London negative hardcore outfit Yards plunge to the darkest depths with their debut LP

Yards
Excitation Thresholds

The first time I heard of Yards was back in 2013, they had just released EP1 – which was followed up by the aptly named EP2 less than a year later.

The London hardcore mob are a self described negative hardcore band, a description couldn’t be any more true.

Beneath the crust / hardcore punk facade Yards have successfully injected a gamut of their influence into Excitation Threshold – the result is a well rounded and considered and incredibly vicious punk record.

The band features Tom Lacey, the former front man of the now defunct hardcore punk band The Ghost of a Thousand.

Taking the energy from TGOAT and channeling inspiration from the likes of Converge and another former UK heavyweight November Coming Fire.

The chaotic and noisy hardcore punk is of the previous two EPs is still prominent, however, there is a grander scale to the writing and to the overall tone of Excitation Thresholds.

Yards are most at home in the dark, playing incredibly well into the cover art for the record – dark overtures of the instrumentation drag the listener tooth and nail into a swirl of violent emotion, bloody knuckled and torn, alone and lost.

Everything You Love Reduced To Rubble ramps up the dense atmosphere – shrill Victorian doll house melodies mix sharply with the sheer discordant cacophony of Axe to Fail era Converge riffs.

BL-755 is where the band are at their most creative – the crackle of guitar feedback, the rumbling of the bass all works together to punctuate the album with a slow, foreboding song that fits perfectly encapsulates cover art.

If there’s one word that describes this record – it’s feral, the instrumentals are savage and lyrics are barks through blood and sinew – an LP where every note, every word carries actual weight.

 

New wave of hardcore punk – New York’s Krimewatch

Krimewatch
Demo 2016
Lockin’ Out Records

 

Another post of me talking about by-gone releases (surprise, surprise) – but that isn’t to say that this demo is any less impactful because I’m roughly a year late.

Krimewatch’s demo and promo were possibly the best hardcore punk releases to have graced 2016, if not one of the most important punk to have come out in recent years.

Krimewatch are a four piece punk outfit from New York City, playing their own hook ridden take on 80’s hardcore punk.

The demo opens up with a body swaying bass line, moving to thick and fast riffs with energetic singing – all these facets are small tasters for what Krimewatch are about.

Vocalist Rhylli shows off her mastery in penning irresistible punk hooks, her aggressive vocals are the motor driving the furious instrumentals.

The sharpest tool in the band’s arsenal is the superb instrumentation, the swinging guitar riffs, smashing drums and menacing bass lines – every element molded together to form incredibly compelling modern punk.

In the six minutes Krimewatch take to rage through their demo, they have far more impact than most bands manage to have across their entire discographies.

Krimewatch aren’t a band who just play their own variation of hardcore punk, they take the meat and potatoes of the genre and create something uniquely their own.

 

Perth emo band look back nostalgically with new release

John Wheels
Users
Gold Mold Records

 

Perth sad sack quintet follow up their debut release Selling Beds with an introspective look at young life in Users.

The two track opens with the energetic Malt House, a swift ode to a Perth pub – memories and underage drinking are set to melodic punk.

However, the title track is set to the backdrop of glimmering guitars, roomy drums and morose lyricism.

The distant vocal production further emphasis the numbness of the subject – guitars twinkle and fade away carrying a striking amount of emotional weight.

The contrast between the two tracks shows a band comfortable with bearing their soul and showing off stylistic flexibility.

 

 

 

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