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Seized Up – Brace Yourself LP (Pirates Press Records)

Brace Yourself is a highly anticipated debut album by Seized Up, a brand new hardcore punk band emanating from Santa Cruz, California. The members are no strangers to the worldwide underground community, and their previous endeavors are highly appreciated among the fans of profoundly energetic hardcore punk music. Seized Up is comprised of the members… Read More Seized Up – Brace Yourself LP (Pirates Press Records)

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Brace Yourself is a highly anticipated debut album by Seized Up, a brand new hardcore punk band emanating from Santa Cruz, California. The members are no strangers to the worldwide underground community, and their previous endeavors are highly appreciated among the fans of profoundly energetic hardcore punk music. Seized Up is comprised of the members who shaped their career by performing in renowned groups such as BL’AST!, Good Riddance, The Distillers, and Fast Asleep. With that being said, there’s no wonder why Seized Up appears as a singular mechanism more than ready to crush everything in the broader radius.

The group has announced the album with Manic Decompression, a debut single that questions the possible outcome of the current events in the States and offers grimy imagery of the nearly Orwellian post-apocalyptic future where every citizen faces a lifetime in slavery. The remaining portion of the material criticizes the current political climate in the States, racial and economic segregation, police brutality, lack of empathy, but also covers themes such as class warfare and gentrification. Seized Up points out the urgency of civil disobedience in these uncertain times, where human rights don’t mean a thing, but also calls out the masses to stand up for their rights. Brace Yourself represents a raging manifesto of those oppressed by the rotten system, who are willing to fight for their freedom till the last breath.

The music is equally threatening as the lyrics. Seized up nurtures specific sonic articulations, so characteristic for the eighties hardcore scene. The guitars are bursting with the raging atmosphere through intense four-chord progressions. These structures are offering loads of listening pleasures through detailed technicalities, odd breaks, and mindblowing dynamics that will keep you entertained for a very long period. The bass guitar appears as a giant wall of low-end tones that crushes everything apart. These basslines are entirely supporting guitar shreds but also serving as a binding element between compelling riffages and energetic drumming performance. The drumming performance offers a full specter of diverse rhythmical sequences, empowered by constant splashing over the cymbals and maniacal drumming fills. The vocals are layering all these instrumentations with a sincere and confident performance that provides even more rage over already ferocious music.

Brace Yourself is an outstanding debut by the musicians who are delivering exceptional hardcore music for decades. You may hear resemblance with some eminent bands such as Black Flag, BL’AST!, 7 Seconds, OFF! or Western Addiction, but Seized Up offers even more mindblowing moments throughout the entire album. The album comes with an eye-peeling illustration that vividly follows the thematics of the complete release. Brace Yourself comes on in a couple of variants, such as piss-yellow cloudy/red, white, & black splatter, electric blue/mustard pinwheel vinyl, and standard black vinyl. Head over to Pirates Press Records and treat yourself with some premium hardcore punk music.

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Isolation Drills: Total Rubbish

Like the majority of you, all of us in the Philadelphia area are staying at home, learning to adapt to our “new normal.” MAGNET is checking in with local musicians to see how and what they’re doing during this unprecedented time. Photos by Chris Sikich. Total Rubbish: This year has definitely had a negative impact […]

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Like the majority of you, all of us in the Philadelphia area are staying at home, learning to adapt to our “new normal.” MAGNET is checking in with local musicians to see how and what they’re doing during this unprecedented time. Photos by Chris Sikich.

Total Rubbish: This year has definitely had a negative impact and has taken its toll on almost everyone—and, in many ways, for us as individuals as well!

We definitely don’t want to take away from the fact that many people lost their jobs completely, their income or even a loved one. But in a way, we were super grateful to have had time to ourselves during this quarantine.

Before the statewide shutdown, we were each working five days a week at our jobs. The quarantine gave us time to really focus on making music and then starting a band—something that we probably would not have had time to do otherwise.

We wrote and recorded our entire EP (Triple Negative, out November 20 via Born Losers) over the span of four months from the tail-end of March, when the shutdown began and Cassandra (Nguyen; guitar and vocals) was furloughed from her job.

It’s definitely wild to have never played a show yet as a full band, but hopefully once we are allowed to (next year? 2022?), people will still be digging our sound and will be excited to see us live!

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Normal History Vol. 604: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

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Every week, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

One area of interest that I’ve put forward in the recent interviews (NYT and CBC Radio) about my $100 USD paintings and the artist residency I intend to open, is how these projects connect with Mecca Normal’s D.I.Y. past and our overarching political nature.

I was really happy this quote made it into the web version of CBC Radio story:

“It’s a continuation of Fugazi shows being $5, or Beat Happening always playing all-ages shows. And those were things to ponder: Why would they do that? Why wouldn’t they put their prices up? Why wouldn’t they want a bigger audience and play for other people? Well, those are political decisions to create art for the accessibility aspect.”

Don’t Look In The Mirror” from Janis Zeppelin (Smarten Up!, 2003) (download):


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Devin Townsend releases live video of Why?

Devin Townsend will release new live album in October documenting his 2019 European tour in support of Empath

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Devin Townsend has a released a new live video clip for Why?. The song is taken from  Townsend’s upcoming Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1, released by InsideOut Music on the 23rd October and a document of his Winter 2019 European tour. 

“So once upon a time, in a land not much different than the one we’re living in now, there used to be things called ‘concerts’ where a bunch of human beings would assemble to watch awkward performances and get shitfaced on overpriced beer,” Says Townsend. “Tour managers would solve problems while simultaneously hitting on women, and musicians would complain about not being home (until getting home, where they would then complain about not being on tour). During one of these ‘tours’, I myself assembled 10 brilliant people, confident enough to play challenging material, while simultaneously acting like goofs with me onstage.

“This is from the upcoming Order Of Magnitude DVD, and the song is called Why?. Kudos to Diego for being able to pull off a full symphony with only 4 limbs, and the rest of the band for not batting an eye when I presented the ideas I had for this show. Che, Samantha, Anne and Arabella came to me and said ‘look, if we have to wear this stuff, you have to as well…’ so my Tutu was a show of solidarity with band members, but as the saying goes ‘I’ve seen better legs hanging out of a nest’. I look forward to a time where we get to do this again, but if that’s not meant to be, I loved this, so thanks to everyone involved.” 

Recorded in December 2019 in London, UK on the penultimate night of the tour in support of his latest album ‘Empath’, this run of shows saw Devin joined by an incredible line-up of musicians. The band was made up of guitarists Mike Kenneally (ex-Frank Zappa) and Markus Reuter (Stick Men, The Crimson Project), drummer Morgan Ågren (Kaipa, Mats & Morgan, Frank Zappa), bassist Nathan Navarro, Haken keyboard player Diego Tejeida, and guitarist/vocalist Ché Aimee Dorval, as well as vocalists Samantha & Anne Preis and Arabella Packford. 

Pre-order Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1.

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