‘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

‘Help Me’ by Moxie and the Nobodies Is Well-Textured Australian Indie Rock

‘Help Me’ by Moxie and the Nobodies is a crunchy, spacey take on indie rock from Australia. The band’s debut albumĀ Vulture VisionsĀ “focuses on death, space and what the future might hold for humanity. It brings a blend of friendly nihilism and absurdity wrapped up in a tasty alternative rock package.” This tune, which is described as taking place, “in the black vacuum of space… focuses … Continue reading ‘Help Me’ by Moxie and the Nobodies Is Well-Textured Australian Indie Rock

Hypergear’s ‘I Am the Dead’ Is Densely Expansive Italian Alt Rock

Hypergear’s ‘I Am the Dead’ is a groovy, dense take on alternative rock out of Italy. These guys describe themselves as an, “alternative synth-rock trio formed in 2013, then disbanded in 2016 and reformed again in 2018.” The band says in spite of this song’s “simple structure, it has a bit of a complex meaning.” It’s “all about the correlation between sex and death, which … Continue reading Hypergear’s ‘I Am the Dead’ Is Densely Expansive Italian Alt Rock

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

Brother Plainview’s ‘Lost On Us’ Is Clean, Resonant Alt Rock From Hong Kong

Brother Plainview’s ‘Lost On Us’ is some clean, hot alternative rock from the island city of Hong Kong. “With members from Canada, the UK and from Hong Kong,” these guys say they bring a broad array of influences to “their new EP, which was recorded during the summer in an industrial building in Hong Kong.” They describe this track as, “about appreciating the good times … Continue reading Brother Plainview’s ‘Lost On Us’ Is Clean, Resonant Alt Rock From Hong Kong

‘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

Pedestrian Lifestyle’s ‘If I Surrender’ Is Tight Atmospheric Rock Out of Ontario

Pedestrian Lifestyle’s ‘If I Surrender’ is spacey Ontarian indie rock with a tense pace. “Forming in 2008,” the band says they “slowly began to take shape and put together their own sound. Basing much of their material off of emotional and musical influences to aid their creative process.” Making use of “a tightly wound rhythm section and waves of echoing guitar and vocals, the band … Continue reading Pedestrian Lifestyle’s ‘If I Surrender’ Is Tight Atmospheric Rock Out of Ontario

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

Kuchimatl’s ‘Come Home’ Is Soulful Mexican Electronic Music

Kuchimatl’s ‘Come Home’ is eclectic, spacey electronic music with a decidedly human approach. “Kuchimatl is Javier Correa,” who describes himself as, “a Mexican keyboardist with an androgynous and exotic singing voice.” He says his music features, “an electro-pop aesthetic mixed with otherworldly sound passages, and a spiritual punk attitude on stage.” There’s definitely a lot of cool stuff coming together on here. The whole piece … Continue reading Kuchimatl’s ‘Come Home’ Is Soulful Mexican Electronic Music