I had never heard of The Slowest Clock until about a year ago and now I can't get enough of them. Another brilliant 12inch here, thanks to Brian from the Slowest Clock for sending on a physical copy of this. Sound guy, great bassist :)
Various - Northern Exposure Bootleg Vol1-3 (just the songs)
Northern Ireland, late 70's, Bootleg, Tape
Absolute gem of a find here by mr bat29 yet again. This series of three tapes covers a lot of the late 70's NI punk scene, it originally had live songs, demos and interviews but has been cut to just the songs by the good Mr bat! 27 rare tracks and demos from the likes of Rudi, Protex, Outcasts amongst a whole host of others, this is a deadly little find, been listening to it non stop of late. Download it!
Exile In The Kingdom - Freedom/Total Disorder 7" + 1983 demo track
Louth, 1984, Prophet Records, 7"inch
Excellent melodic punk from Drogheda, I have added the one demo track I have found to the download. Thanks a million to bat29 of Noise Addiction blog for sending this on and check out this video from youtube of the demo track included here 'Stay High, Stay Low'.
2nd album from the Dublin Oi merchants Skint. 11 more cracking original tunes, I have included the video of 'Pissed Drnk Fucked Up' because its such a class tune! Also the last song on the album is a cover of the trad classic Monto (Take Her Up To Monto). And before anyone points it out I haven't the foggiest reason why blogspot won't let me turn this cover the right way around! Sorry!
Crusty Death Metal from the early 90's! Haven't heard much else about these guys except on encyclopaedia Metallum where it saysd they released five demos in all. Thanks to Eric for passing this on to me.
Excellent ep by this relatively new Galway Pop-Punk band, up-tempo and catchy as fuck! The following is taken from their bandcamp site. "Stick Around are a four-piece diy pop-punk band from Galway, Ireland. Their music blends the passion and dedication of Latterman with the melodic punch of bands like Title Fight and Get Bent. Their lyrics burst with positivity; a celebration of youth, optimism and the simple joys of being alive. Stick Around’s EP When We Ran tells stories of love, hope and growing up. The melodic hooks are plentiful, and the band’s enthusiasm shines brightly through this well-produced record. If you sometimes need a reminder that everything will be OK in the end, maybe you could do with listening to this. - SOS FROM THE WEST"
Interesting release here from Paranoid Visions, perhaps they are the only Irish punk band to do a flexi disc?! The first tune is one of the best recordings I have heard of 'Home Sweet Hell', following this is 3 songs recorded live. I decided to leave these songs as one rip as they flow really well together and to rip them apart would destroy a lot of the urgency that comes from the recording, a high quality explosive recording that shows PC at their best, the songs are Newtownism/Asleep At The Wheel/Cycles of Christ. Lastly on the aforementioned flexi we have 4 Cough, a classic for any fans of Jayne County.
This band never got around to doing an actual recording and played only a handful of gigs (the above flyer being from one of them), pity really, however Lyncher sent me on this tape to rip so here you have their only practice recording. Crusty Black Metal is the closest descritpion I feel fits though I hate that term! 3 lengthy tracks here in all.
Finally got around to putting this comp up. Brotherhood of One was a short run zine in the late 90's, I picked up my copy of this zine with the free cd in virgin recordstore in Tallaght of all places when it came out. Excellent comp here with 2 songs from Striknien D.C, one of Gouts best tunes ever 'Let Em Off', a cracking Waltons tune and a cover of Hops & Barley by the mighty Steampig. 6 songs in all.
Oh Christ why did this band only release one demo, play a handful of shows and then break up?! Damn, the good ones never last too long. Well at least this 4 track demo stands as a testament to the heft of this band. Sure you could say its totally 'dystopia' crust/sludge worship but that is certainly not a bad thing in my book. If you never heard of these you would be a fool to not download it.
Only Fumes & Corpses 1st EP! What is with Galway and unusual band names? I have loved this cd to death, my copy became fucked from too many plays in the car so thanks to Dan for sending this one on. Melodic uptempo hardcore with thoughtful and not your run of the mill lyrics, Momme is also one of my favourite front men out there. These guys have a new album out now on Lockjaw Records, get ittttt.
Ahh Fuktifino so many great gigs, so many great memories and one of my favourite front men that has ever graced an Irish band in Kollin. At the time this band came out there were far too many people standing still and singing whereas Kollin put his passion and heart right into this band and would be jumping on and off tables, amps, punters, whatever no matter what anyone thought. This E.P is soo good, to me 'Mouth' is the stand out tune, they have a kinda poppy-hardcore sound for want of a better description. Look its fucking punk okay?!
Would you believe it, almost 200 things uploaded to this blog and this is the first band from galway represented. Thanks to Dan for passing me on a load of Galway stuff for the blog, I know one man doesn't make a scene but over the past fifteen years the scene in Galway I honestly don't think would've reached the levels its at now if it wasn't for the hard work of people like Dan, nice one. Anyway first up is the amazingly titled The Boy You Hit Is Dead who were described as noisecore and/or metallic hardcore. All I know is they had a serious fucking groove and I loved it.
Siege/Deep Wound worship says it all. This 4 track demo is over before it even begins, nasty, nasty, nasty stuff. I fucking love it and am delighted to hear this one man project is to become a live band.
Only recently released I must say this two track ep is their best work to date, seriously its an absolute stormer. Brilliant to see musical acts as tight and passionate as these guys quite obviously are. Download it.
Downloaded this demo a while ago but never got around to listening to it. However I got to see this band for the first time last weekend and I must say they blew me away. Modern sounding hardcore but more stripped down with incredibly tight riffs and the vocals/lyrics smack of integrity (not the band!) and purpose. This was their first release
Sligo, 2008, unreleased 17 tracks recorded on the 1st and 2nd of November 08', some of which appeared on the 'State Emergency 7inch'. Straight up punk rock with a strong uk82 sound, thanks to Janer/Punk Rock for the pics to go with this. download Excuses 17 tracks via mediafire
Dublin, 1999/2001?, DIY, Tape This is fucking Coldwar, first demo I think. RIP Skinny, much missed and never forgotten, and the continuation of of this band as one of Ireland's most uncompirimising metal/hardcore acts is a homage to the great man himself. www.myspace.com/thisiscoldwar
Dublin, 1980, Nineteeneightease Records, 7" Delighted to get my hands on these songs, DC Nien were part of the initial punk movement in Ireland, and were considered one of the bigger bands of the time along with U2 and The Atrix. Really unusual, well structured first wave punk rock, with the addition of sax and synths and at least now I know that the name came from the area where the band were from, Dublin 9!
Louth/Dublin, 1997, Velcro Wombat Recordings, Tape Edgy, beautiful, rising rock from this pre Rednecks band, reminds me a bit of Moss Icon in parts, Christ Ireland really had some amazing bands in the mid 90's, thanks to Anto Loserdom for passing this on to me.
Belfast, 1982, WXYZ Records, LP Excellent punk band from belfast, relocated to London in 1982. Reminds me of the Vibrators or early UK Subs. This was later re-released on Captain Oi! in 1994 with 8 bonus tracks, so try find that one :)
Belfast/Dublin, 1980, Good Vibrations/Energy Records, 7"
Didn't even know about this one til I came across it online. Really excellent power pop, mod, new wave style compilation. 3 bands from Belfast, The Outcasts, Shock Treatment & Big Self, along with The Vipers from Dublin. Some crackle on this rip but I tried my best to tidy it up :)
The first Waterford band to appear on the blog! Pop punk trio that existed from 1996-2005 in various forms. Six songs here, Naked Raygun, Greenday and the Hard-Ons are cited as obvious influences. Thanks to Steve from Brooder for sending this on.
Another classic Belfast/Warzone Centre related band. Classic anarcho politically charged punk, this five song tape was released to coincide with the 1987 general election in the UK. Sound is a bit muddy/bass heavy on the first song but evens out well, 'Law and Order' being my favourite. Thanks to George for passing this on.
My final Tearjerkers related upload, thanks to Paul Mc yet again for this selection of various radio and studio sessions, from the Grinning Soul Blog "In 1979 the Tearjerkers where enjoying good success with the single Murder Mystery doing well on both the radio and in the charts both in the UK and in Europe, thoughts turned towards recording follow up singles and an album. The TJ's booked time in Parkgate Studio in Sussex, England and recorded 3 new songs 'Comic Book Heroes', 'Fingers' and 'Can't You See' these track where not released at the time for various reason but did see a release in America on the Mercury label. Other recording sessions in London's Radio Luxembourg Studio's with Laurence Juber and in Belfast's Downtown Studio's yielded this collection of songs which where being considered for release in 1980 but plans were shelved due to the band splitting for the first time. The Tearjerkers Sessions contains studio versions the Tearjerkers 1979 set with the exception of some of the early stage favourites which can be heard on the Good Vibes Years album. This album is also available with a slightly different track listing and album art on itunes."
Demo and two practice songs from the excellent Crude And Snyde from Drogheda. Classic anarcho punk rock with a hefty dose of attitude. If anyone can send on a cover scan of this for me I'd be delighted. Thanks to George for ripping this and upping it to his blog
More classic pop punk gems and a Peel Session to boot! Excellent. From Grinning Soul Blog, "Belfast's Tearjerkers recorded two sessions for BBC Radio One's John Peel show back in 1979. The first session was actually recorded for a local radio station DowntownRadio and was recorded in their well equipped recording studio in Newtownards and the second session was recorded at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in London. The tracks contained on both sessions were stage favourites such as Murder Mystery, Dressing Up and Comic Book Heroes. This collection features good audio quality and has John Peel introducing each song."
Yet again thanks to Paul McIlwaine for allowing me to up this to me blog and takne from his excellent Grinning Soul Blog. This is a collection of sessions for Downtown Radio, and I've been listening to this nonstop since I got my hands on it, worth it for 'Voice Of A Nation' alone, download it and you'll see what I mean :) The following blurb comes from Paul Mc, "Etc Etc where formed by Paul Maxwell lead singer of the Tearjerkers and Paul McIlwaine Guitar. While the Tearjerkers where a pure power pop outfit Etc's veered towards a more arty form of pop and featured the synthesizer of art student Stephen Mallaghan. Gregg Lindsey also from the later day line-up Tearjerkers played drums with Joe Sharpe on Bass guitar.
The band played live continually between 1980 and 1981 and recorded several sessions for Belfast's Downtown Radio station which where then released via the Blue Rhythm Label in Belfast and Portadown."
Excellent, heavy as fuck, unrelenting crust punk with the obvious classic sepultura influence (always a good thing in my mind). One of my favourite Irish bands of the past couple of years, thanks to Donal for sending it on.
I believe this band were around during the time of the Attic, couldn't find much info online about them. The first couple of songs are dark, brooding tunes with ethereal sounding vocal, the tempo picks up on the second half of the tape and the songs become more discordant and noisy but still holding the same floaty/dreamlike vibe! Thanks to Anto Loserdom for passing this on.