No time to chat it up! Let’s go!
First, from a couple weeks ago, you NEED to listen to Drug Church’s new EP Swell. It’s – ahem – swollen with sweet riffs and wallowing in misery. It’s a very well put together record, while the lyrics are of someone not put together whatsoever. “Work-Shy” and “Zero Zero” are two gut-punching favorites.
Keep reading below:
Electricity and an internet connection remain for the time being, so it seems like a good time to dispatch some of the new music we’ve got today…
What a treat, particularly for those of you in New England who will otherwise be busy getting inebriated under several feet of snow for the next few days. Now you can pretend you are doing the exact same thing on a sad, dreamy surfer beach instead.
In all seriousness, this record is everything we could have hoped for and more. Stay tuned for a stupidly glowing review.
Hop on over to NPR to stream Hyperview in its entirety ya dope! And scavenge one of the few remaining record bundles here.
by Andrew Parker
(released 1/20/15 on Collect/Terrible)
It’s a rare and lovely thing when a band’s debut album instantly feels like a punk classic.
I have not minced words. Should that have been a little more subtle and understated? Probably. But it also would have felt criminal to do that. So now that you know how I feel, I’m going to get into just why Suburban Myth is such a huge record.
The thing about the internet is, I don’t need to go door to door or shout on a street corner to tell you. Drug Church has a new video for the first song “But Does It Work?” from their upcoming record Swell. Behold:
It’s yet another “variation on a theme” we’ve seen a great deal from the band: unfiltered pessimism. On many of the songs on their excellent debut album, Paul Walker, vocalist Patrick Kindlon shouted about this in one way or another (“entropy’s the natural state of things;” “everything went tits up;” “crush ambition, collect and burn the pieces”).
The talk-singing Kindlon has employed in Self Defense Family the last few years creeps in on this song, giving it a feel of both freshness and resignation. No subject is immune from the accusation of ‘not working:’ the mundane tasks of everyday life, the idea of bettering oneself, democracy, relationships (hilariously, lesbianism is the only potential exception).
I’m inclined to agree, but for now, this song is working pretty well for me.
Swell is due out in 2015 on No Sleep Records.
And now for a glimpse of the future. The new Title Fight album, Hyperview, will be released on February 3rd of next year. Will Yip, a fixture of Title Fight’s production and a fellow Pennsylvania native, returned to produce this album. He has worked with the likes of Circa Survive, Pity Sex, and La Dispute in the past.
Check below for the new album artwork and video:
This is happening! The new Screaming Females record Rose Mountain will be released February 24, 2015 on Don Giovanni Records. A new track, “Ripe,” comes to us as well. This song is reminiscent of the catchy, unhinged shredding on songs like “A New Kid” from the Castle Talk period. Now excuse me while I throw myself through some drywall out of pure joy.
Listen to the new song below:
by Andrew Parker
Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before, but it won’t do you any good. It’s out of my hands. Like a resentful young runaway to its parent, my Top 10 list has fled the nest and now ekes out a meager existence of its own in the cold, windy byways of the internet. If you cross paths with it, give it a read, and maybe some money for the bus.
(I’ve attempted to avoid redundancy with the other writers as best as possible, but a few we just unavoidably agree upon. Therefore, I give shouts to PUP, Hostage Calm (RIP), and The Menzingers for their efforts this year. Further honorable mention to Angel Du$t and 10,000 Blades, oh my god.)
by Andrew Parker
(illustration: Don Kenn)
So your friends blew you off for another party. You’ve already burned through your horror movie marathon list twice. You can’t tell if the costume you bought this year was the ‘Sexy’ version or the ‘Sad’ one. Oh, what to do?
If you’re going to gorge on processed sugar alone, burn some of it off by rocking out to a few of these classics on your turntable of terror. At the very least, if trick-or-treaters bother you, these records will warn the little bastards/overly enthusiastic adults they strayed onto the wrong porch.
The babeliest babes.
*UPDATE: The collective speculation was right! Sleater-Kinney will have a new album called No Cities to Love, complemented by a North American/European tour.*
Folks who ordered the Start Together boxset containing the complete remastered discography of Northwest rioteers Sleater-Kinney seem to have received a little bonus. A 7″ record simply labelled ‘1/20/15’ and bearing a new song by the group is an auspicious sign for fans who have waited nigh-on 10 years since The Woods for a new album.