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Video: The Tossers – Erin Go Bragh

The TossersCeltic punk band The Tossers have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Erin Fo Bragh” from their freshly dropped new album, Smash The Windows, available now via Victory Records

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The Tossers Stream New LP In Full

The TossersCeltic punk band The Tossers have debuted a full stream of their freshly dropped album, Smash The Windows, which released last Friday via long time label Victory Records

Listen to the full disc here courtesy NewNoiseMagazine.

The Tossers Detail Upcoming Album and Tour

The TossersChicago’s Irish folk rockers The Tossers will debut their new full-length album titled Smash The Windows on March 3 via Victory Records. The band is currently premiering a video for Erin Go Bragh, a song off the upcoming album, at New Noise Magazine. Watch the video here and check out the track list below.

Smash The Windows follows the band’s 2013 LP The Emerald City also through Victory Records.

 

Smash The Windows track list:

1. Erin Go Bragh
2. Smash The Windows
3. I Will Court Them All
4. Humors Of Chicago
5. Drinking All The Day
6. The Horses
7. Resurrection Mary
8. Danny Boy
9. 1969
10. Whiskey
11. The Town Where I Was Born
12. My Love
13. Mairi’s Wedding
14. Lots Of Drops Of Brandy
15. A Ghra Mo Chroi
16. Fare You Well
17. The Foggy Dew

In celebration of their new release, The Tossers will embark on an eastern U.S. tour in March, with more dates to be announced. Check out the current dates below.

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Video: The Tossers – Smash The Windows

The TossersCeltic punk band The Tossers have debuted a new music video for the track “Smash The Windows.”  The track will appear on their upcoming album, Smash The Windows, which is due out March 3, 2017 via long time label Victory Records

Watch the video below.

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The Tossers – The Horses

The TossersCeltic punk band The Tossers have debuted a brand track.  The track is titled “The Horses” and is set to appear on their upcoming album, Smash The Windows, which is due out March 3, 2017 via long time label Victory Records

Listen to the song below.

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Carousel Kings Stream New Full Length

carousel-kingsCarousel Kings have premiered a full stream of their upcoming album, Charm City, which is due out on February 20, 2017 via Victory Records.  

Give the full disc a spin here courtesy Rock Sound.

We Ride Sign To Victory Records

Victory RecordsSpain hardcore act We Ride has signed on with Victory Records.  The band plans to released their Victory Records debut, entitled Empowering Life, on April 14, 2017.  Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Self Made” along with a video.

Check out the video below.

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Video: Carousel Kings – Grey Goose

carousel-kingsCarousel Kings have released a new music video.  The video features the track “Grey Goose,” and appears on their upcoming album, Charm City, which is due out on February 20, 2017 via Victory Records.  

Check out the full video below.

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Carousel Kings – Here, Now, Forever

carousel-kingsCarousel Kings have released a new song.  The track is titled “Here, Now, Forever,” and appears on their upcoming album, Charm City, which is due out on February 20, 2017 via Victory Records.  

Check out the song and track listing below.

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Video: High Hopes – Vanguard

Victory RecordsHigh Hopes have released a new music video.  The video features the song “Vanguard” which appears on their latest LP, Sights & Sounds, available now via Victory Records.

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Seeker Streaming First Full Length In Three Years

seekerTexas hardcore trio Seeker is streaming their first album in three years.  The disc is titled Loss and drops today via Victory Records.

Listen to the album here courtesy Terrorizer.

Tours: Victorian Halls / Pseudo Future

Victorian HallsChicago synth-pop act Victorian Halls has announced plans for their “All My Friends Are Dead Tour” with partners Pseudo Future. The tour is a follow up to Victorian Halls’ recent midwest run in June, the band continues to support their latest release, Hyperalgesia, available now via Victory Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Kissing Candice – Taken

Victory RecordsMetalcore act Kissing Candice has premiered a brand new song titled “Taken.”  Bassist Grippo and guitarist Dreamer comment:

“We went into the studio with open minds and a blank slate, leaving everything at the door. ‘Taken’ is the song we have wanted to write… an emotional introspective of the psyche when the most important footholds in life are taken away from you, whether by force or other means.”

Listen to the song below.

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Video: Broadside – The Simple Type

BroadsideBroadside has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “The Simple Type” and appears on their latest release, Old Bones, available now on Victory Records.  Vocalist Ollie Baxxter comments on the song’g content:

“I wrote it about my younger brother. He’s very low key and makes decisions based off initial judgement. He’s one of those people that you sit back and ask how he got so lucky to not over analyze a decision, doesn’t fear any person, and still comes out on top. Like the line says, ‘Shoot first, ask questions last!’”

Watch the video below.

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Colours Ivory

Colours

Ivory

Victory Records
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Rating: 2/5

 
 

 

 

Colours are a duo comprised of Kyle Tamo, vocals, and Morgan Alley, drums, they headed in a different musical, and geographical, direction when Kyle relocated from Conneticut to Florida and the duo began to lay the foundations of Colours. Their sound is a significant departure from any of their previous rock oriented endeavours, Colours are described as an electro-R&B rock band, after listening to Ivory I feel that the musical emphasis is firmly on the first two elements of that description. Colours entered the studio last year to record Ivory, their debut album, which is the follow up their 2013 Skin And Bones EP.

Ivory is underpinned by a dark R&B synth backing that conjures up a certain kind of painfully hip nightclub at 1am, over this are multi-layered vocals that drift over the beat. If that description sounds like the soundtrack to your Saturday night on the town, and you appreciate a darker, smokier electronic take on R&B then this is an album you should investigate, however, for me the album just doesn’t display enough variety, it remains in a slow late night electro grind throughout it’s entirety.

I’ll be honest, this really isn’t an album that appeals to me, it comes across as music that you hear whilst you’re wishing you were somewhere else, see my previous reference to painfully hip nightclubs. I prefer music to energise me, to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up or to just grab my attention, and Ivory just doesn’t do that. This is a collection of dark electronica and I can imagine Colours being very successful, they have a clear cross genre appeal with their mix of darkwave and R&B beats, but if it’s all the same I’ll be in the dive bar round the corner until everyone else is ready to go home. I should also point out that calling your band Colours, and naming the album after a colour, means that any google search for this album tends to be heavy on decorating and DIY stores.

Ivory is available direct from Victory Records here

 

Save the Lost Boys

Save The Lost Boys

Temptress

Victory Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Dayton, Ohio pop-punk act Save The Lost Boys clearly grew up on a diet of Blink 182 and Bowling For Soup.  The nasally vocal interplay between co-vocalists Lee Weiss and Josh Hall is slick and melodic while maintaining the quick and pointed hooks that a 19 year old me would have eagerly sought out at the Vans Warped Tour.  The band’s latest effort, Temptress, does so while maintaining the relevance and contemporary draw to the pop-punk “revival” scene currently propelled by Neck Deep and The Wonder Years.  

The quartet isn’t particularly deep in their approach, but they’re certainly catchy.  Much like those before them, Save The Lost Boys plays simple pop-punk ditties about juvenile crushes and girlfriends-to-be with a naivety and innocence that somehow captures the spark of discovery, without degrading into a practice of stating the obvious.  Tracks like “Wasting My Time” and “Bad Names” jump back and forth between 90’s and 00’s pop-punk drumming before launching into a host of immediately appealing pop-punk hooks and jabs.  In the latter, the band’s playful humour even “pops” in their light-hearted description of fantasizing revenge upon the drama queen perhaps alluded to in the album title.  “You give all girls bad names… I wish I’d care when I cut all your break lines,” humours the band before pacifying their intentions with the line, “speaking figuratively of course.”  The album largely maintains a playful delivery, but during tracks like “DAY>FLL” more so favours the song writing of New Found Glory or All American Reject, in effect driving some less distinct pockets throughout Temptress.

But Save The Lost Boys also positions a few well placed surprises along the way.  For instance, “Dancing (feat. Tyler Smith)” infuses a late song bridge with rap featuring Tyler Smith, and shockingly, it’s not terrible (which characterized my last encounter with hip-hop punk fusions in The Front Bottoms).  Smith’s flow actually matches the overall rhythm and blends in seamlessly without hijacking the song.  In another instance, the band tames their tempo for “Things I Could Never Forget,” which takes on the identity as the token slow song with poise and dignity.

Save The Lost Boys follow a simple formula.  They don’t have all the production excess that plagues contemporary pop-punk, instead focusing on layered vocals and quick, catchy tempos.  Save The Lost Boys present as just four guys writing and playing songs without a keyboard or soundboard to speak of.  It’s refreshing – especially on a label like Victory Records and with album art that suggests they’d love to be the next Fall Out Boy.  

Abandoned By Bears TYA

Abandoned By Bears

The Years Ahead

Victory Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

This is the superbly named Abandoned By Bears first release since they signed for Victory Records, The Years Ahead follows on from the 2014 EP, When Nothing Goes Right, Go Left and this is the Swedish easycore quintet’s debut full length. Easycore usually represents the melding of two seeminlgly disparate genre’s, metalcore, or pick your own core to go there, and the poppier end of punk, so what can we expect from Abandoned By Bears?

Abandoned by Bears do indeed possess all the hallmarks of pop punk, but with one key difference, the bouncy melodies are played hard, fast and brutally, this contrasts nicely with the vocals, the majority of which are harmony led pop punk vocals, in particular the break downs in the songs are heavyweight punches to the gut. It might seem an odd combination but it works, the guitars rarely reach thrash metal levels and neither do they cross the line from punk into pop. There is a fair share of growling vocals in the heavier sections, but Abandoned By Bears manage to flit seamlessly between the metalcore approach and the pop punk harmonies, how much you find that appealing will depend on how much you enjoy the noisier cores that metal and punk have spawned over the years.

My problem with The Years Ahead, and with a lot of pop punk inspired releases, is that I find the tracks start to blur into each other after a while. The relentless pummelling drums and crunching guitars are omnipresent throughout the album, similarly the switch between harmony pop punk vocals and deep metal growls become almost interchangeable. Abandoned By Bears do what they do, and they do it very well, but for me this a hybrid that doesn’t quite gel. I found that The Years Ahead doesn’t quite hit the highs, and it falls short of what either of the genre’s that informed their sound is capable of.

The Years Ahead can be ordered from Victory Records here

Save the Lost Boys – Bad Names

Save The Lost BoysOhio punkers Save The Lost Boys has premiered a new single.  The track is titled “Wasting My Time” and will appear on the upcoming debut album, Temptress, which is set to drop on July 15, 2016 via Victory Records.  

Listen to the song here courtesy New Noise Magazine.

Save The Lost Boys – Wasting My Time

Save The Lost BoysOhio punkers Save The Lost Boys has premiered a new single.  The track is titled “Wasting My Time” and will appear on the upcoming debut album, Temptress, which is set to drop on July 15, 2016 via Victory Records.  

Listen to the song below along with upcoming tour dates.

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Save The Lost Boys Join Victory Records

Save The Lost BoysDayton, Ohio four-piece Save The Lost Boys has signed on with Victory Records. The pop-punk act plans to release their full length, Temptress, on July 15, 2016.  Vocalist Lee Weiss comments:

“Signing to Victory feels like joining a family table, like being welcomed home for the holidays.”

Bassist Josh Hall continues:

 “Victory started bands that really changed my life, some of our all-time favorites and I’m really excited to be part of this team.” 

Coinciding with the signing, the band has premiered a music video for the song “Overreaction,” which can be heard below.

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Darkness Divided Stream Self Titled LP

Darkness DividedSan Antonio metalcore act Darkness Divided has premiered a full stream of their freshly released self titled LP, which dropped today via Victory Records.

Listen to the album here courtesy Terrorizer.

Abandoned By Bears Sign To Victory Records

Abandoned By BearsSweedish metalcore act Abandoned By Bears has announced that they have signed on with Victory Records.  is thrilled to announce the signing of . The band plans to release a new full length entitled, The Years Ahead, on April 29, 2016.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Good Terms,” which is below.

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Video: Reverend Horton Heat – Hardscrabble Woman

Reverend-Horton-HeatRockabilly legends Reverend Horton Heat have premiered a new music video. The video features the song “Hardscrabble Woman,” from their latest full length, Rev, which dropped last year via Victory Records. 

Watch the video here.

Tours: Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend-Horton-HeatRockabilly legends Reverend Horton Heat have announced that they will be heading on tour in 2016. The band continues to support their latest full length, Rev, which dropped last year via Victory Records. 

Tour dates can be found here.

Video: Broadside – Come & Go

BroadsideRichmond, Virginia’s Broadside  has debuted a brand new music video. The video features the song “Come & Go” from their latest album, Old Bones, available now via Victory Records.

Watch the video below.

The Bunny The Bear

The Bunny The Bear

A Liar Wrote This

Victory Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

Hybridized genre benders The Bunny The Bear live up to their tagline as presenting “a breed of experimental hardcore the likes of which the music industry has never encountered.”   The Buffalo, NY duo are an extremely versatile pair that routinely take on multiple vocal fronts all the while melodically mashing together elements of pop, hardcore, metalcore, synth-pop, altrock, experimental, and just about everything else under the sun.  The result can be found on their latest full length, A Liar Wrote This, as a cacophony of harsh and clean sounds that surface and retreat without much regard for convention.  The display makes for quite a mouthful and tends to throw caution to the wind, which begs the question of how their latest full length, A Liar Wrote This, plays out.

By and large, The Bunny The Bear stay true to their mish-mash of styles in a hit or miss type of way.  Not hit or miss in execution (they’re quite proficient in their breadth) – but more likely in their likeliness to keep any one audience engaged for the entirety of A Liar Wrote This.  The core of the confusion stems from the multiple personalities of Matthew “The Bunny” Tybor and newcomer Haley “The Bear” Roback (who replaced longtime male vocalist Chris Hutka as the bear).  The two of them are worlds apart; but that’s not the problem – they actually compliment one another nicely in beauty meets the beast kind of way.  Rather, it’s The Bunny’s multiple personalities – screamo, throat-core, hardcore, punk, deathcore – that result in the biggest turnoff. 

For instance, tracks like “Vows” and “Love, Trust And Compromise” really nail the head of the gut-wrenching spoken-word screamo end of the spectrum (The Saddest Landscape), whereas those like “Curtain Call” and “Oblivion” speak mostly to the death-metal crowd with such demonic vocal agony you’d think you were listening in on a conversation amongst hell spawn (i.e. Cannibal Corpse).  While both of those camps likely form a loose mutual respect for one another (even if they may not be crazy for one another), the entirely clean and poppy female vocals leading the uncharacteristically calming piano ballad “Empty Hands” may go wholly underappreciated (despite offering up some thoughtful album pacing).  Even so, something this calm feels really, really out of place amidst such chaos (instrumentally the track feels like a worship song).

Album highlights like “Lover’s Touch” best communicate The Bunny The Bear’s best potential.  Blending into a sort of synthy screamo cocktail, the catchy, pop-flavoured chorus intertwines elements of Roback’s vocals for a sort of readily sought after middle ground.  In other words, balance is key.  When that balance holds up, A Liar Wrote This holds its ground.  But with so many briefly injected novelties, the disc soon becomes a hit or miss affair.  For instance, the experimental goth tones of “Somewhat Standard” play out atmospherically, but the weird Tom-Delonge-ish vocals popping up throughout “Loose Lips” are entirely distracting.  

All in all, A Liar Wrote This has something for everyone – but everyone won’t like everything.  The Bunny The Bear demonstrates a high proficiency in their varied hybridized styles, but even those with an open mind will likely succumb to the sonic equivalent of motion sickness from being jerked around so recklessly.  For those that find interest in the above descriptions, track by track cherry picking will serve as the best approach to A Liar Wrote This.

Broadside

Broadside

Old Bones

Victory Records
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Rating: 2/5

 
 

 

 

It’s clear why Victory Records jumped at signing Richmond, VA pop-punk act Broadside.  Their polished combination of slick pop melodies and catchy vocals bare all the markings of a radio-ready success.  The choruses are big and tempo unyieldingly upbeat.  All of that should make Broadside out to be the next New Found Glory or Fall Out Boy, yet the execution of on their debut full length, Old Bones, feels more “meh” then “yeah.”  Try as they might, the aspiring quintet just can’t seem to make their hooks meaningful beyond their initial impact, hindered further by a layer of thematic topics that aspire to little more than describing fleeting summer flings articulated at the level of  grade-school crushes.  

In a word, Broadside is generic.  They lack the sophistication of The Wonder Years and the stay-in-your-head loops of Yellowcard.  Tellingly, it’s taken more than a dozen repeat listens to really get to know any one song’s distinct traits.  But even then, they can be summed up in a few tired characteristics.  Take the sugary hooks framing the fond memories of an affection long since past in “Come & Go.”  “I should have married you, you should have carried my name, it feels like I buried you, it feels like you did the same”, sings the band’s lead vocalist in a classic case of adhering to the I’ll-never-get-over-you pop song mould (sadly this is one of Old Bones’ most memorable passages).  Other’s like “Playing In Traffic” fill the bill for the obligatory we’re-so-different-we-even-have-hardcore-vocals spot during the final verse (ever heard of Four Year Strong?).  And then there’s a whole whack of filler that goes down smooth but still goes in one ear and out the other (“Damaged Kids,”  “Old Bones,” “A Better Way,” etc…).  Broadside just can’t seem to land anything that can be described as more than unremarkable.  

As far as pop-punk talent goes, Broadside is yet another example of capable and skilled musicians doing little to push themselves as artists.  Old Bones is an incredibly docile creature that does what it’s told without adding much of its own flare.  In essence, just about every band that Broadside brings to mind does it better and more distinct.  All in all, Old Bones is like a stylishly decorated cake with no flavour – it just lacks substance.

Broadside Joins Victory Records; Announces Debut Album

Victory RecordsPop-punk quintet Broadside has announced that they have joined the Victory Records roster.  The band plans to release their debut album, Old Bones, on May 19th, 2015 and is available for pre-order now.  Vocalist Ollie Baxxter says of the signing:

“It’s an indescribable feeling being represented on a label like Victory Records.  The roster alone raised each one of us through our angsty teenage years and was a stepping stone of pure influence in our individual musical endeavors.”

To celebrate the band has premiered a music video for the brand new song “Coffee Talk,” which can be viewed below.

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Silverstein Announce Discovering The Waterfront Anniversary Shows

SilversteinCanadian post hardcore outfit Silverstein have announced a tour to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their seminal album Discovering The Waterfront (Victory Records). Support will be provided by Columbus, OH hardcore band Beartooth (featuring former Attack! Attack! vocalist Caleb Shomo), Australian rockers Hands Like Houses, New Jersers punks Major League and San Diego’s My Iron Lung.

Check out the full list of dates below.

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Reverend Horton Heat Premiere New Video

Reverend-Horton-HeatRockabilly legends Reverend Horton Heat have posted a new video featuring their track Mad Mad Heart. The song is taken from their most recent (and 11th full length) album, Rev which dropped back in January via Victory Records. Ahead of the release we were fortunate enough to speak to the Reverend himself, check out our interview here, watch the video for Mad Mad Heart and check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Video: Comeback Kid – Wasted Arrows

Comeback Kid 1Winnipeg hardcore band Comeback Kid has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Wasted Arrows” from their recent album, Die Knowing, out now on Victory Records. 

Check out the video here courtesy RockSound.