Thursday, 28 December 2017

Weir - Detached (2017)

Unless something miraculous happens in the next couple of days, this is likely our last post for the year. And given how much of a crushing disappointment the year has been, it's fitting that we go out with this crushing new EP from sludge metal dudes the Weir.

The good news with this tape is that the Weir are still mining the same doomy sound that we've come to enjoy. The better news is that they're getting closer to capturing the sonic onslaught of their live shows. This tape sounds big and meaty - sadly, the stereo in the CCPS offices can't quite match the volume they usually play at.

Get this tape from the Weir's bandcamp.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Funeral Factory - Cold War Isolation Daisies (1989)

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of the Funeral Factory's Greg Kucheran earlier this month. We dug out this CD for a listen, and realized that we had never posted it (we posted the cassette version in our early days).

We're glad we gave this a listen again - we'd forgotten how great Kucheran's voice was. This is a sprawling, majestic work, and we're a bit ashamed that we didn't post the CD until now. Our apologies for making you live with our crummy tape rip for so many years.

Rest in peace, Greg.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Pill Crusher - The First Two Years: Space Brains Cosmonauts (2017)

Ever since Empty Heads called it quits this summer, we've been looking for something to fill that 90's-shaped, grunge pop hole in our hearts, and we think we've finally found just the thing. Pill Crusher play loud and melodic, and we quite like it. There's nothing quite like brutally loud guitars to drive away the self-doubt and loathing. Except bourbon. But that's for another time.

For now, you can grab Pill Crusher's tape via their bandcamp.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Pankbend - Danke Freundlicher Zuhörer! (2017)

While we're not overly-excited about the way that Craig Storm is consistently challenging our cassette storage capacity, we do appreciate the way in which he challenges our earballs. His latest project, Pankbend, is a collaboration with Janitor Scum's Arielle McCuaig, and it's a pretty good thing that kind of defies categorization. Electro pop punk? Maybe? These four songs bounce around from from noise to pop, swathed in synthy pads and bloops.

Highly recommended - and, at the time of writing, cassettes are still available from the Pankbend bandcamp.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Buzzard - Buzzard (1997)

Sometimes things show up in our email inbox with little/no explanation. This is one of those cases. We received an email with a j-card scan, six mp3s and the cryptic text: "Buzzard was a Disciple of Chaos whom after a Chaotic Death emerged from Under the Stares to a wild chorus of Negative Feedback."

So, as we sit here puzzling over what it all means and listening to this blend of skate rock and hard core, we'll direct to you the download.

Monday, 4 December 2017

CCPS Miscellany: Age Of Electric - The Latest Plague (1990)

Thanks to Robert McGregor, we're kicking things back into gear with a release that takes us across our province's eastern border. Sure, Age of Electric were a Regina-based band, but they have some pretty serious ties to Calgary - parts of this tape were recorded here with Shane Connelly/Frank Slide and had a pretty big following here. Especially at the Live Wire.

Plus, in recent years Age of Electric frontman Todd Kerns has been playing with Ian Grant and Reed Shimozawa.

So, instead of over-thinking this, we'll just point you to the download.