post punk

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
Artist: 
Mourn
Label: 
Captured Tracks

I first discovered Mourn in my first year at KAMP when I reviewed their self titled debut album. They are signed to Captured Tracks, which is the label for some of my favorite bands (Mac Demarco, DIIV, Wild Nothing). This album ended up being one of my favorite records of 2014. Although most of Mourn are still teenagers, their sound is very mature. This new record keeps the same general theme of 90s sounding post-punk songs. I definitely get a Sleater-Kinney vibe from some of the tracks on the record.

Sounds Like: 
Sleater-Kinney
Sounds Like: 
PJ Harvey
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
08/25/2016
Artist: 
Warm Brains
Label: 
milk milk lemonade

This is Rory Atwells second album under the name Warm Brains. He is more know for being a producer who has worked with bands like YUCK and the Vaccines. This  album at times is very lo-fi indie pop sounding and other times pretty experimental and psychedelic. A similar style to that of like the band Pavement. The fact that Atwell played,mix and mastered the album all on his own is pretty impressive, especially with the amount of layers in this record. It definitely took me a couples listens to really fully grasp the album.

Sounds Like: 
Test Icicles
Sounds Like: 
Pavement
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
11/23/2015
Artist: 
Dan Melchior's Broke Revue
Label: 
In the Red

This is Dan Melchoir Broke Revue first album in almost 10 years.He has been more focused on his solo projects.  Their previous albums had a much more bluesy sound, while this album is much more experimental and post-punk sounding. This albums production is very minimalistic and dark sounding and it has some great post-punk riffs. His vocals are very deadpan and dark sounding. Definitely worth a listen if you like very raw sounding post-punk with some crazy guitar work. 

Sounds Like: 
Dan Melchior
Sounds Like: 
Viet Cong
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2015
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