Ever since we announced Haden Brightwell as The Company We Keep's new vocalist, we've been excited to hear results. Today we have "Control" from their upcoming full-length, Sound/No Sound (more on that later). The sound's exactly as I'd hoped - Haden's stellar vocals, molded through melodies from Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Pierre, flanked by Brian Southall's guitar/programming wizardry a la The Receiving End Of Sirens/Isles & Glaciers, and percussion via Misery Signals' Branden Morgan. Hit the replies for their music video, tour dates, and Brian's explanation of #SoundNoSound; pre-order Sound/No Soundhere - the album releases October 29 via Easy Killer Records.
In the replies, you can find our exclusive premiere of The Used's new video for "Quixotica." The song is from the band's recent EP release, The Ocean Of The Sky. The band will be going out a few headline tour dates this October.
The sixth chapter in Vanna's ambitious 10-part video series, The Few and the Far Between: The Movie, is set to one of my favorite tracks on the record, "Please Stay." The video matches the song's intensity, as our protagonists take mushrooms and trip in the woods. The members of Vanna appear in this one, looking like they're part of Cobra Kai. Check it out in the replies.
It seems like a lot of exciting new bands are emerging from the Nashville scene lately, huh? Add another to the list, as Courtesy Drop plans to unleash its style of melodic post-hardcore in the form of its Animal Style Records debut, Songs to Drive to; Cry, and Make Love To. Today, we have a sneak peek from that LP - you can exclusively stream "A Toast To The Valiant Phil Coulson" in the replies. The band's new album will be available on October 15th and is available to pre-order.
I think this is going to be a big hit on the site. Today, we're introducing Arliss Nancy, the latest band to join the Black Numbers family. The Fort Collins, CO, quintet will be releasing its new album, Wild American Runners, in mid-October and today we're bringing you a great slice of said album by premiering "Coals." If you're a fan of Lucero, The Gaslight Anthem, and The Hold Steady, then this band and song will be right in your sweet spot. Check out "Coals" in the replies. If you dig it, make sure you pre-order it as well.
I'm delighted that we're exclusively streaming the debut EP from Illinois pop-punkers, Game Changer.Three Years is an exhilarating, fun, youthful EP that brings to mind the likes of The Story So Far, Handguns and early All Time Low. The EP is officially available to buy from the band's Bandcamp tomorrow, but until then, head to replies to hear it. Thank me later.
It's tough to put my finger on who to compare Microwave to. I hear some influence of Jimmy Eat World, Balance and Composure, and even hints of modern pop-punk bands like Real Friends. Whatever the case may be, the band has a new EP When The Fever Breaks coming out next week and we're premiering the track "Labor Day" for you. Listen in the replies and leave your thoughts.
A couple months ago, we premiered a track from Deer Widow's upcoming self-titled EP. Flash forward to today and we're premiering the entire thing. The Flint, MI, quartet features members from Kid Brother Collective, Dead by Sunday, Empty Orchestra, and more. If you dig what emo originally sounded like back in the 90s, then you may love this. The band will be releasing its debut EP on Save Your Generation Records and you can pre-order the EP on 10" vinyl. In the meantime, stream the entire EP in the replies.
Emma Ate the Lion will digitally release their full-length debut, Songs Two Count Too, tomorrow. The concept album follows the life and death of a man shaped by the world around him. Jump to the replies to stream it. If you miss the progressive indie rock styling of Forgive Durden, you're going to want to give this a listen.
SURPRISE! Bet you didn't see this one coming. Today we've got a brand new song from The Morning Of called "Holden." It's the classic TMO that we have all come to know and love, and the song is inspired by the book "The Catcher in the Rye." Take a listen in the replies and catch them in NYC at The Webster Hall on September 29.
We've officially reached the halfway point in Vanna's The Few and the Far Between: The Movie. Head to the replies to watch the fifth chapter, which is set to "The Weekly Slap in the Face." This installment sees our heroes work out some family issues. Don't miss the the first, second, third and fourth segments, and check back every Friday for more.
Gang Green was the most raucous and explosive hardcore punk band in Boston from 1982-1986. DROP THE NEEDLE: BOSTON PUNK ANTHOLOGY is a new compilation release of five old-school Boston punk, rock, and hardcore bands from the 1980’s and 1990’s. This release includes the band's original 1985 version of the classic song "Let’s Drink Some Beer." This rare studio recording has never been available on CD before and was co-written by Dicky Barrett of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Listen to the track in the replies. You can get it on iTunes too.
Trophy Scars are gearing up for the highly-anticipated release of their new album, Holy Vacants. They're eying an October 29 digital release, with the vinyl reserved for Black Friday, November 29. We're streaming a new song from the effort, titled "Hagiophobia," on the band's AP.net profile and in the replies.
Anberlin recently announcedDevotion: Vital Special Edition, a collection containing unreleased, remixed, and brand new material. Today, we are exclusively revealing the collection's cover art and lengthy track list, both of which you can find in the replies. The record will be available on October 15th.
Today we're premiering Down With Webster's new video for "Party For Your Life." The infectious track is coupled with a montage of movie clips from some of the most iconic films over the last few decades and it will be sure give you a wave of nostalgia all the while keeping your foot tapping and singing along. Watch the video for "Party For Your Life" in the replies. The band's new album Party For Your Life is out Oct. 22nd.
Fresh off its recent appearance in this year's Absolute 100, I'm excited to premiere a brand new track from post-hardcore/post-rock band Caterpillars. Without repeating what I wrote about the band in the Absolute 100, the Dallas, TX, quartet has released one of the most exciting albums of 2013 (The Other Side will be available on September 24th) and continues what Thursday left behind. Check out the blistering "Rebirth" in the replies. A pre-order of the digital version of The Other Side is available.
A few months ago, Shane Told of Silverstein reached out to me about starting up a monthly sports column on the site. I thought why not? We have a very strong sports forum and a lot of our users are very knowledgable about various sports. Now that his band just wrapped up its stint on this past summer's Warped Tour, Shane sent me his inaugural AP.net sports column, which you can read in the replies. It's not often that sports and this scene crossover, but in this month's column Shane discusses how musicians and athletes cheat to get ahead.
We're back with the fourth chapter in Vanna's ambitious 10-part series, The Few and the Far Between: The Movie. This week's video features a scuffle set to the chugging breakdown of "Casket Rhythm." Jump to the replies to see the story unfold. In case you're behind, watch the first, second and third segments.
We gave you the first taste of Lonely Kings' new material a couple of months ago, and now we're streaming the entire record. American Heartache releases this Tuesday, September 3 on Epochal Artists Records. It features a guest appearance by Papa Roachfrontman Jacoby Shaddix on the track "Promises." Listen to the album on the band's AP.net profile or in the replies.
We've got a really great exclusive for you guys today. You might not recognize the name Dave Hill right now, but with all the pots he has his hands in, you will soon. Bearing a multi-hyphenate title that would rival James Franco's, Hill is a published author (of a collection of essays entitled Tasteful Nudes), stand-up comedian, podcaster, host of a monthly live variety show, and also frontman for the power-pop group Valley Lodge. The group is gearing up to release their third album, Use Your Weapons, next Tuesday, but we're happy to be streaming the entire record a few days early. Filled to the brim with massive hooks and infectious vocals, this record is right up the alley of anybody...
Envyrecently released a limited 14xLP / 2xDVD / 100-page book set titled Invariable Will, Recurring Ebbs and Flows via Temporary Residence. To celebrate, we are premiering part one of video trailer about the box set release, featuring quotes from other musicians about Envy's influence and legacy. Hit the replies to watch the video. You can also get more info and order the release.
Drive-Thru Records had an unbelievable roster in their prime, but one band that went criminally overlooked was Day at the Fair. The New Jersey pop punk group's 2005 effort, The Rocking Chair Years, is making its vinyl debut on September 17th via Broken Heart Records. In addition to the original album and several bonus tracks, there is also a limited edition lathe cut available only in a bundle. It features "Broken," which is one of the first songs the band ever recorded but was never released. Head to the replies or the band's AP.net profile to listen to the track and be brought back to the golden age of pop punk.
Pop-punk has experienced a resurgence in the scene over the past few years, and Anchorless should be thrown right into the mix. Featuring former members of Tiefighter, the band shows their chops and have a very distinct So-Cal pop-punk style that we've grown to love on the site. Listen to "Just Because" in the replies and you can pre-order the EP here.
This week's video, and the second one in the AP.net and Made of Chalkcollaboration series, features a performance by Rx Bandits at Metro in Chicago earlier this summer. As many of you know, Rx Bandits embarked on a 10 Year Anniversary Tour for their critically acclaimed, and fan favourite, album The Resignation. So head to the replies to check out this AP.net exclusive video of the band playing "Prophetic" live, as well as a few other gems. Hope you enjoy!
Don't let the name fool you, Heavy Breather is one hell of a new band that might be making its mark sooner rather than later. The St. Louis-based electro pop act is intent on reviving the sound of the 80's but giving it a more modern feel. The band has a new EP coming out later this year and today we're premiering the track "88 MPH (This Is Love)" in the replies.
As bands like The Story So Far and Man Overboard have risen to the top of the pop-punk totem pole, it's becoming harder and harder for bands to gain traction while presenting a straightforward take on the genre. Currently, Real Friends is proving that you don't have to rewrite the rules to make an impact on young music listeners...but today we have a song stream from a band that I think could follow and exceed that mold. Knuckle Puck delivers a melodic, crunchy offering of a sound that we're all familiar with. It took me a few listens of their new EP, The Weight That You Buried, which drops September 3, to see past the first few layers of their sound. But I think fans of the genre can...
Remember Therefore I Am? That band just did it for me - perfectly-crafted post-hardcore with huge melodies and quality harmonies. That's what I love about City Of Ghosts - the Milwaukee boys deliver that straightforward brand of post-hardcore with raw, yet massive vocals. We've got "Borrowed Wings," the debut single from their upcoming EP, The Calm In The Current - it's all kinds of awesome. Enjoy the jam in the replies and grab the EP from Easy Killer Records in the coming months. Fans of Thrice's Artist In The Ambulance and Crisis-era Alexisonfire should dig this.
We couldn't be more excited to premiere a brand new Pentimento song today. Inside The Sea is the band's new EP set for release on Oct. 22nd on Paper + Plastick Records and this is my favorite EP of the year. Fans of Taking Back Sunday's Where You Want To Be will enjoy this release and the only downside is that it's 4 songs. Listen to "Any Minute Now" in the replies and you can also pre-order the EP now.
When I heard this song in demo form a few months ago, I knew immediately that I wanted to premiere it on AbsolutePunk. Fast forward a few months later and a recording session with producer Pierre De Reeder (Vampire Weekend, Death Cab For Cutie, Rilo Kiley) and we are now premiering "G O L D E N C H I L D," the newest single from Barely Blind and one of the best indie-pop songs I've heard all year. The musicianship on "G O L D E N C H I L D" is mesmerizing and brings to mind a band like Phoenix while the infectious melodies and harmonies will be trapped in your brain for the rest of the day. Check out the song in the replies and it'll be available for purchase on iTunes tomorrow,...
On September 17th, Pennsylvania's Placeholder will release its sophomore album, I Don't Need Forgiveness via Black Numbers. Influenced by the likes of Texas Is The Reason and Braid, I Don't Need Forgiveness is the type of album late 90s/early 00s emo fans should check out. Today, we have a small preview of the LP - the blistering "Caught The Crown." You can stream it in the replies. The LP is also available to pre-order.
Everyone loves a fun music video, right? Behind The Fallen have a strong scoop of ridiculousness in their video for "You''re Just A Friend," the first single from their upcoming EP, Pages Of The Past. Go watch the fun in the replies and pick up their new EP on September 10, produced by Erik Ron (I The Mighty, VersaEmerge, Panic! At The Disco) - for fans of Silverstein, Conditions, and A Day To Remember.
Today we're bringing you an exclusive premiere from American Authors. This is one of those bands that when you first hear them, you just have that feeling they're going to soon be dominating playlists. To say these guys are catchy would be a massive understatement. I sorta get a fun. mixed with Relient K vibe from their upcoming EP -- which you can find more songs from on iTunes. If you check the replies, you'll hear a new song called "Luck," which drummer Matt described as, "a desperate attempt at explaining to those we love why leaving home was so important in order for us to pursue our dreams. It was also an acknowledgement that along our journey, some people would feel abandoned...
braidedveins is a 5-person musical organization based in Flint, Michigan, and is featuring members of The Swellers, Empty Orchestra, Kid Brother Collective, The Conqueror Worm and others, will be releasing Future/Forever soon in partnership with Save Your Generation Records. We are premiering a track from that seven-song EP and it's titled "The Nature Cruise of the Century!" It's been described as "the harrowing breakdown of a human body subjected to the ravages of capitalism." It was recorded by Nick Diener and mixed/mastered by Mark Michalik and you can listen to it in the replies. More details, such as artwork and release information, will be announced soon.
Celebrate Vanna frontman Davey Muise's birthday today by watching the latest installment of the band's ambitious video project, The Few and the Far Between: The Movie. The third chapter set to the song "I Said I'm Fine" from their latest album. This episode also features guest appearances from Andy Williams (Every Time I Die) and Devin Shidaker (The Acacia Strain). Watch it in the replies. If you missed them, catch up on the first and second of 10 parts. Come back next Friday for more!
Stream a new Eyes Set to Kill song titled "Where I Want to Be" in the replies or on the band's AP.net profile. The female-fronted post-hardcore group will release Masks, their fifth full-length album and first for Century Media Records, on September 17th.
AP.net and Made of Chalk have partnered up to bring you a series of live videos that Chalk TV shoots at various shows in Chicago. Since many people don't have the time or means to attend many of these shows and watch their favourite bands perform, we figured you might all enjoy these gems. Or perhaps some of the videos will prompt you to go see these bands live, because they most certainly deserve your attention. Now onto business, because the first video up is a great performance by A Great Big Pile of Leaves, who recently released one of the catchiest indie-rock albums of the summer titled You're Always On My Mind. So head to the replies to watch the AP.net premiere of "We Don't Need...
Today we're bringing you a new song from Direct Hit! called "White Robes" and you can listen to it in the replies. The band recorded its follow-up to Domesplitter with Mike Kennerty from The All-American Rejects and now Brainless God is being released digitally through Red Scare Industries on September 3rd and physically on September 10th. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the replies and if you like the track you can pre-order the record.
Former Bridge Nine Records artists Energy will be releasing their new EP, New Worlds of Fear, on September 10th. Head to the replies to hear their cover of the Ramones' "Pet Sematary" along with the title track from the EP. If you like what you hear, pre-order the CD and cassette.
We've partnered up with ScionAV to premiere the video interview they conducted with Touché Amoré on the "All Purpose Show" with Prince Paul and Mr. Dead before the band's performance at this year's Scion Rock Fest. It's a fun, short interview - Prince Paul and Mr. Dead ask the band the origin of its name as well as how the members of the band are clean, cut metal heads. Check it out in the replies. Don't forget, the band's new album, Is Survived By, hit stores on September 24th.
On October 8th, Save Your Breath will release its Animal Style Records debut, There Used To Be A Place For Us. And today we're giving you a small slice of the Welsh pop-punkers' debut by premiering "Abandon." You know the drill - if you enjoy the musical stylings of The Wonder Years and the like, you'll totally dig this. You can stream the song in the replies and you can pre-order the LP via Animal Style. You'll have options to bundle any combination of the vinyl, cd, shirt, and poster together and it was pressed on 100 copies on white, 200 on gold, and 200 on clear with black streaks. So check out the song and let us know what you think.
UK-based Everybody Looks Famous is a female-fronted pop-rock act set to release their new EP Fuel To The Fire on Go Faster Records. Although an easy comparison to make, fans of Every Avenue, We Are The In Crowd, and The Downtown Fiction will enjoy this. Today we're premiering the title track which you can listen to in the replies.
Nashville's The Get Togethers are gearing up to release their debut album, Home As In Houston, on September 24th. Each track reflects on the life of vocalist Bethany Gray Frazier each month of the year 2007. Today, we are excited to premiere "July," which can be heard in the replies or on their AP.net Profile. Fans of Now, Now and Eisley should enjoy this one.
In case you've got a case of the Monday's, Culprit should fix that right up. Produced by Dryw Owens (From Indian Lakes) and Erik Ron (I, The Mighty) Culprit's new EP, Totem, is uniquely energetic, melodic, ambient at times, and overall an ambitious entry into an already promising career. That's why we're happy to premiere it today. Fans of Envy on the Coast, Armor for Sleep and early As Tall As Lions shouldn't sleep on this. So stream it in the replies, read our review and of course, if you enjoy the album be sure to pick up a copy starting tomorrow, August 20th, via Easy Killer Records.