New Music Roundup 27/11/20

Hello everyone welcome back to the New Music Roundup! We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!

First up this week is the return of The All American Rejects. ‘Me Vs. The World’ is the band’s first track release in over a year since ‘Send Her To Heaven’ in July 2019 and we covered it in a single review last week but we love this so much we had to have it as our first choice in this weeks roundup.

Lande Hekt has released a further glimpse of her beautifully poignant debut album ‘Going to Hell’, which is set for release 22 Jan 2021 via Get Better Records. A driven but wistful composition, new single Undone is full of longing and regret. In typically relatable style, Lande says “This one is about feeling sorry for yourself when you break up with someone that you weren’t even going out with.”

Coming out is the prevailing topic of the record with the title track itself being “about how homophobia and heteronormative culture can make you feel isolated and scared of being yourself,” as Hekt herself explains her thoughts and feelings surrounding her sexuality, continuing: “I internalised a lot of that culture for a long time and it wasn’t until I found myself surrounded by queer and trans people and friends, that I realised I could live happily in a way that felt right. I know I’m not alone in feeling like this and it was other people sharing their experiences with me that helped me out, so I named the album after this song to try and reach people who might want to be reached. It’s also not a dig on all Catholics; it’s just an expression of scepticism from a gay person regarding conservatism.” 

‘Going to Hell’ sounds like the sum of Hekt’s wide-ranging influences – The Replacements, The Raincoats, Sharon Van Etten, The Slits, Patti Smith, Sacred Paws, Le Tigre, Against Me! – multiplied by her own distinct voice. 

More music coming right now as the New Jersey favourites Can’t Swim are continuing their preparation for their upcoming EP release in ‘Someone Who Isn’t Me’ with their latest, ‘Casey’.

The EP is set to be released on December 4th 2020.

Penultimate choice this week are the metal-grime crossover masters Hacktivist with their latest track ‘Armoured Core’ which also features the guest vocals of Kid Bookie.

Co-Vocalist Jot Maxi says:

“This is a song for anyone who is going through a hard time and needs building up. It’s motivational. It makes you feel like, ‘Nothing can touch me, I can do this’, but it’s personal to Hacktivist as well. With what we’ve been through, a lot of other bands might have broken up, but we’re back with this new record and a new dynamic, which even I think is great and I’m super self-critical. As long as you’re alive and still breathing, your core is armoured and protected by something. This song is a reminder to stay strong.”

The final choice this week are Wild Pink whom have been teasing their upcoming record with their latest single, ‘You Can Have It Back’.

It’s a cut from ‘A Billion Little Lights’. The follow-up to 2018’s ‘Yolk In The Fur’, the full-length is the band’s first with Toronto-based label Royal Mountain Records, and is due on 19th February.

Frontman John Ross says: “This was the last song I wrote for the album, and it’s also one of the most fun to play live. Wild Pink songs typically don’t follow conventional song structures but with this one I did. Julia’s vocals totally make this song what it is, and I love Dan’s harmonies in the choruses – I wrote it with the intention of having someone else sing it. but ended up just singing it myself. This song is inspired by Fleetwood Mac and, once again, “If I Needed You” by Townes Van Zandt (one of the greatest songs ever written). Special cameo by Computer the Dog.”

And that’s it for another week of a roundup of the best new tracks out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!

Can’t Swim Announce ‘Someone Who Isn’t Me’ EP

New Jersey favourites Can’t Swim have announced the details of their upcoming EP, ‘Someone Who Isn’t Me’, set to be released on December 4th 2020 via Pure Noise Records.

This follows up to their re-imaginings EP, ‘When The Dust Settles’, released earlier this year, ‘Someone Who Isn’t Me’ will see the first original material from the band since last year’s hardcore inspired ‘Foreign Language’.

Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting, Stream of the lead single, ‘Who’s Happy?’ and Pre-Order Options below.

01.) Someone Who Isn’t You
02.) Who’s Happy?
03.) Casey
04.) Floor 71
05.) Tiny Hands

Pre-orders are available via Amazon and Itunes.

Can’t Swim Release Surprise EP, ‘When The Dust Settles’

New Jersey’s very own Can’t Swim have released a brand new surprise EP.

Titled as ‘When The Dust Settles’, this release features reworked and stripped-down versions of their own tracks.

Chris LoPorto (vocals) has said:

“The idea of revisiting some of our previously released songs is something we always wanted to do. When you play songs night after night you start to imagine them in different ways, and over the years of touring we have pictured them with many different arrangements. Even when creating the songs, we constantly go back and forth about how to present the idea best. In this time of isolation, we thought it would be very fitting to put out a stripped-down version of some of our favourite songs. Excited to share these familiar tunes with everyone but in a very new way.”

Tracklisting and the album art can be viewed below.

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01.) “Sometimes You Meet The Right People At The Wrong Times” (Revisited)
02.) Death Deserves A Name (Revisited)
03.) Stranger (Revisited)
04.) My Queen (Revisited)

The EP can be streamed and downloaded online via Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and Google Play.

Can’t Swim Announce UK Tour

Yes! My favourite New Jersey Punks are headed out on a UK tour. It’s in support of their new record, ‘This Too Won’t Pass’.

Here are the dates.

May 2019

2nd – Leeds Key Club

3rd – Glasgow Garage

4th – Newcastle Think Tank

5th – Leicester Handmade Festival

6th – Manchester Star & Garter

7th – London Borderline

8th – Birmingham Asylum

9th – Nottingham Bodega

10th – Bristol Thekla

Music Videos 04/10/18

Hey everyone, apologies this post is coming late, there’s been a few things going on behind the scenes I’ve had to deal with and for that, I’ve had to be home.

But enough of that, let’s get on with the music videos. For those that are new to this weekly post, I find the ten best music videos out there and put them into a list for your viewing pleasure. Up first is Florida deathcore group Bodysnatcher, whom have recently signed with Stay Sick Recordings and have a brutal track in the form of ‘Isolation’.

 

We’ll take things in a different direction with the next choice in the form of British Singer/ Songwriter Lizzy Farrall whom has returned with her first piece of new music since she released her ‘All I Said Was Never Heard’ EP back in January. The new track explains the topic of controlling and abusive relationships.

 

Keeping on the Pure Noise Records label is Can’t Swim. This track, ‘Sometimes You Meet The Right People At The Wrong Times’ is off their soon-to-be-released sophomore LP, ‘This Too Won’t Pass’.

 

Back in Britain, let’s go for a bit of Deaf Havana. This is a neon filled video for ‘Worship’. On the track, frontman James Veck-Gioldi has said: “I wrote it with my brother in a flat in Sheffield and we came up with phonetic sounds before we came up with lyrics, which is probably why the chorus melody is so rhythmic and not typical of how I usually write. It’s one of my favourite tracks on the record and it was the song we wrote the quickest, I think all in all it took us 15 minutes.'”

 

Now I know Halloween has just passed. Some people are looking forward to Bonfire Night, some are looking forward to Christmas (already) but I had to include this Real Friends video. Warning it’s gory af. Check out ‘Me First’ below.

 

Stand Atlantic are the band on everyone’s lips at the moment. They’re Aussie favourites who’ve just released their debut record. Part of that record was the title track, the ever brilliant ‘Skinny Dipping’. Which has an even better music video.

 

‘Flood’ is the brand new track from the band known as ‘Selfish Things’. But the message behind it might be the most important on this weeks list, or possibly one of the most important tracks I’ve posted.

Frontman Alex Biro said: “I wrote ‘Flood’ with WZRD BLD the day after the Las Vegas shooting. My wife was taking a climate change course in university simultaneously and I felt like I needed to find a way to talk about human complacency in the face of destruction beyond gun violence. Our species has this off-putting, innate ability to let things go to shit so long as it doesn’t directly impact us as individuals. The song was finished in under five hours – I’m extremely proud of it and the message contained within.”

 

Moving onto the UK Rockers As It Is, their concept record The Great Depression’, is continuing its narrative with the video for ‘The Reaper’ feat. Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie. The video sees the narrative of the main character, The Poet moving forward in his narrative.

Speaking on the track and video, guitarist Ben Langford-Biss has said: “‘The Reaper’ is the moment in the record’s narrative where The Poet becomes so desensitised to the concept of death, that death appears and manifests before him, offering an ‘escape’- not in a malicious way, but as a means of release from the pain The Poet is feeling. It was one of the most crucial and challenging moments in the narrative, and it was the last one that came together – lyrically and musically. 

 

Let’s go for a European band for the penultimate video. German Alternative group, Breathe Atlantic and got a brand new single out at the moment, ‘ My Supernova’ and if the video is anything to go by, they’re pyromaniacs. ‘My Supernova’ comes from the band’s upcoming record, ‘Soulmade’ which is the follow up to their 2016 record, “futurestories’.

 

Now for this last video, we have to go to Halloween. Gerrard Way has been away making comic books, adapting The Umbrella Academy for Netflix and has now just released a new solo single, ‘Baby You’re A Haunted House’.

His last release as a solo artist was wayyy back in 2014 for ‘Hesitant Alien’, unless you count the two unreleased tracks for Record Store Day in 2016. Even if this is just a single release or signs of a full-length release, you’ll love the video for the final entry to this weeks list, ‘Baby You’re A Haunted House’.

Can’t Swim Announce New Record

New music this year just keeps getting better! Can’t Swim have announced their latest record, ‘This Too Won’t Pass’ which will be released on November 16th via Pure Noise Records.

Frontman Chris LoPorto has said: “Problems haunt you, infect you, and in time become a part of who you are. You might find ways to distract yourself or try and forget but every time you look in the mirror you’ll only see reminders of what you hate. Evil surrounds us and in time, becomes a part of who we are. Let this band be a reminder of that.”

The first track has been released as well. Check out My Queen below.

And as far as the tracklisting looks, here’s what’s to come.

1. What Have We Done
2. My Queen
3. sometimes you meet the right people at the wrong times
4. Hell In A Handbasket
5. Congratulations, Christopher Hodge
6. Malicious 444
7. Not The Way It Was
8. Amnesia 666
9. Daggers
10. Winter of Cicada

And here’s the artwork for the release.

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Pre-orders can be purchased from the following link.

A Conversation With… Can’t Swim

Newcastle Think Tank. 02/12/17

Punk Rock bands sometimes don’t get the opportunities as they once did, touring the entire world and sometimes can’t make it past America but New Jersey Rockers Can’t Swim have had plenty of chances to succeed overseas this year and they certainly haven’t disappointed. With a few headlining shows in the UK before their opening slot for Creeper’s UK tour, they’re ready to show Newcastle just what they can do. Before that though, I sat down with them to chat about Showers, the upcoming shows and plans for 2018.

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Hey guys. Firstly, welcome back to the UK! How does it feel to be here playing shows?

“It’s great. We’re on our second day. We flew in yesterday and it’s been awesome. We just love the UK! Already had some Weatherspoon’s and Nandos!”

 

You certainly cannot go wrong with a Weatherspoon’s. The secret is the menu’s always the same. Did you have any dessert though?

“No, we never have any desserts, but I’d love to try it out though. What do you recommend?”

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I’d probably go for the ice cream. I like the classics.

Now you guys have had your record out for half a year now, how’s that settled in?

“It’s been great. People seem to be into it and the last time we were here it had been out a month and the reactions have been good, we’re so we’re happy to play these live. We were touring on five songs for a long time so it’s nice to have more than that to play now.”

 

Which off the record are your favourites to play live?

“We’re all into Stranger, What’s Your Big Idea? But we try and switch it up. “

 

I was going to say, I listened in on the sound check and was giddy with excitement. Was that Willy Wonka you were playing during it?

“Perhaps, aha. It’s a great song. “

 

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“It’s one of those you can’t help but love. “

“Absolutely.”

 

And once you guys finish up here tonight, you’re joining up with Creeper for their headline run.

“Yeah, we travel up to Glasgow after the show and Microwave who are here tonight will also be on that as well.”

“We’re doing six shows with Creeper then three shows with just Microwave. We’re very much looking forward to that. “

 

And I’m excited to see you guys live tonight. It’s my first Can’t Swim gig. I tried getting out to you last year when you were on tour with Boston Manor but couldn’t.

“Well, you’re in for a treat. We actually played this room as well and it’s almost a year ago today that we did.”

 

Is that just a happy accident it’s fallen on almost the exact same day?

 “Yeah, we didn’t plan it that way at all.”

 

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And when you finish up here you’re off straight home to play some more shows aren’t you?

“Yeah, we’ve got some holiday shows on the coast with a band called Rare Futures and Envy On The Coast so we’ll be playing our hometown and not travelling too much which will be nice because we won’t have to drive across the country or anything.

 

As long as you get a decent shower out of it.

“Yeah, we’ll be using our own showers every night, so we’ve got our own settings. “

 

It’s one of the loves back in your life.

“Absolutely. “

 

I mean if there’s one thing you don’t mess with it’s a person and their shower temperature.

“Absolutely not.”

 

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And what can we expect from you guys in 2018?

“More touring. We’re going to try and write a record in that time and record it probably. Hopefully be back here later next year.”

“Try and go to more countries, places where we haven’t been before.”

 

Where would you like to play?

“Oh, Japan so bad. Australia as well as Australia which is a close second but those two countries we would absolutely love to play. “

 

Is there any particular reason for Japan? I always hear about bands really wanting to play over there?

“Well, it seems that bands in our genre do generally go over there sometimes but it’s not like we want to play in Guam but it’s sometimes obtainable and just generally different to America. But it looks like you’re living inside a video game and I really wanna do that.”

 

What game would you want to live in?

“Grand Theft Auto 5 over 4. Any violent game. But Mario kart would be kinda cool.”

 

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And lastly, do any of you have secret skills?

“Greg can sleep with his eyes open. Standing up as well.”

“Danny makes an absolutely amazing three bean casserole.”

“Sleeping, chilling”

“What’s Andrea’s secret?”

“Mario Kart. I’m also really oddly good at Mini Golf. Every time I play, I get at least one hole in one. Every time.”

“Ping-Pong. Secret thrashers at that game.”

“So yeah. Those are our secret skills. Thank god we’re in a band instead.”

 

You can find Can’t Swim’s music on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Spotify.

You can also follow them through their social media accounts via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

You can view Can’t Swim’s most recent music video for ‘Stranger’ below.

 

Can’t Swim have also been recently announced to play all the dates of this year’s Slam Dunk Festival. Tickets are available from the festivals official website via the following link.

Here are the dates.

May 2018

26th – Leeds City Centre

27th – Hatfield Park

28th – Birmingham NEC

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Slam Dunk Festival Adds More Bands

Slam Dunk Festival 2018 has just gotten bigger!

Added to the three date festival now is:

Can’t Swim Save Ferris, Capdown, Comeback Kid, The Skints, Zebrahead, Broadside, Northlane, Counterparts, Set Your Goals and Twin Atlantic!

This is adding to a stellar lineup which already includes, Good Charlotte, Jimmy Eat World, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Pvris.

Here are the dates for the festival.

May

26th – Leeds City Centre

27th – Hatfield Park

28th – Birmingham NEC

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Live Review: Can’t Swim @ Newcastle Think Tank

Newcastle Think Tank – 2/12/17

Support: Eat Defeat, Microwave

They’re just about to be playing with Creeper on their latest headlining tour for the Theatre of Fear but it’s all punk tonight at the Think Tank. Having a pretty decent chat with the band before the show, everything was set for Can’t Swim. They’re pumped to be back on UK Soil and ready to play some great music to the people.

Eat Defeat open to a lacklustre crow but it doesn’t matter to them. Their set wasn’t terrible but had some good moments. They were maybe opening a touch too soon as they’re probably as underappreciated as Microwave was for the duration of their set. Next time they return, however, they will rise to the occasion of a better crowd.

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With Can’t Swim though, there was telling that tracks such as 50,000,000 and God Awful were better than they anticipated where this blend of Punk matched their vision of what they wished to achieve tonight.  The band might only be a few years old but the tidings of which are coming to fruition. Coming across where this might have been a difficult gig for them, it’s one small in comparison to what they were opening Creeper for where if this is a taste of what they’re set to accomplish, then I can’t wait to hear what they have planned next.

Rating: 3/5

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My Top Nine Releases Of 2017

So top nine releases of the year time! There would be a tenth option but you can only have nine on Instagram. I’m saying releases time because there are a few EP’s which have stood out this year so I’m not just specifically restricting myself to Records themselves. It’s also not genre specific as well which is one of the best things about the music from the genre. It branches out to Pop-punk, in some cases punk and records that have been on the heavier side. And being at a few shows for over half of these bands, (Stand Atlatinc, Roam, Milk Teeth, Employed To Serve and Neck Deep) seeing the tracks played live adds an extra layer to not only the instrumentals but a great deal to the music. So without further interruptions, here are my top nine picks for releases of 2017

 

9. Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life I’ve Seen

Back to another great record which is their second on Dirty Hit Records, is Wolf Alice. Adding to their amazing setlist of tracks such as Yuk Foo and Beautifully Unconventional makes up some of Visions Of A Life I’ve Seen which has seen huge critical success in the UK with NME and Q, ranking in their top 5 records of the year and charting in the official albums chart at number 2 in the UK. What makes it one of my favorites of the year is the supercharged tracks which bring their sets to a new level, blending them not into just a pop group, but one that blurs the line and makes them come across the multiple genres.

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8. Can’t Swim – Fail You Again

Electric and Energetic. These are a couple of words that come to mind when describing Can’t Swim’s debut record. Seeing them live, I have seen some of them in action and audience reaction has gone down well to some extent. $50,000,000 has to be my favorite and when they started playing the track, the fangirl inside of me just awoke and a iggy smile took over.  It’s a fantastic record from Can’t Swim which sees a big leap for them in a small amount of time which has helped them branch out into different countries and looking to the future, it’ll be the first in a long line of records.

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7. Roam – Great Heights & Nosedives

Of all the records on this list, this one has to be the most fun. This is just going from the music video’s I’ve seen from the visual aides it has to offer. But Playing Fiction, which is one of the lead singles off the record is a highlight. Is it Pop-Punk perfection though? Just about. I say just about because there’s definitely a refined sound to Roam’s music which houses some great tracks, two being Guilty Melody and Left For Dead which up’s their catalogue of tracks and will hopefully, in turn, bring the band to new heights and coming off their own headlining tour and a support slot with New Found Glory, the record looks to be doing just that.

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6. Creeper

This is a little of a different choice for me because at first, I didn’t expect to love this record as much as I have since its release. I’ve been a modest fan of Creepers music for a little over a year now but I feel they’ve been able to take a massive step forward in their career now because of this record. Black Rain has really become an anthem, hearing it on a few alternative nights out, playing along with a lot of the cult favorites of My Chemical Romance, Paramore etc. But what this record really needed to do for them (which they have) is to set themselves apart from all of the comparisons of the usual music for artists they look up to and what everyone listens to on a day to day basis. Bridging from their past releases though, the content and rhythm are still the same in their charge toward Eternity. But because of the themes and lyrical content which runs rife throughout the record, that’s why it earns a place in the top nine.

 

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5. Employed To Serve – Warmth Of A Dying Sun

I’ll confess something. I listened to this because I saw they were supporting another band I love, Milk Teeth in the summer, but I’ve made a habit of doing this and finding incredible new bands to listen to. From the first track of the record though, I was mesmerized by their sound, their whole basis and from that to the stage, everything was straight up bonkers. But the record, from start to finish is just a masterpiece. Those are the only words I can use to describe it being not only a top record of mine but an important one in today’s world.

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4. Pvris – All We Need Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell

“It’s a fantastic breakup record”, “Best one I’ve heard in ages”, “Definitive listening in the 21st century”. These are just some of the comments I’ve heard people say about Pvris’s phenomenal record which has seen them go to new heights. If White Noise was the start, then AWKOHAWKOH, is just not only a fantastic achievement from the band but some of their finest works to date. Particularly with What’s Wrong, they blur the lines again with the genre, with their instruments but also, it opens up the interpretation of their work which they do re-visit with the live version. The question being though do the tracks make up the sum of their parts? Absolutely, There are a few themes of loss and anger apparent within most of the record which make up the best tracks but it’s there with the lyrics being the struggle is what people will and always relate to for the record, making it one of the best releases of the year.

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3. Stand Atlantic – Sidewinder EP

When I first heard this EP, I listened to it again, straight after because I knew there was something special about this band. I’ll say it, I think from this EP alone, Stand Atlantic are going to be one of the next great bands on the scene all over the world. ‘Mess I Made’ really stands out because it’s got a lovely rhythm which gets lost in your head to make sure you always come back to it. Here though, the highly addictive title track ‘Sidewinder’ is arguably the best.  The track is apparently about Never having to “compromise who you are just to try and change something you can’t.”. The subject matter is what strikes me the most here because obviously quite a lot of people can relate to. Mixed with a mesh of the pop and rock we have a fantastic and huge sounding EP from the Aussie up and comers who have great things in store for them in the future.

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2. Milk Teeth – Be Nice EP

Certainly, this EP has more refined tracks in Milk Teeth’s catalog than they’ve ever released. This isn’t their best work musically but it’s their best lyric work. Prism and Fight Skirt are such fun tracks at shows but the lyrics that are sung absolutely compel the band to take newer and more daring risks, coming away with an EP which is more refined than most of the releases in my top nine. What’s more is that they’ve extended this to Owning Your Okayness, which is possibly now the band’s most well-known track and slowly but steadily becoming their signature anthem to let crowds know exactly who Milk Teeth are!

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  1. Neck Deep – The Peace And The Panic

There’s been no doubt in my mind from the first time I heard The Peace And The Panic that it would end up being my favorite record of 2017. It’s because the tracks keep coming back around, especially Parachute or 19 Seventy Something because the band brings out videos and doing something live with the tracks to make them that much more important. But it’s more than that, it’s probably a record which lyrics I connect to the most because of its theme as well as the punchy choruses. They have the most definitive tracks of the year and they’ve become this number one band for pop punk in the UK. It’s a crowning achievement for them so this record could reach new heights. Here though, I don’t think this is their best work because they’ll find a way to top them because they did with this record after Life’s Not Out To Get You. If anyone can top themselves, it’s certainly Neck Deep.

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