Toronto psych punks Possum are set to release their full length debut, Space Grade Assembly, in just a few weeks (June 21st via Garment District), a record that is both swirling with garage rock excess and cosmic basement fuzz. It shreds and shreds, brain cells be damned, bringing to mind early albums from Wand or Meatbodies.
Hailing from Boston, Little Musket started out as the songwriting vehicle for Catherine Conley but has expanded into a full-fledged four piece. You can expect a big sound with a direct, personal point-of-view. Little Musket’s upcoming debut record, Fever Blister, is being released by Dadstache Records (Calicoco, Fuzzrod).
The song’s slow and ominous introduction is paired perfectly with the video’s lighting, backing out into frame without any sense of urgency. The clip is fantastically off-centered which works together with the song, a dirge of psych tension that opens to primal drums and eventually the surfy bliss of Grace Wayne’s vocals and guitar.
In this video, Esterhammer-Fic’s powers of arrangement are on full display, as is his vulnerability as an untested artist that is stepping out as a songwriter, in many ways, for the first time. What better way to do that than by showcasing an orchestral reinterpretation of the Grammy Award Winning Certified R&B Banger “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai.
The Washington, DC based duo will release their latest EP, Life/Death, on the venerable King Pizza Records (Mad Doctors, Daddies, Top Nachos) this summer, five blistering tracks that skate between garage punk, stoner metal, and grunge.
Tempering aggression for something sweeter (but no less biting), “Shnuki” moves bassist Amy Hill (also of Terry) over to lead vocals, with Tom Ridgewell’s vocals closely snapped into place just beneath. The song opens with a razor sharp guitar line, still distorted and tightly wound, but it’s the vocals introduction that dives headfirst into pop uncharted pop-territory.
DC’s Mock Identity are carrying the torch of their cities punk scene and making music that speaks for the downtrodden. It’s bold and brilliant, post-hardcore music that flexes more brains than it does brawn… but it most definitely rips as well.
Three singles in and we’re eager to hear the record in full, to submerge into the world of Nicole Yun’s thoughtful lyricism and to stumble through the many nuances of her pop music. Before that however, we’re excited to share Yun’s “Supernatural Babe” music video.
After a string of lead up singles, the band will release Chores, their full length debut via Make Believe on July 22nd. The release is wildly expansive, a post-punk marathon that twists and turns through uncommon structures and a variety of sonic temperaments, all drawn under the same lo-fi recordings.
The band’s debut EP, What?, clocks in at a lean six minutes and five tracks, an economical approach to noise punk that shines in its brevity. Divorce Cop, comprised of Brock Ginther (Royal Blood), Chris Gervais (Toothbrush), and Anthony Bitetti (Great Western Plain), each bring a little something of their own to the ramshackle recordings,
Fusing together a mix of the Wire school of post-punk with the Devo school of the genre, the quartet like to swerve across lanes, pulling together a panoramic view of clever detachment and snide cynicism that reflects on everything from gentrification to the endless pursuit of internet content.
Sad Cactus’ upcoming release, a split between Boston’s Squitch and Brooklyn’s Wet Mut, sums up the label’s knack for finding bands that fit together well without sounding too much alike. Right now you can stream two songs from the split.
Following 2017’s Destructoid and last year’s early recording reissue, 5 Wasted Years, the experimental metal band return with Coolness Factor 6, a new EP due out June 21st via Learning Curve (Bummer, Super Thief, Tongue Party) and the band’s own Hermit Cave Records.
Ahead of upcoming tour dates (some together with Orindal Records label mates Claire Cronin and Advance Bass), Moon Racer is sharing a new single, “You Can Feel Bad,” a cover of Patty Loveless’ mid-90s country hit.
With their eyes on the dance floor, Damn Teeth have released their first single, “Real Control,” off their upcoming album, Real Men. The single's video is a writhing mass of sound and color over which singer Paul McArthur spits platitudes about submission and sexual deviancy.
Come for the glistening pop hooks, stay for the immaculate and complex guitar parts. Minneapolis’ Sass will release their debut album, Chew Toy, on May 31st via Heavy Meadow Records a record with enough knotted riffs and shifting rhythms that you’ll have this on repeat.
The band’s new full-length record, Holy Roller, reveals a more relaxed and reflective side. They’re still channeling the Stones, but this time around it’s much more like the country blues of the band’s late-60s era. While they stay true to their rebellious rock roots, they’ve tempered with a tinge of wistfulness — as if their living room guitars drank too much wine.
It’s been six sweaty years of fuzzy bliss for Brooklyn’s The Mad Doctors but it would appear all good things must come to end. The trio are calling it quits and we mourn the pending loss of a unique presence in Brooklyn’s punk circles, one that always remained a beacon for DIY, void of posturing and pretension.
This is an EP you can skate to. This is an EP you can bake and get baked to. This EP will ask for your number and then be cool with you if you turn it down, and eventually become a pretty cool friend. Dark Floral is France Camps fourth release overall, and their second on label extraordinaire Forged Artifacts.