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Casual Friday WF LP

Casual Friday

Weekend Forever

Open Door Records / Celebrity Punk House / Hidden Home Records / Counter Intuitive Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

The Southern Californian power pop influenced rockers Casual Friday have released their debut album, Weekend Forever, via a joint enterprise through the combined independent alliance of Open Door Records, Hidden Home Records, Celebrity Punk House and Counter Intuitive Records. With such an impressive independent backing and it’s upbeat title, it would seem that Casual Friday are offering us the soundtrack for an extended weekend of fun and excess, but like many planned extended weekends that promise everything there’s almost inevitably a raincloud on the horizon.

Banger kicks things off with an elongated introduction that eventually brings an infectious slice of power pop and punk influenced rock that merges into the slightly heavier Direct Deposit, and there’s virtually no break as FOMO brings the pace down and this more relaxed vibe carries through into California. The majority of this album carries on down this well trodden path and with the exception of the melancholic Blackhole, that brings a touch of depth and variation to proceedings, Weekend Forever is a slice of sunny power pop and indie inspired rock that just doesn’t seem to bring anything new to the party.

There is a sense of deja vu as the Californian slacker power pop washes over you in a not unpleasant wave, but for me there’s never quite the essential hook to pull you into the album, and that’s a shame as all the ingredients are there but the mix of influences seems out of kilter, resulting in an album that’s neither fish nor fowl. There’s an obvious influence from the likes of Weezer, Piebald and The Wannadies on this release, and if those bands have a place in your heart then I’d recommend Casual Friday for your playlist, but for me Weekend Forever falls just short of the mark.

You can order the vinyl release of Weekend Forever via Open Door Records here

Weekend Forever is available for streaming and download via Bandcamp here

Casual Friday Release ‘Weekend Forever’ As A Free Download

Casual Friday WF LPThe Southern Californian power pop influenced rockers Casual Friday have released their debut album, Weekend Forever, via a joint enterprise through the combined independent alliance of Open Door Records, Hidden Home Records, Celebrity Punk House and Counter Intuitive Records, and the album is now available as a free download via their Bandcamp.

Weekend Forever is also available on ltd edition seafoam vinyl via Open Door Records here

You can download Weekend Forever for FREE via Bandcamp here

Save Face And Mom Jeans Confirm ‘Spring Break Yourself’ Tour

Mom Jeans Save Face Spring 17Save Face are making their way west this Spring with Mom Jeans, even stopping by SXSW while they are it, they will be joined on selected dates by Forget It. Save Face just recently released Folly via Take This To Heart Records and Mom Jeans previous release, Best Buds, is available via Counter Intuitive Records.

Folly is out now on vinyl, CD and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records in conjunction with Backpack Records and Open Door RecordsYou can stream and purchase Folly here

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Video: Toy Cars – Bjork

Toy CarsNew Jersey indie rockers Toy Cars have premiered a new music video from their latest EP.  The video features the song “Bjork” from the album Sleeping Patterns, which dropped back in September via Counter Intuitive Records and Sniffling Indie Kids.

Watch the video below.

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Toy Cars

Sleeping Patterns

Counter Intuitive Records / Sniffling Indie Kids
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Toy Cars were formed back in the summer of 2014, they self recorded and released the Red Hands EP in 2014, since that time there have been a number of line up changes prior to Toy Cars settling into the current stable line up of Matt DeBenedetti, Chris Beninato, Matt Caponegro and Michael LinardiSleeping Patterns is the follow up to last years highly acclaimed self released EP, Letters.

The album opens with Bjork, this track is distinctly in the heartland rock territory that The Gaslight Anthem trod prior to their hibernation and the second track, Books, also treads the same ground, but in a slightly more strident manner. The riff on this number is heavily reminiscent of The Clash‘s classic Should I Stay Or Should I Go, in fact it’s so similar I’d even be tempted to call it a reworking of that fine song. Sleeping Patterns then heads in a different direction, the acoustic number Dull is a melancholy counterpoint in the EP before Stone breathes life back into Sleeping Patterns with it’s strident drum beat and anthemic chorus, which is very heavy on the woah’s. The final song Albatross starts with a melodic picked guitar riff before it builds up into a familiar anthemic refrain and before you know it Sleeping Patterns is over in what has been a rather enjoyable quarter of an hour.

There are obvious comparisons between Toy Cars and the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, Kevin Devine, Brand New and even a hint of Arcade Fire, having read that you should have a fairly good idea of where this EP is coming from, whilst the influences and style may be familiar Toy Cars very much have their own take on this style. Sleeping Patterns is a something of a gem of an EP, if you’re in anyway a fan of this genre then I’d recommend you get your hands on this EP, you can thank me later.

Sleeping Patterns is due for release on September 16th and can be ordered here

Toy Cars – Stone

Toy CarsNew Jersey indie rockers Toy Cars have premiered a new song from their next EP.  The song is titled “Stone” from the album Sleeping Patterns, which is due out September 16, 2016 via Counter Intuitive Records and Sniffling Indie Kids.

Listen to the song “Stone” here courtesy Consequence Of Sound.  Pre-orders are available on CD, vinyl and tape via Counter Intuitive Records and Sniffling Indie Kids

Toy Cars Announces New EP

Toy CarsNew Jersey indie rockers Toy Cars have announced details for their next EP.  The disc will be titled Sleeping Patterns and is due out September 16, 2016 via Counter Intuitive Records and Sniffling Indie Kids.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the single “Bjork,” which can be heard here.Pre-orders are available on CD, vinyl and tape via Counter Intuitive Records and Sniffling Indie Kids