Friday, February 16, 2007

Swiz - No Punches Pulled (1993) & Fury - Resurrection (1998)



Swiz were an influential DC hardcore band resposible for bearing the torch of punk angst and agression into the new decade. Years after Rites of Spring, Dag Nasty and Embrace ushered a new era of more melodic punk, Swiz, returned the to the thrashier hardcore sound of DC past, using clear references to DC legends Minor Threat and Bad Brains, most likely because of the burgeoning NYHC scene during the late 80's. Swiz also remained true to the recent advances in melodic, emotional hardcore, and fused these styles together into a catchy and powerful brand of punk that again set the stage for the current DC sound.

No Punches pulled is their complete discography, though there is also a Demo recorded with a different bass player. The recording, called With Ramsey Demo is offered for free on the Jade Tree Records website.



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One of Swiz's best songs, Resurrection, features young Chris Thomson on vocals. Thomson went on to form Circus Lupus and later the Monorchid and Skull Kontrol. This Swiz line up, with Thomson on Vocals recorded under the name Fury. Fury was a wholly different beast, with Thomson sneering his hateful vocals over some of the meanest and heaviest DC hardcore to ever be released. From the first track, it is evident that the current youth crew scene and its urgency were a driving force in the development of these songs, even if it was about blowing your girlfriend away with a shotgun. Fury, at 12 minutes is a monolithic beast of hateful old school hardcore.

9 Comments:

Blogger apt13.com said...

swiz was hands down the best band to have ever existed. well...soulside was pretty good too.

2:34 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

swiz ftw. ^_^

soulside is pretty fresh though...

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah! SWIZ is the shit! Goddamn!
Hows about posting some Econochrist or
Iconoclast for the kiddies to hear...

Great, great blog bytheway...

J.

4:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swiz is the most underrated band in HC. I don't understand why people who go nuts for the most mediocre Dischord stuff barely acknowledge them...

Great band, great post, great blog.

12:50 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

did you guys get the fury ep? the image is blocked....if you like swiz you need to hear it...

11:11 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

Ah, this is cool. I've got an old cassette from my college dj days where I played a split 7" of Fury and someone else. The track was "Shotgun" which at the time was just what i liked, raw, messy, slightly dark. I don't know who was on the other side of record, Trenchmouth, Chokebore, maybe just Fury...this is my first opportunity to hear other tracks by them and it's funny, i never knew that the singer guy was the same one as in Circus Lupus....(i've been listening to Super Genius ever since it came out...)

3:50 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Chris Thomson is an awesome vocalist. I am looking for his more recent stuff, Skull Kontrol.

if anyones got it, toss it my way.

Shotgun is an immense song.."shes got a hole in her head - where did her eyes go?". Was it backed with the Swiz song Resurrection??

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, "shotgun" was decidedly dark for the indie rock scene. I can't remember who was on the other side of the 7"...i think i just played Shotgun over and over. I think i heard Skull Kontrol and was disappointed but not sure (maybe it was monorchid....

Do you know if that Chris Thomson is the same guy that does album art? I think there's a chris thomson credit to a bunch of cool stuff inside a sunny day real estate album...

12:52 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

oh yeah...from the Diary album....i dont think it is the same guy, but you never know...

i'll look into it...

7:12 PM  

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