All posts by Craig Hayes

Semi-literate hobgoblin, full-time shark obsessive, old-school nincompoop.

Vrasubatlat Records: Pissing Blood For Fun

Influential French philosopher Michel Foucault once said that his role was to make windows where once there were walls. I’ve always thought that’s the job of great music, too. Admittedly, it’s a complicated task. Legions

Les Underdogs De Grunge

Decades on from its heyday, grunge still evokes cringe-worthy memories. Even a whiff of the genre makes some people gag, and that’s understandable given that many of grunge’s lumberjack balladeers feigned their tortured genius in

Down The Hole, Bumped Her Head And Bruised Her Soul: A Day Of Hawkwinding

Legendary psychonauts Hawkwind formed in 1969, and after 49 years and a roughly equal number of line-up changes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dave Brock is the only original member left in the band. Of course, Hawkwind

Dry Insides – Deformity EP Review

There’s something to be said for music that sounds like it was recorded inside the rotting asshole of weeks-old roadkill. Although, obviously, what is said about that kind of decomposing noise depends on how much

Kawakami Forever! Japanese Raw Punk 101, Part 4

Here’s the breakdown of the bands that have been covered so far: Part 1: Disclose, Warhead, System Fucker, Isterismo, Crow. Part 2: Confuse, Framtid, Disturd, Reality Crisis, Kriegshög, G.A.T.E.S., D-Clone, Gauze, Gloom. Part 3: Zyanose,

Kawakami Forever! Japanese Raw Punk 101, Part 3

The first two parts of our Japanese raw punk primer from yesterday explored fourteen bands: Disclose, Warhead, System Fucker, Isterismo, Crow, Confuse, Framtid, Disturd, Reality Crisis, Kriegshög, G.A.T.E.S., D-Clone, Gauze and Gloom. Part 3 continues

Kawakami Forever! Japanese Raw Punk 101, Part 2

We kicked things off earlier today with an intro to the rawer side of Japanese punk that focused on works from Disclose, Warhead, System Fucker, Isterismo and Crow. In part 2, nine additional bands will

Kawakami Forever! Japanese Raw Punk 101, Part 1

Konnichiwa, friends. Death and taxes aside, there are really only two things you can be certain of in this life: If your foot hanging off the bed at night has a sock on it, then