You know Bandcamp. If you don’t, I suggest you get to know it. Without further ado, here are my favorite Bandcamp finds of 2012 (in no real particular order).
Fat Creeps - Fat Creeps EP
They’re probably sick of comparisons to Vivian Girls, but they’ve got those harmonies nailed. Sometimes I’m reminded of early Sleater-Kinney. This is good shoegazer garage pop. If I still lived in Boston I’d probably go to all of their shows.
Ryan T. Hebert - The Earth
Heavy Winged (among other projects) guitarist’s collection of solo material from 2005-2012. Amazingly cohesive for music culled over such a long period of time. Negative Fun Records will be releasing music from Ryan’s new band Carton in 2013.
The Pilgrims - It’s Not Pretty
Lazy misplaced geographic comparison - These dudes are pretty much Vermont’s Golden Boys. Part of the What Doth Life collective, along with Ryan Hebert.
Infeccion - Tanto Sexo, Tanta Gonorrea
That weird intersection of garage rock and hardcore punk, sung in Spanish. I don’t know enough about the Spanish punk bands that they are emulating, but I probably should.
Neutral Fixation - NNEEUU FFIIXX
Lazy geographically appropriate comparison: If you play in a hardcore band from Western Massachusetts and I immediately think of Deep Wound, then as they say on the internet…you’re doing it right. I only found out about this last week, but I think I’ve already worn out the grooves on their corner of the internet.
Red Hex - Black Hole ep
Full Disclosure And What Not - Negative Fun Records is putting out the follow-up to this fantastic 7”. But it would be remiss of me not to include it because it is just so great.
Jon Mueller - Death Blues
Seeing Death Blues and Sunn O))) in the same weekend re-arranged my head. This thing comes with a manifesto. That’s serious.
MAKE - Axis
Given more time to digest this might have been in my top 2 or 3 records of the year. This thing is just immense.
Bad Apes - Notes Towards A Mental Breakdown
Whatta Coinkidink - One day I watched that movie Resurrect Dead on Netflix Instant about the mystery of the Toynbee Tiles in Philadelphia and beyond. Then a few weeks later I stumbled upon the Bad Apes bandcamp page, which contains two tracks named after phrases on those same tiles. UK post-hardcore coated with MBV shimmer.
Flesh Wounds - Abrasions, Abcesses, and Amputations
Regional Super Group Alert - Members of North Carolina bands Last Year’s Men, The Moaners and Future Kings of Nowhere playing just about perfect low-fi, primitive garage. This was recently released on cassette, otherwise you gotta stream it.
This one goes to eleven…
The Migs - Migz Jamz
I guess New Hampshire is a new psychedelic garage breeding ground. Definite nods to early Black Lips here, it sounds like this band is about to break out. This is their best material to date.