Daily Yinz – Peace Talks – Vanity

Peace Talks are a Pittsburgh punk outfit whose latest release, A Lasting Peace, is a contained burst of sawtooth guitars and galloping drums. The release's second track, "Vanity," features an instrumental that writhes and thrashes like a wild animal, several times threatening to tear itself apart entirely. Each time the Peace Talks folks near the … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Peace Talks – Vanity

Daily Yinz – Chiller – Dread Creeps In

Chiller is a Pittsburgh punk outfit whose music sounds quite different than what its name might imply. Chiller's new self-titled EP clocks in at exactly 318 seconds, so we'll keep this post brief to match. The group kicks in the door with opening track "Dread Creeps In," a hyperactive barrage of barked vocals, galloping drums, … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Chiller – Dread Creeps In

Daily Yinz – Facewreck – Losin’ My Cool

Facewreck is a Pittsburgh hardcore act that pledges undying fealty to the power of the eternal mosh pit. Facewreck recently released 2020 Single 1 Yo, which is (surprise!) their first single of the new decade. It features the track "Losin' My Cool," a fightin' song if I've ever heard one. If the 2010's were the … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Facewreck – Losin’ My Cool

Daily Yinz – Speed Plans – American Gun

Speed Plans are a Pittsburgh hardcore act whose second album of 2019 is appropriately titled More Hardcore. "American Gun," the album's second track, hints at glammy swagger for about seven seconds before bursting into half a minute of distorted punk fury. It sounds like Hüsker Dü hitting a polluted beach, a quick, seesawing two-chord passage … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Speed Plans – American Gun

Daily Yinz – Swither – Keep Going

Swither are a Pittsburgh "seltzer-punk" quartet whose lyrics delve into life's manifold anxieties, members' fears and worries laid bare over sunny power-pop riffs. The band released its self-titled debut album (preceded by the excellent lead single "Dead to the World") last week. Eli Enis, Julia Carbone, Hayden Ferry, and Patrick Crossen share vocal duties over … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Swither – Keep Going

Daily Yinz-Come Holy Spirit-Panacea

Come Holy Spirit is a Pittsburgh trio whose members weave together disparate musical styles to create their own brand of chaotic, earth-worshipping folk punk. They recently released a split album with Milwaukee world (or, rather, otherworld) music collective Gnarrenschiff. The album's opening track, "Panacea," is a rework of a song that was included on Come … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Come Holy Spirit-Panacea

Daily Yinz-Parking Lot Bandits-Cashin’ Out

Parking Lot Bandits are a Pittsburgh folk-punk quartet whose EP, Some Call It Utopia, is due for release later this month. "Cashin' Out," the first single released from Some Call It Utopia, is a weary, gray flag of not-quite-surrender. Guitarist Jon Ha (backed by the vocals of harpist/ukuleleist Natasha) snarls his way through a litany … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Parking Lot Bandits-Cashin’ Out

Daily Yinz-No Good Deed-Never Be Like You

No Good Deed are a Pittsburgh hardcore act whose furious, defiant manifestos carry on the legacy of "beatdown" bands like Hatebreed and Terror. A photo of No Good Deed from their Bandcamp page shows frontman Brandon "Barker" Phillips (awesome nickname, I know), wearing a shirt that reads "REVELING IN THE ABYSS," extending his mic in … Continue reading Daily Yinz-No Good Deed-Never Be Like You

Daily Yinz-Brazilian Wax-Otherside

Brazilian Wax were a Pittsburgh trio whose music sounded like it came straight out of the 90's-era Pacific Northwest grunge and riot grrrl scenes. The band played its final show at 2019's Ladyfest, held back in September. Before disbanding after a successful seven-year run, Brazilian Wax released the album Still Rippin' in late September. It's … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Brazilian Wax-Otherside

Daily Yinz-Not Your Friends-Sweet Serenity

Not Your Friends are not your friends. The Pittsburgh punk band makes aggressive, jarring music that hits like a kick to the teeth. "Sweet Serenity" is a track from the group's new release, Constructing a Mental Breakdown. Clocking in at exactly one minute, it's a ferocious blast of gritty energy that blends bloodcurdling screams with … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Not Your Friends-Sweet Serenity