In response to AltPress.com's column today about why 5 Seconds Of Summer are important to pop-punk, I've written an opinion piece about why that's just not true...but how there are a few bands that could help the genre move back into the mainstream spotlight. Check it out in the replies.
In the mainstream media, “pop-punk” is used as a simple and quick catch-all to describe any band that might ever sound for a minute or two like it might one day play the Vans Warped Tour. It’s an easy way to get a point across for people who, genuinely, probably do not know or care about the nuances behind what makes a pop-punk band different from a punk band different from a pop-rock band different...
“I think illegal downloading actually helped us 10 years ago because fans would spread the word to people who would later support the bands,” says Ericson. “We’ve been aggressive about getting our music out there where it can be heard hassle-free.”
Right after the boom that Record Store Day provided the vinyl industry, The Tennessean reports that Nashville-based United Records, currently the country's largest vinyl pressing plant, will expand its operations to the tune of adding 16 new presses (they currently have 30) in a brand-new warehouse. The expansion will run the plant $5.5 million.
The expansion plans come amid growing demand from vinyl enthusiasts. "Our belief is that it's being driven by the rise in digital," said Jay Millar, United Record's director of marketing. "People who want something tangible and the best sound quality and experience are going to vinyl as opposed to CDs." Millar said the 30 presses at the...
Rocket Heart Records' initial vinyl pressing of This Will Be Laughing Week will be 850 copies; with 500 on black, and 350 Coke bottle clear. In order to fund this pressing, as well as pay for the licensing rights, the goal for this Kickstarter campaign is $13,000. If funded, the record will be available in early Fall 2014.
Foxy Shazam frontman Eric McNally talks about his band's new, free surprise albumGonzo, what that word means to him, and about the history of mental illness in his family which inspired a lot of this record. The interview gets pretty personal; you can check out a snippet below and read it in full here.
For me, gonzo is… I feel like my dad has lost his mind a little bit. Like, since I was a kid, I just feel like my dad’s lost his mind. And I think that’s been something that’s hereditary in our family. I think “gonzo,” for me, is my fear of what I might… It’s like me applying my dad to myself, and my band and my career and everything. Just imagining. Or really being fearful of what’s to...
So how exactly could that be an album tease? Well, Adele's first album, "19," was written and released when the singer was 19 years old in January 2008, and its follow-up, "21," captures her life as a 21-year-old, and was released a few months after she turned 22, in January 2011. If Adele will be revisiting the age of 25 "later in the year," perhaps it will be in the form of the most anticipated album release of the year.
As many of you will have heard, Alberto Scott, a Miss May I fan in attendance at our Webster Hall show on Saturday nighttragically died. We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear this news. We are awaiting a full report from the New York Police Department. In the meantime, we’d ask that all your thoughts and prayers be with his family. We’ve be made aware of a webpage that is raising funds to help pay for his funeral costs. We will be making a contribution and we’d strongly urge others to do so.
I am pleased to let you know I am now signed as a solo artist Warner Bros Records. My album is near completion, and you should expect to hear things in the near future, even today actually- with a brief snippet of what is to come. I am excited. It’s starting again-
Rescuer is selling a b-side from their new album to help raise money for one of the members' six year old nephew's kidney transplant.
My sister has decided to take a trip to Boston Children’s Hospital to get a second opinion. They are the #1 hospital in the nation for Children’s Nephrology. My family is by no means a rich family, and we unfortunately don’t have the money to completely cover the costs associated with the visit. The feeling of helplessness in this situation is entirely overwhelming.
It might grow on some people who might not like it at first or say, “This is too weird, it’s not what I expected.” They’re entitled to that. It’s fair to feel that way, but once you sit with it, after the initial shock, you’ll find similarities to the old records. It still sounds like us.y
As a reward for hitting their crowdfunding goal, Emery has released a video of Toby and Devin performing "In Shallow Seas We Sail" acoustically. Check it out in the replies. The band have also added some new stretch goals.
Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever. I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop.
This Wild Life's new song "Roots and Branches" is now available on iTunes. Like what you hear? Pre-order the album here, and sign up for their mailing list here to get the live version (streaming in the replies) song as a mp3 download.
Pittsburgh jingle-jangle rock act (this is srs business) Brightside are putting out a record called Now And Loud and it kind of sounds like 90's Modest Mouse-meets-Foals sometimes. The album releases May 19th via Derek of The World Is...'s Broken World Media label, and you can hear "Circa 2006" in the replies.
Amazon has unvelied a new feature for Twitter today called #amazoncart. The idea is that you can add the hashtag to a tweet that contains an Amazon product link and it will then add it to your shopping cart for purchase later. There's a video explaining the whole thing in the replies. I would recommend bands and labels definitely take a look -- this seems like it could be a good way to sell merch and music via Twitter.
Alt Press has posted an interesting article about Australian boy-band pop-punk stars 5 Seconds of Summer, in which the author makes the claim that this band could have major labels turning to scene bands yet again for radio success. Check out the band's video for "She Looks So Perfect" in the replies if you want to see a lot of people in their underwear.
Major labels are ready to push pop-punk again? Push on. The last time we saw an explosion of the genre with the full backing of the music industry, we got Blink-182, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory and more. Those bands sold millions of records. Those bands pushed the genre decades forward and inspired a massive subsequent wave...
Today we're taking a moment to introduce you to a brand-spanking-new band called Greenhorn. It's the new side project from Roger Lima of Less Than Jake fame, and Roger is accompanied by Jen Vito from NoMore on co-lead vocals. Their debut EP, I Want More, will be released on July 8 via Anchorless Records and you can check out the first new song, titled "I Hit The Wall," exclusively in the replies. Also in the replies is a blurb about the band written by Brendan Kelly; as Brendan puts it, the six-song EP is full of "hearty pop-punk," with Roger and Jen combining for some instantly memorable memories. If you dig the song, preorder the 10" vinyl here and here if you're in the UK.
Update 5/5, 11:21am ET: A Brooklyn Vegan post includes an update from the Studio at Webster Hall, which is the venue where the incident occurred: "Webster Hall says that despite what people are saying at Miss May I's Facebook, 'the patron in question did not die while stage diving. The patron collapsed while exiting the venue, as video footage and the police corroborate.'" The band is expected to make a statement once they are legally allowed to. We will keep this post updated. - Thomas Nassiff
Lambgoat is reporting that at a Miss May I show in New York City on Saturday, a fan sustained injuries while stage diving that may have led to his death. He reportedly collapsed while exiting...