PINCHGUT are a political hardcore punk band from Hobart, Tasmania.

During my first listen to this band I stopped the record and started again, I had to read the lyrics while it played. This is one of the realest things I have listened to in a long time. I encourage you to do what I did and see what this band has to say. It’s confronting and not easy to listen to, but you can hear the passion and honesty in the singers voice, and the messages in every song are important.

Bands like PINCHGUT are important.


This will be physically released very soon on ONE BRICK TODAY




Melchior are a dark hardcore band from Adelaide, Australia.

Somehow it took me until 2:30am on a Monday night to finally check this band out. I was aware of them, had heard good things, and their tape came out on LETHAL DOSE so I presumed it would be good. Foolishly I slept on it and only now am I realising how bad I fucked up.

The thing that struck me immediately about Melchior is how real they sound. The desperation and anger in their music is impossible to ignore. Theres something in the vocals that leaves no doubt in my mind that the singer genuinely means and believes every single word on this record, and the lyrics match the music perfectly. I still haven’t decided on a favourite song, but the lyrics to BREAKING A PATTERN fucked me up when I read them:

i’m standing / under boiling water / so i can burn / your fucking fingerprints / off of my skin / my body is raw / my body is blistered / and what is your excuse? / your childhood / was different to mine? / you had it harder? // so you get to treat me badly? / that isn’t how / life fucking works / you don’t get to beat me down / and then tell me to stop / being so hard on myself / while your voice is bludgeoning / my head / against these walls / stop telling me / i’m not good enough / for anyone else // i would love to / destroy / the idea of you // i hope you / will suffer / the way / i have suffered

This band is important, I’m looking forward to seeing what they release next.



The Wrongmen are a long dead hardcore punk band from Auckland, New Zealand.

Like Strangers, The Wrongmen are another one of the bands that opened me up to another side of heavy music that I had not ever seen or experienced before. They formed in 2005 as the band Evil Priest was winding down and some of the members wanted to move in a new direction musically. Over their 2 year existence The Wrongmen released a CD and 7″, followed by a posthumous release including two covers (the integrity one is great) and a re-recorded version of No Heroes.

The Wrongmen played live like they were possessed, and the intensity and anger of their music translated well to their records. Though they only existed for a short time the impact that they made on New Zealand hardcore was both lasting and important.

After breaking up some of the members went on to play in Oilbarrons and Black Tuesday


The Wrongmen’s discography can be downloaded for free from their bandcamp


Wizz Kids are a hardcore punk band from Hamilton, New Zealand. Their music is catchy as fuck, I can’t even write this because I’m subconsciously singing along and keep typing the lyrics WIZZ KIDS! The other band on this split is Spiteful Urinator, I can’t find their side of the tape but check them out, shitty dbeat/black metal! (also they have a song called too many churches which is great)

This track was released right in time for Christmas and if you take note of the lyrics you’ll see why:



Ides are a noisy as fuck female fronted hardcore band from New Jersey. Sorry, Nothing. is angry, loud, raw and well worth checking out. Musically this is more on the punk side of hardcore punk, and to be honest I’m into it. This record seems to draw from a bunch of different eras of American hardcore and the resultant blend worked out very well. I like all 3 tracks on this record but there’s this riff that comes in at 1:23 in Grief Cycle that makes me want to do that circle jerks skank dance so that probably makes it my favourite.

Also, check out their very high energy cover of Hard Times: