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

Sandy Allen’s ‘Napper’ Is Chilled Out, Gaze-y Alt Rock from Washington State

Sandy Allen’s ‘Napper’ is slow, relaxed alternative rock with a melodically fuzzy approach. The crew from the “Olympia underground,” describes itself as, “tweegaze.” I’m not really sure exactly what that is, but I think it’s safe to say it has something to do with shoegaze. These guys have a distorted sound whose slow, saccharine crawl has a lot of throwback vibes. Obviously, these guys are … Continue reading Sandy Allen’s ‘Napper’ Is Chilled Out, Gaze-y Alt Rock from Washington State

‘Mo’s Desert Clubhouse’ by Wharves Is Crackling, Spastic Modern Post-Punk

‘Mo’s Desert Clubhouse’ by Wharves is dynamic, high-energy post-punk with a spastically anxious retro approach. “The music for this track came from our Sapphire Sessions in March 2018,” the band says, when they “stayed in a beautiful house near the beach in Coffs Harbour and jammed for three days straight.” Continue reading ‘Mo’s Desert Clubhouse’ by Wharves Is Crackling, Spastic Modern Post-Punk

‘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

Eckman Dredge’s ‘Get Away Closer’ Is Immersive Space Rock with a Sludgy Edge

Eckman Dredge’s ‘Get Away Closer’ is sludgy, melodic alternative that takes a lot cues from the hard rock and metal worlds. The band says this song “enters the mysterious mind of Eckman, following a lone astronaut careening through the void. Able to show their knowledge of what an alt-rock, post-grunge song should sound like, the single calls back to the rock of the nineties with a modern twist.” Continue reading Eckman Dredge’s ‘Get Away Closer’ Is Immersive Space Rock with a Sludgy Edge

‘Nightstreet’ by Queenstreet Moonrunners Is Indie with Diverse Influences

‘Nightstreet’ by Queenstreet Moonrunners is some patient, post-punk-oriented pop rock out of Sweden. These guys bring a lot of different influences to the table. That shows in the diverse range of acts they have played with on the road. Continue reading ‘Nightstreet’ by Queenstreet Moonrunners Is Indie with Diverse Influences

‘Waves’ by Coattails Is Layered, Compelling Alternative with a Classic Rock Sensibility

‘Waves’ by Coattails is whirring, cinematic alt rock with a classically pensive sensibility. This band believes “in the journey, they believe in their art, they believe it will bring fulfillment and through their belief, they hope to affect those who will listen.” Continue reading ‘Waves’ by Coattails Is Layered, Compelling Alternative with a Classic Rock Sensibility

Bony Macaroni’s New Track Brings a Zany, Sarcastic Tone to the Self-Loathing of Emo Pop

Bony Macaroni’s ‘Piece of Shit’ is a sweet, anthemic pop punk with a pounding, raucous approach. These guys say they “are making self-loathing cool again. At least, they hope so. Because, after previous failed attempts at life in general, these dudes want to give a fuck again.” Continue reading Bony Macaroni’s New Track Brings a Zany, Sarcastic Tone to the Self-Loathing of Emo Pop

Okay Embrace’s ‘Drought’ Is Strong, Meaningful Indie Rock From a Talented Composer

Okay Embrace’s ‘Drought (Song of California)’ is patient, well-composed indie rock with a potent, pointed message. This “is the new project of Los Angeles-based songwriter and guitarist David Schaefer,” who “has been a part of the DIY music scene in Los Angeles since his early teens,” he says, “collaborating with other artists such as Phoebe Bridgers and Girlpool and previously releasing music under the name French Negative.” Continue reading Okay Embrace’s ‘Drought’ Is Strong, Meaningful Indie Rock From a Talented Composer