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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Listen: Meat Market's "Hole"

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click to enlarge Meat Market plays The Knockout Wednesday, March 11. - REBECCA ERIN LUKENS
  • Rebecca Erin Lukens
  • Meat Market plays The Knockout Wednesday, March 11.

There’s always something cathartic about listening to Meat Market. The Oakland outfit was my first introduction to the Bay Area, and their brand of catchy, ferocious, surfy pop-punk set a high benchmark for the years that ensued.

This week, they’ve done it again with their newest single, “Hole.” It’s an introspective, uplifting pop-punk anthem that’s accessible to anyone who grew up listening to Blink-182. The song opens with one thick, meaty chord attacked by both guitar players, followed with Meat Market’s signature guitar chug, harkening back to 2012’s “Don’t Surf.”

Palm-muted power chords climb up the neck while they question how out of touch we are with ourselves, before plunging into the chorus, letting a chord ring while singing, “into this hole I will go.”

The second verse is typical pop-punk. The two guitars attack, alternating accents and power chords into another chorus. The song climaxes and closes with a feel-good guitar solo that's nothing too special technically, but you can't help but grin at it nonetheless.

The band has been active in the Bay Area for a the past four years. They’ve toured with togetherPANGEA and Fidlar, and guitarist and artist Jeffery Chung painted the mural above Brick & Mortar. This month, they’re embarking for SXSW with Guantanamo Baywatch, The Memories, and Chastity Belt.

Can't quite make the trek to Austin this year? They're also playing The Knockout on Wednesday, March 11.

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