mixtape: Saturated Screamo Spring

MPHimage_1Weather was in the 80s and sunny and then it dropped to the 40s in downpours … have to love NYC in the Spring. This is what I live here for though, the mid-Atlantic’s four seasons.

My listening is very seasons related and because of that necessity to associate certain genres with the moods certain season’s evoke this weeks’ MPH noise on Party934.com, 94.9 FM in the Hudson Valley show speaks directly to the cacophony of April showers with a look at screamo, melodic hardcore, alternative punk and the like, challenging the preconceptions of the genres by taking some requests, some shout outs and some personal favorites to craft this weeks’ show. It displays the dynamics and dichotomy these bands produce and ignores many of the cliches that have gone with the black eyeliners, shoe gazing, tight pants wearing, fauxhawk capped kids that destroyed the notion that hardcore could be emotional. I worked with many of these bands during my career in the music industry as a marketer and have very fond memories of their live performances … BSF breaking up at the Troc, VoD at Wetlands, Alexisonfire at SxSW, FFaF opening at Roseland, Haste at Furnace Fest, singing onstage with Stetch Arm Strong at CBGBs, Underoath at Club Krome, Poison the Well at the Atlantic Record offices, Rise Against in LA at some club I don’t even know the name of … and I didn’t even get to Vaux from the Eiffel days and their Merc Lounge set, or Embodyment at Continental and pushing their van through the Lincoln Tunnel, Thursday in New Brunswick, on stage with From Autumn to Ashes at the Donkey in Long Island, Grade at WSOU and so, so many more. True to the “emo” I’ve a lot of great emotional attachment to these bands. The closer, Volbeat probably doesn’t seem like it fits, but for philosophical reasons rather than sonic ones, it does…

This week’s N-F-P: As someone who suffers from tinnitus, hearing degeneration and pitch internalization disorders myself this organization is near, and dear to me. H E A R is the the Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers not for profit volunteer organization dedicated to raising awareness of the real dangers of repeated exposure to excessive noise levels from music which can lead to permanent, and sometimes debilitating, hearing loss. HEAR receives no state or federal money and depends entirely on the outreach of others to help fund and spread the word about their mission which includes work with music education groups, doctors and the medical community, instrument manufactures and so on, including partnerships with Pete Townshend of The Who, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, and Les Claypool of Primus and others to help spread the word. To learn more go to hearnet dot com or on facebook at hear net official and please help do your part to spread the word about hearing loss so we can all enjoy the music for a long, long time to come.

Vision of Disorder “Heart and Soul” the Cursed Remain Cursed (2013)
Boysetsfire “Rookie” After the Eulogy
Alexisonfire “Emerald” Street Old Crows
Underoath “They’re only chasing safty”
Posion the Well “Pieces of you in me” Tear from the Red
Funeral For a Friend “Death Comes to Us” All Conduit (2013)
Texas is the Reason “Back and to the Left” (2013)
This.Day.Forward “White Picket defense” in Response
the Amnity Affliction “Youngbloods” Youngbloods
Haste “Engine When Reason Sleeps”
Anberlin “Desires” Vital (2012)
Bad Religion “Robinhood in Revers” Ture North (2013)
Rise Against “Six Ways to Sunday”
Stretch Arm Strong “the Hardest Part” Free at Last
Strife “Show no Mercy” witness a rebirth (2012)
Volbeat “Pearl Hart” Outlaw gentleman (2013)


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