Death by Horse’s ‘Summer’s Up’ Is Punchy Swedish Pop Punk

Death by Horse’s ‘Summer’s Up’ is a punchy, attitudinal interpretation of pop punk. This is a fun little tune from the Swedish rockers. As many Swedes do, these guys seem to have an affinity for the garage rock genre, but these guys are bringing a poppier, spunkier flavor to that sound. The female-led performance further separates these guys from the crowd. They have a meaningfully … Continue reading Death by Horse’s ‘Summer’s Up’ Is Punchy Swedish Pop Punk

Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ Is the Most Introspective Indie Rock

Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ is some deep, folky indie rock from this prolific singer-songwriter. “In August 2016,” a press release reads, “during what he now recognizes as his lowest point, David Bazan was touring the country alone in an aging minivan and found himself in his hometown of Phoenix.” Before taking off the next morning “Bazan gave himself the gift of a quick … Continue reading Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ Is the Most Introspective Indie Rock

Small Town Glow’s ‘Speed Trap’ Is Robust Upstate Pop Punk

Small Town Glow’s ‘Speed Trap’ is some thick, energetic pop punk with some Upstate New York attitude. This “is the debut track for Small Town Glows upcoming EP You’re Welcome to be released February 14,” the band says. “Small Town Glow is the rock band alias created by songwriter and sole permanent member, Josh Robin.” In a lot of ways, this is a pretty standard … Continue reading Small Town Glow’s ‘Speed Trap’ Is Robust Upstate Pop Punk

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

Cardinal’s ‘Tension Rod’ Is Solid, Anxious Virginia Emo

Cardinal’s ‘Tension Rod’ is tight, anxious indie rock with a sad, gruff take. These guys describe themselves as, “a five-piece rock band from Richmond, VA,” which “grew out of a mutual love for the dark, often brutal imagery of emo and the heaviness of post-hardcore.” The band’s style has shifted “over the years,” they say, “to embody a more straightforward sound that evokes an indie … Continue reading Cardinal’s ‘Tension Rod’ Is Solid, Anxious Virginia Emo

‘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

‘Be One of Us’ by Night’s Edge Is Some New School Gothic Punk

‘Be One of Us’ by Night’s Edge is dramatic punk rock with a clear gothic flair. “With a sound just as distinct as its look,” these guys claim to be “bringing originality back to rock music.” Fusing “metal, goth and alternative,” the band “uses harmonies and keys to add deep atmosphere to its driving grooves.” The group has a soaring, at times orchestral sound that … Continue reading ‘Be One of Us’ by Night’s Edge Is Some New School Gothic Punk

‘Vulgar’ by Horns Is Groovy Punk with a Classic Rock-Style Approch

‘Vulgar’ by Horns in some groovy, classic rock-inflected punk out of the Dominican Republic. These guys do a really good job of bringing a forward, crusty approach to punk without sacrificing clarity or compositional complexity. For a listener who grew up with classic rock, a lot of this track will sound eerily familiar. It seems like in certain regards these guys are reworking and remixing … Continue reading ‘Vulgar’ by Horns Is Groovy Punk with a Classic Rock-Style Approch