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Song: A New Agenda – “Superman (Just Hold On He’s On His Way)”

Song: “Superman (Just Hold On He’s On His Way) ” Band: A New Agenda Location: Perth 
 Date of Release: 10/06/2015
 Genre: Pop-Punk 
 Reviewer: Ali Kebaba 
For Fans Of: Lower Than Atlantis, Tonight Alive 
Why They Aren’t Famous: Because they haven’t yet dropped a record filled with other songs of this calibre. Fingers crossed they do. Hey there kids! It’s IPHYB’s softest bitch Ali Kebaba, the mysterious anonymous reviewer who exploded onto the scene mid 2015, supported ‘X the Y’ and ‘X’s’ at the X bar and is number 7 on his local ReverbNation chart with the single ‘Your Mothers (I’ve Nailed All O’ Dem)’. Hoping to release an EP late this year, support when they tour next. For bookings and label enquires email: [email protected] Shout out to our boys in: ‘Banging,’ and ‘Your Mothers’, check out their massive bangers here: www.iamnowallyourfathers.com/yourdadsnow Phew, I’m pretty sure I wrung that as dry as something that’s not all your mothers when I’m banging them, but now I’m certain I’ve got more in me. Which is what all your mothers say, when I’m banging them. Because I Am MORE. But, enough about me. We’re here to have a chat about A New Agenda and their song ‘Superman’ (just hold on He’s on his way) [sic] {brackets}. And although I loathe to reiterate the fact that I haven’t ripped a band to bits yet in time-honoured IPHYB fashion, this tune is far from popping my tirade cherry. Superman(owar, kill posers With steel!) is an amazing little track – it got right under my skin and can’t imagine it leaving any time soon. Let’s take...

Song: Diminish The Gods – “Invasion”

Song: Invasion Band: Diminish The Gods Location: Sydney, NSW Date of Release: 05/05//2015 Genre: Melodic Death Metal Reviewer: Welmanshire (Twitter – @Welmanshire) For Fans Of: Veil Of Maya, Within The Ruins, Conducting From The Grave Why They Aren’t Famous: Most likely due to a lack of self-promotion/presumably smoking too many billy’s. I try not to buy into the ostentation surrounding a lot of emerging Australian bands, as it’s usually the brand of excitement perpetuated by people with a questionable motive at best. This is just my opinion, but often in the Australian scene we engage in a raging form of mutual ego-masturbation in an attempt to get ahead, ultimately resulting in some bands being so fluffed up and bloated with praise that it’s simply impossible to live up to the hype. This isn’t exclusively Australian, of course – there have always been particular bands championed above others for their originality, or cohesion with the current trending metal culture, or for whatever reason – and it’s usually well-founded. I’d heard a lot about Sentinel – Melbourne’s new deathcore kids on the block, for example, before hearing any of their music, and I admit that the hype was pretty legitimate. I won’t go down the road of naming any bands I don’t believe are deserving of their belated praise – as music comes down to objectivity, it would be like me saying “Dogs are better than Cats” because that’s simply what I believe. (Also, Dogs are 100% better than Cats. Cats are gross) An undesirable symptom of this reluctance is often being late to the cool band party and missing out...

Album: mewithoutYou – “Pale Horses”

Album: Pale Horses Band: mewithoutYou Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Date of Release: 10/06/2015 Genre: Alternative/Post-Hardcore Reviewer: Welmanshire (Twitter – @Welmanshire) For Fans Of: Love and Authenticity. Why They Aren’t Famous: They are. But they should be famous-er mewithoutYou have been an ever-present yet often underrated band. Straying from long-time collaborating producers Brad Wood and Daniel Smith to record with Will Yip; the genius behind modern classics such as Rooms In The House, Shed and The Upsides, Pale Horses is their most imposing, yet accessible album to date. Musically, Pale Horses is a crowning achievement. Over the band’s last six albums, they’ve shifted from post-hardcore to avant-garde indie rock, always maintaining the soul of their music through signature tones and spoken-word vocal stylings. It opens with a dark and mature style close to their most recent work, but as the album moves along it breaks out into the early and aggressive influences found on albums such as It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright. It’s a bit of a ‘back to roots’ effort in that respect, with some of the heavier guitar and drum work taking the lead in songs like ‘Mexican War Streets’ and ‘Red Crow’. They’re one of those bands which are overlooked for their influence on today’s musical climate, but it’s a fact that bands such as La Dispute, Balance and Composure and Touche Amore would not exist if not for mewithoutYou pioneering the style. They’ve always created complete, unified works of art to be considered as a whole. Lyricism is as paramount to the spirit of mewithoutYou as the music itself –...

Song: Glass Mind – “Babel”

Song: Babel Band: Glass Mind Location: Mexico Date of Release: 15th March 2015 Genre: Progressive Metal Reviewer: Thall For Fans Of: Opeth, Animals As Leaders, Chon Why They Aren’t Famous: Better production, enhanced promotion and wider distribution should do the trick! I guess that’s where we come in… Holy. Fucking. Shit. You know what I love the most about I Probably Hate Your Band? It’s the fact that all these amazing bands from all over the world submit their time, money and most importantly, their hard work that we call ‘music’ to us. Whether it’s amazing or piss-poor, we are honoured by it and hope that you enjoy the exposure you gain from our wide-spectrum of listeners, the subjective yet constructive-criticism, and the honest, humble praise (IF you are lucky) from the reviewer. In this instance, progressive metal is a wonderful genre when it comes to the endless possibilities of experimentation. The Mexican instrumental maestros of ‘Glass Mind’ have submitted a wonderful 6-minute journey that captivates the listener with exotic instruments, sublime composition and cohesive transitions that put many aspiring instrumental musicians to shame. To my progressive listeners – you just HAVE to check this out before they blow up. Get them bragging rights, quick! ‘Babel’ begins with a drone somewhat similar to a didgeridoo, with accompanying instrumental families from all four corners of the world. African percussion, Middle-Eastern Woodwind, European brass and Oriental strings – what an overly-politically correct introduction. The situation in my eardrums drastically goes up a notch too. The rung-out chords from the guitar and demanding drums making a presence remind the listener that we...

Song: Navy Blue – “Alice”

Song: Alice Band: Navy Blue Location: Bendigo, Victoria Date of Release: 25/6/15 Genre: Alternative Rock Reviewer: Erised (abuse me on twitter @Giaccattack) For Fans Of: Navel Gazing, Introspection Why they aren’t famous: Because Air Force Red is more popular at the minute “In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.”  ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland How appropriate. When I first received the submission for this song, I was not particularly keen to listen to it. I had already heard another song by these lads, but songs named “Girl’s Name” tend to be pretty vacuous and interminable, so I will admit that I was somewhat reticent to hit the play button. What I discovered once I did, however, was quite the opposite. I found a song that would suck me in, envelop me in its disquiet, and weave a web of ennui and uncertainty so pervasive that I couldn’t shake the feeling for quite some time after. In an interesting twist on the original, I followed our protagonist into the rabbit hole, joining his quest for the ethereal ”Alice”. I followed, never once anticipating, or even considering, that I would be inexorably dragged down into the pit along with him. It’s a curious thing, this song. Ostensibly, there isn’t all that much happening. There is no bombast, no show-stopper, no jaw-dropping display of technicality. There is, however, one all-important thing. Tension and release. This song is one four-and-a-half-minute exercise in how to utilise atmosphere, vocal tone, dynamics and space and wrap it all up into one convenient...

EP Review: Chasing Everest – “Aspire”

EP: “Aspire” Band: Chasing Everest Location: Sydney, NSW Date of Release: 10/06/2015 Genre: Post-Hardcore/Alt-Rock Reviewer: Welmanshire For Fans Of: Paramore, Funeral For a Friend, DA TRUTH Why They Aren’t Famous: They’ve only been around a year, give them time. In recent years, Post-Hardcore has been faced with an identity crisis. Once an obscure and exciting home to few bands, it was an outlet for a rawer form of expression – less political ideologue, more personal struggle. From these origins, Post-Hardcore’s younger, darker Brother Emo, embodied a more emotionally confessional style. Throughout the 90’s and early 00’s different bands echoed the crude emotional ethos of both genres and cemented their place as pioneers. I’m talking about “true” Post-Hardcore and Emo, by the way – and that’s not an elitist statement in any way. Bands like Cap’n Jazz, Jawbone and The Promise Ring showed it was totally fine to be a sad Sally and express it through your music, and in doing so spawned an entire generation of bands crafting honest, raw and emotionally credible music. Personally, Funeral For a Friend’s ‘Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation’ is the album that spawned my love for these genres, and in some respect I hold that as the gold standard for all Emo/Post-hardcore releases. For me it represents credibility in content, and the pure honesty contained within that album sets a benchmark that I feel bands have to at least aspire to in order to match the spirit of their predecessors. This is why I don’t get hung up on pure originality too much – if it’s clear a band isn’t pushing an...

Song: Bloodpig – “Flamethrower”

Song: Flamethrower Band: Bloodpig Location: Stockton, CA (USA) Date of Release: 12/02/2015 Genre: Hardcore, Metal, Punk Reviewer: Dead Set Dave For Fans Of: King Parrot, Propagandhi Why They Aren’t Famous: Because the insane asylum they’re obviously locked in won’t let them tour? It’s not that often I get to hear something that is genuinely interesting. There is a huge amount of new music coming out every day, and after a while it all becomes white noise, so it takes a little more for a band to cut through these days. Bloodpig didn’t just cut through, they demolished my expectations like an Israeli bunker buster hitting a children’s hospital. So the song is called Flamethrower, I’m not sure why though. Honestly, I have no fucking idea what this song is about. Maybe it’s about an ex or some sort of relationship drama. I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter. The lyrics are good, and they’re sung with enough conviction for me to paint a decent picture. Speaking of which, that film clip, holy shit! I highly recommend checking it out (it’s at the bottom of the page). So musically this is pretty fucking solid, from the demented guitar solo that screeches like a banshee over blast beats in the intro, to the off-kilter melody – this song is perfection. The whole thing has an ‘under-produced’ sound, reminiscent of ’90s powerviolence and street punk – something which really works. The rawness gives the song more of a punk sensibility, the kind of playfulness that has made bands like Scalphunter and Clowns so popular in Australia. But this is a different thing...

Song: Brisbeef – “Steezy Toast”

Song: “Steezy Toast”
 Band: Brisbeef 
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Date of Release: 26/05/2015 Genre: Memecore Reviewer: Bree Em Punk For Fans Of: I Killed The Prom Queen (for reasons I elaborate on soon), Casket Dads and Memes 
Why They Aren’t Famous: Because it’s the only good item on Sizzler’s menu, so Brisbeef only have enough content for one song. Emerging from the ashes, brought forth by the Deadlines [Melbourne] verse Deadlines [Brisbane] war of 2014, come Brisbeef; a collective of the few surviving beef Veterans. During their deployment, they developed a near-unhealthy addiction to Sizzlers ‘Cheesy Toast’ (AKA Steezy Toast). Having good friends to draw strength from, their addiction brought them closer together than ever before, and thus, Brisbeef was born. Though it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows for this unlikely group of heroes, they once found themselves involved in a civil war of sorts (all fighting for the one sweetheart who served them their first plate of Cheesy Toast), but the group worked through their differences to unleash this absolute masterpiece upon the world. And now we get to the serious business: the review. The song opens up with Connor spitting rhymes like JJ Peters, only replacing the partying, obnoxious drunkenness and drug use for Cheesy Toast. It’s hard to write about the actual vocals as they hardly stray away from the traditional hardcore style, though upon reading this I imagine he’ll be giving me his “I’m an intimidating gorilla” under-bite look (for those who don’t know him, that’s his “You just hit me in the pit and I’m slightly mad” face). On to Big Sammy P,...

Album: Young Lions – “Blue Isla”

Album: Blue Isla Band/Artist: Young Lions Location: Brisbane Date of Release: 27th January, 2015 Genre: Dreamy alt-rock Reviewer: DomiNathan [Trial] For Fans Of: Musical journeys, ambient tunes with muscle. Why They Aren’t Famous: Only a matter of time. When I was 14, I was into pop punk. When I was 15, I got way into Funeral For a Friend and Lostprophets. When I was 16, I got showed Metallica and Pantera. By the time I was 18, I’d sailed through metalcore, deathcore, death metal and was exclusively into technical death metal, and there I stayed for quite some time. Eventually, I needed a change of pace, so I followed dat technical wizardry into progressive metal and it’s here that something very important happened. Now, I’d been on a ‘if it doesn’t have blast beasts and growling it’s shit’ elitism trip for a solid few years, and I was one of those metalheads who was so into it I’d have shared those bad memes of Dio or Phil Anselmo beating up Justin Bieber if I’d have had Facebook. But via progressive metal I found myself at Porcupine Tree and an album which was so convincing, emotive, powerful and confident in it’s message that when I fell in love with it, I was forced to re-evaluate my self image. ‘Maybe there’s more to me than just a metalhead?’ Blue Isla by Young Lions is such an album. I’m gonna review this badboy with minimal structure or attempts at consistent form, and there’s Sweet Fanny Adams you can do about it, apart from messaging the IPHYB Facebook page to inform me that I’m...