November 30, 2015

AOTM: December – No Tide

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No Tide is the newest and most exciting pop-punk act to come out of Nebraska in quite some time. In late June, No Tide released their first LP Death Of The Sun with Take This To Heart Records and proved themselves to be a must-see band in the pop-punk genre. We got a hold of Vocalist/Guitarist Will Conner to get to know a little bit more about No Tide and what plans they have for 2016. Please enjoy our December Artist of the Month!

CPF: So 5 months in, how does it feel to have your first album released?

Will Conner: It’s awesome. It’s been kind of a long time coming putting out our first LP. (more…)

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November 30, 2015

Shapes & Colors – ‘On Display’

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Shapes & Colors is a a fine addition to the punk/rock genre from the suburbs of Detroit Rock City. They made their debut earlier this year with On Display, showing off some serious musical talent and a knack for catchy melodies. You might recognize the vocalist, Travis Bobier, the new vocalist for the revamped Search the City outfit.

Check out their EP and follow them on Facebook for more updates.

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November 25, 2015

Handguns – ‘Disenchanted’

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I’ll admit, I came into this record not knowing a lot about Handguns. I always caught a glimpse here or there, but nothing substantial enough to hook me. As an avid lover of Pure Noise Records, I decided to give these boys a shot.

Whoa. You’ll see this word a lot in this review and hear it a lot in the album. This record packs a punch. The best way I can describe Disenchanted is that it’s Neck Deep on steroids. That is absolutely a compliment too. (more…)

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November 24, 2015

Donovan Melero – Part II: Addiction and Sobriety

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In the second part of our interview Donovan discusses his struggles with addiction and how he found his way back to music.

CPF: I’ve heard you mention addiction here and there, would you be comfortable sharing that story?

Donovan Melero: Yeah, of course man. I guess I should say the disease of addiction runs in my family- in the males. My brother is a recovering addict and my dad is a recovering alcoholic, so I was kind of predisposed to get it. It started out in high school just drinking and smoking, but over time it just kinda got worse and worse. I started chasing new types of highs. It had a lot to do with being very insecure with my own self and not being comfortable in my own skin. I started seeking outside sources to find ways to feel more comfortable and that became using drugs. Eventually it just took over my purpose of living. (more…)

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November 15, 2015

Visitors – ‘Blueshift’

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Blueshift, an impressive EP from SLC progressive band Visitors, is a must-listen for fans of the darker side of post hardcore. The 5-track release is filled with heavy-hitting drums, and a unique range of sung, screamed and spoken vocals that fans of Circa Survive, Dredg, and Tides Of Man are certain to enjoy.

Grab this EP while you can- it’s currently free on their Bandcamp page.

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November 13, 2015

Bands ‘Bad’ Albums: A Reflection

Bands Bad Albums: A Reflection (Pop-Punk Edition)

For criteria about what constitutes a ‘bad’ album, please reference this page.

Mayday Parade – Anywhere But Here

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Anywhere But Here was released in 2009 and marked Mayday Parade’s second full-length album and first record under Atlantic Records. It also marked the first release from Mayday Parade without co-vocalist, Jason Lancaster. Mayday Parade first made a mark on the pop-punk scene in 2007 with their debut album, A Lesson In Romantics, which was praised for its high-energy guitar riffs and emotionally charged lyrics.

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