jeudi 23 octobre 2014

Herald X - Alternative Music Read n°1 - 1987

From Manila, Philippines, Herald X was an underground publication which unfortunately lasted for only two issues. It was a neatly designed newsprint produced by the people from Twisted Red Cross records.
Featuring the major bands of the first Philippine punk wave, Urban Bandits, Betrayed, Wuds, Dead Ends, G.I. & The Idiots, Third World Chaos...  You can connect the dots. Also a lenghty article about the Dead Kennedys reprinted from MRR, considering that the access to this kind of information was quite appreciated in this part of the world back then.
By reading between the lines, this punk rag can give you an insight about the political and cultural context from the country during the eighties.

dimanche 19 octobre 2014

The Mobs - Resurrection 12''lp - 1985

The Mobs - Resurrection 12"lp
Advance Records - AVR-L001 - 1985

Weird album, this is going in all directions, there's elements of punk, metal, goth music, some keyboards, flanged bass, glam & kitsch vocals and choruses... But the Mobs managed to pull out a cohesive ensemble thanks to good musical skills and solid songwriting.
They also took advantage of the effects and technology available in a recording studio at that time. A versatile and carefully produced record, enjoy it in full detail here:

Not sure if its actually The Mobs playing there, but it features the last song from "Resurrection" and the crowd dancing is quite funny...

jeudi 16 octobre 2014

Blemish On Society - The New Beginning 7''ep - 1988

Blemish On Society - The New Beginning 7''ep
Kickboot Records - 1988

10 songs played within 16 minutes crammed onto seven inches of plastic, that's value for money. Blemish On Society were a small american band who started their musical carreer in Roanoke, Virginia around 1983 and later relocated in Florida. They only released a demo and this 7" mini album before falling in oblivion.
Their sound is heavily influenced by U.K. anarcho punk,
 think Rudimentari Peni,
filtered through classic old school U.S. hardcore.
Not hyped by any means but definitely worth listening.