Here's some new punk and rock tunes to get you through Hump Day
A few faster tracks to help get you through the rest of the working week.
It's generally around this time of the week that we start to hit a wall, when those thoughts about calling in sick for work creep into our heads far more often than they probably should and our caffeine intake rises to dangerous levels. We get it, since Monday you've had one eye on the weekend and you're still only halfway there, another three days remain to painfully navigate and there ain't a damn thing you can do about it except to keep dragging yourself out of bed each morning. Thankfully, we've put together a list of the best new heavy music you can wrap your ears around to help pull your mopey ass through Hump Day, and hopefully the rest of the week.
Fear Like Us - Red Ochre
Fear Like Us (formerly Novacastrian) includes members of notable Australian punk outfits High Tension and A Death In The Family, and are Australia's answer to The Gaslight Anthem. Taken from the Melbourne five-piece's forthcoming LP Succour, Red Ochre is a powerful piece of Australian folk punk, with lyrics that centre on the Stolen Generation from an Indigenous perspective. This is a track brimming with heart, melody and powerful lyrical content, proving that punk music is still one of the very best platforms to inspire and educate. Succour is due out this Friday, 6 May.
blink-182 - Bored To Death (album art pictured above)
Our first taste of blink without Tom DeLonge. While it definitely feels strange listening to this band without arguably their most important member of the past 24 years, it's always nice to have new blink in our ears. Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba has stepped in on guitar and vocal duties for the new record, and Bored To Death shows us that if someone has to replace Tom; Skiba is definitely the right man for the job. Bored To Death would've slotted in well on blink's self-titled album from 2003, with bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus stepping it up big time in Tom's absence. You might not like the idea of blink-182 with a tampered line up but definitely give this one a try.
Saosin - Control and the Urge to Pray
The third take from Saosin's upcoming album Along The Shadow; the band's first release with frontman Anthony Green since the 2003 Translating The Name EP. This track follows earlier singles Racing Towards A Red Light and The Silver String (which we wrote about HERE). Control And The Urge To Pray is a slower, less frenetic track than the earlier releases from the new record, paving the way for a booming chorus where Green's vocals take centre stage: "I saw it frame by frame/We'll take it all apart until there's nothing left to blame." Along The Shadow is out May 20 through Epitaph.
Ocean Grove - Lights On Kind Of Lover
Experimental, 'odd world' hardcore from Melbourne, Ocean Grove celebrated their recent signing to Aussie label UNFD with a one off single Lights Off Kind Of Lover. Ocean Grove released their Black Label EP last year and have been steadily gathering steam ever since. It's easy to see why, with Lights On Kind Of Lover proving that this five-piece are definitely doing their own thing and doing it very well. This track is a little bit hardcore, a little bit nu-metal and a little bit grunge all rolled into one big, fast, aggressive ball of noise.
Dance Gavin Dance - Carl Barker (live re-recording)
Another cut from Dance Gavin Dance's upcoming live album Tree City Sessions following the re-release of Lemon Meringue Tie a week ago (which we wrote about in last week's edition HERE). Tree City Sessions is the forthcoming album from the Californian post-hardcore outfit and is made up of live recordings of fan-favourites from old DGD records, it's due out May 13. Carl Barker originally featured on Dance Gavin Dance's 2009 album Happiness, but the new, live recording includes screaming vocalist Jon Mess (who didn't feature on Happiness), as well as new clean vocalist Tillian Pearson.
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