Sunday, November 4, 2012

INFEST - Slave 12" OTD

I had this photo sitting on my desktop, might as well post it up on here. In the early 90s, I thought Miner was insane for buying this record at a NYC store for $20, I probably mocked him for it. It was the cool 2nd press blue/toothpaste version with blue on one side and the toothpaste color on the other. At that time, new HC LPs were $5, so $20 was kinda nuts. Years later, I was the one with the egg on my face, because I didn't own this record until the Draw Blank/Deep Six repress came out 14 years later.  >:(

Fast forward another 10 years, my sins having been paid/cleansed, I finally get the record. This is a nice little collage of an INFEST cosmic blast that all came together due to universal alignment. The poster was bought separately, this is the black vinyl version of the first pressing, I believe the mail order color vinyl versions only came with the poster.

Of course the shirt is not original (sorry, Joe D/Matt D) but I could not resist. I guess most people now know that INFEST is playing Maryland Death Fest and Chaos In Tejas this year (2013), better get in the merch line now.

By the late 90s, I had grown very tired of all the bands barking up INFEST's tree and failing miserably...but this band's greatness can not be denied! This LP should be in every household...kind of like a toaster oven. Beware the bootlegs, there were some made to look like the pressing you see here.

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5 / 5 bells

CHERIE CURRIE - Beauty's Only Skin Deep LP & CHERIE CURRY AND MARIE CURRIE - Messin' With The Boys LP

CHERIE CURRIE - Beauty's Only Skin Deep LP
(Mercury - Phonogram//France, 1977)

I don't really know what to say about these. I picked these up tonight from Dreadful Sounds Recordshop in Columbus. Obviously bought for the RUNAWAYS connection. For Beauty's Only Skin Deep I was hoping for some catchy glam rock since Fowley was involved in the songwriting, but this is a bizarre pop rock record that sounds like THE CARPENTERS were a main influence (who I love, for the record). Cherie's sister does some backing vocals on one song. I believe Cherie was still a teenager at this point...cover is Pedo-Bear approved.

(Capitol - EMI//USA, 1979)

I think I actually like Messin' With The Boys more, Cherie's sister Marie has a bigger role and pretty much sings on every song. This is basically an 80s rock sounding record, but has a driving feel through the whole record with some somewhat heavy guitars (if you put them up against 80s FLEETWOOD MAC or something like that). It's pretty catchy and might be something good to clean the house to, but I don't think I will saying "FUCK YEAH, HAVE YOU HEARD MESSIN' WITH THE BOYS?! RAGING!" Whatever, kinda cool records for RUNAWAYS fans.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

CROSTA - Nus A La Gola 12"

CROSTA - Nus A La Gola 12"
(Self Released?//Spain)

This came out a little while ago, time to get some stuff filed away.

When I heard the comparisons this Spanish punk group were getting I had no choice but to track this down...THE MOB (UK), CRISIS, etc. The packaging is very nice, uncoated stock with a thick inner sleeve and simple but sharp looking lyric sheet with translations. This is a nice record, but personally I think it would have gone a long way if the guitar playing was a little more interesting. The vocals, lyrics, sound and dark vibe of the record are great, but I think in the end, this is lacking in the memorability department. I will be very curious to hear more from this band, with a few tweaks, they could be unstoppable! 6 songs.

3.5 / 5 bells

ILEGAL - El Aire Libre Fuera De Los Dientes Del Monstruo Tirano Canibal 12"

ILEGAL - El Aire Libre Fuera De Los Dientes Del Monstruo Tirano Canibal 12"
(La Vida Es Un Mus//UK)

This is one the cooler looking records that I have seen in a little while. I like the ripped paper style artwork and fold out cover. I think this record could go unappreciated to some people if they don't sit and have a real good listen or only listen a few times. The recording, in its low-fi glory kind of masks the unique raging style and songs of this band, but the more I listen to this record the more things I find that I like about it. There's a bit of the manic Italian 80s HC feel that gives this Canadian band a stand out quality that sets them apart from your regular noisenheimer dribble. This is great HC, not for the trendy. Track down their previous EPs if you love this record.

4 / 5 bells


(Iron Lung Records//USA)

I loved this Seattle hardcore band's first EP and this 12" was everything I wanted it to be, even considering that there is a new vocalist. This 10 song record has a great flow to it, you get the feeling that these songs were all carefully crafted with the goal of putting out a record that is meant to be seen as a singular piece...with just the right amount of tempo changes and textures. I get a big MECHT MENSCH vibe and that's just fine by me. Of course the Matt Adis artwork is great. I really can't find anything bad to say about this record!

For now, only the record release versions are out there (#'d out of 75), but I understand the plan is to have the record available for the masses by the time they play their east coast US shows in the early part of 2013.

4.5 / 5 bells