Something I’ve found is that when a hardcore band decides to make a more melodic track, they usually knock it out of the park. Whether it’s Avail with “Simple Song” or Black Flag with “T.V. Party”, it feels like the bands are almost showing off how easy it is to write a catchy hook. Niagara, Ontario’s The Holdouts make it sound pretty easy.
The melodic hardcore group’s latest single is pure, throat-ravaging punk rock. The track isn’t worrying about big hooks – it just blasts off with fury over overdrive drums and vicious guitars. It’s circle pit music at its most pure, with lyrical moments you just want to shout along with (“I’ll be the inspiration for a million poison dreams”, “Make a family of your own little misfit crew”).