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The Copyrights Perform For Bridge City Sessions

The CopyrightsChicago pop-punks The Copyrights recently preformed for Bridge City Sessions.  The songs include “Slider” and “The World Is Such A Drag”.  

Watch the video for the sessions below.  The band last released Report in 2014 via Red Scare Industries.

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Interview: The Copyrights

The CopyrightsAfter almost 15 years of being on the road, we probably should start calling the Copyrights pop punk veterans. Without a big label behind them – although Red Scare is a quality mark in it’s own – they’ve only put out good records. The latest full length Report (2014) is amongst the best things pop punk has to offer, so there’s more than enough we could talk about.

Read the interview here.

The Copyrights

The Copyrights

Adam, Luke and Brett

Red Scare Industries
By on March 18th, 2016 at Dordrecht, The Netherlands

 

 

After almost 15 years of being on the road, we probably should start calling the Copyrights pop punk veterans. Without a big label behind them – although Red Scare is a quality mark in it’s own – they’ve only put out good records. The latest full length Report (2014) is amongst the best things pop punk has to offer, so there’s more than enough we could talk about.

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Tours: Masked Intruder / The Copyrights / Not Scientists

Maskedintruder1Pop-punk act Masked Intruder has announced that they will be heading on tour alongside The Copyrights and Not Scientists on their way to this year’s The Fest.  Masked Intruder last released their self Titled full length in 2014, the same year as The Copyrights dropped their latest album, Report.

Tour dates can be found below. 

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The Copyrights – Telescope

The CopyrightsChicago pop-punks The Copyrights have debuted a new music video.  The video features the song “Telescope” from their 2014 album, Report, available now via Red Scare Industries.

Watch the video below.

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Video: The Copyrights – Slider

The CopyrightsChicago pop-punks The Copyrights have debuted a new music video.  The video features the song “Slider” from their 2014 album, Report, available now via Red Scare Industries.

Watch the video below.

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Tours: Teenage Bottlerocket / The Copyrights

Teenage BottlerocketLaramie, Wyoming pop-punk act Teenage Bottlerocket has announced that they will be heading on tour with fellow pop-punks The Copyrights.  The band continues to support their  upcoming Rise Records debut, Tales From Wyoming, which is set to drop on on March 31, 2015.  Pre-orders are live. 

Full tour listings are below.

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The Copyrights

The Copyrights

Report

Red Scare Industries
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

The vague genre descriptor pop punk can mean many different things depending on who you are talking to. Does it mean the legends; The Ramones or Descendents? Are you talking about when it went mainstream with Blink 182 and Green Day’s American Idiot or when a handful of groups incorporated synthesizers and hardcore breakdowns a couple years ago? Is it a bunch of guys singing about pizza and broken hearts or endless fart and dick jokes or maybe it is literary inspired laments on post high school depression? Apparently today it can even mean a teenage boy band like 5 Seconds of Summer… Regardless of the bands that come to mind when you read the term pop punk, all of these groups arguably share some common defining elements: catchy sing along songs that are played fast and are likely less aurally offensive than a Slayer album to your parents (unless you have awesome parents!). The Copyrights simply play pop punk music.

Report is a solid 14 tracks of The Copyrights brand of pop punk. They show their widespread influences on the songs, touching on skate punk, alt rock and mainstream sounds. Slider kicks off the release with a sombre guitar part before breaking into a full on punk rager, which settles into a decent punk track in the vein of Off With Their Heads. The songs on album blow by quickly, with most tracks falling below the two minute mark. They channel an old school drumbeat on Telescope, which is a straightforward skate punk song that would have fit comfortably on a Punk-O-Rama album in the late 90s. They channel that sound again on Worlds on Fire, a driving tune that propels forward quickly and ends abruptly as they break into No Knocks. They slow things down on Fireworks which has an almost campfire sing along vibe, albeit at double time.  Instead of adopting a specific sonic identity from within the widespread pop punk genre, they have chosen to be creative in their music, experimenting by pushing the boundaries of labels, much like their contemporaries Direct Hit!

Lyrically, the album focuses on real life issues. They reflect on the harsh realities of economic instability on Keep the Change, “I use my credit card to pay credit cards, I use another one to pay rent. I’m throwing nickels at my student loans and they haven’t made a dent.” But during the brief minute they muse that “they wouldn’t change it if they could,” putting a positive spin on things. Their rally cry of “let’s burn it to the ground and disappear” on The New Frontier evokes the rebellious spirit of classic punk, but references to Cannery Row and Grapes of Wrath highlight that there is substance behind their words. 

For those who have yet to hear The Copyrights, this is a great introduction to one of the best bands in pop punk today. They have enough of a pop influence to bring in teenage Blink 182 fans, with enough skate punk credibility to appeal to 30-something Fat Wreck Chords fans. Report is a fast paced piece of pop punk perfection from one of the best bands in the scene right now. Their previous work always showed promise, but everything has come together here to showcase a band at the top of their game. 

The Copyrights – Try So Hard

The CopyrightsChicago pop-punks The Copyrights have debuted a new song.  The track is called “Try So Hard” and is set to appear on their upcoming album, Report, set to drop via Red Scare Industries this August 26, 2014.

Listen to the track here courtesy PropertyOfZack.

The Copyrights – Worlds On Fire

The CopyrightsChicago pop-punks The Copyrights have debuted a new song.  The track is called “Worlds On Fire” and is set to appear on their upcoming album, Report, set to drop via Red Scare Industries this August 26, 2014.

Listen to the track here courtesy Absolutepunk.

The Copyrights - No Knocks

The Copyrights

No Knocks

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

It’s been three long years since The Copyrights last released any new material. It came in the form of North Sentinel Island and garnered quite a bit of positive accolades for the punchy pop-punk quartet.  After years of sporadic touring and regular day-jobs, the band are poised to take the pop-punk scene by storm again with a new album set for an August release through Red Scare Industries. In anticipation for the album, they’ve teamed up with Fat Wreck Chords for a limited edition three song seven inch featuring two songs from the album and the b-side Don’t Want In.

Kicking off with the title track, No Knocks, the 7inch instantly shows that The Copyrights have picked up directly where they left off. A crisp, punchy tune which begins with a sing along chorus of I Graduated From the School of No Knocks, the song takes a look at the hard times priviledged people sometimes fall under. From a punk’s perspective, it seems contradictory; yet the message is clear: no matter what class of life you live, there will always be moments where you feel down.

It’s poppy yet abrasive, Lookout Records meets The Fest – a pop-punk song with the possibility of becoming a pop-punk classic in only a minute and a half.

They cut down the running time with the minute long blaster No Change. Slimming off thirty seconds, the snotty anthem pummels and plows through with fierce energy detailing the struggles of paying of debts after debts. Cleaner vocals akin to Teenage Bottlerocket, The Copyrights are two songs in and already you know their upcoming album is going to leave a lasting impression.

The final of the three is the only one to not make the cut on Report and showcases another side of the band. The slowest song at a lengthy two minutes in run time, Don’t Walk In gives the band the added room needed for them to flourish their instruments and experiment.  No longer needing to jam pack everything in, they give time for an instrumental bridge and you start seeing there’s more behind The Copyrights than meets the eye.

It may only be a tease for their new album, but No Knocks is one of the best teases around.

The Copyrights – No Knocks

the copyrightsMidwestern pop punks The Copyrights have premiered a new lyrics video.  The video features the song “No Knocks” from their recently announced new 7″ EP of the same name that is due out on July 22, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The band plans to release their next full length later this year through Red Scare Industries.  

Check out the full video below.

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The Copyrights Plan New 7″

the copyrightsMidwestern pop punks The Copyrights have announced details for a brand new 7″ release.  The 7″ EP will be titled No Knocks and is due out on July 22, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The band plans to release their next full length later this year through Red Scare Industries.  Details can be found here.

The band is currently on tour with with Lawrence Arms and will be heading out with 7 Seconds.

Tours: The Copyrights (East Coast)

The CopyrightsThe Copyrights have announced a few tour dates for early Spring. Unfortunately for all of you Westerners, this seems like a strictly East Coast jaunt (plus one select Midwest date) –but if you live on the Atlantic side of the continent, check the tour dates below to find the nearest show.

The band is touring in support of their 2011 Red Scare Industries album, North Sentinel Island.

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Tours – Teenage Bottlerocket & The Queers

Teenage BottlerocketWyoming punks Teenage Bottlerocket are embarking on the second leg of a co-headlining tour with The Queers this autumn. Support on all dates will be provided by pop punk band The Copyrights.

Freak Out, the latest full length from Teenage Bottlerocket was released last July via Fat Wreck Chords , whilst the last new material from The Queers was 2010’s Back to the Basement.

Full tour dates, along with a the new Andrew Seward (Against me!) directed Teenage Bottlerocket video for Freak Out, can be seen below.

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The Copyrights Release Shit’s Fucked Double LP

CopyrightsIllinois’ The Copyrights have gone back to their roots and released Shit’s Fucked, a 24 track compilation including non album tracks from 2004-2010 via their original label, It’s Alive on May 27th. It is currently available for streaming at their Soundcloud page.  

They will also be hitting the road across the American midwest and east coast this summer.  Dates and track list are below.

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Tours: The Copyrights

The CopyrightsIllinois pop-punk band The Copyrights have announced that they will be touring in early summer.  The band last released North Sentinel Island back in 2011 on Red Scare Industries.

Full dates can be found below.

The Copyrights - North Sentinel Island

The Copyrights

North Sentinel Island

Red Scare Industries
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

After giving my ear to the first few tracks of The Copyrights’ latest full length, North Sentinel Island, I was prepared to fault the band for being a little too true to their classic Ramones-style heritage.  You see, the three-chord punk act has always kept their cards close and played a safe game, but in the process have become very predictable.  Ever since their previous release, Learn The Hard Way (I jumped in around Make Sound), I couldn’t help but feel that the band was simply treading water – content to wade in the waters of familiarity as they played out their career.  So when opener “Trustees Of Modern Chemistry” set the stage with simple vocal and rhythmic repetition (a loop of “how can we make this right… when we can’t even speak tonight… when we’re fucked beyond belief tonight”), I had a sinking sense of déjà vu.

But I love being proved wrong, and thankfully after a shaky start, the songs and themes ahead unraveled in The Copyrights’ favour.

For starters, The Copyrights have finally taken advantage of their status as a four-piece.  Unlike many of their three-piece cousins (ie. The Ergs and The Riverdales), their set boasts the double fisted punch of guitarists Brett Hunter and Jeff Funbug, which up until now has often played out as a missed opportunity.  After the fairly status-quo numbers “Crutches” and “Hard-Wired,” the group gets into gear with “20 Feet Tall.”  This little number capitalizes on the band’s reputation for turning out infectious pop-punk melodies that enliven every bone in your body.  The song kicks off playfully with Hunter’s sarcastic, nasally words setting the not so sympathetic scene of a friend lending an “ear” to a buddy in a downward spiral: “after a genuine act of defiance, you’re 29 and you’ve lost your license, that’s fine, you need to ride your bike more.”  After each verse, the whole band chimes in with an energizing chorus, building momentum and eclipsing any sense of sameness.

From here on out the spike in musicianship holds fast, with “Expatriate Blues” throwing a curve ball half way through its jangly pop punk rhythm and stepping down to a simple acoustic number.  As far as I’m concerned, this is a very welcome first.

From here the band thrives on wave upon wave of imaginative melody.  Take “Bow Down” and its chunky, slamming riffs as they edge on a stop-and-go pace like a new driver irking on the breaks for the first time.  Too often I find myself dozing off during the static guitars of early Teenage Bottlerocket, but not here – The Copyrights finally get that they can be true to their roots without blanket repetition.  Other notable moments include “Restless Head” (with a pronounced bass line reminiscent of Blink 182), the rocked up intro of “Scars,” and “Hell Will Be Party Time’s” satisfying, album-ending gang loop.

North Sentinel Island also boasts recurring themes well out of the comfort zone of your typical basement style pop-punk.  “Bow Down” opens to a documentary style commentary shedding some insight into the band’s curious album title.  North Sentinel Island, as explained by the band, is a secluded island off the Bay Of Bengal with a tiny indigenous population from which they extract several themes.  Most notably, the disc ends with a stock commentary (“Hell Will Be Party Time”) about the village’s obliviousness to the outside world, in the process ironically highlighting Western vanities.  Obvious others surface in “Expatriate Blues,” which speaks of returning to one’s home as a foreigner, and the dream of breaking free in “Worn Out Passport.”  The themes aren’t always apparent, and at times feel entirely absent, but it’s nice to know The Copyrights are up for a challenge.

North Sentinel Island still bares all the markings of The Copyrights, but now boasts the wisdom of a band quick approaching it’s tenth year.  To be sure, the tight knit group remains very content to stick to its niche, doing so with confidence and comfort (albeit a little too much early on).  But long time fans will also find plenty of growth, and one of the biggest steps forward in the band’s career.  Those with an ear for the likes of upcoming heavyweights The Wonder Years or Junior Battles will likely wonder what all the fuss is about, but those appreciative of one of punk’s simplest subgenre’s stand to extract immense enjoyment from this cheery thirty-four minutes.  An easy reminder as to why The Copyrights remain one of pop-punk’s most celebrated underground acts.

The Copyrights - Learn The Hard Way

The Copyrights

Learn The Hard Way

Red Scare Industries
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Learn The Hard Way is The Copyrights‘ fourth album (and sixth overall release) in four years and when a band is pumping out that much material in such a small time frame you’re often left wondering whether or not their able to keep releasing quality stuff or just fluff. I, for one, can’t say whether or not The Copyrights have continued releasing quality material over the past few years or whether or not Learn The Hard Way lives up to fans’ expectations simply because I have not heard any of the band’s other five releases. However, if any of those five releases sound remotely similar to Learn The Hard Way then I should definitely be looking into them.

For in just a measly twenty five minutes and fifty four seconds, The Copyrights have packed fourteen of the fastest pop-punk songs I’ve heard all year (well, Teenage Bottlerockets are probably a tad faster, but just slightly). Merging the intensity of the aforementioned Teenage Bottlerockets with the likes of The Ergs and The RamonesLearn The Hard Way sees a band finding a well used formula that works wonders for them and sticks with it through to the end.

Each song features the signature three chord pop-punk attitude that The Ramones personified on so many albums back in the day. The songs seamlessly melt into one another and while each song more often than not sees the band repeating the same chorus or line over and over again, it never once becomes overdone thanks to it’s sheer energy and youthfulness. The words are delivered with intensity and the right amount of backing vocals that basically beg the listener to sing along with them and I’d be surprised if anyone was able to avoid doing so.

It makes it so that as each song passes, that song becomes the album’s standout track. At first it’s 57 North with it’s fist-pumping gang vocal chorus of “57 north, friday night. There’s a college to the left of me, a prison to the right” but as the chorus kicks in on Charlie Birger Time that becomes the only song you’re able to think about. Two Left Feet slows it down a tad and shows a vengeful side of the band while Switchblades captures the ear of the listener with the album’s strongest bridge and striking lyrical content. She Turns It Up is a pop-punk ode to music while Shit’s Fucked would quite possibly makeThe Descendents proud.

There may not be a ton of diversity in the songs but the album doesn’t suffer from it. In fact, it would suffer had they attempted to divert from their formula. Instead, The Copyrights have found the right sound to keep their pop-punk fans happy and coming back for more and with each listen Learn The Hard Way becomes just that much more enjoyable.

The Copyrights To Release New Collection

The CopyrightsPop-punkers The Copyrights are releasing a new collection called Shit’s Fucked, and CDs will be available directly from the band at Fest 11 this year. The collection compiles tracks from compilation albums, splits, and other one-offs. LPs will be available from It’s Alive Records later this year. Adam Alive, head of It’s Alive records, had this to say about the release:

“The Copyrights have always been thought of as our ‘house band.’ We may not have released every album of theirs on every format, but we’ve released more records of theirs than any other two It’s Alive bands combined. Their list of ‘first times’ with It’s Alive continues to grow. They were our first release, first 7″, first record to go into a second pressing, first band to do more than one release with, first acoustic release, first full length, first 12″, first picture disc, first split LP, first gatefold and now first double LP.

We always knew our 50th release had to be something special done with a band that was special to our label. So here it is, The Copyrights’ Shit’s Fucked double LP/CD 24-song collection of singles, splits and comp tracks from 2004-2010. Originally slated for release in early 2011, here it is finally seeing the light of day at the end of 2012. Like the song says, ‘Shit’s fucked, but what can you do…’”

The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore: A Kickass, 16 Song Compilation

The Thing That Ate Larry LivermoreAdeline Records are set to release The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore, a new 16 song compilation featuring songs written exclusively for the compilation on May 29, 2012.  

The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore is compiled and produced by Larry Livermore, co-founder and longtime head of Lookout Records, the influential East Bay label that introduced the world to bands like Green Day, Operation Ivy, Rancid, Screeching Weasel and many more.  In addition to his work in the music industry, Livermore is also renowned as a writer and critic, having been a longtime contributor to magazines likeMaximum Rocknroll, Punk Planet, Hit List and numerous others. He also authored the book Spy Rock Memories, detailing the origins of Lookout Records in the backwoods of Northern California.

The compilation features tracks from the likes of Dear Landlord, The Mixtapes, Mean Jeans, The Hextalls,  The Copyrights and The Max Levine Ensemble; the full track listing and a teaser trailer is below. Livermore explained how the compilation came to be saying:

When Billie Joe asked me to put together this compilation, my first reaction was to say, ‘Absolutely not.’  I was too busy with other projects, and besides, I’d been saying for years that I was done with the music business, that people should take me out and shoot me if I ever showed any sign of wanting to get back into it. But then I realized that this was an opportunity to do for a whole new crop of bands what we’d been able to accomplish at Lookout back in the 80s and 90s, which was to bring exciting and passionate music to the attention of a public that might otherwise never get to hear it.  Once I thought about it in that light, it was impossible to say no.”

I chose the bands using the same standards I used when I was at Lookout: I looked for those bands with a certain heart and soul that sets them apart from the literally thousands of run of the mill bands out there, the heart and soul that makes them capable of giving voice not just to their own ideals and visions, but to those of a generation.”

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Black Numbers 4-Way Split Streams & Release Shows

Black Numbers RecordsBlack Numbers recently released a 4-Way Split featuring The Copyrights, Grey Area, The Reveling, and Luther

The full album is currently streaming over at Punknews.

The album is currently available for pre-order in a 12″ vinyl pressing limited to 500 on the Black Numbers webstore

Grey Area, Luther and The Reveling are set to headline two release shows in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. The dates and venues are listed below: 

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The Copyrights, Grey Area, The Reveling and Luther 4 Way Split

Grey Area Copyrights Reveling Luther SplitBlack Numbers Records has announced 4-Way Split release between The CopyrightsGrey AreaThe Reveling and Luther.

The 12″ vinyl for the 4-Way Split is limited to 500 on three different colorways (100 clear, 150 transparent red, 250 transparent green) and is available for Pre-Order along with new T-shirt designs and limited sale packages.

The Copyrights “The New Frontier” is streaming exclusively on Alternative Press right now.

This release follows up The Copyrights‘ 2011 album, North Sentinel Island, on Red Scare. This is also the follow up to Grey Area‘s split 7″ with Go Rydell, Luther’s Siblings & Sevens 12″ and The Reveling‘s Tributaries LP/CD, all released on Black Numbers in 2011. 

Also of note, for a limited time, Luther’s Siblings & Sevens is available for name-your-price download here.

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New Interview: The Copyrights

CopyrightsWhat is there in Illinois besides Chicago and the surrounding suburbs? I don’t know, corn maybe, aren’t there some colleges, didn’t Abraham Lincoln come from there…oh, the Simpsons live in Springfield too, right? Illinois is not accredited for much down South, let alone a thriving music scene. The Copyrights from the small college town of Carbondale, IL are the exception and have been killing it with their catchy punk rock tunes; let’s not call it pop-punk…it’s more like buzzpop.

The Copyrights have made a name for themselves without the assistance of big city living and have a lot in-store for this year with relentless touring, including playing fests all around the United States. Earlier this month, The Copyrights released their latest blend of catchy sing-along choruses, hooks, and witty lyrics with North Sentinel Island. Singer and bassist, Adam Fletcher met up with ThePunkSite.com at their record release show to talk about making it as a band from Southern Illinois, the new album, and what the Copyrights and Dear Landlord (2/4 of The Copyrights play in that band too) are up to this year. 

Read the interview here.

The Copyrights – The Switchboard Sessions

The CopyrightsThe Copyrights recently sat down to perform a couple tunes for the ever popular Switchboard Sessions.  The songs include acoustic takes for their song “Hard-Wired,” and an accompanying cover of Kepi Ghoulie’s “Stormy Weather.”  The band continues to support their recent full length, North Sentinel Island, released earlier this month via Red Scare Records.

The band discusses the dynamics of the new record in the accompanying interview exerts.  Check it all out here.

The Copyrights

The Copyrights

Adam Fletcher

Red Scare Industries
By on August 6th, 2011 at Underground Lounge - Chicago, IL

 

 

What is there in Illinois besides Chicago and the surrounding suburbs? I don’t know, corn maybe, aren’t there some colleges, didn’t Abraham Lincoln come from there…oh, the Simpsons live in Springfield too, right? Illinois is not accredited for much down South, let alone a thriving music scene. The Copyrights from the small college town of Carbondale, IL are the exception and have been killing it with their catchy punk rock tunes; let’s not call it pop-punk…it’s more like buzzpop.

The Copyrights have made a name for themselves without the assistance of big city living and have a lot in-store for this year with relentless touring, including playing fests all around the United States. Earlier this month, The Copyrights released their latest blend of catchy sing-along choruses, hooks, and witty lyrics with North Sentinel Island. Singer and bassist, Adam Fletcher met up with ThePunkSite.com at their record release show to talk about making it as a band from Southern Illinois, the new album, and what the Copyrights and Dear Landlord (2/4 of The Copyrights play in that band too) are up to this year. 

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The Copyrights – Hard-Wired

The CopyrightsPop punk act The Copyrights has released a brand new song entitled “Hard-Wired.”  The track will appear on their upcoming full length, North Sentinel Island which is set for an August 9, 2011 release date via Red Scare Industries.  The album follows Learn The Hard Way, released back in 2008.

Listen to the track here.

The Copyrights Release Track Listing And Cover Art For Next Album

The CopyrightsThe good folks at PunkNews.org have released an exclusive first look at the cover art and track listing for The Copyright‘s upcoming full length, North Sentinel Island.  The album will feature fourteen brand new tracks, and is set for an August 9, 2011 release date via Red Scare.  The album follows Learn The Hard Way, released back in 2008.

The full details can be found here.

The Copyrights Announce North Sentinel Island

The CopyrightsThe Copyrights have announced, North Sentinel Island, the upcoming release from Red Scare Industries due for an August 9th release. The album was produced by the band and Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms). In the meantime the band will also be releasing Crutches, a teaser 7″ and digital 45 due out in late June.

Copyrights Update On New Album Progress

The CopyrightsPop punkers The Copyrights have have now reached the mixing stage for their upcoming follow up to 2008’s Learn The Hard Way.  The band’s update comes in the form of a Facebook message:

“Our new album has been finished for some time now, and it is now in the mixing stage.We’re taking our time on this one…so you’ll have to keep waiting a little bit longer. We will also be announcing dates for our upcoming September tour which will take us through the midwest,canada, and the east coast.The dates will be posted here as soon as we get them.”

More information as it becomes available.

The Copyrights Enter Studio

The CopyrightsThe Copyrights are back in the studio in their home state of Illinois to record their fifth full length album. This will be the follow up disc to Learn The Hard Way released back in 2008. Last December the band said they were aiming to release the album this summer, and we should get more details when we pull closer to that date.