"It's both a toast to the past and look ahead to the band's next chapter." - Exclaim! (album premiere)
After prematurely snuffing out a career that burned so brightly by calling it quits in 2007, GOOD RIDDANCE reignite the embers with the blazing inferno Peace In Our Time. GOOD RIDDANCE are known for helping to mold the melodic/hardcore genre and for churning out some its most revered albums. Peace In Our Time draws on the most prized elements of GR’s catalog. So much so that it could be described as a “greatest hits” album that is comprised of all new material. Built on a foundation of hardcore, saturated with scorching riffs and bound to GR’s strong sense of melody, Peace In Our Time hits all the high notes of their résumé. The same classic lineup responsible for A Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion, Ballads from the Revolution, and Operation Phoenix are back at the helm for Peace In Our Time and it’s reflected in the result. GOOD RIDDANCE’s ability to blend thrash-laden, discordant hardcore and aggressive melodic punk into their own signature compound has gained them the respect of their peers, fans, and critics alike. Peace In Our Time will only embolden that sentiment.
Produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Rise Against, Black Flag, Descendents, NOFX, Alkaline Trio)
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On April 28th, acclaimed singer-songwriter Sean Rowe will release an EP entitled Her Songs. The release presents songs written by six of Rowe’s favorite female artists – Sade, Cat Power, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Lucinda Williams and Feist – and showcases the interpretive side of Rowe’s vocal and guitar work.
Rowe makes no attempt to recreate the delicate magic of the originals here, but instead focuses on the emotional core of works. The Cat Power song “Colors and the Kids,” originally featuring Chan Marshal accompanied by a lone piano and offering a distinct sense of fragility, now features a hypnotic guitar and Rowe’s muscular voice, but still capture the vulnerability at the heart of the song.
“By Your Side,” originally recorded Sade, and currently available for streaming via Flood Magazine, has long been a favorite of Rowe’s. “I remember being just out of high school and watching a live video of her and her band,” he says. “Nobody sounds like her. And it just felt really natural to me because I’ve always been drawn to emotional soul music. That ’s what came first for me even before folk music. Music you don’t have to think about. You just feel it.”
On his previous full length record Madman, Rowe showcased his skill as a songwriter. GQ proclaimed the record “the kind of album that's at once recognizable and nothing like you've ever heard before.” With Her Songs, Rowe demonstrates in the studio what live audiences around the world already know: he is an unparalleled performer with the ability to transmit the emotional heart of a song with a powerful and intuitive simplicity.
Ode To Divorce - Regina Spektor
Hold On, Hold On - Neko Case
By Your Side - Sade
Soldiers Song - Lucinda Williams
Let It Die - Feist
Colors and the Kids - Cat Power
RIYL: Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, The National, Bill Callahan, Iron & Wine
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 6
Shark? is a social utility that connects beer to your face and if you’re lucky maybe even a girl, but most likely a PA to your foot and fuzzy memories of midnight tacos. Shark? is also four dudes from Brooklyn.
"Local noise-poppers and top-flight band name selectors Shark? have become one of the more reliable punk bands in the hood over the past few years ...lead single “Hate Crime Girl” ...[is a] crunchy two minute number that would sound right at home on Surfer Rosa." - FREE Williamsburg
"This one is called “Hangnail” and is a true rock and roll number displaying some of the finest traits of the genre in one song. You can almost feel the badass tendencies coming through the vocals and sludgy sounds on the track." - Austin Town Hall
“...NGHTCRWLRS debut was nothing I ever expected. Yet, everything this listener could ever hope for. Get weird. Stay weird.” – James Damion, United by Rocket Science
NGHTCRWLRS is a band made up of individuals who have logged time in New Jersey’s punk/indie rock scene for the past ten years. In fact, they all continue to play in different projects on top of their duties in NGHTCRWLRS. The band honors NJ’s indie rock/emo legacy while combining it with its own brand of noise and psychedelic influences, sounding like the middle ground between Brand New and ‘80s Sonic Youth or if Pavement was really in to early Pink Floyd, instead of The Fall. NGHTCRWLRS’ self-titled debut album was recorded right in their Clifton, NJ practice space and captures the loose but taught arrangements and raw power of the band’s live show.
The music is stunningly psychedelic while still capturing the emotional wreckage of being a twenty-something person unsure of the world and your place in it. Drummer Max Rauch and bassist Brian Goglia’s laid back melodicism suggest Crooked Rain era Pavement but with more groove while guitarists Frank DeFranco and Eric Goldberg twist and bend their guitars around each other like no-wave forefathers Lee Renaldo and Thurston Moore. The songs bleed passion. When Goldberg sings “I got your note, forgot to call, I don’t feel anything at all” on album closer and fan favorite “Reclusive Me”, it hits you right in the gut. NGHTCRWLRS’ self-titled debut captures fire, a young band with a new take on a beloved sound. Take a listen and see why guitar-based indie rock can still elicit a passion like no other type of music.
RIYL: Title Fight, Fugazi, Sonic Youth
TRY: #2, 3, 7, 8
“Salome is a MASSIVE leap forward — from Red Sparowes, from Kitsune, from Some Heavy Ocean. It’s the best thing any of these guys has ever been involved with, and one of my favorite albums of early 2015.” - Stereogum
"One might compare the sound to PJ Harvey teaming up with Tool in 1995 to cover Mazzy Star - but you should skip comparison entirely as Marriages isn't quite like anything else." - ALARM
“Marriages’ new chemistry seems to pack enough sonic potency and emotional fire to move mountains” – Consequence of Sound
The first thing one notices about the full-length debut album by Marriages, Salome, is its sense of space. Like pulling open a dark window shade mid-flight, we're abruptly presented with a crystalline brightness setting the tone from the outset, signifying an evolution from the somewhat insular buzz of 2012 debut EP, Kitsune. The second thing is that, unlike the stream-of-consciousness approach which found each track on Kitsune nebulously flowing into the next, Salome is comprised of concise songs, each one a light that flickers into existence, burns with magnificent intensity, and then expires.
The Los Angeles-based trio first began in 2011 as a collaborative effort between former Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (guitar, vocals) and Greg Burns (bass, keyboards). Showcasing Rundle's exceptional playing more vividly than the dense architecture of the Sparowes could allow, Marriages' departure from purely instrumental rock, too, helped bring her to the forefront, revealing a voice equally fragile and ferocious. Enlisting Sparowes drummer Dave Clifford, they recorded Kitsune, released on Sargent House in 2012. Subsequent touring with Russian Circles, Deafheaven and others honed their vision while introducing the band to a broad cross-section of heavy music fans. Full time drummer Andrew Clinco completed the equation in late 2012, the final component in Marriages' frequently epic postpunk-by-way-of-stoner-rock sound. While the group busied themselves writing the songs that would become Salome, Rundle issued solo album Some Heavy Ocean in early 2014, earning praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, etc..
Salome is a timeless 9-song monolith of a debut LP. Propulsive, frequently iridescent, the compositions on the album are confident and evocative, the sound of a band focusing their strengths to great effect. Throwing open the curtains on not only their sound but on their songwriting as well, Rundle, Burns, and now Clinco seem perfectly at ease scaling anthemic peaks and heartbreaking valleys, often in a single song. Salome finds Marriages fully embracing their skill at crafting timeless songs with chillingly epic results.