Everything to Nothing’s ‘Ten Years’ Is a Clean, Dark Take on Modern Alt Rock

Everything to Nothing’s ‘Ten Years’ is a punchy, sparkling take on pop punk out of the United Kingdom. These guys claim to, “combine emo rock with anthemic pop-punk, taking inspiration from contemporaries such as Taking Back Sunday, Manchester Orchestra and Modern Baseball.” These guys are taking a nice, clean approach to a darker understanding of modern alternative rock. There’s a lot of strong musicianship and … Continue reading Everything to Nothing’s ‘Ten Years’ Is a Clean, Dark Take on Modern Alt Rock

Billy the Kid’s ‘Tercer Mundo’ Is Exceptional Costa Rican Hardcore

Billy the Kid’s ‘Tercer Mundo’ is bruising Spanish-language hardcore out of Costa Rica with a decidedly political take. The band says this “is the new single off of Billy The Kid’s new album DESTROY BABYLON, to be released Spring 2019 worldwide through Blindsided Records.” These guys “have toured Europe and the US over 8 times and are gearing up for another worldwide tour,” they say. … Continue reading Billy the Kid’s ‘Tercer Mundo’ Is Exceptional Costa Rican Hardcore

After Incredible Success Playing Guitar for Other Artists, Brad Sample has Embarked on his Solo Career

Brad Sample is a seasoned guitar player who has performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people and has even taken the stage at the famous Grand Ole Opry. He has played guitar for several major label artists. While Brad Sample is a veteran to performing, he has just recently, on November 16th, started a career where he is the main attraction. His first … Continue reading After Incredible Success Playing Guitar for Other Artists, Brad Sample has Embarked on his Solo Career

Make’s ‘Vomit’ Is Some Fuzzy, Experimental Norwegian Punk

Make’s ‘Vomit’ is a crunchy, expansive take on different punk rock traditions out of Norway. These guys summarize themselves as simply, “OSLO MUSIC.” They describe this tune as, “about self-destructive behavior and feelings, as well as destructive choices made by our government.” There’s a charming simplicity to this track. The lazy, bucolic guitars whirr away under a deeply expressionistic rhythm section and a vocal performance … Continue reading Make’s ‘Vomit’ Is Some Fuzzy, Experimental Norwegian Punk

City of Industry’s ‘Guilt’ Is Rough, Sad Seattle Hardcore

City of Industry’s ‘Guilt’ is deep, rough melancholic hardcore with a lo-fi take. These guys describe themselves as, “a three-piece hardcore-punk band from Seattle, Washington.” They call this new single, “an approachable, yet melodic take on what they see to be hardcore punk.” I’m definitely a big fan of this, but I don’t know if it could be described as approachable or melodic. There is … Continue reading City of Industry’s ‘Guilt’ Is Rough, Sad Seattle Hardcore

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

Cilver’s ‘Turns Me On’ Is Glamorous Female-Fronted Hard Rock

Cilver’s ‘Turns Me On’ is glamorous, sexy hard rock with a clean, powerful take on the genre’s conventions. These guys aren’t holding back any punches. The honest, destructive nature of the lyrics gives the listener a clear, fully-formed view into this lead singer’s psyche. In a genre broadly dominated by testosterone-fueled chugging and the rhetorical themes that come with that, it’s nice to hear something … Continue reading Cilver’s ‘Turns Me On’ Is Glamorous Female-Fronted Hard Rock

Rebel Rampage’s ‘Red Star’ Is Powerful, Urgent Protest Music

Rebel Rampage’s ‘Red Star’ is groovy, clobbering hard rock featuring Angelo Moore of Fishbone. The band recently released their debut album, Divided We Fall, which they describe as, “a fiery addition to L.A.’s historic lineage of protest music, which includes, Rage Against The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Bad Religion, Fever 333 and more.” Frontman Graham Czach describes the project as, “our reaction to the outrageous corruption and … Continue reading Rebel Rampage’s ‘Red Star’ Is Powerful, Urgent Protest Music

Oginalli’s ‘Forgotten Kindness’ Is Powerful, Feminine Alt-Rock

Oginalli’s ‘Forgotten Kindness’ is mathy, grungy female-driven alternative rock out of Nashville. Lead singer Emma Hoeflinger says the tune chronicles, “humbling oneself, and instead of blaming others for the chaos around you, taking action and growing from it.” She “has been creating music as Oginalii since 2013, and in the years that have passed her sound has evolved, just like anything else.” Originally, the project … Continue reading Oginalli’s ‘Forgotten Kindness’ Is Powerful, Feminine Alt-Rock