December 18, 2016

5 Pop-Punk EP’s You May Have Missed This Year (2016)

Every year we see a surge of amazing pop-punk artists release some fantastic material. This list is to acknowledge 5 of those releases that need to be heard by the pop-punk community repeatedly. Let’s dive in.

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Giants At Large – Place & Time
Long Island, NY
Label: Unsigned

Giants At Large continue to be the most consistent artist in the genre. The bands matures along with their music as they continue to push their musical boundaries and artistic style. Place & Time is an intimate love letter to their hometown in Long Island. Each track title refers to a memory of growing up in LI. The impressive guitar work, sincere lyrics, and well-timed harmonies help bring this very personal EP to life.

FFO: Transit, The Maine, Bonfires
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December 15, 2016

Manic Kat Records – Interview

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I had the chance to chat with Pete James, CEO of Manic Kat Records, where we talked about the history of his indie label and what’s on the horizon for 2017.

Casual Punk Fan: Tell me a little about Manic Kat Records. What inspired you to start label?

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Manic Kat Records: The label actually started back in 2009. I was in a band that was touring and shopping around with some major labels. We had a couple big labels that approached us offering lousy 360 deals. In 2009, that was the peak of the 360 deal. It wasn’t really for us. We walked away to start our own label where we released our music from. A couple months later we picked up a couple of bands and thought we could make a good thing from it. After about a year and a half, I was swamped. I couldn’t handle everything on my own. I was handling everything from public relations, social media, recording, etc. You name it, I was doing it. It was a lot to juggle for one guy so I had to put it on hold. (more…)

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