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POZ Session: Set It Off - “Partners In Crime” + “Kill The Lights”

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 7, 2014

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PropertyOfZack met up with our friends in Set It Off at the start of the Weird Kids Tour to to film a brand new Session. Watch the band perform stripped down versions of “Partners In Crime” and “Kill The Lights” below!

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Naive Thieves Sign To Cave & Canary Goods; Announce New Album ‘Vamanos’

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 7, 2014

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Naive Thieves have signed to Cave & Canary Goods, which is an Equal Vision Records imprint run by Casey Crescenzo. The band will release its debut full-length, Vamanos, on April 29 and started a tour with From Indian Lakes today. A single, “Anxiété,” is available to stream and download for free here. Check out the tracklisting, album art, and tour dates after the jump.

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Pure Noise, Equal Vision Announce SXSW Showcase

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 20, 2014

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Our friends at Pure Noise Records and Equal Vision Records will be holding a joint SXSW Showcase on March 13th. Check out the lineup below after the jump.

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POZ 10Of’13: Equal Vision, Rory Records

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 18, 2013

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PropertyOfZack is happy to be bringing you another 10Of’13 End Of The Year List from the artists on Equal Vision and Rory Records. Check out 10Of’13s from We Came As Romans, Texas In July, HRVRD, Northern Faces, Set It Off, and so many more below after the jump!  

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POZ Stream: Life On Repeat - “Cut Open”

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 26, 2013

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Life On Repeat will be releasing their final album, Blacklisted, on December 3rd via Equal Vision Records. PropertyOfZack is very excited to be streaming a new song from the album today called “Cut Open.” Pre-order Blacklisted here and stream the new song below after the jump. 

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Life On Repeat Calling It Quits; Announce Final Album

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 12, 2013

Life On Repeat will release their final album, Blacklisted, on December 3rd via Equal Vision Records. Check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump.

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A Lot Like Birds Announce New Album ‘No Place’

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 12, 2013

A Lot Like Birds will be releasing No Place on October 29th via Equal Vision Records. Check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump.

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POZ Warped Live: William Beckett - “Down And Out,” “Scarlett,” “Oh, Love”

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 7, 2013

William Beckett played the Acoustic Basement all summer long on Warped Tour, and PropertyOfZack was lucky enough to film his set for a new Live. Check out Beckett performing The Academy Is…'s “Down And Out” and his own solo songs “Scarlett (Tokyo)” and “Oh, Love” below! 

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POZ Session: HRVRD - “Old Nature”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 12, 2013

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PropertyOfZack was lucky enough to sit down with HRVRD a few weeks ago on the Rarities And More Tour to film a great new Session. Check out the band performing a stripped down and rad version of “Old Nature” below! 

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POZ BandsOnBands: I The Mighty On Glen Hansard

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 10, 2013

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Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting this PropertyOfZack feature today with Brent Walsh of I The Mighty. The band will be releasing Satori tomorrow, and it can be pre-ordered here.

In this week’s feature, Brent discusses his love for Glen Hansard. Brent shares his long-time influence from folk/singer-songwriters as a whole and specially Hansard’s influence on him. Listen to songs by Glen Hansard here and check out what Brent had to say about one of his biggest influences below!

From Brent Walsh of I The Mighty:

A lot of people may be surprised to know that I have been heavily influenced by a handful of folk/singer songwriters since I picked up a guitar about ten years ago. First it was a local artist named Dave Smallen (Street To Nowhere), then came Conor Oberst, then Benjamin Gibbard/Death Cab, and most recently Glen Hansard. I decided to do this excerpt on Glen since he has had the most influence on me as of late and also to raise awareness of his beautiful music that is not nearly well known enough for my liking. He deserves every ounce of recognition he can get.

I first discovered him years ago from the movie “Once” in which he not only starred, but also wrote all the music for. There are about five different scenes/songs in the movie that give me chills. I immediately bought the soundtrack and learned almost every song. To this day he is one of my favorite people to cover. In fact, I believe there are two old videos on YouTube of me covering “Leave” and “Say It To Me Now.”

What inspires me about Glen, is not only his amazing lyricism and songwriting talent, but the immense amount of passion that he sings with. The combination he throws together - of pretty, grit, vibrato, and scream in some of his music - is incredible. But it’s not just that, the guy is consistent as hell. Every video of him online, every live performance he does, is perfect…some even better than the recording, and allgenuine and passionate. You can tell he’s a man who lives for what he does and was made to perform.

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POZ Review: Eisley - Currents

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 6, 2013

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*This review was composed by Jason Stives and edited by Erik van Rheenen

For years, Eisley has been crafting a specific style of rock music that they rightfully can call their own, mixing pleasurable harmonies with twinkling piano arrangements and guitar riffs that grate and whine in the most pleasant of ways. That sound took three albums and a numerous EPs to establish, but on Currents, the group’s fourth release, the band plays things subdued and safe while still experimenting with the core of what makes this band of siblings (and one cousin) a cohesive and constantly consistent act.

Starting with a chugging title track, the Dupree girls are front and center with their dream-like vocals, backed by a rat-a-tat-tat drumbeat and an almost Middle Eastern style bass line. It’s an excellent opener that floats perfectly into the subsequent five tracks, really giving this album legs. Both “Blue Fish” and “Drink the Water” are superb additions to their repertoire, unifying each member’s styles once more into a pitch perfect sound that’s all their own. 

However, individually the members of Eisley each have a chance to stand center stage. On “Save My Soul” Sherri Dupree-Bemis gives one of those awe-inspiring vocal performances she is known for over the constant glimmer and blast of a warped guitar sound and a biting drum snare. Also present is Stacy King’s constantly changing abilities on the piano, which at times seem complex but act as a supportive companion to the vocals much as it does on “Real World,” where the band sings that the key to existing is the constant presence of someone’s love. 

It’s obvious that the band’s recent journey into adulthood has had a profound influence on them (all the members now have families) and, because of that, Currents feels like their most mature album to date. At times, some of the more punctual tracks of the album’s first half don’t necessarily mix with the calming restraints of the second half, which is where the album tapers off in its consistency. The latter half is by no means bad, but the tonal shifts with tracks like “Wonder English” stand out as almost calming lullabies rather than overly infectious tunes to move to. 

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POZ Playlist: The Rarities And More Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 5, 2013

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The Rarities And More Tour featuring Say AnythingEisleyHRVRDNorthern Faces (June 6 – June 22), and I The Mighty (June 23 – July 12) is kicking off tomorrow, and it’s going to be one of the best non Warped Tour tours of the summer. We’re stoked to have all bands on the tour doing a PropertyOfZack Playlist feature for us for the tour as well. Check out their Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!

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SAY ANYTHING
Daft Punk - Get Lucky

Beautiful pop song by creators I’ve loved for a long time, who may have just accomplished their masterpiece.
Pretty & Nice - Q_Q
My favorite song from an intensely brilliant LP that we had the privilege to release through Rory Records, my imprint within Equal Vision Records.
Smashing Pumpkins - That’s The Way (My Love Is)
Criminally ignored song from one of this band’s less popular records - as heartfelt and emotive as anything Billy has written.
EISLEY 
Mutemath - Prytania

This song will make you dance no matter who you are.
Blind Pilot - The Story I Heard
It’s a beautiful song. I love the melody and it’s the song that got me listening to Blind Pilot.
Say Anything - Overbiter
It’s reminiscent of a 60s style pop song to me. Also, I got to sing with my husband on this, so it’s super special to me.
HRVRD
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - We No Who U R

Nick Cave’s new record, ‘Push the Sky Away’, is the first record in a while that every single one of us in HRVRD fell in love with immediately. We’ve been listening to this constantly. The whole album is as beautiful and haunting as this song is. 
The National - Graceless
One of my favorite bands ever just put out their sixth full-length album. The lyrics and songwriting are incredible and I am convinced this band cannot write a bad song. This will get played a lot in the van this summer.
Daylight - In On It
We just got off tour with Daylight. These guys rule and this song is the JAM. 

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Tallhart Announce New Album ‘We Are The Same’

by Zack Zarrillo - May 24, 2013

Tallhart are releasing We Are The Same on July 16th via Equal Vision Records. Check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump. 

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We Came As Romans Announce New Album ‘Tracing Back Roots’

by Zack Zarrillo - May 20, 2013

We Came As Romans will release Tracing Back Roots on July 21st via Equal Vision Records. Check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump. 

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POZ Interview: Set It Off

by Zack Zarrillo - May 15, 2013

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Senior Writer Jesse Richman had the chance to catch up with Set It Off at SXSW this past March for a fantastic interview. Jesse and the band discussed recent big touring opportunities, the reception to their debut record, growth as a band, Warped Tour, future plans, and more. Check it all out below!

Let me get your names and what you do in the band.
Maxx: 
My name’s Maxx Danziger and I play drums. 
Zach: I’m Zach [DeWall] and I play guitar.
Dan: I’m Dan [Clermont] and I play guitar and sing backups. 

Alright, so the LP has been out for about six months now. How has the reception been so far?
Maxx: 
It’s been great. The record before our EP Horrible Kids started going in a new direction with the sound. The people really liked it – the fans and all that. So we decided to go head first and dive into that sound. I feel like it’s – we kind of found ourselves. I think the people really like it, so it’s good. 

Horrible Kids was kind of a concept EP. A rough concept at least. Whereas the new one feels a little bit more like just a bunch of awesome songs. Is the concept thing something that you’re interested in, or did you just set out to write the best songs that you could this time without worrying about how they fit together. 
Dan:  
I think that with Horrible Kids, it just kind of happened, you know? It was not a plan. We definitely have discussed ideas of concept records, but I think with this LP, with Cinematics, we just wanted to – it’s our first time coming out to the public eye – we just wanted to write a collection of songs that people from all spectrums could relate to.
Maxx: I think with the theatrical sound, it opens the door for a concept album. 
POZ: Yeah, I think that’s really why I was asking. You guys get a lot of comparisons to bands like My Chemical Romance, with that kind of theatricality. 
Maxx: I think we were focusing on writing the best songs that we could. Later on down the road, we’ll see if we can get a bit crazy with it. 
Dan: It could definitely happen. 
Maxx: Yeah. Who knows? 

Do you think the direction that you’ve been going is working for your fans?
Maxx: 
Yeah. It’s a little darker and a lot more – there’s that orchestral sound to it. We were nervous at first, but they loved it. So we’re very happy. 

You guys do something that maybe six or seven years ago was kind of a really dominant sound in the scene. Now you’re kind of one of the only bands doing that sort of thing. Do you feel out of place or do you feel like you’ve made a niche for yourselves?
Zack: 
I don’t feel like we’re out of place. This is the music that we want to write. This is the music that we want to play. We’re not really here to write music to cater to a certain fan base. This is the music that we feel like is what we want to communicate to our fans and to the people that listen to us. 
Dan: Nobody wants to play something they don’t’ enjoy. I think we’re still – granted that we love that time period and we love that music, we still grew up in this scene. I still think there’s those niches where we can sound like a pop-punk band at some points or we can sound like a pop band in another spectrum. I think there’s enough of both of that in there. 
Maxx: I think it just happens naturally. We have a song on it that’s essentially a swing song, there’s a whole horn solo and things like that. So whatever happens at the time, we kind of just put it down; if it sounds good then we put it on the record. 

Are you guys at the point where you’re thinking about new songs? Do you write while you’re on the road?
Zach: 
We’re actually – we’re headed up to Canada and then we’re going to do some co-writes soon after that. We’re always thinking ahead. We’re always  thinking, “What’s the next step?” 

Do you have any timeframe for when you’d want to get back and start recording a new one? 
Dan: 
It’s off in the horizon because our tours are starting to pick up supporting Cinematics so we don’t want to do anything to interrupt that – as soon as we’re gaining momentum we don’t want to stop and record another record. But you never know. 
Maxx: I’d say a goal, hopefully next year. But who knows. Depending on what our schedule is. That’s the cool thing about the music industry is that you never know what you’re doing. Two months from now we could be in space, you never know. 

You guys just did a European tour with Yellowcard. How did that go?
Zach: 
It went amazingly. 
POZ: How receptive was their audience to you guys?
It went really well. Germany was crazy, those kids – it reminded me of being fifteen years old and going to concerts. How they reacted, the kids, is something that the states doesn’t have. I feel like, no offense to anybody, but I feel like they’re [the States] a little bit spoiled where their favorite bands come into town every three months, where in Germany they get it maybe once a year. So they really appreciate it when a band like Yellowcard comes over, that they can’t see every other month like in the States.  

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