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Sweet Little Machine Reveal ‘Monsters’ Video

Sweet Little Machine Monsters Sweet Little Machine have revealed a brand new video for ‘Monsters‘, the title track from their new EP that is set for release on 6th October 2017. The band will be opening every night on the forthcoming Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour in October 2017 playing alongside Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and The Skints.

The Monsters EP can be pre-ordered here

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Cold Reading To Release ‘Sojourner’ EP On September 22nd

Cold Reading - SojournerAfter releasing their huge single Books & Comfort in late July, Swiss quartet Cold Reading are now set to release their new EP Sojourner on the 22nd September via KROD Records. The record consists of four heartwarming and inspirational tracks situated somewhere between contemporary indie rock and 90’s influenced emo.
 
The Sojourner EP can be pre-ordered via KROD Records here
 
You can read more about the making of the Sojourner EP below

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Buffalo Go Cave In

Buffalo Go!

Cave In

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Up and coming UK pop punkers Buffalo Go! released their new EP, Cave In, earlier this month, their latest release follows on from their debut single Fifty/Fifty that was released back in 2015 and the style of their debut single is carried through to their latest EP, but everything feels more focused and refined than on their initial release. The end product is an EP that is another example of a band that is moving away from the pop punk template and bringing something fresh to a genre that was in danger of becoming stale and predictable.

Lead single Caught Up launches the Cave In EP with a bruising delivery, that was whilst pop punk at it’s heart has a lot more muscle than bands from the genre usually possess, Mantis confirms that the opening number was not a one off, as this is another intense dose of pop punk. Light Patrol sees the intensity upped with an almost crossover feel to the delivery, but the best is saved almost for last in the form of the impressive track Fight Milk that combines everything the EP has thrown at us in three near perfect minutes, finally Just Call Me Circuit Breaker brings the Cave In EP full circle with another muscular dose of pop punk.

The Cave In EP is an emotional heavyweight that is a unique EP in pop punk terms, the song structures are unmistakably born of the genre’s heyday, but the way they are delivered is a distinct shift away from the more predictable styles that many adopt. The EP contains heavyweight drum beats and crunching guitar riffs that are combined with melodic vocals to deliver an EP that is an original and welcome addition to the ongoing renaissance that pop punk seems to be enjoying this year.

The Cave In EP can be streamed and purchased, on CD and digital formats, here

Regarde Release Video For ‘Patterns’

Regarde PatternsItaly’s Regarde deliver a solid blend a indie, emo and post hardcore on their new full length, Leavers, that is due for release on the 6th October. The album is now available for pre-order on milky vinyl and a bundle that includes a ltd edition hand signed analogic photo. Ahead of the LP’s release Regarde have revealed a video for the track Patterns that is taken from the new album.

Leavers can be pre-ordered via Wiretap Records here

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Life Lessons Release ‘Best When In Motion’ EP

Life Lessons BWIMOklahoma City’s Life Lessons have just released their new EP, Best When In Motion, via You Did This Records and Triple Crown Records, the new EP is the follow up to the band’s previous self-released EP’s, I Know What I’m Not and What The Silence Meant. In support of Best When In Motion, Life Lessons have joined Four Year Strong on their Rise Or Die Trying 10 year anniversary tour along with Seaway, Life Pacific and Greyscale.
 
Best When In Motion is available for purchase and streaming here
 
Life Lessons US tour dates can be viewed below

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Sweet Little Machine Release Stream Of ‘Monsters’

Fireball Tour 17Sheffield pop punk quartet Sweet Little Machine have announced the release of their new EP, Monsters, on the 6th October 2017, ahead of the release the band have unleashed a stream of the EP’s title track. Sweet Little Machine were chosen last year as Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017, and the band will be opening every night on the forthcoming Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour in October 2017 playing alongside Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag and Mad Caddies each night.

The title tracks from the Monsters EP can be streamed here

You can view the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour dates below Read More…

Sine Cura IAGH

Sine Cura

I Am Growing, Honestly

Standby Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Texan emo outfit Sine Cura‘s unusual name translates from Latin as ‘Without Care’, and that seems to be an appropriate moniker for a band who only released their debut single, Pressing Flowers, in the summer of 2016, now just two years after their formation the band have signed to Standby Records and have released their debut EP, I Am Growing, Honestly, that features five tracks of their unique blend of emo, indie and punk.

Drive eases you into the EP before it unexpectedly bursts into life with a hyperactive blast of indie infused punk that boasts an anthemic chorus, Growing Pains follows up with another burst of adrenalized emo. This duo of tracks made for a promising start to their sophomore EP, but as their roots are in the emo scene Headache Remedy brings the EP down to earth, but this midway point lull dupes you into a false sense of security as the track suddenly bursts into life for it’s final minute. Their impressive debut single, Pressing Flowers, carries the energy that has characterised the EP and the final number, La Luna, is another track that just can’t keep the restraints on and closes the EP in discordant style.

You can’t help get the feeling that Sine Cura can’t stop themselves from bringing energy into their sophomore release, even the tracks that promised an introspective moment of calm smash into life without warning. Sine Cura may have their roots deep in the emo scene but there are punk and energetic indie influences that come to the fore, and it’s these that make Sine Cura an intriguing outfit that brings a caffeinated rush to the sound, the result is an impressive debut for Standby Records that indicates that this is a band that have a bright future ahead of them.

I Am Growing, Honestly can be ordered via Standby Records here

The Young Hearts Release ‘Smoke’ Video

Youn Hearts HIJTEmo influenced alt-rockers The Young Hearts have released the video for their new single, Smoke, that is taken from the bands new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, that will be released on September 29th through Primordial Records.
 
Honestly, I’m Just Thinking is available to pre-order digitally here and on vinyl here 
 
The video for Smoke, and The Young Hearts tour dates, can be viewed below

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Latewaves To Release Debut EP ‘Partied Out’

Latewaves PONew Jersey trio Latewaves have signed with Panic State Records who are set to release the band’s debut EP, Partied Out. The band draw off influences from the quirky minor and 7th chords of 90s alt rock and the angst and aggression of the early 2000’s post hardcore and emo scenes, Latewaves find their sound in the echoes of the past but bring a modern twist and the band have released a stream of the track Facedown ahead of the EP’s release.

Partied Out can be pre-ordered via Panic State Records here

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The Hiding Place To Release New Single ‘Are You Even There?’

Hiding Place AYETThe Hiding Place are a band that pride themselves on being hard to pigeon-hole, walking the tightrope between post-hardcore, gloomy punk, grunge and old-school emo, the band have a broad range of influences that they distil into an intense and powerful sound that never fails to impress audiences. The Hiding Place are currently working on an untitled follow-up to 2014’s So This Is Home EP, the new release is slated to drop later this year and promises to both surprise and thrill their current fanbase and new fans alike. Before the new record lands, the band will release their brand new video and single, Are You Even There? on September 15th, the track unleashes a supremely appealing hook that will be bolted to your head indefinitely and the cut is backed up by an equally compelling video.
 
The Hiding Place‘s Facebook page can be found here
 

Sine Cura To Release Debut EP On August 4th

Sine Cura IAGHTexas emo quartet Sine Cura have signed with Standby Records and the band’s debut EP, I Am Growing, Honestly, is set for release on August 4th. Sine Cura are fuelled by interests in 80’s pop-rock, 90’s grunge, and newer alternative-emo acts to create their own signature ‘sad pop’.

I Am Growing, Honestly can be pre ordered via Standby Records here

The video for the track Pressing Flowers can be viewed below Read More…

Muskets Release New Single ‘Chewing Gum’

Muskets Tour Aug 17Muskets found their birth in Brighton, UK where they quickly engaged in the city’s always growing music scene, they connected with like minded peers who held a shared DIY ethos and influence of grunge, punk and emo sounds, now the Brighton based outfit have premiered a new song, Chewing Gum, with a full album due to follow in the Autumn on No Sleep Records.

Chewing Gum can be streamed on all digital platforms here and via YouTube here

Musket‘s UK tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

The Young Hearts Sign To Primordial Records

Youn Hearts HIJTKent’s Emo influenced alt-rockers, The Young Hearts, have signed to Primordial Records and the band are to set to release their new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, on September 29th. The Young Hearts have now released Smoke, the lead single from Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, ahead of the EP’s release and the band will be on tour in the UK in August and October, along with an appearance at Manchester’s Deadbolt Festival in September.

You can stream Smoke, the lead single from the EP, here

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Cold Reading Release New Single ‘Books & Comfort’

Cold Reading BACThe Swiss emo powerhouse Cold Reading have released their anthemic new single, Books & Comfort, that is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP, Sojourner, that will be released on September 22nd on KROD Records. The quartet presents a shape shifting sound through their dynamic arrangements as delicate vocals intertwine with powerful guitars and driving drums that showcases a band with a passion for profound lyrics and an earnest yet unpredictable blend of timbres.
 
Books & Comfort can be streamed via Spotify here and Soundcloud here
 
The video for Books & Comfort can be viewed below

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KidBrother Release New Single And Video ‘White Rabbit’

Kidbrother WRLondon based emo punks KidBrother have released their latest video and single, White Rabbit, through Say Something Records. You can also catch KidBrother live when they appear with No Trigger at The Borderline in London on Wednesday 2nd August and tickets for the show can be purchased here

White Rabbit is out now through Say Something Records on all digital platforms.
 
You can view the video for White Rabbit below and the band’s website is here

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Pine Pillow Talk

Pine

Pillow Talk

No Sleep Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Canada’s Pine are the newest signing to No Sleep Records, and it seems the band have wasted no time in brining out their first release for the label, the Pillow Talk EP. The EP is now available on vinyl, on a limited edition pink with green swirl variant, as well as being available digitally. Pine offer a unique mix of post punk intensity that is blended with influences ranging from emo to shoegaze that brings a unique combination that’s as refreshing and cathartic as it is nostalgic.

Dolya opens with a mellow emotive slice of post punk influenced shoegaze, ethereal vocals combine with a gorgeous dream like melody to create a blissed out introduction to Pine that just washes over you. Viable ups the ante, but despite the more strident beat it maintains the dream like quality of the opening number with it’s delicate multi layered vocals, whereas (Un)rest delivers the kind of song you get the feeling the Pillow Talk EP has been building up to, a perfect dreamscape that has a subtle intensity that blends perfectly into the penultimate track, Jilt. Blue Jacket closes the EP with a truly epic and mellow finale that brings the Pillow Talk EP to a subtle crescendo.

If your tastes are towards snarling punk rock then the Pillow Talk EP won’t be for you, but for me this is an EP for those mellow moments after a late night that has unexpectedly become a very early morning, it’s subtle intensity is strangely beguiling and the vocal delivery from Darlene Deschamps is one that is hypnotic and entrancing, and it is backed up by a lush soundscape. There are post punk influences aplenty on the intriguing EP, but it avoids recreating the past and instead they mark out their own territory with an original and blissed out EP, and this is a release that come the right moment will be one that you’ll be glad that you own.

The Pillow Talk EP can be ordered on vinyl from No Sleep Records here and digitally via Bandcamp here

Muskets Announce UK Tour With Weatherstate

Muskets Tour Aug 17Muskets found their birth in Brighton, UK where they quickly engaged in the city’s always growing music scene. Here, they connected with like-minded peers who held a shared DIY ethos and influence of grunge, punk and emo sounds. Now the band have announced a series of UK dates with Weatherstate that commence on August 11th at Southampton, The Joiners.

Muskets will be releasing a new single shortly, and a full album will follow later this year.

You can view the video for their last single, 17 Years, and Muskets tour dates, below Read More…

Redwood Release ‘Night Garden’ Single

Redwood NGLate last year Redwood released their sophomore EP, Blood Moon, that swells in and out of post-rock sensibilities whilst leaning heavily on a mid-west emo sound. Redwood have now released their new single, Night Garden, on the surface it sounds like a lush and positive song with punishing guitar sounds and beautiful vocal harmonies, but under the surface their is substance as it covers the serious issue of domestic violence. Blood Moon is set for a vinyl release through DIY label Blindreader Records in July that will be limited to 300 copies and will feature the two tracks from the Night Garden single, as well as a fold out A3 lyric sheet.

You can order and stream Night Garden here

Regarde Release ‘Last Summer’ Single

Regarde LS SingleItaly’s Regarde have signed to Wiretap Records and the band have now released a brand new music video for their new single, Last Summer, that is taken from their forthcoming debut album, that is due out this Fall via Wiretap Records (USA) V4V Records (Italy) and Epidemic Records (Italy).

Last Summer is available via iTunes here and Spotify here

You can view the video for Last Summer below Read More…

Swordfish Rodia

Swordfish

Rodia

Take This To Heart Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Swordfish are set to release their latest album, Rodia, on the 5th May 2017 on CD, cassette and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records. Swordfish are a band that wear their influences on their sleeves and take their cues from the haunting guitar style of American Football, the vocal urgency of Sorority Noise and the instant gratification of Joyce Manor, this is a combination that covers the anxiety and heartbreak that you’d expect on an emo influenced album, but thankfully it’s one that avoids the self indulgent pitfalls that so many emo bands fall into.

Favourite Clothes kicks things off with a heartfelt and steady opener where the yearning vocals are set against heartaching guitar lines, this is largely the pattern for much of Rodia, but it’s not the whole story. This is not an uptempo punk album by any means, rather it’s one than channels the personal turbulence of emo and combines it with the melody of The Weakerthans and the passion of Off With Their Heads. There are uptempo moments such as the charged lo-fi punker Trenton Garage, but these moments are juxtaposed against the emotionally charged slower tracks such as I’m Okay (x3) and the album’s closing track, Owen, that brings Rodia to a satisfying and melodic finale.

The trumpet that features on every track compliments the compositions, rather than feeling like an afterthought, and adds depth to Rodia. This is an album that covers everything from the standard subjects that the emo genre covers including mental health, heartbreak and existentialism, but rather than this being an album that wallows in self doubt and selfism this comes across as an upbeat album that embraces the more charged side of the emo scene. The emo stylings on Rodia are combined with a few well chosen punk influences to create an impressive album, and it’s one that makes a welcome addition to the impressive roster than Take This To Heart Records are steadily building

Rodia can be pre-ordered via Take This To Heart Records here

Swordfish‘s Facebook page can be found here

Bodyheat Release New Single And Video

Bodyheat AwakeEssex based indie and emo influenced band Bodyheat have released their new single, Awake, today, the 28th April. Bodyheat draw influence from bands like Turnover and Pity Sex whilst tipping their hats to Built To Spill and more popular leanings like Tears For Fears. The new single is now available digitally and the band have also released a video to accompany their new single.

Awake is now available on digital formats via Close To Home Records

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Northbound Flaws

Northbound

The Flaws In Everything

Animal Style Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

From their humble beginnings as an acoustic solo project back in 2012 Northbound have steadily evolved into a fully fleshed-out band. Jonathon Fraser remains at the creative heart of Northbound, his songwriting sits at the core of the band and his style seems at home here, whether he’s armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar and his voice, or with the full band fleshing out his songs with some muscle. Northbound have now bought us their latest EP, The Flaws In Everything, that was released on the 21st April 2017 via Animal Style Records, and it is now available on two different vinyl variants, white and blue and black and blue, as well as on CD and digital formats.

The Flaws In Everything introduces itself with the strong pop punk opening of Fade To Black, the classic pop punk combination of harmonised vocals and strong catchy guitar hooks is well in evidence, on the basis of this you might think you know what you’re in for, but you’d be wrong, Suitor Type still contains the pop punk element, but this time it’s darker with a touch of post hardcore. The opening duo of tracks is then followed by the crunching distorted riff of Well Water, a song that drifts into alt-rock territory, The Flaws In Everything continues to keep you guessing as Lonely Squid boasts a stripped down acoustic quality until finally Tell Me Something Good, with it’s impassioned chorus, brings things to a reflective thoughtful close.

The Flaws In Everything is a varied genre spanning EP that hits the spot nicely, for me Fade To Black and Well Water are the two stand out tracks, both bring a distorted energy to the EP, but that’s not to put down the remainder of this release, but with such a varied blend of styles on display you’re going to gravitate to the ones that appeal to your sensibilities, in my case it’s the noisier contingent of tracks. Whether every track on this EP will be to your taste is debatable, but I can guarantee there’s a good chance that you’ll find something to your taste on The Flaws In Everything.

The Flaws In Everything can be pre-ordered on physical formats here and digitally here

Rob Lanterman Gingerkicker

Rob Lanterman

Gingerkicker

Hidden Home Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Gingerkicker is the new solo album by Rob Lanterman, the man responsible for founding and running Hidden Home Records, this is his first solo album and his first acoustic album so he’s breaking his cherry on two counts on this release. Rob Lanterman isn’t the first punk alumni the make an acoustic recording, Greg Gaffin (Bad Religion), Nick 13 (Tiger Army) and Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), to name a but a few, have all made critically acclaimed albums where they are shorn of their band mates, An obvious concern of a solo album being released on artists own label is that there is a distinct temptation for them to be self indulgent, but Rob Lantermen has avoided this pitfall and in the process he’s delivered an honest and impressive thirteen tracks of heartfelt folk punk.

Rob Lanterman wrote this album three long years ago, but the demands of running an indie label that is developing a heavyweight reputation have meant that it’s remained unrecorded and unreleased, until now. This is just one man and his guitar throughout, you rarely hear any overdubs and there’s no studio trickery to artificially enhance the sound, this is a raw acoustic live recording that reminds me of the melancholy yearning melody of the Smoking Popes. If you were going to level a criticism at this album, and other acoustic releases, is that it leaves little variety across the album, but that’s the nature of releasing an album that is stripped to the bone.

This is an impressive debut release from one of punk’s many unsung heroes, those who run the independent labels and support the grass roots movement that enable the punk scene to evolve and thrive. For fans of the solo releases by the likes of Frank Turner, Joey Cape and Tony Sly this would be an essential album, Rob Lanterman has all the qualities of comparable solo releases and he delivers a heartfelt album that would translate perfectly to being played with a full band. His label, Hidden Home Records, is one which has the deserved reputation of supporting the DIY grass roots punk scene, and this release indicates that he’s just at home as a recording artist as he is running a record label.

You can stream and purchase Gingerkicker here

The Hidden Home Records website can be found here

Lightcliffe Release Stream Of ‘Mistakes I Seem To Make’ Single

Lightcliffe MistakesLightcliffe are a bittersweet emo/indie-rock band hailing from Brighton and London that formed at the tail end of 2015. Mistakes I Seem To Make is a two track cassette release that will be released via DIY bedroom labels Honeypot Records and Backpack Records, the cassette is due out on April 7th and the band will be playing a release show on April 8th at DIY Space For London.

You can stream Mistakes I Seem To Make here and the cassette can be pre-ordered here

Lightcliffe‘s Facebook page can be found here

KidBrother Release New Single ‘A Draught I Want’

KidBrother Single LaunchThe London based emo punk quintet, KidBrother have released their new single, A Draught I Want, via Say Something Records. To celebrate the release of the new single, the band have put together a very special single release party, taking place on the Tamesis Dock Boat in Vauxhall, London on the 30th March, support will be from Bellevue Days, Coldbones and Pretty Pistol.

Tickets for the single launch party can be purchased here

A Draught I Want can be ordered here and a the video for the single can be viewed below Read More…

Western Daughter Release Stream Of ‘Pillars Of Salt’

Western Daughter DSToday Western Daughter released a stream of the track Pillars of Salt from their upcoming album, Driftwood Songs, that promises to deliver an honest blend of emo, folk and rock from the Pacific Northwest that weaves introspective lyrics into every song, Western Daughter will also be playing Treefort Fest this March in Boise, Idaho and Driftwood Songs will be released on the 24th March on vinyl, on black and ‘orange crush’ variants, CD and digital formats, as well as exclusive bundles, via Take This To Heart Records.

You can stream Pillars Of Salt via 36 Vultures here and Driftwood Songs can be pre-ordered here

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Heart Attack Man

The Manson Family

You Did This Records / Triple Crown Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Ohio’s Heart Attack Man originally started as a solo recording project for singer and guitarist Eric Egan back in 2013, since then they have gained a further member, drummer Adam Paduch, released two EPs’, their self titled debut and 2015’s critically acclaimed Acid Rain EP, and now they have released their debut full length, the ominously titled album The Manson Family. The album was released via a partnership between You Did This Records and Triple Crown Records yesterday, the 3rd March 2017, on CD, swamp green vinyl and digital formats.

The Manson Family is an album of restrained downbeat power pop, it varies between hooky fuzz laden riffs that sit alongside introspective touches, often in the same song. It’s not until you’re well and truly into the album that they kick into gear and up the ante with the wonderful Blood Orange Sun. This track was streamed ahead of the album’s release, and you can see why this was the track they chose, although it’s thunder is stolen by the wonderful Surrounded By Morons, for me this is easily the album’s finest moment, it’s a fuzzy dark sarcastic rant against modern society that is a perfect cathartic soundtrack for those that dwell in an urban sprawl.

Heart Attack Man are the first signing of the union between two fiercely independent record labels, and it must be said that their debut full length hits the spot nicely. The Manson Family was recorded with Ian Farmer, of Modern Baseball fame, his influence on the production is certainly present, but his style doesn’t overly insinuate itself into the album, as Heart Attack Man definitely have their own character. The Manson Family is a potent mix of melody and enormous hooks, when this is combined with the rage and grace that is present in their compositions it makes this an album, that like it’s namesake, is best not ignored, but, unlike it’s namesake, this is something that you’d actually want to appear in your house.

The Manson Family can be pre-ordered via Triple Crown Records here

Western Daughter Stream Opening Track From ‘Driftwood Songs’

Western Daughter DSYou can now listen to the opening track, Skinny Water, from Western Daughter‘s upcoming album, Driftwood Songs, that delivers a blend of honest emo, folk and rock from the Pacific Northwest that weaves introspective lyrics into every song. Western Daughter will also be playing the Treefort Fest this March in Boise, Idaho.

Driftwood Songs will be released on March 24th via Take This To Heart Records.

You can stream Skinny Water here and pre-order Driftwood Songs here

Sundressed Announce US Tour Dates And Festival Appearances

Sundressed So What FestSundressed have announced spring tour dates with Nominee, as well as an appearance at the So What Fest in Texas on March 26th, the dates will be preceded by a show at Emo Night at Los Angeles the Echo on February 7th. The past two years have been monumentally prolific for Sundressed, releasing two EPs and a split with Nashville’s Secret Stuff in rapid succession between April 2015 and July 2016, recently signed to Animal Style Records, Sundressed will be releasing a new album later this year.

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I’m Fine Release Debut LP ‘Never Knowing Best’

Im Fine Release NKBI’m Fine‘s new album, Never Knowing Best, is now on general release through Wiretap Records. It can be streamed via Spotify and Apple Music, and is available for download via iTunes and Bandcamp.

You can order Never Knowing Best digitally here and on limited edition cassette here

The Punk Site review of Never Knowing Best can be found here

I’m Fine‘s Facebook page is located here

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I'm Fine

Never Knowing Best

Wiretap Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

New Orleans, Louisiana’s I’m Fine will release their debut full length album, Never Knowing Best tomorrow, February 3rd 2017, the album was recorded in the band’s hometown of New Orleans by James Whitten with help from Brian Pretus of Pears. I’m Fine combine elements of punk and indie that sit happily alongside post hardcore and emo influences. Whilst this is the band’s first full length I’m Fine have been around since 2011, they released an initial burst of EP’s between 20111 and 2012 and then, at least as far as I can tell, there has been silence, apparently this was due to band members running into personal issues and problems that derailed their initial impetus, but they stayed together regardless of what life threw at them and now it seems they’re back on track with the release of Never Knowing Best.

The album jump starts into life with the lo-fi explosion of Merit Badge, the lead single that was streamed in advance of the release, it carries a raw discordant quality throughout that is reminiscent of an angry hyperactive Dinosaur Jnr, without giving you chance to draw breath the album launches into Dead Eyes, this kicks the pace up a notch and it is swiftly followed by Nabors, this track builds the intensity and incorporates a few math rock flourishes into their sonic assault. Legends In Corners brings a more thoughtful element into the mix that segues into the defiant strains of Cursive before Late Night Talks About Nothing brings an anguished moment to the album. For me Grow With Us and Burma bring the albums finest moments, with fine upbeat and insistent rhythms that are married to their raw discordant style, just as you think I’m Fine are building to a upbeat finale Never Knowing Best has a final twist, it closes with two complex disquieting numbers, Evil Bubbly and Trash Eyes, that brings what has been a wildly fluctuating dissonant debut to a close.

I’m Fine are a band that wear their influences proudly on their collective sleeves, their sound has a resemblances to bands such as Latterman, Gnarwolves, Cursive and At The Drive In, but that isn’t the end of the story, they incorporate different elements and styles into every track making Never Knowing Best an unpredictable beast of an album. It captures the rage of post hardcore, and this is the style that is at their core, but they straddle so many genres you just can’t pin them down, hints of math rock complexity are incorporated, indie and emo sensibilities pervade and it’s all delivered with a punk DIY ethos, with a running time of just over twenty minutes you could argue that Never Knowing Best is somewhat on the short side, but it’s a brief satisfying blast from a band who might not know best, but they certainly know their own minds.

You can pre-order Never Knowing Best digitally here and order the limited edition cassette here