Cherry Hill, New Jersey is a 10-15 drive from Philadelphia. So that makes emo out Favorites a band local enough to me. You can even see the Philadelphia skyline in the artwork of their new ep, Houselife. Favorites reminds of bands like Boys Life, Christie Front Drive, Mineral, and Crash of Rhinos. Houselife is full of great, laid back songs. It’s an easy ep to listen to and enjoy. Favorites might just be your new favorite band!
You can name your own price for Houselife at https://favoritesnj.bandcamp.com/
I came across the Winnipeg Hardcore Archive when a friend shared the link to Figure Four’s demo on Facebook. The site not only features Figure Four’s 1998 demo but also the band’s self-titled 7″, Minor Threat Live in 83, Rogue Nation’s Our Conspiracy, OneOfTheseDay’s This Time It’s Different, and race Like Winter/From This Day Forward’s split. And those are just a few of the 2 dozen releases currently up on the Bandcamp page. Tons of great hardcore to fill your iPod up! You can check out the Winnipeg Hard Archive at https://winnipeghardcorearchive.bandcamp.com/
Yacht Club’s new ep is interesting tale of two styles. It would make a great 7″ because it splits in two perfectly. The first two tracks are emo perfection! Not quite the quiet/loud stylings of say Mineral, but the band accomplishes it’s quiet/loud impact with the vocals that shift from soft spoken sung to a full throated screech! On the albums back half, the band flexes it’s post hardcore/punk self. The screamed vocals don’t comes as a surprise since they’ve been hitting on the first two tracks but you notice a shift in the music as Yacht Club seems to find their aggressive side. The closer, And So On, seems to strike a balance between the two styles, creating a sound that kind of reminds me of early mewithoutYou.
You can name your own price for How To Take Care Of Cut Flowers at https://yachtclubma.bandcamp.com/releases
No matter what you might have heard, read, or thought, emo is fun! And Oso Oso’s new record, The Yunahon Mixtape is fun! I have to thank Washed Up Emo for the heads up about this record. The record is full of catchy, upbeat, indie pop songs. It’s the type of music that makes you feel good! You can name your own price for The Yunahon Mixtape at https://osoosoband.bandcamp.com/
Sometimes you instantly connect with a record. That’s how I felt after hitting play on Slovakian band Shallov’s new record, Concrete & Glass. The band walks the line of emocore/hardcore/post rock in a way that very few bands can. It instantly reminded me of Envy’s Insomniac Daze, another record I instantly fell in love with. This is a record for fans of bands like Envy and Deafheaven. You can name your own price for Concrete & Glass at https://shallov.bandcamp.com/album/concrete-glass
France’s Barque delivers a brand of post-hardcore that blends the stylings of Will Haven with the heavy/mathiness of Coalesce. I haven’t heard a ton of heavy records this year that have peaked my interest, but Coffin Cutters did! Florida based IFB Records has released the record on vinyl and are offering Coffin Cutters at a name your own price digital download. You can get both the vinyl and the digital download of Barque’s Coffin Cutters at https://ifbrecords.bandcamp.com/album/coffin-cutters
Pop songs for rock kids. Stockholm, Sweden’s Friends In Theory self described tag line makes sense the moment you hit play on their new self-titled ep. The band sounds like a mathy/emo punk version of The Cardigans. Intriguing and complex guitar riffs and patterns under sometimes simple, sometimes hectic vocal melodies. From the album’s opener, Song 2, through the closer, Wolves, each song is a blistering angst ridden, sugary rock track. It’s a perfectly joyful ep.
You can name your own price for Friends In Theory at https://friendsintheory.bandcamp.com/
A great split ep presents bands of similar genre or sound with each band offering their own perspective or take on a genre. You don’t want two bands that sound exactly the same. That is what makes the new split ep featuring Philadelphia’s Weller and Pittsburgh’s Rue so great. Both bands present a certain “lo-fi” indie rock sound and sonically it makes sense that both bands share this ep. But that’s where their similarities end.
Weller’s 3 tracks are pure indie pop. Bouncy rock and roll who’s inspiration can be traced to everyone from Braid to the Clash, to even a band like Wilco. It’s music that sounds familiar and is instantly disarming and enjoyable. Contrast that with the all female Rue. The Emperor opens their side of the split with a much darker sound that reminds me of Cat Power and Cayetana. Rue doesn’t stay as dark throughout all 3 of their songs on the split. It Could Be You is an upbeat little ditty, and Reversed splits the difference. All 6 songs are delightful.
You can name your price for the split ep at https://wellerpa.bandcamp.com/ or https://ruerue.bandcamp.com/ and if you like it and want to support the bands you can pick up a cassette version via Honest Face Records at http://www.honestfacerecords.com/products/580854-weller-rue-split-pre-order
The Buffalo, NY duo that is Honey have turned out one fun ep. Better Luck Next Year is the type of record that reminds you why you like music in the first place. It’s an indie rock record that will remind you of the first time you realized there was music outside of the radio. The album’s opener, Raked, is a perfect track for the Halloween season. The lyrics are clever and fun. It’s a smart rock and roll record that’s enjoyable start to finish. One of my favorite Free Music Friday features of the year!
You can name your own price for Better Luck Next Year at https://honeymusicny.bandcamp.com/releases