The Austerity Program’s blend of old school indie, post-hardcore, sludge metal, and noise rock is refreshingly seamless. They’re not quite heavy enough to be metal per se, but this album’s boot-to-face attitude is can go toe-to-toe with any number of aggressive rock groups out there. The mostly spoken word vocals are pretty enjoyable as well, and show an element of weakness and humanity in the midst of these fiery guitar tones and pummeling drums. Enjoy!
Dammit! Carpark Records beat me to all the adjectives I was going to use to describe this new song from Toronto loud rock/post-hardcore band Greys. “Caustic. Brash. Noisy. Abrasive. Dissonant. Melodic. Sarcastic. Explosive.” Yep, “Use Your Delusion” is certainly all those things. So was the song they dropped a month ago, “Guy Piccioto.” I surmise all those words pretty accurately describe all of the group’s forthcoming full-length debut If Anything, out June 17 via the aforementioned Carpark Records. If you’ve dug these singles and those adjectives, then you ought to head on over to Greys’ Bandcamp page, where there are three solid EPs that will further whet your appetite for the album. Enjoy!
Oh, did I mention they’re a loud rock band from Toronto? That apparently demands restatement.
I collaborate with the RIO!B’s Sami Jarroush on this review of the latest Cloud Nothings album.
A wild, wordy, and riff-y track from Geronimo! titled “Mr. President.” It comes form the band’s next LP, Cheap Trick, which is dropping on May 13th via Exploding In Sound–you know, the home of my dude’s in Pile.
What his song doesn’t have in finesse, it makes up for in raw energy. The lyrics border on insane ramblings, and the tone of ‘em actually reminds me a bit of that new Big Ups album I loved recently. That makes me even more excited for this thing! Enjoy!
Big Ups’ Eighteen Hours of Static combines numerous styles of underground rock music to create one of the most cutting, satirical rock records of this year. Think Minor Threat, Slint, D.R.I., and Dead Milkmen coming to a fantastic compromise on a collaborative album.
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.
Eighteen Hours of Static, the debut LP from New York punk outfit Big Ups, is a refreshing half hour of caustic and cathartic post-hardcore. The mix here is muddy, the playing is messy, and the vocals of frontman Joe Galarraga are manic – often searing. But it’s all quite glorious in just how simultaneously sincere and abrasive its 11 songs are. Give it a listen above via Stereogum.
Eighteen Hours of Static is out now via Dead Labour and Tough Love.
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:
Hartford hardcore quintet Manners has a new LP out titled Pale Blue Light. Here, the Connecticut band delivers a remarkably tight post-hardcore project–churning out some expectedly dour punk leads, as well the occasional somber, clean guitar passage; and often not taking a second between tracks to catch its breath. Check it out above!
Watch the embedded playlist of videos to check out the five classics week reviews I did for the 2013-2014 classics week. Watch the playlist further to check out classics week reviews from the last few years as well. Woo!!!