We recorded this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast mere hours before Brand New debuted a new song live ... we made a few predictions that come true and others that fail almost in real time. We talk a lot about Brand New's marketing roll out for "Mene," talk a lot about the song itself, and speculate on the band's future and what they may do next. Then we move into talking about All Time Low selling the most albums in a week but not having the "number one album" of the week and why that bothered Thomas enough to write an article about it. Can it be fixed? Should it be fixed? There's some Apple Watch tossed in here and some talk about Four Year Strong's new song as well. Good...
Turnover apparently can't be stopped, because they've released another new song from Peripheral Vision, this one called "Humming." Check it out here. The album comes out May 4th, which is blissfully close at hand.
Today, Texas In July has started to announce their final shows together. The band has announced their farewell European tour – which will feature festival appearances at Jera On Air, Graspop, and With Full Force Festival – and select shows with the likes of Chelsea Grin and Walking With Strangers.
The gap of almost 18 years is the longest between an act topping Mainstream Rock Songs, besting Stone Temple Pilots, which paused 16 years between "Lady Picture Show" (Jan. 18, 1997) and "Out of Time" (Aug. 17, 2013).
I've always tried to be as honest and upfront with you as I can, and I'll do my best to keep that up. As of now, there is no new music, and no new tours for us in the future. We did a lot of soul searching the past few months, and we amicably came to the conclusion that we're taking an indefinite break. In truth, it's a bummer that we're done. But that's how this goes. Music changes, members change, and it's hard living off $5 a day haha. Only a rare few bands can make a life out of music, and we were lucky enough (and very grateful) to do this as long as we did. Thanks to all of you for the support, whether you downloaded a cd, let us crash on your floor, bought...
01. You Me At Six – Kings And Queens - Thirty Seconds to Mars
02. Enter Shikari – Chop Suey! - System of a Down
03. Architects – Wait And Bleed - Slipknot
04. Twin Atlantic – Beverly Hills - Weezer
05. Neck Deep – Juneau - Funeral For A Friend
06. Bury Tomorrow – Bring Me To Life - Evanescence
07. Lower Than Atlantis – Everything Is Alright - Motion City Soundtrack
08. Funeral For A Friend – I Can Climb Mountains - Hell Is for Heroes
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.
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Wolf Alicewill release their debut album, My Love Is Cool, on June 22nd via Dirty Hit Records and today they unveiled the album version of live and fan-favourite "Bros". Do yourself a favour and welcome in the summer hit this song always deserved to be by hitting the replies and checking it out.
"Bros" is a sentimental tune to us, it's grown and changed with us over the past couple of years, taking on different shapes and forms until it evolved into being this definitive album version. It's an ode to childhood imagination and friendship and all the charm that comes with that. The live response to the song has been truly humbling." - Ellie Roswell (vocals, guitar)
Carly Rae Jepsen has announced that her forthcoming follow-up to 2012's Kiss is titled E·MO·TION and will be out this summer (Tower Records Japan accidentally announced it as June 24, but there hasn't been confirmation from Carly's camp). In the meantime, hit the replies to listen to the Dev Hynes-assisted "All That."
Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles has posted a new song on the band's Facebook and Soundcloud pages titled "Frail". Whilst Alice Glass is still not a part of the act, a new vocalist referred to as "Edith" appears on this song. Check it out in the replies.
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.
Reports are coming in from the Brand New show tonight in LA that if you buy any merch the band are giving out what appear to be lyric sheets to the new song "Sealed to Me." You can check a photo out in the replies.
Update: The song was played live tonight as an encore, video in the replies.
Samuel Penner has been asked to leave For Today. A statement from him is in the replies.
I was told that I was unequally yoked with the band because of my personal beliefs of how I should live my life after coming to know Jesus. For this reason, the band could no longer support me or walk with me on this path. (To be clear about this, for those who care, my personal belief is simply that a standard of living our lives after salvation has been set by God in the “Old Testament” law. Not for salvation but for living a life in service to God.)
High On Fire will be releasing their new album, Luminiferous, on June 23rd. This is the band's seventh studio album, and it was recorded with none other than Converge's Kurt Ballou. You can check out the artwork and a statement from Matt Pike in the replies.
01) The Black Plot
03) The Sunless Years
04) Slave the Hive
05) The Falconist
06) Dark Side of the Compass
07) The Cave
09) The Lethal Chamber
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.
iTunes recently put together a list of their favorite music podcasts and the AbsolutePunk Podcast was included in this list. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that reached out to them on Twitter and said you liked us, or left us a review, or has shared our podcast with a friend, or has listened to one of the past 78 episodes. We really appreciate it and are humbled by the support. I know, personally, that the launch of this podcast has been one of my favorite things we've done on the website in years. It's reignited a spark inside me to talk about music and our little scene here and the learning process from episode one to now has been a crazy fun journey. Thank you, especially,...
Hit the replies for a video of Brand New performing "Missing You" live at the Filmore last week. This is one of the better versions that contains the reworked bridge and outro (starting at about the 2:08 mark).