Okay, so I might be jumping the gun a little bit here, but according to this interview with LasVegasSun, Travis Barker plans on releasing a second solo album, blink-182's new album, an EP with Hopsin, a new Transplants record, and a cover album.
Forever Came Calling are easily one of the best, most sincere, talented, hardworking guys in this scene. A couple years ago, they came out with their debut album, Contender, which was one of our top picks for 2012. They’re following it up with an, dare I say it, even better sophomore release, titled What Matters Most.
They are currently streaming the new album on AbsolutePunk.net. Check it out, and it officially gets released tomorrow (10/21/14) via Pure Noise Records. Make sure you pick this up.
Speech Patterns are a band from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. They’re this really cool blend of punk rock and pop punk that I hear a lot of bands try, but not a lot of them succeed at. Speech Patterns not only succeeds at what they’re trying to do, they do it with ease and with such talent that I don’t quite understand how they’re not a lot bigger than they are currently.
They currently have an EP available on their Bandcamp, and I’d highly suggest you pick it up, as you’ll be hooked on this band if you know anything about anything in the world.
Maybe it’s time to get our hopes up. Holding true to what Mark Hoppus said earlier this year, blink will head into the studio to begin their first big writing session in a few weeks. This was all but confirmed by Tom DeLonge, who recently spoke with Wondering Sound:
Also heard that there’s a new Blink-182 album in the works. What’s the timeline for that looking like? I am hoping that we can get this thing out by summer, but we will see.
Have you started recording yet? We actually have our very first big writing session coming here in the next few weeks where we’ll get together and lay down our first tracks.
Modern Ghost are a pop-rock/punk band hailing from Montreal, QC, Canada. Their songs are the type where you just want to jump up and down, and sing along at the top of your lungs. They have a great balance in their music, and it isn’t the obnoxious sort of pop-rock that makes your head hurt. Anyway, make sure you give them a listen, cause you just might catch yourself singing their songs afterwards.
Currently, the band have a pair of EPs out, titled Yours, Completely and Yours, Regrettably. Stream those on their SoundCloud profile, and purchase it on iTunes.
According to Billboard, not one artist’s album has gone platinum (meaning one million units sold) this year. This raises the question: is Gold the new Platinum?
The best selling albums this year are Beyonce’s self-titled album (776,000 units), Lorde’s Pure Heroine (754,000 units). However, both albums were released in 2013 (although Beyonce really only had 3 weeks in 2013, but, 2013 nonetheless). The best selling album of 2014 so far is country music star Eric Church’s Outsiders (722,000 units).
There is a silver lining, though: vinyl. Vinyl has increased in sales by 47% over the past year. According to Billboard:
Vinyl is up a whopping 47.5 percent to 6.074 million units from 4.12 million units last year. In fact, in the first nine-month period, vinyl album scans outpaced by 20,000 units all scans that the format had in all 12 months of last year, when vinyl sales totaled 6.054 million units. Jack White’s Lazaretto is the best-selling title so far this year, with scans of almost 73,000 units.
Post Season - ‘Hollowed Out Hearts’ Release Date: October 25th Record Label: Broken Rim Records Review By: Mike Mule’ Order here
Just roughly two years in, and Post Season has seen and done more than most bands even dream of. Multiple releases, multiple tours, multiple mid-set selfies. These young dudes from Pennsylvania are truly in it to win it and not slowing down for anything. Fresh back from a full US tour and already a new EP on the line. Post Season continues to follow the path they’ve set with their last full length, Remember. The newest heavy hitter in their arsenal, Hollowed Out Hearts, available at the end of the month, is up to stream in a variety of locations. And stream you must!
No messing around and no false hopes. Track one, No Brains, No Headache grabs the back of your neck and forcefully pulls you face first into the mic. About as heavy and catchy as pop punk can handle with similarities to With The Punches and Such Gold, this latest EP hits hard and heavy, just how we like it.
Easing off the gas a bit on number two off the EP, the title track Hollowed Out Hearts turns up the pop and utilizes vocalist Dan Tippery’s voice in perfect pop punk fashion. Punchy and crisp, the second track strays away from typical song structure and keeps the listener captivated the entire time. Perfectly placed musical breaks, complete with fast paced guitar licks and heart thumping pop beats, Post Season really out does themselves for a band so young.
There was a time when any album had an interlude type of a track. Soft and melodic, really preparing the listener for the rest of what may come. Well Post Season clearly remembers those days, and knows exactly how to bust out those tracks. Vocal driven, ghastly crashing drums, and some of the most beautiful guitar melodies a pop punk fanatic can handle. My Bad lets the EP breath, just to come in hot with the final two pop punk masterpieces.
Sporadic palm mutes guide us into the perfect sing a long tune. Staying true to that Post Season “shred” guitar action for a quick intro and we’re head first into the next personal and heartfelt banger. Upbeat and powerful throughout it’s entirety, Picture Frame Eyes comes in with authority and is a perfect set up to the finality of Hollowed Out Hearts.
Energetic from the very first second, with upbeat gang vocal styled “Ohhhs”, It’s All Part Of It ends the EP on the highest and most energized note there is out there. Fast and in your face with plenty of opportunity for crowd participation, a true grand finale with a beautiful and slightly jazzy acoustic encore EP,Post Season shows that you don’t need 5 plus years before you can find your “sound”. Get up, take that hollowed out heart, fill it with motivation and desire, and do something.
ALBUM REVIEW: There's Nothing Wrong With Me - Major League
Major League - There’s Nothing Wrong With Me Release Date: November 4th, 2014 Record Label: No Sleep Records Review by: Mike Mule’ Order HERE
Over the last eight years or so there’s been a name floating around the internet regarding the pop punk/alternative/indie scene usually in a form of a question as so: “Have you heard of ‘so and so’, yeah the new No Sleep band? You need to check them out, They’re awesome!” Well Major League definitely keeps the No Sleep train rolling with There’s Nothing Wrong With Me. A progression that benches their 2012 release Hard Feelings and easily makes their first appearance to the scene The Truth Is… look like a tee-ball team, the Mantau monsters really come into their own with There’s Nothing Wrong With Me, and after just one listen it’s evident, there’s nothing wrong with this, at all.
Swinging for the fences with the first track is Wallflower. More of an indie approach than previous releases. Major League shows they’ve grown and tweaked their sound. And ate their Wheaties. Two servings even. Ambient and aggressive, Wallflower is just the pre-game warm up into the 10 tracks to follow this heater.
Track two wakes up the crowd like Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez is caught in a pickle between third and home. Ironically titled, Graves kicks up the dirt with a strong vocal start. Melodic, heavy, and captivating,Major League definitely strays away from the poppier side of their earlier work, yet doesn’t sound like an entirely new band. Staying aggressive and driving throughout the entire song, Graves further proves that there is nothing wrong with this album.
Off the tip with a foul ball note, like so many of these conversations can start, is Pillow Talk. Still aggressively driving and very similar to the precursors, track three shows that Major League has their rally caps on and aren’t slowing down for anyone. Utilizing pitch bending airy guitar leads over crunching rhythms,Pillow Talk puts the listener in their groove.They’re stretched out, warmed up, and ready for more.
Sliding headfirst into the first single that’s been released publicly is Kaleidoscopes. Still driving and aggressive with quick snares and vocal driven choruses, this one brings the “poppy” back. Upbeat fun and in your face in it’s entirety, Kaleidoscopes charges the mound and forces the fans out of their seats.
Calming down after the first four very fast, very intense, and very exciting tracks is the monotoned and open ended Just As I Am. While carrying heavier lyrics in the single toned verses and droning guitars, track five is perfectly executed and properly sneaks in the anticipated acoustic track, Montreal.
Poetic vocal patterns, crisp stringed chords, and hints of an “at home” recording is a grand slam of an acoustic track. Holding heavy subject matter, that’s clearly evident in the way the vocals are delivered, Montreal is catchy, sad, remorseful and familiar. Even sounding like it was recorded right in front of you and 6 of your friends in a basement bedroom. Major League brought it back to basics with this heart felt pop punk ballad.
Wiping the dirt from our knees and tears from our eyes is the seventh track stretch, Little Eyes. A soft re introduction to how There’s Nothing Wrong With Me was heading. The crucial soft beginning to get the listener back into the groove fully opens up the song all within thirty seconds. Not a lot of time to pick up where you left off, yet as stated before, there’s nothing wrong with this album. A relief pitcher of a song, Little Eyes calms you down from the first half and prepares you for all the excitement to come.
Slow simple and a familiar start, with a wild card burst of energy. Back in the game and dare I say recovered? Recovery throws us a curve with a more aggressive 90’s feel. Complete with harmonized duel vocals, clean sing-song to heavy distorted call and answer bridges and soloed bass lines. The bat has been picked up, the finger points to the fences, and track nine approaches the batters box.
Chugging and soft vocals into full blown aggressive pop punk riffs. This is Devil’s Advocate. All styles, techniques, and sounds Major League has had over the years can be heard in this song. Fast verses, hard pre choruses, and a poppy sing a long formatted airy bridge that all suddenly ends. Devil’s Advocatewill be a hell raiser come the live show.
Like a full blown parking lot brawl at the rival’s pre season tailgate, Bruiser has knuckles clenched and swings blindly. Track ten hits and hits hard. A last quick burst of hostile energy into the final track Rittenhouse. Uplifting and celebratory, Major League ends the album climatically and proud. With soft vocals and clean guitars, Rittenhouse is built up drastically. Slowly adding all the elements to make the final track as momentous as possible. As if a world series champion was trying to hold in their pride, Rittenhouse goes from a subtle rock jam to a full blown victorious ballad. A major progression and a major success for Major League.
A while back, A Loss For Words covered ‘Use Somebody' by Kings Of Leon, but only released it to the world yesterday. I don’t know why they kept something so beautiful from us for so long. Stream it by clicking Read More.
We’ve posted about Short Answers a couple of times before, because they are one of the best new bands I’ve heard in a long time; let alone they do it all with only two members. They have an LP coming out within a couple of months, titled This Is A Perfect Place, and today we’re here to tell you they’ve released a few songs on their Bandcamp for stream. Don’t sleep on this. I’m telling you. I’ve been right about bands before.
If you haven’t heard of Short Answers yet, they’re a band from San Luis Obispo, California, and currently have an EP titled Branded under their belts.
Hostage Calm has broken up. It’s too soon, it’s too young, and it hurts too much.
All planned shows are canceled. We are still figuring out if and when there will be any final shows.
I want to personally thank every one of you who supported us over the years. You shared so much more with us than you’ll ever know. From our music to our politics, you helped make a bunch of Wallingford kids’ foolish dreams a reality. It was the great privilege of our young lives.
To all of you who’ve connected with us, who’ve grown with us, who’ve loved, changed, cried, lived with us - and to all of you who will yet - Just know that we loved what we did, and we could never have done it alone. “I’ve been a hero, and I’ve been a fool. And all of it for you.”
New Found Glory - Resurrection Release Date: October 7th, 2014 Record Label: Hopeless Records Reviewer: Chris Gates PURCHASE: Vinyl / Mp3 / CD
New Found Glory has been doing it right for the better part of two decades, so we’d be silly to think much would change as the band releases Resurrection — its very first release as a four-piece band.
Jordan, Chad, Ian, and Cyrus bring it in the 13-song full-length album, giving us a little taste of the past while ushering in a slightly new feel with the re-constructed lineup.
While the songs are noticeably less full at times without two guitars backing each other up, the space isn’t an empty void. Rather, NFG uses it to their advantage by mixing melodic tones and continuing to create quality pop punk.
Resurrection kicks of with “Selfless”, which is accompanied by one of the band’s two new music videos to promote the album. Selfless is a combination of upbeat guitar riffs and a catchy hook that NFG fans have come to love.
The album’s title track, “Resurrection”, keeps things going with a crunchy, driving guitar line. The chorus here is a great example of the band’s ability to combine a simple riff with Jordan’s vocals to create a powerful line, ending with “I’m moving on. Watch my resurrection.”
“The Worst Person” combines simple guitar and a fast paced tempo, leading right into a catchy chorus that is a great mix of a happy-sounding melody and angry vocals.
“Ready and Willing” is the second song on the album that features a debut music video to go along with it, and really brings more of the same — quality pop punk that leaves you humming the hook for minutes, and hours, and days into the future.
“One More Round” and “Vicious Love” are really taken over by lead guitar. Fast and slow riffs back to back, Chad’s fingers match Jordan’s voice when it comes to melodic quality.
Following the tone of “Vicious Love” is “Persistent”, a song about someone going out trying with the person they love. The pace picks up right in the final chorus, leading perfectly into a pit mover like “Stories Of A Different Kind” (complete with group vocals!). This one will be fun to watch live, as will “Degenerate”, which explodes into the fullest chorus of the album.
The pace slows down a bit with “Angel”, which actually seems a bit out of place with the rest of the album, but “Stubborn” and “Living Hell” walk the album home strong before things wrap up with “On My Own”.
This anticipation for this album was heavy doses of excitement with bits of nervousness, personally, as the four-piece version of New Found Glory was a complete unknown. NFG paved the way for the genre and so many amazing bands. Like I mentioned to start off this review, they’ve been doing it — and doing it right — for a really long time.
The nervousness faded and the excitement grew as I dug into Resurrection. New Found Glory continues to do pop punk the right way with their latest full-length album, and proves that they’re still one of the mainstays in the genre now, and for a long time to come.
Amazon has listed that Knuckle Puck's next release will be titled While I Stay Secluded, and will be released on Oct 27th. Click Read More to check out the track listing and album art leaked by Amazon.
ALBUM REVIEW: Older, Fatter, Drunker - Youth Decay
Youth Decay - Older, Fatter, Drunker Release Date: September 2nd, 2014 Record Label: New Damage Records Reviewer: Mike Mule’ Purchase here
It happens to every adolescent punk out there. You go into “mosh retirement.” You start listening to softer music your moms will like. You have a heavier hangover and, an actual bedtime. You start growing up. But the party doesn’t have to end when you get older fatter and drunker. Some “old men” are still bringing the heat. And Holy Shit, these dudes are starting some Turf wars that will undoubtedly Wake The dead, or at lost those who thought the game was over. Pop Punk may be filled with youthful teens and early twenty somethings, but there’s still some fight left in the older crowd. Vancouver punks Youth Decay have proved that fully in their 4 song E.P. Freshly released through New Damage Records. With members from Daggermouth, Comeback Kid, Living with Lions, The Grave Life, and Carpenter, “Older, Fatter, Drunker” is a quick one that’s not recommended. This is a MUST to pick up.
Can I get a drum roll please? And we start off Older, Fatter, Drunker hard with blast beats, chants, and screams on “Little Winnipeg”. Short and sweet, fast and heavy, this straight up rules. Definitely more of a hardcore punk vibe, Youth Decay is very influenced by their members’ previous projects, and it may be the best punk super group to rampage through your ear drums. Some bands have the ability to maintain a pop factor while still being one of the heaviest things you’ve ever heard. Youth Decay has nailed this to a “T”.
With a giant leap into track two, “Stench of Regret” picks it up even more. In your face with pop punk breakdowns that we thought were left in 2006,Youth Decay revives the gang chants we all grew up on. Choruses to lose your voice to and verses that I can only assume will cause the heftiest of dog piles that will make any mid-twenties and older concert goer feel 17 again. You may have to come out of retirement for this one.
After you catch your breath, yet before you regret bum rushing the stage, the old fat drunk Vancouver punks belt out a strong minded message to inconsiderate cyclists. Share the road goes both ways! Guitar slides, fast mouthed shouting, and tons of stage dives “Psycho Cyclists” brings that negative attitude into this PMA world that pop punk needs from time to time. Get mean, get dirty, get aggressive, stay up past your bedtime.
Ending this tease of Canadian fury is “33”. Loud and happy, heavy and poppy. Stu McKillop (vocals) rides that fine line of a hardcore scream/ high pitched sing song voice. Just enough rasp, just enough notes hit, just enough booze, “33” is perfectly orchestrated to keep the crowd going, the old heads dancing, and the young kids influenced. A perfect ending to a glimpse of pop punk’s past. While this scene is getting younger and the genre gets broader, there’s still some with decayed youth who aren’t done yet, aren’t sitting back to watch the kids have all the fun. Youth Decay is here. And are here to party.
Dangercat - To The Moon Release Date: September 30th Record Label: Self-Released Reviewer: Mike Mule’
Just north of Minnesota and North Dakota, you can find the diverse city of Winnipeg. This wonderful, culturally diverse city right in the middle of Canada is home to roughly 1.2 million ecstatic and prideful human beings. Why so ecstatic you may ask? Well four men out of the 1.2 million populace form the raspy, radically rocking punk band known as Dangercat. After a first listen of “To The Moon”, going to those lengths for a copy wouldn’t be absurd. With traces of pop punk from years past, raspy yet soothing vocals, and crunched guitars that aren’t overly saturated with post production, “To The Moon” is one of those feel good records reminding you why you’re a punk rocker to begin with.
Four stick clicks, and Dangercat slowly introduces us to the first of ten moon bound songs. “Fear and Drugs” timidly starts of the record with clean guitars and soft raspy vocals. While not straying too far off the path to be noticed or different from the punk scene, Dangercat’s first track paves the road for what the record will be. Fun, catchy, and something everyone can get down too.
Blasting off into track two we have “Basement.” You guessed it, a standard punk song about drinking in a basement. Grab your tall boys, grab your friends, grab the mic, and sing a long. Faster and more aggressive than the previous track, this one gets the party started. And it doesn’t stop there!
Now be honest, bass heavy intros/verses can make or break a song by really mudding up the flow, like the waters of Winnipeg! Luckily Dangercat knows what they’re doing. Slight traces of perhaps a Title Fight or Jawebreaker rear its head on “In My Way”. Taking us from the initial blast off to a cruising speed. Easy moving and a little more tame, the bass-led tune will most definitely plant it’s flag in your brain and have you singing along in just one quick listen.
Jumping ahead a few we’re at one of the heavier tunes on the album. “ Killing Time” comes in strong, vocally and instrumentally. Call and answer vocals. Pumped up palm mutes. Long winded choruses. “Killing Time” has all the crucial components a punk song needs to wrangle in any new fan. While still not out of the norm of the genre, Dangercat keeps it catchy and fun.
Ending on a good, fast, catchy and poppy note is “See You In Hell.” They saved the heater for the end. Throwing it in overdrive the final song unleashes all the fury that is Dangercat. Utilizing all aspects that make a punk song stick, we have repetitive sing songy choruses, clean crisp bridges, and lyrics of defiance and individuality. Dangercat has made the people of Winnipeg proud, and fully succeeded in taking this one out of Canada and to the moon.
The Story So Far's lead singer, Parker Cannon, has announced that he will be releasing a solo demo for free this weekend on Bandcamp, under the name Snarl.
I finally had enough time at home to write/earned enough money from touring to record my demo. Its almost done, I’ll be droppin it on bandcamp this weekend for free. Some cool merch will be available online as well. A huge thank you to my brotha@carlitosxguey for the artwork, if you need designs done, hit him up. Stay tuned! SNARL HC 2014
New Found Glory Explain Creative Process Behind 'Resurrection'
New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert recently spoke to Fuse about the creative process behind their upcoming record, Resurrection. You can read the full interview here, and read an excerpt by clicking Read More.
Mixtapes have announced that they will play some shows on their way to Fest next month. These will be some of Mixtapes final shows before going on hiatus in November. Click Read More to check out the dates.