What I’m Listening To…

This edition will feature some punk, or lo-fi acts which we can all agree are still a welcome presence on the indie scene. There’s one well esatblished group along with a couple that are all fairly new, up and coming artists. If you’ve had some angst as of recent that you’re looking to unleash, this is a good medium in which to do it through. Although you may be be inclined to think the opposite, I find this music to be of a calming nature. It serves as a way to vent the day-to-day stresses we all presumably face.

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No Age-C’mon Stimmung

One of the rather unusual song titles I’ve come across in my lifetime. The song delivers quite nicely. I love punk songs that start off with a false intro and then start going at the drop of a hat. This pulls it off nicely and features some fuzzy guitars and a obscure effect (@1:11 guitar, keyboard?) that really drives the song.

Wavves-Sail to the Sun

A band that I still curse myself for not seeing live when I had the chance, Wavves, is the next artist I’d like to showcase. They’re from California and they’re a top group in Indie. Now with their feet effectively wet upon the release of a few albums, these artists seem poised to watch their careers really take off; and their last album, Afraid of Heights, is proof of that. The song I’ve posted is off that album. Few lyrics, and they appear to be about partnership in drug use and/or living a highly impulsive lifestyle. The vocals and beginning bass-line are the best parts of the song, I believe. Nathan Williams delivers some of the best vocals punk has to offer; very clear and loud while not coming across as screamo.

 

Punk Rock Selfie…well, it’s still Punk!

 

Bad Religion-Them and Us

Definitely an oldie but for sure one of the bands that helped define genre. The guitar melodies throughout are what propel this song as I’ve never been too high on Greg Graffin’s vocals. They use their vocal harmony that they’re known for and put it into this song quite well. This is a classic and one I hope you’ll enjoy. If you do, be sure to check out some of their other tracks from that album, The Grey Race.

 

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2 thoughts on “What I’m Listening To…

  1. Good post! Nice change of pace. I like the Wavves & No Age songs. There is a lot of punk stuff that I feel ridiculous listening to (since I am an old man now), but those two both work for a broader audience, I think.

    I know these are fighting words to some, but I’ve just never been into Bad Religion. Just a personal preference. I think it’s the voice.

    • They’re not that high up on my list either but they have a select few songs that I like. I’m kicking myself for not including a song of that Jawbreaker album “Dear You”…have to reference that in the future for sure

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