Tape Review: Dystopiate’s ‘Demo 2020’

Tape Review: Dystopiate’s ‘Demo 2020’

Dystopiate Demo 2020 (Not on Label) Dystopiate’s Demo 2020 is a brutal five-song affair that chugs along like a freight train into ominous D-Beat terrain where 'D' could just as easily stand for darkness and dystopia as for the distortion the music embraces and revels in. A hardcore sub-genre originating in England in the early [...]

Bandcamp Roulette: Randaru, Meltway, ChXnSxCh

Bandcamp Roulette: Randaru, Meltway, ChXnSxCh

Bandcamp Roulette is a feature from contributor Secat that scours Bandcamp for interesting, new, and under-the-radar releases. This edition features albums from Randaru, Meltway, and ChXnSxCh.   Randaru — À SUIVRÈ / SYNK Minimal, sticky, glossy tech house from Ukraine: a dark dancefloor submerged in Vaseline. Both tracks on this release, despite their subdued sonic [...]

Track Premiere: Santo Paul’s “Dia de Inocentes”

Track Premiere: Santo Paul’s “Dia de Inocentes”

More Valentine's Day premieres for you! We're thrilled to share the debut single from Peruvian songwriter and producer Santo Paul, "Dia de Inocentes".   "Dia de Inocentes" was composed on December 28 of last year, a day celebrated in Latin America similarly to April Fool's Day, which plays into thematic nature of the song's lyrics. [...]

EP Premiere/Review: Blushed’s ‘I Love You So Much It Hurts’

EP Premiere/Review: Blushed’s ‘I Love You So Much It Hurts’

Blushed I Love You So Much It Hurts (goodhowareyou records) It's Valentine's Day, and we're excited to share the appropriately timed and love crazed EP from Philadelphia garage pop band Blushed, I Love You So Much It Hurts. When speaking on the group's first set of tunes since their 2018 So Cool split with Secret [...]

Album Auto-nalysis: kate can wait’s ‘Veraniegas’

Album Auto-nalysis: kate can wait’s ‘Veraniegas’

Album Auto-nalysis is a regular COUNTERZINE feature where we ask some of our favorite artists to breakdown their albums track-by-track and provide further insight into the thoughts, feelings, and artistic processes that went into making them. For this edition, we asked Puerto Rican folk artist kate can wait to detail her new album ‘Veraniegas’.   [...]

Track Premiere: Dead Friends’ “Molly”

Track Premiere: Dead Friends’ “Molly”

Today, we're stoked to premiere "Molly", the new single from Edmonton garage-psych rockers Dead Friends.   The debut single from the band's upcoming 10-track LP set to release in early May on Houston label Wallflower Records, "Molly" is perhaps a more outwardly animated affair than Dead Friends' past work while still maintaining the morose core [...]

Album Auto-nalysis: Of House’s ‘Feelings’

Album Auto-nalysis: Of House’s ‘Feelings’

Album Auto-nalysis is a regular COUNTERZINE feature where we ask some of our favorite artists to breakdown their albums track-by-track and provide further insight into the thoughts, feelings, and artistic processes that went into making them. For this edition, we asked Nick Van Huis of Detroit dream/twee pop band Of House to detail their new [...]

Bandcamp Roulette: illogical Compeuter, Tonopah Test, alopratos

Bandcamp Roulette: illogical Compeuter, Tonopah Test, alopratos

Bandcamp Roulette is a feature from contributor Secat that scours Bandcamp for interesting, new, and under-the-radar releases. This edition features albums from illogical Compeuter, Tonopah Test, and alopratos. Welcome back! You know the drill, let’s jump right in:   illogical Compeuter – And Neptune Two dimly lit, obscurant dub techno soundscapes that keep their cards [...]

HMS Morris Talk New Single “Babanod”, Pushing Back Against Traditional Expectation, Working On a Theatre Show

HMS Morris Talk New Single “Babanod”, Pushing Back Against Traditional Expectation, Working On a Theatre Show

HMS Morris are a Cardiff-based art pop-rock duo who’ve received coverage from the likes of She Makes Music, About Sound, Travellers Tunes, London Cafe, and Clash Magazine. We asked them about their newest single "Babanod", their influences, their 2021 theatre show, and more.   COUNTERZINE: How are you today?   HMS Morris: Snotty!   CZ: [...]

Track Premiere: Magic Moon’s “Come to Me”

Track Premiere: Magic Moon’s “Come to Me”

Today, we're lucky to be able to premiere the latest single from The Hague-based psychedelic/indie rock band Magic Moon, "Come to Me".   Dutch four-piece Magic Moon return with their first track since August's "The Vagabond" in "Come to Me", a darkly-tinged skulker that tows the line between 2000s European night club indie rock and [...]