The Monthly Summary
Albums Out This Month
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
Sparks The Rescue - Sparks The Rescue EP
Circa Survive - Violent Waves
Yellowcard - Southern Air
VersaEmerge - Another Atmosphere EP
Breathe Carolina - RELOADED
Owl City - The Midsummer Station
Transit - Listen & Forgive (Reissue)
Pioneer North American Tour (Live EP)
The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
The Industry With Jesse Cannon
Smash Mouth on Split Enz
Socratic - Lunch For The Sky Vinyl [Ends on September 5th]
Get Scared - Don’t You Dare Forget The Sun
Socratic - Socratic
Socratic have confirmed that their lack of touring is due to Drive-Thru Records, their former label, repossessing their van and trailer. The band is attempting to make up for the lack of touring by recording a live studio session that should be released sometime in the near future. You can check out a statement from the band regarding Drive-Thru Records and their future plans below by clicking “Read More.”
PropertyOfZack has teamed up with Socratic to do a Track-By-Track for their recent self-titled full-length release, which was just released on vinyl. Check out the Track-By-Track from Duance Okun below!
This song was written during a bitter period of my life. Many times in life you’re presented with the question, “Am I doing the right thing”. With any path or career choice comes a point when you question whether or not you’re being true to yourself. This song is about the feeling of being judged by everyone around you and the unsettling realization that the biggest critic, is in fact, always yourself. “There’s nothing to see when you’re living a blind man’s dream.”
I wrote this song trapped inside during a violent snow storm. I had just rekindled my relationship with my ex-girlfriend after being separated for over two years. I glanced out her window when it came to me. I began to strum a melody, “When winter whispers at my window.” That simple melody quickly developed into the first verse. There is love instilled inside of you and everything and everyone around you. The song is uplifting. It’s about saying farewell to your loneliness and embracing the world as a wonderful, beautiful place. Even when you’re alone.
Charlie Parker (Music Will Save His Soul)
Vincent our piano player at the time was the one who sparked this one. He had been playing the piano melody for a while. It seemed like every time we were around a piano he’d be playing it to me. There weren’t any lyrics until I found myself with a good friend listening to an old jazz radio station. The jockey on the station was talking about Charlie Parker, the “yardbird” sax player and influential jazz and beboop composer. I decided to write the song in ode to the late musician. It describes his troubled life as he dealt with his own fame and the fame he never truly achieved. His music was the only thing that kept him sane. Although the song and story of Charlie is tragic, the theme of the song “The only thing that he knows, music will save his soul” is strangely understood by musicians and non-musicians alike all around the world. It’s human nature. Our connection with and through music will never fully be understood. Charlie Parker understood it better than most and wanted nothing more out of life than to share it with the rest of the world.
Days I Did Not Belong
Everyone who has ever been in a relationship can relate to this song. The days when you ruin a perfectly nice time or peaceful dinner with a stupid comment or action that spoils the entire experience. It’s about the relationship struggle of communication and realizing that sometimes there is absolutely nothing you can do to remedy the situation. This song is about the times sitting in silence, waiting for that stupid comment to, well, “blow over”. I always feel extremely guilty when I do things like this. The song is about the helpless feeling when sometimes there’s nothing you can do to make the other person feel better. These are the moments I enjoy the least about being so close to someone…
Money on the Radio
After 9/11 the country went into a whirlwind. There was an immediate backlash of new laws, security, and pop culture. This song is about my paranoia living in the United States after 9/11. No one really knows exactly what happened that day. Since that day my eyes have been more open than ever.
The phrase ”Money on the Radio” means simply that. You must buy your way onto it. It’s the sad truth that everything comes down to the dollar sign. Dance music has been big for years (especially over-seas), but not nearly as popular as it is today. It seems the only thing on mainstream radio these days, especially in the New York City area, is club dance music. Rock radio has died and has been replaced by a breed of mindless robots. What happened to rock and roll?
Rock and roll was once urgent and powerful. It encouraged those who were “different” to embrace it and screw whoever told them otherwise. It was a call to arms and a rejection of the “norm”. All the radio plays now are the same top ten artists, a very small group of people that control the masses. A very small group of people that control what you are allowed and not allowed to listen to. It’s a monopoly and it has brainwashed multiple generations and will continue to do so. I’m sick and tired of mainstream media telling our country not think, not to question, just keep drinking and dancing your lives away as if solely to distract us from something else more important - thinking for ourselves.
PropertyOfZack is teaming up with Socratic to give away a copy of their Lunch For The Sky reissue on vinyl, which originally came out via Drive-Thru Records in 2005. The contest will end on September 5th, so find out how to enter below!
Socratic bassist, Lou Panico, attempted to stop a car hijacking in New Jersey before the band’s vinyl reissue show, but was run over by the driver in the stolen vehicle. The accident caused severe injuries to Panico’s left leg, but he is recovering after intensive surgery. Check out what Panico had to say about the incident below by clicking “Read More.”
New Music Video: ”Curtain Call” // Socratic