Title: Present Tense
Artist: School Knights
School Knights // FRE(EP)
My favorite Denver noisemakers just plopped this one out the other day to my utter elation. This is the first we’ve heard from the guys since they released their debut album All Dawgz Go To Heaven last summer. If we were to get an annual summer release from the guys that would be just about perfect. Their sun bleached pop punk is about as fun as it gets and it wouldn’t fit anywhere half as well as it does being blared from your speakers on a humid summer day.
Stylistically the boys aren’t really trying anything new here. Rather they are slightly tightening the screws on their already winning formula. The guitar work alone on this EP is worth the price of admission. Bouncing guitar lines trace back and forth all over this thing amping up the catchy factor tenfold. If you’re a sucker for this kind of stuff like I am, School Knights should be a welcome addition to your earspace.
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Echo Beds // Arsonist Alibi
This band found their way to me courtesy of Doran from Strange Fires. Without knowing he had sent them my way, I took one listen and instantly thought of him. Funny how that worked out. Anyways, the band is called Echo Beds and they are three Denver guys who specialize in brutal industrial noise.
If you listen to the two parts of this EP, you’ll find that there is an element of controlled chaos that permeates the release and also parallels the band’s humble beginnings. After the sudden folding of a previous band, the guys had to perform a final tour gig with less than an hour to prepare. And thus Echo Beds was born. They took rubble and pressurized it into something new.
Since that night they’ve decided to pour more of themselves into the project and it has yielded some wonderful results. Arsonist Alibi is a desolate, post-apocalyptic wasteland, but there is also a sort of beauty to it. Bones crunch and snap, jagged shards of metallic noise cut their way through the atmosphere, and primal voices scream until vocal chords are left bruised and bloodied. And yet the band takes all of these harsh elements and grinds them down into parts with which they can build something new. Something worth sitting up and taking notice of.
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