Combining the raw aggression, angularity and heart of 90s post-hardcore with a healthy dose of progressive flair, NY in 64 craft dynamic, ever-evolving tunes full of pulverizing riffs and melodic flair. On their newest full-length recording, The Gentle Indifference of the Night, the band hit harder than they have before and forge seemingly endless intricate sonic passages across 30 minutes. Devoid of lyrics, NY in 64 tell engaging stories that most words wish they could tell.
Svbterranean recently caught up with bassist Tom Schlatter and guitarists Justin Hock and Chris Alfano to discuss the new record and future projects.
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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.
GROUPOEM have quite a storied history. The legend goes that from 1983 to 1986 the band cut their teeth in the Toronto punk rock circuit, went on a North American tour in 1987 and then dissolved the same year.
25 years later the band has reformed. Their new offering Dirt Church is a culmination of 9 tracks the band recorded in 1987 and 9 that were captured after their reformation. Subjectively, I wish there were more bands like this. GROUPOEM exhibit many of the tropes of punk and alternative, but the way they present it is unique and ultimately fresh. The stream of conscious type lyrics and masterful guitar playing and arrangements really set this band apart from the herd.
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 decades of musical experience shared between its members from various musical backgrounds (Kowloon Walled City, Thrice, Curl Up and Die), Less Art create a unique and crushing sound that is garnering attention in the heavy music scene. Their debut full-length recording, Strangled Light, is being met with praise by both reviewers and music nerds alike, and for good reason. Armed with a tremendous low-end, complex guitar arrangements that balance post-hardcore melodicism and dissonant angularity, and emotionally potent lyrics, Strangled Light is one of the more crushing “post-hardcore” releases in recent memory.
Svbterranean recently caught up with guitarist Jonathan Howell and vocalist Mike Minnick to discuss the band’s inception, the new record and more.
Guitarist John Johnston (Congress, Slow Learners, Brutal Poodle) along with bassist David Graham and drummer Ben Goldberg have unveiled a new track from their forthcoming release Alternative Classics.
Johnston’s work in the past has ranged from Neurot Records-Esque doom/hardcore, to power pop. The common thread seems to be a first rate ear for writing songs. “Bridge and Tunnel” is no exception. ViewMaster is not unlike elements of American 6 string aces like Castor, or Chavez.
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Post-hardcore outfit Less Art (Kowloon Walled City, Curl Up and Die, Thrice) have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Strangled Light, via NPR. Titled “Diana the Huntress”, the storming track unleashes violent angular vitriol across three raging minutes. Super Unison and ex-Punch vocalist Meghan O’Neill-Pennie lends her vicious scream to the track as well. Check out the tune after the break.
Strangled Light will be released on July 28 via Gilead Media.
Read our review of the record here.