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Pity Party Announce US Tour With Stay Wild And Dying For It

Pity Party Feb 18 TourPity Party is an emo pop-punk band from Oakland, CA, they are renowned for their frenzied, unforgettable live shows and their fierce dedication to DIY and mental health advocacy, the band have been spreading their wild, barely-holding-it-together energy across the US since 2014. Pity Party have now announced that they will be releasing their upcoming EP, Are You Happy Yet?, through La Escalera Records, in the meantime, you can catch the band on tour, starting this weekend with Stay Wild and Dying For It, and then a tour out to SXSW in March 2018. 

You can view Pity Party‘s February tour dates here

Barely Civil Stream New Track From Forthcoming Album

Barely Civil WCLHFBarely Civil have joined the Take This to Heart Records family and will be releasing their debut LP, We Can Live Here Forever on cassette, CD and digital formats on the 2nd March, the album combines the spectral clarity of emo with the homespun storytelling of indie-rock, this first offering from these college undergraduates is a lesson in growth.

You can pre-order We Can Live Here Forever here

You can stream You With A Cape, Me With A Baseball Bat via Substream here

Elessar Release ‘In All Honesty’ Video From Forthcoming EP

Elessar ITAWAFormed in 2016, Elessar have already amassed a reputation for delivering energetic and passionate live performances, now the South West emo alt-rockers will return to the fold with the release of their new EP, Is This All We Are, on Friday 27th April. Ahead of the EP’s release Elessar have released a new track from their forthcoming EP, In All Honesty.

Elessar‘s Facebook page can be found here

You can stream Is This All We Are here

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Barely Civil Sign To Take This To Heart Records

Barely Civil WCLHFBarely Civil have joined the Take This To Heart Records family and will be releasing their debut LP, We Can Live Here Forever, on CD, cassette and digital formats on March 2nd. Barely Civil combine the spectral clarity of emo with the homespun storytelling of indie rock, this is the first offering from these college undergraduates and their debut album is a lesson in growth.

We Can Live Here Forever can be pre-ordered via Take This To Heart Records here

You can stream the track Eau Claire? Oh, Claire via Stereogum here

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Evertim

Your Heaven Held Me Well

Fox Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Brighton’s Evertim are a band that have no interest in hopping onto passing bandwagons, at their heart they are unashamedly a pop punk band but they also embrace the melodic tendencies of the emo scene and the rage of post hardcore on their latest four track EP, Your Heaven Held Me Well, that follows up to their 2016 debut release, Learn To Swim. Evertim will be releasing Your Heaven Held Me Well on 19th January 2018 via Fox Records

The abrasive introduction to Your Heaven Held Me Well‘s opening track, Let Me Go, encapsulates Evertim‘s style, it has a style and structure that is the very essence of pop punk, but the delivery it much more discordant and in your face than the majority of band’s that attach themselves to the genre. This is followed up by Tuesday, the closest the band come to pure pop punk on this four track EP, that is reminiscent of Bowling For Soup‘s easy style. The second half of Your Heaven Held Me Well showcases a different side to Evertim with the steady building and brooding intensity of The Road We Claim Our Own, and the intense closing track, Clouds.

Evertim are definitely born of the pop punk scene, but this is not pop punk as we know it, the bouncy singalong style is an almost ever present across the Your Heaven Held Me Well EP, but the addition of some muscle, that leans more into post hardcore territory, is more than welcome and stops Evertim being just another pop punk band. Evertim are a welcome addition to the UK’s burgeoning pop punk scene, and if you are a fan of The Early November, Have Mercy or Pentimento, or of label mates Better Than Never, Coast To Coast and Layover, then I would recommend you check out Your Heaven Held Me Well.

Your Heaven Held Me Well can be pre-ordered here

Toy Cars Release ‘Erie’ Video From ‘Paint Brain’ Album

Toy cars PBNew Jersey’s Toy Cars have just released the music video for their new song, Erie, the song, which features vocals from Jenna Murphy of PRIM, is taken from the Toy Cars debut full length Paint Brain, that is set to be released on January 12th. Toy Cars will also begin their co-headlining tour with DRMCTHR on January 19th at House Of Independents in New Jersey.

Paint Brain can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp here
 
You can check out the video for Erie, and Toy Cars US tour dates, below

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Carry On Kid Release Full Stream Of Forthcoming Album

Carry On Kid WBTEOIdaho’s emo fuelled pop punk outfit Carry On Kid are set to release their debut full length, We Belong To Each Other, via Hidden Home Records on the 12th January, ahead of the release they have issued a full stream of the album and We Belong To Each Other is now available for pre-order on CD and cassette formats. 

You can stream We Belong To Each Other here and pre-order the album here

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Toy Cars To Release Debut Album ‘Paint Brain’ In January 2018

Toy cars PBToy Cars debut album, Paint Brain, is set to be released on January 12th 2018, the album is inspired by the ever present struggle of finding joy in the lulls of life. It’s an introspective, journal-like record that examines patience, personal growth, and finding happiness within your community. Toy Cars have channelled the lyrical depth of Kevin Devine, the musical urgency of The Hotelier and the endearing charm of The Gaslight Anthem to produce a record equally affected by the Americana of their Asbury Park roots and the thoughtfulness of Emo’s best releases.
 
Paint Brain can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp here
 
You can also check out the That 70s Show inspired music video for the track Cold below

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Lightblue

Paradise Lost

Shipwreck Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Lightblue, originally known as Sioux Falls, have only been around for a few short years, after bedding themselves into their local scene they have toured extensively and become a regular fixture on the festival circuit. Now the pop punk quintet are set to take their next step into establishing themselves as their debut EP, Paradise Lost, will be released on Friday 8th December, via Shipwreck Records.

The first of the EP’s trio of tracks, In The Back Of My Room, is a bouncy dose of pop punk with a killer hook, in comparison the second intsalment of Paradise Lost veers much closer to straight up punk rock, and as a result it’s somewhat unsurprisingly my favourite track off the EP. The final track on Paradise Lost, Mast, brings another dimension to the EP as it’s is an emotive slow burner that brings things to a dramatic close. The Paradise Lost EP act as a sampler for Lightblue, the EP covers three very different styles across it’s three tracks, and their debut release indicates that Lightblue aren’t just another cookie cutter pop punk band

Paradise Lost is an EP that doesn’t contain any surprises, the emo tinged pop punk contained on the EP puts them firmly in the pack of bands that have emerged from the resurgent pop punk scene, but on the other hand Lightblue‘s debut release doesn’t contain anything to disappointment either. Paradise Lost is a solid and varied three tracks of emotive pop punk that indicates that Lightblue are a band with a positive future ahead of them, and if the likes of Boston Manor, Brand New, and The Front Bottoms lie amongst your collection then Lightblue are a band that will be well worth checking out.

Lightblue‘s Facebook page is here and their online shop can be found here

The Shipwreck Records website can be found here

Lightblue Reveal New Video For ‘In The Back Of My Room’

Lightblue PLLightblue are a hotly-tipped emerging pop punk outfit hailing from Cheltenham, UK who have already received favourable comparisons to Boston Manor, Brand New, and The Front Bottoms, and they are are set to drop their debut EP, Paradise Lost, on Friday 8th December via Shipwreck Records. Prior to the release of their new EP the band have revealed their new video for the track, In The Back Of My Room.

Lightblue‘s Facebook page can be found here

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Evertim Reveal Video For ‘Let Me Go’ From Forthcoming EP

Evertim YHHMWEvertim have announced their new EP, Your Heaven Held Me Well, is set for release on 19th January 2018 through Fox Records. To celebrate the release the band have released an emotionally charged new single titled Let Me Go, that is now available to stream and also via all good digital outlets.

Let Me Go can be streamed here and Your Heaven Held Me Well can be pre-ordered here

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Lightcliffe Unveil ‘Staring At Your Bedroom Floor’ Video

Lightcliffe Dec 17 TourFollowing on from this year’s Mistakes I Seem To Make EP, Lightcliffe have announced they will release their Failure By Design Records debut, For A While, on November 24th. Ahead of the EP’s release they have revealed the video for the lead single, Staring At Your Bedroom Floor, Lightcliffe will also be on tour in support of For A While this December and the tour dates can be viewed by clicking on the flyer.

You can pre-order For A While on cassette via Failure By Design Records here

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Beyond Recall Release New Single And Video ‘Wonder’

Beyond Recall WonderOver the past three years Beyond Recall have amassed an army of followers and a stellar reputation for delivering earnest, emotional alternative rock with a broad crossover appeal. The threesome are now set to climb again with the release of their new single and video, Wonder, that combined with a full live schedule will see Beyond Recall soar to new heights in 2018.

Wonder can be streamed via Spotify and Apple Music and downloaded via iTunes here

You can view the video for Wonder below Read More…

The Young Hearts Release ‘Medicine’ Video Ahead Of UK Tour

Young Hearts HIJTCanterbury emo influenced alt-rockers The Young Hearts have released their new music video, Medicine, today. The track is inspired by growing up and losing touch and is taken from the bands new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, which is out now through Primordial Records. The Young Hearts take to the road across the South of England next week, including a hometown show at The Ballroom in Canterbury. You can purchase Honestly, I’m Just Thinking via Primordial Records here, and digitally via iTunes here and Spotify here

The video for Medicine, and The Young Hearts tour dates, can be viewed below

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Kidbrother Release New Single And Video ‘Moon’

Kidbrother MoonKidBrother have released their new single, Moon, via SaySomething Records, with the single release show set for November 7th at London venue The Monarch with support from Sick Joy, Eva Plays Dead and Projector. A highly personal song, Moon showcases the band at their most vibrant and honest.

Moon is available via iTunes here, Spotify here and Apple Music here

You can view the video for Moon below Read More…

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Latewaves

Partied Out

Panic State Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

New Jersey’s Latewaves signed with Panic State Records earlier this year, and they released the band’s debut EP, Partied Out, back in September. The band draw off influences from the quirky minor and 7th chords that were the hallmark of nineties alt rock, this is combined with the angst and aggression of the early 2000’s post hardcore and emo scenes, whilst Latewaves might have found their sound in the echoes of the past, they bring a distinctly modern twist to the soundtrack that influenced their sound.

If It’s Over kicks things off with an anthemic opener that carries a killer hook, and to confirm that this wasn’t a one off Jezebel and Bailin’ Out follow it up and brings a poppier, but no less bouncy, element to the EP. There’s a distinct change of pace at the midway point as Year Ago Today (Peanut Butter Coffee) brings a distinctly melancholy element into the mix before Partied Out builds itself back up with It’ll Be Fine and Face Down, which round out an impressive six track EP from this New Jersey Trio.

Whilst we were late to party on this one, it’s a case of better late than never as this is an EP that’s anything but Partied Out. The EP never quite manages to hit the heights of the impressive opening track, but that’s more of a reflection on just how good a song If It’s Over is rather than casting any negative light on the rest of the EP. The Partied Out EP is a solid six track debut from Latewaves, and it’s one that indicates that there is a bright future for this New Jersey trio.

Partied Out can be ordered via Panic State Records here

You can download Partied Out via iTunes here and stream the EP via Spotify here 

The Young Hearts Release ‘Bloom’ Lyric Video

Young Hearts HIJTThe Young Hearts from Kent, UK have shared the new lyric video for Bloom, a track taken from the bands new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking. The new EP features four tracks of powerful emo influenced alt rock, which has been highly praised by the music press and is out now via Primordial Records.

Honestly, I’m Just Thinking is available on vinyl here and via Spotify here and iTunes here

You can view the lyric video for Bloom below Read More…

Lightblue Release Stream Of ‘Far Gone’ From Forthcoming EP

Lightblue PLLightblue are a hotly-tipped emerging pop punk/emo quintet who hail from Cheltenham, UK, who have already received favourable comparisons to Boston Manor, Brand New, and The Front Bottoms. Lightblue will drop their debut EP, Paradise Lost, on Friday 8th December via Shipwreck Records, ahead of the EP’s release the band have revealed a new track, Far Gone.

The Shipwreck Records website can be found here

Far Gone can be streamed here

Sad Blood Release Final Single ‘Little Love Letters’

Sad Blood LLLUK emo band Sad Blood have released their final ever single, a fittingly anthemic ode called Little Love Letters. The band are to play their final show on the 19th October at Birthdays, Dalston, London, with support from brand new garage punk band Pretty Pistol, as well as Guillotine and Gender Roles. The track is the band’s last hurrah but expect exciting news of future developments very shortly.

Little Love Letters can be streamed and purchased via Bandcamp here

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Regarde Release ‘Leavers’ Album

Regarde LeaversItaly’s Regarde deliver a solid blend a indie, emo and post hardcore on their new full length, Leavers, that was released yesterday, the 6th October. The album is now available on vinyl, cassette and digital formats, as well as on a limited edition milky vinyl and a bundle that includes a ltd edition hand signed analogic photo. 

Leavers can be streamed and purchased via Wiretap Records here

The limited edition milky vinyl edition of Leavers can be ordered here

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Kali Masi

Wind Instrument

Take This To Heart Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Kali Masi started life back in 2011 after the members previous outfits had imploded, from the off they blended the punk and hardcore of their youth with the new wave of emo bands that was sweeping their local scene. Since their formation they have built up towards the release of their debut album, Wind Instrument, with a series of single and EP releases, as well as a relentless touring schedule that has seen them criss cross North America, now Wind Instrument is set to be released on the 2nd October via Take This To Heart Records.

Some Friends opens with some very gentle strings before the track explodes into life to deliver a short sharp opener, Wind Instrument is an album that embraces many influences and blends them with their punk influences. Tracks such as Her Palms Were Read, Jejune and Reccourring (II) offer a more subtle outlet than the opening track but they are no less full blooded, whilst the staccato assault of Powerline Days brings the pace of the album down, but not at the expense of the energy of the album. Ghost (The Pottery Scene) and Lunger offer Wind Instrument‘s only relatively mellow moments before they return to what they do best as Your Other Left and Sputter kick Wind Instrument back into life before CA brings the album to fittingly epic and sprawling finale.

Kali Masi might have taken on a broader range of influences but they’ve remained true to their punk rock roots, whilst elements of emo and math rock are present they are are assimilated into their punk rock sound rather than overriding or dissipating the energy of their impressive debut album. Kali Masi have produced an impressive full length, whilst it never quite lives up to the promise of the explosive opener, Some Friends, this is an album that brings together disparate influences to produce a heartfelt and energetic debut.

Wind Instrument can be pre-ordered via Take This To Heart Records here

Sweet Little Machine Reveal ‘Monsters’ Video

Sweet Little Machine Monsters Sweet Little Machine have revealed a brand new video for ‘Monsters‘, the title track from their new EP that is set for release on 6th October 2017. The band will be opening every night on the forthcoming Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour in October 2017 playing alongside Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and The Skints.

The Monsters EP can be pre-ordered here

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Cold Reading To Release ‘Sojourner’ EP On September 22nd

Cold Reading - SojournerAfter releasing their huge single Books & Comfort in late July, Swiss quartet Cold Reading are now set to release their new EP Sojourner on the 22nd September via KROD Records. The record consists of four heartwarming and inspirational tracks situated somewhere between contemporary indie rock and 90’s influenced emo.
 
The Sojourner EP can be pre-ordered via KROD Records here
 
You can read more about the making of the Sojourner EP below

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Buffalo Go Cave In

Buffalo Go!

Cave In

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Up and coming UK pop punkers Buffalo Go! released their new EP, Cave In, earlier this month, their latest release follows on from their debut single Fifty/Fifty that was released back in 2015 and the style of their debut single is carried through to their latest EP, but everything feels more focused and refined than on their initial release. The end product is an EP that is another example of a band that is moving away from the pop punk template and bringing something fresh to a genre that was in danger of becoming stale and predictable.

Lead single Caught Up launches the Cave In EP with a bruising delivery, that was whilst pop punk at it’s heart has a lot more muscle than bands from the genre usually possess, Mantis confirms that the opening number was not a one off, as this is another intense dose of pop punk. Light Patrol sees the intensity upped with an almost crossover feel to the delivery, but the best is saved almost for last in the form of the impressive track Fight Milk that combines everything the EP has thrown at us in three near perfect minutes, finally Just Call Me Circuit Breaker brings the Cave In EP full circle with another muscular dose of pop punk.

The Cave In EP is an emotional heavyweight that is a unique EP in pop punk terms, the song structures are unmistakably born of the genre’s heyday, but the way they are delivered is a distinct shift away from the more predictable styles that many adopt. The EP contains heavyweight drum beats and crunching guitar riffs that are combined with melodic vocals to deliver an EP that is an original and welcome addition to the ongoing renaissance that pop punk seems to be enjoying this year.

The Cave In EP can be streamed and purchased, on CD and digital formats, here

Regarde Release Video For ‘Patterns’

Regarde PatternsItaly’s Regarde deliver a solid blend a indie, emo and post hardcore on their new full length, Leavers, that is due for release on the 6th October. The album is now available for pre-order on milky vinyl and a bundle that includes a ltd edition hand signed analogic photo. Ahead of the LP’s release Regarde have revealed a video for the track Patterns that is taken from the new album.

Leavers can be pre-ordered via Wiretap Records here

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Life Lessons Release ‘Best When In Motion’ EP

Life Lessons BWIMOklahoma City’s Life Lessons have just released their new EP, Best When In Motion, via You Did This Records and Triple Crown Records, the new EP is the follow up to the band’s previous self-released EP’s, I Know What I’m Not and What The Silence Meant. In support of Best When In Motion, Life Lessons have joined Four Year Strong on their Rise Or Die Trying 10 year anniversary tour along with Seaway, Life Pacific and Greyscale.
 
Best When In Motion is available for purchase and streaming here
 
Life Lessons US tour dates can be viewed below

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Sweet Little Machine Release Stream Of ‘Monsters’

Fireball Tour 17Sheffield pop punk quartet Sweet Little Machine have announced the release of their new EP, Monsters, on the 6th October 2017, ahead of the release the band have unleashed a stream of the EP’s title track. Sweet Little Machine were chosen last year as Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017, and the band will be opening every night on the forthcoming Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour in October 2017 playing alongside Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag and Mad Caddies each night.

The title tracks from the Monsters EP can be streamed here

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Sine Cura

I Am Growing, Honestly

Standby Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Texan emo outfit Sine Cura‘s unusual name translates from Latin as ‘Without Care’, and that seems to be an appropriate moniker for a band who only released their debut single, Pressing Flowers, in the summer of 2016, now just two years after their formation the band have signed to Standby Records and have released their debut EP, I Am Growing, Honestly, that features five tracks of their unique blend of emo, indie and punk.

Drive eases you into the EP before it unexpectedly bursts into life with a hyperactive blast of indie infused punk that boasts an anthemic chorus, Growing Pains follows up with another burst of adrenalized emo. This duo of tracks made for a promising start to their sophomore EP, but as their roots are in the emo scene Headache Remedy brings the EP down to earth, but this midway point lull dupes you into a false sense of security as the track suddenly bursts into life for it’s final minute. Their impressive debut single, Pressing Flowers, carries the energy that has characterised the EP and the final number, La Luna, is another track that just can’t keep the restraints on and closes the EP in discordant style.

You can’t help get the feeling that Sine Cura can’t stop themselves from bringing energy into their sophomore release, even the tracks that promised an introspective moment of calm smash into life without warning. Sine Cura may have their roots deep in the emo scene but there are punk and energetic indie influences that come to the fore, and it’s these that make Sine Cura an intriguing outfit that brings a caffeinated rush to the sound, the result is an impressive debut for Standby Records that indicates that this is a band that have a bright future ahead of them.

I Am Growing, Honestly can be ordered via Standby Records here

The Young Hearts Release ‘Smoke’ Video

Youn Hearts HIJTEmo influenced alt-rockers The Young Hearts have released the video for their new single, Smoke, that is taken from the bands new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, that will be released on September 29th through Primordial Records.
 
Honestly, I’m Just Thinking is available to pre-order digitally here and on vinyl here 
 
The video for Smoke, and The Young Hearts tour dates, can be viewed below

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Latewaves To Release Debut EP ‘Partied Out’

Latewaves PONew Jersey trio Latewaves have signed with Panic State Records who are set to release the band’s debut EP, Partied Out. The band draw off influences from the quirky minor and 7th chords of 90s alt rock and the angst and aggression of the early 2000’s post hardcore and emo scenes, Latewaves find their sound in the echoes of the past but bring a modern twist and the band have released a stream of the track Facedown ahead of the EP’s release.

Partied Out can be pre-ordered via Panic State Records here

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The Hiding Place To Release New Single ‘Are You Even There?’

Hiding Place AYETThe Hiding Place are a band that pride themselves on being hard to pigeon-hole, walking the tightrope between post-hardcore, gloomy punk, grunge and old-school emo, the band have a broad range of influences that they distil into an intense and powerful sound that never fails to impress audiences. The Hiding Place are currently working on an untitled follow-up to 2014’s So This Is Home EP, the new release is slated to drop later this year and promises to both surprise and thrill their current fanbase and new fans alike. Before the new record lands, the band will release their brand new video and single, Are You Even There? on September 15th, the track unleashes a supremely appealing hook that will be bolted to your head indefinitely and the cut is backed up by an equally compelling video.
 
The Hiding Place‘s Facebook page can be found here