Best New Music
South Florida’s Gouge Away is hard to pinpoint. Most of the time they’re a hardcore punk band, but they can be post-hardcore, melodic, punk, sludge and everything in between. Think if Code Orange met the punk complexities of Kid Dynamite crossing over into the intensity and political drive of Paint It Black. Needless to say, Gouge Away is a hardcore punk dynamo. Fronted by Christina Stijy, the singer expresses her anger through her energy not only live but also on their debut full-length
If you are to believe their obtuse (and infrequent) dispatches, Toronto’s VCR have already broken up. That’s a shame because the band’s debut album, R.I.P. Sportsboy puts every one of its manic 18 minutes to use. Though, it is somewhat fitting that a band as combustible as this couldn’t even make it through the release of their debut album.
Although VCR could be categorized as ”Synth-punk” due to the prevalent haunted house keyboards that ripple through the album, suc
“I can’t believe this is my life” Anthony Raneri croons in the chorus of “Pretty Vacant.” It’s a defining line that creates the backdrop of the misery that is Bayside’s new album, Vacancy. Much of the album was written up after Raneri’s second marriage ending. Locked away in a hotel room with his guitar, the bare bones of Vacancy came alive.
The album is pretty dark throughout sounding like a mixture of Killing Time and The Walking Wounded. Th
The Bible 2
AJJ successfully made the jump from being a two-piece folk punk act into an actual full band with 2014’s Christmas Island. In that respect (and others) it was very much a transitional record for them. Two years later they have released their follow up album The Bible 2 and the question now is can they keep the momentum that they had with Christmas Island going with this new studio release? The answer to that is absolutely yes.
You can definitely tell with The B
When Moose Blood came out with I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time, it broke some sort of new ground for emo and pop punk. The band had created something fresh out of the influences of bands like Brand New and Taking Back Sunday. With so much anticipation from Moose Blood, the pressure was definitely on for the band’s sophomore album. The band signed to Hopeless Records in April and debuted a poppier song than what fans were used to. Blush is the progressive next step fo
Chewing on Tinfoil
Moving the Goalposts
Everyone’s favourite Dublin punks, Chewing on Tinfoil, have finally released a followup to 2013’s stunning Marrowbone Lane. Moving the Goalposts is the name of the new five-track EP, which is up for free download on their bandcamp page.
The EP starts off with lead single “Charlene” which immediately clear that Moving the Goalposts is building on Marrowbone Lane, with a similar slow-building sound to tracks like “Language” or “Crosshairs”. Whi
Stake My Claim
Big Eyes have transitioned from their usual 'youth in revolt' theme to one that's about growing up. In doing so, they come off much more inspired and self-assured, both lyrically and sound-wise this time around. Our very own super reviewer, Joe Pelone, got me into them a couple years ago and they definitely continue to live up to expectations. A deservedly-hyped NYC item that infuses melodic punk with the lo-fi buzz that all fit the definition of indie gem. Stake My Claim is pretty sel
Death Touches Us, From The Moment We Begin To Love
When it comes to the wave of bands associated with post-hardcore screamo, the likes of Touche Amore, Caravels, The Saddest Landscape and old-school Pianos Become The Teeth usually pop to mind. A few other bands like My Iron Lung, Frameworks and Glasgow's Departures are some on the fringes who really deserve more recognition. Departures' "Those Miles Meant Everything" was the song that really won me over off Teenage Haze in 2012 and I was surprised it didn't garner as much traction. Whe
'Til You're Mine
At first glance I thought Dog Party was all hype and another guilty pleasure. Then I decided to give their last record, Vol. 4 a spin and it was the perfect shot of catchy, upbeat pop-punk that had me craving more. Just like he did with La Sera, John led me to a charmer. 'Til You're Mine finds the two-piece more mature, edgier and aggressive. Feels like they've come of age with attitude for days on end. The restlessness and frustration on tap really work as they do away with the