This week, I've asked No Sleep Records' Chris Hansen to give me his top five favorite splits.
1) The Get Up Kids / Coalesce - This split just kicked ass! hearing Coalesce do TGUK and TGUK doing Coalesce, what more could you ask for!
2) Bane / Adamantium - Bane, one of the best hardcore bands, i said it. and Adamantium, one of the best bands to come out of Orange County, my home. Own this 7" if you can find it on eBay. A classic Indecision Records release.
3) Throwdown / Good Clean Fun - 'Tis the season for holiday jams, and what goes better than Christmas time for the skins and jingle bell rock!
4) Jimmy Eat World / Mineral / Sense Field - it's always hard to do a three way split I feel, cause it just doesn't feel like it "works" when most do it. but this one just hits for me. Three amazing bands - hands down the best three way split.
5) The Promise Ring / Texas Is The Reason - The final Texas is the Reason song ever recorded, I believe is on this split. That alone makes this split 7" a classic.
It's time for people to have fun again. It's time for people to grow up, forget their bullshit problems and just have a good time.
Now, I'm not saying that music can't be an outlet, but after tonight's Fang Island show, I have faith that many kid are rediscovering why they actually love and want to create music as opposed to it becoming a bullshit faux-image job that will lead to nowhere. Fang Island's Nick Sadler and I had a few discussions tonight. It was interesting since Sadler is just a bit older and knows way more about the past underground than I do, but we can still be a bit on the same page since I'm a dweeb who has done extra homework. But with me on the Web constantly and he out on the road, we're on the same page about what's brewing lately.
I'd like to give a shout-out to Zlamdunk tonight who brought a great show with great tunes. The guys are either my age or younger and are bringing an aggressive sound that is less abrasive and more feet moving and demanding energy both on and off the stage. Expect something from them in the future on the site. Just a great new local band that really impressed me tonight.
Anyway, after that plug, let's get back to the point in all of this...which was...wait, wat was it again?
Ah, yes. Having fun and not operating on a fixed point. Let's take a look at No Sleep Records. A label showcasing aggressive acts and pop fun - all bands we're paying attention to. But why? Maybe a few of us are sick of seeing and hearing the same old shit. You can only be spoon fed the same garbage numerous times before you finally reject it. (See also: numerous comments left on this site's forums)
It's a bit early to tell at this point, but I think a revolution is coming. I think the kids who really love music (the kids that are out there paying for shows, supporting good music and still buying the tangible mediums of CD's and vinyl) are going to soon shove out the complete bullshit we've had enough of.
To those labels, artists, management groups and PR people alike trying to stay afloat with monthly flavors that "you'll love because you love band x, y and z," this is your warning. We're sick of it. We've had enough. Our time has come, and we're not going to be buying into this crap much longer.