It’s always fun and interesting when members of other bands you like team up to create a new band. When you take the certain members and they way they play and put it all together, the end result can be quite fulfilling and such is the case with the band of the week, Centershift. Centershift is the new band featuring Jasan Radford formerly of Onesidezero/Abloom on vocals/guitar, Ted Wenri from Bemus on bass and Michael Tarabotto who played in the last incarnation of Onesidezero. Together these three have created a tour de force of a new band. Speaking on the formation of the group, “Over the years, we got together, formulated songs and always knew we wanted to play together. Finally, through the stars aligning, we created Centershift,” says Radford. Inspired by the shared human experience, Centershift communicate the nuances of life through apexes of hearty, distorted guitar overlaid with intricate, mournful riffs and punctuated by biting, contemplative vocal-driven verses. “Everything comes from an emotional starting point,” explains Radford who shares lyric-writing with his bandmates to present a unified front. “When we step on stage, we want the three of us to be playing that song because we all feel it internally.” When you listen to their first single “9,” you can really get a sense of the passion and impact this band has. The future is quite bright for Centershift!
The synthwave genre is an interesting one to delve into. There are certain aspects of it that have been fully accepted by the mainstream like, the music for Stranger Things. Then there is a whole other level to synthwave that is even better and thanks to groups like the band of the week, we get to experience so much more that world has to offer. Allow me to introduce you to GosT. GosT is more like the exception to the rules of synthwave. Like many other peers like Perturbator (who I featured not too long ago) and Carpenter Brut, GosT channels many different vibes and sounds. Mixing a more metallic edge to accompany the post-punk, goth and electronic aspects, the new material from GosT is uncompromising. Founder and mastermind James Lollar, has really found his niche with the new album, Rites of Love and Reverence. The album itself is chock full of hidden gems and blistering sonic dimensions. It’s creepy and eerie in places yet has this really cool pop sensibility that gives the darkness the right amount of shine to really leave a lasting mark. GosT is well on the way to being a force to be reckoned in taking the synthwave genre to a whole other level.
I’ve always loved heavy music. Doesn’t matter the genre, I will find bands within them that I dig. Punk music is one such genre I’ve had an affinity towards for many many years. The aggression, intensity and energy that emits from this genre is what keeps me coming back. Which now brings me to the Band Of The Week, Deaf Club. Deaf Club is a band that takes no prisoners. Their savage sound comes with a blastbeat-centric hardcore punk assault channeling crust, thrash, and grind with a touch of metal. The band consists of Justin Pearson (The Locust, Dead Cross, Planet B), Brian Amalfitano (ACxDC), Scott Osment (Weak Flesh), Jason Klein (Run With The Hunted), and Tommy Meehan (The Manx, Chum Out!). The pace at which the band plays, delivers the goods in such a way that is at a breakneck speed with the right amount of space between to catch your breath before the onslaught continues. Their new single “For A Good Time, Call Someone Else” is exactly what I described and then some. Their album, Productive Disruption, was was recorded by Alex Estrada and Tommy Meehan and will be out January 6, 2022 via Three One G Records. Ironically, Deaf Club’s debut LP was recorded on the same day as what would become known colloquially as The Insurrection – January 6th, 2021. Deaf Club is a relentless and ferocious band that I’m sure will be decimating venues along their path.
Earlier this year I took a trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. While on an excursion out that way for some business, my biz partner and I wound up going to one of the popular spots out there to see a band and they really impressed us. The energy they were emitting that night was contagious as everyone in attendance was super into the band. Not to mention a few of their songs were super on the money. It left me and my friend quite interested in the band. Fast forward a few months and that band is really kicking ass in their area and making quite a name for themselves in the region. Allow me to introduce you to, NVision. These guys are a ferocious and energetic rock band that are kicking ass and taking names. Their most recent single “The End” is a banger. It’s deep lyrically and the music is catchy enough to stick in your head while at the same time promoting a positive message. Another of their songs that I really dig is “She Said.” This song is a deeply personal song about one of their friend. The story told in the lyrics are quite moving. The song even inspired the band to begin their own festival to help support victims of domestic violence and abuse. NVision is the type of band that is willing to take chances and experiment with their sound. When you listen to their other songs you can pick out bits of EDM, 00’s emo and even a tinge of hip hop in the rhythms. The honest approach to the lyrics are very relatable in that they explore feelings of loneliness, despair and depression while maintaining the positive hope of a brighter tomorrow. Currently, they are working on more music for their debut album. One other thing to note, NVision is the outlier in a scene that is heavily influenced by the early 00’s nu-metal/radio rock era. Having a band like NVision break out of that and really explore their sound is just what music needs. These guys are on the verge of breaking through their region. So take notice and play it loud!!!
For those of you that don’t know, The Cobalt Cafe was founded by Dave Politi in January 1991. One of the first cafe venues in the San Fernando Valley, the Cobalt was fashioned after coffee houses featuring live music and poetry more widespread in San Francisco. For many years, The Cobalt was most known as a rock venue, having become a regular tour stop for underground and up-and-coming touring artists, including many signed to indie and major labels.The Cobalt Cafe gave many bands you know and love their start. Bands like Jimmy Eat World, Hoobastank, Incubus, Save Ferris, AFI, Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park and so many others. Sadly though, a few years back, The Cobalt had to close but, now in 2021 it is back in a whole new way. On July 17th, The Cobalt makes its return. This evening is going to be one of those shows you will remember as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Cobalt Cafe. Featuring an eclectic plethora of bands as well as artists, poets and more, this show is bringing back the vibes of the old Cobalt but, with a flair for today. Bands performing include No Advisory, Final Fall, Kiss The Scientist, Seven 40 Seven, Powder Pink & Sweet, Ryan Hahn & The Believers, Cannibal Valley, Sunset Ritual and Diggajigga. Tell all your friends, get out of the house and come celebrate a wonderful evening. A portion of the proceeds will also be going to benefit Cedars Sinai Cancer Research as well as the very awesome Valley Relics Museum. Buy your tickets at https://thecobaltpresents.brownpapertickets.com/!!!!
I’ve long been intrigued by solo albums. The solo album can be a little tricky but, if you have the right drive and vision for it, than the end result pays off in the end. Recently, I came across a band or what I thought was a band that peaked my interests. End You is the solo project of Philadelphia native Eric Smith formerly of The Catalyst. His first solo album entitled Aimless Dread is an sonic assault of heaviness. “Aimless Dread” tells a story common to a generation that watched thousands of people die on live television while still teenagers — the creeping realization that perhaps nothing good will ever happen again. Lyrically, the album darts artfully from the personal to the political and back again. From Smith’s struggles with social anxiety and substance abuse to ruminations on contemporary issues like rampant police brutality and the resurgence of international fascism, “Aimless Dread” takes stabs at various demons both real and imagined. Armed with a passion and fury, Eric Smith has delivered an album that is drenched with urgency as well as being pummeling and crushing. Aimless Dread crosses a few different genres including punk, hardcore and noise rock along with the right amount of melodic sensibilities to bring you an album that is very fitting for where we are at as a society in 2021.
The very awesome Seattle based metallic hardcore band Fucked & Bound are back but, with a new name and a new sound. Introducing, Filth Is Eternal. Not only are they back with a new name but, they have a new album coming out soon as well. The track listing and title are still TBA. The album will be out August 28 via Quiet Panic (US) / Church Roda (UK/EU) but, thankfully, we have a new song “Zed” to wet our appetites in the mean time. This song was recorded and mixed by Robert Cheek (Tera Melos, Tycho, etc) and it features vocal tracking by grunge veteran Tad Doyle. You can hear the distinct difference in sound and style. F&B was much more speed/thrashy hardcore while this new song delves into a more sludgier and darker territory. There is no mistaking that Filth Is Eternal is badass and with this new arsenal of songs and sound, there is no limit to how far they can go!
A while back I wrote about the band Holy Wars. From the moment I heard the music, I knew it was 100% authentic. Now here we are in 2021, and Holy Wars is on the verge of releasing their first full length LP. For the past few years, singer Kat Leon and guitarist Nick Perez have been diligently working to craft new material that not only feels like a wild ride but, also is chock full of bombastic beats, hard charging riffs and vocals that are uncompromising. The first two singles off the upcoming album, “Little Godz” and “TV Dinner” have been taking the music world by storm. “TV Dinner” is quite an interesting track. Speaking about the song, Kat Leon said “TV Dinner’ is a fun, energetic punch to the face making you thrash around your bedroom while at the same time, spotlighting a societal meaning to the lyrics.” I’d say that is pretty spot on. And the accompanying video is quite a statement as well. If this is the direction Holy Wars is headed, there is no stopping the ferociousness. The fusion of dark pop, indie rock, punk, hard rock and even bits of hip hop make for one hell of an intriguing mix. Do yourself a favor and check out Holy Wars!!!
For well over 20 plus years now, I’ve been a fan of Tim Williams from Vision Of Disorder and Bloodsimple. I will never forget hearing VOD for the first time and being absolutely taken aback by the vocals I had just heard. It sounded like Jim Morrison was fronting a hardcore band and I loved it! So, naturally as I have done for many many years, I found myself at the record store buying up all the VOD albums that were out at the time. Then when VOD took a break, Bloodsimple was formed and that was awesome as well. And then after that VOD came back and it’s been a more than welcome comeback. Now though, Tim has branched out on his own and unleashed a side of himself that is a bit stripped down while still keeping the brutal honesty that fans of Tim have come to love over the years. Which now brings me to introducing you to Rollin’ Coffin and the first song released from this new project “Runaway.” Speaking on what the song means Tim said “‘Runaway‘ is all about breaking away from what you have known, good and bad. “To seek freedom without a sense of doubt or consequence. It’s about not being afraid to shed your skin and start again.” That sounds pretty damn good to me. The track was produced by Jon Markson who has worked with Drug Church. There is so much more to come from the project that Tim describes as “These songs are a stripped down version of myself, creatively, coming from an honest place. Sonically, I wanted to achieve a unique sound. A loose, almost dangerous, approach to a different chapter in my musical journey.” I personally can’t wait for more! 2021 is shaping up to be one hell of a good year for new music!
When I first started doing this topic, one of the first bands I wrote about was the very excellent, And We Are Them. Sadly, they disbanded but, thankfully the core members would go on to start a new project. Now, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to, Arc Angles. Taking inspiration from bands like Cave In, Metz, Failure, Quicksand and more, Arc Angles have made a bombastic sound that any fan of the post-hardcore genre will enjoy. Their debut album, Apocalisp, is a ferocious assault of spacy/mathy riffs and rhythms, melodic sensibilities and urgent vocals. Arc Angles pack one hell of a punch as a three piece. There is a feverish passion that is emitted in each of these songs. The production by producer/engineer Christopher Dwyer is crisp, punchy and articulate. The end result is a record that is needed right now. Arc Angles is a band that should be on your radar. I can imagine too that when live shows happen again, this band is going to be quite a force to be reckoned with on any bill they play.