Ah, only a month too late. The Bellicose Minds spent the month of November touring the American West Coast with a couple of European punk bands. TBM is a PDX quartet that decided to make post-punk music due to their bassist's inability to play hardcore. Obvious influences come to mind (the Cure, Joy Division, etc.) but they also manage to keep it interesting by juxtaposing early positive punk percussion with well produced synth.
The next few posts are dedicated to bands I discovered during my short stay in Portland. Besides their Portland residency, I know next to nothing about Funeral Parade. They played some shows in October of this year, but I'm unsure about their status as a band. Their solitary release mixes For Madmen Only-era drumming with bass lines reminiscent of Pornography and abrasive vocals. The result is a surprisingly up-beat and goth-tinged punk sound that is ideal for a brisk morning jog through Lone Fir cemetery.
It has been some time since my last post. My absence can be attributed to the following two reasons First, I've been on vacation; second, XTG got my Mediafire account suspended after I posted their most recent double album. As you've probably noticed, most of the links are unavailable. I will not make an effort to re-upload each and every file, but requests are always encouraged. The format of this blog will change a bit in that I will not post as much new music, and I will try to make posts more thematic. I am also entertaining the idea of posting reading material. Thanks for your continued patronage.