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Album Review: Knocked Loose – “A Different Shade of Blue”

Hardcore, for me, has always been relegated to the sidelines. I like hardcore just fine, and every once in a while I find something that truly resonates with me—but for the most part, hardcore is something I revisit a couple of times a year and them subsequently move on from. It’s powerful, adrenaline-pumping stuff, but I never really got the culture surrounding it, so I’ve always stayed at arm’s length, despite my dalliances. Knocked Loose are the sort of genre darlings that make waves big enough that even melodic punk folks like myself get to feel the ripple. Based on the buzz of the hivemind, these guys are huge and I should be paying attention; they’re bringing something to hardcore that is new, or they’re performing it with the intensity turned up a couple of notches. Maybe. I don’t know. I listen to Tragedy and Comeback Kid four times a year, so I have no idea what, if any of that, is true. But I do know their new album is A Different Shade of Blue, and that despite being somewhat unfamiliar with the tropes of the heavier side of the genre (continually thinking: isn’t hardcore supposed to sound like Minor Threat?), the music comes off as powerful, venomous stuff.

If I were to outline Knocked Loose’s sound I’d describe it as a focused cacophony. It’s wild and unhinged, noisy and loud—but with a strong sense of rhythmic hooks, both in their vocal lines and riffage. The songs are full of forward momentum and righteous rage, with jaw-dropping breakdowns (see: “Belleville”) that play with dissonance as much as melody. Not to say that Knocked Loose is a melodic hardcore band per se, but they know how to write a song and make it memorable, even in such an absurdly heavy, beatdown-influenced arena. 

Which is all the more impressive considering the rather narrow sonic range of the genre. Still, Knocked Loose manage to knock out chugger after chugger, swapping from groovy headbangers to high note dissonance to metallic riffing—all while maintaining the singular identities of their songs. “In the Walls” features all of these and more, all led by the throat-shredding scream of vocalist Bryan Garris, who may be the X-factor that propelled Knocked Loose to the top in the first place. Throughout the album, his vocals are unmistakably passionate. There’s been a shift in heavier genres in the last couple years that have strived to make screaming as sustainable and healthy as possible—the influence of vocal coaches and vocalists who want a career that lasts longer than a season. It’s a commendable drive—ultimately, no one should destroy their body for the sake of kids being able to hit each other in a pit—but oftentimes, the end result is a crisp, articulate noise devoid of the volatility of the noise it mimics. I don’t know if Garris is screaming healthily or not, but I do know that it sounds like he means every word that’s coming out of his mouth. And in hardcore, where authenticity is a currency, selling that intensity to your audience is paramount. 

A Different Shade of Blue is a sophomore album. And as a hardcore meerkat who pops out of his burrow just enough to know Code Orange Kids is now just Code Orange, I’m experiencing Knocked Loose for the very first time. What I’ve seen and heard is a band of incredible energy, playing heavy-ass music, and executing it with underrated creativity. Knocked Loose may not be the poet-bards of hardcore, but they’re not trying to be. This is a band trying to be nasty heavy—and shit, man, what can I say? They succeed. 

 

4.5/5



Senses Fail release video for “Bastard Son”

 

Senses Fail have re-recorded and re-released their debut EP, From the Depths of Dreams. It’s out now via Pure Noise. To mark the release, they’ve made a video for “Bastard Son”.

Have a watch of it below – and read a commentary on why they’ve re-recorded these old tracks.



Counterparts detail new album “Nothing Left To Love”

Counterparts have announced a new LP, Nothing Left To Love, is to be released on November 1st via Pure Noise. The band have marked the announced by releasing advance single “Wings Of Nightmares”.

You can check the track out – and see the track listing – below. The album is follow up to 2017’s full length You’re Not You.



Microwave (Emo-punk) release video for “Death Is A Warm Blanket”

Atlanta-based emo-punks Microwave have released a video for the title track off their upcoming album Death Is A Warm Blanket. The video features some twitching, I’m going to say roadkill? Those sketchy rainbow bars the TV would air at the end of the broadcast day, and some shots of the band.

Check it out below.

Microwave’s new album Death Is A Warm Blanket is due out September 13th on Pure Noise Records. They have announced a run of shows, which you will find below the video.



Hawthorne Heights release 2 track covers EP “Dads Of Sad”

Hawthorne Heights have released a new 2 track EP, Dads Of Sad. It consists of 2 covers – their takes on pop tracks ‘Butterflies’ by Kacey Musgraves and ‘8’ by Billie Eilish.

Have a listen below.



Terror premiere new track “No Road Too Long

LA hardcore veterans Terror have debuted a brand new track titled “No Road Too Long.” You can listen to the cut below.

The track will be featured on an upcoming Pure Noise Tour Split. The Pure Noise tour consists of Stick To Your Guns, Terror, Counterparts, Sanction, and Year of the Knife. The split will feature a new track from each of the bands on tour.



Fireball announce Fuelling The Fire UK Tour with Less Than Jake and Goldfinger

Fireball have announced that their “Fuelling The Fire UK” tour will take place in September 2019, with Less Than Jake and Goldfinger topping the bill.

Also appearing will be Thieves Of Liberty and DJ Matt Stocks, with special guests and competition winners to be announced closer to the time.

Tickets are on sale this Friday (7th June) for the rather good value price of £15.

Check out the full list of dates below.



Boston Manor release new single “Liquid” and announce tour dates

Boston Manor have released a video for new track “Liquid”. The song is also up on all the usual digital platforms as a single now. Have a watch below.

The band have also announced a ton of tour dates on both sides of the pond. Check them out in full below, too.



Album Review: Masked Intruder – “III”

Masked Intruder are one of those bands that people either love or hate, with few on the fence about whether or not they like them. I happen to be one of the people who love them, even if gimmicks aren’t usually my thing when it comes to bands. Yellow, Blue, Red, and Green did it again, though, with their new album, III, which picks up where the band left off with M.I. in 2014. What a wait – even with the “Love and Other Crimes” EP in the middle of it – but they made it worth our time.

The album is full of songs about relationships and crime, as anyone would expect from the band. Nonetheless, it is pop-punk at its finest. The album gets started right away with, “No Case,” an anthem for anyone who can say they are in no way guilty of anything they are being accused of. Which may be a theme for this band, but hey, what works… works.

“All Of My Love” is a super-catchy song that is classic Masked Intruder, as is “Not Fair,” which tells the story of how unfair it is that a girl has a boyfriend who isn’t good enough for her and she’d be better off with the guy stalking her from a treehouse. Because that’s what this band is all about – and exactly why they work so well. (And who hasn’t done something like that once or twice?)

“I’m Free (At Last)” is probably the best song about getting out of jail? A relationship? Both? that’s ever been written. It’s absolutely celebratory and a great sing-along song for anyone who is celebrating any kind of freedom in their lives.  Likewise, “Gimme Parole” is a song just begging for that break for being over a girl. Is the song about literal parole? Figurative? Does it matter? Not in the slightest. The song is catchy and fun and a single minute of nothing other than pop punk perfection.

Each song segues perfectly into the next and there’s not a weak link among the twelve songs that make up III. For a band only on their third full-length release, this is quite an accomplishment. Most bands have at least one annoying or subpar song, but not Masked Intruder.

This is the punk rock I grew up on – only taken to the next level. Lots of love, lots of heartbreak, lots of innocence, lots of crime… a bit of stalking… and total fun. Even they know they sound like The Queers and all the Lookout! bands of the 1990s – mixed with more rock and even doo-wop influences. The band says they are influenced by everything from the Mr. T Experience and Misfits to Journey and Boston. This should not work, and yet it does. Carried by harmony and driving punk rock music, this is far and away an album that can be considered a triumph for the band.

This is one of my favorites of 2019, thus far, and probably still will be at the end of the year. There’s not a bad song on the whole album, so it is most certainly going to be on heavy rotation, where it belongs. Nonetheless, I’ll do my best not to use it as an instructional guide to life, lest Office Bradford comes looking for me.

You can stream the album below to hear what I am talking about and decide for yourself. Great? Or GREAT?

4/5 Stars



Spanish Love Songs stream B-Side “(No) Reason To Believe”

Spanish Love Songs recently released a 7″ for new track “Losers”. The B-Side from the 7″ is now streaming. 

You can have a listen to “(No) Reason To Believe” below.



EP Review: Knocked Loose – ‘Mistakes Like Fractures’

Knocked Loose, the Kentucky based hardcore outfit, come screaming out the gates once more with a new 3 track EP; Mistakes Like Fractures. Heavy, dark, and embodying all the best of beatdown hardcore, these 8 and a half minutes are well worth your time.

The title track, which opens this short 3 song package, is this dark powerhouse of a hardcore track. From the chorus screaming out “Mistakes like fractures,” to an ominous breakdown in “I followed the rabbit, I found my fucking ending,” the track is put together so well. Transitioning from this track into the next, ‘Slings and Arrows,’ their sound attacks from all sides. In the modern era of hardcore, it can seem difficult for a band to find a sound both unique and yet still very much rooted in the genre, but Knocked Loose emanate this angry, loud, and emotional presence that really does stand out.

Ending off this short piece is what I’d consider the shiniest of the 3 diamonds gathered here. ‘All My Friends’ is a fun track to listen to, but doesn’t let go of that darkness, and the breakdown could be one of the best I’ve heard in quite a while. Evoking thoughts of Code Orange with the alarm-like shrill guitar breaking in at times, this track especially is sign of great things to come for one of the premiere modern hardcore bands. Knocked Loose kick some teeth in with this EP, and I can’t wait to see what the next album has in store for us.

Mistakes Like Fractures was released on April 4th, via Pure Noise Records. You can check out the EP below.

5/5



Spanish Love Songs release video for “Losers”

Spanish Love Songs have released a video for new track “Losers”. The song is the A-side from their new 7″, available for pre-order now. The tracks are the first new music since last year’s Schmaltz.

Have a watch below.



Knocked Loose release new song “Mistakes Like Fractures”

Kentucky hardcore band Knocked Loose have released a new song “Mistakes Like Fractures”, premiering the video via Revolver Magazine. The songs are taken from a forthcoming Pure Noise Records 7″.

The band are about to embark on European shows, including Slam Dunk and Groezrock festivals.

Check out the video with ther tour dates below.



Graduating Life (melodic punk) sign to Pure Noise

California’s Graduating Life have announced that they are joining the Pure Noise family. To celebrate, they’ve shared ‘Grad Life‘, a re-release of the band’s previous album, originally released last September and have also released a music video for ‘Carry A White Flag‘. Graduating Life began as a solo project for Bart Thompson in 2017. They have become a full band over the last year or so. Thompson, along with a few other members of Graduating Life, is also a member of bands such as Mom Jeans. and Just Friends.

Grad Life‘ was part of Dying Scene writer Carson Winter’s end of year picks. Check out the new video below.



Album Review – Terror – “Total Retaliation”

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Terror, the LA stalwarts of hardcore, came swinging back with their latest album Total Retaliation. Released back in September, 2018 via Pure Noise, the album deserves a listen from any hardcore fan. And if you listened back when it came out, I’m here to tell you why you should be spinning it again.

The album starts incredibly strong with “This World Never Wanted Me,” a hard rejection of conformity and a triumphant yell of “Thank god this world never wanted me.” Terror do that classic hardcore sound perfectly, encapsulating a genre and exploding out with blistering beatdowns.

The album starts on rejecting the world that doesn’t want them, and keeps a solid concept of a rebellion against humanity. Keeping the basics of hardcore themes, Terror actualize this in an interesting and direct way with describing the world itself as what has become stained and overbearing. But in that they still find retaliation in their determined and anger fueled delivery. Terror have a lot to say on the album, and run through a host of subjects they feel are tearing society apart. In doing so they keep with their central concept, and also manage to use some great wordplay to get across their message clearly but not resort to hamfisted cliche. Tackling issues from authority to religion, Total Retaliation pulls no punches.

On the sonic side of things, of course Terror kills it, heavy rolling drums, deep and always on point bass, and some interesting guitar work which expands but never strays too far from their core sound. Total Retaliation even has a rap interlude, perhaps inspired by the interludes that 90s hip-hop frequently featured though arguably less jokey. There’s something to be said about the comparison between hip-hop and punk music, born from different situations but finding a similar place in rebellion and community. But after just a moment the track is over, and we dive right back into brilliant hardcore with “Spirit of Sacrifice.”

With Total Retaliation the band hasn’t found any massive new ground in their music, but instead have this chaos-controlled feeling with their mastery of the hardcore sound. Always able to flow through vocal inflections and able to so perfectly build a sound that brings anyone right into that local venue feeling the electricity run from the band through the crowd, Terror still remain an important voice in the genre. Terror bring the intensity and determined message only the finest in hardcore can produce, and Total Retaliation is a must listen for fans of the genre.

You can listen to the album below.