Saturday, April 12, 2014

PRE-ORDERS/SALE STUFF/ NEW SONGS UP....!!!!


Thanks so much to those who, so far, have pre-ordered both the DIALYSIS 7" and BLOOD SUN CIRCLE LP!  Keep in mind, both records come with special limited covers that look pretty spiffy, as well as download cards too.  So you all got that going for you.

Additionally, for one more week most of the other titles in the webstore remain on sale, so treat yourself and pick up something extra when ordering these fresh new records.

And just to sweeten the deal, both DIALYSIS and BLOOD SUN CIRCLE have another song each from their respective records up on the bandcamp for you to check out.  Like you still needed a reason to get these records....

Diaysis, "Back To the Stone Age"https://hexrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ludicrious-speed

Blood Sun Circle, "Escape Artist"https://hexrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bloodiest-sunniest

ORDER IN THE WEBSTORE!!!!!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

BLOOD SUN CIRCLE AND DIALYSIS PRE-ORDERS ARE NOW UP!





Guess what? PRE-ORDERS ARE LIVE! Also, you may notice... many other items are on sale in the store for the next 2 weeks. So pick up the BLOOD SUN CIRCLE LP and DIALYSIS 7" and then maybe some more stuff. http://hexrecords.bigcartel.com/

The first 100 copies of the BSC LP come with an added screened cover.  The first 50 copies of the DIALYSIS 7" come with an additional alternate cover.  Both records come with a download card as well.

Pick both up and get some extra stuff in the store on sale!

HEX RECORDS WEBSTORE

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

(S)MARCH REVIEWS!

Lunch break posting.  How about maybe letting all this snow finally melt so I can return from sub-caveman style living?  Music shall help pave the way.




CAYETANA, “Hot Dad Calendar” 7”
Glad to hear that this upstart Philly crew is making moves quickly.  This is more of a teaser than anything really though.  It shows a much brighter production than the demo, even though it’s only two songs (one, which I believe will be on their full length, and the other a re-recording from their demo).  Both are great songs and maybe it’s a bit of a holdover until the LP drops, but I’ll take it for now.  Strongly in that vein of pop-punk who-cares-just-go-for-it recklessness combined with easy-going indie rock with great melodies and slightly awkward (yet really nice sounding) vocals.  Philly (by way of upstate NY mostly…  reppin’!) continues to dish out one killer band after another.  (Tiny Engines)

CREEPOID, s/t
A couple years ago I was blown away by “Horse Heaven”.  It just came out of left field and destroyed me.  Creepoid were this mysterious new band out of Philly that I watched on word of mouth.  Eerie, somber, psychedelic, melodious, and then monstrously loud and crazy when they felt like it.  This new self-titled LP continues that trend, but with further refinement and attention to the details.  The overall vibe of this new record is a little more consistent overall, whereas “Horse Heaven” jumped around frequently, one song to the next, on what type of mood they were going to drag you around by.  While that same gut-busting drugginess still pervades here it is done so with a smoother flow and the whole album feels like a big, weird trip full of excellent music.  So yeah, it’s good.  Also, I don’t do drugs, I just like to listen to a lot of bands that definitely do.  (No Idea)

DIRECT EFFECT, “Sunburn”
Thank you for the surprise.  When some PR dudes send you a band description that tosses around names like Pissed Jeans meets Fucked Up forgive me for being skeptical.  A band like that might be too awesome to actually exist.  Yet, somehow it does.  Hardly over-thought, but still brimming with melodious, catchy riffs that happen to be careening off the rails through rough-and-tumble playing and a singer so off his rocker one can’t help but feel like they’re about to get a beer bottle winged at their head just by putting the needle to the record for this one.  Like a garbage can full of bricks being thrown down a flight of stairs, and finding a catchy rhythm in it all this should probably be heard and experienced.  (Tiny Engines)

HELMS ALEE, “Sleepwalking Sailors”
Helms Alee have quite a catalog at this point to draw from.  Their first long player, “Night Terror”, set the stage with a brooding and sinister vibe and the most incredible guitar tones a heavy music fan could hope to hear.  “Weatherhead” got a little weirder, took a few more chances with a variety of song styles, yet maintained a fairly propulsive feel throughout.  And now they have their third full length out (finally!).  After a handful of listens it seems the most tame of the three, both in terms of heaviness and production.  They put the breaks on a bit with the massive tones (insert sad face), got more into the weird and sinew-y melodies, as well as the combined vocals of guitarist Ben Verellen, bassist Dana James, and drummer Hozoji Margullis all unifying at various times.  While I most certainly enjoy that side of Helms Alee, and they do it with an original sound, my reptile brain reacts most favorably when they are laying down two-ton riffs out of some of the most bad ass amps ever built.  You get that here and there, but it feels like the focus is on the melodies.  The production, while good, doesn’t quite do the heavy parts the justice they had been served in the past.  Perhaps it was intentional, perhaps not, I’m not sure.  It stands as a fine addition to Helms Alee’s growing catalog, a band that regardless of my preferences towards what they do, are one of the best and original bands out there today.  (Sargent House)


NOTHING, “Guilty Of Everything”
Apparently people are freaking the fuck out over this fairly new Philly group.  To date I believe they have released an EP before this and that’s it.  But this full length shows a lot of promise.  I’ve given it several listens attempting to pin down their sound and while it definitely leans heavy on the ethereal shoegaze style, complete with clean vocals that float in and out like sweet nothings in a lover’s ear, there are some great nods to 90’s alt-rock like Lush, Belly, and “Siamese Dream”-era Smashing Pumpkins.  A few songs begin to get a little same-y over the course of the record, but the ones that stand out (like lead single “Dig”) really stand out bright.  Lifts you up on a cloud of atmospheric guitar riffage, and then brings you down with walls of sound bigger and brighter than you can imagine.  (Relapse)


OLD IRON, “Cordyceps”
Has Isis-Neurosis metal been out of fashion long enough for it to return to a level of class again?  I mean, all those other bands ripping this style have moved on to shoegaze, or stoner rock, or black metal folkgaze, or whatever the shit is getting played out currently, right?  Leave it to these Seattle dudes to not really give a damn about trends and just do what they’re into.  So yeah, they lay down some massively heavy glacier-like movements deep in tone, thick in riff, and introspective in melody and song length.  Fellow Seattle brothers in things metallic Heiress actually come to mind when hearing the more melodic sections Old Iron offers up and I’m very OK with that…  and I’m sure they are too.  I’ll admit to not being huge into bands of this style (mostly because the wave of bands that over did it several years ago sort of ruined my appreciation for it), but this mostly keeps my attention all the way through and has some memorable parts as well.  And that’s pretty good for a band that writes 9 minute long songs.  (self-released)


SECRET CUTTER, s/t
Calling this record ‘heavy’ sort of does it a dis-service.  I mean, a dump truck full of landmines is ‘heavy’.  This record needs some new word that implies heaviness beyond what I just mentioned.  Also, if I’m not mistaken, this band is simply a vocalist, drummer, and guitarist who plays through two bands worth of guitar and bass cabs.  So yeah…  it’s something beyond heavy.  There are plenty of bent and twisty riffs to go around.  There are also sharp musical daggers being thrown recklessly at limbs, crushing drums doing a tap dance on your skull with brick-lined soles, and lots of down-tuned sludge pouring out of the speakers like some failed skyscraper collapsing in slow motion.  And for some reason when I see the record cover I am reminded of Ministry or Skinny Puppy.  There’s no logic behind it.  It just looks like it could be from some 90’s industrial band.  Don’t be fooled.  This is whatever-new-word-I-have-that’s-heavier-than-heavy.  (self-released)


TESLA’S REVENGE demo
Taking a gander at this band they seriously look like the nicest band around…  like they spend their days reading to senior citizens and carrying their groceries for them just for fun.  And musically, it’s a pleasant sound too.  There’s certainly more than enough bands out there doing pop-punk and playing the ‘we’re nice kids’ card, when in fact, it comes off as more of an advertisement for an energy drink of some kind.  So, that being said (all conspiracy-like at that) I’d like to think Tesla’s revenge are the real deal in terms of nice people playing good music.  The first song is upbeat, genuinely rocking, and rooted in a sort of current pop-punk vibe with alternating male and female vocals.  The second song has a real Bridge and Tunnel vibe to it, not to mention a little more depth overall.  Strangely enough, these songs are not on their band page, but they ought to be.  Promising.  (self-released)


TYPEWRITER, “No One Clears Out a Room Like...”
The first time I tried listening to this CD I put it in my computer and it got about a minute in before it froze and wouldn’t eject for another two hours.  So, first things first, don’t put dumb stickers on your CD that cover the entire disc (many would argue ‘don’t make CDs’, but hey, one thing at a time).  After rectifying that mess I got down to brass tacks and put this fucker on repeat.  Typewriter go through a number of styles on this 8-track demo and they’re all good.  Some of this gets all mod rock in the vein of The Jam and (if you want to get all 90’s) Chisel.  But then they throw in some synths that overall have an 80’s feel to them, which definitely adds well to the songs.  Another song gets a real fuzzy reverb feel to it and I’m reminded strongly of The Men, circa “Leave Home”-era.  Then it switches over to an older Superchunk feel.  Fans of consistency might not be too into the band switching it up like this, and I get that.  But I’m a big fan of every style they’re throwing at me so I’m OK with it.  Maybe they’re finding their sound, maybe they just like to do whatever suits them at the time.  All I know is this is good and deserves to be heard by many.  (self-released)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

SECOND SONG FROM BLOOD SUN CIRCLE LP NOW UP!

The heading is pretty self-explanatory.  To keep you all interested, a second track from "Bloodiest/Sunniest" has been added to the bandcamp page.  Check out "Skull Twin" and keep an eye peeled for a pre-order coming soon.
https://hexrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bloodiest-sunniest

Thursday, March 13, 2014

TEST PRESS! NEW DIALYSIS TRACK!


So the DIALYSIS test presses are in!  Woo hoo!  Fast songs on 45.  I think there's no other way to really listen to stuff like this.
To commemorate this wonderful occasion a third song from the "Ludicrous Speed" 7" is now up on the bandcamp page.  Check it out!
Pre-orders will go up for both the DIALYSIS record and the BLOOD SUN CIRCLE record in a couple weeks, and there will be some goodies involved as well!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

T-SHIRTS!

So here's something different.  No reviews, no interviews, no label news.  I just thought it would be fun to put up some band t-shirts (also not label related).  I know there are sites dedicated to just old punk t-shirts and stuff, but, ya know, I have a bunch of them and I may as well throw something up about them.  Let me be the first to state that I am hardly a fashion-conscious person.  I may be one of the least fashion-conscious people ever.  I have one pair of jeans that I think 'look good'.  I've worn the same outfit for the last 15 or so years pretty much- band t-shirt and jeans.  If it's cold out it becomes band t-shirt, jeans, flannel.  So ya know, pretty boring.  But functional.  So anyways, here's a bunch of neat shirts I have:


So there's this place in Rochester, NY called the House Of Guitars.  It's pretty legendary.  In addition to being stacked with tons of music gear they also have a separate room filled with piles upon piles of band t-shirts...  like mountainous piles.  I've seriously seen over 50 Krokus t-shirts there.  It's also been at least 10 years since I've been there.  But when I would journey up there I'd often stop in and see if I could find any gems.  And I definitely did this time.  This was definitely at a time when hardcore kids were ironically wearing heavy metal band t-shirts, but I definitely had a lot of love for Anthrax.  Especially the lyrics on the back of this shirt, which came from "Starting Up a Posse", off of "Attack Of the Killer B's"...  which s the first thing I heard from them and instantly loved.  It's a pretty small shirt, but I got it for $6 and still wear it.

Another House Of Guitars find.  I also really love old Elvis Costello stuff.  Plus this is a 3/4 sleeve shirt...  so neat!  I really don't care if this is stylish or not, it's friggin' comfy and fits perfect.  Odd side note, the first apartment I moved into the landlord had left a bunch of her old stuff in the attic, and one thing she left was a different Elvis Costello 3/4 sleeve shirt with some weird art and 'The Attractions' on it as well.  I like this one better.  Maybe Elvis Costello just really liked 3/4 sleeve merch?
I have no beef with buying bootleg shirts if it's something I'd never be able to track down a legit version of.  Case in point, this Jesus Lizard t-shirt.  Don't know who made it, bought it off the internet, didn't pay much, and it looks cool.  Plus, they're one of my favorite bands ever.
Rorschach shirt from one of their reunion shows from about 3 or 4 years ago.  I was stoked they used the Pushead art from the original 2002 re-press of "Protestant" (which I happen to have, signed and numbered by Pushead!).  Plus, just having any t-shirt with Pushead art on it is pretty cool.


Any of you anarchists remember Evasion?  You remember Evasion.  You had a CrimeThinc phase too.  Admit it.  Evasion was one of the coolest travel books about petty shoplifting, dumpstering, traveling for free, and living life on the fringes from the comfort of a boosted hotel card key and day-old bagels in a hot tub.  Either way, it was influential to me.  So one time the intrepid author of said book rolled through town for a show and brought a bunch of these t-shirts with him.  Of course I got one.  It's just a really funny t-shirt.  I can't really wear this one around in public though.
I friggin' love KARP.  But any attempt to find their shirts, even bootlegs, is an exercise in futility.  So before my old band went on a U.S. tour I did the next best thing- I bought a ringer from a thrift store, carved a KARP stencil, sprayed it on the shirt, and wore it basically every day for the whole tour.  It got pretty gross.  I don't really wear this much anymore.  But man, the memories...
Young Widows, early on, definitely got compared to Jesus Lizard a lot.  They definitely ripped their style pretty hard, but better to rip off an awesome band than a shitty one.  That being said, they figured if they were going to get the comparison they may as well start ripping off their t-shirts too.  So this is basically a Jesus Lizard t-shirt with Young Widows on it.  It's like I got two band t-shirts for the price of one.

And finally, I've had this shirt since probably 1993.  And, in the style of the time, I got it x-large.  Mind you, anything over a medium is way too big for me.  So for years I didn't wear it and kept it as memorabilia.  And then last year, as a gift, my wife had it tailored for me.  Now it fits much better, albeit still a little awkward.  But who cares when Rollins Band were so vital?  The top photo is a small print on the front left.  The second picture is the back.  People used to make fun of me for this shirt because they would think the front said 'silence the Rollins Band, they suck'.  Hank beat every one of those people to a bloody pulp....  in my dreams.








Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BLOOD SUN CIRCLE- COVER ART, NEW SONG

Above is the cover art for BLOOD SUN CIRCLE's upcoming debut LP.  And at this location you can hear a new song off the LP, "The Grips". Play it really loud.  Like, real loud.  And repeatedly.