Here's some new punk and rock tunes to get you through Hump Day
Five new punk/rock/metal 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 (or Tuesday in this week's case) you've had one eye on the weekend and you're still only halfway there, another few days remain to painfully navigate and there ain't a damn thing you can do about it. Thankfully, we'll start posting a list each week of the best new heavier tracks you can wrap your ears around to help you pull your mopey ass through hump day, and hopefully the rest of the week.
Japam (pictured above) - DK Facepunch
First cab off the rank are Japam, with their pop-punk gem DK Facepunch. Japam, a five-piece from Adelaide, came to be after guitarist Seb Hudson decided to evolve his popular bedroom demos into a live band format back in 2014. DK Facepunch is our first taste of the group's upcoming EP, sharply titled How's My Ep? DK Facepunch is a tight and punchy piece of raw Aussie punk, combining heavy drums and shrill, edgy guitar work with soaring hooks and vocal melodies. You can catch Japam playing a mini-tour next month: Saturday 14 May at Enigma Bar in Adelaide, Saturday 21 May at The Brunswick Hotel in Melbourne and Saturday 28 May at The Oxford Art Factory in Sydney.
Dance Gavin Dance - Lemon Meringue Tie (live re-recording)
Not a new song as such, but a nine-year-old song re-recorded in a live setting with a completely new feel to it. This one comes from Californian post-hardcore giants Dance Gavin Dance's live studio album Tree City Sessions, due out May 13 and featuring a selection of fan-favourite tracks from the band's decade long career. The re-recorded Lemon Meringue Tie, originally from 2007's Downtown Battle Mountain, sounds as tight as ever but almost feels like an entirely new song with new frontman Tillian Peason on vocal duties and screamer Jon Mess changing his vocal style dramatically since the original recording. The Tree City Sessions record is a really cool concept, I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of this album.
West Thebarton Brothel Party - Red Or White
What a band name! Another killer act out of Radelaide, West Thebarton Brothel Party are a seven-piece consisting of four parts guitar and three parts rhythm. On new single Red Or White, the punk-posse deliver an intense, fuzzed out, garage banger that promises huge things to follow. The accompanying video for Red Or White shows that WTBP are a band that know how to get loose when they play live, but with seven people on stage at all times we feel like this would be somewhat of a given. With only their 2015 self-titled EP to their name so far, West Thebarton Brothel Party are a band with a lot of heart and endless potential.
Trash Boat - Strangers feat. Dan Campbell
Trash Boat are a five-piece pop punk outfit from the UK in the vein of bands like Neck Deep and The Story So Far. Strangers leads in with a soft, melodic guitar intro before erupting into a rapid-fire pop punk onslaught, highlighted by up tempo drumming and sweeping guitars. Trash Boat frontman Tobi Duncan takes charge of Strangers with strong clean vocals from his first line, while his rough and raspy yells really help to lift the emotion on the track. An appearance from The Wonder Years' vocalist Dan Campbell during the outro of Strangers takes the track to epic heights and forces your finger straight to the replay button. Trash Boat are releasing their debut album, Nothing I Write You Can Change What You've Been Through, June 17 through Hopeless Records.
Architects - Gone With The Wind
Keeping with the UK acts, here's the newest cut from metalcore mainstays Architects' upcoming full-length All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, following on from A Match Made In Heaven, which we covered HERE. I just have to put it out there; this band is absolute bullshit, they are so ridiculously good and despite being seven albums deep in their career, only seem to be getting better. Despite Architects being one of the most technically skilful bands in the metalcore scene, for Gone With The Wind they have opted to put the focus firmly on frontman Sam Carter's vocals rather than guitars or drums. Extended moments of ambience allow the listener to hear just how impressive this guy's range is (skip to 0:40 secs in the vid for a prime example), while also allowing the heavier parts of the song to hit so much harder. All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us is due out on May 27 through Epitaph.
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