Frank Iero has always dreamed of working with Steve Albini, and when he finally got the chance he put together a combination of a recent single, an old rarity track, an unreleased song and a cover to give the producer a platform to produce his magic with the band. The EP comes less than a year after The Patience‘s second album Parachutes (which we rated a solid 9) ahead of their European tour over the next few months.
Opening the EP is Parachutes track I’m A Mess which is already a fan favourite before this release, but the Albini-influenced version has the raw feel of a live track with what sounds like a natural reverb underlying the dry recording. That aside, there isn’t much difference between the regular studio recording but a good performance of the song which is made almost more gritty with the odd error here and there as could be expected live. Following up is a piece that Frank released back in 2014 as a solo song which featured his twin daughters Lily and Cherry, titled BFF. This version is far more upbeat as a band version tends to be, giving a sense of gravity to Iero’s pained lyric “things just don’t feel right when you’re not by my side” among others.
The most hardcore-influenced of the four songs on the EP comes under the title No Fun Club third on the tracklist. The signature Frank far away/distorted screaming sound fills any empty space left by the heavy distortion on all the guitar and bass sounds throughout to produce a fast, punky feel for the minute and a half it takes up. Closing up the EP with a classic Johnny Cash cover, Iero has the fuzz-filled guitar tone for which he has become infamous since his My Chemical Romance days. Resting on a lilting tempo, the version has been performed live a fair number of times but the capturing of the emotion in the frontman’s voice ensnares the essential essence of The Patience and everything they do: messy, rough yet perfectly imperfect in the best way.
As their fifth self-titled album under the The Bronx branch of their music, fans are expecting the latest album by the LA punks to be refined and high quality – two features which come in abundance in just about every track.
Opening track Night Drop at the Glue Factory is raw and overdriven from the start, before introducing distorted vocals that bring the sound almost to a hardcore-influenced Foo Fighters vibe which is executed fantastically. Fuzz-fuelled solos and hard-hit pacey drum parts. The seamless transition into Stranger Danger is the first but most certainly not the last, as the five-piece glide seamlessly between sub-genres with every track.
The album demonstrates something for everyone: hardcore elements in Sore Throat, a power-blues feel in Broken Arrow, some softer (almost indie) rock aspects in Side Effects that would fit immaculately into any time of day on Radio X among others, and tracks including Two Birds and Channel Islands have tones almost resembling classic 80’s crunch rock sounds to bring the album a retro side with wah ripping up and down through the frequency bands to provide a depth to the riff sounds throughout all of the guitar fill work present on the song.
It is often easy to pick some standout pieces from albums to separate the wheat from the chaff ahead of listeners’ first experience, but every song on BRVNX is just as strong as each other – the deciding factor on a favourite for fans is likely to be which subgenres of rock they prefer most and how they like the band’s execution of said style!
Vocally, the album is just as diverse as the instrumental styles. Frontman Matt Caughthran manages to pitch his vocal frequencies to cut through the mix through every style of rock The Bronx display so well, showing his diversity when contrasting more hardcore tracks like Sore Throat which features fairly heavily distorted sounds the whole way through with Side Effects which provides far more melodic and dry vocal work.
In terms of production, the band have gelled amazingly with Rob Schnapf (Beck, FIDLAR) to create a collection that showcases the various points of talent they hold in a style where they seem incredibly comfortable. Seamless transitions between elements in every song illustrate the songwriting capabilities they have been honing over the past fifteen years and it feels like that side of The Bronx has come into fruition now more than ever in this cycle.
Overall, the confidence and songwriting prowess of all involved have made this album a force to be reckoned with – a certain contender for a lot of ‘album of the year’ lists!
Portsmouth’s Pop Punkers High Down have recently released their newest single; Life Lessons from their EP Moving On. Having gained some serious momentum since their appearance on the pop punk circuit last year, the band have played shows at the likes of Butserfest, Fat Lip Fest and Teddy Rocks Fest and show no sign of slowing down with this track. Check out Life Lessons below:
That’s right, Frank Iero and the Patience will be releasing brand new material less than a year after their 2016 debut album (since the name change), Parachutes.
The new songs will collectively be known as the Keep The Coffins Coming EP which will hit the shelves on 22nd September this year via Hassle Records who released Parachutes last year. The collection also features artwork designed by Krokodil guitarist and BBC Radio 1 Rock Show’s Daniel P Carter.
Frank said: “When we were done touring .stomachaches., I talked to my manager Paul about what we should do. I had my bucket list and one of the things on there was to work with Steve Albini. Paul asked how long I’d wanted to work with Steve and I was like, ‘Since I was, like, eleven!’ I wanted to make a Steve Albini record. Paul said he’d call him and I was like, ‘You can’t do that… that would be weird. Don’t do it.’ And he was like, ‘That’s my job!’ He called him, Steve said he could do it and he had three days. Next phone call I made was U-Haul; I fuckin’ packed the U-Haul up and drove the band to Chicago. I got to record an EP with my friends and one of my heroes in this giant firehouse building in Chicago. The EP is this missing link between .stomachaches. and Parachutes. It’s everything I wanted it to be. It’s fuckin’ awesome!”
Rhode Island’s own pop punkers MAKEOUT have signed to Rise Records, having already toured with the likes of Blink-182 and Goldfinger, they are set to release their debut EP The Good Life, due out 29th September. Check out their brand new track Crazy below, balloon anyone?
“The record sounds like a party, there are so many different influences touching it… That’s the kind of party we like!” – Sam Boxold, vocals
The Good Life Track Listing:
4. Ride it Out
5. Open Minded
6. You Can’t Blame Me
8. Till We’re Gone
9. Salt Lake City
11. Where’s My Charger
12. Blast Off
Brighton-based chaotic punk band Rain Men have released their new single Crows, taken from their upcoming debut album. The band consists of frontman Jed Downey (vocals, guitar), Dan Pearse (bass), Reuben Harman-Mitchell (guitar) and Alex Tana (drums). Primarily drawing influence from bands like Gallows, Mr Bungle, Don Caballero and Fugazi, RainMen like doing what they want and spreading their angry vibes through odd time signatures, aggressive bass and drums, rambling vocals and a lot of fuzz.
Crows is the first single released from their yet to be announced debut album coming out in October 2017. It was live recorded in one take during an hour session at Metway Studios, Brighton, back in late April and is currently being mixed and mastered by Andrew Cheeseman who joined the band briefly for supporting Murmur’s Single Launch show at Brighton Electric. Crows itself was written in January by RainMen alongside their last drummer Zak Page, inspired by the events of the US election.
Rock veterans Fozzy are coming back to Europe in October this year with Hardcore Superstar on a co-headline run.
Fozzy are set to close the UK dates with their set, while Hardcore Superstar will finish off the European dates. Support comes in the shape of Madame Mayhem and The Last Band, but they’re not in a standard order either – The Last Band are going to open the UK run with Madame Mayhem following and vice versa for Europe.
See the full list below:
27.10.2017 (UK) Birmingham – O2 Academy 2
28.10.2017 (IRL) Dublin – Tivoli
29.10.2017 (UK) Belfast – Limelight 2
31.10.2017 (UK) Chester – Live Rooms
01.11.2017 (UK) Manchester – Waterfront
02.11.2017 (UK) London – Islington Academy
03.11.2017 (UK) Sheffield – Corporation
04.11.2017 (UK) Glasgow – The Garage
05.11.2017 (UK) Newcastle – Riverside
07.11.2017 (NL) Amsterdam – Q Factory
08.11.2017 (DE) Aschaffenburg – Colas Saal
09.11.2017 (CH) Pratteln – Z7
10.11.2017 (IT) Trezzo Sull’Adda – Live Club
11.11.2017 (IT) Roncade – New Age Club
12.11.2017 (IT) Rome – Kimera Rock
14.11.2017 (AT) Vienna – Flex
15.11.2017 (DE) Munich – Technikum
16.11.2017 (DE) Essen – Turock
17.11.2017 (DE) Hamburg – Gruenespan
18.11.2017 (BE) Genk – CPG
Fozzy also recently released a new song titled Judas, so watch that below too:
Gogol Bordello have recently announced not only a string of European Tour dates but they have also announced their new full-length album Seekers and Finders which is pipped for release on August 25th. This album is the ninth album by the multi-cultural band, yet again it will look into the frenzied punk and rock styles Gogol Bordello are known for with a party of accordions, trumpet, marimba, guitars, drum and bass. However, alongside both of these announcements the band have released the first single off of this upcoming release. Saboteur Blues is the first look in to this album and shows the potential that this record has. Check out Gogol Bordello’s Sabotuer Blues below.
Canada’s own Comeback Kid have recently inked a new deal with the Nuclear Blast family, having recently been working on the follow up to Die Knowing the first single Absolute off of their as yet untitled album is available to check out and features vocals from Devin Townsend at this link from Noisey.
“We are ecstatic to be signing with Nuclear Blast. A label that has been running for 30 years and home to some of hardcore and metal’s most integral acts. Like COMEBACK KID, Nuclear Blast is a label that focuses it’s energy globally as they have offices all over the world. That is really exciting for us as a band that prides itself on playing in as many corners of the earth as possible.
Here in Canada we are joining up with long-time friends at New Damage/Dine Alone. We have worked closely with them before so we know it will be a great fit and fresh start in our home country.
Our new album is going to be the most diverse and interesting record yet in my opinion. There are a few collaborations and we stepped outside of our box and out of our comfort zone a lot on this one. I’ve worked with Devin Townsend on another project before so to have him sing on “Absolute” was awesome for us. I was conjuring up his vocal style anyways when laying down the guide vocals before we knew he was on board for the song. When we asked him to be a part of it he was open and willing so we thank him for that. He definitely put his unique stamp on it.
On to the next chapter for COMEBACK KID with a new team to help us share our music. We will be starting a new cycle of touring around the world starting this summer. Can’t wait to share what we have been working on.” – Andrew Neufeld (vocals).
The band hit up Europe at the following dates:
16.06. B Dessel, Festival Park Stenehei
17.06. F Clisson, Hellfest
19.06. D Trier, Ex-Haus
20.06. D Stuttgart, Universum
21.06. D Hannover, Chez Heinz
23.06. NL Ysselsteyn, Jera On Air
24.06. D Gräfenheinichen, With Full Force
26.06. S Stockholm, Cyklopen
27.06. N Oslo, Sub Scene
28.06. S Göteborg, Sticky Fingers
29.06. DK Aalborg, 1000Fryd
01.07. D Munster, Vainstream Rockfest
02.07. D Aschaffenburg, Hardcore Summer Fest
04.07. CZ Královec, Rock For People Festival
06.07. ES Viveiro, Resurrection Festival
08.07. D Rauhenebrach, Krach am Bach
Sheffield’s Dead Harts built a reputation around scorching live shows and their pulverizing take on hardcore – 2016 saw the band part ways, and out of the ashes.. The Family have risen. Ex-DH vocalist Matthew Baxendale and former guitarist turned bassist Dominic Bass have pulled together a new crew of rebels, this time finding themselves on a less metallic, much more scuzzy path. After debuting their single Radio Headphones earlier this year, the band recently have launched their debut EP – the aptly titled Welcome to the Family.
The first thing fans of DH will notice is that as opposed to the Dillinger Escape Plan meets Norma Jean sound of their previous band, the South Yorkshire mob have taken a much simpler and downright filthier approach to their music. Ain’t Gonna Happen Like That opens proceedings with an almost glam rock stomp before Baxendale lowers the tone with snarling vocals, venting his spleen about someone who has crossed him. For those hoping that some remnants of hardcore remain, the band do just that, but this time it’s more in the vein of Gallows/Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes as can be heard on degenerate anthem My Kinda Scum.
The production, loose as it is, pulls everything together, helping the record sound grimey as heck, all the while retaining the classic garagy-vibes of Bleach-era Nirvana. It’s a record that feels raw and pained but one than upon repeated listens finds it’s melodies and catchy vocal lines getting stuck in your head for days.
Welcome to the Family is a bold move and almost a leap in scenes for Baxendale and co, but one that works as an exercise in simple, snotty punk sounds. Fans of Dead Harts will no doubt be interested in seeing what some of the boys are up to now and will be happy that despite a change in sound, no intensity has been lost.
Welcome to the Family is available now on all streaming services.