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No heroes here: Hallan and Shelf Lives

Hallan and Shelf Lives

Shelf Lives – BITE

Genre: Post-Punk

In 2023, the official music of misanthropy and distrust is post-punk. Sure, it’s not the only music made by angry individuals. It is, however, the style that truly lets listeners know of the artists’ disinterest in sounding or looking pretty. 

Its predecessor, punk rock, promised to do the same. The musicians weren’t interested in fancy chords or learning jazz scales. This wasn’t, to be Frank Zappa music. They were interested in anarchy. But they hardly kept their end of the bargain.

Nowadays, with so little of the world making sense, with so much anarchy to go around, we need sounds that reflect that continuous feeling of unease. Punk or metal may be loud. They’re also cartoonish most of the time. 

Shelf Lives prepare a nightmarish sound and an unequally disquieting visual presentation for their single, BITE. It’s a tune that sounds like Republica’s Ready to Go turned into a gutter-anthem, a song about things falling apart. It’s less a series of melodies strung together as much as a desperate cry toward a world falling apart.


Hallan – Unwomanly Face Of War

Genre: Indie Rock

Blame it on globalization, if you will, but no modern local crisis will not go unfelt throughout the world. Countries were connected in health and must take the sickness that comes along as well. 

Artists pretend to care and do their best to assure their fans that they know what lies beyond these events. It’s a lie that has been used so often that it needs fresh coal to keep running. 

For the most part, if they’re honest, artists can only do things about the terrible things happening around them. They can satirize events, or they can tell the world that they’re just as afraid as the spectators are. Both are honest reactions. 

British group Hallan’s Unwomanly Face Of War is a cry of despair married to a post-punk groove and fast-paced rhymes. It doesn’t mention the things that make us afraid by their name. Instead, it points in their direction. It’s music about some of the aches of our modern world that we all feel and most of us try to ignore. 

Shelf Lives - BITE

8.5

Hallan - Unwomanly Face Of War

8.5

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About author

Eduard Banulescu is a writer, blogger, and musician. As a content writer, Eduard has contributed to numerous websites and publications, including FootballCoin, Play2Earn, BeIN Crypto, Business2Community, NapoliSerieA, Extra Time Talk, Nitrogen Sports, Bavarian FootballWorks, etc. He has written a book about Nirvana, hosts a music podcasts, and writes weekly content about some of the best, new and old, alternative musicians. Eduard also runs and acts as editor-in-chief of the alternative rock music website www.alt77.com. Mr. Banulescu is also a musician, having played and recorded in various bands and as a solo artist.
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