Washington State’s Datura will remind any 80’s head of bands like Joy Division (a little New Order too) and The Cure (list any other great 80’s post-punk band here), but their wall of sound guitar and relentless pounding/chugging rhythm section really make them stand out on their own. Whether or not you classify them “post-punk” or “post-post-punk” or “dark wave” or “neu wave” or my new favorite (NOT) “post-punk revival” they smash the mark on their new album Arcano Chemical.
I will never forget when I heard Chicago’s Heavy Seas for the first time. I was listening to a 2021 releases playlist (that I add interesting looking albums to over the year) while driving home from work and their song “Everything Breaks” started playing. I immediately reached for my phone (bad form, I know) to see what I was listening to and I’ve been hooked ever since. In fact, this is my most listened to album in the last two months – yes, I do keep track of that stuff.
Heavy Seas recorded their new album Everything Breaks with J. Robbins (!!!) and it sounds every bit like a J. Robbins produced album. The heavy, driving rhythm section, alongside howling guitars reminds me so much of early Sense Field and other bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Jets To Brazil, it’s almost like being transported back to the mid 90’s / early 00’s.