Mosh Music: Our fave new rock, punk and hardcore 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, 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.
Totally Unicorn (pictured top) - Space Congratulations
I'll admit, when I first heard Totally Unicorn I didn't think they were for me, but they've swayed me in recent times with gripping releases Customer Service Station and the new Space Congratulations, and now I can't seem to get enough. I'm not even going to try and pin a genre on these guys, but their tunes are brash, chaotic and beautifully unpredictable. With rampaging drums, mind-bending off-key guitars and booming gang vocals - Space Congratulations is a wild ride that's well worth your time. Keep an eye out for Totally Unicorn's forthcoming album Dream Life, due out July 29 through The Farmer & The Owl/Inertia.
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Make Them Suffer - Ether
A ripper of a track from the Perth metallers, who are currently out on the road around Aus supporting Parkway Drive - and a superbly shot video to partner it. Ether appears to be a one off release from the sextet following the release of their massive second record Old Souls in May last year. This track may be hinting at a slightly less brutal direction for Make Them Suffer, but it still hits hard as hell and proves that the Perth locals have been writing and progressing at a rapid rate over the past 12 months.
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CERES - Happy In Your Head
Given that this week's edition of Mosh Music largely features tracks that make you wanna punch stuff, it's nice to get a band like CERES in here at the halfway mark to chill things out with some lovely melodies. The Melbourne quartet have just signed to Cooking Vinyl, and in further exciting news have announced their sophomore album Drag It Down On You, due out September 2. Frontman Tom Lanyon explains that this beauty of a track is about finding contentment at the end of a relationship: "Happy In Your Head is about finally realising you aren’t in someone’s life anymore. You’re just a memory in their head, and for some sick, sad reason - you are happy enough with that."
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Touché Amoré - Palm Dreams
One of my favourite hardcore bands of the last five or six years, Palm Dreams is a cut from Touché Amoré's forthcoming LP Stage Four . The album title relates to it being the band's fourth record as well as the term given to cancer's final stage; tying into the unfortunate death of frontman Jeremy Bol's mother as a result of the disease back in 2014. Palm Dreams takes a more melodic approach to hardcore than previously heard on Touché releases, featuring shoegaze-style riffs and clean backing vocals that offer a softer edge to the poignant lyrics on offer. Highly recommend dedicating some listening time to this track and checking out Stage Four when it comes out September 16.
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Every Time I Die - The Coin Has A Say
A huge single to accompany the announcement of Every Time I Die's new record Low Teens, the band's eighth full-length release. The Coin Has A Say gets a live-performance video that highlights just how fucking nuts this band is on stage, and why they've earned themselves one of the most dedicated fanbases in hardcore over their almost 20-year-long career. Frontman Keith Buckley delivers his trademark tongue-in-cheek lyricism on Every Coin Has A Say: "But to an amateur set of eyes, me and the lord look a lot alike. I might even have a brilliant shine and the strength to make it right." If you haven't listened to ETID before then I wholeheartedly suggest that you start now, it's never too late to get on board with a kickass band.
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