Best New Music
Constructs of the State
Well after much speculation and rumors here it is. We’ve been waiting for over ten years and it has finally arrived – Leftover Crack Volume III: Constructs of the State. Not only is it the band’s first full-length in over a decade, but it’s the first full-length on Fat Wreck Chords and the first full-length without original member Ezra Kire.
A lot was at risk with this record. After such a long time without writing new material, would it hold up with the classic Medio
Crazy and the Brains
Brain Feeze [EP]
Crazy and the Brains are now operating at full power. Since their debut, the band has combined a classic punk edge, garage rock energy, Beach Boy harmony, and a xylophone. But, with each subsequent release, the band has trimmed off the fat, beefed up their core strengths, and sped up the pace. The Brain Freeze single finds the band using their core strengths to excel at what they do best.
The title track opens with a surf guitar riffing while the famed xylophone comes crashing do
Proud to Be [Reissue]
The most striking thing about DFL’s second album, Proud to Be is just how genuine it sounds. Originally released in 1995, following in the wake of the surprise(?) commercial success of Green Day, the album swims against pretty much all the other punk trends of the time. Green Day established that a punk band could make money and that to do so, all you really had to do was adhere to the core tenants of radio airplay and voila!
So, what did DFL do with Proud to B
FOD / Dead Milkmen
Split 7-inchers aren't more apropos than this. Both staples of the early Philly punk scene, FOD (aka Flag of Democracy) and the Dead Milkmen were forever intertwined when the Milkmen’s Rodney anonymous name checked FOD on 1985’s “Nutrition.” While the shout-out was likely an off-hand reference, that one line would serve as a sort of platform to compare how a punk band could grow and develop.
While the Milkmen would grow towards more reflective and college rock music, FOD stayed
Back To The Drawing Room
Have you wondered what kind of punk rock a pirate would listen to? Neither have I. But I imagine Smokey Bastard’s new album Back To The Drawing Room is something that would come pretty close -- and it's great.
The band has taken folk music and fused it together with some classic aggressive punk rock. In songs like “Archipelago” and “Screens” the instruments that are usually associated with folk punk such as banjo, mandolin, and accordion play very fast leads, while blar
Tiny Dots [Documentary]
It's so odd seeing the love for La Dispute die down here at the 'org, which initially is what drove me to them. I guess I caught "The Wave" late and people moved on with life. Then again, maybe they ran their course. To me though, La Dispute maintains something that few bands still do. Something real and something that as cheesy as it gets at times, well...it belongs in music. Tiny Dots is a fitting name for this documentary as it connects and catalogs all the intricate steps the band
6131 Records has been home to many punk bands. Joyce Manor, Touché Amoré and Rotting Out have all called the label home. However, its most recent output is Sprained Ankle, a beautifully simple debut from a twenty-year-old singer-songwriter.
The pairing of 6131 and Julien Baker is not surprising though. While her music may deviate from the label norm, it is clear Baker and many of 6131’s other bands grew up on the same emotionally charged rock. Emo is “cool” again b
Some of the best bands are the ones you can hear their influences throughout but yet they don’t allow it to overpower their own crafted sound. With so many bands emerging these days, this quality is hard to come by. Histories has the melodies of The Weakerthans, the pop drive of Motion City Soundtrack, and the gritty pop punk sounds of bands like Modern Baseball and Dikembe. Each song on their newest release, Victor Lu is pop rock infused with melodies and soft verses surrounded by mult
On their latest release, a 7-inch single titled Both//Neither, Cutters make some big artist leaps. While their previous release, We Are The Quarry, found them playing fairly run of the mill orgcore, they've grown their sound with this single and it does wonders. The first song on this three-song single is "List of People Buried at Arlington National Cemetery," and is more reminiscent of Lonesome Crowded West-era Modest Mouse than anything else in their catalog. Lead voc