Sinaloa – Demo

Sinaloa DemoOne time I ordered the Ettil Vrye/Tipping Canoe split lp, and the guy with the stash, Pete from Ettil Vrye, also threw in the demo tape of his new band, Sinaloa. I was excited to hear the new band, since that Ettil Vrye stuff was, in my opinion, the best new hardcore I’d heard in a good many months. But, I don’t know, this demo didn’t get a lot of plays on my tape deck. It didn’t quite compare. However, it’s a demo! They’ve put out a lot since, and people are into them. Plus I think it falls in line with the tapes I’ve recently posted – kind of the same time period and similar sound and feel. Three of the songs from this demo were later re-recorded and put on the Fathers and Sons album. And Hardcore for Nerds recently posted the Sinaloa split with Ampere.

So here you go. I guessed this as being from 2002 (I’m starting to recognize that it’s not that I’m lazy, but that I am developing a fear of googling things – I think I’m afraid of what I may find, even when such fears are ridiculous.. that’s why I guess so much, and then just wait to be corrected in the comments.).

I am going out of town for a few days, but will be back next week with some more posts.

Sinaloa – Demo

Flesh Colored Christs

On an historical and somesuch note, Flesh Colored Christs existed in San Diego for the Spring of 2001. They put out a few demo tapes, plus this anthology tape of everything: five songs (plus, side two of the cassette contains earlier recordings of the first four songs from side one.. included here). These tracks are gritty living room four-track recordings, sort of akin to that one early (October 2002) Honeywell radio show recording which I like so much. Except with less high end. But stick with it – the first half of the first song is especially dingy, and when listening to it I feel like I’m trudging neck deep through a muddy canal. But then it lets up a bit, with a cleaner guitar to provide slight release from the dirge. Or maybe it’s just that at that point my ears become accustomed to the recording. At any rate, it definitely forces one to listen closely.

On a musical note, when I first heard this (in 2001) they reminded me of a more early/mid-’90s sound, reminiscent of the type coming from that mentioned above, and maybe Inkwell (and, at the time I got this I thought they reminded me of Heroin, but I’m not hearing that as much now… it’s probably that now my vocab is less limited) – slower, more deliberate and openly emotional sections, with hints of melodic guitars entrenched within piercing vocals, and then accented with furiously fast bursts of mayhem.  But I’m also hearing similarities to bands from their era, such as Arroyo Seco (posted below) and Numbers are Neutral (and also, the part where he says “my hands are open” reminded me almost too much of Ettil Vrye’s, “body lays lifeless”…but anyway..)

I enjoyed this. Limited to 100!

Booklet includes lyrics and explanations, and some pictures.

Flesh Colored Christs

This Machine Kills – demo

We almost named this band Christ on the Bus. This Machine Kills is the first band I ever played in. I believe it was 1998. Brett (Not for the Lack of Trying, Stephen Hero) and I began playing together, then Steve (Dim Mak, the Fire Next Time, DJ Kid Millionaire or something, etc.) soon joined up on bass and vocals. A few months later we recorded six songs and put out this demo tape. Two songs from it went straight on to the split 7″ with Bury Me Standing (we played our first show with them, a little before recording this, and they totally liked us). We played lots of shows in Santa Barbara and Goleta, some in Los Angeles and San Diego, and a couple in Arizona. I was in the band for about eight months before I quit. We played these six songs at every single show. After I quit, there were some member changes/adds, and they released more splits, some comp songs, and an lp, and they toured all over the place.

I made the covers for the demo tape, but, um, I don’t think I have any left. It was pretty ghetto, though – just photocopied photos with lyrics pasted over. One time I made lyric sheets and handed them out at a show, and I’m sure I have those somewhere… Anyway, it was fun to be in a band, playing shows and making things. And I don’t think I did too bad on drums, considering that I really wasn’t all that good or experienced. My ideal recording for the drums on this would feature more cymbals and snare, and less hi-hat.

I don’t have any photos. Sorry. I remember seeing one once, and it showed me playing drums right-handed. It was backwards.

This Machine Kills – demo tape

Also, while I’m not playing in any bands right now, I do play pinball in a pinball gang called the Crazy Flipper Fingers. And, this Saturday the 10th (tomorrow), at 2pm, the National Public Radio show Weekend America will probably feature a segment on us. So check it out, if you can. The website will probably archive it later. I don’t have any mic time, though. They came to a meeting, which are always rowdy and loud (us playing pinball at a bar), and I didn’t bother going on the record. But I should have – I mean, when else will I get a chance to be on NPR? Oh well. My gang name is ROM.

Update: The segment got pushed back to I don’t know when.

Arroyo Seco

As I mentioned I’d promise I’d post, here is the Arroyo Seco demo tape. Six songs in total. I’m sorry, but I don’t remember where or why I got this (possibly reviewed it for HaC, possibly heard about it from somewhere and then ordered it from the band). I don’t remember if I’ve seen them, even. Their page states them to be pre-Life At These Speeds. I know that they toured with Quest for Quintana Roo. So that puts this around 2000 or so. I’m pretty sure this is all they released.

It’s really good. It’s got some Yaphet Kotto/Funeral Diner-life guitar harmonics, slow, melodic parts bitten hard by abrasive, loud mayhem, and multiple vocalists screaming their faces off – real emotional turmoil.

Arroyo Seco