Recent Favorites: Episode II (The Post-Hardcore Edition)

One of the best things about the post-hardcore genre is how versatile bands in this area can be. Every band in this genre nowadays brings their own strengths and musical talents to their songs that never gets old. With that being said, welcome to just my second installment of some music that I recently just can’t pull myself away from and I urge you to listen to these bands if you haven’t already. Enjoy!

D.R.U.G.S. – Self-Titled

I think a majority of people in the underground alternative music scene remember when Craig Owens left Chides, which left a lot of people wondering what was next for him. This led to the formation of post-hardcore supergroup D.R.U.G.S. (Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows) featuring vocalist Craig Owens, drummer Aaron Stern (Matchbook Romance), guitarist/vocalist Nick Martin (Underminded), guitarist/vocalist Matt Good (From First To Last) and bassist Adam Russell (Story of the Year).

Coming back to this album just kind of happened when I was driving in my car one day and I realized I hadn’t listened to it in a while and I had completely forgotten how incredibly diverse and powerful this album is. One minute, Craig Owens can sing the most delicate notes and the next minute he’s screaming lyrics as if it’s the last time he ever will, making him one of the most versatile vocalists, in my opinion. Mix that with some of the best musicians in the music scene, breakdowns, and vast dynamics that keep you on your toes,  and you’ve got yourself a great example of how to do post-hardcore the right way.

Favorite Track: The Hangman

D.R.U.G.S. released their self-titled debut album on February 22, 2011 via Decaydance Records.


Touché Amoré – Stage Four

When vocalist Jeremy Bolm lost his mother to stage four cancer over two years ago, it took a huge toll on him (as anyone could expect), which led to him channeling those mixed-up feelings into the best album that Touché Amoré has ever written and quite possibly my favorite album of the year. The album opens with Bolm unloading every complicated emotion of grief and regret with “Flowers and You” (I apologize/for the grief, when you’d refuse to eat/I didn’t know just what to say/while watching you whither away).

One of the ways I can describe this album is that it is a very emotionally draining album, which makes it very powerful. Now I know that this can sound depressing, but one of my favorite things about music is how it can leave you with a strong feeling, no matter what it may be. Mastering another spectrum of the post-hardcore genre, Touché Amoré brings the heaviest album of 2016.

Favorite Track: Palm Dreams or Displacement

Touché Amoré released their fourth album Stage Four on Sep. 16, 2016 via Epitaph Records.


Crooks – .NEVAREHT

Another recent favorite, .NEVAREHT is the newest single released by Cheltenham, UK band Crooks. Last year, Crooks released their debut album Are We All The Same Distance Apart and it easily became one of my favorite records of the year. Crooks brought a refreshing style change to the post-hardcore genre with this album and it still holds up a year later.

With this new track, Crooks took a less heavy sound, focusing much more on the melodies with this track than I think they have before. Vocalist Josh Roger’s voice has improved a great deal since their first releases and these newer songs show the band as more cohesive than they have ever been. The band has also hinted at an EP release later this year or early next year and I can’t describe how excited I am for that. Crooks is one of the most underrated bands currently in this music scene and if you’re sleeping on them, then that’s a bad thing.

Crooks released their track .NEVAREHT independently in October of 2016.



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