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EP Review: Dragged In – “EP I”

I’m convinced that everyone wants melody in their hardcore. When we raise our fists and complain about a band losing their edge, we’re not complaining about melody. We’re complaining about how much. The trick to good hardcore (and its more friendly and likable cousin, melodic hardcore), is to find that delectable sweet spot of raw, thrashing energy and hummable chaos. It can be a tasteful riff, or even a howled chorus, but there’s no denying– melody is as much a part of hardcore as rhythm.

For me, the best of hardcore was always the stuff that sprung out as soon as the seal was broken. It was the second and third-wavers that made their mark on me; the experimenters. I love me some Minor Threat (and while we’re at it, hum “In My Eyes,” whydoncha? See? Melody), but Dag Nasty was always the one that churned up true and honest passion. Can I Say is one of those albums that melt through your skin and become a part of you. And, throughout it, whether through vocals shouted at the edge of hoarseness, or through Brian Baker’s aggressively tuneful fretwork– there was melody.

I bring up the venerable Dag Nasty, because on my first listen to Dragged In’s EP I, I found unmistakable similarities. They had the same call and response vocal style, the same sense of strained melody, and of course, the same driven hardcore backbone. It’s not skate punk, nor is it overt Epifat worship (but strains of it are unavoidable to some extent), it hearkens back to when hardcore bands just started to stretch their musical muscles and find new ways to be loud and fast.

Toronto’s Dragged In tout members from lots of other hardcore outfits, most notable of course is vocalist Patty from Brutal Youth. At first glance, there are a lot of similarities here between the two band’s sounds, but if you look between the machine-gun rhythm and rushed melodies, there are things going on here. It seems to me that Dragged In aren’t aiming to be a typical melodic hardcore band, and it comes across in the small ways they dress their songs. The album opens with “August,” that begins with sludgy bass before launching into the old familiar attack. The song itself reminds me of a mix between Dag Nasty’s “Values Here” and anything on Bad Religion’s Suffer. But before the song ends, it returns to the sludginess and everything becomes a lot more intense. The bass propels the rest of the song as melodic leads and shouted lyrics fill in the mind and flesh of its deliciously shambling corpse.

As with all classic hardcore bands, Dragged In have a song named after themselves. “Dragged In” is filled with fast riffs and gang vocals that lend itself to the stage. Much like “Breathe,” it’s a fun song with a lot of aggression and mosh-worthy speed, but, for me, it doesn’t fulfill the potential that “August” lays out. The final song though, does. “Empty Glasses” is of course fast, melodic, and has plenty of shout-along elements, but it also uses a personal lyrical perspective to give a fresh and authentic look at straight edge rhetoric. It’s vivid from the opening lines, “Your hands marked her face/ Your life smudged her history/ Trying to drown your hate/ Fueled a torrent of misery,” and then is brought home with the refrain: “I know I’ll never find strength in the bottom of empty glasses.” Musically, the song also excels with its bridge, which features a gang vocaled chant of “Predisposed to violence, predisposed to pain, predisposed to anger, predisposed of rage,” as an ascending melody chimes in the background. The music and lyrics work together to create a meaning all its own, and from here on out the song is charged with positivity and a sense of triumph. “Empty Glasses” is a rallying cry to know our dispositions and fight their hold over us with all the fight we’ve got, and here, knowing is half the battle.

EP I is a lean and introspective piece of modern hardcore that hints at more influences than the usual associations. This is where Dag Nasty and early-Bad Religion meet a new and exciting era of hardcore where stoner, sludge, thrash, and crust aren’t dirty words. And while I would’ve loved a little more experimentation, I have a feeling this is just the beginning of a new lexicon.


Shorter Than Fast stream new album “For Better Days”

French melodic hardcore punk act Shorter Than Fast are streaming their brand new album For Better Days. You can listen to that album in its entirety below.

For Better Days was released nearly a week ago (July 5th), and was the follow-up to their 2013 EP Take Over.

Dragged In (featuring Brutal Youth vocalist Patty) streaming “EP1”

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Toronto melodic hardcore act Dragged In (featuring Brutal Youth vocalist Patty) are streaming their debut EP creatively titled EP1 in its entirety.

You can give the EP a listen below.

EP1 was released on January 14th, 2016, The band are wrapping up work on their second EP, which they will be released soon.

Capsize premiere new music video for “Tear Me Apart”

Melodic Hardcore act Capsize are here to share with you the new music video for the song “Tear Me Apart”, featuring Counterparts frontman Brendan Murphy.

You can check out the video below. “Tear Me Apart” will be featured on the band’s newest album A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me, which will be released July 22 via Equal Vision Records.

Adiron (post-hardcore) stream new song “Inheritance” off upcoming album “Crucible”

Long Island post-hardcore band Adiron have released a new song off of their upcoming album Crucible. The Song is called “Inheritance” and it is the first track off of the band’s release, which is scheduled for release on July 17th. You can take a listen to the song below.

The band has also released a music video for the song, you can also take a look at it below.

Crucible will serve as a follow-up to the band’s 2015 album Frequency & Pressure. 

Walk The Plank, No Fun, Such Gold, Harker streaming split EP – ‘Great Thieves Escape’

No Panic! Records and Flix Records are now streaming the latest split in their collaborative Great Thieves Escape series. The newest four-way EP features Brighton punk/rock band Harker, German garage/punk group No Fun, New York melodic hardcore band Such Gold, and DC hardcore punks Walk The Plank. Listen to the split for yourself below.

The labels officially released the EP last week (May 27th). You can but a copy on vinyl right here (Flix) or here (NO PANIC!).

As Daylight Fades (melodic metalcore) release new EP “Love//Loss”

Scottish melodic metalcore band As Daylight Fades have released their highly anticipated sophomore EP Love//Loss today and it is available on their Bandcamp for you to stream/buy. Frontman Matty Clarke comments, “The songs of our E.P are about loving and losing people close to you, which is something everyone, unfortunately, will have to deal with at some point in their life.”

You can can take a listen to the new release below.

Colors Dead Bleed release music video for “Breath of a Ghost”

Belgian/Dutch hardcore band Colors Dead Bleed have released a music video for their song “Breath of a Ghost” and you can watch it below.

The track appears on the band’s latest EP, Breath of a Ghost which was released on April 11, 2016 through White Russian Records.

Tigers (Melbourne melodic punk) stream new song “Vice Grip”

Melbourne melodic punk act Tigers are getting ready to release their self-titled debut album.  The album is set to be released on June 16th via Arrest Records.  To give you an idea of what to expect, you can check out the first song from the album, “Vice Grip,” below.

Capsize releases new video, announces tour dates ahead of album release

As Southern California post-hardcore act Capsize prepares to release their new album on July 22nd, they have released a new music video for the song  “XX (Sew My Eyes),” which you can find below.  The song will appear on A Reintroduction:  The Essence of All That Surrounds Me, which will be released on Equal Vision Records.

Capsize will hit the road for Vans Warped Tour in support of the new album, and you can also find those dates below.

Strike Anywhere announce European tour & east coast shows

Virginia hardcore punks Strike Anywhere have announced they will be touring Europe and the US’ east coast later this year. A Wilhelm Scream and Authority Zero will join them on select dates of the European run, and A Global Threat will tag along for the east coast shows.

Check out the dates and locations below to see if there’s a show near you.

Strike Anywhere’s last full-length album Iron Front was released in 2009 on Bridge Nine Records. They have since put out an acoustic album titled In Defiance Of Empty Times in 2012.

Break of Day (melodic hardcore) stream new album “Before Life Decides You’ve Had Enough”

Belgium’s melodic hardcore/punk act Break Of Day recently released their new album “Before Life Decides You’ve Had Enough” and you can stream it in its entirety below. Think Ignite but more hardcore. And Belgian.

Break Of Day released their last album, “Counterclockwise”, in 2014.

The Dead Krazukies (melodic punk) sign to Felony Records

Female fronted French melodic punks The Dead Krazukies have signed to Felony Records.

The label has already handled the distribution for their album “The Northern Belle”, which came out in February, but they have recently announced that they are signing the band full time.

There is defiantly more to come from The Dead Krazukies so be sure to keep them on your radar. If you want to hear their music you can watch the video for the titletrack below.

Code Orange (melodic hardcore) sign to Roadrunner Records

Pennsylvania melodic hardcore group Code Orange have announced that they have signed to Roadrunner Records.

The band recently released an announcement video showing simply “Code Orange”, “Roadrunner Records”, and “Fall 2016”. They have also released a teaser video yesterday with some subliminal messaging where the term “It’s Almost Forever”  can be seen. You can watch both videos below.

Though ambiguous, this is defiantly a sign of good things to come from the band.

Code Orange released their second album, ‘I Am King’, back in 2014 via Deathwish Inc.

Windover release video for “Ruthless”

Belarus-based melodic hardcore band Windover have a new video out for the song “Ruthless,” and you can check it out below.

So far, Windover has just released one other single, “Revival,” which you can check out here.