April 24, 2013

Sound Bites: Dead Trend, Drug Church and Lower

Dead Trend's "Empty Threat"

Keeping on course with their plan to release five tracks before their debut album False Positive arrives on May 7th via drummer / author Michael Fournier's Cabildo imprint, New England-spanning hardcore revisionists Dead Trend have thrown down some fighting words with "Empty Threat." It's another bad day at the office for the quartet inspired by Rollins-era social paranoia and suburban strife, and pummels along much of the same boots-into-teeth three-chord riffage laid to waste decades ago. In case you missed the earlier previews, you can also stream "Not My Future," "19th Hole" and "Bad Policy" off the LP.

Drug Church's "Party At Dead Man's"

Albany-based post-hardcore apprentices and BUZZSound alumni Drug Church have announced “Party at Dead Man’s" b / w "Selling Drugs From Your Mom’s Condo,” a brand new 7" single that will be released on Secret Voice, the Deathwish Inc. imprint ran by Touché Amoré's Jeremy Bolm. You can preview the A-side below, which sees the quintet fully qualified to slash through some of the genre's most heavily sublime fixtures of the late '90s, or as frontman Patrick Kindlon puts it, "Two songs of primal fury informed by truly petty thoughts. A direct line to the brain of men without motivation, direction, or meaningful employment. Seaweed and Tolkien swirling in a barf-stew thrown against a wall of indifference. Like dogs dancing to E-Town." AS likes his ornate description for something simply raw and battered better. Pre-orders for the single will be up soon, according to Secret Voice.

Lower's "Another Life"

Last year's Walk On Heads EP nabbed a spot on AS' 25 Best Albums of 2012 list, but it won't be until this fall when we hear the formal debut from Danish punks Lower. To tidy anxious listeners over before they head out on a joint tour across the U.S. this summer alongside fellow Copenhagen scene post-punk art bullies Iceage, the BUZZSound have posted the new track "Another Life." The dark, swarming and physically-mounting elements of Lower's early work is still here, but with each new listen, it seems they tend to refine and caress their tough corners just as Iceage did on this year's excellent sophomore LP, You're Nothing. The two bands also plan on releasing an exclusive split single that will be available throughout the tour, "featuring two interpretations of each other."

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