Y'all know I'm a lover of all things DIY, empowering, and cool. Luckily I stumbled upon Literal Thots and found all those qualities and more.

Literal Thots is a self published, fully DIY magazine out of Los Angeles, California. 
Their mission statement is "Empowering + Liberating Women + Men" and I love that. This publication serves as a vessel for all things we slaves to subculture are hungry for: great music, five-alarm-lit functions, learning odd facts about obscure musicians/artists/people of note, and general knowledge of "cool."

With the first issue going live in 2014, Literal Thots is already five issues deep with zero signs of stopping occurring. I discovered this magazine while in the guts of LA Twitter, looking for new artists for the blog and I was nothing short of hooked. Rarely does one publication hit all my bases but this one has them loaded. With a plethora of social media, a SoundCloud, and monthly events, it's a smorgasbord of stimuli for even your nastiest of senses. 

You can read Literal Thots here, follow them on Twitter here, and check out all their bomb ass SoundCloud plugs here.




Baltimore has done it again. 
A breeding ground for excessively heavy, ignorant, "beat the shit out of everyone you hold dear" music, it's no surprise that Queensway hails from this city. 

I'm going to do what I'm known to do and go out on a limb here and say that 2016 is essentially the year of beatdown revival. We've seen youth crew revival (too many fucking times) and I guess everyone finally understands that the principle of unity is bullshit. 

Queensway is one of many bands heading up this call back to a simpler, more violent time. 
They just released this promo demo (like literally JUST released) on February 8th and it's been an open tab in my browser ever since. 

A lot of people get cheesy with the metaphors and similes when discussing hardcore - "so heavy it was like shoving a knife into the tip of my cock repeatedly" - desperately trying to describe the extremity of the sounds they're currently hearing. 

Queensway doesn't need all that bullshit. 
This band is heavy, instrumentally-sound unlike so many bands who attempt this style of hardcore, and the vocals are what I imagine Jason Voorhees would sound like if he was into Billy Club Sandwich instead of murdering teenagers by a lake with a machete.
My favorite track off this is definitely "Incinerate" for so many reasons but I ain't gotta explain myself to you, just listen to this demo and see for yourself. 

You can keep up with these Maryland lunatics via Twitter and listen to this demo on Bandcamp.