Jeff Rosenstock No Dream Awesome. The fourth full length album from the ever-excellent punk rocker Jeff Rosenstock. NO DREAM comes at a time of unparalleled chaos and confusion, division and despair, the depths of which would have been impossible to predict when much of it was being written over the course of the last few years. And yet the record feels prescient, unexpectedly and uniquely suited for this moment. Newly settled in Los Angeles after a lifetime on the East Coast (namely Brooklyn by way of Long Island), Rosenstock recorded NO DREAM with Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Hard Girls, Joyce Manor) at Oakland’s Atomic Garden, and even took on mixing duties alongside Shirley for the first time. Opting to stay off the computer “even more than usual” and record to tape with outboard gear, the result is a lived-in sound that gives each song its own individual voice and organic energy. After building a cult following with the acerbic ska-punk of the Arrogant Sons of Bitches and DIY heroics of Bomb the Music Industry!, Rosenstock’s first proper solo record, 2015’s We Cool?, was a step into uncharted territory, fully untethered from genre and expectation. Followed by 2016’s WORRY. and the surprise New Year’s Day launch of POST- in the early hours of 2018, Rosenstock was facing down that least punk of opportunities: a career playing music. Having taken some time away from his work as a solo artist to recalibrate and reset over the last year, Rosenstock stayed busy playing alongside Mikey Erg, recording and touring with the Bruce Lee Band, releasing a Neil Young covers record with frequent collaborator Laura Stevenson, reissuing two of his own out-of-print early albums, compiling a live album which was recorded during a run of four sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom, making a 76 page photo book, and scoring over 80 episodes of the Cartoon Network series Craig of the Creek. In fully returning to his own voice, it’s no surprise that Rosenstock’s output has never been more eclectic, reflected across NO DREAM’s 13 songs. Specialist Subject CD | LP Pre-Order
I Killed The Prom Queen Beloved Third album from Australia's brutal metallers I Killed The Prom Queen. “We’ve really extended ourselves,” says founding guitarist/vocalist Jona Weinhofen, “But we’ve done it in a way where it’s tasteful and it makes sense with the music. It’s not like we’ve gone from sounding like a metalcore band to sounding like Dimmu Borgir. It still sounds very much like Prom Queen.” CD | LP
Woahnows Young and Cool The second full length album of joyous emo-fuelled power-pop from Bristol's Woahnows. Young and Cool is a collection of clever indie, punk and power pop with rough edges and just the right amount of experimentation to take the album beyond genre expectations. The pushing of genre boundaries is continued with lyrical tone and focus, there is no hetero-normative narrative within these songs instead a fluidity of gender joins the fluidity of genre to create something truly special and forward thinking. - Vulture Hound, Ben Adsett Specialist Subject LP
Operation Ivy Hectic Expected 16th April Operation Ivy's debut EP 'Hectic' originaly released in 1988 gets re-mastered and re-released on vinyl The band features Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman of Rancid, Jesse Micaels of Common Rider and Dave Mello of Schlong and influenced generations of ska punk bands all over the world. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Operation-Ivy/206905709361501 Epitaph 12"
Head Automatica Decadence Side project linking Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw and Dan The Automator (famous for work with Gorillaz, Dr Octagon and Deltron 3030) Daryl gets a soulful groove over The Automators silky smooth produced funky and live sounding beats. Warner CD
Dance Gavin Dance Afterburner LP is on 'half grimace purple / half baby blue with black splatter' coloured vinyl. The ninth full length album from the progressive-metalcore outfit Dance Gavin Dance. “Prisoner is a captivating piece of the eclectic puzzle that is Afterburner,” says guitarist Will Swan. “It showcases yet another leap in our constant evolution, and I can’t wait for people to hear what this album has in store.” Rise Records CD | LP Pre-Order
The Thermals More Parts Per Million Reissue of the debut album recorded on a 4track casette recorder by the brilliant lofi-indie-punk The Thermals. They signed to Sub Pop after being recommended by Ben Gibbard (Deathcab For Cutie / Postal Service). http://www.facebook.com/thethermals Sub Pop LP Back in Stock!
VARSITY Fine Forever Varsity returns with their new album Fine Forever, due out this summer on Run For Cover Records. Since the band’s start years ago in Chicago they’ve released two full-length albums - 2015’s self-titled record and Parallel Person in 2018, as well as a number of singles that were catalogued in last year’s compilation The Basement Takes. For their third full-length, Varsity takes their talent for making melodic pop into brand new territory - combining upbeat grooves, talented and varied instrumentation and captivating storytelling. The songs that make up Fine Forever are a collection of narratives - perspective shifts from one character to the next on the album. The first track & lead single “Runaway” reflects on loss and nostalgia for better times, complete with a breathtaking saxophone solo midway through that symbolizes an actual runaway. Songs like “Shaking Hands” and “Sicko World” are told from the viewpoints of outsiders struggling to fit in. Throughout these vignettes, the theme of how people interact with fate appears often, with the recurring desire for things to work out in the end - to be “fine forever” - working as the mission statement of the album. Run For Cofer LP Pre-Order