Title Fight – “Chlorine” (Video)

If this newly released single is anything to go by, Title Fight‘s upcoming LP will be new territory for the band. The album, titled Hyperview, has a scheduled release date of Feb. 3 via ANTI- Records. The quartet have roots in the Kingston, PA hardcore scene, but have grown to incorporate other styles and genres each time they re-enter the studio. 2011′s Shed felt very indebted to bands like Lifetime and Jawbreaker, while 2012′s Floral Green was a thoroughly-mixed amalgam of ’90s emo, punk, alt-rock, and grunge, feeling equal parts Saves The Day and Dinosaur Jr. On “Chlorine”, we get their now familiar brand of skilled songwriting and forceful melodies, but the vibe is completely different. The guitars are awash in cavernous reverb, and the dissonant chords between the verses feel jarring and unfamiliar. The throaty, angst-ridden vocals are replaced by a hollow, spectral voice tucked in amongst the fray. The result of all this comes across feeling indicative of shoegaze, maybe even a bit of new wave at times. Either way, I can’t wait to hear what the rest of the record sounds like.

-Tom Fullmer

Pianos Become the Teeth – Keep You

Pianos Become the Teeth deliver a terrifyingly bland followup to 2011′s The Lack Long After.

The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Between Bodies EP

The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die take their dynamic approach to emo and fuses it with spoken word on this new collaborative EP.

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Between Bodies

Previously praised Connecticut emo revivalists The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die have a new release out titled Between Bodies.

It’s a collaborative project that features a number of passionate spoken word performances from poet Chris Zizzamia. Sometimes the instrumentals underneath his words compliment him well, sometimes they don’t, but this is still a pretty good listen. Skip right to the song “Thanks” if you’re looking for a really wonderful climax! Give it a try via the widget embedded above.

Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again

Joyce Manor drops what I think is their most melodic and accessible album yet.

The Hotelier – Home, Like NoPlace Is There

While the Hotelier’s latest effort stays true to the emo archetype, and delivers some good production, the band’s approach still remains pretty nondescript for the genre.

McCafferty – Beach Boy

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 – The Rooms of the House

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.

La Dispute – “Stay Happy There”

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:

Atlas At Last – Self-Titled

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!