Here are my top 11 demos slash seven inch forty fives.
11. Lemuria – Ozzy
Too awesome to not include in the list. I love everything this band does. My only problem is that it is too short. “Expert Herder” is my favorite outta the two songs on here.
10. Deep Sleep – Paranoid Futures
More of the same great melodic 80’s style hardcore. In the vein of Descendents, Adolescents, JFA, California. The bass player in this band is so ridiculously awesome also.
9. Merchandise – Demo Tape
Members of Cult Ritual. This album is very unique sounding and incredibly good. The first song has such an awesome build up to an even better climax. It keeps you hooked for the rest of the demo. Post-punk like Fugazi, kinda.
8. Foreign Objects – Demo
Awesome, snotty female fronted punk. Members of Conversions, Ampere and others. It kinda sounds like a more Bikini Kill styled Conversions. It’s real great stuff, and I’ve been hooked since I saw them.
7. Nomos – Self Titled 7″/Demo
Great, fast, energetic hardcore. This is how hardcore should be played.
6. Nightbirds -Demo
Members of Forward to Death, the Ergs!, Tear it Up, among others playing awesome 80’s hardcore worship. Has a distinct west coast feel to it, but they’re from New Jersey. “Paranoid Times” is great. Dig that surf guitar. If you like the Adolescents check this out.
5. Nazi Dust – Demo Tape
This is so heavy and fast. Its got it all, crusty parts, youth crew parts, and straight up power violence parts. I’m so psyched to see this band this week.
4. Vaccine – Demo
Straigtedged power violence. This ripping one sided seven inch is just over 2 minutes long. It’s like a really hard flurry of punches to the chest. FUCKING AWESOME.
3. Confines – Demo
Members of Failures, Cut the Shit, Brain Killer, tons of other awesome Boston bands. The dude who sang for Cut the Shit and early Bones Brigade sings on this. It’s along the lines of Cut the Shit. I just managed to say Cut the Shit in every sentence in this part. Cut the Shit rules by the way.
2. Paint it Black – Amnesia
I love everything Dan Yemin does. He is my idol. His lyrics on this killer record are so powerful and sincere. I haven’t heard hardcore this good in such a long time. This might just be their best release too. The other 7 inch they put out, “Surrender” is also really awesome, but isn’t as good as this one. Way to go.
1. The Ergs!/The Measure [SA] – Split 7″
Let’s discuss the Pros and Cons of this record. Pros: The Ergs!, The Measure, Norm Macdonald, Chevy Chase, There are two versions of it, each band covers a song by the others, every song is fantastic. Cons: Nothing.
I hope 2010 doesn’t suck.