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Have Nots - Proud

The Have Nots

Proud

Paper + Plastick Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to review music.  So it is only fitting for me that I am able to review the album that I am.  Proud, the sophomore album from Boston’s The Have Nots, was one I had been anticipating for quite some time – checking daily (multiple times) on the label website and the band’s twitter for pre-order information.  While I waited, they offered sneak peeks of four songs from the album to help hold me over and when Proud was finally released, it was well worth the wait.

On the opening (and title) track’s chorus, singer John Cauztik asks “If my dad could see me now would he be proud?  That I’ve become the man I am?” Looking back now, it sounds to me like Cauztik was giving listeners a bit of a glimpse into the growth and progression that would become apparent later on.

I will liken the Have Nots progression to that of a young power pitcher (because I have found there is a strange amount of baseball enjoying punk fans out there).  When the young power pitcher starts out, they can rely on throwing every pitch flirting with triple digit mph on the radar gun (like Serf City).  As the pitcher matures, they learn that mixing in some quality off speed pitches will make them more successful by keeping the opposing hitters off balance.

With Proudthe Have Nots were able to keep the listener from settling in too much by successfully  mixing in some slower numbers such as “Farewell Show” and the title track “Proud” all the while staying true to their ska punk roots and showcasing Cauztik’s vocal strength.  But like a good power pitcher, they still know what their bread and butter is and are not afraid to pick up the pace, and turn up the heat on political shout outs like “Secret Machines” and “Freedom of Recession.”

I enjoyed the album from top to bottom but one of my favorite songs from the album was also the first to be released, “Louisville Slugger” (it first appeared on the Paper + Plastick Winter Sampler and was made available as a free individual download as well). It is the lyrics that transform this song into a standout, as they tackle the dangerous subject of domestic abuse and their willingness to defend a friend (althogh they’re quick to mention that they don’t advocate violence in situations such as this, but believe in more peaceful solutions, and the song was written in order to support the friend).

As I mentioned earlier, the opening track finds John Cauztik wondering outloud if his dad would be proud with him after all the stuff he’s done. After listening to Proud from front to back, all I can say is yes, yes he would.

Mall'd to Death Announce New 7"

Mall'd To DeathMinneapolis’ Mall’d to Death have announced that they are teaming up with It’s Alive Records and GC Records to release a split label 7″. 

The album artwork has been posted on their Facebook page. 

The release will be titled The Process of Reaching Out. More information will be revealed soon.

Mall’d to Death Announce New 7″

Mall'd To DeathMinneapolis’ Mall’d to Death have announced that they are teaming up with It’s Alive Records and GC Records to release a split label 7″. 

The album artwork has been posted on their Facebook page. 

The release will be titled The Process of Reaching Out. More information will be revealed soon.

Last Call Announces Record Release Show

Las Vegas pop-punks Last Call have announced plans for a hometown record release show at The Knight Hall on August 5. In addition an in-store acoustic performance is confirmed for release day, August 2nd, at Las Vegas’ Zia Records.

The band  will then kick off a summer tour with Forever Came Calling on August 6that the Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park, CA.  For a complete list of dates look below.

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Tours:The Lemonheads Announce U.S. Tour

The Lemonheads (led by Evan Dando and with help on guitar by Josh Lattanzi  from The Candles and American Hi-Fi’s drummer Brian Nolan) have announced an extensive U.S. tour on which they will be performing the 1992 classic It’s A Shame About Ray from beginning to end.  The Shining Twins will join them on all the dates as support. 

To see the list of U.S as well as U.K. dates look below. 

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City and Colour to Perform and Chat With Fans on Livestream.com

City and ColourCity and Colour will perform and chat live with fans on Livestream.com at 7 pm on July 13th.  He will perform songs from Little Hell and answer questions from fans during the session, which is available to fans worldwide. 

To RSVP go to the official City and Colour Livestream link here

Polar Bear Club – Screams in Caves

Polar Bear ClubPolar Bear Club have unleashed a new song on their Facebook page.  “Screams in Caves” can be heard by clicking here.  The band has announced pre-orders for their freshly announced 7″ The View, The Life (on which “Screams in Caves” appears).  The 7″ features 3 new songs from their upcoming full length Clash Battle Guilt Pride (Bridge 9 Records) as well as one exclusive song (“Close Knit”). 

The vinyl will be available on a one time pressing of 2000 and will be on three different colours (Gray, Translucent Red, and Gray with Blue Marble).  The View, The Life will be released on August 9th.  To pre-order, click here

Get Up Kids Premier Video, Announce Tour Dates

Get Up KidsThe Get Up Kids and Paste have teamed up to premiere the band’s fourth music video,”Rally Round the Fool“, from their latest album There are Rules.  The video is below.

The group has also confirmed an 8 date tour which starts tonight (July 7th).  To see the complete list of dates check below.

 

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Riverboat Gamblers sign to Paper + Plastick, Announce EP, Give Away First Song

Riverboat GamblersAustin’s Riverboat Gamblers have signed to Paper + Plastick Records and will release their new EP, Smash/Grab, on July 12th. The EP will be available on vinyl, CD, and digitally.

The band will be toting the new EP on their summer US tour with Off With Their Heads, which kicked off on Wednesday in San Diego at Casbah. The first leg of the tour wraps on July 30th in Cleveland, with the second leg of the tour picking up again for a week in Houston on August 26th closing out in Las Vegas on September 2nd. See all tour dates below.

They are also giving away the first song from that EP, “The Ol’ Smash and Grab.”  To download the song, click here

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Man Overboard Announce 2nd Press of Real Talk Cassette

Man OverboardLost Tape Collective, the Man Overboard owned/operated label has announced the second pressing of their debut LP, Real Talk, on cassette. The second press, just like the first, is limited to 100 copies 0nly this time it comes with full color artwork (in a different color scheme from the CD and LP) and is on translucent red tapes. 

Real Talk is currently available at http://www.losttapestore.com/ with no pre-order. http://propertyofzack.com/ is hosting a contest to win free copies of the tape.

New Song:City of Ships-Low Countries

City of ShipsCity of Ships is premiering a new song from their sophomore album Minor World (the follow up to 2009’s Look What God Did To Us).  “Low Countries” can be downloaded or streamed here.

The group has also announced the pre-order for the album.  The 210 gram audiophile vinyl can be pre-ordered from Sound Study Recordings.  The cd version can be pre-ordered from Translation Loss.

The band is currently touring  Europe with Rosetta.  The dates are below.

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Paper + Plastick sign Reverse the Curse, Give Away Two New Songs

Paper + Plastick RecordsPaper + Plastick Records have announced another signing, this time post-hardcore faction Reverse the Curse has been added to the roster.

The group has a full length album, Hither and Yon, scheduled for a July release date.  In addition, they are giving away to free songs from the upcoming album.

To download the songs, click here.

Paper + Plastick signs Madison Bloodbath

Paper and PlastickPaper + Plastick announced today that they have signed SoCal group Madison Bloodbath and have plans to release a 7″ in July titled Get Deckered. They have also made a song from that upcoming release available for free download in the P + P webstore.

To download “Tears for Beers” click here.

The Horrible Crowes – Black Betty & The Moon

The Horrible CrowesThe Horrible Crowes have offered up a preview of “Black Betty & The Moon.

The track is the first to be released from the group’s album Elsie which is slated for a September 6th release through SideOneDummy Records.

The song can be heard below.

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The Horrible Crowes – Black Betty & The Moon

The Horrible CrowesThe Horrible Crowes have offered up a preview of “Black Betty & The Moon.

The track is the first to be released from the group’s album Elsie which is slated for a September 6th release through SideOneDummy Records.

The song can be heard below.

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Video: Rise Against – Make it Stop (September’s Children)

Rise AgainstRise Against has partnered with It Gets Better Project (a non profit organization intent on supporting LGBT teens) to make a video for “Make it Stop (September’s Children).”  Lead singer Tim McIlrath had this to say about the video:

“A number of events were the catalyst for the creation of Make It Stop, everything from the suicides in September 2010, to our own fans voicing their fears and insecurities from time to time. I decided to create the song as a response, and when I discovered the It Gets Better campaign and [It Gets Better Project co-founder] Dan Savage’s commitment to such an important and concise message, I was moved. I immediately felt that if our song is the road, then the It Gets Better project is the destination. I hope the synergy between the two can reach people and make a difference.”

The video can be seen below. The band will be touring Canada with Flogging Molly and The Black Pacific this fall.

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Video: Rise Against – Make it Stop (September's Children)

Rise AgainstRise Against has partnered with It Gets Better Project (a non profit organization intent on supporting LGBT teens) to make a video for “Make it Stop (September’s Children).”  Lead singer Tim McIlrath had this to say about the video:

“A number of events were the catalyst for the creation of Make It Stop, everything from the suicides in September 2010, to our own fans voicing their fears and insecurities from time to time. I decided to create the song as a response, and when I discovered the It Gets Better campaign and [It Gets Better Project co-founder] Dan Savage’s commitment to such an important and concise message, I was moved. I immediately felt that if our song is the road, then the It Gets Better project is the destination. I hope the synergy between the two can reach people and make a difference.”

The video can be seen below. The band will be touring Canada with Flogging Molly and The Black Pacific this fall.

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Junior Battles: Birthday Parties vs Punkroutine

Junior BattlesToronto’s Junior Battles have teamed up with Absolute Punk to stream the second track from their debut Paper + Plastick album, Idle Ages, which is due out June 28th.

The track, “Birthday Parties vs. Punkroutine,” can be heard here.

 

Stream: White Wives- Happeners

White WivesA week ahead of it’s official release date, White Wives (featuring members of Anti-Flag) debut full length is streaming at Absolute Punk.

Happeners can be heard here. It will be available on June 28th.

 

 

   

News: Against Me! announces re-release of White Crosses

Against Me!Against Me! have announced the re-release of their latest album White Crosses on July 26th.  The album originally released on Sire Records will now be presented in two parts and will be the first release on the band’s new label, Total Treble Music.

This reissue is a 28-track collection that includes the original 10-song album with four bonus tracks, all produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder.

The second half, Black Crosses, is a collection of alternate versions and unreleased songs. Nine out of the Fourteen Black Crosses songs were recorded with drummer Warren Oakes at Goldentone Studios in Gainesville, FL, shortly before he left  the band in Spring 2009. The other five acoustic songs were recorded at Crescendo Studios in early 2010.

Both the 3xLP vinyl and 2xCD versions of this release are presented in their originally intended packaging created by Steak Mtn., including a 32-page lyric and art booklet.

   

Stream:Crazy 88-2 New Songs

Milwaukee bsed ska band Crazy 88 has posted two songs from streaming on their Facebook page.

“Hot Dogs and Politics” and “Under the Sea” can be heard here.

   

Video: Direct Hit! – Monster in the Closet

Direct Hit!Milwaukee’s Direct Hit! have posted a video for their song “Monster in the Closet.”  The track comes from their debut album, Domesplitter, which is a collection of rerecorded and reimagined tracks from their first 5 EPs that were given release through Bandcamp.  Not satisfied with simple words across a screen, Direct Hit! decided to film an eating contest with the band devouring as many bratwursts as they possibly could in  2 minutes and 58 seconds. Meanwhile, the words to their song flash below. 

To see the video check below. 

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Stream:The Gaslight Anthem at the Pinkpop Festival 2011

Gaslight AnthemMissed Pinkpop Festival 2011?  Don’t worry because Side One Dummy Records has posted The Gaslight Anthem’s performance from the festival.

Click here to listen.

 

Video: White Wives – Indian Summer, Indian Summer

White WivesA couple of weeks ago, White Wives posted a stream of their song “Indian Summer, Indian Summer.”  Now, they have posted a video for the song.

To see the video, click here.

   

Tours: Foo Fighters Add Another Leg of North American Tour

Foo FightersThe Foo Fighters have added additional dates to their already confirmed North American tour.  To see the dates look below.  The group is touring in support of their seventh studio album, Wasting Light.

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Stream: Great Cynics (formerly Cynics) – Don't Need Much

CynicsThe Great Cynics have teamed up with AOL Music to stream their alubm Don’t Need Much.  The record is out now on 12″ vinyl, available in green and black varitaions, through Kind Of Like Records and can be purchased on iTunes.  To listen to the album, click here.

In support of the record, the band will be hitting the road this July with The Living Daylights and playing shows with Algernon Cadwallader, Lemuria and Cheap Girls. 

To see the dates, check below.

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Stream: Great Cynics (formerly Cynics) – Don’t Need Much

CynicsThe Great Cynics have teamed up with AOL Music to stream their alubm Don’t Need Much.  The record is out now on 12″ vinyl, available in green and black varitaions, through Kind Of Like Records and can be purchased on iTunes.  To listen to the album, click here.

In support of the record, the band will be hitting the road this July with The Living Daylights and playing shows with Algernon Cadwallader, Lemuria and Cheap Girls. 

To see the dates, check below.

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Stream: Ellwood – Lost in Transition

On June 21st, Fat Wreck Chords will release Ellwood’s debut album, Lost in Transition.  The album can be heard here in it’s entirety. 

The group is also giving away a free from the album, “Mag Girl”, can be downloaded here

   

Stream: Boys No Good – Crash and Burn

Jacksonville’s pop punk act Boys No Good have released the first track from their upcoming album, “Crash and Burn” can be heard on the group’s Facebook page.  The band’s debut full length, Never Felt Better, is due out on Indianola Records on July 26th.

For upcoming tour dates with Take it Back!, Rust Belt Lights, No Bragging Rights, It Prevails, We Are Defiance, and Onward to Olympus click here.

Tours:Casey Jones European Tour

Straight edge punk-hardcore band Casey Jones have announced dates for what will be their final European tour.  To support their final release, I Hope We’re Not the Last, they will join Unearth, Evergreen Terrace, Bane, Nasty and Full Blown Chaos for the annual Hell On Earth tour.  The group has also announced plans for a final North American tour in November. 

 Tours Dates can be found below.

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Stream/Download: White Wives – Spinning Wheels

White WivesThe White Wives have made the second track off of their upcoming full length, Happeners, which is due out June 28, 2011 on Adeline Records.  “Spinning Wheels” can heard streamed or downloaded here.  

The track was also on their EP, Situationists, which was released in Febuary.