Hungry Eye Releases
EYE19 Black Ice- Before the First Light CD
The Bay Area's Black Ice return with their third full length. Though they stay true to their signature sound, combining experimental soundscapes with some minimal electronics and an icy postpunk beat, this most recent effort is more meticulous and resolute-sounding than previous efforts. Rather than the abandon that characterized Terrible Birds or even Myopia, Before the First Light is more determinedly intense, gradually accumulating in nervous energy as the songs progress. Propelled by an insistent beat, Miss Kel's vocals dart and crash across a synth heavy clamor, alternating between icy whisper and a caterwaul that would do Danielle Dax or Lydia Lunch proud. With this noisy epic, Black Ice continue to contribute to the long tradition of Bay Area experimental and post-punk bands.
$12 US/ CAN
EYE18 the Holy Kiss- Under Noon of Night LP
The Holy Kiss return to Hungry Eye with their 3rd full length, and first one with the new line up that includes Panther on bass and multi-instrumentalist Alli (formerly of the Cold War) on guitar. Singer Matty is now freed from guitar for an even more unrestrained vocal delivery with his distinctive wail. Top notch, grimy blues-influenced rock 'n roll that you've come to expect from these Bay Area veterans of 8 years. Throughout the course of their career, they've drawn comparisons to some of the old guard of Australian post-punk/ rock (These Immortal Souls, Crime and the City Solution), punk-y roots rock like the Gun Club, or more contemporary names like 16 Horsepower and Black Heart Procession, but fans of the band are more likely to know them for their raucous live-shows. Under Noon of Night catches the Holy Kiss at the top of their musical game. This LP is limited to 500 copies with a silk screened cover and collaboratively released through Hungry Eye Records and the band directly.
EYE17 MT. SIMS- Happily Ever After
Mt. Sims returns to form after relocating from LA to Berlin with his eagerly anticipated third full length. Now with a new moniker-- "Mt. Sims" replacing "Mount Sims"-- and a full band with Randy Twigg and Andr'e Lange, Mt. Sims drops 12 new songs that bristle with nervous energy. Merging his signature electronic style with stark post-punk textures as first unveiled on his second album Wild Light, Happily Ever After's songs showcase the new band's versatility. From the cabaret rave-up of "Playing for Keeps" to the melodramatic dirge of "Love's Revenge" and the raging death-disco of "the Bitten Bite Back", the band is flanked by guest appearances of Jessie Evans (Vanishing/ Autonervous) and Toby Dammit (Swans, Iggy Pop). To the delight of his followers, Mt. Sims strays far from the formula of "How We Do", as proved by the earlier release of a single for "Grave" on 12" format. Crisp production work done by Thomas Stern of Crime and the City Solution ensures that Happily Ever After is a future classic on par with the work of fellow travelers and collaborators ADULT., the Hacker, Vitalic, or Ladytron.
EYE16 THE SKABS- Content
Years after this recording saw its original release as a hard-to-come by split 12" by a Philadelphia based label, it is finally made available again as a digital release for today's audiences with the audio cleaned up and numerous bonus tracks not found on the original record. Considered by many of the band's fans to include some of their finest recorded moments, Content showcases the Skabs at the time they packed in the crowds at New York clubs like ABC No Rio, Coney Island High, or CBGB's, and a number of Lower East Side squats. A punk anomaly in New York's mid 90's punk scene, the Skabs dared to stray from the glue-n-spikes vision shared by the majority of the punk scene at the time, added a synthesizer that became more prominent as the band progressed, and adopted heavily post-punk inflected songs, as influences like the Poison Girls , Metal Urbain, and polish punk like Post Regiment and Dezerter came to the fore. Truly a multi-cultural band, the mix of which defined the boroughs of New York City, the band sang songs in a English, Polish, Greek, and Spanish. Hungry Eye is proud to make this record available again for the people who unfortunately missed out on this truly unique and original band, whose uncompromising and unrelenting attitude helped influence us to start Hungry Eye.
DIGITAL ONLY RELEASE
EYE15 MT. SIMS - A Grave 12" EP
We are very proud to welcome the band/ art collective Mt Sims to the Hungry Eye stable, fronted by Matt Sims. Already quite a name in his own right, Matt Sims has two albums under his belt on DJ Hell's International DJ Gigolo label as Mount Sims, the first of which, "UltraSex", saw an American release via Emperor Norton, and was supported through a North American tour with Ladytron. He's also known for his collaborations with the Hacker, David J of Bauhaus and CROSSOVER. The past year and a half has seen Matt relocate from LA to Berlin and and establish a new chapter in the Mount Sims legacy, rebuilding the band with Berlin musicians Randy Twigg and Andre Lange and working with producer Thomas Stern of the legendary Crime and the City Solution. "A Grave" 12" EP is the first offering of these new tracks and will be available as a limited 12" EP on clear vinyl with stunning artwork by Peter Wu (one time pressing of 1,000 worldwide) and pushes the band even farther into the creepier and more aggressive territory he's veered into, with a concoction of electronic music and stark post-punk he's become respected for. Included is "Grave," a single off the upcoming album "Happily Ever After," and 3 exclusive tracks.
$8.50 ppd in the USA
EYE14 BLACK ICE - Myopia CD
After spreading their unique brand of darkness to many corners of the globe with their critically lauded debut "Terrible Birds," the Oakland troublemakers return with "Myopia". Upping the ante with a deeper, more full sound, the Ice continue to fuse heavy experimental soundscapes with cathartic postpunk cadences creating an addictively hypnotic sound. While their last album was quickly praised by many as one of the best and most anticipated albums of the year, Myopia is undoubtedly more icily intense and hypnotically sinister.
EYE14 CD $12
EYE13 SIXTEENS - Into the Goldwave of Future Non Rip-off CD
Since their last record for Hungry Eye, the Fendi EP, Sixteens spent two years globe trotting with residencies in Barcelona, Berlin, and Oakland. As of two American tours (one opening for Blixa Bargeld and Savage Republic), and two more European tours across the continent, they've slimmed down to a two-piece and locked thesmelves in the studio to finish this long awaited follow up. With wailing synthesizers, throbbing disco beats, and dramatic vocals, they've managed to throw some color into the bleak cold-wave sound, like a riotous mixture of the Mute, Trax, and ZICKZACK Records catalogs.
EYE13 CD $12
EYE12 THE HOLY KISS S/T CD
Eerie Tenderloin-blues with a drunken swagger, lazy rhythms and drawling vocals. The Holy Kiss would not have become the bug in the ear they've managed to develop into if they were just served up a predictable mix of neo-blue garage rock; they are a far cry from the current set of indie rockers appealing to the Lomax recordings for credibility. They have their own sound of unease - eruptions of melancholic fury and noir-ish slide guitar ferocity; t's an intoxication of absinthe rather than whiskey. They evoke an uncanny and confused imagery, like a soundtrack to a David Lynch movie, and make for appropriate companions to bands like the Bellmer Dolls and Lion Fever. This release captures their rare, out of print, and hard-to-find early recordings, most available on CD for the first time.
EYE12 CD $12
EYE09 Saros - Five Pointed Tongue CD
The story of Saros begins with two Bay Area natives meeting up with two east coast transplants.
Armed with mutual backgrounds in punk, affinities to metal, and an interest in pushing boundaries,
they took off with a running start. On the strength of an unreleased demo and the repuation of their
live shows alone, they quickly gained a word of mouth following that drew interest from Slayer and
High on Fire members. With a point of departure that builds on a rich tradition of Bay Area thrash,
they inject atmospheric instrumentation and a punishing rhythm section that drive a hynoptic beat home
with a precision that rivals their obvious krautrock and prog influences.
EYE09 CD $12
THE WEEGS - The Million Sounds of Black
On The Million Sounds of Black, the Weegs return to Hungry Eye with
a second full length of tripped out distorto-skronk. They take their
craggly claw, latch onto early American punk/ post-punk and
California “no wave”, and drag them kicking and screaming into the
21st century. Now even more entrenched in a crypto- sarcastic
anonymity, their disjointedly pulsing rhythm throbs along with
hypnotic bursts of feedback and noise that would do Arto Lindsay
proud. This art-damaged racket is still uncannily musical, like some
freak-beat psych band gone horribly wrong. LP version is limited to
600 copies and comes with a CD that features a 40 minute bonus track.
EYE10 CD $12
EYE10 LP $12
PHANTOM LIMBS - Random Hymns
The Phantom Limbs successfully mined the early San Francisco no wave scene, the seminal deathrock scene, and turn of the decade punk to conjure up their own unsettling racket. Having already secured their place in Bay Area music lore through their frenetic live shows and deranged antics, the Phantom Limbs have gained converts throughout the world with their previous two full lengths and their numerous tours. This EP, their last before an undetermined hiatus might very well be the curtain call in their histrionic death-cabaret.
EYE08 12" $8
BLACK ICE - Terrible Birds
What started as an experimental side project to Bay Area stalwarts Phantom Limbs to compose haunting instrumental sound-scapes soon evolved to a full band of its own. Numerous compilation appearances (including Cochon Records Nostalgia Del Buio compiled by Vanishings Jesse Eva and Billy Bates as well as Manuel Cochon, and GSL Records Golden Grouper) and an EP on Atakra Records landed their
unnerving din instant acclaim in multiple continents. The throbbing rhythms and jagged melodies of this debut album are both atmospheric and edgy enough, and pensive and razorsharp enough to appeal to enthusiastcs of indie, post-punk, and deathrock fans alike.
EYE07 CD $12: SOLD OUT!
THE WEEGS - Meat The Weegs
Surrounded by the aura of a carnival freak show from hell, electronic timbres and rock and roll riffs join forces to produce The Weegs' eerie sound. Earnest burst of screams driven by relentless rhythms put on the finishing touches to this creepy and rousing record.
EYE06 CD $12
SIXTEENS - Fendi CD/12"
Sixteens perform a serious dance floor exorcism. Treading the darker terrain of new wave, they blare out an art-damaged electro replete with minimalist beats and eerie analog synthesizers.
EYE04 CD $8
LAST COPIES OF THE CD!
EYE04 12 INCH $8
THE VANISHING / PHANTOM LIMBS Split 7"
Two bands at the forefront of San Francisco's deathrock carnival split a single on the eve of both band's globe trotting tours conjuring the specter of dance floor excess. The Vanishing, who've got a full length on GSL churn out a dark brand of pulsing, synth driven madness. The Phantom Limbs, whose second LP for Alternative Tentacles was just released, serve us their own foreboding tune.
EYE03 7" $3.50
THE WITNESSES - We're Taking Over 12"
New York City's newest Rock n Roll exports, the Witnesses continue their whirlwind conquest of the Naked City with this latest release. Combining equal doses of soul and swagger, they offer up four songs of vigorous bluesy rock'n'roll devoid of any garage rock pretension. Pressed for their debut appearance in the UK for their tour supporting Har Mar Superstar, this limited 12" EP provides a great introduction for those of you who've yet to hear them.
EYE 02 LP $8.00
URBAN WASTE - CD EP
A re-issue of the sole EP by one of the most sought after and enigmatic bands from the earliest days of New York hardcore. Despite the obscurity of the original release, Urban Waste was made famous through their signature style of blown-out, over the top hardcore punk replete with trademark menacing buzzsaw guitars and piercing vocals.
EYE01 CD EP temporarily SOLD OUT!
THE SKABS - Aged to Perfection CD
Vaudevillian deathrock with a carnivalesque new wave sound from this veteran NY band. Says Punk Planet: they "should play with the Faint, but they'd probably scare the audience."
EYE00 CD $12.00
New in stock! new Vanishing Kids CD and split 7", latest albums by CROSSOVER and MT SIMS; new material from Release the Bats: Skull Defekts- the Drone Drug CD, the final Raccoo-oo-oon CD, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer CD, and the following vinyl: Peter Wright, NTHnthsthSTH, UTMARKEN compilation 10"; the new album Say Hello to Artificial Grey by Leipzig's Monozid on both LP and CD formats. PLEASE NOTE: When ordering, please respect the minimum order when buying vinyl. Vinyl is getting more and more expensive to ship! We're barely breaking even on those with the high cost of shipping. Additionally, there is no minimum order on CDs, but postage costs have gone up. We may have to increase our prices soon. It would be kind of you to order more than one item to offset the cost of postage.
LAST COPIES (act quickly): Vanishing Kids CD, Entertainment/ A Spectre is Haunting Europe split 12".
SOLD OUT: Black Ice- Block Ice CDR
Special Offers !
BLACK ICE!! Now that we have a few copies of Terrible Birds back in stock, we can offer you all of the Black Ice records together in one bundle.
You can get Terrible Birds, Myopia, and Before the First Light along with their debut Eve EP 10" for $35 postage paid in the USA and Canada. You'll save over $10 compared to buying them separately.
Alternately, if you only want the CDs, you can get all three for $30 postage paid in the USA and Canada.
Mt Sims: get both Happily Ever After on Hungry Eye and Happily Ever After... Again on Punch for $30
PUNCH RECORDS SPECIAL: get both Mt Sims: Happily Ever After... Again CD and Crossover: Space Death CD for $36
Mt Sims: Happily Ever After CD + A Grave 12": $20
the Holy Kiss special: get the s/t CD on Hungry Eye and the "Shot Love on a Back Line" CD on Release the Bats together. Why buy them separately?
$22 / $25 outside North America
the Holy Kiss special: The two Holy Kiss CDs in the special above, + the most recent HK record, Under Noon of Night on LP format (which comes with a CD version as well). Why buy them separately?
$32 US/ Canada
Other Releases: cassettes
IMPORTANT NOTE when ordering cassettes: If the total of your order is less than $20, be sure to select the appropriate postage, since there is a shipping surcharge to cover postage. If your total order is more than $20, you can select the cheaper shipping option.
The Jesus Lizard- Lash cassette
Review from AllMusic Guide: A six song EP from the abrasive swollen-tongued genius of the Jesus Lizard, four of which are from live performances in 1990 and 1992. The two studio tracks, "Glamorous" and "Deaf as a Bat," are standard Lizard: tinny, precise, straight-out rock covered over with the insane, rough/twangy growl/scream/spit of David Yow. The live tracks, including the incessantly killer "Bloody Mary," do well to document the band's live prowess -- complete with Yow's sporadic ramblings and seething bite. Grrrrr.
$5.00 US/ Can
Laughing Hyenas- Life of Crime cassette
Review from AllMusic Guide: The Laughing Hyenas's style didn't change much on their first three releases -- they just kept improving their formula, and Life of Crime was where they reached their peak. Three years after their debut, the Laughing Hyenas had become a frighteningly tight and powerful band; Kevin Strickland's thick but agile basslines merged with Jim Kimball's skull-crushing drumming to create a rhythm section whose brute force was on a par with their musical intelligence, and Larissa Strickland's sheets of blistering guitar work built rugged melodies from sonic chaos. And John Brannon's gale-force vocals presented punk rock dementia with a blues shouter's conviction which made his finest performances a truly disturbing thing to hear. Life of Crime strikes with the impact of a freight train on its first cut, "Everything I Want," and the thing never lets up for a moment; even the album's token slow song, "Outlaw," rains down fire and brimstone on the listener, and then-unknown producer Butch Vig gets the band's firepower on tape without compromise. By the time the Laughing Hyenas went back into the studio, Jim Kimball and Kevin Strickland had left the band, and the group began following a decidedly different direction (they probably had little choice), butLife of Crime rang down the curtain on their first era with an album that proved they were the most powerful Midwest band of their time.
$5.00 US/ Can
Naked Aggression- Bitter Youth cassette
This is their first full-length 14-song recording that improves and expands upon their early AVENGERS melodic hardcore sound. Angry, powerful... essential.
$5.00 US/ Can
No Trend- Tritonian Nash- Vegas Polyester Complex cassette
Review from AllMusic Guide: One thing music fans (and historians) often forget is this: It might be called punk, but that doesn't mean it's simply filled with screaming noise. As an art form, punk rock can be as multidimensional as any other, and the underrated No Trend was a pretty solid example of that truth, especially on this album. Drifting from the bluesy saxophone sound of "Fred Reality" and "Cry of the Dirtballs" to the surf funk of "One Under Parr" and "Overweight Baby Boom Critter" to, of course, the no-holds-barred hardcore of "Without Me," No Trend covered a good amount of ground with a sizeable dose of biting humor. For a belly laugh at theReaganite nightmare of the band's 1986 culturescape, thumb through the riotous "Space Disco" ("Beat your children in the supermarket aisles/Sidewalk sales and overflowing garbage pails/There's a dead animal on my street/No one cleans it up/It's been there for weeks") or the aforementioned hilarious "Overweight Baby Boom Critter" ("Baby boom/You are the trend/You are the disease/From Woodstock to Muzak/Polyster values/Your children want to kill you"). Cliff Ontego's lead vocals are more cathartic screaming and squealing than by-the-numbers singing, recalling Jello Biafra without the swagger or Black Franciswithout the bottomless depth. And although the music is a few notches below the high-octane output of No Trend peers such as Fishbone and the Minutemen, it's still in your face and fun as hell. By the time the frenetic but catchy "Choc-O-Jet" helps wind up the album, you'll be thinking about thanking Touch & Go for re-releasing this subversive slice of social history.
$5.00 US/ Can
Shellac- At Action Park cassette
Review from AllMusic Guide: Shellac's first three singles (especially Uranus) suggested that Steve Albini was moving into more subtle and dynamic territory after the musical and lyrical brutality of Big Black andRapeman, but the group's first full-length album, At Action Park, proved that the misanthropic noisemaker responsible for Atomizer and Songs About Fucking was still very much present. "My Black Ass," "Dog and Pony Show," and "Il Porno Star" revealed Albini was still obsessed with sex, violence, and anti-social behavior, and the hard, metallic guitar figures of "Pull the Cup" and "Song of the Minerals" were as uncompromisingly abrasive as ever, with Albini's trademark engineering (dry, stark, and crystal clear) making the rough edges all the more punishing. But At Action Park does reveal a band more musically intelligent and imaginative than Big Black, and while it hits a good bit harder than the 7"ers that preceded it, Shellac is still significantly more concerned with the space between the notes than any of Albini's earlier projects. Just as importantly, in drummer Todd Trainer and bassist Bob Weston, Albini had found a human rhythm section that lived up to his exacting specifications, with Weston adding both melody and force with his thick, meaty tone andTrainer displaying both precision and an expressive abstraction behind the kit. And whileShellac's idea of a good time would still make most folks uncomfortable, there's a dark but genuine humor to a few of the cuts (especially "Il Porno Star"), and "Song of the Minerals" suggests Albini may actually feel compassion for one of his protagonists. At Action Parkmade it clear that Steve Albini was slowly but surely maturing, while stubbornly refusing to compromise in the process.
$5.00 US/ Can
Slant 6- Soda Pop-Rip Off cassette
Review from AllMusic Guide: The band's sound... is both innovative and exciting, combining new-wave punk, D.C. hardcore, and almost creepily frantic guitar work into an energizing rush of sound that resembles more well-known groups like Sleater-Kinney andBikini Kill. In all, Soda Pop Rip Off works almost like a retrospective of a period in the band's career, collecting their previous major work (including great tracks like "Double Edged Knife" and "What Kind of Monster Are You?").
$5.00 US/ Can
Soul Side- Trigger cassette
Review from AllMusic Guide: When Soul Side's Trigger was released in 1987, it marked a departure from the "how-fast-can- you-go?" formula that had characterized the Washington D.C. punk scene since Bad Brains and Minor Threat surfaced in the early 1980s. In Trigger, one can find distant echoes of the dissonant guitar attacks and the fast-slow changes that Fugazi would soon perfect on their own records. While it is not recognized as a completely groundbreaking record, it certainly was one of the first of its kind to come from the D.C. scene, and it provided a blueprint for many other bands, like Jawbox, that followed in Soul Side's footsteps.
$5.00 US/ Can
Other Releases: CDs
Blue Sabbath Black Cheer- Crows Eat the Eyes From the Leviathans Carcass CD
(Release the Bats Records) Blackened mayhem from Seattles Blue Sabbath Black Cheer. 'Crows Eat The Eyes From The Leviathans Carcass' is a collection of several older, long out of print cuts and included is also two unreleased tracks. Mastered by Hans Grüsel. Limited to 500 copies in a Stumptown Printers cardboard sleeve with artwork/design by FEEDING. Black on black print both on the cover and the disc. Blue Sabbath Black Cheer formed in late 2005, in Seattle, WA, USA, and is centered around the duo of wm.Rage: guitar, vocals, electronics and tapes - and Stan Reed: vocals, electronics, tapes and bass. The sound of BSBC is dark and heavy, violently bleak horror-noise: “a demon network of scraping nails.”
$12 post paid US/ CAN
Bodysnatcher- the Ninth Floor CD
(Manic Depression Records; French import) A new release on Manic Depression Records out of Paris France. Electro-tinged new wave with a Depeche Mode influence, by way of a french cold-wave vibe, which is probably not accidental since Chelsea from Norma Loy weighs in with guest vocals on a cover of Suicide's "Ghost Rider".
Bodysnatcher on myspace
$12 post paid US/ CAN
Camp Z- Violent Memories CD
Inspired by facts and events too rude and harsh to have been invented, the music of Camp Z aims at reflecting the mood and tones of the present time, through a combination of punk, post punk, industrial and rock atmospheres. Among major references of the project's music are Crisis, Killing Joke, Kraftwerk, Joy Division, Sleeping Dogs Wake, Suicide, Ministry, PIL or Wire...
$12 post. paid US/ CAN
Crime Desire- self titled CD
We're happy to feature the latest offering by San Diego's latest exports Crime Desire. They've been described as follows: "Take the slow songs off classic 80’s hardcore records, mix with the doom and gloom of early batcave/goth, throw in heavy doses of Samhain, and even a hint of Cleveland's Integrity, then watch too many cult exploitation movies and top the whole mess off with bleak misanthropic lyrical themes and you might come up with something that sounds a bit like Crime Desire’s latest outing." We think they come off as a modern US version of Rudimentary Peni: dark, noisy, and every bit as demented.
Crime Desire on myspace
$12 post. paid US/ CAN
Crossover- Space Death CD
This album goes deeper into the world of CROSSOVER both lyrically and musically. One will sense they have been many moons since their last release.
This time the sound and themes run darker and heavier in the instrumentation with hard-edged electronics. The songs range from dusted out dance floor head bangers, screwed up electro punk madness, and even some future-now melancholy ballads. These songs make up their own pioneered sound which they call GLOOM - sick synths, nasty beats, and haunting melodies. These will be the soundtracks to your dreams and the anthems in your head during all of your waking hours. Each song being quite different from the last yet, somehow relating to each other as if they are chapters in a book. It would seem that lyrically both RAT BOY & RAT GIRL have some things to get off their chests on this one. Their fans will be more than pleased to find that CROSSOVER stay true to their sound, vision, d.i.y. ethic, and underground spirit. The fans have been waiting for this! Not only will cult music collectors, art-rockers, and fashionistas be rabid for this release. Just like the otherCROSSOVER albums previously on Gigolo Records, their music will reach many audiences. CROSSOVER – SPACE DEATH is ready for the nightclubs, radio, and your headphones.
$20 post. paid US/ CAN
Daily Void- Identification Code 5271-4984853784-06564 CD
Chicago's post-punk outfit featuring ex-members of the Functional Blackouts offer us their their latest venture with fervid, marching and snarling songs that plow over the cushy corners of 'art rock' with a welcoming, plundering, doom. The band's rabidly pummeling and simple death-punk barrage is smeared with rusty hooks that are quick to infect and are deluted by demonic incantations that connect so perfectly with their apocalyptic imagery. It's just a matter of time before high school kids are scribbling their lyrics all over the backs of their abnormal psych books in study hall, and carving their name in their arms. We'll be hearing more from these folks soon, as they have a number of upcoming releases, including a 7" on NY's great Sacred Bones label. (Also available on wax for you vinyl-inclined peoples. See section below.)
Daily Void on myspace
$12 post. paid US/ CAN
Deadbeats - Movin' CDEP
If you've glance across this page before, you know of our South Carolina friends. Dark, gothy synth-punk the way you'd hope a few folks from the bible belt might be inclined to churn out. And, as we've become accustomed to, Lauren and Michael get more intense and tight with subsequent releases. Movin' gives you 5 new songs recorded in October 2008 and released on the band's own Recluse Records in a a vinyl sleeve, DIY style. ANY DEADBEATS PURCHASE COMES WITH SOME PINS AND STICKERS!
Deadbeats on myspace
Deadbeats - 999 Ways to Die CDEP
Lauren and Michael return with their latest offering, which in my opinion stands so far as their best effort. Aggro minimal electro that has more in common with the cold wave bands than it does with EBM. 999 Ways to Die continues on the path carved out by Another Rose and Loss of Control but is heavier and creepier than both. Recommended!
Deadbeats on myspace
Deadbeats- Loss of Control CD
The Deadbeats return with a self released CD done up DIY style on their own Recluse Records. Folks who found themselves digging Vanishing, early Sixteens, Swann Danger, and the like take note! BACK IN STOCK!
Deadbeats on myspace
US/ Can $8
Deadchovsky- Spiritus Sancti Bizarre CD
A spirited and vaudevillian deathrock band from Paris driven by cheap vodka and prophetic fantasies. What more could you ask for from such a band? They touch upon the right influences (ranging from Cinema Strange to Sex Gang Children to Alien Sex Fiend) and have become something of an institution in the central european DR circles.
Deadchovsky on myspace
$12 post. paid US/ CAN
Entertainment- Gender CD
We've sold their past releases, so it's with pleasure that we're able to offer up the long awaited debut of Athens, Georgia's Entertainment. A great effort by these friends of ours; stark, haunting, and hypnotic songs. By way of description, we'll offer an excerpt from post-punk.com's review of the album: "'Gender' is a concise eight-track affair, a slim, yet powerful treat that delivers the goods and exits with all fury intact. Each track is ruthless, crisp, and hard-hitting, exploring and updating the manic darkness of The Birthday Party and the catchiness of Bauhaus while adding a dash of minimal synth, German cabaret, and tarted-up glam rock for good measure." 1 more left!
Entertainment on myspace
Gina V. D'Orio- Sailor Songs CD
(Dual Plover Records- Australian Import) Gina D'Orio is one half of the magnificent Berlin act Cobra Killer presents us with a solo album of songs dedicated to the water and to oceans. 13 tracks recorded between 1998 and 2002 and performed with an impressive host of guest musicians.
Gina V. D'Orio (solo) on myspace
Cobra Killer on myspace
$10 US/ Canada
FRUSTRATION CD EP
(Manic Depression- French import) Originally formed in September 2002 by members of parisian post-punk bands like Anteenagers mc, Operation S, No Talents, Zurueck Placenta, and others, Frustration have decided to explore the dark, cold, sad but tense side of rock'n'roll and come from a scene VERY well versed in the traditions of darker side of new wave. Influenced by postpunk & coldwave bands such as Crisis, Warsaw/Joy Division, Killing Joke, The Fall, etc. They quickly gained notoriety in their hometown and have openeed for the likes of 999, Ausgang, Volt, Adult., Charles de Goal, and Section 25. This is the CD pressing of their hard to find first EP on great french label Manic Depression. BACK IN STOCK!
$10 US/ Canada
FRUSTRATION - Full of Sorrow CD EP
(Born Bad Records- French import) The new record with 5 songs (and a bonus track on the CD version) by the Parisian band Frustration on Born Bad Records, a new label related to the famous record shop in Paris. This is their first release since turning a lot of heads with their 7" on SS Records out of Sacramento, and is quickly becoming a favorite in circles who know around the world.
$10 USA/Canada: BACK IN STOCK!
Funeral Crashers- La Fin Absolue du Monde
Our good friends from back home give us their debut album, and quite a treat it is. "La Fin Absolue du Monde is thirteen tracks of dark rock for these uncertain, paranoid times. With influences ranging from punk to goth to new wave to shoegaze, La Fin...is a journey to the proverbial heart of modern darkness. Enjoy the ride."
JUANITA Y LOS FEOS- s/t CD
From Madrid, JUANITA Y LOS FEOS take cues from various guitar based Back From the Grave howlers of yore and speckle their tunes with the keys heavy scree of bands like the Screamers and Devo; and the anthem-ey qualities of classic punk bands like the Avengers and Weirdos. They even throw in a few choice Flamencan guitar licks here and there as a subtle nod to their regional Spanish heritage. And the culmination of their characteristic genre-dabblings paired with their undenying, fervent delivery is what really sets JUANITA apart from the pack.
Juanita Y Los Feos on myspace
TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT!
Jungle Crow- demo CDR
Michael and Lauren of Deadbeats decided they needed an additional musical outlet and started Jungle Crow, a more colorful and distorted musical offshoot of their existing projects. They deliver here their debut material, a 5 song demo.
Jungle Crow on myspace
THE HOLY KISS - Shot Love on a Back Line CD
The long awaited debut of San Francisco's the Holy Kiss. It's not on Hungry Eye (was put out by our good friends at Release the Bats in Sweden), but it's so good, it makes us wish it was! So, we made sure to get our hands on a lot of copies and are distributing it as well, especially for those that would have a hard time obtaining it in the United States. Dramatically staggering post-punk blues with haunting melodies and a ferocious swagger. Beautiful artwork done by Adam Beck of Death of a Party/ Red Voice Choir fame.
Nora Keyes- Songs to Cry By For the Golden Age of Nothing CD
Dual Plover Records/ Australian Import) Nora Keyes, a former member of LA's legendary Centimeters (another Centimeters spin-off band of note would be New Collapse), presents us with her first solo album, ‘Songs to Cry by for the Golden Age of Nothing.’ It sounds more like an old 78 pried from the arms of a long deceased witch, found in a buried tea chest, in a forgotten woodland that the locals still dare not venture into, than the efforts of a nice Los Angeles born girl, joined here by her talented friends Rebecca Lynn (violin). Ray Day (guitar), Creekbird (brass / drums) and Dame Darcy (auto harp / saw). Former Germ Don Bolles also lends a hand on the production end of things. (1 copy left)
Nora Keyes on myspace
Le Face- Isolation CD
"The elusive LE FACE formed in the summer of 2006 in Whittier, CA, a small suburban wasteland on the outskirts of the Los Angeles. In their first year they were banned from nearly every club they played for beating audience members, destroying house equipment, and fighting promoters. LE FACE supposedly contains members of the Fault Lines and Mika Miko. In 2007, amidst the local problematic turmoil that seemed to follow LE FACE everywhere they played, they managed to record a 3 song 7'' for Smokin' Barrel Records. Earlier this year they released their second 7'' on Rich Bitch Records and toured the west coast with their bros the Freindly Neighbors. ‘Isolation’ contains 13 songs of what the band describes as “neo dada noise.” That’s not a far off description, but they definately have their roots firmly planted in punk rock. They take different aspects of the Urinals, Human Hands, Mentally Ill, Simply Saucer and the Electric Eels and put it through their own paranoid, unblanced filter. It’s nice to hear them deconstruct punk rock and spit it back out as their own psychotic, off kilter bastard child of rock n roll. Neo dada noise indeed."
Le Face on myspace
US/ Can $12.00
Lineas Albies- Control CD
We've got our hands on a few records of our friends from Madrid, Spain who should now be known to you as the band who's latest release was a great split 10" with our very own Sixteens. As with that record, we've mentioned that they were a perfect pair-up for the Sixteens with their disjointed weird-wave. Here we have their debut full length on Spain's Ciclo Records.
Lineas Albies on myspace
US/ Can $12.
Lineas Albies- Taxidermista CD
The latest full length by our compatriots from Spain on import from Subterfuge Records.
Lineas Albies on myspace
US/ Can $12.
Mac Blackout- the Rapid Babies CD
"Here it is the follow up to the ‘S/T’ LP that released on Dead Beat Records earlier this year from the one and only MAC BLACKOUT. The debut ‘S/T’ was an LP only releases. This time all the vinyl fiends get left in the dust for this CD only release with completely different tracks than on the LP. ‘The Rabid Babies’ compiles 15 new and unreleased tracks from Daily Void member MAC BLACKOUT recorded between 2006 and the present. MAC BLACKOUT continues to shine on ‘The Rabid Babies’, divulging even more facets of his rather complex musical psyche as heard through these 15 intricately written tunes. Reference points? Kraftwerk, Devo, Screamers, Big Black, Chrome. But they should only be viewed as reference points because MAC BLACKOUT doesn’t really sound like any of them. "
Mac Blackout on myspace
US/ Can $12.00
Mt Sims- Happily Ever After... Again CD
Like the sequel to a novel, Mt.Sims (Matt Sims) returns with his magnum opus entitled "Happily ever after...again" as the final response to his previously released album "Happily ever after". This new album begins where the last one left off, asking the questions "why am i here", and "how can i transcend myself". With songs like Grave and The Bitten bite back linking the past to the present, Sims's text dissect the human condition, giving it a hard look and pointing out the repercussions and could be repercussions of our behavior. As one sinks deeper in the head of Mt.Sims, it becomes clear that this album is a story dealing with faith and the worship of ideology. From the perspective a solider with many faces, Sims skips around from army to army, side to side, life to death, present to forgotten. From song to song, the one can hear a voice questioning his own identity and the way that he sees the world. Candy coated, a song of violent obsession, screams in ending "how could you love me to destroy me?" Disappearing act drives like a car on a never-ending highway. What the driver must deliver is his own soul. As Sims sings " I see my footprints on the floor but i can't see myself anymore", one can realize the voice crying out from the speaker, in an acousmatic tradition, is separated from its owner who at this point has vanished from site. As the Soldier changes faces, he is Orpheus, he is a Kamikaze pilot, he is the ghost of childhood, he is a gypsy and he is finally Matt Sims. This album is a journey where fiction and fact intertwine and leave cold impressions about human behavior and our need to believe in something. Lyrically this album shows that most of the time our ideologies need us. From floating psychedelic textures and screeching synths to strange yet beautiful melodies that writhe and twist around deadly disco beats, one can come closer to understanding the necessity of contradiction in modernity. One may find themselves by losing themselves in this soon to be cult classic. A mixture of Electronic and acoustic, this album delivers an environment to question all that you believe is true.... but don't believe a word we say.
Monozid- Erstens CD EP
Dark, moody rock from our boys in Leipzig influenced by all the right people. These are the fine folks that bring you the great German Fanzine Transmission and keep you dancing in the clubs of Leipzig. A self-released debut CD EP with a very nice offset printed cover.
Monozid on myspace
$7 US/ Canada
Monozid- Waiting for the Circus CD EP
Monozid returns with their second self released CD EP. You can take a look at what I thought about it by directing your attention over here. Good stuff, my friends.
$7 US/ Canada
Monozid- Say Hello to Artificial Grey CD
First full-length album of German indie / post-punk revival band Monozid included all best features of previous mini-releases. After two self released CDR-EP's Monozid recorded their first album in 2008. The 12 songs combine the different talents and preferences of the Monozid members: Ralf's odd and noisy guitar sounds, Daniel's pumping bass lines, the drumming of Max, which is full of details and variety, and the melodic, effect loaded guitar sound of Franz. The sound switches between catchy uptempo tunes, sophisticated instrumentals and some more experimental stuff mixing elements from 80's guitar-wave & postpunk with shoegaze, noise- and postrock. "Say Hello to Artificial Grey" is a great example of modern post-punk revival saturated not only with influences of analogous music of 80's, but with creative rushes of today. Besides evident parallels with Joy Division, For Against, The Sound, "Say Hello to Artificial Grey" is also interesting because of its pop-orientated tracks and post-rock experiments with the sound.
$12 US/ Can
New Waver- Neuters CD
(Dual Plover Records/ Australian import) Word has it that the members of New Waver met in the early 80s as young recruits to the Claims section of the Australian Taxation Office in Canberra. Over coffee and cards and in water-cooler conversations the teenagers discovered their shared passion: popular music. From there it was a short step to forming a band. Exactly how much of New Waver's back story to believe is up for debate, but the music isn't. This release compiles a number of the band's tracks from a variety of cassette only releases from the previous decade. You get sarcastic songs, sparse beats, and simple electronic tunes with deadpan vocals. What you might expect if the Modern Lovers had been office hacks with synthesizers. Cool stuff.
$12 US/ Canada
Opposite Sex - Violent Heartstrings CD
Great new album by Washington DC's the Opposite Sex. To quote a recent review by the Big Takeover's Kristen Sollee, "Violent Heartstrings unfolds in unexpected ways. Imbued with apprehension and tension both lyrically and musically, an imminent descent into disintegration seems certain throughout. Despite a focus on the weighty and the wistful, the OPPOSITE SEX’s debut full-length still has a vibrant violence that makes the band’s post-punk stylings so intriguing. This is immediately evident in singer SHAWN HELTON’s vocals, which sound like a combination of IAN MCCULLOCH, GREG SAGE, and JAZ COLEMAN. Always intense and unhinged, even during the most musical of vocal lines grit and growls rip and tear their way through the aural fabric of a song, breaking up melodies that may otherwise have been too pretty, too sweet."
Opposite Sex on myspace
Opposite Sex - Live and Burn CD ep
A brand new six-song CD EP on packaged in a cardboard sleeve from this promising band from our nation's capital. With their third record “Live and Burn”, The Opposite Sex appeals to a broader audience, while still maintaining a dark persona. “Leave it All Behind” begins with an icy, emotional verse that breaks into a catchy, unforgettable chorus. For fans of their previous material, songs like "Another Big Bang" and “Frozen Heart/ Frozen Mind” depict a strange anxiety, over layered textures of aggressive guitars and drums. “Live and Burn” invites the listener to share a personal experience with a little nostalgia.
Opposite Sex on myspace
OST Beaufort CD
This is the soundtrack CD for Beaufort (distributed by the Israeli label HCB Records), A Berlin Film Festival award-winning motion picture and an Oscar nominee in the best foreign category for 2008! The score was composed by Ishay Adar, an important figure in the Israeli electronic music front, as well as a founding member of The Top-Hat Carrirers, a legendary Israeli post-punk act that was highly active in the late 80's. On "Beaufort", Adar creates a shimmering yet disturbing soundtrack for this Anti-war film, whereas melodic and lucid electronica, reminiscent of the classic ambient works of Brian Eno and Harold Budd, gently transform into irritating minimal soundscapes, before diving into a blowhole of gloomy electronic bloodbath, a brooding reality known mostly to Israeli troops as the Beaufort fortress. Recommended if you like Taylor Deupree, Biosphere, William Basinski, Lustmord, Xela and Ulver circa "Lyckantropen" and "Silencing the Singing".
Beaufort soundtrack on myspace
$12 US/ Canada
Raccoo-oo-oon- Behold Secret Kingdom CD
Behold Secret Kingdom is the first proper full-length release from Iowa City's Raccoo-oo-oon after several limited cd-r/tape/vinyl releases. 8 new songs that takes the band's psychedelic and dynamic free-form punk from previous releases to new heights, this is definitely their most focused and perfected recording so far. Darker, denser and almost brutal at times, Behold Secret Kingdom is also the heaviest recording they have done. It only takes a few seconds into ‘Black Branches’ and the mood is set for the rest of the album immediately. The stunning closer ‘Tail At Prospect Peak’ could easiest be described as campfire-doom with it’s slow riffing, heavy use of percussion and chanted vocals (everything suddenly bursting out in a chaotic crescendo…). The trademark tribal-like drums is still present, as is the vocal drones and the furious saxophone swirls. Recorded by Mike Dixon in Bloomington, IN. Full colour digipack with the bands now well-known amazing artwork.
$12 US/ Canada
Raccoo-oo-oon- s/t CD
Everything's coming to an end with the swansong from Iowa City's Raccoo-oo-oon. Following up last years critically acclaimed Behold Secret Kingdom (RTB/Not Not Fun), the final album takes everything up a notch and shows a band taking their last breath and laying down the last bricks in their fairly short history. The album blends together all different parts of Raccoo-oo-oons discography, taking cues from the utter freeform punk madness of The Cave Of Spirits Forever (Time Lag), building something completely new of the era that was Behold Secret Kingdom and yet delivering echoes of the eclectic Mythos Folkways recordings. The album reeks of desperation and a feeling of going down with nothing to loose at all. A fucked up future-prog mayhem that is all over the place and at no known place at all at the same time. Genuinely uncomfortable, desperate and just beautiful, this album will surely be remembered as the most important recording that Racco-oo-oon ever put to tape. Minds are melting, new grounds are covered and things will never be the same.
$12 US/ Canada
Red Voice Choir- A Thousand Reflections CD EP
While it does bear distinctive marks of some of the members' previous/ other bands (Black Ice, the Holy Kiss, Death of a Party), Red Voice Choir doesn't come off sounding like a side-project at all. Kevin Brown's drumming is always impressive; using his beat-up drumset to his advantage, he continually pounds out rhythms unorthodox beats hounded by Kelly's church organs and crashing into Adam's guitar while Dawn's bass slinks along to provide the groundwork. The six songs on this EP leave a good hope these guys will pull together great full length in some time to come.
the Secret Society of the Sonic Six- Nite City CD ep
For those who are eager to check out the Secret Society of the Sonic Six (check out the endorsement below for their 12" and 7"s in the vinyl section), but don't have record players... OR, if you'd just like to complete your SSS6 collection, you'll want to pick up their self-released Nite City CD ep. SSS6 on myspace
$8 US/ Canada
Siniaalto- Tallentumia CD
Helsinki's answer to Tangerine Dream take the best out of ze klassische deutche kraut rock influensches und some pretty nifty use and abuse of old analogue hardware. Synths bubble, flow and float in this 70+ minute tour de force of music that leaves you wondering why percussive instruments where actually created in the first place.
$12 US/ Canada
Skull Defekts- Skull CD
(Release the Bats Records - Swedish import)
Hailing from Göteborg, Sweden, The Skull Defekts is a new music collective featuring core members Joachim Nordwall (Alvars Orkester, ex-Kid Commando, runner of Ideal Recordings), Henrik Rylander (ex-Union Carbide Productions) and people like Jean-Louis Huhta (ex-Anti Cimex, Cortex...) and Daniel Fagerström (Chronic Heist, ex-Trapdoor Fucking Exit, 8 Days Of Nothing). The band has been doing live collaborations with Damo Suzuki (Can) and Lasse Marhaug, just to name a few. On Skkull the band is stripped down to the trio of Nordwall/ Rylander/ Huhta and what we get is an all electronic album containing 4 long songs. Compared to their earlier releases this one takes a more minimalistic and monotonous approach but still manages to be heavy as hell! Expect total Scandinavian coldness. Digipack with artwork by Are Mokkelbost. LIMITED TO 500 copies pressed.
Skull Defekts on myspace
$12 US/ Canada
Skull Defekts- the Drone Drug CD
(Release the Bats Records - Swedish import)
First there was Skkull then there was The Drone Drug... Continuing on the same path, the sound of The Drone Drug is of a similar relentless minimalistic nature as its predesessor. This could be seen as the electronic backbone to last years amazing Blood Spirits & Drums Are Singing (Conspiracy Records), creating a heavy beast with the most basic and stripped-down use of variations in drones and frequencies instead of guitars and percussion. Monotonous motor humming via drugged-out machinery and assaults of feedback attacking with a strong feel of claustrophobia. Compared to Skkull, The Drone Drug evolves more around a grim and abrasive sound, constantly toying with lo-fi aesthetics and a rough industrial edge. The atmosphere created is thick and black, bringing up visions of a dystopian society trembling on the edge of the world. Spreading the disease in a world slowly dying, The Drone Drug is poison and affect you it will
Skull Defekts on myspace
$12 US/ Canada
SUNSHINE - Necromance CD
(Day After Records- Czech import)
This is the fourth album of this Czech trio! Sunshine took the world by storm with their previous Velvet Suicide album and the split with At The Drive In. The band spent a large part of previous five years on the road, touring all over Europe and the USA twice with bands like At The Drive In, Murder City Devils, International Noise Conspiracy, Sparta, The Faint, Le Shok, The Locust. (Somehow their song "Streamlines" got to the soundtrack to Blair Witch II.) NECROMANCE shows the next step in he band's development since their previous album "Velvet Suicide," occupying a middleground between the sonic attack of AT THE DRIVE-IN and a more futuristic, electronic angle [a la THE FAINT, TRANS AM, etc.] and incorporating some Echo and the Bunnymen and "Madchester" style neo-psych into their sound to great effect. (Vinyl version for sale in vinyl section below)
$12 CD USA/Canada
SWANN DANGER- self titled CDEP
(Custody Night School)
Swann Danger is an Oakland, California based band that runs in the same crowd as your Hungry Eye favorites like the Phantom Limbs, Black Ice, Vanishing, Sixteens, and includes Andy Zevallos on bass, samples, and drum machine and Cynthia Mansourian on guitars and vocals. This 5 song debut was recorded with Dan Rathbun at Polymorph in Oakland (Dead And Gone, Heart Of Snow, His Hero Is Gone, The Vanishing, The Phantom Limbs). Both Cynthia and Andy were members of the band Heart Of Snow, which put out an ep on GSL before breaking up in early 2002. Swann Danger do pretty much the same thing, just better! Slow, dark and claustrophobic songs, like a skeletal version of Xmal Deutschland or a stripped down, deathrock version of NY no wavers the Bush Tetras. This is the CD version of the 12" on Release the Bats which we just sold out of!
Mp3 sample: You Have Won
SWANN DANGER- Deep North CD
(Custody Night School) We finally have some additional copies of this one for the webstore from members of the HE extended family. Swann Danger's debut album sees Andy and Cynthia throwing live drums into the mix for a more full sound. To hear what it sounds like, direct yourself to the myspace page.
the Terminals- Forget About Never CD
In case it's not apparent, we made sure to snag up some of the most interesting releases from the cool Dead Beat Records catalog (including the new Bill Bondsmen LP but that might be too hardcore for the folks who come looking here) to offer for sale on the HE webstore. The new Terminals record was definitely one of them. Said a recent Razorcake review: "...unique garage punk band playing guitar, drums, and organ, and then record the whole tumultuous shebang they raise into what sounds like two microphones that are so overloaded and distorted that all the recording levels are securely in the red. That describes about 3/4s of the album. The mellower numbers on the album tend to sound like slower 45 Graves songs but less hokey (probably due to both bands using spooky organ and having female vocalists more than anything else). This is perhaps the dirtiest, most spazzed-out sounding recording that one is ever likely to encounter outside of a Locust album, but it really works to give everything a unique and urgent gritty rock'n'roll soul feel instead of making everything muddy or headache-inducing." For folks who've been digging the sounds of bands like the Homostupids, Functional Blackouts, Cheater Slicks, the Hunches, etc.
the Terminals on myspace
Throbbin Urges CD
Blown-out, chaotic, noisy punk from the midiwest (Michigan, to be exact), courtesy of Dead Beat Records, in league with a lot of the recent weirdo-garage punk that's been storming the US. There's something about the midwest varient of this music that makes it shine in it's scuzzed out, disjointed glory. Maybe it's the spirit inherited from the greats like Rocket From the Tombs or the Pagans. In any event, Throbbin Urges have it. (ALSO AVAILABLE ON VINYL: see section below.)
Throbbin Urges on myspace
VANISHING KIDS - Rest the Glove that Wears You Down CD
(self released) Vanishing Kids are from Portland, OR by way of Madison, WI who have been around since the early 80's. While the band went on to release their "The Selfish mirror" album on Failed Experiment Records produced and recorded by the infamous Martin Atkins (PIL, Killing Joke, Pigface, Ministry) and Steven Seibold (Hate Dept., Damage Manual, Berlin), we got some copies here of their rare, self-released debut album "Rest the Glove that Wears You Down." A swirling mix of influences that range fro 70's/80's new wave and post-punk, shoegaze, psychedelic, and post-rock, the band's masterful instrumentation evokes a spacy version of the Cure meets Celebration avant la lettre.
Vanishing Kids on myspace
$12 USA/Canada (1 copy left!)
VANISHING KIDS - Skies in Your Eyes CD
Here's the latest full length from Vanishing Eyes. The review from Treble zine puts is nicely: "True to their name, Vanishing Kids cast phantasm waves of reverb that dissipate like the last rays of ochre-streaked sun at twilight. Theirs is the sound of 4AD bands past and present, refracted through a hazy, post-punk prism. The Portland migrants (who hail from Madison, Wis.) transpose ethereal, barely there echoes with sometimes righteous riffage in a worthy homage to their more apparent influences. Skies In Your Eyes, the band's second full-length, is a churning cocktail of Cocteau Twins-like shimmery gauze garnished with the propulsive tribalism of Celebration. The Kids sample shoegaze, electro, and some rather sumptuous psychedelic-soul, never settling on a particular style, but through some adroit schizo-manuevering, manage instead to combine each genre in new and interesting ways."
VOLVOX- Egg, Pluto, Pup and You CD
(Dual Plover Records/ Australian import)
"Volvox were one of the most extraordinary bands ever to emerge from Melbourne, or infact anywhere else. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, during their short existence (1991 to 1996) they never played outside of that city. Describing the unsettling nature of the Volvox sound is somewhat difficult without pointing out one unmistakable feature, the vocals style of Anthony Riddell (aka 'Lester Vat'), their all-stumbling neurologically damaged front-man, whose infamous fall at the Redfern squats in the late 80s left him in a coma for months, and then with a significant movement disorder."
Zuruck Placenta CD
At the beginning they were CAPHARNAÜM, then APOLLONS DEPRESSIFS. During the 80s, the name and line-up changed regularly until 1988 when they became ZURÜCK PLACENTA. ZURÜCK PLACENTA's music is a mix of powerfull Cold-wave and dark 80's gothic rock, with some industrial influences, and even some hardcore. The band had a strong personnality and a sharp and heavy sound, obvious influences, but well integrated. ZP will released a first demo in 1990, then the self-titled album in 1992, produced by Jean Taxis (Asylum Party, Babel 17, Complot Brünswick, Norma Loy). ZP splited in late 1992, leaving behind them a unique and mythical album, which deserves its rank among the weird and cult temple of French Cold-Wave. BTW: Frustration fans, members went on to start Frustration. You can hear the similarity!
Other Releases: Vinyl
BIG BOYS- LULLABIES HELP THE BRAIN GROW/ NO MATTER HOW LONG dbl LP
This great reissue contains both 2 LPs by this legendary Texas punk band, originally released in 1983 and 1984 - ABSOLUTE CLASSICS - for the first time since many years officially available again on vinyl, as a DOUBLE-LP packed in a colorful GATEFOLD-SLEEVE, including a foldout-poster with lyrics and photos, plus linernotes. Available on import from XMist Records in Germany.
$20 ppd US/ Can
BLACK ICE - Eve EP 10" EP
We managed to get in some copies of the long out of print debut Black Ice record on Atakra Records (that trailblazing label that gave you the vinyl debut of the Phantom Limbs and is about to serve you up the debut of the Red Voice Choir). Naturally, when Black Ice went to Europe, they took the rest of the copies their copies with them, and Europeans with mouths agape at the Ice's live show quickly bought them up. Hungry Eye has the last copies. Lucky us!
$10 / $14 outside North America
ENTERTAINMENT - A SPECTRE IS HAUNTING EUROPE split 12"
A limited 12" single in a black DJ sleeve with a sticker by two of the most promising bands on the post-punk circuit. Entertainment is a few months away from releasing their debut album, which promises to be great, and on here they pull off some great deathrock that recalls some of the best of early Christian Death atmospherics. A Spectre is Haunting Europe go a little more in the Bauhaus/ PiL direction with their two tracks. Highly recommended. 2 COPIES LEFT!
$10 USA/Canada (2 copies left!)
GLASS CANDY - Love on a Plate 7"
(Release the Bats Records- Swedish import)
Ziggy Stardust meets Lydia Lunch at the death disco! This single features an alternate mix of "Love On A Plate" from their "Love Love Love" album on Troubleman Unlimited, and an unreleased cover of Josie Cotton's "Johnny, Are You Queer?" on the b-side. A different version of this 7" was released on Troubleman in the US and sold out ages and ages ago. 525 made of this version and we have the last copies.
MATTRESS- In your Pocket 7" + CDR
(Malt Duck Records)
Malt Duck Records, a Californian label with ties to the great radio station KDVS, released this 7" + bonus CDR by Mattress. Here's a review from Siltblog that sums it up nicely. "I've heard some genteel peepin about his similarities to Alan Vega & Suicide but I don't think the paleo dark/space vibe (what resonates from Suicide to my node) is all that prominent. I mean, it's there-if you want it to be-but scratch your ears a little faster & hear trickles 'n blurts what's remininscent of Minimal Man, Pyrolator & (early) Quintron. It's a man & his machines, primed & pulsating, up against it w/not a worry in the world. It's not naivete folks, it's bravado & personally.....I like his odds."
Monozid- Say Hello to Artificial Grey LP
This is the vinyl version of the CD we have listed up above!
$12 US/ Canada
NTHnthsthSTH - A UTON & ANTONY MILTON COLLABORATION LP
Finland and New Zealand meets again on this second collaborative album from Uton and Antony Milton (first one released as a limited CDR on Celebrate Psi Phenomenon back in 2004). A perfect clash of two beautiful worlds over 2 sidelong journeys divided into 5 shorter segments intersecting with each other. Field recordings, layers of majestic droning sounds, buried voices, percussion... Recorded in Linnavuori and Wellington from 2005 to 2007. Full colour artwork by both Jani Hirvonen and Antony Milton and liner notes by Jon Dale. Limited to 520 copies.
$13 US/ Canada
the PRIDS 7"
The beloved Portland band the Prids' most recent outting is a 7" on the up and coming label Catastrophe Ballet. Very nicely done, both in sound and in packaging, this limited edition of 500 comes on colored vinyl (various colors) with artwork by Gee Vaucher of Crass. New tune Something Difficult is backed with OneThousandFive on this gem.
The Prids on myspace
RAH BRAS - Ruy Blas! LP
(Day After Records- Czech import) The Rah Brahs are a (now defunct?) east coast synth-punk band that had members of Men's Recovery Project and Born Against. This is the vinyl version of their CD on Lovitt Records and follows up their two CD eps on Lovitt and Vermiform Records. The music layers provocative vocals over tight little riffs and throbbing tempos with blaring keyboards, heavy bass, and drums. "Ruy Blas!" is an audacious concoction of pop presence and electronic abrasives that gallops the gamut from gamelan to garish.
$12 USA/Canada (1 copy left)
the SECRET SOCIETY OF THE SONIC SIX - ISOLATED INCIDENTS 1.2 12" EP
We were made hip to the sounds of the SSS6 by the ravings and recommendations of a certain Matt Sims. A little investigation into the matter and we were convinced ourselves and quickly tried to snag up some SSS6 records of our own. This first one we got our paws on is the second in a series of very limited edition 12"s the band self released called Isolated Incidents. Limited to 150, they come in what appear to be hand screened DJ sleeves. Dirty analog sounds mixed with some trippy electro-noire. One of the bands that has most impressed us as of late. Listen in if you need some convincing of your own, but do yourself a favor and pick up some of these records. (Note: unfortunately this package arrived rather banged up. The 12" sleeves suffered a little bit of edge damage. Nothing major, but please note the corners on these are not pristine!)
Secret Society of the Sonic Six on myspace
SECRET SOCIETY OF THE SONIC SIX/ OBSOLETE split 7"
See above.... but this time on a split 7" with none other than ex-Subtonix member Brandi Obsolete. Secret Society of the Sonic Six on myspace
SECRET SOCIETY OF THE SONIC SIX- 9:00 7"
Another vinyl release by SSS6, this time all on their own. Secret Society of the Sonic Six on myspace
SECONDS- Y LP
Totally frenetic proto-punk, picking up influences from the likes of GANG OF FOUR, Richard Hell, or early DEVO, and putting it into a new modern context, highlighted by an amazing cover-version of Madonna's "Burning Up"! Features members of EX MODELS and YEAH YEAH YEAHS.
Sixteens/ Lineas Albies split 10"
Sixteens split a record with what might be one of the best pairing with them out there: a similar-minded two-some of some trouble-makers from Spain who the Sixteens have shared to stage with a few times out in Europe. Each band has two songs; Sixteens include their cut For Rent, one of my personal favorites and a classic by now. Lineas Albies standout track is It's Fucking USA an intense, weirdo electro-jam. On some very nice looking yellow vinyl. Snag up a copy while you can because between here and the Sixteens' own copies there probably won't be many copies of this making it to these shores.
$11 ppd US/ Canada (temporarily sold out!)
SPECTRES- Visions of a New World 7"
(Whisper in Darkness Records)
SPECTRES- Cold War"
(Whisper in Darkness Records)
Two very nicely done 7"s by this Vancouver BC post-punk band. Stark and taut rock n roll that touches all the right bases and pulls no punches-- influenced by the likes of Wire, Crisis, or Warsaw. Listen here!
SUNSHINE - Necromance LP
The vinyl version of this record. See the description above.
$12 LP USA/Canada
Tar...Feathers- Make Way to the Ocean LP
(Adagio830 Records- German import)
Sweden's Marcus Nyke is joined by some friends to record the first Tar... Feathers LP. This is the vinyl version of the CD that was released on Sweden's Release the Bats and the vinyl format does well to display the great cover art & packaging that adorns. Dark, quirky pop songs that somehow manage to sound lo-fi and lush at once.
Tar... Feathers on myspace
$12 US/ CAN
Tar...Feathers/ Happiness split LP
(Adagio830 Records- German import)
This is a split LP between Tar... Feathers (who, if you are reading these words, you are likely already familiar with from above). Happiness also hails from Sweden (Stockholm, to be exact), and provides nice counterpoint to Tar... Feathers, though with more electronic blips and inflections. Hear them for yourself HERE.
Tar... Feathers on myspace
$12 US/ CAN
Throbbin Urges LP
The vinyl version of this album. See CD section for description.
$12 US/ CAN
Vanishing Kids/ Street Pyramids SPLIT 7 INCH
Our buddies' VK's most recent release. The Portland Mercury wrote the following about this release: "Vanishing Kids "Mother Earth" begins with a placidly low-tech keyboard, with swooping whispered vocals, then transforms into a 3/4 psychedelic waltz with skittering guitars and martial drums. It's a baroque, lurching, magnificent pop song. It's an excellent 7", the best split in recent memory I can think of."
PETER WRIGHT - BRIGHT FAILING STAR LP
Born in New Zealand and a true veteran of the experimental scene, Peter Wright has spent more than a decade developing his mesmerizing guitar work close to perfection. As fellow New Zealand underground acts like Antony Milton and Birchville Cat Motel, Peter Wright has been very prolific during the years and released a huge amount of releases around the world. RTB are very proud to present Bright Failing Star, the first vinyl-only album from Peter Wright! Perhaps a bit more slow-paced and somber than other of his recordings, the sounds on Bright Failing Star are calm while yet being powerful. With the beautiful open air dynamics and the somewhat colder feeling, the subtle tones of Bright Failing Star are very autumn-like. Coldness with a warm undertone, darkness with some hints of light. Organic drone music at it’s best. Assembled with recordings from England, USA and Norway. Limited to 300 copies, black vinyl, full colour artwork by Peter Wright and mastered by Viktor Ottosson. Limited to 302 copies.
$15 US/ Canada