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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.



New Video: Masked Intruder – “All Of My Love” from upcoming album III

Brand new Masked Intruder song and video are now available to get at least two and maybe more of your senses fired up on this Hump Day. The track is called “All Of My Love,” and you can check it out below.

“All Of My Love” is the latest track to be released from the masked ones’ upcoming full-length, III, which is due out March 1st on Pure Noise. Check out pre-orders here.



State Champs announce tour dates

Pop punks State Champs have announced some upcoming tour dates with support from Our Last Night, The Dangerous Summer, and Grayscale.

You can check out all the dates and locations below.

State Champs last released Living Proof on June 15th, 2018 via Pure Noise Records.



Just Friends sign to Pure Noise for the re-release of their “Nothing But Love” LP

California-based ska-punk group Just Friends have signed a deal with Pure Noise to re-release last year’s Nothing But Love album. The album is out March 15th, with pre-orders up now.

To mark the announcement, the band have released a video for “Supersonic”. Have a watch below.



Masked Intruder share ‘Please Come Back’ from upcoming album!

Masked Intruder, have released another song from their upcoming album, ‘III‘. The record, to be released via Pure Noise Records on March 1st, was produced by Roger Lima of Less Than Jake as well as Mike Kennerty who plays guitar in The All-American Rejects.

‘Please Come Back’ is a fun upbeat pop punk song in major, which is available to stream below.



Album Review: Drug Church – “Cheer”

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Drug Church‘s sound has been this constantly developing and evolving being, but they’ve never found their feet quite as strongly as they have in Cheer. Their prior album, Hit Your Head from 2015, played with some experimental elements and explored their take on punk, and leads so well into their sound on Cheer. Released on November 2nd, 2018 via Pure Noise, the album has this aura about it, listening in feels nostalgic in an odd way, like hearing a band you love finally find themselves and hit a sound you feel will make them explode.

Lyrically the album is quite dark, an approach on growing up and fitting in with a hopeless backdrop, focusing in on poverty and mental illness as foundation. Starting with the opening track ‘Grubby,’ someone unwilling to grow up and a comment on conformity meaning an easier ride, but a shorter one. This rolls into ‘Strong References,’ a track based on vocalist Patrick Kindlon’s nude modelling experience when he was younger. It doesn’t have quite the impact of a lot of the other songs, but it certainly paints an uncomfortable picture and leads into the quite direct conversation on the black dog of depression in ‘Avoidarama.’ The latter has an energetic and addictive sonic atmosphere, from the constant flowing beat to the scratch of the guitar.

Some of the imagery and language used is quite bleak, particularly within ‘Dollar Story,’ painting a vivid picture of poverty outlined with mental illness. “There’s an energy to poverty you can’t run from,” followed later by a raw and telling line “You can adjust to anything if you’re leaving.” The anger and determination in the song is complimented by the ending, rejecting the previous message desperately.

On top of the fantastic lyricism and vocal performance from Kindlon is a sonic triumph still firmly in the grit of the genre. Tracks like ‘Unlicensed Hall Monitor’ echo their way in and beg for the listener to move with it. There’s a distinct flow to their sound, a style amongst a grunge leaning punk atmosphere. As Kindlon screams out; “A grown man who can’t handle his life for shit, a scummy fraud who wants to be your boss, can’t handle his shit,” the music swells and explodes along with him. Then on Conflict Minded the band switches perfectly from chaotic and aggressive with Kindlon’s vocals to a softer gentle sound with the fantastic guest vocals from Carina Zachary of Husbandry.

The final track, Tillary,’ has that gentler beat to it, still bursting forth in peaks of emotion, but the band shows a mastery of range. The soft plucking rolls into their sound so well, combined with the subject matter of police and the poison of power, and the intensity Kindlon puts into it, ‘Tillary’ becomes an iconic part of Drug Church’s whole discography as we’re led out of the album.

Drug Church bring forth their previous aura, this strange nostalgic feeling of the trashier side of growing up, Kindlon has said it himself before. It’s raw, his hoarse voice, the whine of the guitars, the energy and emotion of the performance from all side. It’s growing up in the suburbs in a bad neighborhood, it’s finding yourself while there are no solid footholds for you. And most of all, it gets under your skin and truly stays there. Cheer is an amazing album, front to back, that explores this side of life like never before.

Stream the album below.



Masked Intruder to release new album “III”, premiere video for new song “No Case”

Masked Intruder, the ski-mask clad, punk rock felons from Madison, Wisconsin have announced details surrounding their escape from prison and upcoming album, III, their third full-length and debut release on Pure Noise Records. They have also released the first single and music video for “No Case”, which can be seen along with the band’s upcoming tour dates withe The Interrupters below.

For the new album, the band – Intruder Blue, Intruder Green, Intruder Red and Intruder Yellow – recruited lead producer/engineer Roger Lima (who also plays bass in Less Than Jake) as well as co-producer Mike Kennerty (who plays guitar in some band called The All-American Rejects) and recorded the album at Lima’s studio, The Moat House in Gainesville, Florida.

“Our songs aren’t just about the feelings and situations that they describe but they’re supposed to hopefully help other people think about and reflect about their own situations,” Intruder Blue summarizes.

III looks to be slated for release on March 1st. Pre-order it from the band’s website.



Senses Fail (post-hardcore) release video for “Elevator to the Gallows”

Jersey based post-hardcore unit Senses Fail have released a video for their song “Elevator to the Gallows”. The song comes off the bands latest album If There Is Light, It Will Find You. The video features a pair of dancers, a very heartfelt singer, and appears to have been shot in a warehouse.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to get Demi Lovato’s love you should give this video a watch, which you can do below.

Senses Fail released If There Is Light, It Will Find You was released in February of last year. The band is also out on a lengthy tour across North America, you can find a full list of dates below the video.



Terror release “Total Retaliation” video

LA hardcore veterans Terror have released a video for the title track from their recent album Total Retaliation, which came out on Pure Noise last Fall.

You can have a watch below.