Friday, November 24, 2017

"Make Emo Great Again": Your unofficial guide to 80s and 90s american emocore. Part 4: Screamo and Emoviolence

Note: Life hacks. 

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back. Originally, this entry wasn't meant to be featured in this special post, but since the last entry was an appetizer for more chaotic and dissonant subsets of emo, I decided to feature some of the foundational acts of both screamo and emoviolence. Note that most of these bands have more affinity to extreme hardcore punk variants such as grindcore and powerviolence (notably emoviolence bands) and that's why they shouldn't be labeled as screamo/emoviolence but you know how unfair and cruel is our sick sad world. Also, just like the previous entries, I had to discard some bands but they will eventually appear in future entries (even I've been also thinking about making some sort of Addenda, like some previous special posts, but I'm not quite sure yet. We'll just have to wait and see...) Lastly, the last entry of this special post will feature some indie emo bands and some compilations of all the featured emo subsets. With all that written, let's begin.  

Sleeping Body

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If someone asks me which is the first american screamo band ever, I'd undoubtedly answer Sleeping Body. This texan band only had one official release: Awaken 7" (Vermin Scum, 1992). Regarding the sound, Sleeping Body played chaotic and dissonant hardcore punk in the same vein as Portraits of Past, Honeywell and Reach Out. Their musical style was filled with overwhelming basslines, complex guitars, slow yet powerful breakdowns (reminiscent of early metallic hardcore bands of the time), some emo elements (abstract lyrics, crescendos) and screamed vocals. It was something like a more frantic version of Moss Icon. Finally, click on the image for downloading this cryptic 90s hardcore jewel, which is one of the most powerful and fearsome of the time. The file also includes a demo and a live performance at WFMU. Highly recommended.  

Frail - Make Your Own Noise...(AKA 15 songs) CD compilation

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Frail was short-lived yet prolific straight edge emo/hardcore band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that released Idle Hands Nothing 7" (Kidney Room Records, 1994), self-titled 7" (Yuletide, 1994), New Harmony 7" (Bloodink Records, 1995) and split with Elements of Need (Static Records, 1995). Unlike many contemporaru straight edge hardcore bands, Frail opted for playing chaotic and dissonant emocore like other fellow "nailed to the x" comrades such as Portraits of Past and Policy of Three. In fact, these bands drifted apart of the self-righteous and violent crew mentality of many straight edge hardcore punk bands of the time. I've always thought that you can be straight edge but not an asshole. Period. Also, Frail marked one step closer to the definition of screamo offshoot with their superb musical execution and instrumentation. Finally, when Frail disbanded in 1995, some of their members went on Ink and Dagger, another foundational screamo outfit. This compilation CD contains everything that this band ever recorded, excluding some compilation tracks that eventually will be featured here in the last entry of the special post. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Inkwell - Complete works 


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Inkwell was another short-lived emo/hardcore band from Atlanta, Georgia (I think they also were straight edge, or at least some members). During their short lifespan, they only released two 7"s: By Design (My Last Wish, 1995) and Shine So Bright (My Last Wish / Heliotrope, 1995), as well as one split with local homologues Hal Al Shedad (Lunchbox Records, 1995) and contributed one track to Placebo compilation (Concurrent, 1995). Regarding the sound, Inkwell played short, fast and loud hardcore punk with some slow and introspective interludes. I must admit that this band had a good instrumentation, clever lyrics and some of the best vocals I've ever heard in a screamo act. This band truly deserve one complete discography. Will we ever see it? I certainly hope so...Finally, click on the image for downloading all Inkwell-related material (including the full split with Hal Al Shedad, which is awesome). I was told that there's also some previously unreleased material but I don't quite know about its existence. If you could help me out, I'd be thankful. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Eurich - Discography (1994-1996)

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Eurich was a short-lived band from Charleston, South Carolina and active between 1994 and 1997. Despite their short existence, Eurich was one of the precurssors of the Southeast hardcore style that would eventually be coined as emoviolence. Also, unlike most of their contemporary homologues, this band featured one womyn as a band member and sometimes took the vocalist role. Regarding the sound, Eurich played short, fast and loud hardcore punk, reminiscent of powerviolence, but they also added slower interludes and more melodic chords, creating an uncommon mix of both fast and slow-paced music with unpredictable changes and instrumentation. Also, they had some "emo sensibilities", above all regarding the artwork, layouts and inserts of their records with deep, complex and abstract thoughts and lyrics. Finally, this CD (Coaxt, 2003) features their complete discography. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

Reversal of Man - "Discography" plus extras


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Reversal Of Man (from now on ROM) was a hardcore band from Tampa, Florida that existed between 1995 and 2005. Along with other national contemporaries such as Combat Wounded Veteran, Jerome's Dream and Orchid, among others, this band was one of the forefronts of the whole screamo scene during the late-90s and early-00s. Regarding the sound, ROM played short, fast and loud hardcore punk drawing influences from both grindcore and powerviolence. In fact, this band shouldn't be considered as an emo-related band but, well, many screamo and emoviolence bands emulated ROM's sound and you know how the unjust world of labeling music works...Also, their lyrics were mainly political and satirical of different society's aspects, including the hardcore scene of their time. Finally, in the file you'll find a "discography" disc (Schematics Records, 2001), compiling early demos, singles, compilation tracks and unreleased material, and two of their main works: Revolution Summer 10" (Independence Day, 1998), which is one of the most influential screamo records ever released and their best work (IMHO), and This Is Medicine LP (Ebullition Records, 1999) and their full split with Combat Wounded Veteran (Schematics Records, 2002) separately. Their self-titled 7" (Valrico Records, 1996) and other splits are missing but I'll upload them in other opportunity if I get them. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Combat Wounded Veteran - This Is Not An Erect, All Red Neon Body CD compilation plus I Know A Girl Who Develops Crime Scene Photos 12" 

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Another impressive Tampa-based  hardcore punk band that was active between 1996-2003. Just like the previous band, Combat Wounded Veteran (from now on CWV) was unfairly misjudged as an emo-related band but it still was a huge influence for the whole screamo and emoviolence offshoots, though. Regarding the sound, CWV mixed the best elements of early american grindcore and powerviolence bands such as Assück and Charles Bronson, for example, with emerging math rock-influenced noisy post-hardcore punk that pleased everyone craving for nonsense violent music. Also, the lyrics were both political and satirically-charged and the tracks had abstract yet weird long titiles like many grindcore and powerviolence bands of their time. Finally, in the file you'll find This Is Not An Erect, All Red Neon Body CD compilation (No Idea, 2009), which compiles almost everything that this band ever recorded (including some unreleased material, comp tracks, their first two 7"s and tracks taken from splits with Orchid and Scrotum Grinder) and I Know A Girl Who Develops Crime Scene Photos 12" (No Idea, 1999) separately. Their last record Duck Down For The Torso 12" (No Idea, 2002) is missing because I don't have it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Orchid - Complete discography 

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Oh yeah! Another all-time favorite is finally here in the blog. Orchid was a hardcore punk band from Amherst, Massachussets that existed between 1997 and 2002. During their short yet influential lifespan, they released a bunch of records, including their masterpieces Chaos Is Me (Ebullition Records, 1999) and Dance Tonight! Revolution Tomorrow! (Ebullition Records, 2000), which are undoubtedly two of the most highly influential records for the whole screamo offshoot. Regarding the sound, Orchid had huge grindcore and powerviolence influences in their sound but they also added "emo sensibilities" too. I remember one interview where they stated that their biggest musical influence were actually german hardcore acts such as Systral and Carol, however (already featured here in the blog). Also, their lyrics were highly political with intellectual and academic influences. Indeed, they took inspiration from different thinkers such as Frankfurt school's Critical Theorists (such as Theodore Adorno and Herbert Marcuse, etc.), phenomenologists (such as Hannah Arendt), situationists (such as Guy Debord) and, of course, anarchists (such as Emma Goldman), which was a really uncommon aspect for a hardcore punk band of the time (even for today's standards). Finally, in the file you'll find We Hate You Demo (Clean Plate, 1997), Totality CD compilation (Clean Plate, 2005), which compiles all of Orchid's early material, comp tracks, covers and previously unreleased material, Dance Tonight! Revolution Tomorrow! + Chaos Is Me CD compilation (Ebullition Records, 2002), reuniting both full-length albums, and their last self-titled LP (Ebullition Records, 2001), which is also known simply as "Gatefold" and a solid work that shouldn't be missed out. All the klingon crusties and vulcan emos out there will love this one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Jeromes Dream - Completed 1997-2001

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Ah, another screamo heavyweight is finally here in the blog. Jeromes Dream (AKA Jerome's Dream) was another pivotal act for one of the more extreme subsets of the emo subgenre. During their lifespan, they released a bunch of records, including some memorable registers such as Seeing Means More Than Safety 10" (Old Glory, 2000) and various splits with different contemporary homologues such as Orchid (this is the infamous skull-shaped LP) and Usurp Synapse. Regarding the sound, just like ROM, CWV and Orchid, Jeromes Dream had grindcore and powerviolence influences playing most of the time short, fast and loud but they also added some instrumental and slower interludes in between their songs. On the other hand, their vocalist (who also played the bass) opted for not singing with the microphone while performing live, instead screaming unamplified at the top of his lungs. Also, they were known for having very short sets (no longer than 10 minutes) because the band considered that it was the right time they all needed. And, last but not least, their lyrics also had some intellectual and academic influences because some of their members were psychology students at the time and some songs feature real psychological diagnosis learned throughout their college years. Finally, this a CD compilation (Alone Records, 2005), containing everything that this impressive band ever recorded. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

In/Humanity - Violent Resignation: The Great American Teenage Suicide Rebellion 1992-1998 CD compilation 

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This entry would be incomplete without the band that coined the term emoviolence back in the 90s. In fact, the term was a joke for pissing people off that was deeply worried about how powerviolence was meant to be played. In fact, this statement went too far because it untentionally created this interesting chaotic and dissonant emo subset. So, In/Humanity was a band from Columbia, South Carolina and active between 1991 and 1998. During their lifespan, they released a bunch of records, including all-time classics such as The Nutty Anti-Christ LP (Passive Fist, 1996) and The History Behind The Mystery / Music To Kill Yourself By 12" (Prank, 1998). Regarding the sound, In/Humanity played short, fast and loud hardcore punk just like many other grindcore and powerviolence acts of their time but also had that interesting touch of emerging screamo bands such as Honeywell and Reach Out. As you can imagine, the lyrics were very satirical, sarcastical and filled with dark humor. Not everyone was pleased with this aspect, though. Finally, this compilation reunites everything that this emotionally violent band ever recorded. Pretty good stuff. If you can, get their records separately because, for example, the original release of The Nutty...has a slightly different sound of the tracks here included. It's not so different as you may have guessed, but you could notice the difference between the two records. Plus, if you're big fans of the band, you must know this kind of curious facts haha. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Palatka - Unofficial discography 

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Palatka was a short-lived band from Gainesville, Florida and active between 1994 and 1998. Despite their short existence, the band was very active in their local scene and even managed to make an European Tour in 1997 along with emoviolent fellows In/Humanity. Regarding the sound, Palatka played short, fast and loud hardcore punk in the same vein as other emerging national powerviolence outfits of their time but also added a few "emo sensibilities" into their repertory, notably experimenting with chaotic, dissonant and melodic musical execution and instrumentation. Also, the band's lyrics were irreverent, subversive, ironical and sarcastical of every human aspect, including inside and outside of the hardcore scene. And, just like many contemporary powerviolence and emoviolence outfits, their live sets were short, frantic and full of energy. Finally, in the file you'll find most of Palatka's works including The End Of Irony (No Idea, 1999), their only LP, full splits with fellow powerviolence mates Asshole Parade and The End Of The Century Party and lots of comp tracks.  I think some songs are still missing but this is at least the most decent try to compile everything that this amazing band ever recorded. We desperately need an official discography release. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

The End Of The Century Party - Discography 1993 - 1999

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Another impressive Tampa-based emoviolence outfit that was active between 1993 and 1999. Along with In/Humanity and Palatka, The End Of The Century Party (from now on T.E.O.T.C.P.) was one of the responsibles of spreading this interesting alternative form of powerviolence throughout the United States (notably the southeast). Regarding the sound, T.E.O.T.C.P. played short, chaotic and dissonant hardcore punk with lyrics filled with abstract and complex stances but they also added some slower interludes, spoken words in between songs like other emerging screamo and emoviolence acts of their time. So, you'll find here unorthodox changes between blast beats and mid-tempo tunes. Really outstanding. Finally, this CD compilation (Coaxt, 2004) contains their entire discography, including some unreleased tracks as bonus. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Usurp Synapse - Disinformation Fix (Discography CD) 

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We finally conclude this entry with the discography CD (Alone Records, 2004) of this superb emoviolence outfit. Usurp Synapse was a band from Lafayette, Indiana, active between 1999 and 2005, with a prolific and extensive discography, including splits with fellow screamo/emoviolence mates Neil Perry, Index For Potential Suicide, Hassan I Sabbah and Jerome's Dream. Regarding the sound, Usurp Synapse played chaotic and dissonant hardcore punk in the same vein as grindcore with frantic guitar, high speed drums, overwhelming bass tunes and raw screams. They also added weird samplers (for example, one conversation directly taken from Amelie film. Ugh!) and created noisy and complex interludes with synthetizers in between some songs. Also, the lyrics were very abstract and hard to understand with vague references to different social and cultural aspects such as monotony, violence, failed relationships, among others. Highly recommended. This was one of the best references for the style during the first half of the next decade. I hope you enjoyed this entry. We'll come back soon for finishing this special post. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Make Emo Great Again": Your unofficial guide to 80s and 90s american emocore. Part 3: Chaotic Emo

Note: Yeah, baby! 

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the third part of our 80s and 90s american emo special post. I think everyone will love this entry (including grindcore and powerviolence fans alike) because we'll feature the most chaotic and dissonant emo offshoot: hardcore emo or chaotic emo (from now on we'll use this label), my favorite one. In fact, chaotic emo is an umbrella term for describing some San Diego-based (most of them affiliated to Gravity Records) emocore bands that played fast as fuck and some featured bands in previous posts such as Merel could also fit into this style. Nonetheless, this term has been widely accepted (or at least amongst the emo connaisseurs). And, since chaotic emo inspired both screamo and emoviolence, we'll feature some of these bands in the next post (Things are getting tougher again). Finally, we'll finish this special post before the end of this week because I'm finishing its last two entries. With all that written, let's begin. 

Heroin - Discography CD 

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Heroin was a short-lived hardcore punk band from San Diego, California that only released All About Heroin 7" (Vinyl Communications, 1991), Heroin 7" (Gravity Records, 1992) and Heroin 12" (Gravity Records, 1993). Regarding the sound, Heroin played short, fast and loud hardcore punk. No distortion, no slow and introspective interludes. Pure velocity, baby. However, the band still retained some emo elements like the vocal style and the use of deep and abstract political and personal lyrics. Among all chaotic emo bands, Heroin has a special place in my heart. It was the first one I knew and woke inside me my craving for more dissonant and frantic music. Finally, this is the self-titled CD (Gravity, 1997) that compiles everything that this band ever recorded, except two compilations tracks that will be featured later. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Honeywell - Discography 2xCD (unofficial)
 
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Honeywell was a hardcore band from Corona, California and active between 1991 and 1996. During their lifetime, they only released self-titled 7" ($ellout, 1992), Industry LP (Mollycoddle, 1993), split with Reach Out (Anomaly, 1993 / Kurt and Jason, 1996) and Electric Kool Aid 7" (Monotone Supersounds, 1996). Originally, the band meant to play as other popular straight edge bands such Manlifting Banner or Chain of Strength, but later decided to put Rites of Spring's influences and, not happy with that, they decided to combine all that and play like if there's no tomorrow. The result? Some of the best chaotic, dissonant, and frantic political emocore bands ever created. This is one of the first bands coined as screamo due to their particular musical style. Finally, this is an unofficial (I guess...) discography that compiles every single official release of the band, except their demos because these ones are really hard to find. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Mohinder - Everything 

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Mohinder was a short-lived hardcore band from Cupertino, California that only released O Nation, You Bleed From Many Wounds, 1896 7" (Unleaded Records, 1993), self-titled 7" (Gravity, 1994), split with Nitwits (Unleaded Records, 1994) and Transient Sequences (Unleaded Records, 1999), which is a compilation of two live performances and released when the band was already disolved. Regarding the sound, Mohinder also played hardcore punk fast as fuck with lots of guitar distortion, deep and overwhelming basslines, screamed yet audible vocals and random yet precise drumming. And, of course, the lyrics are both personal and political with abstract stances. Finally, this is the LP version of Everything (Gold Standard Laboratories, 2001) containing everything (duh!) that this band ever recorded without the extra CD containing 3 live performances as bonus (Note that the latter are different to the featured ones in Transient Sequences). Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Reach Out - split with Honeywell and self-titled 7"

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Reach Out was a short-lived hardcore punk band from somewhere in Northern California that only released one split with Honeywell (Anomaly, 1993 / Kurt and Jason, 1996) and one self-titled 7" (The Great American Steak Religion, 1994). Their style is pretty similar to emerging chatoic emo bands from their time such as Clikatat Ikatowi and Angel Hair. Despite their short existence, this band was also a foundation for screamo style. Indeed, their split with Honeywell, along with the split of Portraits of Past with Bleed (Ebullition, 1994), is a reference to the offshoot. Finally, you'll find in the file both full split and their only 7". Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Antioch Arrow - In Love With Jetts/The Lady Is A Cat CD compilation 

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Ah, another classic and all-time favorite is finally here. Antioch Arrow was a short-lived yet prolific hardcore punk act from San Diego, California. Among all San Diego-based chaotic emo outfits, this is probably the most influential and popular. During their short existence, they released In Love With Jetts 12" (Gravity, 1993), The Lady Is A Cat 12" (1993, Gravity), split with Candle (Gravity / Wrenched, 1994) and Gems Of Masochism LP (Amalgamated, 1995 / Three One G, 2003 (re-release)). Regarding, the sound, Antioch Arrow played fast and tight hardcore punk with early emo influences. They also added lots of distortion, noise, fuzz and weird space rock samplers, as well as having an unorthodox musical execution filled with violent tempo changes. Many people told me that their music was so intense that their presentations tended to be shorter than other traditional hardcore acts. And, with the release of their LP, the band opted for having an image and music more akin to goth rock and post punk, drifting apart a little from their original hardcore roots. Finally, this is the CD version (Gravity, 1997) that compiles all the works, previous to the release of Gems of Masochism, with some live performances and tracks from split with Candle as bonus tracks. Highly recommended. Enjoy!         

Angel Hair - Pregnant With The Senior Class

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Another chaotic emo heavyweight from San Diego that was active between 1994 and 1995 and released self-titled 7" (Gravity, 1994), splits with Bare Minimum (Gold Standard Laboratories, 1994), The Fisticuffs Bluff (Unleaded, 1994) and Kerosene 454 (Strict, 1994) and Insect Mortality LP (Gravity, 1995). Regarding the sound, Angel Hair played fast as fuck hardcore punk with noise, post punk and emo influences for creating their top-notch and unbeatable style. In fact, when I knew this band long time ago I couldn't believe that they were associated to emo. Also, their lyrics were both political and personal but also had Star Trek references. Why? Dunno, is it because it was so cool that many 90s emo kids looked like Dr. Spock? Probably. And, their LP is a huge and direct influence for screamo. Finally, I present you Pregnant With The Senior Class CD (Gravity, 1997), compiling everything that this band ever recorded, including a superb Bauhaus cover. It could sound funny but thanks to an emo band I knew that influential goth rock band. Yeah, cool. Right?. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Clikatat Ikatowi - Orchestrated And Directed By LP

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Another great outfit from San Diego, California that only released one demo (Gravity, 1994), this LP (Gravity, 1996), Live August 29th and 30th, 1995 (Gravity, 1997) and Rivers Of Souls 12" (Gravity, 1998). Unlike other local chaotic emo outfits, this band was more experimental and added more math rock, noise and post-hardcore influences to their repertory. However, the music was still chaotic, dissonant and frantic like their homologues. This band is one of those underrated hardcore jewels that tried to surpass the natural musical boundaries of the most important punk rock subgenre, but without losing the grip, obviously. Finally, get this LP. It's fantastic. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Swing Kids - Discography

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Swing Kids was a short-lived hardcore band from San Diego, California that featured members of other local bands such as Struggle, Spanakorzo and Unbroken, among others. During their lifetime, they only released one self-titled 7" (Three One G, 1994) and one split with Spanakorzo (Three One G, 1995). Rgearding the sound, Swing Kids played short, fast and loud hardcore punk with lots of distortion, drastic tempo changes, screamed and whispered vocals and influences of different musical genres such as thrashcore, avant garde, and, even, some jazz tunes. Due to their guitarist's suicide (also guitarist of Unbroken), Swing Kids disbanded and many other bands were created, notably the loved/hated experimental grindcore outfit The Locust. And, in 2010, they did a brief reunion and recorded one single Situations On Mars/Fake Teeth (Three One G, 2011) with the ex-guitarist of The Locust and Guyver-1. Finally, this is the Discography CD (Three One G, 1997) containing everything this superb band ever recorded in the 90s. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Portraits of Past - Demo, Discography and split with Bleed

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Portraits of Past was an influential emo/screamo band from San Francisco, California that only released one demo (self-released, 1993), split with Bleed (Ebullition Records, 1994), self-titled LP (Ebullition Records, 1996) and Cypress Dust Witch (Excursions Into The Abyss, 2009). Like many famous artists, Portraits of Past wasn't really popular during their lifetime despite their superb musical projection. Indeed, after the commercial failure of their first LP, the group disbanded and it wasn't until many years later that this band would get the recognition that always deserved. Their split with Bleed is one of the most important records of the screamo offshoot. Finally, inside the file you'll find the demo, the Discography CD and the entire split with Bleed separately. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Guyver-One - Discography 

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We finally conclude this entry with this amazing band. Guyver-One (named after the infamous pilot of Mazinger Z) was a short-lived hardcore punk band from San Diego that only released self-titled 7" (*inchworm, 1996) and Obsessed With...12" (*inchworm, 1997). They also contributed one track to I Can't Live Without It compilation. Regarding the sound, Guyver-One  played noisy, distorted, outpaced and fast as a lightning bolt hardcore punk just like other local bands such as Heroin, Angel Hair and Antioch Arrow. In fact, this band was the last guardian of the original San Diego chaotic emo style because most of the aforementioned musical groups were either already disbanded or playing another stuff. Finally, this is the discography compiled and self-released by the band in 2008 and contains everything that they ever recorded. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs! 

"Make Emo Great Again": Your unofficial guide to 80s and 90s american emocore. Part 2: Straight Emo, subpart B.

Note: Myspace was a cool place with this kind of images. Am I right?

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the last subpart of the second part of our american emo special post. I'm deeply sorry for being inactive almost a month but the "real world" has consumed me. Some of the featured bands were meant to be featured in the previous post but...YOLO, I guess?. No. I'm joking. In fact, organizing the content was a little bit difficult because I had to discard lots of bands that would certainly fit in here. Some of them will be featured in some compilations I'll put in the final entry, whilst some others will come back in other different entries. Also, we'll finally finish this unexpectedly successful special post (thank you so much, les chaton.ne.s!) this weekend. Don't forget to click on the images for downloading the records (most of them include artwork, layouts, lyrics, etc.). In other news, starting next week, I'll post some incredible demos released this year so far, as well as some physical copies of some colombian hardcore punk compilations already featured here in the blog. Lastly, the last special post of the year, the unofficial guide to 80s swedish hardcore punk through compilations, will be published throughout december. With all that written, let's begin.

After Words  - self-titled LP

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This is the only record that this amazing Atlanta-based emo band ever recorded. It was released through Sammich Records in 1989. They also contributed one exclusive track to The View: An Atlanta Compilation 1984 - 1990 (Lunchbox Records, 1990). I think there's also one live session in some american college radio show but I'm not really sure if they did so. Regarding the sound, After Words took the best elements of D.C. emocore style and added an unique and particular mesmerizing melodic hardcore approach to it. Indeed, the musical execution is simply amazing (overwhelming guitars, catchy bass tunes, clean and melodic vocals and precise drums). If Rites of Spring still existed as a band in 1989, they would probably sound like After Words. For sure. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Manneqvin Hand - Complete works

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I never thought I'd ever write about this short-lived enigmatic band. I don't have much information about it but I only know they released one demo cassette (self released, 1989), their only single 7" named Jow (Shakefork Records, 1990) and contributed one track to No Punks In The Pit compilation (Shakefork Records, 1990). Regarding the sound, this band still played like early D.C. emo and post-hardcore bands but a little bit more faster. Indeed, you can detect a satisfying melodic yet precise musical execution with deep and abstract included. Lastly, enjoy this cryptic and not-well known hardcore punk band. Would we ever see an official discography release? I certainly hope so... The file includes everything that this band ever recorded, including an unreleased EP. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
  
Admiral -  Full albums

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Ahhh, yes. They're finally here. This impressive Pennsylvania-based hardcore punk band was active from 1989 to 1991 and released two records: self-titled 7" (Soul Force Records, 1990) and Revolving And Loading (Ebullition Records, 1993) and also contributed some tracks to different hardcore punk compilations. Regarding the sound, Admiral took the best elements of early emo and added a special melodic yet fast-paced sound to it (similar to both After Words and Manneqvin Hand). There are also some elements that would eventually define the whole emo subgenre, such as slower introspective interludes and deeper basslines, among others. After their break-up, members went on to Hoover and Navio Forge, other two foundational emo bands. Lastly, let you mesmerize by their impressive and forceful style. This band also needs an official discography...The file includes their two records. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    


Shadow Season  - self-titled 7"

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This amazing yet underrated 7" was released by Harvest Records in 1991. Regarding the sound, you'll find the perfect mix of early D.C. emocore with the emerging straight edge hardcore style of the time. In later recordings, they would develop a more refined and alternative rock-oriented sound and, eventually, playing like many of the loved/hated mid-90's "midwestern emo" style bands. Despite their cryptic existence, you can detect the sound of this beautiful record in many european and american hardcore acts of the time such as Shatter The Myth (France), Spit Acid (Germany) and Mean Season (USA), for naming a few. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Chino Horde - self-titled CD 


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Chino Horde was a short-lived yet prolific hardcore punk band from Little Rock, Arkansas. Some of their members also ran File 13 Records, a record label that released plenty of 90s emocore records, including, obviously, Chino Horde's releases. This band only released one self-titled cassette (1990), self-titled 7" (1990), split with Current (1994) and This Is Done 7" (1995). There's also one discography LP released in 2010 by german hardcore punk label Adagio830 named Everything (that ironically doesn't contain "everything" this band ever recorded because some tracks are missing). Regarding the sound, Chino Horde played fast-paced hardcore punk with slow and introspective interludes in the same vein as Hoover, Moss Icon and Embrace. For a strange reason, this band isn't really well-known despite their pivotal influence on the whole emo subgenre. Only true diehard fans and freaks like me know them haha. Lastly, this is the 1993 CD re-issue of the first 7" with remastered sound and two extra tracks absent in the original release as bonus. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

1.6 Band - Broke Up 

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1.6 Band was a short-lived hardcore band from Long Island, New York and featured members of other "heavier" hardcore outfits such as Judge, Rorschach and Beyond. This band was a complete surprise for their local hardcore scene because there weren't so many bands of this kind. They only released self-titled LP (Gern Blandsten, 1992), Tongue Family Style 7" (Sunspot Records, 1992), Pimpin' Ain't Easy 7" (Wardance, 1993), splits with Rorschach (Chainsaw Safety Recordings, 1994) and Scapegrace (Riptide Recordings, 1994) and The Checkered Past Of All Kings Present 7" (Metastasis Records, 2010).  Regarding the sound, 1.6 band played fast and straight-to-the-point hardcore punk with some complex musical execution changing different tempos, using distortion and dissonant beats and both political and satirical stances. These elements would be more akin to chaotic emo and early screamo bands of the time. You could imagine a mix of both Dag Nasty and Minutemen in a very, very bad mood. Finally, this is a collection CD (Gren Blandsten, 1996) that compiles their early recordings from 1991 to 1993. Pretty good stuff. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Iconoclast - Iconoclast CD + split with Abyss

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Iconoclast (do not confuse it with the japanese hardcore band of the same name) was a short-lived emo band from New Jersey. They only released one self-titled 7" (Ebullition Records, 1992), split with Merel (Old Glory, 1992), Groundlessness Of Belief (Ebullition Records, 1994) and split with german band Abyss (Old Glory / Love Records, 1995). Regarding the sound, Iconoclast managed to develop an unique emotional hardcore style with straightforward and fast-paced execution with less pronounced slow and introspective interludes. Also, despite their image, their lyrics were highly political. Finally, this is a self-titled CD compilation (Ebullition Records, 1994) that compiles everything that this band recorded between 1992 and 1994 and the full split with Abyss separately. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Merel - Merel CD

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Merel was a short-lived band from New Jersey that only released two self-titled albums (Gern Blandsten, 1991 (7") and 1992 (LP)) and split with Iconoclast (Old Glory, 1992). They also contributed tracks to different hardcore compilations such as Fear Of Smell and God's Chosen People. Regarding the sound, Merel played faster and with less musical complexity and instrumentation, pretty similar to chaotic emo and early screamo bands such as Heroin and Mohinder. After the release of the LP, the band managed some slow-paced interludes, something like a less dark yet angrier version of both Moss Icon and Hoover. Also, their lyrics were political criticizing different aspects of life, notably the church and god's concept. Finally, this is the self-titled complete discography CD (Gern Blandsten, 1995). Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Jawbreaker -  Unfun and Bivouac

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Best. Emo. Band. Ever. Period. 'Nuff said...No, I'm joking. But I'm pretty sure that many people out there have this thought. Jawbreaker is a band from San Francisco, California with an extensive discography and more than 20 years of musical career. I decided to only feature their first two full-length albums Unfun LP (Shredder Records, 1990) and Bivouac LP (Communion Label, 1992) because they're their only trve emo records. Regarding the sound, Jawbreaker mixed early D.C. emo and post-hardcore with pop punk. Yup. Pop punk. Well, at least the first 90s pop punk bands were cooler than now. They would develop a more pop punk and alternative rock-oriented in later recordings and would also acquire a decent mainstream success. Finally, I have to admit that this musical shift is more elaborated than the featured records here but these ones are unbeatable. In fact, in some of my life stages, I really have been identified with their lyrics. Oh, miserable teenage feelings and thoughts...Highly recommended. Enjoy!         


Assfactor 4 - both 7"s and both LPs 

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Assfactor 4 was a hardcore punk band from Columbia, South Carolina. During their lifetime, they released Sometimes I Suck 7" (Repercussion, 1993), split with Rights Reserved (Fallen Squirrel, 1993), Smoked Out 7" (Old Glory, 1994), self-titled LP (Old Glory, 1995) and Sports LP (Old Glory, 2000) and also contributed different tracks to compilations such as the infamous All The President's Men, We've Lost Beauty and Nothing's Quiet On The Eastern Front, among others. Regarding the sound, unlike their other emo contemporaries, this band played mostly fast-paced and straightforward hardcore punk, but we do also find some slower interludes and more complex guitar and bass chords, however. Also, their lyrics were highly political and criticized many economic and social political issues, including they made fun of different stereotypes and acts within the hardcore punk community of their time. Finally, check this band out. Many people have argued that Assfactor 4 was one of the coolest 90s hardcore acts ever and the band that everyone wanted to play with. Should I say more? Highly recommended. Enjoy!     

Maximillian Colby - Discography (1992 - 1995)

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Maximillian Colby (from now MC) was a short-lived hardcore punk band from Harrisonburg, Virginia that only released one self-titled 7" (Nervous Wreck Kids, 1994), and splits with Rye Coalition (Rent-A-Records/Irony Recordings, 1994) and Shotmaker (Nervous Wreck Kids, 1995), as well as contributing tracks to different compilations such as All The President's Men and Stealing The Pocket. Regarding the sound, MC contributed to the huge explosion of emocore bands in America during the 90s. It's possibly one of the best emo bands, thanks to their unique and superb mix of fast and slow-paced music without losing the grip. Finally, this is the complete discography CD released in 1996 by Whirled Records. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Indian Summer - Complete Discography

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Another favorite finally appears here in the blog. Indian Summer was a short-lived yet influential emo band from Oakland, California. During their lifetime, they released one self-titled (Repercussion, 1993) and splits with fellow emo comrades Current (Homemade Records, 1993), Embassy (Slave Cut, 1994) and Ordination of Aaron (*inchworm, 1994). Regarding the sound, Indian Summer magically exposed the elements (both musically and aesthetically) of the whole 90s emo subgenre with their superb sound. They also added samplers of old jazz/blues/swing megastar Bessie Smith, whose tormented, heartbroken yet powerful voice gave a more melancholic touch. Also, just like some of their contemporaries, Indian Summer didn't include any information about their whereabouts nor didn't name their songs. In fact, they were unofficially named by their fans many years later and there are at least two names for each one. Finally, I'll present you two compilations discs: The first one named Science CD (Future Recordings, 2002) that compiles everything that this band ever recorded and Hidden Arithmetic CD (Future Recordings, 2006) that compiles two live performances with alternative versions of some of their songs. Highly recommended. Enjoy!        

Navio Forge - As We Quietly Burn A Hole Into...

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Another influential band for the subgenre from somewhere in California that only released this beautiful LP (Shadow Catcher, 1993). It featured members of other hardcore bands such as Fuel and Admiral. Regarding the sound, this band is contemporary of other foundational emo bands such as Hoover and Native Nod, so you'll find long songs with slow/fast-paced changes, deep and abstract lyrics and complex yet overwhelming musical execution with some screamed vocals. Pretty good stuff. Their song Haloed Eyes is by far one of the best emo anthems ever written that simply gives you the chills in all your body. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Split Lip/Chamberlain - For The Love Of The Wounded and Fate's Got A Driver

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Split Lip was a emo/post-hardcore band from Bloomington, Indiana. They only released one self-titled (Doghouse, 1992), For The Love Of The Wounded (Doghouse, 1994), Union Town demo (Doghouse, 1994) and Fate's Got Driver (Doghouse, 1995). After the release of their last record, their music got softer and they changed their name to Chamberlain. This was probably because their record label started to release material of more indie emo-related bands such as The Get Up Kids and gaining more popular reception outside of the hardcore niche. Personally, I rather their early recordings (above all For The Love...) over Chamberlain's material but I have to admit that the re-interpretation contained in Fate's...is heart-touching, though. In fact, many people consider that this is their best work. Finally, I'll leave you both records for you to judge the two sides of the coin: For The Love..., which is darker and overwhelming, whilst Fate's...is a little bit more light-hearted and melodic. Yes, it could be more accesible to a non-hardcore punk audience but don't worry, it's still true to their roots. Highly recommended. Enjoy. 

Ordination of Aaron - Completed Works + Acoustic Set

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Another emo heavyweight is here. Ordination Of Aaron was a short-lived yet highly influential band from Kalamazoo, Michigan. They only released self-titled 7" (Bloodink Records, 1994), Immersion In A 90 MPH World LP (Council Records, 1995), split with Indian Summer (*inchworm, 1994) and an acoustic set (Arcade Kahca/*inchworm, 1995), as well as contributing different tracks to compilations such as We've Lost Beauty and Amnesia, among others. Regarding the sound, Ordination of Aaron still managed the deep emotional hardcore style of their contemporaries such as Current, Policy Of Three and Constantine Sankathi, however, unlike the aforementioned acts, their vocalist had an unique clean and screamed vocal style, which gives the impression that this band wasn't as "dark" nor "depressive" as other emo acts. In fact, some songs are pretty motivational and can cheer you up rapidly. But don't worry, it has an outstanding musical force to remark. Finally, this is the second pressing of their discography CD (Arcade Kahca, 2000) and the original acoustic set separately. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Don Martin Three - Complete works

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Holy fuck! We conclude this entry with one of my favorite emo bands of all time is finally here. Don Martin Three (from now DM3) was a short-lived hardcore punk outfit from Saint Augustine, Florida. They only released one self-titled 7" (Oberon Records, 1995) and one self-titled LP (Belladonna Records 1996), as well as Summer Ninety Six, which is a 3-way split shared with Moonraker and Hope Springs Eternal (Kurt and Jason, 1995). A curious fact about their second and last self-titled is that the tracks are untitled and some fans have unoffcially renamed it. This trend also happened with other emo acts such as Indian Summer, for example. Regarding the sound, DM3 played like many of their other contemporaries such as Indian Summer and Julia. Indeed, you'll find every characteristic element of the emo subgenre here (fast/slow paced music changes, screamed and clean vocals, both complex guitar and bass tunes, precise drumming and abstract yet poetic lyrics). Finally, click on the image for downloading everything this band ever recorded, including the full 3-way split with Moonraker and Hope Springs Eternal. This band also needs an official release...Highly recommended. Enjoy and until tomorrow. Kisses and hugs!