For a change of pace from the endless succession of post-hardcore opuses emanating from Brooklyn label Exploding in Sound, look no further than Water From Your Eyes, the synth-powered duo of Nate Amos and Rachel Brown. While grungy bass textures familiar to the EIS discography make occasional appearances in their music, WFYE specialize in light, electro-pop ballads that are nearly trancey in their length and repetition.
With the revelation of their new album Somebody Else’s Song, the duo are sharing the album’s first single, “Bad in the Sun,” which perfectly blends their rock and electronic influences. What they call “a celebration of a bad dream,” “Sun” is an optimistic new-wavey track clocking in at a quick six-and-a-half minutes, which the band compares to a single they released earlier this year that also appears on Song:
“In some ways [‘Bad in the Sun’ is] a reflection of ‘Break’ in terms of length and composition (the two serve as the pillars of the album), but ultimately a friendlier and more approachable song. It’s definitely the closest thing to older WFYE material on the album, but there are also severe differences in approach to arrangement and pacing. Meant to be a sort of half-closer and set an exciting/ecstatic mood to be ripped down by ‘Look Again.’”
Somebody Else’s Song is out October 25 on Exploding in Sound. You can pre-order it here.
Boston punk group, Kal Marks, are set to release their newest EP, Let The Shit House Burn Down, September 27 through Exploding In Sound Records. We are premiering their newest single, “Science is Science”. The acid washed track discusses the frustration many are currently feeling in regards to climate change.
Frontperson, Carl Shane, shared a very blunt, but candid, statement about the track that shows the sincerity of the track. Shane expressed, “Science is Science is pretty grim. I think there’s a lot of behavior in this world that needs to be eradicated or we will be. There’s many problems in this world, the Earth should be number one right now, but there’s a lot of old greedy fuckers that won’t change or die out. Maybe the human race is actually a virus, and it’s hopeless. I really wish it’s not.”
While grim on its surface, Shane’s words are not in vain, and in fact reflect the feelings of hopelessness many have been struggling with as the world, both literally and metaphorically, burns. Some of us are using metal straws and others are slinging guitars and yelling frustrations to anyone willing to listen. Whichever side you’re on, Kal Marks offers a soundtrack to the chaos. Pre-orders are now open via Exploding In Sound.
The biggest change Bethlehem Steel has undergone in the two years since their grungy debut is the addition of Christina Puerto, who not only brings additional guitar to the formula, but also a strong personal and creative bond with the Brooklyn-based band of longtime friends. Originally brought on as a touring member of the then-trio, Puerto’s presence influenced the lyrical content of the band’s forthcoming self-titled album as much as it inspired the sound, a cleaner guitar-driven brand of post-hardcore accompanying lines about manipulative men and the female bonds that help you put them behind you.
It’s this particular bond that inspired the band’s video for their latest single, “Govt Cheese,” which sees Puerto and frontwoman Becca Ryskalczyk coordinating dance moves while a man bleeds out between them. “I wanted to show how sometimes certain male relationships held me back,” Ryskalczyk notes of the clip. “In letting some of that go I could grow as a person and find more strength in myself. The dual dancers shows the importance of healthy friendships and a solid support system if you’re lucky enough to find that.”
Bethlehem Steel is out September 13 via Exploding in Sound. You can pre-order it, and catch the band on tour with Kal Marks.
Today, Pile are sharing an alternative, heavier version of "My Employer", which originally appeared on their highly praised 2019 album Green and Gray. With a consensus building that the record is Pile's best to date, it garnered accolades from outlets like Pitchfork, NPR, Noisey, FADER, Stereogum, The AV Club, Paste, Kerrang, FLOOD, Consequence of Sound, Uproxx and more, with Pitchfork calling it Pile's "most satisfying and varied album yet".
The new version of the song is closer to the version the band performs live as vocalist and guitarist Rick Maguire explains:
"This is the version of the song that generally sits better with the rest of our live set. Because I still feel strongly about the song's sentiment, I really appreciate that it's form carries some dynamic versatility."
Along with the new single, Pile also announced they are embarking on a run of European dates, as well as US tour in the fall, joined by Sea Moss, Slow Code, Patio, Calyx and Treadles. Full details available on the tour page.
By its very nature, anxiety tends to force us to push others away. The unfortunate dichotomy of that is at the same time, we often wish for the comfort of others. It’s an impossible balance — knowing you have to keep those close to you at bay but needing them to stay close so when you finally fall, it can be into their arms. Those who’ve never experienced such crippling emotional states might not understand, which is why Bethlehem Steel try to explain it on their new single “Empty Room”.
Coming from the band’s forthcoming self-titled sophomore album, “Empty Room” was written by Bethlehem Steel’s newest member, Christina Puerto. She describes the song as her way of asking “for patience from those I’m close to while I figured some things out.” She tells Consequence of Sound,
“As I was writing the lyrics — which are kinda bleak — I kept being drawn to really optimistic-sounding melodies, which I eventually just gave into. It ended up being a good thing for me because writing has a way of forcing me into some pretty intense self-reflection… which is a good and necessary thing… but the way this song came out musically made things easier for me to process.”
Indeed, as torn and anxious as the instrumentation sounds, they don’t give the impression of defeat. Instead, they push forward on the back of pacing drums. It’s as if they’re full with the knowledge that although right now may be rough, there is an end to be reached… even if “it’s gonna be awhile.”