Friday, 28 April 2023
Thursday, 27 April 2023
Saturday, 22 April 2023
Modern Color are a four-piece hardcore/alternative band from Redondo Beach, California that formed in 2014. Since then, they've released three full-lengths and a handful of EP's. Sonically, the band has evolved quite a bit over the years, though they've always been rooted in a distinct cross-section between hardcore and shoegaze/alternative rock, bringing the fury and energy of the former and fusing it with the thick reverb and melodic depth of the latter.
Early on, they learn heavily to the hardcore side of the spectrum, with aggressive vocals and pummelling delivery. Their more recent material has leaned into the more melodic aspects of their sound, incorporating mostly clean vocals and a Hum/Dinosaur Jr.-inspired sound that would appeal to fans of bands like Basement, Superheaven, and Turnover. Personally, I lean towards the Chromesthesia side of things (not to mention, the band and album name seem so fitting for this project), though I think From The Leaves Of Your Garden has more widespread appeal. Enjoy.
10. To Be Frozen (Acoustic Demo)
Lumber Lung were a four-piece emo/hardcore band from Santa Barbara, California that were active from 2009 to 2012, though you would never guess it from listening to them. Their sound harkens back to the burgeoning underground emo scene in the early 90's, so much so that they could be mistakened for a band from 1994. They sound like contemporaries to their influences, which was most likely bands such as Still Life, Evergreen, Portraits Of Past, Julia, and Merel. If you think discordant, angular guitars pioneered by DC post-hardcore acts, melancholic melancholic chord washes, and a desperate mix of sung and screamed vocals, you have a loose idea of what this band sounds like.
I know that sounds dismissive, as this is a tried and true sound, but their self-titled album is legitimately fanatastic. Not only is the production on it a little cleaner than you may be used to, but the songs themselves are unique in their catharsis and delivery, and I really do highly suggest anyone even remotely interested in this sound to check it out. Members of this band later played in Jade Dust, Apparition, and Become. Enjoy.