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.
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
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Idle Threat's latest EP, 'Nothing is Broken for Good,' paints a serendipitous picture of what comes from hope in the future: 'The record is definitely about loss and hope through that loss.'Full Feature More from Idle Threat
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