Record of the Week: Soga Demo 12" + Staff Picks
Soga: Demo 12” (Iron Lung) Demo on vinyl from this Mexican band featuring members of Riña, Cremalleras and Ratas Del Vaticano. Iron Lung isn’t in the habit of slapping every half-decent demo to vinyl, so one could assume this demo recording is something extraordinary. That assumption is not wrong. To put it bluntly: I fucking love this record. I love raw, desperate-sounding hardcore with emphasis on passion over technique, but I also love more composed hardcore punk with one foot in 1977. Those two sounds don’t blend intuitively, but Soga made it happen. It’s like if you took Olho Seco or Ataque Frontal, asked them to record songs for the Beach Blvd compilation and told them both to blend and to be themselves. There are moments of loose and careening hardcore you’ll love if you’re into recent records by Forra, Hologram, or Nosferatu (all personal favorites), but songs like “Anuncios De Neón” and “Medianoche” bring to mind the fist-pumping, UK-influenced punk of bands like Channel 3 or Kraut, albeit played with the rough and loose approach of the first three bands I mentioned. I keep spinning this record over and over thinking, “how did they make this work?” Then I remember to stop analyzing and just let this incredible music course through my body like a drug. Perhaps Soga is tailor made to my particular taste, but if your taste is anything like mine, you’ll want to check this out immediately.
Staff Picks: Dominic
Staff Picks: Eric
Sup? I've been out of the shop basically all month playing shows with Public Acid and Vittna and haven't had a lot of time to sit down and listen to new stuff coming through, but I did see a lot of kick ass bands. Here is a list of bands that I saw (and their most recent release) that pleasantly surprised me:
Skizophrenia: Dead Melodies - These dudes still got it. For some reason this band cruised under my radar for years and I never checked them out, which makes me super bummed now. They freaking kicked ass. Straight up classic 80s style hardcore.
Sorry, no streaming link for this one!
Axe Rash: S/T - Absolutely crushing hardcore punk from Sweden. Super tight, and excellent live. I really hope this band returns to the states soon.
Fuga: Sin Frontera Sin Nacion EP - Snarling, tough, and bouncy hardcore from Santa Ana, CA. Very highly recommended.
Hot Beef: Demo - This demo came out in 2014,