Here’s a piece of wordy, nerdy, and perturbed-y piece of art punk that’s been growing on me lately: Big Ups‘ Eighteen Hours of Static. “Goes Black” is one of the couple songs the band is letting people stream from their new album, which is out now via Dead Labour Records.
The tracks on this thing really check a lot of boxes for me. It’s well-read, aggressive, emotive, and plenty of skilled guitar play with a punk edge. Enjoy!
While Angel Guts: Red Classroom might be Xiu Xiu’s most freakish record, I can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed by some of the purely freakish tracks here.
You should know about Girl Band – they’re a noisy-as-all-get-out post-punk outfit hailing from Dublin. They have a new video out for their latest single, “Lawman,” which at over six minutes, shows off the band’s prowess in working with repetitive grooves. The video is appropriately dank, shot in B&W in a dark, featureless room through what looks to be a low-quality security camera. The visuals become very staticky as the members start going apeshit on their respective instruments towards the backend of the song. You, too, can lose your mind to their music; just click that play button right up there and enjoy!
You can download “Lawman” (as well as its very breezy B-side “Heckle the frames”) for free via the group’s Bandcamp.
Odonis Odonis are ready to deliver another round of anthemic post-punk on upcoming album Hard Boiled Soft Boiled. However, the LP is apparently split into two halves, with the first being decidedly more hard-hitting than the second. Like the lead single, “Are We Friends,” this new track, “New Obsession,” is taken from the Hard Boiled side, with a composition that fuses thudding industrial with clamorous post-punk. It’s another killer song, and hopefully we’ll get a taste for the Soft Boiled side before the album drops April 15 (via Buzz Records).
Xiu Xiu drops a dark, violent video for “Stupid In The Dark,” which is a cut from the band’s forthcoming album Angel Guts: Red Classroom. Don’t watch if you have an intense fear of seeing people take cast iron cookware to the head. Check a review for Xiu Xiu’s latest project, Nina, below:
Have A Nice Life’s highly anticipated followup to 2008′s Deathconsciousness is a heavy, dismal set of post-punk rockers and drone-y ballads.
A generational war is waged in the new video for Savages’ “Strife,” which comes off the band’s great full-length debut, Silence Yourself. This is the second video the band has released that’s been inspired by a moment in a novel. In this particular instance, it’s Albert Camus’ The Stranger. Savages’ vocalist Jenny Beth has a hand in co-directing this video as well. Enjoy, and check out a review of Silence Yourself below:
I just told you Have A Nice Life has a new album on the way? Are you listening to me? If not, listen now to this new track that just dropped from the duo’s forthcoming album, The Unnatural World. It’s coming February 4th.
While “Burial Society” isn’t as outwardly aggressive as “Defenestration Song,” its atmosphere just swallows the song whole. There’s an unnerving dissonance to roaring phantom bass notes that obscure the vocals, guitar, and especially the drums. It’s like listening to an incredibly haunting ballad being performed at the bottom of a well. I’m stuck here above ground, peering into a darkness I can’t see beyond.
Have A Nice Life is a mysterious musical project.
Well, it’s not really that mysterious since duo member Dan Barrett seems to be so open and down-to-earth in interviews, but even with that being the case, the music feels like it’s coming from some otherworldly realm that’s difficult to pinpoint. That holds true for this new track as well–even with its influences being worn on its sleeve, which is attached to a hooded robe.
The sounds of Joy Division and Bauhaus ring loudly throughout the first portion of “Defenestration Song,” but the track progresses into something much more dark, brooding, and droney. The song gets so boomy, there isn’t much more that sticks out other than a steady snare drum. It’s a truly hellish track without coming off too harsh or desperate to prove its ferocity. It’s a chilling darkness that slowly smothers.
It’s great to hear the project back up and running, officially following up the 2008′s Deathconsciousness, which slowly gains more notoriety every year for its uncompromisingly dark approach to drone, post-punk, and shoegaze.
This new HANL album is dropping officially this February via The Fensler. Enjoy!
Some abrasive, strange sounds coming from the band Guerilla Toss on the track “Pink Elephant,” which is a cut from the band’s latest full-length on NNA Tapes. The title of this album: Gay Disco. Hah! It’s pretty clear that these guys don’t take themselves too seriously, but their music is still an eye-wideningly weird portrayal of post-punk, noise rock, and no wave. Enjoy!