Wednesday, April 16, 2008


The midwest had numerous, great "emo-core" bands in the 90s. Back then, the bands represented exactly what that kind of label should entail, and that's simply, emotional hardcore. Amidst the bigger emo-core bands of the 90s like Split Lip and Falling Forward, I always thought that Chalkline went a little underrated.

Chalkline / Figurehead split
This split came out on Shandle Records in June of 96, and features two songs from each band. Although this post focuses on Chalkline, don't underestimate Figurehead, as they were an awesome band in their own respects.

Self Titled 7"
This record also came out in 1996, but on Toothless Records out of Louisville, KY. Chalkline do 4 songs on here that are similar in nature to the ones on the split with Figurehead. Each one ranges from the melodic, to the heavy.

Although I wasn't quite as into their full length cd, I do still have it, and if anyone wants, I can rip it and throw it up here sometime later this week.


FredCore said...

Sweet to see chalkline getting some love. I was really good friends with Jake Sposito who was supposed to be their singer, but left over some issues or some shit. I remember seeing these guys hanging out all of the time at Ultrasound Records in Mentor. I never did get the full length could you please put it up.

alex said...

justin, i've been digging those chalkline EPs a lot. if you wouldn't mind throwing the full-length up whenever you get a chance, i'd really appreciate it. thanks dude.


Dead Jon said...

thanks so much for putting up the Chalkline stuff. I remember hearing a track on an old Initial Recs. sampler (way back when ha ha) and i was intrigued and into it- but alas, being a poor punk kid (as opposed to a poor grown up hardcore kid now) i never was able to pick anything up.

Cleveland Nate said...

Dude, I remember being a 12-year-old kid and seeing Chalkline at the Euclid Tavern and Kirtland Grange. I'm stoked that people as far west as PDX got into this stuff too.

Anonymous said...


the monaco said...

hello to all people over here.
my name is fauzan and i come from malaysia. this is my first time checking out this page due to some discussion about any chalkline stuff. i've been into their stuff since '97. one of my old friend, mohd nizam (his name appeared on chalkline "in the present tense" thanklist) ordered their stuff and recommended it to me. i was very impressed by their music and lyrics when i got listening to it. they're not just an emo band but they delivered some socio-political message in their lyrics. until now i can't stop listening to this band because they're one of the band that we should not forget. i'm still looking for their split 7" with figurehead that was released by shandle recs. if anyone over here have this split 7" and wanna trade/sell it..drop me a message via my email.