Last October, in collaboration with GRIND TO DEATH, we launched the NCS Bandcamp page and released our first compilation of recorded music — The Only Good Tory — as a FREE collection of 47 songs by 47 UK bands who are on the cutting edge of grind, powerviolence, harsh crust, and fastcore. The NCS Bandcamp page is at this location, where the songs can be individually streamed and individually downloaded, as well as obtained as an album along with a variety of bonus features.
I checked the stats this morning, and there have been 9,281 song plays from the comp, and the entire comp has been downloaded 843 times, with numerous other individual song downloads on top of that.
When we unveiled this download, we explained that tapes of the comp would eventually be produced by DIY Noise, and that has now become a reality. A limited number of tapes are available for purchase, essentially at cost, via this location. We also have some tapes and patches to give away — and there will be more about that after the jump.
But first, I’m stoked to report that UK’s Terrorizer magazine gave the comp a write-up earlier this week, calling it “a near-definitive snapshot of the UK powerviolence/grindcore scene”. To read the entire article, go HERE.
Now, about those tape giveaways.
In December we launched a contest to give away 5 tapes plus NCS and Grind To Death patches. Phro designed the contest. He asked that people send us your most inspired grind/violence rewrite of the brilliant lyrics to Napalm Death’s “You Suffer”. It seemed like a clever idea at the time, but we were apparently the only people who thought so, because we only received three contest entries.
So, I’m aborting that contest here and now. DIY Noise will be sending free tapes to the three people who entered the contest as soon as I write them and get mailing addresses. As for the remaining two copies, those will go out to the first two people who e-mail me and ask for them. Please don’t ask unless you really dig this music and having the tape would mean something to you. Here’s my address:
I’ll add a Comment below once I’ve received the first two e-mails so late-comers will know not to write.
If you do write, please be sure to include your name and mailing address so I can get that info to DIY Noise for the mailing.
And that’s it!
The Only Good Tory – free UK grind/powerviolence compilation
The two remaining free tapes are now spoken for.
Hmm… One expected a somewhat bigger turnout to the contest. But, it seems there are more people than One first thought, who like Oneself, don’t like grind all that much.
Congratulations to those getting the tapes.
And you, editor guy, post up the contest entries.
Nah, it’s not that people don’t like grind (take a second look at the number of song plays and downloads). I think it’s more that people who like grind don’t like contests. Contest entries (one dude who wrote asking for one of the 2 remaining free copies submitted an entry though it was unnecessary):
“I Like Grind!”
“Rude fluffer…one try?”