noise rock

Artist: 
Meat Wave
Label: 
SideOneDummy Records

This record is one of the better punk releases of late. It seems like a lot of punk rock and garage rock records as of late are tending to all sound the same. This is one of the more rough sounding releases.  Meat Wave teamed up with Steve Albini, a legendary recording engineer, so I knew it had potential to be a good listen. It is a good edgy and angsty punk record. The front man Chris Sutter is definitely going through a lot emotionally and it is evident in his lyrics.

Sounds Like: 
PUP
Sounds Like: 
Plague Vendor
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2017
Artist: 
Pissed Jeans
Label: 
Sub Pop

Pissed Jeans crafts distorted and heavy sounds into explosive tracks that is both exciting and intriguing. The single is another release that is a well crafted noise rock piece, with a nice punk vibe. A great song for letting a heavy track encompass your listening experience and keep the listener on their feet physically or mentally.

Sounds Like: 
The Jesus Lizard
Sounds Like: 
Flipper
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Nots
Label: 
Goner

Tenesse-based noise rock outfit Nots certainly impress on their album Cosmetic. The album is full of super fun and super punky songs. The whole album is pretty upbeat. The shouts of vocalist Natalie Hoffman pair well with the noisy, sometimes post-punky keyboards and guitars. The album is energetic as fuck, and most of the songs give off the vibe of music that would be hella fun to mosh to. Overall it's a great listen for ayone who enjoys punk rock and wants to play song upbeat, hype shit on their radio show.

Sounds Like: 
Ex-Cult
Sounds Like: 
White Lung
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
12/14/2016
Artist: 
Drug Apts
Label: 
Interference Pattern Records

It's not everyday you hear about a new Sacramento band, so I was very excited to hear about this first EP from Drug Apts. The only band from Sacramento to achieve fame in the last decade is Death Grips, and while I'm sure the band would prefer that Death Grips wasn't mentioned in every press release/ review, the fact that two members of Death Grips produced the EP is kind of the hook for listeners. The good news is that this new EP removes all doubt that Drug Apts need a co-sign, their music is reason enough to check them out.

Sounds Like: 
Be Your Own Pet
Sounds Like: 
Death Grips
Sounds Like: 
other equally invalid comparisons
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
11/28/2016
Artist: 
Whores
Label: 
eOne

Hardcore instrumentation with noisier aspects that sounds like a drive through the desert filled with cactus spines stuck in your hands. Great instrumentation with vocals that paired to create an ongoing explosive tone that didn’t get stuck in a loop of trite structures.

Sounds Like: 
Kowloon Walled City
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Preoccupations
Label: 
Jagjaguwar

Preoccupations is the band formerly known as Viet Cong, so if you know them or their previous band Women then you've already got a ballpark approximation of Preoccupations' sound in your head. Alternately feedbacky or shimmery guitar, blown out synth, distorted bass, pounding drums, etc and there's a similar focus on incorporating ambient passages between sections of more traditional songwriting.

Sounds Like: 
Viet Cong
Sounds Like: 
Women
Sounds Like: 
Joy Division
Sounds Like: 
Future Islands
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016
Artist: 
AJJ
Label: 
SideOneDummy Records

Whether you have been a fan of AJJ since the days of their full name or you are just hearing about them by picking up this CD, (and have any sensible taste in alt/folk-punk music), you will absolutely love this album. I have never heard such a dynamically eerie, yet upbeat album. I have a feeling you'll pop in this album and want to dance, and then call your mom for the first time in a while. Lyrically, the album keeps up those exceptionally existential themes and unique imagery that seem to gracefully crumble out of lead singer, Sean Bonnette's, mouth.

Sounds Like: 
Ramshackle Glory
Sounds Like: 
The Front Bottoms (if they whined instead of sang, and only played loud acoustic guitars)
Sounds Like: 
Bright Eyes (when conor oberst rocks out super hard)
Name: 
Kira Baum
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2016
Artist: 
Mary Christ
Label: 
Blacksmith's Blood Inc.

Spells, Curses and Incantations is the debut EP of Tempe based band Mary Christ.

Sounds Like: 
The Birthday Party
Sounds Like: 
Bauhaus
Sounds Like: 
Joy Division
Name: 
Calvin Wolfe
Date Reviewed: 
08/29/2016
Artist: 
No Age
Label: 
Self-Released

I didn't have a great idea of what to expect when I heard about this single, and after listening to it, I'm still not 100% sure on it. No Age is a popular modern noise rock band, and this single fits well within that niche. Personally, I think it sounds exactly like the genre seems it would. It's noisy, there's not a lot of variation in the chords, and unless you're an avid fan of noise rock, I'd say skip on this one. For the uninitiated, the most well-known comparison I can provide is Butthole Surfers, in that the sound is thick and uncoordinated.

Sounds Like: 
Butthole Surfers
Sounds Like: 
Japanther
Name: 
Jacqueline Kientzler
Date Reviewed: 
08/24/2016
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
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