Author Archives: sbramlet

SWERVEDRIVER – I wasn’t born to lose you

90’s indie/shoegaze/distortion band swervedriver is back with their first album in 15+ years. More poppy than other 90s ‘gazers, not so obscured by waves of sparkly haze. Easy colorful reverie if you’re into that kind of thing. Leans more toward the dreamy side than the furious umph of their past. Play: 1, 2, 4 fcc: […]

Death Grips – the powers that b

The two part release ‘the powers that b'(‘niggas on the moon’ and sister album ‘jenny death’) is an hour and twenty minutes of abrasive, abusive sound from experimental hip-hoppers the Death Grips. Ride’s vocals are as brutal and in-your-face as ever. Cryptic lyrics address serious subjects, though at points they would verge on comical if […]

The Screaming Females – Rose Mountain

The Screaming Females are hard-hitting DIY female-fronted punk rockers with full, deep, unapologetic vocals. Rose Mountain has a forceful but more refined and clean sound, not as wild and screamy as previous releases. Play: 1, 3, 4, 2, 8 RIYL: Sleater-Kinney, Speedy Ortiz, Times New Viking

Young Guv – Ripe 4 Luv

‘F*cked Up’ guitarist Ben Cook’s side project ‘Young Guv’ is a big leap away from the parent band’s hardcore sound, but the tunes are just as celebratory. Ripe 4 Luv is easy-breezy garage power pop for summer that is just messy enough to stay interesting. Tasty, pleasant pop-rocks with drum kit beats. The album is […]

Made Violent – Made Violent EP

Made Violent is the debut EP from youngster rock band Made Violent. The EP consists of five catchy, upbeat, chorus-driven rock ‘n roll tunes full of Stones references and riffy radio guitars. Simple music to accompany a video montage of a group of clean-cut, precocious teenagers making mischief in a sunny metropolitan area. Play: 1, […]