Saturday, July 26, 2014

Quitters - 2014 - Dabootydatbe

Quitters is a four piece screamo band from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Dabootydatbe is their debut EP. Quitters play a stripped down, straight ahead brand of screamo. The singer has a piercing high pitched scream and the band behind him churns out some twinkly, noodly emo that sounds like it's about to fall apart at any time. If you can stand some lofi production quality, Quitter's Dabootydatbe will scratch your screamo itch.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wet Petals - 2014 - Wet Petals

Wet Petals is a three piece screamo band from New Patlz, New York, USA. Wet Petals is their debut EP. Wet Petals play a chaotic, post-hardcore infused brand of screamo. The singer has a demonic voice that would be just as at home in a black metal band while the band behind him churns out explosive, chaotic screamo that manages to twinkle a little. There is a unpredictable, post-rock style to the songwriting that gives these songs real personality, it took a couple of listens for the album to really sink in. Highlights include Reptilian Love, Metamorphic Moon and A Soft Prenatal Landscape. If you're looking for some chaotic, explosive skramz, Wet Petals' Wet Petals will serve well.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Stoop Kids - 2014 - Booster Pack

Stoop Kids is a three piece emo band from Fairfield, Connecticut, USA. Booster Pack is their new EP. Stoop Kids play a punked up brand of emo. These two songs are spry and wiry, the singer has an excellent desperate shout while the band churns out catchy garage rock influenced emo. These are two excellent songs and they leave me wanting more. Stoop Kid's Booster Pack will temporarily satiate your need for punked up emo but rightly leave you wanting more.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Water Canvas - 2014 - At Least

Water Canvas is a four piece emo band from Brighton, UK. At Least is their debut EP. Water Canvas plays a melodic, reaching brand of emo that manages to be both majestic and grounded in punk rock. There is enough post-rock here to give the songs an excellent anthemic quality but Water Canvas never strays far from catchy melodic emo. This is the kind of debut EP that makes me want to hear more, these are great songs and there is much potential here. My two favourite songs are Memorial Drive and The Opposite Of Black And White. If you're looking for some post-rock inflected emo, Water Canvas's At Least will serve well. Thanks to i think i might have everything.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Don't Stop Or We'll Die - 2014 - Gorgeous

Don't Stop Or We'll Die is a three piece comedy indie pop band from Los Angelese, California, America. Gorgeous is their debut LP. Don't Stop Or We'll Die consists of Michael Cassady, actor and comedian on piano and vocals, Harris Wittels, writer and stand up comic, on drums and backing vocals and Paul Rust, comedian and writer, on bass and vocals. Don't Stop or We'll Die have made multiple appearances as both a band and individual comedic performers on the podcast Comedy Bang BangDon't Stop Or We'll Die are all funny and there are definitely some funny songs on here but first and foremost this is catchy, piano driven pop music. Songs like Good Old Boys kick up a big noise for a three piece while The President's Beer and Charleston Chew are up tempo and ridiculously catchy. Other highlights include basically the whole album, all of these songs will get stuck in your head. If you're looking for some high energy indie pop that just happens to be funny a lot of the time, Don't Stop Or We'll Die's Gorgeous will serve well.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Punch - 2014 -Worth More Than Your Opinion

Punch is a five piece hardcore punk band from San Francisco, California, USA. They Don't Have To Believe is their 3rd LP, a corelease between 625 Thrash, Discos Huelga, and Deathwish Inc. Punch play an immediately recognizable brand of hard hitting, power violence influenced brand of socially concious hardcore punk. Really looking forward to this LP.

Sorority Noise - 2014 - Unforgettable

Sorority Noise is a four piece emo band from East Hartford, Connecticut. Unforgettable is their debut LP with a physical release courtesy of Broken World MediaStormChasers Records and Dog Knights Productions (Europe). Members of Sorority Noise have also played in Old Gray and Two Humans. Sorority Noise play a punked up brand of emo with a solid helping of indie rock. They blast through 9 songs in just over 20 minutes leaving me breathless. This is a band that already has developed their own sound, as evidenced by Nick Kwas Christmas Party; Still Shrill and Blonde Hair, Black Lungs. There is a darkly melodic undercurrent to the punk and indie rock influenced emo Sorority Noise play, these songs have a tendency towards anthemic epics that lend themselves to crowd singalongs. If you`re looking for some straight forward emo, Sorority Noise's Unforgettable will serve well.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Nancy - 2014 - (Get The) Revvup

Nancy is a punk rock two piece from Brooklyn, NYC, USA. (Get The) Revvup is their second recording. These two songs are high energy, melodic punk rock with all the stops pulled out. Reminds me of The Demonics or The Ramones, super catchy power pop played at top punk rock speed. These two songs are fast, melodic and ridiculously catchy. If you're looking for some catchy, old school power punk, Nancy's (Get The) Revvup will serve well.

Death From Above 1979 - 2014 - Trainwreck 1979

Death From Above 1979 is a two piece dance punk band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Physical World is their second LP and first after reuniting in 2011. They released their only LP You're A Woman, I'm A Machine in 2004 on Last Gang Records and broke up in 2006. They have a new LP coming called The Physical World. Get excited cause this is awesome.

Ërnia - 2014 - Demo

Ërnia is a four piece hardcore punk band from Zarautz, Basque Country. Demo is their debut recording. Members have also played in  Anestesia, Kamikaze, Dirtaa or Metralleta. Ërnia play a blistering fast brand of hardcore tightly wrapped up in a layer of crust. There is a little bit of screamo but the emphasis is on fast moving, crusty hardcore. They blast through these 7 songs in just over 15 minutes and there's not a wasted moment to be found. Here's where I would list my favourite songs but there's no point when it's virtually all of them, this is an excellent demo. If you're looking for some fast, crusty hardcore, Ërnia's Demo will serve well.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Gary - 2014 - Here Are Your Pills

Gary is a four piece emo band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, America. Here Are Your Pills is their debut ep with a physical release courtesy of Driftwood Records. Gary play an indie rock influenced slightly punky brand of emo. If Joyce Manor were less of a pop punk and more of an emo band it might sound like this. Here's where I would list my favourite songs but this whole ep is remarkably solid. The band can churn out grooving indie rock that blossoms into moments of melody while still having big riffs and songs that demand re-listening. If you're looking for some indie rock and melodic punk inflected emo, Gary's Here Are Your Pills will serve well.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Shizune - 2014 - Retro Engineering Artifacts

Shizune is a five piece screamo band from Longino, Italy. Retro Engineering Artifacts is their discography to date plus some previously unreleased songs and is being given a physical release on cassette courtesy of Driftwood Records. They write lyrics in English, Spanish and Japanese and combine a diverse set of influences into a coherent, focused somewhat chaotic screamo sound. No matter the language the singers are screaming in these are raging, explosive songs that will rip off strips of skin given half a chance. They blast through these 17 songs in just over a half hour leaving me breathless and a little overwhelmed. Highlights include Days Of Væstena; Kamchakta; Redshift; Petit Déjeuner; Weekend At Lake Vostok; Dyatlov Pass Incident, Холат-Сяхыл; MONØLITH: Fall of Nibiru and so much more. There is a lot of excellent screamo to digest here, so give Shizune's Retro Engineering Artifacts the time it needs to really sink in.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Great Sabatini - 2014 - Dog Years

The Great Sabatini is a four piece metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dog Years is their third LP and seventh release overall. The Great Sabatini play a sometimes sludgy, sometimes doomy brand of metal on top of which they sprinkle some grindcore for energy and flavour. The singer has a rabid bark of a shout and the band churns out catchy, sharp riffs while still remaining heavy as hell not to mention a few surprisingly melodic moments.

Reach is a slow burning crawl of a metal song reaching for yet unknown heights while Periwinkle War Hammer begins with a stop and start riff before evolving into a raging monster and as demonstrated above Munera is a straight ahead heavy metal beast. Life During Wartime closes things out by bringing in a keyboard and burying the vocals in the mix making for an even more expansive sound. If you're looking for some sludgy or doomy metal that isn't afraid of stepping beyond those boundaries, The Great Sabatini's Dog Years will serve well.