PORCUPINE/PROUNS SPLIT CASSETTE
‘Afternoon’ Variant /25
This split was released digitally at the end of 2019 and is seeing a physical tape release via New Morality Zine and Tiny God Inc. The sound of the bands is quite different, but works well together in harmony, which makes sense because this split comes after the two bands shared the road together last Summer.
Porcupine kicks off the split, with their best and most concise material to date. Their chaotic sound from past releases is harnessed and used in bursts, making their melodic moments even more powerful. They seem to take influence from late 90s to early 00s melodic hardcore and metal core like Converge and The Hope Conspiracy, and pull it off in their own way. They keep it fresh with various vocal stylings, dynamic changes, and non-corny mosh parts. The two songs ‘Fawn’ and ‘Wedlock’ both begin with samples and flow into each other seamlessly.
Then, Prouns kicks off their side with ‘Blue’, which was featured on their 2019 Summer Tour Promo as well. This song features a lot of what Prouns does best, stompy bits with distant yet catchy vocals. The New York three piece battles with itself through a jagged rhythmic groove, giving way to unexpected relief until the song is over and leads directly into ‘Running in Place’. This is a quicker song that teases at a more hardcore feel, until the halfway point, where the songs builds to a catchy and chunky peak. This band does a great job of blending the various edges of classic emotional rock, I hear bits of Quicksand, Handsome, Silent Majority, and Christie Front Drive in there.
This split breezes by at 9 minutes and has a little something for anyone who enjoys passionate & aggressive music.
-Michael Bellis (Brain Cave)
We also have a limited number of bundles with all three variants (‘Morning’ /25, ‘Afternoon’ /25, and ‘Night’ /25) available. Click here.
CATALOG No. 2 Digital Copy
Figured I’d deliver some small content to read while everyone is in quarantine. This is a brief digital copy of Catalog No. Issue 2. At the start of all of the COVID-19 stuff I was actually in the process of moving and working on this full issue, so I packed up all my records for storage and never got a chance to finish.
With that, if you’ve got the time to truly sit with your records during quarantine, I encourage you to re-create your own vinyl memoir.
As always, thanks for reading.
NMZ X Carrot Cake Zine Sticker Pack Collab
We teamed up with amazing Boston artist, Carrot Cake Zine, to bring you a die cut sticker set of NMZ bands Buggin Out, Downward and Fake Eyes. Check out more art and zines from Carrot Cake here.
Sticker set is limited to 50 total. If you’d like a digital download of an album from any of those artists, leave it in the ‘NOTES’ section of your order!
GLEAN “G” SHIRT!
Available now on surprise colorway of “G” GLEAN design by Drake.
BUGGIN OUT “BUGGIN OUT” EP OUT NOW!
BUGGIN OUT bring you five tracks of aggressive, yet fun loving hardcore Chicago style. The band has easily made a name for themselves in the Midwest through their live shows and ability to transcend scenes. The newest offering sees the band take the groundwork laid out in their year old demo and build off adding a harder edged tone to both the song structures and in your face lyrics. This is 100% not a band to sleep on.
Lime green tapes out of 50. Pick one up here!
We also have limited “Buggin Out” shirts with NMZ Chicago flag logo for pre-order and in a pre-order bundle here.
GLEAN “DEMO 2020” STREAMING AND PRE-ORDERS
We are ecstatic to bring you the promising demo from San Diego’s GLEAN. The band is compromised of a group of friends and family who share the desire to pay homage to the sounds that shaped them as individuals ranging from bands such as Hüsker Du, Joy Division, and Rites of Spring to more contemporary acts like Title Fight, Fiddlehead and Anxious. The demo showcases a willingness for vulnerability and the need to move on; a perspective that can often only be seen through youthful eyes.
Limited cassette pre-orders available here!
Full “Demo 2020” streaming on our bandcamp. Click here to listen!
Photo by Daniel Gutierrez (IG pleasedontgotohell)
DOWNWARD “TOGETHER” HOODIE
Available for Pre-Order
Limited pre-order ends Friday Jan 31st.
Pre-order bundle with 12″ “S/T” LP on Opaque Purple available also! Click here.
GLEAN SINGLE “GARDEN” NOW STREAMING
Welcome to 2020! We are excited to work with a young San Diego band, Glean, to bring you what is surely an awesome demo. To whet your appetite check out the single, “Garden”, now streaming on our respective bandcamps.
We will be co-releasing the cassette demos with SD’s Dogwhistle Records. More news to come on release date and tape orders.
FAKE EYES “FUZZED OUT” SHIRT AVAILABLE NOW!
New FAKE EYES gear in the store! “FUZZED OUT” design by our friend Ridge Rhine (of Life’s Question). Pick up a shirt here and be sure to now follow the band on Instagram @fakeeyesband
More news to come!
WELCOME FLORIDA’S SYSTEM 74
NEW MORALITY ZINE is very excited to team up with Florida’s SYSTEM 74 to bring you their dynamic EP, “Beyond the Surface”. SYSTEM 74 burst onto the scene with 6 raw tracks of modern punk. The release showcases the band’s effective use of dual guitars, ripping bass lines and anthemic vocals.”Beyond the Surface” will surely cause the mind to harken back to the days of skateboarding in empty parking lots.
CD versions of SYSTEM 74’s “Beyond the Surface” available now! CDs include digital download and 11×17 poser (while supplies last). Order here.
Listen on all streaming services and on our Catalog/Bandcamp.
SOUL BLIND ‘CRAWLING INTO YOU’ VIDEO
Watch the video for SOUL BLIND’s track, ‘Crawling Into You’ from the “Promo 19” release available now on tape or streaming services.
SUNSTROKE’S “BLOOM AT NIGHT” STREAMING!
SUNSTROKE’S full EP, “Bloom At Night” is now streaming via Bandcamp. Check it out here!
The EP hits all other streaming platforms Friday 11/8!
SUNSTROKE “BLOOM AT NIGHT”
We are beyond excited to announce SUNSTROKE’s latest offering: “Bloom At Night”. Pre-orders for the 12″EP are up now!
Philly’s Sunstroke return with the follow up to last year’s LP, “Second Floor/Seven”. The new 12″ EP, aptly titled “Bloom At Night”, showcases the band’s desire for progression. This release finds the band’s sound expanding further into a unique blend of hardcore that holds true to the “Revolution Summer” brand, while highlighting some more subtle influences. The band has not only progressed sonically, but topically as well. While the last release saw Sunstroke taking aim at the ways of the world, “Bloom At Night” has a much more introspective approach in support of individuals tackling their own respective hardships. This EP firmly places Sunstroke at the forefront of an oncoming wave of modern melodic hardcore.
1. Bloom At Night
2. Fall Risk
5. Under Your Influence (Dag Nasty cover)
/12 silk screened B-Side opaque pink (pre-order only)
/68 opaque pink
/80 transparent blue
You can also pre-order two other variants:
Revelation Records has a limited yellow pressing of the record here.
European orders are limited to 50 with an alternative cover through Assault Records. Order here!
Hudson Valley’s SOUL BLIND bring two new tracks that showcase the band’s desire to become masters of their craft; upstate post-hardcore shoegaze. These two new tracks show the band leaning into their alternative influences while letting their darker and heavier undertones carry the songs in and out of a dream-like state. Stream the tracks on all services and our Bandcamp.
Cassette tapes and shirt pre-orders available now! Order here!
SWEET SOUL “Do You Like Good Music?” Out Now!
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE! Sweet Soul’s demo aptly titled, “Do You Like Good Music?” is out on streaming services and available for pre-order now!
SWEET SOUL “Do You Like Good Music?”
Is the musical debut of California rockers! The demo release sees the band paying homage to 77 punk through a modern day pop rock filter. These four infectious tunes will surely have you tapping your foot and singing along in no time.
25 green tint (NMZ) ORDER HERE!
25 purple tint (Sweet Soul)
We also have a Sweet Soul logo shirt and mug in the store! Don’t miss out on these exclusive items.
Whet your appetite with this 77 style punk track, ‘Diggin’ Your Grave’ now streaming on Punk News.
SUNSTROKE ‘FALL RISK’ CASSINGLE
As an advance for Sunstroke’s upcoming 12″ EP, “Bloom At Night”, the band has teamed up with New Morality Zine and Museum Of Punk to bring you the ‘Fall Risk’ cassingle.
‘Fall Risk’ shows Sunstroke’s continuation of being able to effectively blend their musical influences into a singular sound: infectious guitar hooks, post-punk undertones, driving drums, and melancholy tinged lyrics.
When asked about the lyrics, singer Sean Farlow responded; “‘Fall Risk’ is about being self aware to your own self destruction, and getting to the point of knowing you need to seek for help. It’s about knowing what it is like trying to navigate why (you feel the way you do), struggling with your own self worth, and comparing your own intelligence to your mental health. Suicide awareness, and prevention are the main themes of this.”
100% of the proceeds from the cassingle and Bandcamp sales are being donated to Philly’s Walnut Wellness Fund (https://www.walnutwellnessfund.com/mission) – an organization that aides uninsured people access to emotional therapy and support. .
1. Fall Risk
2. Dominic (Live)
Cassingles out of 50.
Tracks will appear on all streaming services Friday 9/20!!!
NMZ LOGO HAT
Now available for a limited time. NMZ Logo 5 panel adjustable hats. These are up and ship quick! Order here.
END ON END “S/T Demo”
END ON END’s “S/T DEMO” got the re-press treatment! Dog Years Records and NMZ now have two new color ways available with inverted artwork. If you missed out the first time around, don’t do the same! Order here!
25 black (NMZ Exclusive)
25 orange (Dog Years Records Exclusive)
NMZ “Back To School” Shirt
Available now! Get back to school!
“A Tale of Sudden Love and Unforgettable Heartbreak” EP
Streaming + Pre-Order
Life’s Question returns with their continuously evolving style of heavy hardcore. Maintaining the sense of grit from their previous EP, “Cursed The Will To Dream” (2018), “A Tale of Sudden Love and Unforgettable Heartbreak” drives the listener further into a sense of desperation with three brand new tracks.
Musically the band has moved forward with the formula they’ve become known for — bouncy, solo filled ’90s NY influenced hardcore. However, the band didn’t just settle on this release. Instead they continued to drive their melodic undertones forward and infuse even more melody through backing vocals guitar leads. Life’s Question show no sign of slowing down.
1. Cracks In The Floor Of Heaven
2. You Told Me That You Love Me (But You Told A Lie)
3. Who Stole The Soul
STREAMING NOW ON ALL PLATFORMS AND OUT BANDCAMP!
DOWNWARD TOUR + CHICAGO TICKETS!
DOWNWARD head out on the road in August with our friends GREYNIER (MN) and HONEYMOON (OH). See dates below.
As part of the run, DOWNWARD will kick it off in CHICAGO at Margaritaville. We are doing advanced tickets for this show. $10.50 on sale now HERE.
ADVANCE TICKET INCLUDES:
1. Entry to show
2. Limited silkscreen newspaper print of show flier by Jonathan Gonzales (pick up upon entry to show)
3. NMZ Minizine featuring info from all bands
NMZ SUMMER ’19 NEWSLETTER
Physical newsletter offering insight into the latest news and releases.
Also the only place you’ll find out about the next NMZ band until it’s actual release!! Purchase here!
Thanks for reading.
“MY ENVIRONMENT” NOW STREAMING
Stream on the NMZ Bandcamp!
END ON END
END ON END tapes are in and shipping now. We’re all sold out of tapes. END ON END will have an exclusive color on tour this summer.
End On End is a band who thematically and musically prove to be carving their own. While the origin story of End On End is not something unheard of; four friends sharing the desire to rock, the outcome is what defines the band. End On End has somehow very early on mastered the ability to write hardcore songs that would catch the ears of any fan of the genre without succumbing to trends. Their self-titled demo, co-released by Dog Years Records and New Morality Zine, brings four riff driven hardcore songs that pack plenty punch. The demo begins by steadily carrying the listener in only to be welcomed by a barrage of well executed vocals and hard hitting drums. This pattern doesn’t let up throughout the release. Instead, the intensity and urgency of the band only picks up as songs continue. End On End show their appreciation for unique guitar tones and sharp lyrics that land the band somewhere between hardcore heavy weights FURY and Have Heart.
Be sure to catch END ON END this summer with ANXIOS and ONE STEP CLOSER.
FENCE CUTTER PRE-ORDERS!
NEW FAKE EYES SINGLE, ‘ILLUMINATE’, STREAMING NOW!
Today we bring you the newest track from North Carolina’s FAKE EYES. The single, ‘Illuminate’, will appear on an upcoming promo tape (only available on their East Coast run with Anxious in late May) as well as a future EP release.
‘Illuminate’ sees the band growing more confident in their sound and style. Songwriter and vocalist Paul Vuksanovich takes the opportunity to showcase his transcendental lyrical prowess and vocal melodies. All while guitarist Gran Peters adds an additional layer of intricate guitar that propels the song forward.
‘Illuminate’ is now available on all streaming services.
DOWNWARD “S/T” LP NOW AVAILABLE!
DOWNWARD LPs are in and they look beautiful. The band offers an inspiring sonic take on the realm of alternative and post-hardcore. Downward finds themselves towing the line between what is seemingly light and airy (reminiscent of Radiohead) and at the same time beautifully crushing (akin to modern luminaries Nothing). This album sounds powerful on LP and is a great addition to the NMZ catalog. Purchase here!
AXE TO GRIND:
A LISTENER’S GUIDE 2.0
WE’RE BACK! (BUT NEVER REALLY WENT AWAY….)
LIMITED TO 2,000!
The 2.0 tongue in cheek listener’s guide. This mini zine captures some of the frequently used terms on THE hardcore podcast, Axe To Grind! Use this to make sure you can keep up with the conversation! Purchase here!
Check out and listen to Axe To Grind.
HC Podcast. Adults discussing niche music minutiae with such genuine concern that there’s definitely something wrong with them.
Listen on: Apple podcast, Soundcloud, etc.
Thanks to Tom, Bob and Pat.
FAKE EYES TOUR + PROMO
Fake Eyes hits the road this May with our close friends in Anxious. Check out the dates above.
Fake Eyes will also have a Promo 2019 cassette tape out on the run featuring a new track and a cover. Be on the lookout for more Fake Eyes stuff in the future!
END ON END
Straight Edge hardcore from Oklahoma.
Very rarely can you find a band whose intensity is matched by it’s honesty. On this promising demo, End On End has been able to accomplish just that. Four well crafted hardcore songs that come across pissed yet poetic. The songs demonstrate a cohesive and thoughtful musicianship that show this band is here to make an impact.
This release presents the best in the Midwest team up of New Morality Zine and Dog Years Records.
DOWNWARD. A band from Tulsa, Oklahoma with humble beginnings who have set to live beyond musical boundaries. What started as an idea amongst friends quickly became a passion to create music that satisfies all of their overlapping musical interests. The band offers an inspiring sonic take on the realm of alternative and post-hardcore. Downward finds themselves towing the line between what is seemingly light and airy (reminiscent of Radiohead) and at the same time beautifully crushing (akin to modern luminaries Nothing).
This amazing vinyl release of their LP is limited to 250 pressing. Order here.
100 Pure Clear
150 Opaque Purple
Test Pressings (white LP jacket with matte photo of album art)
NMZ NEWSLETTER ZINE
Check it out! We’ve got some updates, tour dates and the announcement of NMZ005 (our next vinyl release!) in the newsletter. Pick one up or add it to your order now. CLICK HERE!
NMZ LOGO SHIRTS
A limited set of NMZ logo shirts in red are now up in the store! Order here.
All funds go right back into the project of zines and more music releases!
Thanks for reading.
“Cursed The Will To Dream” EP
Life’s Question “Cursed The Will To Dream” EP
Life’s Question brings three pulse pounding tracks of gritty hardcore on their latest EP. “Cursed The Will To Dream”. While reminiscent of ’90s NYHC, Life’s Question finely balance elements of heavy breaks, shredding solos and fast parts that are all their own. Chicago Hardcore.
Cassette EP will include 12×12 newspaper print poster.
Album art by Ridge Rhine
Layout by Jake Beaver
“The Underground Man” EP
NMZ is excited to team up with distinctive Chicago hardcore act Porcupine. We will be releasing their latest effort, “The Underground Man” EP on cassette. With a sound that falls somewhere between the blurred lines of genres, “The Underground Man” brings four unrelenting tracks of brutal emotion. Listen to it here!
Pre-orders for the EP are up now. Limited to 25 black and 25 red cassettes!
FAKE EYES “Demo 2018” SHIRTS
Had these Fake Eyes shirts digitally printed. Turned out great and ended up printing a few more. Pick up a shirt and demo cassette here.
SUNSTROKE LIVE AT CREEP RECORDS!
Amazing new live set from Conor of Cemetery Tapes of Sunstroke playing Creep Records in Philly. You might recognize Conor’s work from the Sunstroke promo clip for the LP that he and Sunny Hate5Six worked on. Tons of other great videos on his channel. Be sure to check them out!
P.S. new Sunstroke song in the set! Hear ‘Fall Risk’ here first!
NMZ AND UGLY AND PROUD
Good news! New Morality Zine has teamed up with Ugly and Proud Records (Sofia, Bulgaria) to coordinate a distro.
NMZ releases and zines (well, some of them) are now offered in European distro with Ugly and Proud Records. Save on the insane shipping and begin to pre-order from Ugly and Proud. Head here!
And for those of you that are stateside, we are now running pre-orders on select Ugly and Proud titles as well. Great stuff like ’90’s SFLHC from Envision, metallic hardcore band Die Young, NC’s Search For Purpose and more available.
ILL STREET NEWS PODCAST
I recently got the chance to chat with the gentlemen of Ill Street News Podcast based in Philadelphia. We talk how the zine started, NMZ releases and bands, and how I just sound Straight Edge. Listen below.
CATALOG No. A VINYL MEMOIR
WELCOME TO CATALOG N0.
This is the first issue in what I hope to make a series. I randomly pull or put away records from my collection and tell you about them. The title says it all. CATALOG No.is a vinyl memoir.
END OF YEAR LISTS
First, seeing NMZ releases on some end of year lists is beyond exciting. The fact that other people enjoy the music we helped put out as much we do is the sole reason for going down the path of releasing music under NMZ.
Here are some spots to check out New Morality Zine releases, as well as others, on Top of 2018 picks.
Really, thank you to anyone who supported these releases in 2018.
Hoping for more in 2019,
FAKE EYES ‘Demo 2018’
5 UP AND COMING HARDCORE BANDS
NMZ’s Rule Them All made Scott Vogel of Terror’s list for new bands to check out. In good company. Watch the video below!
RULE THEM ALL
“An Alignment Of Polarity” Zine Interview
It was an honor to get to start releasing music with Long Island’s Rule Them All. The minute I heard their demo I was hooked. I had been kicking around the idea of trying to put something out, and the demo put the nail in the coffin. I had to see if they were interested in releasing something through NMZ.
Enter “An Alignment Of Polarity”. The band had already begun writing, entered the studio and were nearly finished when we got the ball rolling. The band released the EP digitally with a lot of positive praise and we wanted to be sure we did the vinyl treatment right. With the release of the vinyl we decided to create a zine that acted as the insert. The zine features song lyrics and explanations, as well as an interview with frontman Jon Gusman.
Below is the interview included in that zine. Be sure to pick up a copy of the 12″ EP in our website to get the rest of the zine and song descriptions. Grab the vinyl here!
Thanks for reading.
We also have a RULE THEM ALL ‘LONG ISLAND’ dad hat and hat + vinyl bundle here.
EX YOUTH “Oakland Intervention”
New Morality Zine, in conjunction with Jawk Records, brings you a 6 track cassette filled with furious, Straight Edge hardcore from the Bay Area’s EX YOUTH. EX YOUTH make their opinions of contemporary culture heard on their newest EP, aptly titled “Oakland Intervention”.
With focal points including social commentary (i.e. ‘I Hate San Francisco’), introspective revelations (i.e. ‘Mute’ and ‘Melatonin’) and, of course, Straight Edge (i.e. ‘Don’t Talk To Me’ and Last One Standing’) the band demonstrates that they are pissed while still being able to remind listeners of why we love hardcore to begin with. Guaranteed winner for any hardcore fan. Limited to 75.
EDGE DAY 2018.
SUNSTROKE “Second Floor/Seven” LP Out Now!
Sunstroke’s LP “Second Floor/Seven” is out now!
This joint release with CoinToss Records brings you ambitious and urgent Dischord-era hardcore from Philly/NJ. Taking a page out of hardcore history, while still remaining contemporary, Sunstroke pave the way for forward thinking hardcore.
New Morality Zine, CoinToss and the band have exclusive colors of the vinyl.
COUNT ME OUT
In honor of Indecision Records re-pressing Count Me Out’s “110”, I decided to post the interview conducted with Pete Appleby (CMO, Renee Heartfelt, Memorial) that was featured in NMZ Issue #1.
Seeing as how CMO is one of my favorite bands, I was excited to include them in the initial issue. In my mind Pete (and Garth of CMO) perfected the 2000s hardcore sound that I love. It was then only obvious that I would end up loving all of Pete’s other projects from Renee Heartfelt to Memorial. Through a mutual friend, Michelle Rakshys, that I was able to get a hold of Pete and ask him some questions. The scans of the interview from Issue #1 are below.
Thanks for reading.
You can also pre-order the “110” re-press here at Indecision Records (all test presses are gone, so if you’re already looking to sell one let me know…)
RULE THEM ALL
An Alignment of Polarity EP
OUT NOW on vinyl! Long Island’s Rule Them All “An Alignment Of Polarity” EP. The release features five songs of refreshing, hook-laden melodic Long Island hardcore. Jon Gusman’s existential lyrics are shouted over the catchy guitar work of Richie Amour and Zach Barnett and carried along by the rhythm section featuring Andy Laurino on bass and Abbas Muhammad on drums. Pick one up for your chance to singalong and mosh. This EP is sure to become a favorite of any hardcore music listener.
Formed in a dusty warehouse, Long Island’s Rule Them All took the sound started by hometown staples Silent Majority and Inside and blended it with Revolution Summer emo to create melody that is sorely missing in today’s hardcore scene. While ‘Blueprint For Change’—their initial release—was a breath of fresh air, ‘An Alignment of Polarity’ promises to be the wind beneath the sails of a once thriving style of hardcore.
Perfect band if you’re seeking existential lyrics, LIHC and great vibes.
1. Higgs Boson
3. Sad To Die
4. When Presented With Circumstance
5. (Error:Trial) So It Starts…
This 12″ EP will come with a zine booklet featuring lyrics, song meanings and band interview.
STREAM THE EP BELOW!!
[hate5six] Rule Them All – June 03, 2018
Stay tuned for an ongoing blog. In the meantime, check out some of the following bands:
RAICES Texas ‘Courageous’ Shirt
Pre-orders have ended! Thank you to everyone who spread the word or grabbed a shirt. More info on our donation’s impact soon.
Take care of each other.