Kristina Esfandiari continues to blaze forth as one of alternative music’s most prolific forces— a journey that only grows fiercer with the release of her double-EP Loverboy / Dog Days todayvia Sargent House. Released under the moniker Miserable, Esfandiari leans on the pillars of shoegaze, alternapop, and grunge to conjure a spectral haze of mood and melody. Loverboy / Dog Days is streaming everywhere today (listen now on Bandcamp or Spotify).
Charging headfirst into the release of their sophomore LP, Super Unison have unleashed “The Birthday Gift,” a third and final single from Stella. The blistering five-minute track is steered by a razoring guitar riff and a breakneck backbeat, hoisting Meghan O’Neil’s bloodletting vocals front-and-center.
The world might have heard of Erosion a little sooner if the members weren’t busy sharing duties in a handful of other projects. Guitarist Nick Yacyshyn, drummer Danny Marshall, and bassist Andrew Drury are more widely known for their work in Vancouver’s beloved hardcore veterans Baptists. Rick O’Dell was snagged from his bass duties with sludgy classic rockers Tobeatic and punk rippers Hard Feelings to join Erosion on second guitar while vocalist Jamie Hooper was recruited for the vitriol he unleashed with the triumphant metal export 3 Inches of Blood and the grimy punk band Congress. Given their pedigree, it’s no small wonder that their debut full-length, Maximum Suffering (out October 19 on Hydra Head) exudes the kind of ugliness that only comes from artists steeped in the art of musical ferocity.
With a hotly acclaimed sophomore release under their belts, Birds In Row are onto yet another triumph—a North American tour. Kicking off today (October 12th), the post-hardcore titans are bringing their melody-driven noise punk to venues across the country. A full tour itinerary can be found below.
Continuing to stoke the fiery anticipation around their sophomore album, Austin-based duo Street Sects have unviled a new song titled “The Drifter.” Driven by metallic clatter and vocalist Leo Ashline’s neo-noir narrative, the track serves as the bridge between the calamity of the duo’s 2016 debut (End Position, 2016) and the forthcoming melody leaning LP The Kicking Mule. Listen to “The Drifter” now courtesy of Echoes & Dust (or directly on YouTube).
As Culture Abuse continue their North American tour (and in advance of their UK run), the SF punks have released a cover version of one of their favorite songs, “Police on my Back”, found lurking in the set list of their current live shows.
The hypnotic sounds and immersive storytelling of Jaye Jayle comes to life on a short film titled “No Trail,” which premieres via Clash Music today (or directly on YouTube). This album piece follows the release of the excellent No Trail and Other Unholy Paths LP which came out earlier this year via Sargent House.
Whether she’s exercising demons in King Woman or battling emotional decay as Miserable, Kristina Esfandiari ultimately finds comfort lurking in the shadows. The musician digs her heels into the stormy, lovelorn world of Miserable with her smoldering new video for “Loverboy;” watch the Suspiria-influenced, Mitch Wells-directed clip in full today via BUST Magazine.
Salt Lake City’s Cult Leader have premiered a haunting new music video for their shapeshifting standout track from their forthcoming album A Patient Man. Watch the “To: Achlys” clip today via Revolver Magazine.
As he prepares for the release of his sixth full-length album Beastland on October 5th, Author & Punisher has unveiled the album’s third single, “Ode To Bedlam,” today via Consequence of Sound.