Mosh Music: Our fave new punk and rock tunes this week
A few tracks on the "bandier" side 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 (particularly if you were at Splendour over the weekend), 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 guitar-driven music you can wrap your ears around, from rock 'n' roll and grunge all the way through to hardcore and metal. Hopefully it's enough to help pull your mopey ass through Hump Day and the rest of the week.
Every Time I Die (pictured top) - Glitches
Holy shit, what a way to kick off this week's MM. Most of Every Time I Die's members are in their mid to late 30's and these guys still rip 10x harder than any of the 18-year-olds out there doing hardcore today. Glitches is an absolute belter of a track; slapping you square in the face with chaotic riffage and furious vocals from the outset. Frontman Keith Buckley attacks the mic like a man possessed on this tune, bellowing venomous lines like: "Frightened of fear, a servant of time. Kidnapped the queen, I have angered the hive." As is the case with all of ETID's music, Glitches is overflowing with unbridled aggression and energy, and I have my fingers firmly crossed that the legends from NY will be heading back out to our shores soon to play it for us live. Glitches comes from Every Time I Die's new record Low Teens, due out September 23 through Epitaph.
Balance and Composure - Postcard
Finally! I've been hanging the fuck out for some new Balance and Composure for too long. These dudes are easily one of my favourite bands of the last decade and if you haven't heard them before; you should immediately check out their albums Separation and The Things We Think We're Missing. New single, Postcard, definitely showcases some major changes from the band's sound on TTWTWM, with an electronic drum-track and vocal effects giving the track a mellow, shoe-gazey kinda vibe. Despite B&C taking a different angle on the new track, Postcards is still overflowing with the melody, moodiness and atmosphere that has made them a favourite for so many people in recent times and I'm certain they won't be farewelling any fans. Postcards is the first cut from new record Light We Made which will be out October 7.
Skegss - Mustang
More perfect surf-punk from the Byron Bay fellas, taken from their self-produced, sophomore EP - Everyone Is Good At Something. Written as an ode to frontman Ben Ben Bograil's Telecaster and Mustang guitars, Mustang is yet another summery piece of magic from the trio, who seem to constantly find ways to warm us up and make us smile with their charming brand of posi punk. Skegss will be hitting stages around the country this August for their Everyone Is Good At Something tour, with the EP out now through Ratbag Records.
A Day To Remember - Bullfight
Given the brilliance of their previous five records over a decade long career, it's hard to believe that ADTR may be on the verge of releasing their best album to date; but you'd be a damn fool to argue against it after listening to the first three singles from record number six, Bad Vibrations. Bullfight is another stellar taste of the post-hardcore heavyweights' forthcoming record, and is further proof that ADTR are still the very pinnacle of heavy bands making music today. This track is a little less brutal than the first two singles (Bad Vibrations and Paranoia) we've heard from the new album, but it may well my favourite of the three cuts so far. The breakdown that drops at 3:10 is a certified ball-buster that's sure to blow a few minds when the lads play it live on their Aus tour this December. Bad Vibrations is due out September 2 through ADTR Records and Epitaph.
The Bennies feat. Damien Cowell - (He'll Never Be An) Ol' Man River
What a cover of the TISM classic! The Bennies are currently in the middle of their biggest Australian tour off the back of their massive record Wisdom Machine; playing 30 shows around the country and selling out a stack of 'em. The Melbourne punks kicked off the run of dates with a sold out show at Max Watts in their hometown, and were joined on stage by Damien Cowell, frontman of Australian alt-rock legends TISM, for an epic rendition of the band's 1995 hit (He'll Never Be An) Ol' Man River. The Bennies play four more Australian dates on this run (all in WA over the next few days) but will be back for three more shows in mid-September following their US tour, so make sure you take the opportunity to catch them lighting up a stage near you.
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