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

In Constant Motion

Information taken directly from Last.FM:
In Constant Motion was a short lived post-hardcore band influenced by the likes of Saetia, Piebald, The State Secedes, Off Minor, Portrait, Orchid and the Record Label “Level Plane.” The EP was recorded in July of 2001 and self-released with hand-made artwork. A couple thousand copies were sold at shows, online and at local record shops before the band broke up. In Constant Motion was also on a compilation with the band Thrice called “We Will Answer Questions With Questions” and a short home-made music video was featured on several online underground music sites, which have since disappeared. After Phil, the drummer, left the band he was replaced by C.J. for a short period of time. Some new songs were written and some new ideas formed but they were never recorded. Drama within the band led to a quick split after things started to go down hill. Even with some record label interest and several high-profile shows booked, there was no saving the musical project.
Sounds definitely like a ton of other bands. I'm not entirely sure where they are from, maybe Vermont. There appears to be some unreleased stuff, but I think this it for actual real recordings. Check it out if you're curious.

In Constant Motion

Monday, June 13, 2016


From Penfield NY. Active mid-late 2000's. I'm mainly posting them for their demo, which fits on this blog more than their later stuff. It's pretty noodly and jazzy before that was really a big thing. The later stuff is a bit more modern day twinkly stuff, I'll post it in case people want it. It's still pretty good, just less fitting for here. Members went on to form somewhat popular post hardcore band Polar Bear Club.


Bittersweet and Strange

Last Songs