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

image1Melero performing with Sianvar. Photo by Michael-Rex Carbonell

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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November 10, 2015

Donovan Melero – Part I: Music and The Industry

 

image2Melero performing with Sianvar. Photo by Michael-Rex Carbonell

Donovan Melero lives a fast-paced lifestyle of performing, recording, and booking tours across the country. As the lead vocalist in two touring acts, he splits his time between performing on center stage with Blue Swan Records supergroup Sianvar, and singing from behind his drum kit in his own band, Hail The Sun. We caught up with him in Walnut Creek, CA while on a Sianvar tour with Idlehands, Strawberry Girls and Movements to get a better glimpse at the day-to-day happenings of a full-time musician and industry representative. In the first part of our interview Donovan discusses his current projects and how he get involved in the music industry.

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November 1, 2015

AOTM: November – Giants At Large

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Giants At Large is a four-piece pop/punk/rock outfit from Long Island, NY. They’ve been around the scene for nearly five years and have toured the East coast extensively.

I had the pleasure of seeing Giants At Large for the first time back in the fall of 2012 when their album Doubt had just been released. They were touring with the now defunct, We Still Dream, and were playing a show in Pontiac, MI (about five miles from where I lived). It was a small, intimate show that gave me the opportunity to talk with each of the band members of Giant At Large and We Still Dream. We hit it off right away as we talked about the pop-punk scene and tour life. (more…)

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