This is simple. We love these songs. You should listen and tell us what you think of them.
Let me also point out that this is not necessarily focused on new songs. Just what we’ve been listening to and loving this week.
1. YØUTH – ‘Blame’
Since emo legends American Football released their second album, I’ve been listening to it non stop. So then it comes as no surprise that I immediately fell in love with Nashville’s YØUTH. The one man project of Julian Denté, he takes the raw emotion and math influenced emo of American Football but adds a little punch and vigour which imbues the music with a touch more defiance than the Illinois based legends.
2. Meat Fight – ‘Terra Forma’
I’ve made no secret of how much I miss the alternative rock of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Every time someone tells me they’ve found something that is as good as that period, I am invariably super disappointed. Not so with Meat Fight. Combining the sludgy fun of (the) Melvins with a knack for a catchy chorus ala Stone Temple Pilots, these are a somewhat off kilter and surprising proposition. Let’s see what they do next.
3. Aponym – ‘Life Is A Wounded Stag’
Here Ireland’s Aponym combine two things that the Irish are really damn good at but don’t get enough creadit for. Namely, instrumental rock and metal. ‘Life Is A Wounded Stag’, lifted from the band’s recent EP Deus Incognitus is a considered and molten mix of forebodance and thunder. Taking their time to introduce the song with a repititiv and tense clear guitar riff, the band eventually delve into heavier territory as they unleash plenty of chugging. Good times.
4. Bitch Kids x Maadwest – ‘Idiot’
You know what there’s not enough of? Chugging, mid tempo, sludgy ballads. Enter Bitch Kids x Maadwest and ‘Idiot’ which calls to mind the tuneful chug of L7 combined with a knack for a melody that is more Kim and Kelley Deal. It’s on their EP Lunchbox which came out on August 25th. Do it.
5. Ramsey Ronalds – ‘worn’
My ex used to say she was ‘withered’ but ‘worn’ works just as well. Sometimes you just feel like everything is stacked against you and no matter what you do, you end up back at square one. When I feel like this I like to listen to some neo-classical or post rock. It makes my problems feel smaller and insignificant. Then I feel better. This is the effect that ‘worn’ by Ramsey Ronalds has on me. It is beautiful.