Anybody into DIY punk knows that Japan has one of the largest punk scenes in the world, producing a volume of recorded output comparable to entire continents. And Tokyo is the largest city in the world, a cultural mecca for a wide range of niche expressions. So you could be forgiven if any particular DIY punk band from Tokyo has slid under the radar for you. And with only two 7"s and a couple tape/CD-R demos over 11 years, like many Japanese bands, Illya is not very prolific and hasn't drawn much attention to themselves outside their home country.
But 11 years is a long time to hone your craft, and Illya's first new record in five years shows their fluent mastery of "Japanese hardcore". Three songs with all the signature characteristics in full effect: high-charge tempos, epic and inspiring riffs, desperate vocals, big gang-vocal choruses, blazing full-throttle guitar solos, powerful and memorable songwriting, tight musicianship, perfect recording. While the rest of the world turned, Illya was patiently analyzing and comprehending their Balance and Poison Cola records; they know Japanese hardcore like studied collectors, they play it like born naturals.
For those like me, who long for the days when this style of punk was a lot more common.....welcome to your new favorite band.
Art by the esteemed Zukk. Mastered for vinyl by Enormous Door. Cut at Lucky Lacquers. Housed in a Stoughton tip-on jacket with transparent vellum insert.
LP in the works.
In stock: 4 pcs
"Are you ready???" for Thisclose/Sludge Japan tour? for Japan to get a crasher course in the Grave New Beat?
Thisclose unleash two tracks of their unmistakable d-beat formula: the high-charge catchy chaos of Discharge intertwined with the ballsy prancing hard rock of Discharge, backing Rodney Shades' signature heavy metal wail. Along with Gasmask Terror and Vaaska, they are one of the few bands that somehow manages to make "d-beat" stylistically interesting and exciting in 2017.
Sludge follow up their LP on Crust War with two tracks of metallic Japanese hardcore. They mix the rocking and attitude of traditional Japanese hardcore like Tetsu Array with the heaviness and aggression of metallic Japanese bands like Ghoul and Demolition. Not for the faint of heart.
Mexico City has maintained one of the most exciting punk scenes in the world for the past few years. From SPHC fam like Muerte and Inservibles to inspiring groups like Anti-Sex and Riña, we always have one eye on what's happening 'south of the border'. Of course Sacrificio doesn't escape our attention. They made our ears perk up with their self-released 2013 demo tape, they made our heats beat faster with their 2014 debut 7" on Cintas Pepe Records, and now they've got our fists in the air with a powerhouse first album.
Sacrificio play hardcore punk the way it was meant to be played: straight from the heart by way of the gut, full of character and attitude, without pose or copying. On this LP, they're at their fastest, with their most complex arrangements and dynamic songs yet, but also their most aggressive and unhinged. I'm reminded of 90's bands like Capitalist Casualties and G-Anx, building upon 80's bands like Heresy, HHH, and Raped Teenagers.
Fall in love with punk again. =)
Art by my hardcore brother Yecatl (Cintas Pepe Records, Muerte and a million more bands).
In stock: 5 pcs
We have now entered the final form of Exit Hippies' evolution. Their transformation, from crust to dance, is complete. Rejoice, get jiggy with it, or just leave the hall.
Exit Hippies began as a band that loved crust punk and dance music in equal parts. Their mix of shit-fi Extreme Noise Terror/Sore Throat worship with lo-fi acid house techno is legendary, and changed my life forever. Over their long discography, they have made a lot of brutal crustcore records, with varying amounts of techno interlaced throughout them.
In their final form, Exit Hippies has truly fused crust and dance into a hybrid form of music that's unlike anything else I'm familiar with. No longer content to just have "punk" and "dance" rubbing shoulders, they've brought these styles together to produce an uncompromising, defiant mutant offspring that defies categorization. Imagine Underground Resistance fronted by Dean Jones, remixing Confuse songs. Maybe "Police Bastard" as performed by Model 500. If A Band Called Flash is playing "heavy heavy future funk", this is "noise noise dystopia funk".
On second thought, don't even try to understand, just dance it out."
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