‘What’s the Plan’ by The Flips Is Sad, Understated Chicago Pop Punk

‘What’s the Plan’ by The Flips is some glum, sparkly pop punk out of Chicago. “The themes of mental health appear often in my songwriting,” says frontman Nick Sintos. This track “literally refers to a getting on a treatment plan for depression and anxiety,” he says. These guys take a nice, expansive approach to the gritty, eclectic and brutally honest pop punk brought to the … Continue reading ‘What’s the Plan’ by The Flips Is Sad, Understated Chicago Pop Punk

Hypergear’s ‘I Am the Dead’ Is Densely Expansive Italian Alt Rock

Hypergear’s ‘I Am the Dead’ is a groovy, dense take on alternative rock out of Italy. These guys describe themselves as an, “alternative synth-rock trio formed in 2013, then disbanded in 2016 and reformed again in 2018.” The band says in spite of this song’s “simple structure, it has a bit of a complex meaning.” It’s “all about the correlation between sex and death, which … Continue reading Hypergear’s ‘I Am the Dead’ Is Densely Expansive Italian Alt Rock

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

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

‘Casual Encounters’ by The This Is Well-Produced British Columbian Post-Punk

‘Casual Encounters’ by The This is spunky, twinkly post-punk with an ethereal, poppy flair. The group began, “as a solo recording project by guitarist/vocalist Evan Matthiesen between producing local bands in the Victoria, British Columbia area,” but has recently been “realized as a real life band featuring Jimbo Rai and Seth Eggler on bass guitar and drums respectively.” The band says, “this self-produced track… explores … Continue reading ‘Casual Encounters’ by The This Is Well-Produced British Columbian Post-Punk

Teen-Band PEOPLE PLANET Release Fun Pop-Punk Song “Rehab”

People Planet is the teenage band that is taking the indie music world by storm after dropping their first release on November 23rd, 2018. The pop-punk band put out their debut, “Rehab” containing sophisticated lyrics that you’ll be wanting to sing along to. On top of the fun-sounding music and catchy vocal melody, the deep lyrics compare drug and alcohol addiction to romantic and emotional … Continue reading Teen-Band PEOPLE PLANET Release Fun Pop-Punk Song “Rehab”

Spirit of the Wildfire’s ‘No Allegiance’ Is Well-Balanced, Quick Punk Rock

Spirit of the Wildfire’s ‘No Allegiance’ is some heavily-charged, fast-paced punk out of Canada. These guys say their approach provides “listeners with a high energy, dynamic experience from an arsenal of unique styles and sounds. Combining a diverse array of influences from ska to hip-hop, with a hard hitting punk aggression, the group dubs their sound ‘funk punk.’” From the more pensive, ska-oriented bars of … Continue reading Spirit of the Wildfire’s ‘No Allegiance’ Is Well-Balanced, Quick Punk Rock

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)

Low Horizon’s ‘Keep’ Is Mid-Paced, Reserved Indie Rock

Low Horizon’s ‘Keep’ is sweet, reserved indie rock with an airy, rolling take. These guys do a really great job of striking a balance between a slow-moving chiller and a mid-paced, marching rock track. All of the elements in the mix seem to function as a single unit. That gives the piece an enveloping, almost wall-like quality that really lets listeners immerse themselves in the … Continue reading Low Horizon’s ‘Keep’ Is Mid-Paced, Reserved Indie Rock

‘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