Album Review: The Austerity Program – “Bible Songs 1”

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For anyone who has ever tried to dramatize Bible stories, especially for movies, the first and often most important challenge is how to fill in gaps from the text so it makes sense to modern audiences. Usually these are narrative gaps, but certainly as ancient bits of myth making, the psychologies of its characters are rarely, if ever explored. This practice of using, as Wil Gafney calls it, “sanctified imagination” goes back more than a thousand years to the rabbinic tradition of midrash. But what happens when the stories we explore are violent, unstable and predatory? Well, you get Bible Songs 1 from The Austerity Program.   Continue reading

Profile: Anthony Quinn Carpanzano of Hosemen

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Saturday Nite Conformity, debut full length from Hosemen, has been out since April and in case you missed out, here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor of a band that finds unique ways to bend and smash genre boundaries further than they already are. Seamlessly covering 90s alt-rock and grunge with a fleeting nod to the old NWOBHM guard and even the kind of goth that newcomers Idle Hands blew up with as well as a strong The Cure vibe. A mouthful for sure but Hosemen make it sound easy throughout this amazingly cohesive set of seven tracks. Awhile back, we reached out to mastermind, guitarist and frontman Anthony Quinn Carpanzano with our set of Profile questions and he was gracious enough to respond with some deep insight into a lot of things. Head directly below to see how it went down and don’t forget to grab your own copy from the embedded links. Continue reading

Yob live at the Royale, 4.3.2019

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Band: Yob

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Royale, Boston, Massachusetts

Date: April 3, 2019

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Amenra live at Geno’s Rock Club and the Royale, 4.2.2019 and 4.3.2019

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Band: Amenra

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Locations: Geno’s Rock Club, Portland, Maine and the Royale, Boston, Massachusetts

Dates: April 2, 2019 and April 3, 2019

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Profile: Kris from Seattle’s Punk Metallers Prison

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For clarity; I am ridiculously late with this thing AND to this band. But the beauty of it is that on a recent journey up through the mountains and backroads of SC and NC, purposefully lost, “Who Lives Who Dies Who Cares” – second track off Come, Annihilation from Seattle’s punk/hardcore/metal trio Prison – came up in a random playlist and I was floored. So much so that I stopped the car and dove in like a fiend looking for that next fix. A full three spins later — it’s an EP man, 11 minutes to get through — I still couldn’t pick my jaw up off the rocks of the overhanging cliff I was, by this time, numbly peering off of. It’s got that feeling of some sweaty ass basement punk show, the kind you never can seem to find anymore. It’s equal parts grunge, noise, punk, hardcore and metal but most of all it’s that diamond in the rough that forces you to stop, put everything down, and take in all its glory (similar to the first time I heard the Melvins). As stated, this is way late so back in March we had the chance to shoot over our set of Profile questions to the band for some details and Kris (drums) responded with some enlightening answers and a boatload of recommendations so head below for an interesting read and please get yourself a copy from the links provided. Continue reading