Friday, February 1, 2008

album reviews

Hassan I Sabbah- Discography
maybe it's just me being incredibly biased towards having the pleasure of speaking to this band's former members over the internet, but i personally think that this is the single most cathartic band in hardcore. albeit being underrated to the 9th degree, i believe these guys deserve more recognition than they get. the lyrics are very symbolic and the vocals carry an air of anger and frustration unequaled by anybody in within this type of hardcore. the drummer himself is very very good, ending up in bands like the Red Chord. the guitar and bass work are not over the top, but provide an integral characteristic to the band. the ability to convey desperate messages without appearing too cheesy or without sounding like a whole bucket load of false angst is something incredibly hard to pull off right. if you find these guys anywhere on the internet, send them a message and thank them for making all these songs. it might take a while for them to respond, but they always do, and it always makes them feel better.

Religious Nightmare- the Junkyard of Infinity
quoted for truth, i never noticed these guys were Filipino until i read about them on Incidental Afterthought. i could safely say they are now one of my favorite grindcore bands both here in the country and abroad. i have no idea how it came to the point where merely saying the word grindcore drew responses that referenced pig-squeal vocals and crappy chug-chug death metal, but if there is one thing i know, it's that this band isn't one of them. imagine a screamy beast on the level of grindcore legends like Brutal Truth with a Discordance Axis-esque aesthetic (see their cover art and their song titles) i usually don't want to name-drop, but i'm only stressing the point that these guys should be way up there in terms of quality grindcore. the drumming is perfect. the guitar and bass work is perfect. the vocals are perfect tortured screaming at its' finest.

Phoenix Bodies- Raise The Bullshit Flag
nudity, thrash, hardcore punk, grindcore and two crazy dudes moving around like deranged psychopaths. that's basically Phoenix Bodies in a nutshell. they are working on releasing a few new splits, but till then, let's pay our respects to this awesome album. athletic thrash drumming, punky and chaotic guitarwork, no bass, and two vocalists who do an amazing job of contrasting each other. their lyrics deal with practical issues like consumerism and the progression of society with a tongue-in-cheek demeanor. this is a perfect album if you're looking for a good time. everything on it is just right. Derek is a cool guy too, very talkative guy.

C.C.C.C.- Love And Noises
noise is a genre often reserved for people who wear robes while prancing around in the woods or pretentious art kids saying music is overrated. there are only two people in this band. an ex-porn star and some dude. whatever they do to make their band sound like this is fucked up, but it works. this kind of noise strikes me as very cerebral and maintains a very cathartic feel up till the end. i'm not sure if half the things i hear in it are actually there or are effects of the noise setting up such a tense mood. GET THIS ALBUM

Sunday, January 27, 2008

news and updates


Madrazo Compound, Downtown DC
8pm Saturday, February 2, 2008
25 bucks damage

Altars Of Hate
Anxiety To Hysteria
As A Whole
Caitlyn Bailey
Clobberin' Time


it's been a hell of a long time since i last updated Limp Cat, but i guess now's probably the best time. i'm finally moving to a real house after 17 years of living in the same old crusty apartment. this is a really big thing for me, so i hope you'd all wish me the best of luck in moving. other than that, i would like to announce that i am starting a record label with Peter of As A Whole called Shoulders Down Records. i'll handle the technical aspects like writing shit on Limp Cat for updates and letting people on the internet know, while Pete does the stuff the internet CANT do like making shirts and awesome packaging for DIY cds.


this guy named Jericho asked me to submit a few tracks for his compilation called the Royal Rumble which featured all-philippine hardcore/punk bands. i willingly complied and sent a few tracks in. a few minutes later, he decided to ask me a few questions. here they are:

(taken off of the Overtune Project)

1. why Caitlyn bailey?
francis: i asked myself that a long time ago while browsing through this website that had obituaries for people who had myspace accounts. caitlyn bailey was just another name i thought sounded cool, so i decided to check out her profile. it didn't have much, one picture, a lot of comments, but what really got me was that one blog entry she posted which barely had one whole sentence in it. i checked the blog comments and i saw some of the most heartbreaking statements i've ever read. from then on, the name sort of had a special significance with me and ended up becoming the band's name. we have recieved a little feedback from the real Caitlyn Bailey's friends, but nothing bad enough to make us change our name. we do intend to inform her family of our presence someday.

2. if you want to describe the band with just a few words to someone who has never heard about it, what would you say?
francis: we're a hardcore/punk band who wants to do what we can for the scene because we believe in it.

3. could you describe in brief what kind of people are involved in Caitlyn Bailey?
francis: we are people who come from all walks of life and believe in different things. we all happened to come together through a common love of music and decided to express it the best way we could.

4. what kind of feelings and reaction is your band and your lyrics supposed to suggest?
francis: i try my best to not crank out preachy or over the top poetic lyrics or stuff with slogans written all over them. personally, i think the recurring theme with all the songs we have are different semblances of hope and the aspects of life that test them. we have some songs that cover issues like knowing the world will end because of the acts of an apathetic human race, molestation, international political economy, pregnancy, sexuality, marital infidelity, love, life, death, hope, and everything else that comes in between.

5. what are your band influences?
francis: musically, we drew a lot from bands like Orchid, the Apoplexy Twist Orchestra and Union Of Uranus early on. eventually, this expanded to include bands like Explosions In The Sky, Envy, Sed Non Satiata, Shikari, Neil Perry, Joshua Fit For Battle and the like. with further progress, we started listening to pretty much anything we could to incorporate into our sound. we have a lot of ideas that were influenced by artists outside the realm of hardcore, so it all went downhill from there.

6. which tracks will you point out as your favorite ones and why?
francis: personally, i'd pick object permanence. it's probably the happiest song i've written for this band, lyric-wise. the band probably agrees on the instrumental aspect of it as well. our drummer does love peduran a whole lot, and our bassist loves that new tagalog song we came up with a few weeks back.

7. what is the usual way in which you compose songs or write lyrics? Is it a teamwork?
francis: i usually have a bunch of lyrics in storage for a rainy day. if not, i just write for whatever suits the song. we have a weird process of writing that involves not using any lyrics at all and trying to guess what the hell i was screaming a while ago. sort of like looking for the exact time in that led zeppelin tape where the dude says "oh sweet satan!" or something like that.

if given the possiblity to change something in the world what would it be?
francis: the need for money and power.

any last words?
francis: life is a parody of life. live, love, laugh.

(please check out the compilation here)


Caitlyn Bailey is currently brushing up on material for drum tracking this week and is currently open to interested bands willing to release a split with us. also, the band already has an official website right here. the freewebs site is up right now, in around a day or two, i would have been able to secure the permanent url which is