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Album Review: Worship This! – ‘Mint’

Released in 2013, Worship This!‘s debut album, Tomorrow, I’ll Miss You, was something unique. On the surface it might have seemed like another punk album full of shout-along anthems in the endless sea of shout-along punk anthems, but the deeper you dug the more you’d find traces of college rock and guitar work rooted in the intricacies of 90s indie-emo. The range of styles was likely the result of the band having three songwriters, and while it might have felt chaotic to have so many elements working at once, it certainly gave Tomorrow, I’ll Miss You a very specific voice.

The band’s sophomore effort, Mint, lacks that same kind of unique feeling. It’s kind of a bummer to think of at first, but fortunately, it makes up for it by being a more focused, more tightened, and more cohesive album. There’s a unity that brings it all together. As soon as “Decisions, Decisions” starts, it’s clear that the band has turned up the Latterman influences to 11 and by the time track two, “Miserable Again” hits, it’s obvious that this newfound energy is going to stay. “So Long… Sucker!” and “Kennedy” help the album even its pace by slowing the tempo down for some breathing room, but neither outstay their welcome and are strategically placed between faster tunes.

What’s great about this album, other than taking its namesake from the best ice cream flavor (which is also prominently displayed on the cover), is that it takes everything that makes Midwestern punk rock so enjoyable and has a ball from start to finish. Sing-along choruses about the hardships of life might have been done a million times before, but part of what makes those songs so fun is the familiarity and belonging, and that’s the feeling displayed throughout Mint: a feeling of comfort and home.

Mint isn’t quite the same as the variety show that was Tomorrow, I”ll Miss You, and while the slow introspection of songs like “Bike Ride” are missed, it seems as if Worship This! have found a voice that suits them comfortably. Sometimes we all just need to be comfortable.

4 / 5 – Stream the album below.

RIYL: Latterman, Elway, Mixtapes

Head Wound City (Blood Brothers, The Locust, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) stream debut album ‘A New Wave of Violence’

Noise/grind supergroup Head Wound City (featuring members of The Blood Brothers, The Locust, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) are streaming their long-awaited debut album, A New Wave of Violence. You can give it a listen here.

Head Wound City will release A New Wave of Violence on May 13, 2016 through Vice Records. It is their first collection of new material since their self-titled debut EP released in 2005.

Head Wound City (noisegrind) releases new song off upcoming LP “A New Wave Of Violence”

Noisegrind supergroup Head Wound City (members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Blood Brothers) has released a new song called “Born To Burn” off their upcoming debut full-length “A New Wave Of Violence.” You can listen to it below.

Typesetter announce tour dates to/from Pouzza Fest

Chicago punks Typesetter announced a two week run of tour dates that revolve around their appearance at Montreal’s Pouzza Fest. Check out the full string of dates below.

Typesetter released their debut album, Wild’s End, on October 14, 2014 through Black Numbers.

Worship This! announce ‘Mint’ LP, stream new song “Decisions, Decisions”

Ohio’s Worship This! have unveiled some details regarding their sophomore LP. Titled Mint, the album will contain 10 brand new songs, and will be released on April 1, 2016 via A-F Records. The band have also released a stream of the first song from the record, “Decisions, Decisions,” which you can listen to here.

You can check out the album art and track list below. Digital pre-orders for the album are available here, while vinyl pre-orders can be found here.

Worship This! released their debut album Tomorrow, I’ll Miss You on May 14, 2013 through A-F Records.

Lost Love sign to Stomp Records, announce sophomore album

Montreal punk rock band Lost Love have signed to Stomp Records. You can see an announcement video from the label featuring a snippet of a new song here. Also announced with the signing is the band’s sophomore album, Comfortable Scars, which will be released on April 22, 2016.

Lost Love released their debut album, Sparkles, in September 2014.

Typesetter premiere video for new song “Death Cycle”

Chicago’s Typesetter have released a video for a previously unreleased track, titled “Death Cycle,” featuring tour footage. You can check out the video below.

Typesetter released their debut album, Wild’s End, on October 14, 2014 through Black Numbers.

Free Album Download: All Aboard! (punk) – ‘Aficionado’

German punk act All Aboard! recently released their debut full length album, Aficionado. The album is available to stream below, and if you like what you hear you can head over to the All Aboard! Bandcamp page where it’s available as a name-your-price download.

All Aboard! released Aficionado on August 29, 2015. 

Typesetter announce European tour

Chicago’s Typesetter have announced a run of European tour dates this fall. Some dates will be with Petrol Girls.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

Typesetter released their debut album, Wild’s End, on October 14, 2014 through Black Numbers.

New Colonies offer new self-titled EP for free download

Tempe, AZ gruff punk act New Colonies are currently streaming their new self-titled EP, and are offering the whole thing as a pay what you want download.

Check it out below.

New Colonies was released on June 26th via 33 Forever Records.

Typesetter announce US tour dates with The Howl

Chicago’s Typesetter have announced a run of US tour dates supported by The Howl.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

Typesetter released their debut album, Wild’s End, on October 14, 2014 through Black Numbers.

Music video: Typesetter – “Sunday Best”

Chicago’s Typesetter have premiered the video for their song “Sunday Best”, which appears on their latest album Wild’s End and you can check it out below.

Typesetter released their debut album, Wild’s End, on October 14, 2014 through Black Numbers.

No Idea Records announce a bunch of new releases (Hot Water Music/Small Brown Bike reissues, new Ship Thieves and more)

Var and the kind folks at No Idea Records spilled the beans on what can only be referred to as a crap ton of new releases for the ’15 today. While there are no firm release dates attached to any of these (stupid resurgence in vinyl popularity), the fact that these all may get released over the course of the next bunch of months is pretty awesome.

Perhaps most noteworthy are a couple of Hot Water Music reissues. The band are obviously celebrating their 20th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, Var reports that No Idea will be “cleaning up, re-mastering, and adding art to many of their records.” First out of the chute will be a remastered version “Finding the Rhythms” on CD and double LP, and featuring artwork that isn’t in the original vinyl packaging. Following that will be a re-mastered version of their 1999 release “Live at the Hardback,” a live recording of what was, at the time, supposed to be their final show. We all know how that turned out.

In related news, No Idea will also be releasing the third studio album from Ship Thieves, whom you probably remember as Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves. Chris Wollard is still in the band, just not in the name. Should be out late summer, which is rad (because I still listen to “Canyons” on a weekly basis at the very least).

Also coming from No Idea this year: a new album from Billy No Mates (featuring Joey Cape and Sergie Loobkoff!?!), reissues of Small Brown Bike‘s “The River Bed,” and Palatka’s “End Of The Irony,” an I Hate Myself discography triple-album, a new album from Germany’s No Weather Talks, Black Tower‘s “The Secret Fire,” and a couple of splits that include Radon (one with Shallow Cuts, one with Japan’s Worthwhile Way).

There may be some additional goodies along the way. You can read Var’s whole rundown here. Check in down in the comment section with some of your favorite No Idea releases.


Typesetter announce US spring tour

Chicago’s Typesetter have announced a tour around the US this coming spring. The tour includes Festival dates at both Death to False Hope Fest and Pouzza Fest.  You can check out the list of dates and locations below.

Typesetter released their debut album, Wild’s End, on October 14, 2014 through Black Numbers.

Album Review: Make Do And Mend – “Don’t Be Long”

It’s taken three years but finally, Make Do And Mend plaster us with Don’t Be Long – an album that feels like an organic and melodic composition for a band that wants to move on from the rugged, throaty outlook of the past, but without discarding what made them who they are today. It’s a great middle ground in fact, as it’s aggressive, catchy at parts but still rough enough to roll with everything else in the MDAM catalog.

End Measured Mile is the litmus test when it comes to this band. You stack up to it or you don’t. Thankfully, they’ve never withered away from it. Don’t Be Long is much more toned down yet still right up their post-hardcore alley. This album’s reminiscent actually of what Touche Amore did with a more mainstream and accessible series of anthems in 2013’s Is Survived By. Cutting solos, jaded distortions on the pedals and crisp, cracking kitwork open up the title track to signal MDAM’s intent. James Carrol’s vocals are steady with emotion throughout yet still hoarse and longing to reach. His passion never wavers and it’s another great display from him.

They lower the tempo on “Sin Amor” and “Sin Miedo” to bring out a much bigger storytelling tapestry and it’s in these tracks, we see how best they shape things. It’s a welcomed shift and a great change of pace. Much more radio-friendly but still primed for underground moshing sessions. As the acoustic “I Don’t Wonder At All” unwinds the closing segments of the album, it’s very apparent that MDAM are all about progression and evolution. Sonically, they’ve outdone themselves without trying too hard. Their musicianship continues to be telling and as far as Don’t Be Long goes, it’s definitely one that takes the best of both worlds – the old and the new – and melds them quite well. The wait was no doubt, worth it.

3.5/5 Stars