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...
With bands like Citizen, Title Fight, Turnover, and Superheaven all releasing albums this year - not to mention Basement recording a new full-length - it might seem like you already got your 90s alternative revival fix for 2015. But you better add Papertowns to that list. They're releasing a new EP, With You in Mind, next Tuesday, and it's worth a listen if you're a fan of any of those bands. So if that sounds intriguing to you, give their optimistic single "Change" a listen in the replies, and you can pick up a copy here.
You may be familiar with Matthew Mayfield's smooth southern-rock sound, but it's always had an acoustic backbone. Recently, Mayfield has cast aside his acoustic guitar and resurrected his full-fledged rock project, The Blue Cut Robbery. The result is an expertly produced, hard hitting EP they call Coquette, which hosts some of the best sounding guitar licks I've heard in years. Today, we're proud to bring you the video premiere for the exceptional second track on that EP, "Nashville, TN." If you're into Pearl Jam or The Gaslight Anthem, you'll feel right at home. Check out the video in all its face-melting glory in the replies and be sure to pick up the EP here!
If you're into pop-punk in the vein of The Bouncing Souls and The Loved Ones then you will want to check out today's premiere of Rebuilder's new song, "Look What You've Done." The track is off the Boston band's upcoming Jay Maas-recorded album, Rock & Roll in America, which will be available on June 2nd via Panic State Records. Check out the tune in the replies and if you dig it, make sure to pre-order it.
The Venetia Fair just wrapped up a tour with support from Icarus The Owl, The Great Heights Band, and Que/Sara. During the tour, the band wrote a three-part tour diary for us, along with providing exclusive photo content. This week we have the third and final entry - give it a read in the replies, where you'll also find the photos. They're one of the most entertaining bands I can think of, so we are very excited for these entries. You can read entry one and two if you missed them.
We're premiering Aviator's new music video for "Weathervane" in the replies. This is a good time to remind you to check out their underappreciated full-length debut, Head in the Clouds, Hands in the Dirt, which came out last year on No Sleep Records. The Massachusetts-based band plays post-hardcore with a tinge of emo revival that should appeal to fans of La Dispute or Touche Amore.
Boston's The Press War was formed by frontman Anthony Rainville after his previous group, Stay, called it quits. I always thought Stay were on the verge of breaking into the mainstream, but for whatever reason it never happened. With a similar penchant for infectious pop-rock, I believe The Press War has the same potential. Head to the replies to listen to their new single, "Follow Me," which will appear on this summer's When It All Goes to Hell.
Geographer is about to embark on a long North American tour in support of his critically-acclaimed new album, Ghost Modern. Since fan response for this album has been overwhelming, we have teamed up with Roll Call Records (also home to AP.net darlings Typhoon and ON AN ON) to give away a pair of tickets to each upcoming show. And there's more! Roll Call Records are also looking to bring out photographers to document each event for a special package that the label is putting together for fans. If you are photographer and would like a media pass for any of these shows, this is your chance!
Without further ado, head to the replies to see how you can enter the contest! Good luck.
The Venetia Fair are currently doing a tour leading up to their performance at Launch Music Conference, with support from Icarus The Owl, The Great Heights Band, and Que/Sara. During the tour, the band will be writing a three-part tour diary for us, along with exclusive photo content. This week we have the second entry - give it a read in the replies, where you'll also find the photos. They're one of the most entertaining bands I can think of, so we are very excited for these entries. Check back the next Wednesday for the third and final entry. You can read entry one if you missed it.
Typhoon have been occupying a certain space of somber but still catchy indie rock music for the last few years now, and their 2013 full-length White Lighter only brought them closer to their sweet spot. Which is to say, music you can think to, and tap your toe to. So when the band teamed up with electronic soundscape magician East Forest to remix their hugely affecting song "Post Script," we had to bring it to you. Check it out in the replies, and don't be afraid to get a little lost this morning.
Bastards is fronted by Jacob Belcher, the musician behind Its Teeth and former guitarist of Drop Dead, Gorgeous and Of Legends, but you won't confuse his new band with his previous projects. Bastards pummels its listeners with raw vocals and melodic hardcore in the vein of Modern Life Is War, The Hope Conspiracy, Defeater and Have Heart. Head the replies to stream their debut EP, Ethos, which is being self-released digitally tomorrow.
Visitors (members of Heartless Breakers, Dustbloom, and Downpoor) and Bon Vivant (members of Get Scared, I Am the Ocean, Settle Down, and Broke City) are releasing a split, which can now be pre-ordered. We are streaming a song from each side - "Something Real" from Bon Vivant and "Flailure (Reprise)" from Visitors. Both bands play a style of experimental post-hardcore that ought to appeal to fans of groups like I the Mighty. Check out both songs in the replies.
Driver Friendly recently recorded an in-studio session with our friends at Quiet Country Audio, during which they busted out a quick cover of Britney Spears's "Till the World Ends" that even incorporates their signature trumpet. Head to the replies to watch the performance. I dare you not to sing along.
Drawing influence from the likes of Joy Division, The Smiths and Echo & The Bunnymen, New Jersey's The Antics inject a retro feel into their brand of indie post-punk. Head to the replies to hear "Emily Jones," the title track from their upcoming EP, which is due out this summer.
Florida’s Northbound started out as a solo project from frontman Jonothan Fraser, but has evolved over the last three years into a sometimes-acoustic / sometimes-full-band act, similar to Evan Weiss’ early experiences with Into It. Over It. While Northbound takes on a more pop-punk vibe, "Slug," which you can stream exclusively in the replies, will also resonate with fans of many of the grunge-leaning acts gaining popularity today; a comparison to Citizen also comes to mind. “Slug” is taken from the re-worked LP Death Of A Slug, which Animal Style Records will release this summer. It can be pre-ordered here if you like what you hear.
After several impressive EPs, Nebraska's No Tide are gearing up for their full-length debut, Death of the Sun. Head the replies to hear the lead track, "Empty Handed," which sets the pace for the album. Produced by Jay Maas (Transit, Polar Bear Club), the effort drops on June 30th and can be pre-ordered from Take This To Heart Records. The band sounds like a mix between Saves the Day, The Menzingers and The Story So Far.
Boyfriend Material, the solo project of Shauna Healey, will release Far From Home on June 9. While Healey performed at FEST 13 and is an active member of Florida Scene Safe Space to promote a more inclusive environment in the punk scene, Boyfriend Material isn't a typical punk project. It owes as much or more to Waxahatchee or Bright Eyes than Swearin' or Desaparecidos, featuring, generally, only Healey's voice and ukelele. You can check out her single "Hometown" in the replies, along with tour dates. Far From Home is currently available for preorders from Community Records if you like what you hear.
The Venetia Fair are currently doing a tour leading up to their performance at Launch Music Conference, with support from Icarus The Owl, The Great Heights Band, and Que/Sara. During the tour, the band will be writing a three-part tour diary for us, along with exclusive photo content. This week we have the first entry - give it a read in the replies, where you'll also find the photos. They're one of the most entertaining bands I can think of, so we are very excited for these entries. Check back the next two Wednesdays for the second and third entries.
In case you haven't heard, We Are The Union are back. We are premiering the lyric video for a new song called "Call In Dead" - give it a watch below. The song picks up right where their last record, You Can't Hide The Sun, left off. It's equipped with a chorus that's guaranteed to be belted out at live shows, with a hefty bass and guitar riffs galore being equally important. The verses of the song stand out on their own, as the line "We're more than just dead weight" is almost as memorable as the chorus. The track is the opener on the band's upcoming EP, Keep It Down, which releases on May 15th via Paper + Plastick Records. Tour dates, track listing, and album art can also be found in...
I've long held that Red City Radio is one of the most underrated punk bands on this website. The Oklahoma City quartet impressed with its first two full-lengths, The Dangers of Standing Still and Titles, playing the type of punk rock with gruff vocals that generally calls for PBR + whiskey shot specials. But their newest offering, a self-titled LP and debut via new label Staple Records, is ready to flip the script a bit. The album, which you can stream in the replies, sees Red City Radio exploring new territory in the form of songs that are a bit slower, a bit less reliant on the forbidden beat, and playing more into the strengths of main vocalist Garrett Dale's deep drawl. The punk...
Ampersand recently worked on a new EP that was recorded and mixed by Will Beasley (Fireworks, Emarosa) and mastered by Paul Leavitt (The Dangerous Summer, All Time Low). We are premiering a new song called "Nightmare" - give it a listen in the replies. The dominant guitars and rough vocals resemble that of bands like Make Do And Mend or Red City Radio that make loud punk rock tunes. Right off the bat you're hit with the riffs, heavy bass, and drums - the production really compliments the sound. If you like what you hear, keep an eye out for the EP.
West Virginia’s Rozwell Kid recently did an in-studio session for Chalk TV while on their tour with You Blew It! and Tiny Moving Parts, so it's the perfect time to bring back the AbsolutePunk x Made of Chalk series. The band also released an EP titled Good Graphics on cassette through Infinity Cat Records, which is now sold out. However, the EP is now available for “name your price” at their bandcamp page. Make sure to check out the album and hit the replies to see the band perform "Baby’s First Sideburns."
The thing I love about pop-punk fans is that they're always looking for new bands. If you're one such listener, allow me to introduce you to Grayscale. The Philadelphia act will fit perfectly in your modern pop-punk playlist alongside such heavyweights as The Wonder Years, Transit and Real Friends. We're streaming their new EP, Change, in the replies. Produced by Gary Cioffi (Transit, Misser), the effort will be available digitally tomorrow through Anchor Eighty Four Records. It features three new songs and an unexpected cover of Barenaked Ladies' "The Old Apartment."
When Hopeless Records recently announced their signing of New Jersey indie-emo-rock-pop act Dryjacket, I wrote a really straightforward headline: Hopeless Records Signs Dryjacket, Which Will Be Your New Favorite Band Soon. So far, the band has dropped a music video for the opening tune from their debut EP Lights, Locks, and Faucets, and hit the road with Light Years and Bonfires (plus announced a late summer tour opening for Fireworks). Things are looking up for the young band, but now you get to see why I'm so excited about them by streaming Lights, Locks, and Faucets in full in the replies. The group makes poppy, melodic, guitar-driven, easy-to-listen-to emo songs, and presents them in...
Boston's Arrowhead is an up-and-coming post-hardcore band to watch as they prepare their full-length debut for release later this year. The group recently teamed with Fitz Ross Productions to film an in-studio performance of a new song titled "Discomfort." The live session captures the passion and intensity of their music. You can download some of their past material for free on bandcamp to tide you over until the LP drops. Recommended for fans of Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater and La Dispute.
If you like gruff punk then you'll probably enjoy the new record from Break Anchor that's streaming on the website today. The band features Suicide Machines singer Jay Navarro and all 13 tracks on In a Van Down by the River have a definite '90s punk vibe which might remind you of bands such as Face to Face. Stand-out cuts include "Gone" and "First World Problems," mostly because you're going to have a hard time getting them out of your head. If you like what you hear the record officially drops tomorrow through Paper + Plastick and you can order a copy over here.
Lyrically there is an anti-authoritarian feel to it for sure. It is also a very personal record at times and I feel...
Long Island's This Good Robot will unleash their full-length debut, The Light is Taking Me to Pieces, this Friday, April 10th. Fronted by former Patent Pending vocalist Michael Ragosta, the genre-bending group will remind you of Fall Out Boy or Panic! at the Disco one second, then Boys Night Out or The Format the next. Stream the effort, which was produced by Thursday bassist Tim Payne, in the replies. If you enjoy it, you can pre-order the album.
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.
Thomas threatened to pull out of our podcast if I didn't post about his label and their brand new signing today. OK, that's a lie. But Bad Timing Records has signed a new band, and they're good, and I wouldn't post about them if I didn't like them. The band is Bonfires, a pop-rock act out of Chicago, IL, and we've got an exclusive premire of their song "Bury Me" for you in the replies (it's also available for free download here). The band will have a new EP out this fall and are heading out on tour with Light Years and Dryjacket beginning next week.
Drawing influence from the likes of Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights and Story of the Year, Airsickness will remind you of the post-hardcore bands you loved a decade ago, only without the screaming. The Tampa, FL act's debut EP, Between All the Lies, comes out tomorrow, but you can hear it in the replies right now.
When The Jazz June resurfaced in 2014, we tacked them on to the growing list of late-90's emo bands who were making a come back. However, the band didn't just get together for a handful of shows; they released an entire album, After the Earthquake.
Before officially recording the album, The Jazz June threw down a handful of songs at The Headroom in Philly. The songs weren't released to the public with the exception of one track which was featured on a split with Dikembe.
Today in the replies we're streaming a track from this session, an acoustic version of "Edge of Space", a song that was later re-recorded and featured on After the Earthquake. "Edge of Space" was mixed by Sean...
You may know Providence, RI's The Illumination as a post-hardcore outfit, but they've reinvented themselves as a rock band similar to 30 Seconds to Mars and Imagine Dragons. Head to the replies to see their new lyric video for "A Chance to Change My Ways," an acoustic reworking of a song that originally appeared on their 2013 InVogue Records debut, Departures. They'll be releasing a new single titled "Wish You Away" later this spring.
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...