This week’s musical buffet table is positively buckling with fresh cuts. Pop punk, post-hardcore, skeletal bishop-led rock? It’s all here. Grab a plate and pile it high.
NORMA JEAN – Everyone Talking Over Everyone Else
Taken from Norma Jean’s new album Polar Similar, this dark blast of metalcore works on two levels – its title is a nod to the late, great Lemmy Kilmister, but the song itself is about an abusive relationship. Harrowing, powerful stuff.
GREEN DAY – Bang Bang
Green Day released a stream of this single – taken from their forthcoming twelfth album, Revolution Radio –but this video – really brings it to life. It starts with a bank robbery by a trio in rubber Green Day masks and ends with a giant party and massive plot twist.
NOFX – OxyMoron
As provocative and amusing as ever, NOFX have released this video for this catchy pop-punk invective against pharmaceutical companies and the American healthcare system. Political and juvenile in equal measure, it makes a powerful statement for much-needed change in the USA.
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GHOST – Square Hammer
Before Swedish metal clergy Ghost release their fourth full-length next year, they’ll be putting out an EP full of covers: Popestar. They have, however, released this little teaser from the full-length, which is a quintessential slice of catchy horror metal. Praise be.
LOWER THAN ATLANTIS – Work For It
Always ones to explore new sounds, Lower Than Atlantis have released the first song from their as-yet-untitled forthcoming album. It’s a boisterous, chugging slab of alternative rock, which also happens to feature a jazz drumbeat and finger clicks. They’ll be sipping black coffee and wearing berets next.
UNQUALIFIED NURSE BAND – Getting Sweaty
Derby trio Unqualified Nurse Band have just released their debut album Debasement Tapes. Getting Sweaty is a menacing swirl of the late, great Groop Dogdrill’s swagger, Nirvana’s noisy pop nous and streaks of East Bay Ray’s shimmering surf guitar. Here’s a 106-second blast of our favourite new band.