Release Date: April 30, 2018
Label: A Jam Records
Location: South Florida
Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
- Joe – Vox/Guitar
- Jose – Guitar
- Ruben – Bass
- Fausto – Drums
Favorite Tracks: Civilized War Demo, Havana Sonic Attack
Sounds Like: Strung out, Pennywise, Gorilla Biscuits, Good Riddance, and 10 Foot Pole.
I’m officially calling October, “Small Record Labels Month” here at CPRA. We checked out some No Affiliation Records, Lockjaw, and now A Jam Records. As stated many times in previous posts and reviews. We despise the major media corps and we are here to support the underground punk scene. In celebration I reached out to Dave Santos with A Jam Records for comment regarding starting a small label.
“A Jam Records is a Florida based independent record label out of Miami/Orlando. Primarily focusing on punk and hardcore but open to the variety of today’s underground music. A Jam is devoted to the artist, music and the fans. The amount of good music out is overwhelming and music listeners deserve to hear it. A band’s creativity should never be pushed away because their lack of a certain fan base, or quantity of followers on their social media pages.
Our goal here at A Jam Records to artists/bands is that we want you to succeed, we want your songs to be heard, and we want to open the ears of listeners to new music! A little history on A Jam Records is that it is the proud working of Joe Koontz of Against All Authority and Dave Santos of Guajiro. Joe Koontz grew up in South Florida and is the guitarist/co-founder of Against All Authority.
Starting from basic beginnings in a garage to later having toured all over the states and the world with the success of multiple albums and a strong & loyal fan base, Joe with Against All Authority has had his fair share in the music industry. Joe has played in various other bands also along the way and continues to put out music. A Jam Records came about as a result of this.
The first release on A Jam Records was Joe’s very own MC1, a garage-punk one man band. The album is the EP “City Wide Destruction”. Later he also released his follow up full length, the self titled “MC1”. In 2017, Dave Santos, who also played in some bands along with Joe (Guajiro, La Vieja Guardia, and Nobodys Hero), was working on a new project, Radio89. Dave had also grown up in the Miami scene and had been playing in various bands for years before moving to Central Florida.
With Radio89’s album ready, Dave came to Joe with hopes of releasing it on A Jam Records. In the process, they not only released the album but decided to work together and go full force into A Jam Records; making Joe and Dave’s vision a reality. We are expecting many good things in the year ahead. With new artists being added to the roster, and new albums being released; there is much growth coming up for us here at A Jam Records.” Wow that’s great back story!
Today let’s check out Florida punks, Beat Obsolete who are on A Jam Records. They released a couple of singles back on 4/30/2018. Both are NYP on Bandcamp right now! On my first listen, “Civilized War”, will definitely perk your ears, starting with the opening bass line. This is also an Anti Trump so so they already get kudos from us! This track has a harcore punk sound, with slight almost metal undertone. All the instruments on this one are killer!
“Havana Sonic Attack”, this one has an almost Strung Out sound to it. The progressions are fast and in your face. Sadly this is all we really have to listen currently. I’m really excited to hear more for this band! Both songs are laden with great musicianship. Word from a close source to CPRA has stated an album release is slated for the future.
Be sure to check out Beat Obsolete on A Jam Records!
- Civilized War Demo
- Havana Sonic Attack