The Alt Weekly Roundup (2/18/19)

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The Alternative Weekly Roundup is a column where our staff plugs a variety of new releases in a concise, streamlined format. Albums, singles, videos, and live sets. Check back each Monday to see what we were jamming the week prior.

Millencolin — SOS

With Spring on the horizon, Swedish punks Millencolin have returned to brighten your days. SOS, their ninth album, is permeating with infectious melodies and ripping riffs as they continue to bear the skate-punk torch they lit back in ‘92.

Tyler Holland | @InTyler_WeTrust

Mal Blum — “Things Left To Say” 

“There are things still left to say / I’ve got phrases, I’ve got phrases.” Mal Blum’s new single, “Things Left To Say,” explores the cyclical pattern of seeing someone and needing closure but not being able to say anything. And they do it in the catchiest way possible.

Lindsy Carrasquillo | @lindsy_carr

Ceres — “Me & You”

After months of teasing, Ceres have finally announced that their third full-length album, We Are a Team, will be dropping in April. Alongside the announcement came “Me & You,” a driving power-pop gem that’s sure to go down among the band’s best.

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Just Friends — “Supersonic” 

Just Friends released a colorful music video for “Supersonic” that’s chock full of dance moves and animations. It was paired with the band’s announcement of their signing to Pure Noise Records. Woo-hoo! 

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Boston Marriage — “The Man Who Wasn’t There”

The latest single from Boston Marriage is a dreamy, melodic affair titled “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” They’ve only got a few EPs and stray singles to their name, but “The Man Who Wasn’t There” certainly makes them a band to watch.

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Trade Wind — “No King But Me”

Trade Wind have announced their sophomore full-length Certain Freedoms with the new single “No King But Me.” Equal parts dream pop and post-hardcore, “No King But Me” is leap forward from Trade Wind’s already-impressive debut.

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Everyone Leaves — Weathered. Broken. Endure.

Coming off hiatus to release their final two tracks, Everyone Leaves put out two bumping swan songs that are a fulfilling conclusion to the legacy of the band. All proceeds for the songs are going to No More Dysphoria.

Luciano Ferrara | @lucianorferrara

American Pleasure Club — “the miserable vision”

After releasing two amazing records last year, American Pleasure Club is back. Constantly diversifying their sound, “the miserable vision” is another track off of their fourth album in two years,  fucking bliss, out 3/29 via Run For Cover.

Sarah Knoll

Alexisonfire — “Familiar Drugs”

Alexisonfire are back! “Familiar Drugs” is the first single in a decade from Canada’s champion post-hardcore outfit. The song’s subject matter is about choosing comfort over bettering one’s self. The track came paired with the announcement of a June tour that stops in London, NYC, L.A. and Toronto—which are sure to sell out, so plan accordingly.

Tyler Holland | @InTyler_WeTrust

Telethon — Modern Abrasive 

Telethon are quickly becoming a power-pop powerhouse. The entire Modern Abrasive EP is 22 minutes of bubbly power-pop energy and the title track takes the cake as one of the catchiest songs released in 2018. I guarantee you’ll be singing, “Why’re these modern embraces so goddamn abrasive? / Modern abrasive, uh huh” to yourself for the rest of the week, at least. The band is currently in the studio recording LP4, so don’t let this one pass you by.

Scott Fugger | @scoober1013

A Day Without Love — “Fashit”

Want a song about the evils of fascism? You got it! Want it to have that driving, lo-fi sound you love? You got it! And do you just need it to feature Bartees Strange? You still got it! A Day Without Love’s “Fashit” is the song you’re looking for and it delivers on all accounts.

Scott Fugger | @scoober1013

Wicca Phase Springs Eternal — Suffer On 

Wicca Phase Springs Eternal draws equally from Phil Elverum and The Used on Suffer On. The ex-Tigers Jaw frontman who’s partially credited with launching emo rap (he founded Gothboiclique, the crew that drafted Lil Peep in his fledgling years) is still crooning over trap snares with his Tom Delonge-ian inflection. But this record sews icy folk and sparse indie-rock into emo-rap’s fabric, making the genre even more melancholy but less melodramatic.

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

Anemone — Beat My Distance 

Anemone make warm psych-pop that falls somewhere between the loungecore revival of Madeline Kenney and the propulsive lushness of U.S. Girls. “Memory Lane” is one of the standouts from their new album, Beat My Distance, an album that sounds like the sunny bike ride taking place on its cover.

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

Elvis Depressedly — “turning from the guiding light”

Elvis Depresedly have been teasing the announcement of a new album, their first since 2015’s New Alhambra, for a while now. On Valentine’s Day, fans got the first taste of it when they surprise-dropped a single that they couldn’t get the sample cleared for. Therefore, it won’t be on the record, but its supple backbeat and looped, sparkling synth lead are indicative of what’s to come—an updated feel to their signature dystopian beauty.

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

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