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Snakeskin Comes of Age with Hangnail

There’s really absolutely nothing from my high school years that I want to share with you people.  I was dumb and lame and everything was way more dramatic leading such a shortsighted life.  Not I’m doing particularly great in adulthood – my father would be glad to fill you in on everything I’m fucking up – but the teenage years were a special kind of unmitigated embarrassment.   While I’m sure that this is relatable to many of you, the fact is that some brave souls have the strength to handle this differently, which deserves a a great deal of respect and admiration.

Snakeskin’s upcoming LP, Hangnail, will be released on February 16 on State Champion Records and will consist of six songs Snake had wrote back in her high school years that will finally be getting an official studio treatment courtesy of James Meder.  Snakeskin has made several bedroom recordings in the past, but the move to the studio with Hangnail has helped propel the band forward with what will be their second release on State Champion Records, following I Love My Room, released in April of last year. 

Music Video Release: Pulp, Spowder

So in case you haven’t noticed, I really can’t say enough about Spowder.  Apparently, I’ve got a fever, and the only cure, is more Spowder.  They’re a lot like cowbells that way.  But if you haven’t been keeping up, the bands last album Health Palm was released last spring and has been the talk of the New Jersey scene.  Last fall, Spowder released the first music video from the album for “Miracle Grow,” and similar to that release, the video for “Pulp” is is just as wacked out and irreverent. 

Spowder Keeps On Keeping On

I’ve been told not to post shit at 1am on Sunday morning and that it’s better to have a consistent schedule, post regularly either at the beginning of the day or at lunch time on a week day.  Those are great tips if you’re measuring your success in terms of Facebook likes and follows.  Honestly, I don’t really give a shit and I’m assuming that everyone else that saw Spowder tonight at In The West is also probably still up.

Shellshag and Co Remind Us What Punk Rock Is All About

Of course, every punk show is special.  They get your blood pumping and make you feel alive in a way that’s both positive and creative but also a little bit rebellious and destructive.  Of course, that’s why we all do this – to scratch an itch that most other things just fucking can’t.  But, while of course, every punk show is special, some are still undeniably specialer.  You’ve ready Animal Farm?

This past Thanksgiving weekend, Volume IV in New Brunswick hosted Brooklyn punk rock OG’s Shellshag playing a show with Cincinnati anti-folk singer/songwriter John Hays, State Champion Records’ Sweaty, featuring label co-owner King Mike, and newcomers Torpedoes in their second show ever.  This show was one of the specialer ones.

Spowder Releases Miracle Grow Music Video

Well folks, looks like miracles do come true.

This one comes in the form of the trippy “Miracle Grow” music video from Spowder, off their April release, Health Palm.  Spowder’s one of the local DIY bands that’s been creating a ton of buzz in the past year having released an absolute killer album on both State Champion Records and Sniffling Indie Kids, recently announced they will be playing with the Screaming Females at Monty Hall for the second straight year, were one of the headlining bands at the Second Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival, and now approach the close of 2017 with this video for their most hard hitting track.  Check it out below…

Single Premiere: Trim Yr Limbs, by Glazer on State Champion Records

State Champion Records has bolstered their already impressive lineup with the addition of Glazer, longtime stalwarts of the New Brunswick DIY scene.  The band has been described as anything from post-pop to grunge, post hardcore to newgaze, which, if such contrasting descriptions mean anything at all, should speak to the truly original sound they have created.