September 25, 2015

Tri-State Era – Between Us and What Could Have Been Saved

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Tri-State Era is a five piece emo pop-punk outfit from Connecticut, USA. Between Us and What Could Have Been Saved marks the bands second EP release since their formation in 2012.

Ditching the traditional format of typical genre tracks, ‘Under The Skin,’ makes good use of it’s time by drawing you in with its foot stomping beat and emotive vocals. Near the half-way mark, a slick drum fill transitions the track into a nearly minute-long outro that takes the opening progression and adds its own flair. (more…)

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September 21, 2015

Oranges – ‘Taxonomy’

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Las Vegas quartet Oranges are the latest band to be added to the Blue Swan Records Roster. An obvious addition to the blossoming label, the group are the epitome of what is being called “Swancore.” Taxonomy, the group’s label debut, is an 11-track album filled with aggressive post-hardcore and progressive songs that will absolutely make your head spin. (more…)

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September 16, 2015

A Love Letter to Funeral For A Friend

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As of 9/14/2015, Funeral For a Friend (FFAF) has announced they are breaking up. Funeral For a Friend was active from 2001-2015 and released seven full-length albums and over half-a-dozen EPs.

In honor of FFAF, lets take a look at their contributions to the post-hardcore genre, album by album.

In 2003, Wales natives Funeral For a Friend released their debut album Casually Dressed and Deep In Conversation. This album debuted at the forefront of the post-hardcore/screamo genre emerging in the early 2000’s. The blending of melodic guitars, harsh screams, and well-utilized breakdowns helped put them on the map with premiere bands like Senses Fail, Silverstein and Alexisonfire. Singles ‘Juneua‘ and ‘Escape Artists Never Die‘ featured incredibly catchy harmonies over Edgar Allan Poe-esk lyrics that were popular in the early 2000’s.

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September 15, 2015

Adventurer – Adventurer

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Adventurer is one of Blue Swan Records’ new babies.

This trio of rockers bring a palpable amount of energy and skill to their music and represent the very best that Detroit has to offer the post-hardcore scene. Their self-titled EP is an impressive debut of raw screams, clever lyricism, and funky beats that will leave you wanting more. They are currently tracking a new full-length album set to be released in 2016.

You can stream and download their self-tilted EP on Bandcamp.

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September 10, 2015

Ace Enders – ‘Hiraeth’

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Ace Enders. Anyone moderately educated within with the pop-punk genre knows the name. If you don’t know it, you damn well should. Ace Enders is the genius behind ‘The Early November’, ‘I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business’ and of course his self-titled work ‘Ace Enders and a Million Different People’ (now just ‘Ace Enders’).

Hiraeth had very little momentum building before its release. This isn’t the first time Ace Ender’s has dropped an album with little to no warning. Last October, Ace dropped Growing In under ‘I Can Make A Mess’ out of nowhere. The entire album was a concept album he wrote while recording other musicians in his studio. Ace just has that kind of passion for music. Ace continues his exploration into concept albums with Hiraeth.

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September 1, 2015

Of The Fact – Adjust

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Of The Fact’s Adjust is the second EP release from these Wisconsin homers.

Adjust balances its heavier bass and guitar distortion well with melodic vocals and upbeat drums to great effect. They are a rising talent in the pop-punk scene and are showing off a tremendous amount of growth already so early in their career.

You can stream and purchase Adjust on Bandcamp.

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