Welcome to The Alt Club’s brand-new monthly feature, Currently Playing, where we draw back the curtain on what each member of our team’s had on repeat and what we’re loving in the world of new music.
An absolute chameleon of a band, blending multiple styles and genres, this London-based duo’s comprised of ex- Dead! guitarist Sam Matlock and international model Milkie Way. The two manage to mix elements of nu-metal, punk, hip-hop, electronic, and whatever else they’re feeling in the moment, ultimately showing they don’t like to be pigeonholed into a genre, which is refreshing to see.
Falling into the same vein as Poppy, who also crams multiple styles, Wargasm’s music is truly unpredictable, yet still very relatable. ‘SPIT.’, is about wanting to release your anger and pent up feelings, creating a soundtrack to do so. These new bands who’re creating this frankenstein genre of music are really progressing rock in terms of having no boundaries in writing and sound. It’s going to be interesting to see where the duo take their things in the future.
Listen to: SPIT. and Your Patron Saints
I love heavy music, I have since The Devil Wears Prada’s Plagues, Bring Me The Horizon’s Count Your Blessings, Blessthefall’s His Last Walk. I could go on. What those albums have in common is that they’re not just metalcore, each one has something distinct that transcends the genre. This is what has me so excited about relatively new band Saving Vice.
In a genre that I feel has become a bit stale, almost copy paste over the last few years, I was aching for something different and this band from Vermont deliver. The gutteral growls, the almost black metal high screams from dual frontmen Chris Papariello and Tyler Small, blend seamlessly with the clean vocals and punishing yet groovy instrumentation. Evocative of those great early 2000s metalcore giants, but refreshing in a modern way, Saving Vice are high up on the list of my favourite bands right now and I can’t wait to hear what comes next.
Listen to: The Simulation and Never Knows Best
Okay, so I might’ve been sleeping on KennyHoopla, and if you have too, then here’s why you should be blasting his album today. For one, he’s teamed up with collaborator-of-the-moment, Travis Barker, to deliver a really solid debut. SURVIVORS GUILT not only feels authentic and permeated with attitude, but track after track features a line guaranteed to get stuck in your head. I cycle through them by the way, full well knowing I’m just cobbling five different songs together, but not caring, because if that’s what I gotta do to sing KennyHoopla, then so be it.
Then there’s a matter of relatability. In his interview with Kerrang! Magazine, he commented on blending genres, saying, “I miss straightforward rock, pop and rap music – I’ve always loved those sounds, and I’ve never seen a problem with them.” And you know what, so do I! It’s not so much about nostalgia as it is about returning to the roots of these genres and honouring them. I’m excited to see where KennyHoopla’s truth will take him next.
Listen to: inside of heaven’s mouth, there is a sweet tooth// and hollywood sucks//
They’ve only been around since last year so I’ll forgive you if you haven’t checked out Fangs Out yet, but this is your official instruction to give them a listen. If you’re reminiscing of days when we were allowed to stand shoulder to shoulder in a sweaty pit, these guys are top of my list to fill the void.
I’m a sucker for a catchy chorus and storyteller lyrics, and Fangs Out are checking both boxes there. Each track is really everything you could want from a hardcore band.
My only negative is that there aren’t enough tracks, but hey, that’s why Spotify has a Repeat button.
If this is what they’ve done in their first few years as a band, I can’t wait to see what these Brummie boys come up with next.
Listen to: ‘86 Death Cult Classic and Dragged Up
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