My recent punk obsession Tweens mixes their usual snot with some tears on the rough and charming "Don't Wait Up." The guitars, still dirty as hell, echo and sputter, while the vocals exude just the right amount of loneliness to draw you in for a sucker punch.
On "Rattle&Rollin," Cincinnati rockers Tweens push a sugary blast of dirty pop-punk thunder. It makes me want to drink three Big Gulps in a parking lot and throw the cups on the ground, because, really, who cares.
Hype be damned! With Savages, the ghost of post-punk past is alive and thriving. Their debut LP, Silence Yourself, is aggressive, visceral, catchy and a bit dangerous, possessing the brutal intensity and energy that has been converting live audiences into disciples all year. Check the whole thing – out May 7 via Matador.
Sneering swamp punk is the realm of "Digsaw" by The Wytches. With a flailing bassline, disaffected surf guitar and nasal vocal intensity, this is going to my new shadowboxing anthem when I walk through the park at night.
On "Rushing Toward The Cemetery," Creative Adult slap visceral punk intensity with a deflated, angsty sense of melody. It's music to think to, but really it's music to stew to – a chest-jutting anthem for the march into darkness.
On "Poison Arrow," Screaming Females smash the concept of delicacy to pieces with their trademark brand of ultra-cool, stark rock. Angular and snaky, the New Jersey trio keep things barebones and generally nihilistic. How so? Well, this is from their next release, Chalk Tape, which is, yes, only available on cassette. Hear more February 10 via Don Giovanni, you punk.
Bleached keeps their punk firmly in the garage, and that's a fine, fine thing on "Next Stop" – the first single from their upcoming Ride Your Heart on Dead Oceans. These sister rockers grew up in the San Fernando Valley and that sun-damaged, two-bowls-to-the-wind mindset burns a hole right through this one.
Energetic Danish punk rockers Iceage are back, and this time there's much less mystery surrounding their aggression. The band, now signed to Matador, has a new album entitled You're Nothing on the way February 19. "Coalition" is a punchy warning shot that ditches some of New Brigade's mud for something more springy, catchy and anthemic.
Today's guest mix comes courtesy of friend-of-RCRD LBL Adam Rathe.
Ideal For: Thrashing, Speeding, Loud Wallowing, Punching, Defenestration
Savages - Husbands
Lower Dens - Brains
Dum Dum Girls - I Got Nothing
Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless
Chairlift - Sidewalk Safari
How To Dress Well - & It Was U
METZ - Sad Pricks
Modern Rivals - Defenestrate You
Grimes - Oblivion
Holograms - Chasing My Mind
Elvis Costello, Wire, Velvet Underground, youthful energy turned bitter from smoking too many bowls. Parquet Courts gets a certain kind of person (aka me), and that person wants their rock with more than a little style, art damage and eye-rolling. "Light Up Gold" is a ramped-up bruiser with an avalanche of attitude-filled lyrics and a snotty, near-British take on punk that feels well-worn but quite refreshing.