It’s weird how the only other live report I did was for a gone band. And this one is certainly outdated, but I wasn’t sure if I had to do it or not. But honestly, for all the good reasons I had not to do it, I only needed a better one to finally right it down.
There’s not many shows I kept clear memories of, as I’m going to a lot of them, but all of those I can remember as I just saw it are all Hardcore Punk shows. Among them you got HAVE HEART farewell tour, CATHARSIS reunion at Fluff Fest, BURN in London or JUSTICE & TRUE COLORS in Antwerp (and believe this one will remain as it was a pain in the ass to get there and to comeback.), and some more, but just so you can get how I got a kink for gone bands/farewell shows.
Internet is a great thing. It’s a really wonderful medium, for plenty of reasons. I’m actually part of what the reactionnary right winged frustrated people call the “Y generation”. I’m litteraly born into the internet, and it’s not a funny joke, it always has been part of my life somehow.
Funny is that internet is an infinite source of information, of laughable/useless dumb shit, of communication and of course, of insanely complexe drama, especially in our beloved hardcore scene. Internet is certainly the largest range of emotionnal content in the world.
But as we’re not here to write an essay on the multiple face of this wonderful media, let’s focus on the heavyweight champions of scandals and twisted stories, the undefeated leaders of heinous exactions, the king of affront, I’m talking about the legendary FLOORPUNCH.
Everything about THE IMPALERS and their surronding is quite a mistery to me. Every now and then there’s a new side project popping up from nowhere, like MAMMOTH GRINDER and HATRED SURGE (the original bands of the founding members) are not enough. It’s a bit hard to follow, and frankly, they are not the hype type of people, searching infos about them being a real marathon sometimes.
But a will ago, as I was browsing the interweb, I came across of them projects, STRUTTER. As always, I tried to snag infos where I could, but I wasn’t surprised to find litterally nothing, so this time I decided to get my infos at the source, I asked for an interview.
First, I wanted to do a complete interview, to grab everything I could, but I bailed out at the last moment. In fact, this interview is almost too long for this band. Not that I like when bands are hidding themselves, but really, it litterally reflects their mindset, so I left it the way it was. As short as it is, I hope you’ll enjoy what you’ll read below.
It’s been a while, since I posted the last issue of this serie. For once, it’s a not a linked to any lack of motivation. Or at least not mine. I asked a couple of people to be part of this, and they never gave me any answer, so I had to wait for anyone to give me a little bit of attention. It does sound a little bit weird said like that.
Our guests for today are Emilie and Andris, writing for Values Of Words fanzine. An international collaboration since they’re both at a different end of europe, respectively Sweden and Hungary. They just put the second issue recently, go grab one !
I also changed the formula of this serie, for multiple reasons, hope it won’t bore you to death.
“Attention Headspace Astronauts:
After years of being lost in the deep space of record label purgatory, pressing plant delays, and financial limbo, the second full length album from the bastard sons of the Pacific Northwest has finally re-entered the atmosphere and landed back on Earth. The album, titled Headspace Astronaut, is the product of an exhaustive series of recording sessions that took place in Seattle, WA, during 2012 and 2013, the results of which remained top secret and highly classified… until now. With a total running time approaching an hour, this dense collection of tunes finds Devotion diving all the way into the heavy rock sound hinted at on their debut album. While clearly deeply influenced by Seattle’s heavier, so-called “grunge” groups of the early ’90s, as well as by the down-tuned groove of some of the biggest metal acts to emerge from the American South, Devotion essentially give stylistic nods to all manner of heavy guitar rock music, from the proto-metal pioneers of the 1970s right on through to the present. However, not content to rely exclusively on volume and aggression, tracks like Straight To The Bottom and Eyes Of Eternity find Devotion employing clean, acoustic guitars and sparse percussion to take the listener on a caravan to a planet of their own creation. Album production and audio engineering duties were handled by Jackson Long, with mastering treatments administered by Brad Boatright. The end result is a massive and heavily layered presentation of Devotion’s most ambitious musical statement yet.
In today’s culture of convenience and stunted attention spans an album of this length and magnitude, not to mention the years of waiting for an official release date, is perhaps a difficult proposition for those listeners looking for a quick fix. However, the band is appreciative of those whose interest has persisted and would like to send a “thanks to all the Headspace Astronauts out there willing to put in the time and take the journey with us.”
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It’s been a while since the last issue of this serie, and since the last post in fact. But don’t worry, I’m back with my annoying nostalgia, for the better and the worst.
As FOR PETE’S SAKE just released their killer LP lately, it gave me the idea for this review. I wanted to do a european record so it just fit, isn’t it ?
For once, it wasn’t a hard choice, as it’s the only ONWARD record I ever owned and played on regular basis, and their discography being not that big, it was the right thing to do, I believe.
Honestly, I wanted to review this record a long time ago, but as you might have noticed, I’m quite unable to follow a schedule so I left the idea on a corner of my head. Nonetheless, with the crazy year we had, I think it’s time to write it down finally.
Because it’s a question I asked myself a few times, those days, and if hardcore doesn’t bring much answers, it comforts me to see there’s other people wondering what they are doing here.
As it’s obviously a classic record, I won’t try to convince you on how influencial it is, but just show some love and give my thoughts on a landmark of our musical scene.