Glitched – Gassed and Smashed
Ain’t it strange how little guitar-driven, aggressive music is making the rounds of the pop charts nowadays? Some will decry the state of rock, this old, musky-smelling thing, and its incapacity to draw attention to itself. But, great bands and songwriters don’t just simply disappear.
Glitched is the perfect example. Here’s a group marrying the sounds of a few aggro-rock bands that did achieve their commercial peak at times of much less unrest where family-friendly comedies and colourful blazers were all the rage.
Gassed and Smashed contains the cynicism, world-weary vocals of Trent Reznor, the quirky, melodic chorus a la the Pixies, and the band’s own unique personality. It’s lean, mean, and different -sounding enough to grab your attention. When anger becomes a revolutionary act, it goes underground.
Too Early to Tell – Better Than Nothing
Forget what Cobain and Staley did for punk. Nobody had a bigger hand in popularizing the genre than Homer Simpson when he decided to start heroin and a band called Sadgasm. Jokes aside, the Simpsons’ attempt at humour hit the nail right on the head, as often they do, about grunge, one of the styles we admire the most on our website.
What they did fail to say is that being sad while making music makes a lot of us happy. It’s… err… therapeutic, as critics like to call it. Frankly, there’s rarely any moment deemed fit for crying out your frustrations with relationships, your job, our society at large.
Too Early to Tell feel the same way on their alt-rock sludge fest of Better Than Nothing. From the ransom note font of the artwork to the lyrics about the mishaps of a toxic relationship, this is a band using the sonic assault of their distorted guitars and screamed vocals to share the truth that many others would just have rather glossed over.