Album Review: Benji – White Hot Pathetic Rage

Columbus, Ohio’s very own Benji released a bedroom pop album as quirky as the band itself in September 2017, called “White Hot Pathetic Rage.” While many indie pop bands struggle to keep from sounding predictable, Benji’s 8-song record is anything but.  On the surface, “White Hot Pathetic Rage” is a textbook example of folky, lo-fi … More Album Review: Benji – White Hot Pathetic Rage

Album Review: Monster Treasure – II

Contrary to the bright, flowery album cover, Monster Treasure‘s latest album, “II”, is about as punked-out as they come. The grungy, shoegazey punk is mesmerizing and full of fuzz-soaked riffs, and as the band’s bio says, if you can picture Blondie covering Nirvana in the early ’80s, “you might be halfway there.” The album is nothing … More Album Review: Monster Treasure – II

EP Review: Mom Talk – I’m Not Mad, I’m Just Disappointed

Maybe my favorite part of unpolished folk punk is the rough authenticity. As opposed to autotuned vocals, it’s okay to be a little flat here and there because that’s reality – and if that’s authentic, then Mom Talk’s debut EP, “I’m Not Mad, Just Disappointed” certainly is.  … More EP Review: Mom Talk – I’m Not Mad, I’m Just Disappointed

Album Review: Ghost Town Remedy – Caffeine Dreams

Although Punk Talks, one of my favorite organizations, claims that “you don’t have to be sad to make great music,” good albums often come from an intensely emotional time. For TJ Maher of Ghost Town Remedy, “Caffeine Dreams” was written as a catharsis in the period after he lost his brother to suicide and father … More Album Review: Ghost Town Remedy – Caffeine Dreams

Album Review: Somehow – Hidden Memories

Somehow’s latest album, “Hidden Memories”, is exactly what you’d expect of a French indie pop artist. It’s quirky, moody, and colorfully vibrant, and both vocalists have just a hint of an accent. “Hidden Memories” is radiant, romantic, and melancholy all at the same time. It’s a quirky lo-fi sound that oscillates between dreamy and edgy, with … More Album Review: Somehow – Hidden Memories

EP Review: Stray Weather – Ever Endeavour

You may remember Stray Weather from our previous review of their first spoken-word EP, but the band has come a long way from its original hip-hop sound with its “Ever Endeavour” EP, out on September 15. Just like before, Mikey Brown’s attention-grabbing lyrics capture intrigue and refuse to let it go. His thick accent doesn’t … More EP Review: Stray Weather – Ever Endeavour