The Great Explainer :: God Botherer


Living Room :: Moonchaser :: Jetsam-Flotsam  - To be released on August 19th
 
Okay, so, Living Room’s sound is not my typical style, but Moonchaser accosted and grabbed me immediately. Every single track on Moonchaser is robust, layered, raw, and honest – all those elements make up a special album. Living Room made me sit up straight by forcing me note of the art of the music and pure emotion that was poured out in each of these songs. It feels intensely personal, it is pure emotion, layered out in three minute(ish) bursts.



 
I spent some time trying to put my finger on Living Room’s sound, asking myself if they were really emo? But, can emo have guitars that aggressive? Or indie? Naw, it was a bit too fast and aggressive for that. Or alternative? It doesn’t really fit into that constraint either. They have the grittiness that is usually associated with garage alternative, the vocals that are usually associated with emo, the music that is usually associates with indie, and the attitude and energy that is usually associate with punk. These guys have created a very beautiful hybrid that is taking no prisoners. For some reason this feels like a winter album to me. Something to be listened to when you are wearing layers and the world outside is frozen under piles of snow.

There are so many great tracks on this Moonchaser, and really each one builds on those before it, as the album just keeps on becoming more and more intense. The songs that really stood out to me were Out Of Love because of the great contrast of sections with stripped down music and quite vocals to the sections that are thrashy and screamy. Feet of Snow has just the right amount of distortion to feel natural and About Timeis super gritty and hard and slightly distraught.Magnetic Service begins etheral and haunting before it transitions into despair, it has a progression of sound, feeling, and emotion.
Really, what this whole review can be boiled down to, is that they make you feel this deep inside you by connecting with something visceral. Listen to it a few times, over and over, and let it completely overtake you. You will feel spent but relaxed and free.

Living Room :: Moonchaser :: Jetsam-Flotsam  - To be released on August 19th

 

Okay, so, Living Room’s sound is not my typical style, but Moonchaser accosted and grabbed me immediately. Every single track on Moonchaser is robust, layered, raw, and honest – all those elements make up a special album. Living Room made me sit up straight by forcing me note of the art of the music and pure emotion that was poured out in each of these songs. It feels intensely personal, it is pure emotion, layered out in three minute(ish) bursts.

 

I spent some time trying to put my finger on Living Room’s sound, asking myself if they were really emo? But, can emo have guitars that aggressive? Or indie? Naw, it was a bit too fast and aggressive for that. Or alternative? It doesn’t really fit into that constraint either. They have the grittiness that is usually associated with garage alternative, the vocals that are usually associated with emo, the music that is usually associates with indie, and the attitude and energy that is usually associate with punk. These guys have created a very beautiful hybrid that is taking no prisoners. For some reason this feels like a winter album to me. Something to be listened to when you are wearing layers and the world outside is frozen under piles of snow.

There are so many great tracks on this Moonchaser, and really each one builds on those before it, as the album just keeps on becoming more and more intense. The songs that really stood out to me were Out Of Love because of the great contrast of sections with stripped down music and quite vocals to the sections that are thrashy and screamy. Feet of Snow has just the right amount of distortion to feel natural and About Timeis super gritty and hard and slightly distraught.Magnetic Service begins etheral and haunting before it transitions into despair, it has a progression of sound, feeling, and emotion.

Really, what this whole review can be boiled down to, is that they make you feel this deep inside you by connecting with something visceral. Listen to it a few times, over and over, and let it completely overtake you. You will feel spent but relaxed and free.

New Hostage Calm. Loving it. A Thousand Miles Away From Here from their upcoming album Die on Stage.

From Happy Diving’s debut album, Big World, out October 21, 2014. Recorded at The Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA, with producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Whirr).

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More Gnarwolves. More Awesomeness. Boneyard.

Listening to this album on repeat. It is fucking awesome. Review coming soon. 

Gnarwolves :: Smoking Kills

Kind of jealous. Kind of amazed. I’d love to see this collection.


Direct Hit / Priceduifkes :: Split :: Say-10 Records

I am a huge Direct Hit fan, they always give us hard hitting passionate punk rock songs, which is awesome. But what never ceases to amaze me, is their range. They are two tracks on this split, that cannot be more different from one another, yet still sound like the same band. Wasting Away is super catchy, from the first chords will hook you and the chorus will have you tapping your foot. I Ain’t Dreaming of a White Christmas is fast angry hardcore compressed into a minute and a half.



 
The Pricedifkes were totally new to me. They are a snotty punk rock rock band from Belgium. Both of these tracks, Boredom Addict and Getwood City have the same vibe – dissatisfied snottyness with slightest bit of melody. You know, the just right combination to make you run out and look for everything they have ever recorded.

I have said it before, but I’ll say it again, the Splits from Say-10 Records are always worth checking out. 

Direct Hit / Priceduifkes :: Split :: Say-10 Records

I am a huge Direct Hit fan, they always give us hard hitting passionate punk rock songs, which is awesome. But what never ceases to amaze me, is their range. They are two tracks on this split, that cannot be more different from one another, yet still sound like the same band. Wasting Away is super catchy, from the first chords will hook you and the chorus will have you tapping your foot. I Ain’t Dreaming of a White Christmas is fast angry hardcore compressed into a minute and a half.

 

The Pricedifkes were totally new to me. They are a snotty punk rock rock band from Belgium. Both of these tracks, Boredom Addict and Getwood City have the same vibe – dissatisfied snottyness with slightest bit of melody. You know, the just right combination to make you run out and look for everything they have ever recorded.

I have said it before, but I’ll say it again, the Splits from Say-10 Records are always worth checking out.