Post Hardcore: Meet the RFT Music Award Nominees
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categories. Read on and get yourself acquainted, and we'll see you at the showcase! Check out this post for the full schedule. Then, create your own showcase schedule with this handy custom scheduler, courtesy of the fine folks at Do314.com!
- Hard Rock
- Indie Rock
- Chamber Pop
Anodes unearths spiritual hardcore while keeping tightly wound to early emo. While these thoughts may seem like they would clash, Anodes manages to uplift through force-fed melody and genuinely fierce vocals. Vocalist A.J. Hofstetter breaks into guttural screams only to leak spoken-word passages through cycles of rising tension. Drummer Casey Oliver applies subtle jazz under Sean Survant's vibrant riffs, while bassist Katie Brown pulls the sound together with care, providing power under walls of heavy abrasion. Anodes feels aurally unstoppable, balancing melody against strict rhythm to offer a lovable take on an otherwise harsh, acquired taste.
Jack Buck is a perfect example of style and substance. With super-clean aesthetics on physical releases and an almost too-pretty-for-punk-rock appearance, the band is secretly kinking your IV line, adding air bubbles to your blood stream. Jack Buck does the noise-rock thing perfectly, with intelligent arrangements that would make bands like Unsane and the Jesus Lizard proud. Vocalist Colin Webb's calculated-yet-reckless delivery stands out without taking away from the stringent riffs. JB's newest release, Soft, comes on a clear seven-inch record with two new songs that show an incredible advancement from an already stunning debut. If you like rock & roll in any form, you would be a fool to not immediately purchase this record.
The inclusion of a "Post-Hardcore" division in this year's awards is the cleanest categorical fit for the platypus of a band that is Sine Nomine. Experimental? Yes. Metal? Sort of. Noise? To some. Punk? In a broad sense, yes. Americana? The argument could probably be made. But the concept of being rooted in hardcore and progressing beyond sounds most like Sine Nomine's forte. The band recently announced a break from shows, which would be a bummer for fans of a less ambitious band, but the last time this happened Sine Nomine returned with two albums that seemingly materialized from the ether with the specific intent to crush skulls.