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.
The Hunted Crows (pictured top) - Two Faced Lover
Expect big things from these fellas when they release their sophomore EP later this year. Huge Royal Blood/Queens Of The Stone Age/The Dead Weather vibes on this one (don't be fooled by the questionable beatbox intro), from the massively talented Melbourne duo. Riffs on riffs on riffs, pounding drum-work and the addition of some well placed phasers makes Two Faced Lover one of those tracks that will appeal to all lovers of heavy music, regardless of what you usually get down to. You can catch The Hunted Crows touring the Two Faced Lover single release around the country this July, alongside Tasmanian rockers Verticoli.
Support The Hunted Crows, buy their music on iTUNES.
Sly Withers - Nike Shoe
"There's a Nike show in my meter box and I don't know how it got there." How could anyone not be intrigued enough by this opening line to give Sly Wither's Nike Shoe a chance? If the clever, self-deprecating lyricism isn't enough to reel you in; the bright, summery guitars and overall Aussie charm on show throughout this track are sure to do the trick. If you vibe on The Smith Street Band then you'll undoubtedly get behind this one - as this Perth four-piece could best be described as a slightly bubblier version of The Smithies. Nike Shoe is a cut from Sly Withers' self-titled, debut full-length due out this September, keep an eye out for that one.
Sail On! Sail On! - Endorphins
Sail On! Sail On! release their debut LP later this year, and new single Endorphins points to it being an absolute belter from the Perth post-hardcore outfit. The quartet have been hard at work on the forthcoming full-length in recent times, locked away in the studio with producer Matthew Templeman (Statues, Voyager); but the end result is shaping up to be something incredible if this track is anything to go by. The slow-build that begins at the 1:09 point of Endorphins is fucking huge with snare-rolls leading into tom-fills, clearing the way for pounding guitars and powerful vocals that pull you in headfirst. Endorphins also gets a stunning video, shot overnight in the WA outback using long-exposure and time lapse techniques to capture the Milky Way moving across the sky in all its glory. You can catch Sail On! Sail On! playing dates around Australia over the next month, head over to their Facebook page to check those out.
Support Sail On! Sail On! Buy Endorphins on iTUNES.
Trade Wind - Lowest Form
As much as I would've loved to have made this an exclusively Australian edition of Mosh Music, this new track from American band Trade Wind was too rad not to include. Lowest Form is the second single from the four-piece's debut full-length You Make Everything Disappear, due out July 15, and it's a really interesting piece of progressive rock. This tune is honestly the last thing you'd expect to hear from a band comprised of members from Stick To Your Guns, Stray From The Path and Structures (three of the hardest-hitting bands in the hardcore and metalcore scenes at present), but I think that's what makes Lowest Form so refreshing and captivating; it constantly hints at becoming super loud and brutal, without it ever eventuating. In saying that, a mini-breakdown at 4:25 ties the whole song together perfectly and should also be enough to keep those distortion cravings at bay.
Support Trade Wind, buy You Make Everything Disappear on iTUNES.
Foxtrot - Habitats
A surprise release from the Melbourne punks last Friday; album number two is a ripper. Shifting between all-out-punk anthems, slower, melodic tracks and pop punk-esque bangers; Habitats has something for even the fussiest punk fan. I hear a lot of The Gaslight Anthem in Habitats' more melodic tracks, while bands like The Menzingers and The Swellers come to mind on the punkier cuts, and coupled with Foxtrot's unique, all-Australian take on punk it all makes for pretty sweet listening. Habitats is available on vinyl through Jackknife Music and you can catch the four-piece playing shows around Aus through July and August in celebration of the release.
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