The latest buzz I have been hearing all around the traps is this new grindcore band called The Afternoon Gentlemen. Widely raved and discussed, this early grind influenced band has been popping up on multiple radars all over the world, most probably a cause of their recent US tour with Weekend Nachos, to celebrate the release of their 3rd album. So who are they? Just a bunch of lovers, lovers of the 90's powerviolence scene. With influences clearly noticeable of Charles Bronson & Spazz! Seting themselves apart from the multiple bands ripping off early PV is the serious talent these boys have.
A bit of History
Hailing from Leeds, they began their romp in 2007, their name taken from a Cricket terminology for drunkards. Since then The Afternoon Gentlemen have played live over 150 times, with bands such as Capitalist Casualties, Magrudergrind, Brutal Truth, Weekend Nachos, Eyehategod, Napalm Death, Insect Warfare, Nails, Suffering Mind and many more.
Skipping forward to 2011 the Gents did a three week US tour of the Mid-West and West coast with the crushing Weekend Nachos, and to coincide with this RSR released The Afternoon Gentlemen/Cyborg split 7", Cyborg being a side-project of Weekend Nachos members. THEN the Gents went to Europe for a three week tour with Boston HC veterans Psycho, ending with a raucous early-morning set at Obscene Extreme festival in Czech Republic (the OG grind fest of the world). The summer of 2011 also yielded two more releases; combining all past releases since 2007, 'The White Cider Chronicles part II' tape (Keep Screaming recs) and 'Pissedography' CD (Give Praise recs), collecting all of The Afternoon Gentlemen's studio recordings.
The frenzied year's activities continued with the band heading straight to the studio after touring to record 16 new tracks, some of which will feature on the forthcoming split 7" with French stop-and-go grind geniuses Chiens. This will be coming out on Give Praise recs, Dead Heroes Bros recs and other DIY labels tba.
Little known facts
-The Gents favoured food of choice when on tour is boogle.
- Guitarist Mick received a Wharfedale award for his performance in an amateur production of The Little Shop of Horrors, a doo-wop musical.
- In childhood Smith was convinced he was Sherlock Holmes, and used to regualrly attend school in a deerstalker, tweed jacket, and sporting a Meerschaum pipe.
- K cider (8.5%) actually tastes good.
- The guitar amp used for the last TAG studio recording was previously used on the Wishbone Ash reunion tour.
- We are all tossers.
The Afternoon Gentlemen/Warboys split CD-r, 2007 (175 copies, 25 w/ red covers, self-released)
The Afternoon Gentlemen/Khunnt split CD-r, 2007 (175 copies, 25 w/ purple covers, self-released)
The Afternoon Gentlemen - No Messin' About Style EP CD-r, 2008 (175 copies, w/ green covers, self-released)
The Afternoon Gentlemen - 'White Cider Chronicles' Tape, 2008 (200 pro-pressed clear tapes, Keep Screaming records)
The Afternoon Gentlemen - 'Afterdoom' CD EP, 2009 (100 hand-numbered copies, self-released)
'European Fastness compilation' featuring Ocksen, Xaros, A Den of Robbers, The Afternoon Gentlemen + Ablach, 2009 (1000 copies, 9 label release)
The Afternoon Gentlemen - 'Pissed Again' 7'', 2010 (520 copies, 25 w/ cotton screen-printed sleeves, Active Rebellion, Beefy records, Cat and Owl records, Divergent Series, Keep Screaming records, Undislessed records)
The Afternoon Gentlemen - 'Live Booze/Booze Live' 3'' CD-r, 2010 (45 numbered copies, self released)
The Afternoon Gentlemen/OSK split 7'', 2011 (520 copies, Active Rebellion, Dead Heroes Bros records, Just Say No! records, Rawer Breath records, Undislessed records)
The Afternoon Gentlemen/Cyborg split 7", 2011 (500 copies, 50 w/different sleeve - US tour edition, RSR)
The Afternoon Gentlemen - 'White Cider Chronicles II' Tape, 2011 (200 pro-pressed white tapes, Keep Screaming records)
The Afternoon Gentlemen - 'Pissedography`CD, 2011 (500 copies, Give Praise records)
The CD discography coming out via Give Praise and you can stream here:
The online press pack thingo:
Michael Crafter has a new 7" out now! Get ready to blow your aural load all over the newest release by the powerviolent boyband. Launching it this Sunday in the Hessain quarter of Sydney.... Marrickville for a free punk show so you can bring your little crusties with you.
Fame, pressure and the posterboy of Australian hardcore, Michael Crafter's autobiography “A Hessian's Confession” is out now on a limited edition 7 inch vinyl. Michael Crafter reveals all with honest and moving emotive grindcore penetrating through his punk roots.
The songs tell the story of a private man who is equally compelling and complex; “Chicks Dig Me” explains Michael Crafter when asked to delve deeper into his 7 inches of powerviolence glory, obviously struggling with his raw talent and the mistakes that nearly cost him everything.
Out now through tenzenmen limited to 100 hot pink and 150 black vinyl.
7" Launch Show
Punk Outside #9 - This Sunday, 17th April
Sydney Steel Rd, Marrickville
with Mr Sterile Assembly (NZ), No Such Luck, Black Vat Trio, Slogan Free Youth and Glory Hole
Ahh now here is a rare gem from Australia's extreme scene - so rare, I doubt even fans of the band would've heard this. This is Dot Dot Dot's never-released album 'Fits of Nothing' from 2002.
Dot Dot Dot (or ...) are/were a spastic, ear-piecing Sydney punk/powerviolence band with a bit of grind and noise thrown in for good measure. They played around 25-30 shows from 2000 to 2003, and it's members would go on to form the likes of Baltic, Guts, Altered Beast, ROFL*, Vae Victus, Predominant Slug, Maus and Sirens of IO.
The lineup was: MICKO (vocals), SHOGUN (guitar), ROCKY (bass) and DEANO (drums).
Pretty cool stuff if you ask me, well worth a listen, especially for fans of powerviolence like Spazz and Man is the Bastard, as well as every fast, angry punk band. It's a cross between fast screamy punk and powerviolence with some spastic and discordant shit thrown in with a few suprises and played with a sense of humour. There are some guest vocals from Troy (ROFL) and Ari (Nintendo Police, Baltic) in the mix as well.
Download action cop: Dot Dot Dot - Fits of Nothing
Now lets see if I can't back this up with some downloads in the coming weeks.
*Who have a killer out-of-print split with the very cool Frank Rizzo hovering around in DIY second hand CD stores - maybe I should see if the guys'll let me throw that up here sometime?
Its Saturday, technically you should all be fucking passed out and coming down like sacks of shit, unable to comprehend anything. But for all you straight-edge blog reading cunts looking for something to do listen to the Slight Slappers. It will help psyche you up for some fucking brutal Saturday night action, and perhaps by dropping their name in a conversation, some stupid slut might actually fuck you.
Slight Slappers are a fucking fast powerviolence band hailing from Tokyo, Japan since 1995, making them old enough to be my parents (not really). They play some hectic tight treble induced grind, the singer has a mighty screachy voice on him. Yet still very very good melodies and song stuctures, really interesting. You wont hear any breakdowns here, nothing but the best for this band. If you are lucky you might find some of their stuff floating around on blogs and torrent sites, worth a listen. Slight Slappers release some fucked up things like 2" clear vinyl? Put on a great live show apparently as well. Check the video below, its 10 years old but who gives a fuck.
Slight Slappers - Live @ Fiesta Grande 1998
Ahh those crazy Canberra boys from McClane; for those of you were lucky enough to see them a few weeks back, they're a band not to be missed.
To my knowledge they've only played a handful of gigs, but they've got some good energy going on, as well as some really cool fast, uptempo thrashing powerviolence/hardcore with lots of time changes that kinda remind me of Agents of Abhorrence for some reason. They're probably a little closer to bands like Iron Lung, Pig Destroyer, Man Is The Bastard and Infest.
Good blokes too. And sporting singlets with crappy McClane quotes like "Now I have a machine gun" on them? Priceless. Bruce Willis may not be quite as cool as awesomely cheesy Sylvester Stallone, but he's up there.
We've got two pieces of good news: McClane are apparently going to carry on despite their vocalist Nickmc moving to Melbourne, and we're all allowed to steal their cool demo from Rapidshare, so steal it with blessing from the McClane guys.
Check out their MySpace page while you're at it and let 'em know what you think.
1. Fists with ya toes
2. Welcome to the party, pal
3. Cause then you'd be dead too, arsehole
4. C'mon, wheres the fucking cavalry?
5. Do I sound like I'm ordering a pizza?
6. Call me... Roy
7. EEERR! Sorry Hans, wrong guess
8. Go fuck yourself hans
9. Thanks for the advice
Grindhead Records should be selling copies of this soon by the way, and their new MCD when it comes out.
Whether you are familar with McClane and Anal Discharge or not one thing should be quite clear - do NOT fucking miss this show! These are two of the most intense punk/powerviolence/hardcore bands in all of Australia, and this is the last time you'll be able to see either of them in Sydney.
This all goes down on Friday the 16th of May at The Lewisham Hotel at a night very fittingly called CRASH & BURN!!!
See you there for a night of agonizing grindcore and hardcore, noise/blood chaos.
We promise violence.