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Dance Gavin Dance


Rise Records

Rating: 1/5



Dance Gavin Dance have now been with us for just over a decade, they are an experimental post hardcore band from California that incorporate numerous styles into their constantly evolving sounds. They were born out of the ashes of numerous bands including Farewell Unknown, Ghost Runner on Third and Atherton which may go someway to explaining the diverse influences on display in their hybrid of post hardcore stylings. Mothership is their seventh album to date and it serves as the follow up to their 2015 album, Instant Gratification.
Mothership opens with White 21, this track features a technical guitar riff and staccato drum riff overlaid with a mix growled and melodic pop punk vocals, if I’m honest I found  that all thirteen tracks stuck to this blueprint. Dance Gavin Dance feature elements of post hardcore, math rock and screamo, to name just a few of the influences on this album, but from my perspective that’s not an encouraging combination. I found that Mothership rapidly became a long protracted technical exercise, punctuated by the dual vocal styles, that I found somewhat tiresome before I’d got halfway through the album.
Mothership is a very polished and flawlessly produced album, but for me I found it to be formulaic and repetitive, however given their last album was their most successful to date, and is suspect this one will surpass it, maybe it’s just that this is an album that isn’t for me. If you’re a fan of this kind of technical math rock infused post hardcore then I’d recommend you get this album, however as far I’m concerned the Mothership can leave without me.
Mothership was released via Rise Records and can be ordered via iTunes and physical formats can be purchased here

Video: Silverstein – Ghost

SilversteinSilverstein has premiered a new music video and single.  The video features the song “Ghost” and serves as their first new music since their latest full length, I Am Alive In Everything I Touch, released back in 2015 via Rise Records.

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Video: Knuckle Puck – Evergreen

Knuckle Puck 2016Chicago pop-punks Knuckle Puck have premièred a new music video for Evergreen, a track taken from their debut full length, Copacetic, released in 2015 via Rise Records.

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River Oaks, Ex Silverstein, Announces Inaugral US Mini Tour

river-oaks-tourSilverstein frontman Shane Told is taking his new solo project, River Oaks, on the road for the very first time this December on a five date tour. Mark Rose, of emo-pop group Spitalfield, will provide support.

The tour is in support of River Oaks debut single, which was released earlier this year on Rise Records. After spending 15 years, 2000 shows performed, and over a million albums sold with Silverstein, Shane Told launched River Oaks earlier this year.

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Video: Dance Gavin Dance – Young Robot

Dance Gavin DanceSacramento’s Dance Gavin Dance have premiered a music video from their seventh studio LP.  The song is titled “Young Robot” and will appear on the album Mothership, which is set to drop on October 7, 2016 via Rise Records.

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The Bouncing Souls Announce American Fall Tour Dates

bouncing-souls-simplicity-tourNew Jersey’s punk rock mainstays, The Bouncing Souls, recently released their landmark tenth full length album, Simplicity, via Rise Records. The legendary band combined the best elements of their past and present to create an album that would translate perfectly into the live setting, and now they’ve announced a run of North American tour dates to put these new classics to the test. Simplicity has been lauded by critics and fans alike for its well-rounded approach in adding to The Bouncing Souls‘ twenty plus year legacy. It’s an album that couldn’t exist without the ones that preceded it, but still captures the element of youthful spontaneity that made The Bouncing Souls so special in the first place. The Bouncing Souls will be joined by of their talented friends to help celebrate the release of Simplicity, the Fall North American tour dates include shows with the likes of Anti-Flag, Off With Their Heads, Masked Intruder, Cayetana and more.

The tour dates can be viewed below and Simplicity can be ordered here

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Dance Gavin Dance Announce LP Release, Tour Dates And Video

Dance Gavin DanceSacramento’s Dance Gavin Dance have dropped a new music video for the song Betrayed By The Game, off their forthcoming 7th studio LP, Mothership, which is out on October 7th on Rise Records. Dance Gavin Dance kick off their fall touring schedule with an appearance at Chain Fest this weekend, followed by a headline tour with The Contortionist, Hail The Sun and Good Tiger  

You can pre-order Mothership, including bundles, here

Tour Dates can be viewed, and tickets can be purchased, here

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Fire From The Gods Release ‘End Transmission’ Music Video

Fire From The Gods NWith Excuse Me, the lead single off Fire From The Gods debut full-length Narrative currently racking up spins as one of the most played songs on Sirius XM’s Octane channel, the hard-charging Texas based five piece is now premiering the music video for another track off the album.

You can read the Punk Site review of Narrative here

Narrative can be ordered from Rise Records here

You can view the video for End Transmission below

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Fire From The Gods


Rise Records

Rating: 4/5




Fire From The Gods hail from Texas, a part of the USA known for producing some remarkable musicians and unique recordings, this is their first release for Rise Records and their most focused album to date. The story behind this album stems directly from vocalist AJ Channing‘s life. Born in the Bronx to a single mother of Jamaican descent, he spent his childhood moving between London, New York, Los Angeles, Norfolk and Ghana. This diverse experience has provided him with a unique outsider perspective into the problems of the world, it is his experiences that have informed the musical and lyrical direction of the album.

This is a brutal album that contains elements of metal, hardcore and the harder end of hip hop, yet for all of the intense pummelling riffs and beats this is an intelligent hybrid of styles. Often I’ll find albums of this nature become somewhat overbearing after a while, but that’s not the case with Narrative. Whilst I have a personal favourite, the shortest and hardest hitting track, Diversion, the whole of Narrative never gets old or repetitive. This is not your standard anodyne rap metal crossover, the blend of influences and styles keeps this a relentless and energizing listen, rather than the usual formulaic and predictable offerings we tend to get when rap and metal are combined.

At it’s heart this is a hardcore album, but the musical influences from the parallel worlds of metal, alongside a vocal delivery straight ouuta the angrier end of hip hop, means that this is an impressive album that will appeal to fans of all the genres that influenced it. it’s consistently aggressive enough for fans of hardcore, the metal touches blend in seamlessly and it boasts a vocal delivery that veers between smooth rap and screaming hardcore defiance. The result is that the ferocious delivery and the personal nature of the songwriting combine to make an album that delivers on every level.

Narrative will be released on 26th August and it can be ordered from Rise Records here

Fire From The Gods Release ‘Excuse Me’ Video

Fire From The Gods NAustin, TX quintet Fire From The Gods will release Narrative, their Rise Records debut, on August 26. Narrative is based in heavy metal power, hip-hop consciousness, and even a little reggae spirit, the Austin, TX quintet urge for change via an album that’s both personal and universal.

To coincide with the launch of pre-orders, a music video is premiering for the track Excuse Me which can be viewed below

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Tours: Crown The Empire

Crown The EmpireDallas rock quintet Crown The Empire will be heading on tour.  The band will be supporting their 3rd studio album, Retrograde, which dropped back in July via Rise Records.

Tour dates are below.

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The Bouncing Souls


Rise Records

Rating: 4.5/5




The Bouncing Souls have become something of a punk rock institution, they have been producing their brand of anthemic punk rock since the tail end of the eighties. In that time they have relentlessly toured and recorded, Simplicity is their tenth full length studio album, and it should be greeted with enthusiasm, so why do I have a sense of trepidation before playing it? I’ve been a fan of The Bouncing Souls for many years, but I felt their last release, 2012’s Comet, lacked some indefinable quality, it just didn’t seem to hit the spot like their previous albums. Thankfully my concerns were ill founded, as Simplicity has firmly recaptured the spirit and energy that characterised their early albums.

The first two tracks are exactly the kind of material that The Bouncing Souls became known for, fast short furious bouts of punk energy, but the album really starts to come into it’s own from the third track, Satellite, this is a song that is as good as anything they’ve ever written. But Satellite is not on it’s own, all thirteen tracks on Simplicity indicate that The Bouncing Souls are back on form, they veer madly between melodic hardcore and bouncy pop tinged punk without once hitting the brakes. Greg Attonito‘s vocals effortlessly adapt from fist pumping heartfelt punk defiance, to the softer tones that are employed on the albums slower numbers. The anthemic choruses and killer guitar hooks are in full effect, along with that infectious energetic quality that makes The Bouncing Souls such a uplifting band.

The title Simplicity hints at a back to basics approach with the material, and this is exactly what you get, this album sounds re-energised and has all the qualities that epitomised their best material, I would argue this is one of their best, if not the best, albums. The Bouncing Souls sound as fresh and lively as they ever did, this album is a triumphant return to form and is one that I think will be amongst my favourite albums from 2016.  Simplicity is not only a record that captures the spirit of The Bouncing Souls earlier work, it is also one that builds on their impressive back catalogue, and it is arguably their best album to date.

Simplicity can be downloaded and ordered from the usual sources, the limited edition vinyl can be ordered here

The Bouncing Souls web presence can be found here

The Rise Records website can be found here

The Bouncing Souls post video for ‘Up To Us’

The Bouncing SoulsThe Bouncing Souls released a video for Up To Us of their new album Simplicity through The song is about how music inspires, about losing your heroes and about the responsibility the band feels to carry a torch for the spirit that great music has given them. The video embodies this message wholeheartedly in true Bouncing Souls fashion, or as Greg Attonito says it: “It’s up to us now to make this fire never burn out“. 

Get Simplicity through the bands site or check out the video here.

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Dance Gavin Dance To Release New LP This Fall

Dance Gavin DanceSacramento’s Dance Gavin Dance have announced details for their seventh studio LP.  The disc will be titled Mothership and is set to drop on October 7, 2016 via Rise Records.  The album serves as the follow up to 2015’s Instant Gratification. Pre-orders are available on MerchNow and iTunes.

Track listing and Fall tour dates are below.

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Dance Gavin Dance To Release 7th Studio LP ‘Mothership’

Dance Gavin Dance MSSacramento’s Dance Gavin Dance have announced details for their seventh studio LP, Mothership, which will be released on October 7th via Rise Records. The thirteen track album serves as the follow up to 2015’s Instant Gratification. Formed in 2005, the groundbreaking act which fuses elements of emo, post-hardcore, jazz fusion, progressive rock and screamo into their signature sound, has seen their last five album’s chart on the Billboard Top 200. They have announced an extensive US and UK Tour in support of Mothership

Pre-orders for Mothership are now available on iTunes and here

US and UK tour dates, and a preview video for the UK tour, can be seen below

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Bouncing Souls stream ‘Simplicity’

Bouncing Souls - SimplicityNew Jersey’s punk rock icons Bouncing Souls are streaming their new album Simplicity over at Spin. Simplicity is the first album recorded with drummer George Robello (Hot Water Music) and is set to release on July 29th. The record can still be pre-ordered here.

The tracklisting and link for the stream can be found below the break.

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The Bouncing Souls – Writing On The Wall

Bouncing SoulsAs The Bouncing Souls fast approach their 30th anniversary, they are gearing up to release a new album, Simplicity. Prior to the album’s July 29th release on Rise Records, they have debuted a new single, “Writing On The Wall.” 

Details about the upcoming release can be found here

You can hear the new song below.

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Fire From The Gods To Release Debut Album ‘Narrative’

Fire From The Gods NAustin, TX quintet Fire From The Gods will release Narrative, their Rise Records debut, on August 26. Speaking from a platform cast in heavy metal power, hip-hop consciousness, and even a little reggae spirit, the Austin, TX quintet urge for change by conveying a story that’s both personal and universal. That story stems directly from vocalist AJ Channer‘s life. Born in the Bronx to a single mother of Jamaican descent, he spent his childhood moving between London, New York City, Los Angeles, Norfolk, and even Ghana where he attended middle school. Drawing from this diverse experience, he speaks with unmitigated honesty about the state of the world, this story is backed by their brutal blend of hardcore, hip-hop  and rock.

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The Bouncing Souls Debut New Song, “Up to Us”

Bouncing SoulsAs The Bouncing Souls fast approach their 30th anniversary, they are gearing up to release a new album, Simplicity. Prior to the album’s July 29th release on Rise Records, they have debuted the first single, “Up to Us.” 

Details about the upcoming release can be found here

You can hear the new song below.

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Video: The Early November – Narrow Mouth

Early NovemberNew Jersey indie group The Early November is streaming a new music video.  The video features the song “Narrow Mouth” from last year’s full length, Imbue, available now via Rise Records.

Watch the video below.

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Tiger Army

Tiger Army


Rise Records

Rating: 4/5




Looking back, Tiger Army was one of the earliest punk-affiliated groups to open my eyes to the potential of infusing modern punk with sounds from times gone by.  Sure, the California trio started as a an American psychobilly act scoffed at by European purists, but playing alongside bands like Rancid and Bad Religion in the late 90’s introduced the sound to a new generation of punk fans – myself included.

Frontman and visionary Nick 13 has never written the same album twice.  The same can be said about Tiger Army’s fifth full-length, and return after a nine-year studio hiatus, V •••–.  The latest chapter picks up right where Music From Regions Beyond left off.  For those unfamiliar, the 2007 album found the band excitedly dipping their toes in the atmospheric and mellow waters of a significant tempo change.  The clicking and thumping of Nick 13’s furious upright bass slowed to a pensive, contemplative state, with many of the album’s most memorable tracks still serving as a playlist to moonlight drives down the barren roadways of yesteryear.  While headbangers and moshers may turn up their noses, like a crisp black rose, there’s a dark beauty defining present day Tiger Army and V •••–.

With occasional pedal steel, slide, alto saxophone, piano, violin, synthesizer and clear undertones that owe their hip shaking swagger to Elvis and company, Tiger Army puts their best foot forward in defining themselves as a bridge between the here and now and those sonic spectres all too often relegated the past.  Nick 13’s sultry croon has never sounded so on key, pulsating with passion across subtly evolving tempos and rotating cast of instruments.  Digging his heels in deep for the sole guitar heavy crunch of opener “Firefall,” Nick 13 proclaims his decade-spanning mission in the forcefully delivered statement, “We’re going to bring back the old ways / That you never knew, but somehow lie within.”  In other words, Nick 13 affords the modern listener the liberty to enjoy his sound and embrace a lineage they may not even know.

As a rule, V •••– consists of a handful of basic compositional styles.  Those psychobilly stompers like “Firefall” occur sparingly, only resurfacing within dark fiery embers of “Evil Lurks On The Road” to stoke the fire at the album’s midway point.  The bulk of the journey unfolds akin to the second track, “Prisoner Of The Night.”  With a ghastly aura enhanced under the repetition of crisp piano notes and murky imagery, Nick 13 softly croons his way through the first of many soft tipped expositions.  Those like “World Without The Moon” and “Happier Times” infuse steadfast synth and serenading violin with ornately decorative effect.  

Then there’s the country twang inherited from Nick 13’s solo work.  Subdued in delivery, “Knife’s Edge” thumps to a gallop and then picks up to a trot with trumpets blaring, conjuring images of a wilder time south of the border.  Meanwhile, “Train To Eternity” highlights the pedal steel with a vivid country flare.  Both are absolute highlights.

Stylistically, Tiger Army takes one particularly large leap of faith with the 50’s drive-in conjuring “Dark And Lonely Night.”  Nick 13, hopeless romantic by trade, slowly thumps his double bass through the intersection of love and longing, conjuring emotions on each rhythmic chord.  Think a slower version of Hellbound Hepcats and you’d be fairly close.  While rather laid-back for Tiger Army, the one-off nature more than suits V •••–.

My only hesitancy for declaring an early victory for Tiger Army rests in a new similarity they share Finnish psychobilly act, The Coffinshakers.  An operatic quality, enacted through the heightened wail of a female vocalist, enhances the atmosphere of certain songs.  But this bone chilling effect feels a little too familiar in execution to The Coffinshakers’ self titled effort, and lacks the bravado of the former’s execution.  It’s a small gripe, and most readers will be asking “coffin who?”, but the psychobilly community is a close knit one, so I’m betting at least a few other will also make the connection.

Overall though, Tiger Army’s return is subtle but triumphant.  Existing fans (likely having mellowed with age) will appreciate the nuanced, vintage rockabilly feel fuelling V •••–’s vision, while Nick 13 offers up every reason for the next generation to fall for his magnetic vocal croon and richly thumping psychobilly double bass.  Stated differently, V •••– revives Tiger Army from dormancy with ease.

Crown The Empire Announce Third Full Length

Crown The EmpireDallas rock quintet Crown The Empire will be releasing their next album this summer.  Their 3rd studio album, Retrograde, is due out on July 22, 2016 via Rise Records. Vocalist Andy Leo comments:

“This album has been an accumulation of ideas, lessons and observations about who we are as a band and how we see the world. It’s taken 5 years for us to grow and really nail down a sound that doesn’t fit the status quo of what people are expecting from us. We’ve reinvented ourselves and we hope you enjoy the ride.”
Pre-orders are live.  Track listing is below.

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Rarity To Support Seaway On Tour

RarityHamilton, Ontario’s Rarity has announced that they will be joining Coldfront as support for Seaway‘s upcoming tour.  The band continues to support their Rise Records debut, I Couldn’t Be Weaker, which is due out on April 15, 2016.

Tour dates are below.

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Ray Rocket

Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana

Rise Records

Rating: 4/5




After fifteen years fronting Teenage Bottlerocket, Ray Carlisle ventures into solo territory for the release of his acoustic debut, Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana.  Under the moniker of Ray Rocket, Carlisle has seized the opportunity to rewrite his band’s Ramones-style pop-punk in a deeper, more individualized key.  Featuring a duo of new songs along with a host of Teenage Bottlerocket and Ramones covers, Carlisle translates a batch of twelve three-chord pop-punk earworms into thoughtfully executed, toned-down versions.  These aren’t just copy-and-paste acoustic renditions, but rather re-imaginings that accent the melody and emotion inherent in the originals.

Taken as a whole, Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana plays out with remarkable consistency.  The track listing has been carefully selected to highlight songs that rally around common themes, stand upon sufficiently deep lyrics, and generally lend themselves to being stripped down to their fundamentals and built back up.  Take the formerly harmless little number “Nothing Else Matters (When I’m With You),” which builds upon a simple core of acoustic strums, occasional handclaps, and a chorus introducing flashes of piano and vocal harmonies.  What felt minor and inconsequential in the context of Teenage Bottlerocket brings to light genuine emotion.  A simple comparison to the original content of title track reinforces the outcome.  “You’ve got yourself a condition, you need a physician, and then you put me in an awkward position, when you try to get attention using razor blades to cut up your wrists,” sings Carlisle before launching into a lighthearted, Karate Kid-referencing chorus.  By inserting a hint of more serious subject matter alongside otherwise playful ditties, there’s little questioning as to Ray’s intent.

For an acoustic album, each song feels remarkably full in vision.  Take the undulating, rhythmic pacing of “Go With The Flow,” which layers harmonies, acoustic chords, piano notes and synth sweeps.  Each song’s production lands with remarkable poise, defining Ray Rocket as so much more than just another punk rocker gone unplugged.  Other finely executed examples like “TV Set” and “Radio” reach for similarly grand heights, chiming with bells and electronic orchestration in subtle but commanding ways.  Carlisle’s cover of The Ramones’ iconic “Pet Cemetery” takes full advantage of such ambience, building up the spooky, sing-along essence it’s known for.  For all that goes on, Ray Rocket never seems to risk overdoing it.  

For a straight-up three-chord pop-punker, Ray Rocket admirably transforms his band’s toe-tapping numbers into an insightful and focused side project.  While more original compositions would have been preferable, Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana presents Carlisle as an engaging songsmith that that understands the nuances of connecting with audiences without sacrificing the fun and games that originally put Teenage Bottlerocket on the map.  A great ice breaker with the best yet to come.

Video: Rarity – ‘Stranger’

RarityHamilton, ON alt-punks Rarity have posted a video for their track Stranger. The song will feature on the quintet’s upcoming LP I Couldn’t Be Weaker, due for release on April 15th via Rise Records.

Check out the video for Stranger below.

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Video: Galactic Empire – The Imperial March

Galactic EmpireThe evil Galactic Empire (yes, that evil galactic empire) has released a metal version of the John Williams composed Star Wars classic, “The Imperial March.”  band member Dark Vader comments:
“We are most grateful for your support and we hope you will assist us in spreading the word about this campaign of darkness. Join us and together, we can rule the Galaxy!”
The band plans to release their debut full length later this year through Kickstarter.  Watch a video for the song below.

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Tours: The Acacia Strain

Rise RecordsMassachusetts’ based The Acacia Strain has announced that they will be heading out for their “Common Vision Tour” to celebrate the tength anniversary of their third album, The Dead Walk.  The tour will feature guests Oceano, Knocked Loose, Culture Killer and To The Wind. The band last released Coma Witch in October 2014 via Rise Records.  

Tour dates are below.

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Dance Gavin Dance – Carl Barker

Dance Gavin DanceHardcore outfit Dance Gavin Dance has released a new track.  The song is titled “Carl Barker” and is from their upcoming, Tree City Sessions, which is due out on May 13, 2016 on Rise Records.  The band last released their sixth studio full-length LP, Instant Gratification, which was released back in April 2015.

Listen to the song here.


Tiger Army – Firefall

Tiger ArmyLos Angeles punks Tiger Army have premiered the new song “Firefall,” a track from their upcoming record titled V •••–

Check out the video below.

V •••– will serve as the band’s first studio album in nine years, following the Music From Regions Beyond release in 2007. The album is expected to launch May 30, 2016 via Rise Records.

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The Bouncing Souls Date And Detail New LP

Bouncing SoulsLong running punk act The Bouncing Souls have announced details for their next full length.  The disc will be title Simplicity and is set to drop on July 29, 2016 on Rise Records.  The band comments on the new album and recent addition of bandmate George Rebelo:

“Who would have believed in 1989 we would end up making nine studio albums! and who knew George Rebelo would end up in the Bouncing Souls! Not us, but after he learned over 100 songs a did and couple of years worth of gigs we began to feel like some new version of the Bouncing Souls and time for a tenth.”

The album follows 2012’s Comet.

Video: Issues – Coma

IssuesAtlanta-based alternative act Issues have revealed a new video for “Coma”, taken from their upcoming sophomore album Headspace, which will be released on May 20th through Rise Records

Check out the video below.

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