post punk

New Album and North American Tour Announcements from Hexheart

Seattle post-punk artist Hexheart has announced the release of their debut album, Midnight On A Moonless Night. The first single off the album, “A Thousand Times,” premiered on The Huffington Post, which you can listen to down below. Hexheart’s North American tour will kick off on May 31st and end on June 22nd, from California to Oregon. 

Hexheart was formed by Jasyn Bangert, formerly of EBM band God Module. Bangert needed an alternate outlet for his musical ideas that didn’t quite fit in with God Module, and Hexheart was the result. Alongside Andrew Pearson on synths and backing vocals and guitarist Patrick Hogan, Jasyn Bangert rounds out Hexheart with a strong core.


The band is inspired by influences both old and new like The Cure, Joy Division, Cold Cave, and She Wants Revenge, but they’ve got a sound that’s original and unique, combining darkwave and synth-pop electronics and melodic vocals. The tour dates can be seen above, and the album is available for preorder now!

Hexheart: Facebook

New Music Video From Have Mercy

Ahead of the anticipated release of their third studio album, Make The Best Of It, Have Mercy has released a music video for “Good Christian Man,” the latest single off the album. Make The Best Of It is expected on April 21st, but in the meantime, “Good Christian Man” gives fans a taste of what the album will be like. It comes from a personal place of faith for Brian Swindle, singer and lead guitarist of Have Mercy. 

Check out the video below!

“I grew up in a Catholic family,” Swindle says. “I’ve always believed faith is a beautiful thing but never thought religion was for me. This is mainly about me not being able to openly talk about these things with my family. Also, over-analyzing things and habits that under the assumption that if I do them then something bad will happen.”

The music video for “Good Christian Man” is powerful, painting a picture of Swindle facing his demons and not getting support from his friends and family. For anyone who knows what that feels like, “Good Christian Man” will be emotional and honest.

Have Mercy will be going on tour with Real Friends, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, and Nothing, Nowhere in the spring. Check out the tour dates down below, and listen to “Good Christian Man” through the link. Make The Best Of It is also available for preorder. 

Have Mercy: Website // Facebook
 

'Speak Soft' Video Release From Post Modern

Ohio ambient rock band Post Modern has just released their new single and music video, “Speak Soft.” The song will remind you of bands like Brand New (one of my favorites when I’m in the right mood) and Circa Survive, and it’s about dealing with a loss of faith and the internal struggles that can arise from trying to redeem yourself.

Formed in 2015, Post Modern is composed of lead singer and guitarist Matty McClelland, drummer and vocalist Nick Scarberry, guitarist Aaron Wicklow and bassist Aaron Nichols. Post Modern is known for their atmospheric instrumentals and haunting vocals, and they don’t disappoint with “Speak Soft.”

Turn it up, and it’ll take you to a different place. I tend to daydream when I listen to really good songs, and this one was powerful enough to inspire some pretty intense images in my head. 

Check out the video below!

Matty McClelland had this to say about the track: “I wrote this song describing my relationship with God, and trying to regain the communication and connection that has seemed to erode over the years. However, it can describe a loss and desire to reconnect with anyone, like a friend, lover, or parent. ‘Speak Soft’ is a personal song for me specifically, but I wanted almost anyone to be able to relate to it and the struggle it describes.”

Whether you relate to it or not, it’s worth listening to. Post Modern recently finished up a tour with Dreamcatcher, and they have plans to get on the road again soon, as well as release a lot more new material in 2017. 

Check out the music video for “Speak Soft” above (you can also get the song through iTunes and Spotify), and connect with Post Modern on their social media below!

Post Modern: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Exclusive Premiere: Secret Nudist Friends Share 'Met You At That Show' With The Hook

Photography:  Jeanette D. Moses

Photography: Jeanette D. Moses

Straight out of the Philadelphia scene, Secret Nudist Friends have been making waves with their good vibes and good music. The garage/post-punk/surf trio is excited to premiere their newest track, "Met You At That Show," here at The Hook!

Based in Philadelphia, with strong roots in the Brooklyn and Philly scenes, Secret Nudist Friends was originally, the Brooklyn based bedroom project of Edward Krosney of The Fancy Balloons. Krosney teamed up with former bandmate Matthew Klauser to bring the project to the live stage, and thus the band went on to feature several lineups until they met Brian Hullihen, who brought new life and collaboration to the project. Recently, Krosney has passed the project over to the loving hands of Klauser and Hullihen who make up the new trio with bass player Andy Slepman.

SNF states that they "draws its sound from the psych rock roots of the 60s, such bands as the Zombies, Beach Boys, and Beatles, as much as current garage and psych groups such as Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Thee Oh Sees." The band has released several singles, an EP, and are working to release a full length in 2017. (Woohoo, that's this year)

Check out this exclusive premiere below!

The smooth track is an exciting establishment in a series of upcoming events for SNF, including a release show on March 6th at the Tralfamadore, which kicks off a month long SXSW tour! "Met You At That Show" vibes so hard as spring approaches, and relives that fateful experience of meeting someone at a show (do you know that experience, we do).

The track was written and performed by Secret Nudist Friends, with Matty Klauser -(vocals), guitar, Brian Hullihen (drums), and Andy Slepman (Bass). And in the usual DIY fashion, the single was recorded January-February 2017 at Tralfamadore in South Philly!

If you're stoked on Secret Nudist Friends (like we are), then you should check out their upcoming tour dates, and then check out their social media to keep up on all things SNF!

Secret Nudist Friends: Facebook // Bandcamp

The Hook & PSM November Showcase

Photography: Mac Schibel

Photography: Mac Schibel

The Hook & Paper Scissors Media are proud to present our third installment of our monthly showcase series for the month of November!

As October winds down, The Hook & PSM are excited to ring in the month of November with a show on November 4th at Philly's own Pharmacy! The doors open at 8 for music from Philly natives like Secret Nudist Friends, Honeytiger, Geisha Facade, and Motherwhore! Visitors from Tennessee Mom and Dad are also joining the show!

So, be there or be square!

Pharmacy
Philly, PA
BYO
Doors at 8PM
$10

We're stoked to see you there, and you can check out the Facebook event for more hype!

Mosh Yourself Healthy With Sparrow and Friends' "The Sugar Song"

First of all, this is a sing-a-long….but despite popular belief, its actually super-duper fun.

In a world of young egos, it’s good to see some established musicians not taking themselves too seriously. They’ve taken the sound that makes you want to draw on your new Converse with sharpie and turned it into a feel good song for kids about the importance of eating healthy. The down-strummed chords and the accompanying chorus of schoolchildren makes the song ideal weather you're in a kindergarten classroom or a cramped venue in Asbury Park. 

 

The track comes off “Sparrow and Friends Make a Band”, an album of punky and funny lullabies for all the so called cool parents among us. On this new record, founders Casey Cole and Peter Lockhart have recruited a slew of talent from Yellowcard’s Ryan Key to Aaron Marsh of Copeland and let them all have a go at making some original childhood faves.

"The Sugar Song" features front man Tony Thaxton from Motion City Soundtrack and front woman Kailynn West of Tony Stills and has all the power chord charm of any warped tour favourite. It’s certainly nice to see the hard partying rockers showing a soft spot for kids, and it fits the bill for a being a punk lover’s guilty pleasure.  

Thankfully, this isn’t the only single they’ll spill before the release date of their October album(the 11th)! In the meantime, peep “Sparrow and Friends” on their website!

Trash Boat Shares New Music Video

Trash Boat has released a brand new music video! 

The video is for their single, “How Selfish I Seem” off of their upcoming album, Nothing I Write You Can Change What You've Been Through. They plan to release the album on June 17th via Hopeless Records

Check out the video below!

The music features the melodic punk band performing the song in a darkened and empty skate park. The video was directed by Christopher Porter. The song goes by quickly but the heavy lyrics still pack a punch. The song touches on themes of bottled up feelings and repressed emotions. 

You can pre-order Nothing I Write You Can Change What You've Been Through now through the band's official store!

When you buy the album you'll get the following songs:

Nothing I Write You Can Change What You've Been Through Track Listing:
1. Strangers
2. How Selfish I Seem
3. Tring Quarry
4. Brave Face
5. Eleven
6. Pangaea
7. Second Wind
8. Catharsis
9. Things We Leave Behind
10. The Guise of a Mother
11. You Know, You Know, You Know

The band has released a music video for “Strangers” which you can also check out here!

Follow the band's social media to keep track of new announcements leading up to the release of the LP!

Trash Boat: Facebook // Twitter

In Letter Form Releases Single

Bay Area quartet, In Letter Form, treated listeners to a track off of their upcoming release!

"Face In The Crowd," comes off of the group's upcoming album Fracture. Repair. Repeat. and is an exciting single for fans and listeners to experience. The single is a psychedelic, indie purgatory you can get so easily lost into - which is made clearer by In Letter Form's drawn inspiration: Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Echo and the Bunnymen.

Imagine post punk and synth pop, which is everything I've been looking for in music lately (let's be real.) But, you don't have to imagine because you can just check out the stream of "Face In The Crowd" below!

The upcoming album will explore the whirlwind of emotions that come with grieving and repairing, which is why the foursome considers their formation a fortunate turn of events, as they were all experiencing heartbreak on some level when they came together!

Indie Minded wrote of In Letter Form, “theirs is that rare, reverential sound that not only makes you want to revisit classic artists, but pushes you to want to know more of the story behind the intriguing new band inspired by them.”

You can check out the track-listing below for the May 20th release of Fracture. Repair. Repeat.

Track List:
1. Face In The Crowd
2. Won't Get The Best Of Me
3. Wait Now
4. Audio Drones; Adagio For Terror
5. Terror (is a State of Mind)
6. High Line
7. Edison's Medicine
8. 111
9. Rain Prelude
10. Reflecting The Rain
11. Mal de Mer

 

Besides the release of their new album, In Letter Form also has tour dates available, and we highly recommend you go and check this group out! Dates below!

In Letter Form Tour Dates:
5.21 New York, NY @ Pianos
5.28 Brooklyn, NY @ Don Pedros
6.4 Mountain View, CA @ Shorline BFD
8.27 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse

Otherwise, you can check out In Letter Form on social media!

In Letter Form: Website // Facebook // Soundcloud