Listen to BLEED

Narrow Head’s last album was… a downer. Now though, some erstwhile members of that Texas outfit (alongside others from Garden of Mary) seem ready to write music with a glint in its eye again. As Bleed, they play a familiar, fuzzy kind of post-hardcore but (and this is key) instead of ever sounding like they’re gazing at their shoes, the boys in the band seem like they’re diving into this, throwing their instruments around, and playing with smiles on their faces. 

Their debut EP, ‘Somebody’s Closer’, is out now, and all four tracks transport me back to the 90s in different ways. I’m sure the band would appreciate a Deftones comparison- and that easily fits some of the chugging but charming riffs here- but I’m equally sure they would balk at similarities to second tier nu-metal like Chevelle and Staind even though I mean them in the best possible way. These are bold, catchy songs that sound like they’ve been played on the radio for the last 20 years.

The EP artwork leans into the 90s vibe too. Hell, even the band’s name feels like a genre throwback. I love this blast from the past! But I’m even more excited about the future. Bleed sound like they will be a much-needed good time live and in the flesh, and I can’t wait to see what they do next. 

For fans of Deftones, Narrow Head, and moshing with your best friends at the rock club.

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