From the Fringe: February 19, 2017

by Brent Eyestone

We've got a couple of BLACK ARMY JACKET reissues coming up on digital and streaming platforms via Magic Bullet Records on 2/22. The response from music press has been excellent and I've enjoyed seeing the guys get their just dues. Metal Hammer over in the UK ran an interview with Carlos Ramirez and a full stream of 222 here. Noisey did the same with Dave Witte and the 50-song Closed Casket compilation here.

BLACK ARMY JACKET reunion at Best Friends Day in Richmond, VA: circa 2010

BLACK ARMY JACKET reunion at Best Friends Day in Richmond, VA: circa 2010

Decibel Magazine took notice of the VHS tape digitization project I've taken on this year. All of the tapes tend to be from the 90's and early 00's and the individual sets have been uploaded to YouTube. I've been pulling from Larry Herweg (of PELICAN)'s collection heavily, but am also in the process of digitizing tapes from Charles Maggio (RORSCHACH) and my own collection. It's been a fun and nostalgic process that should go on throughout the rest of the year. If you're sitting on a stash of your own and would like my to include it into the queue, drop me a line for an address to send to. I can currently work with VHS, VHS-C, and Hi8 tapes. Decibel's curated playlist of videos to watch is posted here

POWER TRIP's new album Nightmare Logic is almost upon us via Southern Lord. Riley had sent me an advance some months back and I've been relentlessly playing it ever since. If you don't pick up a physical format of this one, please consider streaming via Spotify, as that platform publicly displays the number of total plays. A high number of plays leads to better tours. Better tours yield more opportunities and stability for one of the most underrated bands currently out there. Check out the premiere of "Executioner's Tax (Swing of the Axe)" via Stereogum here.