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Deep blast: Wayward Brigade and Friendship Commanders reviewed

Wayward Brigade and Friendship Commanders reviewed

Friendship Commanders – Altar

Genre: Pop Punk, Alternative-rock

Perhaps no other music fans are quite as devoted metalheads and heavy-rock enthusiasts. Whether it’s the tribal nature of much of the music or the way it’s been consistently portrayed in the media throughout the years, loud guitar music creates a bond between audience and fans like no other. This is, perhaps, the reason why you’ll routinely see heavy-metal groups 60-year-olds playing their back catalogue to enthusiastic audiences. 

Heavy-metal music works similarly to any high-performance sport. It requires that musicians be fit, provides examples of virtuosity, and show off their skills in front of an audience ready to judge their every move. While this is great, it also means that plenty of groups end up sacrificing sensitiveness for strength. 

This is not the cash with Nashville-duo Friendship Commanders. Their lyrics are rooted in personal, often hurtful experiences. The wail of the vocals comes from the soulfulness of the blues. And, their robust performances are created in this way in order to serve their songwriting. Like Soundgarden or Jane’s Addiction, Friendship Commanders remain an all too rare breed of the group, the one that could play the heavy-metal circuit and the coffee houses. 


Wayward Brigade – Kids Through The Cracks

Genre: Punk, Grunge, Alternative Rock

Whoever imagined getting to attach the word “classic” to the term “punk“. Why it makes the music sound almost respectable! But, it’s a necessary distinction now that punk-rock has hung around for so long. Back when this kind of music seemed like the most extreme form of pop art in the world, when television shows presented these musicians as wreckers of civilization, nobody dared imagine its evolution over decades. 

The modern punk-rock sound has changed, and the genre itself has splintered out in numerous directions. It’s only healthy that a thriving music scene would allow this to happen. While all of this is going on though, there are some who are keeping their focus glued to punk-rock’s original sound and manifesto. 

One of these groups is Wayward Brigade. The band speaks directly to the kids who need punk music the most. Kids Through The Cracks is a blast of late 70s punk made by people whose hearts are in the right place, who are doing their best to represent the philosophy in which they believe, and who are providing the true faithful with a soundtrack for their lives. Besides, for many the punk-rock made around 1977 is a formula that has never been improved upon. 

Friendship Commanders - Altar

8.0

Wayward Brigade - Kids Through The Cracks

7.5

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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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