Our friends/tormenters at White Suns (Kevin Barry, Rick Visser, and Dana Matthiessen) are coming out with a new LP of earsplitting tunes later in March. The album is titled Totem and judging from this new single, “Priest in the Laboratory,” it looks as though the trio’s lost none of their primal force since their 2012 sophomore effort Sinews.
The song sees White Suns again saying “fuck it” to a concept of structure, careening forward in a heap of caustic vocals, screeching guitar, piercing electronics, and frantic drumming. But the group does go through a number of interesting phases. At one point, everything pulls back to highlight Matthiessen’s deft percussion work, and later, Barry’s guitar and Visser’s electronics work together in bursts to form a coda. White Suns’ music continues to be something of an all-out shred-fest, but that’s not necessarily a problem, as their interplay continues to be a compelling combination of all-over-the-place and very, very tight.
Totems drops March 25 via The Flenser. Hopefully it’s as powerful as its predecessor, review below:
Richmond’s BLACKHANDPATH is properly fucked up. They identify themselves as a noise rap group, but that label does not particularly satisfy. As can be heard above with the new single “Don’t Choke,” the outfit’s “MC” has both a greater affinity for yelling and greater disregard for maintaining a semblance of flow than MC Ride himself, and the track’s spastic instrumental all but solidify BLACKHANDPATH as the zaniest act to emerge from the subgenre thus far. Tune in above and revel in the wonky noise rap magic!
One glance at the tracklist and album cover of No, Never! and you should know exactly what you’re in for. The foreboding skull and terse tracks like “Guns,” “Kill It Dead,” and “Party Fight” indicate that this is the kind of no-bullshit punk/hard rock album that you’ve come to expect a band called Deadkill to make. If that’s your bag, don’t pass on their 2012 self-titled EP, streamable here.
No, Never! is out via Good to Die Records.
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.
Listen to some abrasive, experimental, lo-fi noise rock on this new split between Designer and Bbigpigg. While the mix and production here isn’t that friendly to the ears, these two projects are incredibly eccentric, groove-centry, and hilariously absurd. The herky/jerky quality of these tracks makes them pretty seductive–at least to my ears anyway. Enjoy!
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:
If you can expect anything from New York’s The Men, it’s that you’ll never know what to expect from them.
The band’s discography thus far has been quite the trip, showing no limits in their ability to imitate the sounds of noise rock, post-hardcore, pop rock, and even country. In fact, their foray into that last genre made for my least favorite Men album thus far. That influence rings true in this new track of theirs as well, “Pearly Gates”; however, I think this fiery backwoods rock number is paying off big-time. It’s like what would have happened if the punk movement had somehow preceded Southern, horn-backed bar rock. There’s loads of guitar slingin’, piano bangin’, and horn squealin’ to be had here. Pay close attention, and try not to miss a single second of the action!
Get some more info on the band’s next album via Sacred Bones. Also catch a review for one of the band’s previous albums below: