So, it’s Valentines week, huzzah (by the way “huzzah” is in Microsoft spell check, weird)! Hordes of young lovers will be buying sweet nothings for each other, writing love poems and hooking up (hopefully leading to an unwanted pregnancy and a Maury Povich paternity test marathon). And, what better way to celebrate the season of love than with a new podcast featuring those barons of romance, New Mexican Disaster Squad. The name just says, “The Sexxy”.
We sit down with three of Orlando’s sexiest foursome to talk about everything from Richard Minino’s crazy artwork, to why they rock so hard live, and even the erotic, and taboo topic of piss bottles kept in a van while touring. It’s like everything you ever wanted to know about love, but never really thought about asking. PLUS, someone farts in the mic (too hot).
In addition, this week we host our most awesome ENTER TO WIN!!! ever! The New Mexicans totally hooked it up and we have two awesome giveaways that will make you,instantly, their biggest fan. Check it:
1 – Second place winner gets a limited edition New Mexican Disaster Squad silk screened print done by Richard of NMDS (limited 1 of 80)
1 – First place winner gets a huge New Mexican Disaster prize pack including; the above print, a copy of Don’t Believe on CD, a copy of the Don’t Believe 12” (on white vinyl and a bonus track not on CD), and some stickers and a button. That shit is insane!
So, if you ever thought you might like New Mexican Disaster Squad, now is the time to find out, just listen to the last 8 minutes of the show to learn how to enter.
As always, feel free to drop us a line at SoundSceneRevolution@gmail.com, on MySpace, or under our comments section. We love to hear interesting opinions and always welcome ways to improve the show. Until next time remember, what ever happened to the Old Mexican Disaster Squad?
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Nothing irritates me more these days than the bastardization of hardcore. The genre has seemingly sucked in the metal/noise/grind sub-cores much like its skinnier, better looking cousin “indie rock” did with emo and punk a couple years back. What is deemed “hardcore” in today’s scene is anything but what the 80s DC scene was churning at out its peak.
New Mexican Disaster Squad is a throwback to that DC era sound. They’re snotty, brash, and play their instruments at full speed on Don’t Believe. Showing true hardcore spirit, most tracks never eclipse the two minute mark before fading out (they actually fade). In spite of all this, NMDS have managed to maintain a melody and rhythm to their work. Making Don’t Believe accessible to more than just your friend with the X tattoo on his ankle. Don’t mistake melody for weakness, as the band knows their roots and sticks closely enough to them.
The strength of bands from that DC era was in their lyrics. Good hardcore always comes with a message or two about anti-authority and vocalist Sam Johnson and crew know how to deliver. Oft political, Johnson angrily spits about everything from military recruiting practices on “The Killing Machine” to mass media hypocrisy on “Cast No Shadows”.
It’s not metal. It’s not grind. It’s not emocore. It’s hardcore. Ironic how something so heavily influenced by music made 20 years ago can sound so fresh.
Ian MacKaye could kick my ass: “Bullshit Detector”, “The Killing Machine”
Dischord is my favorite chord: Black Cross, Kid Dynamite, Hit the Switch
There are a lot of things it’s really tough to believe in these days: Professional wrestling, the White House’s credibility, email-marketed penis-enlargement techniques. The list goes on and on and on.
Some people might add punk rock to that list, but that’s only because they don’t know where to look. Sure an avalanche of almost comically inept acts have turned punk into a teen lifestyle-marketing campaign ripe for the picking, but there are still a few acts here and there that aren’t hung up on MySpace fashions or equally wanky street-grime-gutter-rawk idiocy. With Don’t Believe, New Mexican Disaster Squad establishes itself as an act in which you can place your faith. It’s not the sort of religious zeal faith that acts such as Fugazi, The Clash or Ani DiFranco, but New Mexican Disaster Squad still knows a thing or two about the three-chord stomp.
So the band’s name is a little misleading. It’s not a disaster squad from New Mexico. It’s not even a freshly formed disaster squad out of old Mexico. It comes from Orlando and offers no explanation for its name, mostly because it’s too busy kicking your head in. Busting through 14 songs in a little more than 28 minutes, NMDS cuts a hearty dose of classic SST punk rock with liberal helpings of vintage Lifetime melodies and a few chunks of Floridian hard stuff. With that kind of pedigree, New Mexican Disaster Squad doesn’t have much room for variety: “9 Kinds of Hell,” “Wasting Matches” and “Destroy at All Cost” are simple, searing punk anthems that draw a line in the sand: Either you get Don’t Believe on its first listen or you’re out of reach.
Either way is okay for Mew Mexican Disaster Squad, as this album’s not about making friends or establishing a spot in the scene. It’s about punk rock, pure and simple. With the world full of unreliables – gas prices, middle-east instability and Paris Hilton’s next sex scandal – it’s reassuring to know there’s still a few punk bands upon which you can still depend.
Before I write about this actual release, I feel the need to mention that the CD version of Don’t Believe was released by Jade Tree. I just bought the vinyl version because No Idea was having a super cheap sale.
A lot of bands seem to have been studying the Kid Dynamite handbook before writing their songs. Some friends of mine are getting a little fed up with the carbon copy hero worship (not me, however, as I’d rather have bands taking influence from this style than a lot of others out there….plus, these bands do the genre justice), but I bet they’d enjoy New Mexican Disaster Squad, who add some ferocious hardcore and draw out their songs a bit more. NMDS take influences from Strike Anywhere, Paint it Black, old punk bands and the already mentioned Kid Dynamite, turning them into a style that is their own. Their music is a bit on the sloppy side, which gives it a real punk rock authenticity. There are some songs that need some fine tuning, but Don’t Believe is a pretty damn solid album all around. Fans of melodic punk rejoice, as a new band has joined ship to grace your eardrums.
"New Mexican Disaster Squad , Western Addiction and Monikers – Sunday, The Social. Having recently been signed to Jade Tree Records, deserving local hardcore band NMDS is Orlando’s latest success story. Rounded out by Western Addiction’s charged, ills-of-society brand of hardcore and Monikers’ scrap-ass garage punk, this should be full-tilt show."