I Set My Friends on Fire’s O.G. ‘Astral Rejection’ to Get Official Release

In 2011, I Set My Friends on Fire released Astral Rejection – a sweet, grating fusion of crunkcore, extreme metal and emo-pop. It continued what the band pioneered on their 2008 debut to largely negative reviews. What’s not as well known is that there was an original version of Astral Rejection. Epitaph Records shelved it in 2010. But now, the label has decided to release … Continue reading I Set My Friends on Fire’s O.G. ‘Astral Rejection’ to Get Official Release

Keep Score Releases Punk Track about Surviving NYC

“I wrote ‘Metropolitan’ the week I moved to New York City. I was in-between jobs, didn’t know how to navigate the city, and only knew a handful of people. I spent that week hidden away in my empty apartment with my acoustic guitar and extreme anxiety.” – Pete Iannitto  Keep Score is out with a new indie-rock track titled “Metropolitan.” The song could be called … Continue reading Keep Score Releases Punk Track about Surviving NYC

Meet Your New Favorite Emo Band: Downhaul

Downhaul is a band based in Greensboro, North Carolina that is rocking a classic emo sound. Their new single is titled “Wires / Enough” and serves as a teaser for their upcoming LP “Before You Fall Asleep” that is due out sometime this year. The song “Wires / Enough” is jam packed with a moody vocal delivery, catchy guitar riffs and vocal melodies, and lyrics … Continue reading Meet Your New Favorite Emo Band: Downhaul

Bony Macaroni Shines with Classic Emo Sound on “France”

“This song is about the summer before I went to college. Me and my friends planned our first big road trip together, and we did a bad job…” – Bony Macaroni Bony Macaroni might have a funny sounding band name but their sound is definitely not funny. This band hailing from The Netherlands, has a classic pop punk and emo sound that quickly becomes contagious … Continue reading Bony Macaroni Shines with Classic Emo Sound on “France”

‘Girlfriend’ by Small Words Is a Strong Take on Traditional Pop Punk

‘Girlfriend’ by Small Words is a clean, crunchy take on a radio-friendly iteration of pop punk. These guys describe themselves as, “an energetic indie rock band out of Indianapolis, IN.” This year, the band will release a new record titled Good Day, Bad Me. “The album explores the struggles of addiction, grief, depression, and accepting one’s own mortality,” the band says. “In these trying times we need to … Continue reading ‘Girlfriend’ by Small Words Is a Strong Take on Traditional Pop Punk

Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ Is the Most Introspective Indie Rock

Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ is some deep, folky indie rock from this prolific singer-songwriter. “In August 2016,” a press release reads, “during what he now recognizes as his lowest point, David Bazan was touring the country alone in an aging minivan and found himself in his hometown of Phoenix.” Before taking off the next morning “Bazan gave himself the gift of a quick … Continue reading Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ Is the Most Introspective Indie Rock

Paragon’s ‘Chaos Order Chaos’ Is Pop Rock with Brains

Paragon’s ‘Chaos Order Chaos’ is some sweet, expansive and deeply melodic pop rock with a sad, punky approach. These guys describe themselves as an “alternative rock band out of Hampton Roads, Virginia” with a sound aiming “to bridge the gap between a more vibed out indie, alternative sound and heavier aspects of rock.” The band describes this track as, “an escape from the duality of … Continue reading Paragon’s ‘Chaos Order Chaos’ Is Pop Rock with Brains

Employer’s ‘Git Off My Property’ Is Downbeat Indie

Employer’s ‘Git Off My Property’ is some sad, downbeat indie rock out of Kansas City. “Originally started as an acoustic bedroom project by singer/guitarist Hopyard Mathison,” these guys say “Employer became a band when Morgan Greenwood and Josh King joined him full-time. Together,” the band “quickly realized how much they had previously missed being creative in a totally free, collaborative environment and vowed to keep … Continue reading Employer’s ‘Git Off My Property’ Is Downbeat Indie

Away Team’s ‘Falling Behind’ Is Crisp Coloradan Emo

Away Team’s ‘Falling Behind’ is some crisp, glum pop punk out of Colorado. “Started by a run-in at a Colfax Speed Queen show, a few Craigslist posts and a couple sessions at a grungy hourly practice space in Denver,” these guys say they “burst into the Denver music scene with poise, bravado and experience working in their favor.” The band consists of “members of Marti And The Dads, More … Continue reading Away Team’s ‘Falling Behind’ Is Crisp Coloradan Emo

In Spirit’s ‘Asbury’ Is Crunchy, Noisy Emo-Pop

In Spirit’s ‘Asbury’ is crunchy, blaring pop punk from this New Jersey-based band. This crew definitely has a lot of cool stuff going on. Although their general framework sounds an awful lot like Joyce Manor or Remo Drive, these guys have an erratic, almost spastic vibe that gives them that extra grit and energy. The unrelenting, almost blown out rhythm section serves as a good … Continue reading In Spirit’s ‘Asbury’ Is Crunchy, Noisy Emo-Pop