Want brand-new tunes? DANIEL P CARTER has loads in his new mu­sic col­umn…

Kerrang! (UK) - - New Noise -

As the sum­mer has fi­nally de­cided to crawl into our lives and the fes­ti­val sea­son is get­ting close, it’s an ex­cit­ing time and op­por­tu­nity to get out into a hope­fully dry field and find some­thing new. Read­ing & Leeds, Down­load, 2000trees, Blood­stock and more are all go­ing to throw some new mu­sic your way and, if you take a chance, you could pos­si­bly dis­cover your new favourite band. Un­til then, here are a few sug­ges­tions…

Ten­nis Sys­tem just put out the fan­tas­tic PAIN EP, which mixes grunge-pop per­fec­tion with the lu­cid dream washes of shoegaze. Best point of en­try is the song Crush­ing, which I had as a Track of the Week on my show a while back. Pump­kins­meet-placebo hooks un­der a wave of the afore­men­tioned shoegaze vibes… The new al­bum from

Grave Lines, Fed Into The Ni­hilist En­gine, is a won­der­fully doom­laden jour­ney that cuts its own path through the for­est, pass­ing through mo­ments sim­i­lar to Yob or Neu­ro­sis. There are also acous­tic parts that, to me, sug­gest an affin­ity with the colours of Wolves In The Throne Room. It’s great!

As men­tioned over to my left there, fans of propul­sive black­ened punk’n’roll need to check out Mel­bourne’s Pa­gan. I guess a fa­mil­iar point of ref­er­ence would be Blood Com­mand in their mix of Bronx­ish punk rock with Re­fused’s take on metal­lic hard­core, with black metal bits, too.

While we’re talk­ing about rad bands from Mel­bourne, Press Club re­cently put out their de­but al­bum, Late Teens, which is a rootsy, pas­sion­ate emo-punk gem. I mean that as in mid-’90s emo – proper emo. They’re an­other band with an in­cred­i­ble front­woman, Nat Foster, whose voice im­bues the songs with pas­sion and yearn­ing. Call­ing them a punk rock Ste­vie Nicks fronting Hot Wa­ter Mu­sic would be a cheap shot, but I know ev­ery­one loves a cheesy ref­er­ence point with a new band. So yeah, from here in the UK, it looks like the scene in Mel­bourne is awe­some. Let’s give an hon­ourable shout-out to the fab­u­lous High Ten­sion as well…

Fi­nally, as it feels that the worlds of hip-hop and rock are be­com­ing more en­tan­gled aes­thet­i­cally, cul­tur­ally and mu­si­cally thanks to the likes of Scar­lxrd, Lil Peep and Ho99o9, I thought the fi­nal artist I men­tion should be some­one I’ve been fol­low­ing for a minute on­line. Zil­lakami makes su­per-abra­sive hip-hop with part­ners in crime Sos­mula and Thraxx as City Morgue. Maybe start with Shin­ners 13 or 33rd Blakk Glass for an in­tro to what the mu­sic is all about. He bills it as metal, rather than hip-hop, which will no doubt stoke some dis­cus­sion, but there’s no deny­ing that the de­liv­ery and en­ergy mean this could quite hap­pily sit along­side clas­sic Korn or Slip­knot with­out sound­ing out of place…

Un­til next time!



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