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The Bots – Pink Palms

October 15th, 2014
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Poised for Stardom

Just barely out of teendom, brothers Mikaiah Lei and Anaiah Lei are taking the garage punk world by storm in their group The Bots. Catchy, energetic, and upbeat, the Bots are exactly what the rock world needs right now. Their newest album Pink Palms is an extraordinarily strong record for their age, and is bound to be remembered as one of the best albums of the year. Their sound is so full you’d never believe there was only two of them, and their voices blend perfectly together. Equal parts pop, punk, and dirty garage rock, their unique sound is going to stick in your head for weeks to come. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Texas in July – Bloodwork

October 2nd, 2014
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Not Bad, Not Incredible

Pennsylvania metalcore band Texas in July has released Bloodwork, their first album with new singer J.T. Cavey and lead guitarist Cam Welsh, who just joined in 2014 after their predecessors Alex Good and Christian Royer officially announced their leave in February. Texas in July has definitely changed, in more than just their lineup, since their debut album, I Am, in 2009. Bloodwork is a good few leaps from some of the more hardcore-centric elements of their earlier work, and Cavey’s voice is noticeably lower. But all in all, this album is your standard metalcore fare, for whatever that’s worth. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews

Soul Side – Trigger/Bass-103

September 22nd, 2014
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A “Dischordant” Discovery

Washington, DC post-hardcore group Soul Side (sometimes known as Soulside) has just put out a rerelease and remastering of their debut EP for the famed Dischord Records, the Trigger EP along with three-song single, Bass-103. While Soul Side may not be the first band on the tip of your tongue when you think of Dischord bands from the ’80s, one listen to this record and you’ll see just how many bands took their influence from them, like New York’s Quicksand. And with members that went on to form Girls Against Boys and Seven League Boots, it’s no wonder why this band was so important. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews ,

Meridian – The Awful Truth

September 16th, 2014
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Victory Record’s Victory

In recent years, emo has fallen by the wayside in heavier music, being outshone by much of the post-punk and melodic hardcore that has been released, but Poughkeepsie, NY natives Meridian is prepared to change that once and for all. As of the writing of this review, all of the members are between the ages of 17 and 20 but listening to their Victory Records debut, The Ugly Truth, which follows their self-released Reformation from 2013, you wouldn’t be able to tell. They may not yet be old enough to enter a bar, but these boys have told their older counterparts, definitively, that they mean business with this new record. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews

Ty Segall – Manipulator

September 3rd, 2014
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The Next Electric Warrior?

Californian musical jack-of-all-trades Ty Segall is a force to be reckoned within the indie rock scene, and he has proven that once again with his most recent record Manipulator. Marking his seventh solo release since his self-titled solo debut in 2008, alongside a colossal number of collaborations, splits and records with his other bands, including Fuzz, Sic Alps and Epsilons, Segall has clearly been busy honing his craft, and this album is the result of all of that hard work. Taking hints from influences like Hawkwind, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, and some heavier bands like The Stooges and Black Sabbath, Manipulator is an exciting look into what can be done with garage rock when you add a little psychedelic glam into the mix. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Merchandise – After the End

August 30th, 2014
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Autumnal Equinox

The weather is set to cool down soon enough. With fall right around the corner, post-punk fans will undoubtedly be looking for something a bit more mopey to accompany their first weeks back at school. Florida-based group Merchandise is hoping to be just that soundtrack with their newest release After the End. Following their successful break-out debut Children of Desire in 2012, and 2013’s Totale Nite, After the End demonstrates the band’s maturity and evolution as they have dominated the indie festival circuit. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews

Wire – Document & Eyewitness – 1979 – 1980

August 20th, 2014
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Retracting the Thrown Bottle

For many punk bands, a live performance will add an entire new level to their show experience, and with art punk pioneers Wire, they saw their time on the stage as an opportunity to push the boundaries of what they had created in the studio. Following their successful 1979 release 154, and the end of their association with record label EMI, the British punks were sick and tired of playing the same songs over and over and decided to shake things up whether the audience wanted it or not. Thus was born Document & Eyewitness, which was first released in 1981. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews

United Nations – The Next Four Years

July 22nd, 2014
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The Heaviest Four Years

Super groups are becoming more and more commonplace in heavy music, but one of the most creative, and likely one of the most consistently long-running groups, has to be screamo (and sometimes humor) band United Nations. Their newest release The Next Four Years, a conceptual extension of the Black Flag compilation album The First Four Years, is one to remember, and will hopefully be the start of much more from them. The identities of most of the members of United Nations have been generally kept quiet and rotated rather often, with the only consistent (and not contractually obligated to remain anonymous) member being Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly, and for The Next For Years he is accompanied by members of post-hardcore group Pianos Become the Teeth. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews

My Iron Lung – Relief

July 15th, 2014
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CommonSound

Melodic hardcore has absolutely dominated the indie and alternative punk scenes the past few years, and California’s My Iron Lung has made sure they won’t get lost in the sea of similar post-hardcore bands with their newest release Relief. Taking their influence from melodic legends like mewithoutyou, there isn’t too much that separates My Iron Lung from many of the other bands taking their cues from the same places, but the angst and passion in Relief is tangible, making it well worth the listen. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews

Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

July 6th, 2014
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Bang Your Reluctant Head

Since their formation over 15 years ago, Buffalo, New York’s Every Time I Die have time and time again solidified their position as one of metalcore’s most consistently crushing heavyweights. And they have come out swinging with their newest release, From Parts Unknown, a truly exhaustingly anguished onslaught of sound that any heavy music fan will be able to appreciate. Speaking from experience, this record will make even those most opposed to metalcore have to bang their heads, and with a good southern groove behind many of the tracks, Every Time I Die is taking advantage of all of the best parts of modern metal. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews