At first listen, you swear instead of turning on your receiver you flipped the control switches to a time machine, jettisoning your way back into the year 1991 when bands like Nirvana, Mudhoney, and L7 were tearing down the definition as to what was considered “pop,” or desirable by the younger listener. These same kids, who were fed up by the glitz, glam and excess lifestyles that rockers were portraying, abandoned that model and started their own autonomy which still echoes throughout our consciousness today.
Heavily dowsed in all that was good, raw and innocent with the sudden surge of “grunge” (which most of us know by now was a major label spin term on something that was already prevalent in underground music, it’s called punk. Yet I can’t help myself from using it) Sneeze understands the sound more than most. Not much different from the forerunners in the ’90s, they take elements of heavy punk and pop sensibility into a unique marriage which they can confidently claim as their own. With catchy hooks, driving measures and an unquenchable thirst to push forward, the band has proven to be nothing less than a growing force.
We recently caught up with guitarist/vocalist Derek Desharnais to discuss some 2015 releases that raised his consciousness.
1. Beach Slang, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (Polyvinyl)
This reminds me of some good old fashion 90’s tunes. I like the Goo Goo Dolls’ A Boy Names Goo, so you can’t go wrong here.
2. Lymbyc Systym, Split Stones (Western Vinyl)
Up beat and still has a nice ambient feel. Fun weird dance yum.
3. California X, Nights in the Dark (Don Giovanni)
What a great way to kick of 2016. The added guitar harmonies made it easily one of their best albums yet.
4. Infinity Girl, Harm (Topshelf)
So much going on in this album. Each listen I pick up something new. Such a killer LOUD live show too.
5. Culture Abuse, Spray Paint the Dog (6131)
BADASS punk tunes. trust me. Crank this baby and get ready to head bang!
6. Destruction Unit, Negative Feedback Resistor (Sacred Bones)
Loud, Spacey, Droney, Fast. combine them together. AMAZING
7. Dogs on Acid, S/T (Jade Tree)
I can’t get enough of this record. Something just pulls me into it from the start to finish. Then I repeat. so catchy in such a good way.
8. Bedroom Eyes, Honeysuckle (Midnight Werewolf)
Shoegaze done correctly with just a sweet touch of pop. Some of the best vocal melodies I have ever heard.
9. Stove, Is Stupider (Exploding In Sound)
The fall of Ovlov managed to put out something even better.
10. Forn, Weltschmerz (Gilead Media)
Heaviest sludgiest tunes. Doom taken to a whole other level.