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Big Heet

On A Wire

Exploding In Sound Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Big Heet, the Tallahassee quartet led by the former ex Breathers guitarist and vocalist David Settle, released their full-length debut, On A Wire, on October 20th via the Exploding In Sound Records Tape Club. On A Wire is an album that shifts between agitated post punk and tangled post-hardcore whilst maintaining a social conscience, throughout the album Big Heet rally against anxiety, environmental concerns, politics, anti-semitism, dead end jobs, assault, abuse and false activism, and do their part in creating some much needed change. 

The opening title track on Big Heet‘s full length gives the impression that On A Wire will resemble the aftermath of a collision between The Foo Fighters and The Beatles, the melody and energy are all there but it’s all delivered a breakneck pace with a ragged lo-fi approach. But it’s as you get deeper and deeper into the album it becomes increasingly discordant and frantic, and it just keeps heading off into a primal hardcore swamp of noise, one that simultaneously recalls the more experimental sides of punk, post punk, hardcore and noise rock

On A Wire is a unique noisy chaotic hybrid of an album, and it’s one that reflects the chaotic and dark times we live in, but the energy and enthusiasm that is carried across the entire album is evidence of hope in the face of the insanity that is the modern world. On A Wire is an album that won’t be for everyone, but for those of you who like your punk rock ragged, experimental and raw then Big Heet have produced an album that is well worth investigating, and it’s one that has found it’s natural home on the eclectic, and well named, Exploding In Sound Records.

You can order On A Wire here and subscribe to the Exploding In Sound Records Tape Club here

On A Wire is also available digitally via Bandcamp here

Ovlov To Release Compilation Of Early EP’s ‘Greatest Hits Vol. II’

Ovlov GH2Exploding In Sound Records have announced that Ovlov‘s first three EP’s have been remixed and remastered, and are now available together on vinyl for the first time. The album has been dubbed Greatest Hits Vol. II and will be released on December 1st, just in time for the holidays and ahead of the band’s long awaited sophomore album. The LP includes Crazy Motorcycle Jump, What’s So Great About The City?, and Not The Same Without You.

You can pre-order Greatest Hits Vol. II via Exploding In Sound Records here

You can stream the track Small Voices here

Big Heet To Release ‘On A Wire’ Album

Big Heet OAWBig Heet, the Tallahassee quartet led by former ex Breathers guitarist and vocalist David Settle, have released a full stream of their full-length debut, On A Wire, that is due out on October 20th via the Exploding In Sound Records Tape Club. On A Wire shifts between agitated post punk and tangled post-hardcore whilst maintaining a social conscience, Big Heet rally against anxiety, environmental concerns, politics, anti-semitism, dead end jobs, assault, abuse and false activism, doing their part to create real change. You can stream On A Wire via Soundcloud here and pre-order the album here

You can subscribe to the Exploding In Sound Records Tape Club here

‘EIS: Live At Shea Stadium’ Now Streaming In Full

EIS Shea StadiumExploding In Sound Records and Shea Stadium are teaming up to release EIS: Live at Shea Stadium, a collection of live performances handpicked from the DIY venue’s extensive archive of live shows. The album includes tracks from 24 different bands, all of whom have both played at Shea Stadium, and released music on the label, both past and present that date back as far back as 2012

You can pre-order EIS: Live At Shea Stadium via Exploding In Sound Records here

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Washer Release New Album ‘All Aboard’

Washer All AboardAll Aboard is Washer‘s sophomore album, it is built on a blend of aggressive pop music, off-kilter structures, earnest lyrics, and minimalist garage rock. They’ve described their sound as “trying to do a lot with a little,” contorting simple pop formulas into fuzzy punk hits. Built around themes of personal doubt, self-reflection, and being stuck in place, All Aboard is a dark record, but Washer continue to fight toward brighter days. With a never ending onslaught of ramshackle hooks, sing-a-long anthems, and unexpected shifts, Washer have made an album where every moment counts and every song is a single.

All Aboard is now available via Exploding In Sound Records here

Maneka Release ‘Is You Is’ LP Via Exploding In Sound Records

Maneka IYIManeka‘s debut album, Is You Is, is Devin McKnight‘s, of Grass Is Green and formerly of Speedy Ortiz, first solo album, a record the deals with themes of independence, self empowerment, urgency, and ownership. Self described as a “future-space alien-dream-post punk,” McKnight leaves behind years spent playing the role of guitarist to create his own project, writing every instrumental and vocal part on his own before sharing it with a collective of friends and collaborators.

Is You Is can be ordered via Exploding In Sound Records here

You can read more about Maneka‘s debut album below Read More…

Washer To Release ‘All Aboard’ Album On September 15th

Washer All AboardBrooklyn’s Washer have announced that their new record, All Aboard, is set to be released on September 15th via Exploding In Sound Reords and the band is now streaming a new song, Your Guess Is As Bad As Mine. All Aboard is an album filled with fuzz, aggression, off-kilter rhythmic structures and mangled pop hooks, throughout the record Washer filter complex musical ideas into minimalist garage rock, creating a brilliant and bright sampling of DIY punk.

You can stream Your Guess Is As Bad As Mine here

You can pre-order All Aboard via Exploding In Sound Records here

Milked Release ‘Goodbye Durango’ Video

Milked Death On MarsMilked‘s new album, Death On Mars, is out now and is the second installment in Exploding In Sound Record‘s ongoing “extra spicy” Tape Club. Destined to be an underground favourite to be discovered in the future, Milked‘s official debut album is a stunning record that expands on Kelly Johnson‘s former band Geronimo!‘s fuzzy alternative rock, indie punk, and post-punk shimmer.

You can order Death On Mars here and join the EIS Tape Club here

You can view the video for Goodbye Durango below Read More…

Milked Death On Mars

Milked

Death On Mars

Exploding In Sound Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Exploding In Sound Records are set to release Milked‘s debut album, Death On Mars, on the 30th June, the album is the second instalment in the label’s ongoing EIS Tape Club. Milked were formed by former Geronimo! guitarist and vocalist Kelly Johnson following their split back in 2015, not one to take time out he immediately began creating solo music under the moniker of Milked, now with their debut album’s release imminent Milked can fulfil their promise to expand on Geronimo!‘s fuzzy post punk and post hardcore legacy, and with the release of Death On Mars they have exceeded their expectations as this is nothing short of a stunning debut full length.

White Punks offers an opening fuzzy grungey riff and insistent beat, this brief burst of fuzzy energy is a promising start and any fears that the rest of the album wouldn’t live up to it are instantly dispelled by the distorted tones of Caledonia, and by the time Oscillate bursts into life I am well and truly hooked on Milked‘s mix of fuzzy grunge, punk, garage and alternative influences. The album’s title track brings a sludgier influence to the album before Goodbye Durango kicks things back into gear with it’s infectious guitar hook and we get further three further full tilt hedonistic blasts before the album bows out with the darker closing number, Enouement.

Almost every track on Death On Mars will be a fixture on my playlist from now on, this is a distorted fuzz drenched album that means that Milked haven’t so much carried on the legacy left by Geronimo! as left it in their wake. Death On Mars is a near perfect nine tracks and is the finest instalment in the EIS Tape Club to date, it’s clear that this series is going to be an eclectic series showcasing the fuzzy underbelly of the alternative scene, now personally I don’t understand the revival in the cassette format as I remember losing many albums to my tape deck’s love of chewing up C90’s, and for those of you that also feel this way the album is available as an individual download. 

You can pre-order Death On Mars and/or subscribe to the EIS Tape Club here

Milked‘s Bandcamp can be found here and their Facebook page is here

Milked Release Full Stream Of ‘Death On Mars’ Album

Milked Death On MarsMilked have released a full stream of their new full length, Death On Mars, in advance of the June 30th release date, the album is the second instalment in Exploding In Sound Record‘s ongoing ‘extra spicy’ EIS Tape Club. Milked is the solo project of former Geronimo! guitarist and vocalist Kelly Johnson and Death On Mars serves as the official Milked debut, a stunning record that expands on Geronimo!‘s fuzzy alternative, indie punk and post punk shimmer.

Death On Mars can be streamed via Soundcloud here

You can pre-order Death On Mars here and join the EIS Tape Club here

Milked Release ‘White Punks’ Video

Milked Death On MarsExploding 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…

Milked Reveal Video For ‘Death On Mars’

Milked Death On MarsExploding In Sound Records have announced the second instalment in the ongoing EIS Tape Club, the debut album from Chicago’s Milked. Following the split of Geronimo! back in 2015, Kelly Johnson began creating music as Milked, self-releasing basement demos and garage rock experiments through his Bandcamp page but Death On Mars is their first official album, the record is surging with fuzzy indie rock and blistering punk with its sights turned toward the cosmos. 

Death On Mars is due out on June 30th and can be pre-ordered via EIS Tape Club here

The video for Death On Mars can be viewed below Read More…

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Two Inch Astronaut

Can You Please Not Help

Exploding In Sound Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

Can You Please Not Help is the latest release from Two Inch Astronaut, this is the follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed full length, Personal Life, and it’s clear that they aren’t wasting any time as this will be the DC based trio’s fourth album in as many years. Two Inch Astronaut will be unleashing a complex hook laden album that possesses a wide range in mood, veering from the light and playful to suffocatingly dark and uncomfortably serious, the album also keeps you guessing with shifts in style, with everything from sweet pop hooks to tangled punk influences being on display. 

Can You Please Not Help kicks off with Kenk, a brief atmospheric instrumental, before things start in earnest with the albums title track, a number that delivers an intense blast of alt rock that is tinged with a distinctly indie sensibility, from here on in the album weaves a uncertain path as it touches on the aforementioned genres along with touches of laid back math rock complexity that are delivered with a pop sheen. Can You Please Not Help is an unpredictable and original release that contains nine idiosyncratic slices of intricate indie cool that embraces a diverse rang of styles, but it never quite seems to find the cohesive and appealing blend that you feel is almost within their reach.

In Can You Please Not Help Two Inch Astronaut have released an album that will be adored by fans of the likes of We Are Scientists and Weezer, for me it never quite gets into it’s stride and after the impressive title track the momentum that was promised seems to get lost in a tangled web of intricate riffs. Can You Please Not Help is an album that is not without it’s charms, but these were somewhat lost on me as they meander through a twisting path that ultimately doesn’t seem to lead anywhere.

Can You Please Not Help will be released on June 2nd via Exploding In Sound Records and pre-orders are available here

Two Inch Astronaut Release Full Stream Of New Album

2 Inch Astronaut CYPNHTwo Inch Astronaut have released a full stream of Can You Please Not Help, the band’s latest album, a week ahead of its release. The album is due out on June 2nd via Exploding In Sound Records. Can You Please Not Help is the best representation of Two Inch Astronaut yet as the trio shift between sugary sweet pop hooks and tangled punk in a moments notice.

You can stream Can You Please Not Help via Hype Machine here

Pre-orders of Can You Please Not Help are available here

Two Inch Astronaut Release Stream Of Title Track From New LP

T2 Inch Astronaut CYPNHwo Inch Astronaut have released a stream of the track Can You Please Not Help, the title track to their upcoming LP that is due out on June 2nd via Exploding In Sound Records. Two Inch Astronaut have created a record of songs described by the band as “sometimes tricky, sometimes poppy, with a range in mood from playful to suffocatingly, uncomfortably serious” that shifts between sugary sweet pop hooks and tangled punk in a moments notice. 

You can stream the title track from Can You Please Not Help here

Pre-orders of Can You Please Not Help are available here

Gnarwhal Release Full Stream Of New Album ‘Crucial’

Gnarwhal CrucialGnarwhal have released a full stream of their new album Crucial, a rough and dynamic album that tears between post-hardcore fury and explosive math-punk as only they can. Crucial is due out on May 12th via Exploding In Sound Records and Gnarwhal are currently on tour in support of the record on a full US tour together with Pile

Crucial can be pre-ordered here

You can stream Crucial here and view Gnarwhal‘s US tour dates below Read More…

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Anna Altman

Freightliner

Exploding In Sound Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Exploding In Sound Records recently announced the launch of the EIS Tape Club, a year long cassette subscription service that boasts Anna Altman’s full length debut, Freightliner, as the debut release. Freightliner was released on April 28th and is not only available via The EIS Tape Club, for those with a preference for digital formats the album is also available for download. Anna Altman are comprised of the duo Lucia Arias and Christian Billard, both better known for their tenure in Turnip King, but this is not just a recreation of that band’s work, Anna Altman is a distinctly more laid back project.

Freightliner opens with The Interview, a track that possesses a bassline and beat that is more than a touch reminiscent of early New Order, with a breathless vocal delivery that reminds me of Pauline Murray, lead singer of punk band Penetration and latterly Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls. The Catcher then brings the pace down, and it’s here that the album remains, after the initial post punk feel of The Interview the album boasts a series of delicate melodies, gentle beats and tangled minimalist arrangements that will delight fans of Liz Phair, The Breeders, and Bedhead.

From the off Freightliner lays it’s cards on the table with it’s mix of influences from the UK’s post punk scene and US indie bands, but considering these influences the whole album feels restrained and after the opening track, The Interview, the album never seems to recover from it’s initial loss of momentum. Having said that, for those seeking a melodic and haunting soundtrack then Freightliner offers a serene hypnotic quality that is built on repeating structures and patterns overlaid with haunting vocals.

You can subscribe to the EIS Tape Club here and digital downloads of the album are available here

Anna Altman Release Stream Of ‘American Gothic’

anna altman freightlinerExploding In Sound Records recently announced the launch of the EIS Tape Club, a year long cassette subscription service with it’s initial release being Anna Altman’s full length debut, Freightliner, that is due out on April 28th. Anna Altman create gorgeous melodies and tangled minimalist arrangements, simple songs that are filled with atmosphere and stunning vocals.

You can stream American Gothic here and subscribe to the EIS Tape Club here

Anna Altman‘s US tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

‘Live At Shea Stadium’ Benefit Compilation To Be Released

Shea Stadium BenefitExploding In Sound Records will be releasing Exploding In Sound: Live at Shea Stadium, a collection of live performances handpicked from the DIY venue’s archive of live shows. The album will feature tracks from 24 bands, all of whom have both played at Shea Stadium and released music on the label. The compilation will include live tracks culled from shows dating as far back as 2012. You can pre-order the album via the Kickstarter campaign until the 20th April, after that after that it will be available via Exploding In Sound Records.

The Kickstarter campaign for Exploding In Sound: Live at Shea Stadium is here

You can read more about the Kickstarter campaign and stream a live track below Read More…

Gnarwhal Release Stream of ‘Being Kidding’

Gnarwhal CrucialGnarwhal have shared their new single, Being Kidding, the track is a wild and explosive ride through noisy math punk and agitated post-hardcore, the song is taken from the duo’s upcoming full length release, Crucial, that is due out on May 12th 2017 via Exploding In Sound Records. The band are currently out in support of the record on a full US tour together with Pile.

You can stream Being Kidding here and Crucial can be pre-ordered here

You can view Gnarwhal‘s tour dates below Read More…

Anna Altman Stream New Single From ‘Freightliner’ Album

anna altman freightlinerExploding In Sound Records recently announced the launch of the EIS Tape Club, a year long cassette subscription service with it’s initial release, Anna Altman’s full length debut, Freightliner, that is due out on April 28th. Anna Altman create gorgeous melodies and tangled minimalist arrangements; simple songs that are filled with atmosphere and Arias’ stunning vocals. M.C. Ph.D is the record’s second single and the album’s stunning conclusion, a song that packs a punch while darting between mesmerizing hooks.

You can stream M.C. Ph.D here and subscribe to the EIS Tape Club here

Anna Altman‘s US tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Baked Release ‘Stay’ Video And Announce US Tour

baked-farnhamBaked have released a music video for the track Stay, that is taken from the band’s stunning sophomore album Farnham. The video is directed by Séamus McGuire and captures the band playing out childhood games. Baked will host their 6th annual 4/20 celebration at Brooklyn’s The Gutter before heading out on a full US tour in May.

The Punk Site review of Farnham can be read here and the album can be purchased here

The video for Stay, and the band’s tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…

Exploding In Sound Records Launch The ‘EIS Tape Club’

EIS_tape_clubExploding In Sound Records have announced the launch of the EIS Tape Club, a year long cassette subscription service that will release a new tape every other month, the label was inspired by the incredible amount of amazing new music they wish they could release. The EIS Tape Club is a celebration of independent music, new artists, and the pursuit of finding your next favourite band.

You can join the EIS Tape Club here

Details of the EIS Tape Club‘s first release can be found below Read More…

Two Inch Astronaut Release First Track From Forthcoming LP

2 Inch Astronaut CYPNHTwo Inch Astronaut aren’t wasting time, the Suburban DC based trio are set to release their new album, Can You Please Not Help, the follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed Personal Life, on June 2nd via Exploding In Sound Records The band have created a soaring hook laden album and they have now shared the track, Snitch Jacket, the album’s first single.

You can stream Snitch Jacket here and pre-order Can You Please Not Help here

You can view Two Inch Astronaut‘s upcoming US tour dates below Read More…

Gnarwhal Release Stream Of ‘Marathon Ripper’

Gnarwhal CrucialGnarwhal are back with Crucial, the latest album from Nashville’s two-headed post-hardcore behemoth. Due out May 12th via Exploding In Sound Records, the album finds Gnarwhal digging into their complex math rock roots while embracing more straight forward post-punk, an album that pulls as much influence from bands like Hella and Lightning Bolt as it does Drive Like Jehu and Shellac. The band will be out in support of the record on a full US tour together with Pile starting next month.

You can stream the track Marathon Ripper here and pre order Crucial here

Gnarwhal‘s tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

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Baked

Farnham

Exploding in Sound Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Baked have returned, the Brooklyn quintet will release their sophomore album, Farnham, on February 24th via Exploding In Sound Records. A lot has changed since the release of their debut full length, Debt, as members have changed, and with it their sound has evolved. The sonic world of Baked has grown, and with it comes a diverse record, drifting between enormous wall of sound guitars, dark fuzz, dusty country ballads and flashes of deviant post punk all of which is wrapped up in a suspiciously hazy aura that suggests the album was born of evenings in in a smokey twilight world of altered states. Baked have not made an album that is designed to produce hit singles and stand out tracks, although there are songs that do stand out on their own, this is an album made to be experienced as a twisted late night soundscape.

AA kick starts Farnham with a twisted driving rhythm and insistent vocal delivery all topped with off with some distorted treble laced lead guitar, the following track, Wolf, takes the album down into drawled hazy space that slowly fades towards the event horizon. After the dark fuzz of the opening duo the album veers off into the desert for the dark mescalin inspired Amy Rots that abruptly segues into Stay, the first track that features Isabella Mingione on lead vocal, the sweet harmony vocals juxtapose the dark twisted country vibe on this number perfectly. The album continues to veer wildly in styles, alternating between the dark fuzzy elements, haunted distorted reflections of country, lysergic inspired psyche and troubled ballads, these disperate styles are drawn together to create a unique sophomore album, one that I can confidently predict will be amongst my favourite releases from 2017.

If ever a band was the natural successor to the diverse strangeness of the Butthole Surfers, then I would say Baked have taken on that mantle with their latest release. Farnham is the most unpredictable album I’ve reviewed this year, like their aforementioned forefathers the influences on this album are so widespread this is an album that is impossible to categorise, but it is one that borders on perfection, whether it’s the dark haunting country influence or the driving substance fuelled numbers, Baked have made an album that few will surpass in 2017 and this is a release I would recommend to anyone who has a love for the strange, hazy and original.

Farnham can be pre-ordered here

Baked Release Full Stream Of Forthcoming Album ‘Farnham’

baked-farnhamBaked have shared their upcoming album, Farnham, in full via Consequence Of Sound. Once again proving to be unpredictable, Baked embrace dusty country, fuzzy slacker punk, distorted classic rock, and shoegaze, swirling it altogether into their own nuanced guitar shredding bliss. Due out February 24th, Farnham is a masterwork of hazy ballads, blistering riffs, thick haze, and slow burning rock ‘n’ roll. 

You can stream Farnham via Consequence Of Sound here

Farnham can be pre-ordered here

Baked Release Stream of New Single ‘Them’

baked-farnhamBaked have shared Them, the latest single from the band’s impressive upcoming album Farnham. Once again proving to be unpredictable, this time Baked have embraced dusty country and an outlaw Americana twang on Them. Due out February 24th, Farnham is a masterwork of hazy ballads, blistering shoegaze, fuzzed out indie and slow burning rock ‘n’ roll. 

Baked have announced both an album listening party, February 11th, and album release show, February 24th, in addition to an official slot at this year’s SXSW.

Them can be streamed here and details of their live events can be viewed below Read More…

Baked Announce ‘Farnham’ Listening Party And Release Show

baked-farnhamBaked will release their sophomore album, Farnham, on February 24th via Exploding In Sound Records, Baked have always been an extremely eclectic rock band but on Farnham there’s a whole new degree of texture to their dynamic slacker punk meets classic rock sound, the band have shared two tracks to date, Stay and Midnight Junkie, which are available for streaming.

Stay can be streamed here and Midnight Junkie here, Farnham can be pre-ordered here

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Baked Release Video For Danelectroladyland

baked-farnhamBaked are sharing the video for their new single, Danelectroladyland, directed by Baked‘s own Jeremy Aquilino, the video captures the band on the road from last year’s US tour with Titus Andronicus and Spider Bags.

Don’t let the name fool you, Baked aren’t your typical stoner rock. The band’s upcoming album Farnham, due out February 24th, is a masterwork of dusty country, blistering shoegaze, fuzzed out indie, and slow burning rock ‘n’ roll.

You can watch Danelectroladyland below and pre-order Farnham here Read More…

Tall Friend Stream New EP In Full

tall-friendPhiladelphia, PA’s Tall Friend is streaming their upcoming EP, Tawl Friend, which is set to drop on January 27, 2017 via Exploding In Sound Records.  Their debut full length, Safely Nobody’s, will follow later in August.

Listen to the disc here.