The leaves are turning, the days are growing shorter, and the air is carrying a chill. Even though summer drives are in the rear view mirror, it doesn’t mean that the music has to stop! In fact, it’s time to place those summer soundtracks on hold and start building your autumn playlist.
Luckily for you, we’ve done a little work to help get you started. Below are five new tracks that fit the bill for any autumn night and are sure to tickle your eardrums. Take a look and be sure to share your favorite new songs in the replies!
Pentimento – “Sink or Swim”
In case you haven’t been paying attention, Pentimento have been mastering the craft of thoughtful pop punk for several years now, leading up to their recent release, I, No Longer. It’s a powerful record full of crisp guitars and soaring choruses. “Sink or Swim” is the perfect track to sing along to during those late night drives as you reflect on your summer memories.
CHVRCHES – “Leave a Trace”
The latest album from CHVRCHES, Every Open Eye, is a testament to the band’s growth since their debut. Lead single “Leave a Trace” finds vocalist Lauren Mayberry holding her own over the danciest beat you’ve heard this year. It’s prime listening to keep you moving during those pesky household chores like leaf raking.
Deafheaven – “Brought to the Water”
After their heralded 2013 album Sunbather, Deafheaven are back with another black metal expedition in the form of New Bermuda. This time, the band is just as bold as you’ve ever heard them, shifting gears relentlessly on “Brought to the Water”, an eight-and-a-half minute track that builds towards its eerie piano ending.
State Champs – “All You Are is History”
If you’re just not quite ready to admit that summer’s over, State Champs have you covered with their new album Around the World and Back. State Champs defend pop punk with gritty vocals, swirling guitars and sugar-coated choruses. “All You Are is History” is catchy as hell and the perfect track to get you amped up on the way to those early morning classes.
Mayday Parade – “One of Them Will Destroy the Other”
Florida rock act Mayday Parade just released a career defining record in Black Lines, a driving rock album influenced by 90s alt-rock and post grunge. “One of Them Will Destroy the Other” kicks things off to a raging start as vocalist Derek Sanders cries, “I don’t know man, I think I’m starting to feel something peculiar”. It’s just gritty enough to blast through those dark, autumn nights.
by Kiel Hauck
Kiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.