Blind Lion is a band I’ve been a fan of for a while now. The Bridgewater, NJ outfit’s brand of emo simultaneously resembles each era of the genre seamlessly. Spring is the band’s third ep in what is a season based series of ep’s. (I expect Summer to be out in a month or two)
Spring gives us some of Blind Lions most aggressive songs yet. While Winter featured some upbeat numbers, songs like Odd and Grow showcase a different side of Blind Lion. I think Odd is the best song the band has written.Spring is also the most dynamic ep yet. For fans of American Football, Brand New,Cross My Heart, and Mineral. You can name your own price for Spring, and pick up Winter and Autumn, at https://blindlion.bandcamp.com/
Yesterday Washed Uo Emo had the premiere of Cambridge, UK emo outfit Grieving’s new single, “Brian Emo.” Washed Up Emo described the band as “for fans of Sunny Day Real Estate, Braid and Jawbreaker.” Sounds like a winner to me. Shortly after Washed Up Emo posted the song, the band uploaded the track to Bandcamp. In addition to that song, Grieving has a bunch of ep’s available on their Bandcamp page that you can name your own price for. I picked them all up yesterday and they have been the perfect Friday soundtrack.
You can snag Grieving’s discography at https://grievingband.bandcamp.com/
For fans of Deftones, Thrice, Hopesfall. That description on Vena Amoris’ Bandcamp page was a pretty quick hook for me. I instantly downloaded the record. The first song on the band’s new ep, Lucidity, is titled Eros, I assume it’s a shoutout to the Deftone’s album that may or may never see the light of day. Eros kicks in and sounds like it would’ve fit on any of the Deftones last couple of records. Heavy drums with a super spacey guitar and verbed out vocals. It is near perfect in it’s Deftones worship. The sound stays the same but veers from Deftones on the albums second track, Silver. Silver reminds me a ton of Magnetic North era Hopesfall (which I love!). The band never goes metal over the 4 songs but clearly operates in the realm of atmospheric hard rock.
You can name your own price for Lucidity at https://venaamorisuk.bandcamp.com/releases
Philadelphia has been something of a boom town for the emo revival. From the home grown bands to the talent moving here, Philly is hot right now! So I was super excited to stumble across Echo Lad. The 3 piece math/emo outfit is a cross between Don Caballero, Cap n Jazz, and Braid. Interesting start/stop rhythms, complex guitar lines that mix with beautiful melodies, Echo Lad’s self-titled full-length has a little bit of everything. Instrumental pieces that would fit perfectly in Don Cab’s discography to heavy hitting emo/twinkle songs that revival the best the genre has to offer right now. This record is one of the best albums I’ve heard this year!
You can check out Echo Lad’s record and pay what you want at https://echolad.bandcamp.com/album/echo-lad. And as always, if you dig the record, like the band’s Facebook page, go to a show, and show your support for great independent music.
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