Monday, January 26, 2015

SYNDICATE - DEMO

About 2 weeks ago, GENERACION SUICIDA went on a mini trip to the bay area. It was an interesting trip for me, mainly because the whole time I thought I would be rendered blind at any moment. Let me start from the beginning. About a month ago, I went to the optometrist just to get contact lens exam. However, upon closer inspection, the doctor told me with a frightened expression that my retinas were tearing and had been for some time. Holy shit, my retinas were about to detach. She recommended I see a specialist immediately just to make sure I didn't need surgery. So for the next two weeks after that, I spent every waking moment with the constant fear that any little sneeze, cough, bump, or loud vibration would cause my retinas to become detached. I was finally due to see a specialist the Monday after our bay area trip, so I wasn't in a very upbeat mood the whole time I was in the bay. Anyways... On that Saturday the show was great. Oakland never disappoints that for sure! All the bands were great. TORSO, ISOTOPE, SYNDICATE, and ACRYLICS were all  killer! While I tried to be chill through out the show (so as to keep my eyeballs and retinas in their sockets), I did manage to pick up the SYNDICATE demo. This is a really cool demo. Melodic punk in the vein of bands like NEON PISS or NUCLEAR SPRING. I don't really like to compare bands to other bands, but that's exactly what I just did haha. The demo has a raw garage feel as well, something I dig as I don't really like overproduced band recordings. As with most bands in 2015, they have a bandcamp, so you can download all their stuff from there (for free or if you can pitch in a few bucks. It really helps DIY bands!).

You can check out their bandcamp here

Oh, and in case you are wondering, my retinas are fine. The doc took one look and calmly said, "your retinal tears are old and healed on their own already". No surgery required. Hell yeah, I was so stoked to put away that "Braille for Dummies" and wooden cane away... for now.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

LAKRA - OLD AND NEW DEMO



These past 2 weeks have been pretty hectic. Texas was a blast and incredibly rainy, and except for falling in a ditch, it was a great time had by all! Now back to the realities of work and everyday life. We can't all be on an endless vacation...

About 2 weeks before heading off to Texas, we played a show at a south central backyard. The show was a total throw back to when I was a young kid, with a bunch of young kids holding a 40oz Mickeys in one hand and 3 balloons in the other (if you've ever been to a street punk backyard in LA, you know what's up). To add to the feeling of being in 2005, I was surprised to see that LAKRA had played. I didn't get to see them play, as I had shown up late, but I did get to talking to one of the guys from the band. It turns out, they've just started playing again, which I think is pretty cool. The last time I saw this band play was probably about 6 years ago, and then they quietly disappeared. Anyways, it turns out that they've recently recorded a new demo and they were nice enough to send me their old demo along with the new one.

You can read more about them and their sound over at the Hardcore Por Vida Blog

You can download their old demo here

And you can download their 2014 demo here

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GENERACION SUICIDA - 3 DAY TEXAS TRIP

That Dallas show has been moved to Denton. Sorry Dallas!

Next week, GENERACION SUICIDA will embark on a small weekend trip through Texas. We just felt like getting out of town for a bit, so why the hell not? We'll be playing Mangos in Houston with LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS, JJ's in Denton with STYMIE and SLIMY MEMBER, and Austin with KURRAKA, DETESTADOS and DYE. For the Texas trip, we will have a limited discography tape that has all our studio recordings from 2010-2014. More info on that soon.

Also, if you're in LA this weekend, go to this show! It's the last show we play before heading out to Texas and it's going to be in a small basement in Huntington Park. Email if you need the address.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

RECKLESS - DEMO TAPE


RECKLESS from Oakland, CA. I got this tape when they came down to play in South Central LA (I believe it was earlier this year). I still remember the show like it was yesterday... It was a warm summer night (it's always summer in Los Angeles) and they came down with another band, STAY SCARED. I don't believe that I got the STAY SCARED tape, but luckily I did snatch this tape. Ripping US influenced hardcore. Think POISON IDEA, but not really haha. All the songs are relatively short, about a minute and a half, and they hit you fast and hard. They were great live too, so if you can catch them live someday, you definitely should. There were rumors going around that they were going to have a 7 inch ep out soon. Here's hoping...

Uploading demos, I've come to the realization that most bands have a bandcamp these days. This is the face of punk (and music in general) in 2014. But what do I know, I'm sharing this on a blog in 2014! Anyways, check out their bandcamp and support the band with any kind of donation if you can/want/feel like it. You can also download my tape rip if you want that hissy pleasure.

Download my tape rip here

And check out the RECKLESS bandcamp here

Monday, December 8, 2014

RAZORHEADS - DEMO TAPE


I learned a lot from our recent East Coast tour. Mainly that when google maps tells you that it'll only be 5 hours to get to New Jersey from Richmond, what it really means is that it's gonna take 10. Yes, routes on that side of the U.S. seem much farther than they really are. That night when we pulled into New Brunswick, people were rushing us out of the van and to get set up and play already. I hadn't even finished setting up merch and opening up my beer before it was time for us to play. It was definitely the most rushed show of the whole tour and that fuckin sucked. What did not suck that night, however, was RAZORHEADS. These guys played some brutal hardcore and were really fun to see live. They also seem to be a local favorite, as they had the crowd going nuts that night. This demo sounds more blown out than they do live. Download it and check it out for yourself.

Download the demo here
 
And check out more from RAZORHEADS here

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

INFIDEL - DEMO TAPE


This one is kind of weird, because INFIDEL has their own bandcamp page and honestly $2 is not a lot for such a great tape. Oh well, I went through the trouble of ripping the tape anyway, so here we go. INFIDEL features current and former members of other notable bands from Vancouver like SPECTRES and SYSTEMATIK. Too me, this tape sounds like a noisey, reverb drenched version of CHRISTIAN DEATH... and I love it! LA had the pleasure of actually having INFIDEL play in South Central at The Dog Haus. If you missed them, well... you're a bozo! Today is the first actual rainy day in a long time in LA. For those of you that don't know, it almost NEVER rains in LA. So this demo goes great with the weather. Sit back, relax, light a few candles, drink some cheap beer in a wine glass and listen to this demo now!

You can download my ripped tape of the demo here

While you're at, support this band and actually visit their bandcamp page and pay for a cleaner version of these recordings. As punks, we should always be working to help each other out. Here's the link to their bandcamp page:

http://ministryofhate.bandcamp.com/

Monday, December 1, 2014

FRAUDE - DEMO TAPE



FRAUDE from South Gate/South Central. This is some fast thrashcore from ex members of HIT ME BACK (you can check out their great EP here). As I've said before, as a kid the big thing in the punk scene was street punk. So when I first heard HIT ME BACK, it was a breath of fresh air to my 14 year old mind. FRAUDE pretty much picks up where HIT ME BACK left off, with its tambourine shaking, blast beat playing style of hardcore.  Too bad they haven't released anything else since this demo tape.


You can download the demo here


Here's a video from a show we played with them like 2 years ago at a backyard show. Backyard shows are pretty rare these days, but we'll talk more about that later...