Saturday, February 4, 2023

Tired From Now On - Tired From Now On

Label: Pelligrant
Year: 1995

Not sure how far out of the Southeastern United States that this band got, but for those of us spending too much time haunting local basements to see and hear whatever bands passed through town in the Southeastern United States, Tired From Now On was a "must see" band. At least to me anyway. They were from the super fertile (like your mom) Gainesville, Florida scene that was, at the time, running hot on No Idea and Toybox Records juice, churning out band after band after band. The thing that was cool about Tired From Now On was that they didn't fit into the either of the two prevailing Gainesville camps; the mosh metal camp or the earnest melodic hardcore camp (thought the members were drawn from some of those campsites; Clarimel, Bombshell, Vanbuilderass, Scrog [fucking Scrog!], I Hate Myself, Culture, As Friends Rust, Strikeforce Diablo, Asshole Parade, and Floor [fucking Floor!]). They existed in this murky, dark, posthardcore world of their own that was noisy and sort of strange. The songs came out as pulsating waves of grimy guitar, which appealed to me as someone who errs on the side of grime nine times out of ten. In retrospect they aren't "that" wild and crazy, but at the time they were doing something that didn't sound like anyone else stinking up your buddy's low-ceiling basement. Have to respect that.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Tight Bros From Way Back When / Inside Five Minutes - split


Label: Makato
Year: 2001

In 2001 Makato Recordings did a four volume set of split 7"s with bands you may or may not have heard of, but this is number four, and it's the only one I ever owned (or heard). Originally the series of splits was supposed to be a monthly subscription type deal, but as I'm sure you can imagine, putting out records on that tight of a schedule when you're name isn't Geffen, is a royal pain in the ass. And purse. So, not surprisingly, the series folded after four.
I bought the record on the strength of the Tight Bros From Way Back When contribution. And their contribution here is an MC5'd rave up of the Edwin Starr (the guy more famous for his big hit "War" [good god y'all....what is it good for])soul song "25 Miles" that originally (supposedly?) was the first real hit for the Motown label in 1969. It's a fitting song for the band to cover since they were fully committed to aping a Detroit rock/soul sound, so, it doesn't sound too far off one of their originals, just maybe more catchy and a little less bombastically cock-rocking.
The b-side was an unknown entity to me, the (actual) Detroit band Inside Five Minutes, who proceed to wreck the place with a swaggering post-hardcore bluesy rocker that comes across as confident, yet somehow not giving a fuck. Like, this would be the band that played in front of 12 people at your local bar, completely perform as if they had sold the place out, talk shit from the stage, but blow the roof off the place with a just-holding-on barrage. Wish I could have seen them. They had a full length and ep, also on Makato, but I'm far too lazy to have ever tracked those down. Plus, I think they only exist on CD or something. So. Strike two.
Anyhow, it's a fun little curio from a different time, and maybe you'll get turned on to Inside Five Minutes the way I was.

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