It's been a busy year so far, but we've managed to get the following done:
SOD04: GG KING - ESOTERIC LORE LP
When the Carbonas died, Atlanta wept. Mothers and children, left orphaned by the deceased, wandered the streets with tears streaming mottled faces. Strong and silent men struggled to maintain composure, and they retreated to basement workbenches, biting lips, cracking knuckles, running hands through thinning hair, sullenly wondering: "Why?" Skies darkened. A palpable feeling of devastating loss plagued the city. Nay, the world.
Thankfully, ex-frontman Greg "GG" King wasted little time in yanking up his knickers and pursuing new noise. He wrote a series of tunes not unlike those he contributed to the Carbonas – that winning mix of hyperstrummed '70s Europunk and brawny stateside r'n'r pummel intact – and amassed a crew of friends and former bandmates to help him flesh out the din. He released a handful of solid teaser singles, played a number of good shows. He reasserted himself as one of Atlanta's greatest exports.
And now, with the release of Esoteric Lore, his first full-length longplayer, the venerable GG King moves beyond his old guard, skindiving in new sinkholes.
Yes, herein we find some highly Carbonic moments – traces of Hubble Bubble, The Kids, Zero Boys, et. al. – but we also hear the King & Co. vamp on vibes harnessed only previously by goth-punk forebears: early Christian Death, 45 Grave. We sense smudged traces of minimal mania a la 100 Flowers. We catch whiffs of the emblematic hardcore of the Germs & T.S.O.L., feel the plod 'n' thud of Negative Trend. We're treated to bits of hijacked shortwave, aural static clinging 'tween songs proper, bleeding into the tunes themselves. And we hear a walloping wayward punk rec that nods knowingly toward L.A.-circa-'82, but in melding its influences, somehow sounds distinctly Atlanta, and right now.
1000 pressed, split-released with Rob's House Records. White vinyl for the first 100 mailorder.
SOD03: ATLANTA DEMOS VOL. 1 CASSETTE
Four forgotten gems of the previous decade featuring the fast, loud and kickass of Atlanta's 2000's punk and hardcore scene and, of course, the mighty Carbonas in their embryonic vivacity. Other bands include Cold Stare, vicious, late-80's style hardcore; Die Ficken, obnoxious teen hardcore damage; and Despot Hut, ultra-distorted drum'n'bass assault. Comes replete with photos and information.
100 copies, professionally duplicated.
SOD02: RYAN DINOSAUR - DEMO CASSETTE
From Sorry State:
Demo tape featuring a sick studio collaboration between Ryan of Bukkake Boys and GG King of Carbonas / GG King / etc. This is quite a unique little tape, weird as fuck but with Greg's sense of songwriting holding everything together quite nicely. There's a definitely Angry Samoans vibe going on here, but a lot weirder and more aggro... and one black metal song to boot.
SOD01: RALPH EP
from MRR #335: "Straight-up great debut EP from this Atlanta HC band. Everything really just comes together here: slashing guitar, thick bass, manic drums, voice-near-cracking vocals, solid songwriting, raw recording--it's the complete package folks! You want a comparison, huh? I'm gonna go with WHITE CROSS. Check the tracks 'Destroy the Church' and 'Death of a Delivery Man'--good shit."