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
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.