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September 16 2021

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Sorry State Records newsletter! This week we have a lot of news about the label besides the usual batch of rad new releases for the distro. Given the current state of the record pressing world, it seems like the label moves at a snail’s pace these days, but I’m stoked that things seem to be picking back up. We also have a full slate of SSR Picks (I take no responsibility for what Usman writes in his… please direct all replies to him) and news on a hot hardcore gig happening right here in North Carolina (albeit still a 4-hour drive for us Raleigh folks). Punk rules, OK!

"More than just stringing together sick riffs or building punishing sound, you get the impression that Suffocating Madness writes songs, as these four tracks stick to your ribs more than most bands that operate as these tempos." Read more about it...

The first (and only) 12" from Cochonne will be released by Sorry State on Friday, October 8. Their swan song, sung in English & French, is described by the band as a hysterical document of female friendship, political paranoia and horniness . Fevered sounds descended from the likes of bands like Rosa Yemen, Malaria! & more recently, Nots.⁠

We’ll be opening pre-orders (including merch!) next week, when we’ll also reveal the cover art and a preview track. Also watch out for a Cochonne music video made entirely with freeware 3d modeling software coming soon.

Our favorite way to get the word out about the new releases on the Sorry State label is giving our customers free stuff! Right now we have these Cochonne mini-posters and Lasso stickers, and we’ll be inserting them in all orders for the next few weeks until we run out. Let these freebies serve as a reminder for you to check out both killer new releases!

Sorry State isn’t promoting this gig, but since we’re pretty stoked about it we thought we’d help get the word out. One look at the lineup should tell you this will be an epic event, so do what you can to get your butt down to Asheville to witness this thing in person.

My pick from Sorry State’s Discogs listings this week is The Complete Earth, the 2014 album by Atlanta’s Predator. With everyone getting (deservedly) excited about Predator’s new album on Total Punk, pick up this record and confirm for yourself that Predator has always slapped.

Remember, you can always combine your order from Sorry State’s Discogs site with your order from our webstore and save on shipping!

Back to Finland again for this week’s HC Knockouts. WE GET IT USMAN, YOU LIKE FINNISH HARDCORE. This week Vaurio goes up against heavyweights Appendix, but they can’t pull out a win even against Appendix’s lesser-known second album. Maybe someone needs to get those Vaurio records back in print and raise their profile. You can sign Sorry State up to distribute a big stack of ‘em!

Cast your vote in the next edition of Hardcore Knockouts on our Instagram stories next Tuesday!


True-to-the-OG repress of this classic Genetic Control joint.

We got in a buncha stuff from Static Shock, including new releases and Euro pressings of out of stock things!

We also got in cassettes of some live shows, courtesy of No Solution.

YOFC Records is back with a new LP from New York City power-poppers Big Kiss.

Southern Lord blessed us with a ton of restocks, including the sought after Neon Christ repress.


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