Lots of great new albums are dropping today to get us rockin’ through the weekend! All of these albums and more are now streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.
Typhoons – Royal Blood
With tracks like “Boilermaker” — with production help from Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age — “Trouble’s Coming” and the awesome title song, Royal Blood trend toward a snappier, more danceable groove but they kick up a fuss.Singer, keyboardist and bassist Mike Kerr puts the bass front and center, often fuzzed-out and doing a solo. Drummer Ben Thatcher attacks his kit like a jackhammer operator. This is stripped-down garage rock blessed with massive hooks.
if I could make it go quiet – girl in red
On her debut album proper, ’If I Could Make It Go Quiet’, Girl in Red turns down the smouldering sense of yearning that fizzled at the core of her earlier material and turns up the volume instead. You sense that many of these songs have been written with the distant dream of a jostling live show in mind. Inspired by a well-known line from Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 Bildungsroman novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower – ‘we accept the love we think we deserve’ – ‘You Stupid Bitch’ is possibly the rowdiest thing Ulven has put her name to. “You stupid bitch, can’t you see / The perfect one for you is me,” she declares, rage giving way to longing. Guitars wail like disappearing sirens and chop across impatient tapping snares, bringing to mind ‘Silent Alarm’-era Bloc Party.
Fortitude – Gojira
Per Metal Injection:
Fortitude contains plenty of progressive moments and steps forward along with injecting familiar styles of the band’s past work without being derivative. Gojiramixes in some different approaches, such as the aforementioned “Amazonia” and the extremely melodic and catchy “The Chant,” perhaps their most accessible song to date with its earworm chanting chorus and harmonies.
Cry Forever – Amy Shark
Per Riff Magazine:
Few can capture the emotional nuance of loneliness in song quite like Australian singer-songwriter Amy Shark. The singer succeeded through her honest and hyper-aware lyrics along with her relatable world view on life, love and the rise and fall of relationships. Shark’s full-length debut, Love Monster, was a poignant look at self-doubt, loneliness and the loss of identity in the wake of a broken love. That’s not to say that she doesn’t delve into some of those same themes on her follow-up, Cry Forever, but she does so with an expansive new breadth of musical confidence.
Turn Up That Dial – The Dropkick Murphys
Their approach to this album is simply one of letting off steam. Don’t expect anything profound or clever – this is Dropkick Murphys doing their damnedest to gee us up, nothing more. This translates as Celtic-styled riffs, reels and jigs amplified tenfold and bolstered by their now trademark gang vocal hooks. The title-track is exactly what you’d imagine a song called Turn Up That Dial to be. Middle Finger and Smash Shit Up also appear to feature music written to match the titles, and irresistible album highlight L-EE-B-O-Y salutes bagpipe player Lee Forshner.
Next To Pay – Warish
Warish are dirty sounding. Really dirty. The core of raw overdriven guitar and fat buzzy distorted bass dominate the sound. The drums often fight to make themselves heard over this valve rich frenzy, and you can hear that the drummer ain’t pulling his punches. It’s that crashing cymbal and snare that’s making your head jerk uncontrollably back and forth. You get the feeling they sit around listening to records by L7, Mudhoney, Fudgetunnel (on their faster tunes) Nirvana, Motorhead, Black Sabbath and of course Black Flag. Like a rebellious teenager essential listening list.
Your Power (single) Billie Eilish
Per The Guardian:
For the first single from her hugely anticipated second album, Eilish uses a disarmingly dreamy sound to confront a man preying on a young woman
Come back next week for a fresh batch of new music picks only on the HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience!