Descartes A Kant has garnered an international following, playing their avant-garde punk-metal-shoegaze-noise hybrid all over the world (including Russia) with bands like Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Melvins and Slayer – whose former drummer, Dave Lombardo asked the band to open for his new band, Dead Cross’s debut California tour in 2015.
Generación Suicida has done a lot in its three or so years, and I think it just keeps getting better. They play catchy, sped-up, undistorted melodic punk steeped in the late ’70s, but with a hardcore urgency — a style that seems to have had more of a following in Europe this last decade than in the US (to our detriment, in my opinion).
Silent Age are among the leading lights of Chicago’s tenebrous post-punk scene. Like a projector flickering in the dark, their sound evokes other decades, but the film on the screen is situated in the singular anxiety and isolation of now. The narrative is driven by the words of Patrick Donahoe, a cried and whispered shadowplay to the beat of his hangman’s dance, walked in line. Further atmosphere is evoked in transmissions of Vincent Segretario on guitar and the visceral synths of Brian Cundiff who bring a Disintegration-era shimmer as the new dawn fades. The foundation lies at the feet of Benny Hernandez and Julian Cabrera, hardcore veterans whose sense of dark romanticism tempers a primal pulse rooted in punk disorder. New Wave with teeth cut on a deep history in Midwest DIY, SILENT AGE released an acclaimed demo in 2016 on the Mal Viaje label and project a full-length debut LP for Summer 2018 on Play Alone Records.