Last time we featured graphic designer, self-described "crafty veteran Punk Rock curator," and producer Justin Mayer, otherwise known as Old City, he had constructed a mash-up EP fittingly titled BL_CK B_ST_RDS. Old City juxtaposed MF DOOM's villainous rhymes against the musical backbone of English Crust Punks, Doom for a double-dose of... Doom! We've been hearing rumblings about a similarly-minded Old City for the last few years, which would seamlessly meld together Punk/Hardcore & Hip-Hop. Said album has since been billed as "a Punk Rock Paul's Boutique," which, as The Witzard regulars will well know, is right up our alley! Old City has been gradually rolling out what, at the time, appeared to be stand-alone singles since October 1, 2019; it was, then, when Old City unleashed his debut single, "Get Sued" Feat. Tre Marsh & Olmec, which, somehow, managed to sample Green Day a whopping 32 times. Get it? "Get Sued," which, in part, samples Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends," was released when September ended on October 1st.
Soon after NOT getting sued over "Get Sued," Old City released "Nowhere," along with this message: "Rush-release for those in staying home or self-quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic #stayhome #gonowhere." It appears as though "Nowhere" is more so a non-album promotional single and will, likely, not be included within Old City's upcoming self-titled debut. However, it would seem "Nowhere" was cut from the same cloth as Old City's aforementioned full-length debut, effectively "weaving a seriously dense mix of disparate samples and awkward sounds pulled from Hardcore records and filtered through the machines." "Nowhere" makes use of a sampled culled from Reagan Youth and appears to have even received a coveted stamp-of-approval from the Punk Pioneers themselves on social media. Old City recently re-emerged with the next single from his debut, "Pipebomb," which, again features rhymes from Tre Marsh AKA Tr38cho. "Pipebomb" is a genre fusion that samples Dead Kennedys' "Police Truck" with production nods to 2001-era Dr. Dre, which duals as "a bitingly satirical commentary on the destructive nature of an unchecked police force in the modern day."
Buffalo emcee Tre Marsh "crawls through the distorted wasteland of genre: kicking wormholes into the tattered remnants of dusty hipster husks as dense beats pull on their tattered trucker hats and V-necks, all while dancing the eroding line between paying clever homage and absolutely roasting Hip-Hop's mash-up era," a press release explains. "Pipebomb" is now available on Old City's Bandcamp page, along with "Get Sued" & "Nowhere." Its release was accompanied by a companion black-and-white music video, which, unfortunately, is all-too poignant in these uncertain, terribly unfortunate times. Old City's self-titled debuted will be self-released on Sunday, November 1, 2020 and boasts appearances throughout from MURS, Olmec, Shawna Potter, Conflict, Jovan Landry, Tr38cho, of course, and more as-yet-to-be-named artists. Thus far, we've only heard three tracks from Old City's debut full-length, but we can assure you, it's gonna be unlike anything you've ever heard before!