October 1, 2015

VIS – ‘No Waves’

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VIS’s No Waves is a truly remarkable EP.

Our Californian brethren, debuted with No Waves nearly a year and a half ago and have been making long strides ever since. Their impeccable time signatures and explosive drums make them every bit as exciting as the very best in the genre. The vocals are an elite mix of passion and precision. Take it from us, if you ever have a chance to see VIS live, do it! They put on an incredible show.

You can stream and buy their EP, No Waves, on Bandcamp.

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October 1, 2015

AOTM: October – Icarus The Owl

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Joey Rubenstein – Guitar/ Lead Vocals
Rob Bernknopf- Drums
Zach McLean – Bass/Vocals/Keyboards
Tim Brown – Guitar/Vocals

Icarus The Owl formed in 2009, hailing from Portland, Oregon. They released and distributed their debut album, “The Spotless Mind” in 2009 in independent retailers across the nation. They have appeared on MTV and had album distribution in major retail stores, including Hot Topic. In 2012, Icarus The Owl released their second album, Love Always, Leviathan. Their latest self-titled release, Icarus The Owl came out in February of 2014 where it was produced by Kris Crummett (Dance Gavin Dance, Sleeping With Sirens, A Lot Like Birds) at Interlace Audio in Portland, OR.

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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 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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