I don’t really know but the last time I went out to buy some records I wasn’t that pleased with my choice after a few days. I still don’t know why I bought some records a month ago. Really strange, usually I don’t really care about things like that that much. So this time I chose wisely … or, well, at least I tried, haha…
Hawaii Mud Bombers “Low Ridin’ High Surfin” LP
This one really if proof that it’s always worthwhile flipping through the records in the 2nd hand section of your local recordstore. True, you might go home disappointed often, but every once in a while there’s a little gem waiting for you. And it might turn out to be a cheap one as well. So while I was going through obviously a new set of records which was purchased by the store owner from some poor soul who had to part with his or her records for whatever reason I came across this record. Sounds American, but they are actually from Sweden. And this is where a reference to The Yum Yums makes sense, because Hawaii Mud Bombers share the same commitment to wonderful melodies and a summer vibe. This is feel good music at its best and because some songs have female vocals it’s even more my cup of tea. And just to top it off they also have occasional instrumental surf songs. Brilliant. This is an instant favourite of mine.
It Seems this was originally realeased on 10″ vinyl, so tough luck for me I missed out on this little gem. But the full length has bonus tracks, so it doesn’t matter that much. I’m just glad I bought it.
Joey Cape “Bridge” LP
I guess I don’t have to explain who this is. I have been listening to Lag Wagon records for a long time now and “Duh” is still one record which will make it on my all time favourite list for the rest of my life, I guess. I have gotten into Bad Astronaut only recently which I know is a huge mistake because I should have given the band a chance a lot earlier. So this acoustic record is sort of like a low key version of Mr Cape‘s indie band. Of course he released a split LP with No Use For A Name‘s Tony Sly a few years ago, but that had a couple of Lag Wagon tunes on it and this one is all original. Spare me if I don’t know the most recent Lag Wagon records, but maybe I haven’t been following the band as closely as I did back in the days. Anyway, this is great stuff and I tend to believe Mr Cape when he writes on the inner sleeve that he believes an acoustic record is sort of like the highest level a songwriter can reach. I really like this a lot. It’s not your happy-go-lucky melodies like in Lag Wagon, but I sort of get the same feeling with this record as when I was listening to “Know it all” in the early 1990s. Wonderful music.
Black Shape Of Nexus “Microbarome Meetings” 2xLP
I hope I got the name right for this one as it is written in a very distorted old German font (of which I am too lazy to look up the name). Anyway, this is slow grinding doom metal. Hailing from the southern parts of Germany, B.son, as they like to abbreviate their name deliver a very – and I mean very – heavy piece of music here. I saw them play live once and although the venue was a really fucked up squat they managed to create a very dark atmosphere. The record at hand isn’t their newest piece, but I believe they haven’t changed their sound that much. Although we know there’s always room for improvement, right? They already rip it with the opener, a sound wall which resonates like a machine producing something very solid and hard, and you need a lot of power for that machine as well. Yup, a sound wall, I guess that’s what describes their music best. If you like stuff like SunnO))) or Old Man Gloom, this might be a good fit for you.
Coffins “Mortuary In Darkness” 2xLP
To be honest, I only bought this one because the band is from Japan. Well, that wasn’t the only reason, but it was one of them. A wonderful gatefold sleeve being another one. Yeah, I know, I’m a sucker for things like that. The cover painting itself isn’t that extraordninary though. I wonder why I still chose to listen in on what inside that cover. As for the music, I guess the name says it all. Well, what do you expect from three guys who call themselves Coffins? This is death metal. Right, not the usualy Swedish version or the tricky stuff played by early to mid 1990s bands like Death, Cynic or Atheist. No, this is a lot slower. Much more like classic doom metal. The version where people used to say it’s very convenient, because you can go to the frdge to grab a bottle of beer in between two snare hits. Dark, heavy, slow. But only for the intro song. The next one is a lot more classic and – although it’s kind of awkward to say this – it slightly reminds me of an Oi record being played on 33 rpm when it’s meant to be played at 45 rpm. Those guitars must have been toned down 6 notes.
Envy/Thursday “Split” 12″
Yet another release by Envy whose creative output seems to be enormous. This time they share the record with Thursday and while I thought this sounded a bit strange at first it completely made sense to me after listening to the music. Envy start off with a rather unusual song, lots of electronics, rather soft, no screaming, no loud guitars. Very experimental for their part. Their back to their normal self with the following track though. Repetative riffs with desperate vocals and yet they somehow manage to fit in those wonderful and melancholic melodies.
I have to admit I haven’t been following Thursday at all. Be it because of my own ignorance filing them under the often used “ah, it’s that american emo sound, right?” category, I don’t have a clue. Still they make sense for this one perfectly. Their starter is rather hectic, they vocals are slightly annoying as to the extent that somehow every new band seems to have a voice like that one. But this one keeps getting me. They also use electronics on their next song, this being slower and much more stretched. Wait, is this an instrumental? Then it kind of reminds me of a slow version of 65 Days Of Static … well, somehow.
A perfect combination.
Bridge And Tunnel/Young Livers “Split” 7″
I had the pleasure to see Young Livers play a show here in Cologne and, boy, I was impressed. Great stage presence, good music. One heck of a good time. So now a friend tells me about this No Idea band Bridge And Tunnel and this was the primary reason why I went to the recordstore in the first place. I purchase the record only to find out at home that this one also features Young Livers. Pleasant surprise.
Young Livers directly get into the groove they delivered at their live performance. Reminds me a bit of Hot Water Music, but then again every band whose vocalist sounds slightly damaged has that feeling for me. Bridge And Tunnel on the other hand are not the complete opposite, but they have this very nice 1990s touch to their music. Slightly screamo-ish, the guitars at the beginning sound a bit like Mineral, but all in all it’s very old school. I might check out a full length by them if I find one.