Friday, February 28, 2014

New Lows - 2014 - Abhorrent Endings

New Lows are a five piece hardcore punk band. Abhorrent Endings is their EP courtesy of Deathwish Inc. New Lows play an extremely heavy brand of hardcore punk that is never content with what you might consider to be heavy. Members have played in Think I Care, So Be It, The Prowl, Riff Raff, and more. If you like your hardcore to be unrelentingly heavy and dark, New Low's Abhorrent Endings will serve well.  Thanks to Elementary Revolt

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Brain F≠ - 2014 - Empty Set

Brain F≠ is a garage punk band from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Empty Set is their second LP. Brain F≠ (pronounced Flannel) play a catchy, raggedly melodic brand of garage punk where it feels like everything might fall apart at any second but the energy and momentum keep the shaggy dog rocking forward Members have also played in bands like Yardwork. Grids,  Double Negative, Joint Damage and Logic Problem.  I quite enjoy the combination male and female vocals over top the noisy garage rock, they "sing together as if they’d rehearsed separately, creating a captivating chaos." If you like your punk with a little indie rock and a whole swirl of noise, Brain F≠'s Empty Set will serve well.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Off! - 2014 - Hypnotized

Off! is a  four piece hardcore punk band from Los Angelese, California, USA. Wasted Years is their new LP, Hypnotized is a new song from that LP. It's vaguely political with references to conspiracy theories and continues to wave the flag for modern hardcore punk. Off! consists of Keith Morris, Dimitri Coats, Steven McDonald, Mario Rubalcaba who have played in bands like Circle Jerk, Black Flag, Midget Handjob, Buglamp, Burning Brides, Redd Kross, Tourists, Tater Totz, Sparks, Beck, Earthless, RFTC, Hot Snakes, Clikitat Ikatowi. Thanks to Stereogum

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

You Blew It - 2014 - You & Me & Me

You Blew It! is a three piece emo band from Orlando, Florida, America. Keep Doing What You're Doing is their new LP courtesy of Topshelf Records. You Blew It! play a brand of midwest emo garnering comparisons to bands like American Football and Braid. Below is the official video for You & Me

Losing Traces - 2014 - EP

Losing Traces are a five piece punk rock band from Brianza, Italy. EP is their debut recording. Losing Traces play an emotional brand of post-hardcore that strongly reminds of bands like Touché Amoré. If Losing Traces are capable of growing and expanding on this excellent foundation I will be listening, otherwise there are other bands doing this same thing. When Love Burns is a real highlight as well are Asphodelus and Farewell. If you like your hardcore with a hint of melody and a heaping of emotional desperation, Losing Trace's EP will serve well. Thanks to Manic Compression.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sagrada Familia - 2014 - Demo

Sagrada Familia is a four piece punk rock band from Madrid, Spain. Demo is their debut EP. Sagrada Familia play a catchy brand of punk that can smash you over the head as quickly as the songs get stuck in your head. They put backing vocals to great use on Dejad De Hablar, Ya Es Mi Dia and Enterrado closes the album on a bass heavy, head banging note. If you like your punk a little shaggy but still rocking, Sagrada Familia's Demo will serve well.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bitchmouth - 2014 - Cassette Demo

Bitchmouth is a four piece hardcore punk band from Richmond, Virginia, America. Cassette Demo is their debut EP. Bitchmouth plays a rocking chaotic hardcore that manages to find a groove and ride it out before self destructing into noise. Kelsey Hulvey has a piercing shreak on Red Fingers, Bed Of Filth rocks the stop and start rhythm while Black Candles is nothing less than a kinetic freakout. If you like your hardcore a little shaggy but never less than going full speed ahead, Bitchmouth's Cassette Demo will serve well.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Major Kong - 2014 - Doom Machine

Major Kong is a three piece doom metal band from Lublin, Poland. Doom Machine is their third EP. Major Kong play a riff focused brand of doom metal that comes out adjacent to stoner metal, the guitar has a snarling fuzz that lures you in. Major Kong would go perfectly with bands like Sleep, Fu Manchu, Kyuss, Dozer, Unida, or a lot more bands on Man's Ruin in the 90's. There are no frills or niceties here, just hypnotic riffs that refuse to let up. These are 5-9 minute metal riff orgies and if that doesn't sound appealing to you then move on. But if you need a soundtrack to your next session or just like heavy riffs, Major Kong's Doom Machine will serve well.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

††† - 2014 - †††

††† (Pronounced Crosses) is a three piece electronic rock band from Los Angelese, California, USA. ††† is their "new" LP. †††  consists of Deftones singer Chino Moreno, Far guitarist Shaun Lopez and Chuck Doom.

They have released two EP's prior, both of which are included in this LP. ††† play an brand of synthesizer rock that feels built for a stadium garnering comparisons to bands like Nine Inch Nails and through iconography only is very reminiscent of witch house. I find this  LP frustrating because it immediately contrasts hard hitting, wall of noise Rob Zombie style electro rock but then follows it up with layers of synthesizers that never go anywhere. In their softer moments †††  reminds me of bands like Air or The Neverending White Lights.

This outfit clearly has the ability to make turn-it-up-to-11 style anthemic arena rock but they get mired in layering slow synth over slow synth and the droomy atmosphere drains all energy from the proceedings.This album being an LP seems off to me because of the only five new songs, old fans will know most of these songs already and it becomes unwieldy and uneven when stitched together into this "new" LP.

My favourite songs are spread pretty evenly across all three releases, †his Is A †rick, Bitches Brew, †hholyghs†, The Epilogue, Fron†iers, Op†tion, Blk Stallion and Prurien†. If you like your rock electronic and not averse to wandering through layers of synths, †††'s ††† will serve well.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Against Me! - 2014 - Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against Me! is a four piece rock band from Gainesville, Florida, America. Transgender Dysphoria Blues is their sixth LP which I have been sleeping on for far too long. It is also the band's first album after their lead singer transitioned to Laura Jane Grace, which hasn't frankly changed Against Me!'s sound at all. Lyrically Transgender Dysphoria Blues is intensely personal as Laura sings and screams about the homo and transphobia she experiences but musically it simply continues the transition from punk to mainstream that Against Me! have been working on.

 If Laura can completely abandon both radical politics and radical openness then Against Me! can take their punked up, catchy energy and use the dying mainstream music industry to get those songs out there. Green Day would be a pertinent example except that Against Me! actually had political opinions and wrote songs about them at one point. Regardless of how punk these songs are, they are catchy and while some fail to ignite there is a lot of gold here. I would list my favourite songs but there's no point when that's virtually all of them. If you enjoy intensely personal music blasted at high speed and volume, Against Me!'s Trangender Dysphoria Blues will serve well.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The 24th Street Wailers - 2014 - Aim To Please

The 24th Street Wailers are a four piece blues band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Aim To Please is the first single from their upcoming LP Wicked. Awesome as always, this song gets me excited for the new album.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Juanito Piquete - 2014 - Bajo El Foco

Juanito Piquete is a punk rock band from Barcelona, Spain. Bajo El Foco is their new EP. Juanito Piquete play a muscly brand of punk rock and handily walk the line between catchy and driving. If The Demonics weren't such a surf punk band it might come out something like this. The female backing vocals on Del Tedio a la Traición are a nice melodic touch, Castigo has a rock solid foundational riff and Dolor en Tierra flows and grows . If you like your punk melodic but never forgetting the social consciousness or how to rock,  Juanito Piquete's Bajo El Foco will serve well.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Acousma - 2014 - Acousma

Acousma is a hardcore punk band from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Acousma is their second EP. This is another unreleting slab of screamo influenced dark hardcore with a little more powerviolence in the mix. These songs feel more chaotic, about to fly apart at any moment than Acousma has in the past. The singer still has a great high pitches screach and the band can kick up an absurd amount of noise and crusty hardcore. Buy it here and support awesome independant hardcore.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Zanders - 2014 - Been Better

Zanders is a three piece indie pop band from Connecticut, USA. Been Better is their debut EP. Zanders play a catchy, high energy brand of keyboard driven indie rock. The singer reminds me of Kate Miccuci of Hall & Oates and on the whole the band reminds me of a less dancey, more indie rock Matt & Kim. If you like your singer songwriters to play keyboards and backed by a tight, bouncy rhythm section, Zander's Been Better will serve well.

Friday, February 14, 2014

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Death Grips - 2014 - No Love

Death Grips is an experimental hip-hop group from Sacramento, California, USA. With the usual lack of fanfare they released a new song/video on youtube. Voila.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Brody Dalle - 2014 - Meet The Feotus/Oh The Joy

Brody Dalle is an Australian born singer, songwriter and guitar player. She has played guitar and sung in the bands The Distillers and Spinnerette. She has a new,as yet untitled, solo album coming out produced by Alain Johannes with guest appearances by Shirley Manson of Garbage, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, and Warpaint’s Emily Kokal. She just released the first track from the album on soundcloud.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Off! - 2014 - Void You Out

Off! is a  four piece hardcore punk band from Los Angelese, California, USA. Wasted Years is their new LP, Void You Out is the debut single. It's vaguely political with references to conspiracy theories and continues to wave the flag for modern hardcore punk. Off! consists of Keith Morris, Dimitri Coats, Steven McDonald, Mario Rubalcaba who have played in bands like Circle Jerk, Black Flag, Midget Handjob, Buglamp, Burning Brides, Redd Kross, Tourists, Tater Totz, Sparks, Beck, Earthless, RFTC, Hot Snakes, Clikitat Ikatowi. Highly recommended. Song actually starts at 2:51

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Digital Dynasty #28 Hosted By Pharoahe Monche

Digital Dynasty is a digital mixtape compilation initially compiled and hosted by Tha Advocate and available from and This edition is hosted by Pharoahe Monche and features tracks from rappers around the world, from luminaries like Fabolous, Action Bronson, Papoose, Killah Priest and Lords Of The Underground as well as newer, not as well known rappers like GDZ, Bosch, Snap. At almost three hours and over 50 songs there's a lot of music here and it's a tad overwhelming but that also means if you have a soft spot for hip hop or rap of any kind I guarantee there's something you will latch onto here. Highlights include GDZ's Forever True, Snap Ft. Joey Loax and Tha Advocate - Game Of Chess, Bosch Ft. Young Noble Outlaw - Retribution, Fist Of The North Star's Beautiful Hater, SlaughterHouse's Party.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Canyons - Creepers - 2013 Split

Canyons is four piece hardcore punk band from Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The Split with Creepers is their sixth release. Canyons play a heavy, riotous brand of hardcore that manages to conjure catchy riffs but never forget the energy of hardcore garnering comparisons to bands like Bleeding Kansas, Engineer, and Kiss It Goodbye. Canyons are capable of creating an off kilter, dark atmosphere and a vocalist with some excellent shouted vocals but still remaining crushingly heavy and surprisingly limber. Highlights include Double Enchandra, Because I Make It My Duty, and Heatin' Up. Thanks to Manic Compression.

Creeper is a five piece hardcore punk band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Split With Canyons is their fourth release. Creepers play a noisy brand of hardcore, bringing elements of noise punk and some post-hardcore to flesh out their attack. Their brand of hardcore is similiar to Canyons but Creeper go in a crustier, noiser direction. The vocals are filtered and harsh and there's nary a guitar tone that isn't distorted to hell and back. Highlights include Privileged, Drag and Trunk Buffet. The similarities between Creeper and Canyon are easily overstated and can make it hard to distinguish between the two bands but it also makes for a much more cohesive split, each band clearly expressing their take on hardcore punk. If you like your hardcore punk a little crusty or just straight heavy, Canyons' & Creeper's 2013 Split will serve well.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Waxahatchee - 2013 - Cerulean Salt

Waxahatchee are a three piece indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York City, USA. Cerulean Salt is their second LP. Waxahatchee is the solo project of Katie Crutchfield who has also played in P.S. Eliot and Bad Banana. Cerulean Salt is indie rock in it's most singer songwriter, acoustic, confessional best, even when they spin into some harder rocking sounds like on Coast To Coast it comes out like 90's fuzzy indie rock. When these songs are humming along at their best Waxahatchee remind me of a more singer songwriter, less punk rock focused old school Tegan & Sara and even when the songs don't grab me they remind me of a less folk influenced Po' Girls. Highlights include Hollow Bedroom, Blue Pt. II, Coast To Coast, Lively, Waiting, Swan Dive and Peace And Quiet. If you enjoy acoustic singer-songwriters or fuzzy indie rock Waxahatchee's Cerulean Salt will serve well. Thanks to the Elementary Revolt.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Willing Victim - 2014 - Demo

Willing Victim is a hardcore punk band from Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada. Demo is their debut ep. Willing Victim play a noisy, chaotic brand of hardcore heading in a powerviolence direction. They are garnering comparisons to other classic Canadian hardcore punk bands like Left For Dead, Cursed & The Swarm. If you like your hardcore to feel like it's about to fall apart but always remain pummelling and heavy, Willing Victim's Demo will serve well. Thanks to Dead Air At The Pulpit.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Deadends - 2014 - Demo

Deadends is a hardcore punk band from Kingston, New York, USA. Demo is their debut EP. These are three slabs of heavy, hardcore punk bringing elements of powerviolence and an surplus of blast beats. These three songs make me interested in where they will take this sound they are developing. Reminds me a little of The Day Man Lost with that really heavy powerviolence sound. If you like your hardcore punk to beat you over the head brutally only for short, intense bursts, Deadends' Demo will serve well.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Mariner - 2014 - Demo

Mariner are a five piece punk pop band from San Fransico, Californa, America. Demo is their debut EP. Mariner play a catchy brand of punk pop, the singer can have a surprisingly gritty shout and the band can peel off catchy riffs one after the other. Reminds of Polar Bear Club, Make Do And Mend and Iron Chic as they are moving towards that orgcore sound. If you like pop punk, Mariner's Demo will definitely scratch that itch.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Nobody, Ever - 22

Nobody, Ever is a four piece emo band from Leicester, England. They have released to date two excellent, highly recommended EP's, Everyone Stood By The Side Of The Road and This Wall Is Dedicated To Liam And His Mates. 22 is an unreleased song recorded a little bit but only unveiled recently. It's a big, reaching anthemic song that picks up where they left off while still moving forward on it's own terms. Highly recommended as always.

Monday, February 03, 2014

The Stasi - 2014 - Demo

The Stasi are a hardcore punk band from Philadelphia. Demo is their new EP. The Stasi play a thrashy, straight forward brand of hardcore punk. No frills, no solos and no lofi production are the rules here and The Stasi make a compelling hardcore noise. If you like your hardcore a little noisy but always driving, The Stasi's Demo will serve well. Thanks to Mind Disease.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Mold - 2014 - Demo

Mold is a three piece power violence band from Georgia, USA. Demo is their debut EP. Mold take a chaotic, noisy brand of power violence, added a little bit of grindcore and then recorded the resulting insanity on a dying boom box three houses down from where they were playing. If you like your grindcore as low fi and chaotic as possible, Mold's Demo will serve well.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Hexis - 2014 - Abalam

Hexis is a five piece band from Copenhagen, Denmark. Abalam is their new EP. Hexis plays a crushing brand of black metal that has learned lessons in heaviness and straight forward attacks from hardcore punk. For a little bit of context Abalam is another name for the demon king Paimon from the Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King and all the song titles are in latin, only adding to the dark, occult vibe Hexis are masters at conjuring. The structure and form of this music is black metal, either at blast beat speed or a mid tempo sludgy crawl. informed by hardcore punk in the even more balls to the wall attitude.

 The second half of the album after the instrumental title track is when things really kick into high gear, the first half is good but the second half is where everything comes together and really bashes your brain in. Hexis is garnering comparisons to Celeste and Pop Matters described them as "Ampere or Angel Hair scraping their way through Portal’s demented discography."  Each song is just a wall of raw blackened metal coming straight at you with no opportunity to run or hide. Highlights include Sequax, Tenebris, Abalam, Immolobant, Exhausit, .  If you like your black metal turned up to 11 then Hexis' Abalam will serve well.