Everything We Left Behind – Our Ears Are Bleeding

everythingweleftbehind-ourearsSelf-released, 2011

Following up the promising Pull Back And Go EP – though this record contains a few songs taken from that release – Our Ears Are Bleeding rips through eleven tracks of melodic pop-punk in impressively polished fashion, especially for a band without a label.  The Bristolians keep things highly energetic throughout, with more of a mature and aggressive bite to their sound this time out, aided by the throaty vocals. Grab it from the band’s merch site.

Nothington – Borrowed Time

Nothington-BorrowedTimeRed Scare, 2011

It’s hard for me not to gush about Nothington, but in this case it’s warranted. Perhaps the best band ever to do the bouncy, melodic, raspy hardcore mix, the band penned one of the perfect records in punk history with 2009′s Roads, Bridges & Ruins. This outing stays true to their timeless formula, chocked full of quick paced, instantly memorable and raw, emotive rhythms. The Americana, almost twang tint that was sometimes present on their earlier work is abandoned here, this time opting for charged harmonies from beginning to end. Essential.