Over the last couple years the Bay’s hardcore scene has experienced some turmoil — staple venues have shuttered, bands have come and gone, and mainstay acts have left the genre. The sense of community, however, hasn’t diminished. Layin’ Waste is a brand new hardcore label representing a group of family bands with members largely operating out of San Jose and San Francisco.

Mainstays like South Bay’s Busted Outlook are on the roster, bolstering a new tape with demos from an upcoming 12″, and newcomers Profile, Tundra Hogs, and Winter Hill Gang, some featuring members of Creative Adult and Scalped, and many of the players pulling double duty. Layin Waste is the brainchild of SF thrash band Scalped’s drummer Jeremy, and many of the groups on the label also share members with the renowned spinkickers.

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The speed is breakneck and the mood is pissed, some bands pulling it off better than others, but certainly with no lack of riffage. I’m really into the delay on the first Busted Outlook song, and the pickup featuring guitar solo in the middle of Profile’s “Lapdog” hits home.

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To celebrate the new releases and the label’s induction, Layin’ Waste will be hosting a tape release and showcase at Oakland’s 1234 Go! Records this coming Saturday. Check out the label’s Bandcamp and head to Go! this weekend to support this crew of rippers. And, yes, it’s okay if you’re from out of town.


Busted Outlook, Profile, Subtle Violence, Rhizome
1234 Go! Records
November 21st, 2015
7pm, $5, All Ages