Posts Tagged ‘indie punk’

April 11, 2017

It won’t be too long before Girlpool’s new album Powerplant arrives. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy ahead of its May 12th release date. The band from Los Angeles has been garnering effusive critical acclaim for tastes off the record, so I’m quite sure I’m not the only one very excited for Powerplant. For now, let’s watch their new video for gently pensive album cut, It Gets More Blue. It’s casual aesthetic and laid back charm go hand in hand with It Gets More Blue’s hazy mellow, scuzzy disarming guitar pop and lo-fi punk. You can pre-order Girlpool’s album Powerplant from their site, here.

March 11, 2017

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To London we go for some utterly infectious pop rock from a rising trio named Dream Wife. These Icelandic and English natives enthrall us with a raspy impassioned but coy teasing form of grungy lo-fi punk on new single Somebody. The song recalls a mix of early Emily Haines (Metric) with a bit of The Strokes’ bounce, a sliver of Thao and The Get Down Stay Down’s raw appeal, and the punchy playfulness of CSS. This combination turns out to be a thoroughly charming and irresistible recipe. You can purchase the single from Bandcamp. Alternate stream available via Soundcloud, below. 

March 9, 2017

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Nashville based indie punk band Benchmarks leads me back to my emo rock obsessed days with their new single Girls and Boys, a taste from their debut full length, Our Undivided Attention, out March 24th via SofaBurn Records. This chunky propulsive, melodic driving alt rock anthem leaves me pining for youthful days and epic romances. It’s funny how the past tends to seems more colorful and exciting, reckless and daring. Perhaps, we were willing to put more on the line, and we weren’t as guarded with our hearts, even at the risk of breaking them into twos. Benchmarks brings all that back to life with Girls and Boys. You can pre-order Benchmarks’ debut album, here. Alternate stream of Girls and Boys can be found on Soundcloud, below.

April 26, 2016

Norwegian pop punkers SLØTFACE (fka Slutface) occupy a government approved Nordic Mining post and chemical dump in their new video for must revisit single Sponge State. Activism meets anarchy, a frenzied call to arms much fitting of Sponge State’s riotous energy and vigorous ferocity. Though coarse and raw, the song is melodically gripping, too… It’s a spectacular gem evocative of Paramore with a touch of Flyleaf and some The Joy Formidable. Sponge State will be the title track from SLØTFACE’s forthcoming EP, out May 27th on Propeller Recordings. 

April 16, 2015
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It would seem from the chatter I’ve been picking up on these past months that Los Angeles’ Girlpool is garnering some major buzz and attention, which is much deserved. I’m incredibly glad. It won’t be long now before the duo release their debut full length, Before The World Was Big. It’ll be out on Wichita Records come June 2nd. Today, they’ve shared the title track, a charming, angsty punk rocker. There’s a melodramatic pop punk quality to the song that’s near theatrical, captivating me thoroughly, driven by the girls’ raw vocals and nostalgic lyrics.

April 2, 2015
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Plymouth indie punk band Woahnows had me from the get go with their new single Puncher, an grungy alt rock tune dripping with angsty emotion and plenty of scuzzy guitars. Puncher reminds me of plenty of bands I used to listen to exclusively, like Motion City Soundtrack and New Found Glory, with a hint of the bittersweet flavors of Death Cab, but much more woozy and rocking. Punchers is off Woahnows’ debut album, Understanding and Everything Else, out May 4th via Big Scary Monsters Records. 

New Titus Andronicus

September 18, 2012

New Jersey rock band Titus Andronicus is slated to release their third full length album on October 22. In A Big City will be the lead single off Local Business, and from the sounds of it, they’re going to put forth some great music. I only tuned into them during their sophomore album The Monitor, which had more than its fair share of good songs and awesome videos. Today, they previewed In A Big City with a lyric video. For me and most others, lyric videos tend to be “filler” that get forgotten and tossed after an official video comes out. They’re often frilly and artsy and graphics filled. Titus Andronicus decided to approach it differently. This lyric video resulted in more than a few chuckles for me. As homemade and amateur as it may look, I do find it to be one of the more entertaining lyric videos I’ve seen yet. In A Big City itself is on the fringe of some good punk rock. The lyrics and Patrick Stickles’ grainy vocals are fantastic.

New Titus Andronicus

September 18, 2012

New Jersey rock band Titus Andronicus is slated to release their third full length album on October 22. In A Big City will be the lead single off Local Business, and from the sounds of it, they’re going to put forth some great music. I only tuned into them during their sophomore album The Monitor, which had more than its fair share of good songs and awesome videos. Today, they previewed In A Big City with a lyric video. For me and most others, lyric videos tend to be “filler” that get forgotten and tossed after an official video comes out. They’re often frilly and artsy and graphics filled. Titus Andronicus decided to approach it differently. This lyric video resulted in more than a few chuckles for me. As homemade and amateur as it may look, I do find it to be one of the more entertaining lyric videos I’ve seen yet. In A Big City itself is on the fringe of some good punk rock. The lyrics and Patrick Stickles’ grainy vocals are fantastic.

Desaparecidos’ Backsell

August 7, 2012

I shared Desaparecido’s new tune MariKKKopa the other day. The single’s B-side is Backsell, and at the time, I could only direct you to an exclusive stream elsewhere. Today, Conor Oberst announced a youtube stream of the indie punk rock track. As always, the lyrics tell quite a story, this one apparently about big record labels rather than war, politics, addictions, or loss. I once told my friend that if Conor Obsert ever asked me to marry him (as IF lol), I would in a heartbeat. Seriously. I’d be honored! 😉 It’d be the most intriguing lifetime getting to know him. What a genius, tormented mind.

OFFICIAL VID: Beast Make Bomb – Dream Boat

June 6, 2012

Just stumbled onto these guys, and they sound pretty good in the video for their single Dream Boat! They remind me a bit of EMA mixed with some older Paramore (pre-Twilight mainstream explosion when they were more punk and Hayley was still the firecracker t-shirt and crazy hair grunge girl). I also hear a little Tori Amos underneath the fuzzy punk rock sound. The song is superbly catchy pop rock with that satisfying layer of grunge. It’s a good sound to hear again, as there hasn’t been as much of this lately buzzing in the machine. You can download the track for free on Beast Make Bomb’s bandcamp.

Beast Make Bomb hail from Brooklyn, no big surprise there. They have a couple EPs out so far, both on their bandcamp. I just checked out Sourpuss after writing about the above video. The older release is also up for grabs on their bandcamp, and it’s a good EP. The first track 1,2,3,4 is a loud, roaring, fun alt rock song. The second tune Coney Island is much more of a sweet indie dream pop/vintage pop lo-fi track (certainly seems to conjure the feel of wandering around Coney Island). Heck, all of the tunes on the EP sound great, even that synthy remix at the end. They’ve certainly caught my attention. I’ll be keeping up with any news and releases from them, as I find myself craving more Beast Make Bomb! These guys have a bright road ahead!

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