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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November 1, 2015

Dead Leaves – ‘Dead Leaves’

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Dead Leaves has been a consistent presence in the Ohio music scene for over the last five years in one way or another.

Dead Leaves originally started out as Call It Fiction, a pop-punk outfit filled with joyful synth and extremely catchy harmonies. Transitioning into Dead Leaves they have ditched the synth to produce some wonderful melancholic indie-pop/punk with hard-hitting lyrics and a more refined sound. They recently signed to Take To This Heart Records and are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Check em out!

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October 24, 2015

Sundressed – ‘The Same Condition’

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Cool. This album is cool.

Sundressed, the little band from Arizona that recently joined Take This To Heart Records have made a really cool album in The Same Condition. In mere seconds the band somehow manages to feel like an artist you’ve always known. All four of the tracks on the release sound just like the kind of songs you sing in a dirty basement with a cheap beer in your hand, loudly, and in unison with your closest friends. It’s familiar, fun, and a little rough around the edges. (more…)

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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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