New band, old school hardcore. Coming from the country that brought us black metal.
HARABALL is the result of the joyful friction that arises when cocky ex-straight edgers meet high-brow elitist punks.
Sleep Tall is not a tribute to Bad Brains, Black Flag or Minor Threat. It is a competent refinement of a genre that most new bands misinterpret. HARABALL is vitalization of hardcore and a cultivation of the bare essentials.
If you aint seen it yet this video of HR (from Bad Brains of course) talking to Noisey is fucking rad. Especially when he sings some of The Carpenters “Close To You”. It’ll have you in tears it will. Always with the surprises those guys. Just in case you haven’t heard the original I’ll bob a live version of it in below. The 70’s eh? Thems were the days.
He also talks about Jay Z but a bit less disparagingly than Death Grips. (I’m obviously on Death Grips side in this one).
Golly I love Bad Brains. Or The Bad ‘Brians’ as I sometimes call them when a bit drunk (Luckily I very rarely get drunk).
I’ve put their documentary’s trailer on here before (GGIM) (This is the last time I’m gonna tell you this, “GGIM” is my acronym for “Go Google It Motherfucker” (with apologies to all mothers who may be reading it, especially mine and I don’t mean “Generalized Gaussian Image Model” which is what Acronym Finder will tell ya it means).
Anyway, there’s a great interview with HR here so go read it yeah?
Was walking up to Rise yday to see some bands. As I was going up zee hill I was busy reminding myself over n over that i cant afford to both buy music & see music so I prioritise going to shows & never buy records etc. I figure there’s so much ace music online to stream for free like & you can’t recreate a gig at home.
And anyway I have these pretty strong anti buying shit beliefs. All my spare $’s goes on tickets for gigs or the flix. Apart from my bike & my mac I wouldn’t miss any of my other possessions I don’t think. True dat.
I especially wasnt going to buy ‘Mclusky Do Dallas’ in pretty orange vinyl when I got up there.
Then I got tut shop & accidentally saw it & they only had then 1 copy & it was looking a bit sad on it’s own so I had no choice really. What a twat.
Then of course I got home to find an email offering me a kinda comp of same record. Gratis like. Long story so wont go into deets.
It would’ve made me spit cept I’m not so good at spitting.
Buuuuut not to worry. Say la vie la vie say.
As a piece of vinyl goes it’s nice anyway. But it’s no white vinyl Bad Brains Rock For light.
(Also: apols for pic, my hands shakey earlier. I get that from my Gran.)
Of course I also hat tipped Mclusky in this blog a couple weeks ago when this album reached it’s 10th birthday. Go there to listen to it.
I think the expression is “And then three come along at once”. Actually, including the Bad Brains one I mentioned t’other day it’s actually four amazing American music docs from the 80’s, all about hardcore bands & similar & all readying for release any time soon.
First, Salad days, a documentary about the DC hardcore scene when it was in it’s pomp, early 80’s to the end of the decade. It features Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Alec Mackaye & more. A first trailer dropped a while back, a second one just last week. They’re both below:
Second documentary, this one about the Boston Hardcore scene, again early 80’s, features SS Decontrol, DYS, Gang Green, Jerry’s Kids, The F.U’s, Negative FX, The Freeze and Deep Wound.
Talking about Boston & Hardcore gives me an opportunity to mention the news last week that Boston police tried to make moshing at hardcore gigs illegal. Obviously noses get bloodied & bones broken in mosh pits but only in a friendly way. Unlike the dorks who get bladdered of a friday / saturday night in every city centre & end up glassing each other.
The really funny thing though was the move to try & ban moshing followed someone getting hurt at a Flogging Molly gig. Last time I saw Flogging Molly the most aggressive the mosh pit got was two elderly balding guys running up to each other and doing something that looked like they were playing pat-a-cake. Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but Flogging Molly aren’t exactly known for their mad crazy aggressive mosh pits.
Finally, a documentary about the scene that became known as No Wave. Been waiting for this for ages, it documents New York in its lawless, chaotic heyday, the end of the 70’s early 80’s. No Wave’ll probably always be my favourite music genre so I’m looking forward to this one especially. And check the roll call: Patti Smith, Basquiat, Thurston Moore, Steve Buscemi, Blondie, Lydia Lunch & John Waters.