Every few months, something comes along and reminds me of my undying love for skate-punk and that early Epitaph/Fat Wreck Chords sound: the bands that taught me how to play guitar, the songs at the foundation of my love of music, the sound that made me want to be in a band…and I still am in one…or more. What can I say? I couldn’t skate.
Enter Local Resident Failure, who I stumbled upon on accident because their drummer, Kyle Smith, made two drum videos spanning the entire Epitaph and Fat discography. Watch those here and here. They’re quite impressive based on volume alone. Now, the more aggressive side of this genre always held my attention over the poppier side. In ’94, I went the Offspring-Smash route as opposed to the Green Day– Dookie, route, if you know what I mean (Kyle also has a video spanning Green Day’s career here).
Local Resident Failure offer a comfortable blend of that aggression and the melody/hooks/harmonies that could draw someone who doesn’t typically listen to punk derivative stuff. There’s upstrokes, too…like the ones you’d find on an early Millencolin record. Their first full length, “A Breath of Stale Air,” could very well sneak it’s way into the Fat Wreck Chords catalog (I’m not too sure what Epitaph is up to these days, but that last Bad Religion record ruled).
Local Resident Failure sound like The Deviates meets NOFX with a hint of a real accent on the vocals, on their debut. You usually know what you’re going to get with this genre, which is why the titled makes me laugh, however it’s rare that a new band comes out and does it so well. Listen for yourself below:
A lot of us here at Bedside Manner have been doing this music thing for a while. 2011 marks ten years playing shows, writing and recording music for some of us. Being that we live in the modern age, much of our work has been conveniently documented through good ol’ ones and zeros. What does that mean for y’all? FREE DOWNLOADS of all of the early work we can salvage no matter how bad, embarrassing, low-quality or laughable they are. We’re not living in the past; we’re merely laughing at it! ENJOY!
We’re going to do our best to do this chronologically, but it probably won’t work out that way. We will include the ex-members that make up the projects and as much info as we can pertaining to the cuts. If any of the mediafire links are broken, leave a comment and let us know!
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