Sincerely Grizzly – Halves (2014)

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Adelaide outfit ‘Sincerely Grizzly’ have put together an outstanding full length debut titled ‘Halves’. Seriously…it’s really impressive! The band (a three piece) incorporate twinkly-emo guitar parts and big melodic instrumental passages (a-la-post rock) but in-between all this musical noodling is a punchy little pissed-off emo/indie/rock whatever band bashing away for good measure!

It is quite impressive on the first listen through as the bold tempo changes and sing/scream delivery hit all the right marks. Fans of Piano’s Become the Teeth & Touche Amore will get down with this right away ..however.. this band does not sound like they are merely mirroring their influences. This is quite unique and indeed creative enough within the genre to be something honestly worth giving your attention.

The songs each vary in length (from 3-9mins) but there’s a lot on offer within each song. At times the track appears to have ended only to return after a moments silence whereas at other times the tempo/style changes are drastic enough that it’s hard to tell if it’s even the same song! These twists and turns are just as fun as the instantly and familiar heavy/screamy bits.

Released in December 2014, possibly the worst time in the year to put out a record, many may have overlooked this gem or not even heard about it all.. well now is your chance to make up for that!

Get it here:

http://sincerelygrizzly.bandcamp.com/

http://blacknightcrash.com/shop/sincerelygrizzly/halves/

Surrender – Waste & Wisdom (2014)

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This album from Melbourne based melodic hardcore/punk crew ‘Surrender’ hits all the right notes, reaches some high points  and remains consistant throught its duration which is more than i can say for some  bands releases of late. Production is really good and a huge improvement over the bands first album. The songs are punchy, concise and show some clear progression and refinement from the bands earlier work. It’s a digital release, pay what you want for it.. but do not miss it..regardless of the plethora of music available right now.. this one is a real gem!

FFO: Trophy Eyes,  Anchors, A Death in the Family, melodic punk hardcore stuff with husky & hoarse vocalists!!!!

https://surrender.bandcamp.com/

I contributed a review of this with a bit more details on dyingscene.com supporting the aussies! Read that if you want here:
http://dyingscene.com/news/album-review-surrender-waste-wisdom/