Denver hardcore trio Muscle Beach will be releasing their self-titled debut album on 4 December, and as you can hear on the new track “Pressure Kills”, they achieve a wickedly good balance of Fugazi’s discipline and Refused’s intensity.
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We’re not exactly sure why a band would want to name itself after a bacterial infection of the urethra, but hey, good band names are scarce these days. And besides, Gothenburg, Sweden foursome Honeymoon Disease play heavy rock that’s not only ferocious in a Sir Lord Baltimore-meets-MC5 way, but is awfully, erm, infectious to boot.
Earlier this summer we premiered a track from young San Francisco phenom Matt Jaffe in which I compared the youngster to Nick Lowe, and you hear that old Stiff Records sound even more vividly on the taut new rocker “Plastic Tears”. Full of tense energy and a contagious hook, Jaffe and his band tear through the track with superbly controlled intensity.