Mosh Music: Our fave new punk, rock and hardcore tunes this week
Some tracks on the "bandier" side to help get you through 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.
Silverstein - Ghost
Silverstein, what a fucking band. This year has been the year of old school post-hardcore bands releasing rad new music, and these dudes are keeping that trend going with their new one, Ghost. I've listened to these dudes since I was about 14 years old and they've continued to impress me with everything they've done since. The hard working Ontario five-piece have released an incredible eight studio albums since 2003, the last one being 2015's epic full-length, I Am Alive In Everything I Touch. Ghost shows yet another level of progression for Silverstein, with hardcore tinged riffs, big breakdowns and catchy af vocal hooks making it a tune that'll reel you in from start to end.
Polish Club - Beat Up
Right off the bat of touring with Northeast Party House, Polish Club have recently released a new single in Beat Up and announced a string of dates for their first ever headline tour (check those HERE). Beat Up is another rambunctious slice of raw af rock-and-fucking-roll, and also serves as the first taste of what's to come for the Sydney duo's debut album, due early next year. Can't wait.
Knuckle Puck - Evergreen
A fan favourite from the Chicago five-piece's debut full-length, Copacetic, which dropped last year. Knuckle Puck are another band putting their own twist on heartfelt, melodic pop-punk - and Copacetic was a super mature release for a first record. The thing that stands out most about this tune is the balance found between the quiet, minimalistic verses and the big wall of sound that kicks in for the chorus - a transition that I've found pop-punk bands tend to struggle with. Frontman Joe Taylor nails the raspy, semi-yelled vocal during the chorus, and it gives Evergreen a bit more of an edge for those that can't get around 'pop-punk vocals' for an entire track.
Tiny Moving Parts - Common Cold
Tiny Moving Parts are one of those bands that I've had recommended to me heaps of times but I've never actually bothered to check out. Why? Why did I not take that advice and listen to this amazing band? If you're into emotional pop-punk along the lines of The Wonder Years, Seaway and You Blew It! - these guys are definitely going to be a new favourite for you. This tune, Common Cold, comes from the Minnesota trio's third LP, Celebrate, which came out in May this year. Full of bright melodic guitar, intricate drum work and emotion-charged vocals, this tune grabs you from the opening chord and doesn't let go.
Odlaw (pictured top) - Chumps
A lovely little slice of grunge from Odlaw's debut record, Regret City, due out early next year. Chumps is a distortion-fuelled number for the first half of the track, before subtly transforming into a swaggering rock and roll jam - complete with a soaring guitar solo that spans the duration of the outro. Chumps was written by frontman Mark Neal about a type of human known in the music industry as a 'punisher' - someone who is 'annoying as fuck' and represents terrible or irrelevant artists. The song's chorus line: "oblivious is selfish", is a direct reference to one such punisher who was witnessed scaring away label execs and industry labels at last years WAM Festival, leaving no one to check out hard working bands and artists. Odlaw are playing a release show for Chumps alongside fellow Perth heavyweights Spilt Cities and Sail On! Sail On! at Jimmy's Den on Friday, November 4.
Got a tune worthy of helping us get over the Wednesday grind? Send me an EMAIL about it.