October 20, 2015

Icarus The Owl – ‘Pilot Waves’

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Icarus The Owl is a 4-piece from Portland, OR who also happens to be our Artist of the Month. Pilot Waves marks the band’s fourth full-length release and their first release under their new label, Blue Swan Records.

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October 9, 2015

Bands ‘Bad’ Albums: A Reflection

Welcome to the first edition of Bands Bad Albums: A Reflection
(Post-Hardcore Edition)

For criteria about what constitutes a ‘bad’ album, please reference this page.

Silverstein – Arrivals & Departures

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Arrivals & Departures  debuted in 2007 as the follow up album to Silverstein’s smash hit, Discovering the Waterfront. The former album put Silverstein on the map as one of the best bands in this relatively new, rising genre.

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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 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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