mercoledì 18 gennaio 2017

Latino America

I'm a dysfunctional record collector. Over the years, I've started tons of collections. But I've never managed to finish a single one. Usually, I get obsessed with something else and simply forgot about the rest. As the new year started, like everyone else, I made a list of goals for 2017. Of course most of these good purposes will be forgotten soon, but I'll try to achieve at least one: to finally complete my Medellin hardcore '89-'93 collection. I've been working on it for more than 10 years and at this point I just miss a few eps. But these records ain't neither easy to find nor cheap. So, when I found someone selling one of my colombian top wants on a messageboard for a honest price, I simply couldn't pass it. Few days later, Rasix "latino america" 7" was finally mine. I almost got another copy a few years ago but the seller retracted last minute. Glad it went that way. This one is a stock copy from an old distro, cover is in great shape and it comes with the rare insert. "Latino America" was released in 1990, just one year after their split 7" with Sociedad Violenta. But it marks a huge step forward, both in songwriting and production. Songs are indeed better written and the sound is way more powerful here. Yet, all these six tracks are catchy and memorable. If you're not familiar with Rasix, don't expect ultradistorted proto-noisecore a la Imagen or Restos de Tragedia. They're more meat & potato (or should I better say rice & beans) straight forward "vieja escuela" hardcore in the vein of I.R.A. Nonetheless, excellent band. 
According to the insert, this was released by a mysterious label named Lufer Records, even if everyone claim it has been self-released by the band. Maybe was it their own label? As you can see, the copy I got has pink labels. I've just seen another copy like this. All the others have orange labels. Considering that there are at least two presses of the Rasix/Sociedad Violenta split ep, it wouldn't be a surprise to discover that there were two pressings also of this ep. But that's part of the beauty of collecting south-american records: informations are scarce and rare, just like the records themselves...

mercoledì 4 gennaio 2017

Tales of a pretentious asshole#006

Last time I did a "tales of a pretentious asshole" post was more than 2 years ago! Time flies. And, honestly, I wasn't inspired enough to do another one until today. Anyhow, vol. #006 will be about a quite obscure mexican band from early/mid '90s, Revolucion X. Nothing cult or extremely rare that goes for big bucks in these days (indeed, you can cop both these eps for quite cheap!), but a very good & unique band that in my opinion deserves more attention. Plus, there isn't a lot of infos about them out there. I can't even figure out from which mexican city they came from (my guess is DeEfe/Mexico City) since there isn't a contact address in both eps to get in touch with the band directly. 
Their self-titled debut ep was released in 1994 by french label New Wave Records (same label that gave us Ataque Frontal ep) in collaboration with other french labels. It starts with a sample of the EZLN (zapatist army of national liberation) declaration of war from 1993 (also printed on the big fold-out cover) and has Pancho Villa on the cover. Yeah, Revolucion X was a very politicized band which is something you should expect from a mexican hardcore band. But instead of talking about the typical boring hc clichés, their lyrics were about the real political situation in mexico and south america. They also threw in a good dose of humour which is always a winning point. Also they don't sound very mexican: vocals are snotty & nasal like a californian band, few songs are quite melodic and the sound generally is more raw & sharp then dark & downtuned. Not sure how many were printed but it's easy to find for around 5 eurobucks.
During 1995 Lengua Armada and Armia Records both from Chicago joined forces to release the best Revolucion X effort: "Politica Y Esparcimiento..." 7". Housed in a folded cardboard with logo stamped in front and a beautiful artwork glued in the back cover, songs included here are simply perfect: 10 fast, brief and direct nightstick hits of pure hardcore madness. Vocalist seems to spit a thousand words every second. Guitar sound is abrasive, drummer plays fast for all the time. Yet, every song is still catchy and memorable. Awesome release. It includes some great hits like "I love mexican tv", "salinas asesino" & their mastepiece "julio iglesias disecado"! Again, they mixed political lyrics with dummie ones perfectly. This goes for something around 10€, so I think they printed no more than 1000 copies...
The band was supposed to record another EP but unfortunately it never happened. I've been told by a reliable source that also a tape (demo?) exists but it's super rare. Here's a RX discography that I've put together. Considering the lack of informations that surrounds this band, feel free to share any other infos in the comment section!

-"Canciones Electorales" tape, 199?, self-released?
-"Revolucion X" 7", 1994, New Wave Records
-"Politica Y Esparcimiento" 7", 1995, Lengua Armada/ Alarma Records

sabato 24 dicembre 2016

BOLT THROWER interview 1991

Bolt Thrower is the band that I've probably listen to the most this year (well, along with The Saints & Radio Birdman). Especially "...for victory" & "the IV crusade", perfect albums! Anyhow, here's an early interview taken from the legendary Putrefaction'zine #5 outta sweden!

martedì 20 dicembre 2016

Tu Vida

And now for something completely different...a bloody cd! As a record collector, I usually go for the vinyl version but since all the bootlegs looked like shit, this time I choose to buy the official cd discography. Anyhow, M.E.L.I. (Muerte En la Industria) was a quite obscure band that released only a demo in the golden age of mexican hardcore/punk, the late 80s. But unlike Xenofobia, Masacre 68 or Atoxxxico, they never released anything on wax. But their 1988 demo tape titled "Tu Vida" is on the same level of the aforementioned mexican hardcore legends: simple yet very intense music played with a lot of rage. All recorded with the trademark raw but brutal production that makes mexican (and generally, south american hardcore) unique and very genuine. Really solid band worth your time if you're even vaguely interested in mexican bands. I'm quite sure that if they lasted more than 2 years, we would have more people talking about them. This discography cd was released in 2005 by Speedstate Records outta japan. I scored it for cheap thanx to my japanese pal Jum. Apart from the demo tracks, it also features live tunes captured around 2000 when they briefly reunited. Comes with a booklet full of rare pictures, flyers, band history and so on. Unless you are ready to shell out big money for the original tape, this cd is the best way to get into this band...

sabato 10 dicembre 2016

Disgrace To The Corpse Of Sid

With my recent reborn obsession for early Earache catalogue, when a couple of months ago I've spotted an OG 1989 press of Sore Throat "disgrace to the corpse of sid" lp at the local record fair for a good price, I simply couldn't pass it. I'd love to say that I was way into them as a teen in the early 90s' but it would be nothing but a lie. For some unknown reasons I've discovered this band way too late. But I still enjoy a lot their brutal noisecore. These pommie bastards assembled some of most primitive & controversial aural butchery back then. Especially with this one (their second album), they incorporated to their  decimation of your ear canals some harsh noise & weird stuff. While side A has 90 sharp noisecore outbursts, side B features 11 slow & doomy tracks in the vein of Amebix. I must admit I'm not a big fan of side B. But the artwork itself make this record worth owning even if the music sucked (but that's not the case). Lyrically, as almost all english bands, they took themselves way too serious and made fun of bands like Napalm Death, DRI, Sex Pistols, Sucidal Tendencies etc...for being sell outs. Aaaaahhh, I miss the 90s! One of the earliest band doing the noisecore thing, this has also been repressed recently by FOAD so go and get a copy!
Love that Dig/Earache included band instructions for the artwork/backcover/insert in the dustsleeve, expecially since he didn't follow them at all, ahahaha!

sabato 5 novembre 2016

Shogakara Taigae

Another quite obscure japanese masterpiece that originally came out only on cd around 1992 has been recently reissued: Yoshihiro Hiraoka & Human Arts "Shogakara Taigae", the only release by this short lived project. Shame on myself and any other self-proclaimed japanese hardcore nerd out there who wasn't already familiar with these guys, since this seriously rips! Here we're talking about a japanese all star side-project. Led by the singer of Poison/Poison Arts, this band included the best guitarist ever from the land of the rising sun, the mighty Chelsea (Deathside, Poison & Paintbox) as well as Minoru (The Comes, Lipcream) on bass. Not sure who's the guy under the skins but he does a great job for sure! But band members' pedigree is useless when the music can speak for itself. And here we're talking about high quality stuff, top notch Burning Spirits kind of hardcore filtered with some catchy melodies. While their main bands were more straight forward, here it seems they tried something a bit more weird and unconventional. Like "英知", the third to last song of the record, a very pop & melodic tune that somehow fits perfectly on a generally way more metallic album. I guess here Chelsea was trying something different that later morphed into Paintbox? Anyhow, here you'll find the trendmark Chelsea way of playing guitar that made Deathside one of the best band ever. A serious contender if I'll ever write a japanese full length top ten list. How this album is not a cult one revered by legion of fans worldwide is a mystery to me. Hope this reissue gives it the recognition it deserves!

venerdì 21 ottobre 2016

SENSELESS APOCALYPSE interview 1994

My introduction to japanese grind/noise/hc happened more than 20 years ago via their split with Cripple Bastards. Found this short but nice chat on MRR#134 from july 1994.