Saturday, April 10, 2021

FOE's Post-Pandemic Gig Journal

 Coming soon!

FOE's POST-PANDEMIC GIG JOURNAL

I started going to concerts in 1982.

I've always been bummed that I never kept a journal or list of every band I've ever seen.

Well, I've not been to a proper gig in over a year, due to COVID. 

So what better starting point to begin documenting the musical experience than post-pandemic. I can always do a BC (Before COVID) list and try to wrack my brain to remember all the bands I've seen along the way.

Cheers,

FOE

Bix's Post-Pandemic Gig Journal

 Coming soon!

BIX's POST-PANDEMIC GIG JOURNAL

Cheryl's Post-Pandemic Gig Journal

Coming soon!

CHERYL's POST-PANDEMIC GIG JOURNAL 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

MONNIER

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MONNIER
"Monnier"
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Released: April 23, 2021


I love grindcore with alternating guttural growl and squealing howl.

This release combines the band's two eps. The first EP, the first eight tracks, were released in February of 2018. The new ep, the last eight tracks were released in February 2021 through Monnier's bandcamp page. Horror Pain Gore Death Productions combined the two EPs here on CD as one magnificent purifying purge. 



There are a few copies on vinyl out there in the world, but nothing I could find in the US. Halenoise Records and Loner Cult Records, both in Belgium, have them available for those feeling the need to order overseas.



While I know that there is a tremendous amount of grindcore out there, Monnier just does it for me. I love every second of this release. Which means this receives my "Need on the preferred format, vinyl" support. 


Happy grinding!

Cheers,
FOE


Sunday, March 21, 2021

For Family and Flag Volume 1

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VARIOUS ARTISTS
"For Family and Flag Volume 1"
PIRATES PRESS RECORDS
2020

First off, there is a previously unreleased Cock Sparrer song. So this is automatically a mandatory purchase. Bishops Green, 45 Adapters and Lenny Lashley's Gang of One (reflectively closes out the album) also provide massively enjoyable, previously unreleased tracks. 

Cock Sparrer

I love great compilations. If done right, they bring along unreleased tracks from your favorite bands, expose you to bands you might not have ever heard before and if done properly, you can drop the needle on the record and it serves as a great playlist.

Shuffle and Bang

Shuffle and Bang starts the party off with a big band party that surprisingly works perfectly. I never heard the band before, but my eyes are now open.

The Slackers

The Slackers, The Barstool Preachers put forth uplifting ska and punk blends that I already love. 

The Barstool Preachers

The Drowns, Noi!se, Lion's Law, 45 Adapters, The Antagonizers ATL all provide  raucous, anthemic, melodic, oi and punk tracks.

The Antagonizers ATL

Lion's Law

Charger take the energy up a notch going for the punch in the face punk with a pinch of Motorhead flavored metal thrown in for good measure. Seized up take things to a hardcore, post hardcore anthem about gentrification and taking back the neighborhood.

Charger

Everyone knows the Subhumans and they STILL have the energy, chops and integrity to put forth a full throttle, speedy punk gem.   

Subhumans

"For Family and Flag Volume 1" goes down as a classic comp. Just like the "Punk and Disorderly" comps from decades ago, this serves both as a classic stand alone record and drives the listener to checking out the bands other material!

45 Adapters

Pirates Press takes things a step further by providing a website where you can check the bios, band social media links and lyrics for all the tracks, further exposing you to the music of all of these fantastic bands. 

PRESSING INFO:
950pcs. - 12" Black Vinyl
250pcs. - 12" Blood Red Vinyl
2000pcs. - CD

Cheers,
FOE



Sunday, March 7, 2021

Follow Fashion Monkeys

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FOLLOW FASHION MONKEYS
"Inner Ear Infection"
1987


FFM were one of the first Lehigh Valley hardcore/punk bands to venture outside of the LV with their music, famously touring with Indigesti.

FFM were one of the first LVHC bands to release an LP, with the Russian Meatsquats and American Dream being the other two.  Follow Fashion Monkeys self released their first lp on Clymer records in 1985. To my knowledge, this album was never released digitally. I transferred my vinyl to mp3 a long time ago.



The songs on this second album, were recorded in 1987 at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington VA, by Don Zientara and were produced by Ian MacKaye. Pretty lofty credentials, yet never saw a release of the full album on vinyl.

Four tracks from "Inner Ear Infection" were released on FOE records as a 7". I am extremely grateful that I had a part in something that included the Follow Fashion Monkeys, Don Zientara and Ian MacKaye. 

FFM broke up in 1987 and two of the other tracks from this session were released on compilations ("Menagerie Pt. 2" on the "What Have You Brought Me This Time?" 7" and "Money For Something"  on the "Get The Hell Out" compilation").

You can listen to the second album on Spotify or purchase the tracks on Amazon (minus the Yardbirds cover, which is on the 7".



Listen to the 7" through this blog. I do not have any of the 300 copies of the 7" left beyond my personal copies. It is out of print. I do not see any available for sale on Discogs either, but you might be able to score the first album if you haven't secured one yet.


Read the Follow Fashion Monkeys 1986 tour journal from FOE zine #8 here.

I hope I get to see the day when someone releases the entire Follow Fashion Monkeys discography on a 2xlp gatefold vinyl release with a book of photos and the history of the band. They deserve it. 


Cheers,
FOE
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Monday, February 15, 2021

Ship Thieves "He Lost His Head" from "Irruption"

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SHIP THIEVES
"He Lost His Head" advance track from "Irruption" LP
Chunksaah Records
Released: March 12, 2021


These pre-order vinyl versions are already sold out. I see this more and more. If you want the vinyl, you either have to keep hoping they will press future variants or continually follow your favorite labels. I missed out. D'oh.

If you don't know Ship Thieves, check out their 2016 release, "No Anchor" on No Idea Records. A great record. Give it a listen here: 


Ship Thieves is instantly familiar with Chris Wollard's (Hot Water Music) distinctly dusty, dry and borderline hoarse vocal style. So far the band has given the world a sneak preview of what the new LP "Irruption" has in store with the track "He Lost His Head". Listen here:

I will be anxiously awaiting a future vinyl variant (fingers crossed) and March 12, when "Irruption" is released!

Cheers,

FOE

Chunksaah Records

Ship Thieves FB

Chunksaah Records FB






Wolves Attack!! Rest in Piss

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WOLVES ATTACK!!
"Rest in Piss"
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Released: January 29, 2021


Wolves Attack!! are from Philly. I love Philly. I miss going to live shows in Philly. 

My post pandemic bucket list includes seeing Wolves Attack!! live. 


"Rest in Piss" includes six blasts that sounds like a Ringworm fronted Municipal Waste mashup. All songs are driving, intense and impassioned, fueled with the objective of going full force, releasing, cleansing and exhausting the demons. That's some good fun!! The fact that Wolves Attack!! captured this feeling on these recordings only makes me want to witness the live show more!!


Brilliant cover of Misfits "We Bite". 


Give this a listen. So good. Listened to this over and over and over!!


Consider this a formal request that someone release this on piss colored vinyl. I would buy that.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Battalion Zoska Nobody's Scared

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BATTALION ZOSKA
"Nobody's Scared" (Demo)

Released: February 2, 2021


There are not many people who know more about punk than Pat Society. I am lucky enough to have known him for a very long time. Back when people traded tapes, I'll never forget the EATER tape he made and mailed me. I ended up finding all of that EATER on vinyl over the years. 

My point, I don't know many punks in bands who would even know to cover "Nobody's Scared" by Subway Sect, never mind know the song or the band. Pat knows. 

Pat says, “Hey a little taste of paying homage to one of the original punk bands. Its free if you want it... respects to Vic Godard for his permission.” Side note, I can confirm that Jim the Roadie (guitarist) is another who knows more about punk than I.


Philly's Battalion Zoska do a spot on version, capturing the brooding sound and delivery.
Check it out. It is free.

And if you don't know the original, check that out too! Lyrics from 1978 still haunt.



EVERYONE IS A PROSTITUTE SINGING A SONG IN PRISON.
MORAL STANDARDS THE WALLPAPER. THE WALL IS A BAD RELIGION.
MEDIA TEACH ME WHAT TO SPEAK. TAKE MY DECISIONS.
IT'S HOW TO FIND YOUR INNER-SELF TIME ON THE TELEVISION.

NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE FOR. NO ONE EVEN CARES.
WE SHOUT PUBLICITY HAND-OUTS. NOBODY'S SCARED.

THE LANGUAGE WE USE, IS IT WHAT WE WANT?
DOES IT NOT PROJECT THE FALSE?
SUBJECT TO OBJECTS JOURNEYS MEAN THAT A WORD LOSES COURSE.
WE'RE TALKING IN CLICHES. BETRAY YOURSELF FOR MONEY.
HAVING IS MORE THAN BEING NOW. NOBODY'S SORRY.
NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE FOR. NO ONE EVEN CARES.
WE SHOUT PUBLICITY HAND-OUTS. NOBODY'S SCARED.


Pat Society: Vocals
Arik Victor: Guitar
Jim The Roadie: Guitar
Jonas Image: Bass
Steve: Drums

Cheers,
FOE


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Monday, January 18, 2021

EYEHATEGOD Fake What's Yours

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EYEHATEGOD
"Fake What's Yours"
Advance track from
"A HISTORY OF NOMADIC BEHAVIOR"
Century Media Records
 Release date: March 9, 2021
Century Media and EyeHateGod have released the track "Fake What's Yours" as the pre-orders for "A History of Nomadic Behavior" have gone live. 



EHG are one of my favorite live bands. Always devastating, brutal, cathartic. I've got my pre-order in!

I can't believe it has been seven years since their last album. I think I've seen them live three times since then. Love this band. One of my radio partners, Johnny Generic, used to always get bunched up when I would play EyeHateGod on the radio. He couldn't believe I'd say that on the radio. Of course some of that was our give and take fun on our shows as well. RIP Johnny Generic. I think of you every time I listen to EHG. 

Cheers,
FOE

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