For Shy Technology, music wasn't a hobby, but a necessity. Back in December 2008, frontman David Coulson's life changed in the blink of an eye when he received a call from his mother, informing him that she had been diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer. After quitting his job, dropping out of school, and driving all alone from Phoenix, Arizona back to his home in Villa Park, Illinois, Coulson made the decision to reconnect with old friends, start a band, and channel his struggles and stories into visceral indie rock music.
After six and a half years, two EPs and one full-length, a few lineup changes, and a successful cancer battle for Coulson's mom, Shy Technology are...
The Obsessives are a young band from the Washington, D.C. area, and probably at least partially because they are young and full of general angst, they are the type of band that puts recordings of voicemail messages in the middle of their songs. This is an essential rite of passage for many emo bands, a category The Obsessives are fairly placed into: Their new single, "Bored," which is in the replies, sounds like when you're driving to your parents' house from college and it's very, very late because you left too late, but you obviously have to stay awake and it's a matter of life or death that you don't fall asleep. The track is only two minutes and eleven seconds long, of which only...
It would be easy to sell you on Fit For Rivals by telling you that frontwoman Renee Pheonix is an inspiring feminist and activist, but I'd rather let their killer music do the talking. Head to the stream their new EP, Sugar, which drops today. The Jacksonville band melds Foo Fighters-esque rock with pop sensibilities, electronic flourishes and raspy, punk vocals reminiscent of Joan Jett and Brody Dalle.
We Hold Hands and We Jump will release their debut album, The Wonderful Things I'll Do, next month via NDE Records. The Pennsylvania duo play a style of folk that brings to mind Bright Eyes - but fronted by someone a bit quirkier, like Max Bemis. It's something a lot of AP.net regulars might enjoy, and we've got the band's very first single streaming. You can listen to "How to relax" over at the band's AP.net profile. Preorders will be up next week, so look out if you enjoy the song.
Last month, we introduced you to new Roadrunner Records signees More to Monroe. While the video we premiered is indicative of the post-hardcore stylings you'll find on their upcoming EP, Appalachia (out September 15th), the band also has a softer side. Head to the replies to watch the quartet perform a stripped-down cover of The 1975's "Sex."
Altoona, PA's Post Season are releasing a split with fellow pop-punkers Such a Mess, titled Greetings From, on August 28th through Common Ground Records. Head to the replies to watch a lyric video for a new song titled "Backroads." Boasting more hooks than your grandad's tackle box, the group fits in perfectly alongside the new crop of pop punk. Recommended if you like The Story So Far and Knuckle Puck.
I'm excited about this one. Time Spent Driving recently reunited and will be releasing Passed & Presence on July 21. It's their first release since 2007's I'm Your Stab in the Back. We're lucky enough to premiere "Blame the Valley" today - you can check that out on the band's profile. If you can't remember, their indie/emo style is reminiscent of bands like Brandtson, Benton Falls, and Pop Unknown. Give "Blame" a listen and then preorder the album if you like what you hear.
My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure will release their new album, Seeker, next week. Last month, we premiered "I Lost Again." Today, we're excited to bring you a full stream of Seeker. Fans of Cartel and Acceptance, don't sleep on this one. Preorder it here, if you so desire, and keep your eyes peeled for a review this week. In the meantime, hit SoundCloud for some summery pop-rock.
We Take Fire have a new EP coming out, entitled Movies Where the Dog Dies. It's currently up for preorder via More Than Me records. It's math rock a la Tera Melos or even TTNG, only it's a bit catchier than both. Fans of either group should find something to love here. Luckily for them, we're streaming the whole thing. Check out the EP on the band's AP.net profile.
Our good friend Ryan Russell has a great acoustic performance series titled Nervous Energies, and we’re big fans of it here on AbsolutePunk. Today, we’re premiering part of a session Ryan did with acoustic singer/songwriter Grey Gordon, who is currently out on the Vans Warped Tour, performing at the Acoustic Basement all summer long. Performed on a nylon stringed guitar, “Grace” details Gordon’s frustration with someone who has inflicted pain on those around them. You can check the song out as part of his split with Chris Farren. Head to the replies to check it out.
Recently-reunited post-hardcore favorites From Autumn to Ashes sadly had to drop off their upcoming tour, but we have a special Live Session from the band to make up for it. The hour-and-a-half set was captured at the Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA on June 18th. Despite it being the first date of their run, the group showed no sign of rust as they played songs from their entire discography. A highlight includes the 10-minute opus "Short Stories with Tragic Endings" performed in its entirety.
Once in a while, I come across a new band I can't get enough of. Narrow / Arrow falls in that category. The first time I heard "Savior Talk" from their upcoming EP Middle Children, I couldn't wait to hit repeat - the melodies and Cody Nicolas' incredibly emotive vocal bursts at the end of the song make the listener yearn for more. I'm happy to be sharing this song on AP.net today (below), so take a listen and let us know what you think. While the band shares common elements with the likes of American Football and TTNG, Narrow / Arrow are set to leave their own mark in the scene and I can't wait to see what they have up their sleeve in the coming years.
Buffalo, New York punk rock pretty much sums up Thundercloud Kid. The band will release their new EP called Songs About the Hopeless and Mourning on August 28th. We are premiering a new song called "Bad News for Blue Eyes" today. The song really harkens back to old school '90s Fat Wreck bands or more recently a band like Red City Radio. If you're looking for a punk rock song to kick off your holiday weekend, this is it. Give it a listen in the replies.
We've been working on putting together this year's Absolute 100 feature over the past month (it won't go up until August, but this year's class is shaping up to be awesome), and while searching out the bands I want to pick for the feature I came across this Italian pop-punk band called NOW.HERE. Usually I'd sit on this pick until the feature goes up, but their new four song EP, New Perspective, is coming out July 7th and it's the first pop-punk EP I've actually found myself coming back to in a long time. It doesn't make sense to not talk about them over the next month when they've got new shit out. So, I reached out to the band to set up an exclusive stream of their new EP here on the...
Mallcops will release the The Funniest Joke You've Ever Told EP on July 28. It's coming out via NDE Records, a new label started by members of the NDE (Non Denominational Emo) Facebook group which donates 100% of all profits to RAINN.org. "Ambulances" is the first song Mallcops have ever listened, and I can't be more excited to share this band's very first material with you. It ought to appeal to fans of pop rock like Anberlin and Cartel. You can stream "Ambulances" in the replies and be on the lookout for more from Mallcops.
Brooklyn trio Safety will be releasing their new EP called Congratulate Me, I've Lost My Mind and it will be out via Community Records on August 14th. Today we are premiering a new track titled "A Wealth of Sorrows in a Few Words" in the replies. It's a solid slice of punk rock blended with indie sensibilities - it'll be a big hit with those who enjoy Into It. Over It. and even Jimmy Eat World's more aggressive side. It's pretty dope and if you dig what you hear make sure you pre-order it on black wax.
Bowling for Soup recently wrapped the first leg of their tour celebrating 21 years as a band. In that time together, the Texas quartet has cultivating one of the most entertaining live shows. Our latest Live Sessions is the band's full hour-and-a-half performance from Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA on June 17th. If you've never seen them in concert before - or if you simply want to relive the fun - head to the replies now. The set includes all the hits, some deep cuts and even a cover of Fountains of Wayne's "Stacy's Mom."
Escape The Fate is currently on the road right now on the Vans Warped Tour (on the Monster Energy stage), and we're currently featuring a blog from the road each week from members in the band. Hit the replies to read the first blog in the series, by guitarist Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft.
You may know Shane Crump as the bassist for Alesana, but he recently branched out with a solo project under the monicker The Ivory. Crump shows his softer side on his debut EP, Gloom, which comes out this Tuesday, June 30th. You can stream it in the replies now. His piano-pop style gives a serious Coldplay vibe.
Back in April, we gave you the first taste of No Tide's full-length debut, Death of the Sun. Today we have the whole album streaming ahead of its June 30th release on Take This To Heart Records. Head to the replies to listen. Produced by Jay Maas, the effort is equal parts Saves the Day, The Menzingers and The Story So Far.
The Winter Brave gained attention back in 2013 when Dave Grohl mentioned the band during his Reddit AMA. Drawing influence from the likes of The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant and Silversun Pickups, Boston brothers are releasing a new EP, The Hand You Never Seem to Lend, on July 28th. We're streaming a track from the effort titled "Taken" in the replies. With Grohl's stamp of approval, how could you not take a listen?
Burglary Years is a band from Boston that you could probably tag with a "dream-pop" label, but that doesn't stop the group from spending about half of its new six-minute single "Hatch" rocking out in a pretty heavy way. "Hatch," which you can find in the replies, is a song that lends itself to the listener as a perfectly adequate backdrop for zoning out and falling into its hazy melodies, but it's clear that the songwriting here is well thought out. Burglary Years will release 100 Roses this July via Boston-based label Disposable America, and the record has taken the group years to finalize; the result, if "Hatch" is proper indication, will be an LP worth listening to for its unique...
If Cute Is What We Aim For hooked up with Motion City Soundtrack and had a baby, it would sound a lot like Treason This. The Wisconsin band will self-release their new EP, Always Perfect, on June 30th, but you can stream it now in its entirety in the replies. It's infectiously catchy with just enough uniqueness to make it stand out.
One of the best parts of Warped Tour is discovering bands you've never heard before, so we're excited to introduce you to London's own TAT. Check out their new single, "Anxiety," in the replies. Frontwoman Tatiana DeMaria channels Joan Jett with her raspy-yet-melodic voice and punk rock ethic. The trio are rocking Warped's Beatport stage this summer, then finishing up their sophomore album for an early 2016 release.
Back in April of 2014, we hosted a stream of Northbound's Death of a Slug. Today, we're premiering the new and improved version of the album, which comes out on June 30th via Animal Style Records. For the re-release, the Florida group has replaced the 5 acoustic songs with full-band versions and recorded two new tracks. Head to the replies to listen to it, especially if you're a fan of Into It. Over It., Citizen or Modern Baseball.
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.