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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

***GOOD TIMES exclusive song premiere***

exclusive song premiere
For fans ofLeerSuis La Lune and Terry Green
Label Blurb:
"San Francisco’s own two piece project, Good Times, is a breath of fresh air without straying away from the traditional take of screamo. “Reticent” is just another example of their polished twinkly sound, harsh vocals, clean guitar and punishing breaks. Lyrically reminiscent of other screamo songs about taking control of ones life all in a driving punch, this song is a great sample of exactly who Good Times are. This song isn’t just a stamp of who they are but what’s to come."

Kenny from San Francisco's GOOD TIMES sent me this to premiere, and although I was initially hesitant, I've quickly become quite hooked on this mildy twinkly screamo song that is definitely worth your attention. "Reticent" runs 3:11 and begins with guitars and ambiance that I'd expect from an indie band's intro but it fades after 25 seconds and gives way to the much more obvious, grooving and playful collective voice of the band. By the one-minute mark those twinkly guitars come in and when coupled with the frantic drums and shredding screams, it evens it all out quite nicely and reminds me of Swedish screamo, for sure.

The tape and 7" should be available February 1st, 2018 if all goes according to plan via Old Press Records and Damn Fine Tapes, whose info is all linked above.

(2018) GOOD TIMES - "Reticent" (from '4-way' split)

Sunday, 14 January 2018


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artistsEyes Of Verotika, Back When, Spirit Of Versailles and Caught In The Fall.
CountryOmaha, Nebraska U.S.A.
Years Active2001-2004
Song: "Us (team awesome) vs. The Spanish Armada"
Album: "Tour cd"
Year: 2004
For fans ofFuneral Diner, Spirit Of Versailles, Staircase, Tunes For Bears To Dance To, Caught In The Fall, Birthday Boyz, Eyes Of Verotika, D'Amore, Dawntreader, Closure, ...Who Calls So Loud, Snag, Storm The Bastille, Sans Visage, Matsuri, Pyramids, Youth Novel and Saetia aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the December 2017 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download: the January 2018 Mix#1 right here or get the new January 2018 Mix#2 here.

Upon doing my research for this post I found that there is now another band called Robot Don't Cry from Kiev. I have no idea what they sound like and this post will not be about them.

My first experience in Omaha, Nebraska was playing a New Year's Eve show there in 1998 (playing as midnight struck into 1999). We were surrounded by some of the most enthusiastic people who just seemed to love music.

Fast forward a few years later and I see a band from Omaha called ROBOTS DON'T CRY play in a basement in Connecticut. I recounted my story of playing Omaha on New Year's Eve and the drummer informed that they were that group of enthusiastic kids. It all comes full circle.

From what I can tell ROBOTS DON'T CRY existed in the years between 2001 and 2004. They played an introspective style of screamy music that was marked by longer/epic-like instrumental sections, wonderful melodies and some subtly experimental guitar work.

There are times when listening to the band that I can almost feel like I'm listening to a Mid-Western version of Funeral Diner. The music is drenched in melody with few sharp edges. Even the contrasting chaotic interludes the band throws in seem to retain an introspective roundness to them that keep the composition as a whole sounding consistent. You can hear this about a minute into "Blinfolded Circumcision". Listen to the beautiful, yet Sonic Youth inspired noise-ridden interlude on "Meehan Aloha, Fatass" which erupts into a Dinosaur Jr. inspired guitar solo. No other band has pulled off these aspects of 90's grunge so seamlessly into the 90's screamo genre:

Speaking of 90's you can almost hear an ode to The Cranberries song "Zombie" on the their Tour 2004 release song "Don't Fuck With The Magical Lamgorghini Circus". (go to about 11 minutes in for the specific part)

ROBOTS DON'T CRY is seldom mentioned in conversations about the genre; it seems almost criminal that this band goes under the radar of most folks. Members went on to play in other bands like Caught In The Fall and Back When, both bands equally interesting and ambitious.


Click )==>here<==( to download most of the band's discography in mp3 form.

??? - miscellaneous comp song (contributed "Breakdown-Party 2000")

2003 - ...And Humans Don't Rust cdEP

2004 - Tour cdrEP
2004 - Summer Tour (split w/Shadows And The Silence) 7"EP


(200?) ROBOTS DON'T CRY - "Breakdown-party 2000" (from '?unknown?')

(2004) ROBOTS DON'T CRY - "Meehan; Aloha, Fatass" (from 'Tour cdr')

(2004) ROBOTS DON'T CRY - "Us (team awesome) vs. The Spanish Armada" (from 'Tour cdr')

(2003) ROBOTS DON'T CRY - "Easter Egg Hunt in a Minefield" (from '...And Humans Don't Rust')

(2003) ROBOTS DON'T CRY - "Mormons are Breaded Fish" (from '...And Humans Don't Rust')

(2003) ROBOTS DON'T CRY - "Blindfolded Circumcision" (from '...And Humans Don't Rust')


ROBOTS DON'T CRY out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)

Thursday, 11 January 2018

***2018 OMSB mp3 Mix #2 (February)***

February 2018 mp3 MIX #2
 => ***DOWNLOAD HERE*** <=
...and updates

Holy shit I'm back in Canada. What a weird 180. I'm currently travelling around British Columbia with my family trying to find a good place to settle down and root ourselves again, as being a nomad is starting to really wear on me.

The Zampler was released on December 30th with 9 unreleased songs and 24 others, for a total of 33 bands from around the world.

The Congratulations/The Rabbit Theory 7" and the WristMeetRazor 2x7" have arrived from the plants and will ship asap. There's also upcoming streams coming in full from Locktender, Descubriendo A Mr. Mime as well as both SeeYouSpaceCowboy and Secondgradeknifefight in as short as five days. More upcoming releases include the split 7" between SeeYouSpaceCowboy and Secondgradeknifefight, Улыбайся Ветру 12"LP, The Ultimate Screamo Band 10", мятеж/Carl Johnson split cassette and the Crowning/Swallow's Nest split 7". In the deeper end of 2018 we'll see releases from Rutka Laskier, Hedge Fund Trader, Lessener, Massa Nera, Snag, a split between Moss Rose and мятеж, Eight Feet Under Vol.II 2x12", Respire and a split 7" between Coma Regalia and Drei Affen. Holy shit that's one hell of a year.

Lastly, the Best Of 2017 will be posted in the next week or two, along with three reviews from Tom Schlatter. A few days back we posted a bunch of friends' top ten lists which you can read through here. Included are Lars from React With Protest Records, Shawn Decker from Middle Man Records, Tom Schlatter of What Of Us, Jesse Mowery of Majorel, Jimmy Stellwagen of Old Soul, Mike Van Buren from Lessener and Tarquin Jones, who has been responsible for numerous online communities and digital compilations.

Lastly, here's the tracklisting for OMSB mix#12 that was reviewed in December:

1) COUNCIL OF RATS - "Vexed"

2) DIE ABETE - "L'antropologa Il trend del declino"

3) HEDGE FUND TRADER - "One For One"

4) PERFECT BLUE - "pillar of smoke"

5) LEVELESS - "No Path"

6) ATTACKROBOTATTACK - "The Wastelands"

7) CHALK HANDS - "Arms"

Much love,

Dave @ (((((OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain)))))


ZBR Store/Bandcamp

WRISTMEETRAZOR 'I Talk to God...But the Sky is Empty' LP
2x7" (order here)
(listen here)

The Rabbit Theory
7" (order here)
(listen here)

YARROW 'Untold Want + Ostraca + Vril + Coma Regalia' LP
10" (order here)
(listen here)

SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY 'Atrocities From a Story Book Perspective' Cassingle
cassette (order here)
(listen here)

(CAN order here)
(NZ order here)


***Interviews/live shows/premieres coming up this month for sure:
- (((((OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain))))) Best of 2017
- CARL JOHNSON exclusive premiere
- LOCKTENDER album premiere
- ['selvə] exclusive song premiere
- three reviews by TOM SCHLATTER

***Interviews/live shows/premieres posted last month:
- YUNG NAT$ exclusive song premiere
- SWALLOW'S NEST live show review w/Milpool, OPC and Buspuncher
- KODOS exclusive album premiere
- WRISTMEETRAZOR 2x7" album premiere
- BUSTER ROSS exclusive deluxe album premiere
- FRAIL BODY exclusive song premiere
- Some Friends & Their Top 10s of 2017

***The following page have changes:
- nada

As always, on or around the 1st of every month, I will be posting a ZIP file with songs for the upcoming month with ALL specifics deleted from the tags, so unless you already know the band, there is NO information regarding each track.

During the following month, I will post reviews for those bands and link the tracks to the review so you can associate the two together. This way you can listen to a new song/band and have little-to-no bias. Below, I have re-posted the January mp3 mix that is used for this month's reviews.

The new OMSB mp3 Mix #2 has 10 songs, all of which rule and will be reviewed by me. Some examples include:
*-* members of Congratulations, Black Love and In The Name Of Havoc hooking up for a killer combo
*-* sick new Russian emo-violence band in the vein of Under A Sky So Blue (and previously unreleased!!!)
*-* noodley, midwestern emo from Dunedin, New Zealand
*-* one of the band's I used to be in
*-* my favourite two current Japanese screamo bands


Any bands/labels that are interested in having their stuff reviewed, please email with "Open Mind Saturated Brain" as the subject. Please keep in mind that I don't review everything, just what jives with the blog. I will, however, listen to everything you send me. I would recommend emailing with an idea for a song/album premiere 2 months prior to that song/album release date for a much stronger chance at being reviewed on this blog. Bands that have already had their discography reviewed can also submit new albums for review if they include song/album premieres.