The mixture of pop punk and hardcore puts Yours to Take, the third full-length album from the North Dakota-based band These Hearts, into the sub-genre dubbed popcore, though the album leans heavily toward the pop punk side of the spectrum. Some of the songs have an effortless transition between the two genres, such as “This is Love,” featuring Bert Poncet from the French band Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! A lot of times, though, the breakdowns and other hardcore elements feel like they were thrown in as an afterthought. Even the heaviest song, “War,” which features Mattie Montgomery of For Today, struggles to stay heavy for long. And “Psycho,” “Been Through Hell” and “Undecided Story” are strictly pop punk. The final song, “Never Mind Me,” opens acoustically and crescendos into catchy punk, is perhaps the best on the album. These Hearts has a decision to make – either shed the hardcore elements and focus on the pop punk, or figure out an innovative way to more effectively meld the two genres together to really shine as a popcore band.
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
On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."Full Feature More from Tigerwine
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
Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.Full Feature More from Employed to Serve