Pitchfork (no affiliation with the website) were a four-piece post-hardcore band from San Diego, California that were around from 1986 to 1990. They are perhaps best known for being the band that Rick Froberg and John Reis were in before Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes. They only released one album and one EP, both of which were eventually compiled together in 2003 on John Reis' label, Swami Records (though they're included separately below). Sonically, this band sounds like what you'd expect from one-half of Drive Like Jehu. The angular guitar rhythms, odd song structures, and Froberg's distinct voice are all present here. Albeit, the songs do tend to take a slightly more straight-forward punk influence, with more fast-tempo songs and distinct melodies. They sound like a half-way point between earlier bands like Husker Du and Embrace, and the noisy, complex, drawn-out instrumental chaos that DLJ would be. Pitchfork put out some fantastic music in their time, and though it is hard to separate this from what its members would go on to do, it's a great document to prove the prowess these guys displayed from the get-go. Enjoy.
Broadside are a five-piece pop punk band from Richmond, Virginia that have been around since 2010. They've put out three full-lengths since. In terms of sound, they're what you'd expect from a modern pop punk band. Fans of The Wonder Years, Hit The Lights, Four Year Strong, and (early) Fireworks will probably dig it. I've said it before, but this isn't something I really listen to, so can't say much else. They get requested a ton though, so enjoy!
The Blue Ontario were a four-piece alternative/indie band from Denver, Colorado that were around briefly from 1997 to 1999. They were formed by members of the incredible Christie Front Drive and Crestfallen. In their time, they put out one split and one EP (although I could only find the EP, and next to no trace of the split). The band were fairly progressive, crafting drawn-out songs featuring melodic vocals, astral keyboards, and noisy, effects-laden guitars that come close to shoegaze/dream pop territory. Similar to Christie Front Drive, their songs build and fall, covering a lot of ground in the 5+ minutes they last. Though The Blue Ontario are nearly as heralded as their previous work, they put out a solid EP nonetheless. Enjoy.
.Gif From God are a six-piece hardcore/emo violence band from Richmond, Virginia that formed in 2015 (presumably) by former members of Caust. Without a doubt this is some of the most ear-shattering music I've heard in a long time. It's a progressive, assaultive blend of hardcore, metalcore, screamo, and grindcore that's heavy, noisy, discordant, and has more screaming vocal layers than a schizophrenic. Even when the band pulls back to allow for some "melodic" bridges, they never release the tension. Fans of bands like Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Majority Rule, The Number Twelve Looks Like You will undoubtedly dig these unhinged, violent spasms. I cannot recommend this band enough, this shit has me floored. You can grab their stuff over at Zegema Beach Records, if you want to show some support for this incredible band and a fantastic label. Enjoy.
Despise You are a four-piece powerviolence/hardcore band from Inglewood, California that were initially around from 1994 to 1996. During this time, they never played any shows, however did record a fair amount of material, spread out over an EP, a few splits, and numerous compilations. All of this was compiled in 1999 on WestSide Horizons, which features some of the most spastic, angriest hardcore ever documented, with dual vocals and dark lyrics. In 2007, the band reformed to play shows for the first time. They've been active ever since, and have recorded and released new material, particularly two great splits with two great bands. Highly recommended, classic powerviolence. Enjoy.
Gatecreeper are a four-piece death metal band from various parts of Arizona that formed in 2013. They haveve been putting out a steady slew of material ever since, with their fantastic debut full-length coming out last year on Relapse. Stylistically, they take influence from old school death metal essentials such as Entombed and Dismember, with a modern take on that classic sound that fans of bands like Black Breath and Mammoth Grinder will undoubtedly dig. Enjoy.
Rorschach were a five-piece hardcore band from New Jersey that were initially around from 1989 to 1993, before reuniting for some shows between 2009 and 2012. They were one of the earliest bands to really blend hardcore and metal together, which would be an undeniable influence on the development of metalcore/metallic hardcore, particularly in the case of Converge. Rorschach's music took the fast-paced aggressiveness of hardcore, and the heavy, dissonant riffs of metal, and fused the two together to create this entire other beast of a sound. To top it off, their vocals are shrieked and howled in the vein of a wounded animal, a clear predecessor to many bands to come. They released two incredible albums in their time (Remain Sedate and Protestant), as well as an EP and a handful of splits. All their material was compiled in 1995 on Autopsy, which is what I have below. Enjoy.
Portrayal Of Guilt are a four-piece hardcore/screamo band from Austin, Texas that formed in a year I am unaware of, thought presume it was quite recent. Earlier this year, they put out their debut EP with the help of Deathwish, which is an absolute must-listen. They blend the dark, aggressive sensibilities of blackened hardcore with the chaotic catharsis of bands like pg.99. These three tracks are incredible, and Portrayal Of Guilt are definitely a band to look out for, because I'm sure they're going to be making some waves. They're also on tour now, so check their dates to see if they're passing thru your hood. I can't recommend this enough. Enjoy.
Starry Cat was a short-lived project whose sole member was Sam Ray, better known as a member of Teen Suicide, Julia Brown, and Ricky Eat Acid. Initially, their sole album was released as a way to raise money to help with Caroline White's surgeries, who was also a member of Teen Suicide and Julia Brown. Post-surgery, this album still stands as another great piece of work in Sam's large output. Sonically, the lo-fi mopey pop songs will come as no surprise to fans of his other projects. I know this thing is old news by now, but if there's anyone who hasn't heard it yet, I'd highly recommend getting on it. Enjoy.
Can't Swim are a five-piece pop punk/post-hardcore band from Keansburg, New Jersey that formed in 2015. Thus far they've put out an EP and full-length (both on Pure Noise), which have fast-tracked them to so massive attention. They play a slightly heavier, indie-centric brand of pop punk that still utilizes the energy, catchiness of its brand, though with a slightly less sunny disposition. Fans of bands like Boston Manor, Daisyhead, Have Mercy, Citizen, Trash Boat, and other like-minded bands will dig this, as I'm sure the many of you who requested them will. Enjoy.