The disc is available now via Rise Records and can be streamed below.
in•ter a•li•aRise Records
By AJ Phink
At The Drive will release their latest full length, in•ter a•li•a, on the 5th May 2017, this album represents their first release in twelve years and their first album of new material since Relationship Of Command that was released back in 2000, the best part of two decades ago. At The Drive In really don’t need any introduction, but a lot can change in two decades and sometimes a long hiatus between recordings can lead to a significant change in style and attitude in a band, so what does the reappearance of At The Drive In signify?
The new album follows At The Drive In‘s reformation last year, the first, and most obvious, thing that strikes you is that original member Jim Ward has declined to be involved in the reformed band and has been replaced by Sparta‘s Keely Davis, whilst this might worry fans with fond memories of the band, it shouldn’t, as from the first track, No Wolf Like The Present, it’s clear that the years and the line up changes haven’t diminished their aggression or attack in the slightest. From the aforementioned opening track to the closing number, and lead single, from the album, Hostage Stamps, their isn’t a weak link in this impressive eleven track album.
At The Drive In have released a worthy successor to their back catalogue, it contains all the discord and attack you’d expect from a band with this pedigree, but they aren’t just recreating past glories, this is a contemporary album that is by no means a wander down memory lane, crucially in•ter a•li•a is an album that should satisfy new converts and established fans alike. At The Drive In are back and their latest album indicates that they aren’t just in it for the money, their punk influenced post hardcore fury sounds as alive as ever and this is an album that will be amongst the best releases from this year, it’s good to have them back.
in•ter a•li•a can be pre-ordered here
Watch the video below.
Rise Records have announced the latest addition to their roster, Racquet Club, the band features former members of The Jealous Sound, Knapsack and Samiam. Racquet Club‘s debut show will be at Resident in Los Angeles on May 6 and the band’s debut full length will be released later this year on Rise Records.
Racquet Club‘s Facebook page can be found here
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Inviting LightRise Records
By AJ Phink
Canada’s The Flatliners have released Inviting Light, their sixth studio LP, via Rise Records, there’s been a long four year gap since their last full length, Division Of Spoils, which was a collection of rarities and non album tracks, you have to go back to 2013’s Dead Language for their last album of new material. A hiatus of that length between new recordings often signifies a band changing or evolving their style, and Inviting Light is no exception as the new album and record label has signified a shift in their approach.
Inviting Light opens with the sinister chords of Mammals before the drum beat kicks in and you know that The Flatliners are back to what they do best, delivering heady melodic punk rock, ten of the twelve tracks deliver exactly that, accomplished melody driven punk rock, but that’s not the end of the story, amongst the pounding anthemic tracks their are quieter moments, includuing Unconditional Love, a track that brings things down with an intense slow burn and Chameleon Skin, the albums mellowest moment that introduces a laid back acoustic element to Inviting Light .
Inviting Light shows a new side to The Flatliners, this is a slightly more easy going and melodic album than the recordings I’ve previously encountered, whilst it still carries the same impact as their earlier material this is a more mature sounding release that suggests The Flatliners are still evolving and haven’t settled into a comfortable rut. Inviting Light is an album that will satisfy their establish fanbase, but it is also one that I feel will broaden their appeal as this is a more polished and refined sounding release that leans more towards the rock element of their punk rock.
The Flatliners recently completed an extensive US tour with Weezer and the band is now gearing up for a European tour with The Menzingers followed by a pair of South American shows, as well as a series of dates across their native Canada and a number of festival appearances this summer, meaning that pretty much everyone will have the chance to catch them live over the course of Spring and Summer.
You can order Inviting Light here
The disc can be heard below and is available now via Rise Records.
Toronto Canada’s The Flatliners are releasing Inviting Light, their sixth studio LP, today via Rise Records. With their US tour with Weezer drawing to a close the band is now gearing up for a European tour with The Menzingers followed by a pair of South American shows with the likes of Rise Against, Pennywise and more. The Flatliners are also confirmed for a series of festivals this summer including Pouzza Fest, Bledfest and It’s Not Dead.
You can order Inviting Light here
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The Flatliners are streaming a new song, Indoors, the track appears on the band’s upcoming studio LP, Inviting Light, that is due out on 7th April on Rise Records. The Flatliners will be playing some North American tour dates with Weezer and will then tour the UK and Europe with The Menzingers, the band is also confirmed to play the It’s Not Dead Festival in California.
The new album, Inviting Light, can be pre-ordered here
Fresh off a triumphant handful of US dates, including a surprise pop-up performance that was the talk of SXSW and a run of make-up dates, At The Drive In have unleashed Hostage Stamps, the third single from the highly anticipated new album, in • ter a • li • a, out May 5th on Rise Records ahead of the band’s next live performance on UK soil at the Reading & Leeds festivals this August.
For more details of tour dates and album pre-orders stay tuned to At The Drive In‘s website here
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Los Angeles punks Tiger Army has announced that they will be touring with Murder By Death starting in June. The band continues to release their latest release, V •••–, available now via Rise Records.
Tour dates are below.
The Movielife have signed to Rise Records, joining a roster that includes At The Drive In, The Bouncing Souls, Knuckle Puck and Hot Water Music, the band will be releasing their first full length album since 2003’s seminal Forty Hour Train Back To Penn this Fall. The Movielife have also just announced a handful of intimate headlining shows this May in Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Long Island, tickets for these shows go on sale this Friday, March 31st, at 12pm EDT.
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Ohio metal band Miss May I will be heading on tour. The band continues to support their latest LP, Deathless, which dropped back in August 2015 via Rise Records.
Tour dates can be found below.
The Flatliners are premiering a new song, Indoors, the track appears on the band’s upcoming studio LP, Inviting Light, that is due out on 7th April on Rise Records. The Flatliners will be playing some North American tour dates with Weezer and will then tour the UK and Europe with The Menzingers, the band is also confirmed to play the It’s Not Dead Festival in California.
The new album, Inviting Light, can be pre-ordered here
New Jersey’s Palisades have released a music video for “Let Down”, a track taken from their new self-titled LP, which was released last Friday via Rise Records. The latest album is a bold new step for the band which first arrived on the scene with 2013’s Outcasts, followed by 2015’s Mind Games.
Watch the video below.
On Sunday, April 2 Palisades will headline a special benefit concert at William Patterson University. The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit organization, A Voice For The Innocent, which is a community of support for victims of rape and sexual abuse, admission is free but donations to the organization are highly encouraged. The New Jersey rockers have also released a new music video for the track Let Down,
Details of the A Voice For The Innocent concert can be found here
Chicago pop-punks Knuckle Puck have premièred a song. The track is titled “Calendar Days” and is one of two new singles that dropped last week. The band released their LP Evergreen back in 2015 via Rise Records.
Listen to the song below.
Toronto Canada’s The Flatliners have released the new single “Infinite Wisdom,” from their upcoming album, Inviting Light. The disc will serve as their sixth studio LP, their first for Rise Records, on April 7th 2017. The album, produced by Peter Pablo & Derek Hoffman, is now available for pre-order.
Listen to the song below,
Inviting Light can be pre-ordered on all formats here.
Sacramento’s Dance Gavin Dance have premiered a music video from their seventh studio LP. The song is titled “Inspire The Liars” and appears on the album Mothership, which dropped back in October 2016 via Rise Records.
Watch the video below.
Satellites appears on the band’s 11th studio album titled The Trigger Complex, which debuted on Jan. 27, 2017 through Rise Records. Prior to Satellites, the band premiered I Wanted To See You, also off their new album. Listen to it here.
T.S.O.L. will make two tour stops in April. The dates are listed below.
Silverstein frontman Shane Told is taking his solo project, River Oaks, on the road again for a series of shows with JT Woodruff and Heavy Things, the tour is in support of River Oaks debut self titled single that was released in 2016 via Rise Records.
The self titled debut single by River Oaks can be purchased here
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With praise still reverberating from December’s unveiling of Governed By Contagions, At The Drive In has issued another clarion call from its first album in 17 years, Incurably Innocent is the second track to be released in advance of that record, titled in • ter a • li • a, the album is now available for pre-order and confirmed for release on May 5th on Rise Records. The album’s release will be immediately followed by a new series of live dates across the US before the band head to Europe and the UK.
You can pre-order in • ter a • li • a here
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Fire From The Gods will be kicking off The New Reign Tour this week, alongside Born Of Osiris, Volumes, Oceans Ate Alaska, and Within The Ruins. Fire From the Gods are touring in support of their latest album, Narrative, which was released through Rise Records, and is available for purchase physically and digitally.
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Toronto Canada’s The Flatliners will release Inviting Light, their sixth studio LP, their first for Rise Records, on April 7th 2017. The album, produced by Peter Pablo & Derek Hoffman, is now available for pre-order. The Flatliners will be playing some North American tour dates with Weezer and will tour the UK and Europe with The Menzingers.
A new song from the album entitled Human Party Trick is now streaming here
Galactic EmpireRise Records / Velocity Records
By AJ Phink
Galactic Empire claim to be the galaxy’s foremost Star Wars cosplay band, and given that I can’t think of another one I’m not going to doubt their claim, they are a five piece band comprised of Boba Sett, Bass Commander, Dark Vader, Shadow Ranger and Red Guard, which indicates that the Star Wars franchise still has the copyright on character names pretty tightly sewn up. This self titled debut album features impressively bombastic metal and rock interpretations of the John Williams compositions from the original Star Wars movies, now in a fresh offensive against the rebel alliance Galactic Empire have released their self titled debut album, with the help of First Order collaborators Velocity Records and Rise Records.
This is not the kind of album The Punk Site would normally cover, it is an unashamedly heavyweight rock album, but as almost everyone loves Star Wars, if you ignore the prequels, and this is such a ridiculous concept, that it’s hard not to fall under it’s spell to some degree, or maybe that’s Dark Vader‘s influence, it’s hard to tell. If you have any love for the Star Wars franchise, and the recent success of Force Awakens and Rogue One indicates I’m not alone on this, then there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself air drumming along to this. My personal highlights from Galactic Empire are the dramatic The Force Theme and the iconic Cantina Band, but the whole album captures the essence of the original compositions, without descending into parody.
You can’t help thinking that when they’re not trying to crush the rebel scum the members of Galactic Empire are either in other bands, or are talented session musicians, as this is a perfectly pitched tribute to some of the most popular movies of all time. You could argue that this is something of a novelty record, but as I don’t want Dark Vader to find my lack of faith disturbing I’ll just say that this is a damn fine rock album. The compositions are so well done that you can’t help having the movie scenes playing out in your head whilst your listening to it, and whatever your opinion of Galactic Empire‘s debut it’s certainly a more productive use of their time than building another fundamentally flawed Death Star that inevitably ends up exploding.
Galactic Empire is available via Rise Records digitally and on vinyl, on Orange Splatter and Black variants, here
Bury Me In PhillyRise Records
By Cole Faulkner
Philadelphia soloist Dave Hause has made quite a name for himself since the release of his sophomore LP, Devour. While his prior work in The Loved Ones exuded youthful energy reflective of a younger state, the sensitive punk-rocker’s solo personae communicates a far more complex state. Spoken from the vantagepoint of a musician making sense of life in his mid-thirties identity, Devour marked a melancholy introspection.
Over three years have passed, and Dave’s chronology now positions him closer to forty. While approaching such a milestone may have caused some musicians may have plunged further into a dark place (such as the gloomy lyrical content of the late Tony Sly), Hause’s latest effort, Bury Me In Philly, seemingly resolves many of those past hesitancies. Just the musical atmosphere alone frames the eleven song disc with far more optimism. When considering the lyrics, the album points to a place of personal embrace and acceptance.
Opener “With You” sets a tone of living in the moment and embracing one’s present circumstance. While somewhat of a traditional tale of affections from afar, the piano-laced tune seeks strength in companionship when readying for the road ahead. While Devour constantly glanced back to an increasingly fading past, Bury Me In Philly never looks in the rearview. “I don’t wanna look back now, regret is like living 3 feet down, it keeps you on your knees,” sings Hause a song later on “The Flinch,” boldly confirming his liberation in a stress-free, sing-along chorus unlike anything in Hause’s prior repertoire. Such an open disposition finds Hause tilling fertile ground in strong, southern guitar-heavy rock flavoured efforts like “The Mermaid.” But perhaps more surprising, is how much catchier Hause sounds from his Loved Ones days. He’s never hesitates to breakout into pure singable melody, backed by buoyant piano keys and lively riffs. Whether embracing country twang circa “Divine Lorraine,” or pushing out alt-rock chorus highlights in “Shaky Jesus,” Hause gets it right time and time again.
As outlined by “Helluva Home’s” wholehearted embrace, Bury Me In Philly is a celebration of self and community. With what could only be a healthy smirk shining through his heartfelt lyrics, Hause rhetorically questions, “where else would I go, it’s all I know,” to which he simply answers, “it’s a helluva home.” Dave Hause is every bit as unique and full of character as his home city; he’s a one of a kind singer-songwriter with a deep passion for his craft. Once again, Hause proves a champion of a poetic, blue-collar, working class charm that’s so simple, yet so full of heart.
Southern California punk rock act T.S.O.L. has premiered a new music video from their recent Rise Records debut, and eleventh studio album overall. The disc is titled The Trigger Complex and dropped on January 27, 2017.
Watch the video for “I Wanted To See You” below.
Dave Hause is streaming his upcoming new album in full. His latest solo effort is entitled Burry Me in Philly and is set to drop on February 3, 2017 via Rise Records.
Stream the full disc below.
And be sure to check back for our full review of the album before the week’s end.
Thousand Below have also confirmed that they will be supporting Silent Planet at a hometown show at SOMA on March 9th
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Southern California punk rock act T.S.O.L. has premiered a new music video from their upcoming Rise Records debut, and eleventh studio album overall. The disc will be titled The Trigger Complex and is set to drop on January 27, 2017. Pre-orders are live.
Listen to the new track “Satelites” below.
New Jersey’s Palisades have released a live music video for Fall, a track taken from their new self-titled LP, which was released last Friday via Rise Records. The latest album is a bold new step for the band which first arrived on the scene with 2013’s Outcasts, followed by 2015’s Mind Games. The band have confirmed they will be touring the US with Lacey Sturm through January and February.
Palisades is now available for purchase here and via iTunes.
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By AJ Phink
New Jersey sextet Palisades have undergone some upheaval in the line up since their sophomore album was released, they have replaced the original bass player and DJ with new members Brandon Elgar and Graves, the band has released statements to the effect that their latest recruits have given the band a fresh impetus and has led to them recording their definitive album. Palisades latest self titled release follows on from 2013’s Outcasts and 2015’s Mind Games, and boasts eleven new tracks, including Through Hell, the lead single that was premiered prior to the album’s release.
Aggression Kicks off Palisades latest release, it eases you into the album with gentle synths and a melodic vocal delivery, before a burst of aggressive guitars kicks in and reminds you why you’re here, the track alternates throughout between the keyboard led melodic sections and the more ardent guitar delivery. The pattern of the opening track is repeated and varied throughout the album, there are exceptions such as Dark, that remains on the mellower side, but for the main part Palisades come across as a band that have found their winning formula, and they are going to stick with it. As such the album becomes a repetitive exercise of gentle melodic elements interspersed with bombastic overdriven choruses, all the while maintaining an impassioned vocal delivery, all of which is wrapped up in a very commercial poppy production.
This is an incredibly slick album, and one that sounds like it will appeal to those who like their post hardcore and rock with the rough edges surgically removed, this is by no means a bad album but I find it hard to warm to something that is so formulaic and over produced. For all it’s bluster of overdriven guitars and pounding drums this comes across as a very commercial and poppy sounding album, one that I have no doubt will be sell by the bucketload, but for me Palisades is an album that doesn’t bring anything new to the table, and the production and poppy sensibility that coats every second of the album just leaves me cold,
Palisades is due for release on the 20th January and is available for pre-order on all formats here and via iTunes
Palisades website can be found here