Absolutely adorable in a Ben Kweller/Ben Folds singer/songwriter kind of way. Since 1994, cousins Gabe Archer and Cameron Nicklaus have been writing and recording melodic power-pop that has brains and brawn.
This new EP offers remixes and instrumental interpretations of songs from their last full-length, the highly-acclaimed Neon Golden, featuring such guest knob-twiddlers as Four Tet, Manitoba, Loopspool, and the band’s own Console.
What do you get when you mix the sugary drum machine synth-pop of The All-American Rejects, the sweet bouncy melodies of New Found Glory, and the random screaming of Taking Back Sunday? Boys Night Out’s Make Yourself Sick.
A collection of unreleased tracks and remixes from her last, stunning full-length, Daybreaker, this is an eclectic batch that covers everything from Beth Orton solo acoustic to Beth Orton dance party goddess.
Sirens and Condolences, is absolutely awesome. It’s morbid, melodic rock that’s catchy and intense, with rough guitar solos, gentle, brooding vocals and lyrics that are masochistic and often murderous.
A 10-track collection that’s not geared to the dance floor, but more towards the ears of the listener. It offers complex soundscapes and strong songwriting that makes you listen deeper and deeper into the album.
Offering everything you’d want out of a live album, Hammerfall make this thing look and sound like Live After Death. The set is spirited throughout, one show in the band’s hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden.
The combined heft and riffage of metal language, the dynamic precision post-core/math-rock shares with prog rock and the ability to jam several ideas into a composition keys this as actual songcrafted rock.
The songs stretch far and wide, from Johnny Cash to Sonny Bono to Robyn Hitchcock, and all with that typical Firewater flair, the booze-soaked, horn-spiked, Eastern Europe-gutter trawling sound conjures up the image of drunken Mariachis in Kosovo.
With all the testosterone of Motörhead, Fat Ass explores that road between muscle car metal and thrash. Sleazy Stooge romps like “Rub One Out” and “Lonesome” cohabitate with the humor of Suicidal Tendencies.
Japan’s Envy have etched out a multitude of musical creations over many years, pushing forward an interesting collection of sounds, styles, and emotions, but it will be this, their fourth album, to generate the biggest buzz.