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.
Enter Shikari (pictured top) - Hoodwinker
A surprise single from the UK post-hardcore legends, and it's a damn heavy one. The quartet are currently working on their fifth record, but dropped stand-alone Hoodwinker on Monday just for the hell of it. I didn't really give Enter Shikari's most resent album, 2015's Mindsweeper, much of a listen - but if it's filled with the same level of all-out aggression that the four-piece have dished up on Hoodwinker, then I'm going to have to give it a run. Frontman Rou Reynolds took no prisoners when discussing the band's angle on Hoodwinker: "It is Enter Shikari angrily calling out your god as an imposter. Which I'm afraid he is. I know you thought all the others were imposters and yours was in fact the real one, but I'm afraid he is a phoney too." Epic video for this one, too.
Alpha Wolf - Nail Biter
Biiiig, big vibes from this Melbourne five-piece, and definitely not for the faint of heart! Nail Biter is heavy, angry and chaotic; the kind of track that will appeal to both metalheads and hardcore-lovers. As brutal as this tune is, it maintains a kind of heavy groove throughout that had me nodding along from start to end, and I'll definitely be listening to more of Alpha Wolf. You can catch these maniacs out on the road through October and November, playing Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The Story So Far - Nerve
Despite being over a year old I had to throw the new vid for Nerve into this week's Mosh Music, as it was probably the highlight from The Story So Far's 2015 self-titled album. The album had a heap of massive tracks, but this is the one that reeled me in from my first listen with that crisp intro guitar and a chorus that could very well be TSSF's best ever. It's a shame The Story So Far never release actual music videos, but at least this gives you an insight into what it's like seeing the Walnut Creek five-piece in action (I caught them last year and they were fucking brilliant). Fingers crossed on more new music from these dudes soon.
Vanna - Flower
Vanna are so good at writing songs that are heavy as balls yet hauntingly beautiful - and this is a prime example. Taken from the Boston five-piece's recent sixth record, All Hell; Flower showcases Vanna's underrated songwriting ability and the raw emotion that they channel in all of their music. Vanna frontman Davey Muise has a fucking insane voice, the way that he belts out the opening lines on Flower: "I promise you this, I was a poor excuse for a man at best", gives you have no choice but to pay attention. The video for Flower is pretty special as well, if you're prone to losing a few tears this one could easily have you welling up.
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