Posts Tagged ‘post hardcore’

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. 

September 27, 2017

Long time readers of IHM probably know that we’re not the biggest fans on earth of screamo rock considering the lack of such posts on our pages, but once upon a time, what must have been nearly a decade ago, I did go check out a screamo show in San Francisco with a group of friends who are really into those type of bands. It was a great show, but I also remember another interesting little factoid about our experience, not at all related to screamo. When we were standing in line that day waiting to get into the venue, a man came up to us to promote his band (not playing the show). He was from I the Mighty, a San Francisco alt rock and post-hardcore band. Fast forward to today, and this four piece has three full length albums and several EPs under their belts. And they’re about to release their fourth full length, ‘Where The Mind Wants To Go / Where You Let It Go’ on Equal Vision Records. Chaos In Motion is their newly revealed second single from that album. The song, produced by Casey Bates (Portugal. the Man) and mixed by Neal Avron (twenty one pilots, Walk The Moon) is quite the fine alt rock statement. Though it’s seems to be a sooty brooder, it packs a powerfully hooking punch with its lithe staccato keys and a wall of guitar. It may have been close to ten years since that fateful day, but this local band shows no sign of slowing down and only seems to promise even greater things to come. Pre-order I the Mighty’s new album digitally, here, or physically, here.

August 10, 2017
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Jersey indie rock veterans Prawn are returning to the spotlight with a follow up to 2014 album Kingfisher, just in time for what seems to be an emo and alt rock revival of sorts lately. Run, which arrives September 22nd via Topshelf Records, includes this fine specimen of a tune named North Lynx, which mixes ambient post-rock melodiousness with sandy, angsty punk rock. North Lynx is beautiful and raw, as well as cathartic and rapturous. Prawn recorded their new album Run in the space of just two weeks this March, but its songs were written meticulously over the course of two painstaking years. The album will reportedly refine on the sound of their 2014 album by concentrating only on the instruments they’re able to play live. Pre-order Run, here.

August 2, 2017

I’m sure many fans are rejoicing over the news of a new Citizen album. The emo rock and post-hardcore veterans will be releasing their third album As You Please on October 6th via Run For Cover Records, and they’ve just released a music video for its lead single, Jet, directed by Christopher Good. The band, who are on tour with  AFI and Circa Survive right now, take us back to the good old rock days of the early to mid-2000′s with melodic brooding Jet. The scruffy raw, passionate bellowing number brings back memories of obsessing over both Taking Back Sunday and Manchester Orchestra. Pre-order Citizen’s new album As You Please, here.

January 12, 2017

As we eagerly count down the days till January 27th when Cloud Nothings’ long awaited new album is set to arrive, let’s celebrate the impending release by delving into their strange quirky video for album cut Internal World. The Cleveland veterans present us with a retro styled instructional video to go with their lo-fi crackling post-hardcore anthem. You can pre-order the band’s new album Life Without Sound from iTunes or Carpark Records. They’ll be embarking on an expansive tour late this month with a stop in San Francisco at the Independent on February 20th!

January 6, 2017
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The thought of garlic soup might turn many noses away, but not I. You see, I love garlic, whether cooked or raw, and apparently, I’d love garlic soup, too. Philadelphia rock veterans Loose Tooth make this more than apparent with their vociferous new stew, a tattered recipe made up of shredded guitars and bellowing vocals. This quartet’s Garlic Soup is noisy and tumultuous, exhilarating and heady. I gladly hold my bowl up for seconds after its gazey cacophonous close. Loose Tooth is currently preparing for the release of a new album named Big Day, due out April 7th via Father/Daughter Records and Lame-O Records.

January 6, 2017

I’m sure many of you, like me, have been a fan of AFI for decades. Just hearing Davey Havok’s voice always seems somehow comforting to me. I can’t say I was always an AFI head, but I certainly obsessed over them, a lot, particularly in the 2000′s. News of a fresh AFI album is always a delight, especially since it’s been a few years since Burials. AFI (The Blood Album) arrives soon on January 20th. In the meantime, AFI has unveiled a rather galactic music video for their blustery single Snow Cats, one that Davey Havok explains animates “a cyclical struggle with the surreal colors of applied persona and identity”. You can pre-order AFI (The Blood Album) from various services, here.

October 13, 2016
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Long time Cloud Nothings fans like me are rejoicing today over reports of a brand new album and the arrival of a rocking new tune. The Cleveland indie rockers last released an album in 2014. Come January 27th, they’ll be giving us Life Without Sound on Carpark Records, an album produced by John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab For Cutie). Lead single Modern Act’s emo alt rock meets power pop is gravelly boisterous yet melodic slick. You can purchase the single now from iTunes.

September 23, 2016
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Abattoir Blues has already been attributed as a “fearsome live act” (The Guardian) despite the fact that the Brighton four piece had only unveiled their debut single Sense but a few days ago. One listen and it’s apparent why. Their blend of sprawling post punk and raw gripping post-hardcore strikes like a hot iron and sweeps like a magnificent sonic waterfall. Abattoir Blues’ coarse bellowing immediately evokes now defunct WU LYF, whom I happen to miss a lot these days, with a generous helping of Palma Violets. Though Sense is due to arrive November 4th via Cannibal Hymns as debut double a-side with a song named Fading, you can check out an earlier song named Tell Me below, one far more darkly angular and post punk driving. Pre-order Sense and Fading on iTunes.