The U.S. members of this team asked Team Europe to take over this month’s feature. We weren’t really listening when they explained to us why, but we vaguely remember something about a big orange Cheeto trying to take away their healthcare, forcing them to move offices into an underground bunker wallpapered with bubble wrap. We didn’t really care until we heard that we can basically do anything we want to this thing. We DO love to shove our more sophisticated European culture down everyone’s throat on every occasion we get. Since Abba and Milli Vanilli weren’t on Bandcamp, we found you five European bands that are. Check ’em all out below!
Me Rex is one of the UK’s best kept secrets. (We actually think Brexit might be a desperate attempt to keep it that way. Tories aren’t very good at sharing.) Their quirky Indie pop is one of the most refreshing, inspired and brutally honest things we’ve heard coming out of the DIY scene in a long time. Their songs hold halt somewhere between a more anxious Front Bottoms and AJJ. In anticipation of their new EP Pterodactyl, Me Rex recently dropped a compilation of songs they’ve written over the last few years that haven’t fitted into any of their releases. We’d still like to suggest starting off by checking out their last EP Stegosaurus (yes, all their releases ARE named after dinosaurs), it’s nothing short of a masterpiece.
Recommended Track: “An Act Of Punctuation”
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What do you get if you blend up Brian Fallon with that dude from The National? We figure it must be something that sounds like Daria from France. A nostalgic type of punk rock that, genre wise, doesn’t lean that far off from the likes of The Gaslight Anthem and The Menzingers (even though their noted influences go more in the direction of Weezer and Fugazi). Their latest full length, Impossible Colours, hits you hard with the clever riffs and raw, emotional vocals. It’s one of those rare occasions you hope the pain you feel, never stops. For this one it’s definitely recommended to just start listening from the beginning.
Recommended Track: “Past/Simple”
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If our previous tips made you think that Europeans can’t write any fast songs, we had you, as we say in Belgium, ‘seriously by the nose’. Being the undisputed kings of the DIY hardcore punk scene, cult band Cheap Drugs has never really been enrolled in the whole publicity game. That’s probably why they’ve never been picked up by any of the Dying Scene colleagues before. A shame, really. Cheap Drugs’ live shows have come to be known as nothing less than a life changing experience. Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be quite the wild ride.
Recommended Track: “Brutal Death.”
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Even though some of our colleagues described The Netherlands as just a lesser version of Belgium, the country still seems to host a lot of punk rock talent. Lone Wolf is basically all that talent (The Apers, Accelerators and The Bat Bites) packed into one band. We have two tracks to enjoy ourselves with right now. We would suggest starting your journey into the finest of the low land’s punk scene with rock ‘n roll banger ‘Haunted Ways’.
Recommended Track: “Haunted Ways”
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Just like our work days, we Europeans like to end our lists in a pretty laidback way. Germany’s Slow Bloomer is working hard on reviving the “good kind” of emo in a qualitative, modern way. Their hit track “Delicate Apathy” traces vague hints of modern day stars all over the spectrum, from Football, Etc. to Somos. A very versatile debut full length.
Recommended Track: “Delicate Apathy”
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***If you’ve missed any of the gems that we’ve unearthed in prior months, stop kicking yourself! We’ve archived them for you! Check out past month’s editions here. You may now resume kicking yourself.***