Trash Talk’s latest album might have ferocity, but the music does little to capture the hardcore punk imagination.
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.
With Christmas Island, Andrew Jackson Jihad comes through with what’s essentially their pop album. While the band brings plenty of concise tracks with straightforward instrumentation, they mostly lack the emotional impact of previous material–the instrumental finesse, too.
Never Young whips out a sad, heart-stopping chord progression on “Main Stacks,” which is one of the many tracks featured on their new, cassette, Master Copy. If you’re looking for well-crafted guitars mixed with noise, and fed through some lo-fi recording tricks, then look for this thing on Father/Daughter Records.
UK post-punk outfit Savages drop a cinematic live video of their recently released single, “Fuckers.” The footage is stunning, and the performance is, well, anything but concise. I wouldn’t call it sloppy, but the band definitely seems “in the zone” on this one. The almost 10-minute rendition of this track shows the band getting lost in the moment between a lyrical mantra, tight drum beat, and a wall of wailing guitars. It’s hard for me not to get caught up in it as well. The atmosphere is so incredibly sinister, and the visuals only lend power to that sensation. Enjoy! Also, check out the band’s latest record, Silence Yourself, if you haven’t already.
After dropping the rigid, rollicking title track from their sophomore album Sunbathing Animal last month; Parquet Courts are now offering a second glimpse of the project via the considerably wilder “Black and White.” The song features the band’s trademark snarky vocals, but throws a couple of great guitar and electronic freak-outs into the mix. Check it out above and enjoy!
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.
The previously mentioned Geronimo! comes through with a new track titled “Spitting In The Ocean,” which will be showcased on the band’s next record via Exploding In Sound. The title: Cheap Trick. The date: May 13th.
The band’s got a raw sound, but a song pop sensibility, too. I’m finding the sharp guitar leads that kick the song off to be pretty sticky as well. Enjoy!
Andrew Jackson Jihad comes through with an amazing new track from their forthcoming album, Christmas Island. Frontman Sean Bonnette goes through a personal story about being moved to tears by a piece of modern art–specifically, a video installation of Linda Ronstadt. Apparently, it was really beautiful. I only wish he worked the address of the museum in the song.
It’s personal, but monstrous emotional moments like these that make for the best Andrew Jackson Jihad songs, and I’m pretty happy to hear that the band is keeping their ambitions high from a production standpoint. Just like with their last record, Knife Man, this track is graced with some beautiful keys and strings, bringing some nice dynamics to the table.