Palatka – The End Of Irony [1999]

1. The State Of 6PM
2. If You’re Not Satisfied With The Current Arrangement…
3. Cheering Section
4. Where The Teachers Go To Learn
5. Rate x Time = Distance
6. Palatka Kills Young Republicans
7. Matured? You Bet!
8. “Let’s Have A Kid.” “Sure, Why Not?”
9. Another Kind Of Blacklist
10. Mark’s Shit
11. Voice Of The Actors
12. The Current Definition Of Friendship Is Sorely Lacking
Palatka was a band from Gainesville, Florida, formed in 1994 and played a kind of screamo/emoviolence and powerviolence with a good ability to mix chaos, melody and really good lyrics. It seems this in their only (and last) proper LP, since their other releases are all splits and compilations. An intense record.
This is their story:
“Palatka started in November/December 1994. Mike (guitar) & Kurt (vocals) lived in a house known as the Mega-Rock-Arena. Jason (bass) was a friend of Mike’s from their hometown. Mark (drums) was introduced to the three of them through Jason’s roommate. At the time of their inception they all had the same beliefs of a self-sustaining DIY music scene. They would set up house shows, play on floors and book their own tours. Later Ryan & Will from Hope Spring Eternal moved to Gainseville. From there, Ryan joined Palatka as a second guitarist. At one point, Kurt stayed in Europe to study abroad. Palatka continued to play shows but changed their name to Ex-Best Friends. Once Kust moved back to the states, Palatka reformed. All the songs on the End of Irony LP are Ex-Best Friends songs.”

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