Norwegian hardcore/punk label now has all of their various cassette releases (Dark Times/Drugged SS/Problems/etc.) up on Bandcamp for streaming/download: http://ormeyngel.bandcamp.com/
Artist: Drugged SS
After previously self-regulating themselves to willful obscurity, Drugged SS' excellent cassette release "I hate what you think about my life" is now available as a proper mp3 download and not just a shitty tape rip: http://okkultokrati.blogspot.com/2011/05/drugged-ss-i-hate-what-you-think-about.html
Recommended for all fans of misanthropic hardcore.
I first became aware of Dark Times when I saw that they were supporting local-to-me act Gun Outfit in Oslo awhile back. That, in combination with their affiliation, ensured them a spot on my to-listen list. Actually, the latter would've been reason enough as Norway's current underground scene is simply ruling right now, but the Gun Outfit matchup is an interesting note because it implied a divergence from the Black Hole Crew's typically raw and brutal sound. Suspicions proved correct on listening: much like Gun Outfit, Dark Times are far more readily identifiable as an "indie" band -- more melody, less heavy -- but also very firmly rooted in punk/hardcore and easily matched with bands on either side of the spectrum. I've still yet to grab the band's self-titled cassette as I'm on a self-imposed record-buying moratorium (which is especially painful considering that I'm currently travelling abroad and seeing all sorts of stuff I could never ever find at home), but lucky enough, the band has made the entire thing available as a free download. No email required, just grab it. "Worlds away" in particular is a great example of the band at their best; a dark trudge brimming with resentment. Still raw like Okkultokrati and Drugged SS, but in a totally different way. I'm way into it.
Dark Times - Worlds away
New cassettes from Norwegian negative hardcore act Drugged SS and indie noiseniks Dark Times, out now via /: http://deathsquadmarch.blogspot.com/2011/01/st11-st14-ready-two-shortly-thereafter.html
Drugged SS warn the bloggers: "Stop posting the Drugged SS tape on the internett. The rips people have made SUCK, and sound like shit. If the tape is sold out then too bad for you, we make music for your car stereo not your ipod. There will be a new version of the tape out soon, and we want our music to stay on tape ONLY. If you post crappy mp3s on the net, we will just stop making music."
Toby Vail wrote a great essay on what it means to be an aging punk in the new issue of "Nuts!", our local zine, a subject never too far from my mind as the age of my show-going peers gets progressively further away from my own. "I am happy to be alive here in Olympia which is still a thriving punk scene largely unconcerned with trends, careerism and marketability. I just hope the next generation of punks take it seriously. Because what we do can make a difference. We have the power to change things and our actions are connected to history and impact the future. Hopefully you won't all move to Portland or Brooklyn or whatever when your own punk rock mid like crisis at 20 or 25 or 30 or 35... because this is a cool town and it'd be rad if some of you stick around." Those words resonate with me; I was jaded in my early 20s, but I turned it around and turned my back on the city, on the pose, on false aspirations and all the other things that don't matter. It's a bit part of why I live where I do today. And that's why when I come across bands that share those same ideals, it gets my attention. This is the dark side of the same coin: "Drugged SS takes no part of the already established positive hardcore scene in the big cities... Drugged SS are from Setesdal and are going to stay in Setesdal." I can relate to that. I can also relate to the raw, ugly sounds they're making because while in many ways I am getting mellower as I get older, I am not getting complacent. Dark times, dark music.
Drugged SS are a new signing to , the label run by the folks behind Okkultokrati and Haust. They are also the first band they've signed from outside their extended band family. A 6-song demo tape is in the works and will be out soon.
Drugged SS - Slurpee dream