Pump Up The Jam: March 30, 2018

Post-punk, hardcore punk, and a few things in between. In this installment of Pump Up The Jam: Holy Wave, Blackwater Holylight, Fotocrime, Glaare, Shadowlands, Second Still, War on Women, and Ganser.

Holy Wave

Out today from the aptly named Reverberation Appreciation Society is Adult Fear from Holy Wave. The band’s third full-length feels otherworldly: think early Pink Floyd by way of Temples, Dukes of Stratosphear, and Air, with a little of that 1980s pop guitar twang thrown in for good measure.

The full album is currently streaming on Hype Machine but you can check out “Habibi” below.

Blackwater Holylight

Despite also having the word “holy” in their name, this next band feels quite different from the psychedelic dreamscapes of Holy Wave: Blackwater Holylight. This Portland quartet of witchy women has created a sound that’s quite timeless, like they were unearthed from a dusty stack of vinyl in an occult shop. Light some incense and groove to “Willow.”

You can also listen to a couple more tracks on Bandcamp, such as the jangly no wave of “Sunrise” or the proto-punk of “Wave of Conscience.”

Recorded by Cameron Spies at Gold Brick Studios and The Greenhouse, the band’s self-titled debut arrives on April 6 via RidingEasy Records.


Switching genres yet again, let’s discuss Fotocrime. The cover art for the trio’s upcoming album Principle of Pain (out May 18 on Auxiliary Records) looks like it’s straight out of 1983, which is also what the music sounds like. Listen to “Nadia (Last Year’s Men)” and try to remember where you left your black crocheted fingerless gloves.

Fotocrime Tour Dates:
4.13.18 Cleveland | Now That’s Class *
4.14.18 Philadelphia | Kung Fu Necktie *
4.15.18 Brooklyn | Saint Vitus *
4.16.18 Boston | Great Scott *
4.17.18 DC | DC9 *
4.18.18 Asheville | Mothlight *
4.19.18 Birmingham | Firehouse *
4.20.18 Louisville | Speed Museum *
4.21.18 Chicago | Beat Kitchen *
5.17.18 Detroit | Cellarmens
5.18.18 London | Call The Office
5.19.18 Toronto | Bovine Sex Club
5.20.18 Ottawa | Makerspace North
5.22.18 Rochester | Bug Jar
5.23.18 Baltimore | Metro Gallery
5.24.18 Cincinatti | Northside Yacht Club
* w/ RLYR


Last time, I told you about The Wraith, a band I heard about via L.A. Weekly. The venerable music publication has also hipped me to darkwave trio Glaare, whose latest album, To Deaf and Day, came out in October of last year on Dune Altar/Funeral Party Records. It should come as no surprise that Glaare’s music is totally within my wheelhouse: reverbed guitar, heavy drumbeats, and arresting vocals (from singer/songwriter Rachael Pierce). Here’s “Surrender/Control.”

You can listen to the full album and purchase it on Bandcamp.


Continuing the theme of powerful women vocalists, here’s another Portland band for you to investigate. Shadowlands released their second EP, 002, earlier this month on This-A-Way Records, which is run by Mistina La Fave and David Frederickson of the Prids. “Newborn” has a distinct early Siouxsie and the Banshees vibe, due in no small part to singer Amy Sabin.

Second Still

Second Still’s first full-length release was named “best post-punk debut LP of 2017” by Post-Punk.com. Now the band is back with two new songs. Both “Opening” have swirling, Cocteau Twins-style guitar from Ryan Walker and Alex Hartman and haunting vocals from Suki San.

The band’s next release, Equals, comes out April 20 on Weyrd Son Records.

War on Women

If you want something more ferocious, look no further than War on Women, a hardcore band that will blow your mind while blowing out your eardrums. Both sonically and politically savage, this is a band that demands to be on your radar. “Lone Wolves” is about the gun violence epidemic; “YDTMHTL” (features Kathleen Hanna). I dare you to not get chills listening to these tracks.

Capture the Flag comes out April 13 from Best Nine Records.

War on Women Tour Dates:
April 7 Las Vegas, NV @ Emerge
April 13 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
April 14 Lancaster, PA @ Launch Music Conference & Festival
April 15 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
April 20 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Brewery
April 21 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *Record Release Show*
May 18 Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest


If you’re still in the mood for fierce punk rock from badass women, you’ll enjoy Ganser, a Chicago four-piece who is about to unleash their debut album. While “PSY OPS” bristles with adrenaline, “Avoidance” fairly seethes with angst. Singers Nadia Garafolo and Alicia Gaines have some fantastic vocal chops.

Odd Talk comes out on April 20 from No Trend Records. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the cities where they are touring with killer shoegaze band Bloody Knives, DO NOT MISS THE SHOW.

Ganser Tour Dates:
3/28 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen (w/ Shopping, Tyvek)
4/16 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (Record Release Show)
4/25 – Detroit, MI – Outer Limits Lounge %
4/26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Howlers %
4/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Alphaville %
4/28 – Philadelphia, PA – Mothership %
4/29 – Providence, RI – Alchemy %
5/01 – Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
5/02 – Baltimore, MD – Sidebar
5/03 – Richmond, VA – Flora
5/04 – Raleigh, NC – Slim’s
5/05 – Atlanta, GA – 529
5/06 – Memphis, TN – Bar DKDC

% – with Bloody Knives


Speaking of Bloody Knives, here’s your #FlashbackFriday. It’s “Cystic” from the band’s 2016 album I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This. The band’s new album, White Light Black Moon, comes out April 6.

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