Imagine if Ellie Goulding sang for an indie rock band and you have a pretty good idea of what Auction for the Promise Club sounds like. The British trio are releasing their new single, This May Hurt, this Friday, June 26th. Head to the replies to watch their music video for the B-side, "Instincts." The stop-motion video was inspired by Terry Gilliam.
If you were to put Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World and Polar Bear Club in a blender, the result would sound a lot like Blind Mice. We're debuting the Massachusetts-based band's new music video for "Home Movies" in the replies. Featuring former and current members of Half Hearted Hero and Ra Ra Riot, Blind Mice's new EP, Sunday Songs, is out now on Animal Style Records.
Daylight are among Barcelona's most popular pop-punk bands, and it's only a matter of time until they invade the US as well. We're debuting their music video for "Kickbacks" from their most recent record, One More Fight, in the replies. The high-energy track brings to mind genre heavyweights like New Found Glory, Four Year Strong and Set Your Goals.
Long Knives, Count Your Lucky Stars' most recent signing, are putting out a split with Dowsing, Cardboard Swords, and Sinai Vessel next month. In the replies you can hear their contribution. "Thaw" is a three and a half minute upbeat emo song that might remind you a bit of of bands like Rainer Maria (maybe it's just the name) or Jejune with its male/female harmonies. It proves, if nothing else, that Long Knives will be a band to watch out for. The split is up for preorder, if you like what you hear.
Well Kept Things will release their debut EP, Homegrown, tomorrow via Antique Records. We are streaming the whole thing a day early, which you can hear below. The EP definitely reminds me a lot of Just Surrender, namely the vocals on tracks like "Younger" and "Great White North." Fans of pop-punk should enjoy this upcoming band, as Homegrown screams summer. If you're liking what you hear, you can pre-order the EP. Well Kept Things will also be doing a quick tour - you can find those dates in the replies, as well.
Nerve Clinic's Fail Better was recorded back in 2012, but it was put on the back burner when frontman Chase Griffis' focus shifted to his other band, Heartless Breakers. The album will finally see the light of day on July 17th via Take This to Heart Records. You can stream one of its tracks, "Slacktivism," in the replies. Revisiting the effort provides an interesting look at an early 20-something musician finding his footing. Blending the old with the new, the Utah group is recommended for fans of Fireworks, Hot Rod Circuit and The Juliana Theory.
Sudden Suspension recently signed to Bad Timing Records and will release a new EP called There's A Bigger Picture Here on June 16th. You might remember when we premiered "As Good As It Gets," and today we are streaming the whole thing. Similarly to that song, the EP contains straightforward fast-paced pop-punk songs, perfect for fans of Knuckle Puck or Forever Came Calling. The bass flexes on "Eventually," while "Cheap Seats" cranks the pace up the max with arguably the best chorus here. Give it a listen below if you're looking for a good EP for summer drives with the windows rolled down. If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order it.
Today we're bringing you an exclusive video premiere from Coastbound, a brand new band based out of LA that remind me a whole lot of early 2000's pop-punk. In the replies we have the lyric video for "Overrated," a song taken from the band's upcoming EP, Wasting Your Breath. Check it out and tell me you couldn't have seen that on a Drive-Thru comp some 10 years ago.
Pentimento will release a new 7" called Stuck Forever via Bad Timing Records in anticipation of a full length coming this fall. We are streaming the title track, which you can hear in the replies. Whereas Inside The Sea drew heavy influences from Where You Want To Be-era Taking Back Sunday, "Stuck Forever" has a more somber feel early on, with guitar plucks echoing the softer vocals. The guitars and drums pick up as the chorus takes off, making the line "Does it feel like we're stuck forever, alone together" get stuck in your head. The repetition hits harder every time and then the song cuts back to the softer side, making the chorus really stand out. The result is one of the best songs...
We've teamed with BalconyTV to bring you a performance video from Plain White T's. Head to the replies to watch the band play "Pause" from a rooftop with the hills of Los Angeles as their backdrop, plus an interview. The tune comes from the band's new album, American Nights, which is available now from Megaforce Records.
You, Me, and Everyone We Know frontman Ben Liebsch has checked in once again from the band's headlining tour with Daisyhead and Future Crooks. Head to the replies to read the second installment, where he gets brutally honest about his emotions on the road.
Around this time last year, Only on Weekends released their debut EP, Light Years and Heavy Lifting. It was a short, sweet taste of the band's brand of pop-punk, similar to early 2000s pop-punk or more recent bands like Light Years or earlier Turnover. Today they're releasing the video for "Prince of 187th Street." It's the best song Only on Weekends have released, so you'll want to check out the video in the replies.
Montreal's Gulfer recently released a split EP with Del Paxton on Topshelf Records. Now, only three months later, they've finished up a full seven-song album of mathy emo tunes. In the replies, you can stream What Gives' opening track, "Bloody Lookin," for a taste of what to expect. The album's out June 30, and they're following that up with a North American tour. Don't forget to preorder What Gives on Texas Is Funny's webstore.
Los Angeles pop-punk act Stanley and the Search have changed their name to Home Movies to go along with their new music, new label and solidified line-up. Their first release under the new moniker, an EP titled Hell, is due out on August 7th through Animal Style Records. Head to the replies to stream the effort's title track, which evokes the likes of Polar Bear Club, Hot Water Music, Make Do and Mend, and Citizen.
We're premiering Half Hearted's debut EP, Finding Light, in the replies. It releases tomorrow and can be pre-ordered on iTunes. The Hartford, CT outfit will being you back to the mid-2000s post-hardcore/metalcore boom with a sound reminiscent of Silverstein, Blessthefall, Alesana and Atreyu.
Even in a mere 2-and-a-half minutes, North Carolina post-hardcore act Iselia are able to evoke the intensity, passion and dynamics of acts like La Dispute and Pianos Become the Teeth with their new song, "First Strike." The track appears on their upcoming EP, Lost Star, which comes out June 16th through Cardigan Records.
My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure will release their debut full length album, Seeker, on July 14th. You might recognize their unique name from when we premiered a song of theirs three years ago. Well, we are premiering a new song called "I Lost Again," which you can hear below. The guitar strums and vocal refrains reminisce the likes of Acceptance, with the chorus really picking up. It's not much of a surprise why the band has opened for Mae, Anthony Raneri, and Hellogoodbye. If you're liking the track, you can pre-order the record.
Castle of Genre released their new album, Home: Loss & Ghosts, this week. To celebrate, we are streaming the whole thing, which you can check out in the replies. Lyrically, the album's concept is that no matter how bad the memories that are rooted in where and what your "home" is, it's always going to be your home regardless and that will never change. Musically, the album lays in the more noodly emo genre, appealing to both fans of The World Is A Beautiful Place and even Manchester Orchestra at times ("Champion of Death"). The band cites influences of The Killers, and at times, the vocal accent is definitely similar. You can grab the album for $5.
You may not be familiar with More to Monroe yet, but you certainly will be soon. The Frederick, MD-based post-hardcore band has a freshly-inked deal with Roadrunner Reocrds, who will release their new EP, Appalachia, on September 15th. Head to the replies to watch the premiere of their new music video for the EP's lead track, "Jack." You'll hear a strong Underoath influence in their music, along with shades of some of the genre's current heavyweights, such as Beartooth and Letlive.
We're premiering Sleeptalk's new music video for "Sea of Fire" in the replies. The song and video were inspired by the film Palo Alto, the coming-of-age tale of four teenagers. The track appears on the Los Angeles group's debut EP, Pure, which is available now. The band's spacey rock sound is a bit like a mix of New Politics and Angels and Airwaves.
Pop punk is a universal language. One Week Gone may be from Sweden, but their catchy sound is firmly - and proudly - rooted in vintage Blink 182. Head to the replies to stream their new EP, Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, which they'll be self-releasing on June 9th.
Gainesville, FL'sDikembehave sparked an interest in listeners over the past couple years because of their willingness to evolve: Their sophomore full-length, Mediumship, traded the barbed-wire energy from their introductory releases, the Chicago Bowls EP and their debut LP Broad Shoulders, for a somewhat more reclined approach. While the band still delivered intimate lyricism, they did so through slower-tempo jams and generally more "mature" musicianship. The group's newest effort, a four-song EP titled Ledge, is being self-released by the band and showcases another step in their evolution. Ledge is Dikembe taking a focused and driven step forward, dedicated to evaluating and...
Having already produced songs for Jersey Shore and The Real World, England's Stealing Signs are poised to conquer both sides of the Atlantic. The group's new single, "Hide and Seek," doesn't drop until June 29th, but you can stream it a month early in the replies. With eccentric riffs, grooving verses and a soaring chorus, the track could easily be mistaken for the next Biffy Clyro hit.
You, Me, and Everyone We Know are currently on the road with Daisyhead and Future Crooks, and frontman Ben Liebsch has checked in with a tour blog. Head to the replies to read the first installment, in which he discusses touring sober, his tourmates and more.
Today we've got an exclusive premiere from Rehasher (the side-project from Roger from Less Than Jake). In the replies we've got a stream for "Everybody Hates Their Job" from the upcoming Clock Smash 7" coming out on Saint November Records. Pre-orders are now up fro the June 2nd release.
We've teamed up with our friends at Zero Platoon to bring you an exclusive video with Dustin Kensrue playing the title track from his new album, and a brief interview talking about Thrice, his inspiration for his new solo album, and more. Check that out in the replies and make sure to check out the Zero Platoon organization as well.
Zero Platoon is a music charity/video channel I started over a year ago to work with bands to use music to help young members of the military who struggle with depression that stems from adapting to military life. Through sponsoring tours and producing exclusive online video content, Zero Platoon raises awareness about depression and mental illness in our...
The Kenneths - a punk rock band from London who are managed by Mumford and Sons bassist and founding member, Ted Dwayne. Needless to say, this bio had me interested enough to premiere the band's new single "Cool As You," which you can hear in the replies. The track comes from their second EP in four months called E, which releases June 15th. It's two minutes of European punk rock with pop sensibilities that make for quite a catchy chorus. Not wasting a second, the chorus is sure to be stuck in your head after one listen, armed with a hefty bass and classic distorted guitars. It sounds like an old-school London punk rock song, clearly taking hints from The Clash. The band will be playing...
Britpop act Lake Malawi are gearing up to release their new EP, We Are Making Love Again, on Monday, May 25th. We're streaming a new track from the effort titled "Young Blood" in the replies. The group's indie pop-rock sound takes cues from fellow countrymen The Maccabees, Foals and Coldplay.
Today we're introducing you all to Caleb & Carolyn, an indie-folk act out of Buffalo who will release their debut EP, Give Me Anything, on June 2. The duo, who are married, will also hit the road in support of the EP. We're premiering the first single from their EP, titled "Soil," in the replies -- where you can find tour dates as well. You might like the track if you enjoy singer / songwriter vibes, and the male / female vocal harmonies are especially pleasant.
Telegraf recently worked with Marc McClusky (Ludo, William Beckett) on their upcoming debut EP, Lines. We are premering a new song and video today with "Do You Wanna." The song sits somewhere between the solo work of William Beckett vocally (expectedly) and the instrumentation found in The 1975's songs, where the guitar really helps propel the chorus. The EP uses direct quotes from actual conversations, making it a very personal insight. If you're looking to learn more about the band, you can also watch a short introductory documentary in the replies.
Wave & Rome started out in Nashville as a collaboration between Sam Tinnesz and co-writer/co-producer Josh Farro (formerly of Paramore). The band's upcoming EP, Across the Map, will release on June 2nd, but we are streaming a new song called "Wandering Wolf" today. The song shouldn't be a far cry for fans of bands like Augustana or Cary Brothers, being a piano-driven pop-rock song. Producer Matt Bronleewe, who has worked with Hayley Williams, also helped produce, and Chad Howatt (Paper Route) did the mixing. Howatt's work here should definitley please fans of Paper Route, as well. Give it a listen in the replies. If you're liking it, head to iTunes tomorrow to grab the song and pre-order...
Secret Club will make you excited for garage rock again, similar to the first time you heard OK Go, The Hives, The Strokes or The White Stripes. We're premiering their fun new video for "I Do What I Want" in the replies. The song will appear on the Tennessee trio's upcoming album, Apocalypse Meow, which is set for release on June 16th via American Echo Records.
Have I ever mentioned that Tiny Engines is one of my favorite labels? If you think you're having a case of deja vu, don't worry. We have another stellar premiere from the label - this time from Akron, Ohio's very own Annabel. The band's new album, Having It All, was produced by the Emo Mayor himself, Evan Weiss, and features some of the best emo-tinged rock you'll hear in all of 2015. Trust me, this album fucking rules and you can get a sweet taste of that awesomeness in the replies by streaming the title track. Then go and pre-order every single variant because you will regret it if you don't.
It's no surprise to anyone here that Tiny Engines is one of my favorite labels. They just recently signed Sweet John Bloom - a trio that excels in blending the line between indie, pop, and punk. The band will be releasing its new album, Weird Prayer, on June 9, 2015 and we have a new song off it titled "Night Thing." After you fall in love with the song, make sure you pre-order it in a variety of different formats.
Save Face are releasing a split with My Heart, My Anchor on May 26th. Their side was produced by Jesse Cannon (Transit, Man Overboard). We are premiering the song (and video) "Brain," which you can check out in the replies. The song is definitely reminiscent of early Transit in ways, but it has some cool noodly guitar parts that have some prog influences and the vocals veer toward screams at times. This is the first song the band has released as a four-piece instead of having five members. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the split.
Ghost Thrower surprised fans last week when they announced they're releasing a surprise album, Batsy, on May 15th - tomorrow. Frontman Travis Alexander recorded the album by himself at a friend's lake house in New Hampshire over the course of a week this past winter. The seclusion yielded some of the band's most desperate material yet. This is especially apparent in the new song "Seaside Suicide," which you can stream in the replies.
Last week, we premiered a music video for Papertowns' "Change." Today we're excited to bring you a stream of the full EP - it's a nice slice of '90s rock a la Basement. Hit the replies to check out the full thing, be on the lookout for a review next week, and the album is currently available for purchase on iTunes.
Sudden Suspension recently signed to Bad Timing Records and will release a new EP called There's A Bigger Picture Here on June 16th. We are streaming a new song off of it called "As Good As It Gets," which you can hear in the replies. The track is a straightforward fast-paced pop-punk jam, not unlike the material on Forever Came Calling's Contender or Knuckle Puck's EPs. From the sounds of it, the EP should be a good one for summer drives with the windows rolled down. The band will be doing a summer tour with Bad Luck - dates for that are also below. If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order the EP.
Cleveland, OH's Dead Leaves recently signed with Take This To Heart Records to re-release their self-titled EP this summer. Watch the band perform the effort's lead track, "Reconstruct Your Body," in the replies, where you can also listen to the EP. Their unique blend of emo, indie rock and pop punk brings to mind Balance and Composure and The Hotelier.
Today we're excited to be bringing you a special song stream from The Wretched Desert. The band is comprised of Zach Lind (of Jimmy Eat World) and his wife Holly, and they'll be releasing their new EP tomorrow (pre-orders are up on Amazon). Hit the replies to hear "Memento" and make sure to follow the band on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
We Are The Union are releasing a new EP called Keep It Down this Friday, May 15th, via Paper + Plastick Records. We are streaming the whole thing. Lead single and opener "Call In Dead" picks up right where their last record left off, equipped with a chorus that's guaranteed to be belted out at live shows. "The Dreams That You Forgot" has more of a ska/reggae influence musically, while "My Whole Life Is A Dark Room" is a straightforward punk song and arguably the best song here. Oh and there's a cover of Green Day's "Burnout" and a Smash Mouth inspired song ("The King Of Chords"). Needless to say, these six songs have a lot going on - give them a listen in the replies. If you like what...
Today we're bringing you a new song from Drakulas, an Austin based quartet featuring Mike Wiebe from the Riverboat Gamblers and Zach Blair from Rise Against. Listen to "Gain Ground" in the replies and let us know what you think. The band's lo-fi garage rock style is catchy and might remind you of the Hives with a definite rough edge. The guys are playing Punk Rock Bowling later this month and you can pre-order the band's digital EP/7" through Red Scare Industries if you like what you hear. OWOWOWOWOWOWOW will be officially released on May 12th.
Last summer we premieredPetals, the debut full length from Austin, TX post-rock/metal band Funeralbloom. Today we are premiering the 14-minute long video for "Lust," which you can check out in the replies. I stated that this is a record that'll take your ears on an incredible journey through various soundscapes (especially if you dig Deafheaven) and now it's also being pressed to wax so check that out as well.
Hot Mulligan released their debut EP Fenton in November of last year. It's being re-released later this month via Save Your Generation as well as a new EP titled "Honest & Cunning. The reissue of Fenton, with new artwork and an acoustic version of "Buy a Fire Extinguisher Before You Need One," can be preordered on Bandcamp. If you'd like to give the band a try before preordering, "Buy a Fire Extinguisher" is streaming in the replies. It gives a rawer look at the band's emo-inflected pop punk style.
So, that headline is weird -- but we've got a really cool exclusive for you guys today. Frequent readers may recognize the name Sparrow Sleeps -- he's the artist who turned songs by the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, blink-182, Taking Back Sunday and others into fully unique lullabies. Today, we're announcing the re-launch of Sparrow Sleeps in a big way: He's got a brand-new, shiny website featuring new albums with songs by Thrice, Cartel, The Early November and MXPX (and some of those links have cool blurbs from the bands about these lullaby renditions). We also teamed up with Sparrow Sleeps to stream some fully exclusive, brand-new single tracks that the AP.net staff got to choose. In...