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Video: Sincere Engineer – Shattering

Sincere EngineerSincere Engineer, the stage name of folk-punk artist of Deanna Belos, has premiered a brand new music video for the song “Shattering.”  The album will be titled Rhombithian and is available today via Red Scare Industries.

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I The Mighty Stream New Album

I The MightySan Francisco progressive indie rock outfit I The Mighty has premiered a full stream of their new album, Where the Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let it Go, which was released today via Rude Records.

Listen to the record below.

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Darius Koski – Black Sheep

Darius KoskiDarius Koski (Swingin’ Utters) is streaming a new song from his upcoming sophomore solo album.  The track is titled “Black Sheep” and appears on the album What Was Once Is By And Gone, which is set to drop on November 3 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The album follows 2015’s SISU.

Listen to the song below.

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Video: The Dangerous Summer – Fire

The Dangerous SummerThe Dangerous Summer has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Fire” and will appear on their freshly announced self titled LP, which is due out on January 26, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  Vocalist and bassist AJ Perdomo elaborates:

“You really only get one chance to make a self-titled album in your career… and we believe that the time has come to define our sound and our band. We spent six months writing and recording this record, and it is a genuine expression of who we are as a band.”

Watch the music video below.  Pre-orders are live.

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Video: Awaken I Am – Black Dreams

Awaken I AmAustralian Gold Coast quintet Awaken I Am have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Black Dreams” and is lifted from their o Blind Love LP which dropped on September 29, 2017 via Victory Records.

The music video can be viewed below.

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Day Jobs Join A-F Records; Announce New EP

Day JobsDetroit punk outfit Day Jobs has signed on with A-F Records.  The band plans to release their debut Self Titled 7-inch on December 1, 2017.  Pre-orders are live.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Quit Your Day Job,” which can be heard below.

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floral print Streams New Album In Full

floral printDuo floral print has premiered a full stream of their debut full length.  The disc is titled Mirror Stages and drops today via Tiny Engines Records.  

Listen to the full disc below.

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The Dreadnoughts – Back Home In Bristol

The DreadnoughtsVancouver folk-punk outfit The Dreadnoughts has premiered a new music video from their long awaited fourth full length.  The video features the song “Back Home In Bristol” and the disc will be titled Foreign Skies.  The album finds the band taking on new material in the form of a World War I concept album and wil drop on November 11, 2017.

Watch the video below.

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Kindling – For Olive

KindlingWestern Massachusetts band Kindling has premiered a new song from their upcoming full length.  The song is titled “For Olive” and will appear on the album Hush, which is set to drop on November 10, 2017 via 6131 Records
 
Listen to the song below.

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Tours: Converge

Converge ReptilianConverge has announced that they will be heading on tour in support of their upcoming full length.  The band’s forthcoming album, The Dusk In Us, is set for release via Epitaph Records and Deathwish on November 3, 2017.
 
Tour dates are below.
 
The Dusk In Us can be pre-ordered here

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Hold Close Sign With Hopeless Records

Hold CloseHopeless Records has announced that they have signed midwestern band Hold Close.  The band has released the new EP I’ll Never Go Back, which was produced by Seth Henderson (Real Friends, Knuckle Puck).

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered a music video for the song “Bloom,” which can be heard below.

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Direct Hit! And PEARS Premiere Shared Music Video

Direct HitMilwaukee punk band Direct Hit! and labelmate PEARS have premiered a shared two-part music video for the songs “Blood on Your Tongue” and “Arduous Angel,” which will both appear on their upcoming split, Human Movement, which is set to drop on November 3, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords

Watch the video below.

The album features 12 songs, and is composed of 5 new tracks per band, and a reciprocal cover of from each band.

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Arms & Hearts Sign With Real Ghost Records

Arms & HeartsArms & Hearts has signed on with up and coming label Real Ghost Records.  The band plans to release a two-track digital EP entitled Fortitude through the label on November 20, 2017.

The band will be touring in the coming months with Andre Paley.  Dates are below.

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Movements

Movements

Feel Something

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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Fearless Records has been pushing California post-hardcore emo quartet Movements quite heavily on the lead up to the release of their debut full length, Feel Something.  Various press folks followed up on the album on multiple occasions until they finally wore me down and I thought, “hey, maybe there’s something this whole Movements things.”  So Feel Something made the next migration to my review playlist and I gave it a spin. I was shocked.  It’s been quite awhile since a band has so effortlessly wowed me with this type of pop infused emo, but Feel Something is of a calibur unto its own.

The band feels in complete control of their temperment, never once coming across as anything but pointed and sincere.  Vocalist Patrick Miranda demonstrates a fine range of control across opener “Full Circle.”  Starting with a low and carefully managed tone that draws parallels to calm talkers The American Scene, listeners are welcomed with reassurance that Movements will make Feel Something a carefully paced endeavour.  By the time the first chorus hits, likenesses to The Early November and Transit percolate through Miranda’s pitchy delivery.  That combination alone would have been enough for a solid debut, but suddenly and without warning Miranda unleashes a melodic, spoken-word monologue that feels like a more subdued take on The Saddest Landscape.  Miranda’s calm delivery of such  an underrated and underutilized style is second to none, and his adjustment between all three is fluid and complimentary.  He’s no jack of all trades, but rather a master of many.

Movements doesn’t fall into any particularly predictable pattern, which works to the quartet’s advantage. Take “Colorblind,” which primarily hovers around Taking Back Sunday/Senses Fail leaning alternative pop-punk, and contrast it with the hushed, mellow intonation of “Daylily.”  Even in “Deadly Dull,” when Miranda returns to his spoken-word style, the execution is entirely different, this time filling the place of a mid-song bridge that retreats to a place of sullen melodic vocals and the chillingly expressive chorus call, “What’s it like to be erased, every time you fall asleep?”  The song’s focus on late-life brain disease (presumably dementia/alzheimers) is powerful, poetic, and purposeful.  “Fever Dream” bucks trends further and embarks on a strictly acoustic mission, while “Under The Gun” embraces a crunchy  bass driven post-punk volly.

Feel Something’s ease of listening and emo orientation draws an intuitive comparison to the best of the Drive Thru Records back catalogue.  In other words, this isn’t your typical Fearless Records fare – it’s both artistic and marketable.  Imagine if Brand New had started rather than ended their career in 2017 – that’s Feel This‘ potential.  Any fan of pop-punk, post-hardcore or emo would be wise to invest in Feel Something and become acquainted with Movements.  Thanks for the extra nudge press people.

Video: Good Boy – Fishing With A Shotgun

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Brisbane punks Good Boy have joined the Barely Dressed Records roster for the release of their newest EP, Shirk Life, due November 10, 2017.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered a video for first single “Fishing With A Shotgun,” which can be heard below.

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Allout Helter Announce New Album

Allout HelterAllout Helter has announced that they will be releasing a new album.  The disc will be titled The Notion Of Control, and is set to drop on October 27, 2017 via Bird Attack Records

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has released the song “Andromeda IV,” which can be viewed below.

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And So I Watch You From Afar – Terrors Of Pleasure

And So I Watch You From AfarPost-punk heavyweights And So I Watch You From Afar have premiered the second single from their upcoming album.  The track is titled “Terrors Of Pleasure” and will appear on the album The Endless Shimmering which is set to drop on October 20, 2017 via Sargent House Records.

Listen to the track below.

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Kevin Devine

We Are Who We've Always Been

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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Kevin Devine has become so prolific that if you were to miss a year or two you may miss out on just as many records.  From his lengthy devinyl split series, to a stint of double albums  and singles, the Brooklyn based musician is a collaborative and enthusiastic member of the indie/emo scene.  A year after last year’s well received album, Instigator, he is revisiting the eleven song track-listing with long-term collaborator Chris Braccoas in an acoustic setting under the title We Are Who We’ve Always Been.  

The execution begs comparison to HOPE,  Manchester Orchestra’s acoustic comparison to COPE, with the original taking a full band, guitar heavy approach, and the latter offering up a mellow introspective execution.  Devine’s acoustic self is a wispy and faint personae, and while he is known for his soft spoken nature, it’s accentuated considerably for We Are Who We’ve Always Been.  Much like Toh Kay’s unreleased (but streamable on YouTube) companion acoustic album to Streetlight Manifesto, The Hand That Thieves, the alternative take conjures an additional layer of emotion and vulnerability to each track.  

Those already familiar with Instigator may recognize that several of the songs on the original were already quite minimalist in nature, and question whether the adjustments are worth revisiting.  “Freddie Gray Blues (ft. Swivs)” serve as a revealing case study as to the nuanced adjustments that separate the new takes from the originals.  Where the original focused on amplified acoustic picking, Devine re-envisions the steady opening notes with a pure piano rendition and slowly layered self harmonies.  In this context, the song’s raw social commentary about white privilege and luxury of opportunity for the white middle class feels less hopeful, but more remorseful and empathetic than the original.  Directly comparing songs like “No History” and “Guard Your Gates” across the disc and you begin to get the sense that these songs represent a shadow or fading memory of the originals.  Like a mental vision or projection of a past event, the edges feel fuzzy, but the central memory remains in tact, and the emotional association vivid.

All in all We Are Who We’ve Always Been serves as a welcome companion album to Instigator.  Considering the acoustic tone to parts of Instigator, We Are Who We’ve Always Been is a curious choice to have an acoustic counterpart.  But Kevin Devine’s thoughtful reworking through piano notes and and even female guest vocals from The Mynabirds on “I Was Alive Back Then” builds a compelling case for the project.  We Are Who We’ve Always Been is a fine quiet evening album that fans shouldn’t have any problem appreciating how well it would fit a warm cup of cocoa and pair noise cancelling headphones on a quiet evening in.

Citizen Share Stripped Down Version Of “Flowerchild”

 CitizenCitizen has premiered a stripped-down version of “Flowerchild,” from their upcoming LP, As You Please.   The live video was recorded in Will Yip’s Studio 4.  The album is out now on Run For Cover Records.

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New Found Glory Release Live In London Video

New Found GloryPop-punk veterans New Found Glory are sharing a peek at a portion of their recent London show.  The band continues to tour in support of their latest full length, Makes Me Sick, which dropped back on April 28, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  

Watch the video below.

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Iron Chic Streams New LP In Full

Iron ChicLong Island punk act Iron Chic has premiered a full stream of their recently released full length, You Can’t Stay Here, which dropped last Friday via SideOneDummy Records.  

Stream or purchase the disc here.

Tours: Broadside

BroadsideBroadside has announced details for their headlining tour with Carousel KingsFor The Win, and We Were Sharks.  The band continues to support their new album, Paradise, available now on Victory Records.  

Tour dates are below.

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Tiger ArmyLos Angeles punks Tiger Army have announced that they will be playing a handful of shows in November for “October Flame IX” before hunkering down to write their next album in 2018. The band released their latest album, V •••–, in 2016 via Rise Records.

Check out upcoming tour dates below.

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Sciatic Nerve Streams Debut LP

Flight13_LP_coverCalifornia-punks Sciatic Nerve, who feature members of Swingin’ UttersNothingtonWestern Addiction and Cobra Skulls, have premiered a full stream of their debut self-titled album, which drops today via Gunner Records in the UK and Europe. The album is packed full of minute long bursts of dangerous rock n’ roll that come heavy, fast, high in energy, and low on bullshit.

Listen to the album here courtesy New Noise Magazine.  Sciatic Nerve‘s self titled album can be pre -ordered via Gunner Records here

 

The Brass Action – Wreckless

Brass ActionVancouver ska punk act The Brass Action has premiered a new song that may be from their next album.  The song is titled “Wreckless” and is from the sessions that the band is recording for their follow up to 2015’s No Soundcheck.

Listen to the new track below.

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The Lillingtons Stream New LP In Full

12 Jacket (3mm Spine) Lills - Stella SapienteLong running pop-punk act The Lillingtons have premiered a full stream of their new album Stella Sapiente, which is set to drop on October 13, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords. The band released their Project 313 EP through Red Scare Industries earlier this year.

Listen to the album here, and be sure to check out our full review.

GBH – Birmingham Smiles

GBHLong running UK punk act GBH has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Birmingham Smiles” and is from their upcoming album, Momentum, which is set to drop on November 17, 2017 via Hellcat Records. Pre-order the album here.

Listen to the song below.

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Video: The Creepshow – Death At My Door

The CreepshowHappy Friday the 13th!  Canadian psychobilly punks The Creepshow have premiered a new music video and song.  The video features the title track from their newest album, Death At My Door,  which dropped last month via Stomp Records (CAN) and Concrete Jungle Records (EU).  The Album follows 2013’s Life After The Death.

Watch the video below.

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Oh, Weatherly Joins Hopeless Records

Oh, WeatherlyHopeless Records is thrilled to welcome Dallas-based band Oh, Weatherly to their ever-growing roster.  Vocalist Blake Roses says comments:

“We’re so humbled to announce our partnership with Hopeless Records. This will mark a new beginning for Oh, Weatherly as we strive to spread our love and passion for music. We’re very excited for the future and even more excited for the present and we owe the biggest of thanks to everyone who has supported us thus far. Cheers.”

Coinciding with the announcement the band has released the EP, Make You Bright, along with a new single and video for title track.  Watch them below.

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Video: Pierce The Veil – Today I Saw The Whole World

Fearless RecordsPierce The Veil has released a new music video for the new single, “Today I Saw The Whole World.” The band comments on the song:

“I grew up watching massive amounts of MTV music videos throughout the 90’s… I would record all of my favorites on VHS tape, watching them over and over until the tape wore out. Our new video was inspired by some of these artists that I loved back then like the Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill and Marilyn Manson.  We wanted to use this 90’s look to visually express the lyrics and fury inside of the song.”

The band’s latest full length, Misadventures, is out now via Fearless Records.  Watch the video below.

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The Lillingtons

Stella Sapiente

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

It was surprising when Wyoming pop-punk legends The Lillingtons emerged from hiatus and gave us their first new EP in a decade, Project 313.  It was even more surprising when they announced barely a month later that they would be following the EP with a brand new full length.  But it was outright shocking that after years of pestering the band, Fat Mike finally convinced the band to sign with Fat Wreck Chords for their first new full length in a decade.  But the cherry on top was that the new record, Stella Sapiente, would be a shadowy concept album of epic proportions.  

Now The Lillingtons are far from strangers to concept albums, but their most notable work has primarily channelled their traditionalist pop-punk foundation (think heavy Ramones influence) into themes of retro science fiction (Death By Television, heralded by Fat Mike as one of the best pop punk albums of all time), espionage (Backchannel Broadcast), and 2:00am TV watching sessions dominated by black and white serialized re-runs (The Too Late Show).  Stella Sapiente completely reinvents the musical style typically associated with the pop-punk band, instead opting for a dark, brooding atmosphere in line with the press release’s claim that the album is “centered around secret societies, astrology, and the occult.”  A fitting reality considering that the album was recorded in total secrecy.

Kody Templeman’s unmistakable vocalizations as well as the tendency to revert to simplistic chord structures remain the marked strand of continuity binding the project together – but the rest is new territory.  This becomes immediately apparent for during opener “Golden Dawn / Knights Templar,” which includes a full minute of swelling instrumental intensification that places distortion, drenched and idling in reverb, at the fore.  These are not your typical three chord pop-punk ditties, but rather something you’d expect to find amidst the moodiest tracks from horror-punk projects like The Rosedales, Nim Vind, or Blitzkid.  “We were chosen by God’s own hand, sent on a mission to the holy land, wanted to kill everything that got in our way,” sings Templeman as they launch into semi-historical lore of ancient societies that took guarded secrets with them to the grave.  Likewise, an eerie array of astral chords and production effects lead “Night Visions” and “Cult of Dragon” to conjure images of shadowy robed figures and high priests conspiring amidst concealed catacombs.  There’s a haunting quality that absolutely envelopes listeners into the vivid world of which The Lillingtons have given birth.

But this isn’t to say that the album is completely unrecognizable from past works.  The Lillingtons tend to wedge a few more “classic” takes between the more ambient offerings.  For instance, the stringy pop-punk chords of “Insect Nightmares” and “K6” wouldn’t have sounded out of place on “The Too Late Show,” and “They Live” ups the tempo for some fast paced Ramones-esque speed.  While lyrically still extensions of Stella Sapiente, these tracks tend to align more predictably with bands like The Riverdales and Teenage Bottle Rocket.  In other words, Stella Sapiente finds balance even amidst The Lillingtons’ unexpected ambitions.

“Unexpected” may be the most appropriate word to describe Stella Sapiente.  It only took one listen to “get” what The Lillingtons were going for, but no press release or print synopsis could have braced me for what I would find in Stella Sapiente.  Stella Sapiente may not be the album we were all expecting, but that’s only because we had no way of understanding what The Lillingtons were brewing deep within those private recording catacombs.  When all is said and done, Stella Sapiente is a landmark album by one of pop-punk’s best kept secrets, and one that may finally see The Lillingtons emerge from the nostalgic shadow of Death By Television with an entirely different legacy.