The Alt Weekly Roundup (3/7)

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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.

Collective Fear – Foster

Collective Fear’s debut Foster blurs the lines between post-punk and shoegaze, a hazy wall of sound of an EP. Single “Victimless Crime” is a particular standout, as the band leans fully into their gaziest impulses for a stunner of a five-minute song.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Big Baby – Big Baby’s Big Fuckin’ Record

Big Baby’s Big Fuckin’ Record is an adrenaline shot of anxious and antisocial punk with an absolutely frantic rhythm section. The guitar tones, active and melodic bass, and manic-but-tight drumming are instant reminders of how great the classic punk formula can sound. Big Baby never pulls back the pace, and the album clocks in at under twenty minutes of all rippers.

Aaron Eisenreich | @slobboyreject

Lou Roy – “Down Since ’07”

Lou Roy’s smoky new single “Down Since ‘07” might have a depressing title, but it’s a slice of bouncy indie pop that’ll bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Koyo – “Ten Digits Away”

Melodic hardcore is a veritable Long Island tradition at this point, and Koyo are the genre’s worthiest torchbearers. Their new single “Ten Digits Away” leans hard toward the melodic end of the spectrum, but it’s still got enough bite to it to appeal to the mosh pit crowd.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Pure Hex – “Pedestal”

Pure Hex’s new tune “Pedestal” is packed with heavy, brooding guitars countered by Marta Alvarez’s melodic vocals. The chorus melody is particularly infectious, pushing the track to another level before it ends in a rushing wave of of sound. The group’s debut full-length Still Dark should definitely be on any shoegaze fan’s radar.

Aaron Eisenreich | @slobboyreject

Brush – “Cat”

Knowing that Brush features members from cult classic pop-punk troupe Chumped might put a certain idea in one’s head of what the project’s newest single would sound like – and that idea would be way, way off the mark. “Cat” is a melodic alt-country song that takes its time to make its mark, a perfect song for a drive on a sunny Saturday.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

The Alternative’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist

Each week our editor Lindsy Carrasquillo compiles a playlist of songs our staff has been jamming. We’ll post it on Fridays on Twitter and then include it in each edition of the ‘Weekly Roundup’ to make sure you don’t miss all of the great music we’re recommending.

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