The mighty Spears from Florida made my summer last year. Their first LP, “Shove” was hardly off my ipod. Every track was a stormer, and the combination of sleazy punk riffing and Chris Barrows’ tremendous voice, both pissed and whiny at the same time, was unbeatable.
So I have discovered that the band have, as promised, recorded tracks for a new album [although I don’t know whether the rumoured Gregg Ginn cameo happened]; and below is one of them. The band’s Facebook page reveals that the tracks are all locked up and playfully teases that they ‘may never be released’.
Below, an advert for a show states:
“The spears are doing our final show on saturday jan 19 at mojos records and books on fowler ave in tampa (mojos is in the plaza just east of university sq mall). There are 7 really good bands and it is FREE. The spears play around 9 pm”
So can anybody wise me up? Have the band split? I know that there are various ‘other’ projects going on, most notably Down by Law.
Leave me a comment if you’re any the wiser.
The Spears are one of my fave bands, combining as they do the talents of former members of DRI [former drummer], Down by Law, Hated Youth and of course their fantastic lead singer, the legendary Chris Barrows, who used to sing for Pink Lincolns. So enjoy, and await the new album that is rumoured to be in the pipeline – can it get any better than the last one? Apparently it features the one and only Gregg Ginn guesting on guitar! In the meantime they have released a live DVD which look like it is well worth a look.
And here is the Bandcamp stream of ‘Shove’, their debut album, which I have to say has hardly been off my IPod for weeks. If you didn’t buy this album then check out what you’ve been missing – it’s the best, sleaziest punk rock I’ve blasted my eardrums with in ages!
I think there used to be a punk fanzine way back in the 70s called ‘Future Now’ – and now I’m back off my holidays, DeHud having held the punk fort admirably while I have been gone, I must bring to your attention the band known as The Future Now. Their debut ep was released on Sound Study Recordings about a year ago, and it brings to mind a great, almost Sub pop inflected groove in that Florida style.
This is a solid slab of slightly down tuned goodness with a lovely, yet slightly unsettling bassline. It’s a strong debut and I believe that the band is touring later in the year, and hopefully we’ll hear more from them.
Hot Water Music, the long standing hardcore band from Florida, are soon to release a new album titled ‘Exister’ on No Idea records. With a release date of May 15th, it is now available on Pre-Order. The band’s Twiter feed has also announced that they will be playing dates this year in Europe and the UK – somewhat cryptically, they inform us:
Off to EU/UK! Stoked to gig w/
@hausedave @BouncingSoulsNJ @lagwagon @refusedband @Alkaline_Trio @makedoandmendyo and so many other buds!
Below the photo is a taster from the album, which sounds like a good one,with a solid and energetic hardcore sound that brings to mind Naked Raygun and even Husker Du at their best.
I’ll post UK tour dates as and when they are known, but the Europe dates as shown i=on No Idea’s website are listed below the video clip – they play a few dates in April, the go back Stateside to return in June.
6/13 – Milan, Italy @ Carroponte
6/16 – Interlaken, Switzerland @ Greenfield Festival
6/17 – Salzburg, Austria @ Rockhouse
6/18 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena
6/19 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Bar
6/21 – Wiesbaden, Germnay @ Schlachthof
6/22 – Scheddel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival
6/23 – Dortmund, Germany @ FZW
6/24 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany @ Southside Festival