Thursday, September 20, 2012

1066 "7 (1997)

hey, i know its been a while, but im back with a new post!  1066 were a band from austin texas who played what i consider to be the prototypical 90s mosh....a snapshot of everything awesome that this sound embodied......these guys were, IMO, a hugely underrated band that didn't get the attention they deserved for multiple reasons......the two biggest were probably that they were from texas, an area not known for its mosh bands, and that they were active in the late 90s when the style they played was starting to lose its steam, which was too bad really, because these guys absolutely nailed it....people rave about stuff like chokehold and unbroken, and thats perfectly well and good (im not a huge fan of either band) but i definately put these guys on the same plane as the aforementioned bands, as they are every bit as good or better..... its just that they got lost in the shuffle......thick, heavy danceable mosh that varies the pace enough that each of their songs remains fresh and attention-keeping, which is MUCH more than i can say for the vast majority of bands doing this stuff in the mid 90s (and thats saying alot because i still listen to a shitload of that stuff) extremely listenable and i encourage you to take a listen or three to this "7.........they had a split w/new year (whose "7 i found kinda boring) that i will definatly be tracking down in the near future......excellent excellent stuff......

Sunday, September 9, 2012

songs for snakes - charcoal heather (2012)

so i got a link to this album in my gmail account.......i had no idea what to expect really (other than what this nice dude from the band, bill, told me.....i think husker du was mentioned once or twice..)...lo and behold, he was right! lots of husker do-isms throughout this album....along with quite a few other influences........i hear  bits of the replacements, bad religion, jawbreaker, squirrelbait, even cathrine wheel in the mix....also sometimes reminds me of this old detroit band called sponge, who gained a bit of radio fame in the 90s........infact its very 90s oriented punk/alt rock, a style that seems to be making somewhat of a comeback in certain circles....this is all very well recorded and produced, yet it retains enough little rough edges to retain its intensity....they have a record before this that i now have and will be listening to shortly.....from what ive heard so far, im diggin it......this band is from san francisco BTW and i do hope they tour soon.