Chicago’s own pop punk heroes Knuckle Puck have announced the highly anticipated follow up to their 2015 breakthrough debut album, Copacetic. Rise Records will release Shapeshifter on October 13, 2017 and the band are now streaming a new single, Gone, ahead of the release of the new album.
Gone can be streamed via Youtube here
Shapeshifter is available for pre-order via Rise Records here
Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs
Burger Records / Dine Alone Records
Toronto’s Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs are delivering their latest blast of punk influenced power pop with their latest self titled album, a release that follows on from their 2014 debut full length, Gates Of Hell. Their latest release represents a step up in many ways, whether this is due to fact they are now reaching out far beyond their native Canadian borders, or the fact that this is the first time they’ve moved away from the DIY home recordings of their previous releases and into the studio, whatever the reason Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs have produced an ambitious sophomore album that maintains their commitment to remaining true to their roots.
The opening track Talk 2 Her is a slice of power pop that’s close to perfection and just hooks you straight into the album, this is followed by the heavier and distinctly meaner feel of Tough, that seems to hark back to the sound of Thin Lizzy, with all the hooks of that bands classic singles. Voicemail takes things off at another tangent and brings a high tempo new wave influenced number, before we return to another slab of exquisite power pop with Judy, the first half of this eclectic album closes out with Pressure, that brings an intense blast of punk rock into the mix. The second side of the album is mainly taken up with the themed trilogy of Ragnarok, Teenage Release and PhD, that manages to combine all the elements of the first side into an anthemic three partner, and this is topped off perfectly by the album’s closing track, You Don’t Have To Be Nice.
Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs is the sound of a band who clearly love music and are determined to produce music that is influenced by bands and the scenes they love, this self titled sophomore album manages to have snapshots of everyone from The Who to Ruts DC incorporated into their sound without ever sounding like they are derivative, instead Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs come across as a band that wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. This impressive sophomore release appears to have benefitted from the switch to a studio and it feels like a natural evolution from the previous DIY releases. Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs will be released in just a few short days on the 28th July via Burger Records and Dine Alone Records.
Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs self titled album can be pre-ordered digitally here and on physical formats here
Following the disbandment of Sharks, James Mattock, Carl Murrihy and former Computers band mate Aidan Sin began work on new music under the name of The Violent Hearts. The band’s brand new EP contains two new tracks, Porcelain World and Hex On Me, and has been released via Roosevelt Records. The EP represents a perfect mix of power-pop and post-punk infused with the spirit and romanticism of The Only Ones, Buzzcocks and The Chameleons.
The Violent Hearts EP is available for streaming and download via Roosevelt Records here
The Violent Hearts UK tour dates can be viewed below Read More…
I Am The Night And You're The Sunrise
Hidden Home Records
Hidden Home Records is an Idaho based grass roots label with a growing reputation for signing idiosyncratic bands, and it’s an imprint that seems to be on a mission to develop a roster that covers everything from folk punk to hardcore, now Young Planetary have been added to the label’s eclectic roster. The lengthy and ominously titled I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise is the latest release from the Idaho based post hardcore quintet, and their latest EP follows on from their 2016 debut full length, Wilt.
Undone opens I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise in brutal style, encapsulating an approach to post hardcore that goes full circle back to hardcore via punk and grunge influences, Spiderwebs brings the pace down and brings their crushing turn it up to eleven approach to something that in another life could have been an indie or shoegaze number. Daybreak returns to the pulverising approach of the opening track, but it keeps a subtle undertone running along with the distorted riffing and screaming backing vocals but Young Planetary have kept the best for last, Teeth Fall Out boats a hook laden riff before it breaks down into almost haunting vocals and complex beats before the track kicks back in to close the EP in stormy and triumphant style.
Young Planetary are another string to the incredibly diverse bow that Hidden Home Records has armed themselves with, as the title suggests this is a dark and intense affair where everything is louder than everything else, which at times means that some of the complexities of the songs are almost lost in the heavily distorted delivery, almost. I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise picks things up exactly where Wilt left off, making this a logical if not somewhat unsurprising release, but if you have a taste for Young Planetary‘s previous releases, or you have a fondness for the more twisted side of post hardcore then I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise is an EP that should already be on your playlist.
You can pre-order I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise via Hidden Home Records here
STP Records / Potencial Hardcore
Madrid’s Grippers formed just a few years ago and have been steadily building their following in the native Spain, but now they are looking to spread the word beyond their home turf. Grippers released their debut full length, Addiction, via Spain’s Potencial Hardcore in 2016, and now there’s a fresh pressing for the UK market courtesy of STP Records, Grippers will also be playing a few dates in the UK, including a set at the UK’s Rebellion Festival, and it must be said that with their debut full length they have unleashed a full blooded punk rock roar.
From the off it’s clear where Grippers take their cue from, this is the essence of the second wave of British punk and the UK82 scene, with a dash of Rancid thrown in for flavour, that’s been distilled into eleven shots that have now been served up in the UK courtesy of a limited edition pressing via STP Records. Addiction possesses all the relentless attack and aggression you’d expect, the machine gun drums, rasping vocals and distorted guitars are all present and correct and are delivered in a no frills style that is straight out of the DIY handbook. For me their stand out moments are the ones that hark back to old school punk rock, tracks such as Friday Night and Roots are a back to basics reminder of the bands that followed in the wake of the initial punk explosion.
If you were going to be critical then you could argue that there’s nothing new on Addiction, but for those who have a love of the roots of punk and hardcore then Grippers are a band that are well worth checking out. At the time of writing only four copies were left in the STP Records online shop, but for those attending the Rebellion Festival the band will have a further fifty copies of this limited edition release of Addiction, Grippers will be playing the Introducing Stage at Rebellion Festival on Saturday 5th August at 5.00pm and if you’re there then I’ll see you down the front.
You can order Addiction from the STP Records limited edition store here
The vinyl edition of Addiction can be ordered from Spain’s Potencial Hardcore here
Toxic Rock 'N' Roll
Leicester based DIY punk band First Wave have self released their long awaited fourth full length, Toxic Rock ‘N’ Roll, the album follows on from First Wave‘s impressive 2015 release, All Bleed Red, sadly I’m not familiar with the two albums that preceded their latest release, something that I intend to rectify. Toxic Rock ‘N’ Roll continues their commitment to creating incendiary grass roots punk rock that is influenced by the bands that formed the first wave of the UK punk explosion. Toxic Rock ‘N’ Roll was released on the 8th July and the album is now available to order directly from the band’s website.
From the opening track, Ballad Of Billy Red, whose intro offers the only mellow moment on the album, you know that you’re in for some old school punk rock, As with the many of the original punk bands Toxic Rock ‘N’ Roll reflects the world around them, Bataclan Survivors, Gunpoint USA and Refugee all reflect recent events and the political and social upheaval that is currently engulfing the world. The lead single Berlin is an obvious highlight and the album’s title track is a call to arms for the disaffected, whilst Three Chords And The Truth, Eye For An Eye and Last Days Of The Empire embody everything that First Wave stand for. Toxic Rock ‘N’ Roll closes with Stooge, a track that gives a knowing wink to the bands that informed their sound with it’s fist pumping refrain of ‘hey ho let’s go 123’ and acknowledges the past without recycling it.
First Wave are authentic old school UK punk rock, the likes of The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, The Damned, The Adverts and The Ruts can clearly be heard echoing in the compositions, but don’t interpret that as meaning that First Wave are an anachronistic throwback, nothing could be further from the truth. First Wave take their cues from the original punk bands but bring that style and attitude into the modern era, if you want to encounter the original heart and soul of punk in 2017 then you need to catch First Wave as there are very few bands that are producing this style of authentic grass roots punk rock.
Toxic Rock ‘N’ Roll can be ordered directly from First Wave here
Stalybridge Tavern, Manchester, UK
7th July 2017
Tonight’s show brings the unlikely duo of Hands Off Gretel and The Loved And Lost to the Stalybridge Tavern, a venue located on the Eastern outskirts of Greater Manchester that offers the enticement of free music and good beer to bring in the punters, the chance to see a band as impressive as Hands Off Gretel is one that would have seen me attending regardless, but when you add free entrance in a venue that is developing a reputation as being the grass roots home of punk and alternative music on this side of town, then you have an invitation that is too good to turn down, so we travel across Greater Manchester to another grass roots venue that is located on the ragged edge of the county.
The Stalybridge Tavern lies near an abandoned nightclub on the outskirts of Greater Manchester, its an intimate venue that hosts a constant stream of grass roots shows courtesy of Indigo Bravo Promotions, who are the determined flag wavers for the alternative and punk scenes on this side of town. But before we get to see Hands Off Gretel there is Worcester’s The Loved And Lost who are opening tonight’s show. The Loved And Lost bring a distinctly different element to the evening as they are closer to the gothic rock of Evanescence than the predicted punk or alternative support that is usually a feature of an Indigo Bravo promoted show, but I’ve never had an issue with a mix of genres in a show and a diversity of styles always keeps things interesting.
The Loved And Lost start their set off with some dark anthemic alt rock that swiftly gives way to the more full blooded rock of Light Me Up, throughout their set their sound continues to veer across the rock spectrum, all the while maintaining the kind of stadium feel that the best bands of this nature possess. Whilst this isn’t really my kind of thing you can’t help but get the feeling that we’ll be hearing a lot more of The Loved And Lost in the future, throughout their set they engage the crowd and seem to win over much of the audience awaiting Hands Off Gretel and they deliver an accomplished set of atmospheric and melodic rock.
Hands Off Gretel‘s website and online shop is located here
The Punk Site review of Burn The Beauty Queen can be read here
The Loved And Lost‘s website is located here
Indigo Bravo Promotions Facebook page is here
Live photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here
You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images
The Svetlanas stunning new full length, This Is Moscow Not LA, was released via Rad Girlfriend Records in the USA, and the album is now available on CD and vinyl in Europe via Subkultura, as well as being available for download and streaming. The Punk Site review of This Is Moscow Not LA can be read here
This Is Moscow Not LA is available via Bandcamp here and via Spotify here
The CD & vinyl are available via Subkultura here (EU) and Rad Girlfriend Records here (US)
A video for the track Let’s Get Drunk, and Svetlanas EU tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…
Boston punks Energy
have released their brand new EP, Under The Mask
, today through Shadowland Productions
, the new record features six tracks of signature Energy
punk rock that combines the sombre, melancholy melodies and introspective lyrics with infectiously poppy hooks to create a record that will demand repeat listens. Energy
will be on tour in the UK from the 29th July with support from Miss Vincent.
The Punk Site
review of Under The Mask
can be read here
Under The Mask
can be pre-ordered and streamed here
Energy‘s UK tour dates can be viewed below
Sacramento based expressive quartet VVomen will self release their debut EP, Moving On, in a few days time on July 21st. The six songs contained on the EP are a post hardcore influenced blast of discordant punk rock, but leave any expectations that description generated at the door as this not in any way, shape or form like any post hardcore or punk release I’ve been sent this year. Moving On is an eclectic mix of styles that is built on a identifiable foundation, but after this VVomen have built something that is strange and unique, and not exactly stable.
Catching Flies is a raw uncompromising discordant blast of post hardcore that is delivered with a hardcore attitude, which is followed by Cadence And Carousel that exemplifies the mix of contrasting styles and only goes onto cement the impression that VVomen are heading out into unexplored territory. The narrative style of Blueprint, that is underpinned by chiming guitar riffs, brings another element to the EP, Bad Grammar introduces elements of gruff punk before the math rock fuelled Lessons In Humility adds to the confusion until finally Crutch And A Stoma, which is about as close as you get to a coherent straight up punk track, brings things to a close.
This is post hardcore, but not as we know it, it carries the intense and raw delivery from the extreme end of punk rock, but it’s carried on a backbone of stripped down post hardcore that makes VVomen a band that’s impossible to pin down. At times Moving On is a challenging listen, and others it’s downright difficult, the mix of discordant styles keeps you guessing and VVomen never settle into a rut, comfortable or otherwise. An EP of this nature is never going to be a crowd pleaser, but what Moving On is is a unique amalgamation of punk styles, and that’s not something I get to say very often.
Moving On can be pre-ordered here
Bad Mary are a punk rock band that are all about being loud and having fun and they want you to join them in creating the Glitter Bomb EP, a little escape from any crap going on out there in the world, or anything that’s got you down or stressed. Things might look a little different for this campaign, Bad Mary are not using the usual crowdfunding sites, this means that none of the money you donate will get skimmed off the top, it also means you can choose as many rewards as you want, mix and match or get one for a friend!
The Glitter Bomb crowdfunding campaign can be found here
A video about Bad Mary‘s Glitter Bomb campaign can be viewed below Read More…
Under The Mask
Boston’s Energy will be releasing the Under The Mask EP on the 21st July ahead of their headlining UK tour that kicks of in Manchester on the 29th July, their latest release follows on from last years Apparition Sound album and their new material proves that even after over a decade together they are still moving forwards. The new record features five tracks of signature Energy punk rock that intertwines the sombre melancholy melodies, introspective lyrics and infectiously poppy hooks, creating a record that will demand, and deserves, repeat listens.
Under The Mask begins in ominous style with the creepy introduction to the lead single from the EP, The Witching Hour, before it launches into the finest slab of horror punk you’ll hear this year, the superb opening track is followed by the comparatively downbeat title track that keeps the eerie mood going, The Shape Retreats forms a brief atmospheric bridge before Under The Mask kicks straight back into life with A Prayer For Rain that brings a more straight up melodic punk element into the mix. I Killed Your Boyfriend veers into Masked Intruder‘s criminal territory, so much so that we now have another suspect for that band’s identity, and finally Leave Me Alone ends what has been a near perfect EP in fine style.
The Under The Mask EP represents a perfect blend of the styles of The Misfits, Masked Intruder and AFI that’s delivered in an accessible and perfect five track package that is amongst the very best releases I’ve encountered in 2017, the mix of pop and horror punk is perfectly pitched, settling in neither camp yet embracing both, and delivered in Energy‘s own unique style. Based on the Under The Mask EP, and their debut UK appearance on the Creeper tour that I encountered earlier this year, I can’t wait to catch Energy live again, happily I don’t have long to wait and a live review of their forthcoming UK tour will follow on The Punk Site shortly.
Energy‘s website is located here and their Bandcamp is here
Idaho’s post hardcore punk quintet, Young Planetary, released their latest EP, I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise, via Hidden Home Records at the end of last month. The EP is now available on CD and digital formats as well as being available for streaming and download via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and most major digital platforms.
Young Planetary‘s Facebook page can be found here
You can stream and purchase I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise here
88 Fingers Louie hit the UK in two weeks time in support of the new album, Thank You For Being A Friend, that is out now via Bird Attack Records. The Chicago based skate punk legends, in their first trip to the UK since 1999, will visit Southampton, Birmingham, London, Rebellion Festival in Blackpool and Norwich.
You can order Thank You For Being A Friend here
You can view the video for Advice Column, and 88 Fingers Louie‘s tour dates, below Read More…
Brooklyn’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
Everything is falling into place for Milk Teeth ahead of the July 28th release of their new EP and Roadrunner Records debut, Be Nice. Now Milk Teeth further build anticipation for the EP by sharing the video for the track Prism that combines unsettling and colourful imagery with an energised performance, the video neatly complements the track’s punchy mix of attitude, melody and aggression.
The Be Nice EP can be pre-ordered here
The video for Prism, and Milk Teeth‘s UK tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…
San Francisco’s Culture Abuse recently signed to Epitaph Records and have now shared a video for their summer anthem, So Busted. Culture Abuse released their debut album in late 2016, Peach is an eclectic album that sees the band lean full tilt into garage punk, throwing keyboards and even the occasional string arrangement on top of their distorted attack. With their music and fun-first approach, Culture Abuse just wants to spread their message of being free, enjoying life and sharing love.
The Punk Site review of Peach can be read here
You can view the video for So Busted, and Culture Abuse‘s UK tour dates, below Read More…
This Is Moscow Not LA
Rad Girlfriend Records / Subkultura Records
Svetlanas have developed a reputation for being the most dangerous band in the world, and with good reason, they are considered enemies of the state in their native Russia, a status that has resulted in their exile in Milan, and anyone who has witnessed their confrontational live performances will testify that their reputation is more than deserved, now as they limber up for a fresh aural assault on the festival circuit Svetlanas have released their latest full length, This Is Moscow Not LA. There is also an added ingredient thrown into the mix as Svetlanas line up has now been bolstered by the inclusion of Nick Oliveri, a man who has his own hellraising reputation, and this should result in a match made in heaven… or hell, depending on your viewpoint.
This Is Moscow Not LA kicks off with an introduction to Putin On Da Hitz that is The Munsters by way of the of The Misfits, after this things kick spectacularly into life and from this point onwards you’d best buckle up. There are no brakes on This Is Moscow Not LA and for me this is an album that is the definition of defiant, hedonistic and destructive hardcore infused punk rock that proves that there is no one else out there quite like Svetlanas. Tell Me Why channels and amplifies the Dwarves, this is followed by Let’s Get Drunk and Vodka ‘N Roll that are a pair of full tilt tributes to the joy of getting trashed, throughout the album there are perfect moments of hyperactive punk rock in the form of Lose Control, Negative Approach and Put Your Middle Fingers Up. There is a tribute to the godfather of rock ‘n roll excess in the form of Speed Freak, a frantic rendition of Motorhead‘s ode to amphetamines that sounds as if it’s played on an overdose and Where Is My Borscht and People Suck are an intense closing duo that prove that all is not quiet on the Eastern front.
Sometimes you hear an album that just makes you want to attack your booze supply with self destructive abandon, and this is one of those albums, few bands manage to deliver this kind of full tilt fuck you, and fewer still can deliver it live with any sense of authenticity. Svetlanas have always had a reputation as a band that should be experienced live, but now they’ve delivered an album the bottles the essence of what makes them such a compelling live act. For me this sounds like the album Svetlanas were born to make, and come this years Rebellion Festival I will be down the front for Svetlanas set on Friday 4th August.
This Is Moscow Not LA
should be ordered here
and you need to stream it via Spotify here
website can be found here
Punk legends The Damned have announced a UK tour in support of their forthcoming new album, their first in a decade, always the most entertaining of the original punk bands The Damned have gained a reputation as a band who always deliver an accomplished live set. The Damned continue to wave the flag for originality, stick two fingers up to mediocrity and celebrate a DIY punk ethos in the face of plastic entertainment and scripted reality.
You can still sign up to the Pledge Music campaign for The Damned‘s new album here
Tickets for the Evil Spirits Tour can be purchased here and the tour dates can be viewed below Read More…
Tunic, one of Canada’s noisiest new punk bands, will self-release their latest EP, Boss, on July 21st, a corrosive and volatile record that takes the best moments of Metz and The Jesus Lizard and works them into their own artistic brilliance. Loud, aggressive and often punishing, the Winnipeg trio thrive on chaos, feedback, and manic bursts of slurred shouting, Boss is deliberately primal, a sludgy blend of abrasive bellows, caterwauling guitars, and massive rhythms that pummel with a hypnotic fury
You can pre-order Boss here and stream the EP here
Tunic‘s tour dates can be viewed below Read More…
The Homeless Gospel Choir have just released a lyric video for Everyone, a new track that is taken from their new album The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal. Everyone flows seamlessly between biting condemnations on police brutality and tongue in cheek political satire and manages to be both entertaining and fiercely relevant, The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal is set to be released on August 18th via A-F Records.
The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal can be pre-ordered via A-F Records here
The video For Everyone can be viewed below Read More…
SONS fuse face melting noise and relentless attitude, with influences spanning from Slaves, Blood Red Shoes and No Age to Death From Above 1979 and Lighting Bolt, the Brighton duo take the timeless power duo dynamic and throw away the rulebook, adding an amount of sheer velocity, energy and volume to an already towering sound. The hard hitting Brighton two piece have now unveiled the video for their new single, Zealot, that is due for release on the 25th August via Till Deaf Do Us Party Records with the single available now via Spotify.
The Zealot bundle can be pre-ordered here and the single can be streamed via Spotify here
The video for Zealot, and Sons UK tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…
Worcester based punk rock quartet Fights And Fires have released their new album, Live Life Like A Tourist, through Lockjaw Records today, the 14th July 2017. The new record features eight tracks of melodic hardcore infused punk rock and is now available on vinyl, CD and digital formats through all usual online platforms.
You can stream and purchase Live Life Like A Tourist via Bandcamp here
Fights And Fires tour dates can be viewed below Read More…
No Trigger have been around since the year 2000, pumping out melodic punk and hardcore songs slowly but surely every four or five years, five long years have now passed since their last LP, Tycoon, and now No Trigger have just recorded Adult Braces, a brand new four track EP. The band will be releasing the EP digitally on July 28th and physically on August 11th via Bird Attack Records. No Trigger will be touring Europe in August of 2017, playing some regional East Coast US shows in the fall of 2017, and will also be appearing live at The Fest in Florida in October.
You can check out the video for Dogs On Acid, and No Trigger‘s tour dates, below Read More…
Audible Joes hail from Cork in the Republic of Ireland in 2010, they released their debut album, Medicine For Modern Living, in 2015 and they will be self releasing their sophomore album, Irrational Anthems, tomorrow, the 14th July 2017. If you’re expecting the more familiar tones of what has become known as Celtic punk rock then you’re in for a shock, this is a million miles away from Dropkick Murphys or The Mahones, Audible Joes serve up bare knuckle punk rock that has more in common with the likes of Bad Religion, The Flatliners, Anti-Flag and Rancid than it does with the punk bands traditionally associated with the Emerald Isle.
Irrational Anthems opens up with all guns blazing on the brutal title track and the album does not relent until the final track, Until I Die, which is the only moment of respite from the full tilt assault. Irrational Anthems has that raw passion that marks out great punk albums, every track hits the mark, but there are moments that border on perfection, tracks like Born Again Cynic, Speaker Submission and Majority Rule demonstrate just how far Audible Joes have come in the two years since their debut album was released. The album is reminiscent of the aforementioned bands that have carved their names in the US punk and melodic hardcore scenes, but Audible Joes have added their own unique passion and grit to make this an album to treasure, and it marks them out as a band who deserve, and need, to be heard by a wider audience.
Where Medicine For Modern Living felt like a blunt object, Irrational Anthems feels like those oblique edges have been sharpened to switchblade precision, the whole album feels more focused but crucially they have achieved this without losing any of the raw aggression that was present of their debut album. For those who like their punk rock to not pull it’s punches then Irrational Anthems is an album you need to add to your collection or playlist. This is the sound of punk protest delivered with an urgent and defiant spirit that makes this easily their best release to date, and it’s one that I’m confident will be amongst my favourite releases from 2017.
Irrational Anthems will be released on July 14th and will be available via all major digital retailers and streaming services.
Medicine For Modern Living is available as a name your price download here
Boston’s Rebuilder have announced a September 1st release date for their upcoming EP, Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike, that is due out via Panic State Records. The band who are two time nominees for a Boston Music Award for Punk Artist of the Year have also announced a summer tour, with fellow Boston punks Choke Up, which kicks off August 8 in Pittsburgh and winds down with a hometown show at Boston’s Great Scott on September 2nd.
You can stream the track Mile Or An Inch via New Noise Magazine here
You can pre-order Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike here
The Svetlanas have been called “the most dangerous band in the world” thanks to their super intense live performances at such international festivals as Vans Warped Tour, South By Southwest and Rebellion Festival, and they are one of the acts featured in The Punk Site‘s recommendations for the 2017 Rebellion Festival. The Italian based Russian thrashcore outfit’s latest release, This Is Moscow Not LA, has just been released via Rad Girlfriend Records and Subkultura Records.
This Is Moscow Not LA is available via Bandcamp here and via Spotify here
A video for the track Let’s Get Drunk, and Svetlanas EU tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…
Grief Intensity Friendship
My Fingers! My Brains! Records
Grief Intensity Friendship is the fourth album from Canada’s Jesse Lebourdais, this latest release is born out of the pain of grief and loss and simultaneously bound by the strength of friendship, despite the album being informed by the loss of a close friend this is not an album that’s prone to instrospection and darkness, it’s a release that focuses on looking forward to things to come whilst remembering those we have lost, and speaking as someone who has experienced far too much personal loss this year I can testify that for me this is the only healthy way to deal with grief. Grief Intensity Friendship will be released digitally via Bandcamp, and all major digital platforms, on the 1tth July with the release of physical formats to follow over the summer months.
Gaines kicks things off in an electrified folk punk style that sets the tone for the album perfectly, from here on in this is a deeply personal recording that despite acting as a form a personal catharthis is an album that refuses to get mired in the darkness that can follow, rather it retains energy and a sense of euphoria that comes across as a triumphant life affirming album. There are numerous highlights across the twelve tracks but for me Quite Distant is the perfect moment on Grief Intensity Friendship, this track summarises the album’s attitude in a shade over four near perfect minutes. Jesse LeBourdais has acknowledged pain and heartache but chooses to focus on the joy and good times that life brings us, and there are few albums that carry as positive a message as Grief Intensity Friendship manages, and that it something to be treasured.
If you’re looking to place the sound of the album I would imagine that if you created a hybrid of The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me! and early Cobra Skulls then you wouldn’t be far from the mark, Grief Intensity Friendship embraces heartland rock’s soul and melds it with punk rock energy and the spirit of rebel country to create something that is genuinely moving and energising. The other factor that really makes this album stand out is the nature of it’s recording, recorded live and using old school analogue technology there is a warmth to the recording that is sadly missing from many albums that employ the more clinical digital approach. This is easily Jesse LeBourdain‘s finest release to date, and it’s an album that I know will be amongst my favourite releases of the year when I come to look back at 2017.
Jesse LeBourdais‘s Bandcamp can be found here and his website is located here
Leicester based DIY punk band First Wave self released their long awaited sophomore album, Toxic Rock ‘n’ Roll, on the 8th July and the album is now available to order directly from the band’s website. Toxic Rock ‘N’ Roll follows on from First Wave‘s impressive debut album, All Bleed Red, and continues their commitment to creating incendiary punk rock that is influenced by the bands that formed the first wave of the UK punk explosion.
Toxic Rock ‘N’ Roll can be ordered directly from First Wave here
You can view the video for the lead single from the album, Berlin, below Read More…
London 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
Hello Casanova have released their second official single, I Am A Machine, the Northern Irish quartet create catchy songs with massive amounts of energy and an anthemic twist. They write sweet and catchy pop punk songs about the world they’re living in that focus on heart, drive and passion for the pop punk genre, with every song conveying meaning drawn from their own real life experiences and issues. The single is a 2 minute 11 second powerhouse anthem that hits you in the chest and traps you within the song with its crunching opening baseline, dark lyrical themes and roaring guitars and poignant drums.
You can view the video for I Am A Machine , and Hello Casanova‘s tour dates, below Read More…