“New Music”: Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes in Modern Ruin

School is over and I am getting into the swing of summer.  Time to load the trebuchet.


For fans of Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes is an English punk rock band formed in 2015 and are signed to International Death Cult.  Their second album Modern Ruin peaked at number 7 on the UK charts.  The group consists of frontman Frank Carter, Dean Richardson on guitar, Tom ‘Tank’ Barclay on bass, Gareth Grover on drums, and Thomas Mitchener who also produced the album on guitars and synth.

frank-carter-and-the-rattlesnakes-modern-ruinCarter was previously of English punk group Gallows (which I listened to back in the day), and English-American rock group Pure Love.  FCATR’s first album Blossom saw a return to the style of Gallows, something that had been departed from with Pure Love.  Modern Ruin see’s another departure from the aggressive vocals of Gallows to a more singable album that still moves at breakneck speed.

Guys.  I’m only slightly obsessed with this album.  Modern Ruin is full of hard-hitting riffs that are catchy as heck paired with catchy as heck choruses.  Carter’s vocals are heavily ‘verbed, adding an interesting, dream-like feel to the tracks.

There is a fantastic series on FCATR’s YouTube where Carter gives a short commentary for each track on Modern Ruin.  I would give all of them a watch, it is a very cool look into the album and the life of a performer.

Favourite tracks include Bluebelle, Lullaby, Snake Eyes, Vampires, Wild Flowers, God is My Friend, and Modern Ruin.

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‘New Music’: Balance and Composure in Light We Made

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Welcome back to Hatchet reviews music!  It’s been a while, but I’ve finally found the time (a.k.a. I’ve been sick all weekend with nothing to do) to listen to, take notes, and formulate words about Balance and Composure’s newest album.

Balance and Composure are an alternative rock/post-hardcore group from Doylestown PA (only two hours from my residence, practically a local band) and are nearly 10 years old.  They have three full length albums and several EP’s.

Balance and Composure’s third full length album, Light We Made, was released on October 7th of 2016 on Vagrant Records.  It is a bit of a departure from their previous albums, as will happen with any evolving musicians, but Light We Made is so undeniably Balance and Composure.  I wouldn’t put this album in the ‘post-hardcore’ genre, it is just too darn chill.  The music is so relaxing and soothing, it is great to lay down with a cat on your feet and zone out too.  It was a wonderful time.

Favourite tracks include Midnight Zone, Postcard, and Is It So Much to Adore?

Fair warning, the video for Postcard is a bit bizarre.


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‘New Music’: Murder by Death in Big Dark Love

Hello Bit-munchers!  Welcome to a special Thursday edition of According to Hatchet.  This week we will be listening to Murder by Death, everyone’s favourite brand of Americana.  At least, my favourite.  Let’s get the deets!

Murder by Death was founded in Indiana around 2001 and named after the film of the same name, which I’ve been told is similar to Clue, so I’m assuming it’s highly recommended.  We have Adam Turla on vocals and guitars, Sarah Balliet on cello and keys, Dogan Thogerson on drums and various percussion, Matt Armstrong on bass, and David Fountain on piano, percussion, mandolin, banjo, and vocals.  Here is an excerpt from their biography on their FaceBook page:

‘On the surface, Murder By Death is a Bloomington, IN quintet with a wry, ominous name. But behind the geography and moniker is a band of meticulous and literary songwriters matched by a specific brand of brooding, anthem-riding balladry and orchestral indie rock.’

Big Dark Love is MbD’s seventh studio album, although they have several cover albums which can be found on their bandcamp page.  I was introduced to Murder by Death a few years ago when I was in college and immediately fell in love with Turla’s croon and the cello they incorporated into their music.  The first album I heard was Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon an album full of folky meanderings and lyrics.  For someone who hates country music, I sure do love southern folk/rock/Americana/ect. stuff.  Or really, just southern dudes/gals in general.  When I found out that Big Dark Love had come out last year I was quite peeved I hadn’t noticed.  Regardless, this album only continues the quality of music I’d expect from this group.  The opening track ‘I Shot An Arrow’ immediately draws you in, it’s so catchy.  ‘Natural Pearl’ feels like the epitome of folk music and I love it.  I highly recommend this band and all of their albums.

Whoooo.  Well, I’ve managed to post this on Thursday.  Technically it’s still Thursday.  I really need to write ahead xp

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