It doesn’t seem like a long stretch for me to come out in support of Ceremony; the band have always walked a fine line between post-punk and actual punk, particularly in the way singer Ross Farrar stalked the stage in the live setting. But, it took me until the second single from the band’s forthcoming new LP to really get back on the boat with the band. I love the way the vocals were recorded, sounding like they’re being shouted from another adjacent room…kind of reminds me of the Faint. The guitars definitely have that post-punk angular stab, but their repetition increases the tension, as it should. In the Spirit of the World Now will be out on August 23rd via Relapse Records.
Normally, I’m the resident softy around here, posting those gentle folk tunes, but when I heard this metal tune from Windhand, I couldn’t pass up the chance to share it with you all; what’s wrong with a little bit of diversity? Anyways, the track is a heavy and growling tune in the instrumentals– the guitars grumble through and sometimes wail, but are always distorted. Meanwhile the vocals lighten up the mix a bit with their airy sound that float on through and show just what’s so special about this track and group. Lucky for you, the band’s got a new record coming out soon on September 18th called Grief’s Internal Flower on Relapse Records, which you can preorder here. Get to listening.
This new track from Philadelphia’s Nothing is one of those tunes that you’ve really got to turn up loud to complete let it wash over you, or wash you away…depending on what you’re looking for in the tune. There’s distortion on the guitar from the get-go, swirling, though they definitely have a 90s alternative bent at the root. Then, just as you’re blasting off, they flip things on you, and leave you in a free-fall of atmospheric noise and quieted vocals. It should make for quite a listen when the band release Guilty of Everything via Relapse Records on March 4th.