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

Billy the Kid’s ‘Tercer Mundo’ Is Exceptional Costa Rican Hardcore

Billy the Kid’s ‘Tercer Mundo’ is bruising Spanish-language hardcore out of Costa Rica with a decidedly political take. The band says this “is the new single off of Billy The Kid’s new album DESTROY BABYLON, to be released Spring 2019 worldwide through Blindsided Records.” These guys “have toured Europe and the US over 8 times and are gearing up for another worldwide tour,” they say. … Continue reading Billy the Kid’s ‘Tercer Mundo’ Is Exceptional Costa Rican Hardcore

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

Make’s ‘Vomit’ Is Some Fuzzy, Experimental Norwegian Punk

Make’s ‘Vomit’ is a crunchy, expansive take on different punk rock traditions out of Norway. These guys summarize themselves as simply, “OSLO MUSIC.” They describe this tune as, “about self-destructive behavior and feelings, as well as destructive choices made by our government.” There’s a charming simplicity to this track. The lazy, bucolic guitars whirr away under a deeply expressionistic rhythm section and a vocal performance … Continue reading Make’s ‘Vomit’ Is Some Fuzzy, Experimental Norwegian Punk

City of Industry’s ‘Guilt’ Is Rough, Sad Seattle Hardcore

City of Industry’s ‘Guilt’ is deep, rough melancholic hardcore with a lo-fi take. These guys describe themselves as, “a three-piece hardcore-punk band from Seattle, Washington.” They call this new single, “an approachable, yet melodic take on what they see to be hardcore punk.” I’m definitely a big fan of this, but I don’t know if it could be described as approachable or melodic. There is … Continue reading City of Industry’s ‘Guilt’ Is Rough, Sad Seattle Hardcore

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

‘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

‘Ghosting’ by Quanah Jay Hicks Is Lightly Progressive Hudson Valley Pop Punk

‘Ghosting’ by Quanah Jay Hicks is smooth, sad and reflective pop punk with a lightly progressive take. “Quanah Jay Hicks of Orange County, New York,” describes himself as, “a uniquely multi-faceted individual.” His resume includes titles like, “songwriter, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, photographer, cinematographer, director of films and composer of film scores,” for “major label/platinum artists, video game publishers, television networks and animation/film production companies.” This … Continue reading ‘Ghosting’ by Quanah Jay Hicks Is Lightly Progressive Hudson Valley Pop Punk