I have a habit of loving heavy band’s side projects more than their main band. Whether it’s the supergroup of Trade Wind or Code Orange’s outfit, Adventures, these multi-talented musicians can take on any genre they please with ease. Knocked Loose has had meteoric success, so it’s a surprise to see guitarist Cole Crutchfield dive into alt music with Eastwood. Let’s see how this project pans out in their debut, It Never Gets Easy!
The tried-but-true progressive metalcore sound that bands like Periphery, ERRA, and more have embodied is always welcome to my ears. Stuff like this just never gets old, as the technical prowess needed to create this type of sound is immense. Make Way For Man, another act from our friends down under, brings this to the table, and has been since 2015. Now, they’re collecting all their singles from the past few years into their new EP Rites.
At the start of this year, I was at a mental crossroads. I was struggling through the long-distance aspect of my relationship, I hated my job, and it started to feel like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. Then, when perusing some music to find some solace, Movements’ “Daylily” hit. There was just something about the riff that sparked tears in my eyes. It was my go-to through February and I’ve really resonated with Feel Something ever since, so I’m more than excited to get to hear the band’s second LP, No Good Left To Give, and give you my thoughts.
While scrolling across Twitter a few nights ago, I saw the account @thisbandfucks post a bandcamp link. Bored, I played the preview for waveform*’s “Tell You” and was instantly enamored. Instantly reminded of Greet Death’s “Do You Feel Nothing?”, this rare mesh of raw, emotive lyricism with dreary, exhausting guitars resonates with me on a different level than most music. After some digging, I saw the band was meticulous and mysterious, and knew I had to get a preview of upcoming LP Last Room.