POZ Decade: Taking Back Sunday - Where You Want To Be

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

Taking Back Sunday’s Where You Want to Be was released ten years ago this week, and PropertyOfZack is launching our next Decade feature in honor of the album today! We have commentary on the album from POZ team members Adrienne Fisher, Erik van Rheenen, and Deanna Chapman, so enjoy and reblog to let us know your thoughts on Where You Want to Be ten years later! 

How Where You Want to Be holds up in 2014

Where You Want To Be was the first time I really heard about Taking Back Sunday. I was almost 12 when the album came out, and the music video for “A Decade Under The Influence” seemed to constantly be on TV. To this day, I will still enjoy hearing that song. After listening to this album top to bottom for the first time in a while, I quickly remembered why it’s such a great album. The songwriting is brilliant, and the songs are the right mixture of heavy hitting and mellow. It makes for an extremely enjoyable and emotional album all at the same time, with songs like “A Decade Under The Influence,” “One Eighty By Summer,” and “New American Classic.” ‘Sophomore slump’ is a term that is thrown around quite a bit in music, but this album was by no means a slump for the band. I would easily say this album has stood the test of time so far for TBS fans. – Deanna Chapman

Most important song on Where You Want to Be

There’s a sense of poetic justice in christening “A Decade Under the Influence” the crown jewel of Where You Want to Be – since Adam Lazzara and Fred Mascherino first sang, “to hell with you and all your friends, it’s on,” Taking Back Sunday have labored under the song’s influence for ten straight years. “Decade” is easily as dynamic as the most reckless of Tell All Your Friends cuts, and Lou Giordano’s deftly punkish fingerprints mark the song as both a product of 2004 (a wonderfully heart-on-sleeve year when it comes to The Scene) and a catalyst for the shape of emo-rock to come.
 
The problem with being a Taking Back Sunday, though, comes from all the needless side-picking, like the band’s markedly different lineups are Red Rover teams, and you might as well take your side and stand your fucking ground lest one of the Lazzara/Nolan Era fans comes over. Truth is, Fred Mascherino was not, is not, and to the chagrin of Tell All Your Friends fanboys, will not ever be John Nolan. And while Nolan peppered TAYF with his signature vocals before maturing with Straylight Run, to hell with fans who wrote the band off as dead on Mascherino’s arrival. There’s a neurotic sort of nervous energy that punctuates “Decade,” and it’s that kind of jolt that spurred the band towards mainstream success. – Erik van Rheenen

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SLC Punk 2: Punk’s Dead Trailer

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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Punk’s Dead, the sequel too 1998’s SLC Punk, is coming soon. Watch a trailer below after the jump.

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The American Scene ‘Haze’ Album Details

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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The American Scene will be releasing Haze on September 9th via Pure Noise Records. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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POZ Interview: The Ready Set

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman recently spoke with Jordan from The Ready Set about Warped Tour, getting off of a major label, the new album, future music, touring, and much more. Read the interview below!

by Jesse Richman

Let me start this off by saying “welcome back”! Not that you went away, but it’s been quite a while since we had a full-length from you.
TRS: Yeah, it’s been a few years!

Before we jump into everything, let’s talk a little bit about what went on over those couple years. Your last album and EP and single came out on Sire, which is part of Warner Brothers. You’re no longer with them — you’re with Razor & Tie now. Can you talk a little bit about what went down with Sire?
I signed back in 2010, and put out my first album there, and a couple of singles and stuff. And after that, I assumed we were going to put out a new album, but it kind of was like a “let’s just put out singles” type thing, and try and have a big song at radio. So I was like “alright, well I guess I can be into that for a little bit.”

And then eventually, after that whole thing, I wanted to do an album, so they were like “alright, do an album.” So I did an album, got it all done, and then there were just so many changes — like none of the people that signed me were there anymore, it was all not the same thing that I signed to. There was just so much dead space, and I was sitting, waiting pretty, for the higher-up people to tell me that I could release something, and it was just like… ridiculous.

So I was able to get off, and there was not a ton of legal stuff — my lawyer was incredible with it. Within, like, a week, I was signed to Razor & Tie, with all of the album rights and everything; everything switched over to them. And it’s been amazing so far. So it feels like I’m back on track. I’m definitely not going to have any more of those delays. I feel bad; I don’t want people to think that that was my call. If I had it my way I would have put out three more albums by now. There’s just so much behind-the-scenes stuff that can hold you up. So now I’m just jumping back in.

"Best Song Ever" was the last thing you released as part of the major label deal. I was just wondering how that one track managed to squeak out. Were you happy with what they put behind it? Were they happy with what you put behind it? I’m curious how it all transpired.
It was a different team pushing that song. I don’t think it got the push that it could have, and I don’t think everything behind it was quite as cool as it could have been, as far as the content and everything. It was just all of these things that, I would have an idea, and I would have people saying “no, I think it would be better this way.” I was making these decisions out of fear that if I don’t let things go that way, everything is going to stop. So it’s a weight off my shoulders to be with a way more, I guess, creative label. It was great for a while; I got incredible opportunities out of it. I love tons of the people who were there, they all did a good job. But it came down to people who are way above everybody on the corporate level, who would just say yes or no to things, but who had no real creative input at all.

Was that single the thing that convinced you “ok, I need to get out of here?”
Yeah, kind of. It was always this thing where it was like “we’ll put out the single, and then we’ll do the album, it’ll come out in three months.” And then three months would come, and they’re like “alright, maybe four more months.” It became this thing where I knew every time that date came around… [Eventually I was like] “alright, this probably isn’t going to happen.”

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Allison Weiss Streams ‘Remember When’ EP

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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Allison Weiss has officially released Remember When. Stream it below after the jump.

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The Hundred Acre Woods Announce Summer Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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The Hundred Acre Woods are headed out on a summer tour starting this week. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Texas In July Announce New Album ‘Bloodwork’

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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Texas In July will be releasing Bloodwork on September 16th via Equal Vision Records. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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POZ Playlist: Plot Twist

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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PropertyOfZack is continuing a new string of Playlist features from individual team members to highlight specific feelings or desires. Next up is titled Plot Twist by Becky Kovach.

Check out our Playlist, let us know what your favorite songs on it are, and listen to these songs on Spotify while reading along below!

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Before music took over my life, I was what you’d probably call a “book worm.” I was the kid who read “Dracula” in 6th grade just because I could, the one who enjoyed “Great Expectations,” and the one who reveled in debating the merit of characters like Holden Caulfield.

To be completely honest, I haven’t changed all that much. I studied English and American Literature in college for no reason other than I wanted to, and loved every minute of it. So as a tribute to my bookish nature, my playlist features songs that are either inspired by books or contain literary references. If you happen understand them all, that’s awesome – you go, Glen Coco. If you don’t, let’s just say the final track is my polite way of telling you the best way to remedy that situation.

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Cruel Hand Release “Monument Square People” From ‘The Negatives’

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

Cruel Hand will be releasing The Negatives via Hopeless Records on September 23rd. Watch a music video for “Monument Square People” below after the jump.

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POZ Exclusive: Red Scare Industries’ 10th Anniversary Show

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

Red Scare Industries is turning ten this year, which is a major accomplishment all on its own. To push that even farther, the label is hosting a ten year show at the Metro in Chicago, IL on October 25th this year, and you should definitely go if you get a chance. PropertyOfZack is excited to announce that Direct Hit! have been added to the show. Check out the rest of the announced lineup below after the jump.

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Hostage Calm Release “Your Head / Your Heart” Music Video From ‘Die On Stage’

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

Die On Stage. Are you ready to? Hostage Calm are back with a new album that will come out on September 16th via Run For Cover. Watch a new music video for “Your Head / Your Heart” here via AVC or below after the jump.

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POZ Review: Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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by Zac Lomas, edited by Erik van Rheenen

All hail the flustered messiah of the jaded world; the provocateur known as Morrissey has returned after five years of veganism, celibacy, or whatever prevented him from releasing new music. I write this as only Morrissey would see fit to take his persona and music, with a dash of cynicism. It’s been a rocky year for the one they call Moz; several ailments have crippled multiple tours but with last year’s release of his autobiography his profile has raised once more. His tenth studio album, World Peace is None of Your Business, serves as one of his most musically diverse records to date that doesn’t sway far from the usual lyrical content but puts into perspective how aware the man sees his popularity and persona in the modern world.
 
The title track cuts to the heart of its subject, declaring the mission statement of all government to be of police brutality and taxing the common man to his lowest economic abilities. “You poor little fool” he croons to his masses making what one would assume is a State of the World declaration to his listeners who wouldn’t expect anything less of him. It’s a cautionary track masked with a grand build up clanging like church bells with the help of his longtime band. It’s wonderful to see his crew take such a giant leap in sound often possessing either a Latin or Middle Eastern sound to back up often gut cutting riffs and louder-than-bombs drums.
 
“Neal Cassady Drops Dead” features some of the grittiest guitars in Morrissey’s discography with a flavor for the samba, peppering a tale of Allen Ginsberg wallowing over the body of his lover. As hard hitting as it tends to be his world is more down in the dumps than usual and while World Peace… leaps and segues from track to track perfectly it is often slow moving and lacks the pep of his last effort, 2009’s “Years of Refusal.” However there is a certain glow of love still present as on “Kiss Me a Lot” a track whose inspired emotions would have fit perfectly early on in his solo career. “Staircase at the University” is another track that is reminiscent of his past work, with a tale of a student pressured into good grades committing suicide assisted by glowing background music that is giddy with Top 40 style.

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Against Me! Release “Black Me Out” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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Against Me! have released a new music video for “Black Me Out.” Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Albums Out In Stores Today

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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It’s July 22nd, which means it’s release day. Let us know what new releases you’re listening to today and hit the jump below to check out the album details and download information for all the great records coming out this week!

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Pup Announce North American Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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Pup will be heading out on a North American tour in October and November with support to come soon. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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