Album: Songs of Praise
Genre: Post-Punk/Indie Rock
Post-Punk has been spawning numerous incredible new acts as of late, and now we can add South Londoners Shame to this impressive list. After a string of singles, music videos, and high energy live performances, the band have finally released their debut album Songs of Praise, and this thing carries every single element of what makes Post-Punk such a compelling genre. Fueled by young politics, aggression, and of course, rebellion, this album is a relentless work of art that can be both classy and chaotic. This is mature rebellion more concerned with making you look at your reflection and at the flat-out ridiculous social and inward crimes us humans commit than creating a “Fuck off” anthem. Lead singer Charlie Steen’s gruff voice was made for Punk Rock and he utilizes it to deliver lyrical content heavy on satirizing simple-minded people, narcissists, and the current state of politics. A track like The Lick finds Steen delivering mostly spoken word verses about how many people want things to be safe and easy. About how we all want things to be relatable not debatable, too afraid of embracing the things that challenge us, and he cleverly uses people’s safe choice in music to symbolize the bigger picture. One Rizla is a bit of a Punk Rock motivational track about being at peace with your self despite how much of a piece of shit you may be. In this selfie taking social media driven society we now live in, this is how you rebel. It’s easy to curse the government, but it’s still a bit taboo to look inward and dissect everything that is wrong with our selfish species, and Shame aren’t afraid to hold up that mirror.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
Artist: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Album: Wrong Creatures
Genre: Garage Rock/Alternative Rock
Remember the early 2000’s? Remember the explosion of the Garage Rock Revival movement lead by bands like The Strokes or The White Stripes? Remember how this was supposed to be “Rock & Roll’s” resurrection? Well, we all know how short lived that movement was. Bands that were at the forefront went down different paths and in the midst of everything the bands that didn’t quite achieve the same level of success as the aforementioned bands ended up slipping through the cracks. Yeah these bands have a fanbase, but following inessential release after inessential release these bands were doomed to fall into obscurity. One of these bands are California’s own Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Talented indeed, but the band’s success can really only be credited to one album, the band’s debut B.R.M.C. Released in 2001, this album came at the right place at the right time. With critical acclaim for the album’s raw guitar heavy sound that even drew from Shoegaze with it’s guitar effects and vocals that echo bands like The Jesus And Mary Chain or Love & Rockets, the Band was instantly met with success, but following this release the band didn’t quite branch out of their comfort zone. They delivered that Rockin’ sound yes, answering their own question of “What ever happened to my Rock & Roll?” but their music tends to be forgettable and lacking anything groundbreaking. Now, here we are in 2018 and the band have released their eighth studio album Wrong Creatures, and unfortunately that curse continues. With this album the band proves that Rock & Roll is still very much alive, but does almost nothing to advance the genre. Which raises the question “Why should we care about this band?” Yes I know the band isn’t trying to create something revolutionary, they’re just creating what they love, which is fine but the band’s sound has become stale and uninteresting. With the exception of tracks like King Of Bones which features buzzing synths and dirty distorted guitars giving off an Industrial Rock vibe, or Circus Bazooko which is bizarre territory for the band with it’s circus sounding organs, this album is another installment in the redundant world of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
Earlier this week Jack White released two brand new tracks from his upcoming album Boarding House Reach, and now he has revealed the release date for the album, as well as the album cover and tracklist. The album will be released on March 23rd. Check out the album’s artwork and tracklist below:
01. Connected By Love
02. Why Walk A Dog?
04. Abulia and Akrasia
06. Ice Station Zebra
07. Over and Over and Over
08. Everything You’ve Ever Learned
09. Respect Commander
10. Ezmerelda Steals The Show
11. Get In The Mind Shaft
12. What’s Done Is Done
A new Jack White album is on the horizon and the hard working musician has shared two new tracks titled Connected By Love and Respect Commander. They will both appear on his upcoming album Boarding House Reach. A release date has yet to be unveiled. Listen to the tracks and also watch the music video for Connected By Love below:
Will Toledo and Co. will release their follow-up to 2016’s Teens Of Denial which will be a re-working of Toledo’s 2011 album Twin Fantasy. “It was never a finished work and It wasn’t until last year that I figured out how to finish it” explained Toldeo in a statement regarding the album. The album will be released on February 16th and the band have even released a music video for the song Nervous Young Inhumans. Watch the video below:
Franz Ferdinand will release their new album Always Ascending on February 9th, and the band have shared a synth heavy and quite danceable new track from it titled Feel The Love Go. Watch the music video below:
MGMT will release their new album Little Dark Age this year and they have not been stingy with the singles. The band has shared yet another track from the upcoming album titled Hand It Over. Listen to the track below: