Nov 6, 2014
Oct 8, 2014
Here's the SCALPED EP for you to stream til the records are done...
Sep 16, 2014
...for being super behind packing orders. I'm still running about a month off, but I promise everyone will get their orders. On top of that, I've also been slacking on adding new shit to the webstore but I finally just added these things to the: KOWARD "Desperate" EPs, STERILE MIND demo tapes, GREEN BERET "Cult of State" EPs (restock), STERILIZED "Chemical Dust" EPs, and GRUMP "Back to Being Normal" demo tapes, OVENS third 7", PIG DNA "Control You Fucker #3" EPs, and "Atlantic Canadian Hardcore Punk" comp tapes.
As far as the label and its bands are concerned, there is an incredible amount going one and I will try to wrap up as much of it as I can right here, right now.
STRESSORS is on a break 'cause Kevin is back in Boston for school. PERM RU is still functioning at quarter-speed 'cause Merm is out of town for an unknown amount of time, but they will be playing NOT DEAD YET fest in Toronto (as is BUSTED OUTLOOK). CAGED ANIMAL–who really knows what they're up to. GAG released a new single on Iron Lung a couple months back to prepare the world for their impending LP. MISSIONARY just played their first show since the unofficial record-release show at Acheron on September 21st, with Dawn of Humans, Pharmakon, Ivy, and Cheena. I have gotten word that STERILIZED is probably gonna start playing again in some capacity. Not quite sure yet what that's gonna entail, exactly. BUSTED OUTLOOK has been playing a bunch and as I just mentioned are slated to gig at this year's Not Dead Yet fest in Toronto as well as a quick Trip down the West Coast in a couple weeks.
Now on to the new stuff...
Test pressings are approved for the NARCOLEPTICS, and VACANT STATE EP. I have all the vinyl for the SCALPED records. No covers yet, though. It's looking like this will be the record release show:
Look for an interview with VACANT STATE in an upcoming MRR.
I'm sick of typing so here are a couple Razorcake reviews of WS releases:
MISSIONARY - American Strike EP
New band from NYC that sounds like an old band from Boston. Thuggy hardcore not unlike some of the stompier SSD or Negative FX. For newer bands, think maybe Rival Mob or U.K.’s Violent Reaction. It’s mostly hardcore but these dudes have definitely checked some oi faves out before penning these tunes. Anyone who knows me knows that I eat this shit up. Also comes with a sick newspaper lyric sheet. Boss tunes.
STERILIZED - Zero Sum Game EP
Another stellar release from Warthog Speak, this time hardcore from Olympia, WA. Crushing, fuzzed-out d-beat with unhinged vocals. Musically, these dudes don’t stray too far from the Scandi d-Beat blueprint, but the vocals give this record the edge almost getting into Nervskade territory. Bruuuutaaaaal.
Finally, I now have the ability to record digitally, so I will be posting what basically will amount to digital "mixtapes" as some sort of attempt at a "radio show" or "podcast" type thing on here. I will not be talking over it, but will be typing out comments on the songs. Should be cool. Whatever.
Jul 30, 2014
In a shocking turn of events, these lads have managed to find a spot at number 4 on CVLT Nation's list of "Top Six New Bands You Must Hearr Today!" Check it out -------------------> HERE.
SCALPED's debut 4-song 7" for Warthog Speak is recorded and just waiting on a couple tweaks to the mix and it'll be rerady to go. I'm estimating an early winter release.
If you missed the demo cassette, I still have physical copies. Get em from the WS webstore.
Jul 28, 2014
Completely loving this FATIGUE demo. New SF band with some Young Offenders and Sydney Ducks chaps and our boy Max Wickham (Caged Animal/Scalped/Hunting Party/Yadokai/and like half the other bay area hc bands of the last handful of years). The rest of the tracks are a tad more on the Oi!-ish tip than this one, but they all essentially have the same vibe. Dig in:
Buy copies here
Jul 10, 2014
So, the first Busted Outlook gig happened while I was stuck in traffic tryina get there. If, like me, you weren't there, here's what it was like:
Jul 7, 2014
MISSIONARY and STERILIZED 7"s both got great reviews in the new Maximum Rock'n'Roll:
"MISSIONARY – 'American Strike' EP
Straight outta 538 Johnson come MISSIONARY, who are raising an already high bar for bands that have come out of said Bushwick punk complex. The UK-via-Boston-Crew sounds of bands like CREEM are a continuing theme on this record, along with a hint of both EP and LP POISON IDEA as well as ANTIDOTE. What sets MISSIONARY apart are both the hooks and attention to every detail of songwriting that makes each of these six songs so memorable. "Cop Disease" straight up sounds like an updated version of the DISCHARGE singles, "Double Vision" and "Escape" sound like SSD meets ANTIDOTE, and the A-side's opener and closer are both mid-to-slow-paced moshers, and all of them are sick. The recording fits the style perfectly, and every instrument makes its mark on this record, the bouncy bass especially. (DG)"
"STERILIZED – 'Zero Sum Game' EP
Oh shit, this is good! Megaton D-beat inspired hardcore with super pissed vocals. If the idea of Joe Denunzio fronting DISASTER floats your boat, this is the record for you. No frills, no leads, just punishing riff after punishing riff driven by heavy D-beats and topped off with those fantastic vocals. Grade A fucking hardcore. Get into it. (AU)"
...aaaaaaand they played all three of the newest Warthog Speak releases (those two 7"s, and the BUSTED OUTLOOK tape) on this weeks radio show. You can peep it here:
Jun 28, 2014
BUSTED OUTLOOK tapes are ready to go...
"World, meet BUSTED OUTLOOK. Four tracks of fast, constructively angry, '88-styled US hardcore that leaves plenty of room for moshing and two-stepping. This demo was done as a studio project of Rich from Permanent Ruin and Jeremy from Scalped handling all the duties themselves (with a crucial help from Fred), but B.O. has recently settled in to a full 5-piece lineup and ready to play shows. BUST!"
Stream the whole darn thing:
(I also priced down a bunch of stock to make some room.)
Jun 18, 2014
Welcome. So much to report this time… Colored vinyl copies of both the STERILIZED and MISSIONARY EPs are long sold out but there are still black vinyl copies kicking through me as well as a bunch of distros with refined taste.
Next up are demo tapes from BUSTED OUTLOOK, which initially (and on this demo) was a project of Rich from PERMANENT RUIN and Jeremy from SCALPED/CONDITION/FAILURE RITES/etc., and has solidified into a full band with other current PERM RÜ and STRESSORS members. Tapes are ordered and covers are being printed and should be in hand in about a week and a half. Here's a taste:
Quite a few other things in the pipe for WS after that… SCALPED 7" is recorded but the mix isn't yet finalized. Soon. However, production is underway on a 7" for Vancouver's Oi!-tinged, LAST RIGHTS-influenced hardcore crusaders, VACANT STATE. Have a peep at the first track:
And finally from the "stoked" category, I got an email from this newer band from Chicago (with a root here in the Bay Area) called NARCOLEPTICS, who sent along a recording and they were looking for a label to release it. I'll be honest, I'm usually apprehensive of even getting around to listening to such things, so it was several weeks before I even downloaded it, and I gotta say that what I heard when I finally did, put a huge smile on my face. The incessant forward motion in these tunes floored me. And those drums…oh those drums. Truly a work of art. Inertia, maaaaaan. Oh yeah, and I'm putting it out! When I finally got around to emailing the band I thought for sure it would already have been scooped up by a (smart) label. Nope! Anyway, here's a track that I highly recommend that you listen to:
There are a few other things worth mentioning but I am out of time and will mention them when I put up the BUSTED OUTLOOK tapes.
Oh yeah, I still have a few more mail orders to send but I'm MOSTLY caught up. Sorry for the delays and thanks for the patience.
Go see GAG and BACK TO BACK on tour.
Apr 28, 2014
'Sup bubbzarooskis... After a significant wait and an embarrassing amount of reminders from yours-truly that these records are still not out, I'm beyond stoked to announce that MISSIONARY – American Strike and STERILIZED – Zero Sum Game E.P.s are finally ready to order. As you will see, I have thrown a few different ordering option at you in the webstore. You can order both 7"s together on color, both 7"s together on black, singularly on color, and singularly on black. The sets of both will save you a wee bit of loot, as you will notice. Anyway, here's the info...
MISSIONARY – American Strike E.P. (WS-005)
I'm more than stoked to deliver to this world the vinyl debut—and follow-up to what I can only describe as a stellar demo—from this Brooklyn, New York band. By acknowledging, and referencing the sonic-successes of vicious packs of go-nowhere teens from decades passed that stomped their indelible marks into 7th & A, Georgetown, Kenmore Square, and the East End, MISSIONARY has managed in their own special way to craft a great tone and created a hook-filled, Oi!-hued, North Eastern American hardcore sound that's as timeless and familiar as it is a crucial and fresh.
STERILIZED – Zero Sum Game E.P. (WS-006)
I could try to sugarcoat STERILIZED as some sort of neo-god game-changer of [insert silly genre title here], but I'm not going to, 'cause all it would do is waste your time and my energy. The bottom line is that this Olympia, WA trio plays rather straightforward Scandinavian-influenced D-beat hardcore and they are GREAT at it. Let the tunes speak for themselves.
As of this writing, I am down to two, single, solitary, black vinyl, first press copies of PERMANENT RUIN – Más Allá de la Muerte E.P., but I repressed it on red vinyl, which you can find in the webstore. Besides that, I have also added WARTHOG Prison 7"s to the store.
As far as the future of W.S. is concerned, SCALPED is recording on May 25th for two E.P.s, one of which I will be releasing, so stay tuned for that. There is another thing that may come out around the same time. Who knows. I can't say what it is either. And maybe another thing. Deathreat zine=eventually.