Best of Springfield Music 2019: Albums/Releases #11-20

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Here we are back with another installment of our Best of Springfield Music 2019 series!! This time we are finally to the albums / releases. We are going to divide this segment into two parts – one to be posted now and the other tomorrow. We are just running down your picks #11-20 right now. Again, each pick features different write-ups by different members of the Springfield music community! And, all of these results are available in print in the newest issue of Activator Magazine at our store and other locations around town. Here are your picks!

#11. Satisfy – Take A Deep Dive Into What I Go Through
Take a deep dive into what I go through is a poetic compiling of songs showing the pain carried within an individuals heart. Looking at ones own reflection is often difficult, and can be as damaging as it is humbling. A passion for creation whether artistic or academic becomes an avenue for self-expression, aswell as evaluation, and may free the heart from the weight of daily life.
– Spiff Hutchinson

#12. Emily Hough – Glass EP
Over the top of the excellently recorded and mastered 5-track EP, “Glass,” is the voice of 17 year old Emily Hough. As a young woman who’s been passionate about music since the age of 7, this will be her second officially listed EP featuring alternative folk musical pieces such as, “Like the Weather,” “Losing Sleep,” and title track, “Glass,” which highlight Emily’s deeper sense of soul and musical maturity. Accompanied by well rehearsed guitar talent and on-point vocal harmonies, “Glass” is more than a miraculous act of musical showmanship as it portals you into an alternate space within yourself. Sit in your car, on a train, or in the privacy of your bedroom with your headphones on, and this EP becomes a hug from yourself to yourself to cradle you through the sadness, nostalgia, healing, and closure of which the intimately sung lyrics and melodies provoke within you. “Glass” is available for streaming and purchase on Spotify and Apple Music, as well as on physical copies you can pick up at one of Emily’s upcoming shows for $7.00. Get your copy of, “Glass” and make it to an Emily Hough show this 2020 before the chance is gone!
– Dexter Anodyne

#13. Meezy Killafield – Killafield Kronicles
Meezy Killagfield had been a fixture in the 217 hip-hop scene for a long-time, but the Killafield Kronicles Vol. 1 represents his first full-length album and he put together a release that showcases his versatility, his talent, and his vulnerability as a human being. Grappling with emotions ranging from success to suicide, and all that comes in between, Meezy mixed together the varying levels of his existence and brought us tracks to smoke and kick it, like “Bad Habitz” and “Day Drinking”, along with heartfelt tracks like “Smile”, “Lies”, and “Runnin’”, giving his fans something more than a one-note release. Meezy’s development as an artist has been about continual growth, and Killafield Kronicles Vol.1 showcases that commitment to reaching his peak while making songs for everyone who loves music with heart. One of the best hip-hop releases of 2019 without a doubt!!!
– Ken Pacha (Hiphop Humpday, Activator)

#14. Animals With Human Names – Anti-Social / Duck Guts
Animals with Human Names is super underrated. Listening to Anti-Social/Duck’s Guts, you can instantly tell how much Human Names loves hip hop. The beat for Anti Social is that classic boom-boom-clap that will make any head bob theirs. Lyrically, this verse is as funny as it is smart with lines like “I woulda bought a chain but I couldn’t find a groupon” and “still making tasty shit tho my styles expired/with all these sleepy emcees it’s hard to stay inspired/and I woulda burned out but I got bald tires”. This track sounds like if Del was in the Beastie Boys. Duck’s Guts takes the funk up a notch with an Another One Bites The Dust style bass line and a great warbly guitar sound, he doesn’t hold back on the raps here. Don’t mistake his casual delivery for weak writing or cheap rhymes, he’s got bars. This release has everything I love about hip hop good beats, and solid rapping. If you like boom bap, backpack or just real emceeing, don’t sleep on Animals With Human Names.
– Zack Embery (Baristie Boys, Til We Die Podcast)

#15. Iris Wake – Demo
Does music put pictures in your mind? Listening to the latest demo by Iris Wake conjures images of the cold woods, murky air and grey skies as if by spell. The two tracks are made up of dissonant guitar, haunting vocals, subtle ambience, and lyrics abstract yet effective in portraying emotional spaces difficult to navigate. A quiet anger, the pain of change, and the bitter sweetness of pushing through it all to find you are still there, running, breathing, waking, evolving. Finding your place all over again.
– Kate Laine (Kate The Band)

 

#16. Black Box – What Happens Inside
Black Box has nailed what punk should be sounding like. Something with some smart guy riffs and lyrics, but that’s not afraid to get down right dumb. Everything is fast paced and full of a fresh energy that keeps everything from feeling predictable. “The Crawl” features a super addictive chuggy riff spliced into it that makes it stick out as my personal favorite, while “The Beauty” is top slamming song #1. Bands like Black Box keep local punk exciting for me, and it should for you too!
– Drew Kodrich (Prevention, Final Order)

 

#17. Idle Oath – Community Outreach
There’s something about fresh spring dandelions, clean linen sheets, and fresh new indie folk duos. It warms the heart. The album starts with “Blue Chicory and Queen Anne’s Lace” with a beautiful voice and ukulele. Seems to be laying that indie folk rather thick, right? You feel like you know where this is going until you hit the 2nd track “Charmingly 3rd Time”, and then it’s like well ok wait just a minute. Karen Nickerson and Mark Beanblossom have done a wondrous job of keeping things interesting throughout the album, even after multiple listens. Duly noted every song on this album has “(Demo)” in the title, just to remind us this is only going to get better from here. I can certainly attest to that after seeing the live set. These two humans have strikingly different musical sensibilities and yet work together so well. I’m looking forward to more great things to come from this band!
– Jeff Black (The Radon Lounge / Dumb Records)

#18. KaBass – Dead Static EP
KaBass’s Dead Static EP is anything but what its namesake may lead you to believe. The Springfield native delivers two tracks full of his instantly recognizable cerebral and distorted sound design, rich sample work, and heavy sub bass. While the EP may offer much more sonically than just “dead static”, both selections still paint vivid imagery of a technological dystopia in which at any moment, an alien entity could materialize from within the lonely tube television on the album art. This release marks one of many in 2019 for this quickly up and coming producer but is undoubtedly an important and defining moment in his growing catalog and local electronic music as a whole.
– Jordan Ward

#19 Ty Witty / Junior Pasaré – Half Full EP
Simply showing off at this point, Ty Witty and JunioR Pasáre dropped an EP in August that should have hit the national radar, given the smooth blend of TJ’s fierce bars and smooth delivery meshed with Ty’s absolute wizardry on the mic. With only five songs, this EP delivers a hit in every track, tackling serious topics on tracks like “Everybody Dies” and “Alive” while sharing space with more playful pursuits on “Next” and “Half Full”. While both artists dropped a solo release in 2019, this collaborative effort was a notable effort, giving fans of both artists something that’s long-awaited, while also giving new fans a taste of all they have to offer. 2020 only promises greater things for two of the 217’s best, and if you haven’t become familiar with their output, now’s a great time to become acquainted with their catalogue by enjoying one of 2019’s best EP’s.
– Ken Pacha (Hiphop Humpday, Activator Magazine)

 

#20. Final Order – Tainted Tradition
The world is fucked up – racist cops, perverted priests, abusive parents, addiction – injustices existing in broken systems, that everyone knows about but never seem to change, continuing to exist as Tainted Traditions. Final Order’s debut release Tainted Traditions starts with vocalist Nat, begging for a fight and it doesn’t calm down from there. This record is tough and pissed off. Musically, it’s all over the place,  fast in parts and slow and chunky in others. Interesting guitar riffs and the character that is the vocals is what makes this release for me though. Lyrically, the tape ranges from seemingly very personal experiences of abuse to broader ideas of corruption and injustice. Final Order seems to be able to pay homage to hardcore of all sorts, while still making a cohesive piece of art and still completely being their own. It’s everything a hardcore record should be: riffs and breakdowns, loud and aggressive, fun and motivating. Background music for the revolution or maybe just a riot… anyway A.C.A.B.
-Zack Embery (Baristie Boys, Til We Die Podcast.

#20. Prevention – Your Bad Habbits
Prevention’s “Your bad habits” starts with an aggressive chant of “cant, cant look away” and why would you want to? This was my favorite Springfield release of the year. This band is tough and has something to say. The tape starts with an emotional song about alcoholism and quickly moves into a few songs about the bigger problem. Prevention doesn’t just want you not to drink or use drugs; they want you to challenge the system at the source. “Another World” lyrically looks at how much money is to be made from addiction and how fucked that is, musically it starts with an intense build up and then takes off into the fast hardcore punk we all love, but then comes the completely primal breakdown that could turn the coolest of hardcore kids to full caveman mode. “Overstep” acknowledges that it’s not as easy as “don’t do drugs” for some communities, and that the War on Drugs targets poor people and especially P.O.C by incarcerating them at a much higher rate… “racist machines oiled in blood”. The album then takes a turn for the posi with “Don’t Forget” and closing with a straight edge anthem and title track “Your Bad Habits.”

  • Mario Cannamela (Bottom Bracket, Looming)

 

Prevention’s “Your bad habits” starts with an aggressive chant of “cant, cant look away” and why would you want to? This was my favorite Springfield release of the year. This band is tough and has something to say. The tape starts with an emotional song about alcoholism and quickly moves into a few songs about the bigger problem. Prevention doesn’t just want you not to drink or use drugs; they want you to challenge the system at the source. “Another World” lyrically looks at how much money is to be made from addiction and how fucked that is, musically it starts with an intense build up and then takes off into the fast hardcore punk we all love, but then comes the completely primal breakdown that could turn the coolest of hardcore kids to full caveman mode. “Overstep” acknowledges that it’s not as easy as “don’t do drugs” for some communities, and that the War on Drugs targets poor people and especially P.O.C by incarcerating them at a much higher rate… “racist machines oiled in blood”. The album then takes a turn for the posi with “Don’t Forget” and closing with a straight edge anthem and title track “Your Bad Habits.”

  • Zack Embery (Baristie Boys, Til We Die Podcast)

 

 

 

 

 

New Band Pages: Foot

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It’s Monday! It’s been a while since we’ve been on track with keeping our current band pages updated, maybe that’s a good thing for us to do here in this new decade. Today we bring you a new page for a local stoner rock group that’s been around for a year or so called “Foot.” There they are pictured above playing at Black Sheep at some point. You can find their new band page on our site right here. Foot doesn’t have any shows currently lined up in our area, but keep your eyes and ears peeled for something announced in the future.

You can find any of the 50 or so pages we have set up for current and active bands on our site right here. Do you play in a local group or are a solo musician in Springfield without a band page set up with us yet? Get in touch with us at dumbrecs@gmail.com and we will work with you to get something set up!

Tonight at Dumb Records: Final Order, Dead Hour Noise, Portals, Gargantuan

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Sorry we are getting this post to you later in the day, but it is Monday and we DO have a show going on at our space tonight!! It’s the first proper full band show since we’ve rearranged our space, so we are excited for that! Tonight features hardcore/metal group from Lansing, Michigan called “Dead Hour Noise.” Stream one track from their upcoming album on the player below. For this show we get local hardcore band Final Order at the top of the bill closing out the night. The one other out of town band is Portals, the Central Illinois metal/deathcore group. And ahhhh, opening up we have the second gig ever for the new solo black metal project from here that everyone has been talking about Gargantuan.

All of that starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $7. Check out a facebook event for that show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at Dumb Records in the year 2020 of the future.