Whoa now… can you believe we’re already nearing the end of June? 2016 is just about half over! They say time flies when you’re having fun, but they also say fruit flies like bananas. [Editor: You’re fired.] Your usual Hidden Gems of Bandcamp host, Anarcho Punk, is taking the month off, but that didn’t stop us from sending someone else into its digital depths just for you. So to help you cope with the months rushing by, we’re bringing you some (hopefully) brand new acts for your earholes. [Ed: No, seriously. Get out.] You can find June 2016’s Hidden Gems of Bandcamp below.
Would it surprise you to discover that a garage punk band calls Portland, OR. their hometown? No? Yeah, us neither. Tallwomen are a two piece and are a relatively young band (according to their Facebook profile, they formed earlier this year) with very little information about them almost anywhere. But like any great garage band, they let the music do the talking for them. So even if you don’t know what kinds of activities they enjoy outside of kite flying and eating burritos (the only two interests listed on Facebook), just one listen to their self-titled debut EP and you know what they’re all about. The EP is name-your-price, so why are you even still reading this?
Recommended Track: “Face Time”
Whether you want to admit it or not, we’re living in a golden era of emo revival. With acts like Into It. Over It. and The World Is a Beautiful Place gaining more widespread recognition, and labels such as Count Your Lucky Stars Records and Tiny Engines putting out solid release after solid release, it’s a good time for indie emo bands and fans alike. Cheap Haircuts hail from Plano, TX. and play piano-driven emo that would fit perfectly into any bill featuring any of the scene’s current heavy hitters. Coupling flat, nasally vocals with beautiful arrangements and lines like “spell check my obituary, I don’t want that guy to lose his job,” the band’s newest full length, You Are the Dream Star is the independently released emo album you’ve been waiting for.
Recommended Track: “Madeline”
There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of information about Absolute Gender online (they don’t even have a photo of just their shoes or equipment on stage for us to use, hence the album artwork above), but sometimes you really don’t need to know anything about a band except for what their music sounds like. And here’s what we know about Absolute Gender: they’re from Boston, and they absolutely rip. The band’s latest (and perhaps only) album Can’t Take Anymore, released this past March, combines old school punk riffs with plenty of post-punk shouts and chants. Best of all, it’s available as a name your price download.
Recommended Track: “Spinnin’”
It’s been often stated that if you aren’t mad, then you aren’t paying attention. If their music is any indication, then Momma Swift is definitely paying attention. Armed primarily with their voice and banjo, Momma Swift calls out male entitlement, the upper class, rapists, the laws that fail to protect victims of sexual abuse, and anyone else in a position of privilege who abuses the advantages they have over others. Momma Swift has two solo releases under their name, and also plays in the band Cistem Failure, all of which are available as name your price downloads.
Recommended Track: “Black Flag Bullshit”
Have you ever found yourself listening to Minor Threat and wished that they had taken a cue from their contemporaries in Black Flag and slowed the fuck down? If so, you are not alone. Minor Fret is a Minor Threat tribute band from Port Allen, LA. specializing in slowed down, sludgy versions of the influential hardcore band’s tunes. Minor Fret only have one release to their name so far, the aptly titled EP Four, but their spin on these hardcore classics (“Seeing Red,” “Small Man, Big Mouth,” “Straight Edge,” and “Filler” for the curious) gets the job done and is one hell of an introduction statement. One can only hope that Four isn’t a one off project and that there are more tunes, whether by Minor Threat or by other 80’s hardcore bands, on the way.
Recommended Track: “Straight Edge”
**If you’ve missed any of the gems that we’ve unearthed in prior months, stop kicking yourself! We’ve archived them for you! Check out past month’s editions here. You may now resume kicking yourself.