psych punk

Artist: 
Pissed Jeans
Label: 
Sub Pop

PA-based hardore band Pissed Jeans put out an excellent record with Why Love Now. Punk releases can often be plagued by similar problems as genres like standard Indie Rock or Garage Rock, in that a vast majority of the music sounds very similar and there isn't a whole lot of things to distinguish bands from one another. Pissed Jeans manage to capture raw punk energy but play music that sounds oddly progressive for a genre that notoriously rejected any forms of complex or innovative songwriting or musical elements.

Sounds Like: 
Fucked Up
Sounds Like: 
Black Flag
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
Ex-Cult
Label: 
Goner

Coming out of Memphis, this aggressive five-piecer offers a new batch of thrashing, honest-to-god punk music. Each song gets your adrenaline pumping and offers something a little different from the other tracks. Fast drumming, dirty guitars, determined vocals, and sing-a-long anthemy choruses (you know like "Rise Above, You Gotta Rise Above" by Black Flag kind of thing), this album is not to be overlooked. They stand out amongst a lot of other post-punk and hardcore bands because they take what was good about the 70s and 80s and add a modern Goner spin on it.

Sounds Like: 
The Ex
Sounds Like: 
Wire
Name: 
MTucker
Date Reviewed: 
02/18/2015
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
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