Best New Music
Pop-punk for grown-ass adults? Hiccup is composed to a trio of long-running punkers and indie-kids- Hallie Bulleit was in The Unloveables and Alex Clute plays in the Chris Gethard House band. So, it suffices to say, while this is a new band, the individual members have been around the block and they are grown-ups now. On Imaginary Enemies, they’re not singing about the cute guy or gal across the street or going to get pizza. But, perhaps paradoxically, they still love the core essence
Dumbed Down is another fantastic album from minor hardcore legend and Cleveland native Tony Erba (9 Shocks Terror, Face Value, Cheap Tragedies). It’s the second LP from the singer’s most recent project Fuck You Pay Me, and it might remind you of a cross between the NYC hardcore of Agnostic Front and the streetpunk/hardcore of Atlanta’s Anti-Heroes. Musically, it’s consistently raging and aggressive. Lyrically, it’s angry, confrontational and not at all politically correct. Of course, t
CJ Ramone is probably in one of the toughest positions among artists in the current punk scene. For his solo career he has taken on the huge responsibility of continuing the legacy of the Ramones. That is not an easy task because with each new release of his he has to do a very careful balancing act of staying true to the Ramones’ original sound, while adding his personal style and influences to it. For his first record Reconquista (which is totally underrated) he stuck pretty close to
You're Not As ___ You Think You Are
If you're familiar with Sorority Noise, then you'll know what a trip Joy, Departed was a couple years ago. It deconstructed vocalist, Cam Boucher's, battle with depression, in detail. It was unflinching, brutally honest and very intimate to say the least. It's not often you get, even the emo-est of bands, to dive into such personal territory with such vulnerability. You're Not As ___ You Think You Are is just as emotionally compelling, and as the name suggests it's up to you to
I've heard a lot of descriptions for Anchors. Skate punk. Angry melodic hardcore punk. The whole nine. The first time I heard them was on Lost at the Bottom of the World back in 2012. I didn't pay much attention though as my focus was on a band from Virginia called This Is Your Life, who was doing the same schtick. Sadly, I let Anchors slip me by. This self-titled EP is bittersweet because as awesome as it is, it reminds me of how it wasn't until around 2014 that I got to truly appreci
Skramz isn't dead, right? If you thought so, then take a step back and listen to Ghost Spirit and these seven songs. And then reconvene with all the naysayers who'll tell you why screamo/skreamz/post-hardcore yelling doesn't have a place anymore on the DIY circuit. As this self-titled will respond, they're wrong. Ghost Spirit is filled with the vibrance, passion and overall emotion that bands like Pianos Become The Teeth and The Saddest Landscape all harnessed. They feel like part of T
Democracy is the Best Revenge [EP]
Punk rock, like many genres of music and styles of art, is at its best when it’s a reaction against a stimulus in the world of creators. Be it emotional strife or political strife, when something moves an artistic mind it tends to result in that same mind creating some of its best work. Enter Dead Bhuttos, a hardcore punk band from Lahore, Pakistan. In Pakistan the Bhotto family is a prominent political family in Pakistan, holding leadership positions in the Pakistan People’s Party since its
It’s clear that this is a case of love at first sight (between the three bands involved, that is.). Crystal Fairy includes Teri Suarez of Le Butcherettes, Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover of the Melvins and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of At the Drive and its obvious all three bands are enamored with each other.
As Buzz mentioned in other interviews, as soon as he saw Suarez open for Jello Biafra, he knew that he wanted to tour with her band Le Butcherettes. And of course, like most quick romance
Although perhaps they are more influenced by the initial wave of hardcore than any other period, Career Suicide’s material has never felt dated or retro. Rather, because the band adheres to the genius simplicity of simple, sharp, aggression, their recordings has always felt more timeless than timely. So, it’s no surprise that their first LP in TEN YEARS, Machine Response clicks in right where 2006’s Attempted Suicide left off.
Tracks like “Distractions” and “Borrowed Time