DEMATERIALIZE has been on my radar for the past 2 years ever since the release of their self-titled EP. I grew up knowing guitarist Craig Hoffman and vocalist Stephen Jinga, and had the pleasure of speaking with them today about this project.
There’s a good chance you’ve heard Nic Newsham’s voice if you’re into post-hardcore. He featured on arguably Dance Gavin Dance’s most popular track “Uneasy Hearts Weigh the Most,” and sung for the massively-underrated Gatsby’s American Dream in the 2000s.
Thankfully, he still dabbles in music, as he’s featured on some Strawberry Girls tracks on each of their albums. First with “Transparent Sea” off French Ghetto, “Thank God” off Italian Ghosts, and now “Mini Ripper” from Tasmanian Glow, his voice complements the otherwise-instrumental band well.
The band has released a new version of “Mini Ripper”, with Nic being the center focus in an out-of-this-world presentation. He gets to dance around and deliver his lyrics emphatically over a filter that showcases some gorgeous color schemes, creating a psychedelic vibe.
Check out the video below, and be sure to enjoy Strawberry Girls if you haven’t already!
Long one of metal’s more controversial bands, Emmure have certainly experienced a second life recently. Their 2017 album Look At Yourself was perhaps the band’s best effort since their 2006 debut album, with some impressive highlights to be sure. Now, the band is returning with a new record, Hindsight, out next month. They’ve also got a new video for the single “Uncontrollable Descent”, which you can hear below. It follows the release of the album’s previous singles, “Pig’s Ear” and “Gypsy Disco”.
It’s no secret that post-hardcore is on another upswing. Picturesque, Too Close to Touch, Awaken I Am, and several others are bringing a new wave of the genre into thousands of new fans’ ears. One on the rise that has a masterful sound is Sunsleep, who have released a solid amount of songs to take note of.
Dropping singles and an EP here and there since 2017, their most recent track, “Dead,” is a prime example of what Sunsleep has to offer. It checks all the boxes: a chorus that sticks with you past the song’s closure, a stunning vocal performance, competent song structure… the list goes on.