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Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2020

City Of Industry (Ossa Humilata)

photo by Christian Banfield

1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2020? (In order 1-5)

  1. Mil-Spec - World House
  2. Touché Amoré - Lament
  3. Code Orange - Underneath
  4. Gag - Still Laughing
  5. Heads - Push

2. What band did you discover in 2020 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?

A friend of mine from Sweden told me to check out Giver, German hardcore band, and their newest album Sculpture of Violence that came out in February. Man, a few songs in and I was completely blown away. It has been awhile since an album hit me so hard first listen through. The raw emotion, angst, and production of this album is second to none this year. Definitely the biggest highlight of music this year for me.

3. How will you remember 2020? (In terms of music)

The dichotomy of music in 2020 is a strange one. On one hand, with no live shows for most of the year, it's been rough. On the other hand, I've had a lot more time to write music and listen to music. If I had to choose an umbrella statement I'd have to say: I will remember 2020, music-wise, as a year of growth and much needed reflection.

4. What can we look forward to from you in 2021?

We have another album in the works right now, which is always very exciting. Aside from the constant grind of writing and recording, we are looking to possibly venture across the pond and maybe play shows where shows are being had come summer. High hopes for a great 2021.

5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2021?

I have heard from an industry friend of mine that Gulch is currently working on something, as a follow-up to this year's amazing Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress. If they are, in fact, working on something for 2021, it is going to be a highlight on everyone's end of the year lists for 2021, without a doubt.

6. Trying to put a positive spin on things, what is your favorite development from the global pandemic this year? (Is there a new medium you enjoy, a specific song or collaboration, personal news, etc. that was a bright spot?)

I'd have to say that my favorite thing to come of the pandemic was the amount of time I've been able to spend with my family. I had a significant amount of time off throughout this year, and being able to spend a lot of time at home with my wife and daughters has been a huge bright spot.

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Words by Loren on Dec. 13, 2020, 11:25 a.m.

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  1. A-F Records / Nightmarathons (Chris Stowe)
  2. Asbestos Worker (Josh Stever)
  3. Attic Salt (Skip Davis)
  4. Black Dots (Wade Henderson - guitar/yelling)
  5. Body Stuff (Curran Reynolds)
  6. Bootblacks (Barrett Hiatt)
  7. Bothers (John Massel)
  8. Broadway Calls (Ty Vaughn - guitar/vocals)
  9. Burnt Tapes (Phil LaTour)
  10. City Of Industry (Ossa Humilata)
  11. Cloud Rat (Rorik Brooks)
  12. Primitive Teeth (Christine)
  13. Days N Daze / Escape from the ZOO / Chad Hates George (Jesse Sendejas)
  14. DC-Jam Records (Darron Hemann)
  15. Deaf Club (Brian Amalfitano)
  16. Dirt Cult Records / Low Culture (Chris Mason)
  17. Divided Heaven (Jeff Berman)
  18. Foxfires (Josh Lyford)
  19. Heart and Lung
  20. Iron Lung Records (Jensen)
  21. Lamniformes
  22. Locrian / The Holy Circle / Axebreaker (Terence Hannum)
  23. MakeWar (Edwin)
  24. Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band (Nato Coles)
  25. Neighborhood Brats (George Rager)
  26. Netherlands (Timo Ellis)
  27. Old Ghosts (Derek)
  28. Partial Traces (Brad Lokkesmoe)
  29. Quattracenta (Andrea - drums)
  30. Real Numbers (Eli Hansen)
  31. Red Fiction / Secret Chiefs 3 / Estradasphere (Jason Schimmel)
  32. Red Scare Industries (Tobias Jeg)
  33. Reptoid (Jordan Sobolew)
  34. Salinas Records / Quaker Wedding (Marco Reosti)
  35. Sam Russo
  36. Scuba Cop
  37. Secret Fun Club (Sal Gallegos III)
  38. SpiritWorld (Stu Folsom)
  39. Sutekh Hexen / In Solace Publishing (Kevin Gan Yuen)
  40. The Carvels NYC (Lynne Von Pang)
  41. The Path (Jon Berg)
  42. The Pretty Flowers (Noah Green)
  43. Tibetan Sky Burial
  44. To Live A Lie Records / Tired Of Everything (Will Butler)
  45. Western Addiction (Jason Hall)
  46. Strangelight (Nat Coghlan)
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