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Red City Radio – Rebels

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio is streaming a brand new stand alone single.  The song marks their first new material since their self titled album, which is available now via Staple Records.

Listen to the song here.

Red City Radio Preform Rock Room Sessions

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio recently sat down to preform for the Rock Room Sessions.  The band played “Rest Easy,” lifted from their self titled album, available now via Staple Records.

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Red City Radio Performs For Ration Sessions

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio recently sat down at Ratio Beerworks for an unplugged session.  The band played “Electricity,” lifted from their self titled album, available now via Staple Records.

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Red City Radio – Two Out of Three Ain’t Rad

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio has premiered a a new music video.  The video features the song “Two Out of Three Ain’t Rad” from their recent self titled full length, released back in April on Staple Records.  The band last released Titles in 2013 through Paper + Plastick Records

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Dustin Kensrue Streams New Full Length With Track-By-Track Commentary

Dustin KensrueSinger, songwriter and guitarist Dustin Kensrue (Thrice) is streaming his brand new album, Carry The Fire, complete with exclusive commentary.  The album dropped earlier this week on Staple Records/Vagrant Records.

Give the full disc a spin here.

Be sure to check out how the album holds up in our full review.

Red City Radio

Red City Radio

Self Titled

Staple Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

After a handful of EPs and a pair of solid full lengths, Oklahoma’s Red City Radio is finally confident enough to brand their next LP with the self-titled stamp.  But following in the wake of their stellar 2013 album, Titles, means that the band has some pretty big shoes to fill.  Containing some of the catchiest rough-cut pop-punk you’ll hear out of Gainesville’s The Fest on any given year, that lightening in the bottle ended up being crowned one of my favourite records of the year.  Big shoes indeed.

This time around, Red City Radio plays it pretty safe, delivering more choice cuts of the gravelly pop-punk fans have come to expect.  Just don’t expect to be wowed the same way that Titles left an initial impression.  While the choruses are tight and bound with catchy hooks born from heavy riffs, the guitars and tempos generally feel slightly more passive.  On the one hand, the band is certainly more confident to just strike up a catchy tune; but on the other, such comfort comes at the cost of some of the spontaneity that made Titles so aggressively engaging.

But first the good stuff.  When Red City Radio picks up momentum, they can really get under your skin and into your head.  The mid-album duo, “Electricity” and “Let Me In”offer up a couple of the most addictive, sing-along choruses in any contemporary “orgcore” act.  “It wasn’t bothering you, it wasn’t bothering me, but when we kissed it felt like more than just something to do,” grumbles Garrett Dale  in the former’s sloppy, band-backed chorus call.  The combination of dense, energetic riffs against Dale’s coarse baritone begs strong comparisons to fan favourites Make Do And Mend and Nothington.  Meanwhile, “Let Me In” moves with a certain swagger (extending into one of the album’s killer guitar solos) built upon nostalgic imagery of “when everything was new, when we were all still bored.”  Other standouts like “I Should Have Known” swell during likeminded riff roarin’ choruses and vocal layers that showcase Red City Radio at their best.

With such peaks making grand statements fit for a self titled effort, its a shame that the band also seems content to play so safe in the predictably midtempo range.  For instance, “Rest Easy,” “Stranger” and “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Rad” boast aggressive riffs and killer vocal ramblings but do little to distinguish each from one another.  Consequently, the the album suffers from bouts of slightly generic passages that tend to blur together – lacking the surge of adrenaline characteristic of Red City Radio’s (and Titles) best moments.  It’s like the difference between high end IKEA furniture and a hand made, custom order – there’s just less overall character and a higher degree of structural repetition.

Just listening to Dale wailing his heart out is one of punk’s simplest pleasures.  It’s just a shame that Red City Radio’s self titled full length lacks some of the ongoing spontaneity of past career highlights.  The album is good – great even at times – but will likely end up becoming that under rated offering that lives in its predecessor’s shadow.  That being said, Red City Radio still offers a fine dose of tight, worthwhile gritty pop-punk, and the band’s chemistry continues to uphold their reputation as a praiseworthy genre highlight.

Red City Radio Stream Self Titled Full Length

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio has premiered a full stream of their upcoming self titled full length, due out April 21, 2015 via their new home on Staple Records.  The band last released Titles in 2013 through Paper + Plastick Records

Give the full disc a spin here courtesy AbsolutePunk.  Be sure to watch for our review next week.

Red City Radio – Rest Easy

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Rest Easy”and is from their upcoming self titled full length, due out April 21, 2015 via their new home on Staple Records.  The band last released Titles in 2013 through Paper + Plastick Records

Check out the new song here.

Fans who pre-order the album today will receive an instant download of the song.

Red City Radio – Electricity

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio has premired a brand new song.  The track is titled “Electricity”and is from their upcoming self titled full length, due out April 21, 2015 via their new home on Staple Records.  The band last released Titles in 2013 through Paper + Plastick Records

Check out the new song below.

Fans who pre-order the album today will be the first to receive an instant download of the song.

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Dustin Kensrue Announces New Album; Debuts New Song

Dustin KensrueSinger, songwriter and guitarist Dustin Kensrue (Thrice) has announced details for his new album.  The disc is due out on April 21, 2015 on Staple Records/Vagrant Records and will follow his 2007 solo debut, Please Come Home.

Be sure to check out the brand new song, “Back to Back,” here courtesy Billboard.

Upcoming tour dates can be found below.

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Red City Radio Enters Studio, Joins Staple Records

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio have signed to Staple Records who will released their third full length album laster this year. The band entered Red Audio Werks studio in their hometown yesterday to begin work on the as-yet-untitled album.  Bassist/vocalist Jonathan Knight detailed their recording plans saying:

“We are very excited to enter into the studio here in OKC, once again with the very talented Kendall Stephens as our engineer and producer and Matt Allison mixing. We are confident in these songs being some of the very best we’ve put together, and we can’t wait to see how they turn out.” 

The band last released Titles in 2013 through Paper + Plastick Records.

 

LA Dispute and Title Fight Announce Co-Headline Tour

LA Dsipute tour posterLA Dispute have announced a co-headlining tour alongside Pennsylvania punk band Title Fight in March/April next year. The Michigan post hardcore outfit are out in support of their 3rd full length, Rooms Of The House, released earlier this year via their own Better Living  (in association with Staple Records).

Support on all dates will come from The Hotelier. Check out the full list of dates below.

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FRNKIERO ANDTHE CELLABRATION Announce Their Debut STOMACHACHES

FRNKIERO ANDTHE CELLABRATIONThe new project from My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero, FRNKIERO ANDTHE CELLABRATION has announced their debut album, STOMACHACHES. The album is available for pre-oder now. Physical and digital release through Staple Records will be on August 25, with a vinyl release following on September 9.

Those who pre-order through iTunes will receive an instant download of the song Weighted. There are also a variety of physical options available. The limited vinyl edition will be available through King’s Road in a pink variant (1000 copies), through retail in light yellow (500 copies) and Hot Topic in light blue (500 copies). The pre-order bundle options include an exclusive t-shirt design and a limited 12×12 print created from an original painting done by Iero, limited to 250 and signed and numbered by the artist. 

 The group will be supporting Taking Back Sunday and The Used on their upcoming North American co-headline tour. 

Video: La Dispute – For Mayor In Splitsville

la disputeGrand Rapid’s La Dispute has premiered a brand new music video.  The video features the track “For Mayor In Splitsville” and comes from their recently announced new album, Rooms of the House, which is due out on March 18, 2014 via their own label, Better Living in partnership with Staple Records.

Listen to the full track below.

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La Dispute – Stay Happy There

la disputeGrand Rapid’s La Dispute has debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “Stay Happy There” and comes from their recently announced new album, Rooms of the House, which is due out on March 18, 2014 via their own label, Better Living in partnership with Staple Records.

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La Dispute Announce Third Full Length

la disputeGrand Rapid’s La Dispute has announced release details for their third full length.  The album will be titled Rooms of the House, and is due out on March 18, 2014 via their own label, Better Living in partnership with Staple Records.  The disc was recorded and mixed by Will Yip at Studio 4 in Philadelphia, produced by Yip and La Dispute, and mastered at The Lodge by Emily Lazar.   The band expresses their excitement:

“[The label is] an outlet for creative expression, and as a way for both themselves and other artists to work together and give back to their respective communities. The label will operate in multiple forms of media; incorporating written, musical, and visual content, hoping to encourage collaboration between a variety of artists who are looking to impact their communities by supporting structures and organizations which are already making significant positive changes.”  

The album follow’s 2011’s Wildlife.

Senses Fail Date And Detail Fifth Full Length

Senses FailSenses Fail has detailed release information for their fifth studio album.  The disc will be titled Renacer (ray-nah-serr) and is due out March 26, 2013 via Staple Records.  The disc was recorded in Los Angeles, California at both The Airport Studio and Red Bull Studio with producer Shaun Lopez (Far, Deftones).  Singer Buddy Mielson comments:

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary in February 2012 and immediately got to work writing Renacer… The approach to this record was to embrace change and explore a different side of the band. The process was long, but was probably the smoothest out of any other record because we wrote without any boundaries. Renacer is by far our heaviest effort to date, which felt like a natural progression for us.

We chose to work with Shaun because of our respect and love of the music he has made in Far and the work he has done over the years as a producer. Shaun was a huge asset in crafting and harnessing the heaviness of the record without sacrificing the clarity and natural sonics that we wanted.

The name Renacer means “to be reborn” in Spanish. We chose the name because it reflected the change that we embraced in our personal lives as well as in our musical lives. The name ties together the themes of the record, which touch on change through positivity, balance, spiritual growth and love. We are very proud of the work we have done and are extremely excited to share it with the world.”

Last June the band released a 10 year retrospective entitled, Follow Your Bliss: The Best of Senses Fail; while their last studio album, The Fire, was released on 2010.

Thrice Announce Date For Farewell Release

ThriceThrice have announced that their live farewell album Anthology will be released October 30 2012 through Staple Records/ Workhorse Music Group. The album will be available as a digital download, a two CD set, or a limited edition four LP box set including a 24 page booklet. Pre-order information and a track listing will be announced in the coming weeks.

Thrice‘s last release was 2011’s Major/Minor.

Thrice Announce Farewell “Anthology”

ThriceThrice announced that the live recordings from their farewell tour that ended last fall will be released under the title Anthology through Staple Records/Workhorse Music Group this October.

Anthology will be available digitally, as a two CD set, or a limited edition box set with four LPs. Both the CD and LP sets will include extensive liner note booklets with photographs from the final tour.

The band’s last album, Major/Minor, was released in 2011.

Senses Fail Announce ‘Best Of’ Retrospective

Senses FailSenses Fail have announced their first ‘best of’ album.  The compilation will be titled Follow Your Bliss: The Best of Senses Fail and include a double-CD retrospective package including four brand new tracks that were recorded in March with producer Brian McTernan at his Salad Days studio in Baltimore, Maryland.  The album will be available June 19, 2012 via Staple Records.  Singer Buddy Nielsen comments:

“The Best Of is really a celebration of ten years of work… We wanted to take all of the songs that really mean something to our fans and put them in one collection. There are still younger kids finding out about the band and this can be a jumping off point for new listeners. It can also be a way for longtime fans to come back and grab the songs that they have loved in the past.”

Full track listing can be found below.

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