It's another very busy week for new albums; I highlight eight below and Bill tackles even more in Bill's Indie Basement, including The Beths, Suede, Marina Allen, Crack Cloud, The House of Love, No Age, Whitney, and more.
On top of all that, here are tons of others out this week: Mura Masa, Gogol Bordello, EST Gee, Michelle Branch, Marcus Mumford, Rina Sawayama, Symba, Rhys Langston, Innumerable Forms, Sumerlands, The Black Angels, Clutch, Long Knife, Jessie Reyez, BLACKPINK, Rhett Miller, Blaqk Audio (AFI), Ondara, Jesca Hoop, Mortuous, Phobophilic, Al-Qasar (ft. Lee Ranaldo, Jello Biafra & more), KXNG Crooked & Joell Ortiz, Fake Palms, Butcher Brown, The Darling Fire (ex-The Rocking Horse Winner, Further Seems Forever, etc), Gloria de Oliveira & Dean Hurley, Rundown Kreeps, The Murlocs, Disco Doom, Lissie, Fletcher, Heaven For Real, Pink Frost, Molly Lewis, Starcrawler, Tenka, The Brazen Youth, The Proclaimers, Behemoth, Djo (Joe Keery of Stranger Things), Noah Cyrus, the Blood Orange EP, the Little Dragon EP, the Ringo Starr EP, the Jennifer Loveless EP, the Suntouch House demo/EP, the Daniele Luppi & Greg Gonzalez (Cigarettes After Sex) EP, the Iron & Wine EP of Lori McKenna covers, the They Are Gutting a Body of Water / A Country Western split, the Rochelle Jordan remix album (ft. Kaytranada, Kingdom, Machinedrum & more), the Cosey Fanni Tutti score for Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes, the Miles Davis compilation of rare & unreleased recordings, the Lou Reed compilation of previously unreleased recordings from 1965, and the Joe Strummer box.
Read on for my picks. What's your favorite release of the week?
Mindforce - New Lords
Mindforce have felt like a secret that only the hardcore scene was in on for the past five or so years, but with their second full-length album New Lords, they seem poised to break out into any number of other areas. It's everything they were already great at, but leaner, meaner, and flat-out better, and it's a record that seems destined to unite hardcore kids, metalheads, and anyone else with even a passing interest in big, loud, guitar-based rock music. It's equal parts thrash and hardcore, but I hesitate to call it "crossover thrash" because that usually implies something more niche and specific than what you get here. On New Lords, it sounds like Mindforce have bottled up the best riffs from Ride the Lightning, siphoned them into two-minute hardcore songs, and topped them off with a New York Hardcore-style bark from Jay Peta that's as tough as it is damn near catchy. You can namedrop any handful of '80s/'90s bands they sound influenced by (Leeway, Cro-Mags, Merauder, All Out War...), but New Lords feels like a modern record, one that sits even more nicely next to forward-thinking thrashy hardcore bands like Power Trip and Drain than it does next to bands from 30 or 40 years ago. And there's a fun brightness to these songs that fans of early Turnstile might not wanna sleep on too. New Lords has riffs for days, the entire band and Jay's vocals sound sharper than ever, and every second of this album counts. It feels like they've trimmed these songs down to the point where not a single ounce of fat remains. Every song is a banger, and before you know it, the next one's already started. It's the kind of album that ends and all I wanna do is click play all over again.
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