Weekend Nachos – Still (for fans of Coke Bust, Punch, Infest)

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I have to give Weekend Nachos credit… I went to a local power violence show recently and it seemed like every younger kid was wearing a Weekend Nachos shirt, and saying that it was these Illinois dudes that got them into power violence to begin with, so they definitely have a sizable following.  I will admit however, that when I first checked out Weekend Nachos a few years back, I wasn’t a fan at all.  I listened to some of their earlier albums a few years back, and it was too sludgy/slow for my personal tastes so I essentially wrote them off for years until I kept reading rave reviews of their latest album Still.  Holy shit, I’m a fan now.

Playing incredibly aggressive hardcore, Weekend Nachos is reminscent of bands such as Coke Bust or Punch.  On Still the band blends the perfect amount of sludgier riffs and chunkier breakdowns with plenty of blast beat to keep a speed freak like myself interested.  Lyrically, the band tackles a bunch of issues including the ignorance of the punk scene (S.C.A.B and You’re Not Punk) while songs like Ignore and title track Still deal with more personal matters.

If you were originally put off by the band’s earlier slower sound like I was, definitely give Still a chance.  One of my current go-to when I need a quick adrenaline rush.

Weekend Nachos – You’re Not Punk

After All These Years I Still Haven’t Found My Way:
Coke Bust – Confined
Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard
Phobia – Cruel

Official Site:
Weekend Nachos

Fantasy Panther, Yautja Live In Philadelphia (2/8/14)

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On Saturday night, I headed to a bike shop called Wolf Cycles out in West Philly for a local punk/grind show.  Upon entering, I immediately fell in love with the place.  Bare bones, upstairs show in a room no bigger than a living room, I got there right in the middle of ASD’s set, and missed Boroughs again (who I’ve been meaning to see, because their Demo which you can stream on their bandcamp is fucking sick.)


I missed about half of their set because I was running late, but from the bit I caught, these dudes were sick.  New Jersey’s ASD (or Another Social Disease) played a solid set of hardcore songs with some hints of crossover thrash, reminding me a bit of bands such as Verbal Abuse.  They have their EP up for free download at their bandcamp, go check that shit.


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Taken by Maclyn Bean Photography

I can’t pronounce the name of this band to save my fucking life (even though they’re named after the alien race in Predator*), but Nashville’s Yautja played heavy and sludgy as fuck hardcore blended with a touch of grind and powerviolence thrown in for good measure.  I’m usually not big into sludge, but these guys were really damn solid and changed it up enough to keep an ADD “I need constant stimulation” dude like myself really into it.  Definitely go check their live show, and they have their latest album up streaming.

Fantasy Panther:

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Taken by Maclyn Bean Photography

A handful of people left as soon as Yautja finished up their set, their loss… they missed out on a damn good set put on by Philly’s own Fantasy Panther.  I’ve seen these local grind/powerviolence guys a few times, and this set was easily my favorite.  Like anal on a first date, it just FELT RIGHT seeing them in a small west Philly bike shop.  A pit quickly formed while frontman Eddie was jumpkicking, crawling into bass drums, and doing his usual antics to the blastbeats and lightning fast riffs for a short but sweet set.  If you like heavy music at all, go check out Fantasy Panther, and if they ever play near you just do yourself a favor and go see them and check their album streaming on their bandcamp. 

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Their LP in it’s entirety:

Fantasy Panther – Marionette

More shit:
Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say

Fantasy Panther, Ratkicker, Skin Graft (Live in Philadelphia 1/9/14)

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This past Thursday I headed out to Philly’s small club The Barbary to catch a grindcore/powerviolence show.  The place had a decent amount of people in it for a random winter Thursday night, and while I unfortunately missed some of the openers (especially Boroughs, from what I’ve heard of them, they’re fucking sick), I was able to catch the final three.

Skin Graft:

Local Philly grind/powerviolence dudes, these guys reminded me a lot of a more midtempo and sludgy Spazz.  The band seemed to missing a member but in true punk don’t give a fuck fashion powered through anyway.  Immediately, the singer jumped down into the crowd and did the entire performance from the floor, giving it a much more house show vibe, and he was definitely all over the place for people who weren’t fans of the music, at least giving them a hell of a show.

Check them out if you like your powerviolence with a little more sludge.


Holy shit, these guys completely blew me away.  The band took the stage and started blasting into some melodic punk reminding me a bit of a heavier Lifetime which obviously had me stoked, an Offspring cover, and then switched guitars and started playing some heavy as fuck rock infused hardcore (with occasional hints of D-Beat) which also had me stoked.  They tore through their set and threw in the heaviest cover of a NOFX I have ever heard (Stranger Than Fishin’)… Do yourselves a favor and go to their bandcamp and download their album.

Fantasy Panther:

If one thing could be said about Fantasy Panther, it’s that they definitely know how to put on a good show.  Formed from the ashes of carinval punks An Albatross, the three piece came out in their trademarked “blood”, and immediately blasted into their “what the fuck just happened” grind set.  Vocalist EBG was nothing short of a madman climbing all over the fucking place while all while jumpkicking, growling, and shrieking the often political messages of the songs.

Music for fucking adrenaline junkies, if you dig shit like Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Swallowing Shit, go see these dudes live.  Shows seem to be a bit of a rarity, so see them when you get a chance, and definitely check out their album.

Fantasy Panther – Marionette
Ratkicker – Brave New World

More amphetamine fueled music:
Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say

Jucifer, Fantasy Panther, Callous Live in Philadelphia (7/13/13)

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Some days you just need some more fucking grind in your life.  Last night I headed out to Philly’s intimate Kung Fu Necktie to catch Fantasy Panther who was opening for sludge legends metal Jucifer and playing with Philly’s own Callous (I completely missed HIRS who I’ve heard good things about.)


Callous plays incredibly sludgy powerviolence, and while I’m not usually a huge fan of sludge metal, Callous switches it up enough from the slow droning notes to blast-beat riffs to keep my attention.  I’ve seen Callous before 2 years ago open for Coke Bust in some random Philly basement and I remember digging them then, and this time was no different.  The band played a raging set and sounded pretty tight, and honestly I think their live show blows their recorded stuff out of the water.  Check them out if you get a chance.

Fantasy Panther:

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Forming from the ashes of An Albatross, Philly’s Fantasy Panther was only playing their 2nd show (and Philly debut) and already have a sizable fan base.  This three piece (vocals, drums, and guitar… fuck bass forever) plays incredibly spastic, grindy, hardcore punk that is perfect for us with A.D.D.  Reminding me a bit of a mix between Some Girls and Phobia, Fantasy Panther was melting faces with their aggressive as fuck music.

Sort of like his vocal range, frontman Eddie was all over the place jumping into the crowd, climbing everywhere, and even crawling into the bass drum during a few songs… all while shrieking, screaming and growling the night away.  Drummer Steve was nothing short of a maniac on the skins and Dan completely shredded the guitar.

There was a bit of a juxipositon in the crowd of people who were fans of the music and wanted to completely rage (including myself) and people who were out just supporting the band even if they aren’t into it usually (which I give props and respect to), and nobody really wanted to be “that guy” who takes out a bunch of girls in the center not used to punk shows.  But once the band closed with their spastic take on Fear’s “Let’s Start A War” all bets were fucking off and the pent up energy just exploded into a massive pit (definitely including yours truly).  Drinks flying, people falling, and a slip and slide everywhere, this was what the band deserved throughout the entire set.  Definitely need to catch them next time they play, and if you know what’s good for you, you will too.


I’m going to be straight up and honest: I do not like sludge or doom… the whole “let’s sustain one note for 2 minutes” just doesn’t exactly mesh well with my attention deficit disorder (which is why I love punk to begin with), but when you’re dubbed as the loudest band in America, and have one of the most interesting histories… you better believe I’m going to stick around for most of the set.

First off, Jucifer has been around for 20 years now, and the married couple LIVE out of their van with all of their amps just touring all the time… essentially they do what many punk and crust bands CLAIM they do. Secondly, the band had their amps stacked to the entirety of the wall behind them, and that was only 1/3 of their actual amps.  They fill the club with as many as possible, and just don’t use the rest.  Thirdly, I go to a LOT of shows (or used to at least), and over the years I don’t get the tinnitus after shows because I’ve already done the damage, not this time.  I honest to god do not know how these guys aren’t completely deaf, on account they stand right in front of the gear.

Jucifer played a long sludgy set which sounded much different than the clashing clean female vocals with the drudging music behind them.  No, live it was much more raw and dissonant.  People in the crowd seemed to be really digging them (although there was no real dancing, just more of an aural experience).

Personally, I’m not a fan of the music… the long chords are too slow for my personal liking (although the few fast parts far between are tight as hell) and I just get bored after listening for too long, but that does not mean I don’t respect what they do.

Jucifer may not appeal to my personal tastes but between the lights, wall of sound, and sheer dedication this band has it could be worth your while to check them out live, just for the mere experience.  If you dig sludge, then it’s a goddamn must.


More Music To Grind Your Skull To:
An Albatross – We Are The Lazer Viking
An Albatross – Eat Lightning Shit Thunder
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today

DNF – Hurt (For fans of Trash Talk, Ceremony, Touche Amore)

Take a quick look through your record collection, how do you feel about ripping powerviolence hardcore?  If you dig it, then you’ll definitely love DNF’s (or Duke Nukem Forever) 7 inch release Hurt.

Featuring members of both Trash Talk and Touche Amore, DNF plays eye gouging hardcore similar to the likes of old Punch or Ceremony (in fact, the vocals sound a lot like they do on Violence Violence).  In typical powerviolence fashion, the band is constantly alternating between shredding riffs and slower sludgier parts, without ever really staying in either long enough to call it home.

The lyrics are dark and the music is gritty and abrasive, yet delivered with such precision anytime you think they are about to go over the edge, they reel you right back in to their controlled aggression.

Definitely a must for any fan of powerviolence, and I’d love to see them do a tour of the east coast sometime soon (maybe with Ceremony and Punch?  That would fucking rule).

DNF – Waste

Mighty Morphin Power Violence:
Punch – Self Titled
Ceremony – Violence Violence
Coke Bust – Fuck Bar Culture
United Nations – Self Titled

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United Nations – Self Titled (For fans of Thursday, Glassjaw, Converge)

United Nations played a rare show in Philly earlier this week, and I missed it.  Oh well.  I can say I’ve been spinning their Self Titled pretty much nonstop since though.

A brief history:  United Nations is surrounded by secrecy with most of the official members identities kept hidden due to contracts, etc.  Founded by Geoff of Thursday, other rumored members involved with the project are members of Glassjaw and Converge.  In addition, the band has had legal issues with the actual United Nations, and also had the majority of retailers refuse to sell their debut Self Titled with the original artwork due to copyright issues (which featured a picture of Abbey Road with all of The Beatles on fire).  Needless to say, shit hasn’t been easy for them.

Musically, the band describes themselves as “screamo powerviolence” which essentially means take Thursday songs and give them a shit ton of amphetamines. Songs such as opener “The Spinning Heart Of The Yo Yo Lobby” or “My Cold War” are incredibly heavy jams that any hardcore fan can get behind while “Filmed In Front Of Live Studio Audience” is much more reminiscent of Thursday.

If you dig aggressive blast beat filled music, you can’t really go wrong with United Nations.

United Nations – Resolution #9

Thursday – Full Collapse
La Dispute – Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between…
Punch – Self Titled
Converge – Jane Doe

United Nations