Sarasota, Florida Emo 3 piece Betterment have returned with their latest EP "Raise Your Spirit" and it proves to be the band's best collection of songs to date. With excellent melodic guitarwork and vocals from multiple members that display excellent use of group vocals as well as the tired and true sing/scream dynamic, the band pulls heavily from 90's emo bands such as Braid and Mineral as well as newer more screamo influenced groups such as Algernon Cadwallader, Glocca Morra and Grown Ups. Overall, Raise Your Spirit is an excellent listen that comes highly recommended for fans of the aforementioned bands and the emo genre in general.
Artist: Sport Title: Bon Voyage Available Format(s): 12" / DD Label: Adagio830
Holy shit, a friend recently turned me onto these chaps from Lyon, France. Very well constructed emo / indie punk. We are in the midst of a "emo revival", or the tail-end of it and there is a lot of good stuff and a lot of bad stuff out there associated with the sub-genre. This band is doing it very well. Its tinging between like Revolution Summer styled punk/emo and more polished trailblazers not unlike Sunny Day Real Estate and Mineral. Very warm guitars and drum tones. A lot of noodling guitars and quiet, timed out interludes that reminds me of the days when emo bands were as obsessed with old jazz records as much as they were with making their record packaging look like a arts n' crafts workshop project. This is really good stuff and you keep finding new stuff in it with every listen.
Artist: Landbridge Title: Demo Available Format(s): DD Label: Self Released
Don't know too much about these guys except they listen to a lot of crust/hardcore and they are from Florida. Now, what I am about to say has been loosely used SO MUCH in explaining bands of this caliber but I stand by it. They really, truly understand that Tragedy style crust hardcore sound. I feel most bands fall short on trying to attempt this style for one main reason, for where they drive hard on crust biker d-beats they lack on the amount of melodic, triumphant guitar elements that made Tragedy famously stand apart from the rest of the run of the mill crust outfits at the time. This stuff is solid and they pack in so much for only being a three song demo. Well done orangeheads.
Artist: Vyst Title: Try Again. Fail Again Available Format(s): 12" / DD Label: Vendetta
This band had me sold within 30 second of the opening track. Mainly for the production quality. So warm, big sounding and yet so present, fucking great. Heavy handed "intellectual" sounding hardcore. I believe it has members of Glasses and Perth Express so immediately you know these are seasoned players. Its more of what you would expect from those individuals and I wouldn't expect anything less. This is an amazing record with amazing artwork to match. Listen:https://vyst.bandcamp.com/album/try-again-fail-again-lp
Artist: Vein Title: Demo Available Format(s): DD Label: Self Released
Now this is a demo I have been jamming for the past month non stop, at least once a day. Members of East Beast, but don't be fooled. This sounds nothing like their past projects. This is like a reinvention of Dillinger's "Calculating Infinity" era style tech hardcore but modernized and leaning more on the heavier elements. The downfalls of bands trying to pull of this style is that they lack the musicianship but these guys not only execute it, but they own it outright. This is up for free download. If this band sticks around long enough I see them doing big things in the near future. Listen:https://veinband.bandcamp.com/
Lipschitz are a hardcore/punk band from Odessa, Florida. This new EP has been offered as a free/pay what you want release. It should also be noted that all proceeds generated from the bandcamp donations towards this release will be donated to an awesome cause, per the band's bandcamp page:
"ALL money paid towards this album digitally is going directly to http://hagarinternational.org/usa/ to help women and children in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Vietnam. We don't need your money for band stuff when other people need it more, if you buy this digitally we arent spending money other than recording but we do that for US and you but still, us, SO, donate if you'd like. Will send you proof that your money went to HAGAR and NOT us."
Ever//Ready features 4 songs of dark and uniquely personal hardcore punk with no regard for current trends, and provides an emotional and cathartic listening experience that feels refreshingly honest, sincere and stripped down. The band will be heading out on tour in late January/early February, with dates you can check out below, and in addition, please contact the band HERE if you can help with filling any of the dates below . Highly recommended for fans of bands such as Ceremony, Dangers and Ruiner.