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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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Between You & Me Sign With Hopeless Records

Between You & MeAustralian-based band Between You & Me has joined the Hopeless Records family.  Vocalist Jake Wilson comments:
“Signing to a label like Hopeless Records is one of those things you always strive for and work towards when you’re in a band. But when we were closing in on a dream of ours it still felt very surreal. I’m very humbled and thankful that Hopeless saw something in us that was worth putting their time, money and faith in.”
The band self-released their debut EP, Paper Thin, in 2016.
 

Video: Neck Deep – Motion Sickness

neck deepUK pop punk outfit Neck Deep have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Motion Sickness” and the disc will be titled The Peace And The Panic.  The album is set to drop on August 18, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  The disc follows their 2015 effort, Life’s Not Out To Get You.

Watch the video below.  Pre-orders are live.

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Circa Survive Release New Track ‘Lustration’

Circa Survive TAFew bands in alternative rock can claim to be as adventurous as Circa Survive, now the Pennsylvania band are back to explore brand new territory with their sixth full-length, The Amulet, that is due out on September 22nd via Hopeless Records. To celebrate the announcement Circa Survive have released an imaginative new music video for the album’s first single, Lustration.

You pre-order The Amulet here and stream Lustration via Spotify here

You can view the vide for Lustration, and Circa Survive‘s tour dates, below

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hundredth rare

Hundredth

Rare

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Hundredth released their third album, Rare, earlier this month, it follows on from their sophomore album, Free, but on this release Hundredth have shifted away from their hardcore roots and into radically different territory. After the release of their last album Hundredth felt like they’d taken hardcore as far as it could go and they were left with a stark choice, either reinvent themselves and take the risk of heading out into uncharted territory, or call it quits and end the band, thankfully they picked the former option. They haven’t abandoned the heavy side of their nature, but they have incorporated shoegaze, post punk and even dream pop into their sound to create something unexpected and new.

Vertigo and Neurotic kick things off with an energetic and atmospheric wall of sound that makes you think you’ve got a handle on their new direction, when along comes White Squall, a track that channels Mancunian post punk and indie influences such as The Chameleons and The Stone Roses. The breakdowns and channelled rage are now a thing of the past, instead they have adopted the lush soundscapes of indie and shoegaze, but for all the changes they have made a punk attitude still underpins the album and there are still moments for their old school fans. Disarray in particular brings a heavier punk element back into the mix and shows that they haven’t forgotten their roots, but for the most part this is an adrenalized interpretation of the aforementioned influences and bands.

Many punk bands over the years have adapted, mutated or just downright changed their sound to embrace new influences and ideas, personally I always like to hear a band experimenting with new ideas, their are noble exceptions to this rule who have a sound of their own, but let’s face it, they are few and far between. There will be those who will feel that Hundredth have turned their back on their roots, but I can imagine that a greater number will be coming into the fold as a result of this album. Hundredth have proved that change isn’t always a bad thing and have produced an impressive and brave album that makes me hope that they keep changing

Rare can be ordered here via Hopeless Records here 

Hundredth Release Daring New Album ‘Rare’

hundredth rareHundredth‘s daring new full length, Rare, is out today via Hopeless Records. The album is now available for purchase and streaming, Rare features the South Carolina band’s dramatic sound change from aggressive hardcore to a dynamic blend of lush shoegaze and driving post-punk. Hundredth will be supporting Rare all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour with more tour dates to be announced soon.

Rare can be streamed via Spotify here and Apple Music here

You can purchase Rare here (physical formats) and here (digitally)

Hands Like Houses Sign With Hopeless Records; Stream New Song

Hands Like HousesAussie alt rock band Hands Like Houses have signed on with Hopeless Records.  Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Drift” with an accompanying music video.  The band last released the album Dissonants, back in 2016 via Rise Records. 

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Video: Enter Shikari – Supercharge (feat. Big Narstie)

Enter ShikariUK act Enter Shikari has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Supercharge (feat. Big Narstie)” and is available as a stand alone single.  The band last released Mindsweep back in 2015 via Hopeless Records.

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Hundredth Release Stream Of ‘Hole’ From New Album ‘Rare’

hundredth rareHundredth continue to dive into their daring new direction with another song from their upcoming album, Rare, that is due out on June 16th via Hopeless Records. The South Carolina band have now released a video for Hole, one of the album’s most propulsive tracks. Hundredth will be supporting Rare all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour with more tour dates to be announced.

You can pre-order Rare on physical formats here and digitally here

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