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Wounded Masculinity (Pre-Order)In the tradition of Neil Young's 'please kick me off the label' era, or when Lou Reed tried to drive his audience away, Self Defense Family delivers brilliantly difficult listens on the new 12 EP Wounded Masculinity.
Family member Mary Brulatour takes the songwriting reigns on four tracks that range from sullen folk to anxious kraut. The result is material unique even in Self Defense Family's varied (and sprawling) catalog.
It's a ripper that'll make you tear up. Experience the pineapple pizza of the emotional spectrum.1. Visit Scenic Western New York
2. Lost the Thread
3. Karate in the Driveway
4. Mary Devoured By Horses$5.9912 Vinyl EP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Paul WalkerConsisting of Patrick Kindlon (End of A Year, Self Defense Family), Chris Villeneuve (drums), Nick Cogan (guitar), Cory Galusha (guitar) and Pat Wynne (bass), Drug Church is the sound garbage makes when thrown off a roof into the dumpster your dickhead boss rented for your underpaying contractor gig. Come back in a few weeks and steal the copper piping because there's no other benefit to the job and you're probably getting sick from asbestos, so to hell with it.
Borrowing heavily from bands like Seaweed and Quicksand, Drug Church released their debut, self-titled EP in July of 2012, the perfect record to listen to as you skate home from your night shift cleaning up puke in the bathroom of a Steak & Shake. It even scored the band a spot on Alternative Press' "100 Bands You Need To Know" list earlier this year!
2013 rolled around the guys took a break from delivering pizzas and entered the studio to record their first full-length, Paul Walker; surely named for their secret obsession with 'Varsity Blues' and 'Eight Below.' And the thought of letting these dudes wild again in the studio scared the shit out of No Sleep President Chris Hansen; rightfully so!
No Sleep offered us a bunch of money and suggested producers to record this LP with and we said, 'Bro. You forgot the struggle, you forgot the streets," Kindlon says. "We're recording this as the coregods intended: Quick and nasty.' So what's what we did. Pushpit.
Nonetheless, the guys somehow managed to crank out ten of the gnarliest tracks you'll hear all year long, including the new song, "Donny's Woods."
For everyone who ever thought about faking their own death, we present 'Donny's Woods' a song about how quickly people will forget about your ass, Kindlon tells AltPress.com.
One thing people won't forget though is how awesome Paul Walker is...oh and the album is pretty good too!1. Thinking About Joining Drug Church
2. Reading Youtube Comments
3. Clifton Country
4. Shopping For a Belt
5. Donny's Woods
6. Learning To Speak British
7. Attending a Cousin's Birthday Party
8. Deconstructing Snapcase
9. Thrill Hill
10. Riding the Bus To Schenectady$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Try MeYour favorite band's favorite band, Self Defense Family enjoys a distinct renown within the punk community. Well-respected and critically lauded but difficult and idiosyncratic, the band has done things their way almost to a fault. Eschewing sing-alongs and easy anthems in favor of personal lyrics, they stand apart from their contemporaries in punk and hardcore. Their strangely tense guitar-work framed within otherwise hook laden songs lends the band an unmistakable sound. Opting to be heavy in emotion rather than heavy in sound.
Led by vocalist, lyricist, and personality Patrick Kindlon, Self Defense Family have extended their branches to organically include touring and session musicians. Allowing them to evolve into a musical collective with more than ten active members at any given time. Interestingly enough, no member of the assemblage has played every show or played on every recording by the collective.
Try Me is Self Defense Family's latest full length offering.1. Tithe Pig
2. Nail House Music
3. Turn The Fan On
4. Mistress Appears At A Funeral
5. Apport Birds
6. Angelique One
8. Fear Of Poverty In Old Age
9. Weird Fingering
10. Dingo Fence
11. Angelique Two$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Creative Adult / Self Defense Family: SplitA split release between Deathwish and Run For Cover Records.
Creative Adult comes from the diverse musical breeding ground of California's North Bay Punk scene. With hardcore roots, they explore noisy, sometimes psychedelic sounds with an undeniable Dischord styled edge. Their song "Americans" meanders and builds as if were an '85 era Punk anthem. Using musical repetition and biting social commentary to create a dark, infectious atmosphere.
Self Defense Family are one of the most prolific Punk bands out there today. Through countless releases and as many musical contributors (they have had more than ten active members at any given time), the collective has grown in both sound and vision. Their song here, "Somerton" is the band at their best. An experimental tangle of guitar melody swirls as Patrick Kindlon's unmistakable story telling swells into a beautiful, fracturing crescendo.1. Americans - Creative Adult
2. Sumatran - Self Defense Family$6.997 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Self LoveTASDF "Self Love" is a collaborative release between Touche Amore and Self Defense Family members. "Self Love" was created by 15 musicians working together as one band, all eventually captured by engineer Will Yip (Blacklisted, Title Fight) at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA.
A-Side "Circa 95" is an upbeat combination of Touche Amore's explosive emotional leanings and Self Defense Family's trademark cynicism. As the song twist and turns, it peels and curls to reveal layers of guitars and dueling percussion. All while lyrically paying subtle homage to hardcore legends Unbroken. While B-Side "Low Beams" begins with a contagious jangle before erupting into an catchy sonic finale. Telling the story of nomadic displacement; the highs, lows, and in between that many who travel the open road experience.1. Circa 95
2. Low Beams$6.997 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Heaven Is EarthSelf Defense Family are one of the most prolific Punk bands out there today. Through countless releases and as many musical contributors (they have had more than ten active members at any given time), the collective has grown in both sound and vision.
"Heaven Is Earth" was recorded at four classic indie/punk studios by a diverse group of engineers: Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios (Mind Eraser, etc), Kurt Ballou at God City Studios (Converge, etc), Mark Millar at Sone Lab (Dinosaur Jr, etc), and Jon Low at Miner Street Recordings (Kurt Vile, etc). Each engineer leaving their own distinct audio fingerprint on the collection of songs.
Opener "In My Defense Self Me Defend" percussively wanders as warped guitars weave a pillow for Patrick Kindlon's introspective prose."Talia" introduces both piano and harmonica to the formula, all of it swirling and dancing around a throbbing bass line. "Ditko" exists in a similar sonic place as well, but utilizes textural guitars and subtle effects to set the pensive mood. It's not all sad clown music though. "Prison Ring" picks things up in the middle of the album with a Mekons like urgency. While "Everybody Wants a Prize for Feeling" welcomes a whimsical stomp akin to The Fall. These reluctantly upbeat songs lead to the title track "Heaven Is Earth". A song that descends with a delicate airiness while dealing out some of the heaviest moments of lyrical personal reflection. "Basic Skills" fills a similar space as well. A beautiful construct of a song, rich in melancholia but built on some of the most memorable melody ever from the band. Never leaving quietly, Self Defense Family then offer the closer "Dave Sim". Kicking the door open for one last high volume, pessimistic hurrah.1. In My Defense Self Me Defend
3. Prison Ring
5. Everybody Wants A Prize For Feeling
6. Heaven Is Earth
7. Basic Skills
8. Dave Sim$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now