Massachusetts's Sapling have released a strong album of the year contender with No Sequoia. Let's be clear: Sapling aren't going to be for everyone. This album is abrasive, and it's intended to be. But No Sequoia is also a lot of fun. Along with the intense noise and aggression of songs like "Fuck This Yuppie Barbecue," you also get these chill and groovy songs like "Maria Vs. Machine Maria." Although "Maria Vs. Machine Maria" devolves into noise and chaos at the end, so there's definitely a theme here. That might be one of the great things about Sapling. Most bands that fall into the noise punk category are either pure noise and aggression or electronic near dance music. Sapling exist in both worlds, being both punk and groovy dance music. Plus, their songs feel both silly and completely serious at the same time, which is never a bad thing.
You can listen to "Everything Was Better" below. No Sequoia is available now via Bandcamp. For more on Sapling, check them out on Facebook and YouTube.