Bare Dreams - "Birthdays"
For a mid week treat, Bare Dreams premiered their third single “Birthdays” off of their debut EP Au Revoir, which comes out on May 25th.
Coming all the way from Tel Aviv, Israel, Bare Dreams provides a new and unusual sound inspired by new and old punk and alternative music. The band was formed two years ago by Itay Aviv (vocals/guitar) and Eldar Moshe (drums), originally with the idea of being an acoustic duo. However, a year later Roee Berezowitz (guitar) and Itamar Hayuth (bass) joined the group solidifying what has now become the four-piece Bare Dreams. The line-up change enabled the group to recreate themselves and their music helping to inspire the band’s forthcoming EP Au Revoir.
Lummox - "Burn"
Brand new melodic alt-rock outfit Lummox released their debut music video, "Burn" earlier in the week. This new single is a reflection upon the struggles that some are destined to succumb to, as well as an admission that loved ones cannot be blamed for being unable to save them.
Be it a lone maverick or a crafty collective, Lummox has emerged to capture our hearts. With a sound ranging from active rock to melodic alt-rock, this outfit has come out of the woodwork to move the masses. Backed by heavily-layered guitars, symphonic synth, and explosive percussions, the cloaked figure delivers soaring, energetic vocals to round out each anthemic track. The music is infused with passion and an urgency to achieve complete sensory domination, all to make us feel like a part of something greater than ourselves.
Although we may never know the face behind the hood, we can safely assume that Lummox has just begun its mission to enthrall and spellbind all who listen.
Sharp/Shock - "I Don't Want A Nuclear Family"
The formidable power trio Sharp/Shock—comprised of Davey Warsop (Beat Union, Suedehead), Dan Smith (The Dear & Departed; world-renowned tattoo artist) and Jared Shavelson (The Hope Conspiracy, Paint It Black)—continues to tease their sophomore album Youth Club with a new single, “I Don’t Want A Nuclear Family.”
Later this month we will see the release of the band’s second record Youth Club, which, like its predecessor, is an onslaught of Brit-leaning punk and stars-and-stripes nostalgia. Youth Club as a whole is the sound of a trio flexing a now-seasoned partnership. With Warsop stepping in as producer (who has previously served behind the board for Green Day, Foo Fighters, Bad Religion, and more), Sharp/Shock’s sound is more streamlined than ever.
Youth Club is due out May 25 via Matt Skiba’s Heart & Skull Records—preorders are available here. Catch Sharp/Shock on the road with Against Me! and Chris Farren this month. Dates and ticket info can be found HERE.
Slowly Slowly - "Ten Leaf Clover"
Today, Melbourne's Slowly Slowly are celebrating the release of their new album St. Leonards as well as the kickoff of their Australian headline tour and to help get the party started the unveiled the final single "Ten Leaf Clover" this week.
St. Leonards is a vivid snapshot of the life of Ben Stewart and those closest to him. Stewart veers between stream-of-consciousness accounts of futile existence in the city to rich narratives about love, life and the family cornerstone at St. Leonards beach.
Following their single "Alchemy", "Ten Leaf Clover" is Slowly Slowly narrating the search for happiness, where seeking something wholesome in the most unwholesome place and staying optimistic is a hard task to bear. "This song is about searching for true connection in an age where it seems so hard to find. It's a modern-day love story - Romeo & Juliet, but with the internet," explained front man Ben Stewart.
Spiritual Cramp - "I Feel Bad Bein' Me"
Northern California punkers Spiritual Cramp are helping promote their upcoming EP with the release of the first song this week via Stereogum. The newest single, "I Feel Bad Bein' Me", is one of the four tracks that can be found on the June 8th release, Police State, via Deranged Records.
Pre-order Police State here.
Taken - "Reflect"
Taken spoke to our hearts this week with the premiere of their first music video ever for their single "Reflect". The video was created with some personal insights and reflections on vocalist Ray Harkins' wife's battle with cancer as well as live footage from 2016 that was filmed by the late Chris Avis (aka Cavis Tapes) who tragically passed away in an auto accident last year.
With Regard To released April 27th via Other People Records and will be celebrating this Saturday at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA on their headlining album release show with support from Less Art, Wanter and Low Speech. Tickets can be found HERE.
Toothgrinder - "Vagabond"
New Jersey's Toothgrinder have partnered with Loudwire this week to premiere their new, Reservoir Dogs-inspired video for "Vagabond." The fivesome keep it classy — by dressing in some seriously snazzy suits— as they narrowly evade the long arm of the law in this cinematic clip.
Toothgrinder are currently on tour with Bullet for My Valentine and Trivium. All Toothgrinder live dates, including festival appearances and ticket info can be found HERE.
Varials - "Empire of Dirt"
Varials unleashed a powerful new video yesterday via Revolver Magazine for their song "Empire of Dirt" off their album Pain Again that released in August 2017 via Fearless Records. The track is even more incredible than their rest because it features guest vocals from Bryan Garris of Knocked Loose.
Varials are currently on tour for the remainder of May supporting Emmure on The Natural Born Killers Tour alongside Counterparts and King 810. Remaining dates and ticket info can be found HERE.
Vein - "virus://vibrance"
Massachusetts band Vein will release their new album errorzone via Closed Casket Activities on Friday, June 22. The band teamed up with Metal Injection to premiere the new song + video "virus://vibrance" — it's a frenetic visual that's as spastic as the band's critically acclaimed music. The clip was directed and edited by Eric Richter.
Vein will tour the U.S. with Code Orange and Twitching Tongues this summer on a trek that kicks off in Boston on June 22. CLICK HERE for dates and ticket info.
Pre-orders are available now for errorzone and can be found HERE.
Woes - "HLB2"
Rising Scottish pop-punk band Woes released the new music video for their current single "HLB2". The track, which is a homage to Drake's megahit "Hotline Bling", is off of the band's EP Self Help released last week via UNFD. Proudly wearing a mantra of Good Vibes Save Lives, Woes endeavor to push the boundaries of pop punk.
Woes have made quite the stir in recent months, touring with the likes of Neck Deep, Seaway and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. The band recently wrapped their first UK headline tour and are showing no signs of slowing down with upcoming shows at festivals like Slam Dunk, Galaxy Camp, Download and 2000 Trees.