Divine Battery, the debut album from southern California rockers 20 lb. Sledge, is packed with nine brutal tracks, laced with a bit of punk, funk and head-banging beats. In the title track, “Divine Battery,” which has a catchy, grooving beat, frontman Eli Chatman sings, “Light up the party like you’ve been chose / You feel the power from where life flow / Turn the volume up high / Drop the bass down low / Shock ’em with love.” And that is essentially the core of Divine Battery – clinging to the love God has shown us and sharing it with others. In “Crazy and I Like It,” Chatman sings about going against the increasingly secular culture and how it often makes us look crazy. Despite the demo-like sound quality of the record, 20 lb. Sledge has a definite P.O.D.-style that just needs a little polishing to really shine.
The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.Full Feature More from Comrades
My Epic's last full-length album came out in 2013; despite a number of EPs along the way, the band's dedication to their craft, lyrical approach, and unyielding approach to let the music come naturally has made them critical darlings. Now, they're learning to interact and feed a rabid fanbase in between albums and in a new normal.Full Feature More from My Epic
Two years since the release of Hands Like Houses' latest album, 'Anon,' the band should be on the road supporting the release. Instead, the band has leveraged their local presence, government help, and new platforms like Patreon to stay afloat in the COVID-age.Full Feature More from Hands Like Houses
In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.Full Feature More from HM Magazine