Little Thoughts: Three Records with Jacob Jeffers

Little Thoughts is a brand-new monthly guest post series where music fans and writers cover three albums, new or old, that they think deserve to be heard. The series itself is named after a Bloc Party song, a band introduced to me by my older brother Jacob Jeffers, so it’s only fitting that he’s featured in the … More Little Thoughts: Three Records with Jacob Jeffers

Interview: Old Sol

A neat blend of “happy emo rock” and 2000s power-pop, Old Sol‘s Life’s Scary, Man EP is packed with witty, biting lyrics, upbeat riffs, and poppy melodies. The cheerful pop-punk sound produced by this Illinois four-piece is almost addicting–keep an eye out for a review in the near future–despite only having six tracks. While listening to … More Interview: Old Sol

Album Review: MomTalk – It is your birthday.

Folk-punk, as a genre, tends to confuse the general public. The warbling vocals and folky guitar are appealing to a select few, some of whom are attracted to the realistic sounds and vivid emotions conveyed through that specific combination of sounds. MomTalk, a local folk-punk solo project, just released a debut album, “It is your … More Album Review: MomTalk – It is your birthday.

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

EP Review: Frank Iero and the Patience – Keep The Coffins Coming

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

EP Review: Something Else – Something Else?

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?