A Loss For Words, Stickup Kid, and Light Years just finished up a tour together, among a few other great bands, and we’re stoked to have the 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 – Stay What You Are
Gets me through late night drives through the mountains. - Matty
Acceptance - Phantoms
Great memories from 2006 maverick tour. - Matty
The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
Great driving music. - Mikey
Ben Rector - Something Like This *Song is not on Spotify
He is the master of writing the perfect pop song. - Mikey
Hall and Oates - Greatest Hits
C’mon it speaks for itself. - Chris
Rancid - …And Out Come The Wolves
Gets me in the zone. – Chris
Propagandhi - Failed States
Record totally shreds man. - Marc
Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelphia
Music genius - Marc
Hellions - Die Young.
Bare Bones - Villains EP
Both great records from Aussie lads and gets me pumped to play shows. - Pete
Playlist for our recent tour with A Loss For Words, Handguns, and Major League!
Against Me! - I was a Teenage Anarchist
I was never a huge Against Me fan but recently stumbled across “White Crosses” and have been jamming it a lot lately. I guess most “real” Against Me fans don’t like this one but hey, I’m a poser.
blink-182 – Go
blink is always in constant rotation for me and I don’t go too long without listening to them or I start to get symptoms of withdrawal. Recently been into the “Untitled” record again and looking forward to hearing their new stuff.
Tegan and Sara - How Come You Don’t Want Me
I wasn’t initially sold on Tegan and Sara ditching their acoustic guitars for keyboards and electronic drums, but fuck this record is phenomenal. This is a great song that will be stuck in your head while you pout over your ex-love.
NOFX- Thank God It’s Monday
Ok so not only is this song a ripper (yes I said ripper) but it is also very relatable for me. Fat Mike sings about his love for Mondays because everyone else is at work and he can do whatever he wants without much interference. Now, Mondays are 99% my day off from work as well and I love it. The Dunkin Donuts by my house sells any sized coffee for only $1 on Mondays, and then the Kent movie theater shows all movies for only $5 and you get a free popcorn! Like, c’mon! Best day.
New Found Glory - Connect the Dots
There’s always a little bit of anxiety and fear when one of your long time favorite bands is going to release new music and possibly let you down, (i.e. Saves the Day) but New Found Glory did not disappoint with this one. It reminds me of Catalyst era NFG which is fine by me.
by Donald Wagenblast, edited by Erik van Rheenen
There’s good years, there’s great years, and then there was the slate of pop-punk releases that came out in 2011. After the genre was critically destroyed by a slew of bands who brought too much fluff and not enough substance to the table, 2011 left almost too much to take in at once. This was made abundantly clear when considering the release and reception of A Loss for Words’s Rise/Velocity Records debut No Sanctuary. Despite being the best work of the band’s career, it somehow didn’t quite earn as much praise as the band’s contemporaries, such as Transit (who released the instant autumn classic Listen and Forgive), Fireworks (preachers of the summertime Gospel), and the pop-punk poster boys of the moment, The Wonder Years, whose proper Hopeless Records debut Suburbia: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing was one of the most talked about albums of the year.
But A Loss for Words remained steadfast, as they always have. They took opening slots on tours they could have been headlining, all the while doing so with the heart and passion that made No Sanctuary such a treat to listen to. The songs were catchy, with a little rock ‘n roll flair that none of the other bands mentioned earlier (and most of the others) could muster. This swagger was mostly brought to the table thanks to the vocal prowess of Matty Arsenault, complemented by the guitars of Marc Dangora.
It’s important to mention what A Loss for Words did so successfully the last time around, because the band’s follow-up to No Sanctuary, ode to the road Before it Caves, cashes in on those same strengths yet again. This time around, Dangora’s guitars are even bigger, with a well-timed solo in “Falling,” an enticing opening riff in “20 Block,” and interesting effects through the intro of “Eclipsed.” Dangora’s running mate, Nevada Smith, is no longer with the band, but there’s no real absence felt on Before it Caves, which is a credit to Dangora’s creativity and precision throughout the entire album.
Arsenault’s vocals are top-notch, as expected. The singer, whose pop-tinged side project Class of ’92 became his focus during the band’s downtime before recording Before it Caves, and that venture clearly had some influence over his delivery this time around. While his vocal talents are easily noticeable, Arsenault delivers those vocals with less grit and shows off a more polished approach without sacrificing emotion and power. Arsenault gets a great boost from bassist and backup vocalist Mike Adams, who provides melodies that not only complement Arsenault’s leads, but provide another layer to them every time he steps up to the mic.
October is just a few days away, and there are a slew of great records coming out next month that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated October Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well
A Loss For Words - Before It Caves (10/08)
After releasing the earnest, endearing No Sanctuary in 2011, A Loss for Words established themselves as a rock band wearing pop-punk clothing, with the musicianship and catchy tunes to build a great career for themselves. Now, they’re returning with their new album Before it Caves, which is sure to provide even more of what fans are used to: Matty Arsenault’s catchy, upbeat lyrics with guitars provided by Marc Dangora that soar higher than any pop-punk band out there can hope to accomplish. A Loss for Words are one of the most unique bands in pop-punk right now, so when Before it Caves is released on October 8, it should be a top priority for you to listen. - Donald Wagenblast
Tim Kasher - Adult Film (10/08)
After hearing a sneak preview of some new tracks on Tim Kasher’s solo tour earlier this year, it’s hard not to be excited for his new record, Adult Film. Kasher’s a wordsmith of sorts, known for putting together clever lyrics with just the right amount of bite and a pinch of self-loathing. He’s also quite good at creating interesting sounds that incorporate familiar tones of his work with both Cursive and the Good Life, while still finding a vibe distinctly his own. His debut solo full length, The Game of Monogamy, was nearly perfect, and I expect Adult Film to be no different. - Marie Scarsella
Dance Gavin Dance - Acceptance Speech (10/08)
Member changes! Drama! Disappointing sequels to a cult classic album! Tour cancellations! No news for months! Let’s be honest, nothing about the crazy career of Dance Gavin Dance is going to surprise you anymore. They’ve come back from the brink of breaking up nearly as often as they’ve released new material. Still, they’ve always had the potential to do great things, as seen by the successes of Jonny Craig’s best work Downtown Battle Mountain and the Kurt Travis-led Happiness, which always gives hope for their next release to live up to that potential. This time around on their new album, Acceptance Speech, frontman for hire Tillian Pearson has entered the mix, and his high-pitched vocals sound like a match made in heaven when paired with Jon Mess’s shrill, grating screams. Throw in the talents of guitarist Will Swan and drummer Matt Mingus, and we could see another shot at redemption for Dance Gavin Dance this October. - Donald Wagenblast
A Loss For Words will be releasing Before It Caves on October 8th via Rise/Velocity Records. Stream a new song called “Conquest Of Mistakes” that features Soupy Campbell on vocals below after the jump.
A Loss For Words will be releasing Before It Caves on October 8th via Rise/Velocity Records. The album will also feature guest spots from members of The Wonder Years, Polar Bear Club, and Paris. Check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump.
A Loss For Words will be releasing Before It Caves on October 8th via Rise/Velocity Records. Check out a new song called “Distance” and the album artwork below after the jump.
A Loss For Words are shooting a new music video for their upcoming release. Check out an Instagram post from the band below after the jump.