all things old school: April 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Location: Lancaster, California
Release: Running Thin Records, 2015

COOLSIDE is here to stay! They are back with a follow-up to last year's Own The Zone, the 5-song EP Be Cool and it shows improvements. More tight and diversified Be Cool keeps you entertained from start to finish with their 00's youth crew sound full of swing.

Tapes are just in and they are looking good! 7" version will be handled by D2C and Outlast Records.

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

"You ever wake up in the middle of the night from massive heat sweats from thinking about your ex girl? Flip your pillow over to The CoolSide"

Monday, April 27, 2015

IDENTIDAD - Demo 2015 [+ interview]

Location: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, España
Release: DIY, 2015

IDENTIDAD is a fresh Youth Crew band from Spain with veterans behind it and as of last month their first demo is online.


I asked a few questions to Carlos (vocals) about this new project and the Canarias Straight Edge scene:

What was your involvement with hardcore before Identidad and how was the scene in the Tenerife area 10 years ago compared to nowadays (amount of local bands, foreign bands touring by, trends…)? I've been in another Youth Crew band called Pollution since 1999 to 2007 and the hc scene here is very small but very active the last years. There were many bands like Goodfellaz, Frontside, En La Distancia, Wreckage, 466/64, Milk Fiction, Pollution... Actually there are some active bands like The Hollowmen, Bonestorm, Reacción (all Identidad's members playing 80's HC like Abused, SSD, Agnostic Front...), Identidad and others projects without name. In Canary Island there aren't many foreing touring shows, its very expensive to come here, we organize shows for spanish bands the last one was Constrict, it was insane.

Is there any specific reason for choosing to sing in castellanoYes, because is our mother language and we speak english or another language very bad, haha.

The demo will get a physical release? Yes, will be edited in 7" for a new Canary label called 3DB Records and another label called In My Heart Empire. Maybe will be edited in South America, not confirmed.

Name 10 records you’ve been listening a lot lately:
Pure Disgust – Chained
Fury – Kingdom Come
Adventures – Supersonic Home
Violent Reaction – Marching On
Digress – The Seventh Day
Glue – s/t
Whirr – Sway
Bonestorm – Life is poison
Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
Concealed Blade – Demo 2015

What can we expect from IDENTIDAD in 2015/2016? I hope some tour, new records and more hardcore!

Please feel free to give shout outs and tips on what to listen from other current local groups. Thanks for your support and I recommend you these local bands: WRECKAGE, BONESTORM, GOOD FELLAZ.

Friday, April 24, 2015

LSNS LRND - Knowledge Is Power

Location: Florida, US
Release: Life To Live Records, 2015

The much antecipated debut from LESSONS LEARNED is finally up!! They started in 2011, playing live from time to time and finally got their shit together to finish Knowledge Is Power: 5 HARDcore songs with slight metallic elements, they bring the intensity of Allegiance and the heavy grooviness of No Warning to their music.

D-Can handles the mic and also is responsible for Life2Live, which will have this record on tape for sale pretty soon!

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]
(w/ lyrics)

Friday, April 17, 2015

FORSAKEN - Cease To Exist

Location: South Wales, UK
Release: Neutral Words Records, 2015
Artwork: Steven Kulesza

FORSAKEN, if Im not mistaken, was recommended by Feral Youth's vocalist back in 2012. Since then, from two solid demos and a debut EP on Neutral Words they came up with a follow-up crossover masterpiece in Cease To Exist. 3 songs with ripping production and rad musicianship, their best so far! Leeway meets Slayer, re-energized.

They are playing non-stop, hardcore and metal shows, and from what I see online they've been setting the venues on fire with incendiary live perfomances!!

2012 - No Peace EP [Purgatory Records]
2013 - Demo [Neutral Words Records]
2013 - Amongst Gods, Below Man [Neutral Words Records]
2015 - Cease To Exist [Neutral Words Records]

DOWNLOAD Discography

Friday, April 10, 2015

SPIRITS - Discontent

Location: Boston, US
Release: State Of Mind Recordings, 2015
Artwork: Hannah Medeiros

From the ashes of Test Of Time rose SPIRITS, which also features ex-members from Offsides and No Harm Done plus many others. This rich background shows off in Spirits music, ranging from straight forward hardcore tunes to high intensity melodic ones in the vein of Bane and Count Me Out.

Within 1 year as a band they already recorded a lot, skilled writing machines, and this week just released a fancy 13-song LP 'Discontent' with an european tour to follow! Also, a song from their previous album (Cointossrecords' 7" debut) was featured on this blog's 2015 sampler.

Support these hardworking labels and bandmates, legit stuff here:
BUY 7" Split w/ Get A Grip @ Speedowax
BUY S/T 7" @ Cointossrecords
PRE-ORDER Discontent LP @ S.O.M. Recordings
BUY Merchandise

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]
(w/ lyrics sheet)


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BANG BROS - Group Therapy (+ Live)

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Release: I Drink Milk/ 46 Records, 2012 (out of print)

Fun name for a fun band, as quick as they appreared they were goners. BANG BROS were together from 2010 to 2012 with a reunion show in 2014 and a forthcoming gig as a wedding band (!). They may hold one of the sketchiest band's name in HC but are one of the most fun without doubt.

Got my copy of the now out of print Group Therapy 7" at the Ieper Fest in 2013 and failed to get any of their tape releases, including a cassette collection from Slow It Down Records and a live recording from Life and Death Fest.

Here is the download for the 7" EP + Live tape, for the previous records check here.

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