The new album from one of the most interesting post hard core bands I’ve ever heard came out April 24th. Honestly I knew nothing about this band before today. I was in a different place musically when they came out and wrote em of as some Warped Tour scene band. I gave em a chance today with this album and I was hooked from the first song. I love progressive hard core to begin with. This album sounds like they took the best parts of post 2002 Propagandhi, Thursday, Circa Survive Fall Out Boy, Dillenger Escape Plan and put all of it into a singular band. I’ve always been a fan of the clean and screamed vocals in post hard core but I’m blown away by the juxtaposition of the pop sensibility of their clean vocals versus the heavy scream. All of this gives them their own unique sound. I really can’t compare them wholly to anything, but it’s just fuckin good. So crank this and give it a listen. Maybe you’ll dig it as much as I do, maybe you won’t. But at least you’ll have taken a chance on expanding your musical palate.
– C Fish
Days N Daze are back with another monolith of acoustic introspection. And this one drops on Fat Wreck! They made the punk rock big time and I’m happy for em. When I first heard the single Libriyum the notably better production threw me a bit. But now I love it. Being able to actually hear how good Jesse and Whitney’s voices really are is fucking awesome! Yet again they have stretched and improved their songwriting to give us another soundtrack to turning the blacklight on our own fractured psyches. So make sure your blasting this album up to 11 while you’re identifying your own demons and screaming at em to fuck off. Then dig in your couch cushions and steal your neighbors’ recycle to save up and catch a show whenever we can have shows again and these guys tour because it’s an awesome live show! Check links below to get a hold of this record cause it’s a hot one!
– C Fish
Days N Daze – Show Me The Blueprints. BUNDLE
The new one from Homeless Gospel Choir dropped today! This Land Is Your Landfill, and it’s a great fuckin record. Well, I’m streaming it but ya know what I mean. The best way for me to describe their sound is sadness with hope. Like when ya feel depressed but you’re gonna fight like hell with pure hope against it. And what a time for an album like this to come out. When we need every bit hope we can gwt in the present dystopia. The stand out tracks on this for me are Don’t Compare which is a protest song against getting trapped in the vicious cycle of comparing yourself to whatever bull shit you see in your social media feed. The other one is Art Punk whoch sounds like a protest against the sadness us introverted punks tend to cary with us into adulthood. I met this band through punk rock and while it didn’t die on the cross for us, it sure as shit saved our lives. Every track on this is a protest song because there’s always a fight that’s worth it. This album shows that the most important protest is against our own baggage. So find and crank this loud. Shout in protest against your isolation and insecurities. I promise every doubt is bull shit and screaming this record with your own voice is all the proof you need.
As a Cali kid who grew up on Anarcho and goth I was fuckin stoked to come across this! My first impression is Christian Death meets The Mob. Davey Bales even sounds like a deeper Rozz between the emotion and cadence. For those who maybe thought Anarcho and Death Rock were dead, you’re thankfully wrong. I’m talkin about the Wraith’s full length album Gloom Ballet. The sound and songwriting on this album are mind blowing. This is the soundtrack for masking up in all black and fighting the system or avoiding society altogether. They paint a soundscape of bleak perfection. So buy and/or stream this shit loud. Perhaps you can attract and train a murder of ominous crows to your beckoning call.
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The first new album in 15 years from ska punk powerhouse Suicide Machines dropped on Friday! It’s really fuckin good! Been stoked on the single Awkward Always which is a solid ska track takin me back to the 90’s. Yet again these guys are one of the bands who most remind me of Op Ivy because it’s ska punk with a message. There’s a few straight punk (not ska at all) tracks that are fuckin gnarly. My stand out track is Babylon of Ours, just a message and organ driven ska banger. I can’t wait till there’s a record store open to buy a copy. Note to future readers: March through April 2020 we’re on lockdown for a pandemic but at least there’s great music to soundtrack the real time societal collapse. So stream this shit loud and hopefully we all make it till we can see em tour
– C Fish
RVA hard core band Ghouli just sent their lates EP entitled Nothing against my desk this week. This was my first hearing of them. And holy shit it’s gnarly! Amazing female led hard core that rocks like F Minus and Witch Hunt. The breakdowns and instrument work is amazing! I’m stoked to have heard this band and hope to catch em live some time. Follow em and band camp and blast it loud!
– C Fish
Anti-Flag’s now album 20/20 Vision dropped today. Most who know me know I haven’t shut up about this album since I knew it was coming out and heard the the singles repeatedly. So yeah, I’m stoked! Let’s start with it’s fuckin amazing! It opens up with a ripper of a track Hate Conquors All. A tale of where America presently is. The intensity continues through It Went Off Like a Bomb and Christian Nationalist. From here it gets hopeful with 20/20 Vision followed by the rallying cries of Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down, Unbreakable( ’cause we fuckin are) and We Are The Disease. After this we turn it up to 11 with A Nation Sleeps followed by You Make Me Sick, which is an amazing break up with your oppressor song. Next track is Un-American which questions what is un-American set to an Americana folk sound (I’m sure Woody Guthrie os dancing to this in paradise). The albun closes with Resistance Frequencies, a ska punk track displaying the band’s undeniable Clash influence and serves as our call to arms to stop the ball resist this dystopian state of reality. So play this loud enough for your whole block to hear! Also get a hard copy as the liner notes are amazing just like every Anti-Flag album.
Bad Religion dropped their latest a week ago. Age Of Unreason. Quite the apt title. Much like True North this moves at the quick pace of their older releases. This album is fuckin solid front to back. I’ve been stoked on each listen. I know a number of people botched about the first single Kids Are Alt-Right. Well that’s the punk puritans or dumb motherfuckers in the alt-right So who cares? Buy and stream this loud enough for the neighbors to sing along!-C Fish
The A-F Records debut from Pittsburgh Punx Late Comer dropped today. Thoughts like a buzz bomb of straight ahead punk! The vocals sound like a cross breed of Propagandhi and Hot Water Music combined with pulse pounding music. Stream and buy this one! Punk ain’t fuckin dead!
Millencolin’s new album dropped last week. Another solid release from these skate punk veterans. Not as heavy on social commentary as True Brew. It’s more the feel of classic Millencolin though these guys have never put out a bad album. This is still on their home label of Epitaph Records. The title track would be at home on any Punk O Rama comp. So pick this one up or stream it at your skate sessions. More proof that punk is becoming great again.