Face Down / Copout

Oops, sorry. It’s been far too long since a post. Things just stopped going my way for a little bit there. And so now I’m compromising, and posting anyway. I meant to post this split along with the Face Down – War of Survival 7″, but I messed up last spring and mistakenly sold that record to a local record shop. I went there last week to see if they still had it (because I assumed they would), and they did, except the place was selling it for a totally bloated $18. Pre-Tragedy! yeah, whatever, man. So that really bummed me out (for the record, he offered me a discount for trying to buy back my own record, but it was still more than I had). So here’s just the split. And I’m sure it’s something whose mp3’s have circulated elsewhere, so this isn’t very exciting. Plus my record isn’t in EX++ condition, or whatever (note: the scratches at the beginning only last a few seconds).

If anyone has the Face Down 7″ on computer, please pass it on. I’d like to hear it again. I don’t remember the songs being as good as the two songs on this split, but it was still pretty good. Yes, I am an idiot for selling it. But I was totally broke, and making rash decisions.

This split came out on Perspective Records in 1993. Both bands were from Tennessee. Both are totally awesome. Both have members of His Hero Is Gone, etc. (and I’m sure there are other things to note, but I just don’t know how to do it.) Copout is better known, but darn it if I don’t have a certain strong affinity for the Face Down tracks. The second one, “Why,” is my favorite on the record. It sends shivers.

Copout is super fast, explosive, thrashy, and amazing. I’ve removed the ten second long gaps between each song – mostly because listening to them would only give you more time to consider the crackles on the transfer. Face Down is driving, fast, with some melody, and still a frantic nature similar to Copout. Kind of reminds me of Apeface from the Apeface/Lemming split.

As an easily-influenced youth, after listening to this I went about five years before even considering to listen to Fugazi.

My friend used this cover for an art project in high school, hence the pencil grid.

More posts soon (the other post I had in mind also had some mess-ups, but they are being rectified like right now).

Face Down / Copout

Borehole and King Supa

This was a random one that one sunny day landed flat on my giant mahogany desk at HaC HQ. Short story very short: it was a hit! As far as I can tell, neither of these bands got much attention. But in my opinion that inattention was undeserved, and so this post is my own measly way to provide some rectification. This is the Borehole / King Supa split CD, put out by Lying at Rack and Manger (Corvallis, Oregon), in 1997/98.

Borehole’s what first hooked me to this record. Maybe because they are the first band on it. I don’t remember what I wrote in the original review, but I’m sure it was better than whatever I’m about to put down. They’ve got the first twelve songs. They’re almost like Thumbnail mixed with some Manumission… or something. I don’t know, nor do I really care. There’s melody, brutality, technicality, repetition, fast, slow, soft, loud. It’s pretty relentless, and the songs flow from one to another really well. The last few are from a different recording. I remember “Collapsing Buildings” being my favorite, all for the build-up to the breakdown around 1:00. All in all, a pretty great band!

King Supa come out blasting fast. They almost seem sped up past the right speed. But this is from a CD, so that’s not possible. Still, that drummer’s like a turbo robot. They have an Assfactor 4 vibe going on. But also much more: there’s some surf rock, harmony, a lot of energy bursting in every direction. Short songs, persistently hyper-fast. It seems like they are having fun.

This CD has 33 songs total, and it’s a lot to take in.

Borehole / King Supa

Thenceforward

Hello visitors and acquaintances, this post contains the recordings of two seven inches by Atlanta’s Thenceforward. Both of these came out ’bout 1995/6, via Phyte Records. I think this is everything they put out. But I could be wrong. One song from Winner was featured on a comp.

Of the two records, Winner is, in my opinion, the winner (pun definitely intended!… or wait, maybe that wasn’t a pun). In fact, I’ve hardly listened to the other one, From Within (which was recorded about half a year earlier). They cite a lot metal bands as influences, although I don’t consider them super-metally. And their band photo is actually a photo of the Bones Brigade, although I don’t consider them to be professional skaters. But they certainly are fast and good at heel-flipping down staircases. They remind me somewhat of Iconoclast, what with the great drumming and (roughly) verse/chorus format. The vocals are at times, well, I don’t want to say “rappy,” because that sounds awful, so I’ll just say they are sometimes something…

The first song on Winner, “Burn,” which is about burning the fucking flag, is my favorite of them all. I hope you enjoy.

Thenceforward