It’s been a few months since the TAYF10 tour, and it looks like the band is all rested up and ready to go once again. Hopefully we’ll have a new Taking Back Sunday album in our hands this summer or fall.
Hiatus rumors be damned. New Found Glory are officially working on new music that may be seen as bonus tracks on their live release later this year.
This should be a surprise to no one, but we’re all still allowed to chuckle a bit. Hopefully this doesn’t take away from a blink or AVA tour.
This is an interesting move. fun. are of course likely to win more than a few Grammys this coming weekend, and Some Nights just went platinum. The band is booked up touring wise through the summer, but some are concerned about Nate reaching too far outside of his wheel house. What do you think?
Out of the blue, Desaparecidos announced and released two new songs for a 7” before they head out on tour this winter. This is a band that knows how to do a reunion right in terms of both touring and music making.
Many of us missed out on seeing Basement’s final US and UK shows, but we may get a chance to see some of the magic all these months later.
This is a good thing.
Kellin Quinn has wrapped up vocals for the new Sleeping With Sirens record. The release is pegged to be one of the biggest in our scene this year.
This looks like a high budget and great music video. More on February 11th.
It’s 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!
Fireworks - I Support Same Sex Marriage
Because fuck For Today. - Michael Meeze (@mikemeeze)
Fall Out Boy - Saturday
Because I could argue that everything on this album is pure gold. Also, hardcore dancing in a FOB music video. - Mike Sheffey (@SheffeyzTweetz)
The Boils - The Orange And The Black
Between Gary Bettman’s incompetence and the owners’ intransigence, I had pretty much given up hope that there would be an NHL season this year, so you better believe I’m stoked that hockey is coming back! 2007’s The Orange And The Black EP, from rough-and-tumble Philly punks The Boils, features six scuzzy shoutalong anthems that would be the perfect soundtrack to a YouTube clip reel of Broad Street Bullies crosschecks and high-stickings. LET’S GO FLY-ERS! - Jesse Richman (@jrichmanesq)
Basement - Wish
Who else has already started their “Records I’m Fucking Kicking Myself For Missing in 2012” list? This particular Basement track from last year’s Colourmeinkindness is sounding to me like a nice blend of Core-era Stone Temple Pilots and our beloved Balance and Composure, and the melody on that chorus is so simply lofty and 90s and awesome. Recommended for anyone craving a true-blue headbang, or is seeking temporary reprieve from bands singing about their hometowns (I currently fall into both those categories). - Adrienne Fisher (@adriennerayfish)
The Front Bottoms- Legit Tattoo Gun
This band has been seriously blowing up since the release of their Self Titled full length in 2011. It took me a little while to really get into the record but once I saw them open for Motion City Soundtrack last year I was hooked. With plans to see them open up for Bad Books in February and recent news of them recording a new record, I don’t think I’m going to be able to listen to any other album for at least a week. This is my favorite song on the album. - Justin Graci (JustinHMGraci)
Yellowcard - Here I Am Alive
Just because they’re my favorite band and I couldn’t be more excited to see them on this upcoming tour. “Here I Am Alive” is one of my favorites on the new album and the title has become a sort of mantra for me. I also love Tay’s vocals and I think they work perfectly with Ryan’s. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)
Pianos Become The Teeth - Hiding
Pianos Become The Teeth easily get grouped together with bands like La Dispute and Touché Amoré, but as time goes on I can’t help but feel that those bands will one day get grouped together with Pianos. The Lack Long After is still an incredibly powerful album, but I was curious about what we would hear from the band after it. “Hiding” is a taste of new material from their split with Touché Amoré, and it’s a song that instantly grabbed their entire fanbase and more by the heart and successfully created a whole new wave (pun not intended) of excitement for the band. “Hiding” is a heart-wrenching song, and I can’t wait for more from the band. - Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)
The Monthly Summary
Albums Out This Month
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
I Hate Our Freedom
Coming Clean - “Remember To Breathe (Dashboard Cover)”
Behind The Booths
Never Shout Never - Ticket Giveaway [Ends on November 15th]
Motion City Soundtrack - Irving Plaza [Ended on November 4th]
Macbeth + Wake Up Lucid - Bundle [Ends on November 7th]
Glamour Kills - Winter Line [Ends on November 10th]
Mayday Parade, The Maine
Basement is breaking up.
Two full-length albums and one EP into the game, the angsty UK quintet has re-sorted their priorities and found that a few personal commitments have inched their ways to the top of the list. Their last musical endeavor, Colourmeinkindness, though, is an impressively varied mixture of overdriven wrath and sparkly-clean vulnerability.
“Whole” sets the stage flawlessly for the rest of Colourmeinkindness. Low end oozes out of the mix with menacing thickness while mid-tempo drums chug along behind notably eerie guitars. On this record, Basement brings a brand of grizzly, simplistic, no-frills grunge rock that doesn’t usually garner this much attention. Andrew Fisher’s snide, drawn out vocals help make “Whole” a pleasingly dark explosion of frustration—and we haven’t even mentioned the jaw-kicking breakdown at the end yet.
Another grungy, cynical composition follows soon after. “Spoiled” is a sarcastic berating of privileged youth backed by impressively agile orchestration. In the verse, instrumentation thins out and the boys move forward at a confidently slow pace, almost as if they’re mocking the antagonist of this story, who could be the singer himself as far as we know.
The music in the chorus offers a new variation on the same lyrical theme by bringing in fuller guitars and galloping drums, then a howling lead riff dives into frame and everyone runs in a different direction. Drums become choppy with the snare falling on off-beats while Fisher hurls out throat-ripping declamations. The song comes to a close as guitar and bass roar in unison while Fisher repeatedly howls “I keep on giving up” over pounding drums.
Just as they have in the past with songs like “Earl Grey” and “March,” Basement take a handful of breaks from their usual hard-hitting rock style on their new record. “Breathe” is a prime example. The song opens with airy, sedative instrumentation and eventually develops into an unhurried outpouring of poignant confusion. “If I closed my eyes long enough/Would I die or would I just get lost?/You can find me if you care enough.” In six tracks we have progressed from pretentious, overdriven fury to soul-baring vulnerability; the expression of such a wide range of emotions within one cohesive package is a subtle hint at Basement’s true worth.
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