Soft spoken pop-punk legends Smoking Popes recently performed a live session of their brand new track “Little Lump Of Coal” for The Rock Room. The band released a new EP back in late 2016 available now via Asian Man Records.
Soft spoken pop-punk legends Smoking Popes recently performed a live session of Willie Nelson‘s “Valentine” for The Rock Room. The band released a new EP back in late 2016 available now via Asian Man Records.
Asian Man Records San Francisco punk band Great Apes, featuring members and ex members of The Ghost, Hanalei, Monster Squad, and Olehole has premiered a new song. The song is being released a a charity single for White Helmets.
Listen to the new song, “The Mill,” below.
The band released California Heart back on October 14, 2016.
Soft spoken pop-punk legends Smoking Popes recently performed a live session for The Rock Room. The track is titled “Some Day I’ll Smile Again” and is featured on their new two song EP, available now via Asian Man Records.
Seattle’s soulful punks, The Exquisities, have their new album, Home, being released via Asian Man Records on the 14th October. The Exquisites are led by vocalist Jason Clackley, he brings an anguished soulful croon to the energetic power pop punk backing, the lo-fi garage feel of the album combines with the punk energy nicely, but it’s when these elements are married with Clackley’s vocals that the album develops it’s unique character.
The Exquisites open Home with Faith, this is a serious slice of power pop overlaid with Jason Clackley‘s signature soulful howl, for me this track is the highlight of the album, but that’s not say the rest of the album is without merit. Count Me In has a slightly darker tone than the initial track, but it keeps the pace going before Home No Home lifts things with a surge of adrenalin which comes to unexpectedly abrupt ending, and equally swiftly The Exquisites launch into the soulful Setting Son. At the midway mark the album throttles back with the mellow vibe and a tormeted howl of Climbing Down At The End Of The Day. The second half of the album follows the template of the opening handful of tracks, the tempo, mood and texture are all varied before the album closes on the downbeat number, Send A Word Home, which features only Jason Clackley‘s anguished vocals accompanied by a dark dramatic piano.
Personally I find that Jason Clackley‘s vocals are somewhat lost in the mix which I think detracts from the album, but aside from that this is fine and diverse album that takes you on a journey, varying from upbeat power pop to soulful piano ballads, and a fair amount of everything that lies inbetween those two extremes. Whilst this album is by no means perfect, the eclectic natue of the album means that it is one that can sit proudly amongst Asian Man Records diverse roster of bands.
Home can be ordered on two coloured vinyl variants via Asian Man Recordshere
California Heart is the second full length, and sixth release in total, from San Francisco’s Great Apes, at it’s punky power pop heart lies a concept album, but don’t let that put you off as this really is a damn fine album. Never mind that the album revolves around tales of an alienated adolescent in California, or that the subject matter includes subjects such as mental illness, bullying, drugs and suicide, as this is an upbeat and hopeful album, and it is one which I find hard to find any fault with.
The album opens with an energetic slab of power pop that features epic guitar hooks and impassioned vocals, and the first half dozen songs are all in this mould and I adore every one of them, but this is very much an album of two distinct parts. The initial six perfect punk influenced tracks are all as good as each other, but like adolescence itself, the album has a series of distinct mood swings. The final four tracks reflect change and different influences, from the slower anguished howl of Chukchansi’s Complacency For Beginners, through the hardcore rage of Prom Com through to the final triumphant track, The Escapist, they all reflect different facets of the fictional character. These variations ins style add to the album’s appeal, rather than detracting from the earlier half dozen tracks of perfect power pop.
California Heart is an anthemic coming of age record, anyone who’s been an outsider on the fringes of society will identify with this album, and as this is The Punk Site I’m guessing that would be most of the people reading this. Although California Heart is a fictional work I can’t help but help but feel that it is inspired by personal experiences. Anyone who’s ever grown up in a place they wanted to get the fuck out of as soon as they were able to will be able to relate to the subject matter. If you are fortunate enough to not be able to relate to the lyrical content then just sit back and enjoy one of the best albums of the year, despite the subject matter this an uplifting, hopeful and if I’m honest a pretty much perfect album that is amongst my favourite albums of 2016.
Great Apes web presence, where you can purchase and stream their back catalogue, is here
California Heart can be purchased on coloured vinyl via Asian Man Recordshere
The Exquisites have premiered a new song. The track is titled “Grow Away” and the album will be titled Home and is set to drop on October 14, 2016 via Asian Man Records. Pre-orders for Home are available here.
Scottish punk act The Murderburgers has premiered a new song from their upcoming LP. The track is titled “Lung Capacity” and is lifted from the album The 12 Habits Of Highly Defective People, which is due out on October 14, 2016 via Asian Man Records and Round Dog Records.
Michigan power pop trio Cheap Girls have announced the release of God’s Ex-Wife, a collection of rarities and B-sides from their back catalouge, that has been released via Asian Man Records. This is their first release since 2014’s critically acclaimed album, Famous Graves and serves as a teaser to an album of new material that was hinted at after their 2015 tour with The Restorations and Chris Farren. When I see that a band has assembled a collection of their unreleased and obscure material I become nervous, as something of a completist with certain bands I’ve bought compilations of unreleased material, and swiftly discovered why it was wasn’t released, so what does God’s Ex Wife have in store?
Opening track Better Thoughts Instead kicks off the album in fine style with three minutes of power pop perfection and Twice As Much keeps the momentum going nicely. The tempo is kept up until you hit the mid way mark, Cheap Girls give you a breather from the fine power pop at this point with the mellow introspective acoustic number, Gone All Summer. God’s Ex-Wife swiftly kicks back in with an impressive alternate take of Cored To The Empty and a cover of Bad Religion‘s Kerosene. The format for the second half of this collection mirrors the first as you get five more energetic numbers, before the album draws to a close in a quieter fashion with I Know, Right. God’s Ex-Wife is an impressive collection of ten tracks of power pop bookmarked by two slower and acoustic numbers, this is an album that doesn’t in any way resemble a collection of rejected songs and b-sides.
The fact that an album of this quality can be made up of from a collection of b-sides, outtakes and compilation appearances is very impressive, and it tells you everything you need to know about Cheap Girls. Many collections of outtakes and b-sides reflect the fact that the material is not from when a band is firing on all cylinders, and they are strictly for die hard fans. This is certainly not the case with God’s Ex-Wife, the majority of the tracks on here would have happily graced a full album, or in some cases made a damn fine single. This is a collection that shows you exactly why the Cheap Girls are held in such high esteem by bands such as The Gaslight Anthem, Joyce Manor, Against Me! and The Hold Steady.
You can order God’s Ex-Wife via Asian Man Recordshere and Cheap Girlshere
Asian Man Records San Francisco punk band Great Apes, featuring members and ex members of The Ghost, Hanalei, Monster Squad, and Olehole has premiered a new song from their upcoming record, California Heart, due out October 14, 2016.
Soft spoken pop-punk legends Smoking Popes unexpectedly released a two-song digital EP. The EP includes the new song “Simmer Down” and “Some Day I’ll Smile Again” and features the band in its original line-up.
Give the new tracks a listen below courtesy Asian Man Records.
Michigan power pop trio Cheap Girls have announced the release of God’s Ex-Wife, a rarities and B-sides collection of older material, that will be released on Asian Man Records on September 16. If you haven’t heard Cheap Girls yet, there’s an excellent chance they’re your favourite band’s favourite band. Tapped to tour with everyone from The Gaslight Anthem to Joyce Manor to Against Me! and The Hold Steady, it’s apparent that Cheap Girls fans carry some serious clout
Pre-order for the collection is now available via Asian Man Recordshere and Cheap Girlshere
You can listen to the previously unreleased track Twice As Muchhere
Scottish punk act The Murderburgers has premiered a new song from their upcoming LP. The track is titled “8am Headlights” and is lifted from the album The 12 Habits Of Highly Defective People, which is due out on October 14, 2016 via Asian Man Records and Round Dog Records.
The new album from Chicago’s Dowsing doesn’t officially have a title but is known as Okay, this is their third album in total, their first for Asian Man Records, and the follow up to 2013’s I Don’t Even Care Anymore. It was recorded in the wonderfully titled Noisy Little Critter studios in Downington, Pennsylvania and contains ten tracks covering the darker side of life, that’s not say this is a mawkish self indulgent package, I find under it’s gruff exterior it feels like it carries quite a upbeat message as they’ve veered into poppier territory than previously, that’s not to say that this is pop punk but to me it’s more accessible and enjoyable than their previous releases.
Dowsing is a type of divination employed by the wildly optimistic to try and locate hidden valuables, and it appears that this Chicago four piecehave definitely unearthed something here, the mix is clear and the guitars are very much to the fore, where they belong, the drums are clear and sharp, however, for me the vocals occasionally get swamped by the wall of noise the guitars generate but this is a minor issue and overall this is a consistent and striking album. With their new line up, forthcoming tour and with Asian Man Records behind them I think this could be their year
Okay is an understatement, this is their strongest offering to date and I rather like it
You can pre-order Okay through Asian Man Recordshere or stream it here.
Dowsing has premiered a full stream of their sophomore LP, I Don’t Even Care Anymore, which is set to drop on April 29, 2016 via Asian Man Records in the US and Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe.
The full disc can be heard here courtesy The AV Club.
Hailing from Chicago, Ill., emo project Dowsing are streaming a new song at Alternative Press. Listen to Red Legs Kickinghere.
The song is from the band’s forthcoming full-length album expected to release April 29 via Asian Man Records (U.S.) and Dog Knights Productions (U.K. and Europe). The new LP will follow their sophomore record I Don’t Even Care Anymore, which dropped in 2013 by Count Your Lucky Stars Records. View track listing for the LP below.
1. Wasted On Hate 2. Feeling Better 3. Kept Me Around 4. Grunge For Life 5. Dissolve 6. Finally Ghost 7. Born To Soar 8. I’m Sorry You’re Great 9. Outside 10. Red Legs Kicking
Dowsing will tour North America with Kittyhawk beginning in May and concluding in June. Check out the tour dates below.
Dowsing has premiered a new song from their forthcoming new LP. The track is titled “Red Legs Kicking” and will appear on their sophomore LP, I Don’t Even Care Anymore, which is set to drop on April 29, 2016 via Asian Man Records in the US and Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe.
Dowsing has premiered a new song from their forthcoming new LP. The track is titled “Disolve” and will appear on their sophomore LP, I Don’t Even Care Anymore, which is set to drop on April 29, 2016 via Asian Man Records in the US and Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe.
Dowsing has premiered a new song from their forthcoming new LP. The track is titled “Kept Me Around” and will appear on their sophomore LP, I Don’t Even Care Anymore, which is set to drop on April 29, 2016 via Asian Man Records in the US and Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe.
Listen to the song here courtesy Stereogum. Track listing is below.
Philadelphia trio Cayetana have released a video for their song “freedom 1313,” which is featured on their latest release. The Tired Eyes single features this original track on the A-side and a cover of New Order’s “Age of Consent” on the B-side.
New Jersey alternative punk trio Aspiga is streaming a new song from their upcoming split with By Surprise. The song is titled “Fading Into Summer” and will be available on January 15, 2016 via Asian Man Records.
Listen to the song here courtesy New Noise Magazine.