post-punk

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
Artist: 
Gauche
Label: 
Self Released

Get Away with Gauche is the first album coming from Washington D.C. based post-punk band Gauche.

Sounds Like: 
Moss Lime
Sounds Like: 
Sports
Name: 
Jack Maloney
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2016
Artist: 
ROTTEN
Label: 
HELLS HEADBANGERS

That is Not Dead is the first album coming out of Rochester based band ROTTEN.

Sounds Like: 
Primitive Pact
Sounds Like: 
Chaotic Dischord
Name: 
Jack Maloney
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
The Hecks
Label: 
Trouble Minded

The Hecks’ eponymous debut is something of an oddity. The Chicago based band decided to release their already short ten song album with three tracks of pure noise. The rest of the album draws heavily from 60’s and 70’s New York avant-garde influences.

Sounds Like: 
The Velvet Underground
Sounds Like: 
Television
Sounds Like: 
Parquet Courts
Name: 
Calvin Wolfe
Date Reviewed: 
09/08/2016
Artist: 
Sneaks
Label: 
Merge Records

Sneaks, the project of Washington, D.C.-based Eva Moolchan, is a post-punk project, whose debut album Gymnastics was recently reiussed on Merge Records. Gymnastics  is a short listen, despite being 10 songs, the album clocks in at under 15 minutes total. The album is minimally-arranged, consisting of nothing but a drum machine and a bass guitar, along with Moolchan's voice.

Sounds Like: 
Joy Division
Sounds Like: 
Sleaford Mods
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
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