Posts Tagged ‘emo rock’

May 18, 2018
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Every once in awhile, a new project comes along that truly floors me and stands out from the pack with their genre crossing music. That’s what happened when I stumbled upon outsideOUTSIDE and their debut single Habits earlier this year. I promptly jumped on sharing the dusky aching tune, which blended emo rock with glitchy shuddering vocal bass. Though the mysterious band followed the track up with a stunning remix/cover of Lil Xan’s Betrayed last month, Comatose is only their second original release. And it’s such a heartrending ballad and another exceptional exhibition of outsideOUTSIDE’s immaculate genre-defying sound. The tender yet raw poignancy on Comatose near leaves us comatose with how hard it tugs on our heart strings. You can find the single on all major streaming platforms, here. Re-visit the music video for debut single Habits below.

February 15, 2018
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A happenstance discovery, or a blessing of an encounter, brought us to outsideOUTSIDE, a new alt project entirely shrouded in mystery. Try as we might, we can’t find anything about the band. Their socials are devoid of description. But outsideOUTSIDE has released an exceptional first single named Habits, a poignant and crestfallen mixture of dusky electronica, glitchy shuddering vocal bass, and raspy aching emo alt rock. It’s almost as if EDEN, Twenty One Pilots, and ECHOS came together to create a vulnerable and emotive genre defying tour de force. Habits comes accompanied by a music video which you can watch below. You can count on it that we’ll be on the lookout for more info regarding these newcomers. Habits can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

February 10, 2018

Our ears immediately perked up as high as they could go when we came across L.I.F.T, an alt band out of San Diego who specializes in a unique brand of emo hip hop and rock. They’ve just released their music video for their single Cassette Tapes, injecting into us a strong whiff of nostalgia with their coarse and restless alt rock, so heavily pleated with rhythmic coursing, weathered and worn hip hop. Turns out, the band was recently signed by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz to his label DCD2, where they’re label mates with the likes of Panic! At The Disco and Travis McCoy. L.I.F.T’s angst ridden emo sound would have also  been a fine fit for Fueled For Ramen. Cassette Tapes takes me back to my youth. It’s a jaded and agitated anthem that follows on the group’s hip hop heavy debut single DEAD KID$. You can grab the single, here.

February 8, 2018

Oso Oso isn’t “playing around” when it comes to the Long Beach rock band’s new video for Reindeer Games, a fine punk and emo inflected song off of last year’s full length The Yunahon Mixtape. Or maybe they are, considering the light hearted playfulness of its visuals. It gives us a fine opportunity to dive into Oso Oso’s scratchy sweeping, sweetly aching alt rock. The band is going to reissue their album The Yunahon Mixtape this year. You can delve into the original release on Bandcamp in the meantime, here.

February 2, 2018

A fortuitous browse through YouTube earlier today brought me to Off Road Minivan and their song and video, Spiral Gaze. I found myself instantly falling for their dreamy guitars, crashing hi-hats, and rough, grainy alt rock. The quintet calls Red Hook, NY their home, and they’ve just signed to Tooth & Nail Records. Come February 16th, they’ll be releasing their debut EP. Spiral Gaze is its title track, an emotive rock piece that evokes turn of the century melodic thrashers brimming with bitter angst and rugged energy. It’s a sprawling opus, an organic and tactile sonic escapade that’s convinced us we need to check out Off Road Minivan’s debut EP later this month. Pre-order Spiral Gaze, here.

January 20, 2018

Though the music we consume and share nowadays ranges far and wide on the genre spectrum and often favors the pop and electronic arenas, a part of me will always be devoted to raw and angsty emo styled rock. Glorious indeed is the alt rock that Glass Tides brings us on their new single Forever, the Adelaide four piece’s first single off their debut EP Thoughts. Emotional and cinematic, intense and grandiose Forever hits home for people dealing with the loss of a loved one. The band plans to hit the stage this March, and they’re working hard at perfecting their stage sound to give their fans the best possible live show. The cathartic sweeping anthem is out now via major digital outlets. 

January 20, 2018
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It’s apparent from our inaugural encounter with Candy Ambulance that their grunge rock is oodles of fiery spirited, resolutely unabashed fun. New single Spray is a surge of raw chaotic power, a wild and untamed two minute voyage that leaves us craving for more. The New York trio breathes new life into DIY punk and 90′s grunge with the punchy driving pop rock eruption, which vocalist and front-woman Caitlin Barker describes as a reflection of mania. Manic we are for the vociferous anthem, which arrives ahead of Candy Ambulance’s east coast spring tour. Spray, a riotous combination of SLØTFACE’s punk and Savages’ noise rock, is the second single and title track from the band’s upcoming EP, scheduled for release on February 16th. Stream their music on Spotify, here.

January 9, 2018

I have a feeling many of you are already familiar fans of Tonight Alive, a pop punk/pop rock band from Australia who’ve been around since 2008. The quartet are currently ramping up for the release of their fourth studio album, Underworld, and they’ve released a music video for its third single, Disappear, a resounding and magnificent alt anthem featuring none other than Lynn Gunn of ever popular Massachusetts synthy alt rock band PVRIS. Tonight Alive singer Jenna McDougall explains: “Disappear is a song about the escapist inside all of us. As you can expect from Tonight Alive, the lyrics discuss freedom, but this time with a flavour of anonymity and detachment. Disappear was written with the intention of sounding neither like Pvris or Tonight Alive, and aimed to capture the sonic imagery of a long straight highway out of your comfort zone.” Underworld hits the stores on January 12th via Hopeless Records, pre-order, here.

December 22, 2017

A new acoustic video from Picturesque has belatedly keyed me into the alt rock quartet’s music. The band released their debut album Back To Beautiful over the summer, and they’ll be hitting the road early next year with Silverstein and Tonight Alive. Album single Honestly immediately hooked us in with its rambunctious metal plus emo tinged post-hardcore and cinematic rock. Its sheer power and force as well as its resounding vocals reminds me of bands like Manchester Orchestra, Coheed and Cambria, and 30 Seconds To Mars. It’s a high voltage, hard hitting combination with a melodious arc. Watch Picturesque’s new acoustic video for Honestly below. The Kentucky based band’s debut album can be purchased from their website, here.

December 16, 2017
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In a way, Gabriel Black has been a hurricane ever since he made his debut earlier this year with ‘sad boy’, a critically acclaimed, genre defying song that left tastemakers reeling. The alt musician blends hip hop, lo-fi emo rock, and soul in a way that we’ve rarely encountered, if ever. New song Hurricane is a raw emulsion, a morose and jaded yet witty and devilish charmer.  You can stream the singer songwriter’s prior three singles on Soundcloud, here, as we look ahead to a bright and promising 2018.