Welsh band Dream State fires on all cylinders with their new single “Monsters.” Inside this juggernaut track, there’s a bubbling rage and sorrow isn’t on the back burner. The band’s previous music has always had the same intensity, the lyrical ingenuity, and those breakneck instrumentals, but with “Monsters” the intensity has been elevated. Throughout the song, the monster is alive in these musicians, and they crave peace and virtue. From beginning to end, it rails against the grain of life. Although the single starts calmly, the rush fires up, and it becomes a loud, monumental outpouring of despair.
I Am the Avalanche – ”Better Days”
Punk forces us to stand up and take notice of a declining system. The world has taken extreme hits, and it’s on its knees, politically and financially. American band I Am the Avalanche have created a track in “Better Days” that soars with speedy guitar work and poignant lyricism. We all look for better days, in a world marred, a planet controlled by a higher power. And when listening on to “Better Days,” a rage becomes a feeling that seems okay, it seems mandatory. Gritty in its output, powerful in its message, it is a behemoth track from a band that won’t give in.
The Wonder Years – “Brakeless”
This sounds like a majestic homage to past sounds. “The Wonder Years” take pieces from records and place them into a new track that hits hard. Still solemn, still bitter in parts, but wholesome musically, the song is a clear winner. And pop punk has become somewhat saturated over the years, so it’s great to have a band of this calibre marching with ease and character through the trenches of their heartache. They’re an act many confide in, and this is a track taking us to distant places musically and emotionally.
Against The Current – ”That Won’t Save Us”
Polished, but still intriguing. The fresh new track from New York band Against The Current leans on the guitar presence that didn’t take centre stage on their last record Past Lives. Again, though, this track becomes a masterstroke in terms of musical balance and lyrical intelligence. Frontwoman Chrissy Contanza sings with elegance and then raises her vocals to a sustainable height, making for a sincere listen. Bitterness glides through the song, and Contanza isn’t best pleased, but on the flip-side it’s good to have this band back playing music again.
The Young Hearts – ”Modern State”
A band to watch. The Young Hearts try to mend broken ties on their new single Modern State. The track starts sincerely, with soft vocals and subtle guitar strokes until it becomes a louder frequency. Lyrically, the story is told wonderfully, and it’s easy to fall for every poignant word. From the start the song embeds with its infectious, yet complete embrace, pushing the listener to the forefront of their emotions. Fantastic from this young act.