Thursday, September 23, 2010

Vitreous Humor

Vitreous humor hailed from Topeka, Kansas. The band formed in the late 80s by Danny Pound, Brad Allen, and Dan Benson. The band it self is definatly a part of creating much of the scene, molding it to be something quite different. The band put out a few 7" records, one of which was done with Boys Life (see first post). Thier first full leght if you would call it that was a self-titled EP released in 1995. The energetic sound of the ep granted the band the plablicity the deserved and with that came the chance to tour with the likes of Archers of Loaf, Urge Overkill and Everclear and even offered contracts by Elektra Records and Maverick Records. Stress from touring and the fact that music had become a job got to everyone in the band and eventually brought the demise of Virtrous Humor. I have for you below the self-titled EP from 95 and their last release "posthumous" enjoy both.

Vitreous Humor EP


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ethel Meserve

Not much to be said about Ethel Meserve, they never really reached their claim to fame and a soon as we seen them surface we were waving them goodbye. I don't know how many times i played "Milton abandonment" over and over during long car rides in the Colorado winter. It seems the music can match any season and adjusts to any mood you seem to be in; But as quickly as it started the CD seems to come to a hold, 6 songs a sheer amazement. The band got their name from a store on Allen Street in downtown State College, PA run by a woman of the same name. The band in their short run released a Demo on cassette, 3 7" records, Milton Abandonment LP the bands only full length, and lastly Tree Records released a compilation "Spelling The Names" of all past releases not including Milton Abandonment. Both Spelling The Names and Milton Abandonment had a pressing of only 1500 each making them slightly hard to get a hold of. under the video i have The Milton Abandonment and Spelling The Names, while both are great records i recommend Milton Abandonment. You will be pleased

Milton Abandonment

Spelling The Names

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Christie Front Drive

Christie Front Drive is a great band with a great sound. The band manages to present a melody that quite perfect in my opinion. Slow to the start and a pick up at the right time and lyrics to bring the whole sound to perfection. The band formed in Denver, Colorado in 1993. Christie Front Drive is Eric Richter (guitar and vocals), Jason Begin (guitar), Kerry McDonald (bass), and Ron Marschall (drums). The band released its first self-titled EP and a 7” on Freewill records in 1994; those first two records and several others where later combined and released as a self-titled full length album also called Anthology. In 1995 they released several splits with Jimmy Eat World, Sineater, and Boys Life (see my first post). While also contributing to many compilation albums including a great one from Crank! Records by the name of (Don’t Forget To) Breathe. In 1997 the band broke up and later released the album “Stereo” on Caulfield Records. Christie Front Drive has had a major influence on emo music both during their life and after. The members have moved on to other bands and have continued creating good and great music. Richter went onto Antarctica, The 101, and Golden City, and both Begin and Marchall went on to form The Blue Ontario. I recommend that you guys find you a copy of both albums and give a thorough listening.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Promise Ring

The Promise Ring is a band made of genius. They haled form the Midwest; Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Some great names in area of early indie emo; Davey Von Bohlen from Cap' n Jazz, Jason Gnewikow of None Left Standing, and Dan Didier and Scott Beschta of Ceilishrine. The band was started as a side project in 1995 by Davey Von Bohlen during his last few months in Cap n jazz. In 1996 they releases their first full-length album, titled 30 Degrees Everywhere on Jade Tree Records. Following the first release is Nothing Feels Good in 1997 which gained the band a larger following and rave reviews. Following other releases they disbanded after 2002s release of wood/water.

The band gives off a really great sound. They are pioneers of the softer side of the genre. You can really tell that Von Bohlen was trying to break out for a more poetic role in his music career and in my opinion it panned out well.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cap N Jazz

Cap'n Jazz is one of the most influential indie emo bands their is. They definatly have some history and by not only creating a foundation for the scene they have also since moved on to other bands who have stabilized it later on. Cap'n Jazz has recorded many singles on different labels and released only one full length alblum; Burritos, Inspiration Point, Fork Balloon Sports, Cards in the Spokes, Automatic Biographies, Kites, Kung Fu, Trophies, Banana Peels We've Slipped on and Egg Shells We've Tippy Toed Over—better known as Shmap'n Shmazz—on the tiny Man with Gun label. They broke up in mid 1995 right after the release of their full lenth alblum. In 1998 Jade Tree put together a compilation double-disk cd titled Analphabetapolotholgy which had all previously recorded works on one source.

The make up of Cap'n Jazz is Tim Kinsella (vocals); Samuel Zurick (bass guitar); Mike Kinsella (drums, vocals); Victor Villareal (guitar, vocals); and Davey von Bohlen (guitar, vocals from 1994–95).

Since the break-up the members of the band have moved on to other bands, some more important than others; most notably. Make Beleive, The Promise Ring, American Football, Owls, Ghosts and Vodka, Joan of Arc and Owen

Earlier this year they reunited and have since played shows in july and have dates set for summer and fall of this year.


Saetia was a New York City-based screamo band. The band released its demo in 1997, first on cassete and then on 7". Finally breaking up in 2000 after their final single "Eronel", release under watching hour label. Contains three songs recorded by Steve Roche and mixed by Pat Kanneally.

Saetia had numerous members throughout its existence, with frequent changes in membership. The band's first bass player, Alex Madara, was affected by a severe allergic reaction which placed him into a coma for eight days, finally resulting in his death on 1998-12-14.

Their drummer, Greg Drudy, was the original drummer of the indie-rock band Interpol prior to their current popularity. He currently runs the record label Level Plane. Other members of the band continued their musical careers in numerous outfits, some of them joining screamo bands such as Off Minor, Hot Cross, and The Fiction, as well as the nu-metal band Instruction.

All Seatia`s past releases where compiled on a final release called "A Retrospective". Their Great Discography which is available for you below.

A Retrospective

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Boys Life

My first post is going to be in my opinion one of the best bands every to form.

Boys Life were a Kansas City, Mo., band with an intensely energetic, but dissonant sound that sprung out of the post-hardcore scene in 1993. The band began releasing material on split 7" records with other local outfits Secular Theme and Giants Chair. Relying on a stripped-down sound punctuated by out-of-tune, noisy guitars and a ‘quiet' then ‘loud' alternation, the foursome then put out two full-length albums, Boys Life in 1995 and the out-of-print classic Departures and Landfalls in 1996.

Tagged emo-core by critics and kids alike, the band, composed of Brandon Butler (vocals/guitar), John Anderson (drums), John Rejba (bass) and Joe Winkle (guitar), often began their songs with a simple bass line and then turned up the nobs and ditched the drum brushes, building up to epic crescendos with screaming, distortion and energy — all in a very controlled manner. Adding samples of crickets chirping, radio static and the far-off wail of train whistles gave the band a decidedly Midwestern/Americana feel without ever coming off as folk or country. Boys Life called it quits sometime in 1997.

Members have since went on to form the short-lived Farewell Bend, Lullaby for the Working Class and other projects. Winkle and Butler now do time in the Lo-Fi outfit Canyon.

Lister/Without Doubt - 7" single (Synergy Records)
Boys Life/Secular Theme - 7" split (Flapjack Records)
Breaker Breaker + 1 - 7" single (Synergy Records)
Boys Life/Giants Chair - 7" split (1993, Hit It! Recordings)
Boys Life/Vitreous Humor - 7" split (1994, Crank! Records 002)
Boys Life CD/LP - (1995, Crank! Records 004)
Boys Life/Christie Front Drive - 10" EP split (1996, Crank! Records)
Departures and Landfalls CD/LP - (1996, Headhunter Records 063/Cargo Records)

V/A Comps.
Kansas City Misery CD - (1995, Red Decibel Records)
(don't forget to) breathe CD/12" plus 10" double LP (1997, Crank! Records 011)

Alot of their older stuff is pretty difficult to find, Below is what i have come across in my travels. Enjoy

Boys Life/Giant Chair Split

Boys Life/Vitreous Humor Split

Boys Life

Boys Life/Christie Front Drive Split

Departures and Landfalls

V/A Kansas City Misery

V/A (Don`t Forget To) Breathe