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.
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.
West Coast screamo outfit Touché Amoré’s third record is easily the most ambitious in their discography so far, featuring some incredibly dynamic and melodic punk guitars and lyrics that dive into the depths of mortality, legacy, and the band itself.
With all of the skramz revivalism floating around the Internet these days, it was only a matter of time before I was talking about some German screamo, right?
These guys are a Münster-based rock trio, I believe. They’ve lovingly named themselves after WWII activist Karl Jungbluth, too. Their new record is stitled Part Ache–hah, I get it–and the nine tracks they present on this LP have much of what I look for in records of this style: intense vocals, tight playing, anthemic guitars. The added bonus is the album’s mix is pretty dang heavy, too! Give it a stream via the widget above, and enjoy!
On Comadre’s new, self-titled album, the California screamo outfit releases one of the catchier albums I’ve heard in the genre for a long time.
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Screamo outfit Circle Takes the Square are back with their first full length in about 8 years.
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As I mentioned yesterday, Pianos Become the Teeth and Touché Amoré have a new split out, and I’m especially impressed by the Pianos side. The track they dropped on this thing, “Hiding,” has way more clarity, passion, and songwriting ability than I remember on the band’s last album. The track’s just got a strong element of balladry to it that sounds great.
Of course, the boys in Touché sound great. “Gravity, Metaphorically” plows through its four-minute run time with some blast beats, desperate slowdowns, and an attention-demanding opener.
One of the great things about the internet is its ability to bridge gaps created by geography. Without the internet, it would pretty difficult and unlikely for two punk bands from opposite sides of the United States to come together and release a split EP, which is exactly what the Massachusetts hardcore band Aviator did with their California-based friends in Spirit Fang. The style of both of these bands is rooted in the melodic, emotive hardcore movement of the past few years, which has been spearheaded by bands like Touche Amore and La Dispute, and those influences come through particularly clearly on Aviator’s two songs. “A Thousand Monkeys” and “A Thousand Typrewriters” are similarly structured hardcore dirges, featuring lyrics about mental illness, disillusionment, and general self-directed malaise.
Lyrically speaking, Spirit Fangs’ two songs are rather similar. That said, Spirit Fangs’ side edges out Aviator’s, mostly because it’s more groove-oriented, but also because they seem to take themselves less seriously and enjoy making music more. It’s still the same kind of visceral, emotive punk, but just a little less heady and cerebral. With its multiple dynamic changes and gritty bass groove, Spirit Fangs’ “Hand Over Heart” is a particular highlight out of these four tracks.
Stream both sides of the split EP at the embedded link above, and download the whole thing over at bandcamp.