Viet Cong – “Continental Shelf”

Ever since the sudden breakup of Canadian noise rock band Women, and the untimely passing of member Chris Reimer, there’s been a lo-fi-shaped hole in my heart few bands have been able to fill. Many have tried, but no group has successfully balanced catchy and subversive in the way Women has.

Enter Viet Cong: This new band not only features a similar aesthetic, but ex-Women members Matt Flegel as well and Michael Wallace. Scott Munro of Chad VanGaalen‘s band also works his way into the mix–if you didn’t know, Chad produced both of Women’s two full-lengths. And let’s not leave out bandmate Daniel Christiansen and.

Viet Cong started to test out the waters last year with a cassette that ended up on Mexican Summer, and now the band is gearing up to release a self-titled debut via Jagjaguwar in January 2015. Considering the quality of this lead single, I’m psyched.

The howling, haunting melodies on this track are fantastic! The galloping beat is a nice touch, and the vocals remind me of an early Wolf Parade record. It’s lo-fi, catchy, noisy, and there’s a touch of goth rock somewhere in there as well. January can’t come soon enough!

Iceage – Plowing Into the Field of Love

Danish post-punkers Iceage plow into the field of love with full force, backing up their longest set of songs yet with pianos, strings, and horns.

Shellac – Dude Incredible

The new Shellac album is decent, but falls disappointingly short of the reaction “Dude, incredible!”

Interpol – El Pintor

After an odd fourth album, Interpol returns to form with an incredibly safe record on El Pintor.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz – Tyranny

Fusing psychedelic pop, noise rock, lo-fi, and synth punk, this Julian Casablancas side-project is incredibly dense, diverse, and fun.

Iceage – “How Many” / “Glassy Eyed, Dormant And Veiled “

Previously loved Danish post-punk, goth rock, and noise-rock outfit Iceage has been leaving nothing to the imagination on their upcoming album, Plowing Into The Field Of Love. They’ve been dropping one track after another from it, and the two latest songs showcase the same appreciation for both chaos and finesse that previously released singles like “The Lord’s Favorite” do.

“How Many” takes Iceage’s typically noisy, busy guitars and drums, but some wonderful piano seems to weave its way into the mix. “Glassy Eyed, Dormant and Veiled” is the much more brooding of the two tracks here, and reinforces the Nick Cave influence I was feeling on “Forever” a little while back.

Dig on these two tracks below, and look for this new album via Matador on October 6th.

AHRM – Self-Titled

Praise to this up-and-coming band from Sweden. Their name: AHRM. They’ve got a debut, self-titled album on Bandcamp here, and it’s a barnburner. Punchy, sharp drums combined with some impassioned vocals and blaring guitars. It’s as informed by hardcore punk as it is the moodier, darker side of post-punk.

Girl Band – “De Bom Bom”

Previously mentioned and up-and-coming noise rock band Girl Band have released a new song and video right heretitled “De Bom Bom,” and I’m quite smitten with it. The song ain’t exactly musical, well, not in the traditional sense. However, it’s very distorted, textured, and intense. The performance is especially riveting between the yelping vocals and tightly wound drums. The band moves from one intense rush of sound and emotion to another until they bring the song to a close just before the 4-minute mark.

If you’ve got a soft spot for bands like Drive Like Jehu and Obits, this is a must-listen!

Börn – Self-Titled

Some twisted, eerie, raw, nasty, and misbehaved post-punk coming from Iceland’s Börn. Definitely a record for those who dig their rock on the dark side of things; because this record reeks of goth rock.

The guitar chords run pretty dreary, but the vocals are sharp, wailing, and strange. Nice contrast on there, and some great punk-y grooves are running throughout these tracks, too. Enjoy!

Death From Above 1979 – “Government Trash”

Few musical comebacks have been as hotly anticipated as Death From Above 1979′s. A few years after the Ontario duo’s electrifying debut album dropped, they splintered and began working on other projects instead. I vividly remember being disappointed upon first hearing this news, because You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine left such a strong impression on me–and most of the independent rock world, too.

To hear that Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler were getting the band back together a few months ago was exciting, and it’s tracks like “Government Trash” that make it feel like the hiatus never happened. The track’s riffs are the sonic equivalent to an adrenaline shot, and the vocals could be more on point, too!

Look for The Physical World on September 9th via Last Gang Records.