Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Widow/Orphan were a band from Brisbane, Australia featuring Ami Sullivan, Brent Stegeman, Damian Coward, Owen Shemansky and Paul Adair.
Owen was widely regarded to be the most handsome member from the the males in the group. Paul got a speeding ticket once on tour and he paid it all by himself, good on him.
Widow/Orphan broke up when Damian and Brent relocated to Adelaide, where they both went on to play in a latter lineup of Love Like... Electrocution, which had also featured Ami's brother Tim. Damian and Brent were also both largely responsible for Building Records, and now run the Exotic Corpse.
While I'm on the Australian streak here, this is an interesting one. Seems to have a celebrity cast of people. The one song available is really good. Goes pretty hard, has melodic parts, super intense female vocals. I originally found it on emotape 0.6. Definitely check it out.

I'm more making this post just to see if anyone has any more tracks by them. hints at there being more? Who knows. I'll keep looking though. I had the wrong bandname for many years, so that didn't help.

Widow​/​Orphan - If Closets Are for Clothes, I'm a Fucking Trenchcoat

Noisy Sins of the Insect

Not an unknown band, you can get their other releases and info about them in many other places. I do have some potentially rare recordings from them. I downloaded this a long time ago, and have never seen these tracks in other places. It's some studio recordings of a lot of the songs off 'Automatic Suicide Machine' and the discography. The recordings are much clearer and I guess 'raw' than the normal stuff. I prefer it more to be honest. Worth a listen if you like them.

studio casaba (taksim) recordings

The Paddington Bear Affair

Screamo band from Adelaide, Australia. They existed between 2003-2005. In addition to releasing a 7" EP, the band appeared on a few comps and released a demo on CDr and cassette.
This is actually really good. I'm getting a vibe of fellow Adelaide greats: Eyes Like Black Stars. It's kind of noodly, desperate, and impassioned. Not sure what was happening in Adelaide for all these awesome bands to form. Most members went on to form Nebraska which shares a bit of the sound but loses some intensity. The demo is super rough and sounds like some major basement jams which is not the best. Definitely check out the S/T though.

2004 - demo

2005 - the paddington bear affair


For a Reddit user. Description by Sophie's Floorboard
Hiretsukan (meaning "vicious man" or "despicable person") were a four-piece hardcore/screamo band originally from Washington, DC, though they later relocated to New York. They began in 2000, and finally called it quits in 2012, though they hadn't released any studio material in 7 years. All they left behind was an EP and an LP, both which are full of dark, dissonant, brooding, and intense punk rock in the vein of bands such as pg.99. The vocals are incredible, with some high-pitched screams courtesy of frontwoman Michelle Proffit, which are often doubled up with guitarist Dave Sanders' backing vocals, which echo her voice perfectly. I'm also a sucker for bands with dual vocals, so I may be a little biased, but to me its fucking great. The band is really tight, but still bursting at the seems with this cathartic energy. You really can't go wrong with that. Enjoy.
Hiretsukan-2002 - End States

Hiretsukan-2005 - Invasive - Exotic

Monday, August 19, 2019

This City Dynamite!!!

The band was formed in mid 2004 with members from two then recently defunct Adelaide bands; Love Like... Electrocution and Eyes Like Black Stars. This City Dynamite!!! played what can be described as screaming rock that fit somewhere between The Plot to Blow up the Eiffel Tower, Botch and The Blood Brothers.
This City Dynamite!!! played regular shows, often consisting of re-arranged band line-ups with like minded Adelaide bands My Sister the Cop and The Paddington Bear Affair. This City Dynamite!!! only released four songs on CD, a demo recorded at The Church (Young Street Church) at the hands of Justin Hermes (Diplomat, Damned Men). 
Their demise simply came about when friendship was chosen over the band in late 2005 although they reformed briefly for the sole purpose of recording an album containing 9 songs. This album remains unnamed, un-mastered and unreleased on a disc somewhere in Adelaide. There are often rumours that one day they will hold a reunion show and since disbanding the members have gone on to forge new paths in Robotosaurus, TIERSMAN, Bronze Chariot, MULE, Swords, Dear Pilgrim, Damned Men, Animal Traps, The Burning Sea, Space Bong, Grenadiers (first line-up) and Monuments.
Info from this Adelaide wiki. Members of Eyes Like Black Stars is pretty major. Sounds like at least one of the singers is in this. As for sound, it's definitely on the sassier end. More Love Like... Electrocution than Eyes Like Black Stars. It's not bad or anything, but a bit mediocre compared to the formative bands. There is apparently an unreleased album, no idea on that.

Demo 2005 (wrong date?)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Clap! Clap! Excitement

All I have on this band is that they played a few shows in Harrisonburg VA, during 2002 and were part of the "Macrock Fest" in 2002 as well. Google gives me nothing else, is empty. For sound, I don't really know who to relate them to, sounds similar to many bands from the era; maybe a bit of a European sound. It's generic, but not too bad. I like the third song on the demo. Check it if you're curious.

When I originally downloaded these tracks, the band was labelled as "Clap! Clap! Excitedment" which interestingly enough has more listens on than the correct spelling. Who knows what the band is supposed to be called though.

The Spitz

This is an interesting one. I originally found out about this band through the compilation "Building Records Presents 60 Songs." When originally ripping the CD many moons ago, the band name came out as "ใ‚นใƒ”ใƒƒใƒ„" which is a 90's Japanese rock band. This confused me for a long time leading me to never tracking down anything else by them. I put a bit more effort recently into looking for them and managed to track down the correct band.

Active sometime around 2003 (when this album was released) and coming from Sydney, Australia. The beginning of the album leads you to believe that it's some sort of sassy/snotty punk band with power violence elements. Further, into the album, things go in much more of an emo/screamo type direction. The female vocals move between punk vocals, to 90's emo and Ache Hour Credo type singing, to emo/screamo vocals. It's interesting, goes pretty hard. Definitely check it out.

One Day I Got Sick Of The Bad Taste In My Mouth


Came across this Bandcamp which has a lot of really cool Australian stuff including this band. Check it out and consider buying some stuff to support them

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