Beat Obsolete – (Demo)

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Release Date: April 30, 2018

Format: Digital

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.

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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!

 

Tracks:

  • Civilized War Demo
  • Havana Sonic Attack

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themc1omb/

Bandcamp: https://mc1music1.bandcamp.com/album/city-wide-destruction

MC1 – “City Wide Destruction” EP

MC1 – “City Wide Destruction” EP

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Release Date: April 28, 2017

Format: Digital

Label: A Jam Records

Location: Miami, FL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Joe Koontz

Favorite Tracks: City Wide Destruction, Drop The Bomb, Crash Like Thunder, Runnin On Hate

Sounds Like: Stray Cats, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, too many genres to pin down an exact influence


 

Being a one person band 100 years ago meant, playing a bunch of different instruments at the same time. They were heavy and well the sound of course was always lacking. There were really more like a carnival act, and not something to really take seriously. Fortunately for us the times have changed. Due to the advances in technology one person can potentially play a bunch of different instruments and track them together.

So let’s check out this one man band phenom that is, MC1. MC1 recently put out his new ep, “City Wide Destruction” on 4/28/2018. My first thought upon listening was wow! Each song sounds dramatically different from each other. I tried really hard to nail MC1 down to one genre. I’m gonna say that’s just impossible. I hear goth, industrial, punk, rock, rockabilly and etc. That’s what really makes “City Wide Destruction” so much fun to listen to!

My favorite song by far is “City Wide Destruction”, and coming in second is “Drop The Bomb”. Be sure to check on MC1 and A Jam Records

 

Tracks:

  1. City Wide Destruction
  2. Crash Like Thunder
  3. Drop The Bomb
  4. Runnin’ On Hate

Links:

 

No Real Hero – “The Forest”

No Real Hero – “The Forest”

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Release Date: 09/06/2018

Format:  Digital

Label: Thousand Island Records

Location: Monreal, Quebec

Current Lineup:

  • Denis Bass and Vocals
  • Phil Guitar and Vocals
  • Luc Drum
  • Max Guitar and Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Back and Red and This is Home

Sounds Like:  AFI (early years)


 

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I have a punk playlist for the gym years old. Sometimes extra motivation is needed and the new E.P. from No Real Hero is just that.  Great driving tempo and catchy lyrics to get you going. They are a four piece made up of ex members of 69 Solution and Lobotomie Politique.  Awesome Canadian export that has all the right stuff to join the likes of Propaghandi.

 

Track List:

  1. Opening
  2. Comfort in Sorrow
  3. Broken Water
  4. This is Home
  5. The Forest For The Trees
  6. Red and Black

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Links:

About the writer: Old crab that stands in the back and complains that it was better in my day, but is 100% for the youth take over.  I’m a contradiction that thrives on holding on to rebellion with one foot on either side. – Lala