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The Dangerous Summer – Valium

The Dangerous SummerThe Dangerous Summer has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Valium” and will appear on their freshly announced self-titled LP, which is due out on January 26, 2017 via Hopeless Records

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Tonight Alive

Tonight Alive

Underworld

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Pop-rock outfit Tonight Alive has been plugging away for nearly a decade now.  The band’s journey has taken them from relative unknowns to Sony supported Australian superstars, partnering first with Fearless Records, and now Hopeless Records stateside.  Their latest full length, Underworld, serves as an introspective journey for front woman Jenna McDougall.  Four albums in and she feels confident enough to to offer an honest reflection of herself through her music, blemishes and all.  

The result is a healthy dose of heavy handed pop-rock that matches popular trends while maintaining a discernible personality. Underworld’s darkness is immediately apparent in the weight of  Tonight Alive’s guitar work.  McDougall may have a squeaky clean vocal style, but when coupled with guitarist Jake Hardy’s full bodied riffs she comes across confidently without feeling as sugary as might be implied by her pop leanings.  For instance, “The Other” and “In My Dreams” feature a chorus of strong and confident vocals.  While the cleaness of the vocals may discourage those looking for something with a rawer taste, they are certainly a step above the bubblegum pop dominating mainstream airwaves.  

Lyrically, the album has its share of deep thoughts, but they aren’t somewhat hidden behind the glossy production.  For instance “The Other” features the line “Now that I’m dancing with my demons and making everybody nervous, I have to walk the path in front of me, cause I’m not one for following and I will not apologize or lie for who I am.”  The passage emits a quality of self liberation that defines the disc’s backdrop, but never quite breaks into the fore.  It’s not due to lack of vision, but rather that the lyrics play a secondary role to the sweeping melodies making up Underworld.  Other songs like “Burning On” may exist as an intended statement of resilience, but the message is partially shielded by the feel-good, sing along chorus, which arguably dilutes the otherwise commendable intent.

Overall, for a pop-rock band with a popular emphasis, Tonight Alive has produced an enjoyable and accessible product.  Underword’s dark intent may not be as dark or distinct as some punk or rock fans may necessarily prefer, but there remains an edge that serves the band well.  A solid, albeit safe, choice for fans of pop-rock.

Super Whatevr – Television

Super whatevrSouthern California indie rock act Super Whatevr has premiered its next single from the band’s upcoming full length. The album will be titled Never Nothing and is set to drop on January 19, 2018 via Hopeless Records.  

Listen to the new song “Television” below.

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Video: Tonight Alive – Disappear

Tonight AliveAustralian pop punks Tonight Alive have premiered a new music video for the song “Disappear,” which will appear on the album Underworld To Be Released January 12, 2018 via Hopeless Records.  Singer Jenna McDougall comments: 

“Disappear is a song about the escapist inside all of us. As you can expect from Tonight Alive, the lyrics discuss freedom, but this time with a flavour of anonymity and detachment. Disappear was written with the intention of sounding neither like Pvris or Tonight Alive, and aimed to capture the sonic imagery of a long straight highway out of your comfort zone.”

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Video: The Dangerous Summer – Ghosts

The Dangerous SummerThe Dangerous Summer has premiered a brand new music video.  The track is titled “Ghosts” and will appear on their freshly announced self titled LP, which is due out on January 26, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  Vocalist and bassist AJ Perdomo elaborates on the video:

“‘Ghosts’ stems from a deep relationship I had that lacked physical presence,” vocalist and bassist AJ Perdomo says of the new song. “I started to feel like I was speaking to a ghost, or that I had imagined the relationship in my mind. It paints a picture of longing and heartache, but with a burning devotion.”

Watch the music video below.  Pre-orders are live.

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Moose Blood Announces New LP

Moose BloodCanterbury, UK emo band Moose Blood has announced plans for their next full length.  The album will be titled I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore and follows their 2016 full length, Blush, available now via Hopeless Records.  

The disc drops on March 9, 2018 via Hopeless Records.

Pre-orders are live.  A new music video for the song “Talk in Your Sleep” can be viewed below.

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Somos – Permanent Yesterday

SomosBoston indie-punk band Somos has premiered a new song following their 2016 hiatus.  The track is titled “Permanently Yesterday” and follows their previous album, First Day Back, which is out now via Hopeless Records.  Lead singer Michael comments:

“‘Permanently Lost’ was the first song we wrote following our hiatus in late 2016,”  “Phil sent me a loop, and I was immediately taken in by how punchy and dark it was. The next day, I was tracking vocals on it. It just clicked, and felt like we had re-established our songwriting connection. We are very proud to share- play it loud.”

Listen to the track here.

Hundredth Release ‘Rare’ B-Sides And Announce US Tour

Hundredth US Tour Winter 17South Carolina’s Hundredth released their critically acclaimed full length, Rare, earlier this year on Hopeless Records, making a dramatic sound change from aggressive hardcore to a dynamic blend of lush shoegaze and driving post-punk. Today, Hundredth have shared Rare B-Sides, Melancholia and Porcelain, two driving tracks from that recording session. The band will be hitting the road this week to start their full US headlining tour, with support from Gleemer, Tennis System, and Spotlights.

Rare can be streamed via Spotify here and the Rare b-sides can be streamed here

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Video: Neck Deep – Parachute

neck deepUK pop punk outfit Neck Deep have premiered a new song from their next full length.  The song is titled “Parachute” and the disc The Peace And The Panic is set to drop on August 18, 2017 via Hopeless Records

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The Used

The Used

The Canyon

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since the release of The Used’s most commercially visible full length, Lies For The Liars.  I use this as a reference point because it was one of the band’s albums that left a strong impression on me back in the days of hunting down Best Buy and Hot Topic exclusive bonus tracks.  At the time, the band was being branded as stylistic cousins to Black Parade era My Chemical Romance.  It was the flavour of the week, and between the striking album art and flashy singles, they served as adequate peers.  In time though, the band has found their own voice and remade their image.  

Their latest full length, The Canyon, continues their contemporary identify as purveyors of emotionally driven rock and alternative, but with a unique purpose: as a tribute and eulogy to front man Bert McCracken’s friend Tregin Lewis, who took his own life a little over a year before the album’s release, and his ex-girlfriend who overdosed while pregnant some thirteen years ago.  This change in direction is mirrored with changes in lineup, including the departure of founding guitarist Quinn Allman and inclusion of Saosin guitarist Justin Shekoski.  Further adjustments rest in the production booth, with the band going with Ross Robinson instead of long time producer John Feldmann.  As if that wasn’t enough, the band opted to make The Canyon their most raw to date, recording the album entirely on tape, without the production gloss that once defined their height in radio play.

All this change translates into a very unique experience, which some fans may even find disorienting.  Opener “For You” serves partially as a spoken word dedication to the deceased, followed by an acoustic tribute that feels like McCracken truly carries his heart on his sleeve.  It’s not the type of track you’d expect to open an album – in fact, the first time heard it I had to check the track listing.  In this regards, the song plays more like a hidden bonus track than one to leave an initial impression.  It’s a somewhat disorienting start to a lengthy album, so the band still has time to sell prospective listeners.

“Cold War Telescreen” follows with a more familiar and conventional approach, turning up the volume for a guitar heavy rocker with plenty of attitude circa distant guitar solos and McCracken reaching for those shrill vibrato highs.  There’s a faint likeness to Alien Ant Farm, and it suits them well.  Songs like “Vertigo Cave” and “Selfies In Aleppo” retain the heavy, sludgy riffs but with darker, denser vocals, and and an infusion of distortion in the latter.  While classic rock may not be a term referenced frequently by those describing The Used, The Canyon presents steady flashes throughout, with particular attention to “Moving Mountain (Odysseus Surrenders)” and “The Nexus” for curious ears.

The Used retain a down to earth foundation but don’t hesitate to invoke instances of flashier pop-rock along the way.  “Over and Over Again” is particularly glitzy in a more rudimentary Fall Out Boy type of way, while “Broken Windows” takes a mid-tempo “woah-oah” heavy approach not unlike  “Rise Up Lights.”  “Rise Up Lights” is a clear musical standout that would flourish stronger if it wasn’t for the somewhat cliched emo reference to “razor blades” dominating each chorus.  While The Canyon would likely be classified by most as a stylistic experiment in The Used’s discography, the band’s distinctive fingerprint remains recognizable.

The Canyon features 17 songs, which include the full menu of items plated in the studio, making for no b-sides or tracks left on the cutting room floor.  This makes both listening to the album and adequately assessing it a highly involved undertaking – so to say there is a lot of emotions swirling around would be an understatement.  But if there is an easy point of agreement, it’s that The Canyon is arguably one of The Used’s most, if not the most, authentic and genuine artistic expression of their career.  The album might not be for every fan out there, but considering the The Canyon’s intensely personal mission, that’s just fine.

The Used – Rise Up Lights

The UsedThe Used has released a brand new song fro their upcoming full length.  The track is titled “Rise Up Lights,” and will appear on their forthcoming album, The Canyon, which is set to drop on October 27, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  The album is available for pre-order.
 
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Video: The Dangerous Summer – Fire

The Dangerous SummerThe Dangerous Summer has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Fire” and will appear on their freshly announced self titled LP, which is due out on January 26, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  Vocalist and bassist AJ Perdomo elaborates:

“You really only get one chance to make a self-titled album in your career… and we believe that the time has come to define our sound and our band. We spent six months writing and recording this record, and it is a genuine expression of who we are as a band.”

Watch the music video below.  Pre-orders are live.

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Hold Close Sign With Hopeless Records

Hold CloseHopeless Records has announced that they have signed midwestern band Hold Close.  The band has released the new EP I’ll Never Go Back, which was produced by Seth Henderson (Real Friends, Knuckle Puck).

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered a music video for the song “Bloom,” which can be heard below.

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New Found Glory Release Live In London Video

New Found GloryPop-punk veterans New Found Glory are sharing a peek at a portion of their recent London show.  The band continues to tour in support of their latest full length, Makes Me Sick, which dropped back on April 28, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  

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Oh, Weatherly Joins Hopeless Records

Oh, WeatherlyHopeless Records is thrilled to welcome Dallas-based band Oh, Weatherly to their ever-growing roster.  Vocalist Blake Roses says comments:

“We’re so humbled to announce our partnership with Hopeless Records. This will mark a new beginning for Oh, Weatherly as we strive to spread our love and passion for music. We’re very excited for the future and even more excited for the present and we owe the biggest of thanks to everyone who has supported us thus far. Cheers.”

Coinciding with the announcement the band has released the EP, Make You Bright, along with a new single and video for title track.  Watch them below.

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ROAM – Guilty Melody

ROAMUK pop-punk outfit ROAM has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Guilty Melody” and is lifted from their upcoming album,Great Heights & Nosedives, which is set to drop on October 13, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  The album follows their full length debit, Backbone, released back in 2015.

Check out the song here.

Circa Survive TA

Circa Survive

The Amulet

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

From the release of their 2005 debut, Juturna, to their 2010 major label release, Blue Sky Noise, to today with their latest release, The Amulet Circa Survive has made a career of turning all of the things that make them difficult to categorize into their greatest strengths. Circa Survive continues this legacy, but on The Amulet this is filtered through the unique lens of their punk and alternative roots and drawing on the raw power of post-hardcore to create a modern hybrid of styles. After thirteen years together Circa Survive have released another album that see’s them move forward, but crucially this has been achieved this whilst remaining true to their roots.

Lustration offers a melodic introduction to The Amulet that steadily builds up in intensity, whilst Never Tell A Soul and Stay bring an upbeat element to Circa Survive‘s latest release. Premonition Of The Hex, Tunnel Vision, The Hex, At Night It Gets Worse and the album’s title track offer a more atmospheric alternative to the driven alt rock that lies at the band’s core, and the album’s penultimate track, Flesh And Bone, brings the pace of the album right down. But for me it’s when they return to a more strident breed of alt rock, one that carries a distinctly more discordant style, where Circa Survive shine brightest, and as a result the track Rites Of Investiture is my personal highlights from The Amulet.

The Amulet is a flawlessly produced slab of melodic alt rock that has touches from the bands roots in it’s DNA, whilst their particular brand of slick and atmospheric alt rock isn’t exactly to my tastes there is no denying that Circa Survive have delivered a radio friendly and polished ten track album. Circa Survive are a band that continue to evolve and The Amulet represents a transition point in Circa Survive‘s history, and I can’t help feeling that it’s one that is likely to gain them a new generation of fans.

The Amulet can be pre-ordered here and details of a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl release can be found here

Video: Have Mercy – Reaper

A Will AwayHave Mercy have announced a new song.  The track is titled “Weaper” and appears on their latest album, Make The Best Of It, which dropped back in April via Hopeless Records.

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Video: Emarosa – Blue: Reimagined

EmarosaEmarosa have premiered a new music video from their new EP.   The song is titled “Blue: Reimagined” and is from their EP, 131 Reimagined, which offers variations from their latest LP, 131, which is available now via Hopeless Records.

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Circa Survive Release New Album ‘The Amulet’

Circa Survive TACirca Survive‘s adventurous new album, The Amulet, is out today on Hopeless Records. Circa Survive sound as vital as ever on their sixth full length, stretching their brand of intricately appealing post-hardcore into intense new territory. The Amulet finds Circa Survive continuing to push their unconventional sound, proving exactly why they’re still one of alternative’s most exhilarating bands.

You can stream The Aumlet via Spotify here

The Amulet can be purchased here and details of a Record Store Day exclusive can be found here

ROAM – Alive

ROAMUK pop-punk outfit ROAM has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Alive” and is lifted from their upcoming album,Great Heights & Nosedives, which is set to drop on October 13, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  The album follows their full length debit, Backbone, released back in 2015.

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Circa Survive Release ‘Premonition Of The Hex’ Video

Circa Survive TACirca Survive have shared their intense new song and video, Premonition of the Hex, the track comes from band’s upcoming sixth full length, The Amulet, that is due out on September 22nd via Hopeless Records. The brooding new song twists and turns in the unique ways that only a Circa Survive track can, while Anthony Green‘s distinct vocals rise and fall around his brooding words. 

The Amulet can be pre-ordered here

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Video: New Found Glory – The Sound Of Two Voices

New Found GloryPop-punk veterans New Found Glory have premiered a new music video for the song “The Sound Of Two Voices.”  The song is from the recent disc, Makes Me Sick, which dropped back on April 28, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  

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Circa Survive Release Video For ‘The Amulet’

Circa Survive TACirca Survive have shared their brooding new music video for The Amulet, the title track from the band’s upcoming sixth full length that is due out September 22nd via Hopeless Records. The Amulet showcases Circa Survive‘s ability to balance impressively technical musicality with infectious melodies that wrap around the listener, throughout the song, pulsating bass lines and intricate guitars melt into cascading drums that build to an epic conclusion.

The Amulet LP can be pre-ordered here

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Emarosa Announce New EP

EmarosaEmarosa have announced that they will be releasing a new EP on September 15, 2017.  The EP will be titled 131 Reimagined, and offers variations from their latest LP, 131, which is available now via Hopeless Records.  Singer Bradley Walden explains the project:

 “There’s therapy in opening old wounds. We wanted to see a different side of the select few and give them a new life.”

 

Tours: Emarosa

EmarosaEmarosa have announced that they will be heading on tour this Fall. The band continues to support their latest LP, 131, which is available via Hopeless Records.  Vocalist Bradley Walden comments: 

“This is the final tour supporting ‘131’. We’re going to be performing songs we’ve never done before and taking our live show to places it’s never been. If there’s a must see performance this Fall, this is it.”

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Neck Deep – In Bloom

neck deepUK pop punk outfit Neck Deep have premiered a new song from their next full length.  The song is titled “In Bloom” and the disc The Peace And The Panic is set to drop on August 18, 2017 via Hopeless Records

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Circa Survive Release New Single ‘Rites Of Investiture’

Circa Survive TAAlternative rock’s most unconventional band, Circa Survive, have shared the second single and video from their upcoming sixth full length, The Amulet, that is due out on September 22nd via Hopeless Records. Rites of Investiture is an explosive cut propelled by distorted bass and soaring vocals, the kind of unapologetically intricate and ambitious music that’s made Circa Survive a truly distinctive force to be reckoned for over a decade. Rites Of Investiture can be streamed via Spotify here and The Amulet can be pre-ordered here

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Tours: Neck Deep

neck deepUK pop punk outfit Neck Deep have announced that they will be heading on a North American tour in the early months of 2018.  The band continues to rally awareness for their upcoming new disc, which will be titled The Peace And The Panic, and is sue out on August 18, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  

Tour dates are below.  Album pre-orders are live.

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Tours: Have Mercy

A Will AwayHave Mercy have announced that they will be heading on tour this Fall.  The band continues to support their latest album, Make The Best Of It, which dropped back in April via Hopeless Records.  Singer and Guitarist Brian Swindle expresses his enthusiasm for hitting the road:

“I am so excited to go out on this headline tour. We’ll get to play a lot of songs off of ‘Make The Best Of It’ and a bunch of songs we don’t normally play. Boston Manor, Can’t Swim and A Will Away are some of the best bands out right now and some of our personal favorites. I can’t believe they are coming out with us and that it all worked out. No one will want to miss this tour.”

Full tour listings are available below.

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Circa Survive Announce US Tour With Thrice

CircaSurvive-Thrice-AdMatCirca Survive are gearing up for a massive 2017, having just revealed the impending release of their new album, The Amulet, that is due out September 22nd via Hopeless Records, and released the album’s first single, Lustration, Circa Survive are currently on tour with AFI and have now announced a full US co-headlining tour in the Fall with Thrice. Unconventional guitar music seems to have been forced back into the underground in 2017, but Circa Survive still seeks to bring big intricate riffs and even bigger concepts to a broad audience. The band has always dared to find a balance between grand scope and accessibility, and The Amulet finds the band achieving this difficult goal more than ever.

The Amulet can be pre-ordered here

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