The relatively new Chicago hardcore group BUGGIN announced their signing to Flatspot Records recently and today the band has announced their debut release for the label titled Brainfreeze, due out January 29, 2021. The occasion was accompanied by the premiere of the high energy title track “Brainfreeze” via BrooklynVegan. The b-side features a take on Beastie Boys’ 1992 track “Gratitude”, a perfect fit for BUGGIN’s knack to mix unstoppable groove and heaviness. Hear the lead single “Brainfreeze” here today and find the physical release available on the 29th here.
Formed in 2018, Chicago’s BUGGIN is keeping hardcore fun. The young quartet has quickly made a name for themselves with inescapable grooves and sneering energy. Originally known as Buggin Out, taken from the 1989 film Do The Right Thing, the now named BUGGIN took it upon themselves to play the type of straight-up hardcore they found lacking in their scene, vibrant and unpretentious. Founded on a shared love of Rzl Dzl, Bad Brains, Mental and Beastie Boys, and not taking themselves too seriously, the band is made up of Bryanna Bennett (vocals), Peyton Roberts (guitar), Brandon Santos (bass), and Michael Rasmussen (drums).
In early 2021, BUGGIN joins the Flatspot Records ranks with their new two-song release Brainfreeze, featuring the single of the same name that explores a lack of ability to express feelings for another person while the b-side features a rip-roaring cover of Beastie Boys’ “Gratitude”. Recorded, mixed, and mastered in the band’s hometown of Chicago with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) at Bricktop Recording, with the exception of the vocals which were recorded in Philadelphia with Aaron Heard (Jesus Piece), BUGGIN’s crisp production and refreshing drive come across effortlessly. Having shared the stage with the likes of Show Me the Body, Ekulu, Illusion, as well as appearances at LDB Fest and the Rumble, after only a demo and their 2020 Buggin Out EP, BUGGIN is just starting to share their wealth of energy with the world of hardcore.
Check out ‘Brainfreeze’ below.