Feb 8, 2015

FEB 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.