Beach Boy is a wordy and captivating set of tracks from Ohio singer-songwriter Nick Hartkop and his band. It’s a mix of danceable punk music and acoustic emo ballads. It’s catchy and energetic, yet, downtrodden and slightly melodramatic. While I know this kind of music doesn’t translate for everyone, I think Nick has a strong pop sensibility that transcends his occasionally too-tragic vocals. Enjoy!
La Dispute comes through with a worthwhile followup to 2011′s Wildlife. While some of the stories aren’t as enthralling, the band’s minor alterations to their sound this time around makes this record worth checking out if you’ve been following them up until this point, or if you’re a general fan of post-hardcore with poetic lyrics.
Midwest post-hardcore act La Dispute is back with another installment of their uniquely poetic brand of melodic, passionate punk rock. The track “Stay Happy There” comes from the band’s next full-length, Rooms of the House, which is looking at a spring release this year.
While I don’t this track shows the same level of ambition as cuts that dropped prior to the band’s last album, Wildlife, I wouldn’t be surprised if this song felt bigger in the thick of Rooms–especially since each of the band’s records tend to revolve around a set of themes.
Check out a review for Wildlife below:
Some emotional hardcore that features some crushingly passionate melodies on this new EP from Atlas At Last. The second track exemplifies some close attention to detail on the lyrics as well. While I can’t see this EP appealing far outside of the already set fanbase boundaries for genres like emo and screamo, it’ll surely hit hard for those who are into said style.
Stream it via the widget above, and grab it via a pay-what-you-want sorta thing via Bandcamp. Enjoy!
Featuring members of Cap n’ Jazz, Into It. Over It., and Loose Lips Sink Ships, you could say Their / They’re / There already has a track record to live up to in the world of emo and indie rock. And “New Blood” definitely lives up to the legacy with a catchy chorus, tightly wound guitar leads, and a sharp drum beat.
Their / They’re / There’s new EP, Analog Weekend, is coming out on Topshelf Records.
West Coast screamo outfit Touché Amoré’s third record is easily the most ambitious in their discography so far, featuring some incredibly dynamic and melodic punk guitars and lyrics that dive into the depths of mortality, legacy, and the band itself.
Denver emo outfit American Haiku has a new EP coming out towards the end of November. Right now, you can stream the track “Grey Magic,” which definitely lives up to the band’s promise of “crunchy analog goodness.”
e.p. is due out digitally and on turquoise tape on November 22. You can pre-order it via the group’s Bandcamp page above.
With all of the skramz revivalism floating around the Internet these days, it was only a matter of time before I was talking about some German screamo, right?
These guys are a Münster-based rock trio, I believe. They’ve lovingly named themselves after WWII activist Karl Jungbluth, too. Their new record is stitled Part Ache–hah, I get it–and the nine tracks they present on this LP have much of what I look for in records of this style: intense vocals, tight playing, anthemic guitars. The added bonus is the album’s mix is pretty dang heavy, too! Give it a stream via the widget above, and enjoy!
Is Survived By will be the third full-length LP from California’s Touché Amoré, and it’s currently looking at a September 24th release date on Deathwish.
“Just Exist” is the first track to drop from the forthcoming album, and it features all of the band’s best qualities: tight instrumentation, muscular drumming, harmonious guitar playing, and poetic lyrics delivered with the utmost intensely. Screamo is alive and well.
Check a review for the band’s last album below:
The previously mentioned rock outfit Crash of Rhinos have have a new album titled Knots on the way via Topshelf Records, and their leanings toward the worlds of indie and emo blend in well with the label’s current roster. However, I wouldn’t say they lose their identity while aligning themselves with similar artists. Certainly, Rhinos’ sense of melody and flavorful guitar playing make them stick out on “Interiors.”
Look for Knots in August, and enjoy!