Friday, 31 July 2015

Behavioural Resistance

I was tidying some records a while ago and realised that I had somehow missed the more common colour of the Rot In Hell LP on Deathwish. Not sure how that happened exactly. So then I found one selling for cheap, which allowed me to fill that gap. This is the 'beer' vinyl copy. Otherwise known as clear yellow.

This is now the fourth copy of this record that I own. And here's a fun fact for you - there was no test press made for this record. It doesn't exist. Which means that I am done here.

Not sure what this band is up to now. Things seem to have been a little quiet for a while. However, the rumour mill suggests that there could be a new record in the works, which you can read all about in this top quality interview.

Thursday, 30 July 2015


Sweet Jesus are one of my favourite current bands. Their LP is about to drop in the next couple of weeks, and I've listened to it a lot via a free download that I got when I placed a pre-order. It rules. I'm really looking forward to getting the record, and slightly bummed that I missed the test presses they were selling. Ah well. Can't win them all. Anyway, despite having listened to the LP loads, I'm only just getting around the checking out the 7". This came out at the end of 2014, but I only received my copies in late April, and still haven't properly listened to it.

There were two colours of this thing, and both are still available direct from the label. White vinyl (330) and red vinyl (770).

It feels to me like this band haven't got anywhere near the attention they deserve, especially considering who's in the band. Kinda weird how people can just miss some bands when they have superstar members. Anyway, I just noticed that Sweet Jesus are playing over here in a couple of weeks. Hopefully I can find a way to get to that one and pick you all up a tour press of the LP.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

It's Been A While...

... since I did one of these posts where I post pictures of all the recent Revelation reissues I've picked up. The last one was in October last year. I received most of these in my last shipment from the States (received back in April - I still haven't finished posting eveything up that I received!), so some of these could have been pressed at the end of 2014 or the start of 2015. I have no idea. All I know is that I quite like the first two pictured here, and could definitely live without the rest of 'em.

I wonder if I will ever break this habit? I mean how much is too much? Is there such thing? Will we ever know?

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Something Less

Did you ever end up with a record and wonder how on earth it happened? Well, I spotted someone selling a gold vinyl copy of the first Comeback Kid LP a while ago, which was the first press out of 100 copies. There are literally about 20 different versions of this LP out there, and I have no intention of collecting them, but way back when I decided to add the three first press colours (gold, white and red) to my want list. And they have stayed on there ever since. So I kinda decided to bag the gold one and then forget about the rest. Well, that was the plan, but somehow I ended up bidding on the gold copy and not winning it. So, feeling disappointed, I decided to go for the white copy that the same seller was also selling, which I did end up winning. This was, I believe, out of 200 copies.

After that, however, I started looking at what else the seller had and spotted another copy of the same record which was giong fairly cheap. I had no real intention of buying it, but figured that I would place a low-ish bid and be happy if I ended up winning. Well, wouldn't you know it I ended up winning it, but immediately felt the opposite of happy. I felt like an idiot who had been fished in to buying something that I had no intention of buying. Oops!

So now I'm not sure what to do. I'm gonna keep the white one, but not sure I want this other one. Oh, and I also have one on grey vinyl that I've owned for years. If you may be interested in either then get in touch.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Clouds Burned By Sunshine

I'm convinced that there are some records out there that literally nobody except me is still interested in. Here's an example. This is a test press of a 7" released by Second Nature records back in 1997. The band is called KRAKATOA and the 7" is titled 'Clouds Burned By Sunshine'. I really liked this when it came out. Who could have guessed that 18 years later I would be buying a test press from the label?

This is one of those bands who were barely a band. They recorded the 7" and then went their separate ways to join others bands. One dude went on to Harvest and another dude went on to Threadbare. But this was where they started.

Other than this 7", the band reformed a few years later and recorded a full length (which was CD only), and that was it - game over. I prefer the 7" to the album, but it's all good stuff, heavy and metallic and a few years ahead of its time I would say. If you've not heard this 7" before then there are quite a few clear vinyl copies on discogs for cheap. Why not treat yourself?

Saturday, 25 July 2015


Being a longtime Revelation fan, it's cool to see that the label is still investing in new bands. Here's one that I struggled to decide whether it was a 2014 or 2015 release - a 7" by a band called Forced Order titled 'Retribution'. This came out on 23 December 2014, meaning that it is technically a 2014 release... but with it coming out then, barely anyone would have received or heard it until early 2015. So I'm calling it a 2015 release. Sue me.

This band sounds a bit like Integrity, and features members (or possibly a member) of Soul Search... another current Rev band. Whilst I'm quite into these three songs, I'm not convinced that Rev is the right place for them to be honest. Although, that said, there's been so many bands with so many sounds on the label over the year, that I have no right to say that at all.

There were three colours of vinyl pressed, and of course I had to buy them all - yellow (300), burgundy (500) and grey (700).

As I type this, a whole seven months after it came out, Rev have just put up a pre-order for the band's first full length, due to ship in late September. Could be one of the records of the year I would guess. Well, for me anyway. Assuming I receive it before the year ends that is.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Get In The Pit...

... You motherfuckers!

Life's Halt were one of my favourite early 00's bands. Great music, great lyrics, great artwork and some great record covers. But I never got around to picking up their 97 Demo 7". I think this came out after their other records. It was kind of an odd release - not on a record label and only 300 copies. I think.

This 7" has plain labels - one orange, the other blue. For some reason I really like these blank labels. I guess I'm just a sucker for nice colours.

This thing also comes with two separate inserts. One might be the inside of the cover, although I can't remember as I took this photo about three weeks ago now, and I can't be arsed to go check. It doesn't really matter anyway.

Kinda funny to think that this has been on my wants list for a few years. I added it and then never really went after one. I always figured the price would drop to like $3, but it never really did. Then lots of years rolled by. So I finally decided to cross this one off the list once and forget trying to save like ten bucks or whatever.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Bug Live III

I picked up this purple vinyl copy of Dinosaur Jr.'s 'Bug Live' LP a while back. I already picked up the most common green version and also the most limited green in limited sleeve versions previously, so needed this one to 'complete' the set.

Well, wouldn't you know it, as soon as I received this the label repressed it on two more colours - a red vinyl and a white with purple splatter vinyl. I'm tapping out here though. Having three copies from the first press is enough for me, I dont really need two more. At least, that's the plan at the moment.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

No Warning - Done

Now this one took me a long time to find. It's the No Warning 7" on purple vinyl. Only 100 were made in 2001. I remember this coming out quite vividly as I had traded records (via Revelation's trade board) a few times with each of the two dudes who ran the label. I remember them telling me that they were setting up a label and had this band called No Warning lined up for their first release. I also remember that when it came out I got in touch to then be told that the colour copies were sold out. And here we are fourteen years later with me finally getting around to picking one up.

In the end there isn't even an exciting climax to this long saga. This just appeared on eBay one day and I bid and won it. The only bonus was that it cost me quite a lot less than I would have paid.

This copy seems to have originally been owned by someone called Jim Connolly, who it would appear was 'the mk master'. If anyone knows who this dude is and what mk is then do please let me know as I'm intrigued.

Well as luck would have it, the same seller was also letting go of their copy of the same record with the Summer Tour 2001 sleeve, which I also didn't have. So I made a play for that one too. There were 400 copies of this, which seems like quite a lot for one tour to me.

And to round things off, I also picked up this 'Yeti Demo Sessions' 7". This came out last year as a freebie in the mystery boxes that Bridge Nine sold as a means of clearing out some old stock.

I think this pretty much wraps up No Warning for me. There's nothing else I need or want. I mean, I'd gladly take a test of the first 7" or the first LP, but realistically that ain't gonna happen, and I'm not gonna stress about it so I'm done here. Not often I say that, and it actually feels good. The only thing left to do is to go see them play live in London in October. Maybe see you there...

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Casey's Weapon

I picked up another Murder Weapon 7", this time with a limited sleeve. I'm not sure what version this is though. I'm pretty sure it's not the record release version, so I'm guessing it may possibly be the final show version. Whatever. I'm not sure it matters really... although it would be nice to know.

This is one of those fold over paper sleeves that sits on top of the regular sleeve, popular with hardcore kids the world over.

I assume that this picture is the band, although I have no idea what any of them look like.

This just so happens to be the 'Casey Edition' and I got number 25/25. No idea who Casey is or was, but I bet he was stoked to have his own version of this record. I hope he still owns one.

As far as I'm aware there's one other version that I need of this 7", which is the one in the release show sleeve. I'm sure that one will pop up one day.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

This Time Next Clear

I saw this on instagram a few weeks ago and was puzzled. It's a(nother) repress of The Movielife 'This Time Next Year' LP, this time on clear vinyl. What puzzled me was that this was put up on instagram by a shop in the UK, yet there was no mention of it by Revelation Records themselves. It turns out that this was made exclusively for Banquet Records here in the UK, which is (coincidentally) the closest record store to my house. I mean, imagine that, the first time that Rev has made an exclusive colour for one individual shop*, and it just so happens to be the one in the world that I can get to easily. So obviously I had to buy one.

I actually got to the shop two weeks after it had been put on instagram and couldn't find the LP in the rack. I asked the dude at the counter and he told me that they may be sold out. I was surprised as selling 300 copies of one record in so little time seemed impossible, especially in the UK, but he told me the online sales had been pretty crazy. Well anyway, he went to check, and came back telling me that they had 5 copies left. Five! Well, I bought three of them and got the hell out of there. One for me, one for Geoff and one for whoever else I know who might want one. If that's you, hit me up.

PS Somehow the shop still seem to have this available to order. Not sure how many copies they may have left, but something doesn't quite add up as it was two weeks ago that I bought three of the last five. Hmmmmm.

* The red vinyl copy of this LP made for Hot Topic a few years back doesn't count as that's a chain.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Screaming Life

It's almost a year since I saw Soundgarden play live supporting Black Sabbath. Not long after I was looking out for Soundgarden records, and one that I found for a really good price was a blue vinyl copy of the 'Screaming Life EP'. This was the band's first release on Sub Pop Records way back in 1987. I never owned one of these before, but the cheap blue vinyl copy I bought back in October last year on eBay arrived badly warped, so I had to send it back. It then took a few months to find another low-ish priced copy, but this time on purple vinyl.

This was originally pressed on orange vinyl, and was then repressed on numerous different colours, including this one. It's not actually that hard to find, but the challenge is to find one for a low price. Mission complete.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Crime Desire

I'd never heard of Crime Desire before, but figured I'd check them out based on two main factors. Firstly, it's on Standards Records, which put out the Adult Crash 12" last year which I really enjoyed. And secondly because the band has the owner of Standards Records, Revelation collector extraordinaire Colin Tappe, on vocals. This was enough for me to take a chance and buy the latest LP, 'Your Power'.

Green vinyl is the limited version out of 100 copies.

Not that I'm an expert or anything, but to me this sounds a bit like Septic Death. The songs are short, noisy blasts. It's good stuff. Check it out HERE if you don't believe me.