Friday, December 01, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

Ghost Work – “B Ledgewood (Demo)” (Ghost Work is the new band from Aaron Stauffer of Seaweed, Sean Husick of Milemarker, Dustin Perry of Snapcase and Erin Tate formerly of Minus The Bear.  Their debut release, Starlight & Blue (demos) EP was recently released digitally via the Chicago label, IDEAS.  Through three tracks, they blend their punk and hardcore pedigree with diverse elements of 80’s post-punk, shoegaze and indie rock for a dynamic new sound that is promising - I can’t wait to hear more from this project!)

Quicksand – “Interiors” (The New York post-hardcore pioneers recently returned with Interiors, their third album and first since 1995.  Out now on Epitaph, Schreifels, Vega, Cage and Capone come back hard with their heavy, unmistakable bass-led grooves but add even more spaced-out melody to their sound for a powerful album that defies nostalgia and warrants consideration for year-end lists.  Check out the standout title track here with its sweeping vocal melodies and noisy outbursts.)  

Converge – “A Single Tear” (The Boston metalcore vets recently released their ninth album titled, The Dusk In Us, via Epitaph Records.  After nearly 30 years as a band, Bannon, Ballou, Koller, and Newton still create a noise-addled and visceral hardcore-inspired brand of metal with their pioneering guitar tones and production in tow but have added a more positive outlook and punchier pop hooks this time around.  Check out the emotionally-charged and anthemic album opener here.)


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