Having recently announced their return to the stage, it seems fitting that in the first edition of Tales from the Turntable we talk about The Blood Brothers eyeopening, earsplitting album, Young Machetes…
Little did I know that this incredible record would be the groups last full-length release. It was only a year later that the five-piece decided to call it a day stating that, “after 10 years of making music as The Blood Brothers, we have made the collective decision that our time together has come to an end.” I was heartbroken.
It has to be said that if it wasn’t for this album I probably wouldn’t have involved myself in hardcore music as much as I did. That’s not to say that I was, or am, some sort of devoted hardcore fan who refuses to listen to else. But what I am saying is that this album opened up my eyes and ears to a whole new genre of music, and that it provided me with a fresh approach to how I would listen to, and discover bands and musicians.
If I remember correctly Young Machetes was one of the first albums that I had purchased (and totally fallen in love with) without ever hearing a single note from the band, and solely off the back of a review I had read on a blog.
It was a time when MySpace reigned supreme and my abilities to hunt for exciting, unheard sounds was developing into somewhat of an obsession. It was the same year that I attended a popular music festival and wanted to see all of the bands my friends hadn’t heard of. Yep, I was that guy. But I was that guy thanks to this record.
Soon after the bands break up I decided to hunt down as much physical audio as I could find from The Blood Brothers decade of noise. And whilst I had purchased vinyl prior to hearing their music, it wasn’t until I owned Young Machetes that I really started to collect the stuff.
It didn’t take long for me to track down a few rare 7-inch EPs and the other, earlier albums. Once I was satisfied I turned my attention towards the various side projects. I remember Head Wound City in particular having a rather dramatic effect on me. The band was made up entirely of my favourite musicians, and their yellow, 10-inch self-titled EP is still one of my favourite purchases. And what’s more, I probably wouldn’t own it had I not been completely engulfed and engrossed by Young Machetes.