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July 2015

Do some stretches, because Nashville-based Overwatcher are bringing the melodic hardcore madness, and some soft moshing is imminent.

Although a relatively new band, the guys have come out swinging with red-blooded live shows and a victory in our Band of the Month competition. The release of their debut EP "Metaphysics" will undoubtedly add fuel to their face-melting fire.
With the ample sound you'd expect from a six-piece, the guys are bringing a new vitality to the melocore scene. "Metaphysics" features the melodic exploration and merciless pulse of predecessors like Touche Amore, mewithoutyou and Defeater, with the brutal lyrical honesty and self-awareness of post-grad punk kids.
Overwatcher has created an engaging and discerning debut EP that is just as dynamic (if not more so) live. During their most recent performance at The East Room, lead vocalist Alex MacWilliam, performing through a head-wound he earned early in the set, filled up every ounce of space he could get his hands on. Often on tables and chairs, level with the crowd, even lying down, MacWilliam lead his crew through an intense, energetic set. Whether the audience is of five or 5,000, the performance remains wholehearted, and there is definitely something to be said for that.
Overwatcher is putting a refreshing spin on melodic hardcore, and "Metaphysics" is a testament to their musical prowess and clear passion for the genre. And, I can only assume this is just the beginning.  -Caroline Bowman

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Speed Over the Edge w/Spill at Michael Jordan July 21

Marrying former members of Placeholder and We Were Skeletons, Spill is a quartet that immediately draws your attention. With a pair of songs that you’ll gravitate toward as reflective assertive lyrics meet charged fuzzy punk grit. With the group's debut self-titled EP on the way via Broken World Media next month, which you can now stream over at Brooklyn Vegan, the quartet transfers contemplative moments into rushes of tight indie rock that simmers instrumentally before speeding over the edge. Tonight, Spill will joined by fledging punk outfit Stippling (ex-Leaky Soups), while Virginia trio Cape Farewell helps fortify the emotive atmosphere this evening at Michael Jordan House, laying a subdued base as those feelings gradually reach the surface in raw vocal bursts. Michael Jordan, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.), 7pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita


New Track: “Place of No Tomorrow” - Lithuania

Lithuania have issued a new single called “Place of No Tomorrow,” off their forthcoming LP Hardcore Friends, which is being released on August 14 via Lame-O Records. Heavy-pounding percussion and jagged guitars set the stage for the forceful yet catchy song as its vocals express an agitation with the status quo. Lithuania are set to perform this Saturday, July 25 at PhilaMOCA as part of OK Fest 2.


Krust Toons: "DIY Network" by Teddy Hazard

Krust Toons: "DIY Network" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.


New Track: "Throw Shade" - CRUISR

What better way is there to cut through that weekend to weekday turnaround than to throw on something that snaps your mind and body into place! CRUISR recently dropped “Throw Shade,” a track for all the haters out there. Currently set to embark on a run of tour dates, the group will return home on September 12 for an evening at the TLA with Cold Fronts and Made Violent.


Escape the Dog Days of Summer w/Three Man Cannon at Bourbon & Branch July 20

Tonight at Bourbon & Branch, let Three Man Cannon help you escape the dog days of summer! Grab a cold one, and revitalize with the pretty melodies and thought-provoking lyrics from Scranton transplants turned vital local music community contributors. They'll be accompanied by the stirring indie-folk harmonies of Rosu Lup. Kicking off the evening will be the folk-pop/rock stylings of Mansfield, Connecticut's Hanging Hills. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman




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