There has been a flood of 90’s emo revival bands over the last few years and I for one am extremely excited about this new trend. That being said, Before You Go by the UK’s Forrest didn’t really impress me all that much. There were plenty of aspects to the release that I felt had promise, but without the execution that sends chills down your spine. Forrest demonstrates that they are capable of utilizing several hallmarks of the genre with decent song writing on all six tracks. However, the band doesn’t branch out too much sonically or lyrically between each song, which doesn’t allow Before You Go to make much of an impact on the listener.
Currently signed to Animal Style Records, this Hamden, Connecticut progressive punk band produces a zoo of awesome sounds. That’s right, Wolves At Bay might have songs full of happy melodic hooks, but it all contrasts wonderfully with the gritty punk moments and front man Will Hayes’s hardcore-styled vocals. The group’s full-length debut, Only A Mirror, came out on November 15, 2011 and since then, they’ve been supporting it through constant gigging.
The Summer Set is one of today’s catchiest pop-punk acts. Hailing from Scottsdale, Arizona, the band have released two full-length albums since their formation in 2007 and are enjoying their first co- headlining tour with The Cab. When they played at The Mod Club on February 4th, the dynamic of the room changed instantly into one big sing-along dance party when they hit the stage. Before their high-energy set I got a chance to chat with lead singer Brian Dales about their tour, their latest album Everything’s Fine and pop music.
Vocalist Benj Squibbs of the South Wales based band The Calling Card took a moment to speak with me about the band, their music and their upcoming debut release. Their music can best be described as well-crafted pop-infused punk tunes with influences reminiscent of AFI, The Alkaline Trio and Good Charlotte. This is rock and roll the way it was meant to be; no pretenses, just straightforward and enjoyable. Here is what Squibbs had to say.
Purchase, NY band, Moving Mountains (MovMou) are making ripples in the rock/post hardcore/emo scene with their 2011 release, Waves. Instrumentally the album adheres to basic four chord progressions with melodic guitar overlays portraying the emotion of each song. On top of the music are Gregory Dunn’s vocals once again consisting of lyrics about a friend that passed away. The loss of his cohort can be felt in the flowing lyrics, which are occasionally strengthened by shouting.
Go Radio’s video for the stunning ballad “Goodnight Moon” is now featured online. Check it out below. A fan favorite, the track is included on ‘Lucky Street’ Deluxe Edition, a special version of the Floridian four-piece’s acclaimed debut Lucky Street. The release features the single “Any Other Heart”, plus bonus tracks that include unreleased songs, demos, and a cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”. ‘Lucky Street’ Deluxe Edition is available on October 24th.
Gainesville, FL’s Wavelets recently signed to Tiny Engines for the release of the quintet’s debut full-length, Athaletics, on 12″ vinyl and digital formats in late Fall. Since its 2009 inception, Wavelets has self-released a handful of digital EPs and singles, as well as a 7″ split with hometown brethren, Senders.
Emery debuts their new video for “Scissors” online. The track comes off their latest release ‘We Do What We Want’. The album was released by Tooth & Nail/Solid State Records and is in stores now. Check out the music video HERE.
Blessthefall is thrilled to premiere their new single “Promised Ones” with Revolver Magazine. “Promised Ones” is taken from their forthcoming album ‘Awakening’, set for release on October 4th. Check out the track HERE.
Mayday Parade is gearing up for the release of their third full-length record, the eponymous ‘Mayday Parade’, which hits stores on October 4th. In anticipation of the release, Alternative Press is streaming their new song “Oh Well, Oh Well.” Listen to the heartfelt and catchy track HERE.
The cover songs alone make this release: four flawless renditions original enough to justify redoing, but faithful enough to pay homage. And then there are still four Monument songs to discover. In the trademark Cap’n Jazz style of indie-emo, Monument pulls off Sweatpants Fever! effortlessly, reminding us how good emo really was, and apparently still is.
All Time Low unleash their new music video for lead single “I Feel Like Dancin'” today online. Filmed in Los Angeles, All Time Low re-teamed with director Matt Stawski (Cee Lo Green, Paramore, Kanye West and ATL’s very own “Weightless”). Check it out below.
Say Anything has undergone countless metamorphoses since their formation in Los Angeles, California in 2000 – starting with their name, which was initially Sayanything, not acquiring the space until sometime in 2002. The original line-up, consisting of frontman Max Bemis, drummer Coby Linder, Evan Span on guitar and Michael Levin on bass, released an EP entitled Junior Varsity, followed by their first full-length album, Baseball, in 2001.
August 2009, vocalist Mike Coasey unveiled that Armsbendback were reforming and releasing an album later in the year. As a huge fan of their past release The Waiting Room I was excited to hear some new music after a six year breakup. Three months later the band released their second full length, a self-titled effort through…