It’s been ages since we did a mixtape on SWNK. So here’s a playlist for your ‘I’m-pretending-to-work-but-my-mind-is-set-on-weekend-mode-for-quite-some-time-now’ moments today.
The First Step – Time To Understand
Holy shit. What a way to open a record. IT’S TIME. TIME TO UNDERSTAND. “What We Know” is from 2006 already. I remember opening up the American lay-out in Photoshop and fooling around with it for the European press on Not Just Words Records. Feels like that was yesterday. Time flies.
Cut The Shit – Harmed And Dangerous
I don’t know much about this band to be honest, but apparently they had members of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Bones Brigade. I just know this is the kind of fast hardcore I DO love. “I FEEL HARMED AND FUCKING DANGEROUS”.
Battalion of Saints – Fighting Boys
While we’re going fast, here’s another fast one. This is a band I rarely hear people talk about. Don’t know why, because this stuff’s great. “Fighting boys have no choice but to FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT”
White Lung – Glue
Most of the time I’m not a big fan of ‘heavier’ (not that White Lung is that heavy) bands with female singers. But before you’ll throw a “SO YOU HATE ALL WOMEN?” my way.. Luckily there are exceptions. White Lung is one of those exceptions. Teun introduced me to this band with his review of Sorry and I’m glad he did. One of my favorite records of last year.
The Dwarves – I Will Deny
Punk O Rama 4. That’s all you need to know. The minute I heard that song I was in love with the Dwarves.
Green Day – Basket Case
There’s no such thing as listening to “Dookie” too much. You’ll probably skip the rest of the playlist and type “Green Day – Dookie” into YouTube to go listen to the entire album now. Can’t blame you.
Justice – Light In The Dark
This one was a request by Furby (Deadpool) 🙂 In all seriousness, Justice made some great records. Vocally “Escapades” doesn’t do much for me (the music is great), but aside from that I pretty much love every single release they did.
Off With Their Heads – Nightlife
From their latest record “Home“. Sometimes you hear a band and everything just clicks. That’s what I had when I heard “Nightlife”. Dude’s voice is awesome, music is great and while the lyrics are really dark their videos are pretty funny. Or at least weird. But I don’t have to tell you that kinda stuff, because apparently I’m the last person in the world to discover Off With Their Heads. Glad I did though.
Fuel – Disengaged
If you like Fugazi, you’ll probably dig Fuel. This band had Sarah (Mike) Kirsch on guitar and vocals, who sadly passed away December 5th last year.
Gypsy – Sleep Well
I always loved the voice of Cold World’s guitarplayer Alex Russin, so when I heard he was doing vocals in a band I was pretty stoked. Meet Gypsy. I loved the record they released last year.
Nibiru – The Reinvention Of Man
I have to admit that I don’t hear too many new bands that I really like. I really loved the Nibiru demo though, but it could totally go two ways music wise. The follow up would either be a tough guy NYHC record that would be pretty good, but a tad boring, or they would build upon the, what I considered the best, parts of that demo with clean singing. And then they dropped this song. Awesomeness. If “grungecore” wouldn’t be a really stupid term, Nibiru would be the definition of it. Anyway, keep your eyes out for the full length dropping on Carry The Weight Records soon.
Daylight – In On It
Another recent discovery. When I went to see Make Do And Mend in Eindhoven this year there was a band called Daylight who opened up the evening. Turned out they were the best band of the evening. The more grunge influences, the better if you ask me haha. To me it sounds like a mix between a band like Title Fight and Silverchair (I’m not hearing Nirvana unlike others).
Deftones – Change (In The House Of Flies)
I wanted to include “Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)” but apparently I had already used that one in of the previous mixtapes. But With Chi’s recent passing I just had to include a Deftones song. Sad it had to end like that. This one’s from my favorite album, White Pony. They’re playing the 013 in September (with Sergio (Quicksand) on bass).
Tenement Kids – All Night Train
From a punkrock demotape on Pressure Release Records to being featured in Dutch television shows. Pretty cool to see these guys grow. Doing their own thing. Let’s hope the Netherlands wake up to this band. Their last record won’t be the problem, that’s for sure.
Charles Bradley – Stay Away (Nirvana cover)
From Tenement Kids to Charles Bradley. Not that strange actually with Tenement Kids doing a Bradley cover. Anyway, I’m probably the biggest Nirvana nerd you’ll ever meet. I’ve heard a lot of covers (Yes, I’ve heard the Gaslight Anthem cover and no I don’t think it’s good) and this might just be the best cover I’ve ever heard. Ok, he doesn’t get all the lyrics right. But who cares. That voice! I can’t wait to see this man do his thing at Rockwerchter.
Warren G feat. Nate Dogg – Regulate
Last weekend I was at the biggest record fair in the Netherlands (Europe?) and I saw a 12″ single for this song. Only 2 euro. Couldn’t pass up on that great deal, could I? Chillest song ever?
Dolly Parton – Jolene
“Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JOOOO-LEEEEEEENE”. It’s time. Not to understand, but for the weekend.
As always, if you like these songs, pick up the individual releases. They’re worth it.
Want to make your own (themed?) mixtape/playlist for SWNK? You surely can do better than this mixed bag of songs. Get in touch!