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Open Mind Saturated Brain


Saturday, 18 November 2017

***PODCAST #22 w/Jörg D. Bendt (YUNG NAT$ / SWALLOW'S NEST)***

After moving to New Zealand on August 2nd, I met a fine human by the name of Jörg (written here as Joerg). Joerg has lived here in Dunedin for the last seven years. We met online via screamo groups a few months back and in person on August 9th at The Crown Hotel (bar/venue) and offered to show me around, answer my questions about New Zealand and generally keep me company if I'm feeling homesick or alone. Hospitality to the highest degree, I must say. Besides being an awesome person, Joerg is well spoken and funny as hell, not to mention he plays bass in our band here called SWALLOW'S NEST. We discuss the New Zealand punk scene, a bunch of Canadian bands, banana bread, powerviolence, galaxy leggings, etc. in this hour-long thingy. Podcast #22 is broken into four parts, each approximately 15-20 minutes in length. You can stream and/or download each part or the entire thing for free on the OMSB Podcast bandcamp page linked right heeya.

ZANN - "Loverfighter Wildbull Rider" (Joerg)
TEL FYR - "Sermon 15" (Dave)

HOLLYWOOD FUN DOWNSTAIRS - "Maxine Caffeine" (Joerg)
PROPAGANDHI - "True" (Dave)
UNSANITARY NAPKIN - "The Balls (To Say What We're All Thinking)" (Joerg)

COMMUOVERE - "La tentation d'exister" (Dave)
ROGERNOMIX - "Tasered Mum" (Joerg)
RESPIRE - "Nox" (Dave)
ARAFURA - "Decolonise" (Joerg)

NORTH OF AMERICA - "Now You've Got Your Doctorate, Don't Forget to Doctor It" (Dave)
ISTALAH - "Lightning in a Circle" (Joerg)
- "and i made up lies so that they all fit nice" (Joerg)


PODCAST #22 linked here


SWALLOW'S NEST has our final show with me on vocals Friday, December 1st, 2017 @The Crown Hotel if you live in or around Dunedin, New Zealand. It will be our only show with two vocalists (original = me, new = Lana). We sound something like this:

Thursday, 16 November 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artists?.
CountryBari ITALY
Years Active2014-2016
Song: "Mediocrità"
Album: "Per Sempre Tempesta"
Year: 2015
For fans of: Eros+Massacre, Tempano, La Quiete, Raein, June Paik, Crowning, Yotsuya Kaidan, Virginia On Duty, 49 Morphines, Orchid, Envy, The Third Memory, Wolves, YageMališa BahatRavin, ByMySide, Ogni Giorno, Blind GirlsУлыбайся Ветру, Daighila, Council Of RatsTakaru, Danse Macabre, Portrëit and Craneo aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Upwind Productions / Middle Man Records / Dingleberry Records / Screamore / Idioteq.
This post's artist is from the November 2017 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the November 2017 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2017 Mix#12 here.

FOLGORE were from Italy and only released one, six-track EP in 2015. It is so fucking good. Don't sleep on this band. The vocals are top notch screams and the instrumentals pack a punch while retaining a decent sense of melody and intricacy. If you like the dark and heavy Malaysian screamo as well as the tone and playfulness of Italian screamo, FOLGORE will likely blow your socks off.

The band's only release (on both cd and cassette) 'Per Sempre Tempesta' opens with "Epiloghi". Instrumentally akin to La Quiete and Raein, melodic yet still hardcore, the mammoth screams are generally at the forefront, as they should be because they're fucking awesome. I love the slight time change at 1:30, which picks up the pace and leads out through the song's conclusion. "Likho" is much faster and aggressive than the opener and gets seriously fucking nuts just before the one-minute mark with prodigious guitars and fabulous, throaty screams that resemble what many bands in Malaysia are perfecting at the moment, it seems. "Ferocia" is short but at 1:18 it blazes through the screamo movements, complete with a touch of light and spacey Swedish instrumentals and one hell of a close, with vocals that could strip paint off the highway after the one-minute mark. "Chiava" is a noodley guitar workshop complete with tapping and general, ballistic, killer screamo for the first and final 35 seconds, with a relatively chill bit in the middle. "Mediocrità" is the slow, epic builder of the album and perhaps the crowning achievement. The first minute and a bit begins with lonely guitars and what may or may not be an audio clip. When the second, noodley guitar chimes in and before the stop/start blasts, it sounds a heck of a lot like Envy. At 1:30 the screaming begins, as the song toys with listener, threatening to strike but never actually attacking until 2:11. And then, good god, it explodes. Seriously this part is so amazing, with phenomenal vocal placement and screams, and a full climax bearing down from 3:14 onward. Full head bob. Goosebumps as big as mountains. Ear to ear grin. It's that good. Closer "Alba" is short and honestly does the least for me, making it the worst track on the record, but still a decent song.

Looks like FOLGORE likely called it quits in 2016, which sucks because their followup material would have been extremely high up on my watch list.



2015 - Per Sempre Tempesta cd/cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2015) FOLGORE - "Mediocrità" (from 'Per Sempre Tempesta')

(2015) FOLGORE - "Ferocia" (from 'Per Sempre Tempesta')

(2015) FOLGORE - "Likho" (from 'Per Sempre Tempesta')


FOLGORE additional links


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

***STRESSER exclusive premiere***

'Anxiety Attack' EP
exclusive premiere
For fans of: Pool Boy, Flowers Taped To Pens, Shellac and Growing Fins
Today's exclusive stream comes from Toronto, Ontario's STRESSER. Their new 4-track EP is being released on Art Of The Uncarved Block on Novermber 16th, 2017 via 50 cassettes whose shells need to be broken open before playing. Sounds fucking sweet. The music is part shoegaze and part hardcore, with rock acting as a binding agent. "Ears, Arms, Legs" is a prime example, with an opening that is deep, lush, space rock and an ending that is borderline screamo. Opener "Socialize" weighs in on the softer, dreamier side (especially with those shoegaze vocals) while "Get Better" is a a quick and heavy number. The entire thing reeks of jazz, post-rock, indie rock, punk and hardcore, while never settling into one genre for more than a minute. STRESSER has also made a music video for "Anxiety Attack", the closing track that is the most spastic and untamed song on the release, which should see the late of day sometime next week. And without further ado, here's the exclusive EP stream...