Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bandcamp Picks: Fuck the Facts, The Atrocity Exhibit, Sick/Tired, Cryptic Yeast and Girlsnames

Fuck the Facts' new EP was self-released as a limited edition cassette and 7" to coincide with their current European Tour; good for Europe, I guess, but here in SEAsia I'll have to settle for the Bandcamp version. Showcasing the Québécois quintet's knack for writing catchy grind, Amer is Fuck the Facts at their most versatile, topped off with Mel Mongeon's Jake Bannon-esque shrieks. Though at under 15 minutes, it's less a substantial meal than an appetizer for FTF's next full length. The seven song EP is available as a digital download for $4 Canadian (or $3.78 US according to Paypal)

You can't blame Brits The Atrocity Exhibit for sticking to the classic grind template when the results are this good. What Time Hidden Death couldn't be described better than by the bands own motto: "fast, slow, more fast". The seven song release is available as a "name your price" download.

Sick/Tired always seem on the verge of careening out of control, veering back and forth between  seasick rhythms and blistering grind. King of Dirt is aptly titled - the guitars and bass sound completely filthy. Strangely enough, they really remind me of my buds Tools of the Trade - now that's a tour I'd love to see. The album (including a cover of COC's "Rabid Dogs") is available as a "name your price" download.

And now for something completely different... the split EP Blender Children features two bands who are definitely trying to subvert the grind template. Cryptic Yeast's unrelenting drum programming starts to take on the repetitiveness of gabber music, though much more enjoyable. Meanwhile, on their side Girlsnames take the Locust's spazzed out Atari grind one step further with some deliriously hyperactive vocals. The split EP is available as a "name your price" download.