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Waking Records

Contact Info:

E-Mail: wakingrecords@gmail.com
Web Site: wakingrecords.com

Label Discography:

THE ASSISTANT/THIS SHIP WILL SINK/TAKARU - 3 way split CD
THE FAERIES - Riot In The Hive Mind CD
THE FICTION/BIRTHDAY BOYZ - split 7"
HUGS - The Tarpit CD
MEMORY AS PERFECTION/SCENT OF HUMAN HISTORY - split 12"
STOP IT!! - The Enhanced Demo CD
STOP IT!! - The Demo 10"
HELEN OF TROY - The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships CD
THIS SHIP WILL SINK - CD
V/A - Times Are Hard for Dreamers: A Benefit Comp CD

Release Discriptions:

HELEN OF TROY - The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships CD
This is the final record from Helen of Troy, available posthumously a year after their final show. This release consists of four songs of spacey yet harsh and aggressive "prog-core". Multiple vocalists complement each other nicely with intertwining spoken/sung parts and all out screaming. The guitars range from meandering and ethereal to direct and pummeling, all held down by precision drumming. This record will please the band's existing fans and fans of members' earlier bands such as I Am The Resurrection and The State Secedes, their current bands Gospel and free republic (of soul), as well as fans of bands like Acid Mother Temple and Explosions in the Sky. With an additional extended noise track featuring members of Books Lie and Meneguar, this record has something for everyone and is definitely their best effort and a fitting end. (Waking Records #10)

STOP IT!! - The Demo 10"
Comes in a 10" gatefold cover! Before their amazing full length debut on Robotic Empire and The Perpetual Motion Machine with "Self Made Maps" Stop It!! had been playing for over a year and recorded a demo that knocked me off my feet when I first heard it. This is way above and beyond what should be thought of as a demo, with songs that are as fully developed and "mature" for lack of a better word as any "seasoned" band could hope to have. These songs had to continue to be available so here they are, re-mastered and better than ever! In the same vein as "Self Made Maps" - harsh yet melodic hardcore that twists and turns, rises and falls - these songs are a bit more furious and harsh than the full length - noisier and wilder, more screaming than singing. (Waking Records #8)

STOP IT!! - The Enhanced Demo CD
Before their amazing full length debut on Robotic Empire and The Perpetual Motion Machine with "Self Made Maps" Stop It!! had been playing for over a year and recorded a demo that knocked me off my feet when I first heard it. This is way above and beyond what should be thought of as a demo, with songs that are as fully developed and "mature" for lack of a better word as any "seasoned" band could hope to have. These songs had to continue to be available so here they are, re-mastered and better than ever! In the same vein as "Self Made Maps" - harsh yet melodic hardcore that twists and turns, rises and falls - these songs are a bit more furious and harsh than the full length - noisier and wilder, more screaming than singing. The CD also comes with enhanced footage, a 20 minute video that compiles footage that will truly allow people to understand the Stop It!! experience. The cd is packaged in silkscreened chipboard covers with a full color insert. (Waking Records #8)

THE ASSISTANT/THIS SHIP WILL SINK/TAKARU - 3 way split CD
The Assistant give us their final song on this split, delivering a 7-minute epic of the same intense and varied hardcore they've become known for. With three vocalists and shifting from mathy and technical to quiet and mellow and then to all out crushing intensity, this record has enough ideas to fill and entire album and leaves the listener drained yet energized. It's a fitting and beautiful epilogue to this bands inspiring existence. This Ship follows with another song recorded at the same time as their debut ep that builds on the heavier parts of The Assistant and is just as shifting and technical but even more brutal. It's furious yet delicate and complex and always engaging. Takaru give us three songs of the intense hardcore that they are quickly becoming well known for. Dueling vocalists deliver furious lyrics dissecting the workings of our mixed up world with an acute anger and passion that is hard to ignore. Delivering three songs in under four minutes, Takaru rarely lets up their immense wall of noise, simply allowing it to swing from thrashy and blistering to plodding and doomy. This record and these bands are bound together by their critical social commentary and desire to inspire thought and action. Each band uses their songs to examine and communicate about the world around them, offering both lyrics and explanations on topics ranging from the manipulation of statistics to the drug war and how we treat each other and ourselves. This cd is a benefit for DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) a community based group in New York City working for immigrants rights. (Waking Records #6)

HUGS - The Tarpit CD
Hugs follow up their self-released debut one-sided 12" (with a repress now available through Slave Union) with The Tarpit, a 13 song, Mike Lust produced (Ten Grand, Sweep the Leg Johnny, Lustre King) full length. Building on the same foundation as their 12", The Tarpit reveals a more mature, involved, and fully developed sound combining elements from mid-'90s bands like Universal Order of Armageddon with hints of '70s stoner-rock. Hugs fuse art, punk, and social consciousness to create a record that is passionate, angry, and full of integrity. (Waking Records #9 CD)

THE FAERIES - Riot In The Hive Mind CD
Crazy and weird hardcore from New Orleans. A bit of PG. 99 and a bit of Mr. Bungle. Recorded by Jeff Kane of City of Caterpillar and Malady and Mike Taylor of PG. 99... This CD comes packaged in a 7" sleeve with a nice boolet. (Waking Records #7)

THIS SHIP WILL SINK - CD
This Ship Will Sink has members of defunct bands such as You and I and The Assistant. One minute it is all out charging distorted rock paired with harsh growls that frighten with their intensity and power, and then it all shifts and sways into technical and noodley guitar and spoken words. You can't guess what will come next - it is there before you know it as the songs bound from one part to another with ceaseless energy. All profit from this release will be split between The Human Rights Coalition and The Matthew Shepard Foundation, two organizations that are fighting for the rights and dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people. (Waking Records #5)

THE FICTION/BIRTHDAY BOYZ - split 7"
The Fiction squeeze two tracks on here, each with their own distinctive yet complimentary style. Dance destruction? Definitely. Fists waving and feet flying. The Fiction is ex-Saetia and their 2nd LP is going to be released on Level Plane Records on April 19th. Birthday Boyz lure you in like the sirens, trapping you with a gentle melody and before you realize it your fate is sealed. You are doomed. You can only ride the waves to your watery grave as they raise you up with screams and fury and softly, deceptively putting you at ease with entrancing, circling riffs. Then it all crashes, explodes, and you are consumed. (Waking Records #4)

MEMORY AS PERFECTION/SCENT OF HUMAN HISTORY - split 12"
This split 12" features two newer bands, Long Island's Scent of Human History and Louisiana's Memory as Perfection, teaming up to offer varied yet complimentary approaches to modern hardcore. Scent of Human History, containing most of the former members of Sometimes Walking, Sometimes Running, give us four songs that go back and forth from moody, brooding instrumental segments to fast and chaotic screamy hardcore. Hypnotizing at one moment, violent and spastic the next, Scent creates a dramatic roller coaster that fans of 12 hour turn and PG. 99 will enjoy. Memory as Perfection offer up five songs in a different vein. Laid back yet driven, the music shifts from clean, noodley and jazzy guitars - similar perhaps to Off Minor - to straight forward distorted rock all driven by pounding basslines. More shouting than screaming, the vocals could be likened to an angry D. Boon. The influence of Shotmaker can be heard at times, but Memory as Perfection has their own thing going on. The record is packaged in a beautifully letterpress jacket with an original block print done by the amazing hot iron press. All profits from this record go to the Long Island Freewheel Bike Collective and New Orleans' Plan B Bike co-op. (Waking Records #2)

V/A - Times Are Hard for Dreamers: A Benefit Comp CD
All profits from this release go to supporting after-school art programs at my school. 60 minutes of unreleased or hard to find music from 17 amazing bands that could all fall under the umbrella of hardcore in some way. The CD comes in either a silkscreened or a letterpressed and hand sewn cover with a 28 page booklet that includes writing done on the need for after school and art and artwork, info, lyrics, and in some cases more writing on education from the bands. The bands found on this comp are The Fiction, Scent of Human History, Hit Self Destruct, This Scares Me, Helen of Troy, Countdown to Putsch, Are You Fucking Serious, Operation Latte Thunder, Memory as Perfection, The South, A Day in Black & White, The Faeries, Turn Around Norman, Hurrah, Books Lie, A Petal Fallen, and Dead City. (Waking Records #1)