Sunday, March 1, 2015
Alter is a band that I play in now. The other two guys are from Barbelith. We play heavy shoe gaze, I guess, but other people who have heard our stuff have said its post punk and stuff like that, so I don't know. Our music has a massive amount of reverb and shit, it is super fucking loud, and we do some noise/ambient stuff here and there because screw it, why not. We recorded a demo / ep thing last month and recently put it online, so you can listen to it via the provided link below. We have yet to play a show because Tyler is a jet setter, but eventually we will do something. But yeah, like I just said, below is our bandcamp, so check out our stuff if you want.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Supreme Nothing is a poppy fuzz punk band from Chicago. One of the biggest crushes of my life, Steph from Lord Snow, is in this band. They sound super 90s influenced, in the way that you could almost expect to hear them playing over the ending credits for Daria or something. I love the guitar work and the vocals sound really good, Niko did a great job recording these two songs. I couldn't find a website or anything for this group, but whatever, I'm sure soon enough something will be available. Please listen to the songs on their bandcamp, they are really good.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
If you like metal music you already like Torche. They are the metal band. And they are the coolest dudes. Their newest album is streaming online, linked below, and it is so sick. The best part about Torche, really, is that now they have their own video game hosted on their website. For a while there was a contest involving beating the game and free stuff, but I don't know if that is still going on. The new album, "Restarter", is super fucking metal. It sounds like an awesome throwback to real metal, not black metal or speed metal or whatever, this is actual metal. Nothing flashy. Nothing pretentious. Just fucking metal.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Pinnacle is a sludgy post punk band from San Luis Obispo. Super dirty, super dark, kind of noisey at times. The first two tracks are awesome heavy post punk stuff while the final track is spacey as fuck and about as long as the previous tracks combined. I love the guitar tone on the recordings, and the drums sound pretty dope. Not super into the vocals, but who cares. Pinnacle is sick, I'm pretty sure I saw them a few years ago in SLO. Also, worth noting that my buddy Eric, the drummer, was formerly in Burn Idols, so hopefully that means something to you. I couldn't find any web presence for the band aside from the bandcamp, so I don't know how you would / could really keep up with the band, but hopefully they get something going soon. I know they are playing NUX FEST 7 this weekend, so if you are going to that you should do yourself a favor and see Pinancle.
Friday, February 6, 2015
Whenskiesaregray are putting out an LP soon with Mayfly, and Brooklyn Vegan is streaming a track from said album. I honestly am not a huge fan of the band, but this new track is really good and I have a feeling that this release has potential to be really tight. I hope that the rest of the record is along the same lines as this song. Its heavy and dark, and even though it is not "the jam" by any means it is still pretty dope, even though I feel like I have heard this sound a billion times before and wish that they would get out of that comfort zone and try something new. But, all in all, "We Passed Each Other Quietly" is a good song and I think the record will turn out really well. A big selling point in the various things that I have read about the album is that Mike York of Pianos Become The Teeth fame engineered this record, and even though name dropping Mike for scene cred is kind of lame there is no denying that he has done some really amazing work. Check out the track below and, as always, support the band in any way that you can.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Black Lung is a Rock n Roll band from Baltimore. I would say this shit is stoner metal, but it is not very metal, and I don't know if "stoner rock" is really a genre. Black Lung rips it though, old school head banging type stuff. I love this band so much because I am getting tired of all the "artsy" bands that play around these days, thus making BL is a breath of fresh air. They rip it so hard its ridiculous. If you like Black Sabbath and that kind of rock music Black Lung will be your new jam. They have a record out on Grimoire Records and are going to be touring Europe soon, so support them any way you see fit.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Wildhoney is from Baltimore. Their back catalog seems to be a mixture of post-punk and shoegaze, but their latest album, "Seventeen Forever", is really going towards that early 90's shoegaze sound. They exist on the rougher, more "punk" end of the shoegaze spectrum even though they still have that distinct "pretty" sound. Is it trite and played out to say that a band like this sounds like Slowdive? I don't listen to that much shoegaze so that is the first band that comes to mind, but I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Regardless, Wildhoney kills it, and if you are into shoegaze you will definitely not be disappointed with this band. I slept on them for a while, but I think right now I am going through "Seventeen Forever" for the 5th time, so yeah. The jam on the album seems to be the track "Seventeen", which really is an amazing song. The recording quality on the record is spot on, and I have to also add that, from what I have seen on youtube, they sound super fucking good live. Check them out if you can, they are playing Baltimore and New York really soon.
(I used the word "shoegaze" 5 times up there and I hate myself for that repetition)
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Bubonic Bear is a hardcore punk band from Philly. I don't know if that is an accurate description, but its the least wordy way to describe a band that has dark hardcore riffs which are accompanied by punk rock drumming, for the most part. I must say, right off the bat, I didn't realize that BB was a two-piece until I looked them up, even though now that I know that and am listening to their latest record it is pretty obvious. Bubonic Bear is one of those really driving hardcore bands, you know, nothing flashy and technical, just really nice crunchy riffs with super solid drumming behind it. Various websites list them as "sludge", but I don't really hear it.
Bubonic Bear is going on tour soon, so go check that out. They are playing some really dope shows. I'm going to the Baltimore one, I think.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Slowdeath is a Baltimore based screamo band that shows a good deal of potential. They released a demo or ep or whatever you want to call it earlier in the year, and its pretty good. I'm not going to lie, there are some parts of these songs that hit my ears the wrong way, but that still doesn't change the fact that I think they could grow into a really great band. All of the right stuff is there, they just need to work on a few things. I really wouldn't be surprised if this was just another one of those groups who thrive in a live setting and don't really live up to their potential on recordings. Slowdeath is going to be doing a tour at the end of February so try to make it out to those shows if you can.