Iron Chic

Quite often, "pop-punk" gets used to describe something that's actually indie rock (see:Swearin', Japandroids), which can trigger a lot of negative biases amongst people who are fairly certain they're not into the former. The difference lies in tone: pop-punk evokes palm-muted power chords with clean distortion and nasal vocals, whereas indie rock is most associated with shambling, jangly and fuzzy guitars with drawling vocals. Iron Chic gives youboth. At their core, each of Iron Chic's The Constant One's ten proper tracks builds on revved-up progressions of three or four chords, spaced out for broad melodies and strummed almost exclusively in air-guitar accommodating 16th notes. During the relative jams of "Spooky Action at a Distance", "Bogus Journey" and "Wolf Dix Rd.", you get J. Mascis and Doug Martsch leads shaved and bathed—they're not quite riffs, not quite solos and they can melodically support the song for minutes at a time. Though it's sonically aligned with the likes of axe-wielding party/shit-starters Diarrhea Planet or So So Glos, Iron Chic are more sincere than snotty, thus their closest analogue is probably Japandroids—while I sorta hope they tour together at some point, I also worry about some sort of class action suit from ticketbuyers who whoa'd themselves into weeklong hangovers.

The Rememberables

The Rememberables is a fierce four-piece punk rock band hailing from Washington, D.C. Mixing DC punk with 90's shoegaze, grunge, and art-rock, The Rememberables utilize heavy guitars, hammering drums, and pop sensibility in their live show, drawing comparisons to early Weezer, Dinosaur Jr., Smashing Pumpkins, & Jawbreaker. Solidifying its lineup in 2014 with the addition of Mat Cabral on bass and Chris Moore (of Coke Bust, Repulsion) on drums, the band has since released a 3-song 7" EP and toured the east coast in support of it. Currently, the band is performing locally and regionally, promoting, and preparing for the release of their debut LP on European label, Adagio830 Records.

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