C////O – Capture Bonding
10. Summer Vacation – Lil’ Slippy
11. Leer – House Music Master
12. Great Apes – Paper Cage
13. Dad Punchers – Tire Swing
14. Beach Bummed – Pocket Sand
15. Matsuri – Bagchairs
16. Megan & Amelia – Bliss
17. Di Bravura – Ocean City, MD
18. Tigon – The Archivist
Perfect Future is a post-punk/emo band from Frostburg, MD and parts of VA. They’ve been a part of Count Your Lucky Stars Records for the past couple of years, releasing one full length and many different split EPs.
I recently got a chance to ask them some questions about their upcoming album “Old Wounds: Warmth in the Winter of 1914-1915” and some other things.
You can stream the record on the Perfect Future bandcamp HERE and pre-order it from Count Your Lucky Stars Records HERE. Enjoy!
SYLO: Tell us a little about Perfect Future in general.
Brendan: We are a band that is separated by 3 hours as two members live in Frostburg, Maryland and the other two live in Annandale, Virginia. Different people have compared us to Yaphet Kotto, Kolya, Van Pelt, Black Sabbath, and a bunch of other twinkly emo bands. I’m definitely not going to bore you with how we became a band because it is very average.
Matt: I’ve known Brendan for a pretty long time, and was in a band with him earlier before PF. In early 2010, he asked me if I’d be interested in doing the summer tour with him and joining the band, and I was more than happy to do so. That’s how I became involved.
Ted: Perfect Future is a band that played in my backyard about three years ago and then about a little under a year ago Brendan asked me to be in it and I said “Yes sir” and then I recorded guitar for the new album, and am stoked to be in such a great band with awesome friends.
SYLO: What do you do when you’re not writing/playing music?
Brendan: I personally am a couple of weeks finishing up a Master’s degree in order to teach English in middle and high schools. So the last year has consisted of student teaching, night classes, running into my students at punk shows, and trying to hide my tattoos from other teachers, principals, and parents.
But realistically, when I am not playing music I am watching anime, playing Magic: the Gathering, playing Dungeons and Dragons, or hanging out with my girlfriend.
Ted: I am finishing up a bachelor’s degree in English at GMU, so I’m only a few steps behind Brendan. I also work at a restaurant, play soccer with my Latino homies, skateboard with my girlfriend, be a comedy duo with Matt, play a ton of jRPGs and platformers, play music with a few other friends in a couple other bands, and get pressured into watching Lost by Brendan and John. Slowly but surely.
John: I am a cat whisperer.
Matt: I can be found slaying internet dragons in Azeroth, or working on tons of other musical projects and ideas that never form into real bands.
SYLO: You’ve all been in a lot of different bands. What are some of those and how does Perfect Future differ from those?
Brendan: I’m not going to start listing off bands because we are all in multiple bands right now and because John is the drummer for every band in his area for like the past 4 years. As far as genres go, between the four of us we have been in other emo, screamo, punk, hardcore, drone, stoner metal, folk, d-beat, beatdown hardcore, pop, and slow-core bands. I think what Perfect Future does differently though is mainly in regards to the concept of the band as a whole. The band was basically started as a way to play a genre that I love while writing lyrics that don’t quite fit with the genre. Basically, I wanted to have a traditional 90’s sounding emo band that had songs about colonialism, urban sprawl, resource conservation, militarism, and a host of other societal and ethical problems (Hence the name Perfect Future). However, I wasn’t quite sure how to pull off the project early on, which is why some of those early songs are radically different from one another both musically and lyrically. Since then, we have kind of found our niche as a band and our songs are more focused.
John: I’m currently in several bands in my area: Studying, Kilgore Trout, New Years, Green and Solomon Solomon. Perfect Fu’ture is special to me because it is the only band I have been on tour with, and also it’s the only band that I’m that has been signed to a label. Perfect Future’s genre is unique and unlike any other project I’ve been involved with.
SYLO: Perfect Future recently did two rad splits, one with List and the other with Wits End! How did those come about? How did you enjoy the split album process?
Brendan: Oddly enough, both of these splits began with members of some of my favorite bands emailing me to ask if PF wanted to do a split with them. Our split with Reaching Away grew about a little more organically because I was a penpal with Roger since back when The Pine was together; when he started his new band it just sort of happened that we planned a tour and a 7″ split together. I have liked doing all of these splits because it was a way to write songs that are supposed to stand alone. So rather than think about an overall sound aesthetic and song progression within an album, I was able to write a song. I kind of want to do more split records, but at the same time, I’m also interested in the ep format since PF hasn’t one yet.
SYLO: You’re releasing a new album with Count Your Lucky Stars, Adagio 830, & Sea of Tranquility Records soon. I know it’s a concept album. Can you tell us a little about the story and what inspired it?
Brendan: I’ve been really into concept records since high school. I was in a few bands (where I wasn’t the songwriter) that would try to write a concept record, but would write two or three songs and then would drop the whole idea. So after the PF s/t CD, I knew I wanted to try to write one. I also knew that I wanted each song to have a stand alone concept as well. I’m not sure if I remember exactly when or how I became so fixated on the World War 1 Christmas truce, but at some point I became somewhat obsessed and did some pretty extensive research on it: reading whole books on the topic, looking up articles from that time, watching documentaries and Joyeux Noel. Anyways, it seemed like that would be the ideal setting to write.
Basically, the overall plot is about a narrator that writes a letter to a war-time widow at some point (possibly decades later) and reveals that he is the soldier that killed her husband. The narrator kind of feels the need to justify everything before he actually gets to the story, so he tells her about his life growing up in a society that glorifies war and about going to boot camp where he was taught how to not feel sympathy when killing one of the “enemy.” Eventually, the impromptu truce occurs and the narrator meets the widowers husband as they were the first ones to bury the dead soldiers before the truce. The two swap addresses at some point. Later, the commands come down that anyone not fighting will face treason charges, and the narrator is forced to kill the widows husband. This story is made up of a bunch of other stories interwoven to make a more compelling narrative, but it is more grounded in fact than I think a lot of people will realize.
SYLO: How does that compare to the concept of your self-titled record?
The self-titled record is conceptual in its approach to songs that all strive to convey the idea that politically, socially, and emotionally things can and must get better. However, I never really intended for it to have a real narrative. Though I do sometimes think of that record as some sort of personal credo that explains all the problems that leads me toward the inevitable conclusion that things must change, but the solutions are left up to the listener. I think the only two songs that offer a definitive answer to cope with world are Make Fun and If We Dance, which both come to the conclusion that the collective “we” must not try to separate our emotions from our actions and that we need to find joy in even terrible situations to avoid complacency.
SYLO: The new record has a lot of guest vocals and guest instrumentation! Can you give us some examples? Why did you choose to record the album this way?
Warren Franklin, Chris from Pulling Teeth, Kjetil and Tules from Wits End, Keith from Empire! Empire!. These whole bands are on the record in at least group vocals form: Lizards Have Personalities, Two Knights, The Ground is Lava, and The Island of Misfit Toys. Brendan Ekstrom from Circa Survive was initially supposed to record a guitar track, but after we sent him the track with both Ted and my guitar parts, he said that he liked it so much that everything he tried to add just distracted from other elements he liked.
I think the main reason that we went this route was because the concept felt like it needed more bells and whistles than a stripped down four piece band could use. Another factor is that Matt and I have shows at our house, so it was an obvious choice to make bands do group vocals. Although, maybe the subconscious reason that I pushed for all the guest musicians is because Axe To Fall is my favorite Converge record because of all the guest musicians.
SYLO: What has Live Together…Die Alone Records been up too lately?
LTDA was a project I started to put out some records that I made that did not have great USA distribution. It’s been on hold while I got my master’s degree, which has left me in quite a lot of debt. Depending on whether I get a steady job or something part-time will determine if LTDA picks up momentum or continues to put out records infrequently. Either way, I have been toying with the notion of putting out some super limited lathe cut 7″ splits for solo songs. Super limited in that I might make 10-15. The problem with that would be that each 7″ would cost more than most people are comfortable paying for 2 or 3 songs (maybe $9 a 7″ plus shipping), but some people might dig it.
SYLO: Any tours soon?
We are going to be touring New England and the Midwest with Empire! Empire! in July. We are still booking some shows, but it looks like the rough outline is this:
13 – Washington DC @ Wasted Dream – 431 Kenyan Street NW – w/ Carved Our Names In Snow and more tba
14 – Philly, PA*
15 – Robbinsville, NJ @ Jake’s House – 7 Donna Street
16 – Willimantic, CT @ The Handsome Woman – 271 Ash Street – 6PM – $5 – Vegan Potluck – w/ tba
17 – Providence, RI @ tba
18 – Boston, MA*
19 – Manchester, NH*
20 – Bangor, Maine *
21 – Burlington, VT @ tba
22 – Albany, NY *
23 – Wilkes-Barre, PA*
24 – Pittsburgh, PA *
25 – Akron, OH *
26 – Ann Arbor, MI*
27 – Huntington, WV – house show – w/ tba
28 – Frostburg, MD @ tba
It’s usually bad news to plan too far ahead, but in the winter I want to try to go to Texas again. Next year I really want to try to do a tour in the UK or Europe, but a lot of that will depend on the financial state that we are all in.
SYLO: Last words or other things you want to add?
Matt: A big “Thank you ” to you and the people running the site!
Some days ago, Julian (guitar player of the German punk band Disco//Oslo) contacted me via last.fm and asked me, to put their free EP ALLESFRESSER on this blog.
This EP contains three awesome punk songs and its cover art.
They will release their full length on May 11th in Germany.
I was recently privileged with the opportunity to ask Cory and Taylor of Carucage Records some questions. Carucage is a small diy record label ran out of St. Louis, MO / Memphis, TN by a group of friends with a passion for music. They’ve been extremely successful so far, releasing Innards / The Reptilian 7″, Innards / Two Knights 7″, and Adaje / Shark Bait Split Tape. There are many more in the works. To top it off they’re amazing dudes, so support them when you have the chance.
Check them out here:
SYLO: How did the label get started?
Cory: Taylor and I started a label when we were back in high school, but lack of communication and distance kind of left us on different pages. So I decided to start up a new label and sort of be label buddies with Tay. He visited one weekend and we got to talking, and decided that we could do much better as a team, and decided to combine. Then we stuck with the name Carucage and it kind of happened from there.
Taylor: Cory and I started a label called Birdseye Recordings in winter 2008. Due to inexperience and an unintentional habit of working with inactive bands, it failed miserably. Early last year, Cory informed me that he was starting Carucage and we made the decision to team up and give running a label another shot. Not long after our first release, my friend Zo, who plays guitar in Adaje, decided to start helping out.
SYLO: Where did you get the name “Carucage”?
Cory: When I started the label, I wanted a name that I thought sounded cool, but I couldn’t think of anything that stuck or was interesting. Luckily that day, Wikipedia’s featured article of the day was on Carucage, which is a British land tax implemented some hundreds of years ago. I thought it was sweet as hell and just kind of took it from there. Most people (99.9%) probably have no idea what it means.
SYLO: What was your first physical release and how well was it received?
Cory: Our first physical release was a tape, the Bigfoot “Folklore and Myth EP.” That was the release that sort of started the new label. I guess it was well received? I mean, Jordan Fein (Bigfoot) never played shows so nobody really got familiar with him or his music. They didn’t sell much, we mostly give them out for free now. But every once in a while someone buys one, which rules.
Taylor: I think that the tape was received fairly well. We had a couple of orders when we first released it, and people still seem to randomly tack it on to their orders.
SYLO: You’ve also released some things as “digital only.” Why digital only?
Taylor: The digital only releases are basically stuff that we put up for download on our Bandcamp, but can’t really call a real release. So far, it’s just been my old band Close to Me’s discography, Mouth of Man’s discography with songs that our old label was going to release, and demos Bigfoot recorded before Folklore & Myth.
Cory: I think it’s great. We can’t afford to put out everything, especially when bands break up and it’s hard to get the albums around. And the releases we have as download only (aside from the Bigfoot demos, which are just kind of an add on to downloading his EP), we would want to press on vinyl, which is so damn expensive.
SYLO: There are a couple of members in the label. That can be a good and a bad thing. How do you balance what each member wants to do? Are there communication issues?
Cory: I hate them all. Just kidding, it works out really well. Taylor and I talk all the time anyways, so we squeeze label stuff in to our conversations. As for Zo and Will, I rarely ever talk to them. But somehow it all just works, you know? Sometimes we might not be 100% in the same place but we don’t let it really affect us.
Taylor: Cory and I are cousins and have been really close throughout our lives, so it’s super easy for us to communicate. Zo has been one of my closest friends for the past four years, so we communicate very well. As far as releases go, the three of us might not always agree 100% on everything, but we respect each other’s needs and opinions no matter what. The three of us have a similar understanding and taste when it comes to music, so it’s very rare that we don’t see eye to eye. I wouldn’t want to run a label with anyone else.
SYLO: Do you release one specific type / genre of music (i.e. screamo/emo)?
Cory: We will release anything. Granted, we do have more emo and screamo acts right now, we also have some folk punk, some indie acoustic stuff, some retro 80’s Depeche Mode sounding jams; we really don’t care, as long as we like it. That’s why we started the label ultimately: to have physical releases of music we love.
Taylor: Yeah, the three of us listen to a lot of screamo and emo bands, so we’re somewhat partial to those styles of music, but we’re honestly down to release anything.
SYLO: How important is “DIY” to you? Does a band have to be “DIY” to be on your label?
Cory: DIY is very important to me, because it’s really opened my eyes to a new world of music; bands who love what they’re doing enough to be broke all the time and who put so much effort into their music as well as their scene. DIY is a big fucking family, and I think that’s the closest of any scene of music out there. A band doesn’t have to have a DIY ethic for us to like them and want to work with them, as long as they’re passionate about their music, and not just trying to use us to make money. That’s never cool.
Taylor: I really enjoy the sense of community and humbleness that comes with everyone involved in the DIY community. It really makes me happy that people are making honest music and involved in music for the right reasons. A band doesn’t have to be DIY for us to work with them, but the three of us like to see bands that take a sense of responsibility, play honest music, and don’t see music solely as a means of monetary or popular gain.
SYLO: How do you choose what format you want a release to be on?
Cory: Whatever we can afford at the time, how many other labels are on board, etc. Personally I like tapes, cause they’re cheap and they’re practical. Vinyl is much more expensive, harder to ship, damaged easier, and can just be difficult. I guess the deciding factors are the bands work ethic, the amount of money we have, and just those types of things, really.
Taylor: It’s really dependent on each individual’s financial status at the time any given opportunity arises. The band’s work ethic is also a huge factor. We feel like a band should be able to hold their own weight if we are going to dedicate time and money to their music.
SYLO: What are your favorite current releases?
Taylor: I honestly like everything we have put out so far.
Cory: All of them. They’re like children to me. I love them, I’m proud of them, and they all put a huge fucking smile on my face.
SYLO: What are some releases that are coming up soon?
Taylor: We should have the Innards/The Reptilian split 7″ and the Adaje/Lizards Have Personalities split 7″ out within the next few weeks.
Cory: We also are planning a Tubetops EP, along with Dads and Loud? tapes, then two tapes from Sailor Heart, Old Gray/Girl Scouts split tape, Family Might, Montpellier’s self titled EP, and a few others. Time will tell!
SYLO: Anything you want these SYLO nerds to know that we didn’t touch on?
Taylor: Everyone check these labels out:
Sea of Tranquility (http://seaoftranquility.bandcamp.com/)
Sometimes I Get Drunk (http://sometimesigetdrunk.blogspot.com/)
Ash from Sweat (http://www.ashfromsweat.com/)
Count Your Lucky Stars (http://www.cylsrecords.com/)
The Ghost Is Clear (http://theghostisclearrecords.com/)
Stiff Slack (http://stiffslack.com/)
Flannel Gurl (http://flannelgurl.com/)
Lilla Himmel (http://lillahimmel.wordpress.com/)
Strictly No Capital Letters (http://sncl.collective-zine.co.uk/)
Keep It Together (http://keepittogetherrecords.com/)
State of Mind (http://www.stateofmindrecordings.com/)
Square of Opposition (http://www.squareofopposition.com/)
Fat Sandwich (http://fatsandwichrecords.com/)
Tape Deco (http://www.tapedeco.com/)
Black with Sap (http://blackwithsap.wordpress.com/)
Plastic Smile (http://plasticsmilerecords.tumblr.com/)
Cory: We love you if you read all this or if you like/support our label. Feel free to send us your music, we’re always down to plan new releases! And thank you Andrew, we love you most of all.
JxV is a straight-edge hardcore band from Frostburg, MD. Their mission in life: get their friend Jake out of jail and beat up edge breakers. So good. “Life is a fucking war! What the fuck are you fighting for? I live and die for the cause. On the battleground of Straight Edge there can be no remorse. No prisoners. The Straight Edge Warrior.”
You can also download their older EP, Beatdowns On Bowery Street, here: download
notes: If you don’t know Burn Idols…may Satan have mercy on your soul. This is the new full length from one of California’s finest. It brings a chaotic, but melodic, grime that will paralyze you with delight. This album will rip your genitals through your mouth and make you eat them for breakfast. Definitely scumcore at it’s best.
notes: Adaje (from Memphis, TN) opens the split with a heavily post-rock influenced introduction called “Caveman” that sets the mood for the entire split. The bass is thick, the guitars are melodic and the drums build in a perfect crescendo. The song suddenly explodes, giving a sort of “If These Trees Could Talk” vibe. The only lyrics are “I have singled you out.” But the intensity with which they’re screamed is enough to invoke an emotional response. “Caveman Not Cometh” displays Adaje’s more usual style. The song begins with a haunting bass line and is followed by guitar riffs that would make Hot Cross pee themselves with delight. The rest of the song pulls at your heart strings, changing tempos and style to keep you on the edge of your seat. The song ends with the line: “Enter the realm of another man’s soul and ask him if his lungs are functional and use them to scream yourself into another world unlike your own.” Heavy. They have a split 7″ coming out with Lizards Have Personalities next year, so watch out for that!
In contrast to Adaje’s heavy riffage, Shark Bait (from Lafayette, LA) plays a short of emo/screamo fusion made famous by Make Me / Merchant Ships. In general, they’re a very versatile band. The beginning of “High Horse” is an upbeat screamed emo jam. The middle has a post-rock interlude that reminds me a bit of “The Appleseed Cast”. The end of the song changes from screaming to singing: “Fold your arms and make a joke. Your ego will begin to choke you out.” “Something Old, Something New” shows Shark Baits ability to pump out some twinkly jams. The guitar work is awesome and the melodies are super catchy.
Adaje and Shark Bait make a great duo. Both bands are musically and lyrically talented. In addition, they’re both very versatile and don’t play the same chords with the same melody for 4 minutes. This provides some much needed relief to the screamo/emo community. This is certainly made my “best of the year” list. Make sure to pick up the cassette tape from Carucage Records!
buy (Carucage Records)
facebook (Shark Bait)
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MNMNTS is a really amazing post-hardcore/screamo band from Germany. I originally heard of them through my best friend Benny. He asked me to interview them so here it is! Please check out their album “The Good Life”
You can download The Good Life HERE.
Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in the band. Who are the other members of the band?
Hi! Ok, here we go: This is André and Seb, we both play guitar. Besides us, there is another Seb (vocals), his brother Jonas (bass) and Jan (drums).
Where does the name MNMNTS come from?
There is no secret meaning behind our name, neither are we megalomaniacs. We just thought it sounds nice. We dropped the vowels some time ago, due to the simple circumstance that there is a shitload of bands with exactly that name out there.
The latest release is The Good Life, correct? Amazing record. Tell me about the process of creating that masterpiece.
Correct! And thank you! The album is more or less a conglomerate of both new and old songs. For example, ‘the cross’, ‘giver’ and ‘whoregasm’ have already been released on our d.i.y. 2008 demo. Change is a maybe the only constant in this band, we’ve already had a couple of line-up changes and we are, above all, five individuals with different backgrounds and musical influences. We didn’t want to hide this constant ‘struggle’, but turn our heterogeneity into something creative. To put it in simple words, ‘The Good Life’ is pretty much a ‘best of’ of the first three years of MNMNTS. It is the fair sum of all the experiences that we’ve made so far as a band, as well as a witness to our personal developments during that time. So to speak, ‘The Good Life’ finally made us a band, it completed us.
What are you planning to next, musically? Any splits or EP?
To write new songs in the first place! And yes, we are planning to record a second album next summer, which will hopefully be released in fall 2012.
Do you guys mostly write in German or English? What do you write about?
Besides ‘A day of only nights’, which contains a short passage in German, we write in English. We don’t have any reasons for doing so, it just felt right until today. Maybe this will change one day in the future, dunno… Our singer generally writes about personal stuff, about growing up in this country as a white middle-class kid and stuff like that. We don’t consider ourselves as a ‘political band’, although we all are political individuals with clear-cut standpoints and attitudes. We try to avoid being too boldly political in a know-it-all manner, but suggest that everyone starts thinking for themselves.
How is the “D.I.Y. scene” in Germany?
We are glad to say that the d.i.y. scene in Germany is somehow booming in these days, or has at least improved compared to three or five years ago. Especially young people seem to have an interest in making shows and in the whole d.i.y. idea as such. Most of the girls and guys that booked our tour were at the age of about 20, sometimes even less. In Germany, the d.i.y. scene is closely related to a lefty self-governed background, which is cool, because those kids have access to squats or other non-profit venues, which are often tolerated by the city administrations. However, from time to time there are police raids against squats, which have the consequence that open spaces for any kind of alternative culture are destroyed.
Personally, we fully identify ourselves with the d.i.y. thing; the whole idea of a creative network of people on a fair and responsible basis is very important to us.
Speaking of, I know you just back from tour. How was that? Did you get to play with any rad bands?
Yes, sir! We played three shows together with the amazing Trainwreck (which already have been to the US). Furthermore, you should definitely check out Aslov Kinski and our good friends from Torpedo Holiday!
Are there any German record labels for hardcore/screamo that we should know about?
To name the most prominent ones: Adagio 830, Vendetta and Zeitstrafe.
What music do you guys listen to? Have you listened to any good records lately?
André digs the Alpinist/Masakari split-LP and is, apart of that, fully into rap music. Seb most of the time listens to calm, melancholy stuff, folk or classical music. Right now, the latest Feist album is on heavy rotation is his bedroom.
When are you coming to the USA? Seriously!
As soon as we won the lottery! But seriously, we are working on it. If we’ll get the chance, we’ll go for it!
Thanks so much for the interview! If you have anything else you want to say or want people to know, go ahead!
We would like to send hugs to our best friend Benny, who makes all our designs and pays all our bills!
Check out his stuff at druckwelledesign.blogspot.com. Last but not least, we would of course like to thank you, Andrew! <3.
You can download The Good Life HERE.