Exclusive Interview: LAST PLAGUE

Over the six years my band has been part of the Vancouver live circuit, one particular show stands out in my memory. Within thirty seconds of their set, the band onstage at the Patricia Hotel caused total chaos when their vocalist jumped into the crowd. I remember thinking to myself, “Who is this madman?” Not only did the vocalist have the crowd at his whim, the vocal sounds coming out were powerful. Turns out that man was Last Plague’s Heath Fenton. Along with Last Plague, Heath played in the bands Witness Protection Program and Angry. I got a chance to pick Heath’s brain and find out what’s going on these days with Last Plague.

How has the Vancouver changed from your days as an all age musician to the present day?

Heath Fenton (vocals): It has changed a bunch. When I first moved here in 1996 it was the music scene that brought me here. There were a shit load of wicked bands and there was tonnes of support for the scene. All ages shows would sometimes draw in the high hundreds for local shows. Amazing stuff. That’s the main difference. Unfortunately that scene fizzled out shortly after we moved here. For whatever reason. People growing up. Drug addiction was a major factor in it. The scene is healthy now. There are a number of places to play. And so many amazing bands. people really have got to pay more attention to what is going on with heavy music in this town. Another difference is, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s there was really only a couple of venues that would house heavier type bands. So that has changed. There are at least a dozen right now. And crowd support seems to be coming around again. But nothing like it was in the mid 1990s. Maybe that will change, but I have no idea what the kids are doing these days. And the bar crowd is not getting any younger.heath

What Vancouver venue sticks out in your memory as being fundamental to your show going/playing past?

The venue that stands out the most to me over the years is obviously the old Cobalt. That and the Columbia, which is called 303 now. Both were run by Wendy13, and anything she does pretty much rules for the metal/punk community. When I was in my first real Vancouver band (Human Resistance Program) she ran the Columbia shows and always booked us. We played a shit load of awesome shows there that stand out in my mind. After that place closed then it was onto the Cobalt. I don’t think i need to explain anything about that place and the legendary status it achieved with in the community. It’s just too bad it ended.

Continue reading

DOOMSDAY STUDENT Streaming New Track “Lifeboat Blues”

Disorienting noise rockers Doomsday Student (Ex-Arab on Radar) have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, A Walk Through Hysteria Park, over at Impose Magazine. The track is the jarring, disjunctive “Lifeboat Blues”, which sounds as if it could be playing at a demented carnival. Feel free to stream the swirling acid-trip of a song after the break.

A Walk Through Hysteria Park will be released on October 21st through ThreeOneG. Pre-orders for the record can be placed here.

Continue reading

LADDER DEVILS Announce New Album “Clean Hands”, Stream New Track

Ladder Devils

After a series of EP’s and splits with the likes of Fight Amp, Helms Alee and Kowloon Walled City, Philadelphia noise rock quartet Ladder Devils are prepping to release their first proper full length. The new album, entitled Clean Hands, will be released on November 4th via Brutal Panda Records. The first official taste of the record comes in the form of the mid-paced, grungy jam “The Combine”, which can be streamed over at Noisey. The album’s official artwork and track listing can be viewed after the break.

Pre-orders for Clean Hands can be placed here and here.

Continue reading

RABBITS Debut “So Fake It’s Real” Video

rabbits-video-so-fake-its-real

Portland noise makers Rabbits have premiered the official video for their track “So Fake It’s Real”, from their most recent effort Untoward, over at Gear Gods. The video is a very gritty-looking performance clip in which director Whitey McConnaughy created all with analog and homemade equipment. You can check out the video after the break and read on how McConnaughy put the video together over at Gear Gods.

Continue reading

PORD Streaming New Album “Wild”

The upcoming sophomore effort from French noise rockers Pord, Wild, can now be streamed in full over at Scene Point Blank. The album will be officially released next Tuesday, September 8th via Solar Flare Records and can still be pre-ordered here. But in the meantime, stream the 40 minute, caustic album at this location.

The band’s upcoming European tour dates can be found below.

Continue reading

PORD Streaming New Track “What Are Tuesdays For?”

French noise rock miscreants Pord have unleashed a new track from their forthcoming sophomore album, Wild, over at The Obelisk. The new track begs the question “What Are Tuesdays For?”; a valid and perplexing question. I cannot answer the question but I can tell you for certain that the song rips. After a stop and start intro, the track propels itself forward in an angular whirlwind of mangled riffs. Pord will cut and stab their way into your heart. Check it out for yourself over at The Obelisk.

Wild will be released on September 8th via Solar Flare Records. Pre-orders can be placed here.

The band’s European tour can be seen after the break.

Continue reading

DRUNK DAD And HONDURAN Announce U.S. Tour

Portland’s premiere punks and sludgy noise rockers, Honduran and Drunk Dad, have announced that they will be bringing their auditory debauchery to a city near you this fall. You can check out the tour dates as they currently stand after the break. Additionally you can stream both Drunk Dad’s Ripper Killer and Honduran’s Street Eagles after the break.

Continue reading

DOOMSDAY STUDENT Premiere “Disappearing” Video

The eccentric and slightly disturbing noise rock outfit Doomsday Student (Arab on Radar) have premiered a new video for their track, “Disapearing”, over at Noisey. The mangled track, which will appear on their new album A Walk Through Hysteria Park, is set to an extremely bizarre clip. So bizarre that I will not bother trying to describing it because I have no idea what is going on. You can check i out after the break, if you dare.

A Walk Through Hysteria Park will be released on October 21st via Three One G. Pre-orders are available here.

Continue reading

Exclusive Premiere: RABBIT’s “Untoward” Full Album Stream

At this point in their career, Rabbits have taken the world by storm numerous times. I know that the band is respected here on AA, as they should be worldwide. Rabbits furious mix of hardcore, sludge and noise rock blends together as a seamless, ferocious beast and I am beyond thrilled to present you folks with a full album stream of the bands new record Untoward. This is definitely one of my personal favorite albums of the year and I urge you all to indulge in the noise for a while. Keep it sleazy and bang your head.      Continue reading

KEN MODE Debut “The Promises Of God” Video

KEN mode have debuted the official video to their track “The Promises of God”, from their last album Entrench, over at Punknews. The clip, which was directed by ex-bassist Chad Tremblay, depicts the trickery of a street magician and triumph over a devil-like character. You can check out the clip after the break along with the band’s forthcoming tour dates.

Continue reading

RABBITS Streaming New Track “Ever Mind”

rabbitscoverNoisy sludge trio Rabbits are a fan favorite around these parts and for good reason. They are an amazing band who make phenomenal music. Album after album, I am more and more impressed and I never tire of Rabbits in my life. The band will be releasing their new album Untoward next month and you can check out a nice slice of dice-em-up after the jump. This track is titled “Ever Mind” and it’ll kick you in the nuts and not apologize. Great shit. Check it out. Thanks, AV Club!     Continue reading

AA Exclusive: Stream PORD’s “Staring Into Space”

On September 8th, Solar Flare Records will release the second full length album from French noise rock outfit Pord, Wild. The album will feature 40 minutes of intense, noise laden rock and roll that would make Amphetamine Reptile blush, and we have your first taste! We at American Aftermath are happy to bestow upon you the opening track from Wild, “Staring into Space”. The track revolves around a dirty, rumbling bass lines and sparse, dissonant guitars that eventually lead into a hard rock stampede hellbent on causing blunt-force trauma. We dig it and so should you. You can check out the track after the break along with the album’s artwork and track listing.

Continue reading

HOLY TONGUES Streaming New Track “Filters”

Holy Tongues

Holy Tongues (ex-Ruiner) have premiered a new track from their forthcoming debut album, Weak People, over at Brooklyn Vegan. The new track is the five minute, lumbering beast “Filters” and it channels a healthy amount of early post-hardcore aggression. You can stream the track over at Brooklyn Vegan now.

Weak People will be released on August 5th via Melotov Records.