We’re big fans of Dads, Restorations, and Daisyhead on PropertyOfZack, so we figured we’d put all three bands together for a new Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Saves The Day - Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off to Heaven
Saves is on their new album tour and I was getting back into their catalogue so I’d be ready and warmed up for the show, this is maybe my favorite of their songs ever.
Minus The Bear - Get Me Naked 2: Electric Boogaloo
Incendiary - Primitive Rage
We got the chance to play with these guys at Mixtape Fest on Long Island a couple months ago and once a month or so I keep revisiting this album, this song is great.
Wilco - Impossible Germany
Touche Amore - Harbor
Their new album is great and this is such a strong song. I love the structure and changes it goes through.
Bright Eyes - Shell Games
The intro lyrics are really cool once you ~get it~ and that he’s referring to different albums and album covers he’s done.
Hop Along - Young and Happy!
I’ve had this song stuck in my head for a month.
Snapcase - Coagulate
Glassjaw - Must’ve Run All Day
We did a late night drive recently and listened to the entire Glassjaw discography, which we usually listen to in whole at some point at least once a month. I love that they were/are able to play hardcore heavy hitters and then get soft and no one questioned it.
These Arms Are Snakes - Big News
Fuzzy bass and weird off-time guitar riffs. I like it.
Poison the Well - Meeting Again for the First Time
I feel like “You Come Before You” gets overlooked because it may have been their mature album, their growth album, it wasn’t the metalcore breakdown album people wanted. I know when I heard it way back in the day I didn’t know how to take it. We listened to it again last summer and it was immediately put onto our list of albums we obsess over. If this record came out today I’d still be all over it.
Better Off - Letting It In / Making It Go
In my opinion, this is the best song that will ever come out of Nashville,
Balance & Composure - Tiny Raindrop
This is my favorite song on the latest Balance record, it’s a different
style, but I think it rules.
Courtesy Drop - What Makes This Place Worth Calling Our Home
I was lucky enough to sing on this song with a ton of other local vocalists,
so I listen to it from time to time to remember how fun that was.
Our friends at Big Footprints have released their July 4-way split featuring Koji, Steady Hands, Restorations, and Tyler Daniel Bean Stream it below after the jump.
Restorations just finished up their tour with The Menzingers, and we’re happy to have the band do one more Road Blog on PropertyOfZack to round out the great summer run. Check out the last blog below!
6/8 - Jacksonville, FL
Restorations has a bit of history with the Phoenix Taproom. Our old band and many of our friends have played through here on random tours that are out in the aether of the past. It’s always been… odd? Yeah, let’s go with that. This night proved to be no exception to this. It was a humid mess of a day already, so when the Phoenix let us know that all their air conditioning wasn’t working it set a tone for the evening. During our set the power kept randomly cutting out, turning off instruments, the PA, and the onstage box fans that the Menzingers went out and got for everyone (Thanks, guys!). We made the best of the situation and on the whole, I think we fared pretty well. The power problems seemed to work themselves out well enough for Fake Problems and the Menzingers to have commanding sets. There is one memory for Jacksonville that will stick with us though. While walking to get dinner, a convertible pulled up to a stoplight we were approaching. The passenger of the convertible was repeatedly punching the driver in the head, despite the driver’s quite understandable protest. As the light changed and the car peeled down the road, the passenger door opened and stayed open till the turned and were beyond our view. No word on whether or not the passenger jumped or was ejected from the vehicle. Jacksonville, you’re a trip.
6/9 - Durham, NC
For the rest of the bands on the tour this was a day off. A chance to cool off a bit after Jacksonville and take a leisurely turn to the next officially scheduled show in DC. We decided to split the difference driving wise and play a show at Motorco in Durham, a one off headliner set up by our good friend Scotty Sandwich of Death to False Hope Records. We were joined by Scotty’s band, Almost People and Durham locals, The Mercators. The Mercators includes drummer Mark Oates who is an old, old friend of ours. We were in good company. Durham has always been a supportive town for us and this show kept that trend going. Motorco is a sizeable venue and we certainly didn’t pack the place out but for a rainy Sunday night, it was inspiring to have that receptive audience. Special thanks to Jay and John from Red Collar, our Tiny Engines lablemates, for the continued support. Can’t wait to do some shows with you guys again.
Restorations are out on a stacked tour with The Menzingers, Fake Problems, and Captain, We’re Sinking and band is back for a second PropertyOfZack Road Blog feature. Check out their second Road Blog entry below and come back for more!
From Dave Klyman:
6/1 - Chicago, IL. There was a lot to be excited for today. Restorations as a band has never been to Chicago, and this was going to be a busy visit. The day started with an in-store acoustic show at Record Breakers, a cool vintage vinyl and CD shop that boasts a nice little parrot named Harpo, who apparently does impromptu guest vocals. Harpo might not have contributed to the set, but it was a gratifying experience. 90% of the attendees were going to be at the completely sold out show at Subterranean, but I also got to meet a very nice gentleman and his lovely little daughter who was totally stoked on the in-store. Sorry we didn’t have youth small shirts, but thank you!
Now, knowing full well that trying to capture a night like this one in words is near impossible, let’s just say it was one to remember. It was everything you want in a punk/rock show: Great sound, a truly receptive and enthusiastic audience, and an energy that you could almost reach out and touch. What you COULD reach out and touch was the humidity in the room. It was a steamy one for sure and over the course of the night we all must’ve lost about 10 lbs in sweat. Gracious as always, the Menzingers allowed 80% of Restorations to take part in their set. Ben played keys on a couple songs, Dan and Carlin played bass and drums on Irish Goodbyes, and I again joined them in their encore. Emerging from the sweatbox was relieving, for sure, but it was also sad knowing that the show was over. Good thing there’s still 10 more shows left. Thanks to our buddy, Brad, for putting us up, showing us Malort, and letting us hang with his pup.
6/2 - Milwaukee, WI. I don’t know what it is about expansive bodies of water that’s so captivating but whatever it is, Lake Michigan has it. Before heading over to The Cactus club we took some time to walk about, take in the scenery, and skip stones across the shore line. We also checked out the Bronze Fonz (pictured below), with whom our merch guru, Dom, found instant kinship. Catus Club is a great little space from which you can just about see Lake Michigan. Captain We’re Sinking got a great reaction from the crowd. Seems Milwaukee really relates to their alcohol soaked lyrics. Go figure. We played a pretty good set, there was a good showing of people who knew our songs including a married couple right in the front who were completely going for it the whole set, jumping up and down and pushing each other around. True love knows no rigid form. Menzingers played great and really looked to set the room off. I opted to stay at the bar since they were taking requests and played pretty much the entire Floor - Self Titled record. Sorry, Menzos.
The Menzingers are better than Fall Out Boy. Not only is this statement controversial, but it also comes straight out of left field, since comparing one of this generation’s most celebrated pop-punk band with an up-and-coming punk-revival band is absurd. However, on May 28, both of those bands made the trek into the greater-Buffalo area and that was the choice local punk fans were faced with. Obviously I chose The Menzingers, which proved to be the right choice.
Hot off the release of their LP The Future Is Cancelled, Captain, We’re Sinking donned matching blue tie-dye shirts and kicked off the show with a selection of new tracks and a few old ones. Vocalist and guitarist Bobby Barnett warmed up the crowd with some humorously forced small talk between songs that had the growing audience bobbing their heads. Highlights of their short set included “Here’s To Forever” off of the new album, featuring such wonderful lyrics as, “I can’t remember what I was looking for, but I did find something in myself that I despised.” Combining gritty punk rock with vocals reminiscent of The Hold Steady, Captain, We’re Sinking provided a nice warm-up for the raucous festivities that lay ahead.
Following Captain, We’re Sinking was Restorations, whose brand of indie influenced punk rock added to the overall diversity of this stacked tour. Featuring three guitarists, the band layered intricate guitar melodies over driving riffs to create a sound akin to early Radiohead. If the multitude of guitars wasn’t enough, guitarist Ben Pierce added his own piano flavor on a few tracks in their set, creating a unique live sound, dripping with variety. To top this musical miscellany off was Carlin Brown’s boisterous drumming that provided a fat backbeat to the powerful and poignant songs that Restorations sampled.
Up next were Florida upstarts Fake Problems, who wowed the crowd with their blend of folk-punk, indie, bebop, and everything in between. While vocalist and guitarist Chris Farren was busy blasting away power chords and belting lyrics, bassist Derek Perry was stealing the show with his impeccable bass-playing skills that added the undeniable funk that makes Fake Problems so unique. The band had the near capacity crowd singing along, clapping their hands and even casually dancing in the pit.
Fake Problems and Restorations are out on tour with The Menzingers and Captain, We’re Sinking, and it’s one of the best tours of the summer. We had both bands do a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature, and we’re stoked to post it. Check out their Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Restorations - D
This record packs so much power and energy it’s ridiculous. Every time I listen to this song I want to (and feel like I actually could) run through a brick wall. Beyond excited to hear them play every night.
The National - Anyone’s Ghost
Incredible song that kind of just stays at the same level the whole time - doesn’t try to overreach at any point. The National has been slowly growing on me for the past three years - I wasn’t totally sold the first time I heard them but now I’ve sunk deep in and I will die down here because I love it so much.
Vampire Weekend - Diane Young
Favorite band, I don’t care. I am so consistently impressed with the recording techniques and sounds this band is able to come up with each record. Solid pop songwriters as well. This song rules.
The Thermals - Born To Kill
One of my favorite punk bands. They never really disappoint, and I’m rarely on board for a three-piece, but the songwriting is wonderful and the melody fills out this song perfectly.
Modern Baseball - The Weekend
Really wonderful new (to me?) band out of Philadelphia. Their record “Sports” is one of my favorite records of the year so far (even though it came out at the end of 2012). This is like, THE HIT, on that record. Check it out.
Captain We’re Sinking - Montreal
I started listening to this band when I found out we’d be touring with them and I’m loving it. Their new record “The Future Is Cancelled” is going to make some waves for sure. Reminds me of Jimmy Eat World at times with a heightened sense of recklessness and urgency.
Laura Stevenson - The Move
Laura is a great friend of mine and the best songwriter I know. Her sense of melody and lyrical skill is brilliant at all times. This song is one of my favorites off of her new record “Wheel”.
Fences - Girls With Accents
Another dear friend of mine, Fences has such an original and unique sound. I’ve been able to hear some of his newest record and I can’t even express how jealous I am. This is my favorite from his last record, self titled. The whole thing is full of sweet, pessimistic pop songs.
The Menzingers - Gates
Best band ever! C’mon!
Against Me! - Bamboo Bones
It’s no secret to most that Against Me! kind of brought us up out of obscurity and helped us out a great deal at the beginning of our career and beyond. Not only am I eternally grateful to Laura, James and co., but I become more of a fan with every record. This track, from 2010’s “White Crosses”, is my favorite Against Me song of all time and kills me every time I listen. - Chris Farren
Meshuggah – Do Not Look Down
Certified neck breaker. If you don’t know, now you do.
Dälek – Ever Somber
Some people search forever to find their perfect aesthetic. Dälek blend hard noise soundscapes and vitriolic hip-hop in ways that no one has or ever will again. This is the tamest of their offerings. - Dave
Mark Kozelek – Cruiser
This is my favorite guitar player. Heavy, John Fahey-esque, drone-y acoustic guitar with loose song structure. A huge influence for me.
Azusa Plane – Two Views of the New Zealand Landscape
RIP Jason DiEmilio. - Jon
Ryan Adams – Stop Playing With My Heart
Enough rocky guitars with enough Americana vibe underneath. I love the two lead vocals harmonizing throughout the entire track. While the melody and tempo are pretty poppy and catchy the lyrics maintain a sort of angry-sad feeling. Good song.
Restorations are out on a stacked tour with The Menzingers, Fake Problems, and Captain, We’re Sinking, which is why we’re so happy to have the band do a PropertyOfZack Road Blog for the site over the next few weeks. Check out their first Road Blog entry below and come back for more!
From Dave Klyman:
5/24 - Day 1. There aren’t many feelings comparable to waiting for a tour to start. The anticipation mixes with impatience as your mind anxiously prepares itself for the abrupt change in lifestyle. To most people, the idea of cramming your entire life into a backpack and cramping your legs in a packed van full of heavy gear sounds more like a job, as if you’ve started a mobile construction company and have to build a new house in a new town every night. Make no mistakes, it is a job in a lot of ways: heavy lifting, often in a rushed manner, having to stay in the same building or vehicle for hours and hours, with no option to call out or simply go home. But unlike, say, construction, what you build along a tour is not necessarily a tangible thing. True enough that it is made up of physical people and places, but the combined efforts of all involved in creating a successful and sustainable road in the music world simply can’t be quantified in mere numbers and locations
That being said, setting foot onstage at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia on the first night, the kickoff of a three week tour with Captain We’re Sinking, Fake Problems, and, of course, The Menzingers, it’s impossible not to be excited by the knowledge of the actual factual number of attendees of the sold out show. Hometown pride isn’s always a given, but this show was as pure an affirmation as it could’ve been as well as a great testament to the hard work that the Menzingers have put in over the years. A truly great night for Philadelphia music
5/25 - When a tour has such an auspicious start, it becomes a gauntlet of sorts. How do you top a sold out hometown show? You play the next couple dates with a determined viciousness. You pretend you don’t notice the incongruities within the set and performance, the little mistakes that seem monumental. In reality, no one knows the difference so long as you flail around and generally make a spectacle of yourself on stage. And that’s what I think we all did for day 2 at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA. A hair from selling out, the audience was no less receptive than Philly, just a bit more physically reserved.
It’s the end of the weekend again, so PropertyOfZack is back with a brand new Team Recommendations Playlist! Each weekend, different members of our team recommend both old and new songs for our viewers to listen to and enjoy. Check out our Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
Drake - Girls Love Beyonce *Song is not on Spotify
What female didn’t like Destiny’s Child in the 5-8th grade? And what human being under 30 doesn’t find Beyonce hot? Drake’s play on the “Say My Name” chorus makes the song reminiscent when 3 ladies dominated the pop world. I’ve always thought Drake was a rapper that could grab other people’s attention, whether they listened to hip hop or not. He’s a great crossover artist, who can put out relationship anthems, pop tunes, or a club banger. I’m waiting for him to collab with a pop punk band though. - Ashley Dean (@radashlee)
Polar Bear Club – Killin’ It
Got on a crazy PBC kick a few days ago. They kill. And sound equally amazing live. Clash Battle got me into the band, but I’ve gone back to all of their old stuff. So good. (Check out the Saves The Day cover too.) - Mike Sheffey (@SheffeyzTweetz)
Restorations- Kind of Comfort
If you don’t see this band on tour with The Menzingers, Fake Problems, and Captain, We’re Sinking, you’re doing it wrong. Restorations has one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. LP2 is fantastic and this song is THE jam. Trust me. - Allison Newbold (@allisonnewbold)
The Uncluded - Delicate Cycle
The dopest honkey spittin’ verses today (Aesop Rock) paired with the incomparable Kimya Dawson? Hell yeah! I simply cannot stop listening to this, and they’re on tour, so I can’t wait to see it live as well. There is no real melding of styles here: Aesop does Aesop things while Kimya strums her acoustic. It’s fantastic. - Marc Gary Gray (@marcgarygray)
The Reign Of Kindo - Feeling In The Night
The lead single from the upcoming Play With Fire is anything you could ever want in a Reign Of Kindo song — it’s a sprawling, multi-part jazz-rock epic full of unpredictable-but-seamless time signature changes, funky grooves, big hooks, and horns that recall early Chicago, split down the middle by an absolutely gorgeous piano breakdown. Play With Fire was already one of my most-anticipated albums of the year, but after hearing “Feeling In The Night” I’m going ahead and sticking a placeholder for Kindo in my AOTY list — I’m that confident about it. - Jesse Richman (@jrichmanesq)
Yellowcard - Southern Air
The title song from the band’s most recent album is arguably one of the best songs the band has ever written. It’s passionate and personal, and it is a fitting summary of the winding journey Yellowcard has taken over the past decade. “Southern Air” is a culmination of the band’s career, and a fitting parallel to Ocean Avenue’s “Back Home.” After years of touring and recording Yellowcard has found new life and new hope, though they realize that the one thing that will always be a constant is what they’re often forced to leave behind. But it doesn’t matter where their journey takes them, the realization that “this will always be home” is one that they will hold close as they keep pushing forward towards new heights and dreams. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)