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Year End 2020

Music: 2020: A Year In Review

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(Almost) every month, Scene Point Blank embeds a different new release on our homepage.

You're here for the music, so we like to give you something to listen to as you read. Plus, with so much new music coming out, sometimes giving the spotlight to a single record ensures that it gets noticed.

This year we teamed up with a variety of bands and labels, sharing splits, a reissue, EPs and even an exclusive label sampler from Outro.

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Notches

Notches

New Kinda Love

Okay, we shared this last December. But the record came out in January so we're counting it.

New Kinda Love is the third album from New Hampshire's Notches and released on Salinas Records. Power-pop with rough around the edges life lessons.

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Constant Insult

Constant Insult

History in Shorthand

I was pleased to see Constant Insult appear in a couple of Pass The Mic entries this year.

History in Shorthand is the band's first full-length and released on Let's Pretend/ State Champion/ Stupid Bag Records. Garage-punk with real emotion.

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24/7 Spyz

24/7 Spyz

The Soundtrack To The Innermost Galaxy

Hard-hitting punk/funk/metal/more, each song on this 11-track record brings new twists and turns.

Check out the band's unique "Heavy Metal Soul" sound.

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Sorespot

Sorespot

Gifts Of Consciousness

Released on Midnight Werewolf Records, Sorespot's Gifts of Consciousness is a harsh noisy record on its surface, with soft complex melodies masterfully balanced within.

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Gaytheist/Intercourse

Gaytheist/Intercourse

split EP

Two bands, four songs, one Black Flag cover.

There's a lot I could say to cover two bands like these. Instead I'll just say they both aim for coarse sounds up front, but with a lot more going on -- in different directions on each side of the vinyl. Available from Learning Curve Records.

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Holler House/Busey

Holler House/Busey

split EP

A Minneapolis/Chicago split, both bands play noise-influenced hard rock with their own complementary twists on the styles.

As Holler House talks about in Pass The Mic this year, this EP came out just as civil unrest spread across the country. While it was hard to think music at that time, but the stream is still here for those just checking it out now. 

Out on Jetsam-Flotsam.

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Old Ghosts

Old Ghosts

Crow

Hardcore out of Buffalo, NY. Crow is the second LP from Old Ghosts and it's blistering, thoughtful and potent.

Released by State of Mind Recordings.

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Raging Nathans

Raging Nathans

Live From Wonkfest

Ohio's The Raging Nathans released Oppositional Defiance full-length in July. They packaged a limited, free 7" with the LP in some orders. Live From Wonkfest gives a 6-song taste of hearing the band live -- something we didn't get to do in 2020.

Released on Rad Girlfriend Records.

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Outro Records

Outro Records

Sampler

Outro was kind enough to create a 16-song exclusive label sampler for us.

And it's totally worth checking out. Normall on a compilation you expect a couple of duds, but there are none to be found on this high energy collection.

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Heart & Lung

Heart & Lung

You Wanna Know The Truth?

Originally released in 2017, Red Scare Industries announced signing the Cleveland band by reissuing this debut full-length.

A new album is coming next year.

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The Soviet Machines

The Soviet Machines

s/t

This record is on the homepage now and technically isn't out until 2021. But we're still gonna share it again because that's the whole damn point, isn't it.

Power-pop with some extra punch. Out soon via DC-Jam Records.

- Loren

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Words by the SPB team on Dec. 28, 2020, 2:12 p.m.

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