My List of Things I listened to Six Times in 2015
Banner image: Eel by Em Demarco
Almost every waking moment of my life, I’m consumed by music. I’m either listening to music, making it or searching out new things I’ve never heard. I go to bed around 2am and wake up at 5:30am because I thought of a record I wanted to hear – to say I’m obsessive may be an understatement. THE CONEHEADS, L.O.T.I.O.N., DAWN OF HUMANS and HALDOL LPs, Concealed Blade‘s demo and BLANK SPELL‘s EP are high on my list of most listened to records of the year, but, as I have already written about each of them at great length, I am going to focus on some other more than stellar releases I also cannot stop listening to.
I thought I was sick of chains and spikes punk and anything pogo in general – until I fell in love with this demo. I sometimes think about moving somewhere that isn’t Pittsburgh, especially when I see thriving music scenes everywhere I go, but am reminded why I love this place when I see a band like Fuk Boiz. Punk isn’t always about reinventing the wheel, and they seem to be quite aware of that, their songs are energetic and to the point but don’t sacrifice actual songwriting, which is something that is apparently easily lost in this internet-driven punk world we have found ourselves in. Laura’s vocals are just on the brink of being annoying, which is one of my favorite characteristics as far as singers are concerned. The guitar sounds more like Discharge than street punk, but not overly metallic like most d-beat worshipers, and doesn’t leave any song without a hook. Thank you Fuk Boiz for helping me not lose my faith in punk, Jah bless.