French metalcore band All the Shelters recently performed an acoustic version of their song "At Heaven's Gate" from last year's Famined Records debut Chasing Light. It's a far cry from the band's typical sound, as you might expect, but there's nothing wrong with a little change of pace. Check that video out in the replies.
Over the last decade Red Scare Industries has proven to be one of the best punk labels so when they sign a new band it's probably in your best interest to give them a chance. Success hails from Seattle and today we're streaming a song from the band's Red Scare debut, Radio Recovery, which will be released on Tuesday and can be pre-ordered here. These guys would fit right in at Fest and might remind you of Red City Radio. I personally hear a bit of Junior Battles in there and that's possibly because they also recorded this release with Steve Rizun. Listen to "The Impossible Truth" in the replies and let us know what you think. It's a bit softer than the other tracks, but still...
Ladies and Gentlemen, Australian hardcore band Miles Away is BACK. They're set to release their fourth full-length record, Tide, on May 5th via Six Feet Under Records. The record was produced by Jay Maas (Defeater). Hit the replies to check out a brand new song, "Grateful", a fast and heavy track about looking back on your youth and those who helped along the way. If you liked the track, you can pre-order the record soon.
Saint Patrick's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean the celebration of all things Irish has to be. That's why we're sharing a new music video from Boston folk-punk group Drunken Logic. Head to the replies replies to see their video for "(The Good News Is) Nobody Gives A Damn," which will be on their sophomore album, Long Day’s Journey to the Middle, due out in the spring. If you can't get enough of Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly and Street Dogs, this band is for you.
We're excited to bring you a new song from Speak Low If You Speak Love, the solo project of State Champs bassist Ryan Graham. Head to the replies to hear "Have My Head." It's a new track that will appear on the remastered version of Everything But What You Need, which is being re-released on March 31st via Pure Noise Records. Recommended for fans of Into It. Over It. and The Almost.
Arizona-based indie-punk act Sundressed will release a new EP titled Dig A Miracle on April 7. If you like the poppy vocals of bands like Young Statues, Dig A Miracle might be right up your alley -- it's not hard to get your head bopping along to the sticky melodies of a song like "Naked," which we're premiering via a brand-spanking-new lyric video in the replies. You can pre-order Dig A Miraclevia Bandcamp now if you like how "Naked" sounds (there's also a song called "The Dirt" streaming there as well), and check out the group's upcoming tour dates with Heartless Breakers in the replies as well.
A Will Away are releasing a new EP called Bliss on March 20th via Quiet Fire Media. You might remember when we premiered "Cheap Wine" earlier this month, and today we are streaming the whole EP. It was mixed by Gary Cioffi (Transit, Misser) and mastered by Kris Crummet. The opener "Play Dead" sounds like The American Scene vocally mixed with Listen & Forgive-era Transit musically, while "My Sitter" is a slow burner that is one of the most impressive songs the band has written (it should be a favorite around here). "Ten or Eleven" is the most intense song here, with the chorus approaching screams. Give the whole EP a listen below. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order it.
If you're looking for a cool new band to check out, then I'd recommend checking out a brand new music video from Central Florida pop-punk band Old Again, signed to Artery/Stay Sick Recordings. "Must Be Nice" explores the topic of divorce, particularly through the eyes of a young child, who's struggling to process what is going on - hit the replies to check it out. The band will release Grey Sky State of Mind on May 19th, pre-orders are available here.
American-French artist Allyson Ezell may not be a household name yet, but I have a feeling that's going to change very soon. With an indie pop style that brings to mind the likes of St. Vincent, Lorde, Lana Del Rey and Bjork, her new EP, The Ease of Remembering Sparks, is bound to gain a lot of attention. Head to the replies to hear it for yourself. The EP - the first in a trilogy that explores the shadows of the past - will be released on March 23rd via Universal Publishing.
It's no secret that we here at AP.net enjoy some good pop-rock. We're excited to bring you a nice pop song by Signature Mistakes. It's called "Soul," and it's from their upcoming Novelty, which comes out this Tuesday. Oh, I should mention it features Speak Low If You Speak Love's Ryan Scott Graham on guest vocals, so you know it's a good one. Check it out in the replies.
Head North are releasing a new EP called Bloodlines on March 24th via Bad Timing Records. You might remember when we premiered "The Planet" last month, and today we are streaming the whole EP. Look no further than "Brave Hands" for the best song the band has written, equipped with emotion-drenched vocals and guitars to match. "Bluejay" showcases some of the band's best guitar work, while "The Path" features gritty strums and haunting dual vocals that approach screams. Fans of Have Mercy's The Earth Pushed Back should really enjoy these tracks, as it makes it pretty clear why they're on the road together right now with Weatherbox and You, Me & Everyone We Know. Stream the whole thing...
We're premiering a brand new track from Australian hardcore band Deez Nuts, off their upcoming record Word Is Bond, which drops April 21st via Century Media. "Face This On My Own" is a straight-laced anthem for those who push through adversity and never quit on their dreams. Hit the replies to check it out - if you liked it, you can pre-order the record here.
Quick question before we begin. How much time do you have? Two, three days? That might be enough time for me to talk about how much I love All Get Out, but no promises. Follow-Up question: Is it ok if we make this whole thing about me? No? Fine. So this band, who have not released new music since they recorded my favorite album of all time (personal revelation!) The Season, in 2011, are releasing an EP called Movement on April 14th via Bad Timing Records and Favorite Gentlemen Recordings, and it'll slay you. Forget about the passage of time, because with Movement, and especially the song we're premiering, "Balance," it's all just the continuation of Nathan Hussey's search for calm in a...
As I recently exclusively revealed on this here web portal, all facts and evidence point to the conclusion that Philadelphia rock band The Weaks is The Greatest Rock Band On Earth™. In the replies, we're streaming a song by The Weaks, which is called "Still Courting." It's one of the songs that sounds like a mix between grungy Nirvana stuff and poppy Weezer stuff underlined by inherent emo-ism; there are many such songs on the band's new full-length, Bad Year, which drops on April 7 via Lame-O Records and can be pre-ordered now (physical / digital). So, if you think you would enjoy The Greatest Rock Band On Earth™, feel free to check them out in the replies.
Coming out of Houston, Fox & Cats are releasing a new album called Ampersand on May 12th. The band worked with Kory Gable and Travis Hill of The Looking Glass Studio (Punchline, I Call Fives). We are premiering a new song called "Black Hole" - give it a spin in the replies. The producers' influence definitely shows, as the chorus is backed by riffs in a way that doesn't sound far off of other pop-punk bands like I Call Fives. The song isn't exactly reinventing the wheel, but the guitar solo comes out of nowhere and adds a nice touch. Be on the look out for more from the band in the coming months.
After five weeks of fun, we are both excited and sad to bring you the final chapter of Hit the Lights's "Skeleton Series." The last installment includes the band discussing their future, an acoustic performance, input from their friends in The Wonder Years, Valencia and A Loss For Words and more. If you enjoyed the videos, be sure to pick up Summer Bones when it comes out on March 24th from Pure Noise Records. The infectiously catchy return to form is the perfect soundtrack to kick off spring.
Few bands in our scene have inspired more young artists than Taking Back Sunday. 15 of those acts - including Everyone Dies In Utah, Blue of Colors, Icarus the Owl, July and more - will take part in Pacific Ride Records' A Tribute to Taking Back Sunday, due out on April 14th. Traditions took their cover of "Set Phasers to Stun" one step further by making a music video for it. In the replies is where you want to be to watch it. The Massachusetts pop punk group's adaptation of the fan favorite track maintains the dual vocals that made the original so catchy but throws in a few curve balls to make it their own.
We are excited to announce that A Will Away are releasing a new EP called Bliss on March 20th via Quiet Fire Media. The EP was produced by Gary Cioffi (Transit, Misser). We are premiering a new song off of it called "Cheap Wine," which you can hear below. The steady and somber guitars give the vocals a greater clarity, but the bass keeps your ears tuned in early on as it contrasts with the guitars and vocals. Rather than heavily focusing on a chorus or hook, "Cheap Wine" lets each instrument resonate. Those of you who miss The Dangerous Summer or enjoy The American Scene's Safe For Now should like this one. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the EP. New tour dates are also...
Today we invite you to meet Long Knives, a four-piece emo act from the Bay Area of California. When I say this is a new band, I really mean that in every way -- in the replies we're streaming the first single from their debut EP. The EP, titled This is Your Life, is set to drop via Count Your Lucky Stars on April 7. The track in the replies, "Bones," identifies what this group is good at pretty quickly: They play simple, catchy, melodic indie-punk with more than enough emo tinge to go around, characterized strongly by trade-offs between vocalists Matt Bartels and Kris Moya. The male/female call-and-return vocals make This is Your Life addicting from first listen. If you like "Bones,"...
Seven Lions' new EP The Throes of Winter is hitting stores tomorrow, March 3rd, on Casablanca Records. Today we've got an exclusive premiere of the new song "December" that features Davey Havok of AFI fame. You can stream the song in the replies, and Davey will be performing this song at the EP release party this Thursday at Webster Hall.
The fourth chapter of Hit the Lights's "Skeleton Series" features one of the best first beer stories you'll ever hear, as well as the band members' apocalypse predictions. You'll be glad the end of the world hasn't come yet when Summer Bones drops on March 24th via Pure Noise Records. Don't miss the fifth and final "Skeleton Series" installment next Monday.
Energy vocalist Jason Tankerley will celebrate his 30th birthday tomorrow by releasing his debut solo EP, The Infection. It features the brand new title track and five Energy favorites stripped down to chilling acoustic renditions. Your birthday gift to Tankerley can be checking out in the replies and, if you enjoy it, grab a download or CD. Recommended for fans of such fellow frontmen-gone-solo as Michale Graves, Anthony Raneri and Matt Skiba.
London pop punks Spineless Yes Men will release their new EP, The Death of Denmark, on March 30th through Speaking Tongues. You can stream the lead track, "Ramleaze Drive," in the replies. It's equal parts Enema of the State-era Blink-182 and Frank Turner, which means you'll be singing "Don't want you on your own..." for the rest of the day.
Head to the replies to watch a Quiet Country Audio session with A Will Away. The Connecticut emo quartet (and recent Quiet Fire Media signees) perform "Good Things," "Home," "Livin'" and "Ten or Eleven."
Buffalo's Del Paxton is the latest band to sign to Topshelf Records' incredible lineup and we have a new song from the band's upcoming 7" split with Gulfer. Del Paxton's brand of emo/indie/you name it is infectious as it is heavy-hitting. But don't take my word for it, check out the band's killer new track, "Bad Batch," in the replies and then pre-order the split (in stores 4/7) from Topshelf.
All People will release its new album, Learn Forget Repeat on May 5th via Community Records and Asian Man Records. Today we are premiering a new song from the New Orleans quartet - the melodic post-punk "Doubt" - in the replies. If you dig the track, make sure you pre-order the record via Community Records or Asian Man Records. You can also check out the band's upcoming tour dates in the replies.
The publicist who pitched me on this premiere started his email by asking me if I got a follow from Melissa Joan Hart on Twitter. I did! She sure followed lots of people. Being reminded of one of my most recent followers put me in a great mood, but I wasn't necessarily expecting to be as gripped as I was by Take One Car's "In The Wind." The band, which is from Upstate New York and which has independently released two full-length albums, is teaming up with Broken World Media for the release of their third effort, Everyone You Know Is Here Right Now, on March 31. You can stream "In The Wind" in the replies, where you'll also find the album art and tracklisting, and you should listen to it...
Steady/Steady have been working on some music with Michael Govaere (ex-Every Avenue). We are premiering a new song called "Pseudo" - give it a listen in the replies. The song is built up by a constant kick-drum, and the chorus sounds more like a William Beckett solo track than the southern rock tinge of Every Avenue, equipped with "oh-oh-oh's" and everything. It was mastered by John Naclerio at Nada Recording Studio (Brand New, My Chemical Romance). If you like what you hear, be on the look out for the band's debut EP in April.
I'm very excited to share a brand new song off Too Close To Touch's upcoming debut record, Nerve Endings, which comes out March 24th via Epitaph Records. "Hell To Pay" deals with the difficult reality of the absentee father, a reality I've not only experienced, but one that many others have experienced as well. To drive it home, The Word Alive vocalist Telle Smith comes in to deliver one of the best guest vocal spots I've heard in a long time. If you liked what you heard, you can pre-order the record. Head to the replies to check out the song.
Chapter 3 of Hit the Lights's "Skeleton Series" find the bands members discussing the recording of their new album, Summer Bones, which is due out on March 24th via Pure Noise Records. In addition to some great footage from the studio, you'll get an early listen to some new material. Catch up on the firsttwo episodes if you missed them, and check back next Monday for the next installment.
"Stay weird, stay different." Graham Moore's candid acceptance speech for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game was one of the most talked about moments of the Oscars, as he brought to light the subject of suicide. Similarly, a compilation titled To Show That You're Still Here will be released tomorrow to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Head to the replies to hear the recently-disbanded Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe's inclusion, "Untitled #6." It reminds me of something from Pianos Become the Teeth's Keep You. You can pre-order the effort for only $5 to support the cause. The comp also features The Hotelier, Banquets, Beach Slang and more.
Syracuse, NY’s Trespassers will be releasing its new EP, Rival Glass, on February 24th via Spartan Records. Today we have a slice of the band's alternative punk sound in the replies with the premiere of "Thereafter." For fans of Balance and Composure and the like, so if you dig the brooding yet explosive track make sure you pre-order it.
Head North will release a new EP called Bloodlines on March 24th via Bad Timing Records. We are premiering the first single called "The Planet." The song has a lot of elements that remind me of what I love about bands like Have Mercy. The vocals start off in the spotlight, with only a pallid drumbeat and distant bass, before the chorus lets frontman Brent Martone let his emotion loose - both vocally and lyrically. Fans of Have Mercy's The Earth Pushed Back should really enjoy this one, as it makes it pretty clear why they're on the road together. Give it a listen in the replies to see what I mean, where you'll also find tour dates. If you like what you hear, I'm confident you'll enjoy...
Following a great reception for the premier installment, we have Chapter 2 of Hit the Lights's "Skeleton Series" in the replies for your viewing pleasure. A more lighthearted approach following last week's heavy content, the video features the band members discussing the last time they moshed. Summer Bones is out on March 24th via Pure Noise Records. Let's hear your mosh stories below.
Ohhh, Valentine's Day ... you're the pop-punk of holidays; either sappy or forlorn, either loved or despised, either celebrated or ignored. There's not much in between. On this Valentine's Day we are continuing our release of a special group of Cartel acoustic sessions to celebrate the band's 10 year anniversary of Chroma. As you know, the band is heading out to play this album live across the country (dates in the replies), and they've got a great vinyl pressing of the album up for sale. This week we are excited to bring you a rendition of one of my favorite tracks from Chroma, "The Minstrel's Prayer." This is one of those songs that I feel helped push the genre forward into something...
Prepare yourself for tomorrow's Valentine's Day festivities by watching Seasons Change's new music video for "Valentine" in the replies. The track comes from their full-length debut, Please Don't Leave, which drops April 7th via No Sleep Records. The band fits in just fine with the new breed of pop punk, so fans of Knuckle Puck, Forever Came Calling, Major League, State Champs and the like will want to take note.
Oregon's Lee Corey Oswald shot their new music video for "Scatterbrain" entirely on their cell phones. It's an appropriately lo-fi medium for their style, which is in the same vein as Weezer, Knapsack and '90s indie rock. You can check it out in the replies. Regards is out now on No Sleep Records.
We're really excited to premiere a brand new song from The Beautiful Ones, off their brand new album Jaded Love. The band was on tour supporting Cruel Hand, in which their unique brand of hardcore was well received by those in the crowd. Think of a darker, more aggressive version of Superheaven. The album drops April 21st via 6131 Records, pre-orders will be available soon. Head to the replies to stream "Exhale (Room 312)".
Ice Hockey will be releasing its new album, Wavefunction Collapse, on 2/24/15 via Texas Is Funny. Today, we are premiering a brand new song from the album titled "East Lansing," and you can get a taste of the Iowa quintet's brand of hardcore in the replies. If you dig it, make sure to pre-order the record ASAP
Most of the coverage that has surrounded Heartless Breakers so far on the site has been centered around the fact that it's the new project of former Daytrader member Matt Mascarenas. But while we're premiering their new song "Carbon Copy" today, I'd rather point out that they take cues from early-era Taking Back Sunday while mixing in elements of post-hardcore -- ultimately, it's something completely separate from Daytrader in my mind, and in a good way. The band's debut full-length, The Great Give Back, comes out on March 10th, and if you like "Carbon Copy" in the replies, you can pre-order the album via Animal Style Records.
We're in the midst of record snowfall here in Massachusetts, but Boston's own Actor|Observer will thaw you off with their fiery post-hardcore onslaught. Stream a new song titled "Spread Thin" in the replies, which comes from their self-released full-length debut, The Longer Now, due out on March 10th. The effort was produced by Jay Maas (Defeater) and brings to mind such acts as Alexisonfire, Defeater and Vanna.
Everything Ever are gearing up to release their new album Solid Ground on March 10th via Secret Audio Club. We are streaming a new song called "Big Ideas" - it's in the replies. The song is a fast-paced pop-punk tune, but the interesting part is that it incorporates some of the more theatrical type vocals of bands like Panic! at the Disco. The vocals contrast a lot with the heavily palm-muted guitars at times, while speeding up tenfold at other moments. For only three minutes, the track has a fun hook that gets your foot tapping, a slowed-down drawn-out bridge, and rapid paced singing in between it all - it's a doozy. The band has announced a slew of tour dates, which include stops with...
We recently talked about Cartel's upcoming Chroma10 year tour and vinyl release on our podcast and how influential that album was in shaping tastes and the whole "pop-punk sound" for a few years. Ten years ago we were the website that first streamed the album for everyone to hear -- so it's with a lot of pride (and an impending sense of my own age) that we present a special acoustic version of "If I Fail" with you today. The band recorded these sessions with Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount (the team behind Chroma), and we have a whole bunch of these to release over the next few weeks. Hit the replies for the song all the information about the band's upcoming tour.
We'll be bringing you exclusive videos from Hit the Lights leading up to the March 24th release of their new album, Summer Bones. Dubbed "Skeleton Series," the documentary-style series was created by Kyle Thrash. Chapter 1 can be viewed in the replies. It gives an honest look at the inner workings of the band - including the rarely-publicized negative aspects. Check back next Monday for more, and pre-order Summer Bones from Pure Noise Records.
Philadelphia, PA, hardcore bands Disinterest and Skin Graft will be releasing a split on Inorganic Records. Disinterest plays noisy, effect-laden hardcore, and Skin Graft focuses on a drum and bass hardcore sound, de-emphasizing guitars. Today we're not just bringing you a song from the split, we're bringing you one song by each band. Hit the replies to check out each band's effort - Disinterest has "Identity Will Ruin You," while Skin Graft's song is titled "Devalue." If you enjoy Disinterest's track, they'll be playing their side of the split in full as part of a live session on Drexel's radio station, WKDU, on the seventeenth at 11PM. You can preorder the split at Organic Records'...
I always enjoy making the first post on AP.net about a band -- it's just something about introducing a bulk of the community to something new. Whether you've heard the name Makeshift Shelters before or not, we're happy to acquaint you with the Washington, D.C.-based act's new full-length album, Something So Personal, in the form of the LP's lead track, "Opposite Directions." You can find the song streaming in the replies. Ella Boissonnault's vocals are what sticks out on first listen, but I keep coming back to the track because it vaguely reminds me of an intrinsic quality I believe Makeshift Shelters share with Motion City Soundtrack -- I hate to throw out the word "quirkiness," but I...