post-punk

Artist: 
Moaning
Label: 
Sub-pop

Local L.A. post-punk band Moaning, is out with its title album, which is great. All songs capture you immediately with their variety of intros that carry through the rest of the track. The name of the band and the album completely fits their sound. The vocals by Solomon are deep and melodic and also amazing resonant and upbeat guitar riffs in almost every track. They are a self proclaimed deep and angsty band that deals with the problems facing the generation. This is the kind of music that you can just chill to or jam out to.

Sounds Like: 
Moses Campbell
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/26/2018
Artist: 
Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Label: 
Carpark Records

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat is out with its album Riddles. This 2010 Baltimore originated band is mainly consisting of two members, Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice. There are ten tracks and most of them sound the same. The gem of this album is Tom…and that’s pretty much it. Most of the rest of the tracks follow the same slow start up and somewhat more interesting middle section with an increase of pace and a higher pitch in vocals. The vocals did not impress me. Most of the time they were slightly monotonous and creepy sounding and did not really add to the songs.

Sounds Like: 
LIARS
Sounds Like: 
Dan Deacon
Name: 
Natty
Date Reviewed: 
03/16/2018
Artist: 
They Might Be Giants
Label: 
Idlewild Recordings

This album has a fun, catchy, upbeat tune with serious undertones discussing topics of love, loss, and depression. The singers explore different aspects of life and death through the album through catchy songs that sound reminiscent of the children's music they have written in the past. The lead singer sounds a lot like Benjamin Gibbard, although the songs are quite a bit different than what you'd hear from Death Cab for Cutie or The Postal Service.

Sounds Like: 
Benjamin Gibbard
Sounds Like: 
Cake
Sounds Like: 
The Mountain Goats
Name: 
Jessica Murray
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
Des Demonas
Label: 
In The Red Records

When Des Demonas's self-titled album was presented at one of KAMP's meetings, I knew I had to get my hands on this CD as soon as Andrew said the album was reminiscent to Talking Heads. Since I am a big Talking Heads fan, I had to see if this was a modern-age band that had a similar sound that I could get into. Des Demonas is a little bit more punk-inspired than Talking Heads. Jacky Cougar Abok's vocal style is similar with a bit more punch than David Byrne's. However, the lyrics from "Des Demonas" are a bit more heavy than Talking Heads'.

Sounds Like: 
Talking Heads - similar instruments but Talking Heads is a bit lighter
Sounds Like: 
The Ramones - basic 70's punk rock band is basic but similar amount of noise
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2018
Artist: 
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Label: 
ADA

After an 18-year hiatus, legendary (in the alt world) Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain are back with new music. Following the first single off their new album Damage and Joy (which is to be released later this month) "Amputation", a second single titled "Always Sad" was released just a month ago. I will admit that after an 18-year hiatus that this song is a little underwhelming, but it is by no means a bad song. 

Sounds Like: 
Pixies
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
AFI
Label: 
Concord

AFI was my secret guilty pleasure when I found their album in my parents things in elementary school. I wasn't around really for their early hardcore days, but fans of AFI who were will hear a yearning for those days in The Blood Album. In recent years AFI's release have become increasingly mainstream. I say this in the sense that the hard frenetic style that once made AFI popular was lost in the search for chart toppers.

Sounds Like: 
Bad Religion (supposedly)
Sounds Like: 
blink-182 (supposedly)
Name: 
Jacqui Kientzler
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2017
Artist: 
Mary Bell
Label: 
Le Collectif Semi-Conscient

With the tumultuous political atmosphere, I wouldn't be surprised at a revival of the riot grrrl movement of the 90s. Mary Bell embodies the spirit of those before them, tackling issues such as feminism and the toppling of the patriarchy. If you're a politically minded individual that is passionate about feminism, Mary Bell may be the band for you. Their name comes from the child murderer Mary Bell who was responsible for the deaths of two young boys. If that doesn't give you an idea of what the band is about, I don't know if you'll ever get it. 

Sounds Like: 
Bikini Kill
Sounds Like: 
7 Year Bitch
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
01/25/2017
Artist: 
Nail Polish
Label: 
Help Yourself Records

Authentic Living is the newest release from Seattle based  No wave/ post punk band Nail Polish.

Sounds Like: 
Mommy Long Legs
Sounds Like: 
KRIMEWATCH
Name: 
Jack Maloney
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Red Tank!
Label: 
unsigned

Red Tank! and their

Sounds Like: 
Wire
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth
Sounds Like: 
No Trend
Sounds Like: 
Dogbreth
Name: 
Rina Nkulu
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2016
Artist: 
Black Marble
Label: 
Ghostly International

Like a monotone bedroom with a few lights sparse and spread about, in some suburban town. An easy to dance slowly to kind of album, utilizing punchy drums that still lay in the background. Containing a punch but never becoming aggressive or harsh.

Sounds Like: 
The KVB
Sounds Like: 
Lust For Youth
Sounds Like: 
Soft Kill
Sounds Like: 
The Cure (I guess)
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2016
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