An aspiring artist has taken some classic blink-182 album covers (Enema of the State, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, Self-titled) and redesigned them as posters. They are pretty stinkin’ cool. I just ordered one. Click here to purchase them, and you can check out the designs by clicking Read More.
Undercast hail from Sydney, Australia, and they are sure to get your blood flowing. Although they only have one track as of right now, be on the lookout for an upcoming release which they are finishing up in the studio right now.
Fireworks - Oh, Common Life Release Date: March 25th, 2014 Record Label: Triple Crown Records Reviewer by: Jake Hook
It’s been a while since a pop-punk album has felt as gritty as ‘Oh, Common Life.’ Plenty of bands are taking some blatant influence from Smashing Pumpkins and even The Jesus Lizard and Dinosaur Jr, but at times it can feel like some knuckle-dragging macho fare lacking in any sense of subtlety. Fireworks, however, plays things smart, taking a note from the hi-fi production of 90s alt-rock but coupling it with the flash and flare reminiscent of mid-period AFI. At times dark and creepy, at other times bright and optimistic, a palpable sense of anxiety is a strong undercurrent through most of the tracks. Their skillful mish-mash of influences makes for one of the most unique and clever pop-punk releases of 2014 so far.
Starting things off nice and dark, “Glowing Crosses” marries the riffage of classic grunge bands with a skulking bass line that feels like a predator silently stalking its prey, exploding into a bombastic chorus. Other tracks, like “Files on Tape,” which sounds like it could have been a b-side to ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out,’ shows the band to be just as adept at turning a phrase as they are at churning out solid, weighty riffs. At times, the heavy, dark tracks can seem a tad predictable, but the lyrics pack enough of a punch and the hooks stick hard enough that it might not be such a bad thing to be able to see them coming.
In contrast to the hard-hitters that wallow in their misery but contain a silver lining of optimism for the future, there’s the more upbeat tracks on the album that, despite their sunny disposition, contain hints of regret and loss. “Bed Sores,” for example, sounds like it could have been written by Neon Trees if they spent a month listening exclusively to The Cure. “The Only Thing That Haunts This House Is Me,” which already seems like a charmer based on the title, almost sounds surfy, as if New Found Glory and The Growlers got together for an impromptu jam session.
These tracks serve as another example of what separates Fireworks from their peers. In the case of “The Only Thing…” for example – pop-punk bands over the course of the last 10 years are well-known for having hilariously long song titles, but rarely are they incorporated into the song itself. In that song, though, as unlikely as it seems, that line is actually the hook. Far from being a musical anachronism, it encapsulates a lot about the band. Against all the odds, they’re able to take something cumbersome and hard to deal with, be it the anxiety that comes with growing up or their rather sour musical influences, and manage to infuse it with some hope and accessibility.
The album art, an almost frightening depiction of a boy apparently transforming into a wolf set against a charcoal-scratched background, is perfectly fitting for the music it houses. Despite the big choruses and the saccharine hooks, the music itself deals with some pretty dark stuff which, try as you might to suppress it, is impossible to ignore. That’s what makes ‘Oh, Common Life’ such an enjoyable album, despite the seriousness with which the band approaches things. It’s smart without being pretentious, fun without being pedantic, dark without being depressing, and accessible, but clearly not written with the lowest common denominator in mind.
Firestarter have released a brand new track titled ‘Woodlawn' from their upcoming album, Forget The Past, on AbsolutePunk. The band has also begun pre-orders for the record, which you can purchase here.
Handguns have announced that they will release a brand new album titled Life Lessons via Pure Noise Records on July 8th. You can already stream a brand new track titled 'Heart Vs. Head' by clicking Read More, as well as check out the track listing and album art.
A few more details have come out surrounding Steve Klein’s (ex-New Found Glory) case.
The case came to the attention of authorities when Klein’s now-ex-wife called police, having allegedly seen evidence of Klein’s online activity. […] The District Attorney’s Office is not commenting on the case at this time. A search warrant filed with the court to seize evidence from Klein’s home has been sealed. Details from the prosecution’s case will be presented during a preliminary hearing set for April 10.
Warped Tour TM Beaten By Police After Refusing To Go To Hospital
Eric Smith, a well known tour manager for the Vans Warped Tour, passed out in his Rochester, NY apartment and became unresponsive, so his girlfriend called 911; but what came afterwards was not what you’d expect.
Smith regained consciousness and then denied to be taken to the hospital. After that, the EMS technicians and police officers tried to forcibly take him to the hospital and handcuffed his girlfriend. When Smith asked his girlfriend to be removed from handcuffs, the police shot him with a taser. They also beat him and fractured his left eye socket.
If you’re a fan of The Story So Far, you might like this album, but you might also like it slightly less than The 1975’s debut album, to which Elder Brother bears many similarities but without the polish or the focus. If, however, you’re a rabid devotee of The Story So Far who posts their lyrics on your Tumblr to describe your #feelings and have a framed picture of Parker next to your bed, you will probably love this album as much as I loved all of Rivers Cuomo’s ‘Alone’ albums despite them obviously not holding much musical value for anyone who doesn’t geek out over Weezer (which is to say, I loved them a lot).
The side project of TSSF’s guitarist Kevin Geyer, and Daybreaker’s Dan Rose, presumably Elder Brother was conceived as an outlet to allow Geyer to express a softer side, which means a lot of noodly guitar leads and plenty of reverb, and for Rose to let his full vocal range to shine, an opportunity which doesn’t seem to arise quite as often in Daybreaker. You can pretty much tell on album opener “Pennsylvania” exactly what to expect from these guys. It starts out with a steady drumbeat that sounds fit to get a crowd pumped at Coachella before revealing some not-so-subtle influence from Into It. Over It. From then on, it sounds basically as if Evan Weiss was fronting The1975 after listening to nothing but Matchbox Twenty after a 3-hour road trip. The change-ups in the emo revival formula, from the distorted yet conservative guitar solos to the radio-friendly vocals make ‘Heavy Head’ something a bit more than just another example of the influence the Kinsellas have had on indie rock over the past 15 years.
“Throw Me To The Wolves,” while probably not upbeat enough to actually get radio play, especially since it lacks a clear chorus, it is the catchiest song on the album and hard not to bob your head to. The largely acoustic “Any Sort of Plan” is pleasant enough, but it’s an example of how when the band really gets down to it and tries to be vulnerable, they deliver clichéd and cringeworthy lines like “I wanna go to heaven but I don’t wanna die,” which sounds even more corny when played to music than it does on paper. This is a huge weakness considering the type of project this is, and ultimately, the festival-ready rock of TSSF is more relatable than this experimental effort will ever be.
‘Heavy Head’ certainly has its moments, but after hearing a description of the band and its sound, you can pretty much decide if you’re going to like it or not before you even listen. While it can meander at times, this is ultimately just a project for a couple of guys to try out some musical variation that they normally wouldn’t be able to in their primary projects, and if you’re a fan of either of those bands, then you’ll most likely find something to appreciate about this album.
Long time drummer Longineu Parsons has made the decision to leave Yellowcard. The band and LP have released a joint statement: "Longineu has decided to pursue other musical interests. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."
Steve Klein (ex-New Found Glory) Arraigned On Child Pornography Charges
Earlier today, it was announced that Steve Klein (formerly of New Found Glory) was arraigned on 2 charges of lewd conduct of a minor under 14, 3 charges of lewd conduct of a minor 14 or 15, one count of intent to commit lewd conduct with a minor and one count of possession of child porn.
New Found Glory have posted an official statement, which you can read by clicking Read More, as well as view the court documents, a statement from Steve Klein’s lawyer, and the sentences that Klein could face if convicted on all counts.
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.