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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.

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.

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…