The jury’s out for me on the name here, but not the song. The song’s a rolling bit of rock n’ roll, always feeling like it’s a shaky train heading down the tracks. Energy is picked up near the 1:40 mark, and just like that the song grinds to a halt. It’s clear to me that the music being crafted by Underground Railroad to Candyland is best enjoyed if turned up really loud and shared with a bunch of your friends. The band will be releasing The People Are Home on May 26th on Recess Records before hitting the road for an extensive summer tour, which includes a June Austin date at Scoot Inn.
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Some bands just get a bad rap, and you know what, shame on me. I always lumped Joyce Manor, and Toys That Kill for that matter, in that late-wave emo punk genre. I was a second wave emo kid, so I really just discarded it by and large, but I just got in their new split for Recess Records, and these are just some really good rocking tunes. Honestly, I don’t even know if I’d got so far as to call them punk rock; the TTK tune almost sounds like a bar band approach to the garage stylings of Jay Reatard. Enough about me and my half-ass assumptions; stream these two jams.
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I know this tune’s been all over the place, but it’s really hard for me to support one of my favorite artists, Screaming Females. Rock n’ roll’s tiniest bad ass just belts note after note throughout the track, while her band set the landscape for a metal stomper that prepares to rupture your ears. Personally, I love the way Marissa Paternoster plays with her lyrical delivery, often drawing out notes and syllables. You can find this metal burner on a new split 7″ the band recently put out with Tenement. So glad Marissa is feeling better and the band is back at rocking.
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I feel like it’s been a minute, or maybe just a few days, since I’ve posted a rocking little bit of pop-punk. Good thing news broke today of the newest single from Japanther. It’s a fuzzy, chugging guitar track, utilizing some microphone recording tricks…reminds me of old school 90s punk. I’m glad there are still bands that are making jams like this, though I’m sure the live setting will completely alter this track into a much more ferocious beast. You can get your hands on the group’s new album Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart in a little over a month, when it’s released by Recess Records on May 21st.
Download: Japanther – Stolen Flowers [MP3]