post punk

Artist: 
Flowertruck
Label: 
Flowertruck

Flowertruck is a post-punk from Sydney Australia. The best way I can describe their sound would be to compare it to the warm sunlight of late March, but Australian and dancy post-punk. If that intriques you, then you will love their new album, Mostly Sunny. Throughout the album, lead vocals are supported by atmospheric synth leads and punchy bass lines. Lyrically, Mostly Sunny is whimsical and mesmerizing.

Sounds Like: 
Omni
Sounds Like: 
Shopping
Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Shopping
Label: 
FatCat Records

Shopping is an Elglish post-punk trio that formed in the year 2012 and have since been releasing tracks that are exhilrating and to some, present some sort of political dogma. I can see where this may stem from after taking a listen to their newest album. "The Official Body" Is Shopping's third album consists of tracks that heavily state the band's political identity. The tracks on this album are catchy, dancey, and have some pretty hypnotizing beats.

Sounds Like: 
Slowcoahes
Sounds Like: 
Telegram
Name: 
Nayla Acosta
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2018
Artist: 
Protomartyr
Label: 
Domino

Protomartyr makes music for the abyss. Not so much eulogies, rather kiss-offs for a shitty, unforgiving world. Relatives in Descent is a dark album, even by Protomartyr standards. It should come no surprise then that Protomartyr's darkest album is also their best - they are at their best in this environment. Sonically, not much has changed from Agent Intellect. It's post-punk: angular guitars, driving bass, muffled toms. Yet nothing stands out more than Joe Casey, who has become one of the great anti-heroes of modern music.

Sounds Like: 
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (circa Dig Lazarus Dig)
Sounds Like: 
Iceage
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
10/17/2017
Artist: 
Chastity Belt
Label: 
Hardly Art

I had a good time with Chastity Belt's second album, Time to Go Home, so when I saw that their newest album was up for grabs for reviewing, I picked it up hoping for another good time. And I have not been disappointed. Chastity Belt is back, and I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone shows the band's ability grow without changing their entire sound.

Sounds Like: 
Joy Division
Sounds Like: 
The Cure
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
The Smiths
Sounds Like: 
Mazzy Star
Sounds Like: 
The Soundtrack to a Sofia Coppola movie
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
CCTV
Label: 
Self-released

CCTV are a band (supposedly) at the forefront of the underground Midwestern hardcore revival scene. Most of this music is pretty underground and DIY and spread in fame almost entirely due to notorious youtube channel Jimmy (RIP) who uploaded DIY punk released from all over the place. With most of the Midwestern underground scene currently  being composed of DEVO revivalists, CCTV take clear inspiration from the Minutemen instead.

Sounds Like: 
The Soviettes
Sounds Like: 
Minutemen
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
Closet Goth
Label: 
Warped Your Records

Pretty Dead is the latest release from Gilbert based no wave/ post punk band Closet Goth off of Warped Your Records.

Sounds Like: 
Bong Pong
Sounds Like: 
Boy Jr.
Name: 
Jack Maloney
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Priests
Label: 
Sister Polygon Records

        I was really hoping to love Nothing Feels Natural, I really was, but it's just not for me. Opening song "Appropriate" is indicative of the album, in that it starts out with lots of energy and anger, and it just turns into a void of moody mush, saxophone and all. The first two singles "Jj" and "Pink White House" are some of the best songs of the year, and while the follow up single "Nothing Feels Natural" is more tuneful and still pretty good, they shouldn't have used it as a template.

Sounds Like: 
Savages
Sounds Like: 
X-Ray Spex
Sounds Like: 
Downtown Boys
Sounds Like: 
Perfect Pussy
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/03/2017
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: 
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Label: 
Bad Seed Ltd

For several decades, Nick Cave has presented himself as the anti-St. Peter. Cave is the sleazy, slicked-back doorman at the gates of Hell who sees your fake ID and lets you in anyways. But for all the doom and gloom of both Nick Cave's bands (Birthday Party and the Bad Seeds), he always seemed detached, more an omniscient narrator than an actual actor in the plots he wove. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds newest record Skeleton Tree bucks that trend for an awful reason. In 2015, Cave lost his teenage son off a cliff in an accident in Brighton, England.

Sounds Like: 
Tom Waits
Sounds Like: 
Oneohtrix Point Never
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2016
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
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