Monday, 3 April 2017

VRLG 12: ENDLESS GRINNING SKULLS - RISUS SARDONICUS LP

The new EGS LP is finally available to order. 250 copies in a full colour gatefold sleeve with download. Listen here:
http://endlessgrinningskulls.bandcamp.com

The LP costs £10 plus postage.
Here is what Noel Gardner had to say:
You won’t need a recap of why, how and when the world has become worse since 2011, the year in which Endless Grinning Skulls released their first, self-titled album. More helpful, though, might be the veneration of ‘Risus Sardonicus’ – the Nottingham band’s second LP – as a righteous, savage soundtrack for fucked-up times. Over 10 songs and 32 minutes, EGS reach deep into the history of protest-minded punk and hardcore, boiling down decades of experience and encyclopedias of knowledge into a red-hot slab of sound.
Don’t get it twisted, this isn’t some jejune “hey, at least all this business is gonna Make Punk Great Again, right guys?” garbage. Great punk never went away, and as it goes neither did Endless Grinning Skulls, despite the six-year stretch between albums. They’ve kept the fires burning with three seven-inch singles: ‘Fear, Ignorance, Control’ (2012), a split with Bristol thrash masters Violent Arrest (2013) and ‘Endless Grinning Spirits’, a 2015 tribute of sorts to the infamous Japanese hardcore subgenre ‘burning spirits’. As on that scorching two-tracker, ‘Risus Sardonicus’ finds EGS trading as a trio of Andrew Morgan (guitar), Alsastair Gordon (bass) and Steve Charlesworth (drums) – previous vocalist Patrick Lawlor has now departed, with mic duties now shared between the guitarist and bassist.
It’s clear from the off that the new slimline lineup retains all the heft and more on wax, Gordon charging in with a rust-throated attack over a powerful staccato guitar as ‘Neoliberal Towers’ opens ‘Risus Sardonicus’ at full throttle. At over four minutes, it’s practically an epic for a first track on a hardcore album, but keeps its energy the whole time. ‘Austerity? Violence!’ amps up the swirling noise, bringing EGS’ D-beat and classic Euro HC influences to the surface, but always feels controlled.
‘The Iron Cage’ delivers another jolt to the chest via tungsten-tipped guitar leads and crust-tastic snare rolls, while ‘Tubes’ is just under two minutes of righteous thunder that will boil the brains of anyone who loves the Swedish hardcore continuum, from Anti-Cimex onwards. A slower and groovier tempo is introduced on ‘Guilt Games’, whose sound harbours elements of classic anarcho, gothic rock and feedback-streaked dirge punk.
“I want to tell you a little story / True or not, you decide” begins ‘Septic Ascetics’, preceding a suite of lyrics raining hellfire on the Catholic church and its history of abuse and crookedness. A guitar solo that buzzes like a swarm of metallic hornets and spreads like a rash increases the pressure before ‘Crutches’, the shortest song on the album at 84 seconds, delivers a gnarly hardcore whack. “So cold… so fucking cold” intones Gordon on ‘The Pressure Of Life’: semi-spoken and sardonic, fitting like a glove with a riff that locks in from the start, doesn’t change its ways and doesn’t need to.
‘Rot’ ventures further inward with Morgan throwing out lyrical references to “paranoid confusion” and a “black dog barking”, over stirring, anthemic anarcho, before ‘Risus Sardonicus’ bows out in majestic style with ‘End Times’. Powered by thunderous drums and a cochlea-clawing noisepunk guitar tone, this closes the album over nearly six minutes and lives up to its can-hoarding title with an itchy intensity that’s equal parts Killing Joke and Rudimentary Peni.
This aural powerhouse arrives on 12-inch vinyl courtesy of Viral Age, Morgan’s own label. He’s also responsible for the sleeve art, a lurid and eerie collage work, and the ‘End Times Gazette’ leaflet insert, done in timeless typewritten cut’n’paste fashion. Made by three musicians with over 70 years’ collective experience (Charlesworth was a founder member of UKHC pioneers Heresy in the mid-1980s and was until recently in Geriatric Unit alongside Gordon; Morgan’s past/present bands include Army Of Flying Robots and Bloody Head), ‘Risus Sardonicus’ glows with love for the finest in guitarbassdrums noise pollution, likewise disgust for the rotten excesses of 2k10s society and the evil that men do. It would sound equally fresh, and equally powerful, in 1984 or 2024 – but it’s fresh out the oven in 2017, and all should hail Endless Grinning Skulls
I also have a new zine available called UNDISCLOSED SOURCES which contains some of my old cut and paste flyers for 593 collective gigs. A4, 24 pages, black and white.
£3 plus postage.
I have also updated the distro page with new stuff including Paranoid live flexis, Girlpower LP's, Thisclose 7"s and more.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

HELLO AGAIN

So after a bit of a break VIRAL AGE is up and running again. I have been busy with work/family/real life stuff along with playing in 2 bands and doing more artwork. As a result the label/distro have taken a back seat lately. I hope to remedy that and pick things up again from now on. The distro has been updated with loads of killer stuff, including the brand new BLOODY HEAD cassette album and a bunch of staff from HARBINGER SOUND and lots more.

In other news I have a new release due very soon, which I am really excited about.
VRLG 12: ENDLESS GRINNING SKULLS - RISUS SARDONICUS LP is at the pressing plant and should be out early April. We have been working very hard on this release for a long time and we cant wait for people to hear it. More news on that soon.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

VRLG 11: BLOODY HEAD demo cassette

Bloody head is a new band I do with some old Notts heads. 100 cassettes with various colour covers and tracing paper insert. Includes bandcamp download. 8 tracks/30-odd minutes of RAW POWER/primal dirge. Artwork by Jerry PRice.
LISTEN
"The primitive carnal soundtrack to a one way Booze cruise to sodom and Gomorrah. Below deck, through the dry ice and tears, emerges an endless sea of grotesque flesh writhing around to the flashing disco light show like blind mole rats on MDMA. Serenading this vision of ugly hell, the house band  churn out a feral dirge of half forgotten bedsit cock rock
and Californian hardcore,  while the weird guy with a degree in philosophy who's meant to be cleaning the bogs goes full on existential Rambo over the top of it all."

-Jerry Price, 2016


VRLG 10.5: HARD TO SWALLOW - Protected by the ejaculation of serpents 'official bootleg'

I still have a handful of copies of this for sale. Hard To Swallow's classic album with new cover designed  by me. The story: Bloody Kev sourced a couple of boxes of dead stock copies of the Household Name press of this record and asked me to redesign the cover. 70 copies only.
£10 plus postage.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

DISTRO UPDATE 7/5/16


Another big distro update with some great new records, reissues and restocks from DISCLOSE, FRAMTID, LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS, ANXIETY, BAD BREEDING, MOB 47, LEGION OF ANDROMEDA, RUGGED BARACUDAS, VUIL, FINAL BOMBS, CHAOS CHANNEL, PROTES BENGT, DISCARD.....

I have very limited quantities of this stuff 1-3 copies!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

DISTRO UPDATE 24/5/16

Big old distro update with lots of new stuff from KONTON CRASHER, BEACH IMPEDIMENT, SUPERFI and more stuff to come soon.


I also have some leftover PARANOID merch from their UK tour - LIMITED QUANTITIES!!!!

DESTROY FUTURE... 12" £8
SATYAGHARA LP (Euro press only) £10
ABSOLUT split 2x7" £8
Tour shirt (S, M, L) £8


Friday, 20 May 2016

Limited edition Paranoid sold out!

Well, it's been a busy couple of weeks! Thanks to everyone who ordered the LTD gold vinyl of Paranoid - Punkdemonium Hell, that version is now sold out. The standard black vinyl version is still available from me and various distros. Check it out, it's an absolute ripper! We organised the final gig on the Oaranoid/Split Veins UK tour here in Nottingham and it was an absolute blast. Both bands were amazing!


Paranoid/Split Veins/Viral Age

I will do a BIG distro update soon, with loads of killer new stuff, just waiting on some trade packages to arrive, so keep an eye out for that.

Paranoid are keeping busy. They have a West Coast USA tour coming up in June and Southern Lord are re-releasing their amazing Satyagraha LP imminently. If you live in the States and get a chance, make sure to catch them live!