Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Million Knives Lie In Wait

A hardcore band from Portland, Oregon. Summer 1998-Summer 1999.
They recorded demo with Jeremy Romagna (later of Type Foundry Studio) and self-released a CD/cassette they sold on their sole west coast tour.
They shared bills with:
Submission Hold, Reversal of Man, Bread and Circuits, Yaphet Kotto, combatwoundedveteran. Their last show was at the Living Room in Santa Barbara, CA.
Related bands: Pascal's Wager, JonnyX and the Groadies, Berzerk, Mur*der.

Really good 90's emo style stuff. I have here just the demo mentioned above, I've never seen the self released CD before, so no idea on that. Overall it's fairly high quality, but super short. Sometimes the vocals kind of remind me of Toru Okada, especially in the second song. Recommend a download for sure.


Sunday, October 16, 2016


This is the band that came right after An Embrace of Angels. I think it shares all or most of the members. They're listed as being from Owatonna, MN, and were active mid late 00's. They sound pretty similar to Embrace of Angels, just a little less over done and cringy. I think they're better for sure. What I have here is some early demo I think they released, then some EP found on their myspace.

the graceful art of failure (is not the same as the Embrace of Angels album, maybe mislabeled.)

The Eazy EP

Friday, September 16, 2016

Jaded / The Watercolour

Major props to this blog for the description:
The Watercolour were an emo/punk outfit from Indianapolis who played a few shows from 1993-1996. There were actually two periods of this group, the first was done under the name "Jaded", and the songs tended to be much angrier and rough. The later period, under "the Watercolour" softened in its approach substantially. Both incantations of the group were in the emo/hardcore genre and I think the listener can immediately hear the influences.

A 7" of 2 songs by Jaded was released by the now defunct Witching Hour Records/Diffusion Records around 1996/97. The Watercolour was featured on a 7" compilation which benefited Judy Barry ( and that was released circa 1995. I hope to extract these vinyl releases and upload as mp3s at a later date. At the end of the band's short run, they went to Airborne Studios (in Zionsville of all places) to record. 8 songs were done at the session (in the wee hours of the morning to save money) 2 of which were the "jaded" 7" listed above, the other 6 were lost for about 10 years. I'm posting them here as mp3s for those who may have known the band or were familiar with that particular scene. I appreciate if anyone remembers them or any of this to correct my post.

The members of the band were:
Chris Saligoe - bass, he went on to form and continues to play bass in RACEBANNON
Austin Considine - guitar, now plays in NYC band RAZOR SHINES
Mike Anderson - guitar, formed and continues to be the vocalist in RACEBANNON & RAPIDER THAN HORSEPOWER
Rob Smith - drums, played drums for awhile in RAPIDER THAN HORSEPOWER, now guitar in RAZOR SHINES (NYC)
Ryan Schneider - vocals (Jaded + Watercolour), artist in NYC
Chris Mullin - vocals (Jaded) I think Chris resides in Bloomington, IN
I can't actually find any mp3's on that blog, or the one it links. So here's what I have. I'm missing the compilation song, but here's the rest. The Jaded 7" is really good.

Jaded 7"

watercolour - stories about old rich white people (unreleased LP)

Rise of Marakara

I'm just going to copy some description I found on their archived website
In 2002, a band with no name and few songs, played merely for fun and for the love of the music. After losing a singer, and replacing him with Mark Clark on vocals/guitar in the spring of 2003, the band buckled down, and gave themselves a name both literally and figuratively. Their sound changed and improved to accommodate Mark’s vocals, which were a bit more screamy. They infused their original post-hardcore sound with patches of noise as well as flashy solos, and brought out the talent of all the members: Bridget King on drums, Pat Marchwiak on guitar, and Matt Zachar on bass. 

However, late summer of 2003 saw the band paying a farewell show for Matt, who they were losing to college at MIT. The remaining members continue to play music on the foundation they’ve laid, mixing emo and hardcore in a genre that’s not fully formed, appreciated or represented in Chicago. The three piece describes themselves as chunks of Saetia, Fugazi, and City of Caterpillar injected into angular guitar noise with a post hardcore foundation, and have gotten comparisons to Wolves, At The Drive In, Sonic Youth and mewithoutyou. 

The band is making waves in all the right places for their talent, perseverance and unique sound. From opening for Level Plane Records band The Fiction, to recording their mp3’s in the production studio of WLUW, Chicago’s most popular independent community radio. They are always working on new material and will soon enter the studio and record a proper release ASAP. This summer may find them touring, and the spring will find them playing many more shows in the Chicago area with well-respected and very talented members of the hardcore and post-hardcore scene. 
This really bad review comes up for them when you search their name. It's kind of funny, don't know what you expect from bands like this though. They're all kind of cringey/bad in the same object of an era way.

I think this is their only official release. There might be a few more songs floating around, don't have those though.


Belief in Promises

I don't have much for this other than they're from Aspen Hill, MD and active early/mid 2000's. Fairly generic metal influenced stuff. My searching on them seems to bring up some other really obscure bands that members of this band have been in. Not sure on what they've released, so here's some sort of collection.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bright Lights Always Turn Off

From Duluth, MN, active mid/late 2000's. It's definitely pretty mid 00's skram sounding. I do know that they are from the same place as Bear Garden, and they sound actually somewhat similar as well. No info other than that. I've been looking for more tracks by them, to no luck really. Here's just some that I ripped off their myspace.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Welcome Home

From NJ, active late 2000's. This is the band that came after Remember Van Gogh. It's pretty decent maybe a bit on the post-hardcore side of things. Sounds quite similar to Remember Van Gogh; reminds me kind of Daniel Striped Tiger or something. I'm not entirely sure what all they've released, I think this is it though. I also don't think they have any connection to this other band called Welcome Home that is active right now.

Overcast EP