By: Nick Manduley
Orlando, Florida post-hardcore outfit I Met a Yeti dropped their latest single “All Magic Users Swim In The Loomy Gloom” on August 16th. The single is off the five-piece band’s sophomore EP Camp Yeti which is due out October 4th. “All Magic Users” is an explosive track of intricate lead guitars and R&B inspired vocal melodies that can only be described as beautiful. Every performance on this track is executed with deadly precision; guitarists Anthony Gonzales and Ricardo Antonio Rodriguez provide some aggressive riffage and clean-cut lead sections, while bassist Lui Wancel and drummer Alexander Torresola hold down an absolutely air-tight rhythm section. Vocalist Daisy Chamberlin delivers a wonderful vocal performance ladened with soaring harmonies and infectious melodies, but do not be mistaken; Chamberlin’s screamed vocals are a true testament to their vocal prowess.
I Met a Yeti broke into the math rock scene during the summer of 2016 with their single “Windows.” The track features a cacophony of clean toned guitars, dreamy vocal melodies, and somber screams. The five-piece released their debut EP …I Can Still See You later that year just before Christmas; the release features face-melting tracks such as “Is It Free, Or Isn’t It?” and “Where’s Nelson?” which ends with a rather cheeky quote by Sassy the Sasquatch from DIY animator Jarrad Wright’s critically acclaimed web-series, The Big Lez Show.
The band will be embarking on an eight day tour of the southeast and Texas in support of Camp Yeti. This tour will kick off on October 13th in Denton, Texas and conclude on October 21st in Orlando. “All Magic Users Swim In The Loomy Gloom” is currently available on all major streaming platforms.
Camp Yeti Tour Dates
10/13 – Denton, TX – Backyard on Bell (PlusFest 2)
10/14 – Austin, TX – TBA
10/15 – San Antonio, TX – Twin Sister Cantina
10/16 – Houston, TX – Notsuoh
10/17 – Baton Rouge, LA – Southside Arts Center
10/18 – Woodstock, GA – Connect Live
10/19 – Jacksonville, FL – Raindogs
10/21 – Orlando, FL – Soundbar
By: Nick Manduley
New Jersey hardcore band Kong are aiming to release a new EP this winter according to guitarist Alex Peragine. The release will feature four new brutal tracks as well as re-recordings of two previously released tracks, and expand on the band’s experimental approach to modern hardcore music. The band was kind enough to provide Muddy Paw with a two-track preview of the new release; fans should expect an onslaught of noisey, aggressive guitar riffs, soul-crushing breakdowns, and a monstrous vocal performance from frontman Anthony “Pigeon” Izworski. One new track, menacingly called “Behemoth” ends with a simply horrifying, noise-ladened breakdown that can only be accurately described as the unholy shriek of some other-dimensional beast.
Kong released a demo entitled Demonstration of Strength in the fall of 2018. The release showcases the band’s dynamic sound with two songs that greatly contrast with one another. Drawing from the influence of bands like Code Orange, Jesus Piece, Full of Hell and Vein, the band delivers a devastating production that pushes the boundaries of metal and hardcore, while also blending sounds and styles from a variety of metal subgenres. The opening track “Fury” is an avalanche of slow to mid-tempo riffs building to crushing breakdown featuring guest vocalist Kaonashi. The title track of this demo is a cohesive blend of death metal and classic hardcore with a modern spin.
The band is currently hard at work in the studio working on their new release. While the band is unlikely to announce any show dates this fall, fans can still expect a late 2019/early 2020 release date for the new EP.
By: Nick Manduley
Scottsdale, Arizona-based emo pop-punkers First and Forever have been making waves in their local scene and on social media. From having their music featured in various videos from major Youtubers, to having one of their singles break one hundred thousand streams on Spotify, First and Forever has quickly proven that they mean business when it comes their music.
The band has put out three separate singles since late 2018, each one showcasing their excellent songwriting ability and musical dynamic. “Chicago” is an emotional powerhouse about the fallout from a tough breakup. The upbeat, distorted guitars and hook-laden vocals give way to a clean guitar acting as the backdrop for a gut-wrenching, emotional vocal performance that takes the listener right back into that powerful chorus.
On “A Violet Ending” the band’s dynamic sound is a bit more prominent; the gentle, ethereal clean-toned guitars seamlessly weave in and out of the more punk sections. The vocal layering and group vocals immediately label this song as something that listeners everywhere will be shouting every word to when they see First and Forever in concert for the first time. “Nothing Left to Burn” features a hard-hitting a chorus catchy enough to get anyone hooked from the first listen. The energetic vocal performance and crowd-commanding drumming on this track immediately conjure up mental images of circle pits, crowd surfers, and fans shouting lyrics back to the band on stage; pretty much everything that makes a pop punk show fun and memorable. These songs have proven that First and Forever is a band to keep an eye on in the near future.
By: Nick Manduley
Jersey Shore-based emo rockers This Year’s Comeback independently dropped their latest record “Missing Pages” back in March. “Missing Pages” is a follow up and thematic sequel to the group’s 2018 debut LP “Far From Fine, A Garden State Tragedy.” ‘Far From Fine’ told the story of an unnamed protagonist who falls into a pit of emotional distress as a result of being in a toxic, mentally abusive relationship, which is continued on “Missing Pages.”
‘Missing Pages’ shows the band in a more dynamic light. The record opens with frontman Brian Matthew fiercely strumming an acoustic guitar and singing passionately about our protagonist feeling like he’s being “torn out of missing pages,” but then segways into the upbeat, distorted sound the boys gave us on “Far From Fine.” However, this time, the band puts a heavier, more metal edge on their sound. Tracks such as “Dropout” end with an electrifying breakdown and intense screams courtesy of Matthew. Other songs such as “Speedkasket,” “Monotony” and “Young & Angry” delivers the raw, emotional punch that leaves fans screaming every word.
“The purpose of ‘Missing Pages’ was to tie any loose ends that may have been left on ‘Far From Fine,” wrote the band in a social media post. “[We] further develop the psyche of the protagonist, and finally, give a proper resolution to the tail. If anything is to be taken from this, it’s to always persevere in the face of adversity.”
However, while the pop-punk tale has drawn to a close, it’s clear the boys in This Year’s Comeback are eager to push forward; they’ve been pretty busy since “Missing Pages” dropped earlier this year. After a slew of shows across the state, including a performance at the famed Stone Pony in Asbury Park, the band is once again writing new music. The band is reportedly halfway through recording their new EP, which they say could be out by the end of the summer at the earliest. For fans who are itching for new content, the band plans on releasing a compilation of unused demos and songs from their time recording “Garden State Tragedy” and “Missing Pages” later on this week, so be sure to catch up with This Year’s Comeback on social media to stay updated! Links to the band’s socials are conveniently located on their bandcamp account, where listeners can also download all their music for the “name-your-price” option. Fans can catch This Year’s Comeback in concert on August 31st at The Clubhouse in Toms River, New Jersey with other local acts such as The Open Minds, Ventress, and Night’s Edge.
Nick Manduley is a publicity intern with Muddy Paw PR, and a senior at Monmouth University where he is studying public relations and journalism. Manduley is also a staff writer for Monmouth’s student-run newspaper, The Outlook. Since 2016, Manduley has provided guitar and vocals for Jersey Shore-based punk outfit Drive, Kid. Drive, Kid has shared the stage with notable and upcoming artists such as Slaughter Beach, Dog, Rarity, and The Ones You Forgot. Their music can be streamed here as well as all major streaming services.
By: Nick Manduley
Columbia, South Carolina-based post-hardcore outfit When I Say Jump completely flies off the handle their debut record “Separation Anxiety.” Released back in January, the eight-track album offers a unique blend of hardcore, emo, and pop punk. The opening track “Debby Drowner” immediately throws the listener back to the mid-2000s “mall emo” days, when albums like My Chemical Romance’s “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” and Fall Out Boy’s “From Under The Cork Tree” topped the charts. However, it isn’t before long that the vicious screams and biting guitar riffs begin incorporating into the mix, and the result gives those aforementioned iconic albums a run for their money.
“I’ve Been Skipping the Bus, but This Day Pass Is Burning a Hole in My Pocket” showcases the band in this heavy light, as well as their witty lyrics fueled by raw emotion. “This Gun’s Just A Conversation Piece” features brutal vocals and ripping guitar work that’s reminiscent of bands such as Every Time I Die or My Chemical Romance. “Dishonest Love” is another emotional track that tackles themes of betrayal from friends with splintering guitar riffs that explode into a melodic chorus. Tracks such as “Cry, Wolf” shows a bit more of the band’s dynamic, opening with a soft droning guitar against a light synth composition, with emotionally charged vocals courtesy of vocalist Brennen Monk. This release definitely makes it clear that the boys in When I Say Jump aren’t messing around; they’re a band with a mission to make music that’s not only amazing, but sends a real message as well.
Fans can expect a new music video before the year is out, as the band has been working with director Jaiden Frost. “Separation Anxiety” can be found on major streaming platforms, and is available for the “name-your-price” option on the band’s bandcamp account. Listeners will also find the band’s heavily scream-ladened cover of Lil Nas X’s hit “Old Town Road” available for download.
By: Nick Manduley
Asbury Park hardcore punk outfit Kissies released a new single, “Angley,” on June 17th. The song, named after guitarist Alex Angley, was released as a means of raising funds for the guitarist’s debt from the legal system. “Angley” is a short track; clocking in at just under a minute, the four-piece bombards the listener with screamed vocals and vicious, dissonant guitar riffs. The noisy guitar tones and precise rhythmic execution makes it very clear that this band is something to keep an eye on in the heavy music community. Guitarist Kevin Henson and bassist Luke Hendriks (of Teenage Halloween) provide amazingly visceral vocal performances, as well as a politically charged spoken word section courtesy of Hendriks. The track is available on their bandcamp account for one dollar (as part of the preorder for their upcoming EP “S”, due out August 10th), with the self titled EP being available the “name-your-price” option, providing fans with the option to donate if they feel so inclined.
Kissies emerged on the D.I.Y. New Jersey punk circuit in 2018, playing shows in the area and blowing show-goers away with their raw, noisy, scream-ladened brand of hardcore. The band, describing their sound as “queer skram,” dropped their debut self-titled EP on March 5th, 2019. The band’s songwriting thematically deals with the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community as well as mental health. The band will be next performing July 10th at Chamber 43 in Highland Park, New Jersey with other talented local acts such as Sunrot, Miriam, and North Carolina-based death metal act Basilica.