Friday, September 25, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Futurebirds – “Hotel Parties” (The Athens, GA based band creates a hazy, twang-y Southern folk-rock sound on their sophomore album, Hotel Parties, out now via their new label, Easy Sound Recording Company.  Lyrically, the band battles with being on the road while longing for home and the standout title track here is the perfect example with its piano-led melody and wispy steel guitar ornamentation.)

Craig Finn – “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son” (The Hold Steady frontman recently released - via Partisan Records - Faith In The Future, his second solo album.  As always Finn is the ultimate storyteller and does not disappoint as he weaves his melancholic yet vivid tales around his guitar-driven Springsteen-like indie rock but this time around he has added in some keys and synths for good measure.  Be sure to catch him on tour the fall.)   

The Dead Weather – “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” (Jack White, Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence are back with Dodge And Burn, their third album and first in five years, out today via Third Man Records.  The collaborative group’s groove-leaden garage-rock is built with White’s stomping drumbeats, Mosshart and White’s feral vocals and Fertita and Lawrence’s heavy, fuzzed out blues-soaked riffs for a muscular sound that will bruise you black and blue.)

Friday, September 18, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Hibou – “Dissolve” (The Seattle-based post-punk project of Peter Michel – former Craft Spells drummer - is set to release his self-titled debut album via Barsuk today.  His nostalgia-inducing 80’s -inspired sound takes references from C86, dream-pop and shoegaze and mixes it with prog-rock tendencies and layers of hazy, reverb-rich melodies for a very promising debut.)     

Stream the shimmering standout single here:   

Windhand – “Hyperion” (Today marks the Relapse Records release of the Richmond, VA-based band’s highly-anticipated third album, Grief's Infernal Flower.  Produced by the legendary Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden), the new album continues the band’s triumphant efforts to blend frontwoman Dorthia Cottrell’s beautiful, powerful yet poppy vocals with slow, stomping rhythms and heavy, sludge-crusted guitar riffs for a psychedelic-laced doom rock sound beyond comparison.)   

Stream the rumbling, bass-led groove and growl of “Hyperion” here:  

Still Alive – “Actors And Puppets” (Death metal growls and guitar riffs and ska-core unexpectedly collide on the new album, Choices, out now via Jump Start Records.  Lyrically, the Chicago-based quartet exposes some of the negative aspects of life - government, depression, etc. – but there is a glimmer of hope in their heaviness and Choices is a collection of 11 cathartic punk anthems that you can dance and shout along to in the pit.)        

Stream the manic metallic single here:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: Conveyer – “When Given Time To Grow”

Conveyer, the Minneapolis-based melodic Christian hardcore band recently released When Given Time To Grow, their stunning sophomore album and label debut for Victory Records.  The quintet creates an emotionally-charged brand of spirit filled hardcore that matches the intensity of the lyrical themes that deal with fear, guilt, lust, and hopelessness alongside the hope in God throughout those trials. 

Led by “Haven”, the cathartic and anthemic first single and video, the 11-track album is the perfect balance of mayhem and melody (without clean singing) and they throw in some dissonant Snapcase-like guitar influence - on standout track “Ruined” - and off-kilter breakdowns for good measure.  Additionally, Cam Smith of Hotel Books contributes vocals to the passionate and dynamic album closer, “Impatience”.    

Stream When Given Time To Grow here:

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Friday, September 04, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Manray – “Time Sutures” (Today marks the release of the emerging Dayton blues-rock trio’s sophomore album, Classic Jurassic.  Their groove-heavy garage-rock sound blends jammy psychedelic passages and bluesy classic rock riffs with catchy hooks and elements of 90’s indie guitar-rock that sounds both retro and modern all at once.  If you are in the Dayton area, be sure to check out their album release show tonight at Blind Bob’s.)  
Stream the dynamic standout single here: 

Strife – “Incision” (After their triumphant rebirth in 2012, the Los Angeles 90’s hardcore vets return with a new EP, Incision, out today via guitarist Andrew Kline’s own WAR Records.  The 4-song EP was produced by Nick Jett of Terror and ex-Sepultura drummer Iggor Cavalera returns alongside guest spots from ex-Integrity guitarist Aaron Melnick and Ringworm’s Human Furnace.  Their unflinching brand of metallic hardcore helped shape the scene in the 90’s and influenced countless bands after them and this new EP is a throwback to that seminal sound with some modern elements and a renewed sense of purpose that is palpable.)    
Stream the raging title track featuring vocals from Human Furnace and an incendiary lead from Aaron Melnick here (via Noisey): 

P.O.D. – “The Awakening” (Last week the SoCal alt-metal mainstays released their ninth album, The Awakening via T-Boy/UMC.  Produced again by longtime collaborator Howard Benson, the concept album follows a “prodigal son”-like main character through his good and bad decisions along with all of the consequences but musically, it is just as anthemic and uplifting as their Grammy-nominated music has always been.  Guests include vocalists Maria Brink of In This Moment and Lou Koller of Sick Of It All.)    
Stream the soaring closing track here: