‘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

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

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)

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

‘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

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

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