Now Hear This: Daniel P. Carter on the best new hardcore, powerviolence and psych-punk

Radio 1 Rock Show host Daniel P. Carter brings you the new bands you need to check out now, including Trauma Bond, Breezer and Doom's Children...

Now Hear This: Daniel P. Carter on the best new hardcore, powerviolence and psych-punk
Daniel P. Carter

Hello sweet friends. I hope you are all well and the universe it treating you fairly. It's that time again – I've got a load of bands you need to check out. Let's go...

Doom's Children

The first new thing I wanted to speak about is the new project by professional lovely Canadian Wade MacNeil. Wade is obviously well-known for his work in Alexisonfire, Gallows and Black Lungs, but his new joint Doom’s Children is essentially a very personal and open solo project written over a truly turbulent time of his life. Musically, its kind of psych-folk, but you can easily hear the thing that is particularly Wade that he brings to all his other projects. First single Flower Moon has just come out, and it sounds like a punk-rock Skynyrd on downers. I like it a lot.

Trauma Bond

On the total flipside to the melancholy chill of Doom’s Children is the ripping aggression of London-based duo Trauma Bond. Tom and Eloise have just put debut album online, and it’s a brutal introduction to a new project, taking in powerviolence and grind points of reference like Reversal Of Man, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Weekend Nachos. Recorded in Scotland during the current situation, The Violence Of Spring conjures through its sonic brutality and samples a vibe of chaotic news feeds curated by Lars Von Trier.


Hastings' newest offering Breezer have recorded their debut EP for the sole purpose to get their mates stoked on some songs they wrote a while back. Imagine if Teenage Wrist or NOTHING had grown up only listening to Definitely Maybe and (Whats The Story) Morning Glory?. The comparisons to Oasis are unavoidable, but the idea that these are songs played by people who want to play shows with Basement or Turnstile infuse it with some post-hardcore vibes, rather than just aping the laddish swagger of Manchester’s favourite brothers. First tune Alive is online now, and the rest of the EP will be forthcoming. It's ace.


A while ago my mate Joel sent me a video link to a track called Bat House by a band – or maybe just one man? – called Doflame. All I knew was they(?) were from Toronto and sounded like the outcome of splicing Turnstile or Higher Power-styled posi-core with Check Your Head-era Beastie Boys. No idea about an album yet, but the single and video are online now.

The HIRS Collective

Lastly, The HIRS Collective are a group based in Philadelphia, made up of two core members and has featured contributions from artists from Against Me!, Los Crudos, G.L.O.S.S. and Garbage among others. There's a tonne of singles, EPs, splits and a couple of albums online, along with YouTube footage of some ferocious live shows that have got me stoked on hardcore like few others in recent years. Collective members have said they exist to “fight for, defend, and celebrate the survival of trans, queer, POC, black, women and any other folk who have to constantly face violence, marginalisation, and oppression”. Wonderful political punk rock is wonderful. Check out newest track Love from the forthcoming album The Third 100 Songs, which is due in late June on Get Better Records.

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