New Band from Long Island, NY's Crow Bait!
Features members from Iron Chic, Sister Kisser, Jonesin', Wax Phantom, Halfway to Hell Club, and Make It Plain!
Late 2011, Drunken Sailor Records along with Dirt Cult Records/ Solidarity Recordings/ Eager Beaver/ ADD Records/ Lost Cat put out the debut 7" from Crow Bait.
Discharge is an influential Hardcore punk band formed in the UK in 1977, whose music is characterized by a heavy, distorted, and grinding guitar-driven sound and anti-melodic shouted or screamed vocals, with lyrics on anarchist and pacifist themes.
Discharge formed in 1977 with the original line up of Terry 'Tez' Roberts on vocals, Tony 'Bones' Roberts on guitar, Roy 'Rainy' Wainwright on guitar, Nigel Bamford on bass and Akko on drums. Shortly after Nigel Bamford left the group, and Rainy moved to bass. This line-up sounded much more like the Sex PistolsDischarge, but only recorded one demo. The line-up and the sound changed in 1979. It became: Kelvin 'Cal' Morris on vocals, Bones on guitar, Rainy on bass and Tez on drums, which many consider to be the "classic" Discharge line-up.
The heavy, distorted, and grinding guitar-driven sound and anti-melodic shouted or screamed vocals of the new line- up, earned an early crossover appeal to fans of speed metal. Their songs focused on anarchist and pacifist themes emphasizing the grisly effects of nuclear warfare and the social ills caused by capitalism.
The band's approach to lyric-writing also added to the raw power of the band's sound; Discharge songs often stripped down the lyrics to a guttural, repeated messageDischarge, to forcefully express a song's theme. Perhaps the most extreme example of this approach is the song "Free Speech for the Dumb," which consists solely of the words from the song's title. The band was also notable for its expression of its political and social themes in its albums artwork, which depicted the horrors of war using an iconic black-and-white photography style.
In 1980, Discharge signed on with Clay Records, releasing the single "Realities of War," which made the UK indie charts. After the EP releases in the same year, Discharge went through many line-up changes. Tezz (drums) departed, and was replaced by Dave 'Bambi' Ellesmere (formerly of The Insane) before the Why EP was recorded. Only briefly prior to that Welsh stixman a very young 16 year old Keith Haynes appeared on drums for a very short time before moving back to Wales to carry on his duties with Picture Frame Seduction this time on vocals In 1982, Discharge released a full album entitled Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing, which made it to the UK Albums Chart.
The "Never Again" EP saw another line-up change. Gary Maloney of The Varukers played drums. Bones departed before Warning..., which was when Discharge began adding more metal influences. The band saw yet another change in the line-up in 1985, with the release of Ignorance. The band saw many more changes with its transition into a more metallic sound and in 1985 they released Grave New World, a record to be forgotten in the Discharge discography, sounding more glam metal in style. After this, they disbanded, only to return in the beginning of the 1990s.
In 2002, however the original line up was finally reunited for the release of Discharge. Shortly after the release of this record, the band toured, playing to generally indifferent audiences. Cal immediately left the band and was subsequently replaced by Rat of seminal UK band, The Varukers.
Also in 2002, Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing was voted the number one punk album of all time in a poll by Terrorizer magazine.
In late 2011, Drunken Sailor Records released a split 7" featuring Discharge and Off With Their Heads.
From the West Midlands town of Stoke On Trent, Exit Condition were part of the mid 80’s UK melodic punk/hardcore scene that spawned the likes of Snuff, Leatherface and er…Ok, so nothing major came out of that particular punk rock time line...or did it?
By the mid eighties, the whole UK 82/Anarcho/Oi! thing that had constituted punk in the UK during the early part of the decade was all but dead. The current re writing of history will have you believe that in it’s place, the only worthwhile new guitar music being made in the UK at the time was the C86 scene being championed by the NME. Wrong! Indie pop certainly left it's mark but at the same time, under the surface, a new punk scene was emerging.
The first new UK bands that I became aware of were the Stupids and A.Y.S. Both bands dressed in jeans, t shirts and trainers (which after the leather jacket and mohican years was actually considered a radical fashion statement in punk circles!) and were obviously following the US hardcore template, A.Y.S even covering a Minor Threat song on their first EP (again, another radical move when out of all the great bands that emerged from the heyday of US hardcore, only one, the Dead Kennedys, had been truly accepted by the UK82 generation). From there, Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll began to carry UK scene reports which mentioned a whole host of new UK bands, Heresy, Generic, HDQ…The NME even began to take notice, coining their own short lived name for the new scene-Britcore! For a short time at least, the new bands were all part of something new and exciting and it was possible to mention Napalm Death and Mega City Four in the same breath despite the major difference in the bands respective sounds as they were part of the scene that was dragging UK punk kicking a screaming into a new era. It didn’t last of course. Napalm Death and their ilk crossed over into metal while Mega City Four and Senseless Things flirted with the mainstream and the lower reaches of the charts. Somewhere in the middle though, the new punk scene was up and running, thriving on a diet of DIY gigs and tours, fanzines and short run releases, which brings us nicely back to Exit Condition.
Now, while I would argue that the gig and ‘zine network created at the time unwittingly helped lay the foundations for the ‘alternative rock’ and indie boom that followed, I’d find it more difficult to argue that many really great records came out of this period (1984 or ‘85, up to the point where things changed once again with the success of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’) Some did though and one album that really does stand up is Exit Condition’s ‘Days Of Wild Skies’ from 1990. I picked up my copy from Ian who ran the label that released this, Meantime Records.
Being a big Husker Du fan it was easy to see where the band was coming from (just about every melodic band on the scene at the time was influenced to some degree by Husker Du!) but Exit Condition added their own distinct edge to proceedings with some metal and thrash touches on top of all the melodies.
Prior to this their sole album, the band had released a single on US artist Pushead’s Pusmort label which was no great shakes but they really came good on the album and their equally excellent later singles, which makes it a real shame that the band are a mere footnote in a largely overlooked period in the punk rock scheme of things.
In late 2011, Drunken Sailor Records and Boss Tuneage released a 3 LP Series covering every track the band recorded. One of the great forgotten UKHC Bands.
Noise By Numbers is a band that hails from Chicago, IL and features veterans of the Chicago scene including Dan "Vapid" Schafer (Screeching Weasel / Riverdales / Methadones), Jeff Dean (The Bomb / Four Star Alarm / The Story So Far), Rick Uncapher (Textbook / Woolworthy), and Jimmy Lucido (Light FM / The Strays / Bang Bang). The band formed in late 2008 and released it's debut full-length, "Yeah, Whatever..." (recorded and mixed by Matt Allison at Atlas Studios), in November 2009 on Asian Man/Solidarity Records. The band finds its influence from 80's and 90's punk/alternative bands like Hüsker Dü, Naked Raygun and The Replacements.
In November 2011, Drunken Sailor Records and Solidarity Recordings co-released a split single by The Magnificent and Noise By Numbers
When it comes to unpredictable, self-deprecating, beer-swigging, working class punk rock, you don’t have to look much further than Off With Their Heads. Whether they’re playing to a crowd of twelve at a dingy sh*thole in Iowa or in front of thousands on tour with bands like Against Me, one thing is always certain, OWTH deliver honest rip-roaring punk rock in it’s true form time and time again. And as the band readies the release of their second full length album, In Desolation, OWTH soldiers on in their busted up RV, playing to those who’ll listen and self-loathing every minute of it.
Formed in 2002, Off With Their Heads went through a slew of musicians before finally cementing the lineup with Ryan Young on vocals/guitar, Justin Francis on drums, Zack Gontard on guitar and Robbie Swartwood on bass. Since their inception, the band has released an impressive catalog of music including seventeen 7”’s, one LP and a few comps, and has toured relentlessly in US, Europe, Canada and Japan for the past five years with bands like Against Me, Youth Brigade, The Bouncing Souls and Municipal Waste to name a few.
Jerk Store #8 says: "Took a few listens through for this album to fully open up to me, but then everything just clicked, and now I can't stop playing it. First-off, it looks brilliant, the layout reminds me of a Born Against/(Young Pioneers) insert. Musically, the songs kinda hold that early nineties Jawbreaker, Crimpshrine style while still sounding current... loads of bass fills and gang vocals. The songs really vary within that overall boundary, which keeps the album fresh, interesting and very replayable. It's an exciting communal effort that has something to say, and there's at least a dozen people listed as contributors."
In late 2011, Drunken Sailor Records along with 86'd Records and Fanzine/ Square Of Opposition/ Jerk Store Records/ Lost Cat Records/ Pavones Records/ Messner Records/ Rad Girlfriend Records/ Intense Human Victories put out the Rations - How Much Land Does A Man Need? EP.
Razorcake: Bruce Lee weighted 125 pounds. Shang-A-Lang use a four track recorder with one channel busted. Both kick way more ass than some steroid-confused, alpha-male Cobra Kai cheat-to-win bullshit motherfucker. Metallica has al the money in the world nad has nothing to say. Shang-a-Lang farms the dirt of New Mexico where the most resilient flowers and the most delicious Hatch chilies grow. They’re hot and spicy with an underlying taste of years of growth in harsh environments. Chris Mason was preached to as a kid about this lady who got fucked by a ghost and everyone in attendance got a halo. Chris now proselytizes that it’s not what you’ve got – money, “fame,” unlimited cheeseburgers – it’s what you bring. Like DIY; like some of the most honest, fun-to-sing-along-to punk. Ever. It falls apart and reassembles right in front of you like in-reverse magic. Part of me wanted to copy and paste all my previous reviews of the records that were compiled to make this Collection, but that would have taken an entire page and would have been sort of like cheating. And Shang-A-Lang makes me want to be honest. I’ve already started heckling them to play “Summertime” next time I see them live. Please do the same because that song rules, in every season. -Todd
Early 2012 saw 'Shang-A-Lang sadly release their last ever single. The upside it's amazing and Chris Mason has formed another band 'Low Culture, who are well, amazing too!
Drunken Sailor Records/ Dirt Cult Records/ Fast Crowd Records/ No Breaks/ Silver Sprocket/ Dead Broke Rekerds co-released the final 7" 'Waiting For The End.
Featuring Brandon (Dude Jams/ the nearest bar), Ben (Shanghai River/ J Church), Jeff (Capitalist Kids) and Dugg (Wild America), you just know this band from Austin are gonna be good.
Mixing up influences from D4 to Cock Sparrer but making every jam their own, the band rule.
Touring the UK in April
The Magnificent started in 2007 and the current line-up is Matt (guitar, vocals), Jimmy (bass, vocals) and Charlie (drums). Our first LP 'Pay The Crimes' came out on Boss Tuneage in 2009. Since then, we have had the pleasure of playing with some of our favourite bands; Leatherface, Hot Water Music, D4, The Bomb, Snuff, Chuck Ragan, Noise By Numbers, Bangers, to name a few. We get compared to The Clash, Rancid, Pinhead Gunpowder, Stiff Little Fingers, Billy Bragg and Social Distortion.
In 2011, Drunken Sailor Records released two 7"s by The Magnificent. The first '1981 was released in April. Then in November a co-release with Solidarity Recordings saw the split single with Chicago band 'Noise By Numbers.
In February, The Magnificent release their second album, 'Bad Lucky, this will be released on Drunken Sailor Records (UK), Just Say No To Government Music (UK), Dirt Cult Records (USA) Eager Beaver (Japan).
The Young Leaves are three dudes from Massachusetts playing indie/punk rock in the vein of Archers of Loaf, Husker Du, and Dinosaur Jr.
After splitting in2011 the band have recently reformed and have plans to release a cassette single soon.
At the start of 2011 Drunken Sailor Records released 'The Young Leaves - Life Underneath LP.
Tiltwheel is an American punk rock band from San Diego, formed in 1991 by Damon Way (who would later go on to become the co-founder of DC Shoes), Bob MacPherson & Aaron Regan. Joined shortly afterwards by current frontman and guitarist Davey Quinn, Tiltwheel recorded their first demo with Damon on vocals. Following general dissatisfaction with the results and disharmony within the band, Damon was “sacked” and Davey took over vocal duties leading to the Tiltwheel sound still heard nearly two decades later.
Characterised by Davey’s raw vocals, the band’s driving melodic hooks (drawing obvious comparison to Leatherface and Jawbreaker) and a fondness for excessive drinking and bleak introspection, Tiltwheel are a hugely popular band in the punk underground. Most of their material was, however, released in very limited quantities and has become increasingly hard to obtain in recent years. Several releases have subsequently been reissued by labels such as Razorcake Records and A.D.D. Records to meet continued demand.
Davey is currently an active member of the bands Too Many Daves, Bloodbath & Beyond and (along with existing Tiltwheel bassist J. Wang), Dan Padilla.
In 2010, Drunken Sailor Records released 'Teach Your Children Hell' 7", it was meant to be for a European tour, the tour fell through, here's what Davey had to say about it.
"Its the one song everyone seems to hate thats actually kinda my top two faves and the other song is a rerecorded version of believe with Jarrod on bass. its never been out before and i dont think anyones actually heard it before. we recorded it for submission to top of the pops but it never went past that stage iirc. this should only be available in the EU/UK afaik where the lp is probbaly not so known. it was supposed to be a tour single but now its a special limited edition and THE FIRST SINGLE OFF OUR NEW ALBUM"....Davey Tiltwheel.
"Devastating and melodic, rough-around-the-edges, drug-induced pop-punk from the depths of Vancouver, Canada. East bay style punk rock dragged through a shit-storm of dirt & regret. A melodic pop-punk version of Neurosis comes to mind."
2011 saw 'Unfun tour the UK, Drunken Sailor Records and Not Shy of the DIY released the 'Shallow Graves 7".