Long Distance Runner are a five-piece screamo band from Auckland, New Zealand that began in 2016. They share members with Parents, Sere, How Get, and Body 125. Now two releases in, Long Distance Runner have come bursting out with some of the most chaotic and strangely anthemic screamo I have ever heard. If you combine Orchid, Bay Area hardcore, and a dash of noise rock, this is what you get. Their latest release, No Escape, is virtually flawless, and one of the most blood-pumping and throttling releases this year. This band has carved out something incredible here, and I cannot recommend this enough. Enjoy.
Overo are a four-piece emo/screamo band from Houston, Texas that began in late 2018. They were formed by members of football, etc. and Perfect Future. If you're familiar with those two bands, you've already got a good idea of what Overo sound like, as they blend the melancholic chords and sweeping vocals of the former with the pounding drums and distorted chaos of the latter, with impassioned screams to complete the dual-vocal duo. This band really does sound like a seamless amalgamation of its members past work, which leads to a new and incredibly refreshing listen. Their debut, self-titled LP is being released by both Count Your Lucky Stars and Middle-Man Records, which are essential mainstays in their respective emo/screamo worlds, putting Overo in the center of this metaphorical Venn diagram. Enjoy.
Caracara are a four-piece indie/alternative band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that have been around since at least 2017. Their debut LP came out that same year, and was produced by Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball and Slaughter Beach, Dog. It was recently followed up with a new single, Better, which is one of the most powerful songs I think I've heard all year (with two other incredible tracks to boot). The latter was produced by Will Yip. Not only do they have a penchant for good producers, but a particular soft spot for sad songs. That's really the best descriptor for them, as their sound is quite hard to pin down, with an array of influences and each song offering up new ideas and textures. What remains consistent though is the incredibly strong songwriting, gorgeous instrumental arrays, and gripping lyrical content. To provide you with a very vague and not super-accurate comparison, fans of bands like Pianos Become The Teeth, mewithoutYou, Foxing, and Slaughter Beach, Dog will probably dig them. Also, if a mix of indie rock, post-hardcore, shoegaze, and emo influences sound appealing, absolutely check this out. Enjoy.
Letters To Catalonia are a three-piece screamo band from Los Angeles, California that began in 2015. Sonically, they can be loosely compared to bands like Neil Perry or Loma Prieta, but with a more hardcore edge to them. Their output is fairly short, with only a demo and split fully released. In 2017, they release a three-track teaser titled fragmentary, which included songs meant for an LP due out in 2018. No word on when/if that will come to fruition, seeing as some members are currently active in the incredible and very busy SeeYouSpaceCowboy. For now their discography to date is super solid, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to get a post up on them, seeing as I'm fairly certain I've mentioned them multiple times already. Enjoy.
Amygdala are a five-piece hardcore band from San Antonio, Texas that began in 2014. Beginning with a self-released tape, they have continually grown with staunch DIY values and a very vocal powerful political message, which is just as crucial to this band as their music. They give a voice to oppressed and marginalized people, including people of colour, members of the LGBTQ community, and women, by directly addressing very current issues affecting these individuals, and relay that message through their lyrics and at their shows. It's a crucial part of the band, and one that makes them one of the most important hardcore bands in recent years. Not to mention, their music is incredible and extremely intense, and blends together elements of early metalcore and screamo through a distinctly hardcore lens. They recently released their newest album on legendary metal label Prosthetic Records, which will hopefully put this band on a much wider radar, because they deserve to be heard. Enjoy,