Knuckle Puck have premiered a brand new song off of their upcoming 7”, titled Oak Street. The 7” will be released on September 2nd via Bad Timing Records, and will be heading out on Senses Fail's Let It Enfold You 10 Year Anniversary Tour this fall. Stream Oak Street by clicking Read More.
A Loss For Words announced at a show that they will release one final album, and tour the world one final time, before playing their final show in Boston in December of 2015. That will mark the bands 16th year together.
So make sure you see A Loss For Words the next time they come through your town, as it will probably be your last chance.
Alternative Press have posted an article debating on which blink-182 album is the best. Because arguing on the internet is our favourite past time. Click here to check out what some of the staff of Alternative Press had to say, and let us know what YOU think by leaving us a comment!
Transit have announced that they will release their new album, Joyride, on October 21st. They also announced they’ll be going on tour this October with Such Gold and Driver Friendly. You can check out a video announcement from the band by clicking Read More.
Hey all you easycore fans out there! I have a treat for you! Light Your Anchor from Hamburg, Germany (lyrics are in English) are your 2009 easycore/melodic hardcore/pop punk lovechild. They’ve been around for about 3 years, and are sure to make you want to punch a hole through your windshield out of excitement if you listen to them in your car.
Their full length, Hopesick, was released last year, but they have just released a brand new EP titled Indian Summer.
RIYL: A Day To Remember, New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, (old ROTD era) Four Year Strong
Major League have announced that their new album, There’s Nothing Wrong With Me, will be released on November 4th via No Sleep Records. You can stream a brand new track titled ‘Pillow Talk’ (via Altpress) by hitting Read More. You can pre-order the record via No Sleep here.
On My Honor have officially decided to break up, after being a band for nearly 8 years. They are currently booking one farewell show that will take place in their hometown of Knoxville, TN, early next year. Click Read More to read a statement from the band.
Me Vs Hero - I’m Completely Fine Release Date - September 1st Record Label - Self Released (Purchase HERE) Reviewer - Mike Mule’
You love The Wonder Years, Four Year Strong, Set Your Goals, NFG and everything DIY. So it’s safe to say you’ll love I’m Completely Fine, the long awaited sophomore album from one of the UK’s finest pop punk outfits, Me Vs. Hero.
Melodic, heavy, catchy, and all under a minute, the first (and title) track off Me Vs. Hero’s newest baby introduces this masterpiece of an album properly and promptly. Short, sweet, and to the point, I’m Completely Fine opens the pit up to introduce the first full song.
Hard work, misunderstandings, and failed attempts at gaining ground with opposites are all topics touched in the stunningly catchy Opposites. Strewn about the 3 minute (and change) tune, you’ll find all your favorite aspects of your favorite genre. Opened choruses for sing a longs, poppy breakdowns, catchy guitar licks, and snare lead drum beats. Get amped kids, it doesn’t stop here.
With vocal patterns similar to the likes of TWY and musical instrumentation resembling an early FYF, pop punk fanatics will have their PMA nerves twanged for sure on this one. With call and answer vocals, it makes for a perfect song for crowd participation. I’m talking the mic grabbin’ ,stage divin, pit startin’ kind of participation.
Any struggling pop punker knows the feeling of “homlessness” all too well. Rush for Gold may be your anthem. With a chorus ending in “make homes away from home”, this heavy hitter covers all the obstacles of finding yourself, befriending enemies, and just really finding your place. Wide open gang vocals and up beat fast progressions, the UK gents really did a heroic job with striking gold on this one.
Pop punk is a tough genre to be in. Easily to be confused with other bands and over use tactics and styles, you can lose attention and fans before your first house show. With that being said, tribute must be paid to the bands who use tactics right. One especially is the use of gang vocal styled choruses. Home Alone nails it. Blindsided by a two step driven pop punk breakdown/chorus (think Set Your Goals’ Mutiny) this track really sticks out. Short and sweet like the intro, it engages, capitalizes, and surprises all within a minute. I know how active you UK people are, have fun at the live shows with this one.
After passing the interlude, which may have been a better choice for an intro; you guys decide,Heisenberg shows up, and this one doesn’t “meth” around (had to). Call and answer vocals again, starting off this jam slowly and moves it uphill till the end. Really getting the hang of open hanging vocal driven choruses, Me Vs. Hero throw us with a slowed curveball for a second, then nails it out of the park with a repeated chorus. May not be the most technical song, but definitely one of the more fun ones to sing a long too.
A standard emotional acoustic song and two more heavy hitters, Past Five Years holds the place of the final song of the album. A wise choice. Keeping the movement of the album on course, Me Vs. Hero gives everything they have in their arsenal. Slow guitar riffs, chugs, heavy fast drums, quiet vocals, WHOAA’S. It’s the musical equivalent of smashing open a pinata and all the best candy is within your reach. All in all Me Vs. Hero, although holding out on a while with a second release, didn’t disappoint in the slightest.
I don’t want to jinx it, but Mark Hoppus said in a recent interview that blink-182 will be in the studio by the end of this year.
Please let this actually happen. Check out an excerpt from the interview below, and click here to check out the whole thing.
RF.net: Sounds awesome! People are currently talking quite a bit about the upcoming Blink album. There was some talk at one point about you starting work on it earlier this year, but how far have you come as it looks right now?
Hoppus: We are basically at the very beginning of the process. We were going to start recording at the beginning of this year, but there were some things happening in some of our personal lives that prevented us from getting in the studio, so now we are getting in the studio at the end of this year instead. We have the beginning of song ideas at this point, and we are really just excited to get into the studio and have an album out sooner rather than later.
Pure Noise Records Tour - State Champs, Heart To Heart, Front Porch Step, More TBA
State Champs, Heart To Heart, Brigades, and Front Porch Step have been announced for the Pure Noise Records Tour, and there are still two more bands to be announced. Tickets will go on sale August 8th, and you can check out all of the dates by clicking Read More.
New Found Glory have announced that their new album will be titled Resurrection, and will be released on October 7th via Hopeless Records. It will be the bands first release since founding member Steve Klein’s departure from the band. You can check out the album artwork and track listing by clicking Read More, which also confirms our earlier post of a brand new NFG song titled ‘Selfless.’
Recently, our suggestions guru Christina caught up with Scott Goodrich of The Restless Hearts, a band who recently signed with Adeline Records from Oakland, CA.
Christina: How was the band formed?
Scott: We formed about a year ago. We were all in another band, and we decided to break up and start a new band. It’s kind of all the same dudes, and the same circle of friends and we had been in that band since we were like, seventeen. We just wanted a fresh start. No crazy story or anything, we were all kind of in a band together and just decided to start over.
Christina: What was being signed to a record label like? What happened in that process?
Scott: It’s not as exciting as you think it might be. I met Eddie six years ago at a beach at Santa Cruz with the Menzingers and Broadway Calls. I was really drunk when we met for the first time, and then from there we recorded Eddie’s Stickup Kid record. He came to the studio and hung out, and we became friends. I sent him a text one day saying like “hey wanna sign our band” and he was like “sure, send me demos.” So that’s how it happened, and yeah it’s nothing too crazy. But it was cool to be a new band and be able to premiere through Adeline.
C: Do you feel as though the whole band dresses as though they have an image to uphold, or do you just do whatever you want?
S: We kind of just do whatever we want. It does help that all of us just wear black jeans and black t-shirts and stuff, so it’s not like it’s a thing we plan out.
C: When you’re not with the band, what are you doing?
S: I’m literally always at the studio. It’s crazy. My time is split between the band, being here [at the studio] and hanging out with my fiancée and my dog.
C: Where do you see the band in two years?
S: I would like to see us touring three or four months out of the year, and making records the rest of the time. That would be perfect. That would be an ideal situation. I feel like touring is kind of a weird thing right now. Every band is on tour, big or small. We would love to be on the road, touring for a good portion of the year and then back home for a good portion of the year because everyone has jobs that they have to be at.
C: What other bands do you model the bands sound off of?
S: Bands like Against Me! and The Menzingers have a pretty big influence on us. And then Green Day, obviously.
Our band sounds like Taylor Swift and KISS trying to start a band that sounds like The Menzingers.
C: Are the lyrics based off of real experiences or hypothetical experiences?
S: They’re all based off of real experiences. Real stuff.
C: What is the general groups of people who come to your shows like?
S: Well, it’s kind of funny because as this band we’ve only played four shows. So it’s been a little interesting. We just played with Hit the Lights, and it was an interesting spectrum of ages there. So there was twelve year olds to thirty year olds running around which was a little weird. And some shows we’ve played are just a straight-up punk dive-bar show which is just drunk punk kids from Oakland there. So it’s kind of all over the place, and I think that our band caters to that because we’re a little all over the place, too.
C: What does the band have in store for the future?
S: Our preorders for the new EP go out next week, and the EP is released at the end of August or the first week of September. After that we have some pretty big shows, and that should be cool. I’m really excited. And we do have a full length written, and we just have to record it. I think that will come out before the touring because our EP is only four songs and that doesn’t hold a lot of water for people to listen to.
C: Do you feel as though social media and internet presence is important to the band?
S: I feel like it’s ridiculously important. I feel like if you’re working in a creative area you need to “embrace” the future, such as digital media and what it is, otherwise you’ll be lost. It’s almost more beneficial than touring sometimes, because more people can see it than the people who would if we were to be playing a show for ten people.
C: Are there any band rituals?
A: We used to go get burritos a lot before practice, but then everybody started crashing after thirty or forty minutes of working. Maybe everyone has a beer after we play, but nothing too crazy.
C: How does music shape your everyday life?
S: It is literally everything. It influences every aspect of my life. Just from being in a band, and working at a studio. It kind of takes over. It’s not an afterthought or anything. There is nothing else. It’s great. Even listening to other recordings or songs that that inspire you to work harder as an artist myself.
Check out their debut track, ‘Heavy Eyes’ on their website, and be on the lookout for their debut EP, out on Adeline this summer.