Tuesday, 1 March 2011

ZX Tapes is ALIVE!

So ZX Tapes is back in the game. I have moved it off myspace (as i find unusable) and moved it to TUMBRL - http://zxtapes.tumblr.com/

In time i will move this blog over to there also. I have a few new projects to keep me going for the time being with future releases from Model Radio, Let it Die and Trojan Horse. I have also started a new hardcore band called Eyes Peeled - http://eyespeeledband.tumblr.com/ . We hope to record a demo this week at some point so keep updated through the above link.

Jon x

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Les Yeux Fatigues Blog

Have recently stumbled across this pretty new blog and love it! For all your Math rock needs then this is the place to check out. With great post's from Pneu, Zona Mexicana and the outstanding Delta Sleep. Like i say it does seem to be a pretty new blog, but there does seem to be god regular posts.

Check it out!

Les Yeux Fatigues Blog

Monday, 17 January 2011

Pine Barrens

So here is another amazing local band that have just put up their demo on Bandcamp. Pine Barrens are pretty unrelenting. Playing a good fast brand of hardcore with interesting mix up's and changes. For a demo it sounds pretty darn good, bit rough and dirty!

This is a must!

Pine Barrens Demo 2010

Friday, 14 January 2011

Wheelchair, Wheelchair, Wheelchair, Wheelchair

Just when you thought it was safe...Here come's another release by Wheelchair,Wheelchair,Wheelchair,Wheelchair. Old time ZX favourites (search the blog for their amazing split with xHaroldshitmanx) playing there brutal thrash/grind for all to hear.

The EP starts with a typical WWWW intro track, slow and sludgy and heavy before cutting into a 30 second blast of hardcore! And so it continues. The whole EP is a bit rough (thats what we like) and with good mix up's between the slow heavy sludge and the blindly quick fast parts that will give you nose bleeds. This is good, very good and it's free, so get it!!!!

Wheelchair x 4 - Bandcamp (with free download to the Bald and Dead EP)


Monday, 10 January 2011

Bluetip (Peel Sessions)

Here's a little treat for all of you Bluetip fans out there. Back in the year 2000 while touring the UK they did a live session for the legendary radio DJ John Peel. They recorded four tracks for the session.


Bluetip - Live Peel Session


Before the madness of Gay For Johnny Depp there was the sublimely good Garrison. I wanted to post up their first Bend Before the Break EP, but alas i have lost it! But even so here is the Be A Criminal album. This was a bit of a departure from the more emo fore said EP with a more poppy/punky feel but with pretty dark undertones. With good use of two singers (who sound pretty similar) then it is an enjoyable listen for sure.

I also found some pretty rare footage of them playing Harlow of the Bend Before The Break EP, so you can enjoy that as well!

Garrison - Be A Criminal

This Scares Me

Ok, so i have stolen this from the ever outstanding Circling The Drain Blog but this band was brilliant. Hectic, frantic and straight up fast. There really isn't alot to dislike, if anything about this band. The whole sound is fantastic, raw and fuzzy as hell. Like your tunes fast? Then get some.

This Scares Me 7"

Straight, No Chaser

Ahh what a amazing band these guys were. Inventive, chaotic and powerful. Hardcore as it should be. So you are in for a treat as they posted up all the stuff they put out on the blog link below. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Straight, No Chaser Downloads

Friday, 7 January 2011

That Fucking Tank

Other than having the best name ever these guys are amazing. Have been around a good few years playing all over the UK. Two guys playing great post rocky tunes, like a slightly more messed up Giraffes? Giraffes! then you can't go wrong.

This post is mainly for their first ever music video that some people did for free for them, and to raise some awareness for their hard work!

So here is the said Video!

That Fucking Tank: 'Mr Blood' from JakoMat on Vimeo.

More info can be found at their site here -> That Fucking Tank Site or at their Facebook Page here -> Facebook

Model Radio

I love Model Radio!!!!!! Hailing from the cold UK (hurrah!). I first stumbled across them many many months ago as one of them writes one of the blogs i did a post on a long time ago, but since then i haven't heard much from them. UNTIL NOW! With a few cheeky rough recordings then they are back!

Playing gruff punk, emo(ish), scramz?!? Who cares what it may or may not sound like as it sounds refreshing and well put together. There isn't too many bands doing this stuff well in the UK and it's great to hear some local(ish) lads getting on with it!

Check out there stuff on their Myspace page - myspace.com/modelradiouk or their new Facebook page

They will hopefully will have something out soon and be looking for gigs up and down the UK, so if you can help then get in contact and help them out.

Space Jam

Ok, so i haven't posted on here for ages and after the fall of ZX Tapes then i wasn't sure if to continue this blog but there's so much good stuff out there at the moment!!

First up is a great group of people from the US who put on bands in their house. I thought they are worth a mention as they have only just started up but are already doing a great job. Putting on such bands as Like Nomads, Shrk Wk amongst others. It's always good when people make safe places for touring bands or local bands to play! Here is a short message from their blog:

"booking (theories and practices)
we want to help out as many bands as we can, however we are only doing shows bi-monthly and keeping it to weekends. (except in extreme cases where we are helping out a band on the road that is very special to us)

if you have a show idea or need a show for your tour hit us up at bigbluehouse117@gmail.com


Here is the link to their blog which includes pictures, Live recording and videos of the past show they put on - Space Jam Blog