California punk has a very distinctive sound — whether it be the skate punk, pop punk, or hardcore punk, you can tell it is a California band. Christ’s Sake is no different, embodying its fast roots (like “By His Blood”) or surf-pop song (like “You Are”). This band is undoubtedly West Coast. Thematically, it doesn’t stay away from much, taking on judgmental Christians, sex trafficking, addiction, while still singing of God’s love and skateboarding. It’s an odd-yet-flawless flow, with in-your-face lyrics backed by some great punk music and solid guitar solos. (I could have done without the ballad, “What Have I Done.”) This record makes me want to dance around in one song and then slam dance in the next. Despite low production quality, I want to listen to this again and again. It’s got that intangible something that draws you back for another listen.
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Last year, Sleeping With Sirens put out 'How it Feels to Be Lost' with plans to support it throughout 2020. And then, well, 2020 happened. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt speaks with vocalist Kellin Quinn about putting the band on pause, starting a new project in quarantine, and his new-found life as a part-time teacher.Full Feature More from Sleeping with Sirens
No one knows artists better than Amy Sciarretto, industry veteran and President of Atom Splitter PR. So when the world hit pause and artists had to call an audible, there is no one better to talk to about how those bands are pivoting in a new reality. Sciarretto talks to us from her own home in New Jersey about how the pandemic is affecting artists, their process of undergoing transition, and how it's going to change music – maybe in great and unexpected ways.Full Feature More from Amy Sciarretto