This is me Looking Dangerous – Nosebleeds

thisismecoverforstore_400wNosebleeds collects This is Me Looking Dangerous’ last 2 EPs (Because I love Death, and The Winter of my Heart) in their entirety. Ten songs that had such a negative effect on me that I became agitated and outwardly angry only a few seconds in to the first song. Abominable, annoying, grating and unlistenable. Ten songs that felt like twenty-four too many. Musically, this is somewhat diverse with its varied instrumentals, style and approach. Featuring attempts at campy jangle pop noted.Yet somehow, it all  comes off sounding amateurish and infantile. This cassette only release comes via Rat Brain Records on slime green cassettes and is limited (thankfully) to twenty five copies. Unfortunately, I am amongst the twenty five that might be subjected to it.Honestly, I get the feeling this was created with the sole purpose of initiating enough ire to inspire the listener to fire the first shot in what will turn out to be an apocalypse yet to be seen by human eyes. J.D.

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Point Blank – On the DL

There’s a timeless line in the film The Godfather that says  “Just when I thought I was out… They pull me back in.” that perfectly illustrates my feelings about Hardcore music as a whole.  For years now I’ve found myself greying out of a genre that for decades was at the core of what my music consumption and show attendance. Thanks to bands like Queens’ Point Blank. I’m still finding reasons to go back to the well to reacquaint myself with that old friend.NLY-016 jacket lowresOn their eight song banger “On the DL”. Point Blanks first post demo release. The Queens band shows progress in both the musical and lyrical department. One can’t help but feel drawn to the dark bass lines and angrily pronounced vocals on “Life is too short.” Everything from the cover imagery to the short bursts of early 80’s rage and discourse reminding this bitter old curmudgeon of  what originally drew me to Hardcore in my early teens. Before the crossover. Before the tough guy posturing. Just Hardcore in its purest and most potent form. Archaic  and beastly Hardcore that draws you into the vortex of the circle pit. Give it a spin on Bandcamp and decide for yourself. On the DL” is available through Not Like You recordsin both digital and CD format. If you’re vinyl junkie like mysewlf. Keep your fingers crossed that itv will be pressed to 7′ inch format in the near future.  JD

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Mr. Pink – Boy Chowder

There’s an unforgettable scene in the classic film Reservoir Dogs where Steve Buscemi is assigned the unenviable name “Mr. Pink”. It’s about as good a scene as you’re going to get. If you’ve seen it. you know the scene by heart. If you haven’t, you’ve done yourself a serious disservice and I will question your ability to make the most basic choices in life. Taking your bands namesake from a great line, flick or song can be a tricky undertaking. One that’s rendered many prior attempts to ridicule and scorn. When it’s done right, like in the case of Mr. Pink. The reference and likeness are accepted. Often becoming nothing more than a footnote.

a2655800235_16On their debut EP, Rockaway New Jersey’s Mr. Pink and their strangely named “Boy Chowder” fire on all cylinders to create something that moves, grooves and hits all the high notes. The opening bass line and guitar spiral that open “The Social Reunion” are exceptional and dare I say, reminiscent of early Fugazi material. “Lycan Pope” follows with more of a sludgy southern charm. Driving and groove heavy with story teller vibe. “David Lynch Always Win” continues the heavy stoner vibe with excellent results. While “That’s Using You’re Ass” follows a similar path to the aforementioned tracks. It’s the closer “Permicide” that leaves this listener with something he won’t soon forget.

CD inlet features lyrics and band info. With a five song debut that effectively introduce the bands ability to produce sludgy, stoner rock inspired narratives. One can only hope we’ll be hearing more from MR. Pink in the near future. JD

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Polyphony / The Planet You “Art is Useless” Split

a2889393831_16It’s been a long time. Over a year would be a generous understatement since I’ve heard anything from Maplewood’s Polyphony. To be honest. I recently found myself wondering if their time together had come to a quiet end. Thankfully, Polyphony doesn’t to do anything quietly.

While this split only features one offering from each band. Polyphony’s “Reason to Prevail” and “Roses are Subjective” by The Planet You. I find each of these songs to be infallible testaments to the power of a good split. While two very different bands with Polyphony’s mathematic, yet unwound madness and the technical melodies Montclair’s The Planet You offer. They share more similarities than one might give them credit for.

These two bands match up well on this split. A wake up call that old favorites Polyphony are still going strong. A reminder of how refreshing it is  hearing and learning about bands to keep my eyes and ears on. JD

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Agree to Disagree -If You Think We Suck Now…

a0593354697_16While “If you think we suck now. just wait til we sell out” is a 2014 release. Massachusetts Agree to Disagree and their ambitious sixteen song imprint are as new to me as last night’s bowl of mac n cheese.

What I really appreciate about Agree to Disagree is that while they might easily find themselves swimming in the same waters as most of the dye in the wool Pop Punk bands you may have heard since you picked up your first Blink 182 album. Agree to Disagree have a gift of shifting from the more heartfelt and emotionally drench ballads to a more aggressive, punchy Punk sound.  “On my own” serving as a perfect example. “Reunion”, one of my personal favorites feels like it could have been a hidden track or beefy B side on Saves The Day’s “Through Being Cool”. “If you think…” is highlighted by big riffs and chord changes. A vocal style that remains uplifting throughout. Overall, this was a really good listen. An album that seemed to build on it’s promise with each song. JD

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Remo Drive – Breathe In /Perfume 7′ Inch

Drawn to the cover and the simple fact that is the lone vinyl record amongst a sea of Cd’s, cassette tapes and shirts. I picked up a copy of Remo Drive to through a few extra bucks to one of the touring bands. “Here’s you two slices of pizza and a fountain drink” I thought as I dropped my Lincoln on the merch. table.

a0985612513_10Side A’s “Breathe In” is a real attention getter with its quirky guitar leads and shouted vocals. The song as a whole winds and twists its way too your heart. Punk rock with an emotional vibe that feels as Midwest as the band’s Minnesota routes. Side B’s “Perfume”, takes a more poppy approach to introduce itself. Though not overwhelming. There’s a bit of a Promise Ring feel to it. Overall, a good sampling of what Remo Drive have to offer. Each song having a different effect on me. While good, these two songs didn’t do much to solicit further listening. The record itself comes on [blue swirl vinyl.) Which for me personally, was a nice surprise. For more information on the band and any of their previous work. Check out the links below. JD

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Power Face – S/T 7′ inch

Having started Document Fanzine less than a year ago. We really haven’t gotten to the point where we’re getting a whole lot of submissions for reviews. (Something I sincerely hope changes in the near future.) Interesting how the ones we’ve received have either come from publicists peddling music we, or at least I, have no interest or intention of taking the time to review. Or, as in this case. Bands from far away with something more up our alley . On what I believe is the band’s debut 7 inch. Power Face get right ta0076224816_16o the point and up in your grill with a fast paced, raw Hardcore sound that’s sprinkled with elements of Speed Metal. (Most evident in the bands potent guitar assault.) With six of the seven songs coming in at under two minutes. There’s really little room for any break downs or mosh parts, which is fine. Not bad for what it is. Still, nothing that would really inspire more than a casual listen. On the down side. Power Face have some of the worst vocals I’ve seen in quite a while. Something I would have most likely missed if the actual lyrics weren’t included. “Come with me if you want to live. Walk the road of fire and sin.” Lead me to think this band is either in middle school or just don’t have a lot to really talk, or in this case, sing about. Not that I’m saying a Hardcore bands lyrics should change the world. Personally, I just prefer a little less role-playing in my Hardcore music. Not bad, but nothing special either. Proceed with caution. Power Face don’t really offer much in the information department on their social media pages. Regardless, I’m leaving a link to the bands music. This way, you can form your own opinions.  JD

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