Softcore Villain – “Red 40”


Austin-based act Softcore Villain released their debut EP, Good Intentions, this past February, showcasing a very fluid sound seeped in dark post-punk and alt-rock influences. Comprised of experienced musicians from various parts of the country (Texas, Louisiana, Indiana), new track “Red 40” shows this band as one with enormous capacity and very strong songwriting. This bustling, jangly sound comprises much of the first half, until a beautifully emotive hook emerges explosively at 02:16. The weeping vocal touch, combined with the uptick in guitar and rhythmic intensity, makes for a very powerful listen. Some excellent guitar work emphasis and a reprise of this chorus, with added guitar-led fervor, caps this excellent track off nicely.

Stream the EP’s other two tracks below:

Mike Mineo

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