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.

Punk rock band from San Pedro, California, formed in 1999 after the group F.Y.P. disbanded.

Ramona is an East Coast band living on the West Coast. Diego (guitar/vox) and Abby (bass/vox) went to college together in Boston, Mass where they played music for a short time until Diego moved to Seattle. After a few years back in her native Philadelphia, Abby moved to Seattle to start up a new band with Diego where they met Shannon (drums) who they instantly knew was a perfect fit and had moved from New York City a few years prior. Armed with a few songs from their college days, they got to practicing and writing; quickly gathering a following with their high-energy live show and “stick to the roof of your mouth” hooks. Now they’re tired all the time and bicker frequently as they win over crowds around the Pacific Northwest. Influenced by everything from hardcore punk to hip-hop to indie-pop, they play an upbeat brand of sad tunes perfect for dancing and shouting along.

Dinged Up

Dinged Up is a punk band from Maryland. They started in 2011 and release a self-titled full length in 2013, followed by a split seven inch a few years later, and a second full length titled "Mucho Dolor" in 2016. Influences range from the Ramones, to Thin Lizzy, to The Marked Men.

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