Graduation Day, the project of Kevin Day, known for his work in Aspiga, is streaming his new solo acoustic EP. The EP is titled Quiet & Calm and is available now via Black Numbers Records.
Listen to the full disc below. Order it here.
Toronto punk act Deforesters have premiered a full stream of their upcoming album, Leonard, which is set to drop on February 25, 2017 via Black Numbers Records.
Listen to the album and pre-order here.
Toronto punk act Deforesters have premiered a new music video for the song “Municipal Geography Lesson” from their next LP. The disc will be titled Leonard and is set to drop on February 25, 2017 via Black Numbers Records.
Watch the video below.
Toronto punk act Deforesters have announced details for their next LP. The disc will be titled Leonard and is set to drop on February 25, 2017 via Black Numbers Records.
Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “What Do You Want On Your Tombstone?”, which can be heard here.
Forever Green is the debut release by Philadelphia’s In The Pines, they have delivered an oddball mix of emo, indie and post punk that makes for a challenging listen. The opening track, Fly Over States, is jangly indie pop with the kind of gruff vocal delivery that wouldn’t sound out of place over a melodic hardcore backing. They follow this confused number with Einstellung, the high point of Forever Green, which features trebly echo drenched lead guitar over the top of a hypnotic rhythm. Where You Dwell and You, Two round out the EP in a pleasant manner but neither track made any real impression on me and continued the confusion of influences and styles.
I think the problem is that In The Pines aren’t really sure where they want to be, or even what they want to be. There are so many influences crammed onto the EP that you end up with a hybrid which doesn’t reach the heights you feel they are capable of. As a result Forever Green is neither fish or fowl and I just can’t see this having the cross genre appeal that they hoped for.
Forever Green can be purchased via the In The Pines bandcamp here.
Boston’s Save Ends have premiered a new music video. The video features the song “I Fell Asleep” from their upcoming album, Hug Your Friends, which is due out February 26, 2016 via Black Numbers Records. The album follows Warm Hearts, Cold Hands which dropped back in 2013 on Tiny Engines Records.
Watch the video below.
Boston’s Save Ends have premiered a full stream of their upcoming album, Hug Your Friends, which is due out February 26, 2016 via Black Numbers Records. The album follows Warm Hearts, Cold Hands which dropped back in 2013 on Tiny Engines Records.
Give the whole disc a spin here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.
Boston’s Save Ends have premiered a new song. The track is titled “Love Like A Home” and will appear on their upcoming album, Hug Your Friends, which is due out February 26, 2016 via Black Numbers Records. The album follows Warm Hearts, Cold Hands which dropped back in 2013 on Tiny Engines Records.
Give the tune a listen here courtesy Noisey.
Watch it below.
In the meantime, the band’s 2014 demo is available to listen/download over on Bandcamp.
Roger Harvey (Dandelion Snow) has premiered a new video. The video features the song “City Deer” from his latest full length, Twelve Houses, which was released this past October on Black Numbers Records.
Watch the video below.
Listen to the full EP here.
Roger Harvey’s career could be characterized as a slow climb. His output has been split between a couple of high profile projects that seem to lose steam right as they hit their stride. On the one hand Dandelion Snow served as the expressive solo project that first garnered deserving vocal comparisons to Conor Oberst’s quavering emotionalism. But after The Grand Scheme Of Things wowed critics, Harvey packed up shop and began work on a punk rock project with Anti-Flag’s Chris #2 in White Wives. Likewise, upon making a splash with their debut full length, Happeners, the group entered a similar period of relative inactivity.
While we await White Wives’ next step, Harvey has finally mustered the confidence to present himself with nothing more than his given and surname for his full length solo debut, Twelve Houses. This time around, Roger Harvey feels more like the mature, spiritual successor to his Dandelion Snow moniker. As one might expect, with greater maturity comes a much more nuanced musicianship. In Harvey’s case, that’s quite the compliment.
Twelve Houses thrives on subtleties and album flow. Early tracks play with a hint of fuzz, like the album is shifting into focus with increasingly refined clarity. Opener “One Night As An Astronaut” floats in on a hazy dream-like array of piano notes, further drawing upon Harvey’s typical full band ensemble with rich tip-tapping percussion, strategic electronic embellishments and the distant drawl of country acoustics. But he doesn’t take long before getting noticeably bolder in followup, “City Deer.” Piping up with little more than his confident fragility, Harvey makes good on his reputation as a captivating frontman. Not shortly thereafter the momentum bleeds over into neighbouring track, “Three Wolf Moon.” Boosted by a chorus of horns, the emerging theme of mourning the loss of adolescence reveals itself in the revelation, “is this what I’ve been looking for, because the dream looks different in my head.” As with many frontmen gone soloist on the road to thirty, Roger Harvey’s chief exposition revolves around waking up to a reality misaligned with the one previously envisioned.
Overall, Twelve Houses is not quite as striking at any given moment when compared with The Grand Scheme Of Things, but remains immensely engrossing, particularly with repeat listens. Roger Harvey showcases his more subtle talents as an artist, mixing melody with nuance and revealing a very mature musicianship. With Twelve Houses, Roger Harvey finally introduces himself as a brand and does a satisfyingly convincing job in the process.
Jersey City’s Banquets has premiered a full stream of their upcoming album, Spit At The Sun, which is due out on October 9, 2015 via Black Numbers Records. Pre-orders are now live. The album follows the band’s 2013 sophomore Self-Titled LP and will serve as their final release.
Listen to the album here courtesy PunkNews.
Roger Harvey (Dandelion Snow) has premiered a new song from his recently announced upcoming full length. Fall. The track is titled “Arrow/Plane” and will appear on his Twelve Houses LP which will see an official release date of October 9, 2015 and is now available for Pre-Order.
Listen to the song here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.
Jersey City’s Banquets has premiered a new song from their upcoming brand new LP. The track is titled “Lucky Lighters” from the album Spit At The Sun which is due out on October 9, 2015 via Black Numbers Records. Pre-orders are now live. The album follows the band’s 2013 sophomore Self-Titled LP.
Listen to the song here courtesy AbsolutePunk.
Jersey City’s Banquets has premiered a new song from their upcoming brand new LP. The track is titled “Backwash” and the album will be titled Spit At The Sun and is due out on October 9, 2015 via Black Numbers Records. Pre-orders are now live. The album follows the band’s 2013 sophomore Self-Titled LP.
Listen to the song here courtesy AltPress.
Tour dates are below.
Jersey City’s Banquets have announced plans for a brand new LP. The album will be titled Spit At The Sun and is due out on October 9, 2015 via Black Numbers Records. Pre-orders are now live. The album follows the band’s 2013 sophomore Self-Titled LP.
To mark the announcement the band has premiered the song “Hell, Hello,” which can be heard here courtesy Noisey.
Brooklyn, NY’s Make War (formerly Sad And French) has premiered a new song. The track is titled “Against The Rules” and will appear on their upcoming debut full length (or sophomore depending on how you look at it), Make War, due out August 28, 2015 via Black Numbers Records. Pre-orders are live.
Listen to the song here courtesy Substream Magazine.
Full tour listings are below.
Boston, MA’s Choke Up has released a new music video. The video features the song “Woke Up Drunk” from their proper debut LP, Black Coffee, Bad Habits, which dropped earlier this year via Black Numbers Records.
Watch the video below.
In the mean time, the album can be downloaded on Bandcamp for name-your-price download.
Watch the video below.
Frederick, MD indie-punk act Lilac Daze has announced details for an upcoming tour with Makeshift Shelters and Sundials. The band continues to support their latest EP, Sedated, released in summer 2014 via Black Numbers Records.
Full dates are below.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Philadelphia, PA acoustic troubadour PJ Bond. Sure, his debut album, You Didn’t Know I Was Alphabetical, relied heavily on the strength of the opening track, but that track landed on a heck of a lot of my playlists. It’s been a lengthy five year road, but Bond has finally returned for his second kick at the can with his latest full length, Where Were You?. Compared with past works, considerable effort has gone into making his sophomore effort a very complete offering. Balancing catchy choruses and heartfelt delivery with PJ Bond’s breezy, folk-fired americana, the album unveils a balance of small town life and heartfelt ambitions.
Never in a rush to reach for more than what is right in front of him, Bond channels the essence of an American Joel Plaskett. Modest storytelling through an honest man’s lens makes for a very intuitive listen that spans casual rock n’ roll (“Broad Street”) and a wispy 60’s folk heart (“The Better Option”). Opener “Everglades” introduces the latter with the gentle invitation of backing “oo-ooo” vocals pushing the song into upbeat melody and lasting memory. Meanwhile, those like “87 Broadcast” channel a retro vibe circa American Taxi and Gaslight Anthem. But it’s the breezy, loosely sing-along moments of songs like “The Better Option” that really set Where Were You? up with some staying power.
What Were You?’s only real drawback lies in the somewhat overly tame execution. Between album highlights, PJ Bond can sometimes revert to a relatively passive state. While the songwriting is highly intensional and the lyrics of smalltown lifestyles generally flourish, it can get washed away in some of the more casual instrumental moments like the light country twangers “Calm In The Corner” or “Hellfire.” The most successful of the reserved moments actually resides in the album’s most minimal and intimate sessions. Purely acoustic strummers like “For J” actually amplify the spotlight just on the power of their words alone. These incredibly personal moments speak volumes to PJ Bond’s capacity for connecting with his audience.
PJ Bond has come a long way in strengthening his sound. Where Were You? should answer any outstanding questions about Bond’s confidence in holding an audience beyond a track or two. His soft approach to songwriting is a breeze to listen to, and with continued effort in advancing a more adventurous spirit, will surely see PJ Bond traversing plenty of more ground.
Black Numbers Records has announced details for their debut release from Brooklyn, NY’s Make War. The bad formerly identified with the moniker Sad And French. The label plans the band’s debut full length (or sophomore depending on how you look at it), Make War,in the Fall of 2015.
The band will be appearing at this year’s Death To False Hope Fest. Check out the full dates below along with album track listing.