It’s been longer than a while since something’s been posted around these free music blog parts, so what better to resurrect this little project than some quality 90′s inspired indie-punk tunes. The artist is Among Giants, and the sound feels like something that you might expect to find on a split or an EP from Paper + Plastick Records. Worth checking out for sure, Failure’s Union fans in particular should take note.
Sometimes I forget about the “rock” in punk-rock – but Gunner’s Daughter sure hasn’t. The Chicago four-piece is here as a reminder to the voice that a couple skillful guitarists can bring to an act. Fans of Hot Water Music will appreciate the vocals, and fans of Samiam will appreciate the instrumental consistency.
Greg Preston & The Great Machine feel like the trio could explode at any time. Their spastic brad of garage punk is a huge rock n’ roll party just waiting for someone to knock in a few walls. The vocals are very reminiscent of Liam Lynch, and the instrumentation for the four song EP, Hate To Love The City, are full of pure passionate energy.
Greg Preston & The Great Machine – Hate To Love The CIty
The Living End once released a song called “The Room” that impressed me so much with its narrative scope that I just couldn’t get enough of it. Curiously, I feel exactly the same about the first track I heard by this band of the same name (they also share a remarkable vocal style as well). I know very little about The Room other than that they’re likely from an English speaking nation, but I do know that the title track on their free EP, The End Is Just The Beginning Repeating is an essential piece of anthemic punk rock. While your at it, give the other couple tracks a listen too, they’re not too shabby either.
The Room - The End Is Just The Beginning Repeating
Here’s a good dose of indie flavoured rock with a good dose of toe tapping melody. If you like the flutters of Minus The Bear, meandering of Sigur Ros, and soft hooks of The Ataris, then this is well worth the time. It’s only a solid four tracks, but those are four solid tracks crafted with a tuneful ear.
Andrea Caccese - Icarus Falling / Set the world on fire (EP)
Dallas, TX’s Broadcast Sea fits somewhere in the realm of noisy garage rock, but still manages to achieve a stadium filling size of sound. Their latest EP, LostGeneration, is a gritty six-song listen that sees the group trudging through a murky swamp of thick guitar riffs, weighty basslines, and heavy feedback. I’ve found the album quick quite easy to get into (even as someone who doesn’t normally go with the garage rock thing). There’s probably a some room for a System Of A Down comparison in here somewhere, but rest assured, this marsh of sounds is far to visceral to ever make it on the airwaves.
Here’s something for those who like to emphasize the rock in their punk rock. Long Beach, CA’s My Son The Bum is a predominantly rock centric band with a tone of attitude and bar room swagger. Their tough as nails demeanor should be appealing to those who like chunky riffs. Personally it’s a little too slow and heavy for my own every day listening, but i certainly agree with the band’s self assertion that you will find ”no cut & paste rock here!” The band is also giving away their entire back catalogue, so there is much to choose from.
Here’s something from overseas. This German four-piece has posted a couple of their older offerings over on Jamendo for the low price of free. The band fits in the very crusty, garage style of punk rock, and has a very DIY feel to their sound. Listeners might be weary from an initial sampling of just how loose their 2003 full length, You’ve Got To Pay, feels, but after sticking around for a few tracks, it starts to make sense, and really comes out a good rock n’ roll romp. With its head banging guitars, “Six Feet” is definitely a great starting point, but quick and dirty tracks like “Away” become quick growers, giving the album an endearing quality.
Here’s a little German punk rock with a lot of rock ‘n roll spirit. For their thirteen-track debut, Sidekick Lupchen & The Bad Generation plays their punk loud and unabashed. Jamendo’s punk had been lacking in terms of great new additions lately, but The Royal Flush Of Death this is the perfect cure all remedy.
Sidekick Lupchen & The Bad Generation – The Royal Flush of Death
Red Hot Rebellion has released a teaser EP to introduce listeners to their ragged brand of rockn’ punk. Those who enjoy some swagger to their guitars, and a good dose of harmonizing woahs should take note.