A hardcore punk gig can often feel like day four of a brutal heatwave. With agitated guys in shorts pacing while waiting for bands to start, the sweaty and enclosed space adds to the hot and humid tension. It basically feels like nobody in the room has had a decent sleep for a couple of nights.
So it kind of makes sense that influential hardcore band Trapped Under Ice have called their first album in six years, Heatwave.
The Baltimore band, whose members play in Turnstile and Angel Du$t, don't mess around as they clock in 11 songs in 14 minutes. Stream them all below.
Released on Pop Wig, a label that is co-operated by the band's Justice Tripp and Brendan Yates, the album mixes up more of a punk and fun rock n roll style, but Heatwave is still very much a Trapped Under Ice record and tracks like "No Relief" and "Slow Death" boil with their signature snarl and moshy aggression.
The band are also set to take to the road for a number of shows including an appearance at Toronto's Not Dead Yet festival. It's good to see Trapped Under Ice back with new songs and new shows.
'Heatwave' is available July 21 through Pop Wig.
Catch Trapped Under Ice at these shows:
Aug 25 - Boston at The Middle East
Aug 26- Brooklyn at Brooklyn Bazaar
Aug 27 - Philadelphia at Underground Arts
Aug 28 - Albany at Trickshots
Aug 29 - Baltimore at The Windup Space
Aug 30 - Fayetteville at The Drunk Horse Pub
Aug 31- Columbia at New Brookland Tavern
Sep 1 - Atlanta at The Masquerade
Sep 2 - Richmond at The Warehouse
Sep 3 - Washington at St. Stephen's
Sep 22 - Dallas at Club Dada
Sep 23 - Houston at Walters
Sep 24 - Austin at Barracuda
Sept 29 - Los Angeles at The Echoplex
Sept 30 - Oakland at the Metro
Oct 1 - Fair Oaks at VFW post 6158
Image: Josi Hoffmann