noise rock

Artist: 
Nothing
Label: 
Relapse Recors Inc.

Tired of Tomorrow is Philly shoegaze trio Nothing's sophomore album. If you like Loveless, then definitely listen to this, just don't expect it to match its greatness. Despite Nothing's ability to compete with certain shoegaze legends' discographies, though, they still put out a very good album that's quite enjoyable to listen to.

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3: "Vertigo Flowers": one of the faster songs on the album, good combo of noise rock & shoegaze
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5: "Nineteen Ninety Heaven": dreamlike tune that's super relaxing to listen to, also has a dope name
Name: 
Emily Beiser
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Greys
Label: 
Carpark

Greys are a band. A very loud band. When they kick it into high gear they really kick it into high gear. While the sonic comparisons to current post punk staples (Parquet Courts, Big Ups, Pissed Jeans) are not all that true, the level of noise in the music in fact is. Choosing to open up with one of the quietest tracks on the album was an interesting choice. It did not prepare me for the intense ear fatigue I attained after listening to this album at a middle volume level. The second song "No Star" is probably the best song on the album.

Sounds Like: 
Meat Wave
Sounds Like: 
The Dirty Nil
Sounds Like: 
METZ
Name: 
Colin Bauer
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2016

Neo

Artist: 
So Pitted
Label: 
Sub Pop

This album feels very at home with its label Sub Pop. Neo continues the tradition of nasty sounding rock that Sub Pop is known for. The album is fairly noisy considering the band only has three members. The guitars have a no wave sound to them for a large amount of the record. The production can feel overwhelming at times. The snare is jarring to say the least and the other instruments are no different. Overall, this is a sweet punk record with a noisy twist. 

Sounds Like: 
Abe Vigoda
Sounds Like: 
Mudhoney
Name: 
Colin Bauer
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2016
Artist: 
Guerilla Toss
Label: 
DFA Records

Before listening to Flood Dosed I wasn't familiar with Guerilla Toss' music at all. However, I came away from this short project pleasantly surprised and excited to hear what else they have in store for us. Their sound reminds me of Deerhoof in that there are like a million things going on but somehow it all comes together to sound really good. I was also getting some hints of a more melodic Kim and the Created at times during this project; it has that kind of in your face style, albeit with less screaming. 

Sounds Like: 
Deerhoof
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Kim and the Created
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
11/10/2015
Artist: 
Shadow In the Cracks
Label: 
Goner

This is a side project of the band the Blind Shake. It’s their self titled debut album. It’s much more dark and psychedelic than their previous material. The baritone vocals and guitars create this post-punk/psych rock dark vibe. This record has a lot of reverb and distortion. It’s a good moody album to turn on really loud. Definitely worth a listen.

Sounds Like: 
The Blind Shake
Sounds Like: 
Acid Baby Jesus
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
10/23/2015
Artist: 
Algae & Tentacles
Label: 
Lightning Records

Algae & Tentacles is the recording alias of the University of Arizona's own John Melillo. While he's been releasing music independently for about five years, this self-titled album is his first full-length solo release, and it's very clearly a fully-realized record. The first thing that jumped out to me about Algae & Tentacles is how great the distortion sounds throughout the album. This is undeniably a noise rock record, but it's a remarkably pleasant-sounding one.

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Lightning Bolt
Sounds Like: 
Sun City Girls
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Swans
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2015
Artist: 
Protomartyr
Label: 
Hardly Art

Protomartyr's The Agent Intellelect is filled with emotion, atmosphere, and just the right amount of loud. It sounds as if Protomartyr was drawing influence from Sonic Youth, No Age, and Twin Peaks. Joe Casey's vocals sound rough, yet have a soothing quality when complimented by the melodic guitars and chord progressions. The bass really fills the gap left between the guitar driven melodies and simple tempo set by the guitar.

Sounds Like: 
Parquet Courts
Sounds Like: 
Cloud Nothings
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
10/02/2015
Artist: 
Deaf Wish
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

Deaf Wish's album Pain has some heavy punk and hardcore vibes and sometimes they turn into a straight noise band where you can't really distinguish what's what, but they also slow down to bring out their slightly softer post-punk side. Some of it's pretty dissonant which might take some getting used to at first, but definitely take the time to get acclimated to it. If you're into punk and other chunky, heavy, inharmonious sounds, you'll dig this. 

Sounds Like: 
Ausmuteants but waaaaay less synths
Sounds Like: 
Lower Plenty
Name: 
Molly Ragan
Date Reviewed: 
09/01/2015
Artist: 
Hookworms
Label: 
Domino

The Hum by Hookworms starts off with a killer track, that's love-if, punky, loud, and noisy and all round bumpin. Things slow down with Track 2, "On Leaving" (which is 6ish minutes by the way, but really good). Track 3, "iv" is one of the instrumental tracks on this album, the others being "V" and "vi". These instrumental tracks have long lo-fi guitar chords and some other bass and sounds added.

Sounds Like: 
Spaceman 3
Sounds Like: 
Mogwai (the instrumental bits of this album)
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
11/19/2014
Artist: 
Tiger High
Label: 
Trashy Creatures Records

Inside The Acid Coven is the third album by Tiger High, whose self-described genre on Facebook is "Loud As Hell." These 4 Memphis rockers (Jake Vest, Greg Roberson, Toby Vest, and Greg Faison) have no shortage of catchy riffs and roaring vocals. Although Tiger High's sound isn't particularly innovative, especially compared to many of its contemporaries, like Ty Segall or Jacuzzi Boys, it is still very enjoyable to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
early Black Keys
Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Sounds Like: 
Jacuzzi Boys
Sounds Like: 
Bass Drum Of Death
Name: 
Emily Beiser