POZ Discussion: Essential Winter Listening

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 27, 2014

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Winter is well upon us, and it seems like most of us are ready for it to pass. One perk about winter however is all the music that hits just right during the season. To celebrate PropertyOfZack’s least favorite season, we’re launching a new Essential Winter Listening Discussion filled with TeamPOZ’s favorite albums for this season. Check out our guide, listen along, and feel free to reblog with your favorite winter records!

Pianos Become The Teeth - The Long Lack After
Sometimes I like a little desolation in my mix of winter music. You know what I’m talking about. It’s when you look outside in the middle of the afternoon after a snowstorm and technically there should be life outside, but instead, there’s just nothing. That’s how I feel when I listen to The Long Lack After by Pianos Become The Teeth. The album is several years old at this point, but the emotional punch may live forever. Pianos is arguably my favorite “post-hardcore” band from the current crop that we are all lucky enough to be experiencing, with La Dispute and Touché Amoré also in the mix. “I’ll Get By” is everything, if you need it to be. - Zack Zarrillo

Tigers Jaw - Tigers Jaw
The Scrantonites’ (Scrantonians?) self-titled record is as much an anomaly as the whirling emotions that make the album so easy to latch onto. Moments like the frenetic chorus on “The Sun” or most of the relentless “I Saw Water” seem better suited for a spring or summer playlist: energetic, loud, and unyielding. But Tigers Jaw wove its way into my winter playlist more for its central themes than anything else. The band grapples with feelings of isolation and what it means to be lonely with an earnest honesty that most albums severely lack, and it’s when I’m stuck inside during a blizzard or polar vortex (topical joke!) that those kinds of thoughts hit me the hardest. Tigers Jaw always strays away from the brink of being too crushingly sad — see: the triumphant riffing at the end of “Plane Vs. Tank Vs. Submarine” or the distortion that punctuates the end of “Never Saw It Coming” — and I think the notion of loneliness as fleeting is what resonates most with me about the record (and winter). - Erik van Rheenen

Mansions - Dig Up The Dead (Acoustic)
Dig Up The Dead (full band or acoustic) is a top ten album of all time for me. I’m a big fan of Mansions, if that hasn’t been made clear over the years. I play Dig Up The Dead a lot, but it’s always a tough decision regarding whether or not I want to pick the full band or acoustic version of the record to spin. When it’s winter though, the acoustic version usually wins out. What’s impressive about the acoustic version of the record is that it manages to bring over as much depth as the original release, but it’s packaged in an equally powerful, but different form. It’s perfect for a brisk walk in the winter. Listen to it and enjoy it. - Zack Zarrillo

The Mountain Goats- Transcendental Youth
What defines an essential winter album? Is it a record’s aesthetics? Is it a deft lyrical hand (like John Darnielle’s, indie rock’s current poet laureate), bottling concepts we associate with winter in the span of three-or-so minutes worth of words? Is it the album’s instrumentation — thoughtful, memorable, and probably a little sad? Is it having songs like “White Cedar,” with mournful horns and elegiac vocals? Or having songs like “Harlem Roulette” and “Cry For Judas,” which touch on the idea of sadness, but with an incredible sense of jubilant joie de vivre. Does an essential winter album elevate the mundane, amplify emotions, and make the ordinary and everyday transcendent?

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POZ Interview: Juliet Simms + Andy Biersack

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2013

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Senior Writer Jesse Richman sat down with Juliet Simms and Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) at Warped Tour a week or so ago for an incredibly in-depth interview. We spoke with Simms and Biersack about Warped Tour, The Voice, each of their careers in the music industry, the future for both, and so much more. Check out one of the most in-depthi interviews we’ve ever done on PropertyOfZack below!

How are you guys doing?
Andy: I’m good.
Juliet: I’m good. Definitely warped.

I caught your set this afternoon, Juliet. First of all, it sounded great and the crowd seemed to be into it. How are you feeling about these dates?
Juliet: Honestly, it was unexpected to arrive on this tour and have such an incredible response. I only came out here with a guitarist. Thankfully, Black Veil Brides have been more than accommodating and Warped Tour has been so accommodating in helping me so much. It’s been pretty crazy. 
POZ: I can only imagine!
Juliet: Keep-A-Breast has been amazing too.

As you mentioned on stage, today is your and Andy’s anniversary – you met here at the Long Island Warped Tour two years ago? 
Andy: We didn’t meet, but we officially started dating here. We’d been hanging out for a couple weeks at that point, but I guess we officially decided to call it what it is is here. 
Juliet: Yeah, we’re in love, and he…
POZ: Was there any great romantic story to that?
Juliet: There’s a couple! We were walking through bus world, and that’s where we screamed at the sky, like, “I love Andy” and “I love Juliet.”
Andy: I was screaming that I love Andy. She was a little upset [Laughs].
Juliet: That’s where we “officiated” everything.

Is it tough, with both of you being so in the middle of big points in your careers right now, to find the time?
Andy: Yeah, but in a situation like this, it’s so nice to be on the same tour. Most of the year we don’t get to spend as much time together as we’d like to, because of tours and schedules. But actually, every tour that she’s done since The Voice I’ve been on. I just go out with her. On the last one I helped, I co-tour managed.
POZ: Do you schedule it around each other?
Andy: You can’t really. Black Veil is on tour like eight months out of the year. It’s hard, but fortunately the one time she had a long run I came out.
Juliet: He’s being too humble. He’s been incredible. Seriously, he’s been helping me a lot with management, promotion, and anything I need to do, from “what shirt should we make?” to “this song” or “that set,” and setting up things for shows. He came out and was on tour with me in a van! No laying down or anything, and just helping me with everything.
Andy: I get up every morning at the buttcrack of dawn and help her set up her merch, and…
Juliet: Even on Warped Tour, where this amazing rockstar should be sleeping in bed until 3PM, he’s getting up in the morning and carrying things, finding people with me, helping out with street teamers, and doing everything with me. It’s absolutely incredible how much he’s been helping me.
Andy: It’s not her fault, but there’s nobody stepping up to do it. She’s had a lot of mismanagement – people who have, in my opinion, not been there when needed over here career, so…
POZ: I feel like that’s been a story since going back to the Automatic Loveletter days. 
Juliet: It’s an ongoing theme for sure, but the struggle, and the fight, and the working this hard is just going to make for a good story.

Initially, you were only going to do a short run on Warped Tour. But you recently announced that you’ll be doing the full tour.
Juliet: What happened was that I went and visited Andy during the California dates. And I basically just went up to Kevin [Lyman] and was like… It takes a lot of money to be on this tour, and I didn’t have the funds to be on it with a full band. So I told Kevin. Kevin has become… He’s family. Like he’s my uncle. He discovered me. He really was just like, “you’re going to be on here acoustic, you’re going to be on here for the full thing.”

You’ve done Warped as a full band tour with Automatic Loveletter. Is it strange being up there solo instead of with a band?
Absolutely not. Dave, my guitarist, has been incredible. He’s such a big help. Being up there is all about just connecting with the crowd, connecting with fans, giving your message, and it’s being received really well.

Is Automatic Loveletter still a thing?
Juliet: It’s completely not over. To be completely honest, Automatic Loveletter was me. I wrote every song. The reason that it’s Juliet Simms now is because I’m on the show [The Voice].
Andy: It’s called Semi-Automatic Loveletter now. [laughs]
Juliet: What he said. [laughs]

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Juliet Simms Recording First Single This Week

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 24, 2012

Juliet Simms will begin recording her first single this week after appearing on The Voice. Check out a tweet from Simms below by clicking “Read More.”

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Juliet Simms To Announce Hometown Shows

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 26, 2012

Juliet Simms will be announcing shows in Florida within the next few weeks. Check out a tweet from Simms below by clicking “Read More.”

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Juliet Simms In The Studio

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 13, 2012

Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter) is in the studio recording new music. Check out a picture and message from Simmsbelow by clicking “Read More.”

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Automatic Loveletter Writing New Music

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 26, 2012

Automatic Loveletter are writing new music for a future release. Check out a tweet from Tommy Simms below by clicking “Read More.”

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Juliet Simms Covers “Free Bird” On The Voice

by Zack Zarrillo - May 8, 2012

Juliet Simms covered “Free Bird” on the finals of The Voice tonight. To vote for Simms, you can call this number 1 855 864 2302. Watch the cover below by clicking “Read More.”

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Juliet Simms Advances To Final Four On The Voice

by Zack Zarrillo - May 2, 2012

Juliet Simms of Automatic Loveletter has advances to the final four on The Voice. Check out a tweet from Simms below by clicking “Read More.”

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Juliet Simms Discusses Automatic Loveletter’s Future

by Zack Zarrillo - May 1, 2012

Juliet Simms is currently on The Voice, which has caused many fans of Automatic Loveletter to be concerned about the band’s future. In a new interview, Simms addressed the future of the band. Check out a snippet of what she said below by clicking “Read More.”

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Juliet Simms Covers James Brown On The Voice

by Zack Zarrillo - May 1, 2012

Juliet Simms covered James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” on The Voice last night. Watch her cover below by clicking “Read More.”

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Juliet Simms (AutoLove) Covers The Police

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 10, 2012

Juliet Simms (Automative Loveletter) recently covered The Police’s “Roxanne” on The Voice. Watch her performance below by clicking “Read More.”

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Automatic Loveletter Frontwoman Performs On “The Voice”

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 6, 2012

Juliet Simms of Automatic Loveletter is officially a contestent on The Voice. You can check out her first performance of The Beatles’ “Oh! Darling” below by clicking “Read More.”

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