Jason’s Pick: “Appraisals and Omissions” – No Bragging Rights
Having written them off on their last LP, hardcore outfit No Bragging Rights’ new full-length Cycles certainly has some strong cuts in the folds of blistering hardcore and clean-backed choruses. This track in particular is my favorite of the bunch. Besides featuring a fairly memorable line in “I’m saying thanks, thanks for nothing,” the use of melody and aggression in this song is balanced almost perfectly in a rather cathartic manner. If you’re like me in having thought these guys made a huge misstep last time, this song and album should be a pleasant surprise.
Joe’s Pick: “No Sleep November” – Carson
Imagine if Circa Survive, Paramore and Mutemath got together and had a child (oh just go with it) – it would probably sound something like Carson. The second track off their brand new LP Leap, “No Sleep November” features some lovely Circa-esque guitar riffs along with unique drum patterns and a chorus in which Taisha Bethea lets rip with her sky-high vocals. It’s got everything you could want in an alternative rock song, so stop reading and get jamming.
Jack’s Pick: “Just Watch the Fireworks” – Jimmy Eat World
Now that it’s starting to get late in the year, I’m falling back into my habit of both listening to the year’s best records as well as my all-time favorites. And every single winter, no matter how good recent music has been, I’m reminded that almost nobody has even come close to touching the greatness of Jimmy Eat World. “Just Watch the Fireworks” is one of my personal favorites by the band and it should be easy to see why. The infectious passion, beautiful instrumentation, and breathtaking dynamics all make for an incredible seven-minute journey that I have never stopped enjoying.
Steve’s Pick: “Indian Giver” – Every Time I Die
No words could describe how captivated I was when I first heard this song. Massive production held up the weight of gritty guitar tones, beefy drum rolls, crunchy bass, sinister yells and slick clean vocals which are reminiscent of Maynard James Keenan. In fact, the whole track seems to take notes from the likes of Tool, Deftones, and Wolfmother, but with the attitude turned up and maxed out. This song is just damn incredible and such a highlight of my personal album of the year.