Best New Music
Lullaby for the End of the World [Digital Single]
Having reformed in a modified version of their earliest, pre-recorded history lineup- Dom Davi on Guitar, Oobliette on keys, Gabe Lindeman on drums, as supplemented by guitarist Andy Pohl and new lead singer Kate Jacobi- Tsunami Bomb have taken measured steps back into the public eye. First it was a show here and there. Then, it was a short tour here, and quick east coast jaunt there. Having established their bonafides, there really was only one thing left to do- actually release some new music.
Through A Wall
Ontario's Single Mothers rarely miss the mark for me. Since I heard "Winter Coats" over five years ago I knew I'd be holding them a very high standard, and it's really amazing to see how they've lived up to expectations every release. Through A Wall dropped as a surprise and what I love most about it is it's so bold in that it goes right back to the sound of old after last year's Our Pleasure seemed to take a more catchy, melodic and dare I say, poppy route.
Off the cuff,
Just a Matter of Time [7-inch]
Just a Matter of Time is the ripping new single from Kansas City street punk stalwarts The Uncouth. It’s not quite as fresh as it should have been, because record pressing nightmares pushed its release date back by months. (We actually premiered the song and accompanying video here at Punknews earlier this year.) I loved their 12 inch EP Jonesy’s War from a couple years back, and have been looking forward to getting my hands on this. I’m happy to report that the KCMO quartet has
Joy as an Act of Resistance.
While Brutalism only came out in March 2017, for IDLES, it was many difficult years in the making. Still, when they announced they’d be following it up before this year’s end, it was easy to see why their fan base was so exited. The Bristol band has such a natural grip on raw punk rock. Brutalism showed that. Joy as an Act of Resistance takes that sentiment and grows it.
IDLES have crafted something special with Joy, an album about combating negativity with a
2016’s Cro-Mags finally found Harley Flanagan rising to the hallowed heights of Age of Quarrel. At long last, we had Harley doing what Harley does best- hard riffs, street knowledge, direct yet poetic lyrics, and just a tinge of classic punk rock swing. So, it’s no surprise he quickly followed that up with the Hard-Core EP, which bears the subtitle Dr. Know as it benefits the Bad Brains guitarist to help him with his recent medical bills.
As hard a
Come Dance on the Blacktop
Nothing are a very intriguing band which I've respected a lot because of the artistic style of mixing and mashing genres. There's a lot worked in, from emo to shoegaze to grunge that gives the melodic, shimmery feel of say, Slowdive, and then the hard-edge of Title Fight. Guilty of Everything four years ago really impressed me but then Tired of Tomorrow felt like a slight step down the ladder (albeit it still rocked). Come Dance on the Blacktop though, it's definitely a r
View From The Bottom
We all have our most anticipated records of the year, but sometimes a band releases an album that is a total surprise to the overall scene. No one saw it coming or knew the band was working on an album. It just comes out of nowhere. This is the case for The Drowns’ debut full-length View From The Bottom. Made up of members of Success, The Shell Corporation, and Coyote Bred, each member of the trio brings different aspects from their respective projects to this record, making it a very uni
Red Dawn [Hot Sauce]
I’m a pretty big fan of hot sauce. Even as I speak I have Frank’s Red Hot, Louisiana, Crystal, Tapatio and good old fashioned Tabasco in my refrigerator. I keep extra packets of Taco Bell Diablo sauce at work in case my lunch is too bland. I always try to order something hot from the menu when I go out to eat. I buy jalapenos in those huge jars from Sam’s Club. I prefer everything I eat to be at least a little spicy, but I’m not afraid to stare down the scorchingly hot stuff either. I’ve got
We Can Pretend Like
Don't ya just love it when two of your favorite musical acts come together to make an even more awesome band? I mean, I'd stop short of calling Ogikubo Station a super-group but really ... what defines 'super'? It's not quantity, it's the quality, right? So by that definition, yeah, this duo (Mike Park and Mixtapes' Maura Weaver) is a super-group just based on the fact that We Can Pretend Like is that friggin' good.
What's I love most is the record is absolutely nothing I expected, and