Best New Music
Corrosion Of Conformity
No Cross No Crown
Thirteen years have passed since Pepper Keenan last made an album with Corrosion Of Conformity. Eighteen years have passed since all four key members collaborated on an album. A whopping twenty four years have passed since COC broke into the mainstream with Deliverance, their lone gold album. By that time, the band had already been around for more than a decade and made a couple of significant style changes. That 90’s version of the band was undeniably the most popular. This reunion al
Drowning in the Sea, Rising with the Sun
There are few things with less artistic merit than ‘best of’ collections. That being said, they can be pretty awesome. A good example is Swingin’ Utters’ Drowning in the Sea, Rising with the Sun. It essentially takes a band that has made a ton of great music and distills it down to 80 minutes. It collects the best songs from across many years and different record labels for our convenience. Since the band really didn’t have any ‘hits’, it focuses on fan favorites. While there’s
Best of 2017
Nick Poyner's Picks
“This year has been a year.”
It’s been a big year for me, personally. All my possessions boarded a truck and travelled across the country, while, I myself boarded an airplane and did the same. Welcome to Los Angeles, me.
The last show I saw in New York was Big Thief. During their last song, Adrianne Lenker’s amp wasn’t working. She ditched her guitar and sang it anyway. Very punk rock. Then I cried with a big group of friends. Also very punk rock.
14 Soda Punx
Back in 1993, Sicko’s frontman Ean Hernandez released the a pop-punk gem in the form of the 13 Soda Punx compilation featuring the likes of Fastbacks, Bum, Cub and a host of other great bands, including his own.
All these years later finds Hernandez once again curating a compilation which seeks to go one further than its predecessor by bringing together fourteen bands from Seattle to document its thriving underground scene.
Although Sicko don’t feature here, Hernan
I can’t claim to be very knowledgeable about Italian punk. In my vast record collection, I believe there is only The Manges and Raw Power. Lucky for me, The Manges are a really great reference point for LATTE . Like their fellow countrymen, this band is straight up Ramones worship. For whatever reason, European bands seem more willing to fully embrace the primitive, early sound of the Ramones. American bands always seem to try to add other elements and screw it up. LATTE does it about as wel
Relatives in Descent
“Dread 2017 – 18” begins the second song on Protomartyr’s new album, Relatives in Descent. Protomatyr have never been the most positive band, but on their new album, they sound completely dejected. Apparently things don’t look to get any better next year either.
Never short on words, vocalist Joe Casey is worried about the future and uses his off kilter poetry to express this. “My Children,” for example, finds Casey singing, “Don’t lean on me, man, cause I ain’t got nothing to g
The Dwarves have never shied away from looking at things from the seedier perspective. The classic “Drugstore “ followed a junkie as he skipped his way to his next fix. It didn’t say “look at how bad this person is for being strung out!” but rather, sough to examine the reason why a guy on a fix likes getting his fixes despite the fact that it consumes his entire life. See this too on “Pimp,” wherein vocalist Blag Dahlia dons a fur jacket, assumes the role of the guys you see one block down f
Tales of Interest
After five years away, The Dopamines return with Tales of Interest. Released, stateside, on Rad Girlfriend Records this return to the scene is truly a southwestern Ohio collaborative effort. While the band has grown as musicians, and added a new second guitarist by the name of Josh Goldman, the past five years had also left my ears hungry for some solid pop-punk. The Dopamines don’t disappoint.
From the start of opener “Kalte Ente” this album takes you back to the 90’s when pop-
Northern California surf punks Decent Criminal are back with their sophomore album Bloom, the follow up to their 2016 self-titled album. This time around the band continues to master their more cooled-off sound, while adding in some seriously powerful tunes in there as well to balance it all out.
The more energetic songs on this record that really stand out are “Deviant” and “Melt.” “Deviant” is where you hear Decent Criminal at their best. Their vocal harmonies are great in this