LOUDER: Bandcamp Breakouts Vol. 4
Welcome to the latest edition of our weekly feature on Turn it Up Louder where we go through a bunch of releases that we absolutely love on Bandcamp.
Each week we will be taking a deep dive and bringing you our top picks of artists which you might not have heard before.
To listen to each release, simply click on the cover art.
Jeff Rosenstock - N O D R E A M
With his surprise-released fourth record Jeff Rosenstock's bouncy blend of punk and power-pop has never sounded more urgent. Each of the 13 hectic tracks on N O D R E A M are laced with politics, anguish and the best hooks that Jeff has ever written which creates a huge, busy, singalong sound. Think PUP or AJJ. You can pick Jeff's record up on Bandcamp or for a charitable donation from Quote Unquote records.
Best Track: Scram!
Bloods - Seattle
Sydney's Bloods relocated to the Emerald City to record their latest EP Seattle which you can clearly hear pulsing through each of the six tracks. With production coming from Steve Fisk, who worked with Nirvana and Soundgarden, Seattle is a fun slice of garage punk that sounds straight out of the 90s. Seattle is catchy, accessible and just makes you want get up and dance. Think Press Club or Chumped.
Best track: Waste of Time
Chemtrails - The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable
Chemtrails' sound is somewhere between lo-fi garage pop, psych-rock and proto-punk. The keys on the Manchester-based band's second record, The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable, have this haunted seaside arcade feel which works well with the big vocal harmonies and surfy guitar solos. Think Pixies and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets... maybe?
Best track: Uncanny Valley
Infant Island - Beneath
Just three weeks ago on Turn It Up Louder, I was gushing about Infant Island and their exhilarating EP, Sepulcher, a deep and powerful blend of screamo and post-rock. Their second album, Beneath, is more intense, bleak and swallowing. Alongside the returning calming instrumentals is harsh noise which lends to a heavier, chugging and more experimental sound than on Sepulcher. Think Shin Guard or MØL.
Best Track: Content
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