I’ve heard Columbus post-punk band Hidden Places described using many other musical groups – trying to be The Talking Heads, similar to Interpol but with energy, et cetera – but on Hidden Places’ debut indie rock album, “uh’s,” they are an entity completely of their own creation. … More Album Review: Hidden Places – uh’s
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
In a pop-punk story of personal growth and relationships, Chicago band High Wire is making a name for itself with its latest EP, “Different Places.” … More EP Review: High Wire – Different Places
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
In what’s meant to be the missing link between “Stomachaches” and “Parachutes”, Frank Iero and the Patience is back with another fiery, punked-up EP: “Keep The Coffins Coming”, which comes out Friday, September 22. “Keep The Coffins Coming” is the exact midpoint between the two albums: not quite as ragged as “Parachutes,” but less polished than … More EP Review: Frank Iero and the Patience – Keep The Coffins Coming
Despite using the same two words for the band’s name, their album, and this EP, “Something Else?” is far less “traditional punk” than the Columbus band’s previous full-length. It alternates between acoustic and electrified, and although angsty lyrics run throughout the EP, Something Else utilizes catchy melodies and hypnotic hooks to capture your attention. Opening … More EP Review: Something Else – Something Else?
Elder Abuse, a hardcore pop-punk band that’s full of 90s grunge nostalgia, has a sound that’s as catchy as it is edgy. Burnt, the band’s latest album, reminds me of all of my pop-punk favorites from the late 90s and early 2000s – Alkaline Trio, The Wonder Years. Essentially, it’s that classic grungy pop-punk sound that … More Album Review: Elder Abuse – Burnt
Editor’s Note: I have just read about the assault allegations against PWR BTTM. I am disappointed and surprised, but this is important and it’s important that we don’t let it get overlooked like sexual assault does so many other times in the pop-punk world. Obviously, I don’t condone or support this. I stand with survivors, … More Album Review: PWR BTTM – Pageant
Whether it’s LCD Soundsystem or Franz Ferdinand, I love a good dance-punk album. When I got an email about Columbus-based Conversion Delay, an indie rock/dance-punk band, I stopped what I was doing – granted, Calculus homework is not the most fascinating thing, but still – to listen. I was definitely not disappointed with their latest … More EP Review: Conversion Delay – Out Of Sight
Having toured with the likes of Against The Current and Set It Off, Brighton pop-punk band As It Is is no stranger to the scene. The group was signed to Fearless Records in 2014 after the release of their last EP, This Mind Of Mine, and As It Is released their second full-length album, okay., earlier … More Album Review: As It Is – okay.