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

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

‘Conflict Resolution’ by Bloody English Is Straightforward, Anxious London Punk

The group is “primarily a family affair with brothers Peter and Andrew Gomez joining their cousin, Chris Reynolds and his friend Sean O’Hanlon to form a covers band for a friend’s memorial gig,” they say. “When Laurence Burden was recruited as vocalist they began writing original material.” They describe their sound as “like the dismantling of the war machine in front of a crowd ready to smash the system. It’s an angry howl, an impassioned plea to dance, shout and feel,” which they compare to Nirvana, The Pixies and At The Drive-In. Continue reading ‘Conflict Resolution’ by Bloody English Is Straightforward, Anxious London Punk

‘FU/FA’ by Daniels Street Is Jangly, Eclectic Pop Punk with Sad Lyrical Themes

‘FU/FA’ by Daniels Street is jangly, eclectic pop punk with a melancholy sensibility. They describe the tune as, “about a relationship gone bad and drug abuse, making use of both electric and acoustic guitars. It approaches heavy subject matter with a light attitude,” Continue reading ‘FU/FA’ by Daniels Street Is Jangly, Eclectic Pop Punk with Sad Lyrical Themes

Third and Delware’s ‘Roads in Antarctica’ Is Glitzy, Atmospheric Modern Metalcore

Third and Delaware’s ‘Roads In Antarctica’ is a glitzy, atmospheric take on modern metalcore. This crew make significant use of “heavy influences while incorporating other genres to bring a unique yet familiar sound to the scene.” Their new EP, Generations, is out now. This group definitely takes a lot from what already exists in the scene, but at the same time they deliver it with an … Continue reading Third and Delware’s ‘Roads in Antarctica’ Is Glitzy, Atmospheric Modern Metalcore

‘Dark Places’ by Statues Is Grimy, Sad Swedish Punk Rock

‘Dark Places’ by Statues is grimy, sad punk rock with a decidedly political bent. This “indie-rock outfit… from Umeå, Sweden has a dense stubbornness as their musical trademark,” they say. “At the same time there is an unobtrusive security and a sense of dynamics in the group’s tasteful association of tantrum noises and winding melodies.” This is definitely punk rock, but at the same time … Continue reading ‘Dark Places’ by Statues Is Grimy, Sad Swedish Punk Rock

‘C’est La Vie’ by American Spirits Is Clean, Glum Pop Punk Out of Ohio

‘C’est La Vie’ by American Spirits is some clean, glum pop punk out of Ohio. “Formed in July 2017,” the band has also, “cultivated a local DIY venue called the Summit Shack in Bowling Green, Ohio. With over 100 shows played across the Midwest, they show no signs of slowing down.” The group has some heavyweights from the modern Midwest scene in their corner, as … Continue reading ‘C’est La Vie’ by American Spirits Is Clean, Glum Pop Punk Out of Ohio

Cursive’s ‘Under the Rainbow’ Is a Strong Release From The Long-Running Omaha Indie Outfit

Cursive’s ‘Under the Rainbow’ is another strong release from this important, long-running Omaha-based indie rock group. The band describes itself as “writing smart, tightly woven concept albums where frontman Tim Kasher turns his unflinching gaze on specific, oftentimes challenging themes, and examines them with an incisively brutal honesty.” These guys emerged from the same Omaha prep school scene that launched the likes of Lullaby for … Continue reading Cursive’s ‘Under the Rainbow’ Is a Strong Release From The Long-Running Omaha Indie Outfit

‘Walk in the Dark’ by Jack the Envious Is Some Israeli Emo-Pop By Way of London

‘Walk in the Dark’ by Jack the Envious is some solid Israeli emo by way of London. “Founding members Nir and Chuck met while serving in the Israeli army and bonded over their love for music,” the band says. “Their dreams of flying away and forming a band got the best of them last year when they made the move to London to pursue music … Continue reading ‘Walk in the Dark’ by Jack the Envious Is Some Israeli Emo-Pop By Way of London