Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ECR 001 - With Increase "Live on Bulls Radio" Cassette

The labels first release is officially completed. With Increase came in to the Exact Change Radio show at the Bulls Radio studio on Thursday 6/26/2014 and recorded a few live tracks followed by an interview. After the show we were chatting and decided to put out the session on this tape. Recommended for fans of early Tooth & Nail bands such as Strongarm, Focal Point and, my personal favorite, Focused.

First run limited to 50 copies, with some lemon lime inserts keepin' it fresh. The band is selling the yellow copies with them on their current tour and the green inserts are a label exclusive. If you would like a copy, either go see With Increase on tour and pick one up or shoot me an e-mail at Tapes are $3 in person and $5 post paid in the USA (just send the money to my PayPal account via the aforementioned e-mail address). Click on the photo below to see the dates of With Increase's tour.

For the full, free audio of the radio set and interview, go here. Also be sure to pick up Exact Change Fanzine numero uno, which will contain more stories and pictures from the radio set!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Awake! - Beliefs 7"

Another record I picked up at Planet Retro in St. Pete of another Brandon hardcore band. Signed by two of the dudes on the back and some really great photos inside the 5 paneled insert that I included in the download. This record was recommended to me by my pal Jullian B., who did a really great write up a few years back in his zine about Awake! that I might take the time to scan and upload later.

Four tracks of pretty interesting melodic hardcore straight outta 1989 that have singing, shouting, and even a rap part. The record itself was, again, in pretty rough condition, so quite a few noticeable pops in the quieter parts... did the best I could to fix the pops without damaging the audio. If you have better quality rips of this record let me know because I can't find it in full anywhere else.

The copy I own also seems to be a second pressing as it is pressed on black vinyl and neither TPOS or Victory records are credited. A few scans of that pressing are available on discogs.

Again, many thanks to Matt D. for helping me rip the audio from this and the next few records I'll be posting.

d/l here:
Awake! - Beliefs 7"

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Slap of Reality - Stuck Inside 7"

Melodic punk/hardcore band from Brandon, FL. This was their first 7" and contained more of an edge than their later releases, which veered in a far more pop direction. I picked up this copy of the 7" from Planet Retro in St. Pete, which Rob Sexton, the drummer of Slap of Reality, now runs.

Their most recent show was June 20th, 2014 in Lakeland. Other than that, they haven't played around much very often. I tried getting in contact with a few of the members to let them know I was posting this and get any more information on the release and the band, but haven't heard back from them yet.

The record wasn't in the most perfect condition and I didn't do any editing other than ripping the songs from vinyl to mp3 (thanks Matt D.), so expect some pops and imperfections. Scans of the insert included in the download.

d/l here:
Slap of Reality - Stuck Inside 7"