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SLIP

Schizophrenic Melodies

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Slip – Never Surrender EP 1994

Here’s another dollar bin gem that totally kicks ass.  I can’t find any information about this dark hardcore band from Alabama.  Yes, I’ll admit it.  I bought this record because it was from Alabama.  How much Alabaman hardcore have you ever heard?  Right now, I can’t think of any bands from that neck of the woods.  So, I did a little looking and found a good one, here.

This record starts out really quietly (with the best Star Wars sample I’ve ever heard on a record), but then it gets really loud and heavy.  That’s when we start to hear the great anguished, angry vocals and the drumming which kicks ass throughout this record.  It’s heavy, mid tempo hardcore that gets really moshy, especially on the last song.  In fact, ‘Closed Doors’ is almost over the top with what are now cliche mosh riffs, but then you have to remember that this record came out in 1994 when that sort of style was still relatively new.  Though, you have to admit that the riff that they use during the chorus of  ‘Escape’ is probably the most over used ‘heavy’ riff ever.  You know the one “duh duh…duh duh…duh duh…duh duh” I’ve heard that in so many songs, it’s incredible. If you start to listen for it you can hear it as far back as Judas Priest, and even Led Zeppelin played that riff.  I will admit it’s a good riff for headbanging, though.

My favorite song on here is ‘Behind’, which is an instrumental with a really bleak, dark sound.  Depressing!  I know what I said earlier, about ‘cliche’ riffs might sound like a dig against this record, but it’s not.  I think it’s essential to consider the time and place where a band is making their music.  I hate it when I hear people bitch about hearing “another generic hardcore band” without considering where or when that band is from.  If you live in a small town you probably don’t have internationally touring bands playing in your basement every week, so if you want to fuckin rock, you have to do it yourself, and if what you like to play sounds similar to what another band plays, so what?  As long as the music is played with heart and conviction, that’s what matters to me.  Oh yeah, I also just want to say this to a lot of the people who have blogs and websites out there: if you think hardcore and punk stopped being good in 1977 or 1987 or 1997 or 2007, you’re a fool.  There’s thousands of great bands out there thrashin their heads off right now.

So I wonder how these guys were veiwed in their hometown, and if they were heard anywhere else in the world.  What drove them to put all of the effort into releasing this record?  I wonder how this record ended up in a bargain bin in Wisconsin 15 years later, and now I wonder if anyone will hear this an love it….

High quality rips and scans are HERE.

 

 

GAS BAG (who is this guy?)

 

 

EAT CHEESE OR DIE

post # 1

“I don’t think I like this day

Gotta get through it anyway.

Drugs, booze, I don’t care,

I feel weird…….”

-10-96, from ‘Dred Song’

Ok, here we go! Seein’ as how this is a blog all about Rock and Roll from Wisconsin I can only start with the most infamous and underappreciated band from Wisconsin, 10-96. From Kenosha, you can get some info on who these guys were, and on what the (surviving) members are up to from this link.  Together from 1983 until the probably not so untimely death of singer Dean Dirt in the late 90’s, these guys “Were told from the start that they’d never last” but their music deserves to live on forever. 

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To me, this band is by far the ‘punkest’ band ever to come out of Wisconsin, not just for their fuckin’ attitude, but for their totally unique and ass kicking music.  10-96 combined old school, spit in yer eye Punk Rock and Roll with balls out, break neck, shit thrashin Hard Core in a way that I have never heard from any other band.  The music is chaotic, intense and fucking insane, with just enough catchy melody and humor to put it over the top into genius.  I don’t know their entire discography (please enlighten me!) but i do know they released two EP’s, a split 7″, and a fuckin legendary LP, all in the mid 90’s.    Check it out!

EAT CHEESE OR DIE!

EAT CHEESE OR DIE!

Onto the specific content of this post, the Gas Bag EP from 1994.  Though the recording is rough, I fucking love this record, and was super glad i found it again in a bargain bin about a year ago.  I had originally obtained it upon recommendation from whoever was selling records for URBN DK at one of their shows in Chicago in 1996. At first i found this record kind of confusing and even scary, but I soon came to love the awesome drunken thrash and dirty rock sounds on it, especially the alternately crazed and melodic vocals and the crazy wailing guitar leads.  Shit, not to mention the unrelenting thrashing drums.  With the longest original song on here (Mental Chant) lasting a mere 71 seconds, the last 20 of which are a crazy noisecore freakout, I think this record may have been an important factor in influencing my obsession with short songs. My favorite song here is ‘Bullshit’, fuckin kick ass no bullshit punk, but all of the other songs are great and have a unique intensity in their condensed and honest composition. Fuck yeah. Oh, and the last song is a cover of the Fuck Ups.

10-96 Gas Bag EP Track List

Download 10-96 – Gas Bag EP from link below. Ten song 7″ with all cover scans in archive. I can’t find the insert, though…

http://www.mediafire.com/?mnmjkuzolqn

Also go to this awesome blog for their essential split 7″ with Chicago’s amazing Insult To Injury.

http://systemsabotagechaos.blogspot.com/2009/03/10-96insult-to-injury-ancient-future.html

And go to their website for more tunes and to comment…

http://www.myspace.com/ten96

And finally, be sure to go over to Beer City Records and purchase the digital version of the LP “No Retreat”.  It is really good, and has much better recording quality than any of their other records.

http://www.beercityrecords.com/?page_id=60

Thanks to 10-96 for the tunes!

“Youth is an attitude, FUCKER!”