Don’t let the female vocals or pop-melodies fool you — Everyone Is Dirty lives up to its name. “Dying is Fun” is the first full-length effort from these talented guys and gals, though its production value and strong songwriting make them sound like regular pros. Frontwoman Sivan Lioncub’s smooth vocals contrast nicely with the rest of the band’s dark, sinister tones. On top of that, she shreds electric violin throughout the album to give it an even more haunting appeal in this crunchy, hard-hitting punk. This album is solid from front to back, so I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from Everyone is Dirty in the future.
Must Hear: “Dirtbag Side-Effect,” “California,” “Meltyface,” “I’m Okay” and “Devastate”
The Leafcutters come out swinging on its debut album, “Half of What You Wanna Be.” This album is packed full of smooth vocals, crunchy riffs and songwriting that would make every ’90s alternative rock fan pee a little bit. The songs on this album are throwbacks to songs from bands like Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots and Foo Fighters, while the vocal performances pay homage to greats like Tom Petty. All in all, this makes for quite the tasty rock combination. Hopefully these guys will be picked up by a label soon so more people can get into this. While this album offers nothing special or groundbreaking, any rock fan can pick it up and immediately dig it.
Must Hear: “Paris Green,” “Save You,” “Babydoll Goodnight,” “40 Days Gone By” and “September”