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Thanks Profane Existence for the great review!
BALSA - "Chaotic dual guitar arrangements over steady bass melodies, post-hardcore style vocals and off the wall drum patterns."
SEI HEXE - "Tight song structure... earthy with tribal rhythms and chanted, almost gothic vocals at times...and from the wreckage create something new and refreshing."
Northwest Massive Aggressive! A split from two rising Northwest bands. The angular post-hardcore noise of Seattle's BALSA combines aggressive guitar-driven bursts and themes of perseverance in an AmRep-inspired bar fight of dueling riffs. Recorded by NW legend Tad Doyle (TAD, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth). RIYL 400 BLOWS, METZ, THE JESUS LIZARD, UNSANE.
Portland's SEI HEXE bring harsh brutality and pummeling defiance. The intense all-female band channels forces of nature and darkness with mind-shredding vocals and dense compositions tapping Doom, Goth, Crust and Punk, conjuring a blackened Babes in Toyland. RIYL GALLHAMMER, TRAGEDY, KYLESA, TOMBS.
Oxblood red & bronze splatter vinyl with download card. Artwork by Sean Schock (YOB, BOTSC).
1 Balsa - Rasputin
2 Balsa - One Hoarse Town
3 Balsa - Fighting for Control
4 Sei Hexe - Safely Endangered Species
5 Sei Hexe - Synapses Crawling
Coming soon! A new release with Seattle noise rockers BALSA and the harsh brutality of Portland's SEI HEXE - here is your first look at the killer art by Sean Schock!
BALSA is back in action with a show this month in Seattle in advance of their upcoming release! Not to spill too much but it will be a split with one of Portland's best. Stay tuned, and catch them at The Kraken.
MAY 31 - SEATTLE, WA - THE KRAKEN
Balsa w/Thac0, Medula Pinata, Green River Thrillers
Get all the info on BALSATHEBAND.COM
BLOWBACK returns to the east for shows with Mobius Strip, Damn Kids and more! Don't miss it.
FEB 22 - BALTIMORE, MD - THE SIDEBAR
w/98 Ghosts, Mobius Strip, Clockbreaker, Friendbeast
FEB 23 - WASHINGTON, DC - LA CASA
Positive Force Benefit w/SBR, Damn Kids
FEB 26 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - KUNG FU NECKTIE
Get all the info on BLOWBACK.ORG
"Well-executed punk/hardcore that bounces from one tempo to the next and to the next in complex shifts while a singer makes astute observations about the state of American culture....Varied enough over four tracks to sound fresh throughout, with quite a scratchy guitar sound that provides edginess to the proceedings. 'Cassandra’s Lament' is the standout track with spoken word elements that are like a less manic Jello Biafra.... Kudos and backslaps all ‘round; good, good stuff."
You can read the full review on Razorcake.
Here's an early master of Balsa's "Fighting For Control", from TAD & Witch Ape Studios
Seattle heads be sure to catch BALSA on one of their upcoming shows - and look for new music soon, recorded with TAD at Witch Ape Studios!
NOV 17 - SEATTLE, WA - THE HIGHLINE w/Sei Hexe (OR), Scolex (CA), Eye of Nix, Sedna
DEC 17 - SEATTLE, WA - COMET TAVERN w/Isthmusia, San Benedicto Rock Wren, Vapor Trails
Get all the info on BALSATHEBAND.COM
BLOWBACK is playing a few shows next weekend to give Greed Runs The Clock a proper thrashing.
OCT 5 - NEW LONDON, CT - EL N GEE CLUB
OCT 6 - NEW YORK, NY - ABC NO RIO
OCT 7 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - MOTEL HELL
Get all the info on BLOWBACK.org
"We Are Liverpool", the stomping stadium anthem from Shall I Be Frank?, is now featured on the FOX Sports documentary 'Being Liverpool'. You can check out the episodes on Fox Soccer Sundays at 9pm.
Get the WE ARE LIVERPOOL MP3 right here!
"BLOWBACK.........holy hell!!!!!!! What a release! This has to be one of the best releases of the year, one that will get played to death and makes me want more than just the four songs on here... I couldn't recommend this more."
Get GREED RUNS THE CLOCK here!
BALSA / SEI HEXE SPLIT VINYL
Northwest Massive Aggressive! The angular post-hardcore noise of Seattle's Balsa meets the harsh brutality of Portland's Sei Hexe on this 5-song split from rising Northwest bands
BLOWBACK 'GREED RUNS THE CLOCK' VINYL
D.C. protest punk vets BLOWBACK are back with their fourth release, Greed Runs The Clock! Recorded with Don Zientara (Fugazi, Bad Brains) behind the boards and mixed by Don Fury (Quicksand, Agnostic Front), the first collaboration of The Dons meshes DC and NYC hardcore style in a hard hitting, bile-spitting four song set that skewers corporate greed and environmental destruction. Thrashy riffs, hyper beats and full throttle dueling vocals. Green/gold splatter vinyl with download card.
SHALL I BE FRANK? 'WE ARE LIVERPOOL' MP3
"We Are Liverpool" is a pint-lifting pub rock anthem featured in the FOX Sports series "Being Liverpool", a six-part behind the scenes documentary following one of the English Premiere League's most storied franchises.
BALSA 'ONE HOARSE TOWN' CD
A promotional CD with the first demo recordings from Seattle's noise-rock upstarts Balsa. 'One Hoarse Town' from the CD was played on KEXP's Sonic Reducer show.
BLOWBACK 'DRUG WAR' VINYL
The third release from DC protest punks BLOWBACK, recorded by Don Zientara (Fugazi, Minor Threat) at Inner Ear. Four new songs of biting, bilingual politics mixed with '80s style hardcore in the vein of MDC and early Black Flag. Great packaging with artwork by Rob Hanna (Aborted Society).
Links to download punk/hardcore MP3s.
CZOLGOSZ - SAIPAN - 7"
Boston anarcho-punk with a bite. 6 songs on Rodent Popsicle/Fire and Flames.
GUARDIA NEGRA - ADRENALINA! - CD
Black Bloc inspired streetcore en espanol w/a little bit of oi!. Cochebomba/Fire and Flames.
DISHARMONIC - KICK OVER THE TRACES - CD
First demo from Italian metalcore upstarts. Humanflies Productions.
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Black Breath. D-beat + old school metal awesomeness from the Northwest.
Last Plague. Raw Vancouver shit that sounds metal yet old school. Awesome-o.
The Taxpayers. Portland is lucky to have these guys. An amazing mess of folk punk and anarchy.
CLR. An up and coming Seattle punk crew with a new album in the works.
Obscene Gesture. Old school crossover hardcore from LA.
Nazca Lines. These guys made us dig out the old Garden Variety records.
The Ignorant. LA street punk with old school songs that stick in your brain.
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