Posts tagged ‘Grunge’

June 16, 2022

Thursdays with J.R. – Boss Rush

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

Welcome to the “Vagabond Inn,” our dirty little hotel room for this evening.  This just happens to be the name of this week’s track.  Husband and Wife duo Boss Rush hail from Alabama but for this track/video we spend the night in a hotel room jamming out with the duo.  The room feels familiar as the group sets up their instruments and begin to lead us along the fuzzy trail of guitar and drum rock.  Love the vocals, clean and powerful.  There is bass on the track but no player in the video.  It really makes the verses sing as the second one adds chorus washed guitar before the fuzz blast returns in the chorus.  The song comes down in the bridge with a droning up beat rhythm that glides into a syncopated beat on the toms.  The chorus washed guitar returns as we rush back to the final chorus.  Nice, tight rock and roll.  The song and video end with the hotel room phone ringing.  I wanted to pick up the line, I want to hear more.  Great song Boss Rush.  Already stuck in my head.

June 3, 2022

Week Ender – theWorst

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

As we’ve noted before on the blog, it seems that the influence of 90’s grunge and alternative is starting to take root in more and more new bands these days, and we for one are here for it. Portland, Maine band theWorst definitely fall into that category with a rawness and realness that has been sorely missing from a musical landscape dominated by overly processed, packaged and cross marketed PRODUCT/CONTENT presented as “songs.” The single “Hurt Forever” finds the band very much in Hole territory, which is cool because it’s high time people recognize that Live Through This was as good as and as influential as Nevermind was, but still inject with enough of their own vibe to stand out. While it might be too much to hope that this resurgence will rise to mainstream dominance ala the decade of flannel, it’s nice knowing bands like theWorst are fighting the good fight and making real rock music with real heart for those who seek it.

February 25, 2022

Week Ender – Crossroad Crooks

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you swaggering into the weekend with.

Ooooooo doggie, does “In Waiting” by Crossroad Crooks scratch a very specific itch from our youth and it does so really, really well. Like when there’s just the right amount of fingernails in the scratching but not so much to leave a weird mark you have to explain later. That itch is a specific nexus of hard rock, heavy alternative and grunge with hints of metal and heaps of melody. Chuggy guitars and soaring vocals and delicate break downs place this somewhere between Living Colour (the vocals remind us a lot of Corey Glover) and Soundgarden. Some may feel this has a bit of a throwback vibe to it, but when it’s done this well it transcends throwback and moves on up to transcendent and timeless.

February 17, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Dinner and Whiskey Next Week

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

Visually, I was ready for what Dinner and Whiskey Next Week had in store for me this week.  Black and white images of a sunken-eyed rascal being pulled downwards into a black hole dawning the cover of their album Gravitational Pull.  The music did NOT disappoint. Just like the careful, what seem to be hand-drawn art dawning the cover the music is also hand crafted with the utmost patience.  “Just Like a Doll” opens with clean and thick dissonant guitar, plucked with precision, laying down the groove before anything else comes in.  Drums slow but also thick join the experience.  A slow droning tambourine brings in the guitar swells perfectly as we travel the first verse.  Vocals are gentle and clear.  Great mix and lyrics, the imagery it conjures is imaginative but relatable.  Chorus opens slowly but doesn’t hit immediately.  Drums drone and open further with vocal harmonies filling up the sonic space before the guitars let loose.  The chorus is powerful but still beautiful.  Nice use of reverb in the vocal tracks, they all give space to come together as one in the end.  The second verse builds into second chorus with more guitar layering and swells than our first time around, building a nice dynamic foundation.  I believe its mostly guitars here though they traverse into synth-sounds which is quite pleasing to the ear.  Brings you up and down with the song while listening.  The bridge brings an agreeable tension, delayed vocals and extreme hi-hat and tom work drive into a bountiful noise-finale.  A wall of guitar and vocals bringing you all the way up and leaving you there until the song ends.  This band is my cup of tea, and I was quite pleased.  Give them a sip and find out how tasty they are for yourself.

May 5, 2021

Video Debut – Tower Defense

We realize that it’s a tad odd that we, a blog that has gone on record several times about our ambivalence about music videos, would host a music video premier, but this song is so good we’re happy to oblige the request. A driving rocker with equal parts grunge muscle and indie smarts, “Under the Sea” by Tower Defense moves and grooves in a way that Sebastian the crab only wishes he could. And the video? Well even curmudgeons of the medium such as we have to admit it’s pretty cool. Check it out and then get more Tower Defense in your life here.

April 3, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Peter Rockingtail came bop bop bopping down the lane with these Easter weekend bops. Check out new music from Mike Vermeil, A Mess, John Revelle, T. Lopea, Twiin Daniels, Clea Anaïs, Christopher Green, Joe McGuire, They Might Be Zombies and Bloodslide.

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March 9, 2021

Play Listy For Me – New Punk, Post-Punk, Grunge & Garage Volume 1

Play Listy For Me is our new column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Ugh. Genres and subgenres, amiright? Here’s all the punk/garage or derived from those influences songs we talked about this past week, plus some bonus songs for, *checks notes,* dat ass.

March 9, 2021

The B-Side: Holyhead

“Losing Light” by Holyhead is a deliciously fuzzed out thicc boi of Dinosaur Jr. influenced rock n’ roll and it, as they say, gives us life. More specifically it gets us excited for the (hopefully soon) return of live shows, where you can walk into a club and get your hair blown back by something this fun and loud and melodic and rawking.

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March 5, 2021

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we have a few (very few) words about new music from Zilched, Troubled Traveller, Dennis Ellsworth, Billy Caden and Pulsations.

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