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

Radar State Release Debut LP “Strays” & New Music Video on Wiretap Records

Radar State is the pop-punk supergroup featuring The Get Up Kids’ Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic, The Anniversary’s Josh Berwanger and The Architects’/The Gadjits’ Adam Phillips. Radar State released their debut record “Strays” on January 11, 2019 via Wiretap Records. Radar State cleverly combines elements of pop-punk, emo rock, rock n’ roll, and indie rock to create a sound that sounds fresh with subtle elements … Continue reading Radar State Release Debut LP “Strays” & New Music Video on Wiretap Records

‘Lindsay White’ by Mixed Kid Fridays Is Slow, Dynamic SoCal Punk Rock

‘Lindsay White’ by Mixed Kid Fridays is some relatively slow, anthemic punk rock out of Southern California. “Punk rock and the plastic streets of Los Angeles have brought a new answer to fake conformity,” these guys say. “Mixed Kid Fridays will turn your daily frustration into musical ecstasy, and remind you that your life is a book. So, don’t stop reading in the middle of a bad chapter.” This band is definitely bringing … Continue reading ‘Lindsay White’ by Mixed Kid Fridays Is Slow, Dynamic SoCal Punk Rock

Love in October’s ‘I Don’t Want to Die Tonight’ Is Fast, Energetic Electro-Punk

Love in October’s ‘I Don’t Want to Die Tonight’ is some high-energy pop punk that makes good use of electronic elements. These guys describe themselves as, “an indie rock band from Chicago, IL that blends lo-fi fuzzy guitars, pop hooks and a broken drum machine.” They say this “is the first single from [their] new album, SHAPES, which will be released mid February, 2019. The … Continue reading Love in October’s ‘I Don’t Want to Die Tonight’ Is Fast, Energetic Electro-Punk

‘Five On It’ by Spielbergs Is Top-Notch Norwegian Alt Rock

‘Five On It’ by Spielbergs is some crunchy, straightforward rock music out of Norway. These guys were “named in Stereogum’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2019 feature as well as in The Guardian’s Best New Music for 2019.” Their “debut album This Is Not The End comes out on Feb 1st.” The band brings a kind, nostalgic buzz to a cleanly composed alt rock track. Over … Continue reading ‘Five On It’ by Spielbergs Is Top-Notch Norwegian Alt Rock

‘The Right Thing’ by Cannon Eyes Is Emotive Kentuckian Pop Punk

‘The Right Thing’ by Cannon Eyes is an emotive, well-developed take on pop punk out of Kentucky. These guys describe themselves as, “an indie rock band in Lexington, KY formed by longtime friends Nathan Musick [on guitar and vocals], Jonny Tsang [on bass], Eric Denmark [on drums] and Andrew Denmark [on guitar]. Loud, dark, groovy, singable indie rock made up of four friends with four … Continue reading ‘The Right Thing’ by Cannon Eyes Is Emotive Kentuckian Pop Punk

‘The Broken Satellite’ by Nights Like Thieves Is Some Strong SoCal Emo

‘The Broken Satellite’ by Nights Like Thieves is some sad, spacey alternative rock with a clear, dreamy vibe. These guys say they “started out in October of 2016 in San Diego, California. We self record, mix and mastered our own recordings and film and edit our own music videos.” They describe their sound as moving between “an upbeat, intricate and melodic vibe to a slower, … Continue reading ‘The Broken Satellite’ by Nights Like Thieves Is Some Strong SoCal Emo

Since When’s ‘The Straw’ Is Powerful, Emotive Pop Punk

Since When’s ‘The Straw’ is some gruff, sad pop punk out of the American Midwest. These guys describe themselves as, “a four-piece band from Wisconsin.” They say this “is the first song off of our first album, Heliconia.” These guys definitely know how to establish a sense of melancholy within the framework of a sweet, highly melodic punk track. In spite of their clear pop … Continue reading Since When’s ‘The Straw’ Is Powerful, Emotive Pop Punk

Meet CLIFFDIVER, the Contagious Pop-Punk Fusion Band with a Saxophone

Before 2018 comes to a close we would like to take a moment to shine a light on a great release from this year out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Small Hours” is an EP by CLIFFDIVER which features emotionally raw vocals and well composed lyrics. The EP starts with an explosive track called “You Sir, Are Obviously Not a Golfer.” It’s a song that is driven … Continue reading Meet CLIFFDIVER, the Contagious Pop-Punk Fusion Band with a Saxophone

Gabe Greenland’s ‘She Walks Strapped Through the Shadows’ Is Somber, Eclectic Pop Rock

Gabe Greenland’s ‘She Walks Strapped Through the Shadows’ is intense, eclectic pop rock with a unique approach. There’s a lot going on here. The track is led by some slow, broad guitar work and punchy trap-style percussion. Over that, Greenland’s narrative, monotonously expressive vocal approach gives the track some structure. A lot of what makes this track unique lies in the details – especially the … Continue reading Gabe Greenland’s ‘She Walks Strapped Through the Shadows’ Is Somber, Eclectic Pop Rock