New records to look out for: Teasers for September 15

Welcome to our weekly round up of the albums and EPs that’s we’re so excited for!

Aiko- Fortune’s Child

Teki Shine

Aiko will release new album Fortune’s Child on October 13.
The album’s title, Fortune’s child, reflects Aiko‘s persistent belief in her own fortune. “I live in a blissfully naive state, where I believe that everything will always work out for me. That everything will be good. Some people might be born lucky, some might create the luckiness for themselves. Nevertheless, ever since I was a child, I believed that I’m very fortunate!”


1. Opposites don’t attract
2. Pedestal
3. Instincts
4. Parade
5. Restless ft. Boy Jr.
6. Fever dream
7. Naivní
8. Power
9. Daughter of the Sun
10. Gemini
11. Lucky Streak
12. Queen of joy
13. Danced in the silence
14. Outro//Femme Fatale

Knuckle Puck – Losing What We Love

Knuckle Puck will release new album Losing What We Love on October 20 through Pure Noise Records.

“For a long time, we felt a responsibility to have this overwhelming hopefulness to our lyrics,” Nick Cassasanto explains. “This time around, we started writing more honestly with less intent to sound cool or hopeful. It feels like we’re in a bit of a losing battle with the state of the world, but in the past we’d say, ‘Oh, but it’s all OK!’ Now we’re saying, ‘No, we should be panicking.’ This record feels like more of an expression than a motivational speech.”

“There was a real excitement from everyone to see these songs through.
“Even when there were moments when someone wouldn’t be so hot on an idea, we pushed through and ended in a place where the songs turned out fucking awesome and everyone agreed they needed to make the record.”


A New Beginning
The Tower
You & I
Losing What We Love
Groundhog’s Day
Act Accordingly
Out Of Touch
Worlds Apart
Better Late

Crime In Stereo – House & Trance

Crime In Stereo will release new album House & Trance in October 27 through Pure Noise Records.

And while this album as a whole, offers a scathing indictment on the state of the union, it wasn’t actually intended to be overtly political. That’s just what it became as an accurate reflection of the times and what the powers that be are doing.

“It’s so exhausting being a reasonable human being in 2023 in the United States of America. It’s exhausting looking around and being like, ‘What’s the fucking matter with you people?’ says Hallbert (vocals). “I’m not taking ludicrous positions on extreme political outlooks. It’s just like, ‘Hey, can you stop tearing those babies away from their parents and putting them in cages?’ Is that an outlandish position to take? Can people have healthcare? Can people not get shot in school or in church or at the goddamn mall or in a movie theater? But you say things like that and then other people are like, ‘Oh, you’re taking a political position.’ It’s so fucking insulting on a human level.”

Yet for all the righteous anger about the big issues that inspired these songs, there’s something very vulnerable and human at their core—namely the struggle to exist in an increasingly dystopian world when the odds are already stacked against you. Interestingly, that’s what inspired the album’s title. Not only does it serve as a double entendre about music (and the band’s refusal to be pigeonholed into the hardcore/post-hardcore scene), but it captures the perseverance that it takes to merely survive in the wretched world humans have made for themselves.

“It’s something artists in America have been talking about for 70 years,” says Dunne. “But it’s only getting worse. We’re not moving towards the solution. We’re moving towards worse outcomes. Is that feeling of resignation what I want people to take away from this record? No, I wouldn’t advocate for that. But capturing it, and trying to express that condition, is what this record feels like. It’s my feeling of having bought a house and having a child and being in that classic, post-modern, middle-aged, suburban ennui, where all your energy and focus basically has to go to maintaining your bank loan so you can still possess and live in this house so your fucking family isn’t out on the street. But that feels like you have these blinders on and are in a trance, just focused on the constant anxiety and stress of your living situation.”



Superyacht Ecopark

Rogue Wave


We Can Build You


Books Cannot Be Killed By Fire

House / Trance



Taking Back Sunday – 152

Credit: Ashley Osborn

Taking Back Sunday will release new album 152 on October 27 through Fantasy!

It’s the band’s first new album in seven years!

Commenting on their new album ‘152’, Taking Back Sunday stated: “‘152’ offers a lot more hope and light than we first realized when we were in the thick of it, putting it all together. We’ve been fortunate enough, through our music, to grow up with a lot of people going through the same things at the same time, and probably feeling the same way. Our hope is that you’re able to find a little bit of yourself in this new collection of songs, because you’re not alone, and neither are we.”

“You would think after 20 years, we knew what each other is going to do,” said Lazzara. “But there were so many times making this record where I heard the initial idea and thought I knew where it would go, but then I was super surprised. It’s those kinds of surprises that make it so exciting. That’s why we all still want it so badly.” 

Added O’Connell: ”When we’re writing songs, the one thing we ask ourselves, ‘Is it capable of making people feel something?’ You try to make people feel emotion. That’s the one goal we went in with, and we think we did it.”


“Amphetamine Smiles”


The One

“Keep Going”

“I Am the Only One Who Knows You”

“Quit Trying”


“New Music Friday”

“Juice 2 Me”

“The Stranger”

Problem Patterns – Blouse Club

Credit: Carrie Davenport

Problem Patterns will release their debut album Blouse Club on October 27 through Alcopop! Records.


1. Y.A.W
2. Big Shouty
3. Advertising Services
4. A History of Bad Men Part II
5. Lesbo 3000
6. Pity Bra
7. Who Do We Not Save
8. Poverty Tourist
9. Letter of Resignation 
10. Picture of Health
11. TERFs Out
12. Domestic Bliss


Elizabeth Birt

September 15, 2023

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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