The Wild are easily one of my favourite new discoveries from last year. My friend introduced me to them at The Fest and they were the highlight of the weekend (and, in turn, became a cornerstone segment in a screenplay I wrote). Their socially aware, pro-community folk punk is pretty much unmatched by anyone in today’s game and their split with Pittsburgh’s Run, Forever pushes that forward. With that said though, Run, Forever aren’t too shabby either as their latest album – The Devil, Death, and Me – has been in heavy rotation in my CD player in the last couple of months.
Check out the free, four song split by the bands to see how well they work together.
Acoustic punk with a great British accent a la Frank Turner. I don’t use that comparison lightly, Barefaced Cynics also have a great way with words. I know very little about this band other than that their Be Grateful EP is a fantastic introduction to a clearly very talented young group and bodes well for future endeavors.
Snotty, low-fi pop-punk with a folk tinged vocal delivery, Our Lady fall in the middle of The Wild and Mixtapes and Greenland is Melting. Sounds interesting right? Well luckily, they have just released two of their albums online for free through bandcamp.
The first is an plugged in, nine-track album called Dirt Cheap while the second is an eight song acoustic b-side compilation.
Suburban Home Records has released yet another great mix full of the finest music that rolls on through Denver. Virgil Dickerson compiled the mix himself with songs from Old Man Markley, Tin Horn Prayer, Lil’ Thunder, St. Fall Apart, and many more!
Why I Hope/Why I Hate has released a follow up to their previous single. This time the stripped down acoustic Why I Hope track comes first, with the full band version following next. I won’t bother retyping all the details about about the band again, but if you’re interested in this unique project, check out my first post about them. It also looks like Keith has been at it again with some more hugely stylized album art.
Why I Hope/Why I Hate - Feathered Hair And Pegged Chords
Former Anchor Arms member Alexander Hudjohn has just released his debut EP, Acreage. It’s a great little slice of country punk (actually, that’s an understatement, these tracks take a really epic, powerful stance, perfect for the EP’s narrative style), and even features an appearance by one of my favourite vocalists Jay Northington (of Nothington). It’s almost like a stripped down combination of Murder By Death and Ghoultown, only with no need for any of the novelty genre stuff. Great stuff worth checkout out.
If you know anything about me then you know I love loose and unhinged folkpunk bands in the vein of Andrew Jackson Jihad. That’s what The Taxpayers are all about, so check them out with my highest recommendation. If you like it, there is always the option to donate.
Arliss Nancy is one of my favourite bands on Death To False Hope Recordse. The band sounds like country punks Lucero or Ben Nichols, but in an extremely original way. In other words, they overcome the obvious comparisons and take on a life of their own. If you like it, you can always donate.
The Sidekicks are an awesome rough punk/indie band, so this little side project of Sidekicks member Matt Schuerman is a pleasant little treat. It’s reflective sounding with a far more sorrowful feel than what The Sidekicks are typically known for. As with all ifyoumake it releases, if you like it, you can always donate.