Category Archives: Love Buzz

THRICE return with ‘The Grey’

At the beginning of the year, Moderate Rock predicted that Thrice would return. Now, two years after ‘To Be Everywhere Is to be Nowhere’ put an end to their hiatus, the California quartet look to be firing into life. Play new single ‘The Grey’ below or over at the recently redesigned thrice.net, it’s an upbeat, chunky number that’s giving me […]

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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- May 2018

This month’s Spotify playlist was brought to you by burnt Earth hardcore, upbeat post-rock, ambient sounds (light and oh so dark), Lando Calrissian, and the guitarist from Limp Bizkit. I hope you find something you love. LIMBS- Father’s Son BURN EVERYTHING- Ghost of the Waves BAPTISTS- Beacon of Faith LIFELINK- Notebook VOULOIR- Abandoned GROUP OF MAN- Can’t Hack the Straight […]

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Listen to JENNY BESETZT

Jenny Besetzt have songs. Their last album, 2016’s ‘Tender Madness’, is a hazy melting pot of shoegaze, chunky grunge, and wiry post-punk but they aren’t nostalgia hacks and never hide behind drama or distortion, they craft tunes that follow you around and stay in your head. Bonus: They sound even better in the summer sun.

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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- April 2018

There was lots going on in April’s Spotify playlist– US hardcore, Canadian punk, Swedish screaming, and British bleeps and bloops. Every note floats my boat and it was all arranged to ebb and flow like a proper mixtape but does the wide variety seem a little schizophrenic? Does it limit the playlist’s appeal? Is all this only for me? Not […]

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Listen to ELDSTAD

Swedish hardcore and punk rock bands occasionally create big enough waves to make a splash outside Scandinavia but Eldstad feel like they might have fallen through the cracks. That would be a damn shame though as the Gothenburg quartet write earnest, yearning, heartfelt post-hardcore that deserves to be heard. From the blustery promise of their early EPs to the killer […]

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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- March 2018

March’s Spotify playlist was a monster. It started heavy with the like of Will Haven (who just released their best record in almost 20 years), Yards (featuring former Ghost of a Thousand frontman Tom Lacey), and Rolo Tomassi (who might have snatched album of the year honours already) before moving on to include punk rock old and new, post-hardcore from […]

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Listen to CHINESE FOOTBALL

Music travels well. And it can move faster and farther than the most avid sightseer. For example, at some point in the last decade the emo of the American Midwest made it to the other side of the world, all the way to Wuhan, China. There, the excellently-named Chinese Football started experimenting with dreamy emo and jazzy licks. And they’ve […]

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Listen to WILD CAT STRIKE

Much like Randy Moss, Wild Cat Strike aren’t afraid to go long. The Brighton-based dudes play with quiet melodies, big crescendos, gut punch lyrics, gang vocals and other familiar emo techniques but unfurl them with post-rock patience. It’s an excellent mix. Extra kudos too for going by the name Mild Cat Strike when they play acoustic shows.

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Listen to MODERN RITUALS

Modern Rituals have got it going on. Their debut EP was a fine hello but new single ‘Hermit Kuppling’ is a double A-side of impossible-to-ignore noise. It’s still indie rock to my ears, but loaded with weight and layers- there’s hardcore spit and vinegar, buried melodies, and ten million pounds of sludge from New York and New Jersey all rolling […]

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