Mosh Music: Our fave new punk and rock tunes this week
Including new music from three of the 2000's biggest punk bands.
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.
Turnover - Humming
Virginian four-piece Turnover yesterday released a video for Humming, a dreamy cut from their second record Peripheral Vision which came out late last year. The black and white video for Humming ties perfectly with the soft, melodic tones and steady vocals, evoking feelings of nostalgia that make you wish you were out driving on a country road with wide open spaces in front of you. Turnover have made a name for themselves writing incredible, emotive lyrics over their short career, and Humming is no exception: "Let me know your secret/Tell me how you colour all the empty space."
Trash Boat - How Selfish I Seem
How Selfish I Seem kicks off with a pounding intro that gets heads nodding immediately, before flowing into a rapid fire verse that keeps the energy level high. It's a heavier piece of work from the UK pop-punk outfit, after hearing the super melodic Strangers a few weeks back (which we wrote about in an earlier edition HERE). Trash Boat's debut album Nothing I Write You Can Change What You've Been Through comes out June 17 through Hopeless Records, and the two cuts we've heard form it so far have made it a must listen.
Bayside - Enemy Lines
Enemy Lines is the first single taken from legendary punk outfit Bayside's forthcoming record Vacancy, due out August 19. This one is a little heavier than what we've been used to from the New York four-piece on earlier records, with driving bass and a wailing guitar riff driving the song from the outset, paving the way for a soaring vocal performance from frontman Anthony Raneri. Raneri's lyrics have always been at the forefront of Bayside's music and Enemy Lines is no exception: "Now we're both casualties in this/Every kiss and every word, they were bullets spraying hazardly from lips." Bayside haven't released a bad record in their 16 year career, and Enemy Lines points to Vacancy being another classic.
Thrice - Black Honey
From one legendary 2000's punk band to another. When Thrice ended things indefinitely back in 2012 it looked like we may never hear new music from the Californian four-piece again, but their time off has resulted in a much welcome comeback. Black Honey is taken from Thrice's forthcoming studio album To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere, and shows us that we're in for a fucking killer record. Black Honey is the product of a band who have been perfecting their sound over 16 years and nine albums, and frontman Dustin Kensrue is probably the best example of the band's high standards, his gravelly vocal owning this track from start to finish. To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere is out May 27 through Vagrant Records.
Brand New - I Am A Nightmare
We've already seen tracks from two of the biggest bands of the past two decades, why not cap things off with, undoubtedly, the biggest? The ever enigmatic Brand New today released their second piece of new music since Mene in April last year, and it probably wasn't what you were expecting. I Am A Nightmare is an up-tempo number that sounds like Morrissey mixed with Interpol mixed with something from Brand New's debut record Your Favourite Weapon. If both I Am A Nightmare and Mene are, as we suspect, cuts from a new album, the two tracks couldn't be more dissimilar; but when in their entire careers have Brand New ever done anything 'by the book'? That being said, every Brand New fan knows that everything this band ever touches turns to gold and this track is no exception, check it out for yourself.
Got a tune worthy of helping us get over the Wednesday grind? Send me an EMAIL about it.