Veteran Richmond, VA band True Liberty remain, for the most part, stalwart to the East Coast, early ’80s, oi hardcore punk on the mostly live fifth LP, Give Me True Liberty or give Me Death. That they manage to sound fresh and vital boils down to their commitment and context. Singer Aaron Wells sounds entirely into his aesthetic, but also its natural validity as a vehicle for Godly truth and observation. Just as much of the best hymns’ melodies, the melodic buoyancy and robustness of punk lends itself to congregational singing, True Liberty knows the value of an anthemic chorus and a few hearty nonsense syllables to engender unity in the mosh pit and sing simply articulated wisdom to their audience. Within that setting, it makes perfect sense for the band to remake both John Newton and Chuck Berry without either cover sounding like an odd duck. Let Green Day evolve into making Broadway musicals and consorting with Norah Jones. Bands like True Liberty don’t mind playing storefronts and basements, and know the inherent value of those packed, sweaty settings.
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
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
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