Here's a new punk act for you to add to your radar. Splitfist hails from Milton, Ontario and the fivesome play a an aggressive brand of punk rock that calls to mind the vocals of The Flatliners' Chris Cresswell against a slightly more pop-punky backdrop. The group's debut 2 song EP "Knuckle Dragger" is catchy as hell and if its any indication of what's to come from these guys in the future I think we're going to be hearing a lot more of these guys. But don't take my word for it, stream their new EP here where you can also download it for free.
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“Castaway” is taken from Annie Sails Sorrow’s latest EP Drifter, which was released last December, and you can stream it on their Bandcamp page.Add to My Radar
Such Gold bassist Jon Markson was recently interviewed by AMH Network. During the interview, he discussed the band’s upcoming album The New Sidewalk, line-up changes, pleasing fans, and more.
You can read it here.
The New Sidewalk is set to be released on November 10th through Razor & Tie Records.Add to My Radar
Scottish melodic hardcore/punk band Get It Together are currently streaming their new song “F.T.D.M.” online. The song is featured on the band’s upcoming 7″ Rebuild, Recover, which is set to be released on November 29th at the Book Yer Ane Fest VIII through Make-That-A-Take Records. Stream the song below.
Get It Together released their debut EP Perspectives last year.Add to My Radar
This doesn’t feel like Gnarwolves’ first full-length. This is a band that has been on the horizon for a long time coming, with a bevy of great tracks and a refined, hard-hitting sound. Its a wonder one band could cultivate such a reputation on the strength of three EPs alone. Yet, they have, and as with each subsequent release, their self-titled only solidifies them further as one of the best bands on the scene today.
I always likened Gnarwolves’ sound to something like melodic hardcore put through the grinder of post-hardcore and emo and then put on a skateboard and sent down the biggest hill in town. Their guitars chug and ring out, expand and contract, pluck single notes, and thrash sick riffs throughout their body of work, maintaining a sense of variety and athleticism to their music that mimics the versatility of human emotion. And of the latter, there is a lot. Snapshots of everyday life and struggles are screamed, sung, and gang vocaled across sticky melodies that work just as hard as the instruments.
Gnarwolves’ melding of melodic hardcore sonics and post-hardcore emotion is at the core of their self-titled. “Prove It” is a vicious album opener filled with self deprecation and jagged riffs. It’s relentless in its ferocity, where lines like “By all means be a slob, lay around and quit your job,” cut with venom. It’s not a far cry from the aggressive introspection of Against Me! and bands of their ilk.
“Boneyard” is a standout on Gnarwolves’ self-titled, complete with the balls-in-your-face punk they’re known for, finished with emocore intensity. While the song would’ve been a great tune on that alone, its Gnarwolves’ complete unabashed urge to be heavy that let’s it transcend. “Boneyard” ends with a sludgy section of thick power chords riffing at the gates of desolation. Moments like that bring Gnarwolves into a whole new realm of musicians. We love punk rock because anyone can pick it up and play it, but not everyone has the creativity and range of influences to make good on the freedom inherent in the concept. This is a band that writes a song and then fills in the instrumentals with the question: “Wouldn’t it be cool if…?” And then they act on it. They bring it to fruition, because, fuck yeah: it would be cool. It brings a level of enthusiasm and a broader spectrum of emotion to a style of punk that can be plagued with one note adherence to form. This is a raw, emotional band, and its refreshing to see a band as interesting musically as they are lyrically.
The choruses are out of this world. “Smoking Kills” is an anthem. I can hear myself screaming “I smoked a cigarette” in the middle of a sticky pit. “Ebb” and “Flow” form a duo of songs, the first of which is a slower track driven by a distant drum beat. It graduates into something epic and powerful in the second half, exploding into a mid-tempo boiler. The seamless change between the tracks hinges on a drum fill that bridges the gap effortlessly, making way for the latter tracks faster tempo and metallic riffs.
Gnarwolves’ self-titled is a damn masterpiece. Its hard to believe that this is their first full-length outing. There’s a mature sense of accomplishment in literally aspect of the band’s music. For the longest time, I had it in my head that punk bands could be cold-sounding technical musicians, or three-chord emotional waterfalls. Its not true, but its easy to see how so many bands can fall into such linear categories. You focus too much on one and you sound like robots playing odd-tempos and jazz scales, and then on the other you’re just screaming over chords. Bands that can do both, be musically interesting and emotionally investing, are in a league of their own. But beyond all of that is the inherent energy that fuels Gnarwolves; they rock with palpable feeling, they bring a weight and level of intensity to their work that made me realize that I hadn’t heard a punk band sound this damn angry in a long time.
Here’s to staying mad.
Such Gold details upcoming album “The New Sidewalk” premieres new track “Faced”; prepares for US tour
Rochester punk act Such Gold have recently finished recording their upcoming album, “The New Sidewalk”. The album was produced by Bill Stevenson and is set to be released on November 10th through Razor & Tie Records.
Today, the band has made the first material available to stream. The track is entitled “Face” and you can check it out below.
You can view the album’s track list below.
The band’s last album “Misadventures” was released in August, 2012 through Razor & Tie.Add to My Radar
Capsize are a band out of San Diego, CA releasing their debut full length album ‘The Angst In My Veins’ through Equal Vision on September 30 (US) and Impericon Records in October (EU/UK).
Capsize deliver a pretty standard take on the modern melodic punk-hardcore sound and do it with confidence. The opening track ‘Linger’ does well to sum up the record based on the various styles and methods employed across the 10 tracks on offer: you get fast bits that break into half time grooves. Those in turn step up the pace into mid-paced melodic rock sections plus or minus a riff..and then it repeats the formula. Tracks range from 2-4 minutes long and maintain the furious energy of depressed/angry hardcore most of the way through.
There’s no re-inventing the wheel here, it will straight up appeal to fans of the genre/scene and is unlikely to bring new followers over the fence. What has been achieved here, if nothing new, is a very solid level of production courtesy of Jay Maas. Not all of his work is this shiny, so hats off to the band and the engineer for bringing some big sounds to the game. It sounds great up loud!
Guitars are huge, thick and very cool to begin with but… they’re the same sound almost the whole time. Bass is typically buried and only really audible when performing runs that differ from the tidal wave of high-gain guitars. Drumming is hella tight, be it due to the performance or the editing, the energy is really high on account of the performance and of course the sounds are spot-on perfect. Vocals are delivered in the as-per-usual hoarse/screamed manner familiar to fans of other bands in this genre i.e. Shai Hulud, Burning Bright, Napoleon etc Without a lyric sheet it’s hard to determine just what the songs are about and the message behind them but the overall sentiment of hurt/reflection/passion comes across just fine. There’s no clean singing or auto-tuned harmonies like many others in the genre play with, this is much more aggressive and true to form.
Highlight of the album (for me) occurs halfway through title track #3 ‘The Angst In My Veins’ where there’s a great example of the bands use of dynamics. The guitars pull back the gain after a really punchy and intense mid section, the drums get a more roomy sound and the tom-fills thump away and suddenly there’s some space. Vocals are a little more reverby and distant before the song explodes back into its fuller aggressive self and ends on a real high. The feedback and guitar noise at the end is also a nice touch. This principal of ‘build & release’ really works well and is not used enough on the record but it’s fair to say that when it is done right, these are the standout moments.
Such is the case on track 6 ‘Tension’ after a blistering first half the band really pull it back for a bit of ambiance and mood to build up with a slow and heavy post-hardcore-ish outro featuring guest vocals from Andreas Malm of Sweden’s ‘No Omega’. Its very dramatic and from that point on.. I feel like it cant improve much beyond this! The blend of melodic and aggressive hardcore on display here ..whether slower paced or a high octane speed.. has hit the peak!
From this point on however .. listener fatigue sets in and the second half of the record sounds too similar to what’s come before. It may simply be that this material, for all there is to enjoy about it, might be best served in bite sized chunks rather than all in one helping.
Overall it’s worth a look in if you are a fan of this style and I can imagine the real impact of these songs would be felt in a live setting. Capsize definitely come across as confident musicians and mature writers armed with one tough sounding record. This album wont set them apart to the average listener but will probably find a welcome spot on many iPods right along with Comeback Kid, Counterparts, and other bands starting with ‘C’.
3.5/5 StarsAdd to My Radar
California melodic hardcore act No Bragging Rights are streaming their upcoming album “The Concrete Flower” in its entirety.
You can check it out here.
The Concrete Flower is set to be released on September 23rd through Pure Noise Entertainment. The band will be supporting New Jersey post-hardcore group Senses Fail on their upcoming Let It Enfold You 10th anniversary tour this fall.Add to My Radar