Goddamn, while there are weeks when no records really spark my interest, this time around there’s so much killer stuff!
Record of the Week: Skizophrenia: Undead Melodies 7"
Skizophrenia: Undead Melodies 7” (Distort Reality) New 4-song 7” from this Japanese punk band, released for their recent US tour. You know, I haven’t paid a ton of attention to Skizophrenia’s records in the past. I just looked up my description of their 2015 compilation LP on Todo Destruido and I called that a hybrid of early Finnish punk and UK82, but Dead Melodies doesn’t sound like that at all. Instead, it sounds like catchy, explosive US hardcore with a Japanese touch, more Circle Jerks than Appendix or Ultra Violent. The energy level is off the charts in a way I don’t expect from your typical Japanese hardcore band, similar to the manic intensity of Career Suicide at their best with a hint of the grandiose Japanese hardcore style. Four ripping tracks, great artwork… a top notch punk EP.
Staff Picks: Jeff
Inepsy: Lost Tracks 12” – Lord help me I love this band. I think these tracks were released previously on cassette, but the vinyl treatment does these songs major justice.
Nightmare: Thirsty and Wander 12” – I was curious what a new record from these Japanese legends would sound like. Not only am I pleased, but this platter rages beyond expectations. To my ears, it sonically sounds a lot like the Skitkids split -- super chaotic but also really powerful.
Soga: Demo 12” – New band from Mexico with members of Riña and Cremalleras.
Obsessió: S/T 12” – So this is the only thing I wanna give some attention to that we don’t have for sale at Sorry State. This new 12” EP from Obsessió is hardcore the way I like it.