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DOUBLE NEGATIVE (killer hardcore from NC, No Way/ Sorry State Records… FACEBOOK)
MURDER (local rock punk, LP release… FACEBOOK)
TRIAC (punishing grindcore… FACEBOOK )
WARGAMES (new SXE Hardcore… mem. Ruiner, Deep Sleep The Pist, Oak)
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It takes a pretty savvy band to steer allusions toward hardcore legends like Negative FX and Negative Approach in both name and sound. It also takes a developed sense of wit to reference sectors of academia in both mathematical and linguistic fields at once. But what kind of band can pull off both of the above simultaneously? I could tell you, but it might blow your mind.
From the deep, dirty southern locale of Raleigh, North Carolina, Double Negative is right at home with “Golden Age Hardcore” retrofitters like Government Warning and Wasted Time. There must be something about that cosseted corner of the South Atlantic that spawns inch-thick forehead veins that pop out from hardcore singers’ buzzed heads like earthworms in the rain. Whatever it is that’s to blame for this head-bursting rage is also to thank for inspiring the current surge of grubby, early `80s-styled hardcore rattling off influences from Minor Threat to the Adolescents to Jerry’s Kids and Poison Idea. Double Negative’s style of punk is snotty but not whiny, thrashy but not thrash, and fast but not fastcore. That is to say, Double Negative is old-fashioned hardcore in the purest of terms. [full review… HERE]
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Whatever Brains (NC, TUMBLR)
Frustrations (X records, Detroit, SOUNDCLOUD)
Friend Collector (FACEBOOK)
Balls to the Wall
at Emerald City, in the Copycat Annex
Bands are getting noisier. It’s either lo-fi or it’s loud, it’s hazy or “experimental,” and overall, yeah, it’s noisy. But sometimes all that dissonance can sound downright disaffected. That’s why it’s been hard for me to contain my excitement over the three tracks that make up Whatever Brains’ addictive new 7”, “Mt. Whatever”. However regrettable the moniker may be, these strident, Raleigh, North Carolina, thrash-brats are plugging into an inspiriting boisterousness that’s been too often lost in all the feedback.
The single’s “Summer Jammin’” is one of the few existing Whatever Brains’ songs that doesn’t surrender to the panicked, paranoid histrionics they seem so fond of, running at half-speed and indulging in that waltzy guitar jangle that got people so excited about Black Lips a few years ago. Singer Rich Ivey seems inspired by Trail of Dead’s Conrad Keely, able to soar above the dredge and manic attention deficit to attain something positively emotive and melodic. “Jammin’” is certainly a little deranged and a little bleary-eyed (let’s just say that if Travis Bickle ever decided to start a garage band, the Brains would be out of a job), but by the time that tidal-wave of a chorus kicks in, you’d be hard pressed to find a soul in the joint unable to throw his arms up in testimony.