Album Review: Punch - They Don’t Have to Believe
In relation to my previous review, it really grinds my skull when I come across a dull, slop of a hardcore band. So it was an absolute pleasure to listen to a hardcore record with the right balance of fury and passion. The third album by San Francisco’s Punch is a 20 minute wrecking ball of socio-political commentary. Compared to their blistering early work, ‘They Don’t Have to Believe’ shows the band at their most confident, focused, and most importantly, their most viscerally impacting. This is how a hardcore record should be in its purest form; no nonsense, just volcanically fuelled human emotions, hailing down upon the ignorant with rapid fire.
The most striking feature by the band is the seamless flow from d-beat blasting tempos to mid-tempo left turns. Songs like ‘Waiting Game’ gives you time to pick yourself up from a seizure after the pummelling temperament. The shorter tracks are the most deadly though; ‘Promises Kept’ leaves you with a fiery stitch, before being sent dizzily along screams and bass, until the final knockout plants you out cold on the floor. Breakdowns thrive wonderfully on this LP in the most un-clichéd way as found on ‘Personal Space’, sweating all the ferocity out of it.
I reviewed the latest album by Punch. One of the best bands currently in hardcore punk, they’ve released their most focused, most confident and most visceral record yet!
FFO: Dangers, early Ceremony
I’d never thought they’d do it, but my parents are bringing this little guy home from Spain. I’m feeling all sorts of emotions right now! Finally, after 22 years of wanting one, I’m finally getting a kitten! :D
Album Review: Pay No Respect - Hope for the Hopeless EP
Don’t you just love familiarity? It’s always comforting when you listen to something so safe and predictable…Did I just say predictable? Of course I did! Don’t get me wrong, when a band does follow familiar genre tropes, it only pays off when there’s a spark, making you think, “I must buy everything by this band and I must see them at every show!” If such a spark doesn’t exist, the material falls flat on its arse. At this point, you may be thinking that I’ve written a negative review on the new EP by Kent hardcore mob Pay No Respect. However, I’ll keep my personal preferences at bay, and lay out its few good qualities as well as its bad points.
My first negative review of the year I think. To sum it up in a few words, it bored me.
FFO: Hatebreed, Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside
THIS MAN IS A GIFT
comedy central is getting better and better at finding people for this kind of stuff
His show is actually on HBO. But yeh, John Oliver is on point!
Today’s been a good day (apart from my debit card not working).