Wednesday, 5 December 2018

2018 In Review...

Another year another list. In keeping up with tradition, here's a compiled list of all the new releases posted on this blog from 2018. It's one last look back to catch up on any you might have missed or want to revisit before the year is out and we're starting all over again. This year has been an incredible one for music, with an insane amount of good albums coming out left and right. Let me know what some of your favourite releases from 2018 have been, and I'll have my usual Top 50 list out in a week or two. Also, since there's only so much I can keep up with, please let me know if there's any releases from this year that I haven't uploaded yet, and I'll try and get on them ASAP. Enjoy.

American Nightmare - American Nightmare
American Pleasure Club - A Whole Fucking Lifetime Of This
Animal Flag - Void Ripper
awakebutstillinbed - what people call low self-esteem is really just seeing yourself the way that other people see you
Baptists - Beacon Of Faith
Basement - Beside Myself
Bearings - Blue In The Dark
Belmont - Belmont
Birds in Row - We Already Lost The World
Blind Girls - Residue
Boston Manor - Welcome To The Neighbourhood
California Cousins - Distant Relatives
Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends
Candy - Good To Feel
Can't Swim - This Too Won't Pass
Carson Wells - No Relic
Casanovas In Heat - Twisted Steel, Sex Appeal
Charmer - Charmer
Closer - All This Will Be
Cloud District - Don't Give Up, Skeleton
Crywank - Egg on face. Foot in mouth. Wriggling. Wriggling. Wriggling.
Cult Leader - A Patient Man
Culture Abuse - Bay Dream
Cursive - Vitriola
Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Death Cab For Cutie - Thank You For Today
Death Grips - Year Of The Snitch
die Hoffnung - Elegies And Creation Songs
Donovan Wolfington - WAVES
Drug Church - Cheer
Elle - She
Fiddlehead - Springtime & Blind
Foxing - Nearer My God
Gillian Carter - ...The Earth Shaped Tomb
Good Looking Friends - Settle In, Decay
Gouge Away - Burnt Sugar
Graduating Life - Grad Life
Graf Orlock - Examination Of Violent CInema Vol. 1
Gulfer - Dog Bless
Harms Way - Posthuman
Homewrecker - Hell Is Here Now
Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Hot Mulligan - Pilot
It Looks Sad. - Sky Lake
itoldyouiwouldeatyou - Oh Dearism
Jesus Piece - Only Self
Joyce Manor - Million Dollars To Kill Me
Just Friends - Nothing But Love
Kid Feral - Live And Let's Die!
Listener - Being Empty : Being Filled
Messes - The Ever Closing Door
mewithoutYou - [untitled]
Mom Jeans. - Puppy Love
Moose Blood - I Don't Think I Can Do This Anymore
Night Birds - Roll Credits
nothing,nowhere. - ruiner
Octaves - Exact Change
Ostraca - Enemy
Petal - Magic Gone
Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love
Pool Kids - Music To Practice Safe Sex To
Portrayal Of Guilt - Let Pain Be Your Guide
Real Friends - Composure
Respire - Dénouement
Reveries - Reveries
Saves The Day - 9
Self Defense Family - Have You Considered Punk Music
Sick Of It All - Wake The Sleeping Dragon!
Single Mothers - Through A Wall
State Champs - Living Proof
Super Unison - Stella
The Armed - Only Love
The Cardboard Swords - Once more, there is nothing left to figure out.
The Dirty Nil - Master Volume
The Sidekicks - Happiness Hours
The Story So Far - Proper Dose
The Wonder Years - Sister Cities
This Will Destroy You - New Others Part One
This Will Destroy You - New Others Part Two
Tiny Moving Parts - Swell
Trash Boat - Crown Shyness
Trophy Eyes - The American Dream
True Love - The Pact
Turnstile - Time & Space
Twitching Tongues - Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred
Warm Thoughts - I Went Swimming Alone
Young Mountain - Lost Tree

American Pleasure Club - Oranges b/w Daniels
Anatagonize - Demo
Beach Slang - Everything Matters But No One Is Listening [Quiet Slang]
Blacklisted - Slow Moments b/w I Should Have Been A Murderer
Boneflower - MM/Seashells/Wanderers
Candy - Studio F12 Demos
Code Orange - Only One Way
Code Orange - The Hurt Will Go On
Commander Salamander - Live
Commander Salamander - Off The Goop LP Promo
Converge - Beautiful Ruin
Crowning/Swallows Nest
Crowning/Marée Noire
Counterculture - I Think You Didn't
Dad Thighs - Easy Listening
Darkle - Pain Train
Envy - Alnair in August
Foxtails/Algae Bloom
Full Of Hell/Intensive Care
Ghost Spirit/Frail Hands
I Create - Veneer / Fear Of Due Season
It Looks Sad. - Light
Iron Reagan/Gatecreeper
itoldyouiwouldeatyou - Get Terrified EP
Joliette - El Alphabiotista
Knuckle Puck - Shifted
La Dispute - Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega and Altair (10th Anniversary)
macseal - Map It Out
meth. - I Love You
mewithoutYou - [untitled] e.p.
Michael Cera Palin - "I Don't Know How To Explain It"
Microwave - keeping up
Modern Life Is War - Tribulation Worksongs Vol. 1
Modern Life Is War - Tribulation Worksongs Vol. 2
No Right - Unjustified
Oso Oso - gb/ol h/nf
Portrayal Of Guilt/Street Sects
Power Trip - Opening Fire: 2008-2014
Rained In - Demo
Remo Drive - Pop Music
SeeYouSpaceCowboy/Second Grade Knife Fight
Sick Shit - Demonstration
Sick Shit - Thick Spit
Sick Shit - Persevere
Sleep Debt - Sleep Debt
Snag/Swallows Nest
Spiritual Cramp - Police State EP
Spiritual Cramp - Television
Stars Hollow - Happy Again
Terrible Love - Doubt Mines
The Dirty Nil - Surrender
The Front Bottoms - Ann
The Get Up Kids - Kicker
The Guiding Wave - To Dance Around Love
the sylvia north story - ii
the sylvia north story - iii
the sylvia northern story - iv
the sylvia northern story - v
the sylvia north story - vi
thisishowitendedintokyo - april(s)in
thisishowitendedintokyo - somehow soon!
toe - Our Latest Number
Touché Amoré - Green
Touché Amoré - 10 Years / 1000 Shows - Live at the Regent Theater
Tower of Silence - Tower of Silence
Trail of Lies - War
TTNG - Animals Acoustic
Worst Party Ever - The Year Of The Manatee
Worst Party Ever - Japan
WVRM - The Blood Of The Coven Is Thicker Than Water Of The Womb

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

We Came Out Like Tigers

We Came Out Like Tigers were a four-piece screamo band from Liverpool, UK that began in 2008 and broke up in 2014. Though they only put out a small amount of work, they're best remembered as one of the most distinct and unique voices to come out of "screamo" in the past decade or so. They laid their foundation in the influence of bands like Funeral Diner, while adding layers of sound through a plethora of other influences. Most notably, they utilize the tremolo-picking and blast beats of black metal. They also show hints of post-rock influence in the song structures and some of the quieter moments. Additionally, a violin is featured fairly prominently on most of their tracks, which surprisingly fits perfectly, and adds an orchestral element to their already gargantuan sound. Their discography is small but virtually perfect, with their sole LP Agelessness And Lack being a standout. Enjoy.

1. You, You're Just Bone Structure
2. A Lesson In Solitude
3. Breathe In, Though You Barely Believe In It
4. Hannah

1. Ravachol - Three
2. Ravachol - Equilibrium
3. We Came Out Like Tigers - The Sailor Does Not Pray For Wind, He Learns To Sail
4. We Came Out Like Tigers - Do Not Say Reduced To Tears

1. An Introduction
2. Sous Les Pavés
3. Remember Why You Are
4. These Terrors Are Dismantled By Friendship's Light
5. Inimical
6. Endure
7. Immutable
8. Take Pleasure In The Processes
9. If You Were Frightened, It's Because It Was Frightening
10. I Sing Of Sorrow & Joy

1. Tribulation
2. To Ruin A Fine Tenor Voice
3. Concrete Blocks Of Empathy
4. Careworm
5. Entr'acte
6. We Have Not Reached Conclusion

Friday, 23 November 2018

Carson Wells

Carson Wells are a three-piece post-hardcore band from Aberdeen, Scotland that began in 2009. Sonically, they're fairly remnisicent of classics like Unwound and Q And Not U, particularly in their idiosyncratic rhythms and dynamic song structures. They also incorporate some aspects of screamier bands like Sinaloa and Raein, through the impassioned vocal deliveries and washy chords. They've grown quite a bit in the near-decade they've been together, which their two latest albums Tread A Northern Path and this year's No Relic being particular standouts. Enjoy.

Carson Wells (2010)
1. Picasso on Contradiction
2. I've Got A Friend Who Likes Pirates
3. Feed 'Em To The Pigs 'Arold
4. Cohaagen

1. Soul And Sword
2. Slim Charles
3. A Great Weight
4. Ten
5. Killing Me Won't Bring Back Your Goddamn Honey
6. Three Months in Canada
7. Don't Forget The Super 8
8. 2007
9. Home

1. Human Hands - Exterior
2. Carson Wells - Cloud In The Shape Of A Shark
3. Carson Wells - Namib

1. Palmistry
2. Silent Breed
3. Northern Path, Southern Lens
4. Mosaic Of Sleepers
5. Final Throne
6. A Life Lapse In Passing
7. Mid Distance
8. Sobotka
9. Will I'm Nae
10. June

1. Sobotka (live from SOAN, Nottingham)
2. Northern Path, Southern Lens (live from SOAN, Nottingham)
3. Mosaic of Sleepers (live from SOAN, Nottingham)
4. Palmistry (live from SOAN, Nottingham)
5. Will.I'm.Nae (live from SOAN, Nottingham)
6. June (live from SOAN, Nottingham)

1. Art In Inconsequence
2. Native State
3. Pilot Light
4. Righteous Mess
5. Prez
6. Early Decay

Wednesday, 21 November 2018


Soulside were a four-piece punk/post-hardcore band from Washington, DC that began in 1985 and disbanded in 1989. They were originally known as Lunch Meat before changing their name in 1986. They are one of the many classic punk bands to emerge from DC in the late 80's, and were of course affiliated with the legendary Dischord Records. Sonically, they took the energy of hardcore and fused it with melodic vocals and instrumentation, similar to what their contemporaries such as Dag Nasty, Embrace, Gray Matter, and Ignition were doing. They released three LP's and a 7", as well as an early split under their original name. Less Deep Inside Keeps was their debut album, while the Trigger LP, Bass 103 7", and Hot Bodi-Gram LP were all released on a single compilation in 1990, Soon Come Happy. Enjoy.

1. Mission Impossible - Helpless
2. Mission Impossible - Now I'm Alone
3. Mission Impossible - Into Your Shell
4. Lunch Meat - Looking Around
5. Lunch Meat - No Need
6. Lunch Meat - Under The Glare

1. Pearl To Stone
2. One Step Higher
3. Walking
4. Don't Let Me Down
5. You've Heard It Before
6. Over And Out
7. I Find The Other Side
8. In Days To Come
9. Dreams
10. X-Lion Tamer
11. Fresh Air

1. Baby
2. Trigger
3. Name In Mind
4. Problems Faced When Traveling
5. War
6. K.T.T.K.
7. Pocket Hurts
8. Forgiveness
9. Bass
10. 103
11. Otherside
12. God City
13. What
14. Punch The Geek
15. Clifton Wall
16. New Slow Fucky
17. Pembroke
18. Hate Music
19. New Fast Fucky
20. Kill
21. Bad Show
22. A Love Supreme

Friday, 16 November 2018


Alright, here we go, finally getting around to the highly-requested Microwave. These guys are a four-piece indie/alternative/emo band from Atlanta, Georgia that got started in 2012. Thus far they've released two full-lengths and a handful of EP's. Sonically, they're reminiscent of bands like Manchester Orchestra, Taking Back Sunday, Motion City Soundtrack, Have Mercy, Balance & Composure, and Sainthood Reps, or something like that. Full disclosure I have not listened to them much, but give have to give them kudos for the variety in their songs. Even with casual listening of a few, they don't seem to fall into any formulaic traps, and every track offers something fresh. So yeah, they've been requested to death and I finally managed to pull together their entire discography, so please do enjoy.

1. Never Again
2. Kansas
3. Filthy
4. Bright
5. The Devil And I
6. I-70

1. Swine Driver

1. Labor Day
2. Grass Stains
3. The Fever

1. Stovall
2. Grass Stains
3. Labor Day
4. Something Right
5. Mansion In The Sky
6. Trash Stains
7. Work It Out
8. Tar
9. The Last
10. The Fever

1. Head North - The Bells
2. Head North - Redwood
3. Head North - Willow Tree
4. Microwave - Thinking of you,
5. Microwave - but not often,
6. Microwave - Something Right (Daytrotter Session)

1. Roaches
2. Lighterless
3. Dull
4. Neighbors
5. Busy
6. Drown
7. Vomit
8. Whimper
9. Homebody
10. Wrong

1. Georgia On My Mind
2. keeping up

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Pool Kids

Pool Kids are a four-piece emo/indie/math rock band from Tallahassee, Florida that began in 2017. Recently they signed to Skeletal Lightning (which are easily one of the best labels kicking around now), which was my introduction to their mastercraft. Their debut album, Music To Practice Safe Sex To came out in July, and if nothing else, it's safe to say it has won album title of the year. Thankfully the music delivers on that high standard in every way imaginable. It's a refreshing take on math rock-influenced indie/emo, featuring some insanely talented musicians and incredible songwriting. They know when to let loose on the fretboard frenzies and time signatures while staying distinctly melodic, and pull back to semi-standard chords and rhythm patterns when needed, which provides a nice blend of technical mastery and unique variation in songs. Each track is incredibly memorable and with its own emotional weight to it, even amongst obvious highlights like "Borderline" and "$5 Subtweet". They combine the technical capabilities of bands like toe. and Covet and mix them with the sound and energy of bands like Camp Cope and A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, or something like that. That's not a great descriptor of them, but it's the first one I came up with and this shit is hard to pin down to one sentence. To cut this short, this record is awesome, and if I were to go out on a limb I'd say this is the best album I've heard in the "emosphere" (that's a thing now) since what people call low self-esteem.... It'll be really exciting to see where this band goes, and happy that Skeletal Lightning picked them up. If it hasn't been made obvious yet, this is highly, highly recommended. Enjoy.

1. Overly Verbose Email Series pt. III
2. Borderline
3. Erso
4. $5 Subtweet
5. They Only Care About My Fills And Not My Feels
6. Five-Time 2nd Place Winner
7. I Know It's Only Fair
8. Patterns
9. Rick's Toy Box

Saturday, 10 November 2018


Boneflower are a three-piece post-hardcore/screamo/post-rock band from Madrid, Spain that began in 2015. Thus far they've released one EP and one LP, but have quickly become one of the most notable voices in the new music-with-screams scene. Sonically, they play with a post-rock foundation, utilizing dynamic rises and falls and melodic, reverb-laden instrumentation to create a massive, full sound. They cut through that with some sharp lead guitars, pounding drums, and vocals that range from screamed to sung to spoken word, and everything in between. Their debut album, Empty Rooms, Full Bodies explores a plethora of sounds and emotions, making for a very dynamic and versatile listen. The somber acoustic tracks "Sol" and "To pieces" stand in stark contrast to ragers like "Aching absence" or "Andromeda", while still maintaining a seamless record. Boneflower is highly recommended for fans of bands such as Moving Mountains, Old Gray, Trophy Scars, Pianos Become The Teeth, and Men As Trees, (or some hybrid of all the aforementioned). Enjoy.

1. Land and Sand
2. Unfading
3. Unexplainable
4. I'll be the Bones, You'll be the Soul
5. Neverending

1. We're gonna die, we don't care.
2. Aching absence
3. King
4. City Lights
5. Sol
6. Andromeda
7. Love
8. Elocin (you're not alone)
9. To pieces
10. Nothing changes
11. Sunsets in the backyard
12. Purple dreams

1. MM
2. Seashells
3. Wanderers

Note: These are three separate singles that band has released in 2018. I included them all in one download for convenience's sake, but the files all contain individual artwork/album names

Friday, 9 November 2018


Macseal are a five-piece emo/indie/math rock band from Long Island, New York that began in 2014. They play a unique style of emo incorporates the "twinkly" math rock guitar sound with a heavy focus on vocal melodies and lyrics, in the same vein as bands like Oso Oso or Modern Baseball. Thrown in the harmonies of Tigers Jaw and a shade of pop punk influence, and voila, you've got Macseal. They've put out a string of EP's thus far, with the most recent one Map It Out being released today by 6131 Records. Each release thus far has been solid, with a natural evolution in sound. Definitely recommended for fans of the aforementioned bands, or anyone who enjoys the occasional visit to the emo mecca of "twinkletown". Enjoy.

1. Cats
2. Going Away
3. Gentle Giant
4. Applications
5. Kathy Bates Motel
6. 5:45 a.m. (Not Fun)

1. 5:45 a.m. (acoustic)
2. Applications (acoustic)
3. Kathy Bates Motel (demo)
4. 5:45 a.m. (demo)
5. Attractive Today (Motion City Soundtrack cover)

1. Twilight Funzone
2. Harry
3. Next To You
4. Sandbox
5. These Things Happen

1. Sure Thing, Shelly
2. Golden Hour
3. Old Halls
4. Sleeping In

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Blind Girls - 3am TRACK PREMIERE

Gold Coast, Australia's finest screamo band Blind Girls are back and ready to blow minds with their upcoming LP Residue, due out November 13th. It's being released by Zegema Beach Records and the band themselves, with a physical release limited to 150 black 12"'s and 65 red cassettes. You can also catch them on their upcoming Japan tour, along with Sans Visage and Komusō (both also worth checking out). Pre-order info and tour dates can be found below. For now, I'm happy to share the second track from that album, titled "3am" today. 

"3am" is a minute-long flurry of cathartic vocals, feedback squeals, and furious guitars. The band manages to pack so much into its short runtime, immediately hitting the listener with dissonant, almost mathcore-esque guitar work and powerful drumming. They briefly delve into this almost melodic, somewhat melancholic passage (you'll know it when you hear it) before jumping right back into the fray of dissonance and shrieks. The brief pause of feedback is a genius tension-builder, giving them a bit of space before rocketing into a unified, heavy riff for the latter half of the song. Blind Girls are absolutely at their top of their game here, hitting a lot of technical highs with the face of chaotic distress. The vocals, instrumentation, and even the production here are enough to indicate that this new LP is going to one of the craziest released this year. Fans of bands like Lord Snow and Loma Prieta should especially take note. You can hear two more released tracks below, with the full album stream coming out a day before its full release via Heavy Blog Is Heavy.



Blind Girls

Zegema Beach Records

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Don Martin Three

Don Martin Three were a three-piece emo/hardcore band from St. Augustine, Florida that were active from 1993 to 1996. Their output was typically small for a band of their nature ( with only one LP, a split, and an EP), but they made some crushing music in their time. They're an incredibly underrated "emocore" (for lack of a better term) band, playing with a similar spoken-word and arpeggiated guitar mix that made legends of Moss Icon, Indian Summer and Policy Of 3. Songs would build and fall, with the lows being serenely melodic and the highs being octave chord-bashing screamfests. I cannot recommend them enough for fans of the aforementioned bands, since they deserve way more attention than they get. Plus, that split is three tracks of pure perfection so I'd suggest starting there, but it's absolutely all solid. Enjoy.

1. Katahdn
2. Inefficient Engine

1. Don Martin 3 - Transistor
2. Moonraker - White Christmas
3. Hope Springs Eternal - Drone

1. Untitled 1
2. Untitled 2
3. Untitled 3
4. Untitled 4
5. Untitled 5