Long Distance Calling – Boundless

When comes the time for experimentation to cease? Should some bands stop mutating their sound at some point and settle in? And if the answer is “yes” to either of these questions, how can they know when it comes? These questions probably don’t have an answer and all we can do is try and look at examples of different choices and timings and glean something from the tale. Long Distance Calling is a fantastic, if somewhat beguiling, example. Through their career, they’ve been known from not being afraid of changing things up. Their latest release, Trips, was an immense departure from their established sound, with influences from brit-rock and pop coming in with the addition of Petter Carlsen on vocals. But now, Carlsen has departed and it seems as if Long Distance Calling, perhaps borne aloft by their insatiable desire for new, have rather gone backwards.

Hey! Listen to Tiny Moving Parts!

If you were to tell teenager Eden that he’d one day write about a pop-punk band with enthusiasm, he would have laughed in your face and called you a poser or something stupid like that. Luckily, I’ve worked hard on shedding my edgy teenage persona (unlike so many people in the metal scene) and can today enjoy a genre that’s often rightfully maligned but which also contains plenty of great music. Which brings me to Tiny Moving Parts, one of the best and most moving bands in the genre. Their approach to pop-punk, very much influenced by the late 90’s and the mid 00’s, when the genre enjoyed an MTV fueled explosion, is spliced with math rock influenced, adding much to the variety of what can be a highly repetitive genre. To hear more of how that works, head on down below!

Release Day Roundup – 1/26/18

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…