Punk

Artist: 
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Label: 
Ivy League Records

The album has a good compilation of a combination of catchy guitar riffs and drumming. Overall, it seems that the vocals are not the focus of the tracks--in some songs the singer sounds like a whispery Elvis. In contrast to the variation in the vocal's role, each track has beautifully mixed instrumentals that give the songs life.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Walk the Moon
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2017
Artist: 
Downtown Boys
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

 

Sounds Like: 
Angry Youth
Sounds Like: 
Foxboddies
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2017
Artist: 
ho9909
Label: 
Toys Have Power / Deathkult LLC

 Ho9909's singles are hardcore and grimy. Loud, explosive, explicit and grungy.

On their single "City Rejects" Starts off with more of a hard rock vibe, and guitar rifts accentuate this. The beat is faced paced and this track is resembles punk garage rock more then hip hop but still has metal elements infused into it, the lyrics are almost inaudible, screamed over the beat and fast. This track is a head banger 

Sounds Like: 
Deathgrips
Sounds Like: 
Punk / Metal version of Talking Heads
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017
Artist: 
PWR BTTM
Label: 
Polyvinyl Record Co.

This is the most relatable song ever. We've all been there, waiting for someone to answer a text. This is the clean version, but I highly recommend listening to the original to get the full feeling of it. 

According to Wikipedia, PWR BTTM is "an American queer punk duo composed of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins" and they've been around for a few years.

Sounds Like: 
Bowling for Soup?
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2017
Artist: 
Kill the Precedent
Label: 
Minus HEAD Records

Kill the Precedent's recently released EP, Some Version of the Truth is an interesting collection of songs. It features seven tracks and each one is hard-hitting and relentless in terms of vocals and instrumentals. The vocals are mainly unclean and occasionally feature chanting but the way they are delivered is very appealing to me. The vocals in Some Version of the Truth have a more punk style to them compared to metal which is something I really enjoy.

Sounds Like: 
26000 Volts
Sounds Like: 
Deathlist 5
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
St. Tropez
Label: 
Self-Released

Self-described as "four guys making garage-punk in a former gay sauna by the canals of Amsterdam," St. Tropez is quite the interesting garage punk band. I can only imagine what spending a day in that former gay sauna is like which may be why there music is nearly maddening with the rough and powerful sounds they produce. While I'm typically not one to enjoy rough styles of alternative, St. Tropez's style isn't too violent to not be enjoyable.

Sounds Like: 
Foster Care
Sounds Like: 
GOGGS
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Shinobi Ninja
Label: 
Shinobi Ninja LLC.

Although music can be used express messages to its audience or stand for some higher politcal agenda, there's nothing wrong with using music as a medium to simply be enjoyed, or to be fun to listen to. Shinobi Ninja, a rock band that hails from Brooklyn, New York, is a band that falls under the latter. I had never heard of Shinobi Ninja prior to listening to their latest self-released album titled Bless Up, and decided to check out their upcoming album that is set to be released in March.

Sounds Like: 
Rage Against the Machine
Sounds Like: 
Flobots
Sounds Like: 
Banks & Steelz
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017

Joy

Artist: 
The Expos
Label: 
Warped Your Records

Wow, what an album. Every track clocks in at a length of under 30 seconds, leading to the album being under 10 minutes, but why should that hold back any jam. The tracks are electrifying, featuring instrumentation that is drenched in rock n roll but also delves into a realm of experimentation that is interesting and adds a dynamic layer.

Sounds Like: 
Tony Molina
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
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: 
Code Orange
Label: 
Roadrunner Records

Code Orange’s new album Forever is pretty dope. It ranges from punk to thrash to deathcore and more. There are female vocals and interesting interloping songs. To play just one song from the album is really hard because the music just blends really well together. Some of the songs have just bizarre and spooky instrumentals and electronic add-ins but overall amazing. The drumming on this album was some of the greatest I’ve heard in a long time. Sharing the part of vocalist, the three singers really bring this album together. It was totally worth the wait for this album.

Sounds Like: 
Discourse
Sounds Like: 
Knocked Loose
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017