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...
Bleed American is releasing its debut full-length record, Figure It Out, on Valentine's Day and today we're streaming one of the songs from that album. "Movie Theatre Theft" is one of my favourites because it showcases how good these guys are at writing hooks and has been stuck in my head for the last few months. If you don't mind that this Winnipeg based named themselves after a Jimmy Eat World record you should listen to it in the replies and let us know what you think. This is honestly the first pop-rock record that's really caught my attention since Brighter Brightest released Right For Me in 2011. Pre-orders are available right now via iTunes.
Alcoa (Derek Archambault of Defeater fame) will be heading out on a short tour next month with Choir Vandals (they also have a couple of one-off shows with James of Make Do And Mend and Have Mercy). Check out the dates - along with the band's new song, "Always Chasing Me" - in the replies and don't forget to pre-order the band's upcoming new album, Parlour Tricks (out 2/24), via Bridge Nine.
If you listen to our podcast you've heard both Drew and Thomas praise Daisyhead's and their upcoming No Sleep Records album The Smallest Light. Today we're proud to bring you a brand new song from the album called "Lost Her" -- it's in the replies. The band's new album hits stores on March 3rd and can be pre-ordered here.
Ryan from The Swellers has started a new band called Young Hunger and today we're premiering their brand new song "Holes in Your Tongue." This four piece hail from Detroit and, in their own words, write "straight forward, catchy songs that could fit in perfectly on a Punk-O-Rama comp." The band's first show will be February 13th in Detroit and also contains members of Frank White and Before I Go. Hit the replies to check out the song and let them know what you think.
It would be easy to overwhelm you with descriptions of what Blind Mice sounds like. The New Bedford, MA-based band, which features Half Hearted Hero guitarist AJ Mills and former Ra Ra Riot drummer Michael Ashley, takes cues from a lot of '90s alt-rock, but I also hear a lot of more modern punk-rock in their new song, "Fifteen," which we're premiering in the replies. The easiest comparison to point to would be Polar Bear Club, with those gruff vocals paving the way -- but by no means is this band ripping off anything, incorporating shades of Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind into their new EP, Sunday Songs. That release drops on March 17 via Animal Style Records, and you can pre-order...
We're excited to premiere a song from Young Pioneer, a new unsigned rock band from Michigan. For fans of Cartel and Acceptance, the band brings a straight-forward approach to rock that's worth getting excited about. If you'd like to check them out live, you can see them at the Pontiac, MI date of the Glamour Kills Tour, featuring headliners Set It Off. You can check out "Let's Be Alive" in the replies.
Fire in the Radio will be releasing its new album, Telemetry, on May 12th via Wednesday Records. If you dig the vibes of Tigers Jaw, Weezer, and the like, you'll feel this as well. You can check out a album trailer, the artwork, and track listing in the replies.
Oklahoma's Fossil Youth are putting out a new EP titled Intertwined With You on February 3rd, and you can stream it in the replies below. Reminiscent of Citizen, Turnover and You Blew It, the brash midwestern emo act is is perfect for the bitter winter weather. If you dig it, be sure to pick up the 7" from Take This To Heart Records.
In case you haven't heard - You, Me, And Everyone We Know are back and have signed to new Nashville independent label South By Sea Music. They will release an EP called Dogged on March 17th. We are premiering a new song off of it - "I'd Rather Be Sleeping." It's one of the best pop-punk songs released so far this year, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Check it out in the replies to see what I mean. The band will also be supporting Have Mercy on tour with Weatherbox and Head North - dates for that are below, as well.
A while ago, we premieredBackslashes and Bad Ideas's single, "Sad Is the New Black." Now, we're excited to bring you the video for the single. Hit the replies to watch that and see their upcoming tour dates.
Cedar Boulevard is a pop-punk band hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They play a style of heavier pop-punk not unlike Four Year Strong's earlier material. We're excited to stream the first single off their upcoming self-titled debut EP. Hit the replies to check out "A Raven Like a Writing Desk."
We're happy to debut today a brand-new song from a Long Island-based punk act called Scout. You can head to the replies to check out "Spooky Basement Noises," and you should definitely check it out if you're a fan of driving indie-punk that you can sing along to. The song comes from a new EP called What If, Like, When We Die... that comes out via Secret Audio Club on February 10. Physical pre-orders are available here and digital is here.
Taking their name from an Arctic Monkey song, Reckless Serenade are normally a fast-paced pop-punk band. However, their new song "Autumn Eyes" slows things down a bit, sounding kind of like Thriving Ivory meets The Rocket Summer - something like that. Give it a listen in the replies, where you'll also find the band's upcoming tour dates. The band will release a new album later this year.
War Games are releasing their debut album called Holding Patterns on March 6th. We are streaming the first single - "Foundations." The band's first EP was recorded by Ace Enders, and this album has an early 2000's sound that fans of bands like The Receiving End of Sirens or more recently Pistolita or Conditions should enjoy. Give the song a listen in the replies.
A while back, we premiered a track from Hawk & Son's then-upcoming debut LP ATK. Well ATK is out now, and today we're excited to premiere the band's first video, "Dark Afternoon." Check that out in the replies.
Today, I'm very excited to share a brand new music video from Heart To Heart for their song "Hellbound". The song can be found on their 2014 Pure Noise Records release, Dulce, which was one of my favorite records of the year. If you liked what you heard, you can pick up the record. Head to the replies to check out the video.
Choke Up will release their debut full-length, Black Coffee, Bad Habits, via Black Numbers on February 3. The band takes cues from acts like Hot Water Music, as BrooklynVegan pointed out when they streamed their first single "Thicket And Vine," but I also hear a fair amount of newer-school gruff-punk-ish emo like Captain, We're Sinking in the song we're debuting today, titled "KC." Check it out in the replies, and if you dig it, you can pre-order Black Coffee, Bad Habits via the Black Numbers webstore.
Progressive indie alt rockers The Dirty Jacks dropped their new EP, All Part of the Plan, on Tuesday. You can watch the Maryland-based group's new music video "God I Never Felt This Nice" in the replies, where you can also stream the EP. Their unique sound might appeal to fans of Circa Survive, Coheed and Cambria, Incubus or Glassjaw.
Isaiah Dominguez recently recorded a new song called “No Matter Where” that was produced by Casey Bates (This Providence, Gatsby’s American Dream). Gavin Phillips from This Providence plays lead guitar on the song. We are streaming the track today - give it a listen in the replies. Fans of the slower pop-rock side of This Providence should enjoy this one.
On the fifteenth, Stolen Houses and Shiver will be releasing a split. Today we're excited to premiere one of Stolen Houses' songs. You can hear "Waves" in the replies, and if you like what you hear, be sure to preorder it.
On December 26th, Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties played their first ever full-band show at The Paradise in Boston, MA, and I was on hand to film it. You can watch the entire set - 36 minutes of songs about getting used to being alone - in the replies. In addition to The Wonder Years frontman Dan Campbell, the talented group includes Ace Enders (The Early November), Nick Steinborn (The Wonder Years), Tom Ryan (Young Statues) and John James Ryan (We Are the Union), among others.
Author, who recorded their first EP with Aaron Marsh (Copeland), are releasing their beautiful debut album Of Brighter Days on January 15th. Today, we are premiering a new song called "Wander" and as expected, fans of Copeland should like what they hear. Give it a listen in the replies.
Esta Coda have been working on a new EP called Miles Away with Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive) and Mike Watts (The Dear Hunter, As Cities Burn). We are premiering a new song off of it called "Rain" - give it a listen in the replies. The EP will release in early 2015, but if you like what you hear, you can catch the band on Saturday the 20th at a holiday show in Scranton, PA with The Menzingers, Captain We're Sinking, Tigers Jaw, and more.
No Sleep Records has signed San Diego, CA alt-rockers Anakin. The band's No Sleep debut, Celestial Frequency Shifter, will see the light of day on February 3rd and is up for pre-order. We're streaming the first single, titled "Satellite," in the replies. The group draws influence from Weezer, HUM, Nirvana, Failure and The Rentals, all of which are reflected in their fuzzy, melodic sound.