Boston/Massachusetts demos! Boston is currently the strongest that it has been in a long time. There’s been a good amount of turnover in the scene resulting in an influx of new blood, new bands, and of course new demos. Things were getting a bit stale, so it was nice to have it all refreshed and shaken out. Many of the bands listed here feature members of DIY hardcore bands that were quite popular in Boston in recent years including Brainkiller, Scapegoat, Blank Stare, and Social Circkle among others. A lot of these bands have been experimenting with new sounds, infusing a different set of influences that you don’t hear as often, and pushing themselves in new directions. All of this has come together to create a breath of fresh air and a feeling of anticipation and excitement. Already Boston Strangler’s debut 12″ has made quite an impact on the hardcore scene, having already sold out almost immediately. Bloodkrow Butcher and Waste Management have recently released records with critical acclaim as well. With other new vinyl releases scheduled for release this year, it will be interesting and exciting to hear what could come out next. For now though, here are some Boston and Massachusetts demos released in 2011 and 2012 by bands that represent the new crop in Boston DIY punk.
Permaculture – 2012 demo
New band from Boston here, and another band that features Ryan Abbott who plays in Bloody Gears, Green Beret, Confines, and probably some others. This is his baby though with all songs written by him and all instruments recorded by him. The only part that is not by Ryan are the excellent sung female vocals which feature the former singer of Nuclear Family from New York. Musically this falls along the lines of post punk with some darker moments, but i wouldn’t call it a goth band. There’s some British sounds here, some American, and it mixes it up well with contemporary and retro styles. It’s got an upbeat midpaced tempo on most songs that keeps it out of plodding territory, which is often a detriment of these types of bands. I’m not sure if this project band will continue or if this is a one off, but this is a good start, and i look forward to hearing more from Permaculture in the future. Out on SIDE TWO
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