‘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

Book of Shame’s ‘Compatability’ Is Expansive, Ethereal Experimental Rock

Book of Shame’s ‘Compatability’ is spacey, untethered rock music with a defiant, ethereal aesthetic. These guys say a chance run-in at a violin repair shop, “led to a collaboration that has resulted in an album, a band, a lifestyle and poverty for two men who should know better.” There’s certainly a lot of ground covered on this track. From the tappy mechanical guitar lead that … Continue reading Book of Shame’s ‘Compatability’ Is Expansive, Ethereal Experimental 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

‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids Is Competent, Pensive Indie Rock

‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids is dark, pensive indie rock with a refined, understated approach. Musician Kevin Connor describes The Trust Fund Kids as his personal “self-produced musical project.” There’s an ideological unity and sonic togetherness on here that could only come from a one-man project. From the low, chunky guitar riffs peppered with warm electronic elements to the hopeless, monotone approach to the … Continue reading ‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids Is Competent, Pensive Indie Rock

‘Kiss Me on the Mouth’ by Michelle Blades Is Clean International Indie Rock

‘Kiss Me on the Mouth’ by Michelle Blades is slick bluesy indie rock with a distinctly retro sense of homeliness. On here, the “Mexican-Panamanian artist presents a bittersweet track… [featuring] a character trying to persuade themselves of an innocence long lost while analyzing the vices of those around them,” her people say. This bandleader says her varied discography functions, “as an extension of her nomadic life spent … Continue reading ‘Kiss Me on the Mouth’ by Michelle Blades Is Clean International Indie Rock

‘Say So!’ by The Entrepreneurs Is Tight Danish Experimental Rock

‘Say So!’ by The Entrepreneurs is clean, reasonably experimental rock out of Copenhagen. The band describes their work as, “aesthetically rich and experimental variations on some of rock’s most significant subgenres like punk, grunge, post-rock… performed with an underlying experimental and explosive feel.” They claim to be committed to, “an approach of always being curious and open to inspiration. Everything goes as the band keeps … Continue reading ‘Say So!’ by The Entrepreneurs Is Tight Danish Experimental Rock

‘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

Mercury Machine’s ‘Age of the Machine’ Is Glimmering Electronic Post-Punk

Mercury Machine’s ‘Age of the Machine’ is cinematic new wave with a focus on retro electronic elements. The “Manchester five-piece,” says they “are gathering momentum. Prolific in their workload and atmospheric in their delivery, they manage to effortlessly encapsulate an eighties aesthetic, reinterpreting it in a contemporary fashion.” Chief wordsmith Lee Maguire wrote this tune about the way modern technology has changed the average person’s … Continue reading Mercury Machine’s ‘Age of the Machine’ Is Glimmering Electronic Post-Punk

‘Thank You, Have a Nice Day’ by Pool Sharks Is Tight, Sparse Indie Rock

‘Thank You, Have a Nice Day’ by Pool Sharks is straightforward, honest indie rock with bluesy, garage-oriented feel. These guys say they “specialize in hook-driven ear worms with an emphasis on energy and making the kind of music you want to hear again and again.” They cite “influences from alt rock, to emo to pop which combine to make something that would appeal to the … Continue reading ‘Thank You, Have a Nice Day’ by Pool Sharks Is Tight, Sparse Indie Rock

Joynoise Drop a Punky 5- Song EP

“This is a high energy song that we love to play live because it gets people moving right off the bat. The song is about hitting a new low after taking too many substances in one night and having a self-reflecting moment, thinking to myself “what the fuck am I doing?” The chorus itself is the mentality of wanting to let loose and go wild, … Continue reading Joynoise Drop a Punky 5- Song EP