If you’re a cynic, this is not the album for you. I’m not a fan of love songs, myself – they tend to be too sad, too sappy, or both at once. This album hits a happy medium. It’s sweet, sometimes bittersweet, but never too much. I even liked the lyrics, which is where a lot of indie folk loses me.
I’ll straight-up admit it. I haven’t listened to post-punk since the nineties, and I pretty much left the genre for dead. Belgian post-punk band Rape Blossoms’ new album “Ruinenlust” reminded me why I liked the genre in the first place, but it manages to avoid wallowing in the sticky nostalgia that waits like a tar pit for the unwary musician.Read more "Rape Blossoms – Ruinenlust"
The UK has produced absolutely brilliant musical comedians. Bill Bailey, Dead Cat Bounce, Eric Idle… heck, even David O’Doherty. LXCO, I’m sorry to say, is not among them.
Sault Ste. Marie band Jack Spades released The First April 20th, thirteen solid minutes of driving punk thrash with a rock and roll feel. It’s an album you want to turn up while driving – I just wish there was more of it so I could drive a little further!
Let’s face it, it’s hard to find a band that covers subjects from the vileness of Colonel Steel to Israel’s use of white phosphorus. Disworship, however, is that band. From the first burst of feedback on their self-titled album released April 18th 2014, they use a relentlessly sludgy doom grind to destroy consumerism, worship, and the tyranny of torturous regimes.
There’s not a lot of crossover between birding and thrash… so there’s probably no faster way to get me into an album than by using the name of an obscure bird-of-paradise as a song title.
The Van Dammes new VD EP is a fluffy, catchy, eight-minute slice of 80s garage-tinged pop punk. It sounds like they’d be a fun band to see live, too. The lyrics are perkier than what I’m used to hearing from punk bands lately. In retrospect, though, “Rock & Roll High School” wasn’t exactly Tolstoy either.