It’s Monday. Mondays suck. The weekend was brilliant but now we’re at work/college/school, sitting behind a screen and not getting involved in some ludicrously righteous punk rock shenanigans, right?
[pic borrowed from MySpace]
That’s John Martin from Mouthbreather, a brilliant melodic hardcore band from Richmond, Virginia.
[A digression: what is it about this unassuming town that throws up so many truly awesome punk rock bands? I’m talking Avail, Municipal Waste, Strike Anywhere, The Setup, Wow, Owls! and a bunch more I’ve forgotten…]
Those last two bands, Wow, Owls! and The Setup don’t exist any more – which is a massive, massive shame. What isn’t a shame is that members of those two groups went on to form Mouthbreather.
[Another digression: Wow, Owls! not only had a truly ace name, they were pretty damn brilliant too, really difficult shout-punk with a quite Botch-like attitude to songwriting, check ’em out]
So, there’s a free MP3 from Mouthbreather’s newest album ‘Thank You For Your Patience’ available for download at the bottom of the page, and it’s a prime slab of cut-up hardcore injected with a serious dose of gang-vocal melody and just plain violence. It’s weird: you could term it melodic hardcore but it doesn’t sound much like Strike Aywhere or (early) Rise Against…
…but it is ace, whatever you call it. Agree? Let me know.