Sometimes you just hear a hip hop track and instantly liken it to punk. That’s exactly how I feel whenever I listen to Minnesota-based rapper, P.O.S. It’s not even down to his background in hardcore band Building Better Bombs, and noise extremists, Marijuana Deathsquads. It’s because P.O.S always has something to say, and his new album, ‘Chill, Dummy’, is filled with punk rock attitude in its in purest form.
After suffering a health scare back in 2012, the Doomtree member is back to business and unrelenting as ever. The disjointed beats and swelling intensity on one of the album’s stand out tracks, ‘Lanes’, punches like a rebellious fist. Not your average everyday, P.O.S is the rapper we need now more than ever.
If anyone says you can’t be political and have fun at the same time, then Iron Reagan clearly didn’t get the memo. Their brand of crossover thrash is pissed off and angry, but if you have ever witnessed an Iron Reagan live show, then you will agree they love doing what they do.
Practicing what they preach, they are set to return next month with their new album, ‘Crossover Ministry’. If ‘Bleed The Fifth’ is anything to go by, then consider me converted. I’m happy to take worship at the alter of Iron Reagan.
When you think of regional hardcore scenes, your mind instantly goes to the U.S. The heavy hardcore from New York, the metallic crunch of Florida, or the old school fury of D.C. While it often gets overlooked in the bigger picture, Life Betrays Us are London hardcore at its finest, and here to put the scene back on the map.
The members of Life Betrays Us are students of the game. They have been involved in a number of bands throughout the years, and that experience shines on their debut mini-album, ‘Somewhere In Between’. It’s hard, heavy, and filled with both the anger and passion you expect from hardcore in 2017.
Being a fan of professional wrestling, as soon as I saw there was a band named after one of the all time greats, Rick Rude, I was instantly intrigued. Furthermore, to find they are constantly compared to Built To Spill, it was shaping up to look like something I would love more and more.
The comparison is certainly there, and their new album, ‘Make Mine Tuesday’, is filled with country-tinged indie rock gems. I enjoyed it so much that I dug a little deeper and stumbled on their 2016 EP, ‘Sap’, which is equally as impressive. Thankfully, unlike their sadly deceased namesake, Rick Rude will not give you a Rude Awakening.
Jacob Bannon has been a huge source of inspiration to me since Converge came into my life nearly twenty years ago. While I have always been a fan of the aggressive nature of his vocal delivery, hearing Bannon do something completely different with Wear Your Wounds is wonderful.
It has been a long time coming, so when the haunting neo-folk of ‘Goodbye Old Friend’ was finally unveiled, I was drawn to it straight away. The lo-fi recording, the mood building tension, and Bannon showing a softer, almost serene approach exposes an even darker side to his writing. It’s not an easy listen, but one you must invest in if you are fan of Jacob Bannon.
Maybe it’s an old school mentality of mine, but when I see a band listed as support to one of my favourite band’s of all time, I like to check them out; even if the shows are in another country.
Even though I won’t be attending any shows on AFI’s upcoming U.S. tour, I figured Californian indie rock band, Souvenirs, must be decent if they are on the bill. I wasn’t prepared for just how good they would be when I listened to their new glorious single, ‘Roman Candle’.
It’s two minutes of delicate, intimate melody that builds into soaring, almost post-rock decadence. It has made me incredibly excited for their new album,’Posture of Apology’.
I’ve been championing Soft Kill heavily over the last few months, largely due to their stunning album, ‘Choke’. I even went as far as to call it a “heart-wrenching masterpiece,” and I stand by that claim. It’s dark, brooding, and gloomy, yet creates tension to the point it that becomes euphoric.
The stand out track, for me, is ‘Frankie’. It’s a five minute emotional rollercoaster that finds beauty within the darkness of album. ‘Frankie’ blurs the lines between hypnotic post-punk and layered synthwave to create a hazy, lucid listening experience.
Around 1985, D.C. hardcore underwent a change. Members of the influential punk scene opted to do something different, emotive, and whether or not they will admit it, revolutionary. Enter Dag Nasty, Rites Of Spring, Embrace, and One Last Wish. The ‘Revolution Summer’ was born. It’s been imitated and watered down, but no one has managed to capture the spirit of that sound quite like D.C. flowerheads, Give.
I came across them in the shallow confines of the Sebright Arms in London around four years ago, but failed to keep up with their output. The release of their video for the excellent ‘Beyond The Gun’ made me take notice once more. This is post-hardcore how it should be; discordant, challenging, melodic, and powerful. With their ‘Electric Flower Cult’ EP set to arrive on the prestigious Lockin’ Out Records this month, maybe it will be time for the second coming of the revolution.
Everyone has heard of dream pop before, but its time to experience nightmare pop. That’s the genre that Australian lo-fi artist Katie Dey describes her music as, and after listening to tracks from her forthcoming album, ‘Flood Network’, it’s easy to see why. The ethereal elegance and cacophonic glitch of the compositions wax and wane to create unique soundscapes.
A perfect example is ‘Fear O’ The Light’, one of the first tracks to be unveiled from the aforementioned album. This is twisted pop music from the dark side; otherworldly, distorted, and uncompromising. While there are moments of spine-tingling delicacy, the dissonant chords that meet repetitive and rattling drum loops make this an incredibly beautiful noise.