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EP Review: No Trigger – “Adult Braces”

Once the initial thrill upon hearing that a band has ended their self-imposed hiatus and are returning with fresh recordings passes, there is that unmistakable feeling of trepidation. Will there still be the spark and crackle of passion, invention and enthusiasm that made them so special or will it just be a tired old retread of what came before? The last twitch of a band who should just be put out of their misery.

Massachusetts, melodic punk/ hardcore band No Trigger have been around since the year 2000 with their last album, “Tycoon”, coming all the way back in 2012. A lot can happen in 5 years so it is with that familiar feeling of excitement and apprehension that the band mark their return with this 4 track EP. Thankfully, “Adult Braces” is an inspired and welcome return for the band who serve up 4 tight, punchy anthems ready for immediate consumption.

“Sleeping Bag” starts things off in typically bracing fashion with a tightly wound hardcore riff that crashes face first into a bouncy, melodic punk chorus. Their sound sits somewhere between Strike Anywhere and Good Riddance and, while it may not be wholly original, when it’s done this well and with this amount of raw, burning passion, who cares? The band have a veteran’s understanding of how to stitch together tough, brawny hardcore and brighter, more upbeat pop-punk with each song elevated still further by singer Tom Rheault’s introspective lyrics. As he bawls lines “I’ve been dreaming/another night in hell”  it’s clear that each song is a cathartic opportunity for him to  lay his frustrations and pent-up fury bare.  “Holy Punks” is a similarly disaffected anthem which sees Rheault address the uncertainties of having to navigate your 30s and the very real pressures to “grow up”.

“Dogs On Acid” is another prime example of the band’s perfect blend of intense, hardcore verses and more anthemic, melodic punk choruses. After the hushed, lo-fi strums of an acoustic guitar it quickly becomes a full on oral assault as Rheult’s urgent tirades tangle with roaring guitars and quick fire drums. EP closer, “Hyperaware”, deviates subtly from what precedes it as the band cram a lifetime’s worth of musical lessons into 3 and a half minutes. The crisp, post-hardcore lead guitar line that buttresses the vocals,and the atmospheric verses are pure A Wilhelm Scream. While the bone-rattlingly infectious chorus and the quiet/loud bridge that sees the rest of the band recede behind a dam of pounding drums before roaring back to life, show a subtle touch similar to that of Hot Water Music.

Fans may be disappointed at the brevity of this EP but it serves as a tasty reminder of what we’ve been missing since the band went into hibernation. Let’s just hope the band doesn’t wait so long next time.

4/5 Stars



Giants announce hiatus, offer free download of new songs

UK melodic hardcore band Giants have announced they will be going on hiatus. In a post on their Facebook page, they noted that “it’s become apparent that some of us can no longer commit to the band in the way that it needs to function like it has done for so long”.

The band’s “last show for the foreseeable future” will take place on December 14th at The Old Blue Last in London. More info can be found here.

As a parting gift, Giants have released two new songs. You can give the tracks a listen below, and download them for free on their bandcamp page.



Band Spotlight: Timekeep – Indonesian sadcore

Timekeep is not something I ever thought I’d be listening to. Specifically, Indonesian melodic hardcore, though the band prefers to describe themselves as “sadcore.” I can dig it.

Their debut single, “Suite,” starts off mellow with clean, jangly guitar and stream-of-consciousness vocal delivery that I’m into. A minute into the song, and it’s clear they’ve got a lot more energy than they’re letting on in the intro. I always feel like I’m awful at comparing bands to one another, but this kind of reminds me of early Dag Nasty or Rollins-era Black Flag, but with a more 90s epi-fat sound in the harder parts. The lyrics and vocals are angsty (I don’t mean that as an insult) and like I mentioned, delivered with a stream-of-consciousness, raw feel.

The band lists their influences as Comeback Kid, More Than Life, Casey, and more. They’re currently planning their debut EP.

You can find “Suite” iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. I recommend going straight to their bandcamp page and throwing them a buck. I’m really looking forward to that EP. Check out “Suite” below.



Such Gold streaming new EP “Deep in a Hole”

New York melodic punks Such Gold released their new EP Deep in a Hole today on Bird Attack Records. You can give the 5-song release a listen below, and buy it on bandcamp.

The band’s latest full-length album The New Sidewalk came out in 2014 on Razor & Tie Records.



Hara Kiri (Melodic Hardcore) stream new EP “Potter”

Ludlow Massachusetts melodic hardcore act Hara Kiri recently released their new EP, Potter, and are streaming the whole thing.

You can give it a listen below.

Potter was released on August 30th, 2017.



Such Gold stream new song “Ceiling Stare”

New York melodic punks Such Gold have premiered a new song from their upcoming EP Deep in a Hole. The track’s called “Ceiling Stare”, and you can check it out below.

Deep in a Hole is set to release on September 8th through Bird Attack Records. Head over to the label’s bandcamp to get your pre-orders in.



Hundredth Announce US tour this Fall

South Carolina’s Hundredth recently released their full length album “Rare” on Hopeless Records; making a dramatic sound change from aggressive hardcore to a dynamic blend of lush shoegaze and driving post-punk. After touring all summer in support of the record, Hundredth are now announcing a run of U.S. headlining shows for the Fall. The band will be supported by Spotlights, Tennis System and Gleemer. You can see the full list of dates below.



Capsize (post-hardcore, CA) stream new single, “Cold Shoulder”

California based post-hardcore act Capsize are allowing fans to stream their latest single “Cold Shoulder” for free. In addition, the band have a short run of shows in the UK this October. You can check out the dates, and “Cold Shoulder” below.

The latest release from Capsize was the 2016 full-length A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me which was made available via Equal Vision Records.



Such Gold stream teaser track from forthcoming EP “Deep in a Hole”

New York’s Such Gold are streaming a track from their soon-to-be-released album Deep in a Hole. The song chosen to get fans in the mood for their latest work is called “Ransom”, and can be listened to below.

Deep in a Hole is due for release on September 8, 2017 via Bird Attack Records.



Such Gold announce new EP “Deep In A Hole”

Such Gold have announced a new EP. “Deep In  A Hole” is out on September 8th via Bird Attack Records. Pre-Orders are up on Friday.

Artwork – and a short preview video – are below.



Perspectives (melodic hardcore) streaming new album “Stay For Those Who Care”

If your a fan of Thrice or Matchbook Romance get ready because Aussie hardcore melodic act Perspectives are streaming their latest album “Stay For Those Who Care”. You can give the new album a listen below.

“Stay For Those Who Care” represents the first full length release since 2013’s “Blind”.



Zaga Zaga (Israeli post-hardcore) premiere video “Octopus Octopus,” begin European tour

Zaga Zaga have beautiful gift to share with you: their great music accompanied by a sweaty guy flailing, vomiting, and falling to pieces.

They’re also embarking on a European tour starting next week. Check out the video and tour flyer below!



Kill Her First stream new EP “Kill Her Sexismracismhomophobia First”

German melodic hardcore act Kill Her First have released a new EP called Kill Her Sexismracismhomophobia First.

You can give it a listen below, and if you like what you hear, the band is offering the whole thing as a pay what you want download.

Kill Her Sexismracismhomophobia First was released on July 10th via KROD records.



Something Better (melodic hardcore) announce upcoming album for fall 2017

Buffalo, NY melodic hardcore act Something Better are releasing an album this fall on Wilhelm Records.

The band’s Wilhelm Records debut, the single “My Calamity” will be released soon. I got to preview it, and if you’re a fan of the label, you’ll like these guys. Keep an eye out here for the single’s release!



DS Exclusive: Lay It On The Line (Melodic Hardcore) stream debut album “The Black Museum”

South London based melodic hardcore quintet Lay It On The Line are releasing their debut album, “The Black Museum” on long-running UK punk label Disconnect, Disconnect Records this Friday (June 30th). The 10 song affair is the first to feature vocalist Alice Hour (In Evil Hour) and is the follow up to 2015’s EP “A Prelude To The Process“.

Ahead of the release, DS is streaming the album in full, exclusively. Have a listen below. The band play a free release show in Camden, London this Thursday.