Drugs And The State 7” EP
Schizophrenic Records #86
Powerviolent HC outfit SNAKE CHARMER awaken from hibernation in the coldest, darkest month in Hamilton’s post industrial wastelandscape to assault your eardrums with blasts of noise, energy, and speed. Fittingly enough SNAKE CHARMER’s Drugs And The State EP is 86 in the Schizophrenic Records catalogue and it’s a killer. This comes packaged in deadly cover art by Becky Katz. Crank the volume & click HERE for a preview that might just eighty six your speakers. You can grab copies this weekend at Hamilton’s 2016 MAKES ME SICK FEST on Saturday, January 30 at Doors Taco Joint & Metal Bar.
I’m Not Responsible, You’re Not Responsible
:: fuck you gesture with middle finger::
Boots & Hearts
High Times On the Khyber Pass
“In 1913, Luigi Russolo wrote The Art of Noises, describing how the human ear has become accustomed to the speed, energy, and noise of the urban industrial soundscape. What could better describe a band that has been charging the hardcore scene in Canada’s steel capital headfirst into an abysmal whirlpool of noisecore fuckification and tinnitus? This isn’t about steel though, this is about hardcore, and there is no existing vocabulary to describe cores harder than this one. Remember around 2009-2010 when “not-powerviolence” was almost sort of a loose genre referring to bands that were too “hard” for “hardcore”? On Drugs and the State, SNAKE CHARMER has almost taken that level of extremity to the borders of “not-death metal”. Have you ever listened to The Gerogerigegege? Have you ever wanted to watch a condo get demolished with a wrecking ball? Stop reading this. Turn the noise back on.” – Alican Koc
“Is that actually music!?” – My Mom hearing this EP via phone speakers
“Thanks guys this autoplayed and blew out the speakers on my phone.” – Random internet comment on an early SNAKE CHARMER YouTube video from a fan
Hey kids in better late than never news we wanna fill you in on some titles in the works at HQ. Our retail shop Hammer City Records continues to expose us to all the finest bands from our home in Hamilton so locals will recognize some of the bands we’ve got vinyl releases planned with, the rest of you should expect be impressed if they’re not on your radar.
At some point in 2016 expect to see releases from:
SNAKE CHARMER Drugs & The State 7″
TV FREAKS 7″
BORN WRONG 12″
FLESH RAG 7″
SNAKE CHARMER Drugs & The State EP will be unleashed this weekend at the 2016 MAKES ME SICK fest in Hamilton so expect full details later today.
As premiered by AUX Hamilton, Ontario’s BORN WRONG return with their most raw and driving 7″ to date, unleashing four dynamic punk/HC tracks that truly capture their unhinged live assault. Expect the same cohesive, slightly deformed, song structures with even more chaotic vocals. Pounding piss-blood drums and tone heavy guitars. The band returns to the East Coast US again this summer, and the August 2014 issue of Maximumrocknroll will feature their 2013 tour diary. Each Art District 7″ comes packaged in a hand silk screened obi, and the limited edition is on clear wax and comes with an fold out silk screened poster. This will be available for Euro distro via Scull Crasher Records in Greece.
Tracks: Two Faces, Art District, Catholic Stare, Reaching For Nothing
There are to Canadian 7″ launch shows:
Sunday, July 20 Toronto SHIBGBS
Saturday, July 26 Hamilton Doors Pub
US Tour Dates:
8/15/2014 Columbus, OH
8/16/2014 Chicago, IL
8/17/2014 Milwaukee, WI
8/19/2014 Cincinnati, OH
8/20/2014 Lexington, KY
8/21/2014 Nashville, TN
8/22/2014 Atlanta, GA
8/23/2014 Raleigh, NC
8/24/2014 Richmond, VA
8/26/2014 Baltimore, MD
8/27/2014 Wilmington, DE
8/28/2014 Philadelphia, PA
8/29/2014 New Brunswick, NJ
8/30/2014 Boston, MA
8/31/2014 Brooklyn, NY
9/1/2014 Albany, NY
9/2/2014 Buffalo, NY
The pride of Hamilton’s first wave of punk SIMPLY SAUCER mark a return to turntables with the release of their Baby Nova 12” EP on June 24 courtesy of Schizophrenic Records. Exclaim unleashed these details yesterday day via Exclaim.ca
This EP will premiere the first ever studio versions of five classic SIMPLY SAUCER songs recorded in Detroit MI at Jim Diamond’s Ghetto Recorders studio in August of 2011, and produced by Jeff Meier (Detroit Cobras and Rocket 455). The use of vintage analogue recording equipment in this session allowed the band to return to the immediacy of their own raw edgy roots in a city that had influenced the formation and early direction of the band.
“With the addition of composer/arranger/session musician and bona fide Detroit legend McKinley Jackson on keyboards on a couple of tracks SIMPLY SAUCER went further and deeper into the ‘Detroit Sound’ to the soul/funk roots that had so influenced bands like Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, the MC5 and the Stooges,” says song writer and front man Edgar Breau of this release.
Pressing info: 800 copies including 700 multi color mix colours vinyl + 100 black vinyl w/ additional black and white fold over sleeve. All copies include 4 page booklet with lyrics, images etc.
The release of Baby Nova will be marked with several events including an instore launch at Hammer City Records in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (228 James Street N at rear off Robert Street alley) Friday, June 27 7PM (RSVP here), & full sets at The Casbah (306 King St W at Queen St) on Saturday, July 5 8PM (RSVP here), and in Toronto at the legendary Silver Dollar Friday, July 18 (RSVP here).
Single copies are $15.00 + shipping and available via Discogs & Big Cartel.
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Hamilton, ON’s TV FREAKS return with their sophomore album titled Two. Like past records, it’s loaded with irritable treble-worship and signature frantic-yet-catchy compositions. While ripping through the same jangly and driving terrain, Two finds the band venturing into more refined and sonically complex territory. The songs are concise, demented, frenzied with repetition and just elaborate enough to stick. Ranging from in-the-red saturated guitar, to stomping low-end seizures, set against howling mantras filled with themes of melancholy neurosis. This offering is dominant collection of rabid and discerning punk songs, borrowing cues from the likes of THE STOOGES, THE GERMS, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, or a tougher EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING. Ignore at your own peril.
Track Listing Side A: Rewind – Knife – Overreacting – Battle – Pusher – Game
Track Listing Side B: Nothing – Phone – Salvation – Snake – Friend – Mine – Think
Stream the album here at Exclaim
The die hard edition limited to 100 copies comes on clear vinyl with an alternate cover, hand silk screened in red and black (back) ink, available only via mailorder and at Hammer City Records. The regular release is $17 US/Canada and $23 US PPD by air overseas & limited edition copies are $20 US/Canada and $25 by air overseas. Paypal orders can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
TV FREAKS S. Ontario/Quebec dates:
10/04 London, ON – Blood Haus w/Eraserhead
10/05 Windsor, ON – Coach & Horses w/Cellos, Greys, Eraserhead
10/11 Ottawa, ON – Mugshots w/Thee Nodes, Blood Red
10/12 Montreal, QC – Brasserie Beaubie w/Sonic Avenues
11/01 Hamilton, ON – The Doors Pub w/Born Wrong, Kremlin, Burn Victim
Check out the band giving the VILETONES’ Screaming Fist the TV FREAKS treatment via NOW Magazine & chatting up Chart Attack. Here’s some great reviews from Weird Canada, The Canadian Canon & NOW Magazine
SNAKE CHARMER 7″ – Available early September
sssSSSsss…SNAKE CHARMER strangles you with nine bursts of reckless despondency. These blown out charging psalms characterize the current climate of Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Written for beings of another world, SNAKE CHARMER’s freshman release remind the listener that you are fighting a losing battle of victim vs victimizer. Combining elements SEPTIC DEATH, LOU REED’s Metal Machine, and blast beats that sound like you are pulverizing your knuckles on a rusty stairwell as Hep C infests your soul. Enjoy/regret at maximum volume. sssSSSsss
TV FREAKS Two LP Second full-length outing from these awesome freaks will be coming late September. For a preview check out this live recording from Blanket Fort:
Check out the slick artwork and a couple more tracks by clicking here.
DEFEND HAMILTON: Eat Shit 7″ Comp
Eight local HC outfits unleash eight short blasts about Steeltown’s seedier side with tracks about Evelyn Dick, Loujack Cafe, mobsters, & more local mayhem. Features AT WHAT COST, BORN WRONG, DEBT’D, DISMANTLE, LAID TO REST, LEFT FOR DEAD, PICK YOUR SIDE, and SOCIAL DIVORCE. Coming this fall!
BORN WRONG 7″ These local HC nutters want to assault you with another chunk of wax and we’re happy to help. Out this fall!