Spirit Adrift – “Divided by Darkness”
Get ready to start your weekend with another RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog coming at you !!!
SPIRIT ADRIFT’S third album ‘Divided By Darkness’ delivers on the promise first revealed on ‘Curse Of Conception’ and then advances far beyond it in every way achieving a timeless album for the ages! First single ‘Hear Her’ pummels with the concise urgency and unforgettable chorus of a vital radio hit while ‘Angel & Abyss’ has the classic progression that leads from reflective ballad to rapturous anthemic triumph. The continued evolution of Nathan Garrett as a top vocal talent in modern Heavy Metal shines through amidst the masterful musicianship and huge production value engineered by Sanford Parker. You can thank 20 BUCK SPIN for the insane vinyl colors, or check them out on tour right now!
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If you’ve got kiddos at home, and you dig a big of hardcore, then you’ve probably got that “DADDITUDE” …which also happens to be the title of the latest 7” from California’s foremost punk rock patriarchs in DAD BRAINS! These four songs continue their hot streak of exploring the trials, tribulations, and ultimately joys of fatherhood with humor and BLAZING HARDCORE RIFFS! Call the sitter to get out to a show to pick it up from the band (or hit the ol’ PIRATES PRESS RECORDS mail-order) to get your hands on these… that incredible Black, Blood Red, and Piss Yellow Tri-Colored vinyl especially!
West Coast based band PHANTOM DARLINGS formerly known as The Darlings have traveled a long road since 2005, bagging many accomplishments such as commandeering legendary LA radio station KROQ’s Locals Only number 1 spot with the songs “Broken Heart Still Beating” and “Little Teenage Thing”, winning the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, the Anaheim Ducks hockey team used their song “What Lies Below” for season promo spots, etc. Torched by songwriter/singer Buddy Darling’s deep southern bayou roots and a knack for rock n roll rhythm; the PHANTOM DARLINGS have just released their most diverse and possessing album to date with 2019’s ‘Rattle the Bones’ on ‘Double Mint’ vinyl!
BAND NAME: Phantom Darlings
SCRUNCHIES was formed by Laura Larson (guitar, vocals) of long-running Minneapolis feminist punk band Kitten Forever and includes members of other heavy hitters in the mpls music scene- Bree Meyer (bass) of Double Grave and Danielle Cusack (drums) of Bruise Violet. SCRUNCHIES wrote their entire debut album ‘Stunner’ in secret before playing a debut and video release show in January 2018. Since then they’ve toured both coasts and have re-released their debut album ‘Stunner’ on vinyl after two cassette runs on FORGED ARTIFACTS. They just wrapped up an east coast tour and are working on writing a new album!
“Any song that’s true is a good song in my mind,” says Kevin Sullivan, the Bay Area lo-fi bedroom folk artist better known as FIELD MEDIC. “That’s why I never find it necessary to add too much stuff to my recordings. I’m just into songs themselves.” That principle is the guiding light behind FIELD MEDIC’S hypnotically beautiful and fearlessly honest new record, ‘fade into the dawn.’ Sullivan’s first proper full-length release for RUN FOR COVER and his first since making the leap to full-time musician, the collection features ten sparse, acoustic tracks that reckon with our perceptions of success and self as they face down the inevitable complications that arise from realizing any hard-won dream. While Patrick decided to record this album digitally for the first time, he managed to faithfully preserve his DIY ethos, recording each song in a maximum of three live takes. The result is a collection that feels higher definition and more ambitious than ever before, but still maintains the raw, spontaneous character that’s defined FIELD MEDIC from the start.
FLORIDA MAN’S sound may be as unnerving as a Google search of their band name, but on their sophomore full-length ‘Tropical Depression’, the Charleston, SC noise-punks harness roaring blasts of distortion and a fascination with the bleaker side of life to create one of the year’s most uncompromising and cathartic releases. ‘Tropical Depression’ effectively filters the spirits of the most legendary noise rock and post-hardcore scenes — San Diego’s angular attack, Seattle’s sheer power, Chicago’s sonic depravity, and DC’s unbridled creativity — through the band’s unique brand of sweat-soaked southern grime and a dose of hardcore aggression. Get the picture disc or over the top colored vinyl from SPARTAN RECORDS!
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