Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.
You’d imagine it’d be tough for As I Lay Dying’s current situation to become more muddled, but the band managed to pull it off.
After teasing song clips for a next project last week, a long (and what seemed to be official) statement was posted on the band’s website. It outlined the future for As I Lay Dying and the ownership of the band between Tim Lambesis and another member. The clarification was very much appreciated by fans.
Not so fast. Several hours later, a member of the band released his own statement on Facebook saying that no un-jailed member of the band was responsible for the statement on As I Lay Dying’s website and also hinted that Lambesis himself was the only member with website access.
Things are more unclear than they were at the start.
It’s never easy for a band to have to go through a name change, but Daylight pulled the trigger on Superheaven right as their tour with Bayside came to an end. Superheaven will see its continuation on tours with Nothing and Basement, respectively.
This was a shock to many fans. Periphery’s Spencer Sotelo is the new vocalist of From First To Last. This comes several months after the band launched and funded a successful Kickstarter campaign to record a reunion album. However, it was never made clear that a new singer would be joining the band when the Kickstarter was launched, so it’s was a safe assumption by fans toe expect Matt Good on vocals.
Whether that change will be an issue or not to fans will be known soon.
A truly smart move, once again, by Kevin Lyman to keep this policy going for the summer of 2014. Warped Tour is at a place now, 20 years in, where the wealth of experience from setting up and tearing down their daily carnival each summer makes for the right decisions at the right time.
It’s certainly interesting to watch the ebb and flow of our music scene from a step back. If you look at the chart positions above in a micro level, you’d see sales numbers that represent today’s environment and not necessarily a huge shock with the placement of Chiodos and The Used, but great surprise with Manchester Orchestra.
If you take two steps back to a macro level to lets say 2010, things get put in a different perspective. Manchester Orchestra are now four albums in and are still growing to a new height with the release of Cope. Chiodos and The Used however are much later into their careers, and even though they charted high, the albums didn’t do quite as well as prior releases (even if you adjust for sales deflation).
Daylight have officially changed their name to Superheaven. The change is due to legal issues with the name “Daylight,” but everything else regarding the band minus their name will not be changing. The band will be going out on tours in the near future with both Basement and Nothing, respectively. Check out a statement from the band below after the jump.
Basement will be taking out Pity Sex, Superheaven, Cloakroom, Creative Adult, Ovlov, and Fell To Low on two separate legs of their US reunion tour. Check out the support legs and routing below after the jump!
It is April Fool’s Day, but… Nothing announced a tour yesterday with a band called Superheaven. There’s no online information on the band, but local venue websites are listing Daylight's bio for Superheaven, which has of course started to spark interest in the question: Is Daylight changing their name to Superheaven? Be aware, it is April Fool's Day, but you can read a bio from a North Carolina venue regarding Superheaven below after the jump.
We’re closing out the year of PropertyOfZack Playlist with one last Team Recommendations feature on our staff’s favorite songs of 2013. Check out our Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
Touché Amoré – Just Exist
I just knew. From the first time I pushed play on this song, I just knew. All of a sudden Is Survived By became my most anticipated album of the year, and the record sure enough ended up becoming my favorite of the year. “Just Exist” is a perfect example of the power Touché Amoré can bring when they combine both of their lyrical and musical talents. - Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)
On My Honor – Indrid Cold
If you’re at all familiar with my suggestions throughout the year on these weekly playlists, then my choice of On My Honor should come as no shock to you. I frequently suggest their songs. Despite my slow slip from pop-punk to emo/hardcore preferences, I can’t ever stop loving my dudes in On My Honor. I remember a show last year (yes this song is a 2013 song, but it was also on a 2012 split) in Knoxville. They announced this as a yet-to-be-named song, and the place blew up with excitement. Lyrically, it’s one of my favorite songs of all time, and on top of that, it reminds me of a great show, a great night post-show when we all (I’d say 90% of the people that attended that show) hung out at Drew’s, and a great group of friends I have (OMH and their fans, and my friends in Greensboro [also die-hard On My Honor fans]). The message of the song is simple, be who you are and keep doing what you know is right. That is better than any false support you’ll get from people who don’t matter. - Mike Sheffey (@SheffeyzTweetz)
Fall Out Boy - The Phoenix
The announcement of Fall Out Boy’s triumphant return may have coincided with the release of “My Songs Know…” but I think it was second single “The Phoenix” that made the whole thing real for me. The sinister and cinematic string intro, the shouts that have become a rallying cry for fans everywhere (“Put on war paint!”), the Earth-shattering note Patrick Stump hits just before the final rounds of the chorus (you know what note I’m talking about). “The Phoenix” is bold and aggressive from start to finish, an anthem for the diehards whose heartbeats ticked away the minutes until the hiatus was finally over. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)
Mansions - 100 Degrees
I didn’t really listen to Mansions much before this year, even with some folks (ahem, Zack) persistently insisting that I do so. In 2013, I listened to Mansions. A lot. And then kicked myself for not taking the boss’s advice sooner. There’s something vaguely Ben Gibbard-ish about “100 Degrees,” and it’s not just that scorching temperature of a lyrical conceit. (Perhaps Christopher Browder also sat beneath a willow tree?) The fuzz hits hard, the guitar solo hits harder, and perhaps Browder’s restrained vocal delivery hits the hardest of all. An incredible focal point on an incredible album. - Erik van Rheenen (@TheRealVandyMan)
Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark [Light ‘em Up]
I struggled with this decision for a while, but I ultimately came to the conclusion that this song had to be my choice for song of 2013. Don’t even lie to yourself, as soon as you saw the news that Fall Out Boy was off hiatus, this song was your everything. The build up to the chorus still gets me pumped every time I hear it. “Light ‘em up” wasn’t just part of a song title, but a victory cry that FOB was back and ready to kick all kinds of ass. The entire album is pretty great, but “My Songs Know” is the triumphant soundtrack that will forever bring us back to that day in February when “the take over, the break’s over” went from lyric to reality. - Ashley Aron (@ashleyoverdrive)
Justin Timberlake – Spaceship Coupe
This might not be the song I listened to the most this year, or even my actual favorite, but the most gloriously half-absurd/half-amazing song of the year belongs to Justin Timberlake. It starts like some kind of nu-soul before dropping the most insane synthesized bass line and some kind of drum pattern that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Nine Inch Nails record. “I’m just trying to find the alien in you,” JT croons, before a single piano note repeats over and over and over and over enough to finally become a hook. Some serious Prince worship going on here, especially with the bridge guitar solo—and the fact that it’s really just a song about gettin’ down in the back of a car. My favorite part has to be the beginning of the second verse: “Everybody knows that you’re from outer space,” followed by a brief pause before the background singers confirm that the subject of the song is indeed from “outer space.” More specifically “that milky way.” “Spaceship Coupe” is pure, unabashed fun. Pulling from so many different genres and distilling them into something purely now isn’t an easy feat, and might even be a shark-jumper if it wasn’t just so damn good. - Steve Ciccarelli (@stevecic)