Melodic hardcore is just a consistently phenomenal genre of music isn’t it? The emotion and pain that bands release through this genre is always a treat to absorb as a listener, and there is no shortage of that with Bloom’s new single “Cold”. Following up their debut EP Past Tense, the Sydney based melodic five-piece has dropped the single alongside a brand new music video, while announcing the “Cold” release show for June 15th.
Past Tense was an incredibly powerful release. Short and sharp, yet effective, Bloom did everything in their power to make their listeners feel something. “Cold” is no different in this regard, as the soft echoing tones filled with melodically echoing guitars, slow impactful drums, and deep bass, contrast the harsh vocals perfectly.
Vocally and lyrically, it feels like they have stuck a hand inside your chest and clenched it firmly around your heart. Unable to move and unable to breathe, you stand perfectly still with your breath held, as you take in the music that is paralyzing you. Brutal screaming vocals display an unmatched pain, as the lyrics tell a story of suffering. Seemingly losing themselves and everything they hold dear, they are worn down, bit by bit, as every little mental hit feels like a knife to the heart.
Clean vocals are a welcome addition to the Bloom sound, and play an integral role in making sure “Cold” maintains its emotional intensity. This combines with the powerful screaming vocals and dreamy instrumentals to create an atmosphere of emotion. This is something Bloom has excelled at, and while they are still a fairly young band, I just can’t wait to hear and see more.
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Check out “Cold” here:
Hangtime share “Can I Take You Out” video
There’s no escaping the 90s sound
Not too long ago we had a short chat with Canadian pop-punk band Hangtime about their new EP and the video for the track “One Nine Nine Five”. The aptly titled song is a throwback to a pop punk thought long gone but as this Toronto band will attest, is by no means dead. Now the band have debuted their new music video for the track “Can I Take You Out”; a sweetly romantic, melodic pop punk ode.
The track is a cut from their 2019 EP Invasion, which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Hangtime have a couple of upcoming Canadian shows on the horizon; with all the details available on their Facebook page.
When we spoke to the band and where their sound comes from, guitarist/vocalist Warren Gregson explained their influences;
“There’s no escaping the 90s sound I’m afraid, that’s just who we are. Actually, our biggest influences go back further than that. Most of us were first listening to bands like ALL, Misfits, Dag Nasty, Big Drill Car, Bad Religion, Doughboys, Nils… etc, back in the 80’s. I suppose that’s where the 90s sound for many other bands originated as well.”
Check out the new video and let’s reminisce about some good old school pop punk.
Longwave return with “If We Ever Live Forever”
Longwave still know how to make an impression
New York indie rockers Longwave are returning with their first album in a decade. Titled If We Ever Live Forever, the album is the follow-up to 2008’s Secrets Are Sinister. The band have recently been releasing new music over the last year, with the single “Stay With Me” hitting airwaves in October of last year. Longwave have now revealed the music video for the new song “If We Ever Live Forever”, which you can view above.
If We Ever Live Forever is due for release October 25th via Bodan Kuma Recordings and will be followed by a short run of dates through the eastern side of North America. You can pre-order the new Longwave album from the band’s webstore.
Longwave first burst on to the scene with 2000’s Endsongs, but really started making waves with their 2003 release The Strangest Things (which included the hit single “Tidal Wave”). The latter was the band’s major label debut for RCA Records. We last covered Longwave in 2005, reviewing their terrific album There’s A Fire.