KIVEN MCEULAY (Colony, Divider)
• Hardcore Album Of The Year:
Praise- Lights Went Out, I heard the jam blocks in the title track on my third listen through and it changed everything.
• Best Record I Heard In A Car A Couple Times But It Won’t Actually Come Out Til Next Year: Trenchfoot – At the Mercy of Circumstance (sp?)
• The Best Swans Record:
Swans – To Be Kind, this record makes me feel incredibly uneasy, he sounds like a martian from Mars Attacks on “Just A Little Boy(For Chester Burnett)”
• Best Two Bands Who Do Stuff Together:
The Body/Thou, Thou- Heathen might be my #1 pick this year, I really enjoyed The Body- I Shall Die Here and their collaboration album was another one of my favorites. I caught their collab set this year and that’s another “Best of 2014″ for me.
• Best Band With Not The Best Artwork:
Living Laser – Find A Way/Place On Earth, goddammit, I love this band, I’ve seen them dozens of times this year and it never gets old. Jay is the best front man in hardcore today. They blow every band half their age out of the water energy wise. I just wonder how many kids pass them up when they see the cover of their records and it’s nothing more than oddly placed font?
• Best Band With The Best Artwork:
Seizures – The Sanity Universal, I got this record and thought, “wow, this is a really nice looking record” then I listened to it and thought “wow, this is a really good record.”
• Two Other Really Tight Bands:
Axis and Hollow Earth, I don’t really have anything specific to say but I saw them both this year and they are worth mentioning.
Best New Band That Didn’t Really Put Anything Out This Year:
Vein, to me they sound like if Orchid played lots of video games and watched a lot of anime instead of reading a bunch of philosophy books, 2015 is the year of Vein.
DEREK DESHARNAIS (Sneeze)
• Getting a PS4
This is hands down the best thing maybe in my entire life.
• Hobbit Movie
I dunno hasn’t come out yet but i mean come on…
• August Acid Camping Trip
This is an annual thing we do. bunch of people fly home. We go deep into the NH woods. Last year we almost died…
• Sex in the Mini Van (first time)
This was right on mass ave like it was pretty busy outside.
• Forn – Departure of Consciousness
The vinyl version mostly. This record slays.
Just the reunion show I mean the re releases are dumb and just there for a money maker so the band can loose most of it in St. Louis…
• Crashing the Mini Van
This was fun. I wasn’t wearing a seat belt, wah fucking wah.
• Death to Tyrants – s/t EP
Been almost 7 years since this band has done anything. Picks up exactly where they left off. Amazing.
• New Cali x Premier – Nights in the Dark
I mean check it out yourself http://noisey.vice.com/blog/california-x-nights-in-the-dark
• ÞURSAKYNGI – Volume I
I’m not telling.
JOSEPH CHICCARELLI (Writer, Poet, GK Social Media Dept)
• Hollow Earth – Silent Graves
This album fucking rips. Has a real good 90’s feel and just makes me want to punch everyone and myself at the same time. Also good dudes, backed hard.
• AMC/Netflix – The Killing
This is a such a good show, though it started in 2011 and was subsequently cancelled, Netflix picked it up for two more seasons, the last of which premiered this year. It’s like True Detective, Twin Peaks and CSI wrapped into one. 10/10 you should watch this series.
• Run With The Hunted – The Sieve and The Sand
RWTH is such an important band to me(and my inner 16 year old). The released their final 7in this year, and it is vast and diverse and pissed, sad, introspective, hopeful and hopeless all at once. FFO 90’s metalcore, early 2000’s post hardcore, and pretty boys.
• Sneeze – Wilt
Sneeze is this super good band from Massachusetts and “Wilt” is their debut LP. It’s part of this huge 90’s revival going on right now(that i am not arguing with). Super dirty guitars with a sort of wailing/sassy vocalist. A great mix of grunge and punk and garage rock.
• Full of Hell/Merzbow – Collaboration
• HBO – True Detective
if you didnt pick up on the buzz that season 1 had, I sort of feel bad for you. Yes, Rust Chole’s rants sometimes left you wondering “What the fuck is he talking about?” and Marty Hart left you wondering “WHAT THE FUCK MARTY?” but god damn, this should could not be recommended higher. Time Is A Flat Circle.
• Dark Horse Comics – AVP, Predator, Alien, Prometheus
These all go into one slot because all these comics are intertwined. I haven’t finished this mini series because i spend my money on food and cigarettes and not comic books, but I have a grip of each series and they are all great. It takes place after and before the events in the Prometheus film. Super violent.
• AMC – The Walking Dead season 4/5
the last half of season 4 was better, the first three episodes of season 5 were the best. Season 5 ends and leaves you asking “why?” but. RICK BITES A GUYS THROAT OUT, THE GROUP HACKS UP PEOPLE, AND CARL SLOWlY STOPS BEING AN ASSHOLE” So, worth the watch. Don’t give me the “ugh the comics are better” shit. The books/comics/play whatever will always be better, just accept that they are separate and stop getting pissy about things that don’t matter. These are all made up people.
• Arrow – TV Series
most of season two aired in 2014, and as i type this season 3 is on the air. This show is hoky. But it makes me want to be rich and a superhero.
• Divider – All Barren
fast. sorta techy. mosh. tears the earth in half.
TOMMY BURKLAND (Colony, Trenchfoot)
• Young Widows – Easy Pain
This band can do no wrong. I saw this album performed in its entirety at Saint Vitus a few months before it was released and even though I wasn’t familiar with any of the material I was completely blown away. Young Widows easily my favorite current-band and I could listen through their whole discography on any given day.
Young Widows @ Saint Vitus 1/26/12
• Thou – Heathen
I just got into Thou this past year and this record has been in pretty heavy rotation. I also enjoyed their cover of Nirvana’s “Milk It” from the In Utero tribute album.
• Full Of Hell / Merzbow – Collaboration
This band has the ability produce some of the most evil sounds I’ve ever heard and they make it look effortless. Most bands are lucky if they write one solid record and this is just one of many for Full of Hell.
• Living Laser – Find A Way & Place on Earth
Living Laser destroys any over-hyped flavor-of-the-week band and puts on one of the best live shows of I’ve ever seen. No gimmicks. No nonsense. From start to finish these records will have you bedroom moshing and wanting jumping off of shit. Living Laser is one of the few current hardcore bands that actually matter and I strongly recommend checking them out if you haven’t already.
• Divider – All Barren
Another great one from Divider. They’re louder, heavier, and better than your band. Support them and everything they do.
• Forn – The Departure of Consciousness
New doom band thats been turning a lot of heads. This one is definitely worth checking out.
• Nothing – Guilty of Everything
I saw Nothing for the first time in the back of a record store in Philly and they were so unbelievably loud that at times it sounded like the PA was going to explode. This was a great follow-up to Downward Years to Come and I’m stoked to see what’ll come next from them.
• Fucking Invincible – It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better
Fast, angry, and heavy. Pretty much everything I look for in an album.
• Homewrecker – Circle of Death
So fucking heavy. Watching this band progress over the years has been really cool. Another solid release out of A389.
• Seizures – The Sanity Universal
Had the pleasure of playing with these guys at the Dial, I had never heard of them before but they quickly grabbed my attention. Great record, definitely check this one out.
ANDREW GOMEZ IV (Owner/operation of GKL, Where My Bones Rest Easy, BYLD, TFC)
• Whirr – Sway
Was never really sold on this band until this record came out. It reminds me a lot of early Starflyer59. Which is a leg up to selling me on it. Cause let’s face it. Christians are better at making showgaze and metalcore. Well, at least they use to…
• Divider – All Barren
Waited for these dudes to produce this record about a year and a half after signing the deal. Well worth the wait. One of the most angry, sludgy, vicious records out there right now. Best answer to metal/post-metal since the demise of ISIS.
• Sneeze – Wilt
Seriously becoming more and more of a criminally underrated album and band. They have displayed on this record more on how to perfect the modern spin of “grunge” then most hacks doing the “90’s thing” right now.
• David Lapham - Stray Bullets: Killers (comic series)
Kind of a revamp of the classic “Stray Bullets” series that started in the 90’s. This goes one step beyond with its Guy Ritchie/Tarantino brand of pulp writing. A lot of crude but entertaining dialog with a bunch of small stories leading into each other. All ending with a bang.
• Braid – No Coast
So glad this band is back together and pick up on this LP where their last 4/5 song 12″ EP left off. Thought provoking, intelligently arranged pop indie-punk.
• S – Cool Choices
Always been of Jenn Ghetto and Carissa’s Weird. She always brought the severe depths of despair to their sound and with her solo career material, it was no different. But this record shows real growth. Its reminds me A LOT of Tegan and Sara “Con” area indie pop. Upbeat, catchy but still sadder than ever and cathartic.
• Shellac – Dude Incredible
Shellac can do no wrong, seriously. It sounds like all their previous work but somehow they have manage to keep that very unique “Shellac” sound interesting. Somethings are best left unknown. How does that saying go? Ah yes, “ignorance is bliss…”
• Creative Adult – Psychic Mess
One record I completely didn’t realized how much I listened to throughout the year. And not many people mention this one. Its a shame cause not only is the production amazing on it, but its arranged perfectly for this style.
• Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
An amazing follow up to their debut LP Extinction and Sorrow. Much more aggressive and yet still retaining that vintage 70’s warm tone overall. Love it!
ANTHONY MANELLA (Where My Bones Rest Easy, Burn Your Life Down)
• Merchandise – After The End
It’s everything I’ve always enjoyed about 80’s/90’s Dream Pop with a modern twist on it. This band hasn’t really ever let me down.
• FKA Twigs – LP1
This girl’s Trip Hop game is strong. This album his a solid follow up to two pretty strong EP’s.
• Whirr – Sway
Again, this release is everything I’ve always been a fan of when it comes to 80’s/90’s Shoegaze & Dream Pop. Just played by punk kids so it has that heavier edge to it.
• Pallbearer – Foundations Of Burden
This record comes at you full force from the first note. It’s still just as melancholic with it’s melodies as their first release, but with some great driving dynamics.
• PAWS – Youth Culture Forever
A solid second release from this Fuzzy Dreamy Punk band from Scotland. It’s very driving and very sincere all while maintaining great pop sensibility.
• Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
This record of Power Electronics is harsh and makes me anxious in the best ways. This second LP release from her is just as powerful as the first.
• Cloakroom – Lossed Over
This band is what I want in a band. They can do no wrong with their Dreamy Overdrive filled Space Rock style. The B-Side also has vocals done by Mr. Talbott of Hum, so that just sings to my 90’s worshipping heart.
• The Rentals – Lost In Alphaville
I’ve been waiting for a solid follow up to Return Of… and this is definitely it. Dirty Synth Pop with all the hooks.
• Reservoir – Cicurina Vol. 1
This EP is phenomenal. I love these 4 songs so much. It’s great Emo revival in the vain of The Appleseed Cast & Mineral.
As for comic that I’ve been enjoying, here are a few:
• Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
This was a solid read and a nice follow up to his Epic series Scott Pilgrim. If you like food mixed with young adults avoiding their problems and creating bigger ones this is right up your alley.
• Sex Criminals Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky is a great series about committing crimes through the act of slowing time with orgasms. If that doesn’t have you intrigued, god help your soul.
That’s really all I got. Hope you enjoy some of these.
JON SCHMITT (Mercy Ties, Where My Bones Rest Easy)
• Thin Privelege – s/t
If you love 31g bands you should check this out right away.
• Said Goner – s/t
Adam Coreski is a briliant song writer and one of the sweetest dudes you will ever meet. (also his boysetsfire cover is chilling)
• Remek – s/t
Emo-hardcore from Prague. One of my most listened to records of the year.
• Human Hands – s/t
I don’t know too much about this band but holy hell this record is beautiful.
• Big Ups – Eighteen Hours Of Static
Totally late finding this band but this record is perfect front to back.
• Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts Red Classroom
Must I say anything about this record?
• This Routine Is Hell – Howl
This band keeps killing it…
• Life In Vacuum – 5
Best thing to come out of Canada this year!
• Great Apes – Playland at the Beach
All the hooks all the emotion and all the storytelling you could ever need. Learn about San Francisco’s hidden and not so hidden history with this one.
• Hard Girls – A Thousand Surfaces
Hard Girls continue to release flawless, catchy, hook filled songs!!