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Courtesy Drop – Stabilize

I feel the most alive when it’s all falling apart

Winter is approaching quite relentlessly these days. And while the days have more or less become nights the city is becoming increasingly bleak. I was talking to a friend the other day and he was saying that winter depression hasn’t hit him yet. For my part, I’m trying to comfort myself at home more than I would during summer. And I’m naturally adjusting my listening habits. Courtesy Drop have just arrived in time for this change! Their new EP Stabilize is just what you will need, when the cold and dark nights are coming your way!

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Miles & Feet – Lies.Words.Love

Time stands still and we watch our past mistakes

When I was about 16 and had gotten really deep into hardcore, I was listening to a lot of bands that sounded like Miles & Feet. American new-school hardcore, with mosh-break downs, metal dual “At the Gates”-metal riffing and this angry voice spitting emotional lyrics. I would have killed to play in a band like that. But living in a small place, all I could muster was a band sounding more metal and with guys that didn’t have the same musical background. It was still lots of fun. Then I got older and somehow the wave of bands coming over from the US were just meager copies of what I learned to love a lot. So I walked away from that sound.

A couple years down the road and hardcore got me back. The fresh sound from bands such as Touché Amoré, La Dispute and Pianos Become the Teeth brought back my love. But this year, all of a sudden these bands decide to grow up. While on the one hand I can fully understand that development and it definitely springs as no surprise. But who will cure my need for emotionally fucked up vocals? Yes, the answer comes from Leipzig, Germany!

Be yourself, set you free, leave the dream
You could be what you want to be

Four songs, plus an intro and interlude is all it takes to make a pretty clear statement for this young band. Miles&Feet play positive emotional hardcore at its best. The metal riffing reminds me a bit of a more melodic version of With Resistance. The thick and bass heavy production of Killswitch Engage. But then there’s this angry voice, full of razorblade sharp distortion. Tom is not a vocalist, he’s a singing distorted guitar!

It’s damn nice to see a band like that coming from Germany! They are so worth checking out!

La Dispute – Rooms of the House

All the motions of ordinary love
They grow and change

It’s been a long way coming, and after post-hardcore-the-wave masterpiece “Wildlife” it was never going to be an easy one. When last year the first video surfaced showing the band dismantling the wooden remains of the album cover artwork, blogs, fans and everyone that had ever heard of the band started buzzing. Something new was coming. La Dispute were back.

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