Aviator Releasing ‘Loneliness Leaves The Light On For Me’ LP

Aviator LLTLOFMBoston based hardcore outfit Aviator are releasing their sophomore LP, Loneliness Leaves The Light On For Me, tomorrow, June 23rd, via No Sleep Records. Aviator will play a series of US shows in June with Druse, including a hometown record release show on June 23 at Hardcore Stadium in Cambridge, MA, the band will also be joining Lume on a US tour in July.

Loneliness Leaves The Light On For Me can be streamed and purchased via Bandcamp here

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Counterfeit Culture To Release ‘Apothecary’ Single

Counterfit Culture DeathwishPost-hardcore act Counterfeit Culture have released their second single, Apothecary, that features Ricky Armellino of This Or The Apocalypse. The new lyric video talk about the purpose of the band’s message and the severity of domestic abuse, which is a reoccurring theme in the group’s newly announced debut EP, Deathwish, which is set to be released on August 1st.

The Deathwish EP can be pre-ordered here

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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

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Silverstein Release Stream Of ‘Lost Positives’

Silverstein DRCanada’s post hardcore heavyweights, Silverstein, have premiered Lost Positives, a stunning new track from their recently announced full length, Dead Reflection, that is due out on July 14th via Rise RecordsDead Reflection is Silverstein‘s eighth full length and it demonstrates exactly why they remain at the top of their game over 17 years into their career.

Lost Positives can be streamed here and Dead Reflections can be pre-ordered here

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Vault 51 Release New Single And Video ‘Magnolia’

Vault 51 Promo June 17Atlanta quintet Vault 51 have released their new single, Magnolia, which follows up on their recent debut single, Thirty Six. The new release continues with the outfit’s colourful vibe with melodic driven riffs and clean harmonious singing, giving a glimpse on what’s to come from Vault 51. Along with the new single, comes the announcement of the group’s debut EP, Kid, that is set to be released on July 20th.

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Burnt Tapes Alterations

The Burnt Tapes


Lockjaw Records / Umlaut Records / Cannonball Records

Rating: 4.5/5




The Burnt Tapes are a London based quartet who originated in the sunnier climes of Athens in 2013, they moved to damper environment of the UK back in 2013 to continue their studies, and to avoid military conscription, and they now appear to have settled in the UK’s capital city. The Burnt Tapes have now released their five track Alterations EP via Lockjaw Records, Umlaut Records for the vinyl release, and Cannonball Records. The Alterations EP follows on from their 2016 releases, the Besides EP and a split single with Sketchy, and it can only cement their place in the UK punk scene, as for me this is their finest release to date.

The EP kicks off with the gruff punk charms of the title track and it sets a ridiculously high standard with it’s raw intensity, the lead single from the Alterations EP, Oh Marie, follows in it’s wake and brings things down a notch whilst maintaining the standards set by the title track. The wonderfully titled Wayne Regretzky carries on in the raw yet melodic footsteps of the preceding tracks whilst Ghosts brings the most manic moment on the EP, but the best is saved is saved for last. Things Get Weird closes the Alterations EP with a anthemic and deeply personal howl that’s accompanied by a dark and infectious riff that recalls the Alkaline Trio in their heyday, and it marks the perfect ending to an impressive and all too short EP by The Burnt Tapes.

The Burnt Tapes have delivered an almost flawless five track EP of muscular gruff punk that will appeal to fans of Nothington, Hot Water Music and Off With Their Heads, and it’s a release that, if there’s any justice, should see their already dedicated fanbase growing. Alterations blends punk rock and post hardcore with their own raw style and the result is an impressive EP that will be amongst the highlights of 2017 come the end of the year. If you’re unfamiliar with The Burnt Tapes then the release of Alterations EP marks the perfect moment to introduce yourself to their raw melodic punk rock charms, you can thank me later.

The Alterations EP can be ordered and streamed via Bandcamp 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

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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

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Patrons Release Music Video For ‘Listen’

Patrons - As Above, So BelowThe Plymouth based post hardcore quartet Patrons have shared their new video for the track Listen that is taken from the critically acclaimed new album, As Above, So Below, which is out now through Rose Coloured Records.

 The Punk Site review of As Above, So Below can be found here

You can purchase and stream As Above, So Below here and order the vinyl here

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At The Drive In Interalia

At The Drive In

in•ter a•li•a

Rise Records

Rating: 4.5/5




At The Drive will release their latest full length, in•ter a•li•a, on the 5th May 2017, this album represents their first release in twelve years and their first album of new material since Relationship Of Command that was released back in 2000, the best part of two decades ago. At The Drive In really don’t need any introduction, but a lot can change in two decades and sometimes a long hiatus between recordings can lead to a significant change in style and attitude in a band, so what does the reappearance of At The Drive In signify?

The new album follows At The Drive In‘s reformation last year, the first, and most obvious, thing that strikes you is that original member Jim Ward has declined to be involved in the reformed band and has been replaced by Sparta‘s Keely Davis, whilst this might worry fans with fond memories of the band, it shouldn’t, as from the first track, No Wolf Like The Present, it’s clear that the years and the line up changes haven’t diminished their aggression or attack in the slightest. From the aforementioned opening track to the closing number, and lead single, from the album, Hostage Stamps, their isn’t a weak link in this impressive eleven track album.

At The Drive In have released a worthy successor to their back catalogue, it contains all the discord and attack you’d expect from a band with this pedigree, but they aren’t just recreating past glories, this is a contemporary album that is by no means a wander down memory lane, crucially in•ter a•li•a is an album that should satisfy new converts and established fans alike. At The Drive In are back and their latest album indicates that they aren’t just in it for the money, their punk influenced post hardcore fury sounds as alive as ever and this is an album that will be amongst the best releases from this year, it’s good to have them back.

At The Drive In‘s website is here and Rise Records web presence is here

in•ter a•li•a can be pre-ordered here


Northbound Flaws


The Flaws In Everything

Animal Style Records

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

Tigerwine Die


Die With Your Tongue Out

Blood And Ink Records

Rating: 3/5




Colorado Spring’s Tigerwine are a band that have taken the sound of progressive post hardcore and melded it with the gloomy low end of new-wave grunge, along with a few metallic influences, to create a hybrid of styles that sets them apart from the majority of the pack of post hardcore bands. The band have now released their debut full-length, Die With Your Tongue Out, which was unleashed yesterday, April 14th 2017, through Blood & Ink Records. Die With Your Tongue Out is now available to order on CD, vinyl, on black and red variants, and digital formats along with an array of bundles 

Die With Your Tongue Out opens with Kiku, an ominous introduction that sounds as though it’s from the soundtrack of a dark spaghetti western, this fades into Spit, a noisy intense blast of metallic post hardcore, a style that is revisited on the blistering 110. The album breaks things down with brooding numbers such as Rainier, Nosebleed and Sign, that maintain their full tilt assault but are possessed by a more sinister undercurrent, there are also moments on Die With Your Tongue Out that offer shelter from the assault, Sharp Elbows Part 2, a scathing attack on religion, brings the intensity down a couple of notches whilst Soot offers a melancholy oasis of calm. The penultimate track, Heritage, returns to the ominous sound of the opening number and the album closes with the atmospheric number, High Roof, that offers an anthemic finale that brings proceedings to an end with an chaotic wall of feedback

On Die With Your Tongue Out it would seem that Tigerwine have delivered a darker slicker take on post hardcore, one that embraces influences from the parallel worlds of metal and alt rock to create a noisy and atmospheric hybrid. What’s most surprising about Tigerwine is that their intense wall of noise is created by only three people, I’ve heard bands and albums that try, and fail, to achieve a sound of this intensity with twice the personnel. Whilst for me it’s gloomy low end style wasn’t exactly the soundtrack I, or my neighbours, were looking for on a sunny Spring morning, but this is an accomplished and intense debut album that will delight fans of the darker angst ridden side of post hardcore and alt rock.

Tigerwine‘s Facebook page can be found here and Blood And Ink Records website is located here

Die With Your Tongue Out can be ordered physically here and digitally here

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

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Patrons Release Debut Album ‘As Above, So Below’

Patrons - As Above, So BelowThe fantastic debut album, As Above, So Below, from Plymouth based quartet Patrons, is out now through Rose Coloured Records. Having picked up gleaming reviews from the music press, the new ten track record of wise and thoughtful post-hardcore is available now on limited edition triple colour splatter vinyl and digitally through all usual retailers.

The Punk Site review of As Above, So Below can be found here

You can purchase and stream As Above, So Below here and order the vinyl here

Patrons - As Above, So Below


As Above, So Below

Rose Coloured Records

Rating: 4/5




Hailing from Plymouth on the south coast of the UK, Patrons are a band who have slowly built their following through a relentless touring schedule and the release of two EP’s, 2014’s self titled debut and 2015’s The Momentary Effects Of Sunlight. At their heart Patrons are a post hardcore band, but they avoid being yet another band in the pack by having a unique take on the genre, one that is a refreshing and original reboot that avoids the formulaic clichés. Patrons new album, As Above, So Below, is due to be released tomorrow, the 31st March 2017 via Rose coloured Records on limited edition splatter vinyl and digital formats.

All the elements you’d recognise from the scene that spawned them are present and correct on As Above, So Below, but they are refined and somehow smoother, yet they are delivered with an intensity and commitment that you can’t help but be impressed by. As Above, So Below is an album that will pass by an instant, and there’s not a track on this impressive debut that will have you reaching to skip a track. There are also a few perfect moments on this album, Shapes In Nature, with it’s delicate verse and earnest chorus, is one that has a perfect balance between the delicate moments and full tilt intensity, whilst he passionate and emotive Listen is a heart wrenching number that, despite being one of the most restrained on the album, maintains the intensity and passion. As Above, So Below ends on a high with two tracks that are the polar opposite of each other, Last Of The Quick Thinkers is an uplifting blast, before the album bows out with it’s atmospheric closer, Dawn.

There’s something about the way Patrons deliver As Above, So Below that reminds me of Lagwagon, whilst they are a very different prospect musically I can’t shake the feeling that this is somehow a post hardcore incarnation of that esteemed band, but maybe that’s just me. Patrons are a band that are hard to pin down, they aren’t just another post hardcore band running with the pack, the elements on the songs blend effortlessly into each other, and the overall impact and diversity of the album makes this the most impressive post hardcore release I’ve heard in a long time

You can pre-order As Above, So Below via Rose Coloured Records here

Patrons website can be found here

Goddamnit Announce US Tour And Reveal New Video

Goddamnit INBOKINBTSPhiladelphia punk veterans Goddamnit have announced their east coast and mid-west tour of the US that begins on April 1st in Pittsburgh. The band have also released a music video for their single, A Steady Diet Of Sugar, the song is taken from the band’s latest album, I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same, that was released on March 3rd on Jump Start Records.

I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same can be ordered here

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Patrons Confirm Release Shows For ‘As Above, So Below’

Patrons - As Above, So BelowPatrons will take to the road this March, in support of their upcoming debut album, As Above, So Below. The dates see the band hit London, Southampton and a hometown show in Plymouth to coincide with the release date on Friday 31st March.

More details of Patrons tour dates and the release of ‘As Above, So Below’ can be found here

As Above, So Below can be pre-ordered here

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Tigerwine Release Video For ‘Spit’

Tigerwine DieTigerwine are a band that meld progressive post-hardcore with the gloomy low-end of new-wave grunge, they are currently readying their debut full-length, Die With Your Tongue Out, which is set for release on April 14th through Blood & Ink. Ahead of the album’s release date the band have released a video for the track Spit.

Die With Your Tongue Out can be pre-ordered here

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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

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One Hidden Frame

Harmful Content

Bird Attack Records

Rating: 3/5




One Hidden Frame were formed in 2002 right next to the Russian border in Lappeenranta, Finland, the band has now been around for over a decade and has undergone numerous line up changes over the years, the current incarnation of One Hidden Frame are now more active than ever and they have developed a heavier more aggressive sound for their latest album. Harmful Content was released a few days ago, on the 17th March 2017, via Bird Attack Records and the album is now available for download, and also on extremely limited edition vinyl.

One Hidden Frame have made a few forays into Europe, including an appearance at Punk Rock Holiday, and now it appears that they are intent on making an impact outside their home turf with the release of Harmful Content. The opening What I’d Rather Say Is… verges on post hardcore before the album kicks into the full on melodic hardcore of From Maidan To Tahrir, from this point on the album veers between the various incarnations that hardcore has spawned over the years in an intense and emotional, if not somewhat familiar, manner.

One Hidden Frame delivers a mix of melancholic 90s skate punk and melodic hardcore, it’s a mix that will definately appeal to fans of the likes of Propagandhi and Pennywise. This is a solid nine tracks of emotive hard edged punk rock that will hit the spot the for fans of the more intense side of post hardcore, and obviously established fans of melodic hardcore. For me there is nothing on Harmful Content that I haven’t heard before, but having said that this is an album that is well delivered and faultlessly produced, and it’s one that should earn them new devotees outside of their native Finland.

Harmful Content can be purchased and streamed here

One Hidden Frame‘s Facebook presence can be found here

Patrons To Release Debut Album ‘As Above, So Below’

Patrons - As Above, So BelowPatrons are a band, born out of long-standing friendships and a love for the unconventional, from Plymouth, UK, the band draw inspiration from personal events, feeding on whatever life throws at them. Musically, the bands influences are ever growing, yet there is a deep-rooted love of the epic scale of song craft by bands like Biffy Clyro, Brand New, Thrice and Reuben. Patrons debut album As Above, So Below will be released via Rose Coloured Records on the 31st March on limited edition splatter vinyl and digital formats.

You can pre-order As Above, So Below here and Patrons website can be found here

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I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be the Same

Jump Start Records

Rating: 3.5/5




I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same is the second full length release from Philadelphia’s Goddamnit, although it must be said that it’s hard to think of this as a sophomore album as Goddamnit are made up of a quartet of veterans of the Philadelphia scene, including former members of One Year Lost, Super Hi Five, Reject, Williams Eve, Buglite and The Vote. I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same is being released today via the fiercely independent Pennsylvanian record label, Jump Start Records.

Opening track Fix Dis gives you an idea of what lies ahead, this is a heartfelt blue collar take on post hardcore, the delivery varies from downbeat tracks such as Letterbox, to the more strident tones of the lead single from the album, Steady Diet Of Sugar, through to the almost punky tones of Blue Jeans. This is an album that manages to avoid settling into it’s comfort zone, it contains all the elements that will doubtless appeal to established fans of post hardcore, but the more aggressive delivery provides a cross genre appeal that will surely bring others into their fold. There’s even a final twist with the mellow acoustic closer, The Message, that provides a fitting end to I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same, and shows another side to Goddamnit.

Goddamnit have delivered an album that contains all the hallmarks of post hardcore, but it’s delivered in a more down to earth style that for me gives it a different appeal, and separates it from the majority of bands ploughing the post hardcore furrow. To me I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same has more of a street punk attitude to it’s delivery, although this is a much more subtle affair despite containing some of the same hallmarks. Goddamnit have delivered an album that brings something different to the overcrowded post hardcore scene, and I’ll always be happy to see something new introduced to what has started to become a formulaic and predictable genre.

I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same can be streamed and purchased here

Tigerwine To Release New LP ‘Die With Your Tongue Out’

Tigerwine DieColorado’s Tigerwine meld progressive post hardcore with the gloomy low end of new wave grunge to create a driving, in your face musical experience unlike any you’ve encountered before. After signing to Blood & Ink Records in the summer of 2015, the band released their debut EP, Lull, introducing listeners to their self reflective breed of raw, guitar heavy alt rock. Tigerwine are currently readying their debut full length, Die With Your Tongue Out, which is set for release on April 14th via Blood & Ink Records. You can stream a new track, Nosebleed, from Die With Your Tongue Out via Impose here

You can pre-order Die With Your Tongue Out here

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Every Stranger Looks Like You Confirm Pre-Orders For Album

ESLLY BSOBEvery Stranger Looks Like You are a three piece post-hardcore band based in Brakel, Belgium, they are set to release their debut full length Bluest Shade Of Black on vinyl through UK DIY label Dog Knights Productions on February 24th. Every Stranger Looks Like You have now shared their new single, Prosopagnosia, the track is a perfect representation of the record’s often uncomfortable and challenging moments, it’s wicked example of how the band play with different emotions and sounds throughout so effortlessly.

Bluest Shade Of Black can be pre-ordered here

Prosopagnosia can be streamed here

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

Im Fine NKB

I'm Fine

Never Knowing Best

Wiretap Records

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

jake clarke spur split 17

Jake Clarke / Spur


Disposition Collective

Rating: 3.5/5




As with almost every split EP and album I’ve encountered this is a story of two very distinct halves, the first half dozen tracks feature the debut solo release by Philadelphia’s Jake Clarke, who is best known for the two albums that were recorded with Superheaven, whilst the flip side features fellow Pennsylvannians Spur, who bring their impressive shoegaze influenced dream punk sound to the split. This album will be released via the Disposition Collective on the 3rd February 2017, the vinyl edition, that will be issued on black and swirl variants, is now available for pre-order, and the digital version of the album will be available from the release date.

Jake Clarke‘s first solo effort continues where Superheaven left off, Get It Together kicks off Jake Clarke‘s half of the split, this track is the closest to his work with his former outfit as it’s a subdued grunge influenced number, after this things a mellower turn, and in the case of Part 2, a spacier more experimental approach is evident. This is Jake Clarke‘s first solo release and he has delivered a stripped down version of Superheaven‘s trademark sound, this is a much more sensitive recording than his fans will be used to, but it’s one that carries the same sensibilities as his former outfit.

Spur bring their indie influenced dream punk and they bring this release to life, there’s a clear influence from a broad range of styles, including shoegaze, emo, post hardcore and the indie scene of the late eighties on their side of the split, and it’s one certainly carries more energy than the subdued half dozen songs from their counterpart on this split. The stand out track on the album comes in the form of the much darker and heavier number, Freeze, along with this you get three breezy energetic indie influenced numbers and they close their side with the dark and dramatic piano led number, Moon.

With any split release you are going to find yourself falling for one half of the EP, for me Spur‘s contribution was one that had more of an appeal, but that’s not to dismiss Jake Clarke‘s contribution, as the two artists featured on this album do compliment each other nicely. Jake Clarke‘s debut solo release gives you an indication of the direction he’ll be headed in when his debut full length is released, and Superheaven fans will not be disappointed by the road he’s headed down. Spur have marked themselves as a band I’m going to be watching closely, the variation across their five tracks indicates they are no one trick indie pony, the contrast between the light energetic upbeat compositions and their darker fuzzier alter ego has certainly piqued my interest.

The Jake Clarke / Spur Split Album is available for pre-order here

Atom Driver - Slackjaw

Atom Driver


Powerbunny 4x4

Rating: 4/5




Atom Driver have released their debut EP, Slackjaw, via the superbly named Powerbunny 4×4 Records, they are a post-hardcore trio hailing from central New Jersey that are something of a local supergroup. The members of Atom Driver are culled from the wreckage of local bands such as Buzzkill, Boss Jim Gettys and Good Clean Fun. Each member has a distinguished pedigree, associated with many different successful local indie rock, punk, and hardcore outfits. Together, this trio has bundled their deep roots and experience in making music to present a sound both new and simultaneously reminiscent of seminal bands from Barkmarket and Bastro to Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu.

Hate Me Now kicks off the Slackjaw EP in fine urgent style, the refrain of “you may hate me now but wait until I nail you to ground” is a driven cathartic battle cry, the EP’s title track manages to carry an even more frenetic pace and delivers another fist pumping chorus. At the mid way point of the Slackjaw EP Knives Out brings the pace down a tad, but it carries such a punishing riff it keeps the intensity and urgency of the EP flowing nicely before Cowboy takes us into an adrenaline charged technical delivery, one that to my ears is reminiscent of Primus on amphetamines, that breaks down into a pummelling chorus. Finally Best Defense closes the impressive debut, and carries on from where the previous quartet of tracks left off, combining all the elements from their previous outfits and influences into a glorious defiant hardcore inspired slice of alt rock.

This is an EP that blends their influences together and delivers them with a hardcore intensity, to say Slackjaw is an impressive debut is an understatement, the opening two tracks, Hate Me Now and Slackjaw, are as good as anything I’ve heard so far this year, and if this five track EP is an initial statement of intent then their debut full length is going to be something to look forward to. Based on this EP Atom Driver are another band to watch closely in 2017, this is a collection of five flawless tracks that hit the spot every time, anyone who has any love of alternative music, from alt rock to hardcore, should investigate the Slackjaw EP as this is a near perfect contemporary hybrid that’s informed by their collective influences and past experiences.

Slackjaw can be streamed and purchased here
Palisades ST



Rise Records

Rating: 2/5




New Jersey sextet Palisades have undergone some upheaval in the line up since their sophomore album was released, they have replaced the original bass player and DJ with new members Brandon Elgar and Graves, the band has released statements to the effect that their latest recruits have given the band a fresh impetus and has led to them recording their definitive album. Palisades latest self titled release follows on from 2013’s Outcasts and 2015’s Mind Games, and boasts eleven new tracks, including Through Hell, the lead single that was premiered prior to the album’s release.

Aggression Kicks off Palisades latest release, it eases you into the album with gentle synths and a melodic vocal delivery, before a burst of aggressive guitars kicks in and reminds you why you’re here, the track alternates throughout between the keyboard led melodic sections and the more ardent guitar delivery. The pattern of the opening track is repeated and varied throughout the album, there are exceptions such as Dark, that remains on the mellower side, but for the main part Palisades come across as a band that have found their winning formula, and they are going to stick with it. As such the album becomes a repetitive exercise of gentle melodic elements interspersed with bombastic overdriven choruses, all the while maintaining an impassioned vocal delivery, all of which is wrapped up in a very commercial poppy production.

This is an incredibly slick album, and one that sounds like it will appeal to those who like their post hardcore and rock with the rough edges surgically removed, this is by no means a bad album but I find it hard to warm to something that is so formulaic and over produced. For all it’s bluster of overdriven guitars and pounding drums this comes across as a very commercial and poppy sounding album, one that I have no doubt will be sell by the bucketload, but for me Palisades is an album that doesn’t bring anything new to the table, and the production and poppy sensibility that coats every second of the album just leaves me cold,

Palisades is due for release on the 20th January and is available for pre-order on all formats here and via iTunes 

Palisades website can be found here

Iris Jupiter Release Stream of Debut Album

iris-jupiterOpen Door Records will be releasing the self titled debut album from Southern California’s Iris Jupiter, the debut full length delivers a collision of down tuned power pop riffs and noisy shoegaze, that is shored up by steady beating pulses of hardcore. Iris Jupiter will be playing an album release show at VLHA, Pomona, CA on the 14th January with I’m Glad It’s You and The Total Bettys.

Iris Jupiter‘s self titled debut album can be pre-ordered here and streamed here

Iris Jupiter‘s website can be found here

Iris Jupiter To Release Debut Album Via Open Door Records

iris-jupiterOpen Door Records have confirmed that they will be releasing the self titled debut album from Southern Californian trio Iris Jupiter, the debut full length promises to deliver a collision of down tuned power pop riffs and noisy shoegaze, that is shored up by steady beating pulses of hardcore. Iris Jupiter will be playing an album release show at VLHA, Pomona, CA on the 14th January with I’m Glad It’s You and The Total Bettys.

Iris Jupiter‘s self titled debut album can be pre-ordered here

Iris Jupiter‘s website can be found here