Sharptooth’s “Transitional Forms” is a hardcore smash hit (review)

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:

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The Story So Far guitarist’s new band Same Side is fantastic (review)

Kevin Guyer

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.

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Twitch makes troubling music copyright changes, labels respond

Twitch has announced some pretty rough new guidelines to playing music within streams, severely-restricting content creators from using any music that they don’t own. Essentially, if you didn’t make it yourself, your stream is at risk of getting taken down.

While this will severely hinder future streams across the board, there is good news in the response of some of our favorite labels. In a Twitter thread that posed the question to several labels, Pure Noise Records, Rise Records, UNFD, and Fearless Records stated that they have no issue if a streamer uses music from their label.

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Boston Manor’s “GLUE” gets deep in your feelings with their third album (review)

Boston Manor, 2020

I haven’t had the time to give Boston Manor a dedicated listen, but I have a friend who’s head-over-heels for the band. I recall some exuberant tracks off of their first album, Be Nothing., and now have the chance to dig into their latest offering, GLUE. Described by vocalist Henry Cox as “very chaotic,” I’m going in blind having not heard any singles before checking this one out.

Beginning with “Everything is Ordinary,” this song is anything but. Autotuned singing is met with melodic punk with a tinge of synth. The electronic elements contribute to a compelling blend of genres in this opening piece. The next track is “1’s & 0’s,” which has more aggressive vocals and profound guitar tones for a more traditional punk vibe. This one’s bridge is remarkable, sure to enlist moshers when live shows make their return.

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