Thursday, March 20, 2008


This is one of the most ridiculously good 12 minute stretches of hardcore I have heard in years. Its fast as all get out, its harsh and volatile, the time changes will snap the necks of lesser creatures and the vocals, man, the vocals rule. Imagine Converge doing punk with their chaotic technical style. That still doesn't prepare you. Pusher was a short lived project of members of the Louisville scene that combined members of Coliseum, Lords and Breather Resist / National Acrobat to make one of the best hardcore releases ever. The 12 songs last just over that length in time. They all bleed together into a fury of a mess and I guaran-damn-tee that you will be hitting the repeat on this one a number of times. Boss got ya down? Pusher. Cat got your tongue? Pusher. Dog peed in your shoes? Pusher.

Got it?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Cd is great. I love it. Auxiliary Records is batting .1000! has it for $8.00, if you like it!!

11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Ass-kicking record!

I've asked google and found they were from Cold Sweet Records roster, what reminded me about one more band I've been looking for some time now: Wives.

They released a couple of 7's and a full length titled "Erect the Youth Problem".

Any chance you have this one maybe?

4:52 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

i dont, but you have me interested. Lets keep our eyes peeled for Wives.

Glad you like Pusher. Its a phenomenal release. And the packaging is tops! 3 color screened case. Nice!

10:41 AM  
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4:31 PM  
Blogger Damn Those Blood Suckers said...

Awesome! Thank you for this!!!!!!

8:18 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

This is great stuff! For me it's hardcore with a twisted, dirty rock feel, like they listened to a little bit of Racebannon along with whatever else. A high point of my week.

10:53 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

nice! yeah, my converge statement was totally not applicable. I wrote that really fast. I guess I was thinking of the one Converge song Buried But Breathing. Its more punk. And Pusher is way more punk than metal. I wish they had more music out there.

alas, 12 minutes worth is all they made.

10:27 AM  
Blogger MarshallStaxx said...

Thanks for alerting me to the existence of Pusher, I'd never heard of them before. Amazing record, furious and frantic like sex in a dark alleyway.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm sort of new to reading your blog and have used it once in a while to find some albums/ artists that I didn't have; (eg Lungfish,Jeremy Enigk, and that huge post of early Modest Mouse - btw the artwork is great).

Anyways I was wondering if you had an interest in the whole affair of Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, and American Football or anything else concerning the brothers Tim and Mike Kinsella. I have heard a few songs by several of these concerned groups and it is some of the most interesting "emo" music I have ever heard. And of course the local record store has nothing, and i'm too young to own a credit card to buy online. So if you have anything...

I'm sorry for taking up space in the comment section of this post, but i didn't know where else to write or where to send a short message.


9:57 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

alex, i have something coming up you will like. i have all that kinsella stuff too. maybe a cap'n jazz post or owls. owls are very good.

10:26 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

when i saw owls, tim held a question and answer section. some kid asked a question about cap'n jazz and tim hit him in the head with the mic. i thought it was funny. later i got roped into doing an interview with them and they were nice, definitely more rock n roll than joan of arc whose bassist would casually sit and knit at the merch table in between sets oh and they had a thermos of coffee on stage the whole time too. not very rock n roll. still awesome.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Samhain said...

Great post, I always get the best recommendations from you

1:41 PM  
Blogger J Frank Parnell said...

Thanks for the download, but I have to say: Lightning Bolt, Deadguy, Anal Cunt, King Brothers (Japan), Speeddealer, and Dead Child all make Pusher look like pussies ...

6:22 PM  
Blogger dcharles said...

A: comparing anyone to deadguy is foolish.

B: if you like cap n jazz, check out algernon cadwallader. it's peter of peter and craig fame. (craig is also in towers...)

C. Owls were jerks and thought that playing in a venue that had a record store in the corner entitled them to taking anything they wanted from the store in return for previously being indie rock gods.

5:26 AM  
Blogger [tringa] said...

what about an ethel meserve post?

dcharles: algernon cadwallader are great, got their new album last week, its awesoime!! if you like cap'n jazz, also try out kickball.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who likes pusher should check out Lords. Sounds just like this (I think it's the same singer), but in my opinion better.

5:34 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

hey all,

i was thinking of posting the algernon demo. I have been listening to that and their full length a ton. I wasnt sold on it at first. felt like i passed the time in my life when geeky charming twinkly indie was as effective as it could be. but somehow i couldnt resist it. it's pretty great. kickball didnt grab me as much, even though its kinda the same thing.

Lords rules. Most definitely. I did post of them a while back. And someone here did a post of Ethel Meserve a while back. Papstar posted it, i think. If he pops up here he can probably help you out.

@ parnell, i used to like deadguy. they werent bad in my opinion, but i also dont think any of the bands you compared to Pusher are really the same. in that regard Lair of the Minotaur makes every band in this blog look like pussies, but that doesnt make it the best thing i've heard either.

if you wouldnt mind, i would love to hear the Dead Child album, as I understand its Pajo doing metal. The song I heard was pretty awesome.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous michael said...

awesome! i came across this on, and seeing who's in the band and stuff i figured i would buy it, but i wanted to hear it first just to be sure. thanks!

oh, and since i'm kind of a lousiville freak (it all started with endpoint, then slint, then guilt, then by the grace of god, then... you get the idea) i found this website that does a supergood cataloguing of all louisville bands and their members/releases, some of y'all may be interested too:

p.s. i am not in any way affiliated with the page above. i'm just a fan.

12:36 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

hey Michael... thanks! thats a cool page. I would have to say that my three favorite music scenes revolve around DC, Louisville and Chicago, which kind of adds up to Dischord and Touch & Go Records...

i seriously need to make some posts... i have a bunch of things i want to get up and i barely have any time right now, and when i do get time, i want to play with my dogs, my girlfriend, my guitar or my xbox...

i have a hard time not writing too much about stuff, but if i post up a few things with small descriptions i hope nobody minds the brevity...

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


i was searching for rodan's rusty, and i stumbled across your blog. i don't know if you're still looking for their peel session, but if you are, you can find it here:

any way you can re-up rusty if you get the chance?

anyway, great blog -- mike kirsch rules.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and by mike kirsch rules i meant that i was happy to see someone blogging about sawhorse/bread and circuits/please inform...

5:24 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

speaking of mike kirsh (that never happens around here), does anyone have contact info for baader brains, i want to book them but can't seem to find a way to get hold of them. my luck they've probably already broken up as i found out with cease upon the capital last week.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Jared Dillon said...

Blend, by any chance do you have the Joshua Fit For Battle / Love Lost But Not Forgotten split 7"?

i've been looking for it everywhere and no one seems to have it.

1:43 PM  

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