by: Tommy DeSilva
Good Riddance - Peace In Our Time - [Fat Wreck Chords]
Good Riddance is a Punk Rock band from Santa Cruz, CA. Their new album Peace In Our Time, which marks the band’s first new studio release in over 9 years, is a really awesome an energetic record that shows that Good Riddance still can and should be considered as one of the top Punk Rock acts on the scene today. Characterized by upbeat drumming, catchy guitar hooks, and angst filled vocals, the sounds heard on this album can be compared to those heard by many other well-known Punk Rock bands (especially current and former Fat Wreck Chords bands) such as: Rise Against, 88 Fingers Louie, No Use For A Name, and Strung Out. If you are looking for something that’s fast, loud, exciting, and that has a bit of a political undertone, this is most definitely the record for you! Tracks to definitely check out on this album include: “Disputatio,” “Half Measures,” “Dry Season,” and “Our Better Nature.”
Nai Harvest - Hairball - [Topshelf Records]
Nai Harvest is a 2 piece Punk Rock/Fuzz Pop band from the UK. Their new album Hairball is a really awesome record whose upbeat and catchy sound catches the listener’s attention as soon as they hit play. With this newest release, Nai Harvest have completed their transformation from what was once an Emo/Math Rock group into a full-fledged Punk Rock/Fuzz Pop band whose sound, which can be characterized by upbeat drumming, fuzzed out guitars, some surf-rock type reverb, and angst filled vocals, can be compared to a lot of other cool bands old and new including: Wavves, Merchandise, The Audacity, and Superchunk. Tracks to definitely check out on this album include: “Spin,” “Sick On My Heart,” “All The Time,” and “Melanie.” I had heard about Nai Harvest before this album came into the station, but I never listened to them before. All I can say now is that I am going to go get all of their music after hearing this album because they are just that awesome.
Seasons Change - Please Don’t Leave - [No Sleep Records]
Seasons Change is a Pop Punk band from Pico Rivera, CA. Their new album Please Don’t Leave, which is band’s first ever full length LP to be released, is a really awesome record that a lot of people in the local and national Pop Punk scene have been talking about as of late. Characterized by catchy guitar hooks, upbeat drumming, angst filled vocals, and emotionally charged lyrics, the sounds hard on this record can be compared to those heard by a lot of other well-known Pop Punk bands that quite a few people like including: The Story So Far, Neck Deep, and Light Years. Tracks to definitely check out on this album include: “Clueless,” “Hope This Stains,” “Valentine,” and “Straight In The Heart.” Seasons Change is the perfect example of a hardworking band that started off by just playing local shows at small venues who are now working their way up the ladder to become something better than a lot of people expected. Definitely check them out if you get the chance.
Metz - II - [Sub Pop Records]
Metz is a Punk Rock/Noise Rock band from Toronto. Their new album II is a raw, powerful, and in your face record that fans of all different types of music can most certainly enjoy. Characterized by loud and distorted guitars, pounding drums, and screaming vocals, the sounds heard on this album can be compared to those heard by a lot of other awesome bands including: Nirvana, Wavves, Thee Oh Sees, and Fuzz. Even though Metz keeps things pretty simple on this record, they are still able to distinguish themselves from a lot of the up and coming Punk Rock/Noise Rock groups on the scene right now because of the raw energy they put into each and every one of their songs. Tracks to definitely check out on this album include: “Acetate,” “The Swimmer,” “Spit You Out,” and “I.O.U.”
Dirty Fences - Full Tramp - [Slovenly Recordings]
Dirty Fences are a Punk Rock band from New York City. Their new album Full Tramp, which is actually set to be released in a couple of weeks from now, is a really awesome record that anyone who likes Punk Rock from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s will truly enjoy. Characterized by upbeat drumming, simple yet catchy guitar hooks, and melodic vocal harmonies, the sounds heard on this album can be compared to those heard by some of the more well-known Punk Rock bands from the late‘70s and early ‘80s including: The Ramones, The Damned, The Misfits, and Wire Tracks to definitely check out on this record include: “Deep In Your Heart,” “Judy (Don’t Go),” “These Freaks,” and “High School Rip.”