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DAILY RECORD: Martyrdod

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Martyrdöd – Paranoia (Southern Lord Records)

When reviewing records, it can be really easy to get overwhelmed. Wading through piles and piles of albums that just sound the goddamn same in order to find some gleaming bit of humanity can be soul-crushing in its tedium. I could review shitty things, giving them appropriately shitty reviews, but both my time and the reader's time are far too valuable for that. Just because most music sucks doesn't mean there aren't worthwhile things to champion. But those moments when something great finds its way to the review pile are glorious.

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DAILY FIX: Living Things, "Fake It, Baby, Fake It"

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Living Things, a rambunctious punk rock trio from St. Louis that consists of three brothers with androgynous names (Lillian sings and plays guitar, Eve plays bass, Bosh plays drums), have been around for most of the past decade, and have been making trouble since they first managed to make an impression on the national scene.

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RVA No. 8: Southside Stranglers

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You’d have to be suffering from severe brain damage to be a punk fan in Richmond and not know that notorious local hardcore band Government Warning have finally called it quits. They played their last show on October 15, 2011, at Strange Matter, signaling what many saw as the end of an era for underground 80s revival punk shows and D.I.Y. culture. However, Kenny Ball, former singer of Government Warning, is far from calling it quits. Southside Stranglers, his new band, is in full force, playing shows, recording, and carrying the Richmond punk torch with pride. Although they share a similar straightforward aesthetic with Government Warning, their sound is rawer, more old-school, but also much more original-sounding than most straightforward punk, incorporating influences from archaic rock n’ roll to gritty, screaming hardcore. Recently, I caught up with Kenny and guitarist Kevin Guild (the band also includes guitarist Sam Richardson, bassist JP Olivos, and drummer Hash). They gave me the lowdown on how they are evolving, what inspires them, and their views on Skrillex.

READ THE FULL VERSION OF RVA #8 HERE!

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DAILY FIX: Black God, "Everyone's A Friend"

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Black God is the latest iteration of a Louisville hardcore supergroup who were originally known as Black Widows. After releasing one EP in 2002, the group, which teamed Endpoint/By The Grace Of God vocalist Rob Pennington with brothers Ryan and Evan Patterson of National Acrobat, were forced for legal reasons to change their name to Black Cross. However, over the next five years or so, despite shifting rhythm sections and sporadic activity, Black Cross were able to release two albums and several EPs worth of their excellent hardcore/rock n' roll hybrid music.

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