THIS ONE TIME AT BANDCAMP: Volume 12
Maybe it’s all these midterms making me hate the man, but I’ve been appreciating a whole lot of punk music lately. Luckily for me (and you), there is a plethora of post/surf/punk/skate punk out there on Bandcamp. Also make sure to tune into WMUC Digital tonight at midnight to catch This One Time at Bandcamp Radio!
Reagan Cats: Recently I’ve been listening to a whole lot of post-punk, so I found out about Reagan Cats at just the right time. These Baltimore natives craft sultry punk music that’s heavy on the guitars in all the right places. Their five-track demo reveals that the Reagan Cats have diverse musical influences and a professional sound. I can see a couple different directions their music could head in - possibly more towards shoegaze or maybe more towards skate-punk - and I’m really excited to see what they’re going to do next.
- RIYL: Early Arctic Monkeys
- Favorite Track: “Dangerous”
The New Flesh: When it comes to The New Flesh, I guarantee I could not make my voice as low as the lead singer’s if my life depended on it. It gives me vibes of original punk music like Minor Threat and Fugazi, but with a deep voice reminiscent of Baltimore’s Ed Schrader. Don’t be confused by the album art off of their September release, The Absurd, because even though it looks similar to that of Broken Bells’ self-titled, The New Flesh demands your blood, sweat, and tears in ways that indie synth pop wouldn’t dare.
- RIYL: Minor Threat, Fugazi
- Favorite Track: “Insignificance”
Skull Theft: Baltimore’s Skull Theft takes notes from the ’80s Washington, D.C. punk scene with short, fast songs heavy on the guitar and drums. The riffs are strong, the vocals are delightfully fuzzy, and the music is easily mosh-able. In a music scene full of soft rock and electronic beats, Skull Theft reminds us what being punk, and not post-punk or any variation therein, is all about.
- RIYL: Fugazi
- Favorite Track: “No Way”
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