Chicago trio Meat Wave return with their much-anticipated third album The Incessant a bracing, emotional punk record that confronts taking responsibility for your actions with dark humour and self-deprecation, drawing influence from acts like The Breeders, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, and, yes, Fiona Apple, as much as Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Jeffrey EugenidesMiddlesex and the poems of Emily Dickinson and Sutter’s friend Hannah Gamble.

Elsewhere on The Incessant, Sutter exposes his most vulnerable side. Sounding like a less jubilant Japandroids track, ‘Tomosaki’ is a nakedly sincere love song to the cat that he lost in the split, written while ugly-crying on the floor of the shared apartment he was about to leave behind. “Entranced by the mist of life / Does he sense I’ve gone awry? / My guy / Let him roam outside / Meditate on his afterlife,” Sutter roars. “That was huge for me as a songwriter. I’ve never written a song like that. I think that’s the power of something that touches you so deeply, like a cat that you’re not going to be able to see any more.”

Meat Wave Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘The Incessant’ below:

Plus support from CASSELS

Cassels are a two piece comprised of two brothers – Jim (vox/guitar) and Loz (drums/vox) Beck. Originally from the self-described ‘cul-de-sac’ town of Chipping Norton, the brothers spent their youth turning their frustration and boredom into music. After years of making as much noise as they pleased in their remote countryside bedroom, Cassels emerged onto the scene with a sound which is both unique and hard-hitting; combining dense and poetic lyricism with pared-back, heavy and skilful instrumentation.

Dealing in themes which range from the overtly sociopolitical to the deeply personal, the band are never afraid to express their opinions in their songs. This sincere, heart-on-the sleeve approach has picked them up praise and coverage from the likes of NME, BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and Channel 4, as well as Radiohead‘s Colin Greenwood. As Punktastic puts it, ‘there’s little emerging from the British underground that comes close to mirroring Cassels’ style.’

The band have released two E.Ps to date –Hating is Easy and You Us and They on Big Scary Monsters as well as a limited 7” with the Too Pure Singles ClubFlock Analogy/Beach Baby.

Cassels Links: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Cool Box’ below:

Plus support from MUTT

Four bodies, fuzz and guts. MUTT are female-fronted, raucous, yet at times, curiously melodic. Think Sonic Youth and L7 meets the LOUDquietLOUDquiet pop spunk of Pixies with a twist of The Cure. Hailing from Birmingham and formed in early 2014, this feisty four-piece twist their influences beyond recognition to create a unique brand of uncompromising, unapologetic rock.

MUTT Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Neighbourhood’ below:

Plus opening support from JADED

Moody slacker punk from the Midlands. Compared to the likes of The Xcerts and Brand New by Louder Than War, the band’s latest EP Under Autumn Shade is available now via Bandcamp.

Jaded Links: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter 

Watch the video for ‘Nettles’ below: