Districts/Regret, The Informer – Split 12″

Band – Districts (Bandcamp)
Band – Regret, The Informer (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Release Title – Split
Medium – (Twelve Inch)
Label – (Galt House) (The Ghost Is Clear) (Endnote Records)
Style – Post-hardcore/hardcore/whatever
From – Regret, The Informer – Kansas City, Missouri, USA
From – Districts - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


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Wow, Districts and Regret, The Informer doing a split together?  Can I say match made in heaven?  That was exactly what I was thinking when I saw that they were getting together and doing this.  When It was posted I immediately listened to the release over and over again.  I drafted a post and then the worst thing happened!  The Ghost is Clear pulled the full stream.  This sent me into bummer summer mode.  Then two or so months later here we are, full stream ahead.  I am stoked again!

After about a thousand listens to and contemplation I can bring you these results, this split is fucking awesome.

Let us start with Districts, my wonderful girlfriend turned me onto them at around the time I posted the review of their demo some time ago last year.  I fell in love with them, emotional hardcore or whatever you want to call it.  This split offers more insight into the life of the vocalist through venerable introspective lyrics.  The Giver is the jammer on the Districts side, great lyrics to get you pumped on being depressed.

Regret, The Informer is on the flip side of this record and put out equal intense hits as the A side.  Each song pulls us along through a modern take on 90′s emo.  They really have crafted their own style and I give them mad props to that because these songs are just so unique and powerful.  The lyrics stick in my mind like glue and I wanna sing aloud all day, but I can’t because I am not insane.

Buy, Listen, Buy, Listen, Buy.

Badgerhunt – Split

Band – Badgerhunt (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Release Title – Split
Medium – Mp3
Label – Self Released
Style –noodly emo
From – St. Louis, Missouri, USA


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I don’t know how to begin to describe Badgerhunt.  While they have their influences I wouldn’t want to say they sound like another band because it would give the wrong impression.  Here is how I will try to describe them for you and hopefully it will paint the right image.

Badgerhunt sounds like a bunch of dudes who really like upbeat noodly emo who like to party and party hard.  They remind me of similar bands in my area in that they write music that will be perfect for a sweaty basement show while staying true to their interests.  The second influence is the mixture of weirdness and boredom that is the midwest.  There are some unique parts in songs that fit perfectly but are just different, almost as a way to say “We put that into the song because fuck it we could and it works and you will like it.”  I do like it, I like it a lot.

Hopefully that makes sense.  They are putting out a split with Family Might so get stoked!

Texas Instruments, Baitfish, Battle Royale, and Regret, The Informer – Kansas City 4 way

Band – Texas Instruments (Website) (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Band – Baitfish (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Band – Battle Royale (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Band – Regret, The Informer  (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Release Title – 4 Way Split
Medium – Twelve Inch
Label – (The Ghost Is Clear)
Style – Hardcore/Screamo
From – Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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  1. Texas Instruments – RC-P90
  2. Texas Instruments – Troost
  3. Texas Instruments – Get on your Mammoth, Bitch!
  4. Baitfish – Ignorant
  5. Baitfish – Take back the hunt
  6. Baitfish – Oh My God, is that David Bowie are you ready to go back to the seventies?
  7. Baitfish – What a Faker, She wasn’t dead at all
  8. Baitfish – Building on Buildings to never be built
  9. Battle Royale – …But it Still Sucks
  10. Battle Royale – Mark, Service Champion
  11. Battle Royale – What the fuck was the scene from that movie
  12. Regret, The Informer – Old Newman
  13. Regret, The Informer – Love Less
  14. Regret, The Informer – Family Portraits


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I don’t know how to start this review so I am going to give you two opening sentences.

Oh my! This album is fucking radical/Oh my! Kansas City has it going on.

Texas Instruments open this record with a song title that is a Golden Eye reference.  They bring us some 90′s influenced emo, shotmaker comes to mind immediately.  I was super stoked to see Baitfish on this, I loved their demo from last year at least one song was on all my mixtapes.  Baitfish is grimy hardcore at it’s finest, for some reason they made me go back a few years and put on my Sex/Vid records.  I had never heard of the later two bands on this release but I found out about this album from a Battle Royale review.  Battle Royale plays modern hardcore/emo so a little sped up/more singing/awesome so I got pretty stoked on their songs.  Regret, The Informer is last but not least, they are similar to Battle Royale but heavier, each band has two vocalist I believe, which as you know is kind of what I love.  Their songs are a little chaotic and over the place if you are into that.  They have the last words on the track and they are “Never Get Married, Never Have Kids” beautiful.

The Ghost is Clear has a real gem on their hands because all the bands are just unbelievably great and it makes me a little jealous that I don’t live in Kansas City.  Don’t listen to this release, just pre order it when pre orders are up.

Family Might – Floor Connections

Band – (Website) (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Release Title – Floor Connections
Medium – Mp3
Label – Self Released
Style – Indie/pop punk/emo
From – Saint Peters, Missouri, USA

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  1. Friends With Elephants
  2. Lion’s Park
  3. In The Diry
  4. Eventually Dies
  5. Sharkweek
  6. Big League Chew
  7. Shallow Your Heart
  8. Blue Clouds, White Sky (Sky Diving)


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Rad band deserves rad praises, I’ve had this record for a while but haven’t given it a proper listen to until a few weeks ago, boy was I wrong for leaving this behind.  Has a Cadwaller feel but with a bit more indie (if that is possible, idk).  In The Dirt is the main jam but there are a few more that are equally as rad as it.  I thought that they were from Philly but turns out they are midwesterners like I.  There is hope!

DEERS!/ColorChromatic/мища/Animal Lover/Pansori – Five Way Split(2010)

Band – DEERS! (Website)
Band – ColorChromatic (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Band – мища - (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Band – Animal Lover (Facebook)
Band – Pansori (Website) (Bandcamp) (Facebook)
Release Title – Five Way Split
Medium – Twelve Inch
Label – (Bear Records) (Unity Through Harmony)
Style – Five ways of fun
From – Sacramento, California, USA (Deers!)
From – Los Angeles, California, USA (ColorChromatic)
From – Baltimore, Maryland, USA (мища)
From - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA (Animal Lover)
From - Baltimore, Maryland, USA (Pansori)

Track List -

  1. DEERS! – Part One
  2. DEERS! – Part Two and Three
  3. DEERS! – Jeffcore5150IsSoMattDahl
  4. ColorChromatic – Go Deftly
  5. ColorChromatic – That’s So Joseph McCharthy
  6. ColorChromatic – LSDfingerBANG
  7. мища- Metaphor for a Crap Movie
  8. мища- A Movement in Silence & Violence
  9. мища - Waltz
  10. Animal Lover – Rain Queen
  11. Pansori – Transition #1 [5-20-10]


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Happy New Year, I usually have something posted by their point in the day but ugh you know.  This is another rad split that exposed me to some rad bands.  Listen to it when your head stops pounding.