Mosh Music: Our fave new punk, rock and hardcore tunes this week
Some "bandier" tunes to help get you to the weekend.
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 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.
Spilt Cities (pictured top) - Keep Quiet
Spilt Cities are a rapidly rising quartet from Perth, writing captivating post-rock in the vein of bands like Modest Mouse, Brand New and Mogwai. Keep Quiet, the second tune from Spilt Cities this year following on from the soaring Whirlpools, is a four minute epic of a track built around spacious drums, melodic guitar licks and stirring vocals - courtesy of frontman Shaun Rodan. There are some really special 'quiet' moments throughout this track that are hauntingly beautiful, allowing the heavier back end of the song to have a massive impact. Perth crew can catch Spilt Cities launching Keep Quiet at Jimmy's Den on Friday, November 4.
Counterparts - Stranger
Counterparts' fourth record, Tragedy Will Find Us, was one of my absolute favourite releases last year and Stranger is a monster of a track from that record. Another band from Ontario, Canada; Counterparts play emotion-charged hardcore with a melodic twist. I've heard other bands try to copy the whole angry/melodic thing that these guys have been doing since '07, and no one can nail it quite like Counterparts can. The soaring, intricate riffs that punctuate Stranger (go to 1:07 to hear a prime example) give this song so much feeling and add subtle layers that are generally unheard in hardcore, frontman Brendan Murphy also goes in super hard on this. You can catch Counterparts touring Aus with Every Time I Die and .letlive next Jan.
I Prevail - Come And Get It
A thunderous intro sets the mood from the outset of this new one from I Prevail, with a crunching nu-metal riff and pounding drum beat coming in hard. This post-hardcore quartet from Detroit have already made a huge impact in the scene and earned themselves an impressive following, considering they've only been around since 2013 - but with brutal bangers like this it's easy to see why. I Prevail's debut full-length, Lifelines, drops on October 21.
The Dirty Nil - Friends In The Sky
I can't believe I hadn't heard of these dudes until now, this shit is so great! Brash, distortion-fuelled rock and roll with a modern punk twist - it's a lot of fun. This trio from Ontario, Canada released their debut album, Higher Power, back in January this year and after hearing Friends In The Sky I'm going to make sure I get around that record ASAP. The tune also comes with a super amusing vid that sees The Dirty Nil recreate The Who's infamous debut appearance on American television back in 1967, puffy shirts and all. These guys will be out in Australia for UNFD festival next January, as well as joining post-hardcore giants Alexisonfire for their Aus tour dates.
Saviour - The Quiet Calm
Our second taste of new music from Saviour's rejigged lineup, following Lovers back in February, and I seriously dig it. The permanent addition of vocalist Shontay Snow alongside frontman Bryant Best, following the band's reformation last year, has given the Perth six-piece something special that sets them apart from other heavy-hitters - and Snow's voice shines brightly on The Quiet Calm. Early signs are that Saviour have uncovered the perfect balance between dark, heavy moments and soft, melodic downtime in their new music; and it should earn them plenty of new fans when their next album drops. Saviour are touring The Quiet Calm around Australia next month, playing dates in all major cities.
Got a tune worthy of helping us get over the Wednesday grind? Send me an EMAIL about it.