Friday, February 03, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Beachheads – “Moment Of Truth” (Beachheads is the surprising new project from guitarist Vidar Landa and bassist Marvin Nygaard of Norwegian metal band Kvelertak, whose self-titled debut album is out today via Fysik Format.  Instead of Kvelertak’s savage sludge-metal, Beachheads creates an impossibly catchy brand of jangly and highly-melodic power-pop that is blended with fuzzed-out guitars and elements of Brit-pop for an impressive debut.)   

Japandroids - “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life” (The duo of Brian King and David Prowse return with their familiar, propulsive and wildly euphoric rock anthems intact after a hiatus of nearly five years with their highly-anticipated third album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, out now via their new label, Anti-.  Their extended time off allowed for a newfound freedom of expression that includes the incorporation of acoustic guitars, layers of synths and some prog-rock tendencies alongside slick production that gives the new album an experimental edge but remains as catchy and fiery as ever.)

AFI – “Snow Cats” (The goth-punk veterans – led by the powerhouse vocals and presence of Davey Havok - recently released their self-titled tenth album, alternatively titled, The Blood Album, via their new label, Concord Records.  Produced by guitarist & sound-sculptor Jade Puget, the new album sees the band returning to the more straight-forward, cathartically heavy and athemic dark, post-hardcore sound that made their 2003 album, Sing The Sorrow a modern day classic.)     

Colony House – “You & I” (The Nashville-based alt-pop quartet - which features Contemporary Christian pop artist Steven Curtis Chapman’s sons, Caleb and Will - recently released their sophomore album, Only The Lonely, via RCA Records.  The new album is loaded with catchy, arena-worthy anthems that blend the percussion-heavy rhythms and close-knit harmonies of the Cold War Kids and the Southern-tinged pop-rock of Kings Of Leon with a Strokes-like swagger for a sound that is sure to dominate the radio waves and festival stages this year.)


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