Sharks – Show of Hands

December 29, 2010

Here’s something a little different. Sharks are a British d.i.y. punk band that are blowing people away with their first official EP. Recently, I’ve been obsessed with The Clash, and I couldn’t have heard this band at a better time. The singer sounds exactly like Joe Strummer. The band plays a mix of classic punk (The Clash and The Buzzcocks) and modern melodic punk (The Gaslight Anthem and The Hold Steady) but makes it all their own. “Show of Hands” is a confident and refreshing debut from a band with a lot of potential. I’m excited to see where this band goes in the future.

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Really excited about this one. 3 new songs from Willimantic, Connecticut’s atmospheric emo/indie band. I’ve spoken to a few people who haven’t listened to this band because they were turned off by their name alone, and if you’re in that boat, knock it off. Their last EP “Formlessness” was so damn good. The only complaint I have about this release is that it’s way too short. As soon as you get into it, it’s pretty much over. But hey, it’s free, so download it anyway.

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You know you like it.

December 19, 2010

Awesome song. Awesome video.

Happy Sunday.

Trophy Scars just seem to get better with every release. The post-hardcore veterans have been moving towards new territory with each new release, ever-evolving their diverse and eclectic sound, and this EP really hits the mark. As always, vocalist Jerry Jones keeps the songs interesting both vocally and lyrically with recurring themes of Hell, The Devil, darkness, insomnia, and pill addiction, and a variety of diverse vocal styles. Musically, the band blends post-hardcore, jazz (very prominent on “Trazodone”), blues (“Darkness”), Tom Waits-esque Rock and Roll, Jangly guitars, even glimpses of Emo and Post-Rock. In my opinon, this is in the running for the best EP of the year.

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Holy shiiiiiiit

December 14, 2010

What’s up guys? It’s been a while, huh? Since the last time I was on here, I managed to break my leg, sit around and eat way too much, play copious amounts of Mario Kart, and almost completely heal the aforementioned leg. That shit sucks, and it shows you how long I’ve been too busy to get on here (not that typing up bullshit like this takes a long time). So anyway, I digress. There’s a lot of stuff going on right now that you guys should all know about. Where do I start?

– First of all, Snowing’s first full length is finally out! The album is made up of 11 songs, 3 of which are re-recorded from other releases. I probably don’t even have to tell you why this album rocks. The new jams on here are my favorite Snowing songs to date.

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– Secondly, Monument also released their first full-length album. If you don’t know Monument, they formed out of the awesome, defunct band The Summer We Went West, and they are absolutely worth checking out.

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– If you haven’t downloaded Kanye’s new album yet, suck it up and nab it. Yeah, I know he’s a total douche. I know he’s made some terrible music in the past. But even I have to admit, it’s a really good album. Just don’t pay for it. That will only enable Kanye to be an even bigger douche than he already is. I, for one, don’t want that on my conscience.

– Algernon is recording a new full length and leaving on a West Coast tour from January 4th through the 17th. Joining them is Joyce Manor, Koalacaust, and our friends Big Kids. Specific dates have not yet been released. To read more about the recording process, check out Algernon’s blog.

– In BWS news, we are hard at work on 2 vinyl releases. The first, a 7″ split between Beau Navire and Adobe Homes, should be at the pressing plant at this time. Expect the record to be out in the next month or two, complete with glow in the dark vinyl! The 2nd release, a 7″ split between We Were Skeletons and мища, is currently in the planning stages. More info on that in the future!

…And I think that’s all I’ve got. Sorry if it was a bit long-winded. More regular updates in the future as Christmas break comes around. You know what that means? Ryan, Dylan, and I will all be in the same town again! Party in Idaho Falls!