When presented with a Cleveland band, unlike many other places across the globe, I just know it’s going to be good. Maybe it’s because so many of the bands share members; but then again, maybe not. Splat is the newest band in town and has members from bands featured on this website like Bad Noids and Fat Vegan. The music sounds like busting your face open on the cement while skateboarding. Just listen.
Condensed Flesh Issue 6 (La Paz) from Noid Films on Vimeo.
Awesome skate video by Jake from Cleveland’s Bad Noids.
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Members of Lucha Eterna and Bad Noids have teamed up for one sick, demented, G.R.I.D.S infected release. This debut full length from Saucepan Records reminds me of a combination of Flipper and Sockeye. Only Cleveland could produce such beautifully, brain dead nonsense. If you huff gas, get this album. Fucked up music for fucked up people. I fully endorse this band with my heart, soul, and bleeding ears. Find the music on vinyl in Cleveland at My Mind’s Eye and probably Hausfrau too or just pine over the fact that you can’t track it down and click the download button.
Horrible Fest 2014 came and went in a furious blur. Drugs were consumed, fireworks were set off, sweaty dudes moshed, and bands raged with possessed punk rock passion. Iceage headlined the first night with a disappointing and monotonous set. It’s okay to have an off night, fellas. I ain’t mad at ya! The locals more than made up for it. Fat Vegan did an old school Cleveland style set where it’s miraculous that nobody lost an eye while Cruelster and Queens of Hell shredded Now That’s Class to pieces.
Night two was equally stellar with locals Hep*Z, Wetbrain, and Obnox absolutely dismantling the crushed competition. Cleveland was in full effect, hot damn! It’s a real shame I left before the Secret Prostitutes from Houston. They are a fun and unique KBD styled band. Pleasure Leftists took Homostupids slot which was perfectly fine with me. Singer Hailey does ghostly goth vocals reminiscent of a witchy Grace Slick that carry the bands dreary, proficiently played post-punk sound into an English field of dreams and despair. Unholy Two also murdered my ear drums with droning, hateful, noise-punk. Go get their new album on Austin’s 12xu! Continue reading HORRIBLE FEST 2014 REVIEW AND PICTURES
What do you get when you combine a slew of members from such esteemed acts as Lucha Eterna, Bad Noids, Inmates, Cider, Avon Ladies, etc? Saucepan Records! This label is representing the new breed of Cleveland fuckin’ hardcore. Weird, energetic, and always destructive. The 7 inch records will start rolling in soon but hold your horses, Fat Vegan and Real Regular will be playing Horrible Fest and satisfying your every need. Continue reading LISTEN TO SOME TRACKS FROM CLEVELAND’S SAUCEPAN RECORDS
Tentative Horrible Fest Schedule
Iceage (Denmark – Matador Records)
Buck Biloxi and the Fucks (New Orleans)
Obnox (West Side Punks)
Prostitutes (Noisy Cle Electronics)
Queen Of Hell (Cleveland glam punks, Morte from Kill The Hippies)
Fat Vegan (w/ a full meat ensemble)
Mr. California & Zack The Ripper (1st ever live set!) Continue reading FULL HORRIBLE FEST LINEUP ANNOUNCED. ICEAGE HEADLINES THIS ANNUAL CLEVELAND EVENT.
Greetings from Austin, Texas, by way of Youngstown, Ohio. My name is Matt Greenfield and I am the man proudly holding this Rust Belt Hammer with a vengeance. I was listening to a Don Austin record called “Rust Belt Blues” which has the song on it, “I Fix Everything With a Hammer.” The combination of those two titles gave me this blog’s name. Don Austin are some bad Akron motherfuckers that will be forgotten by most. They will always hold a special place in my heart though. The Rust Belt has some mean, nasty people, Ohio especially. Sometimes these deranged folks decide to pick up instruments and do some serious ear damage.
Drug Problem is carrying on the tradition of scuzzy and mean Cleveland punk rock. They have members of Avon Ladies, Lucha Eternia, and Bad Noids. The songs are short and brutish. What’s not to like? Bring out your inner caveman and give these jams a try.
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