November 28, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl

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From Left to Right: Joey, Tim, Jake, Rob

Last September I wrote about my first time out on tour with Belle Noire. I received a lot of positive responses from people to keep doing these posts with each tour I’m on. While I’ve already done three before, this is my first time with Icarus The Owl out on the road. If you’re curious to read about a different perspective on the road with professional musicians, give this a read!

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August 11, 2017

Sum 41 – Personality In Music Videos

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While browsing my Facebook feed the other night I stumbled upon a post by Sum 41. It was a throwback post to a video of their live performance of “We’re All To Blame” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2004. This brought back a momentary bliss of nostalgia as I consider their 2004 album, Chuck, to be one of my favorite albums of all time. I remember staying up late in early 2005 to watch Jay Leno with my Dad because I knew Sum 41 was going to be the featured artist. They played a rendition of “Pieces” with lead vocalist Deryck playing piano instead of his usual rhythm guitar. That performance always stuck out to me. It’s a beautiful song where Deryck is restrained and composed throughout. One of their finer live performances.

This lead me down a path of remembering where I was when I first heard Sum 41. Like most of my generation, I was introduced to Sum 41 in the spring of 2001 with their single, “Fat Lip.” This was a track that couldn’t be missed by any pre-teen or teenager. That impossibly catchy guitar hook, gang vocals and the relentless energy made this song a staple of my 4th grade summer. (more…)

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June 16, 2017

On Tour – 2nd Edition – Part 2

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It has been 8 days since my last entry and already so much has happened. Here are some obvious facts: we are now 1,800+ miles further along our journey, we’ve consumed more V8 Energy drinks than I ever thought possible, and of course, we are catching up on a much-needed laundry day right now in Durham, NC.

Texas was an absolute blast. We dreaded Texas the last time around because of the sheer vastness of it. However, when you have 4 shows scattered throughout, it’s not so bad. Texas came out to party and we are so glad they did. The first stop was right along the U.S. border in El Paso. I’ll frankly admit I didn’t have high expectations for this town. You hear the stories of violence, corruption and rampant drug use, but our experience was far from that. We saw a spirited downtown. The locals were kind, generous and full of laughter everywhere we went. (more…)

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June 8, 2017

On Tour: 2nd Edition – Part 1

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Hello all,

I told myself I didn’t want to write about tour every day on my second time out, but I can’t help but feel like I need to write here and there. You get a lot of time to yourself on tour (despite being stuck in a van with 6 other people for 8+ hours a day) and it’s important to reflect on your thoughts, priorities and the journey ahead.

I firstly want to make a disclaimer about my previous writings. As happy and gung-ho as some of the entries may have seemed, there was a looming negativity I never wrote about. It’s something that was never overbearing, but it did put a slight damper on one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I apologize if I mislead anyone with the aura of fanaticism I incorporated into many of those stories. These entries will be nothing but the earnest truth. (more…)

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January 16, 2017

Top Albums of 2016

A little late to the party, but here’s our Top Albums of 2016 by myself (Patrick) and my new writing partner (Adam).

With Confidence – Better Weather

I gotta hand it to Australia this year. They produced two of my absolute favorite pop-punk records of the year. With Confidence made their debut with Better Weather, released from Hopeless Records. Hopeless has been doing an admirable job at recruiting new and exciting pop-punk bands and With Confidence is another successful investment. Backed by a crisp production, With Confidence’s debut album is chalk full of everything that makes a genre album exciting: strong vocals, catchy melodies, exciting riffs, and most importantly, staying power. (more…)

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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.


Giants At Large – Place & Time
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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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