Artist of the Week: Lyed

As always, I'm late to the party in finding noteworthy artists like experimental post-hardcore band Lyed from Austin, TX. I first t...

As always, I'm late to the party in finding noteworthy artists like experimental post-hardcore band Lyed from Austin, TX.


I first took a cursory listen to their most recent 10" vinyl split with Mexican hardcore band Joliette, who are another primo band you should check out. Both halves of the split are pretty great but Lyed's half is an all-out assault on your senses. From the relentless and punishing drumming to the perfectly dissonant guitar riffs, the five guys in Lyed come together to form a post-hardcore orchestra of doom. "Dark Walls" feature great dynamics and vampiric guitar riffs while "The Middle Children" showcase their songwriting ability and their gnarly breakdowns. Lyed kind of reminded me of Fear Before, Heavy Heavy Low Low, Japanese band Envy, and a little Fall of Troy influence. Their ghastly brand of hardcore tears at your limbs in the most pleasurable way possible. Fancy guitar work only shows up when it's needed. The lyrics are painfully honest and vulnerable touching on themes of existential crisis, inadequacy, suicidal ideation, and a general malaise that plagues the vocalist. Between My Claws was their debut EP and featured 4-tracks that kick you in the teeth. I connected emotionally to the bombastic nature of their music but the gloomy imagery of the lyrics made their music that much more palatable and genuine.

Mosey on over to their Bandcamp page to download their half of the split EP and last year's debut EP, Between My Claws, now.


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