Sep 15, 2016
Not a whole hell of a lot to report right at this time. Pumped the brakes, laying low, re-calibrating my bearings, and watching football while I prepare Warthog Speak for some epic releases for the end of 2016 - beginning of 2017. Gonna also finish up this stupid DEATHREAT zine that I've been threatening for a while now.
Got a couple good reviews from the MRR-o-sphere:
THE POSE – "Dig an Endless Grave" EP
I loved BACK TO BACK both live and on record, and can definitely hear the member involvement in this new band, which trades in abrasive mosh for fast and stompy hardcore. These four songs are burly yet catchy pit-worthy bangers that are characterized by harsh, gunting vocals and a great thick guitar sound, all wrapped in an ambient cloak of reverb. From the opening cough to the closeing fadeout, it flows unusually well for an EP. The opening riff to "Pride" may very well make an upcoming appearance on my list of year-end top ten riffs.
ALIENATION – "2016" EP
Mind = blown. The 12" was good, but the unrelenting powerof these eleven tracks is fukkn unparalleled. Piercing maximum speed hardcore teetering on complete collapse from the first burst...and then they drop that tupa-tupa for just a few seconds and if you're not moshing, then you're posing. Vocals echoed on forever, a production that's somewhere between Finland '82 and feisty garage punk... and riffs. I cannot emphasis this enough: ALIENATION got fukkn riffs for days. These Nova Scotia freaks just drop banger after banger, not even human. A mandatory get if you like your hardcore fast and weird.
Speaking of ALIENATION, they've added the dude, Dave Brown, on drums. Besides playing in Career Suicide, Dave made one of my favorite recordings of the modern era with the DEAF MUTATIONS demo / demo 7". Let's hope he eventually mades more DM tracks...
I'm down to less than ten copies of the PRIMAL RITE 7" and it won't be repressed (by me, at least), so grab those now if you intend to. I'm also down to less than twenty copies each of ALIENATION 7"s and LPs.
Have been toning it back on the distro front too but added a few things recently, like the domestic press of the newest BLAZING EYE 7", restocked the B-SQUADRON and second SCALPED 7"s, and the THANKLESS GRAFT (continuation of LAST CRUSADE) 7".
Here are a couple of KILLER new thangs that I've heard recently:
Here's some video from the only show HÜVÜDTVATT ever played. Sickest band.
and here's a funny homemade promo video for their Disinfection EP...
Jul 17, 2016
It's been far too long since I updated this site so Ihopefully I remember everything that I intended to cover in this update. And here's hoping that you are all having a killer summer so far, despite the heartbreaking, soul crushing bullshit going on in this miserable, hatefilled world. Here's what is up, what was up, and what's to come from WARTHOG SPEAK.
For starters, THE POSE – "Dig an Endless Grave" 7" EP (WS-023) comes out today (July18th, 2016). This EP is the vinyl debut of this Houston band's thud-y, ugly hardcore punk. Hard, nasty, ogreish, heavy hardcore that has flashes of metal, but isn't metallic — I mean, Tim Yo called VOID "metallic" in MRR #2, so consider that. Members of BACK TO BACK and DRESS CODE. 250 copies, all black vinyl.
While THE POSE is seemingly a part-time venture for now, following JJ's move to California, they will still be playing a record release show for the EP in Houston at the end of this month with BACK TO BACK, WILD THING, MIRROR, THE REAL COST, and CLEAR ACID on July 30th:
We also dropped the ALIENATION – "2016 EP" 7" (WS-022) last week and couldn't be more stoked about that. This second EP from hardcore's best kept secret – Halifax, Nova Scotia's ALIENATION, is 11 tracks of venom-flinging, neck-snapping, raging thrash that's equal parts Negative FX, (early) Poison Idea, and some ripping Swedish shit. And takes the fury of last year's 12" EP and ramps up the intensity without losing the riffs. Don't sleep on this shit. Limited to 250 copies on black vinyl, with 125 copies each of neon green and neon pink covers.
I'm glad to see that people are catching on to how killer this band is and it's rad that they will be playing the NOT DEAD YET fest in Toronto this year, along with tons of killer bands.
Here's the review / description form Sorry State records. A distro / label / store who's dilligence is always admirable:
"I pretty much flipped out for Alienation's debut 12" on Warthog Speak a while back, and this new EP ups the ante considerably from that. As before, Alienation play a style of hyper-fast hardcore that I'm not generally inclined to like... usually when the tempos get into Neos / Septic Death / Larm territory bands lose the groove and I, consequently, lose interest, but Alienation have no such problems. Not only does their music never turn into an incoherent blur, there's actually a striking amount of musical sophistication here, albeit delivered at a speed so blistering that it might be a little difficult to process. More importantly, though, they have that magical hardcore x-factor that makes their records sound completely explosive. There's a little Black Flag, a lot of Deep Wound and Siege, a fair bit of Neos (and they even drop in a sick, blink-and-you-miss-it Dicks cover), but at the same time it sounds very much like its own thing. Without a doubt one of my favorite hardcore bands currently going, and highly recommended if there's still any place in your heart for the 'core."
While on the subject of of ALIENATION, I should mention a couple of their newest spin off acts. The first, FRAGMENT, who blaze on the DISCLOSE / noisy D-Beat tip, just had their demo released on 7" by Imminent Destruction records. I dig the demo quite a bit and they will also be playing NDY this year.
The other project, BOOJI BOYS, are much more on a '70s punk / power pop / kbd tip. I really like this demo and it's a great example of this sound done right. Sounds like they recorded tons of tracks this weekened and hopefully something cool comes of them. Check out the demo for now while we wait for more.
So much killer punk oozing from the Halifax (and surrounding area) scene.
I would like to take this time to extend a huge congrats to PRIMAL RITE for hooking up with Revelation Records. 25 years ago at the Nashua, New Hampshire Newbury Comics I bought the Rev press of JUDGE's New York Crew 7" and it was the first record I ever bought and set my path to hardcore and rabid collector-hood. Because of this, Revelation really means a lot to me and I was so stoked when Rev started to distro Warthog Speak titles. As of this post, I have done EIGHT releases [well, 9 if you include the aborted Hunting Party 7" that made it to the test press stage and may get finished eventually] on Warthog Speak that feature one or more of these dudes, and I've played music, however briefly, with almost all of them and consider them all friends, so it's unbelievably sick to see Jake, Jeremy, Max, Jason, and Lucy succed at doing what they love most. They all put so much time, effort, and dedication into this shit, so, good on those fools, and good on Adam for noticing. Big fucking up. I'm proud of you guys. Who knew that Yadokai would eventually become this. So wild. At any rate, I just released the PRIMAL RITE - "Hatred in a Mask of Flowers / Pestilent Clutch" single (WS-019)! Hot on the heels of SCALPED's still-warm corpse, PRIMAL RITE is a ressurection. Their path is a similar one, but with a new vocalist comes a burly hardcore titan that's been re-born harder, heavier, and more hessian in approach. Crushing and brutal. As you may have noticed above, PRIMAL RITE is also playing NDY this year.
PRIMAL RITE just finished a West Coast tour and will be touring the East Coast sooner than later. However, prior to the 7" and LP on Revelation, there will be an EP titled "Complex Life of Passion," coming out in October on Grave Mistake and Pop Wig. Can't wait to hear it.
Here's Sorry State's take:
"Debut single from this new Bay Area band featuring former members of Scalped. They've managed to generate some buzz right off the bat, and in addition to this single they've already planned a follow-up record on Grave Mistake and a debut LP on Revelation. I'm not sure if it's just me, but when I listen to these two tracks, particularly the a-side, "Hatred in a Mask of Flowers," all I can think of is Integrity. It starts with this brooding swell of feedback, a chugging riff so primitive you could barely even call it a riff, and a whole heap of dive-bombs. The comparisons to Integrity don't end there, as there is plenty of lead guitar and brutal mosh to go around. It doesn't have the black metal and/or Japanese hardcore influences that I associate with Integrity, but this is a sound that seems, to me at least, very much rooted in the heavy, mosh-oriented sound of Victory Records in the 90s. I grew up on that style of hardcore and definitely have a soft spot for this style when it's done well, and I can see why Primal Rite is garnering a lot of attention. So pick this up and see if it tickles your fancy, and if it doesn't it looks like you'll probably be able to flip it to a Revelation collector in a couple of months."
There are so many releases that I didn't realize that I never posted about on here, so I appologize to those bands if it seems like I never hyped you ;) That wasn't intentional.
In early June I released the Olympia / Seattle unit, EIGHTBALL's – S/T 7" (WS018), and it's a seven-track EP of D-beat Hardcore Rock'n'Roll trash from the Pacific Northwest cretins of distortion. The 7" sports the three demo tracks plus four more. EIGHTBALL sports members of GAG, WHITE WARDS, COMBAT KNIFE, BRICKLAYER, LOWER SPECIES, for those of you with a score card.
Here's Sorry State's take:
"Debut release from this Pacific Northwest band featuring members of Gag, White Wards, and many others. That's quite a pedigree, and as you might expect there's nothing tentative or under-developed about Eightball. Sonically, this kind of reminds me of a more straightforward, traditional version of the Repos. Certainly if you're a Repos fan you'll immediately love the snarled vocals and the occasional, anarchic guitar leads, but whereas Repos / Ropes releases tend to feel frustratingly brief, this one crams 7 songs onto a 7" EP, making the vibe of the EP as a whole resemble something more like classic first-wave NYHC like the Mob's Upset the System or the Abused's Loud and Clear. It's sort of like a mini-full-length delivered as a 7" EP, and with a whole heaping helping of gnarly riffs, spot-on, beefy production, and an explosive performance no hardcore fan will leave a listening session with this disappointed."
"Another fine slab of wax from Warthog Speak and that lovable family of Oly lifers, WHITE WARDS, GAG, and COMBAT KNIFE. Damn! This crew really knows how to keep busy, and I really gotta marvel at that dedication to the game. Seven quick, highly energetic bangers that start with the Motörcharge / Burning Spirits / POISON IDEA key bump and chop it up into fat, hot rails straight to the reptile brain. Goddamn!!!!! Those guitar leads."
We also released the COMBAT KNIFE 7" from this family as a split release with Video Disease but it's unfortunately long sold out. Here's all the tracks:
Also super pumped to have released HUMILIATION's - "4 Track E.P." 7" a couple months back. The vinyl debut from this Arizona powerhouse is a noisy, claustrophobic cacophonic amalgam of 1990s discordant freedom, the '10's acceptance of noise rock-ery, and the current crop's ability to re-shape hardcore into a slithering amoebic serpent. Akin to a mix of Groundwork, Rorschach, Walls, and some other modern HC giant that I can't put my finger on. 100 copies on BLACK and 150 copies on WHITE vinyl.
Sorry State say: "I kind of hate the artwork on this record because it makes it look like some kind of nondescript power violence record when, in fact, this is a completely warped, grade A prime rager. To me, Humiliation (who hail from Phoenix and share members with Gay Kiss in case you were wondering) sound like Black Flag if the Damaged lineup had stayed intact through the recording of the later records and also got as interested in harmonic possibilities as they did in rhythm. These four tracks definitely rely on the kind of meandering, lurching, vaguely psychedelic rhythms of the later Black Flag songs, but the guitars are just impossibly dense, delivering not only a heavy low end but an even more pleasing upper-register chime that kind of reminds me of October File-era Die Kreuzen or maybe even Honor Role. This is an absolutely beautifully recorded record, one that you need to listen to attentively and on good equipment... if you treat yourself to the pleasure of actually listening to this thing closely you will find depth that most hardcore bands can only dream of. I'm at a loss as to how else to say it, but this is killer. Highest possible recommendation for worshippers of the electric guitar."
More may be added here this week!
As far as what the future holds for Warthog Speak... For the time being I have nothing to announce. There are a few releases that I am working on the final details of that I couldn't be more excited for, to the point that I would call all of them "dreams come true," but there is nothing I can confirm right now. In the interrim I will be putting more work into the DEATHREAT zine that I am a couple years into. I guess it wil be finished eventually.
See you at this sick ass show, if not sooner:
Oct 16, 2015
Here's live vid of FATIGUE playing "Exodus" at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco on October 14th 2015.
Oct 1, 2015
Sep 14, 2015
'Tis the end of Summer and I haven't updated this site in forever. Lots of info to transmit, and five new releases on deck.
Here's what's up.
ODD MAN OUT - EP (WS-014) --- Vinyl version of Olympia/Seattle straightedge band's cassette demo from earlier this year. Six tracks of pit-clearing, straightedge HARDcore with a conscience.
FATIGUE - "Dog Bodies" EP (WS-015) --- 7" pressing of 3 of the 4 tracks from FATIGUE's demo tape from last year. Here's what I had to say about the cassette: "The perfect soundtrack to watching the soul of real life bleached down to an unrecognizable, squeaky-clean, child-safety prison outside of your control. FATIGUE is growling, ripping and tearing back from the deepest, darkest corners of the gut. Take the ugly snarl and familiarity of first wave punk, add the blood-thirsty fervor and frostbite of a vacant Cass Corridor warehouse in 1982, and steady it with the gobbing, No-Future confidence of the UK punk sound of that same year, and you end up with a snarling beast similar to this. With ex- and current members of SYDNEY DUCKS, CAGED ANIMAL, YOUNG OFFENDERS, SCALPED, and HUNTING PARTY among the ranks, the sound all makes sense. The savagery of "Outlander" being the standout track. Nasty."
NARCOLEPTICS - Second EP (WS-016) --- The second EP from New York's NARCOLEPTICS takes the fury of the first one and goes harder, heavier, and harsher.
The band will also have 50 test press copies of this record for their West Coast tour coming up in October...
ALIENATION - "2015 Mini-LP" 12" (IDNTFS-1) --- Straight-up stunning 12" follow-up to two great demos from this Halifax, Nova Scotia unit. Thirteen flashes of brilliant hardcore that touches on the best of '80s US hardcore as much as it does the Hudiksvall* sound. The ALIENATION sound exists in a similar orbit as recent greats, GAS RAG, but faster.
*(Missbrukarna, Totalitar, Huvudtvatt, etc.)
INDEX - Demo EP (Vague-01) --- First release on Warthog Speak sub-imprint Vague Absolutes, is a very limited vinyl run of the lone 4-song demo from the Bay Area's INDEX. The band came and went in a flash, played a handful of shows, and left a killer demo of bratty and scrappy punk before splitting off to other pastures. Members also did/do time in Brilliant Colors, Flesh World, Jump Off A Building, Nosedive, and Vial. You can download the demo here on TERMINAL ESCAPE if it strokes your fancy.
We've got the final copies of the GENERACION SUICIDA tour FLEXI in the webstore as well as recently added hits from EEL, CONCEALED BLADE, AJAX (record of the year thus far), AS MERCENARIAS - demo 7", and more NIGHT PROWLER tapes to the distro.
Finally, I have test pressings of most of these releases set aside, as well as some older ones, that I'm going to put up for sale on the webstore in the coming weeks with alternate covers. They're gonna be more expensive than the normal releases, with all of the money being donated to charity. This is something I have wanted to do for a while, to do something positive in this world of punishment, shame, and hate, however small I may be, and I'm glad I finally have enough "stock" to make it worth the while. Once I put them for sale, I will post an announcement here.
Thanks for listening.
Jun 4, 2015
There's a crew up in the Halifax, Nova Scotia area that's been consistently pumping out top quality hardcore/punk demos and records at a crazy pace, all of them worthy of your attention, but ALIENATION strikes harder to my sensibilities than most music of the last decade, and I'm proud to say that they are letting me release their debut record. Expect this smashing, 13-track 12" EP sometime late summer / early Fall on Warthog Speak. This is why I started putting out records.
Here's two unmastered tracks for you to peep:
And if you want check out the demos, go to: https://alienation902.bandcamp.com/
Jun 1, 2015
Hello. I haven't posted here in quite a while. So much to report.
First off, the FATIGUE Self-Titled 7" is now available to order!
FATIGUE – "Self-Titled" EP
Following one of the best demos in some time, the debut 7" EP from California's FATIGUE is a rough-around-the-edges, slow motion, boot to the sternum via four bruised-and-scarred hymns of life and struggle in the big city, that owes as as much to northern US hardcore of the nineteen-eighties, UK oi! at it's grimiest, and regular old punk rock at it's least tender. A sound that makes perfect sense when considering that FATIGUE is made up of current and former members of SYDNEY DUCKS, SCALPED, BRICK ASSASSIN, and YOUNG OFFENDERS.
Give a listen here:
July 10 - brooklyn @ Acheron w/ AJAX, VANITY, SEMPER EADEM (DC), NO PAROLE
July 11 - boston @ Boiler Room w/ PEACEBREAKERS, VANITY, SEMPER EADEM (DC)
July 12 - montreal
July 13 - toronto @ SHIBGB's
July 14 - pittsburgh
July 15 - richmond
July 16 - dc
July 17 - philly
July 18 - new brunswick
The BUSTED OUTLOOK - "Spitting Wind" 7" is still fresh-to-def for Summer...
Current darlings of the Bay Area Hardcore scene, and sporting chaps that already show up on the Warthog Speak roster in such class acts as PERMANENT RUIN, STRESSORS, and SCALPED, BUSTED OUTLOOK is made up of dudes that have more than likely booked a show for your band if you've played in the the Bay at any point over the last five years. Locked in the grooves of this record is some of the tightest spirit-lifting, metallic hardcore this side of of '88. Riffs galore. Divebombs, breakdowns, dope solos, and good vibes to help you ride through summer 2015. Did I mention...RIFFS.
But you don't have to take my word for it... Peep the whole thing here first:
Lots more on the horizon for WS, so please stay tuned.
Feb 8, 2015
First and foremost, the (under-pressed by the plant...freekin' Rainbo) NARCOLEPTICS 7" is getting close to being sold out from me. After that you can get it from most distros, or from the band on the East Coast tour at the end of March/early April:
With that said, and since I'm just sitting around, staying out of the rare, much-needed SF rain, here's some reviews of the NARCOLEPTICS 7":
From goodbysunball.tumblr.com, whatever that is:
"Narcoleptics’ debut EP adds to the lineage of “blown-out” hardcore largely forged in Japan and noticeably fetishized by a certain cadre of American punks. Recent notables like Pig DNA and Gag are taking the template to more interesting places, and you can count Narcoleptics among their ranks. There’s a fine line with this type of hardcore that can often become indistinguishable amongst the onslaught, ‘specially if you’re listening to a lot of this stuff, because then having Japanese characters and crudely drawn punks on the cover art is probably enough to sell it. But this Narcoleptics EP survives the muck-filtering process, due in large part to the taut drumming, a steady onslaught of snare rolls cutting through the buzzing, feedback-drenched atmosphere. The drum fills on “Trench Knife” and “Final Breath” (above) and the high level of the drums in the mix drive this bullet train of a six-songer off the damn rails. The riffs here definitely appear stronger than those of your everyday band of bulletbelters, but it’s tough not to go straight through the wall when you’ve got this amount of power in the kit. Whatever the case, the two minutes of “Cell Degeneration” should be all the proof you need that this is nothing but top-tier. The whole recording sounds great, clean enough to let all the individual elements ring out and combine in cacophony. Closer “Cop Sympathizer” (!) fades out and back in so you remember to keep flippin’ this one over, comin’ in hot. What a ride. See for yourself at the Warthog Speak Bandcamp, then grab the 7” direct from the label - only 289 copies to go around. Nearly 10 releases in at this point and Warthog Speak is proving itself to be a fine purveyor of cutting-edge hardcore, so you’d do best to keep up with ‘em."
From MRR #382:
"The hard part isn't making blown-out noisy crash punk—that mystery was solved about five punk generations back and the cat is out of the bag. The hard part is making your own blown-out distorted crash punk band stand out in the glut of nonsense that has flooded pressing plants ever since the mystery was solved, especially when the very subgenre in question is known for being chaotic and unintelligible. So you have to sound fukkd and echo everything to oblivion...but you still gotta have a fukkn hook. Listen to "Trench Knife" on the first side of this slab. That's what you gotta do, punk. It ain't science, you just gotta do it right. Tempo is insistant, riffs are face-melting (especially "Cop Sympathizer"), and the whole record is hopelessly on point. Yeah, punk, ou might just want to move on to the next mystery, because NARCOLEPTICS got this one handled."
Just added a few things to the webstore (new DROPDEAD splits and reissues, DOPECHARGE 7", UNREAL THOUGHT and NEGATIVE RAGE tapes, and the new CAL AND THE CALORIES 7"). I also added the newest CONCRETE ASYLUM tape, which I have been given the OK to produce as needed to fill the demand. It's really a hot ripper that's worth checking out if you dig the whole LÄRM meets RIPCORD thing. Peep it here:
I dropped priced on a bunch of older shit way down to clear out some room, so definitely look towards at the bottom of the store for deals:
And as far as the label goes, the BUSTED OUTLOOK 7" is ordered and we [i]should[/i] have 80 test press copies, possibly with special covers, ready for their upcoming tour. Thankfully, you can peep the whole thing already!!!
After BUSTED OUTLOOK will be the FATIGUE 7", which is mastered and waiting for art. It's also a dead-eyed ruler. I will post a sample track once the artwork is done. For now, here's a reminder of how much the demo rules:
Following that, I plan to take a break from the label for most of what remains of 2015 since I have a bunch of adult shit to deal with. But I plan to pick back up when the right release to follow presents itself.
Dec 28, 2014
All traveling and houseguests for the holidays is over, so I can finally sit and update this for real, and there's lots to say...
After six months lumbering away at the pressing plant, NARCOLEPTICS and VACANT STATE EPs are finally up for sale. NARCOS arrived a couple weeks ago and is already selling, but VS just got here on Friday as I was leaving town, so it will finally be going up for sale tonight. Here's the details on both:
NARCOLEPTICS – "S/T" EP (WS-oo9)
This six-track, thirteen-minute monster of a debut from NARCOLEPTICS is a relentless ass-whooping of blown out, nasty thrashing hardcore with some of the sickest drumming this side of "Is This My World," that in no way apes any specific style, trend, or formula, but nods to many. First press limited to 289, all on black vinyl, with copies at or on the way to Sorry State, La Vida Es Un Mus (UK), Going Underground, Soap and Spikes, and Punk and Destroy (Japan).
listen to the whole thing here:
Buy it from me here: http://warthogspeak.bigcartel.com/products
VACANT STATE – "Chains" EP (WS-008)
Listen to the first track here:
Buy it from me here: http://warthogspeak.bigcartel.com/products
Maximum Rocknroll also played the track, "Where's the Line?" on last week's radio show, so you can peep that (and BUSTED OUTLOOK traxxx) at http://maximumrocknroll.com/mrr-radio-1433/
Speaking of BUST OUT, early 2014 will see the release of BUSTED OUTLOOK's Spitting Wind EP on Warthog Speak. They put a couple unmastered trax from the EP on a promo tape for Not Dead Yet fest that you can check out here:
After that WS is gonna take a big ol' break, but not before eeking out the first 7" for SF's FATIGUE, which they're recording on January 15th, and I'm counting the minutes. Their demo was fucking fantastic and you can prove that to yourself by checking out this nasty track from it:
Following that, who really knows what's up. There's one other record that I offered to do, if it happens, you'll know, if not, break time!
AJAX – demo CS/demo 7"
AUSENCIA – demo CS
BISHOPS GREEN – Pressure LP
BLAZING EYE – EP
FATIGUE - demo CS
GAS RAG – Beats Off LP
IMPALERS - Psychedelic Snutskallar 12"
PERMANENT RUIN - San Jose EP
PURO MANIA – both EPs
DEATHWISH – Tailgate 12"
v/a - Charred Remains 2xLP
preemptive best of '15:
Dec 18, 2014
NARCOS EP getting some press