Posts Tagged ‘punk rock’

May 30, 2018

I might not listen to pop punk as much as I used to a decade ago, but The Ones You Forgot quickly reawaken my love of the genre with their magnificent new anthem Here Forever. The quartet, who hails from Brick, NJ, recently shared their music video for the sweeping, soaring song from their upcoming second EP, Too Afraid To Say, set for release on June 29th. Here Forever encompasses the notion that you can never be ready for the death of a loved one. Paramore’s raw fire meets a hint of Evanescence’s darkness and rich sonorous vocals. And there’s a very epic guitar solo, too. You can preorder The Ones You Forgot’s new EP, here.

May 16, 2018

Last month, we fell in love (albeit belatedly) with MOURN, an indie rock quartet from Barcelona who recently announced their third full length album Sopresa Familiar, to be released on June 15th. There was no resisting the allure of Barcelona City Tour, the band’s last single, which is an angular rollicking, raucous yelping boatload of high-spirited post-punky scuzz rock fun. And now MOURN is back with a self-directed/edited video for their latest single, Fun At The Geysers, another contagious eruption of knotted guitars and spunky vocals. And we get to visit some real geysers with MOURN in the song’s video, too! The band’s next album Sorpresa Familiar can be pre-ordered, here.

April 19, 2018

In case you haven’t heard, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has a new band named The Longshot, and they already have a debut EP out, too. And those lucky enough to snag tickets get to see the punk rockers at a few small venues, too (they played one at home in the Bay over the weekend). Stream The Longshot’s crunchy chugging Taxi Driver above. Stylistically, it’s not much different from Armstrong’s work with legendary Green Day. And it’s incredibly infectious. You can listen to all five tracks from The Longshot’s debut EP on YouTube, here. Alternate streaming options can be found, here.

March 30, 2018
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We’ve been more than ravenous for new Bloodboy music this past year after the Los Angeles based surfer-turned-musician thrilled us with her blazing pop rock time and time again since her debut two years ago, culminating in a superbly brazen and incendiary EP named Best of Bloodboy. Her return last month with Sex Crime was much cause for celebration, and now Lexie Papillion has followed that rambunctiously smoldering tune up with another homerun of a sultry sizzling, charismatic pulling song named ‘Is Now A Good Time To Ruin Your Life?’. Signature broiling guitars and her ever impassioned, heated vocals keep us charmed and swooning. The punky garage rock and grungy pop of ‘Is Now A Good Time To Ruin Your Life?’ is big and bold, emphatic and glamorous. And it leaves us even more excited for Bloodboy’s forthcoming debut album Punk Adjacent than we were before, which we didn’t think was possible. You can find the track on iTunes, here.

March 10, 2018

Let’s kick off a fresh set with a new tune from Russian feminist punk rock outfit Pussy Riot, who are about to kick off their inaugural US tour, including an appearance at SXSW and two sold out sets at the intimate Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco! The ladies have even linked up with famed producer Dave Sitek (best known nowadays for his role in TV on the radio) for the cacophonous bristling anthem, too, which further showcases Pussy Riot’s new electro-charged sound. Bad Apples is, as Pussy Riot themselves said, “dedicated to really disgusting things.” It’s their way of portraying the unilateral quality of most music. Instead of romance and parties, they want to focus on the darker, uglier side of things too. They’re just as important, just like topics like climate change, gun control, political activism, sexism, abuse of power, and more. I already have my ticket to their San Francisco debut, but I’m hoping for some luck on Tuesday. My flight to Austin gets in late afternoon, after which I need to pick up my badge and check in at my “home” for the week. Pussy Riot’s much heralded SXSW show is the very same night, about two hours after my arrival! Bad Apples is available from iTunes, here.

February 24, 2018
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Brand new Essex indie three piece Bilk released their debut single Give Up today, and we can’t get enough of its scuzzy propulsive, riotous yelping energy. Though Bilk is fresh on the scene, they’ve already received support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Radio X, and BBC Introducing. Yungblud, Palma Violets, and some Arctic Monkeys embellishes their punky raucous first offering, whose electrifying music video you can watch below. The members of Bilk just turned 18 years old recently, and they like writing honest songs about the world they live in and the things they go through as teenagers living in modern suburban Britain. 

Lead singer Sol Abrahams says the track is about: “The idea of not giving up your aim when you’ve got your surroundings and other things going on in life distracting you. Hence the ‘trying not to flop my college course and then get employed” bit". Give Up is available from iTunes, 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 8, 2018
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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. As much as it’s a day when many celebrate the beauty of love, it’s also a day that many choose to hate, whether due to the fact that there’s a lack of love in their lives, or because they just hate how commercialized Valentine’s Day has become. San Diego surf punk band The Frights seem to fall in the latter. The four piece band just signed to Epitaph Records, and their new song on the label is a bitter lilting, acerbic chugging punk anthem named Valentine’s Sux. The Frights may not have a quarrel with Valentine’s Day itself, but they wax crestfallen over a breakup on the Weezer meets FIDLAR like charmer. The Frights are preparing to hit the road this March, and they’ll be making an appearance at SXSW, too. Keep up with the band on their website, here.

February 8, 2018
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There sure are a lot of exciting female lead rock projects rising out of Australia right now. Brisbane four piece VOIID brings us a whole lot of riotous spirit and rebellious fortitude on Silly Girl. It’s a gritty, spunky garage punk anthem bursting with fuzzy guitars and unruly energy that recalls the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Speedy Ortiz, and Sløtface. Silly Girl arrives just as the band is preparing to head out on their Australian East Coast Summer Tour. The chunky chugging track is based on the “countless amount of moronic things VOIID had to deal with as a band, it’s a massive f*ck you to people who think they are better, act above you or are just an outright awful person.” We all know sanctimonious people like that, and now we can blast this rowdy gem when we’re sick and fed up with their antics. You can listen to VOIID’s 2016 EP Pussy Oriented on Soundcloud, here.

February 2, 2018
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If you’re not yet familiar with Colorado’s Slow Caves, the band sums up who they are nicely by describing their “synth-punk” as inspired by late nights in Hollywood, high speed car chases, red eye flights and vintage skateboard videos.” Their new single Poser is a surfy churning jam that evokes bands like Broncho and The Orwells, and it arrives just ahead of their new North American tour, which you can find out about, here. The scuzzy rocking song makes it more than apparent that if there’s any posers in our vicinity, it’s sure as hell not Slow Caves and their deliciously disheveled rock. Snag the track from iTunes, here.