DENT is the fifth LP from Cleveland, OH rock band Signals Midwest, recorded by J. Robbins (Against Me!, Jets to Brazil, The Promise Ring). Inspired by a stolen and ultimately totaled van, the album confronts the uncertainty of a world at halt, and transmits the shaken-up-soda-can energy that fueled its writing process. With a feedback squeal and a quick four-count, DENT hits the ground running, and what follows is just over a half-hour’s worth of big songs about little moments, ominous futures, the lure of nostalgia, and finding shards of peace in an almost all-consuming wreckage. In a world up in flames, DENT is a project born from the ashes.
Victor Shores’ new self-titled LP took the better part of a decade to arrive, but it’s worth the wait! Hailing from the parts of Minnesota you haven’t heard of, the scrappy 3-piece offers a pop-punk dive full of beauty, sadness, nostalgia, and a feeling of hope for the future. Cleaner and more stripped-down than the previous releases, Donny, David and Bryce bring something that is easy to listen to while bombarding us with a true emotional sound. Pop punk and emo meeting in the perfect way. A future essential.