Here at Thirsty & Miserable, we take pride in our multifaceted content strategy. While we may lack a consistent publishing schedule (RIP Sligo Punch), we more than make up for by covering esoteric philosophies, extrapolating career advice from social media disputes, and making wildly incorrect predictions.
Today, we’re taking a break from that to bring you some relatively straightforward coverage of new music that’s caught our attention that we figured you should know about. Featuring choice tracks from Atlanta’s oldest and newest rap fixtures, singles from punk albums that come out on September 16th and whatever Gene’s listening to, we’ve got a little something for everyone to enjoy as we head into the dog days of summer.
21 Savage – “No Heart”
As someone with a limited attention span, I’ve grown skeptical of rappers whose media coverage seems to exceed their musical output. It’s why I don’t “get” Desiigner, and am only giving Lil Yachty a second chance since people whose taste I trust have encouraged me to reappraise him. Maybe it was the co-sign from Savage Mode’s executive producer Metro Boomin, but I decided to break my rule and give Atlanta upstart 21 Savage a chance. As soon as the opening bars of “No Heart” hit, I’m glad I did. Young Metro’s spacey, syrupy production is an excellent vehicle for 21’s sleepy (yet oddly insistent-)rhymes that name-check everything from Cat in the Hat to Boyz in the Hood. Savage Mode is far from revolutionary, but it shows that 21 might have what it takes to join fellow ATLiens Future and Young Thug amongst the stars someday.
Touche Amore – “Displacement”
Since the beginning, Touché Amoré’s has made it their mission is to erase any emotional distance between artist and audience. Jeremy Bolm’s lyrics and vocals are raw in every sense of the word, and what we’ve heard so far from the upcoming Stage Four promises to be no different. “Displacement” finds Bolm grappling with the complicated relationship between faith and tragic loss after the death of his mother. There are never any rational ways to process grief or easy answers to life’s weightiest questions, but all signs indicate that the search for meaning is inspiring some of the band’s best work to date.
Gucci Mane- “Waybach”
In his two years behind bars, Atlanta trap god Gucci Mane managed to release an endless stream of mixtapes and bank over a million dollars. It should come as no surprise then that his new album Everybody Looking was finished and released less than two months after Guwop walked out of federal prison and transitioned to house arrest. Much like earlier singles “1st Day Out tha Feds” and “No Sleep”, “Waybach” is a bridge between past and present. Over Mike Will Made It & Zaytoven’s toy piano-sampling production, Gucci reflects on his label struggles, newfound sobriety and impact on the rap game over Mike Will Made It & Zaytoven’s toy piano-sampling production. Though he may have shed some pounds in prison, “Waybach” is further proof that Gucci Mane hasn’t lost touch with the style and talent that spawned an army of rap clones.
Against Me! – “333”
From writing a book to burning her misgendered birth certificate onstage in protest of North Carolina’s controversial bathroom law, it’s already been a big year for Laura Jane Grace. With the first single from Against Me!’s Shape Shift With Me arriving this week, we can happily add releasing new music to her list of 2016 achievements. This stomping, insistent number is textbook AM!, complete with a chorus sure to inspire a few sing alongs. And while few of us are dealt the same difficult hand as America’s True Trans Soul Rebel, there’s something universal in the yearning for someone to help us carry our baggage as we move through a hostile world.
Beach Slang – “Punks in a Disco Bar”
A mere two years into their career, Beach Slang have already dug out such a distinct sound that they are recognizable in an instant. “Punks in a Disco Bar” could easily pass as a b-side from last year’s The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us. It’s the lead single from A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings which will presumably keep the Slang train rolling at the same pace. Not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination.
Chris Farren – “Say U Want Me”
Wizard of satire and punk dreamboat Chris Farren fosters the image of a pop star. “Say U Want Me” is the musical analog to this persona, with its unabashedly simple vocal hook and plinking piano melody. His new album Can’t Die will be great because everything he does is great. Please answer our tweets, Chris.
PWR BTTM– “Projection”
If the world were to suddenly become rational, PWR BTTM would be the most famous band in the country by 2017. “Projection” follows their incredible debut Ugly Cherries and is a chaotically rendered indie-punk masterpiece about reconciling your own identity through other people’s’ eyes.