POZ BandsOnBands: Plague Vendor On Liars

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

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Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the new PropertyOfZack feature today with Plague Vendor. The band’s new album, Free To Eat, is out now on Epitaph Records and can be grabbed here

In this week’s feature, frontman Brandon Blaine talks about his love for Liars. Listen to songs by Liars here and check out what Brandon had to say about one of his biggest influences below!

Liars is a band that we (Plague Vendor) have been inspired by. They are the first band that literally brought me to tears after the first time I saw them. Growing up listening to them and watching their videos and to this day continuing to do so. I am reminded and comforted by their art. We would blast them on our way to our studio in 2009 (writing songs that would become “FREE TO EAT”) just to open us up, give us confidence and excite us to do whatever we wanted. I sing, write and perform from a subconscious place that I like to think is a free space from where all great art has come from. When you lose yourself or bow down to a sound, in a sense, at the same time you’ve conquered it. Liars does that to me.

Dance Gavin Dance, Secrets, Alive Like Me, Defeat The Low Rise Records Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

Dance Gavin Dance, Secrets, Alive Like Me, and Defeat The Low are going on the Rise Records Tour in November and December. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Manchester Orchestra Teasing Tomorrow

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

Manchester Orchestra are teasing something for tomorrow, and we hear it’s going to be beautiful. Check out a teaser below.

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The Jazz June Stream “Edge Of Space” From ‘After The Earthquake’

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

The Jazz June will be releasing After The Earthquake on November 11th via Topshelf Records. Stream a new song called “Edge Of Space” here via EW or below.

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Panic! At The Disco Cover Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

Panic! At The Disco recently covered ”Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen live. Check out the cover below.

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POZ Show Review: Riot Fest Chicago (Day Two)

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

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by Adrienne Fisher, edited by Erik van Rheenen

Here’s the thing about attending a great fest against the natural elements of the world – it brings people together. All of a sudden, everyone has something in common, bonded together by a sense of “man, this sucks” as rain pisses away on your day or a cold breeze cuts into the hoodie that you thought would protect you from the low 50s. Hugs from an acquaintance linger on as you try to retain warmth or remember the simple comfort of another human’s touch in the face of a miserable weather day. And complaining suddenly isn’t something to be looked down on – because everyone’s bitching about how cold, wet, and muddy they are.

Don’t get me wrong – the fest has been awesome, and the shared sense of solidarity regarding the elements has somehow only supplemented the experience. While Friday’s events were showered in rain that just would not let the fuck up, yesterday’s gripe were the muddy, quicksand-like grounds that remained in its wake. The sprawling fields of mud laid out in front of the stages made getting to the bands you wanted to see a little bit of a challenge, and god forbid you had shoes on that weren’t actually tied to your feet. But to have an excuse to commiserate with a stranger about how they, too, felt like they were in an Indiana Jones movie getting through the mud to the barricade for the Get Up Kids? Priceless.

In addition to detailing the shared sense of togetherness in the face of weather adversity, I also did what any good festivalgoer would do and, you know, saw some bands. I started my day with Connecticut’s favorite emo cult The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, who riled up a considerable crowd of gangly punks to the opening of “Heartbeat in the Brain,” despite the overbearing presence of their new spoken-word collaborator (because why wouldn’t a band with 8 people in it already need someone to do spoken-word?). Philadelphia’s Restorations was a big source of excitement for me, being that I view them, in the most professional sense of the words, as “so, so, so fucking awesome.” And awesome they were, ripping a few new songs amidst their other flawless material from LP2.

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The Fall Of Troy Announce Show

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

The Fall Of Troy have announced a show in Pomona, CA at The Glasshouse on November 2nd. Check out details below.

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POZ Stream: Future Idiots - “Stranglehold”

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

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Future Idiots are releasing “Strangehold” on September 23rd officially, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get it in your ears a week early. The band is releasing the song through our friends at Pacific Ridge Records and can be picked up here. Stream “Strangehold” below!

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Fall Out Boy’s Hydra Fest Apparently Cancelled

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Travie McCoy, New Politics, and LoLo were set to have their Hydra Fest in April of 2015, but fans have flocked to Twitter about the festival’s apparent cancellation. First word on the news came out at the end of last week, but the band has yet to release an official statement. Social handles for the festival have also been taken down. It should be noted it looks like the festival may be rescheduled, but again, the band has not released an official statement. Check out a few tweets from fans below.

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POZ Review: The American Scene - Haze

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

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by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen

I came across the phrase “quintessential summer album” in reference to Haze while doing a little reading about The American Scene. After having listened through the album several times, the phrase struck me as odd and, to be completely honest, inaccurate. Yes, Haze is mellow, fleeting, relaxed – all qualities one tends to associate with summer. But its quiet nature and, for lack of a better word, hazy tones are autumnal in temperament. This album is the sonic embodiment of a cool walk through a yellow wood, not a sweltering day spent lying out at the beach.
 
And, just as fall is a seasonal spectrum of everything from temperature to color to amount of daylight, so Haze is a spectrum in mood, tempo, and the lasting impressions of each track.
 
Haze draws you in from the very beginning, with its swaying and rhythmic title track. But it’s the second and third songs, “Royal Blue” and “Nails of Love” that really show how much The American Scene has grown since the release of Safe For Now in 2012. “Royal Blue” creates depth with its subtle vocal harmonies and multitude of shrill guitar melodies as lead singer Matthew Vincent solemnly confesses to his shortcomings (“I was so cruel, so cruel when I was dying/And I was cool, I was so, so cool/I was so cool, so cool when I was dying”).

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The Pixies Release “Ring The Bell” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

The Pixies have released a new music video for “Ring The Bell.” Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Say Anything, Saves The Day, Reggie Add Date To Super Album Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

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Say AnythingSaves The Day, and Reggie And The Full Effect are now playing Chicago on their album tour. The announcement comes following Say Anything’s Riot Fest set. Check out the full routing below.

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Yellowcard Release New Song “Transmission Home”

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

Yellowcard have released a new song called “Transmission Home.” Stream the song here via The Telegraph or below after the jump.

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Feed Sponsor: FrankOH

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

FrankOH is an emerging solo-artist who is rapidly gaining momentum and immense support in the pop-rock scene as a young artist who has recently released his debut-single and music video for “Hear U Scream.”

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Death Cab For Cutie’s Emotional Goodbye To Chris Walla During Final Performance

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

Chris Walla played his final show with Death Cab For Cutie this weekend at Rifflandia 2014. The band closed their set with “Marching Bands Of Manhattan.” You can say goodbye below.

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