This band has evolved a ton over the years, managing to exist somewhere in an intersectional sweet spot between hardcore, emo, rock and metal. You'd be hard-pressed to find a band that singularly encompasses such a wide sonic palette with the same level of vigor and finesse as Planes Mistaken For Stars. Just to give you a quick surface-level rundown, their earlier work is rooted in a punk-emo hybrid, sort of akin to bands like Hot Water Music and Small Brown Bike. There's a raw, driving energy to it, but with a vulnerable and often melodic backdrop in play. Though never a band I would describe as "simplistic", their technical prowess did become more prominent as the years went on, with their varied influences piling on alongside of it. They kind of went in the opposite direction that most bands do, become increasingly heavier and more experimental. Having said that, they still weren't shy about bringing in slower, acoustic elements well into their later years, and always wore their love for straight up rock n roll on their sleeve. If you're new to this band, I honestly think the best way to delve into their discography is to go from the start and work your way forward (Planes Mistaken For Stars > Fuck With Fire > Up In Them Guts > Mercy > Prey), though you could easily inverse that order and work your way back as well. My personal favourite album is probably Mercy, though that's a fairly interchangeable stance. Definitely give this band a shot if you haven't heard them before, I think they're right up the alley for people interested in the general niche of music that this blog covers. Again, enjoy!
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Squint are a five-piece hardcore band from St. Louis, Missouri that formed in 2021. I couldn't close out this year without including two of its finest EP's, both courtesy of this band. They came out swinging, with dual offerings of hard-hitting and cathartic tracks that waste no time pulling their punches, with most songs barely scraping the two-minute mark. They cite their influences as bands including Turning Point and Rites of Spring, which is definitely apparent in their impassion vocals and tightrope-walking of melody and aggression. Add in the huge, fuzzed-out guitars of 90's alt-rock and you've got some of the most thrilling hardcore releases of the year. As loose references, if you're a fan of bands such as Church, One Step Closer, Fiddlehead, and GIVE, then Squint should definitely be on your radar. Enjoy.