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The Saddest Landscape stream new song off upcoming 7″

The Saddest Landscape have just released a stream of the track “A Season Of Goodbyes”, the non-album, side-B track which will accompany the titular track of their upcoming 7″ single, “Souls Worth Saving”. The song is dark, heavy, and brooding, and you can check it out here.

“A Season Of Goodbyes” was released on September 25th, meanwhile their full upcoming album, “Darkness Forgives” is set for an October 23rd release, via Topshelf Records.

Seahaven release video for “Love to Burn”

Seahaven have released a music video for their single “Love to Burn” which you can watch here.

“Love to Burn” appears on Seahaven’s latest album, Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only, which was released on March 25, 2014 through Run For Cover Records.

EP Review: Fighting – “Frankie Goes to Fulwood”

Fighting are a young-ish band out of England. They play a bass-heavy, aggressive style of noisy post-punk. If you’re familiar with any of Andy Falkous’ projects, and you were to imagine that he recorded an album with a West Coast indie band like The Thermals, then you have sort of an idea of what Fighting sound like. The band have been quietly releasing EPs over the last few years, however their latest release, Frankie Goes to Fulwood, is loud enough to set off your radar.

Armed with only four songs, Frankie Goes to Fulwood is Fighting’s most polished recording to date, which doesn’t necessarily sound like a compliment but it is. Much like the acts mentioned earlier, deep bass tones are the biggest driving forces of these songs, so a crisp production only helps the bass boom the way that it should boom. The treble of the guitars are turned up to balance out the deep bass, and the vocals are vicious and snotty but not in the same way that English punk bands have been doing since the 70’s.

Frankie Goes to Fulwood runs for 12 minutes and never overstays its welcome, just like a good EP should. The only downside is that it’s hard to describe the music without comparisons to mclusky, or even Future of the Left. That doesn’t make it any less fun, however, and it’s different enough from the typical “get drunk/feel sad/write song” approach that it provides a much needed break from the norm.

Fighting may not be the most original act, but they keep it fresh by recycling ideas that haven’t caught on as trendy… yet. These lads know exactly what they’re doing and they know how they want it done. Definitely a band to keep an eye on, so don’t sleep on this one.

3.5 / 5

Stream Frankie Goes to Fulwood below, or download it for free here.

RIYL: mclusky, Death from Above 1979, Pulled Apart By Horses

Greys announce ‘Repulsion’ EP, stream new song “I’d Hate to Be an Actor”

Toronto punk act Greys will be releasing a new EP. Titled Repulsion, the EP will feature three brand new songs and will be released on October 30, 2015 via Carpark Records and Buzz Records. You can listen to the first song released from the EP, “I’d Hate to Be an Actor”, below.

Repulsion is the follow up to Greys’ latest LP, If Anything which was released in June 2014 via Carpark Records.

The Saddest Landscape announce new album ‘Darkness Forgives’, stream new song “Soul Worth Saving”

The Saddest Landscape have announced that they will be releasing their new album, Darkness Forgives, on October 23, 2015 through Topshelf Records. The album, the band’s fifth, was produced by Jay Maas and will feature ten brand new songs. You can hear the album’s first single, “Soul Worth Saving”, right here.

The band’s latest EP, Exit Wounded, was released on June 11, 2013 through. You can stream/purchase it on the label’s Bandcamp.

Wild Moth stream upcoming album “Inhibitor,” announce month-long US tour

Two for the price of one from the Wild Moth camp tonight!

First up, the Bay Area progressive punks are streaming their upcoming full length, “Inhibitor,” in its entirety. You can check it out here. Lest you forgot, “Inhibitor” is due out Friday via Iron Pier.

Next up, the band announced a month of US tour dates that’ll keep them on the road from Halloween in Salt Lake City through November 27th in San Diego. Check out the full rundown below!

Coheed and Cambria post music video for “You’ve Got Spirit, Kid”

Coheed and Cambria have released a music video for their new single “You’ve Got Spirit, Kid”. You can watch the video here.

“You’ve Got Spirit, Kid” is set to appear on Coheed and Cambria’s upcoming album, The Color Before the Sun, will be released on October 9, 2015.

Album Review: The Membranes – ‘Dark Matter / Dark Energy’

In the spirit of full disclosure, the last time The Membranes released a studio album of new material, I could barely form a complete thought. My brain wasn’t developed enough back then to understand pretty much anything, let alone the complexities of the universe that we inhabit. Hell, I’m not sure if my brain is developed enough now to understand the universe. But The Membranes know a thing or two about it; Their new album, Dark Matter / Dark Energy, is a concept album about the creation and collapse of the universe. It’s ambitious enough to write any kind of concept album, but to tackle the entirety of being while also being motivated by the death of a parent AND have it be your first album since 1989? The Membranes certainly know how to come back swinging.

As one might expect from an album dealing with the life cycle, there’s a lot to take in here. The music is dark, the vocals are haunting, and the lyrics are all over the place. Dark Matter / Dark Energy is a dense album. The drums and bass are prominently featured as the driving forces in many songs, freeing up the guitars to kind of do whatever they want. There are also violins, melodicas, and even a snippet of a lecture by CERN particle physicist Joe Incandela (who happens to be the inspiration for the album in the first place). It bears repeating: Dark Matter / Dark Energy is a dense album.

This is not an album that’s meant to be listened to casually. Sure, there are some individual tracks that you might be able to get away with sneaking into a playlist, but as a whole it needs to be listened to in its entirety. A daunting task, given that many of its 14 tracks run between 5 and 7 minutes. Dark Matter / Dark Energy is not a punk album, but that doesn’t mean it’s inaccessible for punk rockers. However, much like taking a college level physics course, it’s probably better to have some kind of interest before diving in.

3 / 5

RIYL: Public Image Ltd, Big Black, Wire

Signals Midwest stream new song “West Side Summer”

Ohio rockers Signals Midwest have unveiled a new song called “West Side Summer.” It was recorded live off the floor at Bad Racket and you can check it out below.

Signals Midwest’s most recent album Light On The Lake was released October 22, 2013 via Tiny Engines. The band also announced a full US tour with Timeshares.

Coheed and Cambria reveal cover art and track listing for new album

Coheed and Cambria‘s newest album, The Color Before the Sun, will be released on October 9th, but you can now get a feel for the concept behind the album.  The band has released the cover art and track listing, both of which you can find below.

The image of a serene lake and a house flying piece-by-piece into the sky will show you the feeling of disillusion that prevails throughout the new album.  The songs narrate frontman Claudio Sanchez’s feelings about fatherhood and losing a home, set to the band’s unique “space-rock” vibe.  The cover art was designed by Nick Steinhardt of Touché Amoré and Deafheaven.

You can catch Coheed and Cambria on tour (more info here), and pick up the album on October 9th.

Never Get Tired: The Bomb the Music Industry! Story screening date announced

For the past few years, documentarian Sara Crow has been hard at work putting together a feature on Long Island DIY punk band Bomb the Music Industry!. Titled Never Get Tired: The Bomb the Music Industry! Story, the documentary will finally see the light of day on August 30, 2015 at the SVA Theater in New York, NY. You can watch the trailer for the film below, and buy your tickets to the screening here.

Music Video: Enter Shikari – “There’s A Price On Your Head”

UK post-hardcore act Enter Shikari have just released the music video for “There’s A Price On Your Head.” Check it out below.

“There’s A Price On Your Head” is featured off the band’s most recent album “The Mindsweep” which was released in January 2015.

Wild Moth offers entire catalogue for free download

Bay Area progressive punks Wild Moth have partnered with Brooklyn based indie label Iron Pier to host and release their entire musical catalogue for free streaming and download on Bandcamp. This includes the group’s Asian Man Records full-length Over, Again, Wild Moth/Creative Adults split, their single Mirrors (released on Iron Pier), and their early releases Morning Glow and Wild Moth. This offer will only be available for the next two weeks so head over to the group’s Bandcamp and check out all that they have to offer.

Wild Moth’s sophomore album Inhibitor will be released August 28th via Iron Pier.

You Blew It! streaming “Punker Than Thou” off upcoming A.V. Club singles series

Florida progressive/emo/whatever band You Blew It! is streaming a new track entitled “Punker Than Thou”.

The song is previously unreleased, and will premiere on A.V. Club’s latest “Singles Club #6″ 7-inch series.

Have a listen below.

Additionally, the band will be heading out on tour with Sorority Noise and Microwave around the Southeast and East Coast of the US, dates and locations of which can be seen here.

You Blew It!’s last release was EP “Pioneer of Nothing” which came out this past January on Jade Tree Records.

Album Review: Self Defense Family – “Heaven Is Earth”

Self Defense Family is more of a collective than a band, and their releases can be seen as artistic expressions rather than just albums.  Yet on their newest release Heaven Is Earth, they show that they still put out some of the tightest post-punk/post-hardcore today.  While the musical experimentation and poetic lyrics are as prominent as ever, the band is able wrap everything up in nice little song structures that make this an eclectic but cohesive listen.

The album comes across very light in tone musically, with airy and reverb heavy guitar throughout, but vocalist Patrick Kindlon has enough angst behind his voice to make the whole thing still come across as aggressive.  Songs like “In My Defense Self Defend Me” and “Basic Skills” feature a multitude of instruments playing seemingly simple lines that give the songs complexity in how they come together.  The guitar riffs and drum parts may be looping over and over in some parts, but the arrangement and how each part is built on top of each other demonstrates how strong this group of musicians is at crafting songs.

Heaven Is Earth also sees Self Defense Family trying out some new styles and giving more prominence to things they’ve hinted at in the past.  “Talia” comes off with a very strong folk vibe with its western sounding guitar and lots of harmonica.  “Prison Ring” and “Dave Sim,” with their dark and spacey tones, are great examples of the band showing off more of a post-punk vibe on this album.

Kindlon’s vocals and lyrics are as emotional and haunting as ever, but what really struck me while listening is how they are so well mixed in with the rest of the music.  It feels more like another instrument to serve in the wall of sound they create, rather than the leading force of the songs.  I really like how at times it can be hard to hear the vocals, as they are low and kind of mixed in the background, and other times they are more prominent.  This always seems to match the feel of the songs.

I’ll admit I’m relatively new to Self Defense Family, and what drew me to check them out was my growing personal appreciation of and interest in post-punk.  What I found here is something more though.  The band celebrates experimentation and complexity built on top of simplicity, and it’s all done in a very captivating way.  Longtime fans of the band are sure to love this one, and if you are new to the band like me, take it for a spin and bask in its chilled out glory.

4/5 Stars