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!
Dance Gavin Dance Announce The Acceptance Speech Tour
Jonny Craig has a new band, but we don’t know its name yet. Check out the members of the band below after the jump.
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.
Before the holidays start we thought it’d be great to put Dance Gavin Dance, Hawthorne Heights, and Our Last Night together for a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Envy - Left Hand
It’s hard to find newer heavy sounds that speak to me. I usually have to dig through the past to find bands doing something different. Envy has always been a favorite of mine.
This band plays dirty old school punk, but throws in influences and styles that set them apart from everyone else in their genre. People I introduce them to usually complain about the vocals. But I don’t think it gets much better as far as punk vox are concerned.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dragon Queen
I’ve always loved this band. Their records are completely different from one another and I strive for that level of progression. I haven’t gotten into the new album yet though.
Danny Brown - I Will
When rappers spend a whole song on the subject of sex it usually gets to the point where it’s just too much information for me. So it’s funny that this Is my favorite Danny Brown track. He approaches his subject matter in a unique way.
The Velvet Teen - A Captive Audience
This is a great band to play on long drives. It’s easy to get lost in their album’s dark musical landscapes. This is definitely my favorite song of theirs. That piano lead is simple but epic
Neon Blonde- Chandeliers & Vines
This record didn’t get the attention it deserved. It’s extremely eclectic and catchy at the same time. I’ve liked everything Johnny Whitney’s done.
J Cole - Power Trip
This song can pump you up with its awesome beat and bring you down with its lyrics at the same time. It’s pretty emo.
Baths - No Eyes
The electronic arrangements and his voice work really well together on this album. No eyes Is a pretty dirty track. It kind of has a NIN vibe to me.
Beach Fossils - Generational Synthetic
This Is another great beach fossils track. They’re one of my favorite bands I’ve discovered in the last few years. They’ve got a very consistent and pleasant sound. Clash the truth is an amazing album that I could listen to over and over again. When this song breaks down to bass and drums on their own, my head and thoughts instantly clear.
Liars - No.1 Against The Rush
I love dark pop done well. This song has me playing scenes fromLost Highway in my head when I listen to it. Liars never disappoint on a new record.
Nirvana - Dumb
I’ve really enjoyed listening to the recent 20th anniversary remixes of In Utero. Nirvana will always be one of my favorite bands because of how much their music impacted my youth. Nevermind was a bigger record, but In Utero was a better record. Embrace the rawness.
Descendents - Coffee Mug
We love the Descendents. We love coffee. It’s a win win, really.
Quicksand - Delusional
Our drummer, Eron, and I share a love for Quicksand. I’m bummed that I have not been able to see any of their reunion shows they have done over the last two years!
The Early November - Frayed in Doubt
Over the Summer on Warped Tour, I probably stopped and watched the Early November three times more than any other band. They put on a great live show and are wonderful people. Their new album In Currents is my favorite thing they have released so far. Get it!
Smashing Pumpkins - Mayonaise
Smashing Pumpkins are a band that everyone in our band really liked growing up. Siamese Dream is one of my favorite albums to listen to while driving on tour and this is my favorite song on that album.
Tom Petty - You Wreck Me
Our singer, JT, and I got to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers earlier this year in Indiana. They put on an amazing show. Tom Petty is a badass.
I Am The Avalanche - Green Eyes
I love this band! I am really looking forward to hearing the new album from these guys in 2014.
Jawbreaker - Jet Black
Dear You by Jawbreaker is one of my all time favorite albums. Every song on it, including “Jet Black”, is perfect.
No Use For a Name - Coming Too Close
Tony Sly was a brilliant songwriter that was taken from this world way too soon. ”Coming Too Close” was the first song I heard by No Use For a Name and to this day is still my favorite.
Saves the Day - Firefly
I recently caught Saves the Day, Into It. Over It., and Hostage Calm on tour in Ohio and had a great time. I have enjoyed pretty much everything Saves the Day has put out over the years, but I think Firefly is my favorite song they have written thus far.
Circa Survive - Frozen Creek
This is and will be one of my favorite songs of all time. Any song that gives you a certain feeling every time you listen, is one that stays in your playlists forever. Besides the incredible instrumentation, the lyrics flow with song perfectly. And of course layered with Anthony Greens flawless voice. It’s a must listen if you haven’t yet. - Trevor
Conditions - Open Eyes
This band has been a favorite of mine since we toured with them back in 2010. Such an awesome band on record & just as good live. This song has such an incredible vibe to it. One of the “softer” sounding songs on their new record, but by far my favorite one. Awesome lyrics and even better song structure. I show this one to all my friends any chance I get. - Trevor
Hoodie Allen - Two Lips (Acoustic)
Hoodie is a homie of ours and recently recorded an acoustic EP with our very own Matt Wentworth, that was just released. I loved the original version of the song “Two Lips” so when they told me they were gunna make it acoustic I of course got super stoked. He’s got an awesome singing voice, so it’s awesome to get a chance to hear more of it on the acoustic version. Lyrics flow perfectly and songs extremely catchy. - Trevor
The Neighbourhood - Afraid
I just fell in love with their whole new album I LOVE YOU. The dark chord progressions, noisy soundscapes, and heavy drum beats come together for an really original sound. I’ve described this album as a heavier Lana Del Rey with male vocals… odd but it makes sense in a way. You may have heard their single “Sweater weather” which is a great song but the rest of the album is darker and more mysterious sounding. Definitely fans of any music style should check this album out. - Matt
by Donald Wagenblast, edited by Erik van Rheenen
While it may seem a bit demeaning to bring a band’s former member changes and embattled past into a piece that is supposed to discuss the successes and/or failures of their newest release, there is a certain obligation to Dance Gavin Dance’s improbable path to their fifth full-length, Acceptance Speech. This is not because the constant revolving door of vocalists has held the band back in anyway. In fact, the band has continued a steady rise in popularity ever since the cult of Downtown Battle Mountain began to form.
After the release of DBM, Dance Gavin Dance parted ways with the enigma that is Jonny Craig, and in came Kurt Travis, whose dark lyrical themes helped to create gems on the band’s self-titled album and 2009’s Happiness. However, Craig seemed to be on a path to redemption, which prompted the band to boot Travis and reunite with their original clean vocalist (and the rest of the DBM lineup) to create the sequel.
The result, unfortunately, was not the scene’s Empire Strikes Back. If anything, it was along the lines of Saw 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7, Batman and Robin, or Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Downtown Battle Mountain 2 often felt like a force effort, with Jonny Craig’s vocal performance as mailed in as they come. Turns out, the singer’s demons had come back yet again, leading to another less-than-amicable split. Again, DGD were at a crossroads. Clearly never the type to give up and call it quits at the first sign of bad luck, the band enlisted frontman-for-hire Tilian Pearson (ex- Tides of Man) for Acceptance Speech, and the patience has paid off.
Acceptance Speech is, in every sense of the phrase, everything you would expect from a Dance Gavin Dance album. Though there has always been a merry-go-round of members around them, guitarist Will Swan and drummer Matt Mingus, the band’s two main musicians, are still as unique and as talented as ever, which gives the album an immediate presence and identity. The sounds the two come up with are nothing too different from what you’re used to hearing, but throughout the album’s eleven tracks, there’s nothing that seems too similar or recycled from the band’s older material.