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POZ Video Premiere: Kurt Travis - “Brain Lord”

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 22, 2014

Kurt Travis will be releasing everything is beautiful in May via Blue Swan Records. PropertyOfZack is happy to be debuting a song from the album today called “Brain Lord. Travis will be supporting the release in May on a headliner with Zach Garren on guitar. Stream and watch a lyric video for “Brain Lord” below after the jump!

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POZ Interview: A Lot Like Birds

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 1, 2014

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PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman sat down with all of A Lot Like Birds SXSW a few weeks ago. We chatted with the band about SXSW, their new album No Place, Warped Tour this summer, pushing past the older drama of the “Risecore” scene, and much more. Read it all below!

by Jesse Richman

First of all, can I get your names and what you do in the band?
KT: I’m Kurt [Travis], I sing.
JA: I’m Joe [Arrington], I play the drums.
BW: I’m Ben [Wiacek], I play guitar.
CL: Cory [Lockwood]. Sing/scream.
 
So when did you guys get down here to South By?
BW: Just about an hour ago.
POZ: Oh, you just rolled in!
JA: We rolled in this morning,
BW: Rolled in, there was a confrontation right from the get-go. Things are looking up from there.
POZ: What went down?
KT: Some homeless… Well, I don’t know. He was younger. Bigger than me too. But, he insulted my wife, and so I almost had to hit him with my skateboard. I kinda did one of these things, like that [fakes motion], and he flinched and he went away.
BW: You have to type “shakes skateboard”!
CL: Kurt did a “menacing skateboard pose”!
BW: He looked “very scary”!
KT: And I said a lot of f-words and said I was gonna effin kill him…
POZ: Well at least you made it through unscathed.
Group: Yeah.
 
So you guys are playing a showcase this afternoon at the Equal Vision / Pure Noise party, and then what else do you have on tap for South By? Is that it, are you off to South By So What after this?
BW: We have one more showcase for Artery Foundation, our management company. I think it’s at the same place. It’s tomorrow.
JA: It is, same spot.
BW: We have the day off on Saturday, and then we do South By So What.
POZ: Are you guys gonna spend the day here on Saturday?
BW: I would like to, I hope so.
Group: Yeah.
POZ: Any bands you want to check out while you’re down here?
CL: We’ve been looking up shows. It’s hard to find what you’re looking for, but we found a free Childish Gambino show we want to go to. I really wanted to see St. Vincent.
JA: Yeah, we’re really mad we missed St. Vincent.
POZ: Yeah, I heard she was awesome, that’s too bad.
KT: I wanted to see Danny Brown. I think he’s doing something, but I just feel like he’s too big now.
POZ: That’s gonna be a tough one to get in to.
KT: It’ll be hard to get in. There’s a lot of fucking bands that are here, man!
JA: Sometimes it’s not even about scoping specific groups out, but just finding random stuff to see, finding something new, you know?
BW: You never know who you’re going to run into or what you’re going to see. You just kind of take in the atmosphere. Accept what’s happening to you.
 
One thing I have noticed this year — you guys just rolled in so you probably haven’t seen this much — but it feels like a lot of the bands in your scene, other than the bands playing your showcase today and the Artery one tomorrow, chose not to come to South By this year. A lot of them are just doing South By So What. It seems like it’s overtaken that part of the scene.
BW: I think a lot of that has to do with, the showcases are determined by the industry typically, or whoever’s in charge of the showcases. So I don’t know if they didn’t choose to come, because I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to.
CL: For instance, our friends in I The Mighty wanted to come hitch a ride in our van. They were like “come take us to South By! We want to be there even if we’re not playing it.”
JA: They’re recording a single, though, you know? Everyone’s got something going on. It’s also got to make sense with your schedule. Some bands… I dunno, the direction of music is changing a little bit too.

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Warped Tour Announces Next Five Bands

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 29, 2014

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The eighth set of bands for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour have been announced via Fuse’s Warped Roadies. You can check out the lineup so far below after the jump and be sure to reblog the post with your thoughts so far!

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A Lot Like Birds, My Iron Lung Announce Tour With Being As An Ocean

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 14, 2014

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A Lot Like Birds and My Iron Lung will be touring this March with Being As An Ocean. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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A Lot Like Birds Release “Connector” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 8, 2014

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A Lot Like Birds have released a new music video for “Connector.” Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Sianvar (DGD, ALLB Members) Stream Debut EP

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 2, 2014

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Sianvar (members of Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, Hail The Sun, and Stolas) have released their debut EP via AbsolutePunk. Stream it here and check out their tour dates with A Lot Like Birds below after the jump. 

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A Lot Like Birds Winter Headlining Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 26, 2013

A Lot Like Birds are going out on a winter headlining tour with Sianvar, Stolas, and The Venetia Fair. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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A Lot Like Birds Stream New Album ‘No Place’

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 29, 2013

A Lot Like Birds are releasing their new album, No Place, tomorrow  via Equal Vision Records. Stream the record below after the jump.

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POZ BandsOnBands: A Lot Like Birds On The Velvet Teen

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 28, 2013

Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the new PropertyOfZack features today with guitarist Ben Wiacek of A Lot Like Birds. The band’s new album, No Place, is out tomorrow via Equal Vision Records, so make sure to pre-order it here.

In this week’s feature, Ben talks about his love for The Velvet Teen. Listen to songs by The Velvet Teen here check out what Ben had to say about one of his biggest influences below!

From Ben Wiacek:

There is a band I’ve been listening to since my first year in college, I can remember the first song I heard by them, where I was when I heard it, who I was with, what I was wearing, and why I had even been interested in hearing them in the first place. 

The Velvet Teen is that band. They hail from Santa Rosa, CA, so I had the luxury of hearing about them through word of mouth due to their close proximity to the college I had been attending. The drummer in the first band I was ever involved in introduced me to their album “Elysium” and it was the first music I had ever heard that moved me in such a way. Before that I was in to primarily heavier music, and a lot of classic rock. Being a young 18-year-old dude causes a lot if reservations about showing anything other than your toughness, so luckily The Velvet Teen showed me that I didn’t need to be afraid of my emotional side. 

There was something about the way Judah Nagler’s voice sounded and the lyrical content that spoke volumes to me. I had never been in to “emo” music before then (for lack of a better qualification), and I think it was because most of the singers I heard sounded too concerned with sounding pretty. To me, it seemed that Nagler wasn’t worried about disguising his perfectly unique croon with that of your typical run-of-the-mill prettyboy voice. I loved that about him. The addition of solid songwriting, an excellent band surrounding him, and one of my favorite albums of all time, “Cum Laude!” really cemented their place in my heart as one of the most influential bands in my life. 

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A Lot Like Birds Release “Next To Ungodliness” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 25, 2013

A Lot Like Birds have released a new music video or “Next To Ungodliness.” Watch it below after the jump.

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A Lot Like Birds Add Dates To Headlining Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 6, 2013

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A Lot Like Birds are going out on a headlining tour with HRVRDNight Verses, and My Iron Lung. Check out the updated routing below after the jump.

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A Lot Like Birds Stream New Song “Kuroi Ledge”

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 4, 2013

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A Lot Like Birds have released a new song called “Kuroi Ledge.” Stream it below after the jump.

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A Lot Like Birds Announce Headlining Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 23, 2013

A Lot Like Birds are going out on a headlining tour with HRVRD, Night Verses, and My Iron Lung. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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A Lot Like Birds Announce New Album ‘No Place’

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 12, 2013

A Lot Like Birds will be releasing No Place on October 29th via Equal Vision Records. Check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump.

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A Lot Like Birds Announce Tour With Lions Lions

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 9, 2013

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A Lot Like Birds and Lions Lions are hitting the road next month. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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