Stories surprised everyone with their release of “Under Haze”, marking the first single in over a year and a complete transformation in their sound. The Australian quintet haven’t been making much noise since their signing to UNFD in 2014, but they’ve come back with a lot to show for it on their debut album. They’ve changed their sound and have in a sense reinvented themselves, but did it work out?
Dublin post-punk outfit Girl Band have been making a lot of buzz recently with only releasing a few EP’s and various singles, but even that was enough to land them with a solid fan base and the promise of a new album out in September. Even better, they have recently released the first single and music video taken from Holding Hands with Jamie due out on the 25th. “Paul” brings all the elements this band has that paved them into the limelight, and pushes it further to what hopefully becomes an ambitious debut record.
I think it goes without saying that in recent years, bands have fallen in love with the 90’s sound. It has changed the outcome of many band’s albums, and in doing so a new wave of the alternative rock sound from way back when is back. To my surprise, it has gained a lot of traction and a lot of bands seem to be following suit. Here is one man’s opinion of this 90’s revival and possibly some advice for new-coming bands who want to head in that direction.
One of the most fascinating things about music is falling in love with a genre. You get to find something that has everything you want to hear tied together with other bands that share these same interests. I like digging into the nooks and crannies of these genres, and that is where I truly find my favorite bands. Digging around in metalcore can be a painful search, but finding Stand Alone Complex was well worth it. While I believe the genre is clouded with mediocre acts, there are still bands that succeed in making powerful and passionate music with their own distinct sound. Stand Alone Complex is one of those bands.