Hundredth released their third album, Rare, earlier this month, it follows on from their sophomore album, Free, but on this release Hundredth have shifted away from their hardcore roots and into radically different territory. After the release of their last album Hundredth felt like they’d taken hardcore as far as it could go and they were left with a stark choice, either reinvent themselves and take the risk of heading out into uncharted territory, or call it quits and end the band, thankfully they picked the former option. They haven’t abandoned the heavy side of their nature, but they have incorporated shoegaze, post punk and even dream pop into their sound to create something unexpected and new.
Vertigo and Neurotic kick things off with an energetic and atmospheric wall of sound that makes you think you’ve got a handle on their new direction, when along comes White Squall, a track that channels Mancunian post punk and indie influences such as The Chameleons and The Stone Roses. The breakdowns and channelled rage are now a thing of the past, instead they have adopted the lush soundscapes of indie and shoegaze, but for all the changes they have made a punk attitude still underpins the album and there are still moments for their old school fans. Disarray in particular brings a heavier punk element back into the mix and shows that they haven’t forgotten their roots, but for the most part this is an adrenalized interpretation of the aforementioned influences and bands.
Many punk bands over the years have adapted, mutated or just downright changed their sound to embrace new influences and ideas, personally I always like to hear a band experimenting with new ideas, their are noble exceptions to this rule who have a sound of their own, but let’s face it, they are few and far between. There will be those who will feel that Hundredth have turned their back on their roots, but I can imagine that a greater number will be coming into the fold as a result of this album. Hundredth have proved that change isn’t always a bad thing and have produced an impressive and brave album that makes me hope that they keep changing
Rare can be ordered here via Hopeless Records here
Katie Ellen, a band that features ex members of Chumped, have released a new track from their upcoming debut LP Cowgirl Blues, Sad Girls Club is a deeply personal song celebrating emotional vulnerability, owning your power and following your truth. The song is one of the band’s most affecting, and noticeably resonates with audiences whenever the band plays it live.
Cowgirl Blues will be released on Lauren Records on July 14 and can be pre-ordered here
You can stream Sad Girls Club here
Greek alt rockers Maplerun
released their third album, Partykrasher
, earlier this year and now they have released a new video single for the track, Keep On Staring. Maplerun
are already firmly established in their homeland and Europe, but now the band have turned their attention to stretching their reach into the UK.
can be ordered and streamed via Bandcamp here
You can view the video for Keep On Staring below
Redwood have never shied away from talking about sensitive topics and in their new song Night Garden they confront domestic violence and they have teamed up with the charity Women’s Aid with all profits from the single being donated to the charity. Redwood‘s Blood Moon EP is now set for a vinyl release through DIY label Blindreader Records that is limited to 300 copies and features two new bonus tracks.
Blood Moon can pre-ordered on vinyl here
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started out as a studio side project for Kyoto Drive
‘s Adam Binder
, quickly becoming his main focus. In 2015, the band teamed up with Close to Home Records
to release their debut album, This House Has No Windows
, presenting a British take on the sounds akin to American pioneers Fugazi
, Rival Schools
. Now Dearist
have released a new track, Shame
, to tide fans over until their next release.
can be purchased and streamed for free via Bandcamp here
You can view the video for Shame, and Dearist‘s tour dates, below
Queen Of Sin
Elizaveta Tursunova struck out on her own from her native Russia at the age of sixteen taking in Cambridge, London, Paris and New York before settling in Los Angeles, where she has seemed to find her spiritual home, with it’s hedonistic history that is steeped in rock ‘n roll folklore. Now recording under the nom de guerre of Moscow she has released her debut EP, Queen Of Sin, that comes across as a modern slice of alt rock that seems to embrace the past of Los Angeles, whilst simultaneously bringing her own worldview into the mix.
Queen Of Sin kicks straight in with the title track that embraces alt rock, but with a more melodic quality to the vocals than I’ve been used to hearing, although it must be said that Moscow can also unleash a hellbound scream when required. The distorted fuzzed out lead guitar dominates the tracks along with the powerhouse drums and soaring vocals, Nowhere To Hide and Black Widow continue in the driving hard hitting vein of the title track before Watch Me Burn brings the tempo down, after all you can’t really have an alt rock EP without an anthemic slow burner, and finally Heartbeat brings us to a pummelling finale.
The result is a debut EP that, along with the likes of Mohawk Radio and Freeze The Atlantic, is bringing something fresh to what was becoming an increasingly stagnant alt rock scene. Queen Of Sin embraces the hedonistic accessibility of the rock scene in it’s eighties prime and the harder distorted edge of alt rock to produce an EP that has the sound of a singer in the early stages of her ascendancy. The Queen Of Sin could be a prophetic title for this EP as on the basis of this impressive debut I have the feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from Moscow.
You can order the Queen Of Sin EP via iTunes here
Scranton punks Captain We’re Sinking
have released a full stream of their new album, The King Of No Man
, that will be officially released on Run For Cover Records
on June 23, 2017. The King Of No Man
is currently available for pre-order and Captain We’re Sinking
will play a record release show this Friday in Philadelphia, the band have lso announced summer tour dates, including dates with The Menzingers.
You can stream The King Of No Man
in full here
You can view Captain We’re Sinking‘s tour dates below
Tunic, one of Canada’s best (and noisiest) new punk bands will self-release their latest EP, Boss, on July 21st, a corrosive and volatile record that takes the best moments of Metz and The Jesus Lizard and works them into their own artistic brilliance. Loud, aggressive, and often punishing, Winnipeg’s Tunic thrive on chaos, feedback, and manic bursts of slurred shouting.
Boss can be pre-ordered here
You can view the video for Boss, and Tunic‘s North American tour dates, below Read More…
False Advertising have revealed another brilliant DIY video for their new single, Honest, that is out now on all digital platforms. In the new visuals the band poke fun at Hillary Clinton‘s overly presumptuous election campaign, sip ‘Diet Woke’ in a nod to Kendall Jenner‘s flawed Pepsi Ad, showcase realistic looking fast food, hawk free money and showcase a potentially flawed music festival for privileged millennials in a shrewd look at modern advertising techniques.
Honest can be ordered here
You can view the video for Honest, and False Advertising‘s tour dates, below Read More…
Manchester duo The Hyena Kill have announced they will release a brand new single, Red, on the 7th July 2017 ahead of an appearance at this year’s 2000 Trees Festival. Red builds on the abrasive, dense sound the pair have meticulously crafted by striking out on their own very definite path after finding themselves falling between the cracks of Manchester’s burgeoning metal and indie scenes, Red sees them crank things up another notch in terms of volume, ferocity and sheer attack.
You can stream Red here and their debut album, Atomised, is available via iTunes here and Spotify here
The Hyena Kill‘s UK tour dates can be viewed below Read More…
Portland queer horror glam rock outfit Sweeping Exits have released their Rocky Horror Show inspired video for The Palace, the track is taken from the band’s debut album, Glitter And Blood, which is now available via Matriarch Queen Records. Glitter And Blood is the story of a vampire rockstar who becomes Queen of the Vampires, with influences ranging from Mozart to The Adverts.
The Punk Site
review of Glitter And Blood
can be read here
Glitter And Blood
can be ordered here
and the video for The Palace
can be viewed below
Cameron Boucher, singer of Sorority Noise and Old Gray, has just announced his solo release, Hell Is Warm, is now available digitally and on cassette via Flower Girl Records, the tape is meant to be heard as one continuous fourteen minute song. Cameron’s band Small Circle is also playing a week of shows in September with Remo Drive and McCafferty on the east coast.
You can pre-order Hell Is Warm here and Small Circle‘s Melatonin EP can be ordered here
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Basement have been announced as the support for Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes UK tour this December, the deluxe version of Basement‘s new album, Promise Everything, is now available via their website.
Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes‘ tour dates can be viewed, and tickets can be purchased, here
Basement‘s website can be found here
Best Ex, formerly known as Candy Hearts, have signed to Alcopop! Records for the release of their new EP, Ice Cream Anti Social, that is due out on July 14th. The six track EP is the first to be released under the band’s new moniker and they have announced a lengthy US tour from 25th June to 21st July alongside The Promise of Redemption, Baggage and June Divided.
The Ice Cream Anti Social EP can be pre-ordered here and the track Someday can be streamed here
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Give Up The Ghost
Mississippi’s Paul Johnson And The About Last Nights have brought us an EP of full blooded power pop, with a distinct emphasis on power, they deliver high energy rock that channels everything from Cheap Trick to the Foo Fighters and The Gaslight Anthem, along with a few touches from the more melodic side of punk rock. Give Up The Ghost was self released last month and is the debut release from Paul Johnson And The About Last Nights, and if you like your power pop then this is a debut EP that really should be on your shopping list.
The EP opens with Underachiever, and the comparison to power pop greats of the past is immediately obvious, with massive guitar hooks that lodge themselves in your mind. Burn It Down, the lead single from the EP, channels a more blue collar quality with a revved up heartland rock feel, and the EP steps things up another level with American Story (Adrenaline), a track that carries the spirit of the original bands that pioneered power pop back in the mists of time. Hollywood hits a rockier note that has the fist pumping beat that all good rock ‘n roll carries and Give Up The Ghost closes, at least on the digital versions, with a raw cover of John Waite‘s Missing You that is shorn of the eighties overproduction of the original.
Give Up The Ghost is a solid five track EP that carries the spirit of power pop and rock, which has more than a nod to their eighties influences but it does this without feeling like an exercise in nostalgia, athough the John Waite cover does close things with waft of that hedonistic decade. In particular Burn It Down and American Story (Adrenaline) stand out on this EP, but whilst those are my two favourite moments from this debut EP there isn’t a bad track on this release. On the basis of Give Up The Ghost you get the feeling that Paul Johnson And The About Last Nights are only just starting to build their momentum.
Give Up The Ghost is available via all the main digital retailers
Paul Johnson And The About Last Nights website can be found here
Orange County fuzz rocker Kevin Nichols has announced a US tour this June and July in support of his new album, I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die, that is due out on July 7th via Open Door Records, Kevin Nichols also recently released a video for the song Catch Over that is taken from his forthcoming album.
You can pre-order I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die here
You can view the video for Catch Over, and Kevin Nichols tour dates, below Read More…
Northern Ruff Records
The Yorkshire Rats Formed, somewhat unsurprisingly, in Yorkshire in 2004, the band is the brainchild of former Billy No Mates and Abrasive Wheels’ musician Don Mercy who was inspired by the roots driven punk of American groups like Social Distortion and Lucero, as well as the attitude of artists from the old school such as Stiff Little Fingers and The Ramones. The band has quickly built up an army of dedicated fans attracted to their fine blend of SoCal punk rock and 80s UK influences, and this latest release indicates that this is something that isn’t going to change anytime soon.
Opening track Alone Together hits you between the eyes with as finer two and half minutes as you’re going to experience this year, carrying the energy of Pennywise and the attitude of Social Distortion, which is all filtered through some fine Yorkshire grit. But this self titled EP isn’t a case of a powerful lead single padded out with filler, Where Do I Sign and No Way Out come close to being the equal of the initial punk blast, with both tracks carrying different elements of the Yorkshire Rats sound, and the EP closes with the slower burning Better Days Will Come.
This is a close to a perfect EP as punk rock as you’re gonna get, this is easily the finest release to date from the Yorkshire Rats, everything that you could want is encapsulated across the EP’s four tracks, from the hard hitting opener, that sits amongst my favourite songs from 2017, to the hopeful and more soulful closing number, borders on perfection. This self titled EP will be amongst my favourite releases of this year, and in a year that has contained it’s fair share of bad news and disappointments this is exactly the kind of release that we need to keep us going.
Yorkshire Rats released their self titled EP on Friday 16th June via Northern Ruff Records
The Yorkshire Rats EP can be ordered here
The Duke Spirit have announced that their new album, Sky Is Mine, is set for release on August 18th and will be available on white vinyl, CD and digital formats, there will also be exclusive signed vinyl and CD’s as well as some limited edition album vinyl test pressings available to pre-order, all pre-orders will also receive an immediate free download of their new single Magenta. North American fans will need to wait just a little longer for pre-order’s but the band promise there will be news on that very soon. The Duke Spirit have also announced two UK shows in Manchester and London in August to celebrate the release of the album, the pre-sale for tickets commences of the 19th June.
Sky Is Mine can be pre-ordered here and tickets for their live shows can be purchased here
Unstoppable UK alternative crew Air Drawn Dagger have just released their spanking new single, Gods Vs. Peasants, as a free download via Alya Records. Sparking glowing comparisons to everyone from Foo Fighters and Paramore to Donnas, Air Drawn Dagger hit you with engaging vocals, powerful guitars and earnest emotion.
Gods Vs. Peasants can be downloaded for free via Alya Records here
The video for Gods Vs. Peasants, and Air Drawn Dagger‘s tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…
Good Cheer Records
Turtlenecked is the work of 20 year old Elliot Harrison, the latest album, Vulture, was recorded in Smith’s living room, having graduated from making his previous recordings in his bedroom, and it was released yesterday, the 16th June 2017, via Good Cheer Records. Vulture is an idiosyncratic album that represents an ambitious and compassionate work of post punk baroque and roll that will build on Turtlenecked‘s reputation for being a singular recording artist.
Opening track Boys Club kicks things off with an off key pop intro that sits between disco and classical before the track kicks in with an impassioned attack on toxic masculinity. From here on in Vulture is an unpredictable beast of an album that veers between moments of falsetto pop and muscular punk rage that combines with a manic indie energy and angular post punk rhythm, along with a distinctly pop sensibility, to create a wildly original slab of art punk that confounds any expectations you may have had. Any album that is the work of one person can veer into the self indulgent, the near seven minute long track Tummy proves this with it’s epic groove oriented serial killer perspective, but overall Turtlenecked avoids slipping into the trap of being self indulgent.
If ever there you were looking for something to illustrate the importance of not judging by appearances, Turtlenecked‘s latest release would be a good candidate, beneath the somewhat underwhelming album cover lies a varied and original album that channels influences that vary from The Sparks through to The Dresden Dolls, The Smiths and Wire. I can confidently state I won’t hear anything else even remotely like Vulture this year, and to be honest that probably goes for every other year as well as this is an idiosyncratic and original blend of indie cool and angular post punk
Vulture is now available on extremely limited edition vinyl and download formats via Good Cheer Records.
You can order and stream Vulture via Turtlenecked‘s Bandcamp here
Exploding In Sound Records recently announced that Milked‘s debut album, Death On Mars, will be released on the 30th June as the second instalment in their ongoing EIS Tape Club. Formed by former Geronimo! guitarist and vocalist Kelly Johnson following their split back in 2015, he began creating solo music as Milked, Death On Mars promises to expand on Geronimo!‘s fuzzy post-punk and post-hardcore sludge.
You can subscribe to the EIS Tape Club here
The video for the track White Punks can be viewed below Read More…
Australian melodic hardcore quintet Vacant Home have released their debut EP, Reflect, Respond, worldwide via Mutant League Records. The band were formed in Perth, Australia’s most isolated capital city, in late 2016 and Vacant Home have quickly established themselves as one of the country’s best up and coming acts.
Reflect, Respond is available via iTunes here and Mutant League Records here
You can view the video for Heirloom, and Vacant Home‘s Australian tour dates, below Read More…
Florida based melodic punks SLED are debuting a new track off their upcoming release, A Better You, which will be released on September 15 via Bird Attack Records. Formerly known as Pinhole Down, SLED are creatively driven by Garrett Wadford of Bird Attack Records and Merchant Vinyl, the band has now released their new single, Connect The Network.
Connect The Network can be streamed and purchased here
The lyric video for Connect The Network can be viewed below Read More…
Hundredth‘s daring new full length, Rare, is out today via Hopeless Records. The album is now available for purchase and streaming, Rare features the South Carolina band’s dramatic sound change from aggressive hardcore to a dynamic blend of lush shoegaze and driving post-punk. Hundredth will be supporting Rare all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour with more tour dates to be announced soon.
Rare can be streamed via Spotify here and Apple Music here
You can purchase Rare here (physical formats) and here (digitally)
Toronto’s Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs have released an illustrated video for their new song, Talk 2 Her. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming self titled debut album that will be released on July28th via Burger Records and Dine Alone Records. Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs just wrapped up their tour with label mates The Flatliners and The Dirty Nil, and will play more dates this June as well as future summer dates which will be announced soon
Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs debut album is available for pre-order here
You can watch the video for Talk 2 Her below Read More…
UK punk rock act Yorkshire Rats have announced that their self-titled EP will be released today, June 16th 2017, through Northern Ruff Records and the EP is now available from the band’s official website. Inspired by the roots driven punk of American groups like Social Distortion and Lucero as well as faster artists from the old-school like Stiff Little Fingers and Ramones, Yorkshire Rats have finely tuned their musical output for their new EP.
You can order the Yorkshire Rats EP here
The video for the lead single from the EP, Alone Together, can be viewed below Read More…