REVIEW: Archers and Arrows: Archers and Arrows

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Archers and Arrows are a punk band from Lausanne, Switzerland. They’ve got a pretty unique sound; it’s kind of a Latterman/Get Up Kids/hardcore/emo sound. I know that might not sound appealing at first but these guys take it and totally own the sound. They make it work better than I would ever think possible. Here is their self titled EP; it’s got five songs, so that should be enough to get you acclimated to the band. The first song ‘It’s So Cool, We Will Die All Together’ is simply off the charts good, it’s a perfect example of how this blend of styles can make great music. The second track ‘The Support’ is pretty good, its starts out great, but it has a bit too much of the hardcore vocals for my taste. Then they’ve got ‘Swan Song’ this really shows the Get Up Kids part of the band’s sound, it’s almost the best song on here, if it wasn’t for the opening track. The fourth song ‘Truncated Humanism’ totally kicks this into a different gear, it’s a lot faster. It sounds more like a straight up punk song or a hardcore song than the others except they don’t use the rough vocals, which I think totally makes this song work and I’m glad they didn’t go that way. It’s a total kickback to the 90’s with this song. The last song on here ‘The Young Carpetbaggers’ is another hardcore/punk song but not as good as the previous. This may be the weakest song on this thing but it’s still pretty good. This band blends so much together I can’t even say “if you’re into blah blah blah” check these guys out because they’re not really nailed down to anything. I’m just going to leave it at go listen to Archers and Arrows.

1. It’s So Cool, We Will Die All Together
2. The Support
3. Swan Song
4. Truncated Humanism
5. The Young Carpetbaggers

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REVIEW: James Haitchwai: James Haitchwai Is Dead

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DC based singer-songwriter James Haitchwai is here with a six song EP. This is pretty good stuff, I’m a fan of the acoustic music and this is a strong showing of that. Each of these songs is written very well and stands out on their own but it also flows together very well as an EP. Anyone that’s a fan of some acoustic music should check James Haitchwai’s EP out; it’s a pretty damn good one.

1. Wheel
2. Letter In Red
3. Mr. Funk the World
4. Mudge
5. Sun
6. Salvation

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Heat Dust/Adults – Fear and Self Loathing Tour

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AUG 1- NEW ORLEANS, LA- THE SAINT W/ ADULTS/THE FAGETTES

AUG 2- TALLAHASSEE, FL- THE HIDDEN HAND W/ ADULTS/GROUNDED/REPO MAN/WEBCAM TEENS

AUG 3- ATHENS, GA VENUE TBD – W/ ADULTS

AUG 4- ASHEVILLE, NC AT CRAGGY BREWERY W/ ADULTS

AUG 5- RICHMOND, VA- THE NILE W/ ADULTS

AUG 6- PHILADELPHIA, PA – HOUSE SHOW W/ ADULTS

AUG 7- NEW HAVEN, CT W/ ADULTS

AUG 8- BOSTON, MA- AT 20 Oakland St Apt 2 Cambridge – W/ ADULTS and John Racine

AUG 9- BROOKLYN, NY- THE PLACE (269 NORMAN AVE, GREENPOINT) W/ ADULTS

AUG 10- BALTIMORE, MD- BOHEMIAN COFFEE HOUSE W/ /ADULTS

AUG 11- BLACKSBURG, VA I EAT BRAINS FEST W/ PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS/MORE

AUG 12- ATLANTA, GA – 232 WILBUR AVE SE W/ ADULTS

AUG 13- BIRMINGHAM, AL- THE FORGE W/ ADULTS

AUG 14- NEW ORLEANS, LA- UNITED BAKERY W/ CANADIAN RIFLE/ADULTS

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REVIEW: Tartar Control: Holy Crap!

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Two Mormon missionaries and a robot named Robot make up the band Tartar Control. What would a band like this sound like? Well it’s something like part Peelander-Z, part Good Clean Fun and part Kreator. They’re pretty much a hardcore thrash band, not what I was expecting from the album cover or anything I saw before I listened to this album. At first I wasn’t sure if this was a gimmick or if they were in fact, a Mormon band. This album has a whopping thirty tracks on it, granted there are more than a few skits on here, which aren’t all funny, but they’re completely necessary for the tone of this thing. If I had gone through and listened to this without the skits I most likely would have written this off as an alright thrash band and been done, but with the skits it turns this whole thing into something so much more amazing. It took me a little while to jump on board with this, but not too long. There was a skit where the band was playing a metal house, the owner kicked them out because instead of selling tickets they baked them into pies and gave them to their friends. Then it kicks into the song ‘Satanists Are Fucking Dicks’ a big dumb smile hit my face and I was on board. If you like thrash and hardcore and gimmick bands Tartar Control is for you. And if you like robots, stick around for the hidden track.

1. Hello
2. Jesus is Love
3. Salt Lake
4. Child Molester
5. Lazy Fuck
6. The Metal House
7. Satanists Are Fucking Dicks
8. Diabolical
9. Chimney Sweep
10. Drinking Gasoline
11. Self Defense
12. NoHo Dojo
13. Burn It to the Ground
14. Pretty Stupid
15. Marshmallow Squares
16. My Grandma Fights
17. You’re So Fat
18. Pony King
19. Smoking Crack
20. Screaming Contest
21. Oxygen Is For Fags
22. Joe Was a Humpback Whale (But Now He’s Dead)
23. Alaska
24. Fuzzy Bunnies
25. Cramps Don’t Mean You’re Pregnant
26. Love
27. Tickle Me Elmo
28. Sodomy Basket
29. Peach Cobbler Party
30. Goodbye

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Releases Worth Getting July 31, 2012

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Music:
Joss Stone: Vol. 2-the Soul Sessions July 31st
White Wires: WWIII
Whiff: Warm/Left at Princess 7″
Masked Intruder/The Turkletons split 7″
Pretty Boy Thorson and Lil’ Happiness 7″
Necro: Murder Murder Kill Kill [EP]
Movies:
Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition
Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIV

REVIEW: The Young Leaves: Life Underneath

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Massachusetts band The Young Leaves are a punk rock band that leans heavily on the rock side of things, they’re here with a new album ‘Life Underneath’ which is ten songs that are pretty damn good. Actually this album has a pretty odd mix of songs that are pretty good and songs that are great. I found myself listening to the album and enjoying it well enough, then out of nowhere a great song will pop up, this seemed to happen a lot. Something like that is pretty good because there’s no real down time on this album it’s going to go from good too great a lot. Fans of bands like Dinosaur Jr., How Water Music, and Husker Du may be into this album, there’s CD’s out there and you can get it digitally from the band’s bandcamp and if you need the LP it’s out in the UK on Drunken Sailor Records.

1. Scumbag
2. Boot to the Face
3. How Badly Do Things Suck Right Now?
4. Hey Man (Backup Plan)
5. Sleepyhead
6. Last Laugh
7. Ugly Line
8. Call Me Cal
9. The Basement Song
10. Life Underneath

Get it from Drunken Sailor Records HERE

Get it from The Young Leaves HERE

SHOWS I SEEN: Trashkanistan/The Dewtons/The Firecrackers/BraceFace – March 30th 2012 – Sidebar Tavern – Baltimore, MD

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Sidebar Tavern – Baltimore, MD
Friday, March 30th, 2012

I came to this show for two reasons, first, The Firecrackers. And second, to check out some of the bands playing Insub Fest that I hadn’t seen before. It turned out to be a great night. With a whole lot of new great bands.

Trashkanistan – These guys had more jokes than songs, they’ll fit right in with Insub Fest. Their set was a lot of fun, looking forward to seeing these guys again.
The Dewtons – At first I was going to say The Dewtons were a solid standard pop punk band, but they really turned out to be a bit more than that. As the set went on they just got better and better. I’m not too familiar with The Dewtons but I’m going to do my best to find out more and keep an eye on this band.
The Firecrackers – I hadn’t seen The Firecrackers in a very long time, luckily they haven’t lost a step. They even played a couple of songs I’d never heard before. Something about this band just makes you want to dance.
BraceFace - I’d listened to BraceFace’s stuff before and enjoyed it but wasn’t really wowed. This was my first time seeing them and it really opened my eyes to the band. They were really great, the crowd was super into it too, and it kind of reminded me of seeing the Dopamines. They played a Descendents cover, I hope they either practice it a lot more or cut it from the set; they also played a Teenage Bottlerocket cover, that one was real good.
Hank – I didn’t really see enough of this band to give them a fair chance, what I did catch though I wasn’t into. There was a really sloppy Ramones cover.

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