Brother Plainview’s ‘Lost On Us’ Is Clean, Resonant Alt Rock From Hong Kong

Brother Plainview’s ‘Lost On Us’ is some clean, hot alternative rock from the island city of Hong Kong. “With members from Canada, the UK and from Hong Kong,” these guys say they bring a broad array of influences to “their new EP, which was recorded during the summer in an industrial building in Hong Kong.” They describe this track as, “about appreciating the good times … Continue reading Brother Plainview’s ‘Lost On Us’ Is Clean, Resonant Alt Rock From Hong Kong

Some Choice Highlights of Southern Post-Hardcore Listed (In No Particular Order)

The American South and its vast, often rural landscape may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of punk rock. Especially not in comparison with locales like New York, Los Angeles or Chicago which have fabled, well-established and oft-discussed scenes. But this understanding leaves out, among other things, the earliest days of post-hardcore’s development which happened largely in Washington D.C. … Continue reading Some Choice Highlights of Southern Post-Hardcore Listed (In No Particular Order)

Sleepwell’s ’27 Club’ Is Brisk Post-Hardcore with a Strong Take

Sleepwell’s ’27 Club’ is fast-paced, sad hardcore with a melodic tinge and strong production choices. The band describes the track as dealing “with the emotions of losing someone close to you. It touches on the anger of being left behind and makes references to the infamous 27 Club.” In a lot of ways, this is pretty standard post-hardcore. From the pensive lyrics down to the … Continue reading Sleepwell’s ’27 Club’ Is Brisk Post-Hardcore with a Strong Take

‘Shame’ by Bad Visuals Is Sad NorCal Shoegaze with a Blistering Presence

‘Shame’ by Bad Visuals is encompassing, sad shoegaze with a blistering, chunky buzz. The band describes itself as, “shoegaze/punk from San Francisco.” These guys really make sure that every element of this track is given room to play out. From the breathy vocals and reverb-drenched guitar down to the singed drums and powerful bass lines, it all seems exactly as it should be. The band … Continue reading ‘Shame’ by Bad Visuals Is Sad NorCal Shoegaze with a Blistering Presence

‘Ghosting’ by Quanah Jay Hicks Is Lightly Progressive Hudson Valley Pop Punk

‘Ghosting’ by Quanah Jay Hicks is smooth, sad and reflective pop punk with a lightly progressive take. “Quanah Jay Hicks of Orange County, New York,” describes himself as, “a uniquely multi-faceted individual.” His resume includes titles like, “songwriter, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, photographer, cinematographer, director of films and composer of film scores,” for “major label/platinum artists, video game publishers, television networks and animation/film production companies.” This … Continue reading ‘Ghosting’ by Quanah Jay Hicks Is Lightly Progressive Hudson Valley Pop Punk

‘Red Leather Jacket’ by The Gettysburg Address Is Glum Jersey Punk

‘Red Leather Jacket’ by The Gettysburg Address is some glum, plinky emo out of the Garden State with strong math rock influences. These guys have “released an EP, an 8-song album, and one single from an upcoming EP.” They say their “influences have shifted from 2000s emo and post-hardcore bands towards emo revival and mid-nineties midwest bands.” Although the lyrical content on here is super … Continue reading ‘Red Leather Jacket’ by The Gettysburg Address Is Glum Jersey Punk

Gabe Greenland’s ‘Sunbrnd’ Is Awesome, Non-Traditional Sad Pop-Punk

Gabe Greenland’s ‘Sunbrnd’ is eclectic, layered pop rock with a clean, sad tone tone. This artist describes himself as, “a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter and producer from Los Angeles. Influenced by a disparate hodgepodge of west coast icons such as Stephen Malkmus, Flying Lotus and Russell Westbrook,” he aims to fuse “a deep knowledge of hip-hop production with modern punk-influenced slacker emo to create a personal … Continue reading Gabe Greenland’s ‘Sunbrnd’ Is Awesome, Non-Traditional Sad Pop-Punk

‘Or, the Whale’ by Sean Nolan and the Heartmakers Is Energetic Synth-Driven Pop Punk

‘Or, the Whale’ by Sean Nolan and the Heartmakers is high-energy pop punk with a quirky, bouncy approach. “Heavily influenced by classic rock and roll and nineties punk rock,” these guys say they “strive for a dynamic, genre-bending sound.” Since their formation, they say “they’ve played countless shows throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, released two records and have just wrapped up their forthcoming record, The Machineries … Continue reading ‘Or, the Whale’ by Sean Nolan and the Heartmakers Is Energetic Synth-Driven Pop Punk

Svcred’s ‘Paradise’ Is Glitzy, Cinematic Hard Rock with a Gothic Flair

Svcred’s ‘Paradise’ is clean, dramatic Australian hard rock with a decidedly dusky flair. “Refining their trademark blend of gothic ambience and groove driven guitar work even further,” the band says that on this track they, “are proud to have created something that stands as uniquely their own.” This is a very tight, precise performance, but that doesn’t lead the group to sacrifice on the emotional … Continue reading Svcred’s ‘Paradise’ Is Glitzy, Cinematic Hard Rock with a Gothic Flair

‘Hollow Animals’ by The Bare Minimum Is Roaring Ontarian Punk Rock

The Bare Minimum’s ‘Hollow Animals’ is roaring Ontarian punk rock rock with a deeply emotive take. These guys are “are a Toronto punk band,” they say, with “a self-heckling sense of humor.” Musically, they describe themselves as flowing from, “thrash ragers to acoustic scream-a-longs… Somewhere between irony and nihilism, The Bare Minimum subvert pop songs into meditations on bar culture, boredom, and scene politics.” This … Continue reading ‘Hollow Animals’ by The Bare Minimum Is Roaring Ontarian Punk Rock