The Wonder Years Announce World Tour
The Wonder Years have announced dates for The Greatest Generation: World Tour. They will be playing a run of North American dates as well as European dates. The bands supporting them will be Defeater, Real Friends, Citizen and Modern Baseball in North America, and A Loss For Words and State Champs in Europe. Click Read More to check out the tour flyers as well as the dates.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Before It Caves’ - A Loss For Words
A Loss For Words - Before It Caves
Release Date: October 8th, 2013
Record Label: Rise/Velocity Records
Reviewer: Mike Mule
The best thing about pop punk these days is how far the spectrum stretches. With that being said, A Loss For Words have definitely mastered the more “pop” side, which in fact, is awesome. Led by Matty Arsenault’s boy band-esque vocals, AL4W has kept the heads bobbing since the “kids couldn’t lose” (pun intended). With their latest release Before it Caves it’s evident that the Massachusetts bred gentleman have matured with their music. Once again, awesome.
Still maintaining the crucial essentials of any pop punk album, consisting of songs about self discovery, relationships, and maintaining a positive attitude, the album starts out quick and catchy with Distance. Referencing the thousands of miles of distance that people may face, this is an anthem for the hopeless romantics, remembering that “ It’s the challenges we face that make us who we are.” (Lyric shirt, I’m calling it!) Featuring Lynn Gunn of PVIS, Distances is a great pick me up with belting duel vocals, poppy drum beats, and hymnal oh’s and ah’s, leading into the album’s first single, Conquest of Mistakes.
Featuring Soupy of The Wonder Years, Conquest does a great job of bringing the heavier side of AL4W into play, with Soupy’s angst driven vocals backing up Arsensault’s ballad of, what seems to be a lyrical gentlemanly retreat. This will definitely be a fan favorite, an up-beat fast jam that any stage diver will be satisfied with, the change of pace into a slow build up before ending with a sing-a-longy chant of “Na Na’s”, Conquest of Mistakes will hands down be the birth of energy for the live sets. Falling, All This Time, and No Pioneer are what you would expect on a A Loss For Words album. Following the path they’ve made for themselves in a song writing sense, AL4W sticks to their blueprints of swinging poppy bass and drum driven songs, leading into open chords for Matty to do his thing. Come to recognize throughout the record how well the boys integrate Aresnault’s boy band vocals into a genre that’s thrived on more of a “throaty” vocal approach. Well done men.
Roughly halfway through the album you can really get a sense of an early 2000’s influence with Block, riddled with fast picked guitar riffs and belted vocals, it’s a refreshing look into the past. The guys move you right along the album with the same theme of sing-a-long pop punk, right up to Brace Yourself. While the acoustic track is somewhat played out these days, AL4W did it gracefully with this poetic piece of self struggle. Coming across as a somewhat depressing tune, the build up into a full band is executed greatly, really showing how the bands’ musicianship has grown.
Leading right into what will be a fan favorite Siesta Key is the epitome of why a band is a band, why they do what they do, and why we love them. A story of travel, realization, and hope AL4W had plenty of words for this one. Making it one of, if not, the best on the album. Before it ends, Before it Caves has a final fast one. All Roads Lead to Home is a solid choice to end the record with. A catchy chorus asking “ what’s the price you pay when you give yourself away with swollen fists in your pocket, from the workhouse to your grave?” AL4W leaves you hanging with one solid drawn out note praying “we don’t end up this way.” Reinforcing the pop punk motto of positivity, Before it Caves in general is a nice refresher for the poppier side of the genre. Congratulations boys.
A Loss For Words Release New Song ft. Soupy
A Loss For Words have released a brand new song titled ‘Conquest Of Mistakes’ which features Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell of The Wonder Years. The track will be featured on AL4W’s new album, Before It Caves, out October 8th. You can check out the track by clicking Read More! Any pop punk fan will die a little of happiness when they listen to it.
A Loss For Words Release Details On New LP; Stream New Song
A Loss For Words' highly anticipated follow up to 2011's No Sanctuary is to be called Before It Caves. The album will be released on October 8th via Rise/Velocity Records. You’ll be able to check out the album art and track listing, as well as a BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW song titled ‘Distances’ by clicking Read More.