Captain Three Leg / Flvx Capacitor – digital split

C3L-FCFrom our harbinger of the day, “Hey, man. I stumbled onto your blog from a Brent’s TV video you posted on YouTube and spent the last hour reading your reviews. I appreciate the amount of effort you put into your writing. My name is Andy. I ran a label called Mortville Records in the 1990s and 2000s, but it sort of petered out. I’ve been playing in a band called Captain Three Leg since 1995 that’s flown under the radar for most people. No big deal, I play and record to entertain myself. A few years ago I decided to just stop releasing physical copies of our stuff because nobody was buying it. I like recording, but I don’t like losing money pressing shit nobody wants. Bandcamp has been great for people like me who just want to get music out there for people to hear and don’t care about money.” You know, first off, it’s nice that someone out of the blue, comes along and shows the blog some appreciation. Seven years of doing this here thing, and I know it’s not mind melting shit, really just barely interesting at times, fuck, if it wasn’t for the music there would be no point, what’s the fucking point anyway. Well, creative souls like Andy, one of the rarely thanked, movers and shakers of scenes all over the world, make it all worthwhile. Imagine my delight when I put the proverbial needle into the groove and it turns out to be a vibe I haven’t explored in a while, taking me back to my late teens. Captain Three Leg is some of the finest power violence, I call it post-hardcore, I’ve run across in years. This is the pinnacle of the evolution of hardcore, started by none other than Middle Class and ending with bands that took what little good there was in youth crew, beating it to a pulp with a ball-peen hammer. The vocals remind me of Infest or my buddy’s band Lack of Interest, yelled x2, but understandable, not screamed beyond comprehension. The musicianship is razor blade sharp, stopping and starting on a dime, maneuvering around your head like a zero-turn mower. In the Winnie the Pooh hardcore punk world these guys are lightning fast bouncing around like Tiger at times and at others, deliberately plodding like Eeyore, in no rush at all. A little metallic here and there, with a very short burst of noodly solos and some chugga chugga chunking, and that’s just fine with me. Something that makes the songs interesting is that there are these short little sound bites at the beginning of each one that serves as some sort of lead in or intro, I like that they took the time to put that kind of thought into these compositions. Overall, made my day, and the gravy is that it’s a free fucking download ready to be loaded on your iPod!. Oh yeah, there’s more, to top it off, this is a split release, so along with the sweet sounds of Captain Three Leg, the first three tunes are done by a late 80’s (when it was still good) styled grindcore band (with a little PV thrown in) called Flvx Capacitor. The vocals here fall into the grunted, growled, screamed category and I can’t understand a thing, reminding me of when I first heard Napalm Death, but like ND the songs come with lyrics and they’re worth reading or following along if you dare. This shit has an old school sound too, nothing like the pop-grindcore of today. Only down side, only three songs. Go give this split a listen/download at their Bandcamp or check it out below…

D@D – S/T EP

ep-front-croppedWell my favorite Finnish aging punk rockers D@D are it again, this time with their first slab-o-wax. I sat on this thing way too long, seems to be the norm these days, and this release is old news now, although the music is farm fresh. My delayed response to Karstein (my contact in the band) was, “You guys have really outdone yourselves with this EP. The same Dad character, but with some superior recording/mixing. Your voice reminds me a bit of the Glen Danzig (I mean that in the best possible way as I am a huge fan of his early stuff with the Misfits).” His response to me was, “I´m a huge fan of crooners like Dean Martin, Sinatra n Elvis,” and you know I can hear that in is voice, he’s got a hell of a set of pipes. The band itself is really tight on this new recording and there’s some variety in their sound, ranging from mid-tempo almost pop punk to straight up hardcore ragers. And this band is a lot of fun, not silly or stupid, they’re not idiots, they are my contemporaries causing middle aged mayhem. As they put it in their Press Release, “The credo of “three chords and the truth” still applies. That’s why we’re not gonna pretend we’re young delinquents being hassled by the man. Fuck that. We’re suburban parents in our early 40s. We OWN our mediocrity and unhipness and we’ll make good use of it.” Put these guys in the punk category and as they put it, “Punkrock is at best geezer culture and Dad is here to prove it.” If I could ever get these guys to come to NoWhere Kansas I’d have them play at my house for a barbeque. Fave tune…
“You Broke My Stuff”

The more things I own
The more the things own me
The more things I own
The more the things own me
The more things I own
I DON´T MIND THAT

YOU BROKE MY STUFF
YOU BROKE MY STUFF

I shouldn´t attach myself to stuff
I got more than enough
I shouldn´t attach myself to stuff
I got more than enough
BUT I LIKED THAT

YOU BROKE MY STUFF
YOU BROKE MY STUFF

You broke my guitar
I liked that guitar!
You broke my door!
Who the hell breaks doors?
You ripped my books to pieces
You ripped my books to pieces
You
ripped
my
books
to
pieces

YOU RIPPED MY BOOKS TO PIECES!

YOU BROKE MY STUFF
YOU BROKE MY STUFF
YOU BROKE MY STUFF
YOU BROKE MY STUFF

Carl – directed and designed by Márk Juhász

01Well this is a first, got hit up to review an animated short (if you’re a regular around here you know I love that shit) and I couldn’t be more grateful, everything about this thing is just perfect.  Here is the email I got from the mastermind behind this project,
“Hi, I am Márk Juhász, a recently graduated filmmaker/animator!  I am trying to make an online premiere for my animated sci-fi short, titled
CARL: http://youtu.be/-Jj9Ra1Qr3U
I would really appreciate it if you could feature it on your site. It won the Best International Student Film award at the Melbourne International Animation Festival 2014.  The plot of this Action/Romance short-film starts with the duel of Carl (Robot-Gladiator-Champion) and Space Jesus. Before the finishing blow could land, rescue comes in the form of a Techno-Angel, who turns out to be Carl’s long lost love. So he changes sides and goes head to head against Drill-Raptors, EggBeater-Scorpions and a mighty BBQ-Octopus.  The main driving force of the story is the strength of Love and the weakness of Hate. It also offers an opinion about religion and the robotic nature of today’s society, using references to Terminator, Spartacus, Transformers, Matrix, etc.”
I’m not a cinematography expert, but I feel like this thing has everything going for it. Check out that poster, how can you not be desperately curious about the flick? The short itself is nothing short of epic, squeezing a lot of story into less than 7 minutes. Really this thing could be developed into a full length feature. The animation is of the most superior quality, worthy of any of the big animation houses around these days, yet retains a unique surreal quality. So you’ve got story and quality art, why not throw in a perfect soundtrack. It suits the story note for note, but really could stand on it’s own as a powerfully engaging composition. Character wise you have the statuesque Carl, who is impressive just to look at and backs it up with brutal action. The Techno-Angel is beautiful beyond compare, just as an angel should be, she’s actually really hot in an animated character kind of way. Space Jesus has the presence of a deity in human form and you can feel nothing but compassion for him as he is beaten to a pulp. There’s lots of little things too in this short that make it special, I love how in the dream sequence Carl puts his hand on his lady’s perfect ass and I love how Carl is instantly transformed by the Techno-Angel in a bright white light. I couldn’t find anything I didn’t like about the film it’s no wonder it has won awards and I’m sure Márk Juhász got an “A” on the project.
Enough babbling, take time to check out some related links…
robotcarl.tumblr
juhaszmark.tumblr
Youtube
…and then of course the marvelous short itself…

The Swing Letters – All Right Here

My old buddy Charles “Chuck” Anderson of the immortal One Man Running and Grimace (look around this place you can listen to oodles of their tunes) has a new band that I’m head over heals excited about. I was lucky enough to have “found” Chuck on Facebook again, but to know that he’s still doing music is a blessing for anyone lucky enough to listen. Don’t know too much about the Swing Letters, except they fucking rock. Apparently they have recorded a bunch of tunes and have one mastered so far, and let me say this first one is a humdinger. Can you say C-A-T-C-H-Y? The tune is written by the singer/guitar player, Rand Berke, (I believe he does all the song writing) and he’s no slouch when it comes to putting words to music. Chuck and the drummer make such a solid rhythm section that you’d have to physically hold your foot down to keep it from tapping along. For some reason early Talking Heads comes to mind. Anyway, they have a Facebook page of their own, so maybe if you dig the tune below as much as I did you could follow along with me and find out when they release some more…

EDIT: Their Reverbnation page is dead (sad). I did find this vid though and stoked to see Chuck do his thing (I miss that guy)…