Have a watch below. The track features guest vocals from Frank Carter.
Have a watch below. The track features guest vocals from Frank Carter.
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3:18 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
Atlanta emo-punks Microwave have released a video for their song “Mirrors” off of their recent album Death is a Warm Blanket, which came out September 13th, via Pure Noise. The video features a young man embarking on a journey to find himself, which he does, literally. The video also features some live shots of the band and some cool effects. Microwave will be out on tour for the next little while in support of the new album.
Check out the new video as well as a list of dates below.
Microwave last released Much Love back in 2017.
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 3:38 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
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.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 12:49 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
Have a watch of it below – and read a commentary on why they’ve re-recorded these old tracks.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 6:16 AM (PST) by Mike Scott
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.
Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 11:36 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
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.
Monday, July 15, 2019 at 4:08 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6:18 AM (PST) by Tom Aylott
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.
Monday, June 3, 2019 at 2:57 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
The band have also announced a ton of tour dates on both sides of the pond. Check them out in full below, too.
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?
Monday, April 29, 2019 at 1:13 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
You can have a listen to “(No) Reason To Believe” below.
Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 2:38 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
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.
Have a watch below.
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 1:27 PM (PST) by Tom Aylott
The band are about to embark on European shows, including Slam Dunk and Groezrock festivals.
Check out the video with ther tour dates below.
It’s the end of a work week; it’s raising a fist; it’s screaming your lungs out—it’s diving headfirst into a hundred sweaty bodies. South Carolina’s Longshot Odds captures the energy and abandon of a raging pit, a marriage of iron-heavy chords and honey-thick leads—the kind of music where the bruising comes with the chorus. Their new EP, Circle the Drain, is a six-song EP from an exciting new voice in punk rock—but what they bring to the table is more than the same old sounds. From the metallic “Challenger,” to the grandiose and cinematic “Movin’ On,” all the way to the bouncey folk of “Blood and Asphalt”—Longshot Odds bring a diversity to their sound practically unheard of in today's skate punk scene. But above all this, Circle the Drain promises deliverance through rock ‘n roll, and Longshot Odds fight tooth and claw to deliver. The EP, out now on Dying Scene Records, can be streamed here.