For The Foxes have wrapped up the Wake Up And Be Awesome Tour, and we’ve got the band for one more PropertyOfZack Road Blog feature. Check out the last update below!
From Jimmy Brindley of For The Foxes:
So the tour has ended, I don’t where the time went, but it has passed. We said goodbye to Go Radio and WATIC the other night in Dallas, and played our last show with the Summer Set in Las Vegas at the Extreme Thing Festival yesterday. The festival was awesome, kind of reminded me of a smaller Warped Tour, combining multiple stages with skateboarding, and BMX events. They also included professional wrestling that went on throughout the day, which I thought was a huge plus.
After the show we said goodbye to most of the Summer Set and crew and headed to the Vegas strip where we were going to spend our evening. We ended up meeting back up with some of the Summer Set and had a solid few hours of drinking and wandering around the casinos. It’s always fun to spend time with other bands outside of a venue and the setting of a show. It was a great tour and I don’t think there could be a better ending than a night out in Vegas.
For The Foxes are out on the Wake Up And Be Awesome Tour, and we’ve got the band set to keep fans updated on PropertyOfZack with a new Road Blog series. Check out the second update below!
From Jimmy Brindley of For The Foxes:
The past week of shows has been incredible. We just wrapped up the East coast dates of the Wake Up & Be Awesome tour the other night in Fort Lauderdale and we’re currently making the 12-hour drive to Houston to play the last few dates. It’s strange that it’s almost over. It feels like we were just driving out to Cleveland yesterday. Each date has been unique, and I feel like we’ve been playing better with every show that goes by.
The show at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday was amazing. Not only was I stoked on the warm weather, but also I think the venue is among the best for the realm of bands which we exist. The size of the room offers an intimate performance, and the stage has a lighting backdrop that makes you feel like your watching a show that would typically require a production team. That combo breeds magic. The crowd was just as passionate as the bands, what more can you ask for?
At the show we met a family that was kind enough to house and feed us, as well as let us act like 10 year olds in their pool. Nothing beats a comfortable stay on tour. Hotels can be expensive and there’s 8 of us so sleeping in the van downright sucks. It never ceases to amaze me how willing people are to help us out on the road. It’s what keeps our band afloat and makes the touring experience feel a lot less like the travelling circus that it is.
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For The Foxes are out on the Wake Up And Be Awesome Tour, and we’ve got the band set to keep fans updated on PropertyOfZack with a new Road Blog series. Check out the first update below!
From Jimmy Brindley of For The Foxes:
We just wrapped up our first week of shows on the Wake Up & Be Awesome tour with the Summer Set, We Are The In Crowd, and Go Radio and it’s been nothing short of amazing. Not only do I feel that we are playing the best we ever have, but also that we are playing to some of the best crowds we’ve ever seen. This tour is putting us in front of a lot of people for the first time and we want to make sure we make the most out of it every night. There are some familiar faces on this tour, we went to the UK with the Summer Set last fall and have crossed paths with WATIC a few times over the years. This is our first time meeting the guys in Go Radio and I think we’ve hit it off quite nicely. There are lots of great personalities and musicians on this tour and we’re incredibly stoked to be a part of it.
One of my favorite parts about touring is seeing new places, and that’s exactly what this tour has been presenting us. This week we’ve played our first shows in Cleveland, Toronto, and Syracuse and it blows our minds that we can play these places and see kids singing along. Toronto totally blew the band away. I unfortunately had trouble getting across the border so Anthony, our merch guy, had to fill in for me. I sat home in my room that night reading everything kids were saying on twitter and it was pretty overwhelming. I was stoked for the guys hearing how well it went, but also bummed that I couldn’t be there for the first Canadian FTF show. Hopefully I can get some stuff straightened out and make it up there for Warped this summer.
The other night we played in Philadelphia at the Starlight Ballroom. This was our first time at this venue and probably the biggest show we’ve ever played in Philly. Since we’re from south Jersey, Philly is sort of a middle ground for all the surrounding areas we’ve been playing ever since the early days of the band. We had a lot of long-time fans, friends, and some of our family out and I feel that we really brought our A game.
The Wake Up And Be Awesome Tour has been pushing along strongly, and PropertyOfZack has put The Summer Set, We Are The In Crowd, Go Radio, and For The Foxes together for a new Playlist feature. Check out the dates for the tour here and the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
There isn’t another song that gets me more pumped to play a show than this one. It makes me feel so good. - Brian
Fun. – Some Nights
I love warming up my voice to this song, it’s “fun” and difficult to sing. If I can sing through it, then that means I’m having a good vocal day. - Brian
Kanye West – Mercy
I always have to have a pre-show rap song. - Brian
Feed Me – One Click Headshot
Oh no, dub step! This song just makes me feel good, and it kind of makes me want to jump around for hours on end. It’s the perfect song to pump you up. - John
Earl Sweatshirt – Chum
I love almost anything that this guy does. It has an amazing flow. - John
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
It’s so exciting to see a song that sounds as classic as this one resonate on the radio. Especially considering the current radio formula, it’s impressive Mr. Mars. - John
Emeli Sande – Wonder
This is one of those songs that you can listen to on repeat for a month straight, which is exactly what I have been doing. - Jess
Calvin Harris & Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing
This collaboration is fantastic. This song gets you pumped up and Florence Welch has the voice of an angel. - Jess
Tegan and Sara – Closer
Their new album is fantastic, and this being the first song they released is a favorite of mine. - Jess
Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark
I’m so thrilled to see that they’re back. This song is already my JAM. - Brian
I tried to be real honest with this list, so I literally just pulled my favorite song (at the moment) from each of the last 10 records I spun. I find there’s a big difference between the music I listen to at home, and the music I listen to on the road… I mean part of that comes from the difference in format, there’s no way to bring your record collection into the van dynamic, so I usually rely on Spotify and on-the-spot nostalgia playlists that I’ll put together depending on who’s driving/sitting front bench. Where as at home, it’s all classics all the time. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been listening to. - Mike Ferri
Transit - Nothing Lasts Forever
We did Warped last summer with these guys, I didn’t catch them half as much as would have liked to but I got really into their discography when we got home. Their newest single, “Nothing Lasts Forever” rips, hoping for big things for these guys on this next release. Tims other band, Misser, has also been a favorite lately.
Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven
I got really into this track on our last tour with Yellowcard and The Wonder Years, I still find myself playing it at least once a day. On occasion, Rob, Cameron and I will jam this one in-between songs when Tay is talking at shows.
Texas Is The Reason - If It’s Here When We Get Back It’s Ours
TITR has been one of my favorite bands since I was in high school, I recently picked the re-released “Complete” version of Do You Know Who You Are?, which includes this gem (originally off of their EP). Probably one of my favorite songs ever, by one of my favorite bands.
Aesop Rock - Zero Dark Thirty
I’ve been a big fan of Aesop and all of the (now ex?) Def Jux artists for what feels like forever, this song is one of my favorites off of his newest release Skelethon. It’s not for everyone, but I think Aesop is a good starting point for anyone that wants to dive into hip hop with a bit more substance than what most of the mainstream has to offer.
Taylor Swift – Red *Song is not on Spotify
I also just picked this up on vinyl, and in addition to that have been listening to my brothers band (Against The Current), working on their own rendition of the title track.
The Early November - Like A Kid
TRUE STORY: When I first got In Currents I was so pumped on it after first listen that I dropped and broke the record when I impatiently went to flip it back over for a second listen… With that being said, I actually purchased it a second time and am still just as pumped on it. I was never really a big TEN fan growing up, but I’m 100% behind their newest release. Like A Kid is probably one of my favorite tracks, but realistically I could have picked any of them and been happy.
Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)
I’m into Kendrick, and judging by everyones EOTY lists last year, a lot of other people are too.
Hot Water Music - Remedy
Just picked up Caution on wax, just as good as it’s always been. This was one of the first songs I had ever heard by HWM, felt appropriate for this playlist.
Tokyo Police Club - Not Sick
A “feel good song” of mine, the kind that you put on to enhance your already pleasant disposition.
Justin Timberlake - Suit & Tie
The new king of pop is back, I picked this one up off the iTunes store as soon it dropped. I don’t know how you couldn’t find something to like about Jt… Whether it’s his music, his acting, or his celebrity in general, the dude is just on top of it. See the video for this track for examples of the former, it’s 100% through and through.
Vampire Weekend- Contra
I usually love listening to this band because of their ability to master marrying melody and a feel good vibe. With Contra it is something completely different; still with melody but the feel is absolutely more relaxed and therapeutic. - Matt
Smashing Pumpkins – Muzzle
One of my all time favorite anthems always serves as great motivator or even a good driving tune. The song is about choosing to live life in a different way than most and has gotten my heart pumping ever since i was in 9th grade. - Matt
Counting Crows- Omaha
“Stop tearing the old man down.” Touring is constantly moving. Being somewhere strange to you or that you may be hardly familiar with is an adventure but it can also be a bit unnerving. To me this song is about being anywhere and making it your own. - Matt
All Get Out - Lucky Bastard
I think this band is extremely underrated. At some point on every tour you hit a point where you are just worn out, I think this song was written at one of those times for them. For that reason its the best song to just turn up and sing at the top of my lungs. - Alex
Churchill - I Am Yours
We’ve had the pleasure of playing a few radio shows with these guys and I definitely fell in love with their music. This song blends male and female vocals perfectly, I have a feeling this is a band everybody will know about in the near future! - Alex
The Killers - The Way It Was
Battle Born might be my favorite record these guys have released since Hot Fuss, in fact it might be even better (in my opinion). Lyrically this song really hits home for me and I think Brandon Flowers vocal delivery is spot on. - Alex
Shiny Toy Guns - Wait For Me
It’s just an amazing song, love the melodies, feeling and this band. It’s constantly on repeat. - Steve
Imagine Dragons – Demons
I had always hear this bands name everywhere, so when I finally listened to them, I fell in love with this song. Such a feel good song. - Steve
Kreayshawn - Twerkin!!!
Because sometimes you just have to listen to bad music and get down. - Steve
States - Captivating Me
This was a tough because I wanted to name every song from the record, But If I had to pick one for me RIGHT NOW… this one would be it. - Steve
The Strokes – The Modern Age
Almost 12 years later and I still consistently listen to this record. To me, this is the definitive Strokes song.
Local Natives – You & I
It’s been difficult to finish the new Local Natives album because I want to keep this song on repeat.
The Thermals – A Stare Like Yours
Loud, messy, and makes you feel like you’re at a sweaty basement show. Awesome.
Beach Boys – Heroes and Villains
Musically it’s in a league of its own, while the lyrics tell a tale of cantina girls, gunfire, and the American spirit. A great song to listen to when travelling to unfamiliar places.
It’s that time of year again: Valentines Day. This sickeningly sweet Hallmark-inspired holiday is enough to bring out the cynic in anyone. But fortunately for music lovers of any relationship status, Valentines Day also means another installment of the Hopeless Records “Love Is Hopeless” compilation series. And whether you’re a hopeless romantic or just plain hopeless, this compilation has just the song to get you through one of the most stressful and frustrating days of the year.
The compilation kicks off with a pop punk-inspired cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” by Hopeless’ resident heartthrobs, All Time Low. Alex Gaskarth’s voice lends the track warmth, and washes over the listener’s ears in an uplifting anthem of inspiration. The hope stops here though, at least momentarily. We Are The In Crowd puts the “hopeless” back into “Love Is Hopeless” with their despondent cover of Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” They bury the song’s easily recognizable piano melody under crunchy chords in this disdainful reflection on unrequited love.
The Used provides the compilation’s first original track (at least original to the artist) with the slow and creeping “Surrender.” And though it is a drastic change of pace, the song holds its own against the band’s younger contemporaries. The chorus (“Broken, you found me/My angel, my shoulder/To lean on/Swear when I’m with you/I feel like I’ll live forever”), crooned in Bert McCracken’s harsh vocals, conveys the wholeness that comes with finding that one person who makes everything okay, as well as an intense longing to be with them when they’re not around.
Air Dubai, Divided By Friday, and For The Foxes round out the covers on the compilation, with their takes on “Toxic,” “Locked Out Of Heaven,” and “I Will Follow You Into The Dark,” respectively. Air Dubai’s version of “Toxic” is arguably the least successful track on the compilation. The band attempts to set a deliberate and sultry pace but it feels dragged out instead. “Toxic” is too well known for its sexual urgency to be flipped so abruptly.
Meanwhile, Divided By Friday’s “Locked Out Of Heaven” is more successful, but ultimately forgettable. Lead singer Jose Villanueva sounds like a B-rate version of Brendon Urie, and, other than a flood of horns underlying the vocals, there isn’t anything on the track that truly grabs the listener’s attention.
We’re all in check with when our favorite and well-established artists are releasing new music each year, but some of the greatest surprises often come from bands we just simply didn’t see coming. Today PropertyOfZack is stoked to take the wraps off of our five Artists To Watch In 2013 Discussion. Feel free to reblog with artists that you think are going to take us by storm in 2013 and check out our list below!
Who are these guys? They’ve barely toured, they’ve barely released material, and yet they keep popping up everywhere you look. I think Real Friends are going to be the biggest unsigned band in our lovely little genre by the end of 2013. It’s rare to see a band build such a fan base and so much hype without having support all around them, but that’s exactly what they’ve done. They’ll be touring this spring with Senses Fail, Such Gold, and Major League, and I’m all but positive that they’ll blow both openers out of the water as excitement continues to build.
Hopefully, we’ll see a another EP release this summer and a tour this fall from the band before they jump into a label deal. If Real Friends are smart, which they certainly seem to be, they’ll continue to build on their own until labels are salivating at the thought of signing them. We still need to find out if the band can write a quality full-length record, but if they can, I’d imagine they’ll be The Story So Far of 2013/2014 when it comes down to overnight success and hopefully sustainability. Keep your sleepy eyes peeled. - Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)
Every now and again you come across a band that makes you pop your head up and say, “Hey, that’s good. Show me some more of that.” And that’s exactly what I did when I heard Modern Baseball one unexpected night. Honest lyrics, refreshing music, and a tinge of Michael Cera-like awkwardness is what you get from the band. It’s an irresistible combination from a group of guys mostly still in their teenage years, and that shows a promising future.
The release of their debut album, Sports, is still fresh, and has a lot of more ground to cover, but you can feel them suddenly having legs to stand on. I’d expect Modern Baseball to get swooped up by a label sometime soon with a sophomore release maybe as soon as later this year. These guys just seem to be able to write music that you and I can relate to and that’s a quality you can’t learn. 2013 is going to be a good year for Modern Baseball. - Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)
For The Foxes
For The Foxes are, for my money, the band most likely to repeat fun.’s rise from out of the “scene” to the top of the pop charts. Their debut EP for Hopeless Records,The Revolution, trucks in the same sort of mainstream-indie that’s succeeded so well for acts like Neon Trees and Foster The People. There’s post-Strokes jangle, Vampire Weekend-ish Africanisms, cinema-scope choruses a la The Killers; basically, if it’s got guitars and crossed over to Top 40 within the last decade, For The Foxes are on top of it. Yet somehow, the end result comes off feeling guileless, uncalculated — For The Foxes sound like they’re legitimately having fun banging out what just happens to be one radio-ready chorus after another.
For The Foxes are headed out on the road in March as openers for The Summer Set’s headline tour with We Are The In Crowd and Go Radio, and will be playing the entire Warped Tour this Summer. I’m sure they’ll go over just fine with those crowds, and it’s a great opportunity for them to work their live set into mechanical precision through night after night of repetition. The key is whether they can take it to the next level after; if band and label play their cards right, For The Foxes will be out of this pond and on to bigger things as soon as they’re ready.
For The Foxes have released a new Christmas song called “The Only Thing That Glistens.” Stream it below by clicking “Read More.”
Hopeless Records Announce ‘Hopeless For The Holidays’
Hopeless Records will be releasing Hopeless For The Holidays,a compilation with original holiday songs and covers, on December 4th. Check out the artwork and track listing below by clicking “Read More.”