Four Year Strong will release Four Year Strong on June 2 via Pure Noise Records. Thank you. The artwork is in the replies. Thank everyone.
1. Hold Myself In Contemp
2. We All Float Down Here
3. Eating My Words
4. Wipe Yourself Off, Man. You Dead
5.Stolen Credit Card!
7. Who Cares?
8. Here’s to Swimming with Bow Legged- Women
9. I’m a Big, Bright Shining Star
10. The Sound Of Your Heart
11. Go Down In History
Anthony Raneri of Bayside has a new reggae / ska project called The Young Ones. You can stream a new song, a cover of Cliff Richard and The Shadows' 1960 single "The Young Ones," in the replies. The single is being pressed on a flexi disc by Rare Breed Recording Co. as part of a seven-piece subscription, which is available here.
"I think it's important to go and to be working with different organizations there and to raise money. I'm gonna do press on the issue. That to me is how you really make a difference. I never understood the idea of canceling a show when you don't like the politics of a specific state. The politics don't speak for everyone in that particular state; I would argue they probably don't speak for most of the people in that state, but that's who their leader is and [Gov. Mike] Pence is obviously a piece of shit and I'm excited to go and say that on stage."
One of our very own, Paul Beaumont (username Paulb-182) has started a new band titled Wood and Nails and they've just posted a new track titled "All We'll Ever Need" on their Official Bandcamp page alongside the pre-existing "The Night Before" and a couple of acoustic tracks. If you're a fan of The Menzingers or earlier The Gaslight Anthem, give it a whirl.
Update: The chat is now over! We'd like to thank The Maine for taking the time to talk with everyone. Be sure to go pick up American Candy and catch them on tour with Real Friends and Knuckle Puck when they swing through!
The Maine will be chatting in this thread. Stop by to talk to them about their new album, American Candy, their upcoming tour, or anything else!
Ben Thompson, writing for Stratechery, about Tidal and the future of music.
This is why, by the way, I’m generally quite unsympathetic to artists belly-aching about how unfair their labels are. Is it unfair that all of the artists who don’t break through are not compelled to repay the labels the money that was invested in them? No one begrudges venture capitalists for profiting when a startup IPOs, because that return pays for all the other startups in the portfolio that failed.
Mike Campbell writes for Noisey about how independent labels are being squeezed out by the "vinyl revival."
The result we are seeing in most recent years is that independent releases are being pushed aside, becoming less of a priority due to the fact that vinyl orders from indies are usually a fraction of the size of most major label artist orders. To give an example, the first pressing of Philadelphia indie-punk band Cayetana’s debut LP, Nervous Like Me, released in 2014 on independent label Tiny Engines was limited to 1525 copies. The band was only able to get 400 copies to sustain their merch sales on their six-week tour supporting the album’s release, as the rest of copies were...
Hit the replies to check out a video in which Davey Havok (AFI), Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy), and more discuss what vegan straight-edge hardcore band Earth Crisis mean to them, particularly their album Destroy the Machines, which is approaching its 20th anniversary in May.
A variety of record labels in and around Indiana have penned an open letter against the IRFRA law. The full letter is in the replies.
We join the chorus of Indiana residents and businesses calling on Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to repeal the IRFRA. Additionally, we appeal to our state government leaders to enact legislation clearly protecting the civil liberties of LGBT individuals to assure that none of our employees or neighbors may be discriminated against due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Testament, Exodus, and Shattered Sun are heading out on the 'Dark Roots of Thrash II' tour, one of the biggest thrash metal tours of the Spring. If you're into loud guitar solos, this is the tour to be at. To get everyone excited for this tour, we're giving away a ton of merch from all three bands, which you can check out in the replies, as well as all tour dates and VIP options.
Lithuania have signed to Lame-O Records and will release their debut LP Hardcore Friends via the label this summer. The first track from the album, "Pieces," can be streamed in the replies (via Spin). The band will also be touring with Hop Along; those dates are in the replies. RIYL Superheaven, Basement, other fuzzy grunge.
Anti-Flag are now ten albums into their career, but there's no shortage of ire from the current social and political climate to fuel the punk iconoclasts. This is made a evident by the first single, "Fabled World," for which you can watch the new lyric video in the replies. The aggressive political punk anthem appears on American Spring, which drops on May 26th via Spinefarm Records.