New Found Glory Talk New Album, Tour, And Being A 4-Piece
Jordan and Chad from New Found Glory recently sat down with Billboard to talk about becoming a quartet, their writing process, a new album, and a US tour. Click Read More to read the entire interview. It’s definitely worth it.
Fairmount are a fairly new band from Pennsylvania. By fairly new, I mean, like, brand spankin’ new. They just released their first track, ‘Walls’, a few days ago and I’m already hooked. Don’t sleep on this band, and keep an eye out for more music from them soon!
RIYL: New Found Glory, (old) All Time Low, Handguns
blink-182's entire catalog will be reissued on vinyl within the next 6 months. You'll be able to check out all of the information we have, including release dates and vinyl details by clicking Read More.
Man Overboard, Transit, Forever Came Calling, Knuckle Puck Tour
Man Overboard, Transit, Forever Came Calling and Knuckle Puck will head out on The Heart Attack Tour, sponsored by Alternative Press. The tour runs across most of the US and goes a little bit into Canada (west coast, get excited!). Check out all the dates by clicking Read More.
Knuckle Puck have released a brand new track titled ‘Fences.’ The track will be featured on the bands upcoming split EP with Neck Deep. Physical copies of the EP are sold out online, but there will be 500 copies available on the bands’ upcoming tour with Neck Deep, which starts on February 28th.
You’ll be able to stream ‘Fences' by clicking Read More as well as view all of their upcoming tour dates.
Fireworks To Release 'Oh, Common Life' March 25th, Release New Song
Fireworks will release their highly anticipated new album, Oh, Common Life on March 25th via Triple Crown Records, and pre-orders are now live. You can also stream a brand new track titled ‘Glowing Crosses’ by clicking here.
I don’t know if you guys have kids, or if you just like listening to music while you sleep…. but if you fall into either of the categories above, you’re in for a treat. Sparrow Sleeps, which is a guy with a baby who likes punk rock enough to turn punk rock songs into lullaby versions, have released Boob Ranch. Yup, Boob Ranch, which is a collection of your favourite blink-182 songs in LULLABY FORM. You can stream a few songs for free and the whole album is only $10 on Bandcamp and it is so worth it if you want a pop punk baby.
Other artists that Sparrow Sleeps have created lullaby renditions for:
blink-182 are officially demoing new music. The band plans to have an album out this year, but we weren’t expecting them to jump into the studio this quickly (based off of their track record, and that they have not updated us in months). Check out a tweet from Mark Hoppus by hitting Read More.
Matt Wilson (SYG) Launches Kickstarter; Plans 'Reset EP' Reissue
Matt Wilson of Set Your Goals has launched a Kickstarter account to fund the newly founded Calaveras Records. Matt wants to repress SYG’s debut EP, Reset, on vinyl in time for Record Store Day 2014. You can pledge to the Kickstarter and find out more by clicking here.
Neck Deep and Knuckle Puck will release a split 7” through Bad Timing Records and Hopeless Records in the US, and Banquet Records will sell copies for the UK fans! The split will be released on February 25th, and pre-orders are live now. By clicking Read More, you can view details for the split, including the track listing, as well as a brand new track from Knuckle Puck.
The other day, Firestarter were involved in a van accident that totalled their trailer and damaged their van. They’re currently on tour and have about another 20 days left. The band put up a brand new track titled 'Lost & Found' at a name your price download. Please donate or purchase whatever you can to the band or on their webstore, they’re good people and need your help!
To celebrate its 5 year anniversary, A Loss For Words are repressing their album, The Kids Can’t Lose, with help from Pure Noise Records. The repress will be limited to /500, and you can pre-order it here.
Such Gold, Ivy League, Maker, & Turnover 4-Way Split
Such Gold, Ivy League, Maker and Turnover have announced that they will release a 4-way split EP on March 4th. The vinyl will feature one brand new track from each band, be limited to three colours, and has gatefold matte finished jackets.
Maker’s track from the album, 'Here She Comes', is streaming here.
Save Your Breath have released a brand new video for 'Harrow Road'. The track appears on the bands latest LP, There Used To Be A Place For Us, which was one of our top albums of 2013. Click Read More to check out the video, and also view the remaining tour dates of Save Your Breath’s tour with We Are The In Crowd.
Rust Belt Lights - Religion & My Ex Release Date: 2/25/14 (Digital) / 3/24/14 (Physical) Record Label: Adeline Records (US) / Disconnect Disconnect Records (UK) Review by: Jake Hook
In this era of mashups - where no matter how disparate two component parts may be, there will be found a way to force an uneasy alliance between them - it shouldn’t be much of a shock when such seemingly-at-odds genres as hardcore and pop-punk find a kind of common ground in the form of a band like Rust Belt Lights. Hardcore purists might turn up their nose at pop-punk, and pop-punk kids may always wonder why macho hardcore types can’t just lighten up with a good hook, but an album like ‘Religion & My Ex’ show just how feasible a combination might be.
The Buffalo, NY group, continuing in the tradition of bands like Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong, and other bands with exactly three words in their name (and Daggermouth too I guess), seem poised for more mainstream acceptance due to their streamlining of the rougher edges of their sound. Where a band like Daggermouth feel as though their songs are songs are structured like “pop-punk part, then hardcore part, then pop-punk chorus, then hardcore breakdown,” on songs like “Old Ghosts,” RBL blurs the lines and creates something that is at times of both but never entirely one or the other. Drawing equal influence from the likes of ‘Can’t Slow Down’- era Saves The Day and The Story So Far, the song effortlessly swings between the aggressive and the sincere. While the verses seem to be kind of a mish-mash of a bunch or seemingly heartfelt one-liners strung together, the chorus is the most unforgettable on the album and holds it all together nicely.
While most of the album is pretty straightforward, meat-and-potatoes shoutalong fare, there are some moments where the band takes a step outside its comfort zone for something more intimate. “Shy Boys” stands out among the tracks that push the boundaries, and while it can seem a bit cheesy at times, it does hint at some more ambitious aspirations, if not entirely fulfilling them this time around. Only time will tell if they choose to explore this avenue further on down the line, but at the very least it’s a more tender side of the band that serves to break up the tedium a bit, which keeps the listener from getting too bored of the stream of more intense tracks.
From the working-class love song “Parkside” to summary closer “Just Words,” RBL checks off the list of pop-punk tropes while imbuing ‘Religion & My Ex’ with enough pure enthusiasm to keep it from becoming mere cliché. For those looking for more heavy riffs and less saccharine vocals but still aren’t ready to dive into Ceremony’s catalog yet, Rust Belt Lights will be sure to set you on the right path.
In the autumn of 2012 we made a decision as a band to put things on hold, as many of us had other commitments in our life that needed to take priority. Almost two years on, for the most part now settled in where we want to be, it feels like there is space for change. When we put out the hiatus statement we genuinely thought we were going to be away for quite a while and we didn’t see any chance of having free time to do anything other than focus on our professional lives. We’re glad that this is not the case. We are really excited to say that Basement will be playing shows this summer and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone again.
STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND LISTEN TO THIS BAND.
It’s not often that I start listening to a band and I’m hooked even before hearing the vocals. That rarity happened tonight as soon as I started listening to 'Chai Takes' by The Original Sharks, which features members of Such Gold. Instantly hooked. Thus, I strongly urge all of you to check them out now, even though there are only two songs uploaded to Bandcamp, but those two songs are up on a name your price basis.
Hey, I have a question about the TWY video shoot. Are the ages strict? I know the youngest they're looking for is early-mid 20's, but would someone younger, who looks older, be able to send in headshots? (I'll be very close to 17 years old at the time of the shoot?)
That I am not sure about. I would use the contact info and submit yourself for it regardless. Usually casting calls are subject to how you look, not to how old you really are. (Ben Mackenzie was like 28 and played a 16 year old on The OC so come on…)
EDIT: washingtonsqpark said: if it’s for a video they probably want everyone to be at least 18 and older because of legal stuff and waivers.
And is probably right as well. But still ask the booking agents.
Paper + Plastick Records have made available a 2013 digital bundle of records in their webstore. You’ll get 11 albums for just $15 including releases from Pentimento, Light Years and more! It’s only available THIS WEEK, so get your butts moving.
Do you live in the Philadelphia area? Do you like The Wonder Years? Do you want to be in a music video? Well, here’s your chance! The Wonder Years will be shooting a video for ‘Dismantling Summer’ and are looking for actors to portray Soupy’s family. You can check out some more details by hitting Read More.
Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory has teamed up with songwriter Alex Woodard for the second installment of his music-meets-literature series For The Sender: Love Is (Not A Feeling). The track is titled 'Breathe The Sky' and tells the tale of a man’s unnerving optimism while battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). You can stream the track on Billboard by clicking here.
Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell of The Wonder Years has started a web series titled “Talking With Soup,” in which he interviews his famous friends. His first interview is with Jack Barakat of All Time Low, which you can check out here.
Elder Abuse - Born To Lose Release Date: TBA Record Label: State Of Mind Recordings Reviewer: Chris Gates
Elder Abuse brings us a rather honest brand of punk rock in its latest EP Born to Lose, showcasing its influences in an all-encompassing brand of punk rock. Formed by members of various other bands – most notably drummer Dan Donald, formerly of Daggermouth – they present us with a collection of songs that pull from influences throughout the genre.
Tropical Song kicks off the EP and immediately greets you with the raspy, emotional vocals that are a trademark of this band. These are mixed, at times, with pockets of catchy harmonies that show how these guys can appeal to a wide spectrum of the pop/punk crowd. Lyrics like “I’m better off alone,” and “At least I fucking tried,” are the preview of what to expect as the EP progresses.
Rex Manning Day continues the emotionally-charged lyricism asking, “Will we still be friends?” And exclaiming “I’m praying for a different ending,” before hitting with a hard change of pace to wrap things up. The EP definitely sets the tone of letting go and saying goodbye to things in your life, only to come full circle by basically throwing up the middle finger in Winnipeg Sucks and then extending to us a more nostalgic look at things with See Ya Later, Moondog.
Elder Abuse lists influences anywhere from hardcore types to pop/punk and everywhere in between. That all-encompassing attitude is clear on Born to Lose. From tempo changes and guitar lines, to group vocals and drum fills, there’s a little bit of everything on this EP that a fan of punk rock can enjoy.
A pit moving song like Worst Case Ontario comes right after the catchy Beige Pants Were A Bad Idea, full of simple, melodic harmonies. Rather refreshingly, these guys forego the fluff and let their music do the talking.
Elder Abuse has a bright future and it will be interesting to see which way their music trends in the future. For now, enjoy Born To Lose and fulfill your taste of all things punk rock.
Neck Deep - Wishful Thinking Release Date: January 14th, 2014 Record Label: Hopeless Records Reviewer: Mike Mule
It’s apparent that our friends across the pond have similar problems with adolescence, women, friends, and really just life in general. And just like the good old boys (and girls) in the US deal by making epic pop punk anthems, the UK are right there with us. Maybe even teaching us a thing or two. Neck Deep reveals how well they’ve mastered popping and punking in their newest release Wishful Thinking.
Bringing the heaters right off the (cricket) bat, “Losing Teeth” introduce us into these dudes’ new baby with catchy riffs and circle pit worthy drum beats. Keeping the pop punk attitude alive by complaining of nothing to do with friends in living rooms and what not, the first track brings us to realize that this may be an easy listening album. Catchy throughout, yet not a whole lot of attention is necessary to understand what’s happening for the next twelve songs. Straight forward and keeping you hooked, this will become an album played during many homework sessions. “Study Punk” at it’s finest.
Keep you heads bobbing and feet tapping for the next couple of tracks because these gentlemen don’t stray too far from the fast paced jams we’ve all grown to love. Personally I enjoy that they keep the same swingy theme across the album, versus trying to change it up and slow it down into mellow ballads we’ve seen recently. That’s so 2013. Their technique in song writing definitely shows what they like, what they know, and what they do best. Hints of New Found Glory and I Call Fives will be sure to tickle all the fancies of pop punk fanatics of all types. This album will no doubt be a great one to catch played live. Stage dives! Stage dives!
Right around halfway through we stumble on “Zoltar Speaks”. This little gem, clearly influencing the cover art and name of the album itself with repeating lines of “wishful thinking”, is a fun slight little change up. Sounding a bit heavier, the Neck Deep bros start with fast riffs and aggressive vocals, bringing the energy of the album even higher. We hit a curveball coming to one of the poppiest choruses of the album. Dudes. Genius. The clash of aggression and full blown pop plants the seed of the lyrical flower that will forever be blossoming and stuck inside your head.
The next seven songs are just as intense and lyrically driven. Following the same template of riffed up intros and breakdown-ish choruses that litter the album, Neck Deep’s Wishful Thinking is in perfect position to be a favorite of 2014. With many releases expected to come out this year in the genre, Neck Deep was smart to take the lead. Although a simple, straight forward record, these guys know what they have and know exactly how to present it. They hit the scene hard and this album proves they can hang, good luck everyone else. Wishful Thinking is playing for keeps!
All Time Low, Man Overboard & Handguns Announce Tour
All Time Low, Man Overboard and Handguns have announced that they’ll be touring together. All the dates are on the poster above, but if you can’t see it, click Read More to check out the list of dates.
Knuckle Puck's van engine exploded today. They have a bunch of touring lined up and won't be able to do it if they don't get a new van. Please, if you can, help these dudes out and pick up some merch on their webstore, or buy their EP on Bandcamp. These are good dudes, and they just wanna play music for you.