‘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

‘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

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

Mr. Lisp’s ‘Get Out Minds Right’ Is Grimy Philadelphia Skate Punk

Mr. Lisp’s ‘Get Our Minds Right’ is straightforward, melodic skate punk with a grungy Californian flair. These guys describe themselves as, “a four piece punk band from Philadelphia, PA. The band formed in early 2017.” The group brings a lot to the table. On the one hand, there’s a deep, palatable familiarity to their sound. But under that, there’s a level of restraint these guys … Continue reading Mr. Lisp’s ‘Get Out Minds Right’ Is Grimy Philadelphia Skate Punk

Self Evident’s ‘Lost Inside the Machinery’ Is Slow, Expansive Artfully-Composed Alt-Rock

Self Evident’s ‘Lost Inside the Machinery’ is crawling, pensive alternative rock with an expansive, non-traditional approach. “Hailing from Minneapolis,” this self-described experimental rock group “has been at it since forming in 1997,” they say. The trio is made up of three musicians who have more than raw talent – they have over two decades of experience under their belts. It really shows. There’s a level … Continue reading Self Evident’s ‘Lost Inside the Machinery’ Is Slow, Expansive Artfully-Composed Alt-Rock

‘Mosh Pit’ by War with the Newts Is Straight-Yet-Wonky German Hardcore

‘Mosh Pit’ by War with the Newts is a grimy, off-kilter take on hardcore out of Berlin. The band says they “have been hurling and whirling across stages since 2016, leaving behind a trail of happiness and destruction.” Continue reading ‘Mosh Pit’ by War with the Newts Is Straight-Yet-Wonky German Hardcore

Ithomiid’s ‘Earthbound’ Is Crunchy Hardcore with a Melodic, Personal Take

Ithomiid’s ‘Earthbound’ is punishingly melodic hardcore with some clear cues from the metal and alt-rock worlds. They describe their approach as featuring, “introspective lyrics backed with a progressive hybrid of fast paced punk and heavy hard metal.” Continue reading Ithomiid’s ‘Earthbound’ Is Crunchy Hardcore with a Melodic, Personal Take

‘Fast Friends’ by Dad Hats Is High-Strung Indie with an Emo-Pop Take

‘Fast Friends’ by Dad Hats is fast, sad indie rock fused with high-energy take on pop punk. “Dad Hats flirts with the nineties, makes out with indie rock and is married to catchy hooks,” they say, and set “themselves apart in the Nashville music scene with nonstop, high energy live shows.” Continue reading ‘Fast Friends’ by Dad Hats Is High-Strung Indie with an Emo-Pop Take

Kerbera’s ‘Home Is Where I Don’t Belong’ Is Accessible, Groovy Swedish Pop Metal

Kerbera’s ‘Home Is Where I Don’t Belong’ is an angsty, poppy take on nu metal out of Stockholm. The band describes itself as fusing, “an ambient sound with progressive undertones and catchy melodies. Kerbera is too hard for the soft and too soft for the hard, too dark for the bright and too bright for the dark,” they say. Continue reading Kerbera’s ‘Home Is Where I Don’t Belong’ Is Accessible, Groovy Swedish Pop Metal

The Bare Minimum’s ‘Safe Bet’ Is Brief, Buzzing Punk Rock with a Solid Video

The Bare Minimum’s ‘Safe Bet’ is short, intensely melodic punk rock with an irreverent, traditionalist take. This, they say, is “the first track from our upcoming EP Where the Buses Don’t Come,”¬†which will be out on November 2nd. Continue reading The Bare Minimum’s ‘Safe Bet’ Is Brief, Buzzing Punk Rock with a Solid Video