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Reckless Intentions Lights

Reckless Intentions

Lights

Self Released
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

I’m starting to get the impression that there isn’t anyone left in Brighton that isn’t in a band, over the last few year I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in the number of bands from that southern coastal town, and now we can add Reckless Intentions to their number. The band have spent the time since their formation in 2016 developing their material and building up a local fanbase, now they have self released their debut five track EP, Lights, and are looking to spread their wings beyond the confines of the thriving scene that exists in their home town.

Ghost Town kick starts the Lights EP with a hit of high energy pop punk that carries touches of old school punk rock, an important element that marks them out from the pop punk herd, after this we’re headed into more familiar pop punk territory with Stitches, but it’s still delivered with their own approach and stops them being just another cookie cutter band that blends pop with punk. The EP’s title track takes you into a darker place with a distinct post punk vibe whilst Outcast carries more of a feel of the more ragged edge of indie rock, it has the infectious quality that bands such as The Wannadies have perfected, finally the Lights EP finally bows out with the inevitable soulful reflective number that seems to be almost compulsory for any pop punk band.

Reckless Intentions are a band that owe as much to the likes of The Clash as it does to New Found Glory and Green Day, each track on the Lights EP reflects a different facet of their influences, yes this is at the lighter end of the punk spectrum, but for me that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are some predictable elements to this release, in particular the closing ballad that slowly builds to a crescendo, but Reckless Intentions largely avoid the pop punk by numbers cliché’s and incorporate different strands into the EP, the end result is a diverse and enjoyable EP that indicates that Reckless Intentions have a bright future ahead of them.

Lights is now available via iTunes here

Showoff Release Stream Of ‘Popular Kid’

Showoff MSSBeloved Chicago pop-punk band Showoff are back in action with plans to release a new album this Fall, the band has now released a stream of a new song, Popular Kid, that is taken from the forthcoming album, Midwest Side Story, that will be released on September 22nd via Dodgeball Records.

Pre-orders For Midwest Side Story will be available from July 21st here

You can stream Popular Kid here

Hello Casanova Release ‘I Am A Machine’ From Forthcoming EP

Hello Casanova IAAMHello Casanova have released their second official single, I Am A Machine, the Northern Irish quartet create catchy songs with massive amounts of energy and an anthemic twist. They write sweet and catchy pop punk songs about the world they’re living in that focus on heart, drive and passion for the pop punk genre, with every song conveying meaning drawn from their own real life experiences and issues. The single is a 2 minute 11 second powerhouse anthem that hits you in the chest and traps you within the song with its crunching opening baseline, dark lyrical themes and roaring guitars and poignant drums.

You can view the video for I Am A Machine , and Hello Casanova‘s tour dates, below Read More…

Tranquility Release Video For ‘Rain In May’

Tranquility SPTranquility have released the new animated music video for Rain In May, the track is taken from their debut EP entitled Sonic Propensity. Their penchant for laid back 90’s alt rock mixed with modern day pop punk shines through on this stellar debut, and it will be released on July 14th on CD and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records.
 
Sonic Propensity can be ordered via Take This To Heart Records here
 
The video for Rain In May can be viewed below

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Available At The Counter Sign To Indie Vision Music

Available At The Counter AWOSCHard hitting pop punkers Available At the Counter have signed to Indie Vision Records and their new album, A World Of Second Chances, is now available via all major digital platforms, and will be released on CD and Cassette on August 4th. If you enjoy the sounds of Neck Deep, The Story So Far, Seraphs Coal, Knuckle Puck, A Loss for Words, Fenix TX and even New Found Glory then you’ll find something to appreciate here.

A World Of Second Chances can be pre-ordered on CD and cassette here

You can view the video for the track The Hardest Part Of Letting Go below Read More…

Reckless Intentions Reveal ‘Ghost Town’ Video

Reckless Intentions LightsUK newcomers Reckless Intentions are set to drop their engaging debut EP, Lights, via all digital outlets on Friday 14th July, ahead of the release of their debut EP the emreging pop punkers have now released the new video for the track Ghost Town, a song that amalgamates contagious vocal melodies, memorable hooks and probing power chord rhythms, that indicates that Reckless Intentions have all of the raw fundamentals to be one of the key players within the UK scene.

Reckless Intentions website can be found here

The video for Ghost Town can be viewed below Read More…

The Dollyrots Release Lyric Video For ‘Walking On Sunshine’

dollyrots WSThe Dollyrots recently released their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, that is now available on CD, vinyl and digital formats on the band’s very own Arrested Youth Label. The Dollyrots are gearing up to play a couple of California dates with UK punk legends Buzzcocks, as well as a few of their own headline shows, and the band have now released a lyric video for the album track Walking On Sunshine.

The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash is here and the LP can be ordered here 

You can view the video for Walking On Sunshine, and The Dollyrots tour dates, below Read More…

The Dollyrots Release Lyric Video For ‘Other Trucker’

dollyrots WSThe Dollyrots recently released their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, that is now available on CD, vinyl and digital formats on the band’s very own Arrested Youth Label. As The Dollyrots gear up to play a couple of California dates with UK punk legends Buzzcocks, as well as a few of their own headline dates, the band have now released a video for the album track Other Trucker.

The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash is here and the LP can be ordered here

You can view the video for Other Trucker, and The Dollyrots tour dates, below Read More…

Tranquility To Release ‘Sonic Propensity’ EP On July 14th

Tranquility SPTake This To Heart Records have signed Michigan’s Tranquility, to celebrate they have released a Bukowski inspired music video for Tamarack which was directed by Citizen‘s Mat Kerekes. The song is taken from their debut EP, Sonic Propensity, that will be released July 14th on CD and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records.

Sonic Propensity can be pre ordered from Take This To Heart Records here

You can view the video for Tamarack below Read More…

Orange Bomb Release ‘Pop Heavy’ Album

Orange Bomb Pop HeavyOrange Bomb are a pop punk quartet from Surrey in the UK, the band have now released their third full length, Pop Heavy, and the new album is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer, as well as via Orange Bomb‘s Bandcamp where Pop Heavy is also available on a limited edition CD

You can stream the track Dear Julie via Soundcloud here

You can stream and download Pop Heavy via Bandcamp here

Maypine Release Video For ‘A Little Sooner’ From Forthcoming EP

maypine ITBOMMMerging highly infectious refrains and upbeat punk rock rhythms, ascending UK pop punkers Maypine will set loose their eagerly awaited new EP, In The Back Of My Mind, on Friday 4th August through Disconnect Disconnect Records. In the run up to the EP’s release the lively quintet have now released a video for the track A Little Sooner.

Maypine‘s Facebook page is here and their Twitter account is here

You can view the video for A Little Sooner, and Maypine‘s tour dates, below Read More…

The Dollyrots Kick Off Second Leg Of ‘Whiplash Splash’ US Tour

dollyrots WSThe Dollyrots are heading back out on the road today for part 2 of the Whiplash Splash tour, including two dates with the Buzzcocks. The Dollyrots spirit and signature sound shines through on the completely fan-funded new album, Whiplash Splash, which is now available on CD, limited-edition aqua-blue vinyl and digitally on the band’s very own Arrested Youth Label.

The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash is here and the LP can be ordered here
 
You can view the Whiplash Splash tour dates below

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Reckless Intentions To Release Debut EP ‘Lights’

Reckless Intentions LightsReckless Intentions are set to release their engaging debut EP, Lights, via all the usual outlets on Friday 14th July, but before then the pop-punkers have revealed the new lyric video for the track Stitches. Stimulated by a breadth of artists, Reckless Intentions have taken inspiration from legendary punks such as Green Day and The Clash, and iconic rock bands like the Foo Fighters, through to contemporary kings All Time Low and Moose Blood, all the while tipping their caps to their peers. Reckless Intentions have broken down the key ingredients of the pop-punk genre, and in doing so, have crafted their own signature sound that is enticing, playful and energetic. 

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Light The Way DL

Light The Way

Dude, Lame

Indie Vision Music
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

The Sacramento based punk rock band Light The Way released their brand new six track EP, Dude, Lame, via Indie Vision Music at the end last month, Dude, Lame is a fast paced melodic EP of punk rock that follows on from their 2016 EP, Grace. Whilst their 2016 release was pure pop punk it seems that Light The Way have moved on, but not away, from the formulaic pop punk route with this EP as Dude, Lame indicates that this is a band that are well and truly finding their feet.

A short but sweet intro acts a prelude to the main tracks, chugging guitar lines segue neatly into So Stoked, a track that manages to blend equal parts of melodic hardcore and pop punk to impressive effect. Stag line continues to tread the line between hard edged punk rock and it’s poppier cousin, whilst Voices suddenly brings the EP to a dead halt with it’s dark spoken lyrics that are overlaid on a bed of a sparse and sinister piano. Dead Head returns to the upbeat pop punk that was the hallmark of their previous release and the EP ends with what has become a staple of pop punk releases, the tender acoustic track, in this case the final track, Note To Self, feels like a cross between Blink 182 and Alkaline Trio, which weirdly is exactly what Blink 182 have become.

When compared to last years Grace EP Dude, Lame seems to be a more focused and aggressive release than it’s predecessor, yes this is still a pop punk EP, but it’s one that possesses a bit more muscle than their 2016 release, and for me it’s all the better for it. The harder edge has added something to their sound without sacrificing their own identity, when this is coupled with the two tracks of pure unadulterated pop punk, and the unusual inclusion of the track Voices, you have a varied EP that walks the line between punk and pop punk perfectly.

Dude, Lame is available through all digital networks and via Indie Vision Music here

You can stream Dude, Lame via Soundcloud here

Casual Friday Release New Single And Video ‘Weekend Forever’

Casual Friday WFCalifornia based pop punks Casual Friday have released a brand new video for the song, Weekend Forever, that is taken from their forthcoming album of the same name, that will be coming out through Hidden Home Records, Open Door Records, and Celebrity Punkhouse later this year. Casual Friday have also announced they will playing The Fest 16 this October.

Weekend Forever can be downloaded and streamed via Bandcamp here

You can view the video for Weekend Forever below and get details The Fest 16 here Read More…

The Dollyrots Release Free Download Of ‘Walking On Sunshine’

dollyrots WSThe Dollyrots are heading back out on the road this month for part 2 of the Whiplash Splash tour, including two dates with the Buzzcocks, and to celebrate they have released a free download of the track Walking On Sunshine.

The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash is here and the LP can be ordered here
 
The Dollyrots revved up version of Walking On Sunshine can be downloaded here
 
You can view a video for part 2 of the Whiplash Splash tour, and the tour dates, below Read More…
Ghouls Run

Ghouls

Run

1471 Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

London based punk rock quintet Ghouls are heading into 2017 with their new twelve track album, Run, that is set for release tomorrow, the 5th May 2017, via 1471 Records. The album was inspired by true stories from the daily grind of real life, and the struggles faced in the modern day, Run encapsulates the challenges, thought processes and feelings of a group of young men coming of age, in many ways Run is a graduation record that brings an updated and mature sound to UK punk scene and marks a shift away from the sound of the 2014 debut album, Ten Thousand Words On.

You could be forgiven for assuming that Ghouls would be heavily influenced by The Misfits due to their chosen moniker but that isn’t the case, Ghouls are a contemporary band that have their own sound rather than resurrecting the sounds of those that came before them. The opening track and lead single, Seasonal Affective, kicks things off with an impressive post punk stomp, before the album heads off into an uptempo pop punk inspired style, but this isn’t the predictable pop punk by numbers approach I encounter fairly regularly, Ghouls incorporate all manner of influences into their sound, including touches of rock, ska and even a hint of post hardcore to create an impressive and original album.

Ghouls have made an album that stands on it’s own and doesn’t fit into a category, the influences are present but they are incorporated into their own style rather dictating it. If I had to criticise this album it would be that it all feels a little too polished when compared to their previous releases, there are no rough edges to Run and it feels detached from how I imagine they sound live, something that is borne out by a brief Youtube search, but that’s probably just my personal preference for things to be on the raw side, but however you look at it Run is a slick and original album from a band that are doing things on their terms.

Run can be pre-ordered via 1471 Records on vinyl, CD and download formats here

Ghouls Bandcamp can be found here

Punk Site Exclusive: The Dollyrots ‘Saturday Morning’ Video

dollyrots WSPunk rock duo The Dollyrots released their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, at the end of March and the album is now available on CD, limited-edition aqua blue vinyl and digitally on the band’s very own label, Arrested Youth Records. The Dollyrots have wrapped up the first leg of their tour and will be back out on the road in May, in the meantime the relentless duo have now released a video for the track Saturday Morning.

 You can read The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash here and the LP can be ordered here
 
You can view the video for Saturday Morning, and the The Dollyrots tour dates, below

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Light The Way Release ‘Dude, Lame’ EP

Light The Way DLThe Sacramento, CA based punk rock band Light The Way have released their brand new six track EP, Dude, Lame, exclusively through Indie Vision Music today, April 28th 2017. Dude, Lame is a fast paced, super melodic and teeth shattering EP that packs a short but potent punch.

Dude, Lame is available through all digital networks and via Indie Vision Music here

You can stream Dude, Lame via Soundcloud here

Reckless Intentions Release Lyric Video For ‘Stitches’

Reckless Intentions LightsBrighton based UK pop punkers Reckless Intentions have announced that their debut self released EP, Lights, will be released via all the main digital retailers and streaming services on the 14th July 2017. The EP is now available for pre-order and the lead single, Stitches, will be available instantly with all pre-orders.

The Lights EP can be pre-ordered via iTunes here

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Chin Up Kid - Swing With Your Eyes Closed

Chin Up, Kid

Swing With Your Eyes Closed

Standby Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Chin Up, Kid have been with us since 2013, since their formation they have built a steady following through relentless touring on the local circuit, including playing the Vans Warped Tour in 2015, now Chin Up, Kid have released their debut full length, Swing With Your Eyes Closed, the album follows on from a series of self released EP’s, including 2016’s The Way You Live Is Common. Swing With Your Eyes Closed is released today, April the 28th 2017, via Standby Records and will be followed by a headlining tour with Victorian Halls.

Sometimes you get an album where you know exactly what you’re in for, from the band’s optimistic moniker and album title, to the cartoon artwork on the cover, this is an album that just screams pop punk at you and before you’ve even dropped the needle you have a good idea of what you’re in for. Sometimes expectations can be confounded, but that is not the case here as Swing With Your Eyes Closed is an unapologetically pop punk album from start to finish. Chin Up, Kid channel pop punk’s halcyon days, everything from the opening chords of Overview onwards feels like something of a throwback, and as a result the whole affair feels strangely familiar.

If you love the likes of Blink-182, Good Charlotte and New Found Glory, especially their releases from when pop punk was at the peak of it’s popularity, then Chin Up, Kid will be a band you need to acquaint yourself with. For me Swing With Your Eyes Closed seems to lack a touch of the exuberance, enthusiasm and sense of fun that was a calling card of the best of the pop punk bands, but having said that Chin Up, Kid are a solid, if not somewhat unsurprising, addition to the pop punk stable.

Swing With Your Eyes Closed can be ordered here via Standby Records

Chin Up, Kid‘s Facebook presence can be found here

Northbound Flaws

Northbound

The Flaws In Everything

Animal Style Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

From their humble beginnings as an acoustic solo project back in 2012 Northbound have steadily evolved into a fully fleshed-out band. Jonathon Fraser remains at the creative heart of Northbound, his songwriting sits at the core of the band and his style seems at home here, whether he’s armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar and his voice, or with the full band fleshing out his songs with some muscle. Northbound have now bought us their latest EP, The Flaws In Everything, that was released on the 21st April 2017 via Animal Style Records, and it is now available on two different vinyl variants, white and blue and black and blue, as well as on CD and digital formats.

The Flaws In Everything introduces itself with the strong pop punk opening of Fade To Black, the classic pop punk combination of harmonised vocals and strong catchy guitar hooks is well in evidence, on the basis of this you might think you know what you’re in for, but you’d be wrong, Suitor Type still contains the pop punk element, but this time it’s darker with a touch of post hardcore. The opening duo of tracks is then followed by the crunching distorted riff of Well Water, a song that drifts into alt-rock territory, The Flaws In Everything continues to keep you guessing as Lonely Squid boasts a stripped down acoustic quality until finally Tell Me Something Good, with it’s impassioned chorus, brings things to a reflective thoughtful close.

The Flaws In Everything is a varied genre spanning EP that hits the spot nicely, for me Fade To Black and Well Water are the two stand out tracks, both bring a distorted energy to the EP, but that’s not to put down the remainder of this release, but with such a varied blend of styles on display you’re going to gravitate to the ones that appeal to your sensibilities, in my case it’s the noisier contingent of tracks. Whether every track on this EP will be to your taste is debatable, but I can guarantee there’s a good chance that you’ll find something to your taste on The Flaws In Everything.

The Flaws In Everything can be pre-ordered on physical formats here and digitally here

Belmont Release New Single ‘Water Weight’

Belmont WWChicago pop punks Belmont have debuted a new single titled Water Weight, the track was recorded and mixed by Seth Henderson at ABG Studios and was produced by Dave Knox of Real Friends. Water Weight is now available via iTunes, Spotify and Amazon and Belmont will be touring the US this spring with Hot Mulligan.

You can stream Water Weight here

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One Man Boycott Release ‘Stockholm Swing’ Video Single

One Man Boycott SSSouth West pop punkers One Man Boycott are back from the brink after health problems and the abrupt departure of their drummer derailed them, the band have now released their explosive new video single, Stockholm Swing. The track is taken from the band’s debut album, Counting The Seconds, that is available via digital retailers and on CD, One Man Boycott also have tour dates lined up for this Spring and a brand new EP waiting in the wings for the summer.

You can order physical copies of Counting The Seconds here

You can view the video for Stockholm Swing below Read More…

2far2jump Reveal Video For ‘Set Your Goals’

2far2jump FAAEFast rising UK Pop punkers 2far2jump have unveiled their new video single, Set Your Goals, the track is taken from their debut EP, First Attempts At Everything, that is due out on Friday 5th May. Taking influence from Blink 182, All Time Low, Neck Deep, Paramore, and Green Day, 2far2jump have fashioned a sound of their own while tipping their hats to their contemporaries. To date, the band have enjoyed a plethora of support from the underground. Dropping three singles and playing a slew of successful shows has only added to their ever-growing stock.

2far2jump‘s website is here and you can view the video below Read More…

At The Wayside To Release ‘The Breakdown And The Fall’ Album

At The Wayside TBATFAt The Wayside have signed to Indie Vision Music and they will release a new full length from Wisconsin’s own pop-punk warriors, the album will be released on May 26th through all digital networks. The album is titled The Breakdown And The Fall and is something the band has been working on feverishly for the past few years, ahead of the albums release the band have released a stream of the track Lose One Friend, Lose All Friends, Lose Yourself. If you enjoy the sounds of Blink-182, Something Corporate, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard and The Ataris, then make sure you check out the music of At The Wayside.

You can stream Lose One Friend, Lose All Friends, Lose Yourself here

The Dollyrots Release ‘Squeeze Me’ Video

dollyrots WSPunk rock duo The Dollyrots released their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, on the 31st of March and the album is now available on CD, limited-edition aqua blue vinyl and digitally on the band’s very own label, Arrested Youth Records. The Dollyrots have wrapped up the first leg of their tour and will be back out on the road in May, in the meantime the relentless duo have now released a video for the track Squeeze Me.

 You can read The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash here and the LP can be ordered here
 
You can view the video for Squeeze Me, and the The Dollyrots tour dates, below

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Super American Disposable

Super American

Disposable

Take This To Heart Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Super American released their seven track mini album, Disposable, yesterday, the 7th April 2017 on CD and Digital formats via Take This To Heart Records. The cover art for Disposable is somewhat ambiguous, the roller blades and pineapple don’t give much of a clue of what to expect, and perusal of their Facebook page doesn’t clarify matters, other than 2017 apparently being the year of the pineapple. Any ambiguity is cleared up the minute you drop the needle, as before you get to the first chorus you have a pretty good idea of what Super American are all about.

Disposable kicks things off with a slice of summery breezy pop punk in the form of the opening track, Sloppy Jazz, Feeling Better and Dearly Beloved follow in the opening numbers footsteps, providing a bright upbeat sunny soundtrack before the album takes the obligatory melancholy turn with the acoustic strains of Missing Pieces. Disposable promptly picks itself up from this downbeat interlude and returns to what Super American do best, the chirpy melodic bubblegum pop punk of Dumb and Congratulations mark a return to form before Rebel’s Yell closes Disposable in an inevitably anthemic style.

Disposable is an album that doesn’t contain any surprises, Super American have provided seven cuts of upbeat pop punk that recalls the glory days of that genre, this is an album that will appeal to fans of early Bowling For Soup, Weezer and Blink 182, and that pretty much tells you everything you need to know. This album might not be an original concept, but what Disposable is is a welcome reminder of just how good a pop punk release can be.

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

Super American‘s Facebook page can be found here

The Dollyrots Release Video For ‘Just Because I’m Blonde’

dollyrots WSPunk rock duo The Dollyrots released their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, last Friday, the 31st of March and this week the album debuted on both Billboard’s Heatseekers chart at #13 and Billboard’s Independent Albums chart at #31. Whiplash Splash is available on CD, limited-edition aqua blue vinyl and digitally on the band’s very own label, Arrested Youth Records. The Dollyrots have just wrapped up the first leg of their tour run and will be back out on the road in May.
 
You can read The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash here and the LP can be ordered here
 
You can view the video for Just Because I’m Blonde, and the The Dollyrots tour dates, below

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Super American Release Stream Of ‘Disposable’

Super American DisposableSuper American have released a full stream of their upcoming album Disposable which will be released on April 7th on CD and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records, accompanying the full stream of the album is a track by track by vocalists Matt Cox and Pat Feeley

You can stream Disposable via New Noise Magazine here

You can pre-order Disposable here

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Black Oxygen Release ‘ A Step Away’ Single And Video

Black Oxygen A Step AwayThe band Black Oxygen is comprised of brothers David and Nick Lyle, the Kansas City-born and Los Angeles-based duo channel an undeniable chemistry into an unpredictable hybrid of alternative-pop and rock punctuated by the perfect amount of swagger. During 2016, they hit the studio with producer Brett Hestla and have been busy cooking up their next musical evolution. To give their hungry friends and fans a taste of what’s to come the brothers decided to release a couple of songs, the first, A Step Away, combines shimmering keys and robust guitars with an anthemic arena-size sound and was released last Friday via all digital outlets. 

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