Mosh Music: Our fave new rock, punk and hardcore tunes this week.
A few tracks on the heavier 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.
Skegss - My Face
Taken from their forthcoming, sophomore EP Everyone Is Good At Something, Byron-based trio Skegss have struck surf-punk gold with My Face. Even though we've just barely stepped into winter, this one will make you feel like it's 32 degrees outside - as it overflows with those perfect summery, 'sinking a beer at the beach' vibes. Everyone Is Good At Something comes out Friday July 15 through Dune Rats' Ratbag Records, make sure you check it out if you're wanting to spin something that'll kick those dull winter mornings in the dick.
blink-182 - Rabbit Hole
Our second taste of Blink's forthcoming record California, following on from Bored To Death a few weeks back, and it's a definite grower. This one has more of an old-school blink vibe to it, kind of reminiscent of something from the Take Off Your Pants And Jacket era. My first listen through didn't exactly grab me, but I'm glad I stuck it out for a third and fourth. The chorus is what makes this tune - it's super anthemic and, like so many of our favourite blink songs, ends up getting stuck in your head for days.
Rag N' Bone - I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore
A Perth band on the up and up, Rag n' Bone have had a huge 12 months, releasing their debut EP and scoring themselves two WAM Song of the Year awards for punk and rock. This track had me patiently waiting in anticipation from start to end, you'll have to listen for yourself to see where it ends up. Thumping floor toms heighten suspense as they gradually build towards an epic finale, providing the perfect backdrop for the soft, semi-spoken vocals of frontwoman Kiera Owen. I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore is our first taste of the four-piece's forthcoming, debut LP and centres itself on lyrics tackling some big issues, including the refugee crisis, gender identity and cultural re-appropriation.
Norma Jean - 1,000,000 Watts
The first single from metalcore giants Norma Jean's new record Polar Similar, and what a fucking beast of a track this is. Kicking off with a earth-shattering intro, 1,000,000 Watts flows into those typically haunting, off-key guitar sounds that have been so prevalent in Norma Jean's sound for well over a decade. This track swings between heavy and clean vocals to perfection and features some super impressive percussive moments, including a breakdown (at 2:54) that's a certified ball-tearer.
Good Boy - Poverty Line
Good Boy aren't a political band but they certainly raise some valid and undeniable points on Poverty Line. Packed with relevant lyrical contact leading up to the Federal Election, this is a really cool, up-tempo track from the three-piece's forthcoming EP. These mates from Brisbane have had a big few months; earning themselves plenty of rotation on triple j, a slot on the Laneway Festival lineup and some impressive support slots. Mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control) - a driving bass-line, frantic drumming and a rad guitar solo prove the perfect counterpart to the pointed lyrics on Poverty Line.
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