Wednesday, October 29, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat

VLMA – “Thumb Bucket” (VLMA, the Maryland-based grunge-pop trio just released a self-titled cassette with Fleeting Youth Records which holds their first two EPs.  The songs were recorded entirely on analog equipment – the same type that Nirvana used to record Bleach - which helped them to capture their effortlessly catchy and 90’s nostalgia-inducing brand of fuzzed-out grunge-punk.)

Rancid – “Collision Course” (The 90’s punk pioneers triumphantly return with Honor Is All We Know, their eighth album and first album in over five years.  Out now on Hellcat/Epitaph Records, the stellar new album - produced by Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz -puts Tim and crew at the top of the punk food chain once again with another set of pummeling ska-tinged punk anthems.  The standout single here with its propulsive rhythm and unhinged guitar outbursts is an example of what the band does better than anyone else.)    

Pianos Become The Teeth – “Repine” (For Keep You, their third album and debut for Epitaph Records, the Baltimore-based post-hardcore band added in  more melancholic melodicism and unbridled emotion to their already textural sound while subtracting some of the overt heaviness and distortion for their best and most experimental album yet.  The ethereal strings, catchy refrain and driving, tom-heavy rhythm of the atmospheric first single here is the perfect introduction.)  


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