Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Mama Tick - Action City

Label: Three Little Girls
Year: 1994

Might as well keep the Mama Tick flowing, right? 
Here are two more punishers for your consideration. The title track being a veritable "rock odyssey" by Mama Tick standards, running through a few ideas before settling into a slow motion explosion at the fireworks factory in a glorious lurch of chugging noise. Then you get a "cover" of Motley Crue's 'Shout At The Devil' which I imagine would confuse Mick Mars enough to rattle him out of his arthritic cage. It's recognizable, but with copious noise and shouting in place of the original sleaze and pomp. It's probably what you should expect.
Anyway, it's more Mama Tick, so just be thankful.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Mama Tick - Torture

Label: Bovine
Year: 1993

Two songs from a personal favorite band of mine. The dirt-kicking, thud-rocking Mama Tick team up with a personal favorite record label of mine, Bovine, who also kick their fair share of dirt. So, what could possibly go wrong?
Spoiler alert: nothing goes wrong.
Mama Tick go about their rampaging, clobbering ways unabated and with no regard for your, or your loved ones' well being. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

HELL NO - Superstar Chop

Label: Wardance / X-Mist
Year: 1994

Operating in that transitional time of New York City Hardcore, in and around the also transitional ABC No Rio scene, Hell No were as much noise rock as they were hardcore. Not unlike their contemporaries in Die 116, Mind Over Matter, 1.6 Band, Stillsuit, they took a more grooving, off-kilter, and discordant approach to the more straight ahead (pun intended) matinee sounds they were weaned on. It's plenty loud and aggressive and all that, don't sweat it. But also don't get nervous if the term "NYHC" makes you nervous. You'll like it either way.
On this record you get:
Janis from Citizen's Arrest, The Manacled, Animal Crackers, The Kill Van Kull
Rich from All For One
James Paradise from JJ Paradise Players Club, Freshkills, Go!, The Kill Van Kull, Pigs
Joe from Citizen's Arrest
John from...well...Hell No.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Nation Of Ulysses - The Nation Of Ulysses


Label: Dischord / K
Year: 1990

How many bands do you think The Nation Of Ulysses spawned in the mid-90's? Lesser-thans trying so hard to bite their combination of raved up Revolution Summer post hardcore pseudo-soul pastiche, and tongue-in-cheek revolutionary rhetoric were at every shitty "fest" in every town. They never had anything as witty to say, as Ian Svenonious did, and they never had the same confident swagger N.O.U. had (which made their cosplay so much more embarrassing). And what those second wave tribute bands definitely didn't have were the dueling guitars of Tim Green and Steve Kroner, that produced such an explosive and invigorating punch of interplay. The lyrics and presentation always get talked about (rightfully so) when you hear about The Nation Of Ulysses, but goddamn that band could go full fucking tilt. They somehow managed a dissonant swinging that propelled the whole wild-eyed conflagration into order. Or at least, close to it. Kind of.
All those nerdy wannabes almost ruined N.O.U. just by association, but the source material really is as good as could have been. Electric even. 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Willard - Sunshine Wire


Label: The Matt Label
Year: 1993

As has been painstakingly explained in this space, we (me) hail from the Tarheel State (fuck UNC...go Deacs!), and therefore have an chromosomal predilection to NC styled rock-n-roll. Which, for all intents and purposes, could just be an extra chromosome. So, when a blink-and-you-missed-it two song 7" from the gilded age of NC indie rock is threatening to forever slip through the cracks of time (she is a witchy woman!), we (me) here at Shiny Grey Monotone have an obligation by birthright to wrestle it back into the cultural morass. 
Willard were contemporaries of the Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Greensboro powerhouses of the early Nineties, but they did play it a little straighter than say, Polvo. They were a rock band that plied in a fuzzy post hardcore, maybe sorta grungy, kind of straight up, driving rock that has enough weirdness and rough edges that you love it. 
If you're on the fence, which is ridculous, get down from there, here's who played on this record and maybe that will help:
Mark Weddington - Days Of...
Justin Gray - Davidians, Double Negative, Garbageman
Brian Walsby - Snakenation, Shiny Beast, Erectus Monotone, Scared Straight, Davidians, Double Negative, Patty Duke Syndrome, Wwax, Polvo, and he fucking drew the cover of 7 Seconds 'Walk Together, Rock Together'...so...jesus.
David Sullivan - Red Fang, Shiny Beast, Last Of The Juanitas, Facedowninshit, and Party Time.

Solid fucking crew.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Galanas Cerdd / Soli Deo Gloria - Split 7"


Label: Moodswing
Year: 1997

If you spent any time in the underground music scene of Atlanta, Georgia in the early half of the 1990's, and were told "there's a new band with Kip, Bruce, Rick, and Mark" you would immediately know what you're in for. Those dudes had made a pretty unassailable collective resume of mathy, knotted, noise rock with their bands Fiddlehead (the original Fiddlehead), Freemasonry, Rebar, and Barrel up until that point. Honestly, some of the best music of the era. From anywhere. No shit. Galans Cerdd continued that trajectory with more Drive Like Jehu-esque propulsive interplay, and on this split 7" you get one song's worth. And it's a really good one song. Promise.
Soli Deo Gloria were also from Atlanta, and also forged a posthardcore path that could have easily found them on an Ebullition compilation alongside Amber Inn, Policy Of 3, Sinker, and the like. Instrumental, but with enough "oomph" to keep you engaged. They are also on a compilation we posted awhile back, but otherwise I don't believe they released anything else.

*sorry, I forgot the link in the original post

Festering Rinyanyons - Swimmin' Hole

Label: Train Wreck
Year: 1993

I think this punches our Festering Rinyanyons 7" dance card, as we have now posted all three ep releases form the band. And possibly we saved the best for last? 
Full tilt midwestern noise rock of the finest order, which very well could be seen as the highest order. The leader of the pack. Cracked and disjointed and wild-eyed...it's all there. Plus, a live Pussy Galore cover. What more do you need?!

Friday, May 28, 2021

Kiss It Goodbye - Choke


Label: Revelation
Year: 1999

Fuck it, here's the other Kiss It Goodbye 7" to compliment the previous post. 
As mentioned there, this record, the last output from the band, has Demain Johnston stepping into Keith Huckin's formidable shoes (I can only assume they smelled a fright) to hold down the riff assault. And honestly, he holds his own. Which should not be a real surprise as Demain had come from Undertow and Nineironspitfire, and would later be in Great Falls, Akimbo, and Playing Enemy (as well as others), so he certainly knows his way around a chugging bludgeon.
Otherwise, this is Kiss It Goodbye as you last left them, bringing two more punishers to the table. There is a cdep version of this record that has an extra song, and the two Preacher 7" songs, but, honestly, is there anything more insulting than the notion of a "cdep"? I won't have it in my home. No way. Not today Satan. So, I never heard the extra track...but I'm sure it's wonderful. These two songs are wonderful enough as presented.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Kiss It Goodbye - Target Practice

Label: Revelation
Year: 1997

With Process Black, Bitter Branches, a re-animated No Escape, and now the prospect of Deadguy shows looming, there has been an embarrassment of Tim Singer riches these last couple of years. Which, as a paunchy dude of a certain age, I am all for. Bring it on!
So, to celebrate, here's a two song rager of tracks left over from the 'She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not...' sessions released the same year as the full length from Kiss It Goodbye, the post-Deadguy band Tim Singer began with 3/4 of Rorschach. You most likely know that though, one would assume. I mean, if you made it here on your own free will.  
This is the last output with Keith Huckins and the last record before Kiss It Goodbye decamped from New York City to Seattle. Mr. Huckins should be considered for any sort of Riff Hall Of Fame if you happen to have any sway with the selection committee of that institution, I feel his Curriculum Vitae speaks for itself.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Rocket From The Crypt / Bloodthirsty Butchers - Cut It Loose / Water


Label: Bacteria Sour
Year: 1994

Two bands, two 7"s, three songs a piece. Hot deal.
The always prolific Rocket From The Crypt give you two scorchers and a Red C cover, that also, predictably, scorches. 
Long running Japanese band Bloodthirsty Butchers come through with three fast and loose punked out rockers of their own. Lord knows what the lyrics are about...as my Anglo ears cannot decipher the Japanese language beyond a few menu items here and there. It's a sad commentary on the American education system...or my own cultural laziness.
When Pushead shuttered Pusmort (sort...I guess there were a couple reissues and compilations that came out after) in 1992, he established Bacteria Sour in 1993. This double 7" was the first release on the label that wasn't by the band 16, and after this record Bacteria Sour did three more 16 records before branching out again, this time to Sunny Day Real Estate. Can't blame him for the 16 run...those records are all essential. And if you happen to have an extra copy of the Sunny Day Real Estate 7", holla atcha boy.

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