“Where The Violent Youth’s sound stands now is one on the precipice of brilliance, following the leads of dark-pop and post-punk bands like Molchat Doma and Ploho in securing a global audiences, and embracing an international following where Russian musical trailblazers like KINO, Biokonstruktor, and Tehnologia could not due to Cold War politics.
But in thinking of a Russian sound, one assumes a stark bleakness, a detached emotion, and one colored in muted gray. But The Violent Youth’s is anything but; the songs emanate a warth and fiery glow — see “Elvira”, “Ya Vlublyon [I Am In Love]”, and “Solntse [Sun]” — that deliver a certain authenticity despite the language barrier. There is a pop music core at the heart of The Violent Youth’s sound, a fine polish added by producer Ignaz Engelmann in Augsburg, and the movement of the songs, and how they grip the listener, is universal to understand. The Violent Youth create music that allows the listener to either reveal themselves or stay safely in the shadows.
“I think it doesn’t matter what language you sing,” says Tsymbal. “Music connects people. Russian is a beautiful language, and we are always happy when people find themselves in our songs and say ‘Hey, thats me!’ Much of the album’s lyrics were written based on my feelings. They are based on ‘everyday problems.’ For example the main song, ‘Tam, Gde Nas Net’, is about my feelings after leaving Belarus and three years of living abroad in Germany. People who leave their countries can understand this song as well as I feel it.”
IV is a set of four dark oriented songs which present a near pristine epitome of shoegaze, gothic rock and post punk, all acutely produced, instrumentally striking and vocally arresting, very close to the style’s motifs, but on no account worn out.
Although not much is yet disclosed about the band, IV comes with the air of a skillful and experienced act, and leaves a pretty lasting imprint. This promising to the utmost degree.
Tragic Figures are David Bieschke (drums), Ryan Döden (bass, vocals) and Tyler Gargula (guitar, vocals).”
“There is a mental portal that accompanies the music of Don’t Get Lemon. It’s one that expands and contracts as the Austin and Houston trio invite us along to absorb the five tracks on Forward Not Forgetting, the digital October EP that finds its way to physical manifestation, via cassette release, in early 2021 through emerging darker-arts label à La Carte Records.
As the listener steps into this realm and allows the band’s cascading sound to wash over, it’s no surprise Don’t Get Lemon caught the attention of à La Carte. Forward Not Forgetting finds the band — affectionately known as DGL for short — sound tracking our navigation through the pitfalls of modern life, reflecting a flickering beat off the stars of their Texas hometowns in creating a lush and introspective sound that orbits the allied galaxies of post-punk, synth-pop, and new wave.
It’s dance music for people standing still, a torrent of motion for a frustrated world on pause.
Don’t Get Lemon formed in early 2019, the trio emerging from their collective contributions with the departed post-rock ensemble funeralbloom, and utilizing nearly a decade of writing and performing chemistry. The first crop bloomed via the grey beach EP, a collection of songs that would just scratch at the sonic enhancements that were to follow, leaning into intricate rhythmic patterns, Hook-ian basslines, and a brooding vocal that rose fit to moonlit the night. Like a lemon itself, a removed hardened exterior reveals a more gentle and vibrant core, adding layers to the band’s sound that shine with repeated listens.”
Post punk/gaze from the shadows of New Hampshire. Old Moon (Tom Weir) self released a series of haunting yet inspiring EPs to start 2020 entitled “Eldritch” (3/2020) “Past Lives” (6/2020) and “Messenger” (7/2020). All Of which can be heard/purchased below via Old Moons Bandcamp.
“True Faith is a Boston-based duo consisting of Travis Benson (Flesh of Morning) and Quentin Moyer. The project originally started as a solo endeavor of Benson as a way to explore his interest in early coldwave music. He began work on the project’s debut release on the old power electronics imprint, NIF; a four-track EP of dark synth-heavy music influenced by the likes of Clan of Xymox, Trisomie 21, and Nada!-era Death In June.
Shortly after recording the True Faith EP, Benson enlisted the help of Moyer to add a greater sense of fullness to the sound. The duo met each other when they moved to Boston in 2018 for school. Both members grew up playing in various punk bands on opposite sides of the country. Together, they are crafting multi-instrumental songs that draw influence from the early industrial works of Severed Heads to the polished synthpop songs New Order.
True Faith originally started as a solo endeavor of Travis Benson as a means channel his interest in early coldwave music. He began work on the project’s debut release on the old power electronics imprint, NIF; a four-track EP of dark synth-heavy music influenced by the likes of Clan of Xymox and Trisomie 21, among others.
Shortly after recording the True Faith EP, Benson enlisted the help of Quentin Moyer to add a more elevated sense of fullness to the sound. The pair met each other when they moved to Boston in 2018 for school, and bonded over the both of them growing up playing in various punk bands on opposite sides of the country.
Together, Benson and Moyer are crafting multi-instrumental songs that draw influence from the early industrial works of Severed Heads to the polished synthpop songs New Order.
The latest single “Waiting on the Wrong Time” is one of the songs that comprise True Faith’s forthcoming debut LP, As Much Nothing As Possible, set for release on A La Carte Records.”
“After a near death experience just over a year ago guitarist/vocalist Torie John formed Holy Death. In years prior to this happening death was not an uncommon occurrence in his life having lost several family members in a short period of time. It is from this loss that Holy Death finds its morbid inspiration. Since the band formed last October they’ve put out four releases that explored the sonic realms of death and doom.”
“Glacial Descent is the materialization of an idea that has floated in my head for years. Although I began writing material at the end of 2019, (the) COVID-19 (lockdown) gave me the opportunity to pursue it in earnest. It is the culmination of an array of musical and ideological influences that I hope will prove to be a valuable contribution to the scene.
By the time I went vegan during my freshman year of high school, I was already listening to hardcore but was unaware of the genre’s rich history of promoting animal rights and other radical ideas. Denver had a bustling crust and grind scene at the time, however, and as a result, I was drawn to bands like Disrupt, Flux of Pink Indians, and Fall of Efrafa before I found ideologically similar hardcore acts like Gather or Seven Generations.”
“As I grew older, I got into bands like Harm’s Way and Black Breath, who drew influence from Wolverine Blues-era Entombed”
“Glacial Descent is an attempt to synthesize these diverse influences and pair the result with passionate, politically conscious lyrics inspired by communist and radical ecological traditions. I wanted to create something that captured the raw aggression of bands like Disrupt, the poetic urgency of Seven Generations, and the punishing sonic intensity of HM-2 driven bands like Nails and Fuming Mouth.”
Fierce is a five a piece band from North-East Italy. Formed in 2015 as a mean to survive the grip of this decaying society of ours, the band started to shape its mixture of atmospheric post metal and black metal riffs. After an early demo, they released in 2017 their first record “Ashes” through the Italian label Shove Records.Fierce then spent the following time playing in the local scene and in Europe while going through some major lineup changes that pushed their music towards a more harsh, fast and heavy sound.The result of these last two years of gigs and struggles is manifested with their new release “Eclipses from the Duat”, out now on the European Labels Epidemic Records, Shove Records and Rakkerpak Records.
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