Dead Stars: “Calm Punk”

“Calm punk” seems like an oxymoron, but the genre has long been a therapeutic one. There’s something primal and oddly soothing about screaming your voice hoarse, and Brooklyn’s Dead Stars tap right into this feeling. They zero in on a very specific sound: ’90s alternative rock, just after Nirvana successfully matched sugary pop hooks to buzzsaw guitars. Dead Stars’ handful of DIY releases are punchy and fun, but they hit even harder on their new single “Calm Punk.” “Some things never change,” sings guitarist Jeff Moore, just before unleashing a chorus as classic as Dead Stars’ influences. Download the song below.

–Art Levy

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