Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Stock Update

Just an update on the availability of releases and trades:

HCR006 DIVISIONS "Fin" Cassette is completely gone.

HCR005 DIVISIONS s/t 7" EP: 18 copies

HCR004: PANZRAM Demo Casette: 25 copies

HCR003: WE NEED TO TALK "It's Not Us, It's You": 91 copies

HCR002: BUCKSHOT FACELIFT "Demo" 7" EP: 5 copies

HCR001: DVD-R Bootleg is completely gone.

Trades: Slave Scene/MLU Live Tape: 2 copies

Eating Machine 7" EP: 5 copies

Any available items are 5 bucks ppd:

In other news, PANZRAM will be recording for a few different releases soon, one being a 10" that may be at least partially released on Pickle's IFB Records -

A few exciting releases have been put on hold or postponed, but in their place...we will update as things come together.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Change Of Pace

I listen to quite a bit of post-punk, probably as much as hardcore. "Post-punk" can be interpreted broadly, the kind I'm usually into most is on the darker side; the kind that took direction from Joy Division liberally. What a lot of the bands I like have in common is that dark as they may seem, the songs they've written are still ultimately pop songs. Below are a few selections...

Children's Hour, from New Zealand, wrote an EP which was released in 1983 that contained the following song, "Go Slow." The lyric about someone mentioned in the song being a "member of the Ku Klux Klan" drew racist skins to their shows for a time, even though the band were not nationalist/fascist whatsoever. The band reformed much later and are now currently writing and recording.

Children's Hour - Go Slow

The Sound, from London, survived from 1979 to 1988. In the time between, they were helped by their friends, Echo and the Bunnymen to get a 3 album contract with a Warner subsidiary, Korova. Their first two albums were well received critically but did not bring in the big dollars for Warner; the band were pressured to have their third record sound more commercial. The band rebelled and went further in their own direction with their last major label album, "All Fall Down." This is probably their best record and the song below, "Red Paint", is a track from the album. Afterward, the band signed with an indie and went on to record a few EPs and another album but the band was finished after singer Adrian Borland began acting oddly and ultimately suffered a total nervous breakdown. Eleven years later he killed himself when by hurling himself in front of a train at Wimbledon.

The Sound - Red Paint

The Chameleons, from Manchester, released three albums on Statik records before disbanding after their manager's death in 1987(They released an EP, the title of which is a dedication to him; "Tony Wilson Walked On Water"). Their first record leans more on the dark, post-punk side, while their later albums veer more towards dream pop. The song below is from their first album, "Script Of The Bridge."

The Chameleons - Less Than Human

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Joe and I will be leaving for Panzram tour on Tuesday. We will be going to these places and playing with the following bands:

July 21st - St. Augustine w/ Tourist Trap & Civilization
July 22nd - North Carolina@Lunchbox Records w/ Relics
July 23rd - Baltimore@Charm City Art Space w/ Republicorpse
July 24th - Either New Brunswick w/Zhenia Golov or Brooklyn w/ Punch...hope to know soon!
July 25th - Manhattan, NY@Abc No Rio w/ Disnihil, 76% Uncertain, CIA, She Rides!
July 26th - Hartford, CT@The Whitney House w/ Relics, Yak Snot, Afflictions
July 27th - Washington D.C. w/Foreign Objects, Commie Pinkos, I Decide, Transgression, Just Die!
July 28th - Tallahassee @Coolifornia House w/ Tonnn, The Catalyst, Words Defy The Plan, Give Up, The Stillmen, High Allmight
July 29th - everybody says "play Gainesville"....BANNED IN GAINESVILLE.
July 30th - Tampa@Unit 19 w/Big Rats, Murder-Suicide Pact...maybe Horrid Cross.

I will have all the Human Crush releases with me, and Nevin and his IFB distro will be with us as well. See some of you on the road!

Demo mp3s are below.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Panzram Demo Cassette - HCR004

Joe Lachut and I have been playing music since a little before Merkit got started up and I always felt like we both knew what each other wanted a song to become when writing. As Merkit's slowed down in recent times we decided to start another full-time band with just the two of us, called Panzram. We both had the same idea of what we wanted the band to sound like; noisy, heavy, off-kilter and with personal lyrics about genuine experiences and ideas that are ugly by nature.
Early on in the band, maybe even before we played a show, while recording the Merkit split with Resurrectionists(coming out very soon on IFB Records -, Joe and I recorded a single Panzram song for Chris "Heavy D" Donaldson's tape compilation that should be out soon too.
After playing some shows and writing a bit more we put together enough for a demo and went to Lady Godiva's Operation to record with our friend Carson from Divisions. We sent the recording off to National Audio Company to have them pressed professionally with grey shells and artwork on both sides. The covers will be silkscreened, with a photocopied booklet attached to the J card. Tapes are available for 5 bucks postage paid at the usual contact... Send cash, check, paypal etc. to: John Fahy/ 15011 Lakeside View Dr. / Apt. 2402/ Fort Myers/ FL/33919 or The tapes will be available in a few days.

We felt like Panzram was an apt name, after the infamous murderer and criminal from the early 20th century, which Joe and I had begun reading about constantly. Carl Panzram 31614 is not considered a serial killer or a mass murderer - he didn't kill for sport or because of a sudden outburst of anger. His hatred for humans spread throughout the course of his life, and he simply killed anyone who crossed him. He was executed after committing his life's events to paper in one of the most honest, disturbing autobiographies ever written. Carl Panzram created havoc in retaliation for the torture the prison system put him throughout his life and when he was freed he saw fit to wreak upon life as it had wrought on him. At the end of his life he admitted the ugliness of his nature but set out to prove that all humans were as evil as him at their core, and that the planet would be better off without mankind - especially himself. Proving himself right became much more important than his own life and he sought the satisfaction of making his point known until his last days. His sanity and intelligence were unquestionable; he simply committed crimes because he did not see them as wrong, he saw them as just. He tricked the legal system in Kansas into making his execution - to hang until dead - irreversible to guarantee his own death after proving to legal and medical authorities that he was not in any way insane or mentally ill. He ran to the noose on the day of his execution, stopping only to glare at the media that had gathered to watch his death. After spitting at both left and right viewing galleries, he bounded up the steps to the hangman. Asked his last words as the executioner fumbled with the rope, he said, "Hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard. I could hang a dozen men while you're screwing around."

Below the whole demo is linked in mp3 files, I had them up as wav files before and it was a pain in the ass.

A side:

1. Needy Divas

2. Hidden Knives

3. Blockhead

4. ...Life Deals Another Hand

5. Exposed

6. Tunnel Vision

B side: Untitled

We will be touring this summer, it may be just in the southeast, possibly up the whole east coast.

Divisions "Fin" Cassette - HCR006

Below are two tracks from Divisions' final recorded material, a cassette entitled "Fin". The band and I split released the 5 song pro-cassette, which comes with a sticker, button, silk-screened covers, and a bullet. The bands' sound was becoming more textured, songs were lengthened, but the raw power of this band never wavered from start to finish.

Tapes can be gotten from me at or John Fahy/15011 lakeside view drive/ apt. 2402/ Fort Myers/ FL/33919. Paypal, cash, check, whatever.

I saw an early incarnation of Divisions, when they had an additional member and were called Fratricide for the first time at a show in Tampa, (I think Merkit may have played as well) and it was also the first time I saw Cult Ritual. This show made me realize that both Tampa bands, even at their earliest, were trying to push things as far as they could. Cult Ritual still is, and Divisions did throughout the course of their tenure. All of the Divisions kids will make music in other bands, but Divisions will be missed. They did something original and unique; they took some of the trappings and sounds of black, death and thrash metal and fused them with raging, heavy hardcore. They never forgot that heavy metal was at it's most potent when it was... you know, heavy. Their artwork was great, the lyrics were scathing, and the live performance was devastating. Their last show was played against the wishes of Tampa's police, but the door was locked and the set was played in its' entirety and it was fucking excellent, the perfect way to go out.

The sound on this recording is much different than the 7" EP, much less clean. The cassette has four originals and ends with a Bathory cover. The two originals below are my personal favorites.

Song 1

Song 4

Remember this band.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Here, finally, are a few mp3s from the We Need To Talk EP. This record hits a lot of nerves; it has some powerviolence/sludge grooves and some LEFT FOR DEAD-style attack. It tops it all off with Scrotum Grinder-esque, loud, pissed vocals. Lyrically, this pulls no punches on personal and socio-political fronts. This band may not be around much longer so you kids on the Bayou better soak it in while you can. This was a 3 way split with IFB Records, Human Crush and One Eye Records. These records look great; letter-pressed covers and a huge booklet to boot. These are available from me for 5 bucks ppd. Paypal or send cash, check or money order to John Fahy/15011 lakeside view drive/apt. 2402/ Fort Myers/FL/33919


"I'd Rather Die Twice Than Be Born Again"

"Riff Limit"

"Unholy Outlaw"

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Life's Blood - live

This is Life's Blood's contribution to the 1988 New Breed cassette compilation; two live tracks from CBGB's in 1988. The band has no other recording that captures them as raw and vicious as they are here; the songs are played with a speed and volatility not seen on anything else in their discography. Speaking of which, Prank Records is supposed to be releasing the Life's Blood collection, hopefully before 2010. I hope also that these recordings make it onto the discography, perhaps even more from this performance if we're lucky. Aside from these tracks, the New Breed compilation countless other treasures; Raw Deal demo tracks(pre-Killing Time), Uppercut's take on straight edge, "Am I Clear?", Live and demo tracks from Beyond, Breakdown, Outburst and Absolution and a lot more miscellany. This comp really needs to be re-released - if it's not superior, it's at least equal in quality and impact as the "Where The Wild Things Are" New York Hardcore compiliation. On the miscellaneous side, there's another vicious track on the comp that I'll include, also sung by Life Blood's Jason O'Toole: Collapse's "Failure". This band to my knowledge only released one EP, but you can see the vicious vocal style O'Toole had developed in the Life's Blood live recordings stayed on for these sessions.

This is what I think of when I think of classic hardcore.

Life's Blood - "Maximum Security" - live

Life's Blood - "Youth Enrage" - live

Collapse - "Failure"