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by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Stormshadow - "Watson Brake" (MP3)
The New Brunswick, NJ punk/DIY scene is one that has been thriving for years, and while some of its bands have achieved widespread recognition, it goes without saying that many others never leave New Jersey and eventually fade out. One of those bands that has gone unfairly overlooked is Stormshadow, who were around from 1995 to 2000. As mentioned, they're reissuing their 1999 album, Set On Destroy, via Don Giovanni Records on February 9, the same day they play the Don Giovanni showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets). Don Giovanni label head Joe Steinhardt calls the band the reason he co-founded the label ten years ago and though they've been unknown to most people outside of New Brunswick, he describes them as an important influence to all the bands in the scene. That's the album's cover art above and the tracklist is below.
Stormshadow's influence can certainly be heard in the Don Giovanni bands of today and it makes a lot of sense that a label that picked up bands like Lemuria, Black Wine, and Screaming Females are fans of Stormshadow. Their lead vocal duties are split between the Cali hardcore growls of Matty King and the much cleaner Breeders-esque vocals from Sue Werner. It's not unlike the male/female split vocals in Fucked Up's "The Other Shoe," but while Fucked Up often brings in guests to achieve those sounds, Stormshadow are constantly delivering a yin and yang of the clean and the dirty. The band isn't just schizophrenic when it comes to vocals though -- the songs go through tons of ups and downs in their short timespans (most are under two minutes) in the manic manner of The Minutemen, who the band cite as an influence. The record will be available at the Don Giovanni showcase, but until then, you can download the track "Watson Brake," which is making its premiere in this post, at the top of this post, or stream it below, along with another album cut, "Switched On."
We also just spoke to Matty King about the band's reunion, their history, and the New Brunswick scene. Head below to check out the interview and listen to those song streams.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Tim of Clutch at Emo's East, December 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
One of my first ever live shows (not including arena jams with mom and pop) was seeing Clutch at the original 9:30 Club in DC. I remember it vividly, vocalist Neil Fallon strutted on stage and sang like he was reading from a bible, ripping out page by page and throwing it into the crowd. Along with the thundering groove-oriented instrumentation, that left quite an impression on my young mind (early teens at the time), as did Transnational Speedway League's mix of hardcore and stoner metal. The early days of Clutch, the always bountiful DC hardcore scene, and another little semi-local band from the area, The Obsessed, helped form my early tastes.
It's hard to believe that show was close to twenty years ago and that Clutch is approaching a quarter-century as a band. Older is wiser in my book though, and the Maryland stoner/hard rock crew are back with Earth Rocker, their tenth LP due on March 19 via their own Weathermaker Music imprint. The LP is definitely a departure from their last few efforts, which climbed further down the blues rabbit hole, and a return to the band that penned riff-y rockers like the ones found on their self-titled, The Elephant Riders and Pure Rock Fury. We've got the premiere of the new album's title track which you can stream below.
With the band's new LP on deck and more than two decades behind him, I cornered Clutch guitarist Tim Sult to ask him a few questions about the release and their history. You can read that below.
Scott Carlson of Repulsion at The Power of The Riff 2010 (more by Adam L Murray)
A band pours its heart and soul into its music. Not many people give a shit. Band breaks up and its members decides to pursue other paths in life. Fast forward some years, key people discover this thought-to-be-lost music, go nuts over it. People ape from the band, sing their praises. Band gets back together, maybe with a new member or two in tow, and plays to more people in one night than they had in their formative days. Given such reception, band plays gigs in areas they couldn't reach before. Cheers are had by all.
Heard this before? It's a bit too common in metal and hardcore. Repulsion are definitely one of those lucky victims. The band was ahead of its time -- they were pushing thrash and punk into limits that would become the blueprints for grindcore music. Of course, there wasn't "grindcore" when Repulsion were first around. They were just playing metal much faster, nastier, and louder than their peers. The bands they've influenced are too numerous to list -- hell, Black Breath took their name from a Repulsion song. When Horrified, their first and most revered demo, was finally released in 1989 through Carcass' Necrosis Records, the band had already broken up. Since reuniting in the early aughts, with Marissa Martinez and Col Jones of Cretin joining original members Scott Carlson and Matt Olivo, they've played some well-received reunion gigs. Repulsion was even recently used in a study on music in the workplace! Sometimes, the second act of your life can be the best. And with a record as classic as Horrified? Repulsion deserves it.
Repulsion are playing the upcoming Power of the Riff East, joining on to the second day (9/2) with Sunn O))), Winter, Coffinworm, and more. Read our chat with Carlson below.
If you missed it, POTR recently added Hoax in place of Poison Idea, and tickets are on sale for Saturday and Sunday (now with a free screened poster for the event), OR you can purchase the newly released set of two-day passes that come with a free Southern Lord vinyl pack that contains an LP or 7" and various other SL offerings.
Interview is below.