We here at American Aftermath are readying our very own year end lists, to be unleashed this Friday. We have asked some friends and musicians to submit their very own Best of 2012 List, which we will be posting throughout the week and here we go. Read on to find out what members of Weekend Nachos and Harm’s Way were jamming to this year.
A. John Hoffman - Weekend Nachos
Sick Fix- Vexed
This record took a billion years to come out. When a band that was previously very inactive all of a sudden decides to tour Europe for the first time and releases a new LP around the same time, I gotta say, it’s gonna have to be fucking awesome if the fans are going to snap back into it. And it was, plain and simple. A non-stop onslaught of heavy hardcore with some of the most intensely furious vocals out there. Pat Vogel’s sickening guitar tone and Michelle Northam’s throat with Chris Moore’s drumming holding it all together…well, obviously Dom knew what he was getting with this one. Pick it up from A389 if you haven’t yet. Pure rage.
Let It Die- Let It Die
For those of you who may not be familiar, Let It Die are a band of 3 blokes from England that really know what they’re doing. I actually just heard this 7″ for the first time the other night…it was released months ago but I rarely hear anything right when it comes out. This is one of the heaviest, most pissed off records that I’ve heard in forever. Seriously. I saw them live and it was just one of those honest moments at a show where you don’t even really have a chance to think, everything is just right with what’s currently happening. They floored me then and they floored me on my record player as well.
False Light- False Light
I randomly stumbled across this entire EP via youtube. This band basically purifies the punk-influenced grindcore/noise sound for me. They do everything correctly if there was a way to determine such a thing in this genre. I listened to it all the way through 3 times before I forced myself to stop. Flawless and exciting.
Code Orange Kids- Love Is Love/Return To Dust
I have been enthralled with this band since the moment I saw them live in their hometown a few years ago. Their demo, 7″ and splits reinforced what I witnessed live that night…intense and honest music to the point where I don’t even care if it’s punk or hardcore or whatever. They’re just Code Orange Kids and this LP is their first full-length. I was so excited to put this record on that I may even have to admit that I am biased in a way…but I loved it and continue to love it more each time I listen to it.
I’m starting to repeat myself but I saw this band live in Boston and they were absolutely mindblowing. Another one of those sets that changes your life…at least for the 10 minutes that you’re watching them play. They were so fast, so tight and so intense. The vibe was in the air and Curmudgeon put it there. This record rules and I am very excited to put a new song of their on a 7″ compilation that I’m releasing on my record label in early 2013.
Carly Rae Jepsen- Call Me Maybe
This triumphs over anything else that came out this year. It is the greatest song I’ve ever heard. There should be a law that if you don’t like this song…you die.
B. Bo Lueders - Harm’s Way
Please keep in mind I am really bad at staying on stop on new records and new music, be that as it may, here’s me favorite albums of 2012:
Lana Del Rey - Born to Die
I honestly fucking love this record, I think it’s almost perfect. A lot of people rag on her because she’s like fake or manufactured but that’s exactly what I think is so cool about it. You wonder about artists and their beliefs, behaviors, or convictions when it comes to their daily life. Not with her, she’s completely and utterly full of shit; told what to wear and what to say and put on a stage. And it’s working. It’s a fantastic example of how ridiculous the music industry is, it is an example of why independent music is as important as it is. You can stop caring and just enjoy the cheesyness that IS this record.
Twitching Tongues – Preacher Man
This is one of the two current hardcore bands that I truly enjoy listening to. I think this band is immensely unique, especially considering modern day “hardcore” or whatever you want to call it. I am excited for the full length they’re releasing next year.
Title Fight - Floral Green
I love this band, each release has been stronger than the last and I think this is my favorite by them so far. Not much else to say about it besides that I listen to it often and love the direction they’re going in.
And just because I love John and actually enjoy the song, I’ll say “Call Me Maybe” too.