5 new records that you need to jump on now
Every other week I write micro blurb reviews of amazing new music. Below is the latest batch of music that you need to check out.
Death Eyes – S/T
Members of San Diego’s Death Crisis and Rats Eyes make up this side project called Death Eyes. This LP is at the top of my list for great releases thus far this year. Vocalist Alberto G Jurado and gang are a force to be reckoned with.
Top tracks: “Wasted Prayers,” “You’re Dead.”
La Luz/ Habibi – Split 7”
I’d never heard of either La Luz or Habibi, but apparently I’m late to the party, as both bands are fairly established. Frankly, I was skeptical in reviewing this record, as it was released by the Volcom corporation, but I’m glad I did because both tracks — one by each band — are extraordinarily superb. I was mesmerized within the first five seconds of La Luz’s side A “I’ll Be True” and in awe of Habibi’s “Misundertood,” with its haunting chants on side B. Well played, Volcom.
Top tracks: La Luz – “I’ll Be True”; Habibi – “Misunderstood.”
Fine Pets – Formerly Pretty
Portland, Oregon’s Fine Pets can be described in five words: Lo-Fi garage punk done right.
Top tracks: “Sex War,” “More Condos, Please.”
Top Bunk – S/T
Top Bunk is a really fun sing-along pop punk band from New York. ‘Nuff said!
Top tracks: “So Dramatic,” “Can’t Hang.”
Zex – Fight For Yourself
I can’t make out the music styling of Zex. They’ve got some weird Canadian punk mysticism about them that Americans will simply never understand. Their music consists of ridiculously bitchin’ guitar leads met with hints of ’80s crust punk, all of which is held together by pop sensitivities to produce something surprisingly stunning and refreshing.
Top tracks: “Fight for Yourself,” “We’re Rebels.”
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