Best New Music
Suburban Delinquents’ story started out like so many other bands. They were four kids who got together to make some punk noise in the mid ‘90s. They played a bunch of shows, made a couple albums, and developed a pretty good local following. Then they started to grow up and went their separate ways. Years later they all found themselves back in metro Detroit, and started playing again. If that’s where things had ended, it would have already been a pretty good story.
It turns out that wa
Humungousfungusamongus [Millennium Edition]
Despite my love of the first Adrenalin O.D. full length, The Wacky Hi-Jinks of Adrenalin O.D. (1984), I somehow never got around to digging into its follow up Humungousfungusamongus (1986). In this case, it was definitely better late than never. As they did with Wacky Hi-Jinks, Beer City Skateboards and Records have reissued Humungous in a definitive, Millennium Edition. It shares its two main traits with Wacky Hi-Jinks: it’s fast as hell and funny as hell.
you'll be fine
When Hot Mulligan dropped Pilot in 2018, I knew No Sleep Records had another gem on its hand, albeit one that would require some refining. And it's really great to hear rough edges have been smoothened out and what was a little too polished has been dirtied up because you'll be fine is pretty much the direction I hoped the band would take, elevating their brand of pop punk to a bit more ragged indie.
The sonic signature of old is there that pays tribute to bands like
I Am Not a Dog on a Chain
One of the main reasons that Morrissey has sustained over the decades is that he refuses to be what the public wants him to be. Whereas many of his most hardcore fans would prefer that he just crank out lovelorn sad-jams like “Everyday is like Sunday” and “Suedehead,” he then turns around and writes songs about how much he hates cops (“ganglord”) or how much he loves it when matadors get their intestines torn out (“the bullfighter dies.”) Whereas many other artists would give the fans wha
The Fallen Crimson
Anytime someone asks me about Envy, I usually point them to the split they did with Thursday a few years ago, and just await the "Holy fuck!" reaction. And 100% of the time, it happens. The Japanese band blends screamo, skramz, post-hardcore, post-rock and bits of hardcore like no one around, and to make it even better, after a major lineup shift, original singer Tetsuya Fukagawa is back to help create a wall of sound unlike anything out there. And while I loved Atheist's Cornea is a work
Death in Venice Beach
Since I first heard the early EPs by The Bombpops I’ve had one common refrain about them: they’re good, but they’re nowhere near where they’re going to be. There’s so much potential in this band that’s clearly yet to be realized, with their first LP, Fear of Missing Out, being more of a demonstration of untapped potential than anything else. Their pop-punk style gave us some raging guitar riffs but underwhelming pop hooks and shallow but clever lyrics celebrating the band’s debaucherou
Ricky Frankel reviewed PEARS first two LPs for Punknews, as well as their Letters to Memaw 7-inch, each time giving them 4 ½ or 5 stars and calling them “unique,” “refreshing,” and the word “revolutionary” was even floated around. And I wholeheartedly agree with him. I personally think that Go To Prison is the 2010s answer to Shape of Punk to Come or London Calling in that it’s a game changing album that breaks punk out of a rut to breathe life back into it and dem
Since their debut came out in 2013, Bambara have made several changes to their sound. Whereas Dreamviolence was heavily influenced by noise rock and featured mechanical noise, walls of guitar feedback, and a very lo-fi feel; their subsequent albums have seen a transition to what could be described as Southern Gothic Post-Punk Blues. Their latest album, Stray, is testament to how perfectly this style fits them as a band.
With a sound that recal
High Fidelity (TV Series)
The 2000 film, High Fidelity, has definitely been on my all time top five desert island movies list ever since it first came out when I was in high school. Besides being a hilarious movie with a great cast and easily my favorite performance that Jack Black has ever given (particularly in his rendition of “Let’s Get It On” at the end), I loved seeing a movie about music and pop-culture nerds who were as obsessed as I was. To this day I can’t watch the movie without yelling back at the s