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I don't think there's a punk band in 2022 as exciting as Perennial. The Connecticut band just released the title track off their upcoming album. "In the Midnight Hour" is a lightning speed burst of minute and a half long punk. It's fast, and heavy, and discordant, but also mysteriously melodic. It's not quite noisy enough for noise punk, but it's definitely not standard sounding punk. It resides right in the middle of both, dancing its way towards both. If I'm going to make a comparison to other bands, "In the Midnight Hour" has the excitement and energy of a band like Lightning Bolt with the attitude and groove of Downtown Boys. It's impossible for me not to become smitten with a band like Perennial.
You can listen to "In the Midnight Hour" below. The album In the Midnight Hour is due out February 1 and can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp. For more on Perennial, check out the band's Instagram and Twitter.