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Selfish Things Announce New EP

Selfish ThingsToronto-based alternative rocker Selfish Things have announced details for their new EP.  The disc will be titled Vertical Love, and is due out out on March 16, 2018.  The album was co-produced by James Paul Wisner (Paramore, Dashboard Confessional) and lead singer-songwriter, Alex Biro.  Biro comments on the release:

“‘Vertical Love’ came into being after what was one of the most tumultuous periods of my life… It’s a body of work that’s representative of a time when I was struggling to eliminate my nihilistic outlook and replace it with something that was innately more sustainable and emotionally fruitful. I’ve always had a tendency to contemplate whether or not we choose the path we walk, or whether god/the universe/deity has placed us on a path that we have no control over. Looking back on it now, I think all of these songs are indicative of my struggle for control over the things I can’t understand or make sense of. The pain and suffering that come with sentience are necessary as a means of quantifying the depth of our experiences as living beings.”

Pre-orders are live.

Off Road Minivan Join Tooth & Nail Records

Off Road MinivanRock quintet Off Road Minivan has signed on with Tooth & Nail Records. The band plans to release their debut EP, Spiral Gaze, on February 16, 2018 through the label. Vocalist Ryan O’Leary comments:
Myself and the guys couldn’t be more excited to release our new EP with Tooth & Nail records. We are Off Road Minivan and we wanna be your favorite band.
Track listing is below.

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Tours: Adult Mom / Chris Farren / Lucy Dacus / And The Kids

Adult MomPurchase, NY’s Adult Mom will be heading on tour with Chris Farren in February and then with Lucy Dacus and And The Kids in March and April in support of their sophomore LP.  The disc is titled Soft Spots and dropped in May 2017 via Tiny Engines Records.

Tour dates are available below.

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Epitaph Records To Remaster and Reissue Stranger Than Fiction

EpitaphInfluential punk act Bad Religion has announced that their 1994 LP Stranger Than Fiction will be reunited and remastered with its Epitaph Records brethren.  

The remastered version will be available on March 9, 2018 on CD, vinyl, and digital.

Video: MUTE – The Dagger

Mute Remembering DeathQuébec City punk outfit MUTE has premiered a new music video for the song “The Dagger” from their 2016 album, Remember Death, which is out now via Bird Attack Records.

Watch the video here.

The Last Gang To Release New LP

The Last GangThe Last Gang has announced details for their first full length on Fat Wreck Chords.  The Orange County band will release the new LP entitled Keep Them Counting on March 2, 2018.  The album follows the band’s recent EP, Sing for your Supper, which was released last December. 

 Pre-orders are live.  The song “Sing for Your Supper” can be heard below.

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The Dangerous Summer – Valium

The Dangerous SummerThe Dangerous Summer has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Valium” and will appear on their freshly announced self-titled LP, which is due out on January 26, 2017 via Hopeless Records

Listen to the song below.  Pre-orders are live.

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Tonight Alive

Tonight Alive

Underworld

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Pop-rock outfit Tonight Alive has been plugging away for nearly a decade now.  The band’s journey has taken them from relative unknowns to Sony supported Australian superstars, partnering first with Fearless Records, and now Hopeless Records stateside.  Their latest full length, Underworld, serves as an introspective journey for front woman Jenna McDougall.  Four albums in and she feels confident enough to to offer an honest reflection of herself through her music, blemishes and all.  

The result is a healthy dose of heavy handed pop-rock that matches popular trends while maintaining a discernible personality. Underworld’s darkness is immediately apparent in the weight of  Tonight Alive’s guitar work.  McDougall may have a squeaky clean vocal style, but when coupled with guitarist Jake Hardy’s full bodied riffs she comes across confidently without feeling as sugary as might be implied by her pop leanings.  For instance, “The Other” and “In My Dreams” feature a chorus of strong and confident vocals.  While the cleaness of the vocals may discourage those looking for something with a rawer taste, they are certainly a step above the bubblegum pop dominating mainstream airwaves.  

Lyrically, the album has its share of deep thoughts, but they aren’t somewhat hidden behind the glossy production.  For instance “The Other” features the line “Now that I’m dancing with my demons and making everybody nervous, I have to walk the path in front of me, cause I’m not one for following and I will not apologize or lie for who I am.”  The passage emits a quality of self liberation that defines the disc’s backdrop, but never quite breaks into the fore.  It’s not due to lack of vision, but rather that the lyrics play a secondary role to the sweeping melodies making up Underworld.  Other songs like “Burning On” may exist as an intended statement of resilience, but the message is partially shielded by the feel-good, sing along chorus, which arguably dilutes the otherwise commendable intent.

Overall, for a pop-rock band with a popular emphasis, Tonight Alive has produced an enjoyable and accessible product.  Underword’s dark intent may not be as dark or distinct as some punk or rock fans may necessarily prefer, but there remains an edge that serves the band well.  A solid, albeit safe, choice for fans of pop-rock.

Long Neck Streams New LP in Full

Long NeckNew York indie-pop band Long Neck has premiered a full stream of their upcoming debut on Tiny Engines Records.  The band plans to release their next full length, Will This Do?, on January 26, 2018.

Stream the full disc here courtesy Noisey.

Jukebox the Ghost Announces New Album; Streams First Track

Jukebox The GhostPiano-pop trio Jukebox The Ghost has announced plans for their next full length.  The disc will be titled Off to the Races and is set to drop on March 30, 2018.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Everybody’s Lonely,” which can be streamed below.

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Pirates Press Records To Release Debut From Armada

ArmadaBrazilian punk act Armada, featuring members of Blind Pigs, has announced plans for their debut LP.  The disc will be titled Bandeira Negra and is due out in North American on February 2, 2018 vis Pirates Press Records.

Track listing can be found below.

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Discrepancies Sign With InVogue Records

DiscrepanciesSt. Louis band Discrepancies have signed the growing Invogue Records roster.  Vocalist ATG Metcalf comments:

“When InVogue Records approached us it was clear that they saw where we were coming from and knew where we wanted to go. They have proven to be a group of positive, forward thinking individuals intent on coming together as a group to see our dreams come to fruition. That being said, we are proud, overjoyed, and excited to announce Discrepancies is signing to Invogue records. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of the IVR family, and we hope you’re ready for the insanity that comes with being apart of ours.” 

Listen to the new song “Art of War” below with an accompanying music video.

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Video: Prawn – Rooftops

PrawnPrawn has premiered a new music video.  The video features the track “Rooftops” and is lifted from their September 2017 album, Run, which is available now via Topshelf Records

Watch the video below.

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Video: Manchester Orchestra – The Gold (Live)

Manchester OrchestraManchester Orchestra has premiered a music video for the “The Gold (Live).”  The original version appears on the new album, A Black Mile to the Surface, which was released back on July 28, 2017 via Loma Vista Recordings.

Watch the video below.

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Video: The Shell Corporation – Make It Rain

Shell CorporationCalifornia’s skate punk act The Shell Corporation has premiered a new music video for the song “Make It Rain.”  The album is due out on March 2, 2018 through La Escalera Records (U.S.) and Gunner Records (Europe). You can pre-order the record here.   The album follows their Paper + Plastick Records sophomore album, Mandrake, released back in 2014.

Pre-orders can be made here.  Listen to the song below.

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Runaway Brother – Conscience in Tumult

Gold Flake PaintCleveland, Ohio’s Runaway Brother has premiered a new song from their upcoming album.  The song is titled “Conscience in Tumult” and the disc will be titled New Pocket and drop on February 16, 2018 via Tiny Engines Records. The album follows their debut, Mother.  

The song can be heard below.

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Waterparks – Not Warriors

WaterparksWaterparks has premiered a new song from the band’s sophomore album.  The song is titled “Not Warriors” and the disc will be titled Entertainment, and is scheduled for release on January, 26, 2018 through Equal Vision Records. The album was produced by Benji Madden (All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer).

Listen to the song below.

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Super Whatevr – Television

Super whatevrSouthern California indie rock act Super Whatevr has premiered its next single from the band’s upcoming full length. The album will be titled Never Nothing and is set to drop on January 19, 2018 via Hopeless Records.  

Listen to the new song “Television” below.

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Teenage Wrist Announce New Album; Premiere New Song

EpitaphEpitaph Records has band Teenage Wrist has announced details for their next full length.  The album will be titled Chrome Neon Jesus and is set to drop on March 9, 2018.  

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Dweeb,” which can be heard below.

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Right On, Kid Debut New Single

Right OnAlbuquerque, NM’s Right On, Kid has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Clarity”and will be available on their debut album, Forever Missing Out, which is set to drop on February 16, 2018. Pre-orders will be available soon here.

Listen to the song below.

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Icarus The Owl

Icarus The Owl

Rearm Circuits

Blue Swan Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

I was always on the fence as to how I felt about Coheed & Cambria.  There was just something about their larger than life epics and shrill vocals that never quite sat well with me.  That being said, I have been thoroughly enjoying the latest work with stylistic cousins Icarus The Owl, which occupies a similar headspace, albeit with a little less over the top execution.  The album, Rearm Circuits, maintains a high level of theatrical production whilst exploring plenty of technical ambition without falling victim to the pitfalls of excess.

Opener “Failed Transmission” serves as an ideal introduction to the band’s grand vision.  With pulsing riffs, sweeping falsetto vocals, and periodic hardcore bursts, Icarus The Owl packs this initial three minutes with a punch that leaves little question as to what Rearm Circuits has in store.  From here, the band is slightly more sparing with their pacing, with different tracks placing the focus on different ingredients of their formula.  Songs like “Ghosts of Former Selves” take a little detour into poppier territory, whereas those like “The Vanishing Point” take a more menacing approach with plenty of technical moves.  Later highlights like “Do Not Resuscitate” definitely follow the darker path, layering melodies with steadfast metal inspired riffs and solos, defining Rearm Circuits as the product of a tightly controlled chaos.  In other words, Icarus The Owl embrace their role as alchemists of technical melody with a clear and enthusiastic zest.  Although these are the highlights, the less technical or catchy offerings peppering the track listing hold their own competently, but inevitably live in the shadow of their more ambitious counterparts.

Fans of technical alternative will be invariably drawn to Icarus The Owl’s latest offering.  Rearm Circuits admittedly serves as my introduction to the Portland quartet, and certainly offers a strong first impression of what the band is capable of.  I can only imagine a similar experience for other newcomers and returning fans as well.

Timeshares Stream New EP

TimesharesNY’s Timeshares is streaming their recently released new EP, On Life Support, over on Bandcamp. The album is available for pay-what-you-want download and follows their sophomore full-length, Already Dead, released back in 2015 via SideOneDummy Records.  

Listen to and download the album below.

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Video: #Goals – Squishy Anthem

#GoalsLos Angeles punk rock group #Goals has premiered a new music video for the song “Squishy Anthem,” which is lifted from their debut self titled EP, which was released back in December 2017 via DC-Jam Records.  

Watch the video below.

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The Dreadnoughts Release Four B-Sides

The DreadnoughtsVancouver folk-punk outfit The Dreadnoughts is streaming four b-sides from their fourth full length, Foreign Skies, which dropped back in November 2017.

Listen to and order the tracks below.

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Tours: The Copyrights (UK)

The CopyrightsChicago pop-punks The Copyrights have announced that they will be touring in the UK this April.  The band last released Report in 2014 via Red Scare Industries.

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Blitzen Trapper – Dance With Me

Blitzen TrapperIndie act Blitzen Trapper has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Dance With Me” and appears on the song Wild & Reckless, which is available via LKC Recordings.  

Watch the video below.

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Senses Fail – Gold Jacket, Green Jacket…

Senses FailLong running emo act Senses Fail has premiered a new song from their next full length.  The disc will be titled If There Is Light, It Will Find You, and is set to drop on February 16, 2018 via Pure Noise Records.  

The song “Gold Jacket, Green Jacket…” can be heard below.  Pre-orders are live.

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Reggie and the Full Effect Announce New Album; Premiere First Track

Reggie and the Full EffectPunk-rock act Reggie and the Full Effect has announced that the band will release their seventh studio album early this year.  The disc will be titled 41 and i set to drop on February 23, 2018 via Pure Noise Records. Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Karate School.”  James Dewees Comments: 
“”Karate School” is a song about a young boy in rural England. Whose parents were killed in an accident where they were playing around with dark magic. The boy is forced to live with his relatives and then he gets an invitation to dark magic school. He irresponsibly decides to go to dark magic school. Where he meets some other unfortunate kids. And they all take karate. And some ducks show up.”
Pre-orders are live.  Listen to the song below.

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Video: Conveyer – New Low

ConveyerMidwest hardcore act Conveyer has premiered a new music video for the song “New Low.”  The track is lifted from their latest full length, No Future, which is available now via Victory Records.  

Watch the video below.

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Long Neck – 10,000 Year Old Woman

Long NeckNew York indie-pop band Long Neck has premiered a new song from their upcoming debit on with Tiny Engines Records.  The band plans to release their next full length, Will This Do?, on January 26, 2018.

In the meantime, pre-orders are live, and the first single, “10,000 Year Old Woman,” can be streamed below.

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The Shell Corporation Announces New Album

Shell CorporationCalifornia’s skate punk act The Shell Corporation has announced that they will be releasing their next album on March 2, 2018 through La Escalera Records (U.S.) and Gunner Records (Europe). You can pre-order the record here.   The album follows their Paper + Plastick Records sophomore album, Mandrake, released back in 2014.

Pre-orders can be made here.