Tracks of the Week


Here are six of the freshest cuts from rock’s deli tray. Please take your time and sample all six musical meats.

GLASSJAW – New White Extremity
Glassjaw haven’t released an album for 13 years, and their last EP came out in 2011. And just when we’d given up hope on the abrasive post-hardcore outfit doing anything ever again, they release a brand new song that – allegedly – is going to be on a forthcoming album. We believe you, guys. Thousands wouldn’t. But seriously, don’t tease us like this.

BARONESS – Morningstar
The impending release of Purple, Baroness’ fourth album, means there’ll be one more great album to place in your 2015 Best Of list. At least, it should do, if the rest of it is anything like this scorchingly epic, riff-laden track. The Georgia-based band have never done things by halves, and this is no exception.

SHINEDOWN – State Of My Head
Earlier this year, Florida hard rockers Shinedown released their fifth full-length, Threat To Survivial. This radio friendly track – and its huge, singalong chorus – is taken from it, and shows that the ’90s are still well and truly alive, even at the end of 2015. Definitely one of the band’s more lighthearted numbers, but sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered.

THE BLACK QUEEN – Maybe We Should
He’s best known as the shit-slinging frontman of the wild and wonderful Dillinger Escape Plan, but Greg Puciato has got involved in a much more mellow and electronic side-project. Ominous, sultry and shot through with the tiniest suggestion of funk, Maybe We Should is a world away from the brutality of the band, but is all the more remarkable because of that.

Australian mob The Amity Affliction’s latest video is a full-on teen drama, interspersing cuts of the band performing the insanely anthemic and uplifting tune with a moving narrative of young love. There’s romance and a road trip to end all road trips – without someone asking ‘Are we there yet?’ every five minutes.

**JEFF ROSENSTOCK – The ’59 Sound
**It’s been 20 years since SideOneDummy was founded, so to mark the occasion, they’ve got bands on the label to cover their classic releases. Here’s Jeff Rosenstock’s cover of the title track from The Gaslight Anthem’s 2008 album The ‘59 Sound. It’s insane to say the least, but in the best possible way.