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V.A. - We Were Living In Cincinnati - Punk And Underground Sounds From Ohio's Queen City (1975-1982)
We Were Living In Cincinnati - Punk And Underground Sounds From Ohio's Queen City (1975-1982)
LP | 2020 | US | Original (Hozac)
23,99 €*
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder shipping from 17.12.2021
While the more famous punk parties were going full swing in Warholian New York, press-savvy London, glittery LA, and other big towns, the early scenes in Ohio’s cities were toughing it out on their own. Instead of being courted with major-label deals, their handfuls of brave bands were mostly ignored, ridiculed, and physically threatened within their surrounding hostile environments. And although the pioneering activities in Cleveland and Akron have been well documented through several compilations, the early action in southern Ohio’s largest city has not—until now. Tirelessly compiled, annotated, researched, and produced by punk historian, author, and musician PETER AARON (the Chrome Cranks, Young Skulls) and co-released by HoZac Records and Shake It! Records’ Music from Ohio series, We Were Living in Cincinnati rounds up rare, raw tracks (18 on vinyl LP plus 15 bonus download-only cuts) by 21 of the town’s toughest, coolest punk and new wave outfits, several of them sourced from unheard tapes by acts who never released records in their day. Includes a tri-fold poster.
Dents, The - 1979/80
Dents, The
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Hozac)
22,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Cincinnati quintet the Dents were “early American pioneers of what would retroactively be termed synth punk: a scorching fusion of futuristic synthesizers and grinding, garage-y guitars. Too tough for the synth pop lightweights and too contemporary for the brutes who dared not deviate from the guitars-only Ramones/Pistols template. In 1988, I started gathering material for the compilation that would ultimately become 2019’s We Were Living in Cincinnati on HoZac/Shake It. Keyboardist Doug Hallet made me a tape of some choice cuts, and I loved what I heard: squealing synths, growling vocals, chunky guitars, propulsive bass, and four-on-the-floor drums, the collective machine driving a clutch of great, super-catchy tunes. That tape got lost during the intervening decades, but Doug, Vivien, and I connected via Facebook when I resumed work on the comp and they sent some more tracks. The music sounded even better than I’d remembered it. In fact, ‘Sleeping Around,’ a defiant, ahead-of-its time (or, perhaps, right-on-time) anthem of female sexual independence, in particular, proved to be a total revelation—an instant-but-overdue classic that had blown-away listeners asking one question, loudly: 'When can we hear more Dents?' The answer: Right now. Right here. This cache of cool originals and sagely selected covers culled from two riotous gigs by the band offers ample evidence that the Dents were truly one of Midwestern American punk’s top undocumented acts. If they’d been in, say, San Francisco or L.A. circa ’79/’80, instead of, yeah that’s right, Cincinnati, Ohio, it’s not hard to imagine them being snapped up by some seminal label to cut a solitary single whose sound would be emulated by young bands around the globe 40-plus years later. Once upon a time, geography was a bitch. Not anymore, though. Here ya go, kids.”—Peter Aaron, 2021
14th Wish - I Gotta Get Rid Of You
14th Wish
I Gotta Get Rid Of You
7" | 2020 | US | Original (Hozac)
8,24 €* 10,99 € -25%
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
I’m not living my life so good, tell me, how about you?’ What can we really say about 14th Wish, how did this band even exist? This record and band were Completely unknown up until the last couple of years, when we were approached by a notorious record fiend who was looking for more info after our official release of David Peel’s King of Punk LP. Here we have a band with no paper trail, zero online search results, and released in a tiny quantity on Orange Records in 1980, right alongside the first GG Allin and Eddie Criss Group LPs. But instead of a stylized gutter glam workout with a hot-shot studio guitarist, 14th Wish trip over themselves with a snotty/sloppy amateurism that veers farther into the beloved ‘Killed By Death’ arena, with it’s sweltering TAPEWORM-style lead guitar freak-outs.
Fronted by the mysterious figure known as Halo Peace, both 14th Wish tracks offer a refreshing mid-tempo crud-punk slop-take on the sounds swirling around the drain of the Lower East Side at the end of the 1970s. Although both tracks aren’t lightning fast, their instant ominous catchiness and absolutely sordid and squalorous guitar tone suggests a more murderous background, as well. Mention of this record just drew blanks across from the board, from all of the rare punk record dealers, to the most avid international collectors, and even NYC scene members from the time. Never even turned up in a Mike Bastarache Want List! And of course, the internet was no help either. Was this really one that Everyone missed? Recommended If You Like: Tapeworm, GG Allin & the Jabbers, Freestone, The Trend, Mentally Ill, The Gears, Killed By Death compilations.”
Soursob - Soursob
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Hozac)
20,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
We’re excited to announce the debut LP from Glasgow’s Soursob this month, a viciously minimal 3-piece that does so much with so little, yet packs such a powerful punch you won’t soon forget. A bass-driven groove holds these songs in an awesome aggressive limbo between the lush, heavy-noise of the post C-86 sound and the brash early 90s invigoration of riot grrrl noise. Like nothing we’ve ever encountered, their anger toward simple modern pleasures is just short of breath-taking, dragging everything you hold sacred into their pit of resilience. Thick accents drizzle over thick blocks of drastic fuzz as each song bleeds effortlessly into the next, encompassing some of the catchiest choruses this side of Dolly Mixture, yet with a sinister darker underpinning, all tied into their increasingly hypnotic bass lines. With the three members of Soursob originating from Glasgow, Lithuania, and Australia, they are currently in limbo post-pandemic, but with the immediate impact of this crushingly infectious new LP, they hope to be bashing it out in front of live crowds again soon. Such an impressively confident collection of songs here, and your fleeting taste for craft beer, cocaine, mass transit, watching TV on a cell phone, and Berlin in general, is very much “on the line” with these sublime and profound revelations. One these teeth sink in, you won’t believe how you’ve lived this long without the prickling & sickening throb of Soursob!
Pushups / Aurora Pushups - Pushups Is Pop (1970-1980)
Pushups / Aurora Pushups
Pushups Is Pop (1970-1980)
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Hozac)
22,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
After the short, bright light on the musical horizon from the other-worldly and alien-borne Zolar X in the mid 1970s had fallen away, original members Zory Zenith and ED Dorn formed another short-lived outfit, Aurora Pushups, and forged ahead with their original material to try their hand at a modernized sound. By 1979 they had solidified their debut tracks and self-released a 7” single, “Angels on Runway One” b/w “Victims of Terrorism” to moderate fanfare and enthusiastic radio play, but this early lineup wouldn’t last as Zory’s role began to fade. Soon after Zenith’s exit, Ed took the reins and put together the frequently-changing band that would record and perform around San Francisco over the next few years as simply ‘Pushups.’ They evolved into a tight-knit unit that rivaled an American Tubeway Army with Incredible Kidda Band flourishes of Brit-soaked power pop, and even some moves that could have easily been swiped from The Cars or The Quick. Although most of the space-themes were shook off by the time Zory departed the band, Pushups shifted focus to a more of an airtight pop sound, with breath-taking full-bore studio production that really benefitted their style. As one of many bands that only lasted for a quick flash at the and of the 1970s, they didn’t get to tour much, and although they only had one other self-released 7” single in 1979 as Pushups, the wealth of their material has been sitting, waiting for its moment. Its one of those rare bands that can straddle the line of irresistible minimal synth sparsity with lock-jaw robotic pop slashing, all gorgeously executed right here on these incredible tracks. First edition of 500 on pink vinyl.
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Ausmuteants - Mate's Rates / Echo Beach
Mate's Rates / Echo Beach
7" | 2015 | US | Original (Hozac)
8,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
An incredible, agitated & nervously energetic sound making for another massive slab of synth punk savagery you won't be able to wash off with just one shower. The 2 sizzling, neurotic, & probiotic cuts featured here don't appear on any other releases & are just as vile, infectious, & rabid as your needs require, crushing their formula into a powerful dust that erases your will to resist their impeccable Aussie charms.
Far Out Fangtooth - Thorns
Far Out Fangtooth
7" | 2012 | US | Original (Hozac)
8,09 €* 8,99 € -10%
Release:2012 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Philadelphia's FAR OUT FANGTOOTH have been meddling within their own poisonous cloud of murky, atmospheric noise for a while now, and after a stellar debut LP on Siltbreeze last year, we've cornered their deliriously downtrodden din for a blurry 3-song EP of devastating caliber. Their solidly mid-tempo, gazey gait, braced with gothic flourishes of noise and carefully arranged explosions of angelic harmony are beautifully morose and radiant at the same time, combining the guit-architecture of Sonic Youth's early primal scree with Circle Pit's squalorous nuances to create a heavenly hypnotic, haunting haze. This is a band that seduces you when your guard is down, only to soar down and rip your heart out of your chest just at the moment when the rising tide of crashing noise hits you at full force, breaking any human down into their simplest parts. A deeply disturbing, yet fulfilling set of tracks that make that dark place in your heart seem like a nice place for a picnic, and a greater sense of anticipation for what Far Out Fangtooth will drudge up next. Edition of 475 copies.
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