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Western Daughter Streams New LP In Full

Western Daughter DSToday Western Daughter has released a stream of the of their upcoming album, Driftwood Songs, that promises to deliver an honest blend of emo, folk and rock from the Pacific Northwest that weaves introspective lyrics into every song.  The album is scheduled to be released on the 24, 2017 March on vinyl, on black and ‘orange crush’ variants, CD and digital formats, as well as exclusive bundles, via Take This To Heart Records.

You can stream the full disc below, and Driftwood Songs can be pre-ordered here

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The Other Stars Release Acoustic Version Of ‘We Were Kids’ LP

Other Stars We Were Kids AcousticThis summer looks to be a busy one for the The Other Stars, but, before Take This To Heart Records reveal their latest studio album, the band have released a brand new surprise acoustic version of their 2016 debut album, We Were Kids

The acoustic album is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal or your favourite streaming service, more importantly, it’s available as a pay what you what download via the Take This To Heart Records Bandcamp. 

You can stream the acoustic version of We Were Kids here and download the album here

Western Daughter Release Stream Of ‘Pillars Of Salt’

Western Daughter DSToday Western Daughter released a stream of the track Pillars of Salt from their upcoming album, Driftwood Songs, that promises to deliver an honest blend of emo, folk and rock from the Pacific Northwest that weaves introspective lyrics into every song, Western Daughter will also be playing Treefort Fest this March in Boise, Idaho and Driftwood Songs will be released on the 24th March on vinyl, on black and ‘orange crush’ variants, CD and digital formats, as well as exclusive bundles, via Take This To Heart Records.

You can stream Pillars Of Salt via 36 Vultures here and Driftwood Songs can be pre-ordered here

Super American Release Video For ‘Congratulations’

Super American DisposableSuper American have released a video for their latest single, Congratulations, that is taken from their upcoming album Disposable, which will be released April 7th on CD and Digital formats via Take This To Heart Records. Anyone who is into early to mid 90’s alt rock with a modern twist should really give this band a spin.

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

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Swordfish Sign To Take This To Heart Records

Swordfish RodiaTake This To Heart Records have announced the signing of Michigan band, Swordfish, who will be releasing their debut album, Rodia, on May 5th on CD, cassette and digital formats. Rodia takes cues from the beautiful guitar licks of American Football, the vocal urgency of Sorority Noise and the instant gratification of Joyce Manor, all while elegantly incorporating trumpet throughout each well crafted song. The eight tracks work together to bring the musings of anxious and heartbroken adolescents to a broader scale. 

You can stream Social Drinker, the first single from Rodia, via Washed Up Emo here

You can pre-order Rodia via Take This To Heart Records here

Fossil Youth Release Video For ‘Minco’

fossil-youth-agosjFossil Youth have just released a new music video for Minco, a track taken from their new LP, A Glimpse Of Self Joy, that is out now on vinyl, CD, cassette and digital formats.

A Glimpse Of Self Joy can be ordered on physical and digital formats here

The Punk Site review of A Glimpse Of Self Joy can be found here

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Save Face And Mom Jeans Confirm ‘Spring Break Yourself’ Tour

Mom Jeans Save Face Spring 17Save Face are making their way west this Spring with Mom Jeans, even stopping by SXSW while they are it, they will be joined on selected dates by Forget It. Save Face just recently released Folly via Take This To Heart Records and Mom Jeans previous release, Best Buds, is available via Counter Intuitive Records.

Folly is out now on vinyl, CD and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records in conjunction with Backpack Records and Open Door RecordsYou can stream and purchase Folly here

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Western Daughter Stream Opening Track From ‘Driftwood Songs’

Western Daughter DSYou can now listen to the opening track, Skinny Water, from Western Daughter‘s upcoming album, Driftwood Songs, that delivers a blend of honest emo, folk and rock from the Pacific Northwest that weaves introspective lyrics into every song. Western Daughter will also be playing the Treefort Fest this March in Boise, Idaho.

Driftwood Songs will be released on March 24th via Take This To Heart Records.

You can stream Skinny Water here and pre-order Driftwood Songs here

Super American Stream ‘Sloppy Jazz’ From ‘Disposable’ LP

Super American DisposableTake This To Heart Records have signed Buffalo NY band Super American, they are now premiering the music video for their first single, Sloppy Jazz. The song comes from their upcoming album, Disposable, which will be released April 7th on CD/Digital. Anyone who is into early-mid 90’s alt rock with a modern twist should really give this band a spin.

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

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Western Daughter Announce New Album And Single

Western Daughter DSExhibition On Main St is the first single from Western Daughter‘s upcoming album, Driftwood Songs, it promises to deliver an honest mix of emo, folk and rock from the Pacific Northwest that weaves introspective lyrics into every song. Western Daughter will also be playing Treefort Fest this March in Boise, Idaho and Driftwood Songs will be released on March 24th 2017 on vinyl, CD and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records.

You can stream Exhibition On Main St via Goldflake Paint here

Driftwood Songs can be pre-ordered here

Save Face Release Video For Title Track From The ‘Folly’ EP

save-face-follySave Face have released a new music video for the song Folly, from the album of the same name. This is their sixth music video from their latest release, it was filmed exclusively at a New Jersey basement show, which capped off their extensive 2016 touring. Save Face have toured consistently up and down the east coast over the past few years, along with releasing a handful of splits, their latest EP was released earlier this year via Take This To Heart Records.

You can purchase Folly on coloured vinyl, CD and download formats here 

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Fossil Youth Announce Tour Dates For 2017

fossil-youth-agosjFossil Youth have just released their new album, A Glimpse Of Self Joy, on all formats via Take This To Heart Records. The band are currently in the west coast of the USA on their current tour and they have now added new tour dates for 2017 in the USA and Canada, where they will be accompanied by Everyone Leaves, PINE and Caving

A Glimpse Of Self Joy can be purchased here

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A Glimpse Of Self Joy

Take This To Heart Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

The Massachusetts based independent label Take This To Heart Records are releasing Fossil Youth‘s new album, A Glimpse Of Self Joy, on November 4th. This is their debut full length and follows on from their 2015 Intertwined With You EP. The Oklahoma quartet have recruited Jay Maas to produce and mix the album after his sterling work on releases by Citizen, The Menzingers and Somos.

A Glimpse Of Self Joy is an album of emo influenced pop punk that veers between the mid paced and melancholy numbers that drift over you in a not unpleasant manner, alongside the prominent influences that were previously mentioned, there are hints of math rock and post hardcore thrown into the mix, but for all their accomplishments I can’t shake the feeling that the album is missing a key ingredient. A Glimpse Of Self Joy is an album that ebbs and flows across it’s twelve tracks, all the while maintaining their signature sound, but it never quite seems to get into gear and put it’s foot down.

I found myself urging A Glimpse Of Self Joy to have something to lift it, as this is by no means a bad album, but it’s missing something to make it stand out from the pack. The compositions on the album are deeply personal and the album skillfully sits astride to worlds of emo and the more downbeat side of pop punk, but for me you can’t encapsulate the human condition without including the upbeat side and this album, somewhat ironically, seems to be missing the very thing the album title suggests, A Glimpse Of Self Joy.

A Glimpse Of Self Joy can be ordered on physical and digital formats here

Video: Save Hands – Overdue

Save FaceSave Face has premiered a music video for the song “Overdue.”  The track comes from their latest EP, Folly, which dropped back in July via Take This To Heart Records.

Watch the video below along with Fall tour dates.

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Fossil Youth – Forest Eyes

Fossil YouthFossil Youth has premiered a new song from their next LP.  The track is titled “Forest Eyes” and will appear on the album, A Glimpse Of Self Joy, which will be released on November 4, 2016 on 12″/CD/CS/Digital via Take This To Heart Records.

Listen to the song here courtesy New Noise Magazine.

Video: Save Face – Backseat

Save FaceSave Face has premiered a music video for the song “Backseat.”  The track comes from their latest EP, Folly, which dropped back in July via Take This To Heart Records.

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Tours: Sundressed / The Other Stars / Casey Bolles

The Other Stars WWKThe Other Stars has announced that they will be heading on tour alongside Sundressed and Casey Bolles.  The band will be touring in support of their latest release, We Were Kids, available now via Take This To Heart Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Fossil Youth – Watercolor Daydream

Fossil YouthFossil Youth has announced details for their next LP.  The disc is titled A Glimpse Of Self Joy and will be released on November 4, 2016 on 12″/CD/CS/Digital via Take This To Heart Records.

Listen to the song “Watercolor Daydream” here courtesy Substream Magazine.

Save Face Streams New EP

Save FaceSave Face has premiered a full stream of their upcoming EP, Folly, which is set to drop on July 8, 2016 via Take This To Heart Records.

Watch the video here courtesy AltPress.

Video: Save Face – Preoccupied (Acoustic)

Save FaceSave Face has premiered a new music video for the acoustic track “Preoccupied.”  The track is lifted from the band’s upcoming EP, Folly, which is set to drop on July 8, 2016 via Take This To Heart Records.

Check out the full video below.

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Save Face Sign To Take This To Heart Records

Save FaceNew Jersey’s Save Face has signed on with Take This To Heart Records. The label plans to release the new 12″ EP, Folly, on July 8, 2016.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered a music video for the track “Ditched,” which can be viewed below.

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The Other Stars

We Were Kids

Take This To Heart Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

This is Massachusetts quartet The Other Stars debut release, it contains seven tracks of what has come to be known as indie rock, but don’t let that put you off, I’m aware that the number of unoriginal bands now hiding under that particular umbrella is approaching critical mass, thankfully this album sounds like a band that have avoided the clichéd pitfalls that many of their contemporaries have fallen into. This is a distinctly bittersweet offering featuring introspective lyrical content but don’t let that description fool you, We Were Kids is not just another predictable indie release.

This is a band which seems to have absorbed the past two decades by osmosis and have incorporated them into an impressive melodic upbeat debut. There are distinct touches of pop punk in the vocal delivery, there are brief flashes in some of the songs where they sound as if they are possessed by the ghost of the original Blink 182 line up, alongside this I can hear the influence of post Husker Du Bob Mould informing this release. This is a near perfect marriage of indie rock, pop punk and emo, the blend is just right and what has been produced is a heartfelt exhilarating debut overlaid with some intensely earnest idiosyncratic lyrics.

The songs build up to anthemic choruses and there are some superb uplifting guitar riffs on display throughout We Were Kids which means that this adds up to being an impressive debut release. The seven tracks contained on this release are so consistent that you can’t pick out a favourite, of course the flip side of this means that there also isn’t a track that hooks you for repeated listening but you can’t have everything. The Other Stars have produced a fresh offering in an overcrowded marketplace. and that is something worth taking notice of

We Were Kids can be purchased here.

Tours: Fossil Youth

Fossil youthFossil Youth has announced that they be the hitting the road for a round of tour dates that will serve as a precursor to a longer stint later in the year.  Singer Scottie Noonan further assured fans that “New music is finished… and on the way”.   The band will be supporting their latest release, Intertwined With You, which is out now on 7″/CD/Digital via Take This To Heart Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Locket – Stairweller

LocketPost-punk band Locket has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Stairdweller” and will appear on their new EP, Never There, Never Was.  The EP will be released May 13, 2016 on 12″/CD/Digital via Take This To Heart Records

Listen to the song here courtesy Under The Gun Review.

No Tide Announce Tour; Set To Record New EP

No TideLincoln, Nebraska pop-punk act No Tide has announced that they will be heading on tour next month.  The band continues to support their latest full length, Death Of The Sun, available now via Take This To Heart Records.  The band is already talking about hitting the studio with Jay Maas (Defeater, Polar Bear Club, Somos) to record a new EP while on tour.

Full tour dates are below. 

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Locket Announce New EP; Stream First Track

LocketLocket has announced details for a new EP.  The disc will be titled Never There, Never Was and is due out on May 13, 2016 via Take This To Heart Records. The release will be available on 12″/CD/Digital formats.  Pre-orders are live.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Everything’s Fine” here courtesy New Noise Magazine.

Video: No Tide – Inverted

No TideNebraska punk act No Tide has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Inverted” fro their latest full length, Death Of The Sun, released this past June via Take This To Heart Records.  

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Video: Fossil Youth – Intertwined With You

Fossil YouthFossil Youth has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “From The Window” from their new EP, Intertwined With You, which was released last year via Take This To Heart Records

Watch the video, which is a compilation of tour footage, below.

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Video: Sundressed – Beck And Call

SundressedPhoenix, AZ indie punk band Sundressed has premiered a music video for the song “Beck And Call,” a track taken from last year’s EP, The Same Condition, available via Take This To Heart Records. 

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Sundressed

The Same Condition

Take This To Heart Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

When it comes to pop-punk, there always seems to be a bit of a divide.  On the one hand you have the proprietors of the modern scene – those like State Champs and Seaway.  On the other you have the pillars of the old guard – those like Teenage Bottlerocket and Motion City Soundtrack.  While some generational overlap might exist depending on audience, there’s usually a pretty prominent preferential divide.  A few lone sparks manage to bridge the divide – namely The Wonder Years and The Hotelier – but otherwise it’s a fairly segregated scene.  So it’s always exciting when a new contender comes on by.

For new blood, look no further than Arizona emotive pop-punk act Sundressed.  Having self-released their debut full length a few years back, the band’s wide appeal quickly caught the eye of Take This To Heart Records and led to their first EP, Dig Up A Miracle.  Now, in the same calendar year, the quartet returns with their second EP in under eight months, The Same Condition.  

Central to Sundressed’s easy appeal is the combination of maturity and catchy chorus work.  Calmly dropped opening chords roll slowly across the first moments of “Good As You,” almost like something you’d expect from the post-punk realm.  The tunefully spoken intro sets up a settled, confident scene from which the band edges towards more pop flavoured fun.  Before long, “Beck And Call” breaks out Trevor Hedges’ snarky attitude, punctuated with a stop n’ go tempo in which riffs slowly build into a full blown sing along chorus that should have even your snobby thirty-something cousin tapping his foot.  

But The Same Condition really takes off on a lyrical level during the final half.  “Ordinary Day” invokes the first instance of somewhat self-destructive self-reflection.  With the support of a band worth of backing vocals, the band leads the charge with the proclamation, “so I’ll write the songs you want to hear, the same songs that you’ve heard for years, I’ll stumble through the same old clumsy chords.”  With a heightened sense of sincerity, the band seems to understand their insignificant position in what has become a somewhat marginalized scene over the past decade.  

Yet their message rings with the strength of resistance.  With “Every Part Is Moving,” Sundressed goes on to produce somewhat of a manifesto for a scene that refuses to give in to the sex-appeal and over-produced shortcuts that get artists to the mainstream.  “Inconsistent, out of key, sing all the wrong harmonies, we rely on body parts, to become a work of art,” sings Hedges’ forcefully, taking a stab at bands that mindlessly give in to temptation.  The irony of the lofty, super-catchy chorus isn’t lost on Sundressed as they harness the power of polished pop melody to mirror the effect in good taste.  

Sundressed draws upon a wide range of pop-punk influences, in effect realizing an equally vast potential for appeal.  The hybrid catchy and mature nature of The Same Condition should find an audience with the younger crowd as well as aging pop-punkers looking for something new outside of the typical cookie cutter pop bands masquerading as punk acts.  Sundressed are on the cusp of making their next step even bigger, and as long as they maintain the artistic integrity they sing about so passionately, their reach can only grow.

Video: PINE – Waste

Dead LeavesPINE is streaming a new music video for the song “Waste.”  The song comes from their recent split with Dead Leaves, released last week via Take This To Heart Records.

Listen to the full album here courtesy Substream Magazine.