This band has been around for a little while. However, despite their more poppy hooks, catchy choruses, and semi-campy image, the dark aesthetic that Fearless Vampire Killers uphold makes room for a more contemporary and heavier vibe that we may have one day received from the likes of My Chem (R.I.P.), were they still around. Today, however, Fearless Vampire Killers dropped a brand new song titled “Braindead” that is completely worth checking out. Not only does it prove that the emo revival from back in 2012 is still alive and kicking, it’s also a pretty great song that displays exactly how Fearless Vampire Killers have evolved and matured from their first releases. So grab some garlic, a wooden stake, and maybe some cautionary holy water and check out this phenomenal new track by FVK. Be prepared, this single, along with one other track, officially drops August 21st. Get ready! Vamps are coming.
The point of emo is that it rubs you slightly the wrong way. The point of pop punk is to have a good time. Combine the two seemingly antithetical genres and you’ve got Short Stories, a San Diego band who are as emotionally grating as they are uplifting. It’s an odd mixture that at first can sound like water and vinegar but ends up working out like PB&J. Vocals that tend to sound more like angsty, off-tone confessional poetry a-la-Taking Back Sunday and major tonalities that meet up with rapid percussive sounds like that of Blink-182 make Short Stories’ Only Time Will Tell a must listen. It’s 2003 nostalgia with a 2015 twist. The so-called “Emo Revival” is here.
Top Tracks: “A Long Time Coming”; “Fortune Teller”