- Rolex is suing Jonathan Cook for millions of dollars.
- VersaEmerge dropped off Warped Tour, but are not breaking up.
- Fall Out Boy recreated their Take This To Your Grave artwork.
- Riot Fest announced their 2013 lineup (blink, BN, TBS, FOB).
- Man Overboard responded to a two week early leak.
- The World Is A Beautiful Place’s album leaked a month early.
- Atreyu will be coming off of their hiatus this year.
- Falling In Reverse cancelled a tour for Ronnie Radke to witness the birth of his child.
- William Control is going on hiatus.
- Deftones are releasing their lost Eros album.
- Chiodos will be recording their new album after Warped Tour.
- Into It. Over It. signed to Triple Crown for LP2.
- The Story So Far released an acoustic song called “Clairvoyant.”
- Senses Fail performed “187” for the final time.
- Citizen released the first song off of Youth.
- blink-182 have announced three US shows.
- Matt Pryor and James Dewees cancelled their tour due to medical issues.
- Defeater will be releasing a new album called Letters Home.
- Park have reunited.
Just in case you haven’t seen enough thoughts about this record on the internet yet, here’s one more!
blink originally stated that they would only be playing one US show this year, that number is now at two. Many fans are hoping that a routing for the band gets extended beyond the West Coast.
Falling In Reverse have been forced to cancel their tour this month due to Ronnie Radke’s wife getting ready to give birth. We only ask one question: Was Radke not aware of his girlfriend being pregnant at the time of the booking of this tour? If he was aware, why would you book it?
Citizen finally gave us the first taste of Youth and also launched pre-orders for the record. Make sure to listen if you’ve yet to.
Panic! At The Disco and twenty | one | pilots will be opening for Fall Out Boy this fall as they take on arenas. What do you think of the lineup? Where’s 2Chainz on this?
If you’re a fan of “Placeholder” on Under Soil And Dirt, this song is for you. Acoustic sadness.
It looks like the band will be coming out of their 2011 hiatus this year. Maybe a new single. Most likely no major label.
This was not on our list of Punk Goes…
Chiodos will not begin recording their new album until after Warped Tour this year. That will most likely mean the band’s first album back with Craig Owens will not be released until around two years after the lineup reunited.
Details are still incredibly slim in this situation, but it looks pretty clear that Tim Lambesis absolutely attempted to hire a hit man to murder his wife, and that it is not a setup. More details will be updated here throughout the day.
Falling In Reverse released the first song off of their new album, and boy were fans surprised. The track features rapping, screaming, singing, and metalcore breakdowns.
It seems like most of our audience was not phased by this incident, unlike when Chad Gilbert got shocked onstage. I wonder why.
We’ve got good news. You’re not going to need to fly to North Carolina or Japan to see Neutral Milk Hotel’s reunion. The band has expanded their routing with a new set of dates, and more are coming.
Warning: It is entirely possible for you to hate Coldplay and everything about Chris Martin and love this cover.
The second day of Today’s Mixtape Festival was easily the most anticipated. The first and only day to sell out, the Day 2 bill was a dream come true for any pop-punk fan. With one of the spring’s most talked about tours, The Suppy Nation Tour, making a stop to join the lineup, it’s no wonder fans packed 89 North as soon as its doors opened. Chances are a fest so perfectly tailored to pop-punk won’t happen again anytime soon.
The show kicked off at noon with the local opener Last Great Hero, who played to a larger crowd than most of the earlier acts of the first day did. As Last Call and Heart to Heart played their way through energetic sets, it became obvious that this would be another day to remember.
No Good News took the stage with the words, “All of our best friends, all of our favorite bands, everyone’s here,” just before fans stormed the stage for a dance party. Some fans stage-dived repeatedly, while most just enjoyed staying as close to the band as they could. At the end of their set, the band made fun of one straggling fan who crawled across the stage.
A last minute change in set order proved that Day 2 was as much about friendship as it was about music. Forever Came Calling took the stage when The American Scene was set to, to give their friends more time to get to the venue after their van broke down. At this point in the day, the venue was already packed, and Forever Came Calling definitely didn’t suffer from a lesser crowd reaction because of their earlier set time. Their guitar-heavy set kept the party going, breezing through songs off Contender before wrapping things up with “Front Porch Sunrise.”
Following Forever Came Calling was one of the most undeniably talented and anticipated bands of the day, Pentimento. A short break from pop-punk, the crowd remained slightly calmer but just as interested in the flawless set Pentimento delivered. Defined by raw emotion, their set hit many tracks off their self-titled release, but one of the highlights remained an older track: “Walking Calmly In Your Wake.”
Separated by The American Scene, who played a relaxed, melodic set to an intent crowd, were hometown heroes Giants At Large and Bellwether. Both brought an incomparable energy to the room, building up to killer finales. Giants At Large lowered a mic into the crowd and let fans carry the vocals of their final song, while Bellwether’s fans didn’t give them a choice in the matter — the band was lost in a sea of 30 people onstage singing along to every last word. Grateful for being able to play despite their van troubles, The American Scene played an incredible set that would have been worthy of any later set time.
Today’s Mixtape Festival will be taking place this weekend on Long Island, and PropertyOfZack is gearing up for a weekend of fun, and we hope many of you are too. Just in case you’re not too in tune to the festival already and can make it out, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts that will be gracing the stage this weekend at Mixtape. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re on Long Island this weekend as well!
Defeater, by Alyssa McKinley
On a steady rise since 2008, the Massachusetts natives of Defeater have achieved the level of recognition that they deserved after their 2011 release Empty Days and Sleepless Nights. Their intense blend of punk and hardcore is not only musically genius, but also stands for more than what much of the music of their contemporaries does. Driven by a remarkable amount of passion and complemented by equal amounts of talent, Defeater is even more impressive live than recorded. Their headlining performance during the first day is set to stun fans Friday night.
Modern Baseball, by Zack Zarrillo
Though I was not in attendance for The Front Bottoms’ set at Mixtape Fest in 2012, I’ve heard the stories. A band not too familiar with Long Island and a crowd with high hopes met towards the end of the night and sparks resulted that summed up a continuously growing band’s year. Modern Baseball seem to be in the same place this year, and Friday’s lineup at Mixtape is all but waiting for them to clean up. We expect big things.
Vinnie Caruana, by Alyssa McKinley
Returning to 89 North solo, Vinnie Caruana is sure to fill the venue with as much energy as he did with I Am The Avalanche a few months ago. This Long Island native never fails to deliver an unforgettable performance, but those shows that take place in his own home are always more incredible. With a new EP adding only more brilliance to his extensive and diverse catalogue, Caruana is one of the most authentically talented veterans of the Long Island scene. His acoustic set will be just as attention demanding as the full bands on the hardcore-heavy bill that Friday promises.
Citizen, by Zack Zarrillo
This is the last season Citizen is going to fly under anyone’s radar. We’ve been promoting the band on the site since 2010, when members of the band were just halfway through high school, but things are finally in full gear for the five-piece from Michigan. They’ve been taking everyone by surprise on the Suppy Nation Tour, and Long Island won’t be any different. Coming soon will be a full-length that should be nothing short of incredible and a run on the Vans Warped Tour, so get into this band now if you’ve yet to.
Hostage Calm, by Alyssa McKinley
After the October release of Please Remain Calm, it has been hard to ignore the well-deserved acclaim of Hostage Calm. The politically charged lyrics and raw musicality of this band are a refreshing reminder that punk is nowhere close to dead. With a live performance that is as true to their recorded sound as it gets, Hostage Calm’s Saturday performance is sure to garner the respect of anyone who hasn’t already fallen in love with them.
Our Producer’s Corner and Perspective series are colliding today with a new profile on one of our favorite producers, Will Yip. Yip has been the man behind the scenes for the new Circa Survive, Title Fight, Daylight, Man Overboard, Light Years, and Citizen records, which means he kind of works on all of ours and your favorite records.
PropertyOfZack had the chance to spend some with Will while filming Man Overboard’s album documentary, and decided it would be great to have Editor in Chief Erik van Rheenen share his story. Check out the new Perspective below!
Will Yip has a secret.
Since he landed his first studio job at 15 — answering phones and booking practice spaces in a crappy Northeastern Philadelphia studio — he mastered the art of making the too-good-to-pass-up-deal.
“I will always try to present something to someone in a situation that the absolutely can’t say no,” he says.
A practiced drummer, Yip quickly recognized his place was to be on the other side of the glass. So he saved all the money he made working the phone lines for the studio and, in true DIY spirit, started recording bands in his mom’s basement. “It was like the size of a closet,” he laughs. Without hesitation, Yip rattles off the album that first inspired him to become a basement producer, and stuck with him: Nirvana’s In Utero.
“It’s big. Like, it’s larger than life, but not blown out. It’s as human as it gets. Some songs hurt to listen to, but in the best way possible. People don’t have the balls to do that now,” Yip says emphatically. One listen, and Yip was hooked.
His first big shot at stepping his foot into the production door knocked when Philly hardcore outfit Blacklisted booked rehearsal space at the studio. The chance was too good for Yip to pass up. “They were recording some demos on like a tape player in there, so I went up to them and offered to record some free demos for them,” Yip recalls. “I was like, ‘I have this basement set up, just fucking record some demos there for free,’ and they took me up on it. Once you get the player to the field, that’s when it gets easy.”
Standing outside his house and waiting for the band to show up, Yip felt nervous. “I didn’t want to fuck up,” he laughs. “I wanted to impress them, since they’re one of my favorite bands.” Blacklisted, who Yip describes as some of his close friends and “so naturally down to Earth,” ripped through some demos in the basement, and Yip finally got a chance to start cutting his teeth as a producer.
Yip’s strategy — finding his own bands (mostly local) for basement sessions — worked, but he itched to work in a studio, with the expensive professional equipment he’d read about online. So at 18, he hit up a local studio manager and asked to intern. He offered to mop floors, clean bathrooms, anything that would get him in the studio.
The manager said no. So Yip made a gutsy move to prove himself.
“I spent a lot of my savings, like 500 bucks, to book one day of studio time there to mix some tracks I tracked in my mom’s basement,” Yip recalls. “They loved what they heard, and asked me where I recorded it, and I was like, ‘my mom’s basement, which is like the size of a closet.’ I got that internship.”
A week after his internship started, Yip got the chance to record his first live show at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory. The headlining band? An on-the-brink-of-stardom rock band called The Fray.
We know Warped Tour is steadily approaching, but there are too many great tours this spring to not boast about before a summer of fun. Whether it’s Man Overboard and The Story So Far, All Time Low and Pierce The Veil, The Wonder Years, Circa Survive, or The Summer Set, there’s a little something for everyone this upcoming season. We decided to put together a new PropertyOfZack Discussion on all the “must see” tours this spring, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!
The Suppy Nation Tour
The Suppy Nation Tour is a little preview of the best of the 2013 Warped Tour lineup, and it has one of the best bills of the season. Man Overboard and The Story So Far are both on the cusp of taking their success and fan bases to the next level. The tour not only features a great lineup, but is also a no-brainer for the co-headliners to solidify their crowds together before conquering Warped Tour. The American Scene and Citizen are also going to be a great openers for fans of either band to sink their teeth into for the first time. And while Tonight Alive may seem like a strange band in the three spot, you have to give both Man Overboard and The Story So Far credit for trying to bring different from the norm out to their shows. - Zack Zarrillo
All Time Low, Pierce The Veil, Mayday Parade, You Me At Six
Overkill, or pure genius? This is arguably the “best” tour of the spring. Even if you detest one or all four of the bands, there’s just no arguing that this bill provides the most bang for its buck. All Time Low and Pierce The Veil could sell out these venues on their own, but adding Mayday Parade and You Me At Six is a double scoop of extra frosting for most fans of either band.
All Time Low have stuck to pop-rock and pop-punk touring bills for years now, but branching out into more of a “core” scene with Pierce The Veil’s fan base is incredibly smart, and it would be shocking if they didn’t walk away from the tour with a large amount of new fans. Same goes for Pierce The Veil as they’ll swoop up pop-rock fans who haven’t been opening to listening to “harder” music before. This tour is also a steal and great build up for Mayday and You Me before they record and release their next albums. - Zack Zarrillo
The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Hostage Calm, Misser
Last year’s Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour saw The Wonder Years playing third fiddle to genre heavyweights New Found Glory and Set Your Goals. But on arguably the biggest pop-punk tour of this spring, The Wonder Years earned their role as headliner. Fans can cross their fingers for a new single to sing along with at shows, since the band’s tracking its fourth studio album with Steve Evetts right now. Hostage Calm is riding hot on the heels of 2012’s fantastic Please Remain Calm and Fireworks is penning the follow-up to still-stellar Gospel.
Sure, the Wonder Years will be taking the main stage at the Vans Warped Tour this summer, but this tour features a stronger supporting cast (sorry I’m not sorry, Black Veil Brides) and will make for a tune-up for the band (not that they need it- their live show is always tight and crisp). Even if you plan to check ‘em out at Warped too, don’t miss TWY this spring. - Erik van Rheenen
The Summer Set, We Are The In Crowd, Go Radio, For The Foxes
With the release of their third full length looming on the horizon, this might be The Summer Set’s last headliner for a while. Thanks to the longer set time, the Wake Up And Be Awesome Tour should be one of the rare opportunities to hear the band dig into deep cuts from their first two albums, and possibly even their early EPs. And if you’re looking for a preview of that upcoming album, you’re in luck — the pop quintet recently debuted a new track, “Maybe Tonight,” on a handful of UK tour dates.
Along for the ride are boisterous pop-punks We Are The In Crowd, as well as the moodier Go Radio, back in a support slot after a headline tour of their own behind last fall’s Close The Distance. And be sure to arrive early for up-and-comers For The Foxes, one of ourPropertyOfZack Artists To Watch, as well as Summer Set biffles Paradise Fears.- Jesse Richman
Bad Religion, Against Me!, Polar Bear Club
It’s a rare tour where the supporting cast is as exciting as its headliner, but with Polar Bear Club and Against Me! each respectively poised for a huge year, this is a tough tour to not get behind. Bad Religion, pop-punks granddaddies still kicking around since 1979, have been sharpening their stage presence for the past thirty-four years, and are no slouches. But Polar Bear Club absolutely slays live shows, and vocalist Jimmy Stadt’s frenetic stage presence alone is worth the price of admission.
And don’t forget about Against Me!, who are working on what should be a stellar concept album and will probably use the tour to flaunt some brand new jams. Punk is most definitely not dead: at the venues these bands will be hitting this spring, it’s anything but. - Erik van Rheenen