In a musical era defined by thick, polished production so slick that it's easy to forget it was made by a human being, it is an enormous relief to discover that there are still artists like Bars of Gold making records. The Detroit five-piece's new album Wheels is as gritty, feral, organic and euphoric as they come, a relentless stormcloud of cacophony that somehow manages let glorious rays of earnestness and introspection shine through.
It's easy to see from their sophomore release that the band has matured considerably, growing increasingly ambitious with their arrangements while grappling thematically with the impending responsibilities of adulthood. Lead singer, Marc Paffi, (of Bear Vs. Shark), spits and snarls his way through this stunning collection of songs, his voice lurching between moments of snarling, ragged abandon and lyrical, poignant introspection. Aesthetically the group sticks to its punk/hardcore roots, imbuing them with subtle blues, indie and fusion influences that are surprising, fresh and extremely effective.
In short, it's really a fantastic record, and well worth taking 42 minutes out of your day to listen to.
How does it feel having the album out today?
Mike [singer]: It feels great, we finally have it out and we hope people keep responding as well as they have been so far. We’re just going to go out there now and pour our souls out. It feels like we have this huge weight lifted off our shoulders.
Jeff [bassist]: It’s really felt like it’s been a long time coming for this moment.
And then AOL picked it up for free streaming!
Mike: Yeah, we’ve had some really great luck the past couple weeks. I feel like people are really listening and realizing that we tried to put quality into what we do. We’ve gotten so much help from AOL, AbsolutePunk.net, just so much media attention the past few weeks.
Hardcore bands come a dime a dozen and so do pop-punk bands. But to find a band that can blend both genres into one and create an album tolerable enough to listen to again and again is hard. Thankfully, Stateside found a way to do just that.
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors starts out with – what else – the robotic “stand clear of the closing doors” that plagues every New Yorker who rides the subway. This quickly fades into the power chords of “Make Your Move” and singer Mike Terry’s melodic voice. Not only can this singer actually sing, he’s not a shabby screamer either. “Make Your Move” is all about…well, making moves in the city that never sleeps. Mike seems to highlight every positive aspect of living in the big apple in this song, making it the perfect first track for this album.
Hailing out of Dallas, Texas, electronic/hardcore unit Crown The Empire is making waves in the music scene without even releasing a full length record. This five-piece showcases impressive musicality and memorable lyrics. Coupled with their catchy hooks and dance break-downs, there's just something for everyone to listen to.
Q: Electronic hardcore sounds like an evolution of sound. What made you choose that genre?
A: "Growing up, we all went to a lot of hardcore shows and we knew the kids, including us, had a lot of fun going."
Q: What bands would you say were and are your biggest influences?
Title Fight the explosive hardcore pop punk band from Kingston, Philadelphia has signed with SideOne Dummy independent record label based in Los Angeles.
There have been a few record labels interested in signing Title Fight but the band felt the small record label would be able to provide them with the attention they wanted.
SideOne Dummy, including Title Fight, currently has twenty one acts on its roster. The roster features Flogging Molly, The Dan Band, and The Gaslight Anthem.
The Gaslight Anthem, a fellow punk band, has found recent success. Their latest album debuted in the top 20 of Billboard's Top 200.
The Dan Band, a comedic cover band, has been featured in movies Old School, The Terminal, Starsky and Hutch, and most recently The Hangover. The Dan Band is a staple in Los Angeles nightlife.
Beware kitties the filthiest rapper will perform a show in Hollywood on November 3. He belongs to the hardcore family. His lyrics are all about drugs, porn, violence in every way, gore... everything that makes him a perfect boy next door.
Somes of us probably remember his music videos where you can see the social elite such as junkies (doing drugs in front of the camera), whores and so on.
So if you like playing dirty this show is for you. If not you you are on a wrong webpage. You know what is funny about it ? It's an all ages show.
While so many other artists, record labels, and magazines are taking a break from the daily grind for the holidays, the ever-diligent heads over at Rhymesayers Entertainment have announced that Minnesotan emcee P.O.S. (a.k.a. Stefen Alexander) will be making the rounds across the U.S. and Canada for the “Every Never Is Now” tour. This upcoming tour will mark a full year since the emcee dropped his third album Never Better, which found its way onto several year-end “top” lists, including Spin Magazine’s “Top 10 Best Albums You Might Have Missed.”
The Polaris Music Prize is awarded yearly to Canadian musicians who hold the most significance in Canada’s music industry. In its first three years, the $20,000 award has been handed out to artists less likely to break a bottle on their forehead mid-performance. Previous recipients include Caribou, Patrick Watson, and the indie ensemble Final Fantasy, respectively.
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Genre: Metal, Hardcore
“I know for a fact that the thing I would hate the most is the whole math-core thing. I think it's ridiculous. I'm not really sure where that whole term came from, or how people equate it. But if people understood that like the main writer in our band couldn't even multiply basic numbers, they'd understand that no one in this band has any interest in any of that.”