Panic State Records
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
Boston’s Rebuilder recently released their new EP on September 1st. The disc is titled Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike, and is out now via Panic State Records.
Listen to the full disc here courtesy New Noise Magazine.
You can order Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike here.
New 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
You can stream Facedown here and view the bands tour dates below Read More…
Boston’s Rebuilder have announced a September 1st release date for their upcoming EP, Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike, that is due out via Panic State Records. The band who are two time nominees for a Boston Music Award for Punk Artist of the Year have also announced a summer tour, with fellow Boston punks Choke Up, which kicks off August 8 in Pittsburgh and winds down with a hometown show at Boston’s Great Scott on September 2nd.
You can stream the track Mile Or An Inch via New Noise Magazine here
You can pre-order Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike here
Electric Century, the musical duo made up of My Chemical Romance‘s Mikey Way and David Debiak of Sleep Station and New London Fire, have shared another new track, Hey Lacey, from their forthcoming debut LP, For The Night To Control, that is due out on July 14th via Panic State Records.
For The Night To Control can be pre-ordered here
Hey Lacey can be streamed here
Electric Century, the musical duo made up of Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) and David Debiak (Sleep Station and New London Fire) have announced the wide release of their debut full length, For The Night To Control. Previously only released as a highly limited CD in the UK, the album will be available to the public on vinyl and digital formats for the first time ever on July 14th via Panic State Records. To celebrate the highly anticipated release Electric Century have released a stream of the album’s first track, You Got It All Wrong.
Pre-orders for For The Night To Control are now available from Panic State Records here
You can stream You Got It All Wrong here
New Jersey punks The Scandals have released their new EP, Lucky Seven, via Panic State Records and Say-10 Records and the band have also released a full stream of the EP. The Lucky Seven EP was produced by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem, The Scandals frontman Jared Hart also plays in Brian Fallon‘s other project The Crowes.
You can stream the Lucky 7 EP here
Lucky 7 can be ordered via Say 10 Records here and Panic State Records here
California’s Stay Wild have announced a run of west coast tour dates which kick off May 18th in Las Vegas and runs through to May 27th. A self-described “intersectional feminist, LGBTQ-positive, socio-political hardcore punk band from Southern California”, Stay Wild‘s last EP, livelearnlove, is out now on Panic State Records and is available digitally on Spotify and Bandcamp, with physical formats available from Panic State Records.
Livelearnlove is available here (digital) and here (physical)
Stay Wild‘s tour dates can be viewed below Read More…
California hardcore punk band Stay Wild has announced that they will be heading on a West Coast tour this spring. The band continues to support their latest full length, livelearnlove, which is available now via Panic State Records
Tour listings are below.
New Jersey punks The Scandals will be releasing their new EP, Lucky Seven, on April 28 via Panic State and Say-10 Records and the band have also released a stream of the track, Hostage. The Lucky Seven EP was produced by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem, The Scandals frontman Jared Hart also plays in Brian Fallon‘s other project The Crowes.
You can stream the track Hostage via Brooklyn Vegan here
Lucky 7 can be preordered via Say 10 Records here and Panic State Records here
Boston punks Rebuilder will be heading on tour with Seattle, Washington’s Ramona. The band continues to support their latest album, Rock and Roll in America, which dropped back in June 2015 via Panic State Records.
Tour dates are below.
New Jersey hardcore act Hounds is streaming the new EP, II, which dropped last Friday via Panic State Records.
Listen to the full disc here courtest New Noise Magazine.
California hardcore punk band Stay Wild is streaming their new full length, livelearnlove, which is available now via Panic State Records
Listen to and order the album here.
Boston punks Rebuilder have premiered a new video. It features their track Look What You’ve Done, taken from their debut LP, Rock and Roll in America, which dropped back in June 2015 via Panic State Records. Vocalist Sal Medrano comments on the video:
“On one of our first tours as a band, we played Atlantic City, New Jersey at a venue called Le Grand Fromage. It was a pretty awful show for a number of reasons. The promoter went to another show in town rather than this one; they tried polling the door, and the local opener was a jam funk band from Virginia that left right after they played. No one was there to even witness it other than The Record Collection who was on tour with us. Our set was also a disaster and Daniel almost quit the band. He wrote this song because at that moment he wanted to be anywhere but New Jersey.
In actuality, all of our Jersey shows after that have been great and we signed to Panic State Records based out of Jersey. “
Check out the video, and the band’s upcoming tour dates below.
New Jersey’s Hounds have announced details for their second EP. The EP will be titled II and is set for release in July through Panic State Records. The EP will be available in cd/digital/vinyl formats with Blasphemour Records releasing cassette versions.
Upcoming tour dates are below.
California hardcore punk band Stay Wild will be heading on tour. The band, which recently signed on with Panic State Records, will be supporting their recent full length, livelearnlove.
Tour dates are below.
Ottawa, Ontario Canada pop-punk mainstays, We Were Sharks have released another video from their Panic State Records debut. The song is titled “Say It Like You Mean It” and appears on their 7 song EP, Not A Chance, released back in December 2015 through the label.
Watch the video below courtesy DyingScene.
California hardcore punk band Stay Wild has signed on with Panic State Records. Guitarist/vocalist Nick Riggs band comments:
“Rather than bankrupting the three of us (as many other modern record labels tend to do to smaller bands), Bean at Panic State Records was first and foremost concerned with putting out our music because he took a personal interest in us after hearing our songs. That was a HUGE deal to us, as well as the deciding factor, especially given the current state of the music industry.
To the Panic State team, the music is what matters. That may sound cliché, but it’s unfortunately rare nowadays. With that being said, we are insanely humbled to join a phenomenal roster and family of passionate, caring people.”
The band is supporting their latest full length, livelearnlove.
London feminist post-hardcore quartet Petrol Girls are streaming their new EP Some Things in its entirety ahead of the official release date, February 19, 2016 through Panic State Records and Bomber Music.
Check out the full EP stream here and the band’s recently announce European shows below.
Panic State Records has announced that they will be celebrating their 7th Anniversary with a big show. The event will feature headliners CATCH 22 on January 23rd at the Starland Ballroom in Jersey. CATCH 22 will be performing Alone in a Crowd with their original vocalist Jeff Davidson.
Sammy Kay, The Youth Ahead, Rebuilder, We Were Sharks, The World/Inferno Friendship Society and Dead Ahead will also be performing.
Ottawa, Ontario Canada pop-punk mainstays, We Were Sharks have released another video from their upcoming Panic State Records debut. The band plans to release their new 7 song EP, Not A Chance, on December 11, 2015 through the label.
Watch the video below.
Ottawa, Ontario Canada pop-punk mainstays, We Were Sharks have joined the ever-growing roster of Panic State Records. The band plans to release their new 7 song EP, Not A Chance, on December 11, 2015 through the label.
They have also released a video for their new single called “Without You,” with the video being directed by Ray Lavers and Chady Awad and shot around the city of Montreal. The band comments on the video:
“The song, lyrically, is about the aftermath of a break up. When you’re down and out, but, finally you open your eyes to the bigger picture and begin to work on yourself. And although most people find it hard at first to believe it, but there’s a good chance that you’re better off without the other person. The video concept is a pretty simple one. It’s just shows the day we spent filming the video. We drove into Montreal really early, crashed for a bit and then went and shot the video. Hung around, drank beers, crashed a bachelor party and then drank on the directors rooftop til the sun came up the next morning.”
Watch the video below. The release will follow their self-released debut LP, Highways.
Newburgh, NY punks Dead Ahead have joined the Panic State Records family. The band features Jesse Vadala formerly of With the Punches and former Autopilot Off bassist Rob Kucharek and they have announced their first release for the new label is a self titled EP, due to drop on October 9th.
Ahead of the official street date, the band are streaming Cold Truth, one of the EP’s tracks via Substream Magazine. Check it out here.
Boston punks Rebuilder have premiered a new video. It features their track Look What You’ve Done, taken from their debut LP, Rock and Roll in America, which dropped back in June via Panic State Records.
Check out the video, and the band’s upcoming tour dates below.
Fourth Street Singers
Panic State Records
New Jersey singer/songwriter Sammy Kay stands poised to take the scene by storm with with his debut full length, Fourth Street Singers. Trying to pigeonhole him into any conventional category would prove most challenging, but with talents ranging from punk to soul, his gritty and unwavering confidence serving listeners well regardless of which camp he represents. Highly captivating and engrossing, Kay can spin a tale with wizard-like magic, spinning an easy appeal born of acoustic-laced, organ-humming raspy flow akin to a leaner Jaya The Cat.
Sammy Kay kicks things off with the catchy and refreshing sunny day vibe of opener “You Ought To Know.” Born of heavily strummed acoustic chords and a beachside organ glow, Kay’s hoarse tone exudes the welcoming warmth of homely nostalgia. If sound had a colour, Fourth Street Singers would be that of a pastel sunset. That isn’t to say that harmonica-touting, upbeat scenarios like “Saints And Sinners” aren’t pulsing to a lively beat, but they come to pass with worldly knowhow that typically channel into the soulful sounds of chilled out head bobbers like “Your Way.”
Tuning into Sammy Kay is like swaying on a hammock in a beachside cabana. A genuine carefree vibe flows forth from his soulful, grassroots constitution. Uplifting, cheerful “ooo-oo” vocals back the ear-grabbing choruses rounding out “Friday (Searching For The Truth),” while the bluesy organ-heavy number “Shipwreck” dims the light for an intimate performance. Kay’s in-the-moment essence makes every note feel like it may be his last – the sincerity of each word landing with the utmost of intent. Nowhere is Kay’s execution more prominent than on the bonus cover track of the Pitch Perfect hit-single, “Cups.” Laugh if you must, but Kay turns this overplayed commercial mess into a pulsing, soulful expression of grief and individuality otherwise laying dormant in the original.
Sammy Kay makes an old sound feel fresh, new and carefree. Fourth Street Singers is just right for a casual listen on a sweltering summer day, every bit as it would light up the stage in a dingy smoke-filled club. It’s a great accompaniment to bigger, back-in-time looking bands like Gaslight Anthem or The Hold Steady. There are few surprises within the forty minute runtime, but that’s hardly a concern when the result so finely fits all expectations.
Rock & Roll In America
Panic State Records
It’s been awhile since a new band has drawn inspiration from MxPx, but that’s exactly the lineage that recent Boston upstart Rebuilder brings to mind. Front man Sal Ellington sings but a stone throw away from the now classic Mike Herrera camp, and the melodic pull of fast flowing riffs fall right in line with the best of the mid-90’s skate-punk scene. The most flattering divergence comes in Rebuilder’s inclusion of organist Rick Smith, whose contributions further each melody’s intent with a soft humming glow. After a series of EP’s, the band has released their debut full length, Rock & Roll In America, and the result should be quick to turn heads.
All it should take is a quick listen to “Heart Attack’s” opening moments to sell Rebuilder’s merits. The slow burning intro taps its way cautiously along a bed of long-drawn organ notes, Ellington’s low impact vocals building to a point of full-band eruption. Chorus and verse build off one another as swelling harmonies recede into brief, lead-vocal intermissions. It’s the type of performance that separates the boys (Neck Deep, Real Friends, All Time Low) from the men (Good Riddance, The Penske File, Junior Battles).
A similar dichotomy culminates in the early melancholy-meets-angst of “Le Grand Fromage,” with the opening line being spoken as if from The Weakerthans before quickly morphing into a fully expressive, snapping drum beat confidently fitting the always welcome EpiFat mould. “Skip amongst the telephone lines, skip a frequency to pass the time… anything’s better than New Jersey,” belts the band in one of their most vivid and relatable scenarios of breaking from the confines of one’s hometown. The internal struggle of emerging adulthood – unwillingness to give up nostalgia and accept responsibilities – takes a foothold as a lasting theme most explicitly explored a track later in “Adults.” In essence Rebuilder is a mature band feigning their youth and refusing to give up their spark.
Rock & Roll In America feels warm and nostalgic while retaining a strong sense present day relevance. Songs like “The White Flag” and “American Dread” are original takes on old sounds that feel every bit as fleshed out and sincere as their inspirations when such tunage was brave new territory twenty years back. That isn’t to say Rebuilder will leave as much impact on today’s listeners, but rather that there’s still room to return to basics in a scene that seems quick to forget its roots.
Boston punks Rebuilder have premiered a full stream of their debut LP, Rock and Roll in America, is due to drop on June 2, 2015 via Panic State Records.
Listen to the new disc here courtesy Substream Magazine.
Boston punks Rebuilder have announced that their debut LP, Rock and Roll in America, is due to drop on June 2nd via Panic State Records. Ahead of the official release the quintet have premiered the first track from the record, Look What You’ve Done via absolutepunk.
Check out the stream of Look What You’ve Done here, and the band’s upcoming tour dates and cover art for Rock and Roll in America below.
Asbury, NJ singer songwriter Sammy Kay is streaming his new album, Fourth Street Singers in its entirety ahead of the official release on March 10th via Panic State Records. The album was recorded with Pete Steinkopft of the Bouncing Souls and features appearances from a number of musicians across the local punk rock community (Leftover Crack, Plow United, The Slackers and members of Rancid’s touring band). The album can be streamed here.
Sammy Kay is also hitting the road with Gaslight Anthem and Northcote, check out the full list of dates, and the cover art and track list of Fourth Street Singers, below.
Trenton, New Jersey punk outfit The Great Explainer has premiered a full album stream of their upcoming self-titled debut, due out October 27, 2014 from Panic State Records.
Listen to the full disc here.
Trenton, New Jersey punk outfit The Great Explainer has prmiered a new song. The track is titled “Defeated” and is set to appear on their upcoming self-titled debut, due out October 27, 2014 from Panic State Records.
Listen to the song here coutesy PunkNews.