9 best punk songs of December 2021
2021 is over! As the year drew to a close, we in In Defense of the Genre looked back at many of the best releases of the year that fell somewhere under the punk umbrella (as well as a few classics that celebrated a big birthday this year), and here’s a roundup of all the punk rosters and features we’ve released throughout December, followed by The Genre’s top songs of the month …
* 50 best punk albums * of 2021 (* – emo, hardcore and many other subgenres included)
* 40 Great Punk * EPs, Splits & Singles from 2021 (* – idem)
* 15 great Screamo albums of 2021
* 20 Major Ska & Ska-Punk Albums of 2021
* 20 best metalcore albums of 2021
* 20 best emo albums of 2001
* Jeff Rosenstock back to the roots of ska talks
* Questions and answers with Bad Time Records Founder Mike Sosinski on the new composition ‘The Shape of Ska Punk To Come: Vol. 2 ′
* Stray light stroke played their first show in 12 years (review)
December Album Reviews: Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Women), Static Outfit, Scenario A.
Vinyl available now in our store: Tigers Jaw’s Charmer (limited pink / white splash), For your health Despite (limited clear / red butterfly vinyl), Gorilla Biscuits’ Start today (yellow vinyl), One Step Closer’s This place you know (galaxy orange vinyl), Deadguy Branching Bitter Branches’ Your neighbors are failures (limited red-in-white), Anti-Flag’s Die for the government (red / white / blue splashes), and more.
Read on for my picks from best songs of december 2021 that fall somewhere under the punk umbrella, in no particular order …
Grumpster – “Crash”
The Bay Area Grumpster trio sparked a buzz in the indie-punk underground with their debut LP released in 2019 on Asian Man Records disappointed, an album that Mike Park himself called one of his favorite AMR releases of the past 5 years and compared to 924 Gilman / Lookout! Records at the peak. Now, Grumpster has signed to Pure Noise (home of Knocked Loose, Drug Church, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Less Than Jake, and more), and their first single for the label is the catchy anthem “Crash”. It really feels like it could have been a success in the Dookie period, and I think that would be the pride of the architects of that time.
Kill Your Idols – “Simple, Short and Quick”
“Simple, short, and fast” is a proven formula for hardcore, but it’s also inferior to Kill Your Idols’ first new song in 15 years. It’s off the next hardcore Long Island / New York veteran split with LIHC newcomers Rule Them All (due 2/4 via Flatspot Records), and it’s actually over three minutes long and features a handful of exciting melodic twists without sacrificing KYI’s ferocity. Happy to see you again.
American Football – “Rare Symmetry”
The 2019 American Football Album LP3 maybe actually even better than their massively influential debut, so it’s great news that they’ve finally given us another song that feels like hewn from the same ethereal fabric, helped by the glockenspiel. Like the best parts of LP3, “Rare Symmetry” feels like it’s hovering above you for its six minutes, never meandering, and always lands on an instant classic Mike Kinsella melody. It’s also bittersweet, as it’s the band’s last song recorded with drummer / trumpeter Steve Lamos, who left the band amicably in July. And bonus: it is accompanied by a very good cover of “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star, with the guest voice of Miya Folick.
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Higher Power – “Fall From Grace”
Higher Power released one of the best punk records of 2020 in January of that year, before the pandemic changed everything, and they got a little quiet once the lockdown followed. But now they’re back and they sound better than ever on the new single “Fall From Grace”. It’s not hard to spot the influence of the Smashing Pumpkins on this grungy banger, but before trying to define it as another ’90s revival track, wait for the gnarly post-hardcore blackout that finds Higher Power simultaneously more. heavy and more melodic than ever.
The question of life – “For you”
Speaking of Higher Power, I was fortunate enough to see them in New York in February 2020 before the shows were canceled for 18 months, and one of the openers on this bill was Chicago’s band Life’s Question. , which was a perfect fit for alternative hardcore / fusion rock. They are now set to release their first feature film on Triple B Records this year, and three songs from that album were released last month, including the excellent “For You”. It’s fueled by ’90s-style chuggy metallic hardcore and flashes of’ 80s thrash metal, and the slightly melodic melancholy of singer Josh Haynes’ gritty bark adds a bit of emotion to the fury.
Redemption – “Objective”
I probably could have picked any of the 20 songs from Bad Time Records’ The shape of ska punk to come: volume II for this list, but I decided to pick just one, and I’m leaving with a very promising new band that I’ve never talked about in this review before. Redeemon is a British band that formed last year with former Beat members The Red Light, Smokey Bastards, and more, and their self-titled debut EP is releasing this year via Pookout Records (with US distribution by Bad Time ). “Purpose” isn’t on it, but it’s a standalone killer track you shouldn’t miss. It draws inspiration from the heavy, minor ska core of bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the Voodoo Glow Skulls (which the members of Redeemon have recorded with), and the grain is balanced by big hooks and harmonies as catchy as the one of the radio-friendly third-wave bands.
Heriot – “Near vision”
During a series of singles (and a very cool cover of Machine Head), the British quartet Heriot proved to be one of the best new metalcore bands of 2021. They ended the year with the Two-track “Near Vision” / “Enter the Flesh” Stormer, and the A side runs through loud metalcore, heavy bass industrial rock, whiplash inducing punk, and more in under two minutes. If Code Orange and Representation of Guilt came together and covered Godflesh, it might look like this.
Under oath – “Numb”
Underoath released songs from his upcoming album Voyeurist for months now, and “Numb” is one of the most satisfying yet. The band itself calls it “a classic They are only looking for security song made with the minds and ideas of adults ”, and that sounds quite accurate. It has one of the band’s largest-than-life choruses since that time, but it’s not a throwback to the mid-2000s. It incorporates the atmosphere and experimental / electronic edge that Underoath took over. later in his career, and it seems very current.
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Carly Cosgrove – “Munck”
Technically this song was released on November 30th, but I didn’t hear it until the next day and the November Scoop was already over, so here is Carly Cosgrove’s “Munck”, one of the best new emo songs I’ve ever had. heard in recent memory. . Pulling in screaming post-hardcore, gnarled Midwestern emo, catchy punk pop, post-rock buildup and more, it becomes many done in five minutes, and Carly Cosgrove keeps you in your seat the entire way. The song is the first taste of the band’s new album TBA (which will be released in 2022 via Wax Bodega), and if they have more songs like this up their sleeves, this album is going to be a deal.
In an effort to cover as many bands as possible, I try to only do one single per album cycle in these monthly roundups, so catch up on lists of previous months for even more:
* Best songs of November
* Best songs of October
* Best songs of September
* Best songs of August
* Best songs of July
* Best songs of June
* Best songs of May
* Best songs of April
* Best songs of March
* Best songs of February
* Best songs of January
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