Nothing like catching a show of one of your favorite bands while on vacation, eh? The Damned put on an absolutely killer performance in Portland's McMenamins Crystal Ballroom.
In a late-career dose of inspired song-making, The Damned combine their disparate musical interests into a cohesive musical statement, unheard of in this fashion since The Damned's own 1982 release, Strawberries.
The melodic punk veterans cast their technical prowess aside to unearth a refreshing, stripped down sound on their new EP, Black Out the Sky.
You've fallen asleep and have awoken in 2006. You turn on the radio and the first thing you hear is "Misery" by Creeper. You sign into MySpace and see they're touring in direct support of My Chemical Romance's Black Parade tour and mark it off on your calendar... then you really awake, and ah fuck. Alas, it's 2017!
Relative to punk music, post-punk is less aggressive and more experimental. In fact, some of the most unique music of the time period, and still to this day, came from the period ranging from the late '70's through the early '80's.
It's nearly unimaginable someone would think they could do better than Television. The very fact that band leader Richard Meyers left the band he formed, an incredible band at that, is testament to his belief in his vision. Of course nothing is ever so simple. There was tension in the band, and he figured he could do things his own way, so he did.
Let's take it back to 1995: The Offspring and Green Day have both been certified multi-platinum with their smash hit albums, but so have 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G.
Fear were the promise for a genre that never fully reached its potential: Fear can play their instruments; Lee Ving can actually sing; the lyrics are offensive. Even (or especially) by today's standards; there's a lot of variety; the recording sounds good. Fear proved you can make interesting music built around a framework of hardcore punk.
According to my actual 2010 self! It's time to take another trip down memory lane.
According to my actual 2009 self!
The British experimental mathcore outfit returns with their fifth full-length effort, Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It; a grand display of pristine musicianship, intricate songwriting, and raw emotion.
The album starts out with the incredible "Night Letters", which rages out of the gate with Propagandhi's most metal moment ever [which is still true as of 2018!].