Crisis King is an artist with a fondness for hard-hitting metal, post-hardcore and industrial tones. His recent studio work, Tonight, is an EP that features 6 original songs. The artist’s music explores genres as diverse as hardcore, industrial, new-metal and more, going for an eclectic, yet direct sound. Opening number, “Die Easy”, is an extremely powerful wall of sound that feels like a stampede of vikings, crushing and burning everything in their path. The song has powerful drums and loud guitar riffs that are down-tuned and aggressive, perfectly matching the vocals.
The dark lyrical themes on the songs of the EP are also a great match with the album’s production aesthetics, but there is also room for melodies here and there.
“The Tides” highlights the group’s most melodic side, yet it still features hard-hitting drums, loud guitar walls and serendipitous changes. Throughout the span of these 6 tracks, Crisis King really stand out for the diverse approach they are able to bring to the table, exploring different sides of their musicianship and offering up an EP that feels eclectic, yet extremely direct, just as you would expect from a band such as Crisis King!
As soon as I saw the cover artwork for “Catch Me” by Blissful Red, I know exactly that I was going to really enjoy this song. The album cover depicts some iconic records by some artists who happen to be among my all-time favourite acts: Iggy & The Stooges, Nirvana, Elliott Smith and more.
These influences can infect easily be traced by in this single. The whispered, soft-spoken vocals create a stunning mellow vibe that echoes the work of artists such as Nick Drake or Elliott Smith himself, but the sound production is a bit more upfront and upbeat, echoing the work of artists such as The Pixes, just to mention a few.
This song is based on stunning layers of beautiful vocal harmonies, strummed acoustic guitars, as well as a steady rhythm section that adds a nice edge to the music.
The song nears the 5-minutes mark, creating a low-key, yet rich sonic atmosphere. This track is actually a perfect example of how artists can actually create really far reaching works by using simple elements and seamless arrangements. In this particular case, Blissful Red managed to build a song based on some truly minimalistic elements, such as guitar, drums and vocals – you don’t need much else to make a good song if you have the right vision!
Casey Hopkins is a Brooklyn-based guitarist/songwriter who was deemed a prodigy of blues guitar at a young age. His current music is fueled by a deep love for The Cramps and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
After moving up from South Florida in 2014, he started playing live as a trio in NYC in the spring of 2015, quickly making an impression with a big guitar sound and high energy punk/blues performances.
This song Touch” was recorded live to tape on a Tascam 388 with minimal overdubs. Both the song and video were DIY.
The past few months have seen the ‘Godfather of punk’ himself, Iggy Pop, singing the young trio’s praises and name-checking them along Sleaford Mods and Skepta as one of his favourite artists right now (“These kids make a lot of noise. I like it!”). After being blown away by their live show, Ex-Ramones manager Danny Fields excitedly declared the band as “the future of rock n’ roll”, while The Libertines’ Gary Powell quickly signed up the young upstarts to his 25 Hour Convenience Store label.
NME, Clash Magazine, Q Magazine, Artrocker, Drowned In Sound, 6Music, Radio X and BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens have also all waded in with support and praise for the trio’s delinquent, punk-driven assault, that finds themselves caught somewhere between the early grunge of Foo Fighters, the infectious songwriting of Pixies, and the snotty punk attitude of The Buzzcocks.
Following two early DIY EP releases (‘Tunnel Vision’ and ‘Wear and Tear’), False Heads were invited in to Pete Townsend’s studio earlier this spring to cut a series of new tracks, and ‘Thick Skin’ is the first single to emerge from those sessions – a perfect riot of energetic, leering bawdiness that is released on July 1st, and sets another huge marker for a band whose remarkable rise is seemingly unstoppable. ‘Thick Skin’ is released through 25 Hour Convenience Store on July 1st 2016, available from all good digital stores. False Heads have also announced a series of new live dates in their hometown, including a performance at the Camden Rocks festival in June, and at The Roundhouse this July to celebrate 40 years of punk.
Today, alt rock outfit Beware of Darkness have unveiled their new single “Dope” . “Dope” has already seen spins on Beats 1, BBC Radio 1, plus is receiving early support from commercial rock stations such as LA‘s KROQ and101WKQX in Chicago. The single is from the trio’s forthcoming, sophomore album, Are You Real?, which will be released this summer 2016 on Bright Antenna Records.
In support of the new single and upcoming LP, Beware of Darkness will be giving a special, memorable performance on May 9th atLA’s Resident – presented by
Are You Real? was produced by Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals) and Jim Kaufman (ANTI-FLAG) to help form the band’s new alternative vein that hearkens to the sonic likes of Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood, The Kills, The Struts, Skaters and even Nirvana.
Frontman Kyle Nicolaides‘s journey has come full circle, since the release of the band’s debut album Orthodox in 2013, which landedTOP 30 on Billboard‘s Heatseekers Chart, and garnered high praise from Rolling Stone, Fuse, American Songwriter, and more. After touring with Cage The Elephant, The Wombats, Soundgarden, STP, AWOLNATION and Jane’s Addiction, plus making their debut at the Reading and Leeds Festival, the trolling the depths and sludging through the bleak, Are You Real? is the story of how a rock star on the rise fought uncertainty and disillusionment to avoid flaming out. And, more importantly, how Nicolaides has come through the other side revitalized and focused, and with the best songs of his young career.