*Stay Trve – an (in)frequent column that aims to help counterbalance potential audio malaise and a nearly total saturation of sub-mediocre artists in the current music industry.
Time has been kind to the sounds of Richmond, Virginia’s Engine Down. Relentless touring and exceptionally high-quality records afforded them a loyal fan base during their 9-year career. Despite a staggering work ethic, the success of the likes of which their peers like Circa Survive, Thursday, and Alexisonfire achieved, eluded Engine Down. Rest assured, going back and revisiting their recordings will move even the most jaded fan of all things brainy, guitar driven, and complex.
Hello there, readers. Lane and I came up with the idea to do a Bandcamp Spotlight to highlight some of the bands that we have trouble dedicating entire posts to. Nothing against the bands, it’s just a time issue. So, let us proceed into the first edition of SVB’s Bandcamp Spotlight series. Continue Reading
Hello, fellow ‘terraneans. Welcome to the inauguration of Stay Trve. I got to thinking that now, maybe more than ever, there are A LOT of recordings being released. Unless your job involves sitting on the couch all day listening to music, odds are, you and I are missing out on some quality music. Big time. To help counter the audio malaise and near total saturation of the music playing field, I present to you: Stay Trve.
CLOAKROOM have become the godfathers of their hybrid of emo stoner doom over the span of their 5-year career. Exceptional songwriting chops, time spent in cultishly followed bands, and a vocalist with a lilting tenor have all expedited this ascension. On their 2nd full-length Time Well they seem to manage to best their previous releases and also lay claim to a spot alongside contemporary greats.
Sprawling melancholia and metallic anguish collide on Shallov‘s sophomore full-length, Concrete & Glass.
The integration of screamo with elements of post-rock and post-hardcore has spawned quite a few critically-acclaimed acts over the years, including Envy and The Saddest Landscape to name a few. Shallov is yet another band to adopt this emotionally-charged sonic amalgam, and while they do not offer anything drastically different than their contemporaries, these Slovaks earn major props for possessing a tremendous amount of heart and gut-punching songwriting chops.
With their driving rhythms, riff-happy guitars and catchy, yet emotionally-jarring vocal refrains, Slumberbox help bring the spirit of 90s post-hardcore to 2017. This Seattle outfit, whose ranks are filled with former members of Grenades and Where My Bones Rest Easy, aims to release their debut self-titled EP tomorrow, June 7. Featuring four cathartic tunes, the EP is a must have for fans of Quicksand, Samiam and the like.
We at Svbterranean are stoked to bring you an exclusive stream of this fierce little EP, which can found after the break. We were also able to catch up with guitarist/vocalist Ronnie Navarro and guitarist Eric Christianson to chat about the new release. Check it all out below.
At the end of last month I posted my interview with Dylan from Del Paxton and expressed my excitement for the bands new record All Day, Every Day, All Night, which is due out in March. The band has released a new track, their second off of the album, titled “Take It To The Limit” and it’s stunning. Check out the track (via The AV Club) below. Continue Reading
Photo by Chino (@brettballachino).
In the last few years, emo has made a huge comeback. One of my favorite bands currently perfecting the genre is Del Paxton. The band released a phenomenal EP titled Worse. Summer. Ever. back in 2013 and a split with Gulfer last year. The band will unleash their highly anticipated debut LP in March and I know I am beyond stoked. I recently conducted a short interview with Dylan England about the bands name, their upcoming album and plans for the new year. Check it out below. Continue Reading
Interview by Dave Cotton
Saturday July 16th 2016 marks the second annual “Taco Fest” put on by Vancouver based production company Apocalypse Sunrise. 20 bands ranging from stoner rock to post punk are scheduled to provide the soundtrack to the revelry. Johnny Matter, the festival founder is a veteran organizer of these types of events. In addition to this being the second Taco Fest, Matter is responsible for the annual Diecember Fest which gathers many of the area’s best bands together on one bill every winter. When Matter isn’t working on event production he is the frontman for local doomers BOG and noise punk band MESS(one of the 20 bands slated to perform at the festival). Next weekend’s production seems to be Apocalypse Sunrise’s biggest to date and we were curious to what Johnny has been working on leading up to the event.
Pennsylvanian post-hardcore/post-rock/post-everything hybrids Aniqatia have premiered their upcoming EP, Luminous, at Pure Grain Audio. The EP will officially be released Friday, March 11, via Nefarious Industries. The EP can be purchased at this location. Fans of early emo, such as Sunny Day Real Estate and The Appleseed Cast, as well as post-rock acts like Explosions in the Sky, will totally be into these five tracks. Check it out now.
The band’s upcoming show dates can be seen below.