Friday, December 2, 2022

US/THEM group 2022 Year In Review

Below is a quick roundup of all of the releases from 2022 that we've had the pleasure of promoting this year, for your Best of 2022 consideration. Please let me know if you need any additional information — and of course, if you plan to include some of them in your year-end picks, we’d love to know!

02/04 Omnibael Rain Soaks The Earth Where They Lie (Cruel Nature Recordings) STREAM

"They make a rather vicious noise reminiscent of early Godflesh, peak-era MinistryCop Shoot Cop and Unsane." -- Side-Line Magazine

02/18 Die! Die! Die! This Is Not An Island Anymore STREAM

Original lineup of groundbreaking New Zealand post-punk trio returns with furious new album.

02/25 Firebreather Dwell In The Fog (RidingEasy Records) STREAM

“Hands down their best work to date…Brace yourselves for a mind-bending experience, and don’t be surprised if you see Dwell in the Fog in the top albums of the year.” – Doom Charts

03/04 Karma Vulture Death By Comfort STREAM

"Stacks up the riffs... If you're dying for something like Monster Magnet or old Queens of The Stone Age, then you're going to dig Karma Vulture." -- Metal Injection

03/04 Thirsty Curses To The Ends of the Earth STREAM

"A refined take on the band’s punk-pop sound that showcases its most sophisticated hooks to date." -- Big Takeover

03/18 Wrack Repulsive Gravity STREAM

“Spinning, crushing death metal.” – Metal Injection

04/20 V/A Brown Acid: The Fourteenth Trip (RidingEasy Records) STREAM

Popular compilation series of long-lost and unreleased 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles.

05/06 N8NOFACE Homicide (Blackhouse Records) STREAM

“The futuristic and post-apocalyptic sound he’s refined over the last decade sonically encapsulates our increasingly dystopian present. N8 bolsters walls of buzzing, ominous synths with blistering drums he’s sampled from old punk records, chopping them for minimal parts and maximum dirt.” -- SPIN Magazine

06/03 “It Came From Aquarius Records” documentary TRAILER

Incredible documentary about beloved and influential SF record store featuring Matt Groening (The Simpsons), Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), John Darnielle (Mountain Goats), Ty Segall and many more. 

07/01 Light Creates Shadow ghosts pass through, running from the body STREAM

Powerful, dramatic and intelligent post-metal produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon).

07/27 My Heart, An Inverted Flame “The Blood of The Heartless (feat. Banshee)” (tUMULt) STREAM

Glorious marriage of slow synth-doom duo MHAIF with trap metal Tik Tok star Banshee

08/08 The Living Pins “Chateau” / “On Yeah” single STREAM

Austin indie-glam-pop duo, featuring Carrie of Sixteen Deluxe, already a local Austin radio hit. 

08/12 Dreckig Digital Exposure (Broken Clover Records) STREAM

Latin dance rhythms filtered through Krautrock grooves and electro pop sounds. 

08/26 Pineid Blue Doom (Sympatry Records) STREAM

Members of Zappa Band, Dethklok, Dr. John produced by Toshi Kasai (Melvins)

08/26 Culpepper Superreactor STREAM

Clever, poetic Britpop laced rock with psychedelic grooves and insightful lyrics.

09/02 The Schizophonics Hoof It (Pig Baby Records) STREAM

Spotify for Artists calls them "the wildest band in America!"

09/06 High Heavens “Life Is a Loan Shark” / “100 Bullets” STREAM

Ex-members of I Love You But I’ve Chosen DarknessNew Wet KojakEdselGlorium, and Crime In Choir

09/16 Pink Frost Until The Summer Comes (Under Road Records) STREAM

Glorious return of Chicago alt-punks merging heavy punk with 90s alternative hooks.

09/16 Torpedo Orpheo Nebula (Broken Clover Records) STREAM

Swiss proto-punk trio evoking early Patti Smith, Sonic Youth, The Xx.

09/23 Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol Doom Wop STREAM

The biggest album of the year. Revolver Magazine: "Epically catchy... Imagine the ear-wormy fuzz-rock riffage of Dinosaur Jr. if it was played on an eight-string guitar with super heavy low-end."

09/23 Jochen Arbeit Tiere Macht Töne (Dymaxion Groove) STREAM

Einstürzende Neubauten guitarist's beautiful solo album on homemade instruments.

09/23 Carlton Melton Microwavelengths (Broken Clover Records) STREAM

"A game of two halves. May be their most interesting record yet... Arguably their most compelling and original work yet." -- The Quietus

10/28 WHIMZ PM226 (Literal Gold Records) STREAM

Blackwater Holylight singer/bassist Allison "Sunny" Faris & Night Heron's Cam Spies.

11/04 N8NOFACE Bound To Let You Down (The Remixes) (Eyeball Records) STREAM

Eight songs from L.A. synth-punk anomaly's 2021 breakout album, remixed by Eyedress, ADULT., Peanut Butter Wolf and more. 

12/02 blackwinterwells protector (Eyeball Records) STREAM

Helix Tears Collective musician and producer offers an ethereally nuanced collection of tracks crafted with symphonic songwriting in mind. 

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