Ampere / Das Oath Split (2006)
I have so many things to post, and so little time to marinate on good things to say about them all, so I am gonna wrap up tonite with this lil gem.
The Ampere / Das Oath split was released as a tour only vinyl, but then recently re-released as a limited CD of 500 copies on Clean Plate records. Snatch up a copy quick as they will surely sell out.
For those who dont know of this release:
Ampere is a chaotic hardcore band from Massachusettes. It consists of former members of Orchid and Wolves and shares a very similar aesthetic - short powerful bursts of noise that stop and turn on a dime into melodic shifting pieces. Usually the song is over before you can even say "What the fuh?!"
Das Oath is a noisy fast punk band based out of NYC and the Netherlands. I am not as familiar with them, so if you want to fill me in, feel free. But they seem good and the kids seem to like them.
The clincher here is that all the songs are covers of other punks songs. Das Oaths four songs are good, and quite unlikey covers, which they turn into blazing fast ragers that are better than the originals (except the Jesus and Mary Chain song...that stands on its own, but the cover is good too.)
1. The Living End (The Jesus and Mary Chain)
2. Tourette's (Nirvana)
3. Why Dont You Get a Job? (The Offspring)
4. Feel Like a Man (Negative FX)
Amperes side is pretty much incredible. Every single song is blazingly fast, and may be the best songs Ampere has ever done. I really cant pick a favorite out of this group, you will just have to go through them yourselves. All of the originals are incredible, and the covers are just as incredible. These five songs have been on repeat at least twice a day on my daily commute. When Mr Suit comes on I want to swing from the subway railings like a monkey and start howling "TAKE YOUR FUCKING MONEY - SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS!!" Much respect. Ampere has a new split 7" with France's Daitro coming out, I suggest you check that out and report back here.
5. Bit Part In a Bad Movie (Born Against)
6. Money Stinks (DRI)
7. Conspiring the Go Go (Anitoch Arrow)
8. The Regulator (Bad Brains)
9. Mr. Suit (Wire)