Audacity Bring Us Rowdy Rock

AudacityBack in March we shared a new track called “Finders Keepers” with you guys from Fullerton based rock group Audacity.  Well today the band are offering up another new song entitled “Hole in the Sky” which can be streamed below.  I’m loving the rowdy punk rock vibe exuded by the song throughout its brief two minutes and forty seconds.  Hopefully you’ll feel some of that power as well.

New album Butter Knife will be available on October 29th via Suicide Squeeze Records.


Download: Audacity – Hole In The Sky [MP3]

FIDLAR Return With Anthemic Punk Rock

FidlarA simple search on this website for the band FIDLAR will tell you immediately that we are huge supporters of the group’s music and general attitude toward song writing.  Go ahead, try the search.  So we dig these guys obviously and we always get excited when they send us great punk rock tunes like the anthemic song “Awkward” found below.  As usual, the guys don’t beat around the bush with their lyrics and clearly like to rock equally as much as any punks in the game.  This track is the first taste of new material from the band since the release of their albums of the year worthy self-titled LP back in January.  Simply a single of sorts.

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Austin Spotlight: Big Bill

0001548526_20As previously mentioned, we’ve been striving hard to better represent this great city we live in with spotlights on some of our favorite up and coming musicians. Today I’m bringing you all a band called Big Bill that could be the newest and freshest bands we’ve over posted about in the Austin scene. These guys create would I would call quirky and weird punk rock music similar to maybe Terry Malts or No Bunny if those guys were even more weird. I find it irresistible. Below you can check out new song “Free Dumb” which appears on the bands latest and only release A Hard Days Bill (EP). If you like what you hear, you can download that entire EP for free at a name your own price deal.


Download: Big Bill – Free Dumb [MP3]

Holograms Bring Us Scandinavian Punk

hologramsI’ve really been digging this new track “Flesh & Bone” from Stockholm based experimental punk group Holograms since it dropped yesterday.  It makes me think of what might happen if you mixed the hardcore tendencies of a band like Iceage with the more atmospheric qualities of a band like We Were Promised Jetpacks.  If that’s a terrible comparison, check it out for yourself and make your own description.

New album, Forever, will hit the streets on September 3rd via Captured Tracks.

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Straight Rock From Hooded Fang

1874I seem to be getting more into a rock n roll mood after SXSW with all the awesome sludge/punk rock bands I managed to take in during the week.  This new song “Graves”  from Toronto based outfit Hooded Fang fits nicely into that genre, but manages to fit some really nice pop elements throughout as well.  Oh and dzamn, that baseline is just killing it right?  Right?

A brand new album entitled Gravez is coming your way on May 28th via Full Time Hobby.

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Effected Rock From Bass Drum Of Death

Bass Drum of DeathBass Drum of Death has long been a favorite of the staff around here.  I think the no nonsense punk rock n roll thing is clearly something we all appreciate when it comes down to it.  This new track “Shattered Me” is definitely a “no nonsense” punk rock song, but also has this beautifully constructed chorus that shows maybe a new side to the band.  Maybe Barrett can write the hits too?

A new self-titled album is due out June 25th on Innovative Literature.

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Hold Your B.S. by Summer People


Our amigos over at the BV alerted us to the greatness that is this new song “I Do What I Want” from NYC based Summer People.  Now the title of my post says “Hold Your B.S.” because I feel that’s exactly what this song is telling the listener to do.  It’s straight forward rock/punk rock with a who really gives a shit type of attitude.  I don’t know about you, but I can always go along with those feelings from time to time.

Fans of the tuneage can stay tuned for the April 23rd release date of the band’s new album Burn the Gems.

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More New Jams From Criminal Hygiene


I’ve been really jamming out over the last few weeks to the new album CRMNL HYGNE by L.A. based group Criminal Hygiene.  The album has been in stores for about a month now, but I wanted to share with you a new song called “Alan, I’m in Love” that the band just made available as a free download.  Hopefully it will drum up some excitement for those of you who have yet to get your head on straight and pick up this album.  You cheap skates can even get a digital copy of the massive 17 song album for only $5 over on bandcamp.


Download: Criminal Hygiene – Alan, I’m In Love [MP3]

Low Culture – Screens

Rating: ★★★☆☆

If there’s one thing I’ve been able to count on for some time, it’s been the delivery of solid punk rock records from Dirtnap Records.  They’re at it again in 2013 with their first release, Screens by Low Culture.  Hailing from New Mexico, the band pumps out a grittier version of your modern power-pop, using furious pacing and jagged guitar chords to add an extra dose of energy.

“Screens” kicks off the entire affair, almost blasting off immediately with a punk rock anthem that blurs the lines between traditional punk rock and modern garage-pop.  A quickened beat, encouraged by the pounding rhythm of the drums, makes this one of the albums stand-out tracks.  Seamlessly, Screens moves along into “I Feel Your Ghost.”  It’s here that you first begin to notice a little bit more of a guttural influence on the vocals; this is one of the minor effects that carries the group away from the majority of their peers, at least in sonic comparisons.

While a great deal of Low Cultures latest effort has a tendency to stand in the territory of their punk/power-pop fusion, there are a few songs lurking here and there that allow listeners to absorb something a touch different. For me, you can tell by the opening guitar line of “Touchy Feely” that you’re in for something that varies from the group’s standard fare.  It jumps into a forceful vocal delivery, almost barked in your ear, though they do create a bit more classic alternative melody that enters towards the latter half of the song.  A few songs later you find yourself at “Nightmare,” providing that pummeling sound that one can only assume entices those in a live setting to circle about.  While I appreciate the variation in songwriting, these two examples are also probably the hardest for my ears to connect with during an average listening experience.

My favorite piece of Screens has to be “Trying to Quit.”  It’s sort of a sloppy garage ditty, which has me bobbing my head and tapping my toes as I write these very words.  It also features a softer vocal, though you can still hear a hint of strain; its presence makes the song immediately accessible and memorable, regardless of your personal tastes.  The group comes close to repeating this feat on the following track, “California,” although it takes a second or two longer to fully grasp the apparent pop sensibility in the songwriting.  Like the opening two tracks, this is a good 1-2 punch.

For my two cents, I’ve had a blast listening to Screens, blaring it on the home stereo time and time again.  Sure, there are some weaker spots, but even those I don’t mind playing all the way through.  While Low Culture waivers slightly in monotony, the record’s brevity allows them to avoid such traps, leaving music fans with an album you’ll spin on the table repetitively.


Download:Low Culture – Screens [MP3]

Punk Rock from Parquet Courts

I feel like it has been awhile since I’ve posted a good punk rock jam, but luckily today, I got ahold of Parquet Courts latest album, Light Up Gold.  The band has roots in Texas, although they currently operate out of New York, so it only seems natural that I’d gravitate towards their sound.  On this effort, they’ve got the production down, which has really made way for the songwriting to reach the listeners.  Those of you interested in the period where punk merged into post-punk will find yourself happy, as the grooves definitely are pogo worthy, and the vocal delivery is spot on.  Happy to support these guys; you can grab their record from Dull Tools.


Download:Parquet Courts – Borrowed Time [MP3]

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