Happy 4th of July holiday-weekend to everyone in the states, and happy just regular end of the week to everyone else. This week marks the 40th episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. Topics this week include: Brand New are in the studio (we have proof!), Upon a Burning Body hit a new low in "promotion," the staff's middle of the year top album list, and we end the podcast talking about Anberlin and how their final album holds up and acts as a bookend to the band's career. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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Itís with great regret that we announce the departure of Tim Arnold. We part as nothing but the best of friends and wish nothing but the best for him. This has been a difficult and mutual decision, largely based on Timís recent move to Atlanta in order to start a family.
Good Old War is currently in midst of making what we think is our most exciting album to date, including some songs that Tim has written with us. Weíll be recording them in Nashville next month and will soon announce a Pledge campaign, where we hope to let you in on the making of the album, every step of the way. We hope to be on...
Handguns will be chatting on the site next Monday at 7pm EST. Swing by to talk to them about their new album, Life Lessons, their upcoming tour with Hundreth and Counterparts or whatever you like. And if you haven't already, go stream Life Lessons over on Substream.
For all the films and programmes about women's role in punk, their recognition has been a problem since the 1970s and it looks like very little has changed. Women were a part of punk from the beginning as musicians, promoters, venue heads, artists, provocateurs, community organisers, documenting their local scenes in zines, films, books and photographs. As LA punk veteran Alice Bag has pointed out, punk started out as an inclusive and diverse movement, but was quickly annexed by white dudes. Women have had to fight for space and recognition in punk ever since.
Dads will release I'll Be The Tornado this October, via 6131 Records. The tracklisting is below and the art can be seen in the replies. A new song, "But," can be streamed on bandcamp. Dads are currently touring with Touche Amore and Tigers Jaw; dates can also be found in the replies.
01. Grand Edge, MI
02. Chewing Ghosts
03. The Romantic Ocean
04. Fake Knees
05. Sold Year
07. You Hold Back
09. Sunburnt Jet Wings
10. Take Back Today
11. Only You
Driver Friendly are all set to release their fantastic new album, Unimagined Bridges, on July 15th through Hopeless Records. We are excited to premiere "Twenty Centuries Of Sleep," the record's penultimate track. It's a great example of how many packed choruses the record has, so check it out in the replies. The band will soon be heading out on tour with Stickup Kid, Seaway, and Candy Hearts - be sure to catch them on the road. Preorder the album here and here.
We're excited to bring you "Overthrow", the first single off Sleeping Giant's brand new record, Finished People, which comes out August 19th on Century Media Records. The track also features guest vocals from Brook Reeves from Impending Doom. Hit the replies to check it out.
With tomorrow being the official celebration of America's independence, we thought it was fitting to get a discussion started about songs centered around freedom, America, and independence. Whether that means a song about driving down America's highways, or a song honoring our armed forces, there's certainly music to fit the mood of the 4th. Leave us your favorites in the replies!
Lazy journalists will simplify words and start conflicts they donít have to fight in. Cowardly bloggers will take sides based on what other blogs think is cool. In contrast, THE HUNTING PARTY is a statement about who we are and what inspires us right now. Itís a stab out into an unknown. Our fight is with conformity, stagnation, inspiration, and even our own bandís complex history. And a big thank you goes out to CHVRCHES and all the bands whose names Iíve mentioned, for...
I woke up to a ton of missed calls and just saw all this stuff about Danny Leal of UABB posing as that he's been abducted or kidnapped. My phone hasn't stopped ringing since. As a child, we all learn the story "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and it sticks within our consciousness for a reason. I do not condone this type of publicity stunt. This was done behind my back and I am not OK with it. In my eyes, there's never a time to use the possibility of real-life abduction, injury or murder of someone you care about to promote anything, especially an album. If you need to resort to that, then you...
For the last few years, The Quesadilla Factory was home to many fantastic pop-punk and hardcore shows. However, the time has come for the venue to closedown, but that doesn't mean that they're not going to go out without a bang. The Story So Far, Downpresser, and more will be playing the venue's final show. Only 200 pre-sale tickets will be available on July 4th. More information can be found on the venue's Facebook page.
What we get in punk these days is the ďanti-antiĒ: Someone comes up with something, then the next generation is against that, and then the next generation is against that, and then that thing becomes a problem. There's these layers of anti-, and so many of them are just so self-serving. It's not about larger freedom. Laura Jane Grace and Against Me! are one of the only punk rock things I've seen in years. And that's what [The Next Four Years] is about, starting with "Serious Business" as a joke about careerism and privilege and how blind we all are. All these songs are set up as jokes, and the...