Downer folk tunes that have been tempered in the steam cooker of Orlando Florida, Among Giants is equal parts bummed out and pissed off. These are songs that get guitar strings breaking like it's their job.
Location: Orlando, Florida
Bacchae, pronounced "bock-eye", are a Washington, D.C band with a sound that can be described as post-punk, post-riot grrrl, synth rock and heavy pop. Bacchae was formed in 2016 and includes guitarist Andrew Breiner, vocalist/keyboardist Katie McD, bassist/vocalist Rena Hagins and drummer Eileen O’Grady.
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You used to have a pair of shorts that we're weathered perfectly, with an anarchy patch of the right buttcheek and one belt loop missing, but then you lost them. Those shorts got pissed, grew some scruffy facial hair, and ran away to start a punk band called Burning Bridges. Now those shorts play their honest and down-to-earth brand of fun punk in sweaty basements, and everyone bobs their heads and plays air guitar. Your shorts are living their dreams, so don't miss them, even though they miss you.
Politically charged pop-punk band with a touch of emo and hardcore punk. (ex. Young Mountain)
Location: Keene, New Hampshire
As it turns out, stray cats from Flemmington, New Jersey have gained the ability to construct complex human exoskeletons and play instruments. Three of them started a folk/pop/punk band called Button Up! They play shows and like getting their little tummy-wummies rubbed.
Location: Flemmington, New Jersey
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Tune into Chaotic Neutral and you'll have a hard time wiping the scowl off your face as you thrash around your bedroom with kitchen knives, carving relief sculptures of dead celebrities into your walls.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
NYC’s Choked Up are a punk band formed in 2016 by friends and guitarists, Cristy and Rachel. After a few months and the bands first five songs, the two were joined on bass and drums respectively by their friends Santos and Wes at the bands first show at Punk Island. 2018 saw the release of Choked Up’s self-titled EP, chronicling their initial all-latinx lineup, an experience Cristy calls “a completely weird/magical thing.” With the departure of original bassist Santos, who played on all Choked Up’s recorded music, and the induction of new bassist Rose, Choked Up’s wavelength is more in tune than ever. A sense of purpose and intention has led Choked Up to center their music and existence around prioritizing people who find themselves on the margins of punk rock. “I have to keep building my own spaces for poc, queers, and women, but also show up for the folks in isolating scenes, cause we were all one of
Choked Up’s EP is a pop-punk release with fun sounds that pair with looks at trauma and the following reclamation of body and mind. The first three songs, Cristy says are, “...in the form of poppy love songs about feeling brainwashed/depressed and healing together. Lomas Y Chisme is about reclaiming my soul/life—it’s one of the first Spanish songs I’ve released; Spanish is my first language...but I never wrote songs in it or had a queer Latinx punk/music community till now.” Choked Up’s self-titled EP is out now on Get Better Records.
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Appearing in various forms in the Philly DIY music scene since 2015, the post-punk trio Control Top is a tribute to persistence and evolving through doing. Amid periods of dormancy, stylistic forays and lineup changes, singer/bassist and founding member Ali Carter was determined to keep the project going after the release of the band's demo tape. In 2017, she was joined by drummer Alex Licktenhour (HIRS, Get Better Records) and guitarist Al Creedon (Bleeding Rainbow). Alex was searching for a new project to get involved in, while Al was rediscovering electric guitar after years of playing noise and electronic music. Now recording their debut full-length, the band has found a clear identity, blending diverse tastes to create music for a time beyond despair and naïveté.
That’s the thing with post-punk. There’s so much a band can do under its umbrella. The Slits and Devo, Pylon and Glenn Branca - these artists are all wildly different yet found a home in a genre that resists definition. Control Top gets inspiration from these wide-ranging pioneers yet remains true to the post-punk ethos of anti-imitation and the drive to create a new remedy to modern ills. The urge to resist conformity is stronger than ever, and the need for urgent, relevant music is just as strong.
Cottontail formed in 2011 amidst the simultaneous formation of Luke's other band, Ramshackle Glory. What started as a piano and guitar folk duo in Tucson, AZ had transformed into a primarily solo project based out of Durham, NC. Now more or less permanently settled in Luke's home city of Philadelphia, Cottontail is a full band melodic punk project consisting of friends and musicians in the Philly area.
Do you like punk music and do you also like sing-alongs too as well? Bang your head to some Criminal Culture and get so stoked that your head might actually fall off. Plus, I heard you get into their shows for free for life if you get “CRIM CULT” tattooed on your knuckles. WORTH IT.
Location: Tampa, Florida
Photo: Alysse Gafkjen for Rolling Stone
Empath is an experimental noise pop group from west philadelphia that formed in 2016
"After having played with acts like Perfect Pussy and Allison Crutchfield, the friends formed Empath in 2015, when Emily Shanahan, 25, and Garrett Koloski, 27, moved from Syracuse into a seven-person house in West Philly, where they met Catherine Elicson, 24. Almost immediately, they were thrashing in their huge basement. “It was probably fate for us,” Catherine said. Randall Coon, 32, lived in the neighborhood and eventually introduced low-end synths to complement Emily’s keys and Catherine’s prickly guitar" -- The Fader
Have you ever felt like you had that feeling where you felt like you wished someone felt the way you felt and felt like talking about that feeling? This one's for the kid in the back, who has that feeling, and feels the same way.
Location: Plattsburgh, New York
Het Ward is a trans and queer positive hardcore punk band from Pittsburgh, PA. Formed in December of 2015, we set out to address issues within our local DIY music community regarding cissexism, transmisogyny, and erasure of queer voices occurring at that time and now. Our sound is very to to the point: hard, pissed, angry and uncompromising to our enemies. The world grows hotter, hard femmes and queers grow harder. No fucking quarter.
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Photo by Em DeMarco