AB: For the next few weeks we're going to focus on the bands playing Ghost Throats DIY Festival in May. For those who don't live in Edmonton, or haven't heard of it, Ghost Throats is a 3 day music festival focusing on post-hardcore, emo, and DIY Culture, and something that myself and Kevin have been heavily involved in organizing. Check out the site for more information. It's difficult to write about bands that you know and love. There is definitely a great deal of bias that comes with the territory, so rather than fighting it, I'll fully embrace the nepotism.
PS. Full disclosure time. I did the artwork for this album, and their split record is actually with my band, Book of Caverns. Shameless, I know.
Damages is first up in our series of Ghost Throats posts. I feel incredibly lucky to know about this band while they're actively playing shows and releasing records. To me, this is the kind of hardcore that kids will talk about for a long time and in 25 years will pick up their records and will say "I wish I could have seen them live". Incredibly passionate and intense with just a bit of an emo slant. This band would've been perfectly suited on Dischord or Ebullition roster in the early 90s. The thing about Damages is they don't just play a song, rather they beat it out of their instruments. Every note is played with this incredible sense of urgency and a 3 minute Damages song can feel absolutely exhausting in the best way possible. One of the best bands in Western Canada right now.
Buy this record. Buy their other record. Buy their split record. Buy every future release they put out! You'll be glad you have them in your collection when you're old man reminiscing about the good ol' days of punk rock.