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!
Pissed-off Punk is welcome now more than ever, as the world is more than a hot mess. That’s the MO of Strike Anywhere, a band that’s been at it since 1999. For a band that hasn’t had a release since 2009, the political climate has changed quite drastically, and it’s ripe for criticism, and Strike Anywhere is looking to take advantage with their new EP, Nightmares of the West.
The genre of hardcore is ever-expanding and bringing new bands into the fold left and right. It’s easy to overlook some, but one that’s worth your time is Sharptooth. This fresh act on the scene dropped an impressive debut in Clever Girl, and is following it up with their sophomore LP on Pure Noise, Transitional Forms. This is one I’m excited to delve into:
The Story So Far/Elder Brother guitarist Kevin Geyer launched a new project this year entitled Same Side, and it’s absolute music to my ears. This mesh of acoustic prowess with profoundly-delivered vocals make for effervescent pieces of art, which were present in the magnificent Proper Dose from 2018. These songs came to fruition into the Same Side EP which relased in late May.
Five songs of humongous quality, Same Side is a soft, easy listen that exudes a comforting vibrancy. “Smoke” has multiple delicate, earthy guitar licks that complement the laid-back vibe of the track. “Stuck in a Hole” is one for the ages, presented so somberly and matter-of-factly. Almost a mix of City and Colour and Citizen, it’s a sad song worthy of many replays.