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 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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August 30, 2015

Stories of Living – ‘Save Your Breath’

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Stories of Living is the newest band to emerge from the ever reliable New Jersey pop-punk scene. Save Your Breath is their debut album from Standby Records.

“Enough Is Enough” jumps right into it. The quick-witted vocals in the chorus have a dynamic bass drum/lyric combo that sets the tone for the rest of the album in this angst-heavy album opener. “16.67%” may have a bit too many bass drops for its own good, but the track is infused with a few electronic beats to give the harsh vocals a very distinct sound. “Out There” shows them at their liveliest. This song starts off with a monster hook and is designed to be stuck in your head after the first listen. The lovesick lyrics may not be revolutionary, but they keep the song light and peppy. “Don’t Lose Your Dinosuar” keeps things lively with a rip-roaring chorus that demands you to dance and mimic the chants of ‘Who you are is just who you want to be’

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