Despero Somewhere Near The Bottom


Somewhere Near The Bottom

La Escalera Records

Rating: 4/5




Texan punk quartet Despero, that features former members of The Anchor, The Capitalist Kids, Air Tight Alibi, and Town Hall Devils, are gearing up to release their album Somewhere Near The Bottom tomorrow, the 24th of March, through La Escalera Records, the album will be available on CD and digital formats. Somewhere Near The Bottom is the band’s debut full length release, it originally appeared in a slightly shorter format via their Bandcamp last year, now the album is getting a full release via the esteemed La Escalera Records imprint.

The Bullets kicks off the album with a fine hardcore tinged blast of punk rock, this is followed by the darker themed Tiny Victories that has more of an anthemic quality and an insistent right hook of a riff. Somewhere Near The Bottom switches almost schizophrenically between their hard edged brutal side, and a more melodic counterpart, for me the latter part of their personality has the greater appeal, but both are delivered with equal passion and commitment across the album’s short sharp shock of nine tracks, that are delivered in a shade under twenty five minutes.

Despero are a band that refuse to be pigeonholed, whilst they are a full blooded punk band their delivery varies from straight up punk rock, through melodic hardcore and into full blooded hardcore. If you have any love for the likes of Strung Out, Good Riddance and Avail then this is a band you will want to investigate, as Somewhere Near The Bottom is a full blooded album of bare knuckle punk rock that will we be a welcome addition to your playlist.

Despero will be appearing at La Escalera Fest 6 in April 2017 in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico alongside thirty other bands from the La Escalera Records stable. You can buy tickets, and get more information about La Escalera Fest 6 here

Somewhere Near The Bottom can be pre-ordered on CD here and digitally here

Despero‘s Facebook presence can be found here

Nights Like Thieves Announce Pre-Orders For Debut EP

Nights Like Thieves Light The FuseSan Diego rock outfit Nights Like Thieves have announced pre-orders for their upcoming debut six song EP, Light The Fuse And Run, which will be released on April 7th 2017 through La Escalera Records, Nights Like Thieves will also be playing La Escalera Fest 6, which will serve as their EP release show.

You can pre-order Light The Fuse And Run and buy Fest 6 tickets here

Nights Like Thieves have also released a teaser video for the EP that can be viewed below Read More…

La Escalera Records Confirm Full Line-Up For Fest 6

Fest 6 Jan 17Today La Escalera Records have announced the daily line-ups for Fest 6, along with daily wristbands which can now be purchased along with a limited amount of weekend bundles. The punk rock festival celebrates the six year anniversary of the label and takes place in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico from April 14th to 16th, 2017.

Wristbands and bundles for La Escalera Fest 6 can be purchased here

You can view the daily line-ups below Read More…

Despero To Release New LP ‘Somewhere Near The Bottom’

Despero Somewhere Near The BottomTexas punk band Despero are releasing their album Somewhere Near The Bottom on March 24th through La Escalera Records, the band features past and current members of The Anchor and The Capitalist Kids.

Despero will be playing La Escalera Fest 6 in San Diego & Tijuana, you can learn more about the festival and grab wristbands here.

You can stream and download the album here, as well as purchase physical copies/bundles here.

Western Settings And Caskitt Commence West Coast US Tour

western-settings-tour-dec-16La Escalera Records labelmates Western Settings and Caskitt will kick off their US tour this week, which will see the bands hitting the entire length of the West Coast, from San Diego to Vancouver, with Problem Daughter joining the tour for over half the dates. Western Settings are touring in support of their Old Pain EP, Caskitt will be supporting their recent full length release, Old Fires New Frontier, whilst Problem Daughter will be celebrating a year since the release of their Fits Of Disorganized Boredom album.

You can RSVP to the Facebook event page, where you can find event pages for each stop, here

The tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

The Bigger Empty To Release ‘Lakes And Oceans’ EP’s

Bigger Empty Vol 1Chicago based indie rock band The Bigger Empty, that is fronted by Mike Femulee formerly of the Smoking Popes and Alkaline Trio, will be releasing a collection of four EPs titled Lakes & Oceans via La Escalera Records.

The Bigger Empty will be kicking off the series with Lakes & Oceans Vol 1: Michigan which is set for a February 24th release. A new volume will be released quarterly throughout 2017.

You can pre-order Lakes & Oceans Vol 1: Michigan on CD here and digitally via iTunes

La Escalera Records Announce Line Up For Fest 6

Fest 6 Jan 17La Escalera Records have announced the line up for La Escalera Fest 6, which celebrates the six year anniversary for the label. Fest 6 will take place in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico from April 14-16, 2017. The current line up includes Allweather, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Beside Myself, Black Dots, The Bombpops, Burn Burn Burn, Caskitt, Civil War Rust, Despero, DFMK, Divided Heaven, Gentlemen Prefer Blood, Hoist The Colors, Hot Bods, The Lucky Eejits, Lysolgang, New Way On, Problem Daughter, Russian Girlfriends, Signalman, Squarecrow and Western Settings with some additional bands to be announced later.

Fest 6 early bird wristbands, and wristband bundles with shirts, are available here

Squarecrow Release ‘Sarasota’ Video And Confirm Winter Tour

Ssquarecrow-rjquarecrow have premiered their music video for the track Sarasota, the song is taken from the band’s latest album, Rammi Jamms, which is available now on CD and Digital through La Escalera Records and is now available for pre-order on vinyl through La Escalera Records, Def Cow Records, Swamp Cabbage Records, Bomb Pop Records and Did I Stutter Records.

Rammi Jamms can be pre-ordered digitally here and on vinyl and CD here

The video for Sarasota, and their tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…

Western Settings, Caskitt And Problem Daughter Confirm US Tour

western-settings-tour-dec-16La Escalera Records label-mates Western Settings and Caskitt have announced February 2017 tour dates that’ll see them hitting the entire West Coast, from San Diego, California to Vancouver, Canada, Problem Daughter will be joining the tour for over half the dates.

Western Settings are touring in support of their Old Pain EP, while Caskitt will be promoting their recent full-length release, Old Fires New Frontier and Problem Daughter will be celebrating a year since the release of their album Fits Of Disorganized Boredom.

The tours Facebook page is here and the tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Caskitt OFNW


Old Fires, New Frontier

La Escalera Records

Rating: 4/5




Caskitt is are a Californian punk trio, they are led from the back from the back by drummer and lead vocalist Matt Caskitt, up front they have Steffen Long, guitar, and Jesse Hernandez, bass, both of whom chip into the vocal duties with harmonies and even taking over lead vocal duties from time to time. Old Fires, New Frontier is their sophomore release, it follows on from last years impressive debut, This Machine Kills Sadness. If their previous release killed sadness then Old Fires, New Frontier appears to be gleefully dancing on it’s grave.

Caskitt have lost none of their fire, the energetic compositions encompass punk, hardcore and even a tiny pinch of pop punk in what is a frantic and highly enjoyable album from start to end. Don’t be put off by the fact I’ve mentioned pop punk, I’m aware that term can send some people running to the hills, but it only applies to the accessible way in which the relentless speedy punk riffs are delivered. This isn’t just a relentless barrage, there are break downs and quieter moments amongst the frenetic earnest numbers, notably the brief instrumental Crimes that, unlike many interludes in albums, fits perfectly alongside the rest of the material.

To my ears there’s a distinct influence by Propagandhi and Against Me! on their sound and that is by no means a bad thing, they haven’t copied those bands but rather they’ve incorporated elements of those bands style into their armoury without being derivative. Old Fires, New Frontier is an album that’s firing on all cylinders and it seems that they have focused and refined their sound into an impressive album that doesn’t disappoint on any level.

Old Fires, New Frontier is released today and you can purchase or stream the album here

You can also purchase bundles, including coloured vinyl, that can be ordered from La Escalera Records here