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1. run, Walk!
run, Walk! are a drum and bass duo from the UK. Their tunes are laced with fierce, chaotic drumming with lots of distorted, effect-heavy basslines. It sounds a bit experimental at times, especially on the first few tracks on their album, I Hope This All Works Out So I Can Stop Standing On Even Amounts of Manholes in the Street (2010). Some really nice, creative basslines on that release too. The vocals are just as loud and aggressive as the instrumentals too. Along with that album, they also have a split with SIRS (2011), an instrumental EP (2010), a three song EP, Peekay (2010), and singles, 3, 5, 10 and Black Dreams (2012) (check out those releases on their Bandcamp HERE). Their song on this episode is titled, Virus, off of, Peekay.
2. Oh No Joe
Oh No Joe are currently a two-piece indie punk band based in East Bay San Francisco, California. They have two albums out, the 2009 release of, I'm Just Sayin', and 2008's self-titled release of 20 songs (check out the tune, Little Brother, on Episode #32). On, I'm Just Sayin', the band cuts down the amount of tracks, this time with only 10 songs, but offer the same amount of energetic pop and indie rock. A music video was also produced for the song, I'll Be Fine, I think (check out the video HERE). Fun video to watch, the characters in the video are played by Barbie Dolls. They also have a new tune up titled, Sex Machine, streaming and for download, along with a few other tracks, on their Reverbnation page HERE. Oh No Joe's song on this episode is titled, Bunny Tango, off of, I'm Just Sayin'.
3. Jr. Worship
Jr. Worship are a three-piece punk band from Portland, Oregon. They formed in late 2010 and released a record, We Win!, in 2011 (read what I had to say about it on the Top 25 of 2011 list HERE). On, We Win!, Jr. Worship showcase six songs of raw tunes that reflect on a lot of 90's era punk and hardcore (check out the rest of the tunes on Bandcamp HERE). It sounds like they also take some influence on previous projects as well - members of Jr. Worship have also played in Prize Country (check out their tunes on Episode 01, Episode 11, and Episode 22). They brought over with them the same aggressive approach, although this time as a trio. The tunes are simple, yet very melodic. Some awesome punk rock from these guys. Jr. Worship's song on this episode is titled, Blue Lagoon, off of, We Win!
4. Now Denial
Now Denial are a five-piece hardcore rock band from Lowell, Massachusetts. The band made 10 years on April 4th, and since then have released a split with Get Laid (Hungrier than the Wolf), an EP (Fuck Now Denial), two LP's (Facemelter and Power to the Mountain), and one 7” (Brothers Not Fighting). They are currently working on new material. Their tunes come with a heavy dose of rock backed by some clear cut punk attitudes and rough, stoned out melodies. Even though it's only two songs on this split, it's some pretty awesome material by this band (check out more of their songs on their Bandcamp HERE). Now Denial's song on this episode is titled, Wasted Lives, off of, Hungrier than the Wolf, release through Get Young Records.
Stolas are a four-piece progressive rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. They're a fairly new band featuring members of a few other local Las Vegas projects. Their tunes are a progressive style of rock, lots of odd-sounding guitar riffs and drum patterns, really smooth basslines alongside some sweet vocal work too. Stolas' first release, Losing Wings, is a five song EP that favors experimentation. It gets heavier towards the end with slight increases of some double-pedal drum action and some really tight guitar work (check out the rest of their tunes on Bandcamp HERE). The first track, Time and the Sun, opens with dual guitars, and a gang of vocals screaming out, with a bit of spoken-word in various parts of the song. It's consistently heavy and a really nice introduction to the rest of the EP. An equally great track is, Our Last Night On Earth, which opens with a kind of melancholy sounding riff that breaks into some chaotic instrumentals. It keeps with that same theme throughout the rest of the song, definitely one of the heavier tracks on the EP. Great debut from these Las Vegas locals. Stolas' song on this episode is titled, Panic, off of, Losing Wings.