30 November, 2012

Ritual Mess (2012 - )

Orchid played their last show in 2002. Vocalist Jayson Green went on to front Panthers and later on Violent Bullshit. Two bands we have not heard much from. Guitarist Will Killingsworth had a bit more to do as he played in Ampere, Vaccine, Bucket Full of Teeth, Failures, The Toll and more all while producing/recording an immense amount of bands at his very own Dead Air Studios in Western Massachusetts. In the year of 2012, Jayson and Will reunited and started, along with Will's band mate Andy Skelly from Ampere and a James Clarke, what is called Ritual Mess. Fierce, violent, chaotic, slightly math-ish and a tad experimental in the sense of Swing Kids, Antioch Arrow and Mohinder but far more explosive. This is something holy.


Honeywell (1988 - 1994)

Honeywell. The band that is by most people considered to be the "inventors" of "Screamo".  The band themselves just called it "noisy hardcore" with the vocalist trying to scream like a girl on top of it. This is allegedly how Screamo was born. Anyway, Honeywell started out in 1988 in San Diego, California and released one LP, one EP and one split EP with Reach Out before they eventually called it quits in 1994. There was however more material to be released as Monotone Supersounds released an EP called Electric Kool Aid a year after the demise of the band. But Honeywell should not just be known as the "first screamo band", they were one of the best to ever exist. If not the best.


29 November, 2012

Orchid (1997 - 2002)

One of the most best, influencing and righteously famous screamo and hardcore bands to ever have existed. Peculiar, personal, philosophical and at times political lyrics. A sound that stands out and you can hear right away when it’s Orchid. They are just… Orchid.
 They were from Amherst, Massachussetts and existed from 1997 ‘til 2002. They were, according to themselves, most of all influenced and inspired by the Bremen hardcore scene with bands like Carol, Systral, Acme, Mörser, etc. Although they are by the listeners most of all compared to bands like Union Of Uranus, One Eyed God Prophecy and of course Honeywell. 
The members of Orchid went on to form bands such as Ampere, Vaccine, Bucket Full of Teeth, Wolves, Transistor Transistor & Panthers.